After a good Maldivian breakfast, we returned to our room, changed and hopped on a boat to go to Malé. It was the same boat that took us snorkeling the day before. The same crew was in charge, headed by a guy named Naseer. We chatted with him about what to do in the city. Naseer said there would be plenty of local guides who could give us a tour for a small fee. “But if you want, I can walk with you, then you won’t need a guide,” he suggested. Of course we said yes!
A pose with the spa girls while waiting for boarding call. All of them are Indonesian. The one on far left is married to a local.
Let’s go to Malé!
Naseer giving a briefing before we left.
The boat cruised over clear waters and pretty corals...
...and headed to the middle of the sea. The moment I did the pose, several other tourists with huge DSLRs took shots of me. Felt like a celebrity :-D
Approaching Malé, the capital city of Maldives.
Fishing boats near the jetty.
Our first stop was the fish market.
Couldn’t believe they would eat that pretty blue fish!
Next stop was the fruit and vegetable market...
...where we quench our thirst with fresh coconut.
Clockwise: Looking for Maldivian curry powder at a local sundry shop. Choosing fridge magnets. Jewelries made of corals. Eila finally got her curry powder at a supermarket.
The new mosque, within the compound of the Islamic Centre. The old man on the tricycle was performing solat together with the jama’ah.
The old mosque, known as Malé Friday Mosque.
The well from which they scooped water to perform wudhu.
The tomb of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar I, who built the mosque in 1658.
In memory of those who lost their lives in the 2004 tsunami.
Done with the tour, we went back to the jetty area.
Waited for Naseer who went to take a leak at the police headquarters. It was the only place near the jetty with a public toilet!
The military headquarters next to it.
We still had a bit of time, so Naseer took us to a local hangout where we tried authentic Maldivian snacks.
The place was full of men. Eila and I were the only female customers.
Super duper yummy!
Time to leave Malé and return to Thulhagiri.
Sunlight beamed on that side of the boat, so much so they had to hide behind umbrellas.
The Chinese tourists bought lots of cigarettes. Wonder if they were cheaper in Maldives than in China?
Approaching our beautiful resort.
People enjoying their evening swim.
Saw the diving school’s operator at the jetty taking pics of the sunset. She has grey-blue eyes like a cat.
Nightfall at Thulhagiri.