malé city tour

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.

12 comments:

PatinPasta said...

Dieya,
WOW! Transparent sungguh air nye! Buleh nampak segala! Mesti rasa nak terjun je kan?

You should charge them tourists for snapping your pic, dapat beli serbuk kari pon dah orait :D

Snacks diorang memang rupa (rasa tak tau la) macam kuih-muih kita ek?

eB ezrin said...

nice view... suker sgt.. :)
eh kueh tuh cam kueh kiter yer?

JaJa'Z said...

dieya: pose depan kapal tu memang tak bleh blah..ala2 celebriti gitu....ntah2 diaorang print buat poskad kat negeri diaorang plak kot..hehehhe..bestnya lah tgk laut2 kat sana...

Zuraida said...

Babe,

love the dress, it makes you look gorgeous and with the background of blue water....memang patut la semua orang tangkap ur pics!

Bila la aku nak ke maldives ni... *dreaming*

dieya said...

aida,
yeah, clear sgt, shark pun bleh nampak tau. aiyoo.. kalau terjun alamatnya kena berenang gi male laa pulak.
wahahaha.. betul gak kan, balik rumah masak kari hari2, lawan kedai mamak.
snacks diorg pun mostly curry-based jugak. ada yg agak sama ngan kita mcm samosa and roti celup telur. the curry balls yg dlm piring kecik 4 biji tu sgtlah sedap!

eB,
view kat sana mmg sgt cantik. yeah ada byk persamaan dgn kuih kita, maklumlah makanan kita pun byk pengaruh india gak kan.

k jaja,
alang2 wat poskad, baik wat poster terus :-D
laut dia mmg superb, clear blue, cantik sgt!

zue,
thanks babe! owh yeah, u sooooo have to go there soon. totally a beach lover's paradise.

Sha@Mama Tina said...

cantiknya pemandangan..subhanallah..eik..awek gambo last tu dr jauh nampak sungguh menawan la..leh kenal?

dieya said...

k sha,
mmg cantik sgt pemandangan kat sana!
ihiksss.. nak kenal ke, boleh jek ;-)

Anonymous said...

Salam Dieya,
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Seperkara lagi, harga buku hanya disebut ' dalam RM 30.00 sahaja', jadi ini bermaksud 'lebih kurang'(about), yang mana ia amat menyukarkan pembaca yang mahu membuat tempahan serta membuat bayaran yang tepat.
Bagi membuat komen di blog PC sekarang amat sukar kerana peruntukan menggunakan nama 'anonymous' tiada diberi, tidak seperti blog saudari ini.Saya juga ingin menggesa PC agar lebih proffesional di dalam urusan beliau dengan pembaca dan pelanggan buku beliau.Jangan para pembaca hilang kepercayaan terhadap beliau sebagai penulis dan juga sebagai seorang pegawai tentara kelak.Sekian wassalam,terima kasih.

Anonymous said...

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One has to be proficient and have a reasonably good command of English which is the most widely spoken language in the free world today so as to communicate effectively with others, especially if one is a senior army officer and a 'prominent' and rising writer.English has no doubt become the single most important language today, and of course it is also imperative to be able to speak in one or two other world's major languages such as French, Spanish or Mandarin.
One cannot ignore the high expectations of today's disserning readers, of writers or Bloggers. Somebody has better brush up on his command of English,(shape up or ship out!) as he is representing the people of Malaysia, our nation, and his organisation uniform group, the ATM, or MAF.What makes good English speakers more of a must today among ATM officers and men too, as ATM is regularly called upon to serve in overseas deployments under the banner of the United Nations.Wassalam.

Kina said...

Hi... Interested sangat dengan Maldives.. Boleh bagitau detail tentang kos yg u all spend tak? Dari segi transports, foods & accomodation... Such a beautiful place... Jelesnyeeee...

dieya said...

hi kina,
maaf lambat reply, saya baru balik dari bercuti.

sejujurnya kos tu terpulang pada masing2. transport dari segi flight ticket, boleh cek harga terkini di website. transport kalau di city naik taxi agak murah. kalau di resort tak perlu, boleh jalan kaki je pusing pulau. accomodation ikut keselesaan, di resort memang mahal. RM 400 ke atas tu satu malam tu biasa, tapi biasanya include makan. kalau duduk di Male city murah, tapi tak best lah pegi maldives kalau tak duduk kat resort kan. so try cari yg murah kat Agoda.com yg saya dpt ni pun after 40% discount.

maldives is really beautiful. makan pun senang (Muslim country). enjoy your trip!

Kina said...

thx for the respond... wahh!! bercuti lagi!! jelesnyaa... :)