In the distance, Ocean Divine, my "home" for a week ... (Maldives, February 2014)
In the distance, Ocean Divine, my "home" for a week ... (Maldives, February 2014)

Maldives nostalgia

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  Maldives - February 2014

I'm missing. Light and tropical heat, islands and salt water, bubbles and coral ... I already have the nostalgia of the Maldives.

CLARIFICATIONS: in April 2014, I interrupted my series of articles on the Maldives, finding it difficult to continue to brag about the beauties of this archipelago of the Indian Ocean (and thus to encourage people to visit the Maldives) while the regime had hardened its application of sharia, after my stay in February 2014. Not respecting human rights, the Maldives had to leave the Commonwealth of Nations in 2016. But in september 2018, things have changed, with the surprise defeat in the autocratic president's elections Abdulla Yameen supported by Islamists and now prosecuted for corruption, beaten by Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, an ally of the democratic camp. Then in april 2019, the party of Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldives (2008-2012), several times imprisoned by the regime and main figure of the opposition, won the first legislative elections since Yameen left. The Maldives return to the path of democracyit's great news!

Turquoise blue panorama

It's been over a month since I came back from the Maldives ... Five weeks and four days have passed since I left the turquoise blue horizon of this coral archipelago at the water's edge, in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Time flies and I'm just starting to explore the images stored in the bottom of my hard drive ... I just found this little panorama that I had forgotten, made to the iPhone, with the nice app Dermandarfrom the bow of the boat, the aptly named Ocean Divine.

We were in front of Dhingurah Island, one of the stops of this fantastic dive cruise that took me from Male to Ari Atoll ...

Want to leave

The desire to go back to distant horizons strikes me again.

The shark passes, the fragile beauty of the islands, the intense blue as far as the eye can see, this magnificent boat and the company of other passionate divers ... All that I miss already.

A huge spotted skate let me approach, time for a photo ... (Maldives, February 2014)
A huge spotted skate let me approach, time for a photo ... (Maldives, February 2014)
In the passes, white tip sharks of good size pass and repass ... (Maldives, February 2014)
In the passes, nice sharks come and go ... (Maldives, February 2014)
Fish soup ! (Maldives, February 2014)
Fish soup ! (Maldives, February 2014)
Gaëlle poses in front of a school of blue-striped snappers. (Maldives, February 2014)
Gaëlle poses in front of a school of blue-striped snappers. (Maldives, February 2014)
Nemo chose an anemone with a fuchsia dress to hide. (Maldives, February 2014)
Nemo chose an anemone with a fuchsia dress to hide. (Maldives, February 2014)
In the distance, Ocean Divine, my "home" for a week ... (Maldives, February 2014)
In the distance, Ocean Divine, my "home" for a week ... (Maldives, February 2014)
View from the bow of the Ocean Divine. (Maldives, February 2014)
View from the bow of the Ocean Divine. (Maldives, February 2014)

I have nostalgia for the Maldives.

😎

  Maldives - February 2014

  1. Thank you Corinne for these images, indeed the Maldives is a dream destination! I talk about it all the more because we have done 7 cruises and I think it's the best way to explore this wonderful destination.
    Je tenais en même temps à te remercier pour tous les renseignements et conseils que tu as pu nous donner notamment sur une autre destination tout aussi merveilleuse : la Papouasie Nlle Guinée ….là encore que d’émotions pour les plongeurs photographes!!! Ci joint un lien vers mes images .

    Looking forward to continue your adventures and read your blog.
    cordially
    Yves

  2. Thank you for these wonderful destinations that make us dream.

    Soon Safaga with a group of teenagers and later heading to Borneo and Sulawesi in the footsteps of Corinne.

  3. When I see your photos, I want to leave right away because I want to sun too.
    it will soon be Martinique for me but the Maldives are even more dreamy, especially for diving.

  4. You do not want us to join the Andamans? I am no longer far away now 😀

    The last picture is just crazy, I have a very big desire to redo bubbles there 🙂

  5. Thank you Corinne, it's always and WELL dream. Nevertheless, to have gone to see the site of accommodation that you had indicated, I think it is not yet a destination really accessible to the solo traveler lambda! It remains a little "honeymoon-Tahiti-Seychelles", right?

  6. Digurah, I like this island, especially since there is a superb guest-house that makes you want to spend a few days ...
    So how was the diving on the Divine Ocean?
    I would like to have your return because I always hesitated to leave with these structures PADI
    And the current:
    - You liked ?
    - not too hard with the SLR?

    Allez, on se fait un petit concours photos : manta, requins baleine, gris, corail, zèbre et poisson feuille ❓

    NB: great mid-air / mid-water and thank you for this panoramic app that I did not know !!

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