My experience, the story
Sun, sea, beach and a blue sky: the Maldives. A drink on the white beach, watching the sunset where the silhouette of the palm trees contrasts with the orange sky.
According to many, it is paradise, expensive and a holiday full of luxury. I cannot deny that, but it also has a different side.
I love it when I travel to visit ‘Instagram picture places’ but also admire real life. In my opinion, you can not say you’ve seen a country if you’ve only seen that great sandbank and your resort. The way I travel means seeing both paradise and the real-life; and of course, where these two meet each other.
Here I will tell you my story, my experience and what I liked about the Maldives. We, me and a friend, travelled the Maldives on a low budget, want to read how? Continue reading here…
Paradise or not?
The Maldives consists of around 1200 islands, where there is a clear difference between private islands and islands that are inhabited by the local population.
Malé is the main island of the Maldives. Next to this island is the international airport but still, most people don’t see this island, they go straight to their resort. But if you want to see real-life, this is an excellent place to start. Except for a small handmade beach, there is nothing reminiscent of a tropical paradise; this island is fully built to the last square inch and inhabited. Here is the chaos people may know from cities like Bangkok (Thailand) or Denpasar (Indonesia). Scooters are everywhere, and people just throw their rubbish on the street.