Maldives Travel – The Local Islands of Mahibadhoo, Dhangethi, and Dhigurah

If you’ve read my previous article explaining the differences between Maldives travel in resorts vs local islands and decided to visit the “local island way,” you’ve come to the right place. You will find that there are many benefits in choosing an alternative to resorts and there are dozens of islands to choose from. For starters, there’s a cool map I got at the airport (ask in the information booth) with diving spots, manta points, and whale shark points all over the Maldives. Here is a zoomed in version of the Ari Atoll.
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Maldives Travel – Resorts vs Local Islands

(Note – Just a heads up, there is link to a downloadable google docs spreadsheet at the bottom of this post with a full financial report of this trip!)


The Maldives is a country of 1200 islands, 200 of which are inhabited. But what to do with the nearly 1000 islands with absolutely gorgeous beaches? The Maldivian government decided to kill two birds with one stone Read more

The Coromandel Peninsula, The Kiwi Way

If there is one thing I have learned from living in New Zealand the last four months, is that nothing comes¬†cheaply in this part of the world. Between $6 per gallon of gas and $3 for a 20 oz. bottle of coke, you really have to budget wisely if you want to ‘see it all.’ Kiwis are a resourceful bunch and use a brilliant system of bartering and connections to get things done. In a large country with only 4 million people, there is a plethora of small towns and with that, comes that small town mentality where everyone knows and tries to help everyone else out.

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