Alpert-Shroyer 2010 Bonus World Cruise travel blog

Sunsets & clouds let the imagination explore, while soaking in the reverence...

A blinking sunset shines its peering beams into our souls as the...

Impromptu bar Regent set up for its guest to enjoy a gathering...

This sunset changed colors, while the changing clouds gave up many fantastic...

Calm of the ocean allows hues & reflections magnify the beauty of...

Between the Arabian Sea & Indian Ocean lies the Maldives & a...

Low land elevation airport complex that relies on seaplanes to shuttle between...

Walled barriers around airport can be treacherous to ships in inclement weather-this...

Male' oil reserves isolated in a walled complex with tanker/bunker dock constantly...

Male' 's busy harbor with freighters & tankers awaiting off loading with...

Male' skyline & one of its sheltered harbor for the many guide,...

Male' 's golden onion shaped dome of lavish Hukuru Miskiiy mosque near...

Our tour to Dhonveli Beach resort passed by the end of the...

Island resorts are being built at record speed, in spite of world...

Resorts are built around even the smallest speck of land. Weather is...

Blue resort bungalows blend into the colors of the sky & ocean...

Dhonveli beach resort: Chaaya, an upscale destination beach resort about 30 min...

Our 1st glimpse of amenities offered at Dhonveli: A visual Van Gogh,...

Immaculate grooming of Dhonveli's sands, walk paths & underbrush is constantly swept...

Many postcards look alike--this is the real deal: Paradise under the sun:...

Beach surf chairs waiting for occupants, resort spa in the background-guess which...

More over-the-ocean bungalows at another part of of Chaaya Resort. This resort...

Ocean bungalows between the blue duplex units are another resort just a...

Pure white sand pathways & immaculately groomed plants & trees on Dhonveli

Waterfall feature in the resort's pool, a popular spot for the sunbather...

Hotel's bar is strategically placed on the ocean with a very large...

"Bar on the wall" View from edge of bar's deck over the...

Bar deck with a great water view-better wear your swim suit to...

Resort island across from Dhonveli island, separated by a small channel &...

Gracious, green yacht being restored & retrofitted for its owner's next use...

Sun starts setting early as we prepare to sail away from Male'...

"Sun dippin'" takes on a memorable meaning once you've been to see...

As the sun sets, tours begin to come home to roost, as...

Final blink of a blushing sun-we say goodbye to wonderful discovery of...

As I thought "Mr Sun" is finished giving a memorable picture of...


What a wonderful port of call that we had barely heard of and knew nothing about....an undiscovered (or little discovered) paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean!

The over 1000 small coral islands over 100+ miles in the Indian Ocean make up the Maldives, & its capital, Male'(pronounced: "mall-deeves" & its capital pronounced: mah-lee) is one of the largest Islands of approximately 1 square mile & has most of the nations population crammed into a modern, high-rise building, developed city that is an Islamic nation, providing tourists services to non-Islamic tourists. It is a friendly city & its citizens are very helpful to its visitors in an island paradise. We were awe-struck approaching the islands, viewing the airport runway activity & many freighters plying the harbor so briskly. The main island reminded Ellie & I of the multicolored buildings of Bermuda & "Rainbow Row" in Charleston but in high-rise building design. Quite impressive & intriguing to watch.

Ellie was beginning to feel a little better but still collected herself, slowly in preparation to go on our tour in the oppressive heat & humidity. We booked a half day tour to the resort at Dhonveli Island. Everything is only accessible by boat or seaplane, including resorts on other parts of Male' (quicker, due to traffic) and islands further away in the archipelago chain. We had an appointment to meet our speed boat at 13:00 (1pm) and getting prepared for the beach was easy; the hard part was bearing the heat. Fortunately, the speedboat ride was cool, in many ways other than the air breezing by us as we sped to our island, 30 minutes away.

On the way, we saw why tourism is so important to the Maldives: many exclusive, large island resorts, large mega yachts and sailboats found the appeal of the Maldives alluring & exceptional. Crystal blue waters reminded us of the Polynesian Island or Caribbean resorts.

When we got to our island & found a manicured resort that catered to the dive & water sport enthusiast, the upscale European or Asian client or couples that has every amenity the exclusive resort dweller would want: restaurant, bars, spas, swimming pool, tennis courts & dive center.

Small thatched huts were built on the beach for shade & the over-the-water bungalows completed the "postcard" view we immediately saw upon exiting the speedboat docking at the resort. Many things were impressive about the resort but the beach, blue water and cool breeze was the highlight attraction.

Ellie got a chaise lounge chair & found some shade to anchor herself to, while we got into the crystal blue as quickly as we could. It IS paradise! Ellie's attitude perked right up as we waded in up to our necks in the cool water (compared to the "hotness" of the air), she was in her element: a beautiful ocean & white sand beach. I took my snorkeling gear & got to see many ocean fishes & corals, including a black-tip reef shark, juvenile ray, parrot fish, wrasse's and other tropical species.

Our trip was much too short but it was just enough time for Ellie & I to enjoy and not overtax Ellie's stamina or tolerance to the heat. The speedboat was exciting as the ride to the island and before we knew it all of the Regent island tourists were back in Male' to get on our tender ride back to our ship. All of us enjoyed this wonderful excursion to a far away island resort (literally) & wished we could stay many more days in this island paradise.

Our next port of call will be 2 days away at Port Victoria, Seychelles, another island archipelago chain nearer the African & Madagascar coast.....more exploring we go!

"Our World, Our Way, No Regrets!"



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