Country number: 50
Territory number: 55
When? End December 1999- Jan 2000
How? Boat, seaplane
Who? With Neil
‘It has been popular to threaten “small islands and low-lying coasts” with scenarios of disastrous future flooding. The Maldives has been the most utilised target. We have undertaken a careful analysis of actual sea level changes in the Maldives. No rise has been recorded either in the present or the past centuries.’
- A see-in the new millennium beach break – 120 island resorts to choose from in the Maldives.
- The flight to the capital, Malé was tedious. It was a very cramped charter plane via Colombo.
- The seaplane from Malé to Reethi was far more acceptable – great views of the islands and reefs
- Our island was tiny and could be circumnavigated in less than ten minutes.
- We had our own strip of powdery white beach – it was peaceful and gorgeous.
- The house reef was a few hundred yards too many away for comfortable access. The aquamarine lagoon was clear and shallow, so the swim wasn’t too daunting – until I disturbed an octopus who shot out of the water in front of me. My scream woke up every one dozing on their sunbeds. The sights were suitably rewarding when I finally arrived – the coral teemed with tropical fish and turtles. Swimming alongside a turtle is incredibly relaxing, they look so serene.
- The food wasn’t great –it’s all imported of course. The island is much too small to grow anything.
- New Year’s Eve brought live music and fireworks, with a flaming sign – Happy Last Second of the Second Millennium’.
The Maldives consists of 26 ring-shaped atolls made up of more than 1,000 coral islands
It is the smallest Asian country by both land area and population (roughly 375,000).
The capital city Malé occupies a whole island and, with over 100,000 people crammed onto it, is by some measures, the world’s densest city.
It is the world’s lowest country, with an average elevation of 1.5 metres. The Maldives are ranked the world’s third most endangered nation due to flooding from climate change and global warming.
To see more of my photos of The Maldives, visit this page.