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Island Hopping in the Maldives

By Linda Tancs

Known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs, the Maldives represent, as local tourism puts it, the sunny side of life. As more of the islands comprising its ring-shaped atolls open to tourism, island hopping is a popular way to experience life like a local. That’s especially true for locales within a reasonable distance of the capital Malé, like Dhigurah. Considered one of the most beautiful islands in the nation, its long, sandy beach is easily walkable and ends in the south with a sandbank. Whale sharks preside year round, offering safari opportunities. Take the speedboat there from Malé.

The Food Beneath Your Feet

By Linda Tancs

Now talk about “farm to table.”  Usually, your food comes to you, like a nice catch at 16 feet or so below sea level.  Would you like to meet your catch at the source?  Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in the Maldives is the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant.  At 16 feet below sea level, you can spot your catch with 180° views of reef and marine life–no scuba gear required.  Unforgettable?  Be sure of that.  Kind of gives new meaning to the phrase “menu is seasonal and subject to change”–don’t you think?

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