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The Sea of Stars

By Linda Tancs

If you find yourself on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives from late summer to year’s end, you might think that the heavens dropped in on the earth. That’s what it looks like thanks to the phytoplankton in the ocean that have the ability to emit light like fireflies. Put billions of those little critters together and you get what’s affectionately known as the “sea of stars.” The micro-organisms bedazzle visitors with a radiant blue light, one of nature’s most extraordinary shows if you’re lucky enough to see it. Nature can be fickle, though; it’s best to check ahead for sightings.


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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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