The Maldives.

Reference: M1

Title:Cruising the Maldives.

Length: 1500 words.

Published previously. SBSR and non-British rights available.

Travel operator: Voyages Jules Vernes.

About the author: Derrick Grover.

Two extracts.

Disembarking on island.

We were not sure it would be a good idea to cruise the Indian Ocean in January. Would the temperature at the equator contrast too much with a cold winter's day in England? Then there was the invitation to swim with stingrays. Would they be friendly and, if not, how bad was their sting? In fact the fish were the most amiable we have encountered. It was windy enough to keep cool in the shade and the air conditioning aboard ship compensated for the heat outside.

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A short cruise to the Baa Atoll brought us to the uninhabited island of Milaidhoo - declared to be the very best for snorkelling and diving. It was the opportunity for an introductory one-day scuba diving trip for $96. Instruction was given on the essential theory in the morning and then over the reef to share the waters with a multitude of fish at a depth of 30 to 40 feet. Shoals of brightly coloured fish swam by within inches of me as though I were a piece of coral which happened to be shaped like a human being with a mask on. A turtle came by; I followed, moving my flippers in time with his legs as he lazily swam along the reef. A stone fish lay in a recess in the coral and, nearby, a sea cucumber resembling a giant millipede in green.

Other topics in this article.

Island explorer; Baa atoll; Geography; Population; Crabs; Fish; Stingrays; Ungoofaaru; Male; Full Moon Beach resort.

Photographs supporting this article.

BBQ; Native boats; water bus; Fish market; island views; etc.

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