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Two Thousand Isles - (Re)discovering Maldives

Story: Wreck Creation


Lot of sitting around to get this picture, but not a bad place to do it. The guys from the Muraka guest house, on Vaavu Keyodhoo, took us out to see the local wreck, you know – the one off […]

Guest House: Pyrard’s Paradise


This week we found ourselves on Baa’s tiny island of Fehendhoo – home of the Maldives’ most famous marooned mariner. Francois Pyrard and his shipmates spent a few tough weeks in ‘paradise’ on this island and Fulhadhoo, next door, in […]

Guest House: Wave Sound…Addu’s Oasis


Story number three in our guest house section is, fittingly, the recently-opened ‘Wave Sound’ by 3S in Addu’s Maradhoofeydhoo area. Though this one is close to home for us, it’s really like stepping into another world entirely – a mini-resort […]

Story: Bonfire of the Atolls


After being advised to time our visit to Gaddhoo to coincide with their Eid al-fitr celebrations, we’ve been sitting on these pics for a few months. Looking for anything that seemed vaguely timely and along came Guy Fawkes night this […]

2k Journal: Naj’s First Exhibition


With the South Asian Travel Awards 2017 taking place this weekend in Addu’s Equator Village, we thought it would be the perfect time to hold an exhibition of Naj’s work, celebrating the best of Addu for all the people visiting. […]

Story: Ladies of Libaas


The libaas story is more or less obligatory for any website covering Maldivian culture, so here’s our offering (finally). Now we just need to do the lacquerwork story and maybe something about rihaakuru and we’ll be just about done here. (Not really…there’s […]

Story: Hooked in Huvadhu


Here’s another one we’ve been sitting on since our visit to Huvadhu (and sitting on hooks for too long isn’t wise). So, we just got off it and here’s what hatched. When traveling round the atoll we hadn’t realised just […]

Story: Innes and Islands


Just when you think you’ve heard of everything written about the Maldives (in English, at least) you discover something new. Hammond Innes’ 1965 novel – The Strode Venturer – partly set in Addu, strongly suggested the English author had been […]

Story: Booming Buma


Sparked by a picture spotted in Suvadive Cafe, here in Addu, more people than we expected remembered being unibrow-ed as kids. We soon got hold of the original images and found our own victim model to recreate this joined eyebrow […]

Story: Shore Leave


Another hold-out from our Fuvahmulah trip, which seems a long time ago, but is still very clear in the memory (oh, and we took notes). Always interesting due it’s relative isolation, Fuvahmulah has attracted more explorers than anywhere else. This […]

Story: Memoirs of a Ge


Long overdue story about our home base here in Seenu Hithadhoo. There’s not too many houses like this one left, a blend of old and new memories, stories, and people! So, make yourself comfortable, just remember to take your shoes […]

2k Journal: Our 100th Story


Well, last week’s story about the kaalhu was actually our one hundredth. We started off sixteen months ago hoping just to add slightly more informative captions to Naj’s pics, and here we are. Since then we’ve uncovered some new stuff […]

Story: Birds of a Feather


The rain refused to stop this week, but most of our southern snaps are still dry. So, with a little help from the dhondheeni, we spent a couple of days reflecting on the crows of paradise. They’re unloved anywhere, and largely unseen […]

Drawing Inspiration from Lahu


It’s been kind of a grey week all over the Maldives it seems, so we’re really grateful to Lahu for bringing us some colour with this brilliant illustration for the Two Thousand Isles page. Lahu’s graphic design work has already […]

Story: Beyya Beys


Another story left over from our time in Gaafu Alif atoll. Meeting Thutthu Beyya in Gemanafushi was a real pleasure…especially when he sang for us (it seems Dan reminded him of a distant relative!). Great to hear the stories of […]

2k Journal: Finding Yaahunbaraas


A post in our 2k Journal/blog about another story on the page isn’t something we’ve done before (might be getting a bit meta), but our recent story on Yaahunbaraas is one we are most proud of. It’s certainly our longest, […]