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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: 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: Dhevvadhoo Dynasty


We left behind the quiet island of Dhevvadhoo on Saturday, and with it the last we’ll see of the Gaafu Alif group for a while…unless we left a charger or something (always the way, isn’t it?). Only just found time […]

Thank You Fuvahmulah & Gaafu Alif


Six weeks after we left Addu, we’ve been to ten inhabited islands and maybe the same number of uninhabited. The longest time spent was on Fuvahmulah – two weeks – while the shortest was on Gaafu Alif Kondey, were we […]

Maafushi Plus


Gaaf Alif’s Maafushi island is another one of those, like Villingili, whose name is more often associated with somewhere closer to the capital. But Huvadhu’s edition struck out on its own long before it’s cousin in Kaafu became famous as […]

JOURNEY UPDATE: Dhevvadhoo Dead-Center


After the usual will-we-won’t-we on Kolamaafushi harbour early this morning, the ferry captain decided that yesterday’s wild winds had calmed and we would head to Dhevvadhoo. (…via Villingili, Koodoo, and Maamendhoo, but we’ve taken mercy on our little map…and if […]

Roadha Kuru Kurun


Maldivians have a phrase that covers any activity designed to stave off the boredom and hunger that comes during daylight fasting – roadha kuru kurun (shorten the fast). Today, our friends in Kolamaafushi invited us to shorten the fast by […]

Villingili Number One


Having started the year in Villimale’ and visited Shangri La resort before now (well, one of us has), this was our third Villingili. There’s two more in the neighbourhood, both still awaiting inhabitation in Alif Dhaal and Lakshwadeep. This one […]

Koodoo See-Food


Today we were able to go over to the Koodoo fish processing plant, lying between Villingili and Maamendhoo on the north-east shoulder of Huvadhu. We’d heard a lot about the place from fishermen up and down Gaafu Alif, who make […]

Island Office


Travelling around the islands was always going to be filled with interesting challenges. Finding stories and travelling between isolated islands can be tricky, but not, it turns out, as tricky as finding a cool and quiet place to compile our […]

VIDEO: Prayer O’Clock


Here’s the short video to go with our ‘Prayer O’Clock‘ story from Gaafi Alif Nilandhoo. There are other sundials on other islands, but we’ve not seen one like this anywhere else yet.

Ferries & Rainbows


Woken by torrential rain before our alarms had the chance to get snoozed, it seemed unlikely our ferry to Maamendhoo would have left from its southern start point. But, with the public ferry system, it’s very difficult to find out […]