Getting ready for a year of diving in the Maldives

Diving in the Maldives

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A new adventure has come across our path and with this comes a new destination. Thom and I will spend 2018 as dive instructors for a brand new resort.

A little paradise

Some exciting news – we are going to the Maldives! For a year! We just got hired at a dive center in Raa Atoll. The resort is to be opened in December 2017. The island itself has the name Filaidhoo. In the Maldives they also speak of atolls. Filaidhoo is located in Raa Atoll. Thom and I will be working there as dive instructors at what might be one of the prettiest little paradises on earth.

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Coral reefs and sand banks

The Maldives is a group of islands in the Indian Ocean with Sri Lanka and India as their most nearby neighbors. It has 1192 little islands (of which 200 are uninhabited) which belong to 26 natural atolls or rings of islands. Coral reefs that are still alive and sand banks are what made these atolls. Therefor each island has its own unique natural shape.

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Local marine life

The marine life is colorful with big and small species. We haven’t seen it yet for ourselves, but the pictures on social media of the resort and marine biologists keep us up to date. Meanwhile I can do some studying about local marine life as we still have some weeks to go before the job starts.

Those who know us or follow us online might wonder: what’s going to happen to our usual Greek summer in Karpathos? Thom and I have built up a summer lifestyle on that pretty little rocky island in the Aegean sea. We won’t be in Karpathos this year and after many years that feels like moving away from home. It’s always hard to not be able to see your friends and family. Just as it is with the place where we have our roots. However, every time I set foot somewhere new it usually becomes a new home. Spain, Argentina, Kenya, Sweden, Germany and Mexico are other places where I feel I have a place to go. Now it’s time for Thom and I to make a home feeling on the Maldives.

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Ever since I left my home country I felt at home at any other place I went to. I enjoy getting to know more cultures by talking to strangers and hearing their philosophy about life. Speaking with gestures when you can not find a shared language, finding places only the locals go to and learn about their customs and values. Hanging out with local people makes me happy. The experience of every new place is a step out of your comfort zone where I like to wander around until it feels like a second home.

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