Posted by: koolwine | November 4, 2018

The Maldives: Gatecrashing Paradise

For years, only one hundred “resort” islands of The Maldives were open to foreigners, so when the author heard that the “real” Maldives (198 inhabited islands) had dropped their tourist restrictions, he traveled 600 miles around the archipelago using cargo ships and ferries as transportation and staying at the simple guest houses of people who had never before hosted an outsider. 

Country Focus: The Maldives

Gatecrashing Paradise: Misadventures in the Real Maldives
By Tom Chesshyre
Published by Nicholas Brealey, 2015.
276 pgs.

Genre: Travelogue

About the author: British journalist and world traveler Tom Chesshyre has written seven travelogues. His most recent is From Source to Sea: Notes from a 215-Mile Walk Along the River Thames.

World Lit Up Rating:
(On a scale of 1-5, with 1 book = turned off and 5 books = lit up)

Tom Chesshyre


I caught a 20-minute ferry to Hulhumale. It was, by all accounts, a peculiar place. Until 1997 it had been no more than an area of reef at the far end of Airport Island. In the years since, more than US$30 million had been spent on land reclamation to create a new island. The purpose was twofold: to provide an area of overspill housing for Male, one of the most densely populated places on the planet, and also to have a higher landmass than the capital should waves rise as climate change scientists foresaw.

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