Been There Yesterdays – Fihalhohi

Recently when we looked through old pictures, we realized to how many places we have been – long before we thought of or even started this blog. So, we decided to share with you once a week a place we explored in the past in our rubric “Been There Yesterdays”.

Back in 2011 we dropped my parents at the airport as they took off for a well-deserved vacation. Whilst they checked in for their flight, we stopped at one of the counters where last minute package deals are available. By the time Mom and Dad dropped their baggage, we had casually booked a trip to Fihalhohi, a barefoot island on the Maldives after checking that Renz will not need a visa – always a bit of a task with his Indian passport.

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A couple of weeks later we boarded an Edelweiss flight from Zurich to Male. Renz is still of the opinion that Edelweiss served the best food he ever got up in the sky, so he highly recommends the airline.

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From Male we took a speedboat, which took us in 40 minutes to Fihalhohi, the last island of south Male on the southwestern rim of the atoll. We were greeted by lush green natural foliage, hundreds of shady coconut palm trees and white sandy beaches. Only a limited area of the 80’000 square meter big island has been developed in order to interfere as little as possible with the beauty and the natural enhancement of the island. As a result, there is no swimming pool on the island and no TVs in the room.

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We enjoyed a week relaxing at the beach, swimming, snorkeling, reading, enjoying stunning sunsets with a drink in our hands and just being together.

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During our stay we first stayed in a comfort room and then switched to a water bungalow.

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A week was the perfect time for us; longer might have been a bit of a stretch, as we like to be flexible and plan independent excursions, which was not possible from the island. We can recommend travelling during off-season (which we did in August): there were less people and we enjoyed the overcast sky – the sun was still very strong and it was still very warm!

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