Marine caves, gigantic schools of Golden Trevally shimmering in the equatorial sunlight and the almost comical surreal fishing villages of the Maldivian Isles sounds too good to be true, but all that and more await you in this once-exclusive holiday destination in the Indian Ocean now open to all.
The legends of ancient mariners in Faafu Atoll are told every now and then under the shades of an Indian Tulip tree by many old timers lounging about in joalifathi, a sort of rope chair unique to the Maldivian islands. One of them still bear signs of the miracles that surround them.
Schools of Golden Trevally shimmer under the glittering ripples of the aquamarine lagoon off the island of Filitheyo, now a resort. Back then, Filitheyo was inhabited, and some unknown person was buried at the graveyard on the island, and for some reason long lost in the mists of folklore, the tomb became a shrine where people leave tributes and offerings. Some believe that this person was a powerful mage in his time, while others think that this person was a wealthy person from another island.
Whoever he was, he sure did bring about a lot of good fortune to whoever that left him an offering, and his vaunted magical powers still appears to manifest itself by drawing in schools of those golden fish that usually don’t venture so close to shores, unlike their normally colored kin.
Most fishermen still avoid the area around the island, out of homage to this person.
There are many beautiful mysteries surrounding the isles of Maldives, particularly those of Faafu atoll. Smaller than most of the other atolls, Faafu atoll is part of a group of two atolls collectively known as Nilandhe atoll.
Diving around here is as interesting as the landscape and people above, and is unique in the peculiarity that the waters are fresher and clearer, giving an odd sense of isolation in miles of dark blue horizon all around. Click here for more info about diving in Faafu Atoll.