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Guraidhoo, Maldives, June 29, 2018

So I couldn't leave the Maldives without capturing the classic views. The palms, turquoise water, beaches... I walked around the island with my camera and came across some kids playing in the trees. They were very nice and wanted me to take some photos of them. We ended up trying fencing with the palm leaves. Eventually, I had the site to myself.

Guraidhoo is a small island. About 500 meters across in any direction. Around 1800 people live there. At the time of my visit, during my two days, I met three other tourists plus a lovely Chinese family who joined me on my ferry ride back to Malé.

I went there during the FIFA World Cup and at two places they had put up big screens where you could watch the matches. The locals are very much into football. They have one full-size football pitch and right next to it there's a smaller one with artificial grass.

For eating, the place to go is Amore. The Island Bite is another recommended option. For swimming, there is a local beach, but make sure to wear appropriate clothing. The locals are mainly Muslims. Guraidhoo is connected by a bridge to a "Picnic Island" where you can find the "bikini beach". Here you can swim wearing whatever you want. Unfortunately, that beach isn't very good. I heard they are planning to make a new "bikini beach" and it was currently under construction. Most likely it will be ready next year.

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