Where Are You Going?

Take a trip to The Maldives with Juli and discover a part of the world which says “hello” in an entirely different way to how we know it.

Juli Townsend's Transition to Home

Paradise island sunrise Paradise island sunrise

After much encouragement, I took the plunge and left Australia for the first time since my return eighteen months ago. My husband was giving a series of workshops at a college on the island of Male, the capital of The Maldives, and knowing what the island was like, I really wasn’t interested in joining him. However, images of clear turquoise tropical waters, and a free weekend on the Paradise Island resort eventually won me over and I agreed to go.

Island in the sun Island in the sun

Where the ocean meets the coral reef.

The resort lived up to, and beyond expectations. Tourism was a late comer to The Maldives, and as a result, they’ve done it well. There are no high-rise beach front properties, and only the uninhabited islands were developed, which ensured existing island villages were not destroyed in the process.

Paradise Island Paradise Island

The view from our beach hut The view from our beach hut

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Pirates Cove

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Cheeseburger in Paradise sang Jimmy Buffett, and many burger joints claimed he wrote it while eating in their establishment. Pirates Cove is no exception.

There still is controversy over the exact location. Edward “Blackbeard” Teach quotes Buffett, “He answered that nobody but himself and the Devil knew where it was, and the longest liver should take all.”

The restaurant, and I use that term loosely, received 4.4 stars by Google. This Pirate-themed, dog-friendly haunt is a local favorite for boaters who enjoy simple American eats & live music. – Google If you make the trip, be sure to have a few bushwacker drinks topped with 151, a strong alcohol. I had one sans 151 topper.
I enjoyed the art work on the buildings.
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The badge says it all. The locals have a saying, “I’m going to Pirate Cove to hang out with the riff raff. The definition of riff raff is disreputable people. Well, if we’re there that can’t be so. (t.i.c. – tongue in cheek)
My niece, Crissa and my nephews visited the Cove, the boys to swim, and the adults to imbibe. I enjoyed the dogs on the beach, although it’s nothing like the 3 mile stretch of Huntington Beach Dog Beach, California. I wished even more that Nick could have come. He would have enjoyed running free and socializing with the other dogs.


I’m always encouraged to see establishments who proudly fly the American flag.
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The sun is setting. Time to head on back to the condo.