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Monday, March 19, 2001
Dhangethi Island, Ari Atoll to Male', The Maldives
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Male', The Maldives:
Latitude: 4° 10' 22" North
Longitude: 73° 30' 24" East
Altitude: 12 feet
From Seattle: 10732 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Blue Diamond Guesthouse

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Today's Travel:
Country: The Maldives
Regions: Alifu, Kaafu
Route: Dive Boat Fathuhulbaaree: Dhangethi - Lilly Beach; Sea Plane: Lilly Beach - Male'
Path:Dhangethi Island, Ari Atoll - Male', The Maldives
Linear:59 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Sea plane landing Lilly Beach, S. Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Sea plane landing Lilly Beach, S. Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Random Atoll Sea plane, The Maldives

Random reef Sea plane, The Maldives

Random reef Sea plane, The Maldives

Random reef Sea plane, The Maldives

Random reef Sea plane, The Maldives

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1439
Linear Dist: 274202
Countries Visited: 75
Regions Visited: 283
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Hotels: 568
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 97
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4550
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Journal Entry:
Since I was flying this afternoon I couldn't dive today - the good news was that meant I could sleep in! I got up at the more civilized time of eight and started packing. I had breakfast with the others when they came back from their dive. Then finished packing. I was trying to copy all the photos I'd taken on the dive trip and managed to completely crash my handheld. I lost all the memory, but luckily I had backup from just over a week ago. Worse, I thought I'd lost most of the photos I'd taken, but then I remembered that I'd copied them to a memory stick last night for a little slide show - and hadn't cleared it yet! Whew! When the others left for their second dive I said goodbye. The captain to me to Lilly Beach resort in the dingy. I had three hours until my plane was due to pick me up so I looked around. That took 20 minutes. It's a completely soulless hotel - could be anywhere except for the beaches. And the beaches are protected by an artificial breakwater so they aren't even that nice looking. The resort lacked character - and it seemed, so did the people. Maybe I've just gotten used to too much character...

I ended up spending most of the time renaming photos and figuring out which were which, and then getting my computer working again. The float plane flight was far less exciting than I'd hoped. It was only twenty-five minutes long, and there was some clouds that blocked a lot of the views. Still I had some postcard views of reefs and deserted atolls. When we were taking off I thought I saw a turtle which was cool - he probably came to say good bye to me (or more likely my camera!)

Back in Male' I managed to get out of the airport quickly and caught a dhoni back to Male' proper. At the guest house I ended up talking with Andrew, the manager for awhile. He couldn't identify my mystery fish either, but took a copy of the photo and promised to have an answer for me by tomorrow. I walked into the center of town and tried to get my dive computer's battery changed - they told me to come back tomorrow. Not that I'll need it anytime soon, but it seems better to have it working just in case. With nothing else to do I decided to go face a weeks worth of email. At the internet cafe I spent nearly three hours - wading through 150+ emails (100+ of them junk) and uploading my journal entries and photos from the dive trip. For diner I went to the swank Italian restaurant and had Ok Lasagna for diner - I figured I probably won't have Italian in India.


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