Photos of the Maldives: Tears & Inspiration

By Abi King | Asia

Sep 03

MaldivesPhotos007 Rain drops

The aeroplane bobbed on the water. The spray shimmered like tears on the window, giant baubles of longing just waiting for something to happen or someone to notice.

The eyes of the passengers looked past, of course, beyond those round tears to skies tempered by clouds and waves ruffled by wind. They looked past the ocean to the islands of their dreams: white sand and wooden bungalows that had travelled in pixels from here in the Maldives to brochures at home. From there to the neurons of hope and excitement. Anticipation fired through their minds.

My eyes had their own tears, they noticed the spray.

With a blurring of motion, the propeller bled into charcoal smears and the aircraft eased us from the water. The droplets streaked across the glass before melting away to reveal the translucent blue circles of the Indian Ocean.

Maldives island

My mind tried to rest on those circles, to follow their contours, to soak in their solace. Yet against all the odds, it zipped away from these photons to a book from my childhood and a narrow, steep staircase in old Amsterdam:

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

Well, then. Let the thoughts of the Maldives bring you solace from your troubles. However large or small you may feel them to be.

Back to normal blogging soon.

I promise.

Photos of the Maldives

Maldive Circles

Maldives from the air

Boat on the Indian Ocean

Islands in the Maldives

Maldives W HotelDisclosure: this stunning and beautiful flight across the Indian Ocean was arranged thanks to the W Retreat & Spa in the Maldives. More about them later…


About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

Sophie September 3, 2012

Good to see you’re back, Abi :)

    Abi King October 15, 2012

    Backish! Thank you so much for the welcome!

Josh - Badge of Awesome September 4, 2012

Beautiful! I love the blue colours!

    Abi King October 15, 2012

    They look even more spectacular in real life. Just amazing…

Gene September 5, 2012

Great photography! I look forward to following your blog.

Jenna September 7, 2012

What sweet, true words from Anne Frank. Looking forward to more of your posts soon :)

    Abi King October 15, 2012

    Thanks Jenna – glad to see you back here! :)

Linda @EcoTraveller September 13, 2012

Look forward to reading your posts again. Your writing makes me smile :)
Hope all is well… or at least getting there.

    Abi King October 15, 2012

    Thank you. Not quite back to normal but it is getting there. And writing helps :)

Amazing photos! Seeing these sites is on my bucket list, especially after reading your post.

    Abi King October 15, 2012

    I’d seen the pics in brochures but always imagined that about a gazillion filters had been employed. It was absolutely incredible to realise that that’s just what they actually look like!

Rob May 29, 2013

Would love to visit the Maldives one day. Thanks for sharing the photos from above!

    Abi King May 29, 2013

    You’re welcome – and I hope you get there one day.

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