Maldives Dec 2014, Thudufushi - Photos 1

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The seaplane flights

Shortly after take-off from the seaplane terminal, in the Twin Otter on the way to Thudufushi.  This is an entirely man-made island to support Male's growing population.
Shortly after take-off from the seaplane terminal, in the Twin Otter on the way to Thudufushi. This is a man-made island to support 
						Male's growing population.
The eastern edge of Ari Atoll, as seen from the seaplane at about 2000 feet.  Deep water on the right, shallower on the left.  Some of the numerous reefs marking the edge of the atoll form a straight line.  There's a small yellowy sandbank sticking its head above water just above the middle of the photo.  Everything else is seen through several metres of transparent Indian Ocean.
The eastern edge of Ari Atoll, as seen from the seaplane at about 2000 feet. Deep water on the right, shallower on the left. Some of the 
					numerous reefs marking the edge of the atoll form a straight line. There's a small yellowy sandbank just sticking its head above water 
					just above the middle of the photo. Everything else is seen through a couple of metres of transparent ocean.
Thudufushi island from the seaplane as we do our downwind leg on a calm day, with the water villas stretched out along the reef.   We'll be landing just behind them.  The Panettone sandbank, marking Manta Point, is towards the upper right.
Thudufushi island from the seaplane as we do our downwind leg, with the water villas stretched out along the reef. We'll be 
						landing just behind them. The Panettone sandbank, marking Manta Point, is towards the upper right.
A refreshing cocktail and chilled towels greet us at Reception.
A refreshing cocktail and chilled towels greet us at Reception.
The seaplane flight home at the end of the holiday: we fly past Male, the smallest capital in the world.
The seaplane flight home at the end of the holiday:  we fly past Male, the smallest capital in the world.
Space is definitely at a premium on Male.
Space is definitely at a premium on Male.
As we pass by the international airport on Hulule island, you can make out an airliner at the near end of the runway waiting to take off.  The international terminal is to the left of the runway, with the seaplane terminal in the lagoon to the right of the runway.
As we pass by the international airport on Hulule island, you can make out an airliner at the near end of the runway waiting 
						to take off. The international terminal is to the left of the runway, with the seaplane terminal in the lagoon to the right of the runway.
The seaplane terminal.  There are normally more Twin Otter floatplanes moored alongide these pontoons - they must all be off delivering holidaymakers to resort islands.
The seaplane terminal. There are normally more Twin Otter floatplanes moored alongide these jetties - they must all be off delivering 
					holidaymakers to resort islands.

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