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Gatecrashing Paradise: Misadventures in the Real Maldives

Gatecrashing Paradise: Misadventures in the Real Maldives

Author(s): Tom Chesshyre

Location(s): The Maldives

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): Modern



Away from the five-star hotels and beyond luxury hideaways, Tom Chesshyre travels to see the real, unexplored Maldives, skirting around the archipelagos periphery, staying at simple guesthouses, and using cargo ships and ferries. He discovers that beyond the glossy brochures lies an almost undiscovered country that is brimming with life, yet also a paradise teetering on the brink of trouble.
In the Maldives outsiders used to be banned from islands not officially endorsed as tourist resorts, but now a thousand sandy shores can be visited in this remote nation deep in the Indian Ocean the flattest on Earth.
This is island-hopping for the twenty-first century, sailing around 600 miles of the most beautiful islands and atolls on Earth, often to communities that have not seen an outsider for decades, …and gatecrashing the odd posh hotel.

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The Maldives are a holiday destination. Right. But so much more, and Tom Chesshyre takes the reader behind the scenes to experience the ‘real’ Maldives … in many ways an eye opener

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