The Africa portion of our expedition is now behind us and we begin our journey towards Asia. The longest flight of the trip is between South Africa and the Maldive Islands, 6 hr and 40 mi. We took in two lectures and I gave a short destination briefing on these colorful islands. Our jet was forced to take a more southerly route over Madagascar as Tropical Cyclone Irena was hovering over the central part of the island. We saw the east coast of Mozambique and the west coast of Madagascar and then it all went to cloud. We arrived in the Maldives (3 hour time difference) at 9 PM and transferred by boat to our island resort.
Addu Atoll, still in the southern hemisphere. The Maldives span from 8°N to 1°S. Addu is the southern most part of the archipelago which contains 26 different atolls. This view is off the back deck of my villa.
Villingili Resort, part of the Shangri-La hotel chain. Each TCS and Starquest traveler receives a $300 credit to use at the resort anyway they like (except the spa) for various activities that are offered. Night fishing, a dolphin cruise, turtle adventure, snorkeling, scuba and other activities are to choose from. Hmm, what would I do with my credit?
tandoori oven where we will make naan, garlic naan, chapati's and cheese naan.