Velavaru, Maldives

In October/November 2002 Cedric, Thomas and I stayed for two weeks at Velavaru Island Resort, also called the Turtle Island. This island is located at the South Nilandhe Atoll at the Maldives. The excellent dive base is run by Ocean-Pro Dive Team. First we had booked the dive trip at Bali but on 13 October 2002 some dumb Al Quaida fanatics confused Australians with Americans and bombed a night club at Kuta. Although after this attack Bali would have been the most Al Quaida safest place on earth we booked another dive destination. Friday, November 1, 2002, 36 Images.

Image 1/36: Beach Crab

One of the many quick white beach crabs. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, 2.5/90mm macro lens, Fujichrome Velvia)

Image 2/36: Ships on the Sea

Two ships and a pump house on the sea. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, 2.5/90mm macro lens, Fujichrome Velvia)

Image 3/36: Palms

The sun is hiding behind these palm trees. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, 2.5/90mm macro lens, Fujichrome Velvia)

Image 4/36: Hermit Crab

One of the many cute hermit crab on a dune of soand. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, 2.5/90mm macro lens, Fujichrome Velvia)

Image 5/36: Beach Crab

A white beach crab digging a hole. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, 2.5/90mm macro lens, Fujichrome Astia)

Image 6/36: Hermit Crab

A hermit crab (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, 2.5/90mm macro lens, Fujichrome Astia)

Image 7/36: Palm Beach

Yes, it looks indeed as kitschy as a travel brochure. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, Fujichrome Astia)

Image 8/36: Palm Beach

The same palms as from the previous picture but from the other side with the setting Sun. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, Fujichrome Astia)

Image 9/36: Pump House

The little pump house where they sucked the sand to recreate the beach in front of the restaurant. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, Fujichrome Astia)

Image 10/36: Waterplane

A waterplane in the light of the setting sun. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, Fujichrome Astia)

Image 11/36: Reception Hall

The beautiful reception hall in the evening. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Image 12/36: Cocos Palm

A coconut palm (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Image 13/36: Footprints in Sand

My footprints on the beach. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 17mm wideangle lens, October 2002)

Image 14/36: Saltwater Bubbles

Saltwater bubbles on the beach. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 90mm macro lens, October 2002)

Image 15/36: Fruits

Some fruits on the sand. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 90mm macro lens, October 2002)

Image 16/36: Reception Pier

The footbridge to the reception hall. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Image 17/36: Water Airplaine

The floatplane from Trans Maldivian Airways. The island is 45 minutes away from the international airport. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Image 18/36: Crabs

Two crabs on the rocks taking a sun bath. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 90mm macro lens, October 2002)

Image 19/36: Crow

A black crow sipping from a freshwater puddle. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 300mm telephoto lens, October 2002)

Image 20/36: Sunset

Another kitschy sunset with one of the dive boats. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 300mm telephoto lens, October 2002)

Image 21/36: Blacktip Reef Shark

One of the baby blacktip reef sharks that swam along the beach hunting for fishes. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 300mm telephoto lens, October 2002)

Image 22/36: Beach

You probably will see that if you are looking from the beach at the horizon. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Image 23/36: Palms with Umbrella

Another kitschy picture of a sunshade and palms on the beach. Hey, it really looked like this! (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Image 24/36: Sunset

One of the breathtaking sunsets. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 300mm telephoto lens, October 2002)

Image 25/36: Sunset

Yet another sunset. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Image 26/36: Windless Surfing

Practising your balance. Surfing without wind. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Image 27/36: Crow

A black crow on the beach. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 300mm telephoto lens, October 2002)

Image 28/36: Sunset

Sorry for just another kitschy sunset picture. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Image 29/36: Cloud

A cloud above the Maldives. To be honest, they look the same as in Switzerland ... (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Image 30/36: Cedric with Kite

Cedric playing with his kite. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Image 31/36: Rainy Day

In the last week we had some rainy days. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Image 32/36: Palm

Yes, the same palm as on an earlier picture but another background. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Image 33/36: Sunset

Do you like pretty sunsets every day? Then go to the Maldives. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Image 34/36: Freight Ship

A freight ship in the dusk. Note the little fata morgana on the left side. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Image 35/36: Harbour

The little harbor of Velavaru in the dusk. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Image 36/36: Freight Ship

At the morning of our departure the first beams of the rising sun hit the freight ship. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)