Our travels and adventures revolve around the oceans. Our days are planned by the tides. Our way is a seaward way.
I would like to explain how Seaward Way was created, where we started from and what inspires us. This is a journey for Chris and I, the journey of our lives together up until this point. We are still learning how to tell the story, still learning so much in so many different ways.
The ocean has always been where our hearts beat hardest, whether from adrenaline after the perfect wave, in awe of the beauty we find hidden beneath the surface, or from fear when facing the predators that cruise below. The way she churns beneath a boat in the middle of a sea on the blackest of nights with the rain beating against your skin, she commands a type of respect that only those who are inlove with her will understand.
She has bested many and captured many hearts, including ours. Life changes so quickly and time moves so fast, the future is never certain and we have found our one constant on these travels, besides God and each other, is the sea.
There are many frustrations that life throws in the way, and just being in the ocean makes it all seem so minor in comparison, whether its free diving, snorkeling or surfing. The constant vastness and immovable presence it has across the world put things into their proper perspective . When we were apart, Chris and I would both spend nearly our whole days in the sea and he would always tell me that it connected us. The waters were the same ocean. We were joined in some physical way and I always held to that.
We, lovers of the sea, nearly lose our lives to the her on a few occasions, but like some sort of addict, we always come back to it. I think it is where I am most passionate, the work I have had that has involved the sea is the work I have been most enthusiastic about. Well the sea and music and, to be honest, I see so many similarities between the two. Both a part of another world, neither are able to be bound, elements of them may be confined but neither can be constrained. It forms part of who you are and this is truly a magnificent feeling, it is such a great passion in our lives and we wanted to share this journey with any of you who are as passionate about the sea as we are. At the end of this post we have put together a list of our favorite atolls in the Maldives and the places to visit and things to do within them.
I have always been fascinated with shipwrecks. The beauty of what has been forgotten, what foreign objects the sea has claimed for itself and what lies beneath will always be remarkable to me. This wreck that we free dived is located in Vaavu Atoll of the Maldives. The atoll is picturesque and genuinely looks like you stepped into a post card or a chalk drawing like Mary Poppins. While the atoll may be lacking in waves, it certainly does make up for it in ship wrecks and shark dives.
Nurse sharks are pretty much the puppies of the ocean, and even though they get pretty large, they are harmless and great for underwater cuddles. It was such a great experience to be able to free dive with so many of them at once and to have them interact so beautifully and calmly with us.
Throughout the past three months we have sailed, cruised and adventured through some of the most incredible atolls! Had breathtaking waves to ourselves and learnt so so much! Our adventures are taking us back across the seas to the Seychelles and a whole new round of missions.
Our favorite atoll by FAR! If you are ever in the area, take a trip to Veymandoo and look up Jack Black and Sameer. Absolutely legendary friends of ours that know how to have the best time! Try the Beetlenut, the Roshi dishes and curry in the way of local foods. Be warned that spicy has whole new meaning for the Maldivians!
Explore the wreck on the unnamed island next door and snorkel the outer reefs of the deserted islands. The drop offs are epic and, if you are lucky enough, the Spinner Dolphins will give you the chance to say hello.
It is so much more wild than up North and if you enjoy the wild element that reminds me of our home (the African continent) then Thaa is definitely for you!
Like I said before, the shipwrecks were a huge draw card for Chris and I. The islands are gorgeous and also quite remote and if you are looking for a postcard holiday then its definitely a fantastic option!
The nurse shark dive is off the island of Alimatha and it truly is something special. There are night dives available as well with hundreds of sharks.
Last but not least is Laamu. This atoll has numerous dive and snorkel spots, and waves to boot! Lots of deserted islands make up this atoll and plenty of waves spread out over the atoll means lots of space for everyone (not such bad crowds! Yay!)
The islands are great and the locals are friendly and helpful! We didn't spend that much time on land while in Laamu but it is a definite recommend.