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[Photo Journal] Picnic Island at Maldives


Myra here.

We are excited to share photographs every Tuesday from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Picnic Island at Ari Atoll

One of the highlights of our recent trip in Maldives was going to this absolutely breathtaking picnic island that is 20 minutes away by speedboat from Mahibadhoo.



We spent the entire day there, and with our hosts from the Amazing Noovilu Guesthouse as our guide, who prepared yummy sandwiches and snacks for us, we snorkeled and had the best time. The beach was completely deserted, just the way I love it.


“I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”
― Anaïs Nin


“The sea always filled her with longing, though for what she was never sure.”
― Cornelia Funke, Inkheart


“My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


One of the things I hate about Boracay now, as much as I love the island, is how crowded it is – filled with noisy and partying tourists or locals who are pushing their wares into your face. There is just absolute peace and quiet here in Picnic Island that filled my heart.


I also realize how a huge privilege it is to be in this deserted strip of beach – with only the sound of birds and the waves for company. My heart is simply filled to the brim.

Have you been to this place yet? Do you know of any other beach that has such a spectacular view?

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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