The real Maldives is not the one you ever heard of
The real Maldives is a very simple place
With simple sky, simple water, simple smile and simple life
简单的天 简单的海 简单的笑 简单的活
Sri Lanka > Maldives > India > Nepal > Tibet - 2011 - 斯里兰卡 > 马尔代夫 > 印度 > 尼泊尔 > 西藏
Maldives Itinerary 马尔代夫行程 Malé > Keyodhoo Island
Malé, the capital of Maldives, is a very vivid place, all the buildings are painted with lovely bright colors as if they were sending you big happy smilies. It is also a very tiny place, that everywhere could easily be accessed by walk. But it is as well quite a busy place, that you can find almost all kind of services or products or cuisines, the shops open until very late because people from all other islands purchase stocks from Malé. The living standard in Maldives to not considered cheap, but it is not like super high that everyone would normally imagined. The rocket high price only applies to those resort islands that you are obliged to book at least a few nights and are being transported in and out by plane taxi. We had some decent Italian and Thai meals in Malé that costed us only around USD $20 per person per meal. And the price of our hostel House Clover was also very reasonable that costed us around USD $40 for a double ensuite.
马尔代夫的首都马累 (Malé) 是个色彩缤纷的地方，所有建筑物都被涂上鲜艳的颜色；就好像是要给你送上一个一个的笑面，叫人心甜。它也是个很细小的地方，无论何处都可以迅速徒步到达。但它亦是个很繁忙的地方，在那里你可以找到各式各款的服务，货品或是菜肴；由于其他岛屿的人都是从 Malé 进货，所以那里的店铺都开到很晚。虽然马尔代夫的生活指数并不算低，但绝对不是大家想像中那么高。那些超级贵的价钱其实就只会出现在度假村岛屿上面；你是规定的要订好几晚房间，而且会有飞机的士送你进出。我们在 Malé 吃过好几顿美味的意大利餐和泰国餐，每人每餐也只需要付大约 USD $20 的价钱。而我们的旅馆 House Clover 价钱也很合理，一间双人套房则是大约 USD $40 的价钱。
From Malé we need to take a 6 hours ferry to reach Keyodhoo Island, but sailing in the middle of the Indian Ocean was indeed an amazing experience. All my worries were blown far away when seeing the infinite ocean in front of my own eyes. On the way we saw many of the resort islands that looked exactly the same as we what we normally see on the commercial ads, but not a single second I looked forward to stay in those place. All because I knew I would never experience the real Maldives in those man-made luxury land, also I knew those kind of high-end products are replicas anywhere, and therefore, not necessarily to be experienced in this country in particular.
从 Malé 出发，我们要乘坐大约6个小时的渡轮才可以到达 Keyodhoo Island，但航行于印度洋之中实在是一件令人兴奋非常的事情。由其当我亲眼著那个无边无尽的海洋时，所有曾经的烦恼都立即被抛诸脑后。一路上，我们看见很多度假村岛屿，样子就好像是杂志上面的广告一样，但我却没有半秒想要住进那些地方。因为我知道在那些人造的奢华岛屿一定不会能够让我感受到真正的马尔代夫，而且我知道那些高档次的产物其实都是无所不在的复制品，所以我根本就不需要特别的在这个国家去体验它。
The cost of living in Malé might not be considered as shoestring, but our spending in Keyodhoo Island was truly affordable, with a cost of around USD $30 per person per day we were provided with 3 meals a day and a double ensuite with air-conditioning. Unfortunately Island Life Maldives, the agent that sells us Keyodhoo Guesthouse, had already changed their package plan. Now it cost USD $70 per day but with add-on activities like snorkeling or fishing. By the time we visited some of my friends did paid extra for add-on activities, however I preferred staying on the island at all time and therefore would consider this new package a bit expensive.
Malé 的生活费的确不算低廉，但我们在 Keyodhoo Island 的花费就认真便宜，每人每日只需要付大约 USD $30 就包括了住宿以及三餐。但最可惜的是，销售 Keyodhoo Guesthouse 的旅行社 Island Life Maldives 经已有了新的行销套餐。现在每人需要 USD $70 一天才可以入住这个地方，但新的价钱还包括了一些额外的活动，例如出海浮潜或是钓鱼之类。那个时候，我的好几个朋友则要付出额外的费用才能够去玩这些东西；但由于自己比较喜欢留在小岛上，所以这个新的价钱对我来说确是有点贵。
Keyodhoo Island is a tiny island that everywhere could be reached by walk in less than 15 minutes. There were no traffic no bank and no entertainment complex of any sorts, just a simple village with simple houses simply built on sand. The beach was tiny too but there we spent a lot of time enjoying the very blue sky and ocean while swimming with the little fish stream. The island is such a tranquil place that reminded me life is meant to be simple, too much that we own are in fact unnecessary.
Keyodhoo Island 是一个非常细小的岛屿，所有地方都可以在15分钟之内步行到达。那里没有交通，没有银行，更没有任何娱乐场所；是一条简单的村庄，有着简单的平房，简单的被建筑在沙丘之上。那个沙滩也都很细小，但我们还是会在那里怠很久很久；一直在跟蓝天碧海拥抱，一直在跟小鱼儿玩耍。这个小岛的确是一个与世无争的地方，而且提醒了我：生活原本就应该是很简单，许多我们拥有的东西其真实都是多余的。
There meant to be a few hundred habitants on Keyodhoo Island but most of the men were working on the other resort islands so we could only see women and kids and old people on this island. One thing that truly amazed me was that every afternoon around the same time all the women of this village came out to the playground to play one single tennis ball together. I could see in their eyes they were so much anticipating to that flying ball, and also in their smiles they were so much enjoying this game. I have never seen so many adults being so happy doing such a simple activity like this, and these cheerful faces reminded me happiness is meant to be simple, too much that we worry are in fact unnecessary.
Keyodhoo Island 原本应该有好几百个居民，但岛上大部份男人都跑到了别的度假村岛屿打工，所以就只剩下女人，小孩以及老人家们在小岛上生活。有件事件真的令我很感诧异，就是每天下午的同一个时间，岛上的女人都会走到球场上，一起去玩同一个网球。从她们的眼神我知道她们是十分的期待这个飞来飞去的球，而且从她们的笑容我也知道她们真的是非常享受这个自创的游戏。我从没有见过那么多成年人如此快乐的去玩一个如此简单的东西，但那些笑面却又提醒了我：快乐原本就应该是很简单，许多纒绕我们的烦恼其真实都是多余的。
Probably because we had too many people charging too many iPhone at Keyodhoo Guesthouse, the electricity ran out from time to time during the nights. But we enjoyed the complete darkness a lot because it gave romantic moments to look into the bright stars and listen to the chanting breeze, a real moment that we could never experience in any city life.
可能因为我们在 Keyodhoo Guesthouse 有着太多的 iPhone 在充电，晚上很多时候都会停电。但我们还是十分享受那个完全黑暗的浪漫气氛，好让我们有机会细看闪闪星光，静听柔柔海浪，感受那个完全真实的片刻。