Lauren Hill in the Maldives
Surfer Lauren Hill visited the Maldives (lucky girl!). Here's what she had to say about the magical place:
Each tiny Maldivian islet we pass is fringed by heavy coconut palms and ringed in concentric bands of chrysoprase, turquoise, and lapis lazuli. And despite the billion options for inspired wordsmithery, the phrase that keeps coming to mind is: ‘I feel like I’m in a screensaver'.
Thankfully, paradise is not only a technological figment of the imagination.
The 1,192 islands of the Republic of Maldives are the very definition of tropical dreaminess. The country is formed atop a submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean, comprised of 26 natural atolls, rings of reef that encircle lapis hued deep water lagoons, where sandy cays and islets of coralline origin lay just above sea level.
All day dreaming
Another postcard perfect Maldivian islet
Breakfast of tropical champions
Deserted beaches = okay to take a selfie
Elegance at its finest
I got to piece together one of the coral frames to aid in the regeneration of coral in the northern Maldives
Lady waves, no one out. A recipe for all day sliding
Maldives means 'garland' or necklace in Sanskrit. The view of the country's jewel-ish islands from above.
May i stay forever, please?
No words necessary
Nobody around, no bikini, no worries!
Nothing makes my heart sing more than being here, doing this
Overwater bungalows at Maalifushi Resort mean you don't ever have to take your eyes off of the ocean
Post surf sun daze
Sea turtles are endangered in many parts of the world, including the Maldives, where their eggs are still eaten for food. I was stoked to get to see this little one popping up to check us out.
Shortboards, longboards, fishes, surf mats, the Maldives have fun waves for any craft.
Snorkeling amongst the rejuvenated coral, which is now teeming with life
Stepping between swirling sea and swirling sky
Stripes and polka dots are always in fashion, as evidenced by the Oriental Sweetlip
The best thing about traveling by boat for 10 days is that you get to experience many moods of the ocean...and get into the surf as soon as it looks just right.
The metal framework under the coral is part of an effort to rejuvenate the coral reefs of the the Maldives. Little fragments of coral are strapped to the metal and then they grow into beautiful habitat like this.
The toughest part of the day is getting out of the water
This is my friend Janni Honscheid, Germany's best female surfer. We had a blast sharing waves and constantly reminding each other of the crazy beauty of our surroundings.
Watching the afternoon storms roll in at the stunning Maalifushi Island Resort in the southern atolls
You can't not love a country where the airport has its own island