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Maldives – with a difference

The Maldives is currently far ahead when it comes to long-distance travel from Germans. The all-round feel-good deals on the islands are often the same, but there are exceptions.

Immediately, there are no major differences to the other 150 holiday islands in the Maldives on the Cora Cora island of Maamigili in the Raa Atoll. Small, walk around in 30 minutes, overgrown with palm trees and all kinds of shrubs that spread across the island and its white dream beaches. Beach villas and lagoon bungalows perched on stilts ensure plenty of privacy for a maximum of 200 guests, and the four different restaurants and bars provide culinary delights and a good mood. The all-inclusive service, which also includes all non-motorized water sports and a modern fitness center, guarantees a carefree holiday with an average temperature of 28 degrees and sparkling turquoise bathing water.

Only on closer inspection do you notice strange round baths made of sandstone, a small cemetery, the foundation of a mosque and an old residential building. This is where the Kingdom of Wifag begins, a young Maldivian who knows how to share his knowledge of the history of his homeland with the island’s guests in an interesting and descriptive way. He is happy to show you around the small archeological site, explain the baths from pre-Islamic times to ritual and purifying purposes, guide you through the 130-year-old house and explain how wells were dug in the middle of the Indian Ocean on the islands that only did colonization possible with their fresh water. He stops in front of a clay pot full of cowrie shells: “This is the forerunner of the safe. Shells were used as a means of payment until the 13th century.”

Just 100 meters away, Wifag and colleagues set up a small museum with artifacts from the island and artifacts from the neighborhood. They tell about the history of the fishermen and about the manual skills of the women who made different kinds of everyday objects from coconuts and wood fibers. Excellently preserved porcelain tableware and lacquered wooden bowls provide information on trade with the Chinese and other Asian merchants who used the Maldives as a stopover on their trade routes to wait for the right winds and improve their supplies. Wifag is rightly proud to be able to look after a museum on the tiny island, of which there are no others in the kingdom of 1200 islands, with the exception of the National Museum in the capital Male. The museum is not the only feature found in Cora Cora. Shameen and his wife Shyeen have made it their mission to inspire young Maldivians to art and to promote talent. At the resort, Shameen also offers painting courses for holidaymakers and guarantees even beginners full satisfaction with their first works. “Everyone can easily take pictures home, their own picture of the beach is something special,” explains the fast artist, painting his popularity with guests, pointing to a respectable panoramic picture of a four-year-old customer. He complements his offer with custom work, T-shirt paint and henna body paint.

    The Shameen also teaches holidaymakers to paint.

The Shameen also teaches holidaymakers to paint.
Photo: Michael Juhran

While a flying fox curiously observes what is going on at the easel from the nearby palm branch, an aromatic cloud of coffee hovers towards those present. Right next to the Art Shop, the young Thai woman Punch is busy roasting fresh coffee for her guests. She meticulously controls the frying temperature, which turns green beans from 150 degrees brown. “We will not only offer holidaymakers special taste experiences in the restaurants,” says Punch, asking about the customers’ special taste wishes and whether gelato should suit the coffee.

The sun is slowly approaching the sea horizon, so many guests are drawn to the beach bar to enjoy a sunset. The disc jockey Sisi now becomes active and plays first Italian and then Latin American music. The young South African obviously feels at home at Cora Cora. “The warm ocean climate fits my music style perfectly,” she whispers to us as the first young women begin to dance barefoot in the sand. They come from Russia, have escaped the cold of the north and are happy to be able to sway to the rhythm of catchy music again far from Corona. Other guests use the yellow-red glowing sky for a sunset walk. An evening that can hardly end in a more evocative way and even Corona gets out of focus for a few days.

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