Helengeli - Maldives

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
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Trip End Apr 05, 2009


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Sunday, July 6, 2008

EN:
Our trip to Male was long and tireing, we had to wait for 6 hours in Colombo for our connecting flight, and on top of that Eva had a nasty flu. We arrived to Male at around 9pm and 30 degrees felt like an ideal temperature after the heat in India, we didn't even sweat. We spent a short night in Male (where we finally didn't have to use bottled water to brush our teeth, or use mosquito repelent) and with sunrise we left for Helengeli on the seaplane which was a very nice experience for us as it was our first flight ever on a seaplane and the atols and islands we could observe on the way were very beautiful.


Helengeli is a small relaxed island with 25 houses (50 rooms) for tourists (90% of them are Swiss) and some staff areas. The beach is white and empty and the sea is warm and blue. All we did here was beaching, snorkeling (the reef is trully amazing, with lots of fish and corals, we even saw a few turtles and a big lobster), diving, watching sunsets, drinking wine and cocktails and enjoying our super clean and spacious outdoors bathroom. The only thing that was spoiling it a bit for us was the fact that Nuno caught the flu from me, so we had to postpone diving for the second half of the week. We still managed to do three dives, out of which one was ok, no. 2 was a bit scary with some very strong and unpredictable currents (but we all made it unharmed), and the third one was quite nice, we saw many colourful corals and apart from other fish also 2 small sharks. Eva knocked out Nuno's regulator, but he survived (bitching about it for the rest of the day). :-)


On our last day it was raining and got really windy and we started to think we were not going to be able to leave the island, but eventually everything went fine and we took off to Colombo.

PT:
A viagem para Male foi longa e cansativa, esperamos 6 horas pelo voo de ligacao em Colombo, e ainda por cima a Eva estava com gripe e o Nuno comecava a estar doente tambem. Chegamos a Male por volta das 9 da noite, a temperatura a volta de 30 graus era bastante agradavel depois do calor na India. Passamos a primeira noite em Male, onde finalmente podemos escovar os dentes com agua da torneira (em vez de agua engarrafada) e nao precisamos de usar repelente de mosquitos pela primeira vez num mes. Ao nascer do sol partimos para o nosso destino nas Maldivas: a ilha de Helengeli. A viagem para Helengeli foi em hidroviao, o primeiro voo em hidroviao das nossas vidas, e foi bastante agradavel pois voamos bastante baixo e podemos disfrutar de vistas espectaculares sobre as ilhas do Atol Male Norte.


Helengeli e uma ilha pequena (algumas centenas de metros de comprimento por menos de 100 de largura) e bastante tranquila. Na ilha ha apenas 50 quartos para turistas, e ao chegarmos descobrimos que 90% deles eram suicos. A praia de areia branca e o mar azul criam uma paisagem verdadeiramente paradisiaca. Depois da India, o nosso alojamento pareceu-nos super luxuoso, limpo, e confortavel :-) e a casa de banho ao ar livre um espectaculo! Em Helengeli passamos os dias na praia, a fazer snorkeling no recife (o recife e um esectaculo de vida marinha, e inclusivamente vimos algumas tartarugas e um lagosta grande), ou a disfrutar o por do sol enquanto tomavamos cocktails ou um copo de vinho no bar da praia. O unico precalco foi que o Nuno apanhou a gripe da Eva e passou os primeiros dias a recuperar, por isso apenas conseguimos mergulhar nos ultimos dias da estadia, ainda assim conseguimos fazer 3 mergulhos. O nosso segundo mergulho nao correu muito bem, pois apanhamos correntes fortes e imprevisiveis que nos impediram de disfrutar o mergulho, mas o ultimo foi espectacular pois vimos montes de corais e, para alem de muitos outros peixes, 2 pequenos tubaroes.


No ultimo dia o tempo piorou e tivemos uma pequena tempestade com bastante chuva e vento forte, e comecamos a recear que o hidroviao nao poderia vir buscar-nos, mas no final o tempo melhorou um pouco e la conseguimos apanhar o voo para Colombo.

CZ:
Cesta do Male byla dlouha a unavna, v Colombu jsme 6 hodin cekali na spoj, navic ja mela chripku jak Brno. Do Male jsme dorazili asi v 9 vecer a hned na letisti si nas vyzvedla nase spojka a od te chvile jsme se nemuseli o nic starat, vsechno nam vysvetlil a posadil nas na lod do hotelu (letiste je na jednom ostrove a Male na jinem). Sice bylo venku 30 stupnu, ale nam uz to prislo jako idealni teplota, po tech vedrech v Indii, a ani jsme se cestou nezpotili. Po prijezdu do hotelu jsme si po mesici konecne pripadali jako v civilizovane zemi. Clovek v tomto smeru oceni kazdou malickost, od ciste sprchy s teplou vodou pres ciste rucniky a povleceni, az po spunt v umyvadle. V recepci se nam malem vysmali, kdyz jsme se jich ptali, jestli je voda z kohoutku pitna... A tak jsme si konecne po mesici nemuseli cistit zuby s flaskou mineralky.

V Male jsme stravili jednu kratkou noc a hned za usvitu vyrazili lodi zpatky na letiste, odkud jsme poprve v zivote odleteli hydroplanem na ostrov Helengeli, nas raj na dalsich 8 dni. Let byl opravdu zazitek, letadylko bylo malinkaty a neletelo vic nez 500m nad morem, takze jsme si cestou mohli prohlednout desitky krasnych ostruvku a atolu. Pristali jsme u mola asi pul kilometru od naseho ostrova, tady nas vyzvedla lod a za par minut jsme byli na Helengeli. Ostrov je to prtavouckej, asi tak 500x70m a stoji tu 25 dvojdomecku (my mame cislo 13), restaurace, bar, knihovna, obchudek, lazne a centrum potapeni. Na jednom konci ostrova jsou jeste domecky pro zamestnance. Cely ostrov je max. tak 1m vysoky, takze je to v podstate jedna velka plaz, uprostred porostla zeleni. Je tu dost mista pro vsechny, takze na plazi jsme povetsinou sami, obcas se objevi sousedi. 90% hostu jsou Svycari. Radost nam kazi jenom to, ze hned po prijezdu ode me Nuno chytil chripku, a tak jsme chcipali oba. Potapeni se tim padem odklada na druhou polovinu tydne.


Mezitim jsme si pujcili vybaveni na snorchlovani a nekolikrat vyrazili na okraj atolu a potkali spoustu krasne barevnych rybicek a koralu, par plovoucich veceri, jednu langustu a nekolik zelv. Lidi se vubec neboji. Pred cestou jsme si poridili potapecskou krabicku na fotak, tak to mame vsechno poctive zdokumentovane. Krome snorchlovani se jeste valime na plazi, pozorujeme zapady slunce, pijeme koktejly a uzivame si luxusu v podobe super ciste a prostorne venkovni koupelny. Komari tu vpodstate nejsou, takze konecne spime bez moskytiery a uz nepouzivame repelent misto teloveho mleka. Ze zviratek tu jsou hlavne krabi a krabici, co kradou cizi domecky a delaji si z nich vlastni, ptaci, jesterky, gekoni, mravenci a ruzne kobylky, no a ze savcu pouze lidi a velikansky netopyri, kteri jsou ale nastesti vegetariani. Kdyz uz jsme u toho jidla - veceri mame formou svedskeho stolu a cilene se vyhybame ryzi a cemukoli, co vypada nebo smrdi jako kari. :-)


Jinak jsou tu vsichni moc mili, nikdo po nas nic nechce a hlavne tu nejsou kravska ani jina lejna. More je pruzracne a teple, plaz cista a bila, opravdovy raj. Absolvovali jsme take 3 potapecske vylety, ten prvni usel, ale nic zvlastniho, zato nas druhy ponor stal za to, prisly necekane proudy a bylo to opravdu vesele, nastesti jsme to vsichni ve zdravi prezili. Nas treti ponor byl krasny, videli jsme spoustu uzasnych koralu, ryb a taky 2 zraloky. Stala se nam jenom mensi nehoda, kdyz jsem omylem Nunovi vyrazila regulator z pusy, byl moc rad. :-) No nemam oci vzadu. Posledni den zacalo prset a dost foukat, takze jsme si mylseli, ze snad ani neodletime, cesta lodi k molu byla vic nez mokra a hydroplan se na vlnach pekne kymacel, ale nakonec to vse probehlo v pohode a my potom z Male vyrazili do Colomba.
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sarka13
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Pozdrav z Čech
Ahoj Evi a Nuno,
díky za pohled z Malediv a za počteníčko na vasem blogu. Je to fakt paráda - máme bezva přehled, kde jste a co děláte, takze o vás nemusíme mít strach. Fotky jsou dokonalé. Posíláme pusu Sárka, Niki a Ondra

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