The sun was partially out after lunch so I had to take some more photos. Overcast skies provided convenient protection against the otherwise unhealthy sun. I rushed to the reception to arrange for a shuttle that would take me to Gulhi Fushi. The ride didn't even take 5 minutes, way past Naladhu to the right and Veli to the left. It was a small island populated by 2 waiting staff: the charming Gayan and the bright-eyed Amsal.
During low tide, this sand bar turns up allowing leisurely walk to Veli, reminding me of the islands in Rihivelli. Gayan kept giving gifts, it was embarrassing: from apples to “magic drinks” which he specially concocted. Later that afternoon, he’d challenge me to guess the contents: I got 3 out of 4. Mango, lemon, passion fruit and – finally! – “bitter lemon”. He was quite pleased I didn't get the last one. The younger and bashful Amsal, assigned to the kitchen, didn't get it either. We laughed as we guessed. “You’re crazy,” I had to chuckle.
|Adorable pair of Gayan and Amsal, Gulhifushi's only inhabitants.|
The garoupa was heavenly: it was tender and melted in the mouth and way tastier than any fresh catch I’ve tasted in a long time – and I am not even a fish person. Curiously, there were a hundred flies circling our food. “It’s the bone that smells that drives the flies in,” Gayan said.
Maldives prohibits a lot of things: alcohol, any religious propaganda, dogs, pigs, bikinis (unless you’re on “privately-leased resort islands”, where you follow the rules set by the resort owner).
|Secluded area to relax in.|
|It literally means "Paradise Island".|
|Natural Ocean Pool. they've sequestered a cove where sea water could rush in creating a natural pool.|
|Fish is cooked wrapped in banana leaf and served liked this. It's like unwrapping a gift at Chritmas.|
|Garoupa was beyond deicious although its "fishy' stench tends to overpower.|
|White snapper tasted fresh and delectable.|
|Gulhifushi's main lobby.|
|At sun down, the waters reced and a sand bar appears moving towards neighboring Veli.|
|Anantara's smaller Gulhi (Gulhifushi) and the local island of Gulhi are in this area map.|