It is awesome to finally be able to say that I am in the maldives. This place is incredible! I can definitely say this is the most humid place I have ever been. Walking of the plane was like walking in a wall of moisture. Spending the night in Male gave Chad and I some time to see the city early in the morning which was awesome. With 100,000 in only 1 square kilometer the island was very densely packed. It seemed that the number of motorbikes and scooters out numbered the people. After a three hour boat ride we arrived at the four seasons on Landaa Giraavaru. This resort definitely has definitely created a community the supports the scientific and local island communities, as well as the Maldivian people that work here. The team took our first trip to Kamahdoo, an island that syd and Trudy had worked with last year. After finding mosquito larvae within five minutes it proves the point that there is lots of work to be done, even with the islands that were visited last year. Glad to have the awesome Maldivian guys on our crew, they will no doubt play a key roll in inspiring the locals into taking action. Ended the day with my first scuba diving experience. I have to say it was scary at first, but after relaxing it was so cool to be gliding over the reefs, seeing lots of corals and fish (the parrot fish was especially cool). It was interesting to see the cages that marine biologist have set up for placing corals on.Scuba really is like flying under water! Projects start on sunday, and I’m sure our team will work great together and hopefully accomplish whatever we set our sites on!
Also just uploading pictures taken so far on the trip