Beautiful, Idylic Sand Spit Island ? Not Really ....
Every country we've sailed through has its share of waste littering the shore line. Of course much of this pollution is plastic, blown across the seas from who knows where. Going ashore yesterday on a nearby sand spit we were not surprised to see the typical range of shampoo and water bottles, rubber thongs (why are they always the left foot ?), coke containers and chunks of fishing net.
However we were not prepared for the local rubbish.....
After scouring the beach and examining many of the waste items it was obvious that most of it was locally generated (within the Maldives that is).
Count The Plastic Bottles !
The local islands we have visited (local villages - no tourists) all seem to have a nominated garbage dump area, but there seems to be little control of what blows away (or floats away on the high tide).
I'd have expected the Maldives to do better than this.