Bringing in the Beach Mats on Bodufolhudhoo Island in the Maldives

PHOTO: Bringing in the Beach Mats on Bodufolhudhoo Island in the Maldives

At the end of the day, local youngsters on Bodufolhudhoo Island in the Maldive Islands gather beach mats used by tourists

Click on title to view photo in large format. At the end of the day, local youngsters on Bodufolhudhoo Island gather beach mats used by tourists. This tiny speck of an island is located in the Alif Alif Atoll group in the Maldive Islands. It is so small that I was able to walk entirely around it in 15 minutes. As all citizens of the Maldives are required by law to be Muslims, the dress code is extremely conservative. However, residents of the island have set aide a strip of private beach for tourists, where they are free to wear bikinis. The five guest houses and resorts on the island equip the beach with chaise lounges and beach mats like the ones this young boy is carrying on his head.

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