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Sun Island is the largest resort in the gorgeous Maldives

With lots of bureaucracy, I was able to take a couple of day trips to the Sun Island Resort for $45; it is the largest resort in the Maldives and captures everything you imagine the Maldives to be

With lots of bureaucracy, I was able to take a couple of day trips to the Sun Island Resort for $45; it is the largest resort in the Maldives and captures everything you imagine the Maldives to be

This hawksbill sea turtle was the only turtle I saw at Sun Island and lingered so long that eventually I left it alone; I saw several turtles, some significantly larger, off of Maamigili Island

This hawksbill sea turtle was the only turtle I saw at Sun Island and lingered so long that eventually I left it alone; I saw several turtles, some significantly larger, off of Maamigili Island

The overwater bungalows at Sun Island were not as attractive as some I've seen; these had 3 windowless walls with just a sliding glass door in back leading to a porch and steps down to the sea

The overwater bungalows at Sun Island were not as attractive as some I've seen; these had 3 windowless walls with just a sliding glass door in back leading to a porch and steps down to the sea

I saw quite a few reef sharks during my visit; I swam out beyond the reef into deep water and stayed a long time searching for a whale shark but with no success

I saw quite a few reef sharks during my visit; I swam out beyond the reef into deep water and stayed a long time searching for a whale shark but with no success

This small moray eel seemed confused and vulnerable out in the open; it was the only eel I saw during lots of swimming

This small moray eel seemed confused and vulnerable out in the open; it was the only eel I saw during lots of swimming

If I was travelling with someone with whom I could split room costs, then Sun Island would be a good option; room vary from garden bungalows with no view to the Presidential Suites overwater

If I was travelling with someone with whom I could split room costs, then Sun Island would be a good option; room vary from garden bungalows with no view to the Presidential Suites overwater

One of two lionfish I saw during my week in the Maldives; lionfish are very rare to spot in the Maldives, but they are deadly if you get bitten by its poisonous sting and medical care is not obtained fast

One of two lionfish I saw during my week in the Maldives; lionfish are very rare to spot in the Maldives, but they are deadly if you get bitten by its poisonous sting and medical care is not obtained fast

Orange-lined triggerfish; the Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed sovereign states as well as the smallest Asian country by land area and population, with around 427,756 inhabitants

Orange-lined triggerfish; the Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed sovereign states as well as the smallest Asian country by land area and population, with around 427,756 inhabitants

On days when the weather was stormy there was absolutely nothing to do on Maamigili; much of the land on the small island is dedicated to farming with eggplants, peppers and squash the most common crops

On days when the weather was stormy there was absolutely nothing to do on Maamigili; much of the land on the small island is dedicated to farming with eggplants, peppers and squash the most common crops

Snake sea cucumber; sometimes growing as long as 3 m (10 ft), it is one of the longest sea cucumber species in the world

Snake sea cucumber; sometimes growing as long as 3 m (10 ft), it is one of the longest sea cucumber species in the world

I saw a couple of large spotted eagle rays while swimming but didn't capture a decent photo of them; despite being a large resort there were plenty of places to have a beach all to yourself

I saw a couple of large spotted eagle rays while swimming but didn't capture a decent photo of them; despite being a large resort there were plenty of places to have a beach all to yourself

Picasso triggerfish; Sun Island Resort is on South Ari Atoll which is 1.6 km long by 400 m wide; I was surprised that there were very few Asians at the resort but guests were almost all European

Picasso triggerfish; Sun Island Resort is on South Ari Atoll which is 1.6 km long by 400 m wide; I was surprised that there were very few Asians at the resort but guests were almost all European

Threadfin butterflyfish; in 1998, sea-temperature warming of as much as <dfn title='41°F'>5 °C</dfn> (<dfn title='-13°C'>9.0 °F</dfn>) due to a single El Niño phenomenon event caused coral bleaching, killing two-thirds of the nation's coral reefs

Threadfin butterflyfish; in 1998, sea-temperature warming of as much as 5 °C (9.0 °F) due to a single El Niño phenomenon event caused coral bleaching, killing two-thirds of the nation's coral reefs

In 2016, the coral reefs of the Maldives experienced a severe bleaching incident; up to 95% o coral around some islands has died,. the surface water temperatures reached an all;ttme high in 2016, at 88 degrees

In 2016, the coral reefs of the Maldives experienced a severe bleaching incident; up to 95% of coral around some islands has died,. the surface water temperatures reached an all;ttme high in 2016, at 88 degrees

Shoal of convict surgeonfish; there is a dive shop on Sun Island but there was no info on dive options on their website and I saw only a few divers in the whale shark areas

Shoal of convict surgeonfish; there is a dive shop on Sun Island but there was no info on dive options on their website and I saw only a few divers in the whale shark areas

Blue-lined surgeonfish; with an average ground-level elevation of 4 ft 11 in above sea level, the Maldives is the world's lowest country, with even its highest natural point being the lowest in the world, at 17 ft

Blue-lined surgeonfish; with an average ground-level elevation of 4 ft 11 in above sea level, the Maldives is the world's lowest country, with even its highest natural point being the lowest in the world, at 17 ft

If you're interested in visiting the Maldives, Sun Island is a good option; it's relatively easy to reach, has lots of lodging options  and has picturesque beaches and a nice variety of activities

If you're interested in visiting the Maldives, Sun Island is a good option; it's relatively easy to reach, has lots of lodging options and has picturesque beaches and a nice variety of activities

There are more than 1000 employees at Sun Island with most in jobs keeping the island and facilities clean; most guests use bicycles to get around since the island is pretty big

There are more than 1000 employees at Sun Island with most in jobs keeping the island and facilities clean; most guests use bicycles to get around since the island is pretty big

Juvenile batfish; interesting transformation as this tall fish becomes more of a round fish as an adult; this was the only juvenile I saw despite seeing plenty of adults

Juvenile batfish; interesting transformation as this tall fish becomes more of a round fish as an adult; this was the only juvenile I saw despite seeing plenty of adults

Parrotfish; most of the staff are from India or Sri Lanka and I found the resort unusually inefficient and bureaucratic unlike the first resort I visited in the Maldives

Parrotfish; most of the staff are from India or Sri Lanka and I found the resort unusually inefficient and bureaucratic unlike the first resort I visited in the Maldives

With 2 people sharing a room, there are times when Sun Island could be a reasonable option for visiting the Maldives; however, food prices are quite steep and you are captive to eating at resort restaurants since they are the only options

With 2 people sharing a room, there are times when Sun Island could be a reasonable option for visiting the Maldives; however, food prices are quite steep and you are captive to eating at resort restaurants since they are the only options

Blackwedged butterflyfish; there were lots of tropical fish I saw but that were too deep and/or too fast to photograph well

Blackwedged butterflyfish; there were lots of tropical fish I saw but that were too deep and/or too fast to photograph well

School of batfish; the island was extremely clean and grounds well-tended with a large, outdoor pool area

School of batfish; the island was extremely clean and grounds well-tended with a large, outdoor pool area

Arrival at Sun Island is by speed boat at the end of this long pier; my last day had perfect weather although it was quite windy which caused underwater visibility to be diminished

Arrival at Sun Island is by speed boat at the end of this long pier; my last day had perfect weather although it was quite windy which caused underwater visibility to be diminished

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