Hundreds of miles off the coast of Sri Lanka, an archipelago of beautiful islands draws tourists from around the world. But while the white-sand beaches and sparkling blue waters of the Maldives might seem like paradise to some, there is a darker side to this popular honeymoon destination. In fact, there’s one place in particular that won’t be appearing in any brochures.
Located just a few miles from the region’s bustling capital of Malé, the island of Thilafushi started life as a sleepy lagoon in the Indian Ocean. But like its idyllic neighbors, it has been transformed beyond all recognition as more and more visitors have flocked to the Maldives. And now Thilafushi has become something else entirely – a terrifying reminder of where progress can ultimately lead.