It's been a blissful few days cruising the archipelago of the Maldives. The reefs are surprisingly healthy & abundant (at least on the outer atolls) and who can complain about good food and good company? Male is quite a culture shock from the more serene places that we have been. There is open burning of trash & so much of it is floating on the surface of the water (even in the most remote of places).
I've seen cola-cola bottles, water bottles, flip-flops, dish detergent bottles, plastic bottles and more plastic bottles. We went ashore while we were in Chagos and filled two large trash bags with plastic bottles that had washed ashore on the ocean current. It is depressing to see so little concern for the very thing that gives us humans so much.