Resplendent Raa 2- Highlights from the Visit Maldives Storytellers' Conference 2023 Sideline Program

The Visit Maldives Storytellers’ Conference 2023, which took place on the 30th of May, can be described as nothing short of a resounding success. With over 70 participants in attendance, the conference provided a platform for sharing stories and experiences, fostering connections, and immersing oneself in the breathtaking beauty of the Maldives. 
Photo credits: Furaveri Maldives
The storytellers embarked on a wonderful journey to the Resplendent Raa after partaking in the Visit Maldives Storytellers’ Conference Day at Crossroads Maldives, revelling in the fact that they were truly in the Sunny Side of Life. Accompanied by a dedicated staff from MMPRC, they enjoyed having someone with them showing around the significant and quaint areas, discovering the unexplored spots of the famous Raa Atoll. It was truly amazing that they got to participate in a wide array of activities and experience different features of the Maldives. They appreciated the island life where the locals welcomed them with open arms and warm hospitality. The entire trip was carefully curated and the participants deeply valued the effort and attention to detail into making the adventure in Raa simply delightful. 
Photo: Joali Being 
The trip started with flying above the island gems of the Maldives with breath-taking views, leaving the participants spellbound. They found the seaplane ride to be completely extraordinary and luxurious. The participants got to stay at two exceptional accommodations: Furaveri Island Resort and JOALI BEING. The well-being focused property, JOALI BEING offered various programmes to experience the zen of the island. They took pleasure in the unimpeded peace and relaxation, immersing themselves in the phenomenal facilities all concentrated on the contentment of each and every participant. The Furaveri Island Resort was a perfect getaway with unmatched experiences guaranteed. For the underwater enthusiasts, the famous hotspot was quintessential for exploring the untouched marine reserves and snorkelling spots.
Photo: @luxtravelcouple  @ Joali Being
From the moment the storytellers’ set foot in both the hosting properties, they were welcomed with contagious smiles and genuine warmth and kindness. The generous considerability presented to the requests of each and every participant was received with significant elation. They hosted delicious dinners every night that rendered a charming atmosphere with meaningful conversations, creating connections over delectable food which, no doubt, enhanced their dinner experiences in the Maldives. 
Photo: @luxtravelcouple @ Furaveri Maldives
What truly made their escapade thrilling was the opportunity to snorkel in the house reefs in Furaveri. They got to see the vibrant marine life and marvel at the different colourful corals and pelagic organisms. The participants were enthralled as they witnessed tiger sharks up close during their snorkelling experience, capturing breathtaking moments and stories they will never forget. Exploring the coral gardens and the encompassing beautiful nature of the Furaveri reefs created a spectacular time for the participants to create memories worth a lifetime. 
Photo: Nashith Rasheed
The experiences of the Raa adventure does not stop here- the participants got the privilege of visiting a local island, Meedhoo. The hospitality orchestrated by the island council did not go unnoticed. Upon arrival, they were greeted with flower garlands and fresh coconuts. The storyteller’s were impressed by the lavish reception showcased and how all the locals were welcoming to their home with extreme kindness.
Photo: Nashith Rasheed
During their time at Meedhoo, they got to learn new experiences including making traditional handicrafts such as thatch weaving which was entertaining and enriching. The participants were offered a traditional malaafaiy with numerous Maldivian dishes which they relished on with their new friends. As they got to spend more time at the local island, they had the chance to visit the UNESCO heritage Coral Stone Mosque and learnt a lot about the enlightening history behind the site. As they bid farewell to Meedhoo, they were given a wooden carved gift which they can carry home and reminisce on the good memories shared during their adventure in the resplendent Raa. 
Photo: Nashith Rasheed
The overall experience left an indelible impression on the storytellers. The participants got to learn different aspects from each other and create lasting bonds with one another which is truly the essence of travelling. The emotional connection formed with other content creators was incredibly fulfilling and created a powerful and transformative experience. The storytellers left with continuing stories, a collection of memories and enthralling encounters during their journey at Raa in the Maldives. 
‘’Visit Maldives Storytellers’ Conference 2023 has been so inspiring. To learn how to become a great storyteller as a content creator and also understanding why Maldives is the best destination in the world has been really really incredible. And to do so I’d like like-minded people who also want to tell the world stories has been really heartwarming and thought provoking. It has been such a memorable experience.’’ - Amy Louise Hulley @amyenvoyage
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