Travel Diaries // Just Passing Through Sri Lanka and the Maldives


#ReefAdventureSeeker Brooklyn Hawaii shares her passion for travel and takes us on her trip to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. 

Travel Diaries // Just Passing Through Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Reef Adventure Seeker Brooklyn Hawaii shares her passion for travel and takes us on her trip to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
Brooklyn Hawaii

“What is it about traveling that heightens your senses? Expands your gratitude? Makes you more open to spontaneity, susceptible to being social, awake to what's possible?"

White sand beach with Brooklyn Hawaii

I can't quite put my finger on it, but I'm addicted to the journey of #justpassingthrough. I often travel for work, to follow people around shooting photos, and while I'm there I can't help but be completely immersed in the moment. Maybe it's because I don't want to miss a thing...

Underwater with Brooklyn Hawaii

I believe that Sri Lanka -- and even further, Maldives -- is the farthest I could possibly travel away from my home base in Hawai'i. Three airplanes and a 3-hour bus ride later we landed at Ceylon Sliders, a quaint boutique hotel with 5 adorable rooms right across the street from the Indian Ocean. From one island to another, I felt very at home being surrounded by the ocean and found comfort in surfing with familiar faces.

Just Passing Through Sri Lanka
Loading up the Jeep in Sri Lanka

The team at Ceylon Sliders / Sunshine Stories (a sister company that offers yoga and surf retreats) inspired me in more ways than they'll ever know. Their hospitality was beautiful and they showed us such a wonderful time in Sri Lanka that included mostly food, art, surf, and wild tuk tuk rides!

Tuk tuk rides in Sri Lanka

Our time sadly came to an abrupt end in Sri Lanka so we repacked our bags and headed to Maldives for another quick 3 day mission. I never imagined I'd take a sea plane across the Indian Ocean, seeing the most incredible atolls, but the W Maldives was gracious enough to make our mermaid dreams come true.

Drone view of the Maldives

Although our time was short and sweet, we managed to clock in a ton of ocean time and equator bronzing.

Just Passing Through Maldives
Nothing but love for Reef Escape

My favorite memory took place on the deserted island Gaathafushi, where perfectly white ocean birds called their home and adorable baby black tip sharks swam at our feet. 

Brooklyn Hawaii floating

We waded in crystal clear water while we played with our cameras and tried to take every moment in. The sun was harsh and my tummy rumbled over time but I didn't want my time there to end. Being in such a remote corner of the world felt 

Can't get enough of that crystal clear water

Five airplanes later and I'm back in Hawaii, inspired and reenergized, forever grateful for the time I spent with friends #justpassingthrough these two very special countries.

Reef Voyage Slides
Brooklyn
Reef Rover Low Tx

Warmest A L O H A ,

Brooke Dombroski

Photos by @BrooklynHawaii, @Rubiascollective, and @MaliaMurphy