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    What the Maldives looked like before mass tourism

    (CNN) — The Maldives: turquoise waters, luminous white sands, gorgeous technicolor sunsets and, of course, luxury. But believe it or not there was a time when the Maldives wasn’t one of the most glamorous getaways in the world. When Mohamed Umar “MU” Maniku and three friends opened Kurumba, the country’s first tourist resort, in 1972, there wasn’t even a dock. Visitors had to wade in waist-high water to get from the boat to the beach. The first visitors were mostly journalists and photographers from Italy. Even though there weren’t glass-bottom overwater villas and seaplanes yet, it was clear that the Maldives was already working its magic. Today, there are more…