. . . so if you are flying one way, and want to sail the other, why not fly to Sri Lanka and cruise
back in the more usual direction?
Chris is right about the Maldives, as well. Not much of a cruising destination
. They are beautiful, to be sure, but you can't "island-hop" there like you're in the Bahamas
If you subscribe to the global-warming theory, and you really want to see the Maldives, then you had best go sooner, rather than later!