The other side of paradise: Incredible photos show mountains of plastic bottles washed up on idyllic honeymoon islands in Maldives

Dark side of paradise: Alison Teal pictured with her surfboard while walking through mountains of rubbish on Thilafushi in the Maldives

Dark side of paradise: Alison Teal pictured with her surfboard while walking through mountains of rubbish on Thilafushi in the Maldives

By Carol Driver for MailOnline

It’s renowned for its luxury accommodation, turquoise waters and breath-taking beaches.

However, these images show the darker side to the Maldives – with huge amounts of rubbish washed up on the island’s pristine sands.

Award-winning filmmaker Alison Teal, 27, visited Thilafushi – or Trash Island – an artificial island created as a municipal landfill situated to the west of Malé.

Miles of litter: Thilafushi is an artificial island in the Maldives where about 400 tonnes of rubbish is dumped every day

Miles of litter: Thilafushi is an artificial island in the Maldives where about 400 tonnes of rubbish is dumped every day

She said she was shocked at the amount of plastic bottles she saw floating in the crystal-clear sea and strewn across the usually idyllic beaches.

Accompanied by Australian photographer Mark Tipple and his colleague Sarah Lee, the group took these shocking images and footage to document the luxury destination’s waste problem…

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