You have earlier read about our Desi traveller’s dream to explore the azure blue waters of Maldives and how she finally convinced her bestie to set out for the expedition. In this blog, she talks about her experiences in the land of pristine beaches.
We collected our luggage, got our free visa and were enroute to Male which is a 5-minutes ferry ride from the airport island. Male, the capital of Maldives, is a small, compact and lively island which connects to Maafushi. Once in Male, we got our speed boat tickets to Maafushi and within an hour, we were on our way again. In the short ride of about 45 minutes from Male to Maafushi, you can imagine the excitement on our boat when we spotted a shoal of dolphins swimming past us. I do not exaggerate when I tell you that each one of us on the boat was like a 5-year old hooting, awwing and in complete ecstasy. The joy had multiplied a few folds already.
On reaching Maafushi, our hotel manager Anas came to pick us up. What hits you instantly about Maafushi is how small the island is! We started our walk to the hotel from the pier with Anas and along the way he gave us a lot of useful information about the island and things we could do. After approximately 10 -15 minutes we reached our hotel – a lovely, cute beach side property. The check-in was very smooth and quick. The sun was setting in the horizon. We removed our footwear, dug our feet into the sand with a lovely cool drink and watched one the most beautiful sunsets.
Exhaustion was setting in, so we decided to eat an early dinner and have a stroll around the island and call it a night. That’s how our first day ended in this paradise.
The next day we got into our bikinis and headed straight to the bikini beach which is a tourist spot. White sand and crystal clear warm shallow water welcomed us. We swam, we sunbathed, we snorkeled, we swam some more, we ate, we drank (only delicious coconut water, alcohol is prohibited on this island), we chatted up with some fellow travellers and time flew. We left the beach at sun down and headed straight to the activity centre to book our scuba dive, snorkeling and other adventures for the following days.
And the next day, that’s exactly what we did! We went diving to some awesome reef points, saw some magical corals, we snorkeled with the turtles, swam with the dolphins and even spotted baby sharks, sting ray and many more colourful aquatic creatures. Our days were spent in oceanic bliss. I was in love, head over heels.
On our second last day, we decided to indulge ourselves and book a day trip to one of the private resorts. My my, what a way to end our trip! The cava (sparkling wine) was flowing, the food was a lavish spread and the cherry on the top was meeting some real cool people, who are our friends now. We definitely got our slice of luxury.
Maldives, you were beyond amazing. You caressed our senses and were much more than we had ever imagined. In me you have a lover for life. See you at the earliest!!