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Maldives musings

  • Published at 05:27 pm August 8th, 2017
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Maldives musings
A cluster of islands make up the entire of Maldives and even vacationing there for a month may not suffice because one can never get enough of the peace and tranquility that the crystal sea-green water, beautiful coral reef and a beach smothered in white sand have to offer. By the time we landed at the airport on Hulhule Island in Male, it was already 10:30pm and without further ado, we set out for our resort. The speedboat ride started off smooth and slow, until it got bumpy. Without a single chunk of land in sight, we headed north in the dark. After 20 minutes or so, we finally reached the dock of our resort at the Paradise Island, also in Male. [caption id="attachment_70585" align="aligncenter" width="640"]by Khan N Moushumi by Khan N Moushumi[/caption] The dimly lit wooden dock led us to the island, which itself was not too big, not too small, but just perfectly enigmatic and we couldn't wait for the morning to explore it. Our water villa was cosy and a little too big for the two of us (I was travelling with my other half). The stairs at the back of our deck led to the seawater. There was nothing in sight other than the end of the horizon where the ocean merged with the sky—a feast for the eyes. We got up early the next morning and before heading out for breakfast, we spent a little while on the deck, with our feet submerged in seawater as we watched schools of fish play around us—blue, purple, pink and white—they came in all shapes, sizes and colours. [caption id="attachment_70583" align="aligncenter" width="335"]by Khan N Moushumi by Khan N Moushumi[/caption]

Dining

The breakfast buffet had an assortment of appetisers, finger foods, soups, main courses and a variety of dessert items. For lunch and dinner, we could choose from a number of restaurants and cuisines including sushi and Italian. [caption id="attachment_70590" align="aligncenter" width="642"]Image credits: Bigstock Image credits: Bigstock[/caption]

Day 1

We spent the first day exploring the island. We walked from one end of it to the other which took us the entire day, we tried out all the cocktails at their pub, dined out at their sushi bar, but nothing beat the tranquil feeling of floating in the crystal green water that smelled like sandflowers and bamboo leaves. We were too tired by the end of the day and got out of the water and headed to the Italian restaurant. The pasta carbonara was a total delight. Dinner by the ocean was just what we needed to soak in the serenity of the island, as we watched little cottages with faintly lit lamps fading into the distance. [caption id="attachment_70577" align="aligncenter" width="549"]Image credits: Bigstock Image credits: Bigstock[/caption]

Day 2

Our first water sport of choice was parasailing, except it didn't require us to dive into the water. On day two, we set out for the dock right after breakfast and the two of us boarded a speedboat. We buckled ourselves up to a parachute and were ready to take flight. We soared as high as 30-feet above sea level, towed behind the speedboat. It was rather very quiet and calm up there—almost still. We unbelievably marvelled at the aerial view framing the glistening white sand of the islands and the clear water beneath us that moved in mysterious rhythms in slo-mo. Our flight concluded after 30 minutes or so with our feet briefly touching the water as we were pulled back down before cruising back to the shore. [caption id="attachment_70581" align="aligncenter" width="324"]by Khan N Moushumi by Khan N Moushumi[/caption]

Day 3

The next day, we decided to dine out at the Japanese restaurant and spend the day relaxing on the beach. We opt for some seafood that night before we made our way to the villa and packed our bags. It was time to say goodbye, we were flying out to Sri Lanka the next day.

5 things to try out while in Maldives

Snorkelling: Throw on a diving mask, a pair of swim-fins and a breathing tube called a snorkel and channel your inner Ariel as you explore the hidden secrets of the underwater world. [caption id="attachment_70589" align="alignright" width="352"]Image credits: Bigstock Image credits: Bigstock[/caption] Parasailing: Enjoy an incredible bird's-eye view by towing yourself behind a speedboat, attached to a parachute. Jetblades: Put on a pair of technically advanced hydro-foot jets, jump on water and go as high as two metres while you're at it. Jet skiing: Take a jet ski for a spin and slide over water; if you're lucky you may even run into a dolphin. Underwater dining: Dine out at one of the all-glass undersea restaurants in Maldives. It might be a little pricey but worth it. Pack light, take a lot of sunblock and get your adrenaline fix. Happy travels!