Maldives
Maldives

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  • Day5

    Boad trip

    December 25, 2018 on the Maldives ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Boad trip on the Indian Ocean, one of our highlights was that we got the chance to swim with manta rays which was extremely impressive & pure adrenaline. And as we are two lucky beggars we also got to see lot‘s of dolphins on our way back. Surprise, surprise

  • Day350

    Never Say Never

    December 16, 2018 on the Maldives ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Never Say Never - another country that tought me that: Maldives. Before coming there the first time - on the way from Indonesia to Iraq when my Indonesian visa had expired and Iraqi visa hadn't been granted yet - I tried to avoid the Maldives thinking of laziness in resorts only. But that chance had opened my eyes and I discovered a country of amazing people and beautiful places, authenticity and simplicity of life. And I fell in love with it - my small paradise of GulhiRead more

  • Day8

    Maldives - Day 8

    July 28, 2018 on the Maldives ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Today was spent nursing our sunburn under the shade of a cabana on a deck chair overlooking the lagoon. No watersports today. Just snoozing & reading. We had afternoon tea served by the beautiful Leena at T4 cafe. Her iced teas & coffees go down a real treat in the balmy conditions.

    1730 was shark feeding time at Anchorage Bar. There was heaps of them (black tip reef sharks) & they are really quite cute & almost have gummy smiles. It was awesome seeing them in barely a foot of water fighting for scraps of tuna that the staff treat them with.

    Dinner was booked in the beautiful Sand Coast Restaurant & consisted of 4 courses.
    1. Pan fried scallops
    2. Parmesan prawns, halloumi & warm watermelon
    3. Lobster with mashed potato & a delicious sauce & side salad
    4. White chocolate & raspberry icecream sandwich
    The best meal we have had yet! Every component was delicious & arranged beautifully.

    We have a snorkelling tour booked for tomorrow where hopefully we will spot turtles, eagle rays & stingrays....
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  • Day1

    Hangnaameedho

    March 20, 2018 on the Maldives ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    After 2 flight transfers, 1 hotel stay and 2 local boat rides, we made it to Hangaameedho. We were fetched by Fathu and his staff, Sanju and their special transport cart. Got totally stoked that the island also has Moringo and look a lot like the Philippines. We enend the day with a lovely buffet dinner by the beach after sunset. How cool is that?Read more

  • Day4

    Maldives - Day 4

    July 24, 2018 on the Maldives ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    This morning we departed Singapore on a Silk Air flight for the Maldives! We were so excited! The journey took approximately 5 hours & we landed just after lunch local time (5 hours behind Brisbane time) - interestingly they have a franchise of the Coffee Club at the airport - a taste of home!
    A representative from the Sheraton welcomed us at the airport & after a 30 minute wait we were aboard the resort's speed boat for the 25 minute journey to our destination for the next 7 nights, Furanafushi Island - home to the Sheraton Full Moon Resort & Spa!

    We have been transported to paradise! The water colour is exactly as it appears in photos - turquoise & crystal clear! The staff at the resort met us at the dock with cheery waves & a refreshing grape juice - what a welcome! Next we were bundled on to a golf cart & driven to our rooms via the sandy, palm tree lined paths that wind through the resort. Our rooms - overwater bungalows, WOW! We pulled up to a small, wooden walking bridge that stretched out over the crystal clear water to our bungalows. It was a scene straight from a postcard! The door opened to polished wood floors, an exposed beam ceiling & an incredible outlook from our bed of the deck, daybed & ocean. Even the bathroom had a view & it's own private door leading out to the deck! If heaven is like a place on earth, then this surely must come close to being it!

    After settling in & picking our jaw up off the floor due to the spectacular view, we got our snorkelling gear & descended the ladder from our deck into the crystal clear water below where a wonderland of tropical reef fish & exotic shells awaited. What an absolute awesome experience! After an hour or so exploring this undersea paradise we emerged, washed off under our outdoor shower & made our way to dinner at Feast Restaurant; & what a feast awaited! It was Maldivian Night at the buffet so we got to experience what the locals eat, lots of curries, fish & spicy food, although there was plenty of food that was not too spicy as well. The fish was incredible & so fresh! There was so much food & the variety & quality was incredible given the logistics required to get it all to the island. Hats off to the chefs & kitchen staff!

    Our bellies were full, our bodies exhausted & our minds overwhelmed...we drifted off to sleep between sheets of crisp white linen, lulled by the ocean lapping at our doorstep, literally.
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  • Day5

    Maldives - Day 5

    July 25, 2018 on the Maldives ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Waking up in paradise is a tough gig, but someone has to do it! Our body clocks are a bit out of wack so we were awake fairly early & after spending half an hour or so on our deck taking in the sun rising & watching schools of fish dart by we decided to explore our island before breakfast. We headed up to the eastern end of the island & walked across a picturesque footbridge to another small island housing the Sheraton's Shine Day Spa....as it turned out we would be back here this afternoon for our 'Deep Ocean' massages. In addition to the exotic, serene location of the spa, there was a myriad of tropical fish drifting about in the current under the footbridge, their iridescent colours shimmering in the sunlight. Can this place get any better??!!!

    Our morning was spent eating at the buffet, snorkelling, exploring & snoozing, whilst our afternoon schedule included couple massages & a gorgeous dinner at the resort's Sand Coast restaurant set against candlelight & a warm ocean breeze overlooking the lagoon.

    Our food babies were followed by food comas & thus ended another day in paradise.
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  • Day6

    Maldives - Day 6

    July 26, 2018 on the Maldives ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Today we had organised an excursion to a local island to immerse ourselves in the true Maldivian culture & experience how the locals live. Our guides from the resort (great guys by the way) transported us by speedboat to Himmafushi Island, home to about 900 people whose major employment includes either work at the fish factory or the water desalination plant located on the island. There was a small school (Kindergarten-Grade 10), mosque, local government offices, police station, health centre & community swimming complex, in addition to the sports ground (sand soccer field), dive centre & local shops. The buildings & lifestyle of the locals is pretty primitive & it is clear that everything runs on island time - what an awesome way to live! All of the land has been gifted to the locals by the Government & they are encouraged to build dwellings & create communities. There is no rent paid to the Government on these islands & the locals are pretty much self sufficient. The Government makes it's money from tourism (resorts have to pay island lease fees & fully develop their island, in addition to paying a portion of their income revenue in high taxes) & exporting fish to the world - of which there is an abundance. The Government ensures that some of the 1200 odd islands are dedicated to food production too with root vegetables, watermelon, mangos & bananas growing for the locals & visitors. Everything else is pretty much imported to the region which makes the whole tourism industry a pretty impressive, well oiled machine.

    Today, as tourists, we were able to purchase souvenirs from 'The Lobster' store (the resorts have an arrangement with the locals whereby souvenir shops are rotated amongst the tourists to ensure everyone gets a 'fair go'), where we bartered our way to purchasing some local wares - it was an hilarious & quirky experience. We loved that items left behind by other visitors were on display for sale too - used Haviana's, an old swim shirt & an Under Armour cap! Gotta love their enterprising spirit!

    Our afternoon was spent snorkelling, lazing by the pool & sipping on cocktails before eating again (Mediterranean Night at Feast) & ambling back to our bungalows.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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