This is going to be a mainly picture post, with a few thoughts thrown in. Read my first post about Maldives here.
I have read somewhere that the human eye can determine 52 different shades of blue. If this is true, then the Maldivian waters are home to the most variations of the color blue I have ever seen. What this country lacks in elevation and size, this tiny nation more than makes up for in beauty.
The water villas of the Adaaran Club Rannalhi are better and bigger compared to the ones in Fihalhohi Resort. The big bonus was we got to see baby fin sharks swimming in front of the villas. Although the weather was blazing hot, we didn’t mind strolling around since the island was breezy with fresh air. It was a peaceful oasis.
One of the highlights of this trip was the excursion by a Maldivian boat to a deserted sandbar in the middle of the Indian Ocean. I have never been to a sandbar before, despite hailing from the Philippines (I need to see more of my country, I know), so I was excited to see it. The shades of dark blue to turquoise to clear water leading up to the sandbar was unreal to me. It was a living postcard! We had to jump off of the boat to swim a few hundred meters to reach the sandbar’s shore. Standing on the sandbar was quite astonishing, it left me with a strange yet satisfying sensation, as if I was the only person on Earth. Don’t judge me, it was my first time! Haha! Lunch inside the boat was deliciously prepared by the resort staff afterwards.
We had the chance to visit Maafushi, a local inhabited island. This is not a resort, but it is great place for those who want to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the local life in Maldives. We spent a couple of hours wandering the quiet roads of this really small island. The man-made parts of the island were colourful since most of the houses were painted in bright pastels, from pink to yellow to blue to purple. We also got to visit a local school and a souvenir shop. I noticed that it was during this part of the trip that I got completely and painfully sunburned! But hey, it was damn well worth the pain! To top this amazing day off, I saw a pair of dolphins on our way back to the resort.
Maldives is one of the best destinations I’ve ever been to. Everything you read and see about it on the web is absolutely true. But until you are actually there, it’s truly quite hard to justify with words. The sun, white sand beaches, blue sky and turquoise water–no photo can capture the pristine loveliness of this country. It rightfully deserves its reputation as the ultimate island paradise.
In my humble opinion, you can’t put a price tag on the memories you gain when traveling. Other people choose a life with possessions, but I choose a life of experience. We can’t predict what will happen to us in the future and if I don’t live to see my forties, fifties, or sixties, I will have no regrets. I have connected to the world and I’m fulfilled. I still consider myself a rookie when it comes to traveling but I will not stop. I will not stop dreaming and exploring. There’s still a lot to experience and I will get there, one place at a time.