In November, we had to cancel a trip to Thailand, but didn’t want to waste our flights. After a little bit of research, and a lot of umm-ing and ahh-ing, we hit the button for a dream holiday in the Maldives. Should we have done it? Probably not. Am I glad we did? Absolutely!
After a short stop over in Dubai – read about that here – we jumped on a plane and after what felt like days later, excitedly arrived in Malé. It is just as well I had a window seat as my nose was pressed against the window for the last hour or so, oggling at the amazing views of bright blue ocean and little islands beneath us.
After landing in Malé our journey was not quite over and into another plane we went, this time a slightly smaller, ludicrously hotter one….with skis on. This trip fulfilled so many dreams of mine, one of which was to fly by seaplane, and what better place to do it than in the beautiful Maldives?
Quite honestly it was a wonderful experience, if a little scary at times! They really are so small and hot inside, so much so the pilot flew barefoot!
But it was exciting, and the views got even better. Particularly as we came in to land to our new home – Maafushivaru, a tiny little island which we called home for the next week.
We were greeted by friendly staff who drove a boat out to get us, and within minutes we were burying our feet in the sand of the ‘hotel’s’ reception area.
Cool towels were given to us to wipe away the heat and the grime of the journey, before being replaced with refreshing cocktails. Feeling a little more human, and inhumanely excited, we were shown to our house.
^^Fulfilling another dream right there – staying in a hut on stilts over the ocean in the Maldives ^^
Our little hut was just amazing. You could lie in the bed and watch brightly coloured fish swim by in the lagoon below you. This was really something unforgettable. The bath and shower also overlooked the lagoon, and we had our terrace and steps down in to what was basically a very warm pool! It was as clear as could be and came to about waist height – perfect for fish spotting or practising snorkelling.
^^Our pal sharky^^
After we had our first dip and a quick shower we walked hand in hand across the beach to the restaurant for dinner, pinching ourselves the whole way as we couldn’t believe what our eyes were seeing!
So many people have asked me something I was also concerned about before we went…didn’t we get bored somewhere so small with so little to do? The answer very simply is Hell No. Our island was one of the smaller ones; you could walk around it in about 5 minutes, and I never once came close to feeling bored. In fact, I barely had time to do much lazing about. The snorkelling is so amazing (even for someone like me who is a little bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to swimming with sea creatures) that you could spend all day doing it, and there are so many boat trips, activities and not to forget eating and drinking to be done!
If you are considering a trip, and have this fear, push it to one side as you most certainly won’t get bored. I mean, who could ever tire of these views?