A mosaic of aquamarine waters and shimmering white shores, the growing popularity of Maldives tourism has made it one of the most visited places in the world. Dotted with pristine beaches, a surreal landscape and a vibrant culture, Maldives takes you into another time. Made up of over 1100 islands, of which only 200 are habitable, Maldives should be your next vacation if you are looking for beauty with adventure mixed in. The coral islands of Maldives are enveloped by blue lagoons and towering palm trees. Grouped in a double chain of 27 atolls, Maldives is home to more than 105 resorts. Each sight in this gorgeous country is different from the last and a vacation in Maldives is almost like a dream.
Our journey started from Hyderabad with almost 7 hours layover at Kochi. If you have a similar layover you could try food at Palace Coffee Shop which is 10 mins walking from the airport and exchange money at Akbar Travels who gave us the best rates. We landed at 2:00 pm at Male airport and from there we took a ferry (MVR 10/-) to Male city which took 20 mins. We had a speed boat at 4:00 pm to Omadhoo Island.
Once we reached the island our host from the guest house was there to receive us at Harbor. Everything after this was like scenes taken straight away from a dream. We had a beautiful candle light dinner arranged at the beach. Retire for the day after a long journey.
We went for a 3 point snorkeling and Sand Bank trip. This was our very first experience of snorkeling. The first view under the water took our breath away (well, quiet literally). It's an experience of a lifetime and I don't think I will ever forget the first sight of the underwater world with so many colorful fishes, reefs and coral.
Breakfast at another beach. We chose this day as leisure to just sit back, relax, enjoy white sand and pristine turquoise calm waters of Maldives. Our guest house was right on the beach with swings everywhere making sure 'La Dolce Far Niente (the sweetness of doing nothing)'.
Our flight was at 2 pm from Male. So we had to leave Omadhoo by 7 am speedboat. Breakfast was arranged at 6:20 but since we got delayed , they graciously packed it for us (not sure if you can get service like this at a resort) . After roaming around Male for a while we took a ferry to the Airport. Had lunch in the food court and got complimentary WiFi for 30 mins. Shopped at duty free with remaining dollars and MVR. Left this breathtaking Island country.
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