Tuesday, 12 April 2011

More in paradise! The Maldives! Iru Fushi...

And if the last few days with my friends from the boat weren't enough, the day they left I dragged my husband over and we headed to yet another island, a 30-40 minute flight in a little sea-plane, but damn! This is what I call luxury, Iru Fushi is probably 2 or 3 times the size of Embudu, and taken over by non else but the mighty Hiltons. A bungalow over the water, with big glass windows and doors on the sea side, our own veranda and a ladder down to the water, our own recliners, our own jacuzzi, this was like a 2nd (or is it a 3rd?...) honeymoon. Absolutely awesome!

More days with sun and fun and cocktails on the beach... and obviously romance ;) This time it was also quite a choice of places to eat, dinner in a different place every night, with excellent food, mostly excellent service and the most beautiful atmosphere, moon-light, candle-light... nice!
One thing I want to mention that has nothing to do with the magic above and in the previous post, they have a lot of bats here! Anyway, again, I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking :)

Still in paradise! The Maldives! Embudu...

After a short stay in Male, it was time to head for our holiday destination, for sun and fun and cocktails on the beach :D My favorite trio.

Embudu is located a few kilometers south of Male, half an hour by the boat that picked us up in Male. A tiny island overgrown with coconut palm trees, and all kinds of small trees, palms and mangroves on the beach. The bungalows where pretty nice too, a few meters from the beach, from that beautiful turquoise water surrounding all the Maldivian little islands, swings in the trees, open bar/cafe in the middle of the greenery and good food three times a day :D

It's been a while since I relaxed this much in one of my "after crew change" travels. For 3 days in a row, I did little more than swimming, snorkeling, reading and eating. Well, and getting a nice tan as a souvenir.

Most of the islands here have quite an interesting topography, they're really flat, slowly going into the water and going for quite a distance with a depth of max 2 meters, then abruptly "cliffing" down into depths, if you want to check that yourself, go to google earth and zoom in on an island then check where the waves break, it's not at the beach! But the amount of corals and fishes and all kinda sea life on those cliff sides are totally A-W-E-S-O-M-E! Don't miss it, just don't! But visit the diving center first and find out about the currents whens and wheres, they're really strong, and I mean STRONG, in some spots you can't even swim against them.

I'll stop talking now and hang some photos instead :) Enjoy...

Thursday, 7 April 2011

I'm in paradise! The Maldives! Male...

Once upon a time, when I was 12 years old or so, I saw pictures of the Maldives in a magazine, and since then it just became a dream that back then I thought I'll never bring to life, but... 15 years later, I actually did...

Landed in Male in the middle of the night, got through the quickest immigration ever and walked out. The guy who met us at the airport, a Maldivian (yes, they exist!) was slightly suspicious, sounded as if doped... hmmm, didn't look good. It's not until the next morning when we went around the capital island sightseeing and spoke to more people that we realized he wasn't, they all sound like that, the accent is hilarious. I liked the Maldivians though, they're pretty relaxed and friendly, easy to have around... quite chilled.

There's obviously a lot of other nationalities from nearby countries working there, Indians, Bangladeshis and loads of Sri-Lankans.

Now Male is a small island, seriously small, but it's still one of the biggest in the country, small streets, no asphalt, streets are paved with special bricks, a pleasant city with not really much to see, bustling with people, full of small restaurants and cafes all over, a beautiful shore line, the clearest turquoise colored waters you'll ever see and a range of relatively expensive but good hotels. A one day trip, and it was worth the time.