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Published: November 27th 2012
I was determined to start the day very early as this was the only full day I would spend in Maldives. I wanted to see every change of color in the sky and it’s reflection on sea during the entire day. But as usual, even after setting the alarm clock I missed the sunrise. I never seem to be able to wake up so early. But none the less, I did get out of my room by 6 am- which was a pretty early start. The sky was very light blue and as I stepped into the water, a rush of cold ran through my spine. After the November night, the water was cold! But not for long, by 7 am, sun was up and bright and the water warmed up pretty quickly.After breakfast we took a tour of the island- we walked along the beach, mostly along the water – it was beautiful.
The activity we were most looking forward to was snorkeling. It would be our first snorkeling experience and we were very excited to be doing this in famous Maldivian coral surroundings. Hotel provided complementary snorkeling gears and lessons but we did not wait till afternoon for
the lessons. We taught ourselves and we did good! Though we didn’t go far and stayed within the safety barrier but none the less, we spent 3 hours with our faces submerged on the water.
What an experience it was! In 3 hours we saw what we had only seen in national geographic before. There is a very different colorful world underwater. Vibrant colored fishes in all shapes and sizes reside in the corals very close to the shore. It was only knee deep and so even children were snorkeling there. I was amazed to see huge fishes living with a few millimeter long fishes in the same coral. And the colors were amazing- there were transparent fishes with pink lining, zebra print fishes, tiny sky blue fishes, black fish, royal blue fish, yellow fish, rainbow colored fish and very small sand colored fish which were almost unnoticeable on white sand.we saw small baby shart (which doesn't bite) and we saw small sting ray too. And we saw and eel- it was absolutely eerie for me and I particularly disliked the bit when the eel was slithering on the sand just like a snake.
3 hours seemed to
flash by in a blink of an eye- such fun were we having. But as we got tired and hungry, we called it a day for snorkeling but wanted to come back in the afternoon. But that somehow did not happen in reality. We got mesmerized by the beauty of sunset and I spent time walking along the shore while Mr. hubby was busy with his tripod and camera- capturing sunset shots.
Evening was just as vibrant as the one before. This time we had grilled sea food platter in the Lebanese restaurant. The restaurant was small but had an absolute Arabian setting with low sofas and decorative cushions and shisha and Turkish lamps. The food was absolutely mouth wateringly delicious and the service was top of the rank.
It was a beautiful evening with dancing to live rock band in very soothing sea breeze and under a clear star studded sky. We both felt like we wanted to stay a few more days and do snorkeling and evening relaxations a few more times. But it was planned as a weekend trip and we had to leave early next morning. While we were looking at the beautiful Maldivian
islands from air right after takeoff, we both felt that this is a place we want to come back to with our families with us…
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