Napoleon said "A picture is worth a thousand words" so this blog will be mostly pictures with just little bit of background. After finishing the live aboard snorkel cruise of the Maldives, we went to an all-inclusive resort called Sun Island (#sunisland). As with many places there are many good things and a few not so good things. Amongst the good things were our room. We especially liked the bathroom with its indoor shower AND an outdoor shower and the back porch with its own private pool and a view of the ocean. On the not so good list was the food; granted it was a huge buffet but what they did not tell us was most of the supplemental restaurants were closed. Interestingly the staff ran the gamut from outstanding customer service to waiters who took a break while we waited to get a drink. The best part for us was the activities. We snorkeled on the nearby reef almost daily, I learned to sail, John got multiple foot rubs from the Spa and we both went scuba diving four times. We had anticipated sitting around reading our books but we were so busy we rarely got a chance.
Angel FishQ: Why are fish so smart?
A: They are always in schools!
Beth the apprentice sailorI took about 9 hours of sailing lessons while I was here. The longest sail took us about five miles across the ocean to see spinner dolphins so named because they regularly jump out of the water and spin on their axis. I saw them do that but did not have a camera.
The first of four fish Beth caught#1 was this little fellow. I did not actually catch him...the man standing next to me threw my line in the water and had this fish within seconds...I thought he was joking.
#2 and #3 were probably similar fish but as I was reeling them in, sharks got them.
#4 was a eating size Emperor Sweet Lips. I had it for dinner and it was tasty.
Sea TurtleWe saw sea turtles on multiple occasions and it was always special.
Manta RaysThey are about 10 feet wide and "fly" gracefully through the water. These two are from a group of four we saw.
John on BikeAlthough the island is only about a mile long, it seems like we are always walking somewhere. So we rented bikes for the week and they took us everywhere.
Pool (with water)The main pool was rather noisy but it did have the advantage of waiters walking around to bring us drinks.
pool (wtth cue sticks)We played pool several evenings before dinner. None of us should give up our day jobs to make a living out of playing pool.