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Published: April 27th 2010
Fisherman'S paradise in the atolls of Maldives:-
We started our trip in Club Med-Maldives for 3 days accompanied by two of our closest friends Tuyen and Jean who used to live in Hong Kong. Maldives is definetely a safe haven for couples and honeymooners.
Spending 3 days in this isolated island is absolutely perfect and I wouldn't mind staying in this place for a couple more months. I am sure that some of the staff who work in this place would agree that running an island is probably the best job in the world.
The only cheesy part of Club Med are the games and competition they have every night, but its funny to watch as long as you do not volunteer. Best thing I love about this island is waking up for breakfast in our balcony and watching the sunrise. It's amazing seeing small sharks, sting ray and other fishes swimming in the shallow water.
Diving in Maldives is fantastic. We saw big turtle and a gigantic eel.
The biggest and most challenging part of this journey was the 7 days on board a fishing boat as rough sea makes me really sick, but I
am happy to say our boat sailed very smoothly.
I can't remember all the tolls that we've been in Maldives, but all I know is that we started from East side down to West. The guys love fishing and it's the only curfew they've got lined up every day. I normally get up past 11 am instead of 6 am. (lazy me!) Life in this boat, away from the hassle and stress of our normal daily life is such a carefree ride. We loved it so much and didn't want it to end.
We also had Ali's bday celebrated on board and our chef baked him a delicioius cake and put up baloons all around the boat. It was such a great bday celebration.
One of the most memorable night was when our boat crew arranged a beach bonfire for us in this tiny little island in the middle of the ocean. They've had candles set on our walk path. A heartshape leaves, with our dinner laid on it and lots of alcoholic drinks we can choose from. Obviously this night was a big celebration and we didn't have any intention of returning to our boat so
they got our pillows and beach set up on the beach front. what can I say! it was all very romantic!
Watching million and millions of stars at night after the bonfire died out was facinating. I couldn't close my eyes. I can feel my lips widening and stretching till my ears. I also got this feeling of being lifted up, floating in the clouds and achieving that maximum velocity of freedom and happiness!! ... I could hear nothing apart from Ben snores, still that didn't bother me because the sound of the waves was very comforting. Of course nothing last forever in life and my peace was abruptly stopped by marching crabs! I tried to shoooo them off! so they run and hide back into their holes. I could hardly see them, it was dark! I also feel that they're communicating with one another! I finallly end up using my camera light and the more I shooo them away, the more I feel they come back bringing their re-inforcement troops. It was definetely a crab attack night and it got me to a paranoid state of mind. I then got up, moved my mattress and pillow, marched further
up the beach! By then it was already 4 am, when I heard Ali screaming! maybe am over exagerating, but the funniest thing I heard him say is "Cheeky buggers" He meant the crabs. "The nerve it has, sitting on my chest, watching me sleep!" So that ended our beach camp and we were back in our boat in half hour. Ben on the other hand continued fishing till 6 am, hoping to catch a shark!
Some mornings, we would see dolphins swimming around our boat. They were all wild and playful.
Snorkling for me was quite freaky as Ben wanted to drag me to the cave he spotted deep down, but all I can think was one creature, Shark! I always wish I had his courage in the water, but it would probably take me some time. We also saw a humongeous sting ray, absolutely beautiful and gracious.
The same night, after dinner and fishing, all of us including the crew, decided to have a midnight dip from the 2nd floor deck. We were definetely in the middle of no where and our scream and laughter echoed in the stillness of the night and it felt like
nothing else matter in this world and no other being co-exist.
Our very last journey was a night in Male. I totally didn't want our fishing trip to end. But the four of us, Ali, Sheryl, Ben and myself headed to Male and checked in a local hotel. We roamed around and checked out local fish market, mosque and shops and got ready for dinner. Our last meal together. Ali and Sheryl stayed another few days in another island while Benn and myself headed back to Hong Kong and went to work the next day! I was blank in my head for over a week, wasn't in the mood to do anything productive.
Also, I couldn't believe the news we missed, the storms, the fight in ghaza, the stock market, people killed of tragedy etc.... I guess when you are having the time of your life, you loose track of time and everything else are forgotten till you come back to reality. One thing I know for sure, looking back at all our memories in Maldives, I feel even more luckier in my life. 😊
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