Blue all around

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Don’t you love the color Blue? For me every shade of Blue speaks a different language… the lighter shade soothes my mind, turquoise makes me think of fashion, while the darker shades just uplift my mood! Recently I visited a paradise, where the sky and the sea were vibrantly complimenting each other against the white sands… Maldives!!!

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Not only was this travel precious coz it was one of my dream destinations since years, but more so as I could take my parents along 🙂 We landed on the Male International Airport, which is located on a separate island all together, with a pretty big runway! After that, we had a speed boat transfer to the island where our hotel, The Arena Beach Hotel was situated; Maafushi Island. Trust me when I say, even the transfer was an heavenly ride to me 🙂

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Once we reached Maafushi Island, we had our hotel people ready to welcome us with warmth and happiness 🙂 and that’s where we set our footprints for the first time on those beautiful thick-grained sands… After our welcome drink at the hotel, we checked into our rooms, which were amazing no doubt, got fresh and immediately stepped out to feel the breeze and sea…

More about the hotel here.

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By the time we finished taking a small tour of the surrounding, it was time for lunch…and we just could not wait to indulge ourselves in some delicious seafood… to find a place was not difficult, but to be sure it was good was a tough one!!! And we got lucky with Stingray Beach Inn 🙂

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The food was great and so was the ambiance! Later, we went back to our hotel and sipped some tea by the sea side, following which, we went to take a stroll of the local markets! And as it goes around the globe, you really need to bargain well for your choice of souvenirs and other products 😉

The next day was an adventurous one… After enjoying the beautiful sunrise, we went for some activities….

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You see, I don’t know swimming, and have practically been afraid of drowning every time my father tried to teach me ‘how to float’… but I was determined to get rid of this fear in this vacation and braced myself for snorkeling!!! And, it was worth everything 🙂 The only thing that gave me the confidence was my guide’s one statement:

You will not sink, that is my guarantee!” and that’s how I could spend almost 3 hours, under water, grasping the beauty of the underwater world in three different reefs (Turtle Reef, Banana Reef, Biyaadhoo Reef) and forgetting the need for air to breathe!

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The third day, was the day to check out of  Maafushi Island and head to Hulhumale; a man-made island, close to the Male Airport.

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There, we checked into Clear Sky Inn, kept our luggages and immediately headed out for the capital city, Male. To go there, we took a 20 mins Ferry ride…

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A stroll round the city can take you a max of 2 hours… we missed visiting the mall, as it was a Friday, and they are closed on that day! But the walk was quite good and we did come across a nice cafe, where we stopped for a coffee and an amazing chocolate fudge cake; Shell Beans!

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Later, after talking to some of the locals, we headed for dinner at the place’s best seafood serving restaurant… Sea House

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And after all these exploration, it was finally time for us to say “Until next time” to this beautiful place and head to our next destination… but, I was so sure this wasn’t my last visit to this place! I am surely going there for a solo trip 🙂

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  1. Blue has the perfect synthesis with the colors of nature. It gives out a vibrant yet relaxing vibe! That blue beach is stunning! Thise photos were lovely! It give me a delighful feeling reading this blog and the looking at the photos 🙂

  2. My preferred color is blue since I was in my elementary days until now it didn’t change, as long as there is color blue in every stuff I buy for me it’s always beautiful. I was really smiling because just like you, I don’t know how to swim as well. I like the white sand beaches and the notion of being clothed with the sea breeze. The seafood is really enticing, I am always fond of seafood. I wish I can dive, that underwater garden is really beautiful.

    LaiAriel

  3. This really looks like paradise! How was the weather for most of the trip? I just LOVE the different blue hues. When I travel to an island and I can see the blue ocean below from the airplane, I get so happy. Usually people say blue is a sad colour (“I feel blue”, etc.) but I think it gives an opposite affect for me! I’m really glad you faced your fears and tried snorkeling! Isn’t it fun!?

    • Thanks Samantha… The weather was just perfect for the entire trip. I hear ya about the airplane view! No kidding; I get so excited with the view too. I always become restless when I see the see, until I get to dip my feet in the cool of the water… And yes, I am glad I experienced snorkeling… amazing fun 🙂

  4. You’re so lucky!! I’ve always wanted to go to Maldives too, hopefully I will be able to visit and save enough money to go there soon! Thank you for sharing your experience, I just might try the to see the places you shared here too.

  5. It seems like you had a great time in the Maldives. Even if the weather wasn’t the best, I can still see why people love this place and chose it for their honeymoons: the color of the water is simply amazing! I would love to visit one day, but I still need to find my soul mate in order to do that trip. Maldives is not a place where you go alone. 🙂

    • The climate was just perfect actually! the pics where you may feel otherwise are during the sunrise and set. And if you ask me as a fellow solo traveler, this place is best explored alone 🙂

  6. So great that you were able to take your parents to the Maledives! I would love to visit the Maledives one day. Who wouldn’t? On the video it looks like the boat is going quite fast!
    The color of the water is stunning. I just keep staring at it. So brave that you went snorkling even though you were afraid of swimming. I have snorkled at Key West (Florida, USA) and it was an awesome experience. I still think about it a lot!

  7. Finally I get to see the photos from your trip. These photos are really beautiful. You’ve gotta show me more of them from what you have when I am in Bangalore next. Glad you had a great trip

  8. Maldives is that destination that’ll forever be in my travel bucket list, cos I don’t know when I’ll be able to afford a trip there! You’re so lucky you even got to bring your parents along. I read somewhere this place is slowly sinking so it’s amazing you got to take home snaps before that happens! <3

  9. Looks like you and your family had such an amazing time! Especially liked how you added a video for your readers so that we can experience and feel the trip for ourselves! Your photos are taken wonderfully! 🙂

  10. Maldives really is a dream, right?! It’s my ultimate dream to travel and see this “blue all around”! The beach, and even the fine city. And oh, I’ve heard that snorkeling is definitely a must-try there — and it’s really no wonder why! 😉

  11. Oh Maldives! I was hoping to see the houses on stilts but I think this is a different side? Nonetheless the water looks amazing! I really want to go there too but maybe on my honeymoon 🙂 Your snorkling adventure looks fun too!

  12. there is one best word to describe this place…. Paradise! I have seen so many great pictures on the web about the island of Maldives and they put me all in great awe.. so what’s more if I get the chance to explore the seemingly unspoiled paradise like this right? I would love to visit and witness the beauty of this place soon!

  13. Ahhhh best place for a honeymoon! Maldives!!! I love that you took photos of the sky and the sea. It just showed us more how beautiful the place is and that you’re lucky it’s a perfect weather there. If I get to visit the place, I’d probably take more and more photos there of people, places and events.

  14. wow , these images are just amazing ! How easy to get hooked on the colour blue , when it comes to the paradise islands like the maldives . It is not very difficult to guess that you love BLUE . Your website speaks for itself , very nice layout . Love it 🙂

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