Saturday, May 16, 2015

Under the Maldivian Sun

This is going to be a quick 2 entries. I hope you are excited as much as I am! I skipped my last 2 Japan entries so I can answer the queries of some friends. To start off. Let me share with you that this paradise has been on my wish list for a very long time. How can it not be? If you have tried googling it before, how could someone resist this place?

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I have never thought I'd reach Maldives beyond my dreams. When I saw the sale seats from Tigerair, I thought this could be it. And it was! I booked the flight 5 months advance. Tigerair is a budget airline where you can take advantage of their affordable rate for half the price of the other airlines. I think it was 50% off when I chanced this promo. Approximately 250SGD including taxes. 


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Budget concerns? Good news! If you're on a budget travel like I am planning when I go back, you should check on this link. Lakwatsero spent approximately 19k Php excluding airfare last 2013.  

At first I thought I'd be researching for a DIY budget getaway. Instead, I ended up looking for a one night stand with a water bungalow accommodation. This is already budgeted for having a one night only. Come on, the best views are in the water bungalow types so I have dreamed of getting one. 

One of the finest beaches I saw online among Bora-Bora in Tahiti, Boracay and Palawan in PH. Maldives is a surreal getaway. Dreamy and pricey. [Boink! No, I'm not going to spoil this story.]

Maldives is an island in the Indian ocean, the country is built of 26 atolls -- ring-shaped coral reef, island, or series of islets [as per Wikipedia]. The atolls are referred to as North and South Atoll and the reason why this lovely country is most geographically dispersed. This photo will show you what I mean.


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Aerial view taken using LG G3

The whole experience is still unbelievable but mostly unforgettable. We were so blessed to see this haven. The capital of Maldives is Male, we were astonished by the blinding turquoise ocean, imagine, this is just the airport, what more could the resorts looks like? I thought Siquijor's port has the cleanest water I will ever see whereas such place caters large number of people going back and forth from day to day. As seen from an aerial spectacle, Male has the most number of buildings on its island compared to the others but It's not as tall as the ones we see in other cities like in Manila or Singapore.

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Speaking of aerial view, the finest white sand is visible at 8000 ft, I could not believe my eyes. I'd like to boost my pride on this statement that Filipinos have high standards when it comes to white sand beaches. Maldives or at least the Maamigili island has surpassed that expectation. The sand does not just look like fine, it was smoother when it touched my feet.

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The amazing God's creation has been in this country all along. From the stingray area where they swim before the darkness falls. I'd probably trade Ariel's life to mine if she'd ask me. Having to swim in the water so clear with fishes everywhere is mystical. Watching the baby sharks swim underneath a pier is so relaxing during night time. I'd never imagine they are well-behaved creatures even the biggest one that looks like a 25-inches. 

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Maldivian waters are home to a vast variety of corals and marinelife. The illuminating planktons was also seen here, Asuka mentioned its seasonal but she only witnessed them visiting the island twice.

Apparently, Maldives is rich in terrestrial animals too.


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To complete my unbelievable list, second to the last is the so called waterspouts. At first we thought it was a small tornado. It was about 6 in the morning, we swung the door open, rain poured and there it was. It was the sound of a howling wind that made us check what it was. We were stunned, watching the air funneling until we saw it vanished to a far away direction. 


Nostalgic is the overrated word. I posted on my instagram: It is the sunset that makes me feel what an incredible world God built us with. It's true how could nature be fascinating. I could not even fathom what the colors of the sunset are. Sunsets are just beyond words and Maamigili has showed me without pretension.

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This couple was shooting their own prenuptial photos.


Next entry -- Hotel Review for Sun Island Resort and Spa.
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