Mar 23, 2016 - Maldives - I Swam with Sharks!
Well, I managed to keep the motion sickness at bay for most of the entire week while bobbing around the Indian Ocean in a little dhoni. Our days basically consisted of eating, cruising, snorkeling, sleeping, eating, cruising, snorkeling, sleeping, etc. Which I know sounds boring to many of you, but it was nice to just completely unplug and do a whole lot of nothing. The highlight of most days was spotting dolphins. They have to be the happiest and most magical animals on the planet. Once or twice they came right up to the boat and danced...Jump to full entry
Feb 25, 2016 - Ferry to Maafushi then back to Male 2/29
S. Island of Male.11/25 As it was, thanks to Bon, we knew to catch a ferry for a different island, Magfasin/Maafushi, where a lot of bacckpackers go and prices are a bit more reasonable - still high vs India. Mare wanted to immediately go for a drink rather than find a place to stay - 5:30 p.m.! Bon and I spent next hour walking and checking out accomodations. It's high season so most places are full. Finally, we ended up at Narnia a nice Guest House with nice folks - still $67 U.S. per nite (our most expensive in India was $35 U.S. and...Jump to full entry
Feb 25, 2016 - Fly to Male, Maldives
Plane took off 6 a.m. from Delhi airport for Bangalor where we landed at 8:45. Had breakfast on this Air India flight...totally unexpected, GREAT! Then on the flight to Male, Maldive which took off at ll a.m. and landed at 12:30 we got another complete meal!! Mari loves this 'seat of your pants' travel with no idea of where to go or stay until you arrive. I, on the other hand, hate it. If it hadn't been that Bon had investigated the Maldives much earlier we would probably ended up in the Male capital with little or no access to snorkeling...Jump to full entry
Jan 10, 2012 - Our penultimate night! :( But possibly the best night ever!
In the evening we had possibly the best night ever! We were taken by boat to an island about 30mins away. The island is completely uninhabited save 3 people who stay there to look after it, but who we didn't see at all. We had our own private chef and a waiter who, on arrival to the island, set up a BBQ on which to cook our food. We went for a walk all the way around the island, and when we got back to where we'd started, our waiter had set up a table and chairs, and surrounded it with lanterns. By this time the sun was just about setting,...Jump to full entry
Jan 7, 2012 - Arriving in the Maldives and first few days
So - the last leg of our journey!! Boo Hiss. We flex from Phuket to Singapore and then had a few hours in the airport (which is very nice indeed - lots of space and shops and restaurants.) Lizi had a Starbucks. Richard had a Burger King. What a crazy life we lead. Then we flew to Male on a fairly empty flight and were very well looked after by the lovely staff of Singapore Airlines. One highlight - a whole magnum ice cream for dessert!! When we got to Male it was already late (around midnight) and we knew we had to find out what time our...Jump to full entry
Dec 1, 2011 - Final Maldivian boat ride
Another clear, warm amazing day in Maldives. This am we're leaving quite early as we have a couple stops to make before heading back to Male'. This time we are looking for Manta Rays. A Manta Ray is a giant cousin of a Sting Ray. They only eat fish and will not harm humans. My kinda fish. We head out after breakfast and go about an hour and a half. The captain spots something in the water. We stop and toss the anchor overboard. We quickly prep for our snorkel, jump into the water directly and begin to swim. We can see a few large Mantas...Jump to full entry
Nov 30, 2011 - BOat Building and an amazing sunset
Another beautiful day in Maldives. We were all laughing as all of us blog about out trip and decided that The Maldives portion is boring. It consists of weather, snorkeling, fish, and eating. Because pretty much that is all we do! We stopped at a couple places today to snorkel. On our way to the first we began to see other boats. This was a first as we havent seen any other boats since we left Male' on Saturday. The first place we stopped to snorkel had a really big drop off from the reef. this basically means to the left of me bright...Jump to full entry
Nov 29, 2011 - An island in the middle of nowhere. 400 residents
A beautiful day in Maldives. We woke up to a rainbow over our special island. Seems the captain was a busy guy this morning as he went fishing and caught 2 blue fin trevally, 2 blue fin tuna and 2 barracuda with teeth as large as a small shark. A Quick breakfast of fruit and toast and we are off to a day on dhiggaru island. I napped next to the fish on the way. We changed and jumped in the dingy to have a morning snorkel. Wow. It was truly an underwater city for fish. Schools and schools of beautiful fish. We saw a sea turtle dart down...Jump to full entry
Nov 28, 2011 - BBQ on the beach, or not
7:30 breakfast and a beautiful sun. Looks like today is going to be an amazing day. Captain says "no bad waves today". The entire boat is overjoyed. We set off on our journey and cross some major deep water. I'm pretty surprised we havent see dolphins yet. We motor for about 3 hours to our spot where we are going to remain for the day and night. It is right next to a deserted island. Many of the 300 islands are deserted here. We all get into the dingy, and drop off the sides to go snorkeling. The reef is shallow and deep. The coral is as...Jump to full entry
Nov 27, 2011 - Rough Seas ahead. And I'm a boater!
Captain says weather is getting bad. We are going to stay put until the afternoon. Ok, now Captain says we leave. Now the fun begins. We head out into the deep ocean where the waves began as 2' rollers and ended at 8'. We are up and down, getting thrown side to side. I've spent tons on time on boats in the Bahamas but I must say this was rough. V was throwing up. The rest of us were stiff like soldiers. No one was talking. No one was moving. Jillian was crying for fear. It was a rough had ride. Stresses you to full limit. The ocean is...Jump to full entry
Nov 26, 2011 - An Oasis of islands in the Indian Ocean
We go back to the airport and meet the group. "V" (70 years traveling by herself) from switzerland (cannot pronounce so I named her her first initial) steve and Jillian(newlywed) from the UK. Robert and Michelle from Australia, Ann from Dubai and the staff: a tour guide a chef a captain and 2 deck boys. All Maldivian. We board our 70' house boat. Julie and I were lucky to have selected the room with a private bathroom. Yeah. And bunkbeds. I select the top. We head out about 2 hours and dock the boat. All go snorkeling but me and Julie as...Jump to full entry
Nov 21, 2010 - Departure - on to Doha & Dubai
Slept better than I expected for being anchored just off the runway, but was wide awake at 5am, so I went out on deck to read and hopefully catch the sunrise. Unfortunately rain was rolling in, so there was no sunrise to see this morning. The crew was up early as always, and had my breakfast set up in the galley to avoid the rain. Everyone was up and about by the time they put me in the dinghy for the ride across to the airport. -------------- Go back to the Oman & UAE journal for the remainder of the trip.Jump to full entry