This was a dream vacation. That’s an understatement, to be honest.
Food poisoning was on its last legs on the flights from Nepal to Qatar to Maldives.
We were lucky that there was a rain delay holding up the sea plane from the capital out to the island where our hotel was, because we wouldn’t have made it. The passport control/baggage process was too slow for us to have made it otherwise, so that was good.
We caught the 20min mandatory sea plane ride out to the hotel and were already in the “wow” phase.
We arrived at the hotel and got a golf cart (all electric, charged by solar) tour of the island to show us where everything is and then drop us at our room.
The room was…wow! Giant bathroom with open roof, 2nd floor outside with a couch swing, private dip pool, direct access to the beach, and everything comfortable to the max.
I had told the hotel that we were coming to celebrate my wife’s birthday, so they had a vegan birthday cake and some decorations on our arrival. It was a great touch.
After unpacking, we set out to explore as the sun was setting.
A few days before arrival, the hotel had emailed to ask if we have any allergies, etc. to be prepared, so we told them we were vegan. They had this special menu made for us, and we tried most of it during the 5 days we were there.
Just in front of our room was a small path to walk on to a platform in the sea, and we saw tons of crabs crawling on the rocks plus baby sharks (not babies, that’s their species) swimming nearby.
The property was idyllic, to say the least. It was quite cloudy our first 2 days there, but that didn’t reduce how much we enjoyed those days.
We also saw lots of types of birds visiting the island at various points, and we even saw a bat once.
Because of the wind, and it was apparently the rainy season, there were high waves outside the reef/atoll area where the hotel was, so they canceled the trip to snorkel with whale sharks. That was a disappointment, but we were able to do a lot of snorkeling just outside the room. The hotel even provided free mask/snorkel/fins to use. We also did some diving, and my wife finished her scuba certification. That was a big accomplishment for someone afraid of deep water.
The breakfast buffet was delicious, but $35/ea is expensive. We were glad I qualified for free breakfast with platinum status.
On the last morning, our sea plane to the airport left at 6:30. The golf cart picked up our luggage, we said goodbye, and we were off.
Here are some pictures from the diving and snorkeling trips, where we saw lots of fish, some sharks, turtles, and even a ray at one point.
We loved the Maldives. If it hadn’t been for using points for the hotel ($600 per night), earning free breakfast ($35 each per day) and arriving on free flights, we definitely couldn’t have done this trip. What a trip.This entry was posted in asia, Fesdu Island, Maldives