Say hello to M A L D I V E S. Never in my life have I expected that I would be flying to Maldives at this age. I remember sitting down in my Ecotourism class back in college, and we were taught by our professor that 20 years from now, Maldives be erased in the face of the earth due to global warming. I knew a trip to Maldives was something I couldn’t afford, and because I was 20 and naive then, I didn’t keep my hopes up that I would be able to visit it in this lifetime.
Fast forward to 5 years later, we’ve done everything in a 2-week booking: from booking plane tickets to hotel searching. Thank goodness no visa required for Philippine passport holders! We booked at Hurawalhi Island Resort, it’s a 150 km and 50 min sea plane flight from Male. Because (majority?) flights to Maldives arrive at night, you cannot get a full aerial view of the islands, so we had to fly the next day from the city to the island so we could get the perfect view.
(I apologize for the abundance of aerial shots of Maldives! Here’s more. Lol)
Trans Maldivian Airways aka sea planes: It’s a small chartered plane of 15 or less pax that takes you straight to your island. I got to be like freaking Paris Hilton for 50 minutes when we took the sea plane to Hurawalhi. It takes off and lands on water. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? I don’t know either! Even the water by the sea port (?) looks like blue lemonade to me. You see, I couldn’t believe my eyes. My heartbeat was racing, my hands were sweaty. I wanted to cry. They only existed in magazines to me but now, those big different shades of blue atolls were outside my window, thousands of them. My 20 year old self surely was so happy to be in the middle and on top(!!) of the Indian Ocean. It always feels surreal to explore a different country because you know that this goes beyond the books you read in school. Now, how do you get over that?!
We were greeted with a glass of champagne and a group of friendly staff from the resort. 🙂 Maldivians are so nice! Infact, I was able to make new friends. I was also amazed by how good they are in speaking English. I learned a word or two in Hindi too, and I kid you not, I even sealed new friendships through Facebook and Instagram! Lol.
We rode a buggy car to check in our ocean sunset villa. We had our perfect view of the breathtaking Indian Ocean right. outside. our. villa.
We were also supposed to book a trip to Dream Island, an exclusive island 5-10 mins boat ride away from Hurawalhi, and stay there for a minimum of 2 hours (but damn expensive). Unfortunately, we didn’t know that we were supposed to book the island days or a week ahead so ensure of the slot, so we didn’t get to do it. 🙁 Lucky enough, there was a slot available for dinner time at the 5.8 Undersea restaurant (that’s 18ft below!) , and we got to dine in at the world’s largest all glass undersea restaurant!
Maldives was nothing short of perfect. I’ve been to x number of beaches but nothing comes close to this paradise! It’s a must visit, I promise you. I’ve never been so much in love with a place this bad. 🙁 My withdrawal’s so bad, that I actually looked up for job offers in resorts in Maldives (I’m an HRIM graduate, fyi lol)! Haha.
I might blog about how to cut costs when traveling to Maldives in a separate post for those who are planning on traveling. Let me know if you have questions. DM/tweet/Instagram message/comment whatever questions you have! 😀