I had wanted to go to the Maldives for a while since it was a decently long but doable flight from Tokyo and a ridiculous flight from the US.  We picked a good time to get out of cold Tokyo to warmer climes.  It snowed in Tokyo while we were gone.  We flew through Singapore on our way to the Maldives and had a long layover so we got to check out the city for a bit and eat.  That’s a separate post about Singapore and Singapore Air.  The Maldives are the lowest lying nation in the world.  A chain of some 1900 islands organized in about 25 atolls of which there are 200 inhabited islands including about 100 resort islands.  The Maldives are unique in that every island is its own resort, no two resorts share an island.  We had decided on a resort that actually had several islands close together and the islands’ guests could use the other island facilities, transported via pontoon boat.  One additional close island was a more exclusive island for privacy where celebrities have stayed, etc.

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We arrived in Male around 10:30pm and we were met and escorted to the speedboat which would take us to the resort.  After a half hour of staring at all the stars glittering in the sky above the sea, we arrived and were escorted to our deluxe overwater bungalow. Even in the dark we were amazed by how clear the water was.  The next morning, we woke to sunshine and calm seas.
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Before we headed to breakfast, we took a quick swim over to the sandbar island outside our deck.  The sandbar was cute and had lounge chairs and hammocks.
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Our deck was fabulous with a day bed and loungers on the lower deck and a ladder right into the ocean.  The bathroom was kind of open air and you could open the window at the foot of the tub while you soaked.  There were also windows where you could watch the ocean while you took a shower.
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The restaurant for breakfast was al fresco with sand floors to give it a real tropical, relaxed feel.  We explored and snorkeled the house reef around the overwater bungalows in the afternoon, taking our time and becoming mesmerized by the number of little fishes swimming around the coral.
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There was an amazing sunset our first night on the Maldives before we went to the Thai restaurant for dinner.  It was built over the water and tide pool.  The sound of the waves and wind was soothing and the food was delicious and spicy!
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We signed up for a speedboat snorkeling trip the next morning.  There were a total of four of us plus the guide and speedboat captain.  It took us a little over half an hour to reach the reef destination and it was well worth it.  We passed several shallow spots and sandbars where locals and tourists were picnicking and hanging out.
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The reef was amazing and colorful.
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That night we went on a sunset fishing trip, joined by a bunch of mainland Chinese tourists who probably all had the same idea – why not fish and see the sunset instead of just paying for a sunset cruise on the same type of boat.  Whatever we caught on this fishing trip, we had the option of eating, too!  Henry was the first to get a bite on his line and he pulled in a very colorful coral fish but a bit too small to eat.
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He also pulled in two more small fishes.  But I hauled in a pretty big green jobfish (related to the snapper family)!  Lunch for tomorrow!  He he!  Luckily the captain helped me haul it in otherwise it might have gotten away!
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The next day we tried to kayak around and check out the further house reef but it was windy and the current was pretty strong (as we found out trying to snorkel around the house reef under the bungalows again).  Instead, we explored the neighboring island (including a hammock in the middle of the sea) and relaxed on our deck.
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We also lunched on the fish I had caught the night before and it turned out to be plenty for the both of us!  They had oven roasted it coated in spices and garlic and it was very yummy!
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I had reserved a private dining experience for that night on the nearby uninhabited island and we had picked out the menu and wine.  We took a small boat out to the island to discover a table set up on the sand surrounded by lanterns with a view of the sunset.
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We had our own private waiter and chef.  We explored the little island, watched baby black tipped reef sharks practice hunting for food and relaxed in the hammock before settling down to dinner.
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We had a huge BBQ’d seafood feast and sticky rice with mango for dessert!  After watching the stars from the hammock for a while, we headed back by boat.  It was a really memorable and romantic evening.
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In the morning, I noticed one of the resort staff climb up a coconut palm with bare hands and feet to retrieve several coconuts.  I watched as he hacked them open with a machete and then he asked if we wanted some.  Hell yeah!  He then climbed right back up the coconut palm and dropped two more coconuts from the palm tree before climbing back down and cutting them open for us. I have never had fresh coconut directly from the palm tree before and it was really good!
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We decided to join a boat snorkeling trip since it was still a little too windy to kayak and the snorkel trip did not disappoint.  We saw several adult and baby stingrays, a moray eel and several green turtles among the many colorful fish!  It was very cool.
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On the day we were to check out, we had breakfast and found a nice note waiting on the table for us.
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Afterwards, we walked out to the advanced snorkeling area and took a peak underwater.  It was amazing how far you could walk out from the beach and the colors of the ocean were beautiful!
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After snorkeling, we took a kayak out to the little island that we had had dinner on and had fresh coconuts before we did a little more snorkeling.
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We also had massages at the overwater spa.  The couples suite was very nice and instead of staring at bowls of flowers or rocks, you got to look down through a Plexiglas window to the sea floor.  While I was getting my massage, I saw lots of baby fishes, colorful fish and an octopus!  Henry saw the same octopus, fishes and a lion fish!  Very cool.  We had a great time in the Maldives and were sad to leave.
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