It took almost a lifetime to travel to the Maldives but once we arrived it was worth it! It was picture perfect – and even more beautiful than any of the postcards or leaflets that we have seen. We reached Maafushivaru, located on the southern tip of the Ari atoll, by sea plane.
The sea plane was rather small so if you are claustrophobic and scared of flying this might not be your ideal method of transport. Thankfully I don’t suffer from either.
Lonubu is a deserted island for the exclusive use of Maafushivaru guests. Daily morning and afternoon trips are offered to snorkel or swim there. The bravely romantic can also book an overnight stay on it.
As more active travelers we were slightly concerned whether we would get restless on the island but nothing could have been further from the truth. The beautiful island was only 350 metres in length and only took us 10 minutes to walk around but there were so many other things to do, like swimming, snorkeling, reading (from their library I borrowed Robinson Crusoe which was an excellent read while on the island – I decided against Jaws as I wanted to be able to enter the waters without loosing my cool), playing board games, watching baby sharks and even swimming with black tip and whale sharks!
We stayed in one of the luxurious water villas.
Each villa had its own private access to the sea with the house reef only a short swim away. From the wooden deck of our water villa we could watch the many fish swim past and every now and then we could hear these small fish jump out of the water.
We realised that these fish were continually preyed on by their larger co-inhabitants (as shown above!).
One morning we saw black tip sharks circling underneath our villa. They are apparently harmless to humans so we entered the water to swim with them. They eventually circled around my husband (I stayed closer to the stairs of the villa) which I found frightening but they were just as curious of us as we were of them.
Baby black tip sharks spent most of their time close to the shore to stay safe from the bigger sharks. I found them to be fascinating and spend hours watching them swim along the beach. Our absolute highlight, however, was to jump into the open waters in order to swim with whale sharks. We saw three of these magnificent giants on our trip. Sadly our underwater camera was broken so I could not take any pictures. The resort was the ultimate island paradise with its laid back barefoot approach.
The all inclusive package was ideal for us which included breakfast, lunch and dinner served in the most beautiful setting overlooking the ocean. The resort felt almost deserted , we mainly saw other guests only during meal times or evening entertainment. What we saw a lot more of was the many interesting animals of the island.
Perhaps we encountered so many animals because we had time to wander the island!
It was first considering whether to come out and made sure the coast was clear so he could find the courage to go on it’s journey.
Unlike the hermit crab we can’t travel to beautiful places like these with our home. It is always nice to see the world, discover new places but to come back home with fond memories of far away places.