No matter how much we write or speak about our trip to the Maldives, it somehow never feels enough. There are so many emotions attached to this trip, we think it’s best to let the pictures do the talking. We hope the photographs give you the same sense of wonder that we felt being there!
This photo series will take you through our entire trip in a chronological order.
Before we landed at the airport, this is what our bird’s eye view was. If you’re lucky to fly on a cloudless, sunny day, you’ll notice hundreds of tiny islands dotting all over the Indian Ocean. This first glimpse is almost overwhelming, and that’s when you know you’re almost there!
As you exit Male International Airport, all your eyes will see is a burst of different shades of blue everywhere. The jetty adjoining the airport will give you an unparalleled view of the boundless Indian Ocean meeting the azure sky.
As we hopped on to our designated speed boat and started to make a move towards Eriyadu Island Resort, we couldn’t help but be spellbound by the vastness of our surroundings, while we jetted through the water.
As we neared the jetty on Eriyadu Island, this view caught our eye. I’ll just let you immerse your senses into this picture-postcard-like view, without saying anything further.
Our ocean-view room at the resort almost made us feel like we were camping on the beach itself! We had to take no more than 5 steps to be right on the beach from our patio. Needless to say, this was the highlight of the room for us!
Once we started exploring the island, we spotted this cozy little space next to the swimming pool. This turned out to be the main bar at the resort. Now show me one person who wouldn’t want to lounge here on a lazy afternoon with a drink in hand.
We spent almost all our afternoons lazying on those plush couches, watching the sun set into the ocean, bringing with it shades of grey amidst all the blues. This experience gives a sense of calm we have rarely experienced elsewhere!
This was a very special and memorable evening spent at the al fresco extension of the main bar, overlooking the sea. The staff at the resort sent us a complimentary bottle of wine that we sipped all evening long, while taking in as much of the surrounding beauty as we could.
This quickly became one of our favorite spots to chill during the day and the night. That bed at the edge of the deck gets you as close to the water as possible, without you having to take a dip. We spent hours looking into the water as swarms of fish of various kinds came and went by during the day, and hours at night star-gazing, trying to spot the constellations.
Just another day when you find an elegant Stork walking past you, as you sit back and rejuvenate..
Some more island exploration later, we came across a sand bank – a part of the sandy beach jutting out into the sea. We reached here just in time to catch a magnificent sunset!
Because we just couldn’t get enough of the crystal clear water and the serenity of our surroundings!
A stunning beach location such as this calls for some beach shenanigans I say! Even better if a few cocktails are involved 😉
As if there was any dearth of water around us, the resort also had a beautiful little swimming pool for in-house guests. If you look closely, you’ll notice the sea almost beginning where the pool ends.
How can we talk about Maldives and not mention our snorkeling experience? We met Elisabeth at the resort on one of the days. An Austrian citizen, she visits the island almost every year, and is a master snorkeler. She not only gave us tips and tricks on snorkeling at the island’s house reef, she even took us on a guided snorkeling trip. What we experienced on that trip was nothing less than surreal!
Below are the result of the snorkeling trip with Elisabeth and this probably sums up our entire experience in Maldives. Swarms of colourful fish, baby Reef Sharks, Manta Rays, Sea Turtles – you name it and we saw it. Oh and by the way, WE FOUND NEMO too! 🙂
If these pictures have tempted you enough to plan your own trip, read about our experience of planning our first trip to the Maldives. Happy Tripping!