The Maldives seems, at first, like a once in a lifetime type of destination. For many, however, it becomes their holiday destination of choice where they return year after year. The island atmosphere, the sea side life and the underwater adventures all keep tourists coming back for more. It’s a tiny island nation with big excitement and the ultimate escape factor.
This Magic Memories Contest entry tells the story of a couple lads from the UK who liked the country so much that they returned just 4 months later. Here is their story:
To the Maldives and Back Again
By Anjum from the UK
I went to the Maldives in May for the first time with my brother. He was going for the diving experience and I was going for the resorts and beautiful sandy beaches with the turquoise water. We stayed in Male for the night, then started our trip to Maafushi, which is a local island were we met lots of very nice locals.
White sandy beaches of the Maldives. Photo: Anjum, UK
I did a different resort everyday while my brother did dives in different areas to see different kinds of fish. Every evening we would meet and tell each other about our adventures. I enjoyed the resorts and the beautiful barbecues as well as the snorkeling. I saw lots of beautiful fish while snorkelling even saw turtles, stingrays and baby sharks. It was amazing to see all the beautiful sea life.
My brother’s stories were even more exciting so I decided to go for a dive. Wow! What an experience it was. I have to thank the scuba team as they were brilliant in how they took care of every aspect from the training to the dives. My dive was at Kandooma Thila and it was a lovely experience where I saw lots of different kinds of sea life and live coral.
We enjoyed our trip so much but we felt it wasn’t enough and when we left we told the locals we would be back. When we got back to the UK, my brother and I couldn’t get over the fact that it was such a beautiful place and we decided we wanted to go again.
In August, we went to the Maldives again but this time we stayed for three weeks. We first went to the North Ari Atoll to the island of Rasdhoo where we stayed a week. There, my brother was hoping to see the whale sharks and hammerheads, and while he was not able to see the hammerheads, he was not too disappointed as the following week he would be going on the liveaboard trip.
We left Rasdhoo and came to Hulhumale where my brother started his liveaboard trip on the Aria Queen. I decided to take the ferry to Baa Atoll for a week. For the final week we would meet in Maafushi back to where we stayed earlier in the year. We both had experiences that we will never forget and it was one of the most adventurous trips we have ever done. My brother got to see all the things he was looking forward to, from manta rays to whale sharks, hammerheads and turtles, to dolphins and so many other types of fish. I got to see lots of beautiful beaches – the Baa Atoll is an amazing place. It felt like it was untouched with clear blue waters and lovely sea life.
Maldives untouched island atmosphere. Photo Anjum, UK
The main highlight of my trips was the diving that I did. During my dive near Maafushi there was a shipwreck. It was one of the most amazing places I saw where there were barracudas, sharks, lion fish and mantas. I felt very lucky to see as much as I did on that dive trip. The dives I did inspired me to get qualified as a diver and go back and do a liveaboard trip, which I’m hoping to do next year. I want to go back and see more of the Maldives and get the liveaboard experience. I have made many friends that I will be going back to see as well.
Anjum is in the running for yet another Maldives adventure as well as for some other great diving prizes to get his diving career off to a great start. See what prizes are up for grabs and how to enter the Magic Memories contest by clicking here. Share your story and photos or video to get the chance to reminisce and win – entry deadline extended! Get your story over to us this week!
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