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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Honeymoon @ The Maldives - Rise and Shine

Dreaming Deeper than the Ocean

The Water Villa was spacious and comfy. Not too big, not too small. Just nice. The bed was so comfortable that i slept in most of the time. The beaches may be tempting to walk around on, the sea may be so beautiful that i need to take a swim... but just felt so heavy to leave the bed. 

Sunrise

My wife was waiting for the sunrise while i was in bed. Told her to wake me up when the sun rises and i will just take a look. Headed back to bed after. haha.

Ok. Lets not waste our time sleeping till evening. Time to walk around. Find some food.


Good Bye Home
Lovely Beaches Along the Water Villa
Grab Some Food at the Restaurant
Buffet Brunch !
The Swimming Pool
Do Not Disturb Sign
Grab Our Snorkeling Gears

Lovely place. Restaurant was nice. Buffet was fine. They also have a bar that serves food, a la carte style and having light entertainment like pool table and play stations. The resorts also houses the common facilities such as Gym, Tennis and SPA. Now, lets check out the water.


Instand Water Access!
Test Swim

How Clear is the Water?
Too Clear!
Lovely Swim, all for my own.
Just Cant Stop Falling in Love
Spotted Danger....
Lovely Day, Sunset

It was quite a enjoyable swim. Lovely house reef, well taken care. Baby black tip sharks are interesting add-on to the reef, maintaining proper balance. The waves may be a bit rough due to the strong wind. Bad point.



A tiring happy and satisfying day. Nothing is better than having a buffet for two after a long swim in the rough ocean. They have movie night down at the bar later on. That's where we will be having cocktails before bed.

Stay Tuned for More

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Honeymoon @ The Maldives - The Water Villa

We are here

The time for relax is the time you don't have time for it. You just do it. Getting to Maldives was a pretty interesting experience. The seaplane experience was exceptional. Definitely quite scary too. Most importantly, we are finally here. At our Water Villa, Furaveri Island Resort & Spa, located in the exotic Raa Atoll in the northern part of the Maldives Atoll.

Water Villa

We have chosen this place mainly because it was recently built, high   rating and the resort designs/layouts and what it offers interest us the most. Definitely meets our Maldivian Honeymoon. With honeymoon compliments; champagne, breakfast in bed, honeymoon decoration and sunset cruise. Free wifi and full board meal plans. They have also daily events like shark feeding, musical night, movie nights and cultural night.

Take a Peak!
The Inside
The Bath
The Ocean View
Take a break
Take a Sip

Take a deep breath and just enjoy your life. Love the water villa, isolated away from the main resort building where you have the receptions, restaurants, gyms, spas and etc. It was comfortable and have everything you need for the perfect getaway.

Shark Feeding

Being here is all about relaxing. I took naps everyday because the bed was so comfortable! lol. What interest me is that the resort feeds the black tip reef sharks daily. Probably thats the only way to keep them interested to hang around the resorts reefs. Keeps fishes moving around and not grazing away all marine life, keeping the reef healthy.

There were Many Baby Sharks
Having Second Thoughts for Swimming
Lets Explore the Resort!

To get to the main resort area you got to walk pass a natural setting of tropical forest walk path. Of course, they do provide buggy rides. But. Lets take a walk.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Honeymoon @ The Maldives - Lets Fly!

Seaplane Airport

It was a bright sunny day. As fleecy clouds moved across the sun, we embrace the warm sea breeze and the amazing scenery of the seaplane airport. Waiting for our departure call at the main building. Everything was taken care of, so we just sit back and relax.

Once we were called, we will be guided to a small air conditioned departure hall before we can board the plane. Good thing, complimentary cold bottled waters! Unlimited. We grabbed a few extras and keep. 

Getting On!
Seaplane Interior
Mr.Captain
The Newly Weds

Definitely a thrilling experience for first timers. The plane was really small and congested. Fitting about ten passengers with luggage stacked at the back of the plane and one crew. Definitely very scary on bad weather conditions. Easily catch motion sickness but once the plane is up in the air will be much better. No air condition till take off, darn. Feeling sick already*.

Departure
Lovely View of the Maldives
So many boats!
View of Other Resorts


Definitely a great experience. Since the Maldives are mainly small islands, so you get the view the islands Maldives from air. The resorts island was really beautiful with their water villa branching our to the ocean.

Best thing, when landing at our resort island, we were landed slightly away from the island, at a mini wooden floating airport. It was so fun but scary as the wave was pretty strong. 

Floating Airport
Staying Cool for the Photo
Ferry Arrived for Rescue!

I believed we waited about 15min plus for the ferry to arrive. Despite the exciting experience to be on the wooden platform out at sea. Still quite the frustrating on the bad timing of the ferry, because it was quite dangerous. The weather was bad, almost started to rain, the wave was strong, we could fall off if we did not hold tightly to the railing strongly fixed to the wooden platform. But anyway, focusing on the fun part!

Furaveri Island Resort and Spa!

Our Maldivian Experience Begins!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Honeymoon @ The Maldives - Getting There

Finally, our turn to say, Honeymoon!

Our Honeymoon begins. Departing to Male, the capital of Maldives. With over 300km2 of tropical land, over three hundred fifty thousand in population. Home to sunni muslims. Having lovely climate with temperatures averaging 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year. Good thing, mostly speaks English here. Perhaps due to the high volume of tourist visiting.

Flights are not frequent and few airline does not include Maldives in their destination. Good thing in Malaysia, budget airline AirAsia have direct flights to Maldives, however, about two to three time a week. Maldives have great tourist visa policies, a free 30days visa on arrival. 

Arriving at Male International Airport, located on Hulhule Island next to capital Male. Quite a disappointment on our arrival, as usual you need to fill in the arrival/departure paper. The writing stands have no pen with "ink" left to use and we forget to bring pens! Immigration officers don't seems friendly, not approachable types. Fortunately we found few people gathering at one of the corners as that's the only place with a pen with ink. Remember, bring your own pen!

At exit, all tourist was stopped to have their luggage checked. Didn't know that we were not allowed to bring alcohol. Although we would only drink them at the hotel, in private. Our beloved wine bottle was taken by the custom, fortunately can be claimed back when leaving the country. Remember, just buy them at the resort/hotel.

Hello Maldives Sea!!

We arrived in the evening, so there is no transport to our "island resort". Boat and Seaplanes to Island Resorts are only during the daytime, especially long distance. So we booked a hotel closer to the Airport for the night. Hotel Lonuveli, about 15min away from airport. Beautiful budget hotel and providing excellent airport transfer services and coordination with your island resort (your Island Resort will also coordinate with your temporary Hotel, so make sure to inform them the details). Service was excellent. Rooms are comfortable and clean.


Hotel Lonuveli

Having astonishing view of the ocean and sun rise. Lovely morning. Having pleasant simple and comfort breakfast close to the coast. Feeling of the tropical ocean breeze. Honestly, i would have stayed here another night.

The Ocean

Knowing we are catching the earliest seaplane the next day. They ensure check outs and transfers are well prepared. Had our lovely breakfast and prepared to visit our beautiful island resort. The driver will drop us as Male International Airport were we will meet our island resort staff, where he will check us in and direct us for the Seaplane transfer. Everything was taken care of.


Seaplane Airport
The Seaplane
Our Seaplane Ticket!

Our island resort is located 151 kilometres away from Male International Airport. So the fastest way to get there will be a direct seaplane transfer, about 35mins. To take note that flight schedules are also subject to weather conditions. Price are also subject to season. We are here during the peak season so expecting seaplane to cost about USD485/person. Smiles*. Bringing kids? Bring them while they are below 2 years old or you will be charged USD289/kids. Ha-ha.

Next up. Seaplane and Arrival to Resort.

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