MALDIVES 2014 [Day 1]

We flew to Maldives from Kuala Lumpur via Air Asia. The travel was four hours long, more or less. It was a transit flight with a stopover at Colombo, Sri Lanka. But we went straight to the beautiful republic of Maldives. No wonder why one of the passengers stood up even though we’re landing to take a peek at the beautiful atolls.

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We arrived at the airport several minutes before clock strikes one in the afternoon. There’s a three-hour time difference between Kuala Lumpur and Maldives. The heat prickled on my skin as we walk our way outside the airport. But I immediately forgot about it the moment I laid my eyes on the unbelievable facade outside the airport.

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We rode a speedboat to Male, capital of Maldives. From there, we road a ship (not sure what it’s called really) to Maafushi island. We were with the locals and some tourists too. After paying 30 MVR (or 2 USD), we sailed on to the island where we’ll be staying for four days.

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After two hours of sea travel, we got to our destination. Maafushi is a local community. Low-rise houses are stacked on streets full of white sand. There’s a school a few steps from the dock and a series of beach houses and hotels are seen meters away from the calm beach.

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We checked in at Arena Beach. Originally, we booked rooms at Arena Lodge but we got an upgrade since it’s under construction (not sure about this though as I was thinking of the room we’ll be checking in while the manager is discussing 🙂 ). Anyways, the room is lovely. Would’ve preferred a beach front room but having one in the back is cool too (for drying wet clothes 😛 ). The room has a contemporary vibe which I always like.

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Our first day was dedicated mainly to settling in to the island and to relaxing after long hours of travel. In total, there were thirteen of us (most of whom I only met there). We had a long table for our candlelight dinner outside the hotel. Food wasn’t superb but it was tolerable.

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I fell asleep as soon as my back hit the comfortable bed. I needed to catch up on sleep and regain energy for the days ahead.

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