Picnic Island

MALDIVES 2014 [Day 5]

After the long wait, we’ve boarded the speedboat we requested from Arena Beach back in Maafushi to bring us to Male, the island’s capital. It was definitely not a smooth ride! The waves became violent and we were almost jumping out of our seats! Thank God I had some mints with me or else I’d surely puke!

DSC_0823After so many bumps, I finally saw the city from afar. There are low rise buildings next to each other. It looks like Hunger Games’s Panem. We were dropped off in front of the airport. From there, we were fetched by the hotel’s service. It took us around twenty minutes which is situated at the back of the airport.

photo(1)This place doesn’t have much of a Maldivian vibe. Yes, the shore and the coconut trees are still seen from the end of the streets, but I didn’t feel like I’m in a tropical paradise. It’s not a bad thing. Quite amazed how they were able to develop such a place in a very limited space. Most shops are small and of the same size. Houses are low-rise buildings and roads are pretty paved. Surely, this place is gonna get better as years go by.


We originally booked rooms at the UI hotel. But we checked in at the newly opened Airport Comfort Inn which is owned by UI. The room has its contemporary tropical vibe. Same with Arena but less posh. The room smelled of fresh cut wood. We had a little bit of a problem in the first room we checked into as the air conditioner is not functioning. We were helped by the staff to move out and transfer to the next room which had a more perfect view of the beach.


Staff were great and friendly (not like in Fihalhohi). The only thing I didn’t like in our stay here, aside from the room’s scent which is understandable, is the smell of the water from the toilet bowl. It was foul. The place has a lot of improvements to do.

My sister and I sat the night city tour out as we just wanted to rest and spend the night catching up on White Collar. We had some decent Wi-Fi connection in the lobby.

The morning welcomed me with a lulling sound of the waves. It was hard to be on my feet! But the view outside our room is beautiful in its simplest way. We wasted no time and prepared for our flight back to Kuala Lumpur where we’ll be spending one last night before flying back to Manila.


We stayed at a place called Langit Langi, thirty minutes away from LCCT airport. I have one tip: Don’t book a room in this place. Staff members weren’t helpful. If you’re looking for a cheap hotel to stay in, maybe try Tune Hotels which is closer to the airport.

With little mishaps, this trip has been a blast! It’s my first time to go outside the country and I don’t know how my future trips would top this. My eight-day vacation ended with a big smile on my face (and burnt skin 😉 ). I surely will miss Maldives. There are still lots I haven’t seen and I am very much looking forward to try them out soon.

PS: I will make sure next time I visit the Maldives, I know how to swim!

Photo from Winbird Shia

Photo from Winbird Shia

Photo from Winbird Shia

Photo from Winbird Shia

Photo from Winbird Shia

Photo from Winbird Shia

Last three pics were actually the first time I tried jump shot 😉 These were taken at Picnic Island, my personal favorite of the places we’ve visited.


MALDIVES 2014 [Day 4]

Today we bid adieu to the wonderful local island of Maafushi. But that doesn’t mean our vacation has ended! We boarded a speedboat and traveled for 45 minutes until we reach the resort island known as Fihalhohi.

DSC_0638DSC_0639We were welcomed by the unbelievable shades of blue in the shore. We stayed at a grand receiving area while we finalize a few things for our accommodation (hotel vouchers, ground rules orientation, etc.) We were surprised and amazed at the same time after we learned from the staff who welcomed us that the time in the island is an hour early compared to Maafushi. We left the local island at ten in the morning and arrived in Fihalhohi at ten, as well. It was less than an hour away!

photoWe checked in as soon as we got our keys! It was almost time for food to be served and we didn’t wanna go to the beach until after lunch. The room is very spacious with two single beds, a set of comfortable chairs and a coffee table, a mini refrigerator and a long table with a vanity mirror. The bathroom is quite large than I expected. It has a bathtub! Though I didn’t use it for that long. It crept me out. I don’t know why. Maybe because of the dim lights? The room is a bit old for my taste. I’d choose Arena Beach over this.


The resort’s management was kind enough to give us free lunch buffet that day. Yey! 😉 Most guests are European and we had a wide variety of food! From Italian to Asian to Mediterranean. After a few days of having a less-than stellar food choices, I was thankful to binge in the rich food Fihalhohi offered.

DSC_0647DSC_0648After lunch, we wandered through the island but kept a safe distance from the shore as the sun was still high. There are lots of birds (kingfishers and crows, I guess) flying around the island and realized how diverse and healthy the island still is.

DSC_0726DSC_0733DSC_0746It’s not hard to tell from the design and structure that the resort is quite old as compared to those we have seen but it’s quite admirable how they kept it as rich and organic as possible.

DSC_0665DSC_0680DSC_0687DSC_0697DSC_0704DSC_0705As compared to Maafushi, Sexy Beach and Picnic Island, the waves here were a bit strong. But the reefs are richer and the underwater life are much more present. I was enjoying the water a few feet deep and I saw a school of fish swimming with me. Water is not as clear as Maadhoo but it’s still breathtaking! We stayed in the water for a few hours before preparing for the sunset.

Photo from Winbird Shia

Photo from Winbird Shia

Photo from Winbird Shia

Photo from Winbird Shia

Photo from Winbird Shia

Photo from Winbird Shia

Photo from Winbird Shia

Photo from Winbird Shia

Photo from Winbird Shia

Photo from Winbird Shia

It was cloudy. As the sun was setting, not much color has bled through the sky. We witnessed the sunset by the water bungalows (which looks more beautiful in the photos than in reality). Accommodation in there is a few hundred dollars more expensive than the “comfort room” we had.

DSC_0675DSC_0710DSC_0712DSC_0770DSC_0778DSC_0785By nighttime, after feasting through the food, I stayed inside the room and read through my book. I thought we’d call it a day already until one of our buddies invited us to the bar and have a drink. It was a challenge walking in the sand with very little help from the solar-powered lights. We didn’t stay long and finally gave in to our bed’s call to dream land.

The next day, we took a few hours waiting for our speedboat from Maafushi going to Male. It was fine day. Strong wind has constantly made it cool as I sat by the edge of the viewing deck while I read through my book.

DSC_0808In general, I have some disappointments with the accommodation but the island has its natural beauty that transported all the negative vibes I had in the oblivion.


It was a chill day. Woke up a bit late for breakfast. No scheduled trips in the early morning so after having my usual food, I grabbed my book. I lounged under a coconut tree in front of the ocean while I feed my eyes with words. I can never grow tired of hearing the soothing sound of the waves while the calm breeze touched my face and the turquoise water brightened more the day.

photo(1)We were set to have lunch at another island. At around 10AM, we walked to the dock for yet another speedboat trip. We were separated into two speedboats and I happened to ride in the one without a roof on. The sun was hitting my bare skin. I got nervous when the local driver maneuver the vehicle like a drag racer through the Indian Ocean! I was pretty much sure we’re falling off any minute! Didn’t have the courage to take out my camera or my phone after taking one picture.


That felt like a scene in an action film (minus the guns and the bad men). It took us 15-20 minutes to reach Maadhoo Island — or what’s more popularly known as Picnic Island. We paid around 11 USD as entrance fee.


The men from Arena Beach brought and grilled our food. It took a while until the food is ready and we were a bit lazy (since we have the whole afternoon in the island) to roam around. Half of the group went out while some of us stayed under the shed of big trees. We killed time by teaching our Australian colleague some Filipino children games!

After lunch, we went out to swim. It was love at first sight! My words won’t be able to describe enough the wonder of this place. It was very serene. The water is very, very clear and the sand is finer than what we’ve seen in Sexy Beach. Waves are so calm. When photographed, the sea looked like an infinity pool. It was heaven!


Time seemed to stand still while we were in Maadhoo. We never cared about the time. Only the sun’s movement was our sign that it’s time to go back to Maafushi. But of course, we took a lot of photos first while having the time of our lives!

DSC_0614DSC_0620DSC_0621DSC_0625We still have two days left in Maldives but I knew right then that that was the highlight of my trip.

The next day, we checked in at a resort island called Fihalhohi. Trip’s almost close to its end.

[I’m no pro in photography so pls bear with my pictures 😉 ]