I am back with the International trip experience and the details :
Overwhelmed with my first trip abroad! There has always been a perception, that Maldives is a destination for couples; but it's not. I got a chance to travel with a group of people who are fun loving, active and joyful. 😁
We grouped together to travel with travel khiladi(tours and travels). We had the best travel experienece with them, I can say customer service, safety and guidance are the best qualities of travel khiladi. They took care for us like a big family, by building trust amoung us and helping us all the way till the end of the trip. In the end memories and build on awesome like minded travel companions.
Here is how my plan started :
I was checking for some local trips in meet up group then suddenly I saw a post on a group trip to maldives.Then I contacted the organizer Neha and understood the total itinerary.Though it was my first trip I was a bit nervous and confused about the process. Neha is so friendly and helpful as she helped me understand the complex itenarary and travel formalities with much ease.
Next, I went ahead and booked my tickets to Maldives which costed me around 28000 INR(I booked quite late) for few members it was around 21K INR. Then the challenge was to get Forex in ashort span of time, which some how I managed to exchage some INR to USD. Remember, you can only use USD or Maldivian Rufiyaa.
Travel Khiladi(Neha) offered me a package which was about 19999 INR for 4Days 3 Nights which includes :
• Airport Transfers(both ways)
• Hotel accomodation with Half Board
• And, some activities which you will find below
Transfer to our hotel
Rest (which I badly needed) 🙇
Sightseeing Maafushi Island - bikini beach visit
Snorkelling & Dolphin cruising(unfortunately, we didnt find any doplhins on this day) :(😔
Private Island(water bungalaws) / Scuba diving – I chose Private Island, as I badly needed a drink (Obviously Mocktail) ;), and not in the mood for a dive.
Beach volley ball with local residents and some international tourists
Shopping & farewell
Accomodation: Arena beach hotel , Maafushi.
Srilankan Airlines : BLR – CMB > CMB - MLE
Landed in maldives on day 1 at 8am completed all the immigration and visa (Free on arrival for Indians) formalities. From there our guide Aarti greeted us and we all took a quick speed boat ride to the Maafushi island to Arena beach hotel, we were placed in sea view rooms. The view from the room was just revitalizing and mesmerising . And, then it starts ....
During my complete stay in Maldives it was sunny with clear blue sky and turquoise warter, everyday with a beautiful experience of the sun rise and the sun set.
I had so much fun with my group in bikini beach , we took some Instagram boomerang clips, we played housie and posed for multiple group-fies, we took lots of pictures(200+ obviously). I took some creative pictures with sand and water(below are the ones). Our day was spent laying on the sand, collecting shells, chilling out and just drooling around. It was pure bliss simply laying on sand and enjoying this mesmering view of the ocean.
On the 2nd day, we went ahead for some water activites. Snorkelling is just marvellous, Maafushi has beautiful marine life, starting from shoal of small fish to sting rays and sharks. The reef surrounded by calm turquoise waters can be reached within few minutes from the shore. The ocean is full of live corals in the house reef.
Its really impressive to see Nemo(Clown Fish), Dory fish(Blue Tang) and many other aquatic life swimming around me (P.S. - I am not a marine biologist to name all of them)
I spent hours and hours watching the waves and got addicted to the atmosphere. The water was so clean and transparent, which I doubt would be available anywhere else. On the very day we went to see dolphins but we couldn't find any. I just consider it to be my fate. :(
On third day we went to private island tour(Adaaran club Rannalhi) where we can see gorgeous water villas. It was like a dream come true moment for me. The views were just out of some commercial bollywood film at its best. The resort was very calming and peaceful.
We were welcomed with a stunning drink(again Mocktails) and then we headed over to explore the island. The place is really clean with great offerings in its bar, ranging from cocktails to my favourite mocktails. I had passion fizz for the first time. Having a leisure walk around the water villas feels like some scene from SRK's bollywood film. The ocean view is just stunning (belive me or just go look for yourself!). There are lot of options for the lunch, with cuisine varying from all around the world to spice up my taste buds. We played beach volleyball and the interesting thing was some locals as well as some international tourists also joined to play with us.
The shopping streets are lively and full of friendly locals. I almost spent around 100 USD(7400+ INR) for my shopping. Bought some perfume pack , bag , magnet , bottles to carry maldives beach sand , chocolates etc etc..Here is that ...
So kill Nothing - But Time ; Take Nothing - But Pictures ; Leave Nothing - But Footprints
I was very happy and enjoyed every minute of my stay in maldives. 💗💗💜
Never ending footsteps. ........................................💙💚💛💜