I got back from London just in time for Dan’s birthday weekend. We celebrated with 10 friends at the Friday Hakka champagne brunch at Hakkasan in Emirates Palace and then we took in the Formula 1 races and concerts over the rest of the weekend, including the closing act Guns n Roses on Sunday evening.
The following weekend we were heading on our last trip of 2018. I had been wanting to go to the Maldives ever since we moved to this side of the world. It is only a short 4 hour flight away. We landed in Malé on Thursday, November 29 to rain and were a bit concerned our beach vacation might be a wet one. We found our boat transfer and were soon off to COMO Cocoa Island, known locally as Makunufushi, in the South Malé Atoll where we would be staying for 4 nights. We arrived after a 40 minute boat ride and couldn’t believe how secluded the island was. We checked into our overwater Dhoni loft suite, inspired by local fishing boats, unpacked our things and ventured out the back terrace only to see a black blotched string ray swim by. We couldn’t resist much longer in getting our feet wet so we both hopped in for a snorkel in the warm Maldivian sea. We soon headed to Faru Bar for happy hour cocktails and seafood bbq night.
Our 4 days on the island consisted of snorkelling the spectacularly clear waters of the house reef, going to yoga, hydrotherapy, a marine talk, watching the gorgeous sunsets, sipping happy hour cocktails in Faru Bar and enjoying the delicious beach front dining. We both got painfully scorched the first day – we think it was the sand bar walk that truly got us in the end and we had to pay the hefty price for some aloe vera from the hotel shop. Dan went diving three times and basically had private dives as no one else on the island was diving. To be honest, I am not a big water person or a strong swimmer. The snorkelling off the jetty was my favourite spot though I was too scared to go check out the drop off point. We both saw so many different kinds of sea life – the highlights being turtles, octopus, eels, spotted eagle rays, stingrays, cuttlefish, needlefish, butterflyfish, unicornfish, surgeonfish, snapper and the small baby blacktip reef sharks swimming in the lagoon.
I cannot really express the beauty of this area. The pictures do it some justice but honestly you have to go there to see it for yourself first hand. Simply amazing.