One of the most memorable things about the Maldives, was the incredible opportunity to spot all kinds of interesting creatures.
Every evening, at 10 o’clock, was Shark Feeding time! Hotel guests were invited to gather on the jetty, to witness this fascinating spectacle. What amazed me was that about 10 minutes before the shark feeders emerged, dozens of Black Tipped Reef Shark and Manta Ray had already began to gather, circling the jetty in slightly menacing anticipation. Who told them it was almost 10 o’clock? Amazing creatures!
Fruit bats were a common sight, flying about the hotel grounds, and you could occasionally get quite close to them if you were lucky enough to spot one hanging upside down in a tree.
Sunset Dolphin Cruise
The Kuda Huura offered the opportunity to go out on a boat, on a Sunset Dolphin Cruise. Apart from being a very relaxing way to spend the late afternoon, it was wonderful to witness a pod of Spinner Dolphins, performing their incredible acrobatic flips and spins! A real joy to watch. And sailing back to the hotel just as the sun was beginning to set was the icing on the cake.
Swimming With Manta Ray
If you’d have told me ten years ago that one day I’d be swimming in the Indian Ocean with Manta Ray, I would never have believed you! But every once in a while, life offers you a golden opportunity! The Landa Giravaaru issued us with a beeper, that would only go off once a Manta sighting had been confirmed. Some days, reportedly, it didn’t happen. Luckily, for us, it did! When that beeper went off, it was a case of literally abandoning your Pina Colada and making your way to the Marine Centre! Here, we were kitted out with flippers, snorkels and goggles, and off we went on a boat to the middle of the open sea. After plucking up the courage to dive in, it was an incredible thrill! There were so many of these mysterious creatures, which can reach up to 7m in width, swimming beneath us. They are named Manta Ray, after the Spanish/Portugese word for cloak or mantle – When you’re swimming above them, it’s easy to see why, as they glide about gracefully in the water.
As previously posted, the Kuda Huura have a Turtle Sanctuary on site, where guests can find out all about the work of the Marine Biologists, and help feed the injured turtles. Many of the turtles are amputees, with flippers missing, due to getting them tangled in ghost nets. Now and again, lucky guests will get to witness a turtle, after a period of successful rehabilitation, being reintroduced into the ocean.
The Maldives really is a dream destination – it’s got something for everyone. Whether you fancy lounging in utter paradise, reading a book, or enjoying an amazing spa treatment, or whether you’re up for an adventure: snorkelling, kayaking, or swimming with a whole host of marine creatures, it’s all here.
The Maldives really was the trip of a lifetime for me – It broadened my horizons, and gave me the opportunity to do things I would NEVER have imagined myself doing. And isn’t that what travelling is all about?
So, when life offers you an unexpected opportunity …grab it with both hands! You never know how much fun it might turn out to be!