Tuesday, May 30, 2006


JIT n. sun

7 days went by so quickly.

To answer your questions, Kuramathi is one of the resort islands on the Rasdhoo Atoll. Atoll means a ring-shaped coral island, like a floating garland (see the seaplane views from the last blog entry). The island was transformed into an island resort in the mid 1970s. It was inhabited by a local fishing community who were subsequently moved to a nearby island. I don't think they regret that decision as the Maldivian economy is heavily reliant on tourism.

Karumathi is 1.7km long. We walked the whole length of the island (and back) on our first day, only to be told that the shuttle service was free. In fact, the drinks in the bar were also free, from mocktails to cocktails, soft-drinks to hard liquor, all 24 hours. Our "all inclusive" deal was magnificent. We even have a personalised waiter, Ali, for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. I was feeling more pai-seh than spoilt. I am not used to receiving so much attention.

We treated ourselves to a luxurious spa and massage on our 4th day. Yes, we need those for our tired muscles, from snorkelling and lying on our back doing absolutely nothing. My therapist was Thai. I know, they are ubiquitous. She spent the whole session massaging and TALKING to my wife, who was on the other table. If I could be brutally honest, it was difficult to feel relaxed and massaged when your therapist was talking during the whole session. My wife promised not to talk so much during a combined session next time...

We had so much fun together (so did the island mosquitos). For those of you who enjoy water adventures: big-game fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing, this is the place for you. The best time to visit the Maldives is during the dry monsoon: November to April.

Those leaning palm trees, sparkling turquiose seas, pearly white beaches, surfacing atoll reefs are now just memories and digitalised photos. You have to experience the Maldives to believe these dream images... As for us, we are consulting our holiday bible, UNFORGETTABLE PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE for our next adventure.

Looking for Nemo.

Found baby Jaws instead.

Freshwater spa. So serene. So quiet.

Where is Ali the waiter?

Shipped to a desert island for BBQ on our 5th day. Like Kuramathi is not idyllic enough.

Flying over fabulous Kuramathi. Just like Kuching.

To read more about how the Maldivian adventure started, go to this link. It also tells you how much I paid for the "all inclusive" deal.


Anonymous Hijackqueen said...

Marvellous! Marvellous!

May 31, 2006 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your are Nice. And so is your site! Maybe you need some more pictures. Will return in the near future.

July 21, 2006 11:25 PM  

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