Our Floating Breakfast arrived and was set up, whilst Ben and I shook the sleep from our bodies with a dip in the Ocean. Climbing the ladder to our over-the-water palace, we spotted our incredible breakfast floating in the pool.
We got in to sit beside our Ja Manafaru feast. Eggs Benedict, A fruit platter and a basket of pastries washed down with freshly squeezed orange juice, tea, coffee and, of course, champagne! I can’t even imagine a better or more luxurious start to the day!
The sun beat down, as we ate our feast floating in the pool, swapping between pastry and sipping champagne!
The rest of the morning was spent between the sea and the pool, reading our books and sunbathing. It was such a beautiful day and perfect for our last full day on the island.
Lunch was no different to any other day and we had our favourite chicken salad. After lunch, Jessica picked us up and drove us in the golf buggy to the end of the dock. The island’s Marine Biologists gave us a short briefing before our life jackets were handed to us and we were ushered onto the Dhoni (a traditional Maldivian fishing boat).
We had been invited on a ‘Lucky Dolphin Cruise‘ across the atoll to try and see dolphins in the wild. Something that has been up there on my bucket list since I was a little girl. The Marine Biologist had said there was a 50/50 chance that we would see the dolphins, but that they felt pretty confident. I said to Ben I was 100% sure we would see them, but half way into the trip, with the sun starting to set, we still hadn’t seen anything. We had perched ourselves on the top deck of the boat, dangling our legs over the edge, so that we had the best view. My brain tricked me, with every wave breaking, into thinking it was a dolphin disturbing the surface.
Finally, with one hand motioning for the boat to slow down, the Marine Biologist raised the other to her forehead to shield her eyes from the sun. Her eyes widened and she waved her hand towards a patch of ocean between two islands. We all squinted to try to see what she was seeing, but we couldn’t make it out until suddenly a few small shapes started to dip in and out of the water towards the boat.
One of the crew started to whistle to attract them and suddenly the spinner dolphins burst out of the water at the front of the boat. They glided on the break, jumping and spinning away from the boat putting on a show for us.
It was at precisely this moment that I lowered the camera and the moment hit me with all the emotions. Ben laughed as a stray tear ran down my cheek and I laughed back, completely caught up in the spectacle.
A glass of champagne was passed to me as the dolphins continued to jump and play around us.
Finally, they decided to dive and disappear back into the depths of the ocean and the sun started to set into beautiful yellows and oranges.
By the time we reached land again, the oranges had dissipated into what can only be described as Candy Floss Pink. It was the most beautiful sunset we had seen all trip and only finished when we finally got to dinner.
With our feet buried in the sand at our favourite restaurant – The Ocean Grill. We raised a glass to one of the most incredible trips of our lives.