Ben and I woke up before sunrise on our last day in the Maldives, and headed out onto the beach in our dressing gowns. With a cup of tea in hand, we watched the sunlight trickle across the water. It finally reached the beach and slowly started to warm our toes.
With the weather being so changeable in the Maldives, we popped to breakfast in the rain. But by the time we’d finished the rain had cleared and the sun was poking through the clouds.
We took it upon ourselves to do a full loop around the island, exploring every little stretch of beach. Climbing over rocks and palm trees, lead us to a jetty that housed all the over-the-water villas.
A baby reef shark swam right underneath us, and we followed it back to the beach and around the island.
Ending up at the pool, where we decided to stop for a mid-day snack. Pizza. Enjoyed under the canopy of the building. Watching the rain pour around us, as everyone hurried about to pull their towels out of the reach of the raindrops. One of my favourite things is watching rain fall on water. You can almost tune your hearing into each tiny droplet hitting the huge pool beneath it, until it completely disappears and those few particles of water will never be together again. Tuning my attention back to the overall scene, it sounded like an out-of-tune orchestra hammering away at their instruments and percussion, before reaching a grand crescendo of thunder.
Between the rain showers, we made it back to our villa. Fully aware that the rain was planning on continuing for the rest of the afternoon, we made the most of the hot shower (is there anything better than showering in the rain?!) We finished our books on our little porch-way, hot cups of English Breakfast Tea in hand, reminding us of home.
When there was, once again, a break in the clouds, we padded bare foot to Sunset Bar. With Rum Punch our chosen poison, drink after drink found its way in front of us. The sun had long since set behind the rain clouds before we left the bar.
Our last supper in the Maldives was relatively uneventful. Ben and I just enjoying our last little slice of paradise together before an inevitably long journey home. At some point in the next few years, we will start to think about our own next generation. Inevitably, these times we spend together, so selfishly, enjoying each other’s company, are the moments that I treasure the most when we travel.
Feeling fully content, our last night in the Maldives came to an end far too quickly.
At least the journey back to the main Airport wasn’t so dreaded, when we knew we’d be spoilt with views like this.
Is the Maldives on your bucket list? What do you think you’d most like to see there?
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