As I disclosed to you on my last visit I have been spending some time in the Indian ocean for the last couple of weeks with Fi and a couple of very good friends Jono and Lou and fabulous time has been had by all.
I must confess that of our 5 trips to the Maldives this one has been by far the most pleasant. So pleasant that after a couple of days I couldn’t even be bothered with even your good self interweb.
We stayed at Embudu village as I mentioned and the place is proper no news no shoes. No TV in your room or newspapers just total relaxation.
The island is mainly visited by German tourists and we even made friends with a few of them and had a great laugh. One lady commented that she thought I was “a little bit crazy” after the briefest of meetings. I suppose it is a lot better than what most people call me beginning with the letter C.
The beaches are for the most part empty and the bar is never really packed full. There is no in your face music blasting till the early hours and the staff are so friendly and have a very good sense of humour.
The lack of light pollution makes for stunning night skies and wide field astro photography.
One of the main reasons for visiting the Maldives again other than it is a total paradise was to see Manta rays again.
I am sad to have to report that I myself did not see any on this occasion and Jono and Lou only saw a brief glimpse of one.
However after a few brief encounters at distance with the very playful Eagle Rays, two days before our departure three of them came to flirt outrageously with me for about twenty minutes swimming in circles around me and beneath me as I snorkeled off the north Jetty.
All in all a fantastic trip and despite getting whacked a few times by Lou, which was my own fault for threatening to spank her with one of my fins.
I am usually ready to return home from holidays after around ten to twelve days but Embudu village charmed me so much that I really didn’t want to leave but alas we had too.
And so interweb I will leave you with this thought, Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.