I am feeling a little put out today, ya see I got my leave from work sanctioned and logged and all put in order so that I can take off 25 days in October for an extended holiday.
That in itself is not what has made me feel put out, the fact that I am excited about it is. I don't really get excited about much to be honest.
I spent the other night (at work) trawling ebay and buying shirts, shorts and a pair of converse for my holiday. I never buy clothes, Viper buys me clothes and I wear them, That's just how it works in Bagstaland.
Anyway this will make trip number 10 to the Maldives so I thought I might put a little guide to The Maldives including some things to take etc.
So without further a do I shall begin with the Bagsta69's guide to The Maldives.
On the plus side, when it does rain you can get some pretty stunning photographs .
Anyway after you have decided when to go you need to decide how to get there. You can fly direct, been there done that never again. You can fly with 2 stops which always seem to leave you with hours and hours stop over in an airport or you can fly via Dubai which is our personal choice.
Flying to Dubai on an Emirates Airbus A380 even in economy is a pleasure. The legroom even in economy is plenty and the staff are incredible.
We always get a flight that allows us a couple of hours to clear security and have a look around the amazing airport that is Dubai International.
After boarding a 777 to continue the journey to Male you can sit back and relax.
As you get closer to your destination you begin to see small islands dotted about in the ocean like small jewels and as you get closer and begin to descend the colours are stunning. They look just like they do in the brochure.
When you have been reunited with your bags it is a good idea to transfer a pair of shorts t-shirt and some sun cream to your hand luggage as depending on the method of travel to your island you may not see your main bags again for a while.
Onwards travel is either by Dhoni boat which is slow and quite relaxing or by speed boat which can be a bit butt bruising if it's rough. The other method is via Sea Plane which is just totally worth the extra if you can afford it.
Once you arrive at your destination the chill out can begin. If you are a drinker I would advise you go all inclusive as everything has to be imported to the Maldives and as such things can be quite expensive. Ive paid $125.00 for a normal sized bottle of Moet before for Vipers birthday.
One thing to remember is that you are now at the equator, its damned hot and the sun will burn you in minutes. High factor sun cream even if it is cloudy is a must. Do not think that you will get away with no cream for 15 minutes as you wont and you will burn.
I dont bother with the diving thing as I get to see so much just snorkeling off the beach that I have never felt the need to do the whole diving thing.
I always wear a t-shirt when snorkeling as well to help stop my back burning.
Other things that you can do in The Maldives are quite limited really but most resorts do day trips. Either snorkeling to different reefs or to the capital Male.
One thing that I never seem to be able to get across to people when I tell them about this place is the accommodation. For the most part it consists of beach villas actually on the beach which will have a large room with bed and some furniture and a bathroom which are mostly open air.There are also water villas that stick out on stilts over the ocean but having spent a few nights in one of these the water lapping against the posts gets really annoying.
These are usually cleaned in the morning and when you go for your evening meal they are cleaned again and the sheets on the bed turned down.
I always make a point of tipping the room boy on arrival and then another couple of dollars every two to three days.
Some islands have a tip jar for the gardeners who sweep up leaves all day keeping the islands looking tidy but if they don't I will usually tip them as well.
The beaches are stunning, pristine white sand and never seem very busy.
There are a few other creatures that reside on the islands including lizards and bats.
On an evening sitting watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean is one of the most laid back things that I have ever done. it is stunning.
For the most part though a trip to The Maldives really is a trip to paradise and it really does live up to all the hype.
Also remember to take home what you brought, this includes empty bottles of sun cream and punctured lilo's. There is no land fill or giant rubbish burning factories in The Maldives. It all goes to and island called Thilafushi and it is really struggling to deal with the waste.
And so I will finally leave you with a list of things that are a must to take with you, aside from the obvious stuff like toothpaste, lol.
Hi Factor sun cream and lots of it as to buy it in resort is really expensive (I paid $30.00)
Mossi spray at least deet 50
Flippers and snorkel
Underwater camera and plenty of memory cards
tooth repair kit
first aid kit
Beach towel as not all resorts supply these
a small amount of washing powder
American dollars in small denominations for tips
blue tooth speaker
4 gang mains thing as sockets are limited.
Mains travel adapter. some islands have UK plug sockets others don't.
If I think of anything else I will add it later, for now Im going to try and work out how to deal with this exitement thing that has afflicted me, and remember this, Talking to yourself is a characteristic of the gifted.
Peace out Yall, THE BAGSTA XXX Roll on October :)