We spent a few days, on the Sun Island, and we were overjoyed.
This piece earth is a real recuperation oasis, where one can forget all worries.
It lies at the southwest end of the atolls, and it has a length of 1,6 kilometres and a width of almost 400 meters.
From the airport Male, to the island is a distance of 107 kilometres.
With the speedboat, one can put back this distance in two and half hours and with the seaplane, in 35 minutes.
The island was opened for the tourists, in the year 1998, and is one of the biggest and most comfortable tourist’s resorts of Maldives.
It lies under the direction of the Villa Hotels chain, and offers to the visitors, 350 elegant rooms, with all the comfort that one need.
You can find on the island many restaurants and bars, with a large variety of food and drink.
The connection of the ocean with the sun is a miracle of the nature that is to be observed on the Maldives.
In the early one can observe the beautiful sunrise, and one believes that the sun comes out from the sea.
The whole day the sun shines in the sea and in the evening is swallowed by it.
It is a peaceful activity to observe this phenomenon.
A sunset, on the Maldives, is a poem of the sea.
Goes to stroll on the hot sand and observes this phenomenon, or simply lies on the beach and admires the numerous paint of the heaven, is your decision.
It is wonderful, and the words are not enough.
Only with the own eyes, one can see the beauty of the nature.
The (not so) rare Western White Whale lives a sedentary existence most of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, mostly the Americas and Europe. It actively avoids the sun and physical activity whilst eating virtually continuously. Just prior to several rapid migrations to areas closer to the Equator, they will actually reduce food intake for 1-2 weeks.
Upon arrival in sun blessed areas like the Maldives, these shy retiring creatures burst into unusual physical activities, sometimes healthy eating and display plumage not revealed during their sustained periods of inactivity in colder areas.
Although they are not an endangered species and definitely over breed, it is illegal to harpoon them in the Maldives.
Often develop a painful red colour during their migration.
Everywhere on the island, one can look numerous coconut palms.
The green colour of the trees passes very well with the blue of the heaven, the turquoise of the sea and with the white of the sand.
The palms offer a pleasant and much refreshing shade.
On the northern islands of Maldives was created palm plantations, otherwise the palms grow wildly.
On the most islands settled the screw palm (Pandanus).
All these coconut palms are very important for the natural equilibrium of the islands.
Additionally to the sand beach, there are also rocks on the shores of the ocean.
There is a place, where are mostly these rocks.
Many crabs lie in peace on the wild rocks because the tourists don't like to come here.
They prefer the soft sand for the sunbath.
The coral reefs are a peculiarity of this region.
Corals are some of the delicates creatures of the nature.
On the seabed, a splendid world of the corals spreads.
Coral reefs are formed by microscopically small polyps that secrete lime and build a reef.
The corals are very fragile.
Only few grow until 20 or 30 cm. annual.
The form of a reef is shaped following the depth and the nature of the seabed.
Maldives still possess untouched coral reefs.
However, those now are in the fear, because of the many tourists this arrival on these islands.
We were overjoyed as we saw the lovely white shore of the island.
The sand is bright white and fine like a powder.
The turquoises colour of the sea creates together with the white sand and with the green palms a fairy-tale world.
It is a pleasure, to walking or to relax on the shore of the Indian Ocean.
The underwater world of the Maldives is one of the most impressive maritime areas of the earth.
More than 400 different fish types live in the immensity of the sea.
It is a real spectacle, under water to dive, and the diverse fish, to admire.
Antenna fire fish
Sweetly lip fish
We would usually go round to the bar, or sit on the swing not far from our room to watch the sunset because our room (along with the deluxe lagoon villas) are on the sunrise side of the island.
Being so near the equator, sunrise and sunset are pretty muc at 6am and 6pm repectively.
We'd usually get to the bar about 5 ish to enjoy the company, colours of the sky, and fabulous cocktails.
The flowers are an important part, of the island natural world.
They laugh and smell from everywhere.
They bring good mood to the tourists.
On the island, there are a lot of small bushes that are fully with multi-coloured flowers.
Many oleanders, rhododendrons, hibiscus and other wonderful plants, grow in peace on this land mass.
To swimming or to relaxing, one can everywhere on the island.
To bad in the ocean and to lies on the white sand, is an alternative.
Another possibility is the swimming pool.
It is splendid.
The turquoise watercolour fits very well into the quiet atmosphere of the shore.
Around, get along numerous palms, flowers and lights.
To day and in the night, one can swim undisturbed there and one can relax.
The swimming pool is illuminated in the night and is an attraction for the many tourists, who come, here in order to drink a cocktail in the bar on the shore or only to have a rest.
For $30 each, you can do a sunset cruise from about 5.15 - 6.15pm. Book a couple of days in advance to get the day you want. (We booked Monday for the Wednesday trip which was nearly full). I believe they do them about 5 times a week.
If you wish, you can select a bottle of wine from the wine cellar, to enjoy on your sunset cruise. They serve it to you once you are on the boat. Surprisingly we were the only couple enjoying wine on the trip, but I do recommend it - it was lovely sipping on a glass of red watching the sunset.
Every night at 6:30 pm, the staff at White Sands Resort feed the giant Stingrays. The large black monsters of the sea begin to circle the main pier each night just before the event begins. On the best night I counted 9 including one that no longer had a tail. One of the staff, with heavy rubber gloves, feeds pieces of chicken to the round black shadows lurking around the posts. Every once in a while there is a brief fight for position. After the food has been distributed, the Stingrays melt away again until tomorrow night
We chose to do an Island excursion, to a local island about 20 mins from the hotel.
It was interesting to see the local schools (where they learn 3 languages as standard, sometimes four), the tuna factory, mosque and in general the local people at their everyday lives.
It would be a shame not see a snippit of the the real Maldives, so I'm glad we did this tour.
After, we went to a deserted sandbank for a castaway lunch, and snorkelling.
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