“A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets”
My Honeymoon Trip to Maldives:
I had an arranged marriage. As I belong from an orthodox family I could hardly talk to my partner before my marriage. To be very frank we were looking forward to spending few hours together so that we can know each other well. But it wasn’t possible even after marriage as our house was crowded due to the ceremony. My husband loves traveling. He has good taste in choosing a travel destination according to the situation. When he purchased Maldives tour package for our honeymoon, I was excited. It was the first time for me to visit Maldives.
He informed me about our honeymoon after completing all booking procedures. He asked me if the place is relevant or not. I searched it on the internet and I was overwhelmed with joy viewing the outstanding pictures of Maldives and Maldives luxury resorts. I was left speechless.
Our flight was on 8th March early Morning. We started packing our clothes a week before. Then the day arrived. After checking our final packing list we went to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata at 5:45 AM. We collected our boarding passes and got into the flight, Air India. I was a bit nervous as it was my first flight experience and a first foreign trip as well.
I couldn’t ever imagine how beautiful the Earth is if I hadn’t seen the group of Islands of Maldives from the sky. It was spectacular like anything. I hold my spouse’s hand in excitement and it feels like our friendship is forwarding towards the next step.
We landed on Maldives International Airport at 10:05 AM and had our immigration checking. I found the temperature is around 28 degrees Celsius, neither cold nor hot. After all the checking procedure was done we came to Male Taxi stand and hired a taxi to our Resort. I was looking outside the window of the taxi.
The city was totally different, as it was so well-organized, well-managed. I could not stop myself from placing my neck outside the window and let my hair blow in the energetic fresh air. My husband grasped my hand. In a few hours, the taxi reached its destination. Getting off the taxi I was amazed viewing the vast beauty of Maldives. I was spellbound. It was Lux South Ari Atoll Maldives.
The breath-taking view of the Olhuveli Beach made both of us stand still for 5 minutes with jaws drop. I was so impressed by the grandeur of the resort that I asked my husband why he has chosen such a luxury stay, he answered that nothing is grander to our relationship. I was ecstatic.
Unforgettable Honeymoon Trip:
The very next day we woke up late as we were tired of 17 hours flight journey. We decided to relax and spend some quality time with each other. We ordered fried sea fishes and fresh squeezed orange juice for our breakfast. We went on the beach. I was so excited that I remove my slippers and started running on the white soft sand, dipped my feet into the crystal clear water and uttered in silence “you can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore”. I look behind; my husband was waving his hand to me to come back. I went back to him; he delighted me with a smile. He was flattered by my spontaneous act.
On 10th we packed our bags and went out for sightseeing. We decided to start our outing from National Museum at Male. It was the first national museum of the country inaugurated in 1952. A various collection of artifacts were displayed in the museum. Including throne, royal sunshade, furniture, costume, shoes, arms and so on.
Then we explored Grand Friday Mosque. This Islamic center is a prime attraction in Male and it is the largest Mosque in Maldives. At last, we decided to hit Vaadhoo Island which is famous for the ‘sea of stars’. It is said that the bioluminescence is originated from a type of phytoplankton named Dinoflagellates. I disbelieve the fact that in Vaadhoo sea waves glow and sparkle. But when we reached the beach we failed to move and stood still in surprise. It seemed like the dark sky has fallen in love with the ocean and the stars are busy decorating the waves. The beach was twinkling. We finished our day on Vaadhoo Island with a long romantic sand walk.
On 11th we wanted to do something different, something adventurous. So we went to Olhuveli Beach for some activity. We went on scuba diving. The scuba diving team asked us to read a safety form and sign below. The instructor gave us a black scuba diving costume. I was terribly afraid of underwater activities as I had never been to water not even in a pond, and this time it was the Indian Ocean.
Though my husband was encouraging me from the beginning, my situation was pathetic. However, every coward should get at least one chance to show courage and to me, it was this time. The instructor gave us 45 minutes training before diving deep into the ocean as it was really quite difficult to inhale and exhale through mouth. Once the training was done the instructor took us deep into the water. I closed my eyes in fear.
When I opened my eyes I was like wow! I was hypnotized viewing the breathtaking beauty of marine life. The sound I could hear was only the sound of my heartbeat. I found several colorful fishes swimming around us, I wished if I could touch them. Vibrant corals, dead corals affected in Tsunami, mesmerized my eyes. The heavy blue water and its silence had nailed our honeymoon. I was magnetized to scuba diving.
The next day we decided not to have a hectic day but to relax on a beach chair. We took few snaps to frame the memory. It was very heartbreaking that our honeymoon has come to an end. My husband read me and assured our next trip very soon. I smiled and realized that I have started feeling special with him. This thought made me blush.
On 13th we checked out from Lux South Ari Atoll Maldives and reached Maldives International Airport. Our heavenly holidays were about to finish and we were returning to our normal life, this was painful. The next day we landed at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata. A smell so familiar cuddled us as we spotted our family members has come to receive us.