Monday, April 13, 2015 :: What Can You Do In Maldives
Since going, I've had people asking me about my trip and what there is to do in Maldives. I've added in a short segment below on my thoughts. Hopefully it will help you if you're keen to plan your next holiday there.
With such beautiful surroundings, we wasted no opportunity to snap shots. Before I begin with pictures, allow me to do a little intro on a reliable and impressive travel buddy who did a great job in snapping uhhhhhh-mazing shots for this trip. The Maldive photos in this post are all shot using this Canon PowerShot SX700 HS. Thanks to Canon, I was able to try this travel-friendly compact camera with powerful functions packed into it.
In all honesty, I didn't think this compact camera would be this impressive! Some of the key features you'll find on this camera is it has all of Canon's automatic and scene modes, it records high-quality videos in Full HD format and it has the latest DIGIC 6 processor which helps ensure your image is clear and stabilized. It also has Wi-FI and NFC built in to allow immediate sharing of photos, which I personally think is very important in any camera devices now. Other than all those features mentioned above, what really took my breath away about this camera was the crazy 30x optical zoom function. The image stabilizer on this was highly impressive as well. You'll understand what I'm talking about later on in this post.
For those of you curious on how our resort looked like:
Remember how I was talking about the magnificent zoom and photo processing the PowerShot SX700 HS had? We used the zoom function for this shot as we wanted to get a bokeh effect (clear subject with a blur background).
If you stay in a resort in Maldives, it would probably be the one providing all the activities. Our resort had daily excursions for different activities, e.g. Reef Snorkeling, Local Island Experience, Capital City Tour, Fishing and Sunset Dolphin Cruise. It also had other water activities such as Banana Boat Ride, Fun Tube, Parasailing, Water Skiing, Jet Skiing and more. The prices ranged from USD 50 - USD 400 per pax for each activity.
What I did in Maldives
Maldives is home to many different species of aquatic lives. They take strong pride in protecting their coral reefs making it the perfect place to spot these sea-wonders! We decided to go Reef Snorkeling as we heard we might be able to swim with the sharks. Not to worry, we checked and these sharks are harmless to humans. :)
We had to take a 45-minute boat ride out to the middle of the ocean to visit a spot with beautiful colorful coral reefs. Ah, speaking about the coral reefs, I just have to kick myself again for not bringing an underwater casing for my camera! :( Jumping into the sea with my snorkel and fins, it felt like I entered the world's best marine aquarium!
Since the last time I missed out on parasailing in Boracay, I felt like I had to do it this time. Unfortunately, they did not have any evening time slots which allowed us to get sunset shots so we settled for one early in the morning.
A pity I didn't bring the camera up with me. Would have loved to show you the magnificent view from above. There were different blues of the sea, patches of darker brown spots which were corals and each darker gradient of blue told you the depth of the sea.
It is really fun to engage in watersports offered by your resort on its private island. And these activities are best enjoyed with a bigger group of friends like for myself. There were complimentary activities like Stand Up Paddling and Canoeing. Fun Tube was like an insane banana boat ride played lying on your stomach. What made the activities even more fun was the company. Imagine us trying to flip one another off the Tube while we are being pulled behind a high speed boat and then trying to topple one another at Stand-Up Paddle.
We were going at high-speed but love how the PowerShotSX700 HS managed to capture a clear shot of us, even from a distance!
If you're going for Fun Tube, please note that you might attain some abrasions on your elbows from the float burn. That part wasn't the best of memories but I would still do it all over again if I had the chance to.:)
I don't know about you but I have a morbid fear of odd looking fishes swimming near me but heck, you only live once. Our resort had complimentary rental of snorkeling equipment so we decided to do some exploring of our own! No doubt...the fishes around our vicinity wasn't as beautiful or bountiful as that seen in the coral reef but we still did see some pretty, translucent ones!
Since I didn't manage to bring my camera in for snorkeling, allow me to use this man as an example.
This is one activity I really wanted to experience but didn't have the chance to. It's where they actually bring you out of the resort to a sand bank for you to chill in isolation. Sadly, at this time of the year, the sand banks are completely submerged in the sea :( Now you know. Well, I just want to be able to enjoy peace and quiet on my own out in the middle of the ocean and damn am I willing to pay bucks to get the world out of my sight.
Lastly, I would say the sunsets at the Maldives were so beautiful. We managed to catch this gorgeous sunset clearly on the first day. If you are lucky, you get to see cotton candy colored skies ;) The sun sets pretty fast though so make sure you set yourself up in a nice place with a clear view to be able to catch it.
This trip was a really good break from all the buzz in Singapore. Again, I'm really thankful to have been able to go for it. A big thank you to Canon for the PowerShot SX700 HS. I would not have been able to capture such alluring shots if not for the camera.
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