. As we swam out to the reef, less than 60 yard away, the ocean floor is lined with coral that feeds the thousands of fish that live in these waters. There is swarms of fish along our way to the edge of the reef. Then you start to feel when you are close, the warm water surrounding you starts to drop in temperature. Then you get to the edge, and you cant help but catch your breath as you gaze down in the depths beneath you. You are on the edge of a enormous coral reef that stretches so far down that you cant see where it ends, reaching so far in the depths of the ocean. The coral wall is swarming with fish. Big fish, small colorful fish, brave ones that swim right up to you as if to say hello. I even spotted a small black shark swimming way down below into the water that changes the color so dark blue that you can see anymore. From the information we were given, there is never more than one shark encounter a year, sometimes years of not one at all. The water is just too warm for them. Those are good odds. I keep swimming along and savor every moment of our amazing location, and all the fish that allow me to spend the afternoon with them.There is a water sport center here on our island that is run by the resort. We noticed a large catarmarsn that was covered in tarp. " Do you ever take that out for adventures?" we asked. " "yes.," stated one of the friendly men working at the water sports cabana, " I can take you out to a private island just off the shore, come back in one hour when we will have a bit more wind to take us there" Christine and I were beyond excited. Our own private catarmaran boat ride! to a private island? could this get any better?We took off in the ocean , with just the right amount of wind to guide us. Our captain sharing some great information on the way about our resort and the islands of the Maldive's. The island we were approaching was just a small cay of sand, which consisted of just two small bushes, not even trees yet, and a wood crate that probably washed up from falling off a freight boat out at sea, and the contents already taken and salvaged from visiting guests before us. We had the island to ourselves. Our boat captain stretched out on the canvas deck to take a nap in the shade while Christine and I went to take a lap around the island. It took less than 15 minutes, and we even walked slowly. We sat in the shallow warm water and gazed out onto the abandoned sea before us. Now this is being lost in paradise. We let our captain doze and we laid back and floated in the the baby blue water. When its time to go, he knows where to find us.
Its hard to describe what its like in the mornings to wake up to the sounds of the ocean surrounding you. The moment you walk out onto your private deck, and see the turquoise water below you. Tropical fish swimming right up to your deck to greet you as the day begins, inviting you to join them and swim for while. Christine and I brought our own snorkel gear so we would be ready to jump in and explore when ever we had a chance. We have nothing but chances and time from our private floating villa. Not only is this resort a bargain in this area,. its also is graced with one of the most amazing coral reefs in all of the Maldives, one only steps, or a few strokes from the shore.Every day , Christine and I put on our snorkel gear, and climb down the ladder from our private deck into the crystal blue water beneath us to explore all the amazing fish that live right next to us. You don't have to go far, they swim right up to our deck . We even spotted turtles and octopus swimming right by as we sat out on our ocean terrace and enjoyed our morning coffee