I still wanted to do two morning dives since I’d still have a full 24 hours before our flight the next day, but we wanted to really soak in the island completely for our last full day in the Maldives. We vowed not to do any more activities, and just swim, lounge, eat, chill, vegetate, and be in various states of catatonia.
So we basically revisited our favorite spots, like swimming along the sand bar, which was really exposed because of a ridiculously low tide. So little islets of sand were suddenly exposed to the air, extending the sand bank an extra 200-300 meters. We also spent a lot of time on our water villa’s deck, just breathing in the steady cool breeze. And we finally saw the baby sharks! We saw a couple swimming along the shore, as in right along where the water meets the sand.
A night, after dinner, we spent it in Sai Kotari, a tea place/ bar situated at the very end of the jetty, and they put lights under the water, so you can watch all the underwater activities much better. We saw a huge stingray and a full-sized ginormous nurse shark, that glided so coolly by, like a submarine, just under the surface of the water. Amazing, even just hanging out at the jetty yields so much treasures.
Inspired, we went back to our villa, in the middle of the night, and started feeding the fish crackers and bread we had in the room. We were at the lower deck, dropping little morsels hoping some fish would come closer. Before we knew it, small fish started appearing, then larger fish the size of catfish, then larger fish, then even larger ones we couldn’t identify, then a huge giant trevally arrived scaring all the other fish away. It was at least 3 feet long. We usually see them out in the open sea, being such large fish, so we were surprised to see one right under our villa. And just as we thought we saw everything, in the middle of the fish frenzy, we jumped back and literally almost fell off the deck when from out of nowhere a full grown black tip shark came put of nowhere and passed inches from our hands! It was about 5 feet long, and it came back for a second pass before disappearing into the darkness. Spectacular. We would’ve been happy to see talakitok, so imagine how freaked out we were to see a grown black tip shark. We know babies are supposed to be near the shore precisely to avoid predators like adults of their species, so we were surprised to see one so near the shore. What was freaky though, was that we swim in front of our villa all the time, not knowing that these big mommas are also out there.
So even on our last full day, the island just kept on outdoing itself. It just wouldn’t stop dishing out pleasure after pleasure. It is going to be VERY rough leaving this place. It’s like finding the love of your life, your soulmate, then having to break up with them after 11 day
Maldives (Day 10)