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Sun, Sea, and Kurumba, the Quintessential Maldives Experience

Paradise Found in the Indian Ocean: Day 7 The sun is smiling on us for our last day at Kurumba. This is the Maldives experience. Snorkeling and sunbathing, before catching an evening flight to Colombo and arriving in Bangkok the next morning.

We were very lucky to find that the storm has passed overnight and the sky was clearing up for our final day at Kurumba.

We headed to Vihamana for a quick breakfast, eager to hit the beach. Getting our snorkel gear, we went on a long tour of the outer reef.

Believe it or not, this is a quick breakfast...
Believe it or not, this is a quick breakfast…

Snorkeling Kurumba

With over 1,200 fish species and 1,000 coral species, there is much in the underwater world to explore. Armed with underwater cameras, Christina and I set out to snorkel around the island. We walked around the island and started at Parrot Cage which is as the name suggests the place to spot Parrot Fish. We swam along the 70 m drop off, to see some of the larger fish. Then we continued around the northeastern point into Sally’s Patch where the drop off lessens to 30 m. Further west we entered The Wall area, featuring a nice reef wall to dive along side for photo-ops. We ended our tour at Shark Point where black tip reef sharks roam.

Christina gracefully diving to join the fish!
Christina gracefully diving to join the fish!
Huge parrot fish and plenty of species of coral fish.
Huge parrot fish and plenty of species of coral fish.
The elusive yellow puffer fish or "mango of the sea".
The elusive yellow puffer fish or “mango of the sea”.
We swam among many different schools of fish.
We swam among many different schools of fish.
Shy clown fish hiding in anemones.
Shy clown fish hiding in anemones.
Impressive coral structures were everywhere!
Impressive coral structures were everywhere!
I'm not sure what these fish were but if Tron had fish, I'm sure this is what they would look like.
I’m not sure what these fish were but if Tron had fish, I’m sure this is what they would look like.
Deep
Deep.
Silhouette of Christina.
Silhouette of Christina.
Unicornfish and Oriental Sweetlips.
Unicornfish and Oriental Sweetlips.
Seeing a Black Tip Reef Shark swim up to you is a bit unnerving, even if you know they aren't dangerous.
Seeing a Black Tip Reef Shark swim up to you is a bit unnerving, even if you know they aren’t dangerous.

After all that exercise we spent the rest of the day relaxing on the beach. We stretched out on plush towels over beach loungers and welcomed the sunrays. I almost fell asleep in the warm sun. We could even keep connected as the wifi from our room reached our chairs.

Yes, this was how we spent the rest of our day... posing for photo-ops.
Yes, this was how we spent the rest of our day… posing for photo-ops.
Look up 'paradise' in the dictionary. See this picture.
Look up ‘paradise’ in the dictionary. See this picture.

When my skin started to turn a shade of pink, we went back to the bungalow for shade.

At 5 pm, we joined a wine tasting event at the Beach Bar. They had an Australian white, a Chilean red and dessert icewine for us to try. We ordered a tuna tortilla and a wasabi tuna samosa.

The sun was setting so we moved out onto the terrace with our drinks to witness the sun’s vibrant painting of the sky.

One of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen all year.
One of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen all year.

Once the sun completed its descent, we headed back to the room to pack and check out. There’s nothing pleasant about leaving Kurumba, even if it is in a fancy yacht.

Colombo and Bangkok

We caught our flight to Colombo with plenty of time as it was delayed, which also meant we had to rush to catch our connection to Bangkok. I tried unsuccessfully to sleep a bit, as we had a full day of sightseeing ahead.

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