Late last year, I had an opportunity to go on a long-needed holiday. 2016 was a busy year for me, as I tried to juggle between work life balance, personal problems, and the usual excuse of not having time for anything (I haven’t had a serious relationship in 5 years!).
Regardless, strange as it may be, I’ve always wanted to travel to the Maldives. It’s a popular place for couples, but there’s no reason why you can’t visit it alone.
I spent below RM4,000 for the flights. Accommodation on the other hand, came up to about RM7,000 for a 4 nights 5 days stay at Club Med Kani at Overwater Villas. I also spent a little extra for a scuba diving expedition and a lobster picnic. I obtained my scuba diving open water certification in October, which makes Maldives my first dive after being certified.
From the moment I saw the beach, I knew that my trip was worth every penny. The water was beautifully blue, and it was warm, making both snorkeling and diving a fun affair.
Speaking of scuba diving, the dive centre for scuba diving requires you to go through a simple refresher session. After the session, you will then be able to proceed to the first dive at noon. The dive location varies depending on the tide and current.
Our dive site was at Kani’s corner. The max depth that I dove to was only 18 metres as it was my first dive after passing my Open Water test in October. Needless to say, it was breathtaking. I schools of fishes and plenty of corals. I remember seeing papillon, barracuda, clown fish and manta rays. I did not encounter any sharks in my dive, nor did I see any turtles, but I spotted them during snorkeling the next day. It was a different experience because visibility was better as the surface level with the view of a crystal you can actually spot more turtles from a far.
There were at least 10 turtles spotted within 30 minutes and I had a face to face with a couple of them. Unfortunately, we were told that that were not allowed to touch any of the turtles. I also spotted several sharks during the scuba adventure.
Other recreational activities, such as paddle boarding, were also amazing. I highly recommend applying lots of sunblock, because the sun can get a little harsh there.
In terms of food, Club Med Kani did not disappoint. There were so many wonderful cuisines to choose from and I truly enjoy the seafood there. Without a doubt, the seafood was very fresh. Not only that, there was desserts and plenty of different wines to indulge in throughout the day and night. It’s truly a paradise.
After 5 days which went by quickly, I left for Colombo. Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka was a pleasant and beautiful place. I had the opportunity to visit Dhambulla, Sirigiriya (lion’s rock) and also spice garden. I also managed to try an Ayuverdic massage at Sri Lanka which was definitely a new experience for me.
All in, the trip was not very long but it does feel a big part of 2016 for me mainly because I truly enjoyed every single moment of it. Travelling to beautiful destinations sometimes isn’t just a destination to go with a partner like most people would. It can be trip for some much needed “me-time” and actually spend time with yourself. After all, if I can’t take care of myself, how can I take care of others?
About Kit Mah
Kit Mah is an established commercial model and actor, who stands at 177cm tall and weighs 67kg, the photogenic model has had quite a few stints in local telemovies, plus several commercials for international. He is also hosting fitness segments for different television programmes (Body & Soul and Memo Cergas). He is now a brand ambassador for sportswear label Under Armour and sports nutrition brand Optimum Nutrition.
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