After nearly four weeks on the local Island Rasdhoo located in Alif Alif atoll, I was very excited to finish my second Maldivian adventure in style. I chose Meeru both for its location-it is only 55 minutes away from Male by speedboat and for the adventures it promised. As a solo traveler who loves water sports, I was looking for a bit more than just a relaxing time on the beach getting sun kissed while reading a book.
Meeru is definitely a perfect fit for people like myself, whether a single traveler or a couple who wants to discover new things together. The resort that is 1200 meters long and 350 meters wide and is surrounded by a breathtaking turquoise lagoon so there is enough place for everyone to relax or engage in water sports comfortably.
I was happy to find out that my Garden room got upgraded to a jacuzzi water villa which seems to happen quite often judging from the happy reviews on Trip Advisor. It was my dream coming true to be surrounded by the Ocean even when i was relaxing in my room.
After unpacking and changing, I headed to the restaurant to have my much needed lunch after my boat trips from Rasdhoo to Male and Male to Meeru. I liked the selection of food as there was something for everyone and I enjoyed the fresh salads and fish dishes.
After the lunch I headed to the water sports centre for some stand up paddling.According to the fitness experts, SUP is is a great way to enhance your strength and stamina and train new neural connections between muscle groups. It takes a little time to grasp the technique and may be a bit scary at first if, like myself, you are slightly afraid of heights. However, once you do gain the balance and feel comfortable, you will enjoy this body scultping sport a lot.
Then it was time to try playing golf. I have never been a fan of golf, but thanks to my instructor Ifham, I learnt the basics and enjoyed hitting a few golf balls, some of which even made it to the 50 mark!
The next activity on the menu was the Sunset Cruise which was super exciting thanks to the beautiful marine animals who shared the view with us-the naughty dolphins. We saw dozens of them all around playing and making flips while happy tourists were clicking away.
This is one of my favourite shots that I managed to take with my Nikon D5300 which gives you a pretty good idea of the show that was on!
After the cruises I returned to my villa as the sky still had the colourful sunset painted. This was a beautiful way to call it a night and go to bed.
The next day I had a light breakfast, trying to store up some proteins and vitamins for another exciting day.
Catamaran surfing was for starters, I really enjoyed the ride and the colourful pictures I got posing hehe.
Kayaking is my personal favourite for so many reasons. It is loads of fun and it works your upper body very well so both your back and your arms will be very thankful! You can go at your own pace and if you choose a two-seater, you get a good team-building exercise on top of the workout! Just make sure you wear a good sun block and or a hat if you go for a long kayaking trip around the island.
Wind surfing was a new sport for me and this one was a tough one! It combines elements of sailing and surfing and involves jumps, spinning manoeuvres, inverted loops and other freestyle moves. Gaining the balance was way more complicated than on SUP and doing so in a long dress took it to a whole new level, I definitely don’t recommend that to anyone. There was not much wind so I have to wait for the next opportunity to come back tho this exciting sport. Next time I’ll do my best to become better friends with the sailboard.
After all the water sports, I decided to take a little around the resort and indulge on the natural beauty of the island. When I saw this beautiful palm tree, I could not resist climbing half way through, remembering the good old times of being a careless kid.
To find out more about the resort or book your stay, visit the official website of Meeru.