Beach essentials – La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Extreme Fluid to shield away all the harmful UV rays and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water to cool skin down. Remember to load up on sunscreen on a vacation – more is more and there’s nothing wrong about that.
I am also loving Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF 50+ PA+++ Very Water Resistant – extremely lightweight and easy to blend, leaves no white cast – perfect for both face and body.
I purchase this Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 36 PA+++ specifically for this trip because most of my lip balms don’t contain SPF and I am happy I did. This clear lip balm helped moisturize my lips and provide adequate protection against the sun.
I have since added this lip balm into my daily lip care routine – before applying any lip colour during the day.
In this post, I wish to share with you the water activities we did at W Maldives.
Sad to say, neither of us are very well versed with the ocean thus choices can be rather limited. Generally, I think I am afraid of the open ocean – I feel insecure especially deep down under where the water is cold and dark. I feel scared like I don’t know what lays ahead of me (or behind me).
But no matter what, I got to put aside all my fear and experience the Maldivian waters – the Indian Ocean.
For me, snorkeling proofs to be a great warm up – it sorts of prepped me on what to expect. Best of all, I didn’t have to go too deep nor too far from shore to catch a glimpse of all the beautiful marine life down there. Water is clear and it’s the first time in my life seeing so many fishes.
Snorkeling kits provided by the resort are very new but we had to return our set a day before departure. If you are leaving late in the afternoon/evening or if you are keen to snorkel early in the morning before you leave the resort – be sure you check with Whatever/Whenever® – I am sure it can be arranged.
Mak enjoyed snorkeling the most – he was out snorkeling for an entire morning/afternoon the day before we left. And he managed to capture some really beautiful pictures with our new underwater camera.
To live like James Bond, try the SeaBob – the over and under water rocket, straight from “Die Another Day”.
SeaBob is a personal watercraft that goes underwater and on the surface. It’s extremely easy to operate but for first timers, there will be a quick lesson by the professional.
Basically, all you have to do is press the button and glide through water (above or under). You can adjust the speed according to your preference and dive as you wish – MUST try.
BENEATH THE WAVES
Despite the fear of open water, I told you I am going to try diving again after my very first three years ago. And I did it – this time a little better. It was Mak’s first diving experience, we are both still very new thus we didn’t go too deep and far.
There was a 30 minutes safety briefing – a very detailed one and Betti, our diving instructor took care of us. She’s incredibly patient, caring and understanding – thank you so much for the wonderful experience.
We had difficulties balancing in water, breathing and coping with the pressure but Betti took real good care of us. She brought us around and snapped pictures for us. There’s a “W” sculpture about 9.5m deep but we didn’t make it – we only made it to about 3m deep.
The equipment provided were all very new.
Betti is from Germany and she is very encouraging too – she said, “you didn’t learn driving in 2 lessons, you should never give up and keep going!”
Our goal was to reach “W” down under – to be absolutely honest, I was a little disappointed we didn’t but hey, another reason to visit W Maldives again huh?
However, it was a fantastic dive and I am so happy I shared this moment with Mak.
FLUO NIGHT SNORKELING
This is probably the most daring sport I have ever booked – snorkeling is not a problem but at night, in the dark? I always say, give it a try – at least once. And observing the marine life and corals in fluorescent light, at night – is a totally different story. It is amazing.
Our instructor for Fluo Night Snorkeling is Muddy from Italy.
We left shore at about 6:15pm when the sun is setting. The fluorescent light makes everything glows and reflect – and our special tinted goggles made everything comes to life.
Being in the open water is already very scary for me but when the sun sets, it got even scarier – the sky is pitch black and the ocean too. You can’t see anything down under except with the torch. The whole journey ended in about an hour – relieved.
How do you like swimming in the open water? Do you get scared too? TGIF, have a wonderful weekend everyone, till the next post.
Thank you for looking.
The Maldives look incredibly beautiful! My husband and I go to Maui in the Hawaiian Islands but haven’t snorkeled at night. We saw a 10 foot (3 meters) Tiger Sharki one afternoon so my husband won’t go in the ocean at night. After seeing your night snorkeling trip, I would be lured into the water at night. It looks like an enchanted fairy land with the fluorescent torch.
Oh my, such a big shark!! I wouldn’t dare to go swim after either..
I think night snorkeling with proper equipment and an instructor is ok, worth a try =)
Hawaii is so beautiful, a place I would love to visit too!!
You might be disappointed with Hawaii after that crystal clear water in the Indian Ocean but Hawaii has a lot more coral and fishes very close to shore so you can see lots of things just snorkeling (not as scary as open ocean!) Check out Napili Kai Beach Resort my version of Heaven.
Wow, the resort is really beautiful!!
Visit the Maldives if you can. I think your husband and yourself will love it..
But I think there are restrictions with children under 12 for staying at the water villas..
Too dangerous as there is no fencing..
Happy weekend Mimi xx
I must remember to get a lip balm with spf too, i haven’t thought of that. Kudos to you Joey for being so brave. I have not mustered the courage to go for a dive yet because I’m afraid I might panic. It took me almost two days before I could confidently snorkel in the water. I would get this sudden feeling of not being able to breathe, panic and come up. The waves make it quite scary too. Your underwater pictures are fantastic. So beautiful.
By the way only a few resorts allow for children to be in over the water villas. Centara Grand is one. That was the reason why I chose that resort.
Not brave at all, lol.. just trying a bit of everything if possible!!
Trust me, I kept holding onto the instructor or Mak..
I can see why, it’s really quite dangerous for kids — even us, for that matter..
whoa! love your raybans. How did you get the glass all blue?!
Ops, I don’t know — the blue mirror shades are more blue compared to the green one Mak has =)
coolio… 🙂 Never seen such nice mirror shades before
It’s absolutely gorgeous!!
You must get one too =)
I love snorkling, especially in Hawaii. You only have to get a metre from the coast and see the most beautiful creatures and corals! Too scared to try diving and my ears can’t really handle the pressure that well. Fun photos and pretty rayban!
I need to go Hawaii =)
My ears can’t cope with the pressure too but it’s exciting and I will dive again if given the chance!!
Happy mid-week hun xx
you are so brave to have gone for the night snorkeling! i was in maldives last month too and the waters at night looked really scary =o
Waiting for your posts on Maldives!!!
Which resort did you go to?
(not sure why I can’t reply to your comment so am keying in as a new one)
i went to veligandu! not sure if you came across this resort while doing your research but i did have a good time there. have my first day up and will try to post the rest soon xx
Read your post, how beautiful =)
Missing Maldives a lot!!