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Reethi Faru resort 2021 - the Maldives

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overview / intro

We found a good deal for a week long stay at a fancy resort in the middle of one of the atoll of islands in the Maldives. It took 2 days of travel to get there and 2 days on the way back since it's pretty much on the other side of the world, but totally worth it.

It is a super unique location and experience to see all these tiny islands in the middle of a huge ocean. They are somewhat close to each other (a couple miles in any direction) but far enough that you feel isolated on a private island and can barely see the next one in the chain on the horizon.

Most of the islands are private resorts. Ours had a gym, sport courts, several pools, many beaches, bars, restaurants, and about 100 bungalows/rooms. We opted to go all in and enjoy one of the villas that sits above the water in a shallow coral reef pool area. We could dive off the back deck into the water and snorkel or swim around and see the fish, coral, jellyfish, etc..

Each day was a different experience. We did snorkel trips to swim with turtles one day, we saw manta rays another day, and ocean dolphins, went on a sunset boat cruise, visited a tiny sand reef island that you could walk around in about a minute. Other days we worked out, went to the beaches, relaxed in the villa porch, visited all the bars.

Recommend:

  • splurge on an above water villa for the unique experience and to swim whenever you want
  • go on some guided trips to see fish, sharks, manta rays, turtles, reefs
  • you can skip the capital of Male, there's not much to do there and it's just a point of transfer for international flights to the other islands / resorts

Trip Map

Pictures

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Video

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Posted by MurkTravels 15:21 Archived in Maldives Republic Tagged beaches islands sunsets maldives asia murktravels 2021 Comments (0)

Puerto Vallarta 2021 - Mexico

return

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overview / intro

I learned to scuba dive and got my certification in Puerto Vallarta Mexico in 2017, but I didn't get to do much else. So I returned in 2021 with Catia and we explored more of the area.

First, we stayed at a AirBnb in the town of Yelapa. You can only get there by an hour long boat ride from Puerto Vallarta marina. There are no roads in or out of the town, so it was quit remote and relaxing. We went on a day boat trip to do some fishing, see Los Arcos National Maritime park, and visit the hidden beach at the Marieta Islands.

We also spent time at the marina in PV at a luxury resort, and did some paddle boarding in the bay. Then we did day trips to San Vincent and Sayulita. We tried several local food joints and the best was Panchos and El Cunado

Recommend:

  • visit Yelapa and walk around the little remote town
  • find Playa de Los Muertos in Sayulita
  • Pacho's Takos in PV

Trip Map

Pictures

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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 15:50 Archived in Mexico Tagged beaches beer mexico remote taco sup latinamerica 2021 northamerica Comments (0)

Cartagena 2018 - Colombia

enjoy the Caribbean


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Hot

It was so hot and humid when we were there, you couldn't go outside anywhere without getting drowned in sweat. Our favorite ways to pass time were hang out at the beach, hang out at the condo pool, find shade, drink water, and take naps. Which was a great way to end the vacation after all the activity of Bogota and Medellin.

Highly recommend:

  • Old town walled city
  • Cafe Del Mar for sunset
  • Boat ride to an island beach (or Bocagrande beach)
  • Fort San Felipe
  • Getsemani neighborhood

Trip Map

Pictures

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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempted at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 09:56 Archived in Colombia Tagged beaches beer beach travel sunsets caribbean colombia cartagena south_america 2018 Comments (0)

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