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Babymoon in the Maldives: A Sneak Peek

The Maldives reminds me of Christmas in Florida. At least at first.

It’s because we’ve landed at Ibrahim Nasir airport on exactly the day of the country’s 50th Anniversary of Liberation from the British. The palm trees and buildings are haphazardly draped with red and green Christmas lights, in no discernible order for 3 days, and in truth, it’s not very pretty. It feels incredibly artificial, and strangely off-putting.

Fortunately, my first impressions are wrong, but more on that later…

Me and my big belly (and a husband too) ;)

Me and my big belly (and a husband too) πŸ˜‰

We’ve taken the long route, getting here. To Paradise, that is. Not wanting to spend too long in the air while 6 months pregnant, we’ve divided our journey into a series of long layovers, so me and my belly can rest in between.

Our first stop is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where we take full advantage of the city’s amazing food scene, and basically eat for 24 hours straight. We check out Lot 10, a food court full of hawker stall favourites, have high tea at the Majestic Hotel, and get lost in the crowds on Jalan Alor food street.

We get unexpectedly upgraded to business class for our flight from Kuala Lumpur to Colombo (do I look pregnant or something?), which makes the next portion of our journey, incredibly comfortable. We visit Negombo beach then check into a little guesthouse close to the airport, for our 8 hour stopover, to sleep and eat some Sri Lankan food. Are you sensing a theme here yet? πŸ˜‰

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And finally, 90 minutes later, we land in Paradise aka the Maldives. We’ve got a night in Hulhumale, an artificially created island 10 minutes from Male, which also feels strangely like Florida, before we reach Maafushi, at last. It’s a locally inhabited island, where we plan to spend the next 12 days or so.

And Maafushi is as stunningly, breathtakingly beautiful as I’m hoping it’ll be. There is not an ounce of disappointment, or feeling of unmet expectations. It’s not an exaggeration to call this place Paradise. Because it is.

Find an affordable place to stay on Maafushi!

We’ll have full posts on our time in Malaysia, and our guide to the Maldives, coming up soon, but in the meantime, come join us on our Facebook page, or Instagram, where we’re posting regular updates and photos.

Have you ever visited a dream destination? Did it meet your expectations or were you disappointed? Tell us all about it in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Great trip you did! The pictures are great !

    July 31, 2015
    • Thanks! We’re still here in the Maldives, and never tire of the water. It’s absolutely stunning! πŸ™‚

      July 31, 2015
  2. This looks amazing!

    July 31, 2015
    • It’s unbelievable here. Every day, the water looks more and more beautiful! Were it not for the super strong sun, I’d just bob around in that glorious ocean all day long. Only 2 days in, and already a bit crispy!! :p

      July 31, 2015
  3. Wow, stunning!! Yes, I have visited my dream destination and I loved it – it was Raja Ampat – West Papua, Indonesia πŸ™‚
    Have a great trip and Maldives is truly paradise and certainly perfect for babymoon πŸ™‚

    July 31, 2015
    • Raja Ampat is on my list too!! It looks absolutely amazing. One day, one day… so far, we’re loving it here. Just been relaxing on the beach, but plan to do a few excursions soon, and even check out one of the fancy resorts nearby for a day.

      July 31, 2015
  4. Shelley! There is all kinds of jealousy going on over here. First of all, all of your stopovers sound so great. I think you know that all I would have done is eat too πŸ˜‰ And secondly, the Maldives just look incredible. I thought I found the perfect beach in Koh Rong, Cambodia, but Maafushi looks like absolute paradise. Out of curiosity, is it possible to do the Maldives on a semi-budget? I feel like I need to book a ticket there right now πŸ™‚ Enjoy your trip!!

    July 31, 2015
    • Hey Justine! πŸ™‚ I ain’t gonna lie. It’s the best beach I’ve ever seen in my life, and just seems to get better everyday. We’re already seen 2 schools of wild dolphins just playing around in the water nearby. It’s crazy! And yes, it’s totally possible to do it semi-budget. That’s how we’re doing it. Honestly, I think the most difficult part for you would be finding something to eat. There’s not a lot of food choices around here, and veggies are definitely a bit challenging because everything has to be imported in. I ordered a Caesar salad the other night, and for $4, I got what amounted to about 1 leaf torn into pieces. And it was none too fresh either. πŸ™ Anyways, I’ll have a full post about budget and how we did the trip soon! πŸ™‚

      July 31, 2015
  5. That’s great that you got upgraded! Looks like a great trip!

    July 31, 2015
    • That was a big surprise, and just made the trip even better. πŸ™‚ Those seats in biz class are so roomy and comfy!

      July 31, 2015
  6. Lovely photos of you both and your paradise destination. πŸ™‚

    July 31, 2015
    • Thanks Sylvia! πŸ˜€ It truly is paradise here…even more beautiful than I imagined it could be. πŸ™‚

      July 31, 2015
  7. Looks great and I hope you really enjoy it πŸ™‚

    Maldives are always have been always on our list however from Europe it’s pretty expensive starting somewhere around 4000euros for two persons plus a little baby so it will take some time I guess for us. So far we haven’t visited any dream destinations as we never had the time or finances for such trips πŸ™

    July 31, 2015
    • We’re loving it so far. It really is the most perfect beach I’ve ever seen!! Woah! That is an expensive plane ticket. πŸ™ What if you flew from China sometime? There are a ton of Chinese tourists here, so I think it must be possible to find some decent deals around. And the island we are on is a local island, so very affordable. The public ferry from Male to Maafushi where we are, only cost $2 each! πŸ™‚ I always thought Maldives was completely out of our reach too, but it turns out it’s not. I’ll have a post about budget etc…soon…but I definitely think it’s possible to come here in a semi-budget way. It doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars. πŸ˜€

      August 1, 2015
      • Would be great if you post something about budget travels πŸ™‚

        August 1, 2015
        • For sure, we’ll put something together! πŸ™‚ Actually, we just met a German couple yesterday who said they found a cheap deal here…not sure how much it was, but they were pretty young, so didn’t look like the kind of people with loads of money to spare…

          August 2, 2015
  8. I LOVE the food in KL… one of my favorite places just for the food!
    I have yet to be upgraded to even a better coach seat in the many many flights I have taken… still waiting for my luck to turn on that one, but I guess the fact that I arrive safely is good enough right?! Haha. You look positively lovely! Pregnancy suits you! πŸ™‚
    As far as dream destinations, I kind of want to go everywhere… I can’t choose just one! I guess in the immediate future though I would like to go to Italy if I HAD to choose. πŸ™‚ Hope you guys had a great time!

    July 31, 2015
    • Isn’t the food in KL just amazing! I regret that we didn’t have more than 24 hours there…there was so much more I wanted to eat! Fortunately we’re swinging back through there on the way home, and plan on stopping into Melaka for a few days to eat more. :p That upgrade was a big surprise. Honestly, I don’t even know how it happened. She just upgraded us at the last second, saying the flight was overbooked. No complaints about that. We were super stoked!! πŸ˜€

      Italy is a pretty amazing dream destination. There’s so much there, and the food is just beyond amazing. And lol, I can’t explain how relieved I am that I haven’t blown up into a balloon during pregnancy. I tend to, um, shall we say, bloat, when I gain weight, so was worried about that happening, but so far, so good. Fingers crossed, it stays this way for the rest of the pregnancy. πŸ™‚

      August 1, 2015
  9. I love that you’re still keen on travelling while pregnant! Most people I know curled up into a ball from 4 months and don’t re-emerge until after the birth! You should definitely hit Melaka, it’s great, the night market has a brilliant vivacity about it. I was playing a game with my partner where we had to eat one thing from every food vendor all the way down the street. There’s also a great place in Melaka’s chinatown that does good dim sum. In fact, I’d say it was the best char is bao I’ve ever had…

    August 1, 2015
    • Lol, actually I was curled up on the couch completely unable to move, or hardly eat for months 2 and 3. Boy, that was not fun. πŸ™ But since Week 14, I’ve felt great, and since then, I’m having this desire to see and do as much as possible before our little one is born. We’ll definitely still travel WITH her, but of course, it’ll be very different. πŸ™‚ You wouldn’t happen to remember the name of the dim sum place in Melaka, would you? I LOVE dim sum, but it’s one of those things that’s very difficult to get in Korea, so I’m always looking out for good ones when we travel…I do love me some char siu bao!!! πŸ˜€

      August 2, 2015
  10. The water looks unbelievable! I’m jealous πŸ™‚

    August 2, 2015
    • The water is unlike any water I’ve seen in the world. Yesterday, we went snorkelling, and had a picnic on a sandbank in the middle of the ocean, and the absolute beauty of the place is really staggering. I’m convinced Maldives has got to be the most beautiful place on earth. πŸ˜€

      August 2, 2015
  11. I love your travel plan … even not pregnant, I have enjoyed a few journeys where we made several short pit stops and got to experience a couple of other places on our way to our final destination. But I’m sure you’re also glad to be in Paradise now for the duration, so enjoy every minute!

    August 2, 2015
    • We often try to add a few destinations into every trip we take, either through long stopovers, or separate flights. The best part is sometimes it’s makes the plane tickets cheaper overall. But yes, definitely happy to be in one place for the next little while…definitely getting tired a bit faster these days. πŸ™‚ It’s amazing how exhausting it can be, to just sit in the sun all day. Lol, I seem to be falling asleep around 8 or 9 these days!

      August 3, 2015
  12. Aw, this looks like the perfect place for a babymoon! Good choice guys πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

    August 4, 2015
    • I must admit it’s a pretty ideal place. It’s unbelievably beautiful and since the island is only 1 km x 250 metres, there’s really no choice but to simply relax. Loving it here so far! πŸ˜€

      August 4, 2015
  13. It looks incredible, and the street market in Kuala Lumpur sounds unreal.

    August 4, 2015
    • It’s beyond anything I could’ve imagined. I could just stare at the water all day long, it’s so gorgeous! And the food in KL is definitely some of the best in the world, in my opinion. So much variety, and such a fun setting to explore and eat in! πŸ™‚

      August 4, 2015
  14. Victoria #

    The blue waters and white sandy beaches look amazing!

    September 9, 2015
    • Even though we spent 12 straight days on the beach, we never got tired of looking at the gorgeous water. It was definitely the best I’ve ever seen in the world. πŸ™‚

      September 10, 2015
  15. Such rich, but soothing colors in that sea. A perfect place for a babymoon.

    September 10, 2015
    • And the colours changed every single day. Definitely one of the earth’s most beautiful landscapes… πŸ™‚

      September 11, 2015
  16. What a great way to travel Shelley! I love the idea of breaking the trip into parts and seeing a few places in between. Maldives does look very nice, but I have to save a lot before going, which will take a few years I assume! I am sure you had a great time lounging on those pristine beaches. πŸ™‚

    November 28, 2016
    • We especially enjoyed the stopover in KL. Lol…I stopped over in that city so many times, it feels like home now. πŸ˜‰ Not gonna lie…the water in Maldives is the best I’ve ever seen. So incredibly beautiful…

      November 29, 2016
  17. Superb pictures. Was it safe to travel on a speed boat ? during your 6th month?
    me and my wife also plan to go on baby moon to maldives this sept. was worried about speedboat journey. Sea Planes are rip off

    August 25, 2017
    • Hi Prathik. Thanks! Hard to take a bad pic in the Maldives. Hmm…I was traveling there during my 5th month, and I was also worried about the speedboat journey, but all ended up ok for us. There were a few bumps where I felt uncomfortable, and its best if you ask your doctor what they think. Agree that seaplanes are a total rip-off though. If you’re very uncomfortable with the speedboat, you can also take public ferries, which are super slow, but very smooth and very cheap. That’s what we did on the way from Male to Maafushi and it took a couple of hours and cost $2. The speedboat back was about $20.

      August 25, 2017

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