Friday Lens Affair #57

Heron, sunset and Maldives

Today I’m hosting Beth Williams from Besudesu Abroad Blog with a spectacular picture of a sunset in the Maldives.

I’m not very much romantic by nature but I wouldn’t mind having a glass of champagne tonight to such view haha

But I wouldn’t mind even if it wasn’t a Cupid Day! :) Oh, and have you heard about this 50 Shades of Grey? It is so yesterday, I introduce you to 50 Shades of Purple!

Picture Story: Heron, sunset and Maldives

Travelling in the Maldives was an absolute dream come true. After wistfully looking at photos online of this stunning country for years, I was overjoyed to make that dream a reality when we visited there last November.

Don’t be discouraged by prices, it is possible to travel in the Maldives on budget.

Throughout our one-week stay, we encountered more wildlife than we had the entire past two years living in Hong Kong.

First thing waking up each morning in our beautiful overwater villa, we would rush outside on our deck. Every morning we continually would have sharks at our doorstep, and a few other occasions we had eagle rays and a whole pod of dolphins.

Our walk to breakfast wasn’t long, but the path did take us through a lush jungle of trees and exotic flowers where we would see bats and lizards everywhere– it was truly nature’s paradise.

It is important to know how to choose the best resort in the Maldives so you can fully enjoy your stay.

This hardly even begins to explain the vast amount of wildlife we encountered when we were actually in the sea.

The Maldives has some of the most diverse variety of marine life in the world. Plus the fact that the water is so clear, you will often have visibility up to 100 feet in front of you, allowing you to encounter plenty of colourful fish, dolphins, manta rays and mesmerizing corals.

These were only part of the wonders we encountered, if we had gone diving, we could have experienced so much more.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t go diving at the time, but we did make sure to go out on a boat at least once daily.

Upon docking our boat one afternoon, we grabbed our belongings and prepared to run to participate in an evening stingray encounter.

We didn’t make it a few steps past the boat when two herons standing effortlessly in the water with the sun setting behind them captivated us. It was the perfect scenery. The colours in the sky radiated with pink hues and reflected in the water as purple.

We stood there, pausing a moment to take in the scene, before quickly fumbling with our cameras in an effort to capture this moment.

While I loved all of the breath-taking sunsets, sunrises and general beach landscapes of the Maldives, it was really the wildlife that complemented them, making them even more special.

28 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #57

  1. Jenna

    Gorgeous photo–I always love sunsets! Makes me want to go to the Maldives immediately! :)
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    • I wish to go as well, for a month, switch off my phone and computer, relax, sunbath and read…. oh yes please!
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  2. Beautiful photo! The Maldives is slowly but surely creeping up on our travel bucket list. Would love to go diving there.
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  3. Such a beautiful place. I’ve always been a big nature lover so have, naturally, gone to place geared more towards the outdoors. Beautiful photo though! I hope to visit the Maldives one day soon!
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  4. Charli

    SO beautiful! I love the colours and would definitely make the effort to see the sun rise every day if it looked like this!
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  5. Megan

    I am not under any circumstances a morning person, but I would make myself get up for this sunrise! Especially if I was in the Maldives – jealous! Great photo :)
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  6. Catherine

    Sounds like the most perfect way to spend a week! Love the idea of spotting lizards and bats just on the way to breakfast :)
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  7. Nancie

    Beautiful shot!

  8. Mary

    So beautiful! A wonderful sky! So beautiful captured!
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  9. I’ve always wanted to visit the Maldives. The colors in that sunset photo are so saturated. Love it!
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  10. Nature does paint amazing colors. I could look at this sunset all morning!
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  11. Amazing photo, both the heron and the sky!!
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  12. Laura Hegfield

    Wow, beautiful view and portrait. Happy Valentine’s Day:-)

  13. Thanks again for featuring me Marysia! I hope everyone gets to visit the Maldives someday. It is such an incredibly beautiful place!
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  14. Great photo, I love the vivid colors :)
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