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Day 1 Monday 9th October
After waiting at Gatwick for 5 hours or so we boarded the plane bound for Manchester. Although this was a 45 min flight we ended up sitting on the tarmac for a painful 2 hours before finally jetting off, on what can only be described as the worst flight we have ever taken..10 hours on a Monarch flight, we even had to swap seats as Michael was hunched up against the window.
Day 2 Tuesday 10th October
Finally landed at 2.30pm after putting clocks forward by 5 hours, a very smooth arrival met by the local Thomson rep. We soon transferred by speedboat to the island of OlhuveliMet by a drummer we were taken to reception in what can only be described as something just like Fantasy Island. Retiring to our aircon beach villa, we had flowers on the bed and fresh fruit to mark the start of our honeymoon. We went straight out, by now it was 6pm, for a swim. After a quick shower we went for the most impressive all inclusive all you can eat buffet, which had everything from salads,curries, pies,fish, rice,pasta, breads,soups, vegetables,sauces and meats to cakes, fruits, waffles, flambed fruits and pastries served lunchtimes and tea time with a themed twist. Of course this was washed down with as much drink as we liked. Our waiter, Mohammed Shaafiq, was really good, getting us drinks everytime our glass was empty. He was to be our well tipped waiter for the whole holiday.
Day 3 Wednesday 11th October
Following breakfast along the eat as much as you want style, we had our welcome meet. Deciding that today all we would do is wander round the island. We thought we would not need tan lotion as we mainly would be walking and swimming. We swam accross 3 sandbanks, through shallow, clear, warm, blue sea's. Every now and again the odd fish would swim past. After lunch we walked and swam on the farside of the island, which had deeper water. Returning to our room that evening we noticed we were a bit burnt.
Day 4 Thursday 12th October
After waking in pain, and missing breakfast as we seemed to sleep forever, we decided to go to the farside,deep but calm waters. We pitched our sunbeds under the trees and other than to go and eat, the day was spent mainly in the sea. For tea we had a specially laid on Honeymoon romantic dinner,and although it was seafood pasta to start, and rice with seafood for main, we both enjoyed it. In fact Michael seems to like chilli fish and curried fish.
Day 5 Friday 13th October
Today,we spent all day swimming back and forth accross the sandbanks. Tracy is sure she saw a sting ray, when in fact it was just a harmless manta ray. She also thought she saw a shark, but it was tiny!!! We managed to take cover in the shade so did not burn.Michael's nose has already started to peel.
Day 6 Saturday 14th October
Woke up to find Tracy moaning that her lip had swollen,she then announced that she did not want to go out at all today. So we lay in bed for a few hours and her lip swelling went down. A quick swim, this time wearing T-
Day 7 Sunday 15th October
Not much happened, we snorkled by the sandbanks. We saw a few fish, mainly clear and small but a few times we were concerned they would bite! The afternoon saw a bit of rain saw we went in and went to sleep.
Day 8 Monday 16th October
After an unfortunate event this morning in which a departing speedboat caught fire,and a seaplane having to come and collect some people with minor burns to their hands, nothing much happened in the morning. We stayed on the east of the island in the shade. In the afternoon we went for an excellent boatride where we saw flying fish and a large number of dolphins. We saw about 5 schools in 1 area and a little bit further on we saw another 5 or so. Jumping, turning, swimmimg by the boat, it was amazing to see.
Day 9 Tuesday 17th October
We walked up the jetty in the morning and saw a number of fish including, needle fish, trigger fish, a black tipped reef shark and a sting ray -
Day 10 Wednesday 18th October.
We left this morning for a half day trip to Gu-
Day 12 Friday 20th October
Today could have turned out to be the worst day, as it rained nearly all day.But we had pre-
Day 13th Saturday 21st October
We did not do much today, starting again in the sandbanks then moving to the left side. Much hotter today, but some good swimming and good relaxing. Went to check our account and found that we had been charged for the internet cafe, and for a pack of cashew nuts. Neither of which we have had. They said they will sort it out. Tea,was Maldivian night, which was very good apart from some dodgy looking pudding which contained fried onions!!!
Day14 Sunday 22nd October
Today, we did very little bar sunbathe and swim in much calmer water.Really enjoyed todays lunchtime beef curry and chilli lamb, tonight its Asian.
Day 15 Monday 23rd October
Today, is our last day as we are leaving tommorow at 16.25, so we basically swimming, sunbathing and packing.We really have enjoyed our time here. In the afternoon we recieved confirmation of our departure, so we finished packing and left some clothes so we could have a final swim tommorow just before we go. Tonight there was a party to celebrate the end of Ramadan, called "Eid". There was dancing,singing, music and balloons, the food was excellent and the whole evening rounded off our brilliant holiday. We also paid our bill, they reduced it by the internet cafe, but we ended up paying for the nuts!!!
Day 16 Tuesday 24th October
We awoke following some heavy rain, but now it was dry. Perfect as we were leaving. We planned a breakfast, then quick swim, then checkout and wait a few hours before our island transfer, then an evening flight and back to Swansea very late on Wednesday morning, then back to work Thursday.-
Day 17 Wednesday 25th October
We left and went to the airport as planned at 10.00, we arrived at the airport to be met by know UK tour operator. Our flight back was just as naff as it was going. We arrived at Manchester at 10pm, and then at there for an hour, before landing at Gatwick a further our later. After taking the car out of the carpark, we eventually got home at 5am.
Day 18 Thursday 26th October
Well the holiday is truly over, and I am still half asleep. Im not going in tommorow as I will fall asleep still.