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Swim with stingrays and turtles in the Maldives

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We bring you a new account of 9-day trip to the Maldives. On this occasion, after the intense day of snorkeling with whale sharks from the previous day, we get back on a ship but this time to swim with manta rays and turtles in the Maldives.

When the alarm rang at seven in the morning I couldn't with my body. Although at ten o'clock at night I had fallen dead in bed, that morning it was hard for me to get up. The exercise of the previous day had been intense, but that morning we were waiting for another very nice excursion: swim with blankets stripe and turtles.

We had breakfast at the beach and at quarter to nine we were already at the hotel reception waiting to do the excursion. This time we were only about twenty people in total, unlike the 45 in the whale shark excursion, so it looked like it was going to be a little quieter.

We get on the boat and sail 45 minutes to the point where the blankets are. The route was a little moved due to the swell in the area and Meri was focused on not getting dizzy despite the swing of the boat.

Upon arriving in the area, the ship slowed and the guides stood in the bow to look for the blankets. As soon as they saw one, they gave us a signal and one by one we threw themselves overboard. When I fell into the sea, I started to look in all directions and I saw, very far away, a ray line that moved away from a group of swimmers that were already there. I did like everyone else and started swimming towards the blanket, but obviously it was much faster than me, so I gave up and returned to the ship.

When everyone returned from the raid, the ship got under way, sailed a little more and stood again at another place where there was a blanket. This time when I threw myself into the water, I almost fell on it and I could see it in all its splendor swimming along the seabed. This time I did swim at the same speed as her and accompanied her for a few minutes. It was an incredible but brief experience, because again people began to pass over me. But what about the blanket stripe! He had a very elegant way of swimming. I loved being able to see her so closely.

Little by little, the tourists returned to the boat and, when everyone was there, we sailed for about 30 minutes to the point of the turtles. When they gave us the signal, we jumped into the water but when we jumped there was a little swell and dragged me into a shallow coral area. I looked down with the mask but didn't see any turtles, although the seabed was impressive. People followed the turtle and Meri, Vero and I lagged behind. We started swimming hard to get out of the coral area but there was no way, the strong waves were pushing us towards the reef again and the group moved further and further away.

Luckily, the hotel guys who stay on the boat are always waiting for the whole group, so we made a sign and quickly came to rescue us. When they got on the ship, they asked us if we had seen the turtle and when we answered no, they accelerated the ship to where the group was and we threw ourselves into the water.

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