Sure you know that Komandoo is reserved for adults only, which means- everyone older than 18 is welcome here. However, we do indeed have a Kindergarten at Komandoo...and not just any kind :o)
Say “Hi!” to our adorable black tip reef shark- babies. I have counted an incredible number of 21 at a time, just the other day.
Birth of the black tip reef shark babies occurs from September to November, with female sharks making use of shallow nursery areas, interior of the reef. Newborn shark- pups measure 40–50 cm long in the Indian Ocean.
Incredible to watch how they make their first swims along our shore, hunt their first little fish, which sometimes brings them all they way out of the water up onto the beach.
It sure is a highlight for all our arrivals to be greeted by these amazing creatures- and yes indeed, I have seen a few frightened faces- but no worries nothing to be scared of! :o)
It was a big day for Maldives on the 26 July. The Republic of Maldives celebrated its 50 year of independence from the United Kingdom on July 26.
A little bit of history :o) The Maldives became a British colony in 1887, when the Sultan of the Maldives signed a protection agreement with the British Governor of Ceylon. The islands retained internal self-government, but lost their sovereignty in foreign affairs. In 1953, Mohamed Amin Didi declared the First Republic of Maldives. However, the republic was short-lived. Six years later, three remote southern atolls separated from the sultanate and proclaimed themselves the United Suvadive Republic. In 1963, the Suvadives capitulated and rejoined with the rest of nation.
The independence of Maldives was officially proclaimed on July 26, 1965, following an agreement with the United Kingdom.
Maldives Independence Day is marked with various festive events held throughout the country. They include colorful parades and parades organized by the National Security Service and the National Cadet Corps, performances by schoolchildren, flag hoisting ceremonies and a lot more. The biggest celebration is held at the Republic Square in the capital city of Malé.
So when I reached Male coming from Hong Kong, on the 27th July 2015, Male looked at least like Las Vegas. There were lights and flags literally everywhere! Of course all the lights were held in green, red and white. I never thought I would ever say that: but Male looked kind of nice with all these lights :oD
At 21:45hrs we (many staff and also 10 Guests) boarded Haleemath Dhoni one more time to make our way to Kuredu. It was Volleyball Tournament Final night. Everybody was excited- pumped and so much looking forward to this.
Kuredu Housekeeping (KHSKP) did start better into the game. However, the Turtles caught up and won the first set. The second set was unquestionably a win for Komandoo. Our boys gained confidence and scored great. But then, something changed in the third set, Kuredu was pushed by its home fans and scored, and scored, and scored. Yes indeed, they fought their way back into the game and won the third set. 2:1. Aaarggg….Komandoo supporters were showing support by yelling “GO Turtles! GO Turtles!”. Fourth set: Komandoo managed to regain the confidence, but Kuredu was pushing too hard. Emotions were boiling, not just on the court, but also off the court, where Komandoo supporter received yellow card for being a bit too supportive :o) Way to go boys!!! It wasn’t to watch….Really tight game and long rallies. Kuredu really fought their way back and won the fourth set as well. It was a tie and to be decided in the very last set, which was played to score of 15.
KHSKP was leading. They were smashing the balls, serving tough and made us feel very anxious. At that point my finger nails were down by half the size and legs were shaking. But oh what happened, the Turtles showed and incredible team spirit. They didn’t let themselves get disturbed by the crowed going wild off the court and this time, they fought their way back to a tie. WHAAATTTT!!! We could barely watch this. One more score, 13:14 for the Turtles….ONE more point to the championship. Kuredu smashed the ball and it flew and flew and flew- OUT! Wohooooo!
2015 Ramadan Volleyball Cup Champion = KOMANDOO !!!!
That game was…everything a final should be. Incredibly entertaining, captivating, thrilling and the right team (as I think, hehe) won!
A big credit goes to both teams- Kuredu Housekeeping which didn’t give up and boxed their way back into the game, and of course our Turtles which showed a great team spirit, didn’t let themselves get irritated by the happenings around the court and stayed focus.
Thank you Turtles for a great tournament- looking forward with much anticipation to the next cup in 2016!
For those that want to see the sparkling trophy- it’s displayed with much pride in our Kandu Bar- stop by :o)
Evenings are usually rather quiet in Komandoo. Not so yesterday. Komandoo was the center of not just one, but two major events. The night was kicked off by the one and only DJ Glow aka DJ Belgium. Yes indeed, he returnedJ.
Then at 21:45hrs the “Volleyball- Turtles” crossed the ocean again to Kuredu to play their Semi- Final game versus Hurawalhi. Hurawalhi is our newest addition to the resort family. It is planned to open summer 2016.
The “Volleyball- Turtles” did great. They were fighting, playing hard and scoring point after point. The Turtles were cheered on by their fans, which again were loud, supportive and electrified.
Once the victory was ours and the spot in the final secured, the group returned back to paradise- Komandoo to celebrate the victory over Hurawalhi and party the night away with DJ Glow.
Since two weeks already it is Ramadan Time. In the Maldives that also means "Sports- Tournament- time". It is tradition, that during Ramadan time different interdepartmental sports competitions are being held in the Resorts.
Hence, yesterday evening our Komandoo- Volleyball- Turtles made their way across the ocean to play vs. Kuredu F&B team.
The Komandoo Turtles have been accompanied by a number of supporters (our guests) which loudly cheered and supported the team......and it paid out KOM-KUR 3:1!
It was a really fun night out for the staff, but especially for the guests, which got to see their staff in a whole new way :o)
See you on Tuesday in Kuredu- GO TURTLES!
I'm Cindy. I love to board planes which bring me to new and unexpected places. Born in Switzerland am I currently living/working in Maldives.