We arrive in the Maldives to the first rain in months

The journey has been relatively painless, six hours from London Gatwick to Dubai then a two hour stopover followed by a three and a half hour flight to Male, all went to time and we had over exit seats for both flights so legroom was not a problem. Emirates seems to be an excellent airline and even at midnight I think Dubai airport had the busiest duty free shopping mall I have ever been in. We have just completed the thirty minute sea-plane transfer from Male to Dhuni Kolhu and we are now sitting in a very charming little beach villa looking out at beautiful verdant foliage, pure white sand and torrential rain.

The guys at Male airport, the crew of the Twin Otter and the reception staff here on the island have all taken great pleasure telling us that this is the first rain they have seen in months and that it should not last more than a couple of days, heres hoping.

Afternoon Update

After a few hours sleep to to recover from the trip the sun is out, the sky is blue there is not a cloud to spoil our view (well there are quite a few clouds but they are not a problem)