Dinner on the Beach Under the Stars

Unbeknown to the passengers sailing in the Maldives on board Four Seasons Explorer, the crew began work on the island the moment the last of the guests left on their way to refresh for dinner.

Back in their cabins they found a sarong and an invitation from Mathew the cruise director to join him back on the island for a traditional Maldivian feast under the stars.
We went ashore slightly before sunset to photograph the scene but the remaining guests arrived after the sun had slide beneath the horizon.

They found an island transformed.
Flaming torches lit the way.  Candles became up lighters as they burned in pits dug into the sand and the most spectacular of tables had been carved into the sand with sand seating all beautifully draped in appropriately coloured cloths.