When we stepped off of the Dhoni boat and walked down the jetty onto the resort island of Komadoo in the Maldives, we were greeted with the words “welcome to paradise”. Having spent four days on this idyllic retreat in the northwestern reef of the Lhaviyani Atoll, I can’t disagree with that sentiment! Sunrise and sunset in the Maldives are equally beautiful times of day and, at around 7am, you don’t even have to get up very early to see the sun come up. Walking along the beach from our water villa to reach the spot where I wanted to take this shot, I passed a few reef sharks that had come in near the shore to feed while it was quiet. Other than those and a heron, I had the beach and the sunrise to myself – a very relaxing way to start another day in paradise.