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Dive Review of Bandos Island Resort in
Hawaii/Bandos Island

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Donna, EP, Saudi Arabia
Report Number 1538
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Thailand, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, Burma
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limit of 30 meters was recommended.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
I lost my camera at sea, so I can't really answer this question.  There
were no facilities on the boats, as we were only out for a maximum of 3
hours at a time.  There was a fresh water rinse area in the locker area
when we returned to shore. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Wonderful trip.  Wonderful resort.  Hotel staff are excellent! The staff at
the restaurants remember you from the first day, and remember your personal
likes/dislikes.  The Dive Masters and all other staff were extremely
helpful and very competent.  They were able to help us with small repairs
as needed.  The island was basically empty as many tourists cancelled their
trips.  We were delighted with the lack of tourists, but I know it is bad
for business.  The island did not suffer any damage.  The viz was quite a
bit less than we anticipated.  The locals said it was probably due to the
tsunami and impending storm season.  We saw "squadrons" of
mantas.  We were in 12' of water, and they virtually "flew" right
over us.  Amazing.  There is lots of new coral growth which is good to see
since El Nino.  BEfore I left home, I should have known it would be such a
great trip, and we would have stayed longer!
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