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Dive Review of Lackadives Dive Center/Bangaram Island Resort in
India/Lakshadweep Islands

 
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Lackadives Dive Center/Bangaram Island Resort, Jan, 2008,

by Kay, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3914.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Maldives, Solomons, Sipadan, Oman, Myanmar, Caymans, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 90 to 110 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Bangaram diving 70-80' range. First day only 2 divers + divemaster, 2nd day 4 divers & 2 divemasters. Kadman has walls, was closed hence extra divemasters at Bangaram. When others out of air one divemaster stayed down with me.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Lakshadweep Islands are a Northern extension of the Maldives and absolutely pristine, stunning talcum powder beaches, sparkling torquoise water. Only one operating resort on Bangaram Island, and it is exceptionally well run, food too. Moonlight dinners on the beach. Accommodations are delightful thatched roof cottages. Only three islands permit tourists and permits required to visit the islands (takes a couple of months to obtain but may be relaxed soon). Kadman Island has walls, we were supposed to spend two nights there but it was closed as they had no power. Benefit was that it eliminated a five hour boat ride that would have taken us into the evening and the sea was choppy. As it was boat ride from the airport at Aggati was two hours. Return ride was fantastic, calm, crystal clear water and we watched hundreds of turtles speed from the path of the approaching boat.

Diving was world class, plenty of fish, great viz and not much current. Highlight was a school of 21 spotted eagle rays, but there are turtles (3 species), lobster, tuna, jacks, lion fish, napoleon wrasse, sweetlips, eels, unicorn fish, anemone fish, reef and nurse sharks, parrots, angels, butterflys. Fish life surprisingly good since corals have not recover that much since El Nino.

The islands are small, stunningly beautiful with palm trees and fringing reef. Bangaram took less than an hour to walk around and there are lots of shorebirds. Some people come for the birdwatching, there is a lake that attracts migrants, or just to swim, snorkel or relax. Islands are 1 1/2 hour flight from Cochin and there may be luggage restrictions so most people rent BC and regulator, all new scubpro, but not cheep. Shortie wetsuit was ideal. I don't have particulars on cost but you can check it out on the web. Most guests British or European, a few Indians; very few Americans have visited.
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