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

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Kay, CA, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 3914
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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