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Dive Review of Bandos Island Resort in
Maldives/Bandos Island

Bandos Island Resort, Nov, 2009,

by Robert C White Jr., CO, United States of America (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 5267.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Galapagos, Hawaii, Indonesia, Vancouver Island, New Zealand
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 40 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 20 meters OW Diver, 30 meters everyone else max depth.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments No facilities for camera on dive boat.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Divers are not allowed to dive within 12 hours of arrival at the Bandos Island Resort. This is because they believe people arriving here after long flights are often dehydrated and very tired possibly making people more vulnerable to the bends. Dive shop does not provide sufficient water for divers, so buy your own bottle in the adjacent store. Dive shop is clean and professional. The divemasters and instructors are top notch and professional. This shop should market itself more - difficult to find much information on the web site. THe house reef is extraordinarily good. Everyone must perform a "checkout dive" on the house reef. My dive buddy was made to do some skills such as reg removal and the out of air PADI handshake drill as receiver. I was not made to, possibly because I am an OWSI? Boat dives were great and the launch was quite roomy. Saw several mantas on my first dive to a manta cleaning station. Divemaster was knowledgeable and pointed out critters well. Boat tips are automatically added to the fee. $40 per dive + $15 for the boat +10% "service fee" This means shore dives are still $40 each - they maybe should rethink this. 10% fee still applies to shore dives! Resort only appeared to be 30-40% full.
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