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Dive Review of Bandos Island Resort in
Maldives/Bandos Island

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Robert C White Jr., CO, United States of America
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Report Number 5267
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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

Water Temp
83   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
20 meters OW Diver, 30 meters everyone else max depth.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
No facilities for camera on dive boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
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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