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Dive Review of Delphis Diving Center/Paradise Island Resort in

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Sue Sepelak, MD, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4220
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Malaysia, Thailand, Red Sea, Fiji, Tortola, Haiti, Bonaire, Curacao,
Cozumel, Bahamas, Honduras, Galapagos, Sea of Cortez, Cayman Brac
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
bottom time; asked that divers stay together - divers were in groups of 4-5
each with a separate dive master.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
The fishlife was incredible! No shortage of subjects to photograph. Saw a
large variety of moray eels, some longer than 6 feet.  There were numerous
lobsters,various types of butterfly fish; banded shrimp; manta shrimp;
lionfish; Indian bannerfish; triggerfish; unicorn fish; Napolean wrasse.   

Soft coral was only abundant in areas where the current was the strongest;
otherwise it was sparse along the reefs.  The reefs were not abundant in
coral -  some hard corals, sea fans, etc.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Maldives consist of over 1200 islands. Single resorts on some; islanders on
others. Transportation from the airport island to a resort is either by
speedboat or sea plane.  We arrived at 4 a.m. (instead of 1 a.m. due to
delays in Sri Lanka).  Our boat was waiting for us when we finally arrived.
It was a short 20 minute run to the island from the airport.  

Paradise Island is one of the larger resorts in the Maldives. Service was
good, although not overly catering. Internet available in the main lodge. 
Accomodations include individual bungalows and water bungalows. Very clean
rooms with inside and outside showers, TV, AC, well stocked minibar;
grounds are well groomed. Several restaurants on site. We prepaid for full
board (3 meals) in the main restaurant and didn't feel as though we needed
to eat anywhere else. The main restaurant offered a very good variety of

Delphis Dive Center ( on the island is a PADI
operation, very well run. Nitrox is available. The dive boat is very roomy
and comfortable for the very short ride to the dive sites. They put up to
about 20 divers on the boat but split the divers into groups of 4-5 with
their own divemaster and then stagger the water entries so the divers
aren't exploring the same part of the reef on top of one another. 

Snorkelers have plenty to see from the shore and pier.  The fish were
abundant and varied.  No coral.  Beautiful beaches.  

Although the Malidives do not have many American visitors (mostly European,
Russian, Japanese)the resort deals primarily in USD.  If you pay the dive
shop in cash there are excellent discounts. Credit cards are accepted at
the shop and at the resort.

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