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Dive Review of Delphis/Royal Island in
Maldives/Baa Atoll

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Sherri Dullingham, Singapore, Singapore
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Report Number 5318
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Islands, Florida Keys, Cozumel, Fiji, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
30M limit mandated by gov't.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
Its hard to be objective about our trip to Royal Island, because we paid
absolute top dollar to go during the high season, and it rained 50% of the
time, including 36 hours of torrential rain that commenced on Christmas
Eve.  The 4 sunny days out of our 8 day trip were incredibly windy,
preventing our 6 year old from snorkeling most of the time.  This weather
is either pretty common for this time of year, or totally uncommon,
depending on whom you ask. The resort was only 20% full, leading to a sort
of ho-hum atmosphere.  That being said, the villa was very nice, the food
was good, and the beach was much nicer than Bandos, where we went last
year.  When I say the food was good, I dont mean it was perfectlike most
resorts in the Maldives, they serve buffet style, with some offerings being
better than others.  Probably obvious to mostthe Western food is iffy, but
the Indian/Maldivian dishes are pretty good.  

The dive operation took some getting used to.  One thing Americans need to
remember is that we are in the minority here.  Most resorts are heavily
occupied by citizens from one European country or anotherso, do your
research carefully prior to traveling here for the best chance of finding a
congenial environment. 

As for the dive operation, their largely European clientele and influence
means that they use steel tanks with DIN fittings.  They accurately point
out that steel tanks are not as buoyant as aluminum at the end of a dive,
but they are heavy and take some getting used to. The other weird thing
about this resort is that they do a ONE tank morning dive and a one tank
afternoon dive, which we were not expecting.  I went back and checked their
website, and this news is buried on one the pages.  It turned out OK, but
it threw us off our game initially, since we planned to hire a babysitter,
dive from about 8 a.m. to about noon, and spend the rest of the day with
our 6 year old.  So, if you want to get in two dives per day, you spend
most of your day either preparing to dive, diving, or cleaning up from a
dive.  Also, you assemble your own gear each and every dive.  I know some
of you cowboys dont like anyone to touch your rig, but for those of us who
dive once or twice a year, a little more service is appreciated, especially
on a resort that purports to be 5 star.  I should add though, that the
diving was really good, and most of the dive staff very knowledgeable and
helpful, with Igino, Alessendre and Junko being the stand-out divemasters. 
I should also mention that the rental gear is really old and outdated. On
the good side: we saw all manner of fish, large and small.  Lots of sharks,
lots of eagle rays, lots of turtles.  Dozens of eels.  Lobsters.
Nudibranchs. Frog fish.  All the beautiful tropical fish in glorious
abundance.  Mantas on the house reef several days in a row, which we
snorkeled with once, but none on dives.  
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