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Dive Review of Dive and Sail/Cinnamon Ellaidhoo Maidives in
Maldives/Ellaidhoo, North Ari Atoll

November, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Bill Fletcher, QC, CA (2 reports)
"Hotel vacation in the Maldives"
Report Number 8754
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Australia, Galapagos, Indonesia, Philippines, Bonaire, Caymans,
Cozumel, Curacao, Saba, Belize, Eastern Canada
Closest Airport
Getting There
Direct flight Istanbul to
Male, transfer to hotel by
seaplane or fast boat.

Dive Conditions

choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
84   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maximum 30 metres (100 feet), 60 minutes and dive over at 50 bars.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
2 stars
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Shore Facilities  
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Camera table on boat, dedicated rinse tank at dive center.
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Shore Diving  
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5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
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2 stars   
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Travel was easy, we took a direct flight to Istanbul, laid over for 3 days
to visit the historic sites and continued on by direct flight to Male, the
only international airport in the Maldives. Transfer to the destination
island was by 25 minute seaplane ride, the seaplane port being adjacent to
the main airport and using the main terminal for check-in.
    We decided to opt for a hotel rather than liveaboard, hoping to avoid
the problems of some reviewers who have experienced full weeks of high
current diving on Maldivian ships. We don't mind spending a few dives in
current looking for large fish but want to dive the coral and reef fish as
well -- and hoped to have more input with a land based operation. We chose
Ellaidhoo because of positive online reviews by divers, the excellent
rating of the house reef and general positive feeling on TripAdvisor.  It
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