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Dive Review of Ellaidhoo Dive Shop/Ellaidhoo Resort] in
Maldives/Ari Atoll(Ellaidhoo Island)

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jerry Hobart, N.Y., USA
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Report Number 3865
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
French Polynesia, Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea,Cozumel, Florida Keys,
Aqua Cat(Exuma Islands), San Salvador, Walker's Key,Nassau, Dominica,
Bonaire, Curacao, Grenada,Turks & Caicos, Cayman Islands.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 feet and 60 min.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 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
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
No facilities for cameras on dhoni( dive boat). However, there was a fresh
water hose on the dhoni that you could use to rinse your camera. When you
got back to the dive shop, there was a designated fresh water rinse tank
for cameras, but some of the other divers at the resort used it to rinse
their regulators, masks, etc.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
The Ellaidhoo Resort in the Ari Atoll of the Maldives had an excellent
house reef(Ellaidhoo House Reef) and through a system of man made break
walls it was very easy to access the open water. The dive shop did an
excellent job of explaining the tricky currents which changed daily with
the tides. When you wanted to do a shore dive on the house reef you signed
up on a board at the dive shop giving your time of entry and expected time
of return. If you did not sign out within 15 minutes of your expected
return a search party was sent looking for you. Also, the dive shop
transported all your equipment to your point of entry and when you finished
your dive you simply left your equipment on the beach and the dive shop
picked it up and returned it to the dive shop. Every morning there were
dive boats available for two tank dives to nearby( 15-50 min.away) reefs in
the North Ari Atoll and also one Dhoni was available for a 3 tank dive to
reefs that were Manta cleaning stations. Dive shop was excellent in
providing anything you needed. Resort was all-inclusive including alcohol
and had 78 rooms(water, beach, superior, and standard bungalows). I felt
the beach bungalows were the best. Dining was buffet style with a variety
of foods, salads and fruits. Many of the foods were highly spiced with
curry, but you are in Asia. Transportation was by Emirates from JFK to
Dubai and then to Male. If you have a layover in Male stay at the Hulhule
Island Resort right next to the airport. You get to the Ellaidhoo Island
Resort by a very short flight by seaplane, although there is an alternative
slow boat that will eventually get you there.Diving was excellent( lots of
fish, healthy soft coral, a few small sharks, turtles and the possibility
of mantas. Most diving is drift diving. Bring safety sausage with 15 foot
rope and coral hook.
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