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Dive Review of Euro Divers/Eriyadu Island Resort in
Maldives/Eriyadu Island Resort

Euro Divers/Eriyadu Island Resort, May, 2008,

by John Anholm, WA, United States ( 1 report). Report 4121.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Maui & Oahu Hawaii, Chuuk, Yap, Palau, Phuket, Marshall Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max 20 meters for Open Water Divers
Maldives Law: Max 30 meters for Advanced Open Water Divers
Max 70 minutes dive time.
On boat dive 750psi remaining in tank (not rigidly enforced)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Separate rinse tanks, table.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Eriyadu Island Resort is primarily a German resort. But resort staff spoke English. The dive operation is German run and well run. Nitrox32 is free and promoted for safety benefits. They track and ask you to report max depth, time, air remaining.

A checkout dive is required. They want to see buoyancy control, mask flooding/clearing, and surface marker buoy deployment.
My wife is very much a timid beginner. The dive master on the checkout dive spent a lot of time helping her.

Dive staff are limited so "house reef" dives are on your own. There is no current on the house reef.

You can dive the nice "house" reef anytime you want till 8pm. Boat dives leave twice a day and are rated as open to all or "advanced". The monsoons had started so water clarity was not what I had hoped for.

You must answer "NO" to all medical questions on their form or have a current (less than one year old) physicians' statement saying it is ok for you to dive. One of these questions is: "Are you over 45 years of age and currently smoke pipe, cigars or cigarettes?". Other questions are of the form: "Have you ever had ...?". Another was: "Do you regularly take prescription medications?". Of course there is no warning about all this when you make your reservations and travel 1/2 the world around to get there. A trip back to Male to see a doctor would set you back a day and over $100 just for the boat ride. We answered "NO". I am 58, a non-smoker, and generally healthy and do not ask a physicians' permission for anything.

My only real complaint about the resort is that they do not segregate smokers in the dining area. We had to ask to be moved away from smokers. It seems that many Germans smoke.
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