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

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by John Anholm, WA, United States (1 report)
Report Number 4121
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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

rainy, cloudy  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Separate rinse tanks, table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
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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