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Dive Review of Euro Divers/Kurumba in

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Arthur Burke Jr, TX, US
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Report Number 6501
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Carribean, Tahiti, Palau, Thailand, Indian Ocean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
84   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
normally 60 mins.  Some second dives restricted to 45 mins.  OW divers
restricted to 20 meters and AOW restricted to 30 meters  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
If you do close up then good selection of eels, fish, etc.  As vis not
always great, distance shots of mantas and sharks may not be as sharp. 
These were just day boats so all set up done in hotel room.  Boat had fresh
water shower to rinse. We got some good shots and the video was OK for the
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was our 3rd trip to Kurumba Resort and 4th to Maldives.   Currently
living in Asia so fairly easy to travel to Maldives.  Euro Divers do a good
job for selecting dive sites and ensuring all divers have good time on
every dive.  Most dives had 5-8 divers although one had 18 with many
beginners.  On the large group dive the divers was split on experience
where the more experience entered first on one section and the others on
another starting point so this avoided many people on same part of the
reef.  The boat is set up with tanks in middle and giant stride entry from
side.  The crew is very helpful with gear preparation and help when
entering and exiting the water.    We had some strong currents to swim
against on several dives which limited some bottom time but mainly all
dives where drift with the current.  We saw 30 or more sharks at the
channel as we hit it right on the incoming current and occasional sharks on
other dives.  At Lankan dive site we saw 3-4 mantas as it has 2 cleaning
stations but sometimes it is empty so it is just a matter of timing.   Euro
Divers offered 3 dives a day - 2 in the morning and 1 in afternoon.  They
returned to the dive center after the first morning dive so if you only
wanted to do one of the morning dives you could either depart at 0830 or at
1030 or do both.  The afternoon dive was at 2pm.  This was very helpful and
allowed us to do more dives if we elected to miss the early morning dive.  
Lots of lion fish, many turtles and eels and overall good diving.   Most
dive sites are within 15-30 mins of dive center so you do not get a wide as
variety as a live aboard but if you enjoy diving and then relaxing on the
beach in late afternoon - it is perfect - hence our 3rd visit to Kurumba.  
We have also done the house reef which is nice and also snorkel around the
house reef.  We have seen more sharks on the house reef then we do on the
normal dive sites (except for the channel dives).  
The Kurumba Resort is very nice with 7 restaurants and a variety of room
types to select from.  All are on beach and easy access to swimming and
snorkeling as well as other water sports if you have the interest.  We plan
to return in latter 2012. 
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