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Dive Review of Eurodivers/Club Med Kani in

September, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Kim S, NC, USA
Report Number 260
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Tahiti, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Hawaii, Thailand, Bahamas, Jamaica, Grand
Cayman, USA (NC and CA)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

surge, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maldivian law limits depth to 100 feet.  Dive computers were mandatory on
every dive and depth and time was checked by dive masters after each dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Great subject matter - also for macros.  Strong surge and currents made
photography a real challenge on some days.  Also, the plankton counts in
the water caused some problems with backscatter if strobe was not perfectly

The boats did not have camera tables or rinse tanks but the crew was
helpful in finding safe places to stow camera equipment on board.  They
were also very helpful in assisting with equipment during entries and
exits.  There are large separate rinse tanks for camera equipment at the

The resort offered E-6 processing on site and there were excellent
photography courses for both beginners as well as experienced
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
4 stars    
Diving is more difficult than in most warm water destinations due to strong
currents and lots of surge.  All divers are given orange safety sausages
attached to a 15 foot rope.  When the dive is finished and you have started
your safety stop, you simply inflate the sausage with air from your reg and
let it pop to the surface while you remain at 15 feet holding onto the
rope.  When you surface, the boat is usually right there to pick you up. 
It was great not having to spend half of the dive getting back to boat!   

Eurodivers was very professional and a well run operation.  They kept
novice divers separate from experienced divers and did an excellent job of
varying dive sites.  Experienced divers were left to dive their own
profiles as long as they did not violate the government imposed 100 foot
depth limit.  Dive briefings were informative and accompanied by
illustrations of the dive sites on plastic boards.  Complete briefings were
done in several languages - English always being one of them.

Although El Nino has caused the death of a lot of the corals, we still saw
amazing soft corals in several locations.  The highlight of the trip was
definitely the Mantas.  On two dives at a manta cleaning station we saw
4-6+ mantas that had wing spans of 8-10 feet.  We also saw many many
turtles, several Napolean fish that weighed 200+ pounds each, lots of lion
fish, tropical fish of every variety, lobsters, eels and many many sea
anenomes with their resident clown fish (some of the anemomes were more
than 5 feet in diameter and at one location the sea floor was literally
carpeted with anenome).

The resort was a typical Club Med with basic rooms.  All accommodations are
in bungalows, some of which are over the water. The island is so small that
all rooms are oceanfront. The rooms did have hot water pots for in room
tea/coffee and refrigerators which were a very pleasant surprise.  The food
for the most part was good and varied (lots of Asian food, like sushi, as
well as European).  Fresh fruit and fruit juices were very limited.  This
is due partly to the fact that practically all food items, including fruit,
must be imported.  The bread and pastry chefs were awesome, though! 

The only drwaback to this destination is the travel time.  We traveled on
Singapore Air using frequent flyer mileage and with travel time and
layovers it took almost 3 days of travel time in each direction.  More
direct connections are available through Germany and Britain but its still
a long trip.
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