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Dive Review of rasdhoo divers/kuramathi resort in
Maldives/rasdhoo atoll

May, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Tom Kelly, SC, US
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Report Number 6570
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
on rasdhoo atoll- is a fifteen minute seaplane ride from MALE but some
still insist on taking the two hour boat ride (a distance of 45 miles).
Kuramatti is to the west of MALE. The best beach is near the main
reception, Eco Center, and the Main dive shop. This is also the best place
to snorkel and the best (beach) house reef. And the best place for kids to
swim. If you can find a map of the island it is the fat end, not the skinny
or pointed end of the island. The island is 1.8 kilometers long. So, be
careful where you stay, you might have a long walk to a dive shop or the
reception. There are three receptions on this island and luggage transfer
was great and a little transfer bus runs the loop/trip, around the island
every fifteen minutes. Its just annoying to wait fifteen minutes because
you have to run back to the room for sunscreen. Thats why I prefer rooms
#131-146, in superior beach villas with Jacuzzi category. The beach stops
on this side at room 131. Beach villas #13 to #83 are on the windy side;
yes, one side has a breeze and the other or over water villas side has
none. Think about it, you dont want an over water villa to get blown or
washed away. So, thats why theyre on that side of the island. While on
this topic OWV (over water villas) have great sunsets, no beach, but when
tide is in you can snorkel out 2X daily early morning and late afternoon.
There are steps down from OWV to the water. OWV are beautiful and you are
assigned a high value restaurant because of the money (extra) you pay.
There are three basic restaurants they really are in three different
categories based on what you payed for your accommodations the fat end of
the island eats at Haruge, the middle eat at the slightly upscale
Maleafaiy restaurant, the pointed end of the island eats at Farivalhu.
On top of this there are five specialty restaurants; The Reef, Island
Barbeque, Siam Gardens, The Palm, Tandor Mahal. All are fantastic!! But I
like the Reef the best. There are three meal plans; full board (lowest),
Basic All-inclusive or select All-inclusive.. The select-All-inclusive is
the best. Water (bottle) and wine (bottle) no charge. For a drink like
long island Tea they charge $8-9 USD for each shot of liquor so a long
island ice tea could cost $36-40 dollars, but there is no charge on select
all-inclusive plan. So, select-all inclusive is the only way to go ALSO
the bars dont let you take away drinks in a glass cup. So bring lots of
plastic cups with you if you want to enjoy a drink in your room or on the
beach. We ate at the       "Haruge "restaurant. Because our room
was in superior beach villas with Jacuzzi category. We ate at the
"Haruge" one to three meals daily, it was great food, service
excellent, no need to upscale. You will be assigned a table and youll use
that same table for the whole trip. Everyone from room #131 for the last 10
years used the same table. Other table may be better but your stuck there
and it's ok.....
Scuba Diving  with  RASDHOO  DIVERS :
Its great, dive sites are very close most 10-15 minutes. Couple days a week
do a three tank dive over to Ari Atoll. Leaves 5:45AM comes back 5:00PM
(All day) a "cold" lunch is  served. There is a toilet on the
boat, no camera buckets, large boat, lots of shade and a shower (outside).
Once a week they do a two tank dive to the opposite of side  Rasdhoo Reef
(Kuramathis reef) leaves at 5:45AM and gets back by 12:45PM or op out for
8:45AM or 1:45PM one tank dive. Need a minimum of two divers for one tank
dives, six divers for ½ or all day dives each dive will cost $90 USD
(boat, equipment, computers, tip, dive fee) per person but its worth it.
The water is crystal clear can see forever! Try to get a room near the dive
shop, just great! Last thoughts: need bug spray 100% Deet, AC is excellent
in villas even though the toilet and shower are outside. Plastic cups (take
away bar),at  night  need flash lights, swimmers ear drops, take 200$ in 1$
dollar bills for tipping and tip bartenders, even though its inclusive
youll get more, scuba facilities are located in two areas of the island.
Frequently one boat was used to pick divers in both location- there is no
dive facility on the pointed end of the island. We stayed at Conrad
Hilton in 2009 on Rangali Island. Id go back to Kuramathi and save about
$4000-$5000 USD for the same amount of time. Remember Breakfast 7:30-10AM,
lunch 12-2PM, and Dinner 7-9:30PM in your assigned restaurant and your
assigned seating (table).Matt (owner  of  dive shop & instructor)  from
Jamaica by way of Australia and Ahem (DM) both excellent service
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