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Dive Review of Bandos Island Resort in
Maldives/North Male Atoll

Bandos Island Resort: "Great Shore Based North Male Atoll Diving", Sep, 2016,

by Bill Kasischke, CO, US ( 2 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 9335 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Honduras, Texas lakes, Australia
Closest Airport Male Maldives Getting There DEN-SFO-SIN-MLE

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Maldives max depth 30 m, 60 minutes with safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments This was my 19th trip to the Maldives, all to the shore based Bandos Island resort. I've traveled to the Maldives since 1995 while living in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Indonesia and Australia. Now making my trips from Colorado in the US.

Even with so many past trips and seeing almost every North Male (and some South Male) dive sites many times, I was surprised by the quality of the diving this year. This included my first ever underwater Dolphin encounter and ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Jerome Riemannin TX, US at Mar 24, 2017 12:33 EST  
Thanks for the thorough review Bill. I also dove at Bandos in January 2017. It was a short trip my current residence in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. We chose Bandos because it is close to Male, and requires only a 15-20 minute boat transfer ($100pp) as opposed to the sea plane transfers to resorts further out (~$300+pp). I was a bit disappointed with the house reef due to the bleaching you mentioned. Two years ago, I dove at Kuramathi and that house reef was much better. I wonder if all Maldivian reefs have decline in the past two years or if Bandos is in worse condition due to the location closer to Male. I may return to Bandos again sometime for a short (~4 day) trip. Otherwise, for a longer trip, I would go to a further-out location such as Kuramathi.
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