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Dive Review of Boutique Beach Hotel in
Maldives/Dhigurah, South Ari Atoll

Boutique Beach Hotel: "Great Liveaboard Alternative for the Maldives", Mar, 2024,

by Hugh E Aaron, FL, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 26 reports with 19 Helpful votes). Report 12938.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 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 our first trip to the Maldives. We were told that traditionally most people dive the Maldives on liveaboards or from all inclusive resorts on private islands. Neither of those options really appeals to us. We prefer small hotels that are focused primarily on diving. Our friends, a couple from the UK who now live in France, found the Boutique Beach Hotel online. With about nine rooms and a full service dive operation it fit the bill perfectly.

The BBH caters exclusively to diving/snorkeling — they do not accept room reservations without a diving or snorkeling package. While we encountered a few snorkelers, the vast majority of the guests were there to dive.

As one might expect, both the staff and guests are an international crowd. Most of the dive staff are British. Most of the other staff are Maldivian, or from Bangladesh or Sri Lanka. The majority of the guests during our stay were European. There were very few other Americans.

We booked a two week stay that included 28 dives each. I dove every day and ended up purchasing a few extras dives after using up my allotted 28. My wife skipped a few dives and stayed within her allotted 28.

All diving is done from BBH’s custom built dive boat. The boat is very roomy with plenty of space for a full complement of divers and their gear. The main seating areas are fully covered but there is also plenty of open deck for those seeking sun. There are two open air sho ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Virginia, North Carolina, California, Hawaii, Florida, Abaco, Bimini, Exumas, Culebra, USVI, BVI, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Caymans, Dominica, Roatan, Belize, Saba, St, Barths, St Kitts, Nevis, Saint Martin, Bequia, Bonaire, Curacao, Thailand, Australia, Egypt, Bali, Raja Ampat
Closest Airport Male Getting There Tallahassee, Dallas, Doha, Male, Seaplane to South Ari, Short Boat Ride to Dhigurah Island

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 28-29°C / 82-84°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 15-30 M / 49-98 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with guide, back on the surface in 60 +/- minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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
UW Photo Comments Our hotel room had a desk and chair that was probably intended for photographers. There were plenty of AC plugs and USB outlets on the wall just above the desk. There was also good overhead lighting. The setup was more than adequate for my TG-7 and housing. For bigger rigs, a bigger desk might be nice. There was no sink in the room with the desk, b ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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