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Dive Review of Eurodivers/Club Med Kani in
Maldives

Eurodivers/Club Med Kani, Sep, 2002,

by Kim S, NC, USA . Report 260.

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

Weather sunny Seas surge, currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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 aimed.

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 docks.

The resort offered E-6 processing on site and there were excellent photography courses for both beginners as well as experienced photographers.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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