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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures, Maldives /Bandos Island in
Maldives/Central itinerary

Explorer Ventures, Maldives /Bandos Island : "Classic SW monsoon season 10 day trip, 30+ dives", Nov, 2019,

by Lee Little Haponski , TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 11281 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
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Comments After diving most of the Pacific Oceanís tropical regions over the last 30+ years, I finally made it to the Indian Ocean.
Getting there was relatively easy - direct and often nonstop flights are available from many Asian and European hubs. Be prepared to lug your carryon luggage up and down metal stairs since the MLE airport has no jetways. For USA passports, the visa is free and issued on arrival via a simple landing card form. Incoming luggage (checked and carryon) is X-ray searched for contraband, including any liquor purchased from your departureís duty free shop.
Our group (DivingDivas) assembled over the course of 3 days at the nearby Bandos Island Resort, via a ½ hour boat transfer, prearranged. We snorkeled the house reef (4 stars for a house reef) but did not book any scuba at the resort. A single boat dive would have cost about $100 and required a skills assessment checkout that might have cost an additional $50. Significant construction projects on both sides of the resort look to be nearing completion but the noise was notable from the beaches. Our package included the buffet breakfast which was extensive. We were free to o ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Pacific: Philippines, Palau, Indonesia, GBR, Costa Rica, Fiji,
Caribbean: Roatan, Belize, BVI, Keys,
Closest Airport Male Getting There Via major airline hubs, SIN, HKG, DEL, DXB, FRA, CDG,

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 83-87°F / 28-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 25-30 Ft/ 8-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Max: 30m, 60 minutes
Guided unless preapproved for independent
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments I didnít take a camera but those who did were happy with the setup and assistance. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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