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Dive Review of Four Seasons Explorer/Landaa Giraavaru in

Four Seasons Explorer/Landaa Giraavaru: "Diving during Covid in the Maldives - great to be back in the water", Aug, 2021,

by Steven Skiba, NC, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 11571 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments After 18 months of no diving, my wife and I just returned from the Maldives. We had an amazing trip at the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru before and after a 7 day scuba diving trip aboard the Four Seasons Explorer. Being concerned with Covid, we selected the Four Seasons Resort and the Explorer not just because of the amazing reviews their guests post, but also because of their enhanced health and safety program.

The diving was great. A few of the reefs have suffered some bleaching but we also saw healthy reefs, lots fish, sharks, turtles, eels, Mantas and much more. It was our 1st trip to the Maldives and we were amazed at how fishy the dives were. The schools were so dense that it often seemed the sun was being blocked by clouds. The dive team at both the resort and on the boat were professional and eager to understand what critters you were interested in and planned dives to find them. All dives are guided and around 50 minutes. Our dive guide, who did the briefings, checked currents, spotted critters and ensured safety was fantastic (and as enthusiastic about diving as we were) as were the tender drivers, deck hands and everyone who made the diving experience a pleasure. If diving is your passion, watch the recent videos on YouTube for the Four Seasons Explorer and you'll get a good perspective of what to expect.

Beyond diving, the experience at the Resort and on the Explorer was exceptional. All facilities are superbly maintained, the staff eager to meet your every need (and also really fun to talk with) and the food amazing. When we first arrived at our Villa there was a Manta drawn in the sand and underneath written "Welcome Home". Not sure how they do it, but everyone we met knew our name, what we liked and reflected a genuine interest in how we were enjoying our time there. As we left, we did feel we were leaving friends.
Websites Four Seasons Explorer   Landaa Giraavaru

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Indonesia, Philippines, Little Cayman, Cozumel, Hawaii, Florida, Maldives
Closest Airport Male Getting There We travelled thru Qatar

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dives were around 50 minutes, everyone surfaced at the same time, NDL
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
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