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Dive Review of Liquid Salt Divers/Aveyla in
Maldives/Dharavandhoo

Liquid Salt Divers/Aveyla : "Shore diving is a hit at this inhabited, local island!", Feb, 2016,

by Eileen J Councill, FL, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 9016 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my second trip diving in the Maldives; the first time I was on a high-end resort island and this time was on an inhabited island at an inexpensive but beautiful hotel owned by a local. I loved it! Liquid Salt Divers is run out of the hotel called Aveyla. The hotel is brand new and is beautifully constructed. The ocean side upper level rooms are WELL worth paying for! The balcony and view are amazing. The rooms are small but nicely constructed, the food is amazingly tasty and varies in nationality. I do wish there was more variety at breakfast - that would be my only complaint. The beach front property has plenty of lounge chairs and sea swings. And, you have access to a long stretch of white beach just off the property which allows for a 10 minute stroll down to the airport runway. The only downside was the amount of trash on the beach. My husband started a massive clean up and garnered the support of other international visitors. He then complained to the owner and from correspondence, it seems the owner has maintained the weekly beach clean up. That will do much for the review of the hotels on that island. It was fascinating to have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the islanders, to walk around the town and learn more about the locals. They do ask you to dress modestly (cover ups and shirts on) when returning on the boat or walking through the town out of respect for the Muslim faith. Most of the women on the island work abayas and some had on the full burka, but that was few. The dive boat is HUGE and newly outfitted. It is fabulous, comfortable and while we were there the largest number of divers was 5. There was ample space to stretch out and a roof deck (albeit you have to be careful if you are up there!) that gave you amazing views of the islands as you motored out to dive sites. The sites were between 5 and 40 minutes away. They chose the sites based on the weather and what the guests wanted to see. It was not manta or whale shark season but we saw plenty of animal life nonetheless and the visibility was unmatched! The dive guides and the boat captain were totally chill and easy going both above and under the water. They were helpful and supportive. They even allowed us some freedom on length of dives. I really enjoyed the 5 minute walk from the hotel along the shoreline to the boat at the start of the day and the same at the end of the day. The water and views were beautiful. You could leave all of your gear on the boat and they used a crate system to cart the crates to/from the hotel. We never touched a thing. They were great. They offered water on the boat. We motored to new sites for the SI.
Websites Liquid Salt Divers   Aveyla

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Galapagos, Bali, Egypt, Phillipines, Indonesia, Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Mozambique, South Africa, Hawaii, Pacific, Palau, Guam, Yap, Maldives
Closest Airport Dharavandhoo Airport Getting There Fly into Male, capital of Maldives then an inter-island flight to Dharavandhoo Island

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 71-84°F / 22-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They wanted you to stay with the dive guide especially with the number of drift dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments There were not photographic facilities back at the hotel. I took my camera to my room every night, soaked it in the sink in the bathroom, and recharged batteries in the room. It was fine but it would be great if they had a camera room at the hotel.
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