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Dive Review of Maafushi Dive and Water Sport/Kaani Village and Spa in
Maldives/Maafushi island

Maafushi Dive and Water Sport/Kaani Village and Spa: "Diving in Maldives", Dec, 2014,

by Andrew Colin Thompson, Singapore, SG (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8532.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The Good: It's an inhabited island with about 500 to 800 Maldivians living on this island. You get to mix and talk to the locals. Lots of shops and local restaurants. It will take you about 10 mins on a bicycle or a 20 mins stroll to complete a tour of the island.

The Bad: Maafushi island is quite well known because it has the most hotels compared to the rest of the inhabited islands, nearest island to Mali airport. During the peak season this island is packed with tourists.

The bad and good of this island as opposed to the lesser know inhabited islands is subjective. If you like the typical island holiday with crowds, Maafushi is the place to go. If you prefer a quite island holiday with only one, two or three hotels on an inhabited island, then one has to search for it in the Maldives.
For divers, with less than 50 dives, diving in the Maldives can be a challenge. Lots of drift dives, to observe schools of eagle rays and sharks, one needs to be hooked to the reef because of the channels and strong currents.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Malaysia, Thailand [Phuket and Ko Lanta], Philippines, Cebu
Closest Airport Mali Getting There international flights.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas currents
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 10-30 Ft/ 3-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions depth limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales > 2
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Maafushi island is an inhabited island. Lots of small hotels, and very much affordable than those 5 star resorts. Due to the strong currents and channel diving that I encountered, UWP is a challenge here as opposed to diving in Anilao, Indonesia and Cebu. There are some dive spots where there's light current, however, under water tropical fish are few and corals are bleached. However, if you drift dive the channels, there's lots to see... reef sharks, schools of eagle rays, wrasse and lots more. You will have to set up UWP equipment at the hotel and carry it to the boat and there's no facilities on the boat to wash one's UWP equipment after diving. My advice... Don't bring along your expensive UWP setup. Just a camera and housing will suffice.
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