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Bandos Island Dive Resort

(Indian Ocean - Maldives )

from: £2195 inc. flights*

*Based on Standard Room (FB) 7nights, , transfers, 10 dive package

  • Only 15mins speedboat from Male
  • Full board or all inclusive option with extensive facilities
  • Family friendly with baby sitting services (paid locally)
  • Ideal for shorter stays after a liveaboard
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Bandos resort embodies everything that the Maldives is famous for. The brilliant blue seas lap sandy white beaches and world class diving is never more than a stone's throw away. Living up to its nickname, the Island of Hospitality, Bandos is a short boat ride from Male so within minutes of landing you can be docking at this island paradise to a warm and friendly welcome - a world away from the demands of modern life.

Bandos is an well loved resort in the Maldives with several room grades to suit all budgets. There are 215 rooms in total, all with air con, free wifi, mini bar, TV, safe, tea and coffee. The standard rooms have a shower and veranda, whilst the deluxe rooms are larger with a bath and living area. If you prefer a villa, chose from the garden, jacuzzi beach jacuzzi pool or water villas. The garden villas are set back into the gardens close to the resort's large swimming pool. The jacuzzi beach villas are modern and stylish with incredible sea views, a king size bed and private jacuzzi bath. The Jacizzu pool vials are similar in layout, with the added benefit of a private infinity pool and sun deck with sun set views. For the ultimate Maldivian experience, opt for the Water Villas. Your villa sits right on the edge of the stunning blue waters with private sea access and sun deck. These are fresh, stylish with a 4 poster king bed, jacuzzi bath overlooking the sea and living area.

Bandos offers full board and all inclusive options, so don't forget to ask your travel consultant at the time of booking! There are 3 restaurants to chose from - the Sea Breeze cafe serves a wide ranges of snacks and meals 24 hours. The Gallery is the main buffet style restaurant. Or try the Koon Thai restaurant in the evenings. There are 4 bars spread throughout the resort for refreshing drinks and cocktails. Peel yourself away from the white beeches and try your hand at tennis, windsurfing, wakeboards or canoes, work up a sweat in the ultra modern gym or spoil yourself at the Orchid spa. Baby sitting services are available but must be booked and paid for locally. Bandos is a relaxed home away from home for everyone!

Resort Facts

  • Rooms: 215
  • Fridge: Yes
  • Room safe: Yes
  • A/C: Yes
  • Pools: 1
  • Restaurants: 3

Dive Centre Facts

  • Dive Centre: On site
  • Dive Courses: PADI
  • House Reef: Yes
  • Boat Diving: Yes
  • Shore Diving: Yes
  • Nitrox: Yes
  • Tech Friendly: No

General Facts

  • Season: All year
  • Air Temp: 25 - 29 C
  • Water Temp: 27 - 30 C
  • Visibility: 20 - 30m
  • Airport: 7 Km

The Maldives is a magical scuba diving destination with a well deserved reputation. This is the place to head for if you are looking for an sundrenched holiday with serious style. Diving in the Maldives is all about the fast drifts and massive rays that patrol the channels between each atoll spit. Be it manta, eagle ray or even grey reef sharks, there is big fish action a plenty, all easily located from the glistening white shores of Bandos resort. And with great schools of snapper, barracuda or goat fish, the reef diving is vibrant and always rewarding. Clownfish in their hundreds hide in multi coloured anemones while porcelain crabs filter food in the current. Simply overflowing with marine life everywhere you look, the diving around Bandos in North Male atoll will leave you breathless.

Dive Bandos depart each day for boat dives on one of their 4 custom built dhonis (traditional Maldivian boat). There are over 40 different sites to explore including the Victory Wreck Lion's Head or Lankan Manta Point. If you don't fancy a boat ride, no problem - why not head out for a shore dive on the house reef? Dive Bandos take your safety seriously at all times and the island boasts one of the Maldives' hyperbaric chambers on site. Underwater or above it, let Dive Bandos make your every moment in the Maldives a dream come true.

  • Day boat or house reef diving to over 40 dive sites
  • Learn to dive
  • Full range of PADI courses from Discover Scuba Diving to DiveMaster
  • Family friendly with bubblemaker experiences available (aged 8+)

Dive Bandos pride themselves on being one of the premier dive centres in the Maldives. They have been diving this area for more years than most and have a huge wealth of experience to ensure your diving schedule not only exhilarates, but also suits your experience level. Drift diving is generally recommended for advanced divers plus but the sheltered reefs and lagoons in North Male are equally suited to new divers or anyone taking their first breath underwater. The dive centre is located in the resort and has modern classrooms for all teaching activities as well as a highly trained professional dive team to assist you every step of the way. Bandos is also one of the few islands to boast a hyperbaric chamber on site. So take the plunge and make sure you visit Bandos on your next trip to the Maldives.

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Diving Rates & Prices

If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Bandos Island Dive Resort.

Daily Diving

  • 1 days diving from: £80 (2 dives, 12ltr tank and weights)
  • 3 days diving from: £230 (2 dives per day, 12ltr tank and weights)
  • 5 days diving from: £330 (2 dive per day, 12ltr tank and weights)

Scuba Diving Courses

  • PADI open water referral from: £370 (inc. full equipment hire, excl. manual and cert card paid locally)
  • PADI open water course from: £495 (inc. full equipment hire, excl. manual and cert card paid locally)
  • PADI advanced course from: £375 (inc. full equipment hire, excl. manual and cert card paid locally)
  • Nitrox Specialty from: £160 (excl manual and cert card)
  • Other courses available on request

Dive Equipment

  • Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit): £33 (per day paid locally)

These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.


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