(Indian Ocean - Maldives )
*Inc flights & transfers, 7 nights deluxe room (B&B) & 10 shore dives
- Only 15mins speedboat from Male
- B&B to all inclusive option with extensive facilities
- Family friendly with baby sitting services (paid locally)
- Ideal for shorter stays after a liveaboard
Bandos resort was one of the first resort islands in the Maldives and enjoys a great location, only a 15 minute speedboat transfer from Male airport. It's a great choice for a night or two before or after your liveaboard holiday, in the heart of Male atoll. Bandos is an well loved resort with several room grades to suit all budgets. And within minutes of landing you can be docking at an island resort packed with facilities and amenities. While away the hours in the bright Maldivian sun.
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. Due to their location and more recent renovation, we recommend the semi-detached deluxe rooms as an affordable upgrade to the standard option. If you prefer to be close to the pool and dive centre, the garden villas are a great choice. The jacuzzi beach villas are more private and a best suited to couples. They are modern and stylish with a king size bed on a mezzanine, separate living area and private Jacuzzi bathroom. 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 a range of meal plans, from B&B to 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!
- 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
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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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From time to time the resort and dive centre hosts a unique one off dive event. These will focus on a specific area of diving, covering a wide range of topics from underwater photography, technical diving, explore wrecks or conservation themed.
These special events are a brilliant way to learn from the accompanying experts (often a famous face!), improve your knowledge, develop new dive skills and of course, get to dive some of the most exciting destinations out there.
Make your next dive holiday that bit different!
We are also able to offer some discounts on specific dates if available - Those will show in red
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All 215 rooms, are air-conditioned (Standard Rooms and Deluxe Rooms have ceiling fan). All rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi internet (also available in all public areas except the Gallery Restaurant), mini-bar and IDD telephone, television (cable TV), safe, tea / coffee making facilities and hair dryer, most rooms are sea-facing.
The water villas provide access to the ocean from the fully private and spacious sun deck and breath-taking views over the water, crystal blue lagoon, pure white beach and the spectacular sunsets. Facilities include Bathtub, Air conditioning, Direct-dial phone, Minibar, Wake-up calls, Daily housekeeping, Private sundeck, Hair dryer, Makeup / shaving mirror, Shower / tub combination, Satellite TV service, Electronic / magnetic keys
Jacuzzi beach villa
Traditional thatched roofs and separate living and sleeping areas. Your balcony provides a stunning beach view or you can relax in seclusion in your own open-air Jacuzzi with thatched roof shade. Jacuzzi Beach Villas include an open air bathroom - facilities include Bathtub, Air conditioning, Direct-dial phone, Minibar, Wake-up calls, Daily housekeeping, Open air bathroom, Hair dryer, Makeup / shaving mirror, Shower / tub combination, Satellite TV service, Electronic / magnetic keys
Wooden chalet living with an outdoor deck - facilities include bathtub, Air conditioning, Direct-dial phone, Minibar, Wake-up calls, Daily housekeeping, Inter-connecting rooms, Hair dryer, Makeup / shaving mirror, Shower / tub combination, Satellite TV service, Electronic / magnetic keys
53sm - light and airy rooms provide a prestigious window to the enviable views beyond. The large four-poster beds, generous bathrooms. Facilities include Bathtub, Air conditioning, Direct-dial phone, Minibar, Wake-up calls, Daily housekeeping, Inter-connecting rooms, Hair dryer, Makeup / shaving mirror, Shower / tub combination, Satellite TV service, Electronic / magnetic keys