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4 Star
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215
Wellness/Spa
YES
Internet
FREE
5 star dive center
Onsite
House reef
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Resort Highlights

  • Bandos Maldives is set on a coral island in North Male Atoll
  • Sunny skies, turquoise lagoons, dense vegetation and white sand beaches
  • Over-water, garden or beachfront thatched roof villas 
  • Orchid Spa with Asian-inspired treatments
  • Home to turtles, mantas and hundreds of reef fish and macro creatures
  • Nearby wrecks ready to be explored
  • Four restaurants offering open-air dining, one with sunset view
  • Night fishing, sunset dolphin cruises, snorkelling trips, island hopping

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BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours

CONFIRMATION

If all is good, we send you an E-mail confirming that your booking is final

24H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 100% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking

Cancellation fee

  •  All reservations must be cancelled 14 days prior to arrival to avoid a penalty of 50% of the total stay
  • Cancellations inside 03 days prior to arrival will incur a cancellation fee of 100% of the total stay.
     

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Resort Description

Bandos Maldives is set on a coral island in the Indian Ocean surrounded by a white sand beach, blue seas and exotic vegetation. 

The resort opened in 1972 and offers divers the chance to swim with turtles, reef fish and macro life. Look out for mantas forming their rare feeding formation at Manta Point between May and October. 

Thatched roof villas are tucked amongst the greenery, dotted along the waterfront or hover over the clear blue lagoon. Each air-conditioned space comes with a WiFi, a flat screen TV, king sized bed, safe and tea/coffee making facilities. Complimentary drinking water is refilled daily. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the open-sided buffet restaurant. 4 eateries offer authentic Thai cuisine, local dishes and western favourites in a pool side, over-water or beach bar environment. Enjoy tropical cocktails as you watch the sun set over the rippling waves. 

Get involved in night fishing, sunset dolphin cruises, snorkelling trips or island hopping. Tours of Male and glass bottom boat trips are available. The Orchid Spa provides a full menu of Asian inspired healing therapies. 

The resort runs weekly live band, karaoke and disco evenings.

Explore diving around the Bandos Maldives

What to see

The North Male Atoll is famous for its variety of species. Elsewhere in the Maldives, divers don’t gape at beautiful corals, but in the North Male Atoll, many of the reefs are extremely healthy and provide shelter for a ton of marine life. Frogfish, moray eels, nudibranchs, schools of fusiliers and hundreds of other colorful fish species reside here.

While the neighboring Ari Atoll is more famed for its pelagic species, spotting something big is not a rarity in the North Male Atoll either. It is not uncommon to see manta rays, whale sharks, hammerheads, hawksbill turtles, grey reef sharks and eagle rays on occasion.

Wherever you dive in the North Male Atoll, you are sure to be astounded by both the variety of environments and species you encounter in just a few dives.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Dive Bandos offers a variety of over 40 dive sites
  • Offers one of the most beautiful house reefs in the Maldives
  • North Male Atoll an ideal place to spot sharks and manta rays
  • Hyperbaric chamber for emergencies or dive accidents
  • In-house service shop

Description

Dive Bandos is one of the longest established centres in the country, offering lush underwater gardens, colourful fishes and magnificent seascapes.

We tend to our underwater environments with the recent introduction of our Coral Gardening Project, which guests can take part in too.

Dive Bandos is a spacious facility complete with air-conditioned audio-visual classrooms, library, hot water showers, and spacious storage rooms.

The equipment we employ includes internationally-reputed brands such as Mares, Scubapro, Aqua Lung, Dive Rite and Suunto.

DIVING SERVICES

PADI Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Underwater Propulsion Vehicle
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver

Adaptors & tanks

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Camera Room
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Beach Front Location
  • House Reef
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Air Conditioning
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Russian

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Karaoke
  • Jet Skiing
  • Nightclub

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services
  • Yoga

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Games Room
  • Equipment For Kids

Great for families

  • Board Games
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Eur)
  • Cash (Gbp)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Ping Pong
  • Darts
  • Beach Volleyball

How to get there

Arrival

  • Upon arrival at Velana International Airport in Male, a resort representative will be at the arrival terminal area to greet you
  • The representative will hold a sign with the resort's name and they will wait directly after the exit door after the customs area
  • If you can't find the Bandos representative, please visit Counter Number 2 in Zone A
  • The representative will escort you to their privat speedboat
  • The boat ride to the resort is a short 10-15 minute journey

At the resort

  • Upon arrival to the resort, guests are welcomed at the jetty by the resort hosts and escorted for check-in
  • A copy of the passports is taken, registration forms completed and an introduction to the island is done by the Guest Service Agent.
  • Guests are then escorted to their rooms with an introduction to the island being done by the resort host
  • The front desk is available 24/7 for any concerns or questions
  • The Dive Center is open from 09:00 – 18:00; if dives are pre-booked outside of the opening hours, meeting time and place will be discussed when the dive is booked

Departure

  • Checkout time is by 12:00h noon, however, if guests have a later departure flight, arrangements can be made with the front desk
  • Departure transfers will be arranged according to the departure time of the international flight or after correspondence with the next resort/guest house etc. and guests will be informed of timings (at the very latest, the night before departure)

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