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Located on the North Malé Atoll, lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Bandos Island Resort is a great option for any length of stay.

The well known resort is a short boat transfer from Malé and offers visitors a tranquil tropical setting and a great opportunity to relax or continue diving during your stay.

Featuring 215 rooms in seven categories, accommodation ranges from from cosy classic rooms surrounded by tropical gardens to luxurious water villas with magnificent ocean views. They have all been built with comfort, convenience and luxury in mind, with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, TV, safe and mini bar. Complimentary WiFi internet access is available.

Facilities include a choice of six bars and restaurants catering for the diverse tastes of those who visit, a swimming pool, the Orchid Spa, a kids’ club, local excursions and the Paradise Club, a sports complex with gym, tennis court and other facilities. Private dining and all inclusive meal plans are available. 

Dive Bandos

One of largest and oldest dive centres in the Maldives, Dive Bandos has an excellent reputation and offers memorable diving experiences for all. The PADI affiliated dive centre offers a wide range of courses, daily shore and boat diving and a knowledgeable staff from around the world.

The house reef has three entry/exit points suitable for divers and snorkellers. Here you can expect to see black and white tip sharks, rays, tuna, schools of snapper and turtles. There is such a rich variety of marine life in this area which includes up to 40 dive sites within 45 minutes of the island.

There are four dive dhonis at the resort, so for those who like to venture further you can head out on one of two boat trips a day to classic dive sites such as Banana Reef, Barracuda Giri and Paradise Rock, not forgetting seasonal manta ray diving at Lankan Reef (Sep-Dec) and Boduhithi Thila (Jan-Apr).

The dive centre offers a variety of modern equipment and cameras for rent and Nitrox 32% is complimentary for qualified divers.

You’re in safe hands on Bandos, the decompression chamber is located here and they have a well equipped  medical clinic.

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Key info

  • Ideal for:
    • Families
    • Groups
    • Honeymooners
    • Non-divers
    • Singles
  • Diving suitable for:
    • Beginner
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  • Nitrox available

Dive trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Maldives Dive Safari

Explore world-class dive sites from the comfort of a liveaboard, followed by a few days relaxation in a resort on North Malé Atoll. Highlights include manta ray and whale shark encounters in the central atolls.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,795 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip
This accommodation is located in:

Central Atolls

The central region comprises Malé and Ari atolls, Felidhoo, Faafu and the smaller Rasdhoo Atoll. It is the most popular area for both dive resorts and liveaboards, with excellent shore diving from house reefs and large pelagics on drift dives.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, grey reef shark, napoleon wrasse, spotted eagle ray, reef manta ray
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Group diving, Shark diving, Whale shark, Manta ray, Learn to dive, Shore diving, Snorkelling, Underwater photography