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Which Anantara Resort has the best diving

Discussion in 'Maldives' started by JR_Strele, May 24, 2011.

  1. JR_Strele

    JR_Strele Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Singapore

    Well, the title says it all. We have a deal to Anantara resorts and need a diver's opinion on which of the 4 resorts has the best diving?

    Also, is there a time of year when the diving in the Maledives is bad or unpleasant?

  2. Harley1962

    Harley1962 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Shaviyani Atoll, Maldives
    Actually, you are mis-informed. Anantara Dhiguu, Veli AND Naladhu are ALL connected and therefore "share" the same sites for diving. The only difference between the 3 places is their level of exclusivity, with Naladhu being the most private (and expensive) with a personal Butler who arranges all your activities, leaving you to just relax and enjoy!

    As for the diving, I worked there and I feel the diving was at best--mediocre. There are a few thilas and a channel dive that can be interesting, but these 3 resorts are definitely NOT for serious divers. They are more geared to an overall "vacation experience" that happens to have a PADI Dive center on the premises. Less than 10% of the guests go there just for the diving. Sorry to be the "bearer of bad news" but better you know what the situation is before making your decision.

    If I were you I would go to the Kihava location, which is in Baa atoll and will have better reefs and therefore better diving. I do not know how it compares in terms of the price and amenities, but ALL Anatara Resorts are on the higher end of the scale, and they have a small dive center there.

    As for seasons, you can dive there all year, but the heavier storms / monsoon is coming between June-August. But between days of rough weather there are always sunny periods, In general Maldives "high season" begins in October and ends in April / May.

    Have a nice trip!
  3. JR_Strele

    JR_Strele Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Singapore
    Thanks for that piece of very useful information.

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