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Vilamendhoo

Introduction

The Maldives are known as the divers' paradise. Located some 350 kilometers south-west of India, this archipelago is formed by 1200 islands, 80 of them being reserved for tourists (a number to be compared with the 50 in 2002, which clearly shows the growth of tourism in thic country). This increase in the number of resorts also let to a certain democratisation of the Maldives: very affordable hotels are now available, which was not the case 15 years ago. Access to the Maldives is always made through the capital, Male. Going through the customs might lead to problems: indeed, importation of alcohol, pork meat, publications with even slightly undressed women (which is considered as pornography) and in general any material offensive to Muslim is strictly prohibited. And luggages are passed through X-rays scanners. Then, you can reach your island either by dhoni (traditional boat), speed boat or hydroplane, according to the distance.

On the islands, the main occupation is diving... or sunbathing on the beach. Vilamendhoo island is located south east of Ari atoll, and is only mostly reached by hydroplane (transportation is relatively expensive, thanks to the monpole shared by two companies which apparently believe it is a good opportunity to overcharge divers (if they have more than 25 kg of luggages, including all hand one). The island is 900 meters long by 250 large. Its main feature for divers is the great shore diving found there. One tip of the island is oriented toward the outside of the atoll, and hence a more or less strong current is usually found on both shores of the island; with 10 entry and exit points, it is possible to drift dive (if the diving is well-planed, preferably by asking the staff). In those waters, where many species of fish are found, corals seems to be in a better shape than in many other dive spots in the Maldices. Large animals (sharks, rays, turtles) are often seen. Vilamendhoo is simply offering one of the best shore diving in the Maldives.

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Diving type

Destination
easily accessible
easily accessible
bargain destination
bargain destination
Diving level & type
for beginners
for beginners
for advanced divers
for advanced divers
shore diving
shore diving
liveaboard
liveaboard
Diving Characteristics
pelagics
pelagics
lots of fish
lots of fish
lots of corals
lots of corals
interesting underwater scenery
interesting underwater scenery
Other activities
attractive natural spots
attractive natural spots
gastronomy
gastronomy
night life
night life
beach
beach
snorkeling
snorkeling

Infrastructures

  • diving center
    Euro Divers
    Euro Divers (diving center)
    telephone : +960 7638458      
    address : Vilamendhoo Island Resort, South Ari Atoll, Maldives
    rating : 4 / 4 starsrating : 4 / 4 stars
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  • hotel
    Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa
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    Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa (hotel)
    telephone : +960 6680637
    fax : +960 6680639
    address : Champa Building, 3rd Floor, Malé, 20187, Maldives
    rating : 4 / 4 starsrating : 4 / 4 stars
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