The Maldive Islands are a group of Coral Atolls located South
/ South-West of India.
Back in 1975/1976 I (Pete) was here with the Royal Air Force at RAF Gan. Gan is
the most southerly island in the Maldives and is at the southern tip of Addu
Atoll. It is just south of the equator. MAP HERE
What really interested me is that the former Sergeants Mess in now a hotel called Equator
Village. It's not a luxury place, rated at three stars. However, it is
clean, friendly and down-to-earth. Nothing pretentious, but basic accommodation,
fine food and the best staff and guests you could ever meet anywhere. The rooms
have no TV or phone. There is only one tap, so the sink has cool water only.
There is an electric heater to provide hot showers. The rooms do have air
| Power is 240V through a UK style outlet
I was not planning on going to the Maldive Islands for a couple more years, but
there were some compelling reasons for going sooner rather than later. The main
reason is that some new hotel resorts are being built in Addu Atoll, which I
think will impact the scuba diving and also the feel of the Atoll. So, I
wanted to go to see how things have changed in over 30 years, but go before the
major developments come online. One of the new resorts is Shangri-La.
The final part of the puzzle of how to get there is that the British travel
started doing package tours to the Equator Village hotel. We used air miles to
get to London, then the Cosmos package for the flights to Gan and the Hotel
I know you are bored reading this already so here are a few pictures.
Equator village has one massive advantage over every other resort in the
Maldives. Because the British, when they were here, built bridges (Causeways)
between the islands on the west side of the Atoll - You are allowed to travel up
the roads into the local villages. The all-inclusive package at the hotel
includes the use of bicycles, so we were able to explore at our leisure. This
was great for us. The old airfield at Gan is now an international airport so we
are not allowed on the airfield or to the southern side of the island.
Okay, I know you came to this page to look at scuba diving stuff. We dived
with Diverland Gan.
Now, we are used to doing four dives a day, so I was initially disappointed to
find we would only be doing two dives a day here. The daily routine was this:-
After breakfast we would meet at the diveshop at 08:30, get our gear ready and
have the briefing and depart about 09:00. Most dive sites were about an hour
away by boat. So, we would dive one dive and be back at equator village around
mid-day. In the afternoon we would meet at 14:00 and repeat the same timetable.
The sunset was about 18:00 so I also did a couple of night dives starting at
18:30. Most dives were an hour so slightly more.
So here we go.....
Of course, the BEST thing about any dive trip is making new
friends, like these.....
|Ade & Ali
||Hassan - our
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