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bandos-stuff to do and cost

We are planning a 4 day trip to bandos..we r non-swimmers but want to try snorkelling and diving..is it possible?? wat are the suggested activities for the 4 days and the cost at bandos

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11. Re: bandos-stuff to do and cost

From memory there isn't any lagoon of sorts at bandos - the most popular trek to the drop off is a narrow run where coral is present quite early on. Currents are deceptive as well - i took my 6/7 year old daughter out at the time literally metres from the shore and found it extremely difficult to hold her whilst showing her small reef fish round sone small coral forms. The drop off is where u need to be and with life vests thats a no-no in my book.

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From the edge of the beach in front of the standard rooms up to the beach villa with the private pool there is a lagoon with coral blocks and a sandy bottom where you can stay in your depth. The further away from the dive centre the less currents, up until where the drop off starts. Once you lose the sandy bottom you are approaching the drop off and as a non swimmer you shouldnt go anywhere near there.

The dive centre does the PADI discover snorkelling where you can go out with a dive master and a floatation device, but they will not take you over the drop off, but they will take you to the edge on the beach side. The cost of that is around $45.

You need to be able to swim to go on a snorkelling boat trip, they do not take non or weak swimmers.

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13. Re: bandos-stuff to do and cost

Should have also said that the snorkelling trips are not run by the dive centre so there is not a divemaster present on the boat. These are run by the guest services.

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14. Re: bandos-stuff to do and cost

We've not been to Bandos but, as Allie says, snorkelling trips are commonly organised by the resort reception - rather than the dive school. One or two of the guys from reception accompany the group - some being more proficient than others in our experience.

On islands where the dive school do run snorkelling rips it will usually be one of the dive staff who accompany a group (possibly 10 or more) - with the aim to lead the group and point out things of interest.

Snorkelling trips by boat are usually restricted to guests with snorkelling experience.

Drownings do happen - several resorts have experienced this - so be safety conscious if you can't swim.

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I have seen snorkeling rips at some resorts where the snorkelers had no idea what they were doing and were just bobbing along in the water in their life jackets. The life jackets were the only thing stopping the whole group drowning. There is one resort that I know of where they do not let people of a certain country to swim without a life jacket unless they can prove that they can actually swim. Despite it's beauty the Maldivian sea is dangerous and people do drown there

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You can also drown in shallow water. For example, if you accidentally swallow water, if there is a wave or something panics you, like a sudden drop in the floor or a sea creature or whatever - seen it happen in Tobago, where a man had to be rescued from 3 metres in from shallows, he would have died.

Also, can someone explain how you can snorkel without swimming in a lagoon? Do you mean standing up and looking down? Isn't that sore on the neck? How do ou prevent swallowing water if there is an unexpected wave from a boat or similar? Once you take your feet off you're in the same scenario as the deep water ... Don't do it unless you can swim, a life jacket is no substitute for being able to swim.

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PS agree there is plenty to see in a lagoon, all the cute baby fish, plus rays etc but precisely because so shallow found it is important to be able to swim to keep clear off coral.

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If you can't swim then a life vest will give you a false sense of security and isn't guaranteed to stop you drowning. It sounds like you're not afraid of water to even suggest snorkelling or diving without being able to swim, but you'd be a liability to yourselves and others if you can't.

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