My family including my 6 year old daughter visited Bangaram during the month of December, 2017 and we would like to share our expertise of our visit to Bangaram Island. I last visited Bangaram in 2008 when it was run by Casino group , so a lot of anticipation on how it will be under SPORTS now.
Heavan on Earth
To our satisfaction , once we reach Bangaram that pristine charm of the old Bangaram resort is still maintained. We really enjoyed our 3 nights stay at Bangaram Island presently operated by SPORTS (Lakshadweep Tourism) and earlier operated by Casino. We have really enjoyed the mother earth natural beauty right from sun raise to sun set during our 3 days stay. Our rooms are neat & clean, the comfort of sleep is good and I think its not right when folks expect things like AC/hot water etc. CGH Earth originally created this resort as close to mother earth without any modern comforts and you stay in the lap of nature , that was the USP of the resort and I hope it stays like that.
Five Cheers to Food
Our package is inclusive of food and it starts with morning high tea / coffee, breakfast, lunch, evening high tea / coffee and Dinner. The quality and spread of food items and varieties are really excellent and not repetitive. The timing to serve the food was maintained picture perfect and always 15 to 30 minutes earlier than the schedule. The service level right from breakfast to dinner was really excellent and all the serving staff served the food / our special requests always with smile. Shaafi who heads F&B and his team are just great.
Bangaram is having the best excellent water sports team in Lakshadweep headed by the dynamic Asif who is ex-Indian Air Force . On day 1 after our arrival and lunch we have gone for kayaking with our 6 year old daughter. We have reached nearest land point and spent some time with our kid. Next day morning we saw the entire land portion submerged into water due to high tide. After our Kayaking we have gone other side of the island to see the sun set and the walk to witness the different colour of the sky during sun set was really excellent and memorable. Dive instructor Mohammed was such a wonderful host to walk us around the shallows.
On Day 2 we have gone for Scuba Diving and we could able to see the underwater world to the maximum extent. The important point is this was our first experience on diving and we dont know the swimming too. The team lead by Dive instructor Mohammed was really excellent and they ensured our safety and made us to see the underwater world. After our Diving we have gone for snorkelling near old ship wrecks and we could able to see colourful fishes right from small to big sizes including star fishes.
After our snorkelling we have gone for turtle watch in the see through glass boat. We could able to see so many turtles and we are able to witness the speed of the turtle swimming in the water. On day 3 we have gone for shore snorkelling and after that we got our life time experience on WOW Thriller boat which tied up with speed boat and thrown us into middle of the sea. Wow board experience was real thriller. Here also Mr.Asif and his team done real excellent job to give us maximum experience.
Our Overall Experience Right from our entry to the Bangaram Island till we exit we have really enjoyed to the maximum. The General Manager Mr. YUSUF was present during breakfast, lunch and dinner without fail and ensured we are enjoying the food and we could able to see he had his food only after all the guests were served. This was very nice of him and exposed the quality of service he was providing to his guests.
Some little Draw backs
Water odur was not good and the colour of the water takes 30 minutes to settle down due to its sulphur content below the island . Although nothing to be worried as this is real natural remedy for our body also as its good for sking, but now they are trying for desalination plant also.
The other thing is its very difficult to contact the SPORTS authorities Cochin office to get our booking confirmation after remitting the amount into their account as advised by them. After trying so much we followed up so many times to get the confirmation.
Tips for booking:
• Would be cost effective to book direct with SPORTS , although contacting their Cochin booking office is little difficult
• Atleast take 3 nights/4 days plan to cover maximum stuff
Anyone of you need any more insights , you are welcome to reachout
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