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Fall in Love with Bangaram!!

Short of words to describe the beautiful island and pristine waters. Very happy with the services... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2018
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I have no words to explain the beauty of Bangaram.Visit Bangaram at least once in your life, u near... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2018
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

White sand, crystal clear water - you don't even need to go snorkelling. You can see the corals, and ship wrecks clearly through the water. It is a paradise of its own and you have to go see it to believe it.

5  Thank 2013Travel_Companion
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Reviewed 4 May 2018

Had a wonderful weeks stay at the Bangaram resorts, where my son and I completed our Advance Open water Divers certification. We landed on a Monday , finished the course (thank god no exam or much of theory to learn and focus is more on diving unlike the First level!!) from Tuesday to Thursday , did couple of extra dives and wound up the activity by Friday morning, relaxed the rest of Friday and back to Bangalore on Saturday.

Only deterrent was the heat (given that we traveled in the last week of April) , but everything else was just picture perfect. Very courteous staff, great food, great hospitality and privacy (very limited tourists) unlike other scuba destinations , not to miss mentioning the unparalleled beauty of the place and the mesmerizing marine world.
As we had primarily gone for scuba diving, neither the hot climate nor the sulphur smelling water bothered us in the least . The rooms are basic and clean, but definitely need some storage and shelves

Incidentally we met some very interesting people/ divers from around the world and it opened up a world of possibilities for us.

The Dive team of Mr Rizal, Numan, Rashid, Kasim, Haja under the the leadership of Mr Khaleel were not just extremely able divers themselves, but were also very patient, supportive teachers and made our experience all the more wonderful. They ensured that we were comfortable, all safety issues addressed and our skills polished.
Hats off to the team.
I do not want to miss mentioning Mr Irfan, Hidaayath and others who ensured a great stay and all requests taken care off.

Couple of pointers,
1. In terms of visibility and climate Nov - Feb would definitely be great, though we were extremely happy with our marine world experience even in April, despite slightly diminished visbility
2. We used Ansolar 60+SPF water proof sunscreen ; this ensured less tanning and sun exposure compared to other sunscreens
3. The only deterrent with Bangaram is the resort is, it is rather expensive compared to Kadamat which also has great dive sites.

Dont miss scuba diving in Lakshadweep. You come out feeling that you have been a part of a Nat Geo marine world documentary. The marine world here is that diverse and breathtakingly beautiful. Its mesmerizing, fun and the experienced dive teams extend every possible support and make the experience all the more cherishable.

We cant wait to go back again.

4  Thank VijayRK
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Bangaram is a tourist island and is a beauty to visit. Must try the scuba diving. The team is extremely professional and will be with you every step of the way.

3  Thank Akshada B
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

We flew in from Kochi to Agatti by the only flight operated by Alliance Air in the morning. Be sure to carry a printout of your entry permit for Lakshadweep since this is verified by the airline prior to check-in. At Agatti airport the representative of SPORTS helps you with the taxi to the jetty to catch ferry for Bangaram. The ferry takes between 45 to 60 minutes depending on the type of vessel.
At Bangaram, you are received by the resort manager who then briefs you about the facility and arranges for you to be taken to your cottage. Currently only non-AC cottages given to tourists, since the AC cottages are reserved for Govt. staff. We were told that there are plans to convert cottages to AC in the near future.
The cottages are comfortable and have an air-cooler that is periodically replenished with water by house-keeping staff. There is no provision for hot water in the bathroom. Another thing to be kept in mind is that the bathroom water stinks of sulphur. It is preferable to fill the bucket and let it stand for few hours to reduce the smell, prior to using it. The resort provides 1 bottle of drinking water per person per day in the room. Housekeeping staff does the rounds daily to clean the cottage, make the beds and replace towels.
A decent buffet breakfast is provided catering to Indian / western palate. The lunch buffet is mostly South Indian style food, although spice levels are way down (bordering on bland / insipid) to cater to foreign tourists. The dinner buffet is served on the beach and has a mix of Indian / Western style dishes, with similarly bland spice levels. The baked items and desserts were consistently good.
Bangaram is the sole island in Lakshadweep where liquor is served, although the choice is limited.
The resort provides various water sports activities like kayaking, knee-boarding, water-skiing, wind surfing, banana ride, glass-bottomed boat, turtle watching, snorkelling, etc.
Snorkelling is excellent near the ship-wreck in the lagoon (shared with Thinnakara island) and the water level is shallow enough for sunlight to reach the sea-bed for great visibility. The timing for this visit has to be according to the tide level. The other spots are deeper and the visibility is impacted. Various types of coral and fish are found in abundance, although some level of coral bleaching / dead coral is seen. Comparatively, Kavarati and Minicoy have more number of shallow snorkelling spots for greater sea-life / coral visibility.
Scuba diving for first-timers is done near the shore itself without a boat, since the beach in front of the resort has a steep gradient and quickly reaches a depth of 6 meters.
Depending on the tide, one get a great sunset view from the sand-bank near the helipad side of the island. During low tide, one can walk across to the sand-bank.
On a full moon night, the moonlight is enough to light up the beach for a cosy walk after dinner. Prior to moon-rise, when the night sky is pitch black, you may be able to experience the momentary glow of bio-luminescent plankton on the shore when the waves hit the beach. It is as if tiny flickering green lights are strung up on the beach.

One can easily walk around the island in about an hour along the beach paths (no concrete / tiled pathways on the island). There is a lake in the middle of the island that provides the piped water. But it is not a beautiful sight and has greenish water. The beach on west side has comparatively more shallow water than the east side,

The resort provides packed breakfast for the ferry ride back to Agatti island since it is usually early morning.

Special mention for Mr Asif & Mr Salim from the water sports team and Mr Mohammed from the restaurant / bar.

Recommend a stay of at least 3 nights to enjoy fully.

10  Thank Himalay_Wanderer
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

You can walk the perimeter of the island in 45 minutes. The beaches are beautiful and lovely to swim in. The front of the island where the resorts are does not have a gradually sloping beach. The beach drops suddenly and can be dangerous if you don't know swimming.

5  Thank Nutan G
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