Bandos Island is occupied by Bandos Resort. When it opened in 1972, it was the second resort in the Maldives and today it's one of the biggest with dive center, medical clinic (with decompression chamber) and even a mosque (relax, alcohol is still available). There are many bungalows types, from unimpressive clustered ones to African inspired huts with sea view to iconic overwater bungalows. The white narrow beaches are exceptional stunning, even for Maldives standard, with tall leaning coconut palms and plenty of shady spots. The shallow clear lagoon has sand bottom and friendly reef sharks. The house reef is also rich on fish and even have bigger big reef sharks, but for live corals you need to snorkle along the outer edge to where the reef has an overhang.