Equator Village at Gan is a laid-back, mellow conversion of the former sergeant's mess at the old RAF base in the southern-most island of the Maldives.
The rooms and service are basic and unexciting - this is a budget resort - but the food is an appealing mix of resort buffet staples and tasty Sri Lankan favourites. The bar food is also surprisingly good.
This is not a romantic honeymoon destination, but it does offer cheap and ready access to some of the best diving in the Maldives. On one dive we saw not only 15 mantas but cruised through a huge pod of dolphins to get to the dive site. Unusually for the Maldives, manta sightings are not seasonal and they can be sighted 98% of the year, according to dive staff.
The huge swimming pool with pool bar is a treat, but necessary given the lack of beach. The scattered chairs in the old mess give the place a relaxed and unpretentious vibe. Get chatting and you're likely to run into retired RAF servicemen or the odd widow, who continue to visi regularly out of nostalgia.
Borrow a bicycle and you have ready access to Addu City via the scenic link road. The government hopes that with the new convention centre built for the SAARC Summit in 2011 will develop into an urban centre to rival the capital, Male'.
All in all, highly recommended for a group of dive buddies on an all-inclusive package, with plenty to do on any off days.