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Dive Review of Ark Royal Dive Yacht and Spa in
Maldives

Ark Royal Dive Yacht and Spa, Aug, 2011,

by John Sommerer, MD, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6840.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Carribean, Galapagos, Costa Rica, Revillagigedos, Rapanui, Micronesia, Polynesia, Melanisia Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Limited space on the boat. Not a big problem this trip, since many people did not have cameras. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
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Comments We had never been to the Maldives, but on learning about Hanifaru Bay, arranged this trip, on this boat, specifically for that experience. Big mistake. The Hanifaru Bay experience publicized through National Geographic, with massive numbers of mantas and multiple whale sharks, is apparently very rare, and the area is totally oversubscribed. Literally dozens of dive boats were anchored all the time in the surrounding waters. More recently, they are apparently trying to limit numbers, but I think it's a big risk to go there. The nearby dive sites are pretty awful, compared to others in the Maldives, so if Hanifaru doesn't pan out, you will have a pretty limited experience, after a long and expensive trip. We actually had one remarkable, multi-hour whale shark encounter, plus a few mantas in formation, at Hanifaru Bay, but only due to a sharp-eyed crew member spotting the shark coming in, and getting us in the water at the right place, way before the other yachts caught on. We later had multiple whale sharks at the South end of Ari Atoll, where the overall diving was much more interesting, so Hanifaru just wasn't ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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