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Dive Review of Ark Royal in

February, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Frances Lewis, MI, US
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Report Number 5957
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, UK, Calif., Grt. Lakes, Australia, Fiji, Palau, Solomons,
Hawaii, Truk, Yap, Vanuatu, Baja.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 110    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limit given during each dive briefing, but not strictly enforced; no
decompression diving & no exceeding sport diving limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Area for camera set up not large enough to accomodate all the
photographers; camera rinse tank also rather small; crew very accomodating
and careful with camera handling.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
1 stars   
3 stars    
I had been 2 yrs previous in the Maldives and returned based on the diving
that previous trip. On this trip the diving was disappointing compared with
the previous.  Quite a few dives had strong currents which made some of the
divers in our group very uncomfortable. We did see huge schools of sharks
& some large pelagics, but the variety and quantity of marine life was
way less. We saw no mantas, very few eels, not many big fish other than the
sharks and few huge schools of fish. The coral looked very healthy, but
there was very little soft coral. The dives were missing the
"wow" factor of the previous trip. We were in a different area;
much further south than the previous trip. While we did see many
interesting things, I couldn't recommend diving the southern islands due to
the trip cost and length of travel to get there.
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