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Dive Review of Baani Adventurer in

January, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Maria Brinson, CA, USA
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Report Number 3170
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
San Diego, Rarotonga, Caymans, Roatan, Utilia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
59 min dive time, 90 ft max depth  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No rinse bucket on Dhoni, but there were plenty of charging stations on
main boat
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
We recently returned from our liveaboard in the Maldives and it was really
We had a long flight from LAX and went on Singapore Airlines which went
really smooth. 
We once arriving we stayed overnight at the Central Hotel and then met the
Baani back at the airport the next day. The locals were great and are very
friendly and had no problems with Americans. 
There were 18 passengers: 8 Germans, 4 Italians and 4 non-diver Italians.
We did 3 dives a day and 1 day with 4. The currents were pretty strong on
1/2 the dives so doing more then 3 was a challenge. On one channel dive 1/2
of the divers had to abort the dive because they couldn't get down fast
enough before they passed by the reef to quickly. 
The crew was really great and tried very hard to find good spots where the
current didn't pull your mask off. These were the strongest currents we had
ever experienced so saw it as good practice. The crew said that the
currents were unusally strong and the water temp was down and vis is
usually better in Jan and Feb
Vis was on avg 60 ft and water temp was 79-81F and there was loads of fish,
especially macro. 
The boat was clean and the food was really good. All the DM's were
knowledgable, friendly and had safety in mind. 
We saw loads of white tips, 1 12 ft grey reef shark and lots of mantas. On
our last dive we could snorkel or dive at a manata sight and the snorkels
said the mantas were very friendly and would come circle them and even
touch them, but if you tried to touch a manta it would take off. We dove
and I had one small manta play with me by spinning when ever I spun. It was
great interaction. 
We got 18 dives in  7 days. The corral was looking like it was making a
comeback from the Tsunami and I think there was a hurricane recently. One
passenger said he had been there 10 years before and said the corral was
pristine back then compared to what it looks like now. 
The only thing that really bothered us was that there was no regard about
touching the coral. We saw some divers kick right into it causing damage.
We did use reef hooks for some areas which seem to do less damage then just
grabbing on to what ever you could. Besides that it was a good trip.
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