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Dive Review of Baani Adventurer in

February, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Jane Goble, SC, USA
Report Number 3925
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Caribbean islands, Mexico, PNG, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia,
Thailand, Palau, Maldives
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
This was our second liveaboard trip in the Maldives.  Last year we were on
the Baani Explorer and enjoyed it so much we returned this year and tried
the Baani Adventure.  We had a very clean and spacious cabin with large
single bed, closet, desk and easy chair.  Luggage could be stashed under
the bed.  The AC had a minor leak but was fixed as soon as we reported it
and it worked fine the whole week.  Spotless bathroom with large shower. 
This is not an Aggressor type operation but it's not a "rough it"
operation either.  Chef is Sri Lankan so food is good and sometimes spicy
but there are several choices at each meal. Lots of deck space and lounge
chairs for relaxing.  All gear stays on a separate boat (local
"dhoni" style boat) from which we dive.  So no compressor noise
while on the mother ship - a great system.  The crew were super helpful and
set up all gear and helped as much or as little as one requires.  Easy
entry and exit which we baby boomers appreciate.  Very detailed predive
plan which could be shortened as attention spans are not long early in the
morning.  The Maldives has beautiful diving and these folks know where to
find the good sites.  Our only problem was the initial lack of grouping
more experienced divers together but after talking it over with the
director - that problem was solved.  We were the only Americans on board
but we had a wonderful week with Aussies, Swiss, German, Austrian and
French divers. The Baani boats are a great value even with the three dives
a day limit.  Stayed one night at the Hulhule Island Hotel next to the
airport (beautiful room and pool area) before boarding a seaplane to the
Conrad Hilton Rangali Resort for more diving (see separate report).  That
seaplane ride was a high point of the trip and the barefoot pilot and
copilot sort of set the tone of what a vacation should be. 
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