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Dive Review of Baani Explorer in
Maldives/Male & Ari Atoll]

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jerry Hobart, N.Y., USA
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Report Number 3866
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys,Nassau, San Salvador, Walker's Key, Exumas, Turks &
Caicos, Cozumel, Bonaire, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little
Cayman, Australia's Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, Rangiroa, Fakarava,
Bora Bora, Dominica, Grenada
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 feet but not enforced and 60 min.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Cameras were rinsed by fresh water hose on dhoni( dive boat). No rinse tank
and no real place for cameras other than on top of air compressor covered
by tarp.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Excellent liveaboard. Biggest rooms I have seen on liveaboard with private
bathroom. However, beds were hard as a rock( most people took pads off the
deck lounges and put them under their 3 inch mattresses) and
air-conditioning in the rooms was more like a fan. Food was wholesome but
highly spiced with curry( you are in Asia). Alcohol was available even
though this is a very traditional Moslem area, but you paid extra( 5
dollars a beer) and it was served by a Sri Lankan( non-Moslem). No safety
or fire explaination for liveaboard, but the crew on the dhoni( dive boat)
gave a complete safety speech for the diving and dive briefings were
excellent. Each buddy team was given one ENOS rescue system and the dive
boat had a GPS receiver. In fact we did not get introduced to the Captain
until the third day which gave the impression that the cruise director-dive
master was actually in-charge.Almost every dive is done as a drift dive and
at the end of the dive you raise your safety sausage attached to a 15 foot
rope during your safety stop as a signal for pick-up. Tanks are filled on
the dhoni( dive boat) so you never are bothered by the compressor noise.
Soft coal was very healthy. You could still see the effects of coral
bleaching on the hard coral. Plentiful fish. Many small sharks and turtles.
No whale sharks, but on two dives we saw many, many mantas at a cleaning
station. Crew was very friendly and helpful, but they admitted they had
seen only a few americans over the last three years. Normal customers are
Europeans( German, French, Italian, English). No language problem and
everything is in U.S. dollars or credit cards. Crew is not use to American
tipping, so 2-5 dollars goes a long way.Transportation was provided by
Emirates Airways from JFK to Dubai and from Dubai to Male. Stayed 1/2 day
at the Hulhule Island Hotel near the Male airport while waiting pick-up by
the Baani Explorer. Great hotel with pool, nice restaurant and internet
access. Major surprise was that the safari boats( liveaboards) travel in
packs ,so it is very rare that you are alone on a reef. I guess I just
figured with all the dive sites there would be only one boat per reef, but
that was not the case.
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