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Dive Review of Baani Explorer in
Maldives

January, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jonathan Bank, Md, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2574
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Red Sea, Malta
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
25   to 27    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
20   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreation/no deco limits were enforced.  While the boat claimed divers
should be experienced, it was clear there were divers with less experience
than they claimed which restricted the group as a whole.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Decent dunk stations and charging area. Deck was a little crowded.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The good:  nice berths, spacious with clean, excellent bathrooms.  Very
comfortable, airy and surprisingly nice for a liveaboard.  Best food of the
three liveaboard trips I have done this calendar year, hands down. 
Excellent balance of Maldivian foods and standard fare, but also such
exotic dishes as sashimi.  Great divemasters and not overly paternalistic
attention.  Great encounter with three large mantas on the last diving day
made the whole trip and the somewhat less than perfect viz worthwhile.  The
bad:  unfortunately, despite the stated minimal standards of dive skill,
the boat took on board some divers who had very little experience , this
caused the crew to immediately rethink the dive profiles for the group;
after having heard of the hammerhead and early morning/high current shark
encounters the previous group enjoyed, a number of us were a little
disappointed by the limitations the newbies imposed on us.  In addition,
there was no Nitrox available, which seemed to really limit dive times as
well as frequency.  Only three dives a day most days with the occasional
night dives.
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