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Dive Review of Dreamcatcher 2 in
Maldives/Ari and South Male Atoll

Dreamcatcher 2 , Nov, 2009,

by Jerry Tuttle, Az, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 5280.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving PNG Indonesia Australia Fiji Maldives Mexico
Solomon Islands Alaska Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Guideline 60 minutes 100 feet not enforced
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No setup or charging area for UWPs, Not a boat for serious underwater photographers

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments The Good -- Very comfortable boat. Lots of space for sitting, relaxing, reading and drinking. Has a bar deck with good selection of wines and an excellent bartender.
Chef was very good mixing local foods with western cuisine.
The Best -- Found whale sharks, one we were able to snorkel with for over 10 minutes. One on the dive following our snorkel excursion. This was an exceptional encounter because my dive buddy and I had a whale shark to ourselves for at least 10 minutes.
The bad --Pretty pedestrian diving. Dive sites and timing put us on the reef with with other boats. Selected dive sites were not particularly exciting. Current was mild or non-existent on most dives. As a result fish life was not as expected and that's not a positive.
The Ugly -- Dive boat confrontation between guests and the staff about the quality of the dive sites culminated in a name calling, finger pointing ugly scene. Since we joined the boat two days into the trip our group stayed out of the way in this scuffle but it was something to remember.
This is a great boat for divers who want to relax and enjoy some easy diving. Don't expect exciting diving. My prior trip to the Maldives in 2002 was one of my best diving experiences with lots of current and pelagics this was great only because I had my first whale shark encounter
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