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

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jerry Tuttle, Az, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 5280
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG Indonesia Australia Fiji Maldives Mexico 
Solomon Islands Alaska Caribbean 
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
84   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Guideline 60 minutes 100 feet not enforced   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
No setup or charging area for UWPs, Not a boat for serious underwater
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
4 stars   
1 stars    
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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