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Dive Review of EAGLE RAY in

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by ERNIE PLOURDE, CT, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 4700
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
These were more like suggestions than anything else.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There were charging tables on the boat. On the tenders there was room for
your camera but nothing special.The mates carried your camera for you if
you wanted and transported and rinsed them after the dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
It was a long flight from the northeast and we were picked up by staff at
the airport, loaded into the dive tender and taken to the ship, about a 20
minute ride.They do not allow you to bring alcohol into the country so
drink what you have on the plane. We did a check out dive the first day to
make sure all gear was working properly. Detailed dive briefings were given
before each dive in the dining room. Up at 6:00 A.M. do a dive before
breakfast, have breakfast, do another dive, have lunch, another dive, then
dinner. You could do a night dive most nights if you wanted to. Before the
morning dive you were offered coffee, tea, juice, cereal, hot and cold,
cookies etc. After the dive it was eggs to order, beans, hot dogs, fruits
etc.Most of the main meals were some kind of fish but there was also pasta,
beef and all the trimmings, basically the food was pretty good.Except for
meals you were charged for all drinks including bottled water. A beer was
$3.00, as was a glass of wine, no spirits. The diving was on air, deep with
lots of currents, reef hooks are a must. Your dive usually ends because you
are going into deco, not that you are out of air! We saw a few whale
sharks, white tips, dolphins, turtles etc. but the high point was
definitely the mantas. There were schools, all you needed to do was find
their cleaning station, hook yourself in and wait. When they came in they
would come so close you could touch them. They would just keep circling
over your head letting the cleaner wrasse do their thing, absolutely
awesome! On one dive as I was waiting my turn to get back on the boat, they
came by in a big line, 22 were counted, mouths wide open as they fed on the
plankton at the surface, luckily I still had film (I shoot video) I could
see right down their throats, like something out of National Geographic!
The whale sharks were usually spotted from the surface, you raced after
them in the tender boat and jumped in with snorkel gear when you got close,
pretty exciting. The problem was there were many boats with the same idea.
We had dinner on the beach one night and mingled with the guests from the
other boats in the area. We shopped on remote islands and in Male, what a
contrast, over populated, congested etc, but a good experience. The crew
put on a show for us one night with dinner above deck, also lots of fun.
The crew was very attentive and courteous. All things considered, it was a
great trip with many good memories and 12 reels of film, highly
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