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Dive Review of Eagle Ray in
Maldives/South and North Male atoll

December, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by NCD, NM, USA
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Report Number 3201
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Tanzania - Mafia island and Pemba island
Gulf coast of Florida
Lake diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
24   to 27    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
National 30m depth limit
50 minute max
Must dive with guide  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
They have many powerpoints - both 110 and 220 v
Wash tank on board dive boat
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
This was our first liveaboard.
We booked thinking it was a new boat, but was actually refurbished in 2006.
 Unfortunately they didn't paint the outside, so your first impression upon
arrival is rather negative.  The picture on the website is actually a
computer generated one - it bears little resemblance to the real thing.  
We were only the second group on the boat, so there were some teething
problems, the worst being that the air conditioning system pumped diesel
exhaust fumes into the living areas - we had to turn off the whole system. 
Luckily the cabins do have good natural ventilation and it was not hot in
early December.
Dive master is very experienced and safety conscious(he had done over 8000
dives in the Maldives) and knew the dive sites very well.  
We dived three dives a day, plus one night dive.
We looked after our own gear, as the crew was not very detail orientated.
We have never dived in the Maldives before, but we could see a lot of
visible damage to the reef from El Nino and the Tsunami.  We saw many
sharks, eagle rays and napoleon rass.
My biggest complaint about this boat is the divemaster's obsession with
tips.  In our opinion the service was not good, apart from underwater. 
Every single day tips were mentioned.  When it came to the end of the trip,
we gave our tips, then the dive masters left the boat and the rest of the
crew got out the power tools and starting drilling, banging and doing major
construction work until midnight, and totally ignored us.  It was not a
nice ending to a rather disappointing trip.  I wouldn't stay on the boat
the last night - leave the boat as soon as you get into port and stay in
one of the nearby resorts.
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