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Dive Review of M/V Maldives Princess in

September, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by David Bader, NC, US
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Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
East Coast US, Caribbean, Pacific locations.
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives were guided but I use that term loosely.  We generally lost the
guides within the first ten minutes of the dive.  Dive time was generally
45 minutes including safety stop and depth was limited to 30 meters.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
2 stars
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There was no camera table on the Maldives Princess or the dive boat.  Dive
boat had a large cooler size camera bucket which they changed the water
every day.  It was not large enoug ...
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Value for $$
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3 stars   
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After two days of travel and 30 hours in the air, I was hoping for much
better diving than we had.  I was expecting corals and fishlife similar to
Raja Amphat but that certainly was not the case in the Maldives.  First
surprise was the the M/V Maldives Princess is not a dive boat but a luxury
yacht.  Diving was done from a separate rented 65 ft. dive boat.

The Maldives Princess was very nice and spacious given we had only 18
divers so singles got their own staterooms.  I had twin beds in my room
with a large private bathroom with shower.  A/C was more than adequate but
their was limited storage space due to the curvature of the hull inside the
cabinets.  Each room also had a lockbox for personal items and a
mini-fridge.  I had plenty of hot water but I heard some complaints from
the people in the two top side staterooms that t ...
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By carl berenson in WA, US at Oct 04, 2013 20:37 EST  
how much was due to the dive crew and how much was due to the Maldives?
Wondering if we should skip Maldives diving (the new boat carpe diem gets
good reviews for Maldives) but  after diving Komodo and next our next trip
is to Raja maybe we skip the Maldives though everyone raves about it.
I guess I will see how much I like Raja and just keep diving there. Seems
to be the best...thanks for sharing.
By David Bader in NC, US at Oct 04, 2013 21:33 EST  
I believe we hit the Maldives at the wrong time.  Viz was limited around
Male Atoll to about 20-30 ft.  We dove Male, Felidhe, and Ari Atolls.  The
divemasters tried hard but the big pelagics could not be found.  I've heard
there's better diving both to the north and south of where we dove.  I
personally think the diving at Raja was far superior to the Maldives.
By carl berenson in WA, US at Oct 05, 2013 10:05 EST  
My dive atlas by jack Jackson says Maldives ari atoll has some of the best
diving in the Maldives but the season is December to April for mantas. Same
with gelid hobo atoll. Where did you dive in raja and what season? We are
thinking of mid- oct next year.
By David Bader in NC, US at Oct 06, 2013 21:32 EST  
I was in Raja three years ago in January on the liveaboard, Archipelago
Adventurer II.  This boat hit a reef and sunk a couple of years ago.  Too
bad, it was a great trip.  Viz was in the 70-80 ft range with bottom temps
in the 82-84 degree range.  We dove Kri Island, Fam Island, Weyang, Aljui
Bay, Gam Island, and Dampier Straight.  Lots of hard/soft corals and plenty
of fishlife for photography.
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