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Dive Review of M/V Maldives Princess in
Maldives

M/V Maldives Princess, Sep, 2013,

by David Bader, NC, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports). Report 7174.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving East Coast US, Caribbean, Pacific locations.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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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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