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Dive Review of MV Ocean Dancer in

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Susan L Welch, FL, USA
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Report Number 3691
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
png, palau, fiji, yap, caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
surface w/ a buddy and maldives government has a 98 ft depth restriction  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
saloon area was used to store/charge camera gear
adequate setup
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
The Ocean Dancer is an incredible boat, just beautiful, designed and built
by David Mesnard with hand picked wood form different areas in asia.  It is
an extremely stable vessel with a shallow draft, perfect for navigating the
waters of the Maldives.  It is roomy in all aspects, particularly the
cabins and main saloon.  It has 8 cabins for 16 divers, all with ensuite
bathrooms that are also quite roomy.  You can have a massage onboard or
just relax between dives on the bow or upper deck.  The Maldivian crew are
friendly, accommodating, and always ready to help you, whether on the dive
boat or the mother ship.  They assist with a big, beautiful smile.  David
(owner/operator)and Gaelle live onboard, as the Ocean Dancer is their home.
 Their enthusiasm and love of the Maldives permeates all aspects of the
operation of the boat.  They add a charm and energy to vessel that is
contagious.  You feel like honored guests in a beautiful floating lodge.  
The diving is done from a 32 ft dhoni.  Your dive gear will never touch the
beautiful floors of the MV Ocean Dancer.  Nor will your shoes!!!   Nitrox
is available and highly recommended due to the dive profiles.  Seldom does
the top of the reef go above 35 or 40 ft.  All safety stops are done in the
blue.  It is all drift diving, using sausages in the safety stop for the
dive boat to locate you and pick you up.  We were there in the wrong time
of the year for whale sharks (november) but did see the large mantas. 
Beautiful coral, beautiful reefs, and lots of fish life.    Also, if you
have any interest in free diving, David is an accomplished free diver who
will be happy to share some instruction and insight to this fascinating
sport. I highly recommend this boat and this location. Book through his usa
agent, Peter Hughes.
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