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Dive Review of MV Ocean Dancer in
Maldives

MV Ocean Dancer, Mar, 2008,

by Susan L Welch, FL, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3691.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving png, palau, fiji, yap, caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions surface w/ a buddy and maldives government has a 98 ft depth restriction
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments saloon area was used to store/charge camera gear
adequate setup

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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