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Dive Review of MV Orion in

January, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by C F Ward, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 5379
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cocos, Galapagos, Truk, Cozumel, Bonaire, Socorro Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
1 stars   
4 stars    
LONG trip from LAX. Singapore Air great service in coach. Note: some days
flite  n/s to Singapore, others through Narita Japan, must
deplane/security/reboard. RON 17 hr, (hotel $) in Singapore(by airport
comparison LAX is awful), 4.5 hrs to Male, arrive 2200 then to boat.
Underway next AM, less than half full for trip. 130 ft boat(brand new),
original set up for couples, needs/planned changes for solo divers, 2/room.
Bar(reasonable), small hot tub, spacious, lots of movies available. DIve
from dhoani(dive boat)-long thin design, enter water either side only,
restricts entry rate in strong currents. Broke down 1 day, replacement had
"dive club yard sale" of gear set up for nite dive, very
confusing. Viz highly variable from some OK to many great. Few dives with
strong currents, manta cleaning station(super) shark channel(zip) open
water recoveries, float/line a must. Snorkel with juvenile whale shark on 1
dive. Coral great shape, lots of critters & fish. Thai cook-love
Thai-but meals somewhat limited selections. Prior live-aboards 4+ dives/d,
Orion rigid 3/d due to "depth & currents" fair amount of time
with naps/reading. Stayed close to arrival island on 9d trip, entire chain
has 175+ dive sites-further with full boat? Crew, including bar keeper,
attentive, some speak little english. Several nite dives, nice reefs, some
motoring about to find them. Depart boat 1000, fight 11 hrs later, minimal
options in Male, Muslim country-beer at a/p hotel only, day room
available-even longer hours going home. Worth considering more touring
after 11000 miles one way. Note-personal bias is that expectations for a
trip double every 8 hours of travel. remember this rule when evaluating a
near 2 day door-to-door venture.  
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