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Dive Review of MV Orion in
Maldives

MV Orion, Mar, 2010,

by Larry Schnabel, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports). Report 5424.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving all over Caribbean, west coast California, Italy, Greece, Thailand/Burma, PNG, Cocos, Galapagos, Revillagigedo Islands, La Paz, Loreto, Cozumel, Solomons, Palau/Yap, Great Barrier Reef, Belize, Roatan ], Fiji , Hawaii , Viet-Nam , Cook Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Notify dive guide when at 750 psi, no depth lower than 99 feet (but not strictly enforced), dive buddy required ( not strictly enforced) , dive length 45 min-1 hr. max
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Good:warm water, great visibility, lots of sharks, rays, mantas , turtles, eels , small reef fish, health corals, dive guides good at pointing out sea life , divers not mollycoddled re how they dove once they showed crew they knew how to dive , Orion is a brand new, beautiful boat and very clean, Nitrox included in price of trip

Not so good: air conditioning on boat inadequate and dining room particularly steamy; food bland and unvaried, albeit nutritious ; ran out of beer and the wine mediocre and limited in selection ( but then in a Muslim country liquor is not readily available; boat's web site misleading in stating massage services are available when in fact none are; save for boat's on board operator Alex and the cook, none of the crew spoke English with any fluency, making guests' communications with staff challenging when Alex was off the boat doing various chores ; save for one day, limited to three dives/day when with such great diving an option for a 4th dive would have been desirable.

What I wished I knew prior to leaving home: that the boat - which used din rather than yoke valves- had no din valve for my pony tank, so that I could not ufill my pony tank ( I use a yoke valve and had no idea boat used din valves).
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