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Dive Review of MV Orion in
Maldives

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Schnabel, CA, US
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Report Number 5424
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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