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Dive Review of MV Orion in
Maldives

MV Orion, May, 2010,

by Joe Trapasso, CA, US ( 1 report). Report 5503.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Yap, Palau, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 1 hour (always enforced) or 30 meters (never enforced). Dive buddy (not enforced), SMB (encouraged, but not enforced).
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 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 1 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments We brought a group of 23 divers from the US for a 9-day excursion and chartered this vessel, being told that they would cater to the type of dives we would like.

Note that this boat is NOT a luxury vessel as advertised. Service and accommodations are not of luxury caliber.
Dive master does not know the dive sites in the Maldives, as is evident by dive briefings not matching (or even being close) to the actual dives.
Dive master lacks local experience (only in Maldives for 1 year).
For a 9-day excursion, we expected to see other sites, such as Baa Atoll and Ari Atoll. We barely left Male.

Feedback we gave directly to the owner/operator (Alex):

Your laidback style comes across that you dont care about whether anyone is enjoying themselves (diving or otherwise).
While your boat might be a luxury vessel, the lack of functioning A/C and service more than makes up for the luxurious surroundings.
Our dives were average, other than the middle dive on the last day. We understand that we were coming at a different season, but our impression was that you just dont know the dive site and waters of the Maldives, as many dives did not match the briefings, nor were shown much underwater. One of the reasons we signed on was for Hassans local experience (15,000+ dives in the Maldives), yet he was not on the boat.
We felt like you didnt really explore all sites, which should have happened due to our extended time aboard. We didnt go very far beyond Male.
The food lacked variety. For a luxury vessel, we expected a bit higher caliber.
Did I mention how HOT the boat was? Several divers slept on deck due to the oppressive heat in their rooms.
Lack of communication zero from you to the group (we even addressed this during the week) and no communication from the dive masters. The others (Arif and Ittey) never even spoke to their groups.
It appeared that you are trying to do too much. You need more qualified help, an experienced, English speaking, communicative Maldivian dive master, and staff that knows how to provide a higher level of service.
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