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Dive Review of MV Orion in

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Joe Trapasso, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 5503
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Yap, Palau, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry  
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).  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
2 stars   
2 stars    
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
The food lacked variety.  For a luxury vessel, we expected a bit higher
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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