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Dive Review of MV Orion in

April, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Mary Marshall, CA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Multiple Caribbean locations, Fiji, Galapagos, multiple Hawaii locations,
Socorro, Palau, Red Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

surge, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We had to stay with the group due to currents on the predominantly channel
dives, but could be on our own on the shallower reef dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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On this large, beautifully-appointed ship, there was a hot tub and a
massage room, but NO camera table  ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Dive Operation
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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1 stars   
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We wish we had known that the diving would be primarily deep channel diving
as opposed to pinnacle-top reef. The website says:  "The Maldives ...
provides rich marine life with coral reefs teaming with activity, visited
by schools of fish...." This was our first time to the Maldives, and
from the description and photos, we thought we would be getting
approximately equal amounts of both types of diving: deep channel dives to
look for big critters in the currents, and shallower dives to explore the
abundant reef life.  Though there were plenty of very beautiful
"giri", pinnacle-top coral patches, and "thila",
submerged pinnacle coral patches and nice walls, the majority of our dives
wer ...
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