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Dive Review of MV Orion in
Maldives

MV Orion, Apr, 2013,

by Mary Marshall, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7424.

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

Weather sunny Seas surge, currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments On this large, beautifully-appointed ship, there was a hot tub and a massage room, but NO camera table ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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