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Dive Review of Maldives liveaboards/Baani Explorer in

January, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Jane Goble, SC, USA
Report Number 3470
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Micronesia, PNG, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Hawaii, Red Sea,
Cozumel, Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 depth  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
This was such a great experience for the two of us that we are going back
for another one week liveaboard (Baani Adventure) in January 2008 plus we
are staying at an island resort for an additional week.  The whole
operation was so professional yet personal at the same time.  Cabins were
spacious and very clean as were the ensuite bathrooms.  Food was plentiful
and good (not gourmet but that's not why we're here).  Gear is kept on
separate boat (dhoni) where tanks are filled in place so your gear is never
removed - and it pulls away from the main ship so you never hear
compressors.  The crew are very friendly and handle cameras and gear with
"respect".  Guests are mainly Europeans and experienced so we had
lots of freedom to dive our plans.  Diving was exceptional despite below
average visibility.  Sharks on every dive, schools of every description and
more critters than I could record in my log.  I gave up and just enjoyed
the show.  Huge fans on beautiful walls and great seamounts for viewing the
underwater drama.  Wrecks and interesting swim throughs.
The crew and divemasters were informative and gave great site descriptions
as well as being personable which helped set the tone for the week.  Maybe
we were just lucky but we met a great and diverse group of people as well
as fine divers and one can't ask for more than that.
Take advantage of the day rates at the one hotel on the airport island and
laze around the pool if you need to kill time before boarding your flight
home.  You can see most of Male in an afternoon. It is interesting for
Westerners to see locals going about their business but please, ladies,
dress modestly.
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