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Dive Review of Manthiri in
Maldives/North/South combo trip

August, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Chris Watt, MA, US
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Report Number 7712
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Turks & Caicos, St. Vincent, FL Keys, Costa Rica, Hawaii,
Bermuda, Italy, UK, Northeastern US
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive time limit of 60 minutes gently suggested but not rigidly enforced. 
Depths within recreational limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
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Shore Facilities  
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Cameras handled carefully and professionally by the crew, including
rinsing.  Separate room with extensive camera tables and charging stations.
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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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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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3 stars   
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Went on an 11-day liveaboard (9.5 days diving) trip to the Maldives Aug.
1-11. This trip was an LDS-led trip aboard the Manthiri. More on the boat
in a moment.

Travel was long but relatively painless. Outbound we flew on JetBlue from
Boston to JFK and then Emirates JFK-Dubai-Male. On the return we flew on
Emirates Male-Dubai-Boston, as there is a relatively new direct flight from
Dubai to Boston (12.5-13.5 hours 1 way depending on direction; Dubai-Male
is about 4 hours). We flew through JFK outbound as the flight cost was much
cheaper. Emirates really does a nice job and on the JFK-Dubai leg we flew
on an A380so big! The flight connections on this trip werent particularly
tight (e.g. 7 hour layover in Dubai on the way home), so travel was about
24 hours in both directions from Boston. Emirates checked baggage
allocation is 2 bags up to 50 lbs. each  a luxury! The only downer is that
carry-ons are limited to 15 lbs. That said, although I planned carefully
and had my Canon G11 in my pants pocket during check-in, I dont think any
of us had our carry-ons weighed at any of our check-ins in either
direction. Other travelers didbut most of these folks had carry-ons that
looked big and heavy. Most of us were carrying camera backpacks or
something similar.

We arrived in Male at about 3PM local time (Male is EDT + 9 hours) and were
met by cruise director/DM/host extraordinaire Moosa Hassan from the
Manthiri.  Our LDS owner has led 12-13 trips on the Manthiri, so he and
Moosa are literally old friends. First night was spent at the HulHule
Island Hotel adjacent to the airportabout a 1 minute shuttle ride from
just outside baggage claim. Accommodations were comfortable, nice pool and
nice buffet dinner and breakfast.

The next morning we were picked up at the airport by the dive dhoni for a
quick trip to the Manthiri mother ship. There were so many things I loved
about the Manthiri experience.and one of those is certainly its smaller
size. There are only 6 cabinsroom for 12 guests (we had 11 on this trip).
The crew is also just awesome  so helpful and hard-working. They really do
EVERYTHING for you, including nice little touches like
hanging/drying/folding bathing suits after each dive, adept handling of
cameras, defogging  ...
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By Ms Lynda Durfee in VA, US at Aug 25, 2014 17:44 EST  
Wow!  One of the most informative and detailed reports I've ever read. If I
go back to the Maldives (did the Aggressor in Nov. 2014), I'll definitely
try to book on this boat.
By J. Ann in TX, US at Jan 27, 2015 13:59 EST  
Terrific thorough report....thanks for taking the time to do it right.
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