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Dive Review of Manthiri in
Maldives/Southern Atolls

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Curt Andrus, TX, US
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Report Number 5567
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Seychelles, Raja Ampat, Sulawesi, Fiji, Palau, Baja, Honduras, Belize,
Dominica, Montserrat, PNG, BVIs, Bonaire, Caymans, Solomons, Costa Rica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive to your certification  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Web interface didn't let me select that this is a liveabaord, but it is.  7
day charter is what I booked.

Icelandic volcano and air traffic groundings in Europe prevented 2 divers
from joining, so we only had 5 divers on the charter. This led to a very
good diving experience and personalized attention.  Overall, good fish life
and reefscapes. Manta cleaning station that had a couple mantas circling
for 30+ minutes.  Plenty of black-tip, white-tip, and grey reef sharks on
numerous dive sites.  One whale shark citing that allowed snorkeling for
15-20 minutes.  Couple pods of dolphins in transit, but none that hung
around the boat.  Not a lot of macro opportunities, but plenty of reef
fish, healthy corals, etc.  

Food was good and abundant. Chicken, fish, lamb and beef. Local Maldivian
curry was very good (and hot), but not on the menu. Only after seeing the
crew eating it and asking what it was did they make enough for the guests.
Variety of food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner never left anyone hungry.

Rooms were adequately sized and had good storage for clothes and luggage.
Seperate en suite bathrooms were large and worked without issue.  A/C in
rooms was good and controlable within the room. 

Dive masters and crew had a lot of tenure on the Manthiri, so they must
have a good owner. Also plenty of repeat guests, so service seems like it's
consistent.  Booked the trip through Island Dreams in Houston, TX.  They
have always done a professional and efficient job when I've used them.     
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