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Dive Review of Manthiri in
Maldives/Southern Atolls

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Janet Czapski , MI, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5845
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Malaysia, PNG, Solomons, Fiji, Philippines, Caribbean, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No decompression diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera room on the Manthiri is well situated with plenty of room for each
individual's camera.  Camera handling by the crew both on the
"big" boat and on the dhoni was phenomenal.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
We did an extended 14 night Holiday trip over Christmas and New Years.  We
did the Southern Atolls and elected to only do 3 dives per day plus a night
dive if anyone chose to do so.  We saw fabulous walls, pinnacles, poor vis,
great vis, no currents and ripping currents!  We spent a fair amount of
time in manta cleaning stations and saw huge schools of manta feeding at
the surface almost every day!  We had two whale sharks while diving and
several popped up next to the Manthiri and anyone was welcome to jump in
and snorkel with them!  We also saw more Napoleon wrasse than anywhere else
in the world.

It's the "fishiest" place we've ever been diving.  We had huge
schools of snapper on every dive; nice schools of sweetlips; literally
hundreds of red-lipped triggerfish on EVERY dive!  We had several dives
with beautiful soft corals and renamed one dive site "Pumpkin
Patch" because of the pumpkin-colored giant anemones with the
Maldivian anemonefish!  We also saw more multiple eels in "holes"
and free-swimming eels there on almost every dive.

We're going back in September, 2012!
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