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Dive Review of Manthiri in
Maldives/Southern Atolls

Manthiri, Dec, 2009,

by Janet Czapski , MI, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5845.

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

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No decompression diving
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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