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Dive Review of Manthiri in
Maldives

March, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Michael W. McCroskey, TX, United States (2 reports)
Report Number 1455

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Reporter
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos (3), Australia, Palau (3), Hawaii, Caribbean (50), Spain

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 84    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
80   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Remain in contact with the Dive Master  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 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  
N/A  
Comments
Great for US divers - plenty of 110v a/c with flat prong plugs in camera
area.  Good rinse tank for cameras.  Monitor available.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Almost nothing wrong with the operation.  The boat set-up is great and the
service is better.  We were concerned about being in a Moslem country, but
without reason.

Nitrox compressor went out during our trip while far from Male, so Nitrox
was not available.  Other than that the boat (both Manthiri and dive boat)
were extremely well conceived and well implemented.  The crew to passenger
ratio was always over 1/1, they were attentive, friendly, and well trained.
 The shore trips were few, but for most divers, about right.

It's a long way to go from the States, so we were the only Americans on the
boat although it was laid out for and seemed to cater to Americans (judging
by the electrical service, food, and facilities).

The whole experience ranked favorably with a stay in Palau at the Palau
Pacific Resort!  I recommend it highly.
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