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Dive Review of Manthiri in
Maldives

Manthiri, Mar, 2004,

by Michael W. McCroskey, TX, United States . Report 1455.

Reporter and Travel

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

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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