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Dive Review of Manthiri in

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Gina Sanfilippo, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5791
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Andaman Sea, Cocos, Sea of Cortez, Caribbean, California, Bahamas
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 ft. max depth, no deco.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The Manthiri has a large room dedicated to cameras with plenty of 110 &
220 power.  The crew is experienced and careful when it comes to handling
cameras, and they rinse your rig (twice!) after every dive.
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    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Our trip was a charter to dive with mantas, so our itinerary was different
than most.  Over the course of 16 days we did about a dozen reef and/or
soft coral dives, but that was not our focus.  We did see mantas by the
score and did over 30 dives with them, most of which were in Hanifaru Bay. 
Conditions in the bay were calm with little surge or current, but some of
the reef dives had a lot of current or surge.  There was a nice selection
of macro life, but again, that was not the focus of this particular trip.

The Manthiri crew are phenomenal!  Everyone is friendly and they go out of
their way to help and please you.  Moosa, the head divemaster, is not only
a great guide, but also a great guy.  Stick near him so you can see him
point out critters.

The boat holds just 12 guests so neither it nor the dives are crowded.  All
diving is done from a second boat, a dhoni, and your gear will live on that
boat for the duration of the trip.  This not only gives you more room on
the Manthiri, but means the dhoni can move away from the main boat during
noisy tank fills.  Cabins have very comfortable beds and ample storage. If
I have any criticisms, it is that they feed you too much!  We ate
pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner every day. 
Unfortunately the kitchen usually makes too much food and the excess goes
to feed the fish.  The kitchen staff, however, does accommodate requests -
I was one of two vegetarians on the boat and we always had meal choices. 
They also learned our group liked spicy food and made a few delicious local
dishes that were spicier than normal.
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