Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes
 

Dive Review of Manthiri in
Maldives

Manthiri, Oct, 2010,

by Gina Sanfilippo, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5791.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Andaman Sea, Cocos, Sea of Cortez, Caribbean, California, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 ft. max depth, no deco.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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 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):

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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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.
Was this report helpful to you?
Bookmark and Share
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here
 

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 135 dive reviews of Maldives and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share
Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Scuba Dive Asia -- The Dive Travel Experts
SCUBA DIVE ASIA - The Dive Travel Experts
for Asia, Pacific & Africa. Dive vacations for individuals, groups, photo clubs & dive centers.
Reef & Rainforest, Let our experience be your guide -- Reef and Rainforest
Reef & Rainforest
is an agency for travelers that like to scuba dive. Looking for an island getaway? We specialize in planning scuba diving adventures to the Maldives.

Want to assemble your own collection of Maldives reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home


Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!



Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account |
| Travel Index | Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Forums | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues | Login | Join | Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |


Copyright © 1996-2017 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page computed and displayed in 0.421864032745 seconds