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Dive Review of Manthiri in

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Belden, CA, USA
Report Number 847
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Maui, Grand Turk, Belize, Monterey San Diego and Channel Islands
California, La Paz, Curacao, Little Cayman, St. Kitts, Great Barrier Reef,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We did 4 dives a day and so the divemasters usually suggested particular
depths but this also corresponded to the most interesting sites underwater
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boat has a camera table and rinse tank.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
This was our best trip yet and weve been on about 10 dive trips.  2
Whalesharks!!!!  Need I say more?  The crew actually spotted 8 different
whale sharks from the boat but we only saw two while in the water.  We were
approached by both on our safety stop and all of the whalesharks were
spotted on one of the 8 days.  There is one spot where they consistently
hang out.  Mantas were only an occasional fly by.  We didnt see any manta
cleaning stations from the boat.  However we did dive for one day from the
Four Seasons on another part of the trip and there we spent 30 minutes with
5 mantas.  Fantastic!  

Interestingly although there was still some coral damage from el nino, the
fish were very abundant.  Giant schools swarming around you and occasional
dog toothed tuna strafing by to hunt them.  There were also plenty of
places with beautiful coral.  White tip reef sharks were common and one day
we also saw a large grey shark.  Many turtles.  Dives had a great diversity
of topography and we also did some great night dives.  There were some
strong currents on the dives and one dive we did abort early due to extreme
current.  The food was extraordinary on the boat.  Home cooked meals the
whole time and plenty of it.  The boat is made for 12 divers and 12 crew
but on our trip there were only 4 divers!  Visit the Manthiri website for
photos of the boat  The crew was very friendly and even
helped us with some minor gear repairs.  Nancy the travel agent at Livewell
Ventures who books the Manthiri was also great and gave us a great Sri
Lanka itinerary for 4 days before the diving  a nice combination.  

One travel tip.  For the flight from Sri Lanka to the Maldives its worth
considering flying first class.  Its only about $20 more but they give you
much better food, seats, etc. and you get to spend your layover in the much
nicer first class lounge which also has free food and free internet access!

The Maldives is a world-class destination and the Manthiri is an excellent
boat.  Eight days is a lot of diving but youll see more fish than you ever
thought possible.  Definitely a must see destination.  
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