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Dive Review of Ocean Dancer in

January, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Mario Mizrahi, Mex, Mexico
Report Number 3177
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cocos, Palau, Galapagos, Socorro, Tahiti, Bahamas, Guadalupe, Italy,
Komodo, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 ft maximum by the Maldives Government  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large space on main ship for cameras, charging, etc.
Rinse tank and adequate space for cameras on Dhoni (acompanying dive
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
Ship is 1 year old, beautifully crafted with wooden floors, big windows,
large main salon, outdoor dining table for 16 people, beautiful and ample
cabins with big bathrooms. It looks and feels more like a luxury yatch than
a regular liveaboard. There are big spaces indoor and outdoor to relax and
have some privacy. Main salon and each room have flat screen TV's plus DVD
players. Host was David Mesnard, owner of the ship plus Gaelle his
girlfriend and Lucy the divemaster.
No diving equipment (other than cameras) allowed on main ship; they have a
Dhoni (dive vessel) that stores all gear, compressors, cameras, etc. No
smelly carpets because of the wooden floors. The day you board they take
away your shoes and give them back when you disembark, so "no news and
no shoes".
Diving we saw multicolored moray eels, clown and anemone fish, banded
shrimp, clown and titan triggerfish, napoleon wrasses, lionfish, blue, gray
and giant jacks, dogtooth tuna, octopi, green and hawksbill turtles, grey
reef, whitetip, silvertip and hammerhead sharks, marlin, pigmy frogfish,
unicorn surgeonfish, emperor, blue faced and other angelfishes, batfish,
juvenile and adult sweetlips and scores of mantas.
One night we visited the lovely Hilton Resort on one of the
atolls($800-$4000 per night) and had dinner at the buffet ($60 +
beverages); it was well worth it.
Great ship and great place. I wish all liveaboards looked and felt like
this wonderful ship. Congratulations to both David Mesnard and Peter Hughes
for what could well be the new standard in this type of operation.
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