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Dive Review of Ocean Dancer in
Maldives

Ocean Dancer, Jan, 2007,

by Mario Mizrahi, Mex, Mexico . Report 3177.

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

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 ft maximum by the Maldives Government
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Large space on main ship for cameras, charging, etc.
Rinse tank and adequate space for cameras on Dhoni (acompanying dive vessel)

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 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 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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