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Dive Review of Ocean Divine / Dive Encounter Alliance in
Maldives/Male to south ari

Ocean Divine / Dive Encounter Alliance: "Lots to see but strong currents and limited viz", Feb, 2015,

by Hollie Lindauer, OR, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8139 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving palau, wakatobi, philippines, tahiti, fiji, raja ampat, belize, honduras, little cayman, cozumel, red sea
Closest Airport Male Getting There We went through Dubai to Male and overnighted at Hulhule airport hotel.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions A 60 min. maximum time limit was enforced. 96" max. depth. Some sawtooth profile was required.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments They have a open bin area in the salon for charging devices and a countertop in the front of the salon for storing y ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Ocean Divine: the owners are now part of Peter Hughes dive encounters partners liveaboards.

Crew: The owners weren't on board during our trip. Alike and Gabriel were the two dive guides and took care of all guest concerns above water. While we had a crew of 12, (4 on the dhoni and the rest I think on the liveaboard) other than the chef who announced dinner, the bartender and the masseuse - there was little interaction with the crew other than our 2 European dive guides, who spoke good english and were helpful but a bit overworked.

Diving Guides:
One guide was training a family group of 3 who were less experienced divers. We didn't see her underwater except when she was shooting video of the group to sell at the end of the trip.

We had 1 guide for 8-9 divers. With the limited vis and stronger currents we were occasionally reduced to a bait ball of divers with most everyone bumping into each other and into coral, trying to 'stay tight' keeping the guide in view.
Fast descents to 65-85' were required, along with swims against current to ledges in the channel, or if we were dropped on the reef, we'd have to work to get over the edge. The guide seldom came up with more than 3 or 4 divers so everyone needed a personal buoy marker to avoid boat traffic.

French, German, English, Australian, Chinese and American made up the 12 total divers, I believe they can take up to 14 max. All except for the privately guided group, had good buoyancy and dive skills.

Seas: The viz was 25-60' max. The viz slowly improved during the week. Seas surged with chop, occasional white caps. I used ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By DAVID SHEM-TOV in ZZ, GB at Mar 12, 2015 15:28 EST  
It is a beautiful boat. Shame about the owner. You were fortunate he was not onboard.
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