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

February, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Hollie Lindauer, OR, US
Reviewer   (5 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"Lots to see but strong currents and limited viz"
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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
Getting There
We went through Dubai to Male
and overnighted at Hulhule
airport hotel. 

Dive Conditions

choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
A 60 min. maximum time limit was enforced.  96" max. depth.  Some
sawtooth profile was required.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
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  2 stars
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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They have a open bin area in the salon for charging devices and a
countertop in the front of the salon for storing y
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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

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
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By MUKIWA3 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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