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Dive Review of Orion in
Maldives/Southern Atolls

March, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Jeremy Cohen, IL, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 7 Helpful votes)
Report Number 7529
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, California, Pacific NW, Socorro Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji,
Hawaii, Galapagos, Caribbean, Sea of Cortez, Florida, Oman
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
83   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes max. Enter w/group, but ok to pair off. Surface when ready.  An
inflatable sausage - SMB - is mandatory Yours should include a line so it
can rereleased prior to surfacing. Nitrox only. 90 meters (ish) max depth.
Three minute safety stop. Occasional negative entry necessary.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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Battery charging in cabins ok, 220v outlets and a 110v power strip
provided, small camera tank on the dhoni - with the growing clutter of
small cameras and Go-Pro, c ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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The Maldives Southern Atolls in February/March provide heavy current
advanced diving.  Most dives are channel dives. Hook in at 30 meters and
marvel as white tip, grey, and silver tip sharks, even an occasional silky
out in the blue, tuna, jacks, and huge schools of fusiliers create a
rewarding vista for divers comfortable in current that sometimes topped
five knots and flew divers on their reef hook lines like kites in an autumn
wind.  BCs deflated and hooks pulled, the current flies divers at exciting
speeds over fields of coral, then sand, down the channels created by coral
slopes on each side. Here we were accompanied by sting rays, eagle rays, an
occasional manta, turtles, and curious juvenile white tips.  It was common
to hear the high pitched chatter and sounding of dolphins.
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