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Dive Review of S/Y Maldives Siren in
Maldives/Central to Southern atolls

S/Y Maldives Siren, Feb, 2013,

by Philip johnston, Bayswater, AU (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6881 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Tonga, Tahiti, Cozumel, Cocos Island, Galapogas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 28 to 30 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 16 to 24 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco diving, come back with 30 bar
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
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 Generally good, although more bench space for UWPs would have been good. ... 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 2 stars
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Comments The Diving:
this was a 10 day cruise from Male through to the southernmost major atoll (Gaafu Dhaala Atoll). The majority of dives were in passes from open ocean into various atolls (in the hopes of seeing pelagics, sharks & larger fish life), & a number of thilas & giris (pinnacles or sea mounts) were dived, plus 1 wreck dive (at Kudi Giri), a channel dive at Kurali corner to see Mantas, & a night dive at a resort on Vaavu called the the jetty.
Highlight was a dive site on Vaavu called Fotteyo some nice yellow/white soft corals underneath some overhangs, large clouds of small tropicals & generally abundant fish life, a couple of smallish whitetip sharks, plus a school of around a dozen eagle rays wheeling above us.
A night dive at the jetty was also good. The resort on this island has been feeding kitchen scraps to the fish & sharks every night for some time, attracting large jacks, 12-15 nurse sharks & some small blacktip reef sharks to this site. Twice large (8 foot) nurse sharks cruised past within half a foot of me, other nurse sharks circled around at greater distances. This site is very popular & many divers were in the water, the large amounts of sand kicked up wouldve annoyed photographers. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Randall S Preissig in TX, US at Aug 14, 2013 21:55 EST  
Excellent report. Thank you.
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