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Dive Review of Baani Adventurer in
Maldives

Baani Adventurer, Jan, 2007,

by Maria Brinson, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3170.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving San Diego, Rarotonga, Caymans, Roatan, Utilia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 59 min dive time, 90 ft max depth
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No rinse bucket on Dhoni, but there were plenty of charging stations on main boat

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 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 We recently returned from our liveaboard in the Maldives and it was really good.
We had a long flight from LAX and went on Singapore Airlines which went really smooth.
We once arriving we stayed overnight at the Central Hotel and then met the Baani back at the airport the next day. The locals were great and are very friendly and had no problems with Americans.
There were 18 passengers: 8 Germans, 4 Italians and 4 non-diver Italians.
We did 3 dives a day and 1 day with 4. The currents were pretty strong on 1/2 the dives so doing more then 3 was a challenge. On one channel dive 1/2 of the divers had to abort the dive because they couldn't get down fast enough before they passed by the reef to quickly.
The crew was really great and tried very hard to find good spots where the current didn't pull your mask off. These were the strongest currents we had ever experienced so saw it as good practice. The crew said that the currents were unusally strong and the water temp was down and vis is usually better in Jan and Feb
Vis was on avg 60 ft and water temp was 79-81F and there was loads of fish, especially macro.
The boat was clean and the food was really good. All the DM's were knowledgable, friendly and had safety in mind.
We saw loads of white tips, 1 12 ft grey reef shark and lots of mantas. On our last dive we could snorkel or dive at a manata sight and the snorkels said the mantas were very friendly and would come circle them and even touch them, but if you tried to touch a manta it would take off. We dove and I had one small manta play with me by spinning when ever I spun. It was great interaction.
We got 18 dives in 7 days. The corral was looking like it was making a comeback from the Tsunami and I think there was a hurricane recently. One passenger said he had been there 10 years before and said the corral was pristine back then compared to what it looks like now.
The only thing that really bothered us was that there was no regard about touching the coral. We saw some divers kick right into it causing damage. We did use reef hooks for some areas which seem to do less damage then just grabbing on to what ever you could. Besides that it was a good trip.
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