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Dive Review of Emperor Group in
Maldives/Best of Maldives

Emperor Group: "Over Dived and Absolute Madness", Apr, 2019,

by Christhol Swanson, NT, AU (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 10968 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments While much has been written about global warming and the resulting damage to the reef, not a lot has been written about the impact divers have on the reef. It is unfortunate that even though dive operators strongly encourage a no touch policy there is no real way of making sure divers do the right thing once they are in the water.

Some of the dive sites in the Maldives could do with a well deserved rest from divers at least for just a couple of years to help the sites recover from the human handling they receive.

The scheduled whale shark experience was a circus. We had been briefed on the rules, don't go too close, don't get in front etc etc etc. When we arrived at the site there were about 12 boats each with an average of 20 snorkelers. A whale shark appeared, there was a lot of shouting and there were instantly at least 50-60 snorkelers in the water. Then a speed boat appeared from no where, raced through all the snorkelers already in the water and dumped all of it's 15 snorkelers, including some small children, smack bang on top of the whale shark. Absolute Madness.

The other circus was nurse shark night dive. Lots of divers in the water, great experience but definitely not one I'd like to repeat.

Overall, it was a fabulous experience, the briefings were excellent, the food was varied and plentiful, the cabins are roomy and the staff are absolutely wonderful. It was only the diving that was a little disappointing.
Websites Emperor Group   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Australia
Closest Airport Male Getting There Singapore to Male.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 28-30°C / 82-86°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 5-20 M / 16-66 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 mins 50 bar
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Small rinse tanks and a small camera space on board, no air, no towels. We were fortunate to only have a couple of serious photographers on board.
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