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Dive Review of Emperor Serenity in

Emperor Serenity: "Maldives; Emperor Serenity", Jan, 2018,

by Ted Bemis, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 10100 has 6 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We arrived for departure the afternoon of Dec. 17, 2017, to a weeklong dive itinerary they call “The best of the Maldives”. Our cabins were very spacious as was our ensuite, truly a large bathroom. The boat was beautiful with plenty of space and places to lounge around in or out of the sun. One of the first tasks that first afternoon was to store all of our dive gear on the dive dhoni. All diving is done from Emperor Serenity's large dhoni tender, which also was very spacious. The Serenity has room for 26 guests, our trip had only 20 signed up, but I feel that even at full capacity the dhoni was a spacious dive platform. Once our gear was setup, that was it, they filled tanks in place. No wet gear had to move to the liveaboard.
Diving was great overall, with plenty of whitetip and grey reef sharks, oceanic manta’s, numerous types of rays, ghost pipefish, stone fish,Humphead wrasse and a few whale sharks, just to name a few of the highlights. One evening dive had us surrounded by a dozen or more of the largest puppy dog Nurse sharks I think you can find anywhere, tons of fun! Our Manta encounters varied from brief sightings to almost using a whole tank watching them watching us.

Underwater visibility varied alot, but I don't think it was ever less than 13m.
Websites Emperor Serenity   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving PNG, Australia, Figi, Mexico, Belize, Bonaire, Utila, Bahamas, Galapagos, Philippines
Closest Airport Male Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas currents
Water Temp 86-88°F / 30-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Normal restrictions for nitrox diving.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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