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Dive Review of MV Maldives Princess in

MV Maldives Princess, Mar, 2014,

by Anne Warburton, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 7585.

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The trip was very long getting there - about 40 hours in total. I arrived two days earlier than my group having done a pre trip to Sri Lanka. I tried for 1 1/2 days to reach the Princess office with no luck and wondered if and when I might be picked up to board the boat. I finally reached them on the day of embarkation. The live-aboard was clean but very strangely laid out - two huge rooms on the upper deck (for 3), our very small room on the main deck (for 2) and a mixture of rooms on the lower deck (for 2). We had very little storage, no hooks in the room or bathroom, no drawers and no room under the beds. We were awakened about 6 every am every day. A very light breakfast was served at 6:30 and a large breakfast after our first dive. Lunch came after the second dive and dinner at 7-7:30pm. Briefings for the first were at 7-7:30am and were generally good. We then boarded the dive boat where equipment was set up with nitrox for everyone (even though several people were not certified). We had 3 DMs for 21 people (one person was sick the entire time). Once in the water and submerging the DM lost track of almost everyone behind him. I surfaced early on one of the dives as I never did locate my group or DM due to 10 feet visibility and he had no idea I was missing. Others, at other times, would surface at the end of the dive never seeing the DM to let him know. There was always some current as most of the diving was on the tops of pinnacles. One night feed dive of nurse sharks we had been told the current would be ripping. Half of the group went down and said there was NO current so we repeated the dive the next night and had very little current. I don't think the DMs wanted to take us at all. Our DM also did not show us one animal until the very last day where he pointed out a flat worm. The DMs did however know where the mantas and whale sharks were. Many people had ear trouble on this trip which I found strange except that maybe the water was warm enough to harbor some bad organisms. While the diving was great for big animals we saw few small ones - a handful of scorpion fish and fewer nudibranchs. However, there were tons of schooling fish. We dived mostly in the middle and north atolls.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Thailand, Philippines
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 85-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-80 Ft/ 3-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions We begged for 64 minutes.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The live-aboard boat had one long table with fair lighting for equipment. We were a bit crowded. There was a rinse tank and a camera table, also a bit crowded, on the actual dive boat
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