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Dive Review of Macana Maldives in
Maldives/Ari Atoll (N&S) / Male' Atoll

Macana Maldives: "Maldives Aboard the Princess Handy", Sep, 2017,

by David Gere, WA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 9847.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Multiple Caribbean, Socorro, Maldives, USA - both tropical and cold water (Pacific NW), Hawaii
Closest Airport Male' Getting There Frequent flights in/out of Male'

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 45 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions see narrative above
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Good boat arrangements for photographers. Crew was careful in handling expensive setups. Diving conditions (currents) made using large cameras difficult and poor vis limited wide angle opportunities. ... 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 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments I think of this as my Charles Dickens dive trip. I had some of the best dives of my life and one or two near the worst. First off, the ones that weren't good were absolutely not fault of the boat, crew, dive operator or dive masters. They simply were tough conditions taking any fun out of the dives and turning them into pointless physical exercises. Strong currents and low visibility were the norm.

The crew did an excellent job and the dive masters were outstanding. The boat was clean and comfortable. Its large (36m long, with a beam of 10.5m). Locally made of wood, it twisted and creaked in the waves and swells. With a shallow draft for navigating around the atoll ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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