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Dive Review of Maldives Whale Shark Research Program/guest house in
Maldives/South Ari Atoll

Maldives Whale Shark Research Program/guest house : "Volunteer with Whale Sharks and Dive for Purpose.", Jun, 2023,

by Bill mashek, CA, United States ( 1 report). Report 12448.

Photos Submitted with this Report

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Photo by Chloe Winn.       Mia, marine biologist photographing left flank for I D Whale shark feeding Photo by Dave Clayton Dot patterns on right flank
MWSRP photo Photo by Chloe Winn

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments My first couple days after arriving in Hulhumale, I spent at Port Inn. It was reasonably priced, included breakfast and nice folks. It was all I needed after a 26 hour flight. Point Inn picked me up at the airport midnight took me back to the airport to meet my boat and transferred me to the airport at the conclusion of my trip.

Unlike most dive trips the excursion was a volunteer opportunity with Maldive Whaleshark Research Program.
Volunteering as a diver for any marine conservation project is a wonderful opportunity for passionate divers whale sharks are my passion

I spent 10 days on the MV Felicity Dive boat with an exceptional group of ocean lovers We spent that time studying, surveying, taking photos, observing, and identifying 3-4 whale sharks a day in South Ari Atoll a marine protected area in with the Maldives Whale Shark Research Program.

The Maldives Whale Shark Research Program (MWSRP) is a research-ba ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving USA east and west coast, Mexico east and west coast, Ecuador, Galapagos, Indonesia, ...
Closest Airport Male Getting There Male (MLE)is an international airport. From Male, we met the dive boat. approximately 6-8 hour crossing

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 86-°F / 30-°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Free diving only
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments They are set up for photographers, though mostly digital cameras in cases and go pros. I used a TG6 with water proof case, not external lighting. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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