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Dive Review of Manthiri in
Maldives/North/South combo trip

Manthiri, Aug, 2014,

by Chris Watt, MA, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 7712.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Turks & Caicos, St. Vincent, FL Keys, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Bermuda, Italy, UK, Northeastern US
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive time limit of 60 minutes gently suggested but not rigidly enforced. Depths within recreational limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Cameras handled carefully and professionally by the crew, including rinsing. Separate room with extensive camera tables and charging stations. ... 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 N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Went on an 11-day liveaboard (9.5 days diving) trip to the Maldives Aug. 1-11. This trip was an LDS-led trip aboard the Manthiri. More on the boat in a moment.

Travel was long but relatively painless. Outbound we flew on JetBlue from Boston to JFK and then Emirates JFK-Dubai-Male. On the return we flew on Emirates Male-Dubai-Boston, as there is a relatively new direct flight from Dubai to Boston (12.5-13.5 hours 1 way depending on direction; Dubai-Male is about 4 hours). We flew through JFK outbound as the flight cost was much cheaper. Emirates really does a nice job and on the JFK-Dubai leg we flew on an A380…so big! The flight connections on this trip weren’t particularly tight (e.g. 7 hour layover in Dubai on the way home), so travel was about 24 hours in both directions from Boston. Emirates’ checked baggage allocation is 2 bags up to 50 lbs. each – a luxury! The only downer is that carry-ons are limited to 15 lbs. That said, although I planned carefully and had my Canon G11 in my pants pocket during check-in, I don’t think any of us had our carry-ons weighed at any of our check-ins in either direction. Other travelers did…but most of these folks had carry-ons that looked big and heavy. Most of us were carrying camera backpacks or something similar.

We arrived in Male at about 3PM local time (Male is EDT + 9 hours) and were met by cruise director/DM/host extraordinaire Moosa Hassan from the Manthiri. Our LDS owner has led 12-13 trips on the Manthiri, so he and Moosa are literally old friends. First night was spent at the HulHule Island Hotel adjacent to the airport…about a 1 minute shuttle ride from just outside baggage claim. Accommodations were comfortable, nice pool and nice buffet dinner and breakfast.

The next morning we were picked up at the airport by the dive dhoni for a quick trip to the Manthiri mother ship. There were so many things I loved about the Manthiri experience….and one of those is certainly its smaller size. There are only 6 cabins…room for 12 guests (we had 11 on this trip). The crew is also just awesome – so helpful and hard-working. They really do EVERYTHING for you, including nice little touches like hanging/drying/folding bathing suits after each dive, adept handling of cameras, defogging ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Ms Lynda Durfeein VA, US at Aug 25, 2014 17:44 EST  
Wow! One of the most informative and detailed reports I've ever read. If I go back to the Maldives (did the Aggressor in Nov. 2014), I'll definitely try to book on this boat.
By J. Annin TX, US at Jan 27, 2015 13:59 EST  
Terrific thorough report....thanks for taking the time to do it right.
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