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Dive Review of Manthiri in
Maldives/Southern Atolls

Manthiri, Apr, 2010,

by Curt Andrus, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 5567.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Seychelles, Raja Ampat, Sulawesi, Fiji, Palau, Baja, Honduras, Belize, Dominica, Montserrat, PNG, BVIs, Bonaire, Caymans, Solomons, Costa Rica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive to your certification
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

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

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Web interface didn't let me select that this is a liveabaord, but it is. 7 day charter is what I booked.

Icelandic volcano and air traffic groundings in Europe prevented 2 divers from joining, so we only had 5 divers on the charter. This led to a very good diving experience and personalized attention. Overall, good fish life and reefscapes. Manta cleaning station that had a couple mantas circling for 30+ minutes. Plenty of black-tip, white-tip, and grey reef sharks on numerous dive sites. One whale shark citing that allowed snorkeling for 15-20 minutes. Couple pods of dolphins in transit, but none that hung around the boat. Not a lot of macro opportunities, but plenty of reef fish, healthy corals, etc.

Food was good and abundant. Chicken, fish, lamb and beef. Local Maldivian curry was very good (and hot), but not on the menu. Only after seeing the crew eating it and asking what it was did they make enough for the guests. Variety of food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner never left anyone hungry.

Rooms were adequately sized and had good storage for clothes and luggage. Seperate en suite bathrooms were large and worked without issue. A/C in rooms was good and controlable within the room.

Dive masters and crew had a lot of tenure on the Manthiri, so they must have a good owner. Also plenty of repeat guests, so service seems like it's consistent. Booked the trip through Island Dreams in Houston, TX. They have always done a professional and efficient job when I've used them.
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