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Dive Review of Manthiri in

Manthiri: "Maldives great for pelagics, fish and reef critters", Apr, 2019,

by Timothy C Barden, MA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 10917 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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 N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments A visit to the Maldives had been on our ‘Bucket List’ for quite some time. The trip did not disappoint overall and was well worth the cost and extended flight to get there. Total travel time through Dubai is about 24 hr, including 7 hr layover in Dubai. Male (Mah-lay) is 9 hr ahead of EST. We spent a couple days in Dubai before flying on. It was a good move. Dubai was interesting and gave us a little extra time to adjust to the time change. The folks who flew straight through to Male were pretty wiped out for the first few diving days.

Our boat, Manthiri, has what appears to be the most common configuration for live-aboards in the Maldives. Eating, sleeping and living are done on the main boat. There is a flat-bottom tender, a dhoni, that tags along for the entire trip and holds all dive gear and, at least in our case, the nitrox generation system which keeps the noise level down in the living area. The dhoni has a fresh water shower, large bins for dive gear and plenty of hanger space for skins and wet suits. It would have been comfortable filled with guests, but was downright spacious for us since this trip was only half full. After each dive briefing aboard the Manthiri, we climbed down into the dhoni for a 5-10 minute trip to the dive site and returned to the main boat after every dive. Maldives diving during this time of the year is in the south. We started in Male, headed south and meandered clockwise dive site to dive site in a rough square before ending up back at Male.

I can’t give enough compliments about the Manthiri itself or the crew and dive staff. The Manthiri is about 20 years old but has been well maintained. It was built locally by the le ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean. Truk, Palau, Yap, Maldives
Closest Airport Male Getting There Through Dubai

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Surface when psi reaches 500
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 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 Large table for cameras on main boat. Drying handled by towels rather than pressure hose. Plenty of ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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