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Dive Review of Orion in
Maldives/Southern Atolls

Orion, Mar, 2014,

by Jeremy Cohen, IL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 7529.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, California, Pacific NW, Socorro Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Hawaii, Galapagos, Caribbean, Sea of Cortez, Florida, Oman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 83 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes max. Enter w/group, but ok to pair off. Surface when ready. An inflatable sausage - SMB - is mandatory Yours should include a line so it can rereleased prior to surfacing. Nitrox only. 90 meters (ish) max depth. Three minute safety stop. Occasional negative entry necessary.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Battery charging in cabins ok, 220v outlets and a 110v power strip provided, small camera tank on the dhoni - with the growing clutter of small cameras and Go-Pro, c ... 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 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 1 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments The Maldives Southern Atolls in February/March provide heavy current advanced diving. Most dives are channel dives. Hook in at 30 meters and marvel as white tip, grey, and silver tip sharks, even an occasional silky out in the blue, tuna, jacks, and huge schools of fusiliers create a rewarding vista for divers comfortable in current that sometimes topped five knots and flew divers on their reef hook lines like kites in an autumn wind. BCs deflated and hooks pulled, the current flies divers at exciting speeds over fields of coral, then sand, down the channels created by coral slopes on each side. Here we were accompanied by sting rays, eagle rays, an occasional manta, turtles, and curious juvenile white tips. It was common to hear the high pitched chatter and sounding of dolphins. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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