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Sea Spirit SS534
30 Apr 2017 to 7 May 2017
Central Atolls (7 days)
Dive 1
The guests arrived together, which was perfect and after a quick transfer to Sea Spirit we could up anchor and depart Male - Atoll crossing to North Ari. Once the guests had completed their paperwork and all the formalities were out of the way we had our check dive.
Dive 2
Maayafushi - We saw 4 mantas feeding under Sea Spirit, this meant that we could enjoy a 60-minute dive with them.
Day 1
Dive 1
Lots of divers, but sadly no mantas!
Dive 2
Just us and we had 3 mantas cleaning real close to us and making passes over our heads.
Dive 3
WOW what a great dive!! A large manta fly by, as well as white-tips, turtles, a large shoal of yellow spot and blue stripe snappers and so many stunning basslet fish, which made the reef look orange in places.
Day 2
Dive 1
Sadly, the visibility was very poor and a strange current made it a weird dive.
Dive 2
Poor visibility – so we had a short dive and moved on to find better conditions.
Ocean Crossing
A very smooth crossing to Vaavu Atoll.
Night Dive
Soooo many nurse sharks and black-tips buzzing around, plus sting rays, which made it an action-packed dive!!
Day 3
Dive 1
There was a strong in-current, so we hooked-in on the corner and hung on and enjoyed the passing procession of sharks, followed by a super swift drift into the channel.
Dive 2
The current was down, so, we were able to cross the channel and enjoy a wall of grey reef sharks, as well as, 5 eagle rays, tuna and a huge shoal of big eyed jacks.
Dive 3
Small out-current, so we had a very pleasant dive and enjoyed watching an enormous number of reef fish swimming around the coral blocks.
Evening Activity
All of the guests enjoyed a guided tour around the island Guraidhoo.
Day 4
Dive 1
SHARKS and lots of them!!!! Plus 19 EAGLE RAYS all hanging in formation. We also saw a huge shoal of fosters barracuda and big eyed jacks, as well as turtles.
Dive 2
Strong in-current, so we hung on for as long as our computers allowed – during this time we watched sharks and eagle rays and then enjoyed an interesting drift along the ledges and pinnacles.
Dive 3
Something a little different and a dive with very little current, which was a change from the norm. This allowed everyone to enjoy a relaxing photography dive.
Night Dive
I spent the whole dive using my filters, which made the reef look like a scene from the movie ‘Avatar’.
Day 5
Dive 1
The guests enjoyed a gentle drift dive, which allowed them to take plenty of photographs.
Dive 2
WOW, a classic ‘Thila dive’ (underwater island) with stunning overhangs, which were full of amazing soft blue and fan corals all covered in reef fish. Despite the strong current, we all enjoyed the dive.
Dive 3
Fabulous late afternoon dive – we were surrounded by rays (sting and moray) soooo many of both!!!
Day 6
Dive 1
We love this site – fabulous - with so much fish life and a very friendly eagle ray that swam around us 3 times, as well as white-tips and both green and hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
As the guests are not flying home until tomorrow evening, we were able to have another dive.
Evening Activity
The guests spent the afternoon packing and relaxing, taking in the last rays of sunshine.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Early morning transfer.
Day 8
 
Dive 1
The guests arrived together, which was perfect and after a quick transfer to Sea Spirit we could up anchor and depart Male - Atoll crossing to North Ari. Once the guests had completed their paperwork and all the formalities were out of the way we had our check dive.
Dive 2
Maayafushi - We saw 4 mantas feeding under Sea Spirit, this meant that we could enjoy a 60-minute dive with them.
Day 1
Dive 1
Lots of divers, but sadly no mantas!
Dive 2
Just us and we had 3 mantas cleaning real close to us and making passes over our heads.
Dive 3
WOW what a great dive!! A large manta fly by, as well as white-tips, turtles, a large shoal of yellow spot and blue stripe snappers and so many stunning basslet fish, which made the reef look orange in places.
Day 2
Dive 1
Sadly, the visibility was very poor and a strange current made it a weird dive.
Dive 2
Poor visibility – so we had a short dive and moved on to find better conditions.
Ocean Crossing
A very smooth crossing to Vaavu Atoll.
Night Dive
Soooo many nurse sharks and black-tips buzzing around, plus sting rays, which made it an action-packed dive!!
Day 3
Dive 1
There was a strong in-current, so we hooked-in on the corner and hung on and enjoyed the passing procession of sharks, followed by a super swift drift into the channel.
Dive 2
The current was down, so, we were able to cross the channel and enjoy a wall of grey reef sharks, as well as, 5 eagle rays, tuna and a huge shoal of big eyed jacks.
Dive 3
Small out-current, so we had a very pleasant dive and enjoyed watching an enormous number of reef fish swimming around the coral blocks.
Evening Activity
All of the guests enjoyed a guided tour around the island Guraidhoo.
Day 4
Dive 1
SHARKS and lots of them!!!! Plus 19 EAGLE RAYS all hanging in formation. We also saw a huge shoal of fosters barracuda and big eyed jacks, as well as turtles.
Dive 2
Strong in-current, so we hung on for as long as our computers allowed – during this time we watched sharks and eagle rays and then enjoyed an interesting drift along the ledges and pinnacles.
Dive 3
Something a little different and a dive with very little current, which was a change from the norm. This allowed everyone to enjoy a relaxing photography dive.
Night Dive
I spent the whole dive using my filters, which made the reef look like a scene from the movie ‘Avatar’.
Day 5
Dive 1
The guests enjoyed a gentle drift dive, which allowed them to take plenty of photographs.
Dive 2
WOW, a classic ‘Thila dive’ (underwater island) with stunning overhangs, which were full of amazing soft blue and fan corals all covered in reef fish. Despite the strong current, we all enjoyed the dive.
Dive 3
Fabulous late afternoon dive – we were surrounded by rays (sting and moray) soooo many of both!!!
Day 6
Dive 1
We love this site – fabulous - with so much fish life and a very friendly eagle ray that swam around us 3 times, as well as white-tips and both green and hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
As the guests are not flying home until tomorrow evening, we were able to have another dive.
Evening Activity
The guests spent the afternoon packing and relaxing, taking in the last rays of sunshine.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Early morning transfer.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS533
18 Apr 2017 to 30 Apr 2017
Equatorial Far South to Male (12 day)
Guest Transfer
We met the guests from the domestic flight in the afternoon and headed for Sea Spirit. Once everyone was settled onboard, we got on with completing the paperwork and formalities in preparation for the check dive. The check dive was great, a gentle drift dive, where we enjoyed seeing a wall of purple fan corals and countless small reef fish. We also saw a tamja sp nudi (sea slug) and a harlequin grouper, which is rare and normally only seen at 50 metres +.
Day 1
Dive 1
An enjoyable dive, where we saw an eagle ray hunting for food, juvenile white-tips and jus grey reef sharks, an oceanic manta, numerous great barracuda, a huge shoal of big eyed jacks and a feather-tail ray.
Dive 2
Lots to see – a large oceanic manta, 2 large nurse sharks, numerous juvenile grey reef sharks, great barracuda, big eyed jacks, an unknown pink and white chromodoris and a turtle.
Ocean Crossing
A very pleasant crossing from Addu to Foammulah.
Dive 3
WOW – 2 TIGER SHARKS real close, 2 THRESHER SHARKS and an ornate EAGLE RAY!
Evening Activity
We had a nice walk around the harbour and then went to watch some local boat building.
Day 2
Dive 1
We saw a very big, fat pale tiger shark, 2 oceanic manta, as well as hundreds and hundreds of skip jack tuna.
Dive 2
WOW, as soon as we hit the water we saw an oceanic manta, followed by 3 THRESHER SHARKS, a TIGER SHARK and 3 HAMMER-HEADS!!! 1 of the thresher sharks came real close and swam past us, whilst another was being cleaned.
Dive 3
We saw 2 thresher sharks, the first one was up in the shallows and swam really close to us, the other was smaller and being cleaned.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo.
Day 3
Dive 1
We enjoyed a very pleasant channel crossing, where we able to see a great deal of pelagic fish action all the way – hundreds and hundreds of skip-jack tuna, grey reef sharks, an eagle ray and green turtles.
Dive 2
Drift dive – we started on the inside and finished on the corner, where we saw a great deal of small reef fish and good coral coverage.
Dive 3
Fab dive - numerous grey reef sharks on the front of the channel, along with mid-night snappers, hundreds and hundreds of big eyed jacks, a huge shoal of fosters barracuda, 4 ribbon eels, a robust ghost pipe fish, green turtles, a sting ray been cleaned and an eagle ray right at the end of the dive.
Snorkelling
How exciting - a lovely 7m whale shark turned up quite late, but it was well worth the wait, as 3 of us enjoyed a great night snorkel.
Day 4
Dive 1
Lots to see – a jenkins ray, several eagle rays, grey reef sharks and white-tips, so many green turtles, a robust ghost pipe fish, some black-tip reef sharks, a bump-head parrot fish AND WOW….. once we reached the corner we were surrounded by zillions of yellow-back fusiliers!!!!
Dive 2
Last dive for us (Dave and Lisa) this season in the ‘Far South. We are going to miss the channels and Foammulah, but what a dive to leave on – we saw grey reef sharks all across the front, with some coming in real close. It was fabulous to watch, but sad to leave.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth ocean crossing (68 miles) from Huvadhoo to Laamu, so plenty of time to relax.
Day 5
Dive 1
1 very pale manta stayed with us for a short while, along with a very nosy green turtle, 6 eagle rays, as well as numerous pompanos and big eyed jacks.
Dive 2
Lots to see – 2 mantas, 3 jenkins rays, eagle rays, jus grey reef sharks and white-tips, a huge shoal of rainbow runners, hundreds of black jacks and 10 Napoleons together.
Dive 3
What an amazing amount of pelagic fish on the corner, it was truly amazing!
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a walk around the local island before sunset.
Day 6
Dive 1
TOTALLY MIND BLOWING – SUPER TOP DIVE!! – a new dive site for us – we enjoyed wall to wall big eyed jacks and hundreds of bonefish for the whole of this drift dive, I’ve never seen sooooo many. The ledges and over hangs were covered in a soft golden coloured coral and huge purple barrel sponges, whilst the reef top was covered in lovely healthy hard coral.
Dive 2
A great dive - grey sharks coming in to clean, a couple of white-tips (some quite large), an eagle ray, a pair of robust ghost pipe fish, a very friendly green turtle and lots of batfish.
Dive 3
Another new site for us - channel crossing with very interesting ledges full of life, however we could have done with a little more current!
Day 7
Dive 1
MANTASTIC!!!! Mantas from start to finish, plus eagle rays.
Dive 2
What a lovely dive – we saw a large shoal of blue fin trevally and rainbow runners, as well as big eyed jacks, a couple of white-tips, stunning pinnacles covered in soft orange coral and so many reef fish, hawksbill and green turtles, a large shoal of hump-head snappers and to finish sweet-lips on the reef top.
Dive 3
1 manta and 2 jenkins rays, a jus pebble flounder, white- tips, a huge spearing mantis shrimp, some beautiful colonial anemones full of fish, and a dracula goby and partner shrimp.
Evening Activity
A stunning sunset over the sand bank.
Day 8
Dive 1
2 mantas, 5 feather-tails rays (1 large female being closely followed by 4 males), hundreds of fosters barracuda and stunning soft blue coral under all the overhangs.
Dive 2
WOW!!!! A huge Queensland grouper, hundreds and hundreds big eyed jacks, napoleons and layer after layer of overhangs full of stunning soft blue coral and sea fans.
Dive 3
FANTASTIC SHARK ACTION - some being very large females along the front of the channel along with eagle rays, dog tooth tuna, giant trevally, hundreds of big eyed jacks and honey-comb morays. We also saw a pair of male octopus having a right good fight. It’s the first time that I have ever seen octopus chasing each other around!
Night Dive
WOW!!! So many nurse sharks all around us, as well as black-tip reef sharks buzzing around in the shallows. We also saw quite a few sting rays and giant trevally, a very small banded snake eel and a little moray.
Day 9
Dive 1
A lovely dive – so many ribbon eels, both yellow/blue and yellow/black, a pair of leaf fish, numerous lionfish, pompanos, 8 mobula ray, who came really close, as well as so many different types of cleaner shrimps and 5 spearing mantis shrimps.
Dive 2
WOW - there most have been over a hundred grey reef sharks swimming down the side of a huge shoal of surges fish and big eyed jacks. 2 of the females were huge and kept swimming around us, whilst we hung out in the current. We also saw green turtles and a vast amount of reef fish.
Dive 3
My, what a current!!! We got swept along the reef with no chance to stop.
Day 10
Dive 1
6 eagle rays, 2 huge mobula ray and lots of grey reef sharks, who didn’t really seem to mind us, as well as hundreds of fosters barracuda and big eyed jacks, sweet-lips, red-tail butter-fly fish and hawksbill and green turtles.
Dive 2
Everyone was more than happy to watch the sharks again and what a show they put on for us. Some even came in to be cleaned right in front of us, what an action-packed dive!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing from South Male to North Male.
Dive 3
FANTASTIC DIVE - with a huge amount of banner fish all around us. So many morays, all different types, all sharing holes. We also saw a couple of snow-flake morays having a fight, a vast amount of sting rays (they just kept on coming), fosters barracuda and a huge napoleon, who came to check us out. This is such a fabulous site, with so much going on and a big hit with those who are keen photographers.
Evening Activity
Spectacular Sunset.
Day 11
What a stunning sunrise over the local island - Himmafushi.
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip. Lankan was fabulous, we've never seen so many black-tips sharks together, as well as some jenkins ray, white-tips, a couple of hawksbill turtles, a small green turtle and a free-way of fusiliers.
Day 12
 
Guest Transfer
We met the guests from the domestic flight in the afternoon and headed for Sea Spirit. Once everyone was settled onboard, we got on with completing the paperwork and formalities in preparation for the check dive. The check dive was great, a gentle drift dive, where we enjoyed seeing a wall of purple fan corals and countless small reef fish. We also saw a tamja sp nudi (sea slug) and a harlequin grouper, which is rare and normally only seen at 50 metres +.
Day 1
Dive 1
An enjoyable dive, where we saw an eagle ray hunting for food, juvenile white-tips and jus grey reef sharks, an oceanic manta, numerous great barracuda, a huge shoal of big eyed jacks and a feather-tail ray.
Dive 2
Lots to see – a large oceanic manta, 2 large nurse sharks, numerous juvenile grey reef sharks, great barracuda, big eyed jacks, an unknown pink and white chromodoris and a turtle.
Ocean Crossing
A very pleasant crossing from Addu to Foammulah.
Dive 3
WOW – 2 TIGER SHARKS real close, 2 THRESHER SHARKS and an ornate EAGLE RAY!
Evening Activity
We had a nice walk around the harbour and then went to watch some local boat building.
Day 2
Dive 1
We saw a very big, fat pale tiger shark, 2 oceanic manta, as well as hundreds and hundreds of skip jack tuna.
Dive 2
WOW, as soon as we hit the water we saw an oceanic manta, followed by 3 THRESHER SHARKS, a TIGER SHARK and 3 HAMMER-HEADS!!! 1 of the thresher sharks came real close and swam past us, whilst another was being cleaned.
Dive 3
We saw 2 thresher sharks, the first one was up in the shallows and swam really close to us, the other was smaller and being cleaned.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo.
Day 3
Dive 1
We enjoyed a very pleasant channel crossing, where we able to see a great deal of pelagic fish action all the way – hundreds and hundreds of skip-jack tuna, grey reef sharks, an eagle ray and green turtles.
Dive 2
Drift dive – we started on the inside and finished on the corner, where we saw a great deal of small reef fish and good coral coverage.
Dive 3
Fab dive - numerous grey reef sharks on the front of the channel, along with mid-night snappers, hundreds and hundreds of big eyed jacks, a huge shoal of fosters barracuda, 4 ribbon eels, a robust ghost pipe fish, green turtles, a sting ray been cleaned and an eagle ray right at the end of the dive.
Snorkelling
How exciting - a lovely 7m whale shark turned up quite late, but it was well worth the wait, as 3 of us enjoyed a great night snorkel.
Day 4
Dive 1
Lots to see – a jenkins ray, several eagle rays, grey reef sharks and white-tips, so many green turtles, a robust ghost pipe fish, some black-tip reef sharks, a bump-head parrot fish AND WOW….. once we reached the corner we were surrounded by zillions of yellow-back fusiliers!!!!
Dive 2
Last dive for us (Dave and Lisa) this season in the ‘Far South. We are going to miss the channels and Foammulah, but what a dive to leave on – we saw grey reef sharks all across the front, with some coming in real close. It was fabulous to watch, but sad to leave.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth ocean crossing (68 miles) from Huvadhoo to Laamu, so plenty of time to relax.
Day 5
Dive 1
1 very pale manta stayed with us for a short while, along with a very nosy green turtle, 6 eagle rays, as well as numerous pompanos and big eyed jacks.
Dive 2
Lots to see – 2 mantas, 3 jenkins rays, eagle rays, jus grey reef sharks and white-tips, a huge shoal of rainbow runners, hundreds of black jacks and 10 Napoleons together.
Dive 3
What an amazing amount of pelagic fish on the corner, it was truly amazing!
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a walk around the local island before sunset.
Day 6
Dive 1
TOTALLY MIND BLOWING – SUPER TOP DIVE!! – a new dive site for us – we enjoyed wall to wall big eyed jacks and hundreds of bonefish for the whole of this drift dive, I’ve never seen sooooo many. The ledges and over hangs were covered in a soft golden coloured coral and huge purple barrel sponges, whilst the reef top was covered in lovely healthy hard coral.
Dive 2
A great dive - grey sharks coming in to clean, a couple of white-tips (some quite large), an eagle ray, a pair of robust ghost pipe fish, a very friendly green turtle and lots of batfish.
Dive 3
Another new site for us - channel crossing with very interesting ledges full of life, however we could have done with a little more current!
Day 7
Dive 1
MANTASTIC!!!! Mantas from start to finish, plus eagle rays.
Dive 2
What a lovely dive – we saw a large shoal of blue fin trevally and rainbow runners, as well as big eyed jacks, a couple of white-tips, stunning pinnacles covered in soft orange coral and so many reef fish, hawksbill and green turtles, a large shoal of hump-head snappers and to finish sweet-lips on the reef top.
Dive 3
1 manta and 2 jenkins rays, a jus pebble flounder, white- tips, a huge spearing mantis shrimp, some beautiful colonial anemones full of fish, and a dracula goby and partner shrimp.
Evening Activity
A stunning sunset over the sand bank.
Day 8
Dive 1
2 mantas, 5 feather-tails rays (1 large female being closely followed by 4 males), hundreds of fosters barracuda and stunning soft blue coral under all the overhangs.
Dive 2
WOW!!!! A huge Queensland grouper, hundreds and hundreds big eyed jacks, napoleons and layer after layer of overhangs full of stunning soft blue coral and sea fans.
Dive 3
FANTASTIC SHARK ACTION - some being very large females along the front of the channel along with eagle rays, dog tooth tuna, giant trevally, hundreds of big eyed jacks and honey-comb morays. We also saw a pair of male octopus having a right good fight. It’s the first time that I have ever seen octopus chasing each other around!
Night Dive
WOW!!! So many nurse sharks all around us, as well as black-tip reef sharks buzzing around in the shallows. We also saw quite a few sting rays and giant trevally, a very small banded snake eel and a little moray.
Day 9
Dive 1
A lovely dive – so many ribbon eels, both yellow/blue and yellow/black, a pair of leaf fish, numerous lionfish, pompanos, 8 mobula ray, who came really close, as well as so many different types of cleaner shrimps and 5 spearing mantis shrimps.
Dive 2
WOW - there most have been over a hundred grey reef sharks swimming down the side of a huge shoal of surges fish and big eyed jacks. 2 of the females were huge and kept swimming around us, whilst we hung out in the current. We also saw green turtles and a vast amount of reef fish.
Dive 3
My, what a current!!! We got swept along the reef with no chance to stop.
Day 10
Dive 1
6 eagle rays, 2 huge mobula ray and lots of grey reef sharks, who didn’t really seem to mind us, as well as hundreds of fosters barracuda and big eyed jacks, sweet-lips, red-tail butter-fly fish and hawksbill and green turtles.
Dive 2
Everyone was more than happy to watch the sharks again and what a show they put on for us. Some even came in to be cleaned right in front of us, what an action-packed dive!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing from South Male to North Male.
Dive 3
FANTASTIC DIVE - with a huge amount of banner fish all around us. So many morays, all different types, all sharing holes. We also saw a couple of snow-flake morays having a fight, a vast amount of sting rays (they just kept on coming), fosters barracuda and a huge napoleon, who came to check us out. This is such a fabulous site, with so much going on and a big hit with those who are keen photographers.
Evening Activity
Spectacular Sunset.
Day 11
What a stunning sunrise over the local island - Himmafushi.
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip. Lankan was fabulous, we've never seen so many black-tips sharks together, as well as some jenkins ray, white-tips, a couple of hawksbill turtles, a small green turtle and a free-way of fusiliers.
Day 12
Sea Spirit SS532
28 Mar 2017 to 17 Apr 2017
21 Day Ultimate Expedition - Hanimaadhoo - Gan (21 day)
Dive 1
All of the guests arrived on the domestic flight in the afternoon and took the short transfer to the boat. This was great, as we had time to set up the dive gear, do all the safety checks and complete paperwork in preparation for the diving tomorrow.
Day 1
Dive 1
Perfect check out dive, starting in the shallows and enjoying the wreck, which was full of reef fish, a couple of eagle rays, several groupers and napoleons. We finished with a gentle drift along the reef.
Dive 2
Several huge marble rays swan right up to us!! We also saw white-tips and masses of snappers, which were hanging around the blocks.
Dive 3
WOW - the grey sharks on this site were really quite big and fat!! We also enjoyed watching eagle ray and marble ray been cleaned, as well as hundreds of big eyed jacks, bat fish and ambajacks charging around all over the reef.
Day 2
Dive 1
The grey sharks allowed us to hang out with them again, which was great! We also saw large shoals of blue-stripe snappers, numerous eagle rays, 3 threadfin jacks, hundreds of big eyed jacks and some crazy, funny batfish!!
Dive 2
MANTASTIC!! 10 mantas swimming and cleaning together, some even came real close, swimming right over our heads.
Dive 3
What a lovely dive - stunning soft coral all along the overhangs and even covering the deep pinnacles - the amount of fish swimming out in the current was amazing AND whilst we were doing our safety stops 2 bottle-nosed dolphins swam over to say hello, which was great.
Day 3
Dive 1
AMAZING DIVE - 2 giant shovelnose guitar sharks, feather tail ray, swirling ambajacks, Indian snappers and blue stripe snappers, plus a couple of whitetips!!.
Dive 2
2 leopard sharks, a giant guitar shark, numerous eagle rays and marble rays, a huge shoal of batfish, as well as fosters barracuda, ambajacks and a strange yellow anemone.
Dive 3
WOW – we came across a large nurse shark who was resting under the overhang. Later in the dive we saw a silver-tip shark hanging out with some grey reef sharks along with a couple of white-tips, a guitar shark, rainbow runners and big eyed jacks.
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a lovely walk around the island of Mooroshi. It’s such a pretty island and the locals were very friendly.
Day 4
Dive 1
A large guitar shark swam past us a few times, which was exciting. We also saw a couple of grey reef sharks, a sting ray being cleaned, some very friendly eagle rays, a pink frogfish, batfish and some barracuda.
Dive 2
This site is truly stunning - a very interesting pinnacle and overhangs full of amazing soft yellow coral. We saw a nurse shark, grey reef sharks, napoleons, big eyed jacks and a turtle.
Dive 3
We thought that we’d try a new site, but the current made it a really hard dive - it was wanting to push us off the reef. A real shame!
Evening Activity
A couple of the guests went on an island tour.
Day 5
Dive 1
FAB DIVE - with mantas from start to finish, all along the reef.
Snorkelling
Super fun snorkel - with an abundance of mantas feeding - they allowed us to get right up close and kept passing underneath us. WOW – all of this and we’ve not even had breakfast yet!
Dive 2
Everyone was more than happy to go back to have some more manta fun.
Dive 3
This has to be one of those sites that has everything – a healthy reef full of fish, coral and interesting pinnacles, fabulous visibility and very little current.
Day 6
Dive 1
NEW SITE FOR US – a little eagle ray hung out with us and 2 mantas came in for a clean right at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Stunning bright pink hard coral, a couple of grey reef sharks, 6 eagle rays, a marble ray, a feather-tail ray and hundreds of pyramid butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
We were hoping to find the guitar shark again, but no luck! However, we did see a marble ray been cleaned, a friendly hawksbill and a large shoal of blue-powder surgeon fish on the reef top.
Ocean Crossing
A very calm night crossing from Baa to North Ari (9 hours)
Day 7
Dive 1
SPECTACULAR DIVE - a couple of grey reef sharks came sooooo close, as well as numerous tuna, which were charging the fusiliers. We also saw a little eagle ray, batfish, large shoals of blue-stripe snappers and big eyed jacks, a pair of octopus, a very active Chromodoris Glenei (sea slug), a very busy peacock mantis shrimp cleaning his home, a number of juvenile grey reef sharks on the top of the thila and some very small white-tips resting under the table corals!!
Dive 2
Grey reef sharks all along the ridge for the whole dive.
Dive 3
Grey reef sharks, silver-tips and white-tips, as well as a hawksbill, 2 pairs of octopus, hundreds of banner fish, fosters barracuda, ambajacks and black coral covered in glass fish.
Night Dive
A sting ray followed us for most of the dive and there were a couple of white-tips out on the hunt being closely followed by giant trevally. We also saw a hawksbill swimming around, an octopus, the smallest mini squid we’ve ever seen, a cowrie shell moving around, a martin seven gilled sea slug, a groovy little banded shrimp and morays.
Dive 5
We enjoyed a cheeky dive under the Sea Spirit, where 7 mantas were feeding. It was fantastic to watch and to have them come within centimetres of us!!!
Day 8
Dive 1
Fish soup along with a couple of hawksbill turtles and a large guitar shark.
Dive 2
2 Mantas, but lots of divers.
Dive 3
2 mantas, 2 leopard sharks, a large grey reef shark, napoleons, midnight snappers and an octopus.
Day 9
Dive 1
WOW – a lovely dive – where we saw a large female manta, a pair of dolphins, some large napoleons, a strange nudi (sea slug), a huge shoal of blue-stripe snappers, a free way of fusiliers, a grey reef shark, numerous white-tips and coral blocks covered in glass fish.
Snorkelling
A couple of guests went for a quick snorkel with a small whale shark before breakfast!!
Dive 2
A large leopard shark, a grey reef shark, a hawksbill, a very active sea hare, a free-way of fusiliers AND a large WHALE SHARK at the end of the dive!
Dive 3
A very pretty thila dive, great for a keen photographer. The whole site was covered with coral and full of fish.
Ocean Crossing
We enjoyed a late lunch and ocean crossing to Meemu (6½ hours)
Day 10
Dive 1
Strong current – however, we still had plenty of ‘big fish action’ with hundreds and hundreds of big eyed jacks and fosters barracuda, a couple of grey sharks and a very friendly small eagle ray.
Dive 2
GREAT DIVE - lots of grey reef sharks and white-tips, a huge shoal of hump-head snappers and sweet-lips, red snappers and mid-night snappers hanging in the current, hawksbill and green turtles, rainbow runners and a little peacock mantis shrimp swimming around.
Dive 3
SOOOOO many grey sharks all along the ridge, as well as dog tooth tuna and big eyed jacks.
Evening Activity
Chris and Stu went for a walk around the local island.
Day 11
Dive 1
MANTASTIC - for the whole dive with 5 cleaning together, plus eagle rays and a pair of robust pipe fish.
Dive 2
We experienced a strange current, which kept changing diffraction at different depths, however, despite this we enjoyed exploring the reef, which was healthy with interesting overhangs and ledges.
Dive 3
A very relaxing channel crossing with plenty of both pelagic life and reef fish. 5 eagle rays, grey reef sharks and white-tips, robust pipe fish, bump-head parrot fish, a large shoal of thread-fin butter-fly fish and hundreds of sergeant majors.
Day 12
Dive 1
2 hammer-heads, a large mobula ray, grey reef sharks, wahoo and common dolphins through-out the whole dive, it was AMAZING!
Dive 2
The reef here is in really good condition with plenty of reef fish, but the best thing was that we found a very old, but large wreck with a huge anchor in the shallows. Not sure of the name of the wreck, so will have to investigate further.
Dive 3
We absolutely love this site – there’s always tons to see……. 4 eagle rays, jut grey reef sharks, chevron barracuda, big eyed jacks, wave after wave of fusiliers, a pair of porcelain crabs, octopus, a large peddle flounder , a shoal of zebra dart goby and numerous whip tail sting ray.
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a walk around the lovely island of Maabidhoo.
Day 13
Day 14
Dive 1
WOW!!!! It was like ‘wall paper effect’ of GREY SHARKS!!! There was just sooo many (we are talking hundreds), plus eagle rays, green turtles, nurse sharks, black-tip sharks, 5 ribbon eels, a pair of robust pipe fish and great barracuda.
Dive 2
Porcupine ray, green turtles, a pair of robust pipe fish, white-tips and huge shoals of blue-stripe snappers and yellow goat fish on the corner, along with a very friendly hawksbill.
Dive 3
It was very exciting having the GREY SHARKS come buzzing us from the depths and spilling right over the atoll front and coming charging along the channel floor right below us, whilst we were doing our safety stops. We also saw eagle rays, 6 robust pipe fish, ribbon eels, hundreds of big eyed jacks and fosters barracuda.
Day 15
Dive 1
Plenty of GREY SHARKS all along the front of the channel, mobula ray, robust pipe fish, ribbon eels, bump-head parrot fish, WHITE-TIPS and BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS.
Dive 2
How many green turtles can one see on a dive (one after another), as well as white-tips and eagle rays and all in a super swift current inside the channel.
Dive 3
A lovely blue water dive to get everyone comfortable with hanging out in the blue, before we headed off to Foammulah. We had some super huge dog-tooth tuna come check us out!
Day 16
Dive 1
Another blue water dive to see what we could bump in to. We had 4 silky sharks come follow us for a while, one of them charged right through a huge shoal of skip-jack tuna.
Dive 2
GREY SHARKS all along the front, sting ray cleaning, eagle ray, black ribbon eels, a huge napoleon, hundreds of big eyed jacks plus a number of green turtles.
Ocean Crossing
Long Ocean crossing from Huvadhoo to Foammulah (7½ hours)
Day 17
Dive 1
FABULOUS dive with 4 TIGER SHARKS and 1 OCEANIC MANTA!
Dive 2
2 tiger sharks, 1 came back and swam real close to us! We also saw a huge oceanic manta at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
2 oceanic mantas, 1 completely black AND right at the end of the dive, whilst we were doing our stops a huge shoal of crazy batfish appeared, some coming right up to the ladder.
Evening Activity
Island walk.
Day 18
Dive 1
WOW - what a dive!!! We saw a number of purple sponges spawning, as well as hundreds upon hundreds of big eyed jacks and 5 oceanic mantas, who came to check us out and stayed with us whilst we were doing our stops.
Dive 2
MANTASTIC! Oceanic mantas from start to finish – the best way to end the most amazing trip.
Daytime Excursion
After lunch, some of the guests went for a walk around Gan, stopping off at the resort for a nice cool beer. After which, we headed back to the boat, so that everyone could finish their packing and enjoy the last of the sun.
Day 20
Guest Transfer
The guests enjoyed a late breakfast before being transferred to the airport for their domestic flight back to Male and onward international flight.
Day 21
 
Dive 1
All of the guests arrived on the domestic flight in the afternoon and took the short transfer to the boat. This was great, as we had time to set up the dive gear, do all the safety checks and complete paperwork in preparation for the diving tomorrow.
Day 1
Dive 1
Perfect check out dive, starting in the shallows and enjoying the wreck, which was full of reef fish, a couple of eagle rays, several groupers and napoleons. We finished with a gentle drift along the reef.
Dive 2
Several huge marble rays swan right up to us!! We also saw white-tips and masses of snappers, which were hanging around the blocks.
Dive 3
WOW - the grey sharks on this site were really quite big and fat!! We also enjoyed watching eagle ray and marble ray been cleaned, as well as hundreds of big eyed jacks, bat fish and ambajacks charging around all over the reef.
Day 2
Dive 1
The grey sharks allowed us to hang out with them again, which was great! We also saw large shoals of blue-stripe snappers, numerous eagle rays, 3 threadfin jacks, hundreds of big eyed jacks and some crazy, funny batfish!!
Dive 2
MANTASTIC!! 10 mantas swimming and cleaning together, some even came real close, swimming right over our heads.
Dive 3
What a lovely dive - stunning soft coral all along the overhangs and even covering the deep pinnacles - the amount of fish swimming out in the current was amazing AND whilst we were doing our safety stops 2 bottle-nosed dolphins swam over to say hello, which was great.
Day 3
Dive 1
AMAZING DIVE - 2 giant shovelnose guitar sharks, feather tail ray, swirling ambajacks, Indian snappers and blue stripe snappers, plus a couple of whitetips!!.
Dive 2
2 leopard sharks, a giant guitar shark, numerous eagle rays and marble rays, a huge shoal of batfish, as well as fosters barracuda, ambajacks and a strange yellow anemone.
Dive 3
WOW – we came across a large nurse shark who was resting under the overhang. Later in the dive we saw a silver-tip shark hanging out with some grey reef sharks along with a couple of white-tips, a guitar shark, rainbow runners and big eyed jacks.
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a lovely walk around the island of Mooroshi. It’s such a pretty island and the locals were very friendly.
Day 4
Dive 1
A large guitar shark swam past us a few times, which was exciting. We also saw a couple of grey reef sharks, a sting ray being cleaned, some very friendly eagle rays, a pink frogfish, batfish and some barracuda.
Dive 2
This site is truly stunning - a very interesting pinnacle and overhangs full of amazing soft yellow coral. We saw a nurse shark, grey reef sharks, napoleons, big eyed jacks and a turtle.
Dive 3
We thought that we’d try a new site, but the current made it a really hard dive - it was wanting to push us off the reef. A real shame!
Evening Activity
A couple of the guests went on an island tour.
Day 5
Dive 1
FAB DIVE - with mantas from start to finish, all along the reef.
Snorkelling
Super fun snorkel - with an abundance of mantas feeding - they allowed us to get right up close and kept passing underneath us. WOW – all of this and we’ve not even had breakfast yet!
Dive 2
Everyone was more than happy to go back to have some more manta fun.
Dive 3
This has to be one of those sites that has everything – a healthy reef full of fish, coral and interesting pinnacles, fabulous visibility and very little current.
Day 6
Dive 1
NEW SITE FOR US – a little eagle ray hung out with us and 2 mantas came in for a clean right at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Stunning bright pink hard coral, a couple of grey reef sharks, 6 eagle rays, a marble ray, a feather-tail ray and hundreds of pyramid butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
We were hoping to find the guitar shark again, but no luck! However, we did see a marble ray been cleaned, a friendly hawksbill and a large shoal of blue-powder surgeon fish on the reef top.
Ocean Crossing
A very calm night crossing from Baa to North Ari (9 hours)
Day 7
Dive 1
SPECTACULAR DIVE - a couple of grey reef sharks came sooooo close, as well as numerous tuna, which were charging the fusiliers. We also saw a little eagle ray, batfish, large shoals of blue-stripe snappers and big eyed jacks, a pair of octopus, a very active Chromodoris Glenei (sea slug), a very busy peacock mantis shrimp cleaning his home, a number of juvenile grey reef sharks on the top of the thila and some very small white-tips resting under the table corals!!
Dive 2
Grey reef sharks all along the ridge for the whole dive.
Dive 3
Grey reef sharks, silver-tips and white-tips, as well as a hawksbill, 2 pairs of octopus, hundreds of banner fish, fosters barracuda, ambajacks and black coral covered in glass fish.
Night Dive
A sting ray followed us for most of the dive and there were a couple of white-tips out on the hunt being closely followed by giant trevally. We also saw a hawksbill swimming around, an octopus, the smallest mini squid we’ve ever seen, a cowrie shell moving around, a martin seven gilled sea slug, a groovy little banded shrimp and morays.
Dive 5
We enjoyed a cheeky dive under the Sea Spirit, where 7 mantas were feeding. It was fantastic to watch and to have them come within centimetres of us!!!
Day 8
Dive 1
Fish soup along with a couple of hawksbill turtles and a large guitar shark.
Dive 2
2 Mantas, but lots of divers.
Dive 3
2 mantas, 2 leopard sharks, a large grey reef shark, napoleons, midnight snappers and an octopus.
Day 9
Dive 1
WOW – a lovely dive – where we saw a large female manta, a pair of dolphins, some large napoleons, a strange nudi (sea slug), a huge shoal of blue-stripe snappers, a free way of fusiliers, a grey reef shark, numerous white-tips and coral blocks covered in glass fish.
Snorkelling
A couple of guests went for a quick snorkel with a small whale shark before breakfast!!
Dive 2
A large leopard shark, a grey reef shark, a hawksbill, a very active sea hare, a free-way of fusiliers AND a large WHALE SHARK at the end of the dive!
Dive 3
A very pretty thila dive, great for a keen photographer. The whole site was covered with coral and full of fish.
Ocean Crossing
We enjoyed a late lunch and ocean crossing to Meemu (6½ hours)
Day 10
Dive 1
Strong current – however, we still had plenty of ‘big fish action’ with hundreds and hundreds of big eyed jacks and fosters barracuda, a couple of grey sharks and a very friendly small eagle ray.
Dive 2
GREAT DIVE - lots of grey reef sharks and white-tips, a huge shoal of hump-head snappers and sweet-lips, red snappers and mid-night snappers hanging in the current, hawksbill and green turtles, rainbow runners and a little peacock mantis shrimp swimming around.
Dive 3
SOOOOO many grey sharks all along the ridge, as well as dog tooth tuna and big eyed jacks.
Evening Activity
Chris and Stu went for a walk around the local island.
Day 11
Dive 1
MANTASTIC - for the whole dive with 5 cleaning together, plus eagle rays and a pair of robust pipe fish.
Dive 2
We experienced a strange current, which kept changing diffraction at different depths, however, despite this we enjoyed exploring the reef, which was healthy with interesting overhangs and ledges.
Dive 3
A very relaxing channel crossing with plenty of both pelagic life and reef fish. 5 eagle rays, grey reef sharks and white-tips, robust pipe fish, bump-head parrot fish, a large shoal of thread-fin butter-fly fish and hundreds of sergeant majors.
Day 12
Dive 1
2 hammer-heads, a large mobula ray, grey reef sharks, wahoo and common dolphins through-out the whole dive, it was AMAZING!
Dive 2
The reef here is in really good condition with plenty of reef fish, but the best thing was that we found a very old, but large wreck with a huge anchor in the shallows. Not sure of the name of the wreck, so will have to investigate further.
Dive 3
We absolutely love this site – there’s always tons to see……. 4 eagle rays, jut grey reef sharks, chevron barracuda, big eyed jacks, wave after wave of fusiliers, a pair of porcelain crabs, octopus, a large peddle flounder , a shoal of zebra dart goby and numerous whip tail sting ray.
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a walk around the lovely island of Maabidhoo.
Day 13
Day 14
Dive 1
WOW!!!! It was like ‘wall paper effect’ of GREY SHARKS!!! There was just sooo many (we are talking hundreds), plus eagle rays, green turtles, nurse sharks, black-tip sharks, 5 ribbon eels, a pair of robust pipe fish and great barracuda.
Dive 2
Porcupine ray, green turtles, a pair of robust pipe fish, white-tips and huge shoals of blue-stripe snappers and yellow goat fish on the corner, along with a very friendly hawksbill.
Dive 3
It was very exciting having the GREY SHARKS come buzzing us from the depths and spilling right over the atoll front and coming charging along the channel floor right below us, whilst we were doing our safety stops. We also saw eagle rays, 6 robust pipe fish, ribbon eels, hundreds of big eyed jacks and fosters barracuda.
Day 15
Dive 1
Plenty of GREY SHARKS all along the front of the channel, mobula ray, robust pipe fish, ribbon eels, bump-head parrot fish, WHITE-TIPS and BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS.
Dive 2
How many green turtles can one see on a dive (one after another), as well as white-tips and eagle rays and all in a super swift current inside the channel.
Dive 3
A lovely blue water dive to get everyone comfortable with hanging out in the blue, before we headed off to Foammulah. We had some super huge dog-tooth tuna come check us out!
Day 16
Dive 1
Another blue water dive to see what we could bump in to. We had 4 silky sharks come follow us for a while, one of them charged right through a huge shoal of skip-jack tuna.
Dive 2
GREY SHARKS all along the front, sting ray cleaning, eagle ray, black ribbon eels, a huge napoleon, hundreds of big eyed jacks plus a number of green turtles.
Ocean Crossing
Long Ocean crossing from Huvadhoo to Foammulah (7½ hours)
Day 17
Dive 1
FABULOUS dive with 4 TIGER SHARKS and 1 OCEANIC MANTA!
Dive 2
2 tiger sharks, 1 came back and swam real close to us! We also saw a huge oceanic manta at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
2 oceanic mantas, 1 completely black AND right at the end of the dive, whilst we were doing our stops a huge shoal of crazy batfish appeared, some coming right up to the ladder.
Evening Activity
Island walk.
Day 18
Dive 1
WOW - what a dive!!! We saw a number of purple sponges spawning, as well as hundreds upon hundreds of big eyed jacks and 5 oceanic mantas, who came to check us out and stayed with us whilst we were doing our stops.
Dive 2
MANTASTIC! Oceanic mantas from start to finish – the best way to end the most amazing trip.
Daytime Excursion
After lunch, some of the guests went for a walk around Gan, stopping off at the resort for a nice cool beer. After which, we headed back to the boat, so that everyone could finish their packing and enjoy the last of the sun.
Day 20
Guest Transfer
The guests enjoyed a late breakfast before being transferred to the airport for their domestic flight back to Male and onward international flight.
Day 21
Sea Spirit SS530
19 Mar 2017 to 26 Mar 2017
Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
All the guests arrived early, so were aboard Sea Spirit by 11am. Paper work completed and dive equipment checked and prepared ready for the check-out dive after lunch.
Dive 1
We had a relaxing first dive with very little current and great vis – saw white-tips, sting rays, turtles, bat fish, octopus, white mouth moray, some lovely bright orange anemones plus we had a brief fly by from a small manta.
Day 1
Dive 1
A lovely gentle drift along a reef, which was full of reef fish & marine life AND a couple of eagle rays came to say hello.
Dive 2
What a stunning dive - so much life all over the ridge, with the bonus of 10 eagle rays, which swam past us 3 times, PLUS we saw a couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
GREAT DIVE - silver-tips, jus grey reef sharks, white-tips, fosters barracuda, hundreds of banner fish, 6 squid in formation, octopus and some lovely black coral covered in a layer of glass fish.
Night Dive
3 sting rays kept us entertained during our dive. Once we were all back onboard, we watched a manta feed from the back of the boat.
Day 2
Dive 1
We had the best of the dive, once it was just us (myself, Dave and our guests) in the water. We saw a large female manta and 3 smaller males.
Dive 2
MANTA TAS TIC!! – we saw a large female at the start, closely followed by 3 males. She kept swimming right over our heads, so everyone had some really close passes. This was followed by an explosion of mantas. At one point, there were 8 over the cleaning station.
Dive 3
WOW – A free-way of fusiliers for the whole dive, as well as a huge shoal of yellow spot snappers and blue stripe snappers, together with peacock mantis shrimps, napoleons, a very friendly hawksbill, white-tips, jus grey reef sharks and an eagle ray.
Evening Activity
What a beautiful evening, the sky looked like it was on fire.
Day 3
Dive 1
I really enjoyed this dive - a nice current with great vis! Wow the largest whip-tail ray I've ever seen here in the Maldives. I also found a strange nudi, which looked almost like a flatworm.
Dive 2
So many WHITE-TIPS!!! Some even allowed us to creep along the sand right up to them! We also saw a feather-tail ray and a lovely female leopard shark.
Dive 3
A pleasant little afternoon dive on a site that we haven’t dived on for many years - we saw a couple of hawksbills, numerous peacock mantis shrimps, a long-nose hawk fish, lots of lovely anemones and a huge shoal of banner fish.
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a lovely sunset walk around the local island - Dhangethi.
Day 4
Dive 1
The soft coral on this site was amazing, all the overhangs and pinnacles were completely covered, plus layers upon layers of fan corals. We saw a massive barracuda been cleaned, white-tips and grey reef sharks, a marble ray without a tail and hundreds of pyramid butter-fly fish.
Dive 2
CRITTER HEAVEN - so many ribbon eels, (yellow and blue and black and yellow), spearing mantis, numerous types of cleaner shrimps, morays, lion fish and a strange nudi about 1cm in length.
Dive 3
A swift drift dive along interesting overhangs and pinnacles, where we saw a couple of eagle rays, grey reef sharks, white-tips, a giant trevally charging around, octopus, a very funny hawksbill and a couple of pairs of anemones guarding their eggs.
Evening Activity
A couple of the guests went for a tour of the local island – Guraidhoo, while the rest stayed on board and enjoyed relaxing whilst watching the sun set.
Day 5
Dive 1
A lovely dive, but so many divers!!! We stayed on the current point watching all the action, whilst the other divers went swimming past. Some eagle rays came and hung out with us and a grey reef shark seemed to enjoy our company too.
Dive 2
WOW, what a current!!! It was a case of get down, hang on and the enjoy a swift drift along the side of the thila (reef wall).
Dive 3
WOW, soooo many types of morays, with some sharing holes. We also saw numerous sting rays swimming around and a lovely bug shoal of banner fish.
Night Dive
It was nice having a guitar shark swim past and check us out, together with numerous jug pebble founders, jus sweet-lips and a small pure white octopus. We also enjoyed seeing morays and sting rays swimming around for the whole dive.
Day 6
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip – We enjoyed seeing eagle rays throughout the dive, as well as turtles, white-tips, a couple of black tip sharks, honey comb morays, a free way of fusiliers and tuna.
Daytime Excursion
Once back in port, some of the guests went for a walk around Hulemale after lunch, before heading back to the boat to pack and relax.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
The guests had an early transfer for their homebound flight.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
All the guests arrived early, so were aboard Sea Spirit by 11am. Paper work completed and dive equipment checked and prepared ready for the check-out dive after lunch.
Dive 1
We had a relaxing first dive with very little current and great vis – saw white-tips, sting rays, turtles, bat fish, octopus, white mouth moray, some lovely bright orange anemones plus we had a brief fly by from a small manta.
Day 1
Dive 1
A lovely gentle drift along a reef, which was full of reef fish & marine life AND a couple of eagle rays came to say hello.
Dive 2
What a stunning dive - so much life all over the ridge, with the bonus of 10 eagle rays, which swam past us 3 times, PLUS we saw a couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
GREAT DIVE - silver-tips, jus grey reef sharks, white-tips, fosters barracuda, hundreds of banner fish, 6 squid in formation, octopus and some lovely black coral covered in a layer of glass fish.
Night Dive
3 sting rays kept us entertained during our dive. Once we were all back onboard, we watched a manta feed from the back of the boat.
Day 2
Dive 1
We had the best of the dive, once it was just us (myself, Dave and our guests) in the water. We saw a large female manta and 3 smaller males.
Dive 2
MANTA TAS TIC!! – we saw a large female at the start, closely followed by 3 males. She kept swimming right over our heads, so everyone had some really close passes. This was followed by an explosion of mantas. At one point, there were 8 over the cleaning station.
Dive 3
WOW – A free-way of fusiliers for the whole dive, as well as a huge shoal of yellow spot snappers and blue stripe snappers, together with peacock mantis shrimps, napoleons, a very friendly hawksbill, white-tips, jus grey reef sharks and an eagle ray.
Evening Activity
What a beautiful evening, the sky looked like it was on fire.
Day 3
Dive 1
I really enjoyed this dive - a nice current with great vis! Wow the largest whip-tail ray I've ever seen here in the Maldives. I also found a strange nudi, which looked almost like a flatworm.
Dive 2
So many WHITE-TIPS!!! Some even allowed us to creep along the sand right up to them! We also saw a feather-tail ray and a lovely female leopard shark.
Dive 3
A pleasant little afternoon dive on a site that we haven’t dived on for many years - we saw a couple of hawksbills, numerous peacock mantis shrimps, a long-nose hawk fish, lots of lovely anemones and a huge shoal of banner fish.
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a lovely sunset walk around the local island - Dhangethi.
Day 4
Dive 1
The soft coral on this site was amazing, all the overhangs and pinnacles were completely covered, plus layers upon layers of fan corals. We saw a massive barracuda been cleaned, white-tips and grey reef sharks, a marble ray without a tail and hundreds of pyramid butter-fly fish.
Dive 2
CRITTER HEAVEN - so many ribbon eels, (yellow and blue and black and yellow), spearing mantis, numerous types of cleaner shrimps, morays, lion fish and a strange nudi about 1cm in length.
Dive 3
A swift drift dive along interesting overhangs and pinnacles, where we saw a couple of eagle rays, grey reef sharks, white-tips, a giant trevally charging around, octopus, a very funny hawksbill and a couple of pairs of anemones guarding their eggs.
Evening Activity
A couple of the guests went for a tour of the local island – Guraidhoo, while the rest stayed on board and enjoyed relaxing whilst watching the sun set.
Day 5
Dive 1
A lovely dive, but so many divers!!! We stayed on the current point watching all the action, whilst the other divers went swimming past. Some eagle rays came and hung out with us and a grey reef shark seemed to enjoy our company too.
Dive 2
WOW, what a current!!! It was a case of get down, hang on and the enjoy a swift drift along the side of the thila (reef wall).
Dive 3
WOW, soooo many types of morays, with some sharing holes. We also saw numerous sting rays swimming around and a lovely bug shoal of banner fish.
Night Dive
It was nice having a guitar shark swim past and check us out, together with numerous jug pebble founders, jus sweet-lips and a small pure white octopus. We also enjoyed seeing morays and sting rays swimming around for the whole dive.
Day 6
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip – We enjoyed seeing eagle rays throughout the dive, as well as turtles, white-tips, a couple of black tip sharks, honey comb morays, a free way of fusiliers and tuna.
Daytime Excursion
Once back in port, some of the guests went for a walk around Hulemale after lunch, before heading back to the boat to pack and relax.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
The guests had an early transfer for their homebound flight.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS529
5 Mar 2017 to 17 Mar 2017
Equatorial Far South to Male (12 day)
Guest Transfer
The guests arrived on the late afternoon flight, so once they were all safely on board, we sailed over to the east side of the atoll ready for the morning - diving along the channels.
Day 1
Dive 1
We saw huge shoals of blue fin and big eyed jacks, as well as a couple of eagle rays and loads of green turtles AND a small black-tip reef shark.
Dive 2
We spent most of the dive hanging in the blue to see what might come swimming by …….. We didn't have to wait long before a couple of silky sharks came to check us out. A larger one also joined us towards the end of the dive.
Dive 3
We started the dive along the outside corner, where we saw 11 eagle rays in formation, together with a huge shoal of blue fins and a couple of grey sharks. There were more eagle rays along the inside reef, as well as white tips.
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a stunning Sunset.
Day 2
Dive 1
WOW! 3 huge shoals of big eyed jacks with the last one being one of the largest shoals we have seen for a long time!!! We also saw a couple of grey reef sharks and 2 eagle rays.
Dive 2
SOOOOOO many GREY REEF SHARKS all along the channel front, together with shoals of mid-night snappers, big eyed jacks, a large shoal of fosters barracuda, 5 black ribbon eels, a little eagle ray (on the hunt along the sand) and numerous green turtles.
Dive 3
GREY SHARKS from start to finish – it’s really nice to see them in big groups, with both adults and jut sharks all hanging out together. The drift along the channel was lovely, we saw eagle rays, numerous green turtles, great barracuda and rainbow runners.
Evening Activity
FANTASTIC – a 8m whale shark hung out with us all night long, as well as a dolphin, which kept chasing squid.
Day 3
Dive 1
100+ GREY REEF SHARKS, 6 ribbon eels (1 on the turn from black to blue and yellow), a very scruffy looking hawksbill turtle, a large shoal of pompano and a bat fish.
Dive 2
Great dive – where we saw 6 nurse sharks, 3 feather-tail sting rays, a large shoal of mid-night snappers, groupers, rainbow runners, a free-way of fusiliers and some stunning hard coral. A couple of us did an additional 20 minute dive, on what remains of a wreck in the shallows.
Ocean Crossing
We enjoyed seeing pilot whales and a huge pod of unknown dolphins during our crossing.
Day 4
Dive 1
No Mantas today, but we did see a lovely large shoal of blue-stripe snapper and yellow goat fish, as well as an eagle ray, a very active glossodoris (sea slug) and a large shoal of rainbow runners.
Dive 2
20+ eagle rays, LOADS of grey reef sharks and a large sting ray been cleaned, together with hundreds of banner fish, a great barracuda and a stars and stripe puffer fish.
Dive 3
Lots to see – a large shoal of chevron barracuda, 6 grey reef sharks , 2 eagle rays, a large shoal of big eyed jacks and rainbow runners, turtles, a free-way of fusiliers and a large shoal of mid-night snappers.
Evening Activity
A few of the guests went for a walk around the local island, whilst Jean and myself went for a very enjoyable run.
Day 5
Dive 1
WOW – a massive shoal of red-snappers, loads of eagle rays, white-tips, oceanic manta, a white mouth moray (out on the hunt), some wedge-tail triggerfish, turtles and tuna.
Dive 2
We saw lovely coral blocks full of reef fish, a large eagle ray, a clown triggerfish (guarding her eggs), a hawksbill and a green turtle, a nembrotha cristata (sea slug) and an unknown purple flatworm.
Dive 3
WOW – WHAT A CURRENT - we flew along the reef, then had to hook in on the corner to watch grey and white-tips. The visibility was amazing!!! What a bonus 20+ dolphins came and checked us out whilst we were doing our stops.
Evening Activity
2 whale sharks came to feed at the back of the boat, 1 stayed with us for the whole night and only left as the sun came up!!!
Day 6
Dive 1
Started the day with a gentle drift along a very healthy reef full of reef fish.
Dive 2
6 different mantas, 4 cleaning together at the end, plus a feather-tail ray and an eagle ray.
Dive 3
Sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy the reef, not looking for anything, just drifting along.
Evening Activity
Super sunset.
Day 7
Dive 1
What a lovely way to start the day - with a fantastic display from 5 manta rays. They stayed with us for the whole dive. We also saw 3 eagles rays, who joined in.
Dive 2
We saw a large eagle ray at the start of the dive, followed by a couple of grey reef sharks, hundreds of bump-head snappers, a hawksbill turtle and a green turtle, whilst a wall of fusiliers surrounded us.
Dive 3
WOW - the soft coral all along the front of the channel was puffed out to its full glory. Sooooo much fish action on the corner, with giant gravelly and tuna charging the fusiliers, sending a wall of them right through us!!! We also saw a couple of grey sharks, a little eagle ray and a large shoal of fosters barracuda.
Day 8
Dive 1
A very easy channel crossing, from the south to the north side, but we found that the current on the north corner was running both in and out, so we had to multi-level along the corner between the currents.
Dive 2
Lovely pink and blue soft coral under the overhangs, a large shoal of big eyed jacks and mid-night snappers, a couple of large napoleons and hundreds of yellow goat fish.
Dive 3
FANTASTIC SHARK DIVE - with so many of them coming in real close for the whole of the dive!!!
Night Dive
LOADS of nurse sharks, sting rays and black-tip sharks were in the shallows. I also had a lovely time finding all sorts of micro critter stuff.
Day 9
Dive 1
A solo eagle ray hung out with us, whilst we hooked in to watch the sharks swim by. After which, I stopped to watch a pair of matting octopus and a large shoal of convict tangs up on the reef top.
Dive 2
LOADS of eagle rays!!! We had a group of 4, followed by a friendly one that came right up to us, then a squadron of 18 swim by, as well as grey sharks and white-tips and a large green turtle.
Dive 3
Great drift dive along the reef, which was full of marine life, but no chance to stop before we got spat out into the channel!!!
Evening Activity
Enjoyed a walk around the local island for a bit of shopping.
Day 10
Dive 1
Lovely blue water - free-way of fusiliers, 3 large grey sharks, eagle rays, napoleons, thread-fin trevally and a dog tooth tuna.
Dive 2
A strong current, lots of rain and wind made this a difficult dive from start to finish, however, we did see loads of moray eels!!!
Dive 3
Everyone always falls in love with this fabulous dive site - soooo many different morays, with some holes having 10 in!!! We also saw numerous jenkins rays, a lovely shoal of banner-fish and big eyed jacks, a huge shoal of fosters barracuda AND at the end of the dive a guitar shark came to say hello.
Day 11
Dive 1
What a perfect way to finish the trip, the sun was shining, there was very little current and soooo many fish!!! 4 bump-head parrot fish, green turtles, whip-tail ray, glossodoris (sea slugs), flatworms, porcelain crabs, honey-comb moray - so something for everyone.
Daytime Excursion
Everyone was happy to stay on board, pack and enjoy the last of the sunshine. After which Barbara and myself went for a walk around Hulemale.
Evening Activity
We all enjoyed a slice of birthday cake and raised a glass of bubbly to wish Ian a ‘Happy 60th Birthday’.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Had an early start this morning - a 6:30am transfer to the airport.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
The guests arrived on the late afternoon flight, so once they were all safely on board, we sailed over to the east side of the atoll ready for the morning - diving along the channels.
Day 1
Dive 1
We saw huge shoals of blue fin and big eyed jacks, as well as a couple of eagle rays and loads of green turtles AND a small black-tip reef shark.
Dive 2
We spent most of the dive hanging in the blue to see what might come swimming by …….. We didn't have to wait long before a couple of silky sharks came to check us out. A larger one also joined us towards the end of the dive.
Dive 3
We started the dive along the outside corner, where we saw 11 eagle rays in formation, together with a huge shoal of blue fins and a couple of grey sharks. There were more eagle rays along the inside reef, as well as white tips.
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a stunning Sunset.
Day 2
Dive 1
WOW! 3 huge shoals of big eyed jacks with the last one being one of the largest shoals we have seen for a long time!!! We also saw a couple of grey reef sharks and 2 eagle rays.
Dive 2
SOOOOOO many GREY REEF SHARKS all along the channel front, together with shoals of mid-night snappers, big eyed jacks, a large shoal of fosters barracuda, 5 black ribbon eels, a little eagle ray (on the hunt along the sand) and numerous green turtles.
Dive 3
GREY SHARKS from start to finish – it’s really nice to see them in big groups, with both adults and jut sharks all hanging out together. The drift along the channel was lovely, we saw eagle rays, numerous green turtles, great barracuda and rainbow runners.
Evening Activity
FANTASTIC – a 8m whale shark hung out with us all night long, as well as a dolphin, which kept chasing squid.
Day 3
Dive 1
100+ GREY REEF SHARKS, 6 ribbon eels (1 on the turn from black to blue and yellow), a very scruffy looking hawksbill turtle, a large shoal of pompano and a bat fish.
Dive 2
Great dive – where we saw 6 nurse sharks, 3 feather-tail sting rays, a large shoal of mid-night snappers, groupers, rainbow runners, a free-way of fusiliers and some stunning hard coral. A couple of us did an additional 20 minute dive, on what remains of a wreck in the shallows.
Ocean Crossing
We enjoyed seeing pilot whales and a huge pod of unknown dolphins during our crossing.
Day 4
Dive 1
No Mantas today, but we did see a lovely large shoal of blue-stripe snapper and yellow goat fish, as well as an eagle ray, a very active glossodoris (sea slug) and a large shoal of rainbow runners.
Dive 2
20+ eagle rays, LOADS of grey reef sharks and a large sting ray been cleaned, together with hundreds of banner fish, a great barracuda and a stars and stripe puffer fish.
Dive 3
Lots to see – a large shoal of chevron barracuda, 6 grey reef sharks , 2 eagle rays, a large shoal of big eyed jacks and rainbow runners, turtles, a free-way of fusiliers and a large shoal of mid-night snappers.
Evening Activity
A few of the guests went for a walk around the local island, whilst Jean and myself went for a very enjoyable run.
Day 5
Dive 1
WOW – a massive shoal of red-snappers, loads of eagle rays, white-tips, oceanic manta, a white mouth moray (out on the hunt), some wedge-tail triggerfish, turtles and tuna.
Dive 2
We saw lovely coral blocks full of reef fish, a large eagle ray, a clown triggerfish (guarding her eggs), a hawksbill and a green turtle, a nembrotha cristata (sea slug) and an unknown purple flatworm.
Dive 3
WOW – WHAT A CURRENT - we flew along the reef, then had to hook in on the corner to watch grey and white-tips. The visibility was amazing!!! What a bonus 20+ dolphins came and checked us out whilst we were doing our stops.
Evening Activity
2 whale sharks came to feed at the back of the boat, 1 stayed with us for the whole night and only left as the sun came up!!!
Day 6
Dive 1
Started the day with a gentle drift along a very healthy reef full of reef fish.
Dive 2
6 different mantas, 4 cleaning together at the end, plus a feather-tail ray and an eagle ray.
Dive 3
Sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy the reef, not looking for anything, just drifting along.
Evening Activity
Super sunset.
Day 7
Dive 1
What a lovely way to start the day - with a fantastic display from 5 manta rays. They stayed with us for the whole dive. We also saw 3 eagles rays, who joined in.
Dive 2
We saw a large eagle ray at the start of the dive, followed by a couple of grey reef sharks, hundreds of bump-head snappers, a hawksbill turtle and a green turtle, whilst a wall of fusiliers surrounded us.
Dive 3
WOW - the soft coral all along the front of the channel was puffed out to its full glory. Sooooo much fish action on the corner, with giant gravelly and tuna charging the fusiliers, sending a wall of them right through us!!! We also saw a couple of grey sharks, a little eagle ray and a large shoal of fosters barracuda.
Day 8
Dive 1
A very easy channel crossing, from the south to the north side, but we found that the current on the north corner was running both in and out, so we had to multi-level along the corner between the currents.
Dive 2
Lovely pink and blue soft coral under the overhangs, a large shoal of big eyed jacks and mid-night snappers, a couple of large napoleons and hundreds of yellow goat fish.
Dive 3
FANTASTIC SHARK DIVE - with so many of them coming in real close for the whole of the dive!!!
Night Dive
LOADS of nurse sharks, sting rays and black-tip sharks were in the shallows. I also had a lovely time finding all sorts of micro critter stuff.
Day 9
Dive 1
A solo eagle ray hung out with us, whilst we hooked in to watch the sharks swim by. After which, I stopped to watch a pair of matting octopus and a large shoal of convict tangs up on the reef top.
Dive 2
LOADS of eagle rays!!! We had a group of 4, followed by a friendly one that came right up to us, then a squadron of 18 swim by, as well as grey sharks and white-tips and a large green turtle.
Dive 3
Great drift dive along the reef, which was full of marine life, but no chance to stop before we got spat out into the channel!!!
Evening Activity
Enjoyed a walk around the local island for a bit of shopping.
Day 10
Dive 1
Lovely blue water - free-way of fusiliers, 3 large grey sharks, eagle rays, napoleons, thread-fin trevally and a dog tooth tuna.
Dive 2
A strong current, lots of rain and wind made this a difficult dive from start to finish, however, we did see loads of moray eels!!!
Dive 3
Everyone always falls in love with this fabulous dive site - soooo many different morays, with some holes having 10 in!!! We also saw numerous jenkins rays, a lovely shoal of banner-fish and big eyed jacks, a huge shoal of fosters barracuda AND at the end of the dive a guitar shark came to say hello.
Day 11
Dive 1
What a perfect way to finish the trip, the sun was shining, there was very little current and soooo many fish!!! 4 bump-head parrot fish, green turtles, whip-tail ray, glossodoris (sea slugs), flatworms, porcelain crabs, honey-comb moray - so something for everyone.
Daytime Excursion
Everyone was happy to stay on board, pack and enjoy the last of the sunshine. After which Barbara and myself went for a walk around Hulemale.
Evening Activity
We all enjoyed a slice of birthday cake and raised a glass of bubbly to wish Ian a ‘Happy 60th Birthday’.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Had an early start this morning - a 6:30am transfer to the airport.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS528
19 Feb 2017 to 3 Mar 2017
Equatorial Far South - Gan Addu/Foammulah/Huvadhoo (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Everyone arrived in the afternoon, so no diving, however, the guests were able to set up their dive equipment and do weight checks, all ready for tomorrow.
Day 1
Dive 1
British Loyalty - A good place to start, as no current, so the guests could use the mooring line to get down to the wreck. The whole starboard side was covered in hard coral and full of small reef fish.
Dive 2
Love this site! So much coral coverage and hundreds of big eyed jacks, a huge barracuda, grey reef sharks, a large shoal of rainbow runners AND …… a great hammer-head swam around Dave and 2 of the guests several times before swimming off.
Dive 3
Waited the whole dive for a manta to show up …. to have just a fly-by up in the shallows.
Day 2
Dive 1
Large sea and black coral bushes along the wall, with layer after layer of basslets fish all along the reef top. A very small Ardeadoris egretta, strange jelly fish, a couple of spearing Mantis shrimps, octopus and several groups of Irish idol fish.
Dive 2
20+ grey reef sharks swimming around a large coral block, some stopping to be cleaned and loitering there with their mouths fully open to allow the cleaner wrasses access. We also saw a huge Napoleon, black-tips sharks, white-tips, 3 chevron barracuda and a large green turtle.
Dive 3
Wow - super strong current, which was pushing this way then that, making it a very interesting and hard dive!
Night Dive
I took some of the guests for a night dive on the wreck. Lots of small and interesting stuff to find, which was good for macro photography.
Day 3
Dive 1
Had a lovely young female Manta hang out with us for most of the dive, along with a grey reef shark. The Manta made some real close passes, which was great!
Dive 2
LARGEST WHALE SHARK that I've ever seen here in the Maldives!!! It must have been 12m long. 3 tiger sharks, silver-tips and grey reef sharks everywhere!!!
Dive 3
We stayed close to the reef on this dive, because it was getting late. We saw plenty of sharks - grey reef and white-tips, along with a giant travelly and huge barracuda, before being swept over the reef to do our stops.
Evening Activity
Some guests went for a walk around the harbour to watch the fishing boats come in.
Day 4
Dive 1
SUPER AMAZING dive!!! 7 TIGER SHARKS, a wall of silver-tip sharks and sooo many hammer-heads that it was hard to count them!!!
Dive 2
WALL TO WALL silver-tip and grey reef sharks, as well as 3 tiger sharks and shoaling hammer heads real close!!!
Dive 3
MORE tiger sharks and silver-tip sharks along with grey reef sharks and huge barracuda!!!
Evening Activity
The guests had a lovely tour, taking in the history of the island and chatting with the locals.
Day 5
Dive 1
Can you believe it - we had another huge female WHALE SHARK come sooo close, plus 2 tiger sharks, hammer-heads and huge silver-tips!!!
Dive 2
Up close and personal with a hammer-head shark, a couple of large silver-tips and 3 tiger sharks. Really didn't want to leave this site!!!
Ocean Crossing
Had a pleasant ocean crossing to Huvadhoo, arriving just as the sun was setting.
Day 6
Dive 1
6 hammer-heads, a large tiger shark and plenty of grey reef and jet black-tipped reef sharks!!!
Dive 2
Grey sharks all along the front of the channel. 7 eagle rays in formation. Green turtles and eagle rays all along the sand channel and a huge shoal of batfish and pompano fish.
Dive 3
So many grey reef sharks, 5 eagle rays, a huge dog-tooth tuna, hundreds of big eye jacks, a large shoal of pompanos and blue fin gravelly fish. WOW - the number of green turtles seen on this site was amazing!!!
Day 7
Dive 1
5 silky sharks came to check us out, along with a large wahoo fish, a hammer head, jet black-tips, batfish and a couple of hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
Sting rays being cleaned, loads of grey reef sharks, a shoal of barracuda, a couple of eagle rays and hundreds of big eyed jacks.
Dive 3
A really strong current made this a tough dive – it was pushing us all over the place, along the inside of the channel.
Day 8
Dive 1
What a fantastic number of grey reef sharks all along the front, as well as white-tips, a leopard shark, eagle rays, a sting ray been cleaned, a devil stone fish, octopus, a black ribbon eel and mantis shrimp running around. We also saw some lovely burnt orange anemones full of anemonefish.
Dive 2
WOW – the largest Jew fish I've ever seen, it must have been over 200kg!!! 4 large nurse sharks, white-tips, hawksbill turtles, a large shoal of blue-stripe and hump-head snappers. The abundance and variety of hard coral was amazing to drift over.
Dive 3
It was fabulous seeing a huge amount of grey reef sharks along the front, followed by a formation of eagle rays, hanging out on the south corner, as well as huge green turtles, jug green turtles and a leopard shark. BUT FOR ME the best thing was sitting at 4m watching zillions of convict tangs doing their spawning dance, we were completely surrounded and it was amazing to watch!!!
Day 9
Dive 1
Everything from pelagic action along the front of the channel to critters and shoals of reef fish along the inside.
Dive 2
Whilst we had stopped to watch all the grey sharks and white-tips along the front, 9 eagle rays swam right past us. We also saw a huge shoal of fosters barracuda, hundreds of big eyed jacks, a huge shoal of batfish, and again many many green turtles. In places, there were up to 5 or 6 together.
Dive 3
It was very exciting hanging underneath the boat watching some large oceanic black-tips come around to check us out, they move so fast and soooo close!!!
Day 10
Dive 1
The current was wanting to push us into the channel, so it made it very hard work to stay along the front to watch the grey sharks. The coral all along the front was stunning and we saw plenty of pelagic fish for the whole dive.
Dive 2
Sometimes, it’s nice to just drift along and enjoy the reef and this site was one of them. The coral life along the channel was superb and very healthy with plenty of small reef fish.
Dive 3
CORALTASTIC - Layer after layer of table corals, brain coral, stag-horn coral and petal like coral. It was such a pleasure to drift over. 1 large grey reef shark, a couple of white-tips and a large shoal of blue-striped snappers.
Day 11
Dive 1
Yet again, what a stunning display of different types of hard coral - huge table corals (over 2m across), it was very relaxing just drifting along, taking in the view.
Dive 2
A very pleasant last dive, with no current and nice and shallow in parts. Harlequin file fish, purple eyed micro goby fish, a large shoal of blue-striped snappers and yellow goat fish. A very nosey maori wrasse kept following me around and looking into the camera.
Ocean Crossing
Just a short crossing back over to Thinadhoo with an afternoon of packing then relaxing.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
We enjoyed a late breakfast before taking the guests over to the airport, ready for their domestic flight back to Male.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Everyone arrived in the afternoon, so no diving, however, the guests were able to set up their dive equipment and do weight checks, all ready for tomorrow.
Day 1
Dive 1
British Loyalty - A good place to start, as no current, so the guests could use the mooring line to get down to the wreck. The whole starboard side was covered in hard coral and full of small reef fish.
Dive 2
Love this site! So much coral coverage and hundreds of big eyed jacks, a huge barracuda, grey reef sharks, a large shoal of rainbow runners AND …… a great hammer-head swam around Dave and 2 of the guests several times before swimming off.
Dive 3
Waited the whole dive for a manta to show up …. to have just a fly-by up in the shallows.
Day 2
Dive 1
Large sea and black coral bushes along the wall, with layer after layer of basslets fish all along the reef top. A very small Ardeadoris egretta, strange jelly fish, a couple of spearing Mantis shrimps, octopus and several groups of Irish idol fish.
Dive 2
20+ grey reef sharks swimming around a large coral block, some stopping to be cleaned and loitering there with their mouths fully open to allow the cleaner wrasses access. We also saw a huge Napoleon, black-tips sharks, white-tips, 3 chevron barracuda and a large green turtle.
Dive 3
Wow - super strong current, which was pushing this way then that, making it a very interesting and hard dive!
Night Dive
I took some of the guests for a night dive on the wreck. Lots of small and interesting stuff to find, which was good for macro photography.
Day 3
Dive 1
Had a lovely young female Manta hang out with us for most of the dive, along with a grey reef shark. The Manta made some real close passes, which was great!
Dive 2
LARGEST WHALE SHARK that I've ever seen here in the Maldives!!! It must have been 12m long. 3 tiger sharks, silver-tips and grey reef sharks everywhere!!!
Dive 3
We stayed close to the reef on this dive, because it was getting late. We saw plenty of sharks - grey reef and white-tips, along with a giant travelly and huge barracuda, before being swept over the reef to do our stops.
Evening Activity
Some guests went for a walk around the harbour to watch the fishing boats come in.
Day 4
Dive 1
SUPER AMAZING dive!!! 7 TIGER SHARKS, a wall of silver-tip sharks and sooo many hammer-heads that it was hard to count them!!!
Dive 2
WALL TO WALL silver-tip and grey reef sharks, as well as 3 tiger sharks and shoaling hammer heads real close!!!
Dive 3
MORE tiger sharks and silver-tip sharks along with grey reef sharks and huge barracuda!!!
Evening Activity
The guests had a lovely tour, taking in the history of the island and chatting with the locals.
Day 5
Dive 1
Can you believe it - we had another huge female WHALE SHARK come sooo close, plus 2 tiger sharks, hammer-heads and huge silver-tips!!!
Dive 2
Up close and personal with a hammer-head shark, a couple of large silver-tips and 3 tiger sharks. Really didn't want to leave this site!!!
Ocean Crossing
Had a pleasant ocean crossing to Huvadhoo, arriving just as the sun was setting.
Day 6
Dive 1
6 hammer-heads, a large tiger shark and plenty of grey reef and jet black-tipped reef sharks!!!
Dive 2
Grey sharks all along the front of the channel. 7 eagle rays in formation. Green turtles and eagle rays all along the sand channel and a huge shoal of batfish and pompano fish.
Dive 3
So many grey reef sharks, 5 eagle rays, a huge dog-tooth tuna, hundreds of big eye jacks, a large shoal of pompanos and blue fin gravelly fish. WOW - the number of green turtles seen on this site was amazing!!!
Day 7
Dive 1
5 silky sharks came to check us out, along with a large wahoo fish, a hammer head, jet black-tips, batfish and a couple of hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
Sting rays being cleaned, loads of grey reef sharks, a shoal of barracuda, a couple of eagle rays and hundreds of big eyed jacks.
Dive 3
A really strong current made this a tough dive – it was pushing us all over the place, along the inside of the channel.
Day 8
Dive 1
What a fantastic number of grey reef sharks all along the front, as well as white-tips, a leopard shark, eagle rays, a sting ray been cleaned, a devil stone fish, octopus, a black ribbon eel and mantis shrimp running around. We also saw some lovely burnt orange anemones full of anemonefish.
Dive 2
WOW – the largest Jew fish I've ever seen, it must have been over 200kg!!! 4 large nurse sharks, white-tips, hawksbill turtles, a large shoal of blue-stripe and hump-head snappers. The abundance and variety of hard coral was amazing to drift over.
Dive 3
It was fabulous seeing a huge amount of grey reef sharks along the front, followed by a formation of eagle rays, hanging out on the south corner, as well as huge green turtles, jug green turtles and a leopard shark. BUT FOR ME the best thing was sitting at 4m watching zillions of convict tangs doing their spawning dance, we were completely surrounded and it was amazing to watch!!!
Day 9
Dive 1
Everything from pelagic action along the front of the channel to critters and shoals of reef fish along the inside.
Dive 2
Whilst we had stopped to watch all the grey sharks and white-tips along the front, 9 eagle rays swam right past us. We also saw a huge shoal of fosters barracuda, hundreds of big eyed jacks, a huge shoal of batfish, and again many many green turtles. In places, there were up to 5 or 6 together.
Dive 3
It was very exciting hanging underneath the boat watching some large oceanic black-tips come around to check us out, they move so fast and soooo close!!!
Day 10
Dive 1
The current was wanting to push us into the channel, so it made it very hard work to stay along the front to watch the grey sharks. The coral all along the front was stunning and we saw plenty of pelagic fish for the whole dive.
Dive 2
Sometimes, it’s nice to just drift along and enjoy the reef and this site was one of them. The coral life along the channel was superb and very healthy with plenty of small reef fish.
Dive 3
CORALTASTIC - Layer after layer of table corals, brain coral, stag-horn coral and petal like coral. It was such a pleasure to drift over. 1 large grey reef shark, a couple of white-tips and a large shoal of blue-striped snappers.
Day 11
Dive 1
Yet again, what a stunning display of different types of hard coral - huge table corals (over 2m across), it was very relaxing just drifting along, taking in the view.
Dive 2
A very pleasant last dive, with no current and nice and shallow in parts. Harlequin file fish, purple eyed micro goby fish, a large shoal of blue-striped snappers and yellow goat fish. A very nosey maori wrasse kept following me around and looking into the camera.
Ocean Crossing
Just a short crossing back over to Thinadhoo with an afternoon of packing then relaxing.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
We enjoyed a late breakfast before taking the guests over to the airport, ready for their domestic flight back to Male.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS527
5 Feb 2017 to 17 Feb 2017
Equatorial Far South - Huvadhoo/Foammulah/Gan Addu (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Most of the guests arrived on the afternoon flight from Male, so we transferred them to the Sea Spirit, so that they could unpack and have lunch, whilst I went back to the airport to meet the 2 remaining guests. Once everyone was on board we made our way to the east side of the atoll, ready for the first days diving.
Day 1
Dive 1
Viligili Corner – A nice easy dive to start the trip, with small in current, allowing us to start the dive on the outside reef, finishing on the corner with all the reef fish and green turtles, a couple of white tips and a grey reef shark, as well as eagle rays, a dog tooth tuna, 7 mobula and hundreds of big eye jacks.
Dive 2
Viligili Kandu - Shark-Tastic!!!! The strong current along the front brought with it many grey reef sharks. Once our bottom time was low, we unhooked and had a super fast drift dive along the inside reef.
Dive 3
Viligili Kandu - The sharks were a little deeper on this dive, so we didn't get much time on the front with them, however, it was nice having a huge shoal of big eye jacks hanging around us. We also came across a large shoal of whitespot surgeon fish up in the shallows, which was a first for me. Can you believe it – as well as this we spent over 3 hours snorkelling with 4 whale sharks, 3 together, all trying to get the best spot, right under the lights, where all the food was, along with a nosey group of dolphins, who wanted to join in the fun.
Day 2
Dive 1
Viligili Kandu - We saw a large bone fish, rainbow runners zooming around, green turtles, 2 bump-head parrot fish, black-tipped reef sharks, as well as a huge shoal of blue-powder surgeon fish in the shallows.
Dive 2
Viligili Kandu - There was a very strong current, so it was a case of getting down and hooking in to watch the show, which was followed by a crazy drift at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
Viligili Kandu - We dropped down to find ourselves amongst some rather large oceanic black-tip sharks, who were all buzzing around, it was amazing to be soooo close!!! We also saw a porcupine ray and some black-tip reef sharks.
Day 3
Dive 1
Nilandhoo Kandu - We had grey reef sharks and white tips all along the front of the channel, together with some eagle rays and a great many big eye jacks, a couple of ribbon eels, 2 pairs of leaf fish and a huge green turtle been cleaned.
Dive 2
Kuredhdhoo - Wow, what a super strong current!!! We flew along the reef and at times we were being been pushed up and down, not the most comfortable dive.
Dive 3
Nilandhoo Kandu - What an amazing amount of grey reef sharks along the front, some coming right up to us and a large tiger shark out of the channel!!!
Day 4
Dive 1
A new site for us. We saw a number of grey sharks, who were buzzing around along the sand and a porcupine ray, several black-tipped reef sharks, an eagle ray and some nice hard coral.
Dive 2
Funadhoo Kandu - The coral coverage along the front of the channel is so healthy and full of both reef fish and pelagic fish. We had black-jacks follow us across the front and a couple of grey sharks out in the blue, together with white tips along the front and a massive napoleon chasing 3 smaller ones around.
Dive 3
Maarehaa - I love this site and was so happy to see ‘Wiggles’ the female grey reef shark still around. You can’t miss her, with her damaged pectoral fin and her funny wiggle (side ways swimming action). It was also nice to see the other grey reef sharks surrounding her like they were trying to keep her safe.
Day 5
Dive 1
Maarehaa Day - A strong current, but again, so many grey reef sharks all along the front, as well as white tips and a huge amount of pelagic action – A couple of the guests had 3 Marlin check them out whilst doing their safety stops.
Dive 2
Maarehaa Day - Plenty of pelagic action along the front of the channel, 20+ eagle rays and 3 silky sharks came to check us out!!!
Dive 3
Maarehaa Day - There was a very strong current, so it was hard work crossing the channel, but well worth the effort, as we saw grey reef sharks, eagle rays and green turtles all along the sand channel along the inside.
Evening Activity
I took 1 of the guests for a run/walk around a local island.
Day 6
Dive 1
Gadhdhoo - There was a strange current starting one way, half way in, taking you back the way you came, but what an amazing hard coral display and all full of small reef fish. Ocean crossing to Foammulah. We crossed the Equator at 9:39am
Dive 2
Foammulah - This has to be right up there in our ‘top 10 dive sites’ here in the Maldives. 2 TIGER SHARKS, A THRESHER SHARK AND 4 LARGE SILVER-TIPS!!!
Dive 3
It was getting late, so we opted to keep it a more relaxed and closer to shore - drifting along the reef. The water temperature was 26°, making it a chilly dive, however, it was lovely to find a leopard blenny (this is the only place in the Maldives that I've seen them).
Evening Activity
Some guests went for a walk around the harbour.
Day 7
Dive 1
Foammulah - There was a mega strong current this morning, so we only really got to see some grey sharks and a couple of great barracuda.
Dive 2
Foammulah - What a great dive, with so many silver-tips and grey reef sharks! The silver-tips came in to check us out all along the drop off, where we also saw a lovely huge giant grouper.
Dive 3
Foammulah - WOW what a dive, 3 tiger sharks, 1 coming extremely close head on to me, as well as a great hammer head shark and silver-tips.
Evening Activity
We had a lovely 1½ hour walk (island tour), taking in the fresh water lakes and the old mosques, 1 dating back to 1555, it was built after the first settlement in 1550.
Day 8
Dive 1
Foammulah - Last dive here before crossing to Addu and what a fantastic last dive it was, with 4 tiger sharks, 1 swimming along with a great hammer-head, a giant grouper and a great many silver-tips. It was quite sad to have to leave really. Very pleasant ocean crossing to Addu
Dive 2
Mudukan - We saw 6 mantas for the whole dive, with a small male manta going right up to some of the divers!!
Dive 3
Kuda Kandu - There was a big ocean swell, so it made this dive hard work once you were in the shallows, however, it was nice to see all the hard coral and reef fish.
Day 9
Dive 1
Viligili Kandu - Lots to see – a bump-head parrot fish, large whip-tail ray, green turtles, barracuda, plenty of painted leg lobsters and a large nurse shark.
Dive 2
Mudukan - 1 small manta for the whole dive.
Dive 3
Gan outside - What a stunning display of hard coral, it just went on and on. Some parts of it looked like large layers of rose petals, covered in a layer of small reef fish. We also enjoyed seeing lots of turtles - both green and hawksbills.
Day 10
The Wall - Great dive - eagle rays, a large sting ray, many stunning modish idol fish, huge sea fans, as well as smaller yellow ones and some lovely hard coral.
Dive 2
Mudukan - Very strong current here, so we had to hook in, however, we did have a small manta come and hang out with us for the whole dive.
Dive 3
British Loyalty Wreck - We thought it would be nice to dive on a wreck for a change - this 140m wreck lies on its starboard side, the whole port side is covered in hard coral and in places you could actually forget that you are on a wreck. There’s always plenty to look at and take photos of.
Dive 4
Night Dive on the Wreck - Not all of the guests came on the dive, but the few that did, really enjoyed it.
Day 11
Dive 1
Fen Muli - WOW – the coral here is stunning with some huge barrel sponges, but the best was at the end of the dive, where we came across mantas feeding at the surface. Hundreds of big eye jacks and black-jacks!!
Dive 2
Fantastic last dive – we saw 6 mantas for the whole dive. During the last 10 minutes they came right up to us and hovered in front of some of the divers, it was amazing to watch.
Evening Activity
Dave took some of the guests for a few drinks over at the Equator village resort.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
After a late breakfast it was time to take the guests to the airport ready for their flight back to Male.
Number of dives = 33, in which we saw 11 different types of sharks and 8 different types of rays.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Most of the guests arrived on the afternoon flight from Male, so we transferred them to the Sea Spirit, so that they could unpack and have lunch, whilst I went back to the airport to meet the 2 remaining guests. Once everyone was on board we made our way to the east side of the atoll, ready for the first days diving.
Day 1
Dive 1
Viligili Corner – A nice easy dive to start the trip, with small in current, allowing us to start the dive on the outside reef, finishing on the corner with all the reef fish and green turtles, a couple of white tips and a grey reef shark, as well as eagle rays, a dog tooth tuna, 7 mobula and hundreds of big eye jacks.
Dive 2
Viligili Kandu - Shark-Tastic!!!! The strong current along the front brought with it many grey reef sharks. Once our bottom time was low, we unhooked and had a super fast drift dive along the inside reef.
Dive 3
Viligili Kandu - The sharks were a little deeper on this dive, so we didn't get much time on the front with them, however, it was nice having a huge shoal of big eye jacks hanging around us. We also came across a large shoal of whitespot surgeon fish up in the shallows, which was a first for me. Can you believe it – as well as this we spent over 3 hours snorkelling with 4 whale sharks, 3 together, all trying to get the best spot, right under the lights, where all the food was, along with a nosey group of dolphins, who wanted to join in the fun.
Day 2
Dive 1
Viligili Kandu - We saw a large bone fish, rainbow runners zooming around, green turtles, 2 bump-head parrot fish, black-tipped reef sharks, as well as a huge shoal of blue-powder surgeon fish in the shallows.
Dive 2
Viligili Kandu - There was a very strong current, so it was a case of getting down and hooking in to watch the show, which was followed by a crazy drift at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
Viligili Kandu - We dropped down to find ourselves amongst some rather large oceanic black-tip sharks, who were all buzzing around, it was amazing to be soooo close!!! We also saw a porcupine ray and some black-tip reef sharks.
Day 3
Dive 1
Nilandhoo Kandu - We had grey reef sharks and white tips all along the front of the channel, together with some eagle rays and a great many big eye jacks, a couple of ribbon eels, 2 pairs of leaf fish and a huge green turtle been cleaned.
Dive 2
Kuredhdhoo - Wow, what a super strong current!!! We flew along the reef and at times we were being been pushed up and down, not the most comfortable dive.
Dive 3
Nilandhoo Kandu - What an amazing amount of grey reef sharks along the front, some coming right up to us and a large tiger shark out of the channel!!!
Day 4
Dive 1
A new site for us. We saw a number of grey sharks, who were buzzing around along the sand and a porcupine ray, several black-tipped reef sharks, an eagle ray and some nice hard coral.
Dive 2
Funadhoo Kandu - The coral coverage along the front of the channel is so healthy and full of both reef fish and pelagic fish. We had black-jacks follow us across the front and a couple of grey sharks out in the blue, together with white tips along the front and a massive napoleon chasing 3 smaller ones around.
Dive 3
Maarehaa - I love this site and was so happy to see ‘Wiggles’ the female grey reef shark still around. You can’t miss her, with her damaged pectoral fin and her funny wiggle (side ways swimming action). It was also nice to see the other grey reef sharks surrounding her like they were trying to keep her safe.
Day 5
Dive 1
Maarehaa Day - A strong current, but again, so many grey reef sharks all along the front, as well as white tips and a huge amount of pelagic action – A couple of the guests had 3 Marlin check them out whilst doing their safety stops.
Dive 2
Maarehaa Day - Plenty of pelagic action along the front of the channel, 20+ eagle rays and 3 silky sharks came to check us out!!!
Dive 3
Maarehaa Day - There was a very strong current, so it was hard work crossing the channel, but well worth the effort, as we saw grey reef sharks, eagle rays and green turtles all along the sand channel along the inside.
Evening Activity
I took 1 of the guests for a run/walk around a local island.
Day 6
Dive 1
Gadhdhoo - There was a strange current starting one way, half way in, taking you back the way you came, but what an amazing hard coral display and all full of small reef fish. Ocean crossing to Foammulah. We crossed the Equator at 9:39am
Dive 2
Foammulah - This has to be right up there in our ‘top 10 dive sites’ here in the Maldives. 2 TIGER SHARKS, A THRESHER SHARK AND 4 LARGE SILVER-TIPS!!!
Dive 3
It was getting late, so we opted to keep it a more relaxed and closer to shore - drifting along the reef. The water temperature was 26°, making it a chilly dive, however, it was lovely to find a leopard blenny (this is the only place in the Maldives that I've seen them).
Evening Activity
Some guests went for a walk around the harbour.
Day 7
Dive 1
Foammulah - There was a mega strong current this morning, so we only really got to see some grey sharks and a couple of great barracuda.
Dive 2
Foammulah - What a great dive, with so many silver-tips and grey reef sharks! The silver-tips came in to check us out all along the drop off, where we also saw a lovely huge giant grouper.
Dive 3
Foammulah - WOW what a dive, 3 tiger sharks, 1 coming extremely close head on to me, as well as a great hammer head shark and silver-tips.
Evening Activity
We had a lovely 1½ hour walk (island tour), taking in the fresh water lakes and the old mosques, 1 dating back to 1555, it was built after the first settlement in 1550.
Day 8
Dive 1
Foammulah - Last dive here before crossing to Addu and what a fantastic last dive it was, with 4 tiger sharks, 1 swimming along with a great hammer-head, a giant grouper and a great many silver-tips. It was quite sad to have to leave really. Very pleasant ocean crossing to Addu
Dive 2
Mudukan - We saw 6 mantas for the whole dive, with a small male manta going right up to some of the divers!!
Dive 3
Kuda Kandu - There was a big ocean swell, so it made this dive hard work once you were in the shallows, however, it was nice to see all the hard coral and reef fish.
Day 9
Dive 1
Viligili Kandu - Lots to see – a bump-head parrot fish, large whip-tail ray, green turtles, barracuda, plenty of painted leg lobsters and a large nurse shark.
Dive 2
Mudukan - 1 small manta for the whole dive.
Dive 3
Gan outside - What a stunning display of hard coral, it just went on and on. Some parts of it looked like large layers of rose petals, covered in a layer of small reef fish. We also enjoyed seeing lots of turtles - both green and hawksbills.
Day 10
The Wall - Great dive - eagle rays, a large sting ray, many stunning modish idol fish, huge sea fans, as well as smaller yellow ones and some lovely hard coral.
Dive 2
Mudukan - Very strong current here, so we had to hook in, however, we did have a small manta come and hang out with us for the whole dive.
Dive 3
British Loyalty Wreck - We thought it would be nice to dive on a wreck for a change - this 140m wreck lies on its starboard side, the whole port side is covered in hard coral and in places you could actually forget that you are on a wreck. There’s always plenty to look at and take photos of.
Dive 4
Night Dive on the Wreck - Not all of the guests came on the dive, but the few that did, really enjoyed it.
Day 11
Dive 1
Fen Muli - WOW – the coral here is stunning with some huge barrel sponges, but the best was at the end of the dive, where we came across mantas feeding at the surface. Hundreds of big eye jacks and black-jacks!!
Dive 2
Fantastic last dive – we saw 6 mantas for the whole dive. During the last 10 minutes they came right up to us and hovered in front of some of the divers, it was amazing to watch.
Evening Activity
Dave took some of the guests for a few drinks over at the Equator village resort.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
After a late breakfast it was time to take the guests to the airport ready for their flight back to Male.
Number of dives = 33, in which we saw 11 different types of sharks and 8 different types of rays.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS526
22 Jan 2017 to 3 Feb 2017
Male to Equatorial Far South (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Met the guests at the airport and transferred them to Sea Spirit. All paper work completed, dive equipment sorted and ready for the check dive after lunch.
Dive 1
We had amazing visibility and saw so many fish and sting rays. We even had two passes from a guitar shark. It's always amazing to see so many different morays all chilling out together.
Day 1
Dive 1
We saw a couple of eagle rays hanging out on the corner with the larger one, obviously pregnant, as well as grey and white-tips sharks, a large shoal of blue fin gravelly charging around. Some guests even had some dolphins check them out on the reef top.
Dive 2
Super strong current, so everyone had to get down quickly, hook in and watch the show, followed by a swift drift along the south inside the reef.
Dive 3
Dusk/Night dive with many large nurse sharks swimming around. Jenkins sting rays, giant trevally, black-tip reef sharks up at 3m, made this a very exciting dive from start to end!! When we surfaced there was the most amazing sunset, which lit up the sky like it was on fire.
Day 2
Dive 1
WHAT A DIVE!!! Bow-mouthed guitar shark, grey reef sharks and white-tips, hundreds of big eye jacks all along the front, then to finish off, we saw a juvenile whale shark, which came and to say hello, making this a TOP DIVE.
Dive 2
Everyone was more than happy to go back to the same site, as why bother to move around when you have all the action right there. We all came back from the dive extremely happy - plenty of action plus the super strong current again.
Dive 3
The soft coral along the front of the spur was amazing, all puffed out to its full glory! We saw a large feather-tail ray, rainbow runners, a couple of white-tips, a little robust ghost pipe fish, comet fish and some whip coral shrimp.
Day 3
Dive 1
We were hoping to see a manta or two, but sadly not today, so we spent time just enjoying the sift corals and large fan corals.
Dive 2
I always really enjoy this site, as there’s always so much activity! A pregnant grey reef shark, white-tips, eagle rays, a huge shoal of mid-night snappers and big eye jacks, banner fish and sweet-lips, all hanging around the pinnacle, which is covered by the most amazing golden soft coral. We also saw some turtles, and a huge shoal of hump-headed snappers up on the reef.
Dive 3
We made this a very short dive, as WOW almost zero visibility and so much sea grass!!! I can see why there were no mantas cleaning today.
Day 4
Dive 1
What a completely different dive to yesterday! This longer, shallow dive allowed us to enjoy six mantas putting on a great display, passing right over our heads. All very happy guests back on Spirit.
Dive 2
OMG super strong current!! As soon as anybody tried to go shallow they were spat out over the reef and into the channel, making it one hell of a drift dive!
Dive 3
Thought we’d give everyone a chill out dive. It’s funny really, once you’ve been in the currents and seen how they bring in all the pelagic action, then you experience a very tame site, it makes you want to get back in the channels. The giri was pretty with lots of small reef fish, but this trip is all about going South and Channels.
Day 5
Dive 1
We’ve never dived this site before, so we thought we’d give it a go! What a lovely surprise, really good coral coverage with some young coral blocks (a soft golden colour) full of reef fish, as well as turtles, eagle rays and white-tips in the immediate area. What a colourful dive.
Dive 2
Another first for us and again what a fabulous find!! The whole site was full of life, amazing hard and soft coral along with a constant free-way of fusiliers. Loved the dive!
Dive 3
A huge shoal of chevron barracuda and black jacks, white-tips, green turtles and reef fish all along the coral blocks. I've never seen so many in one area before!!
Evening Activity
Amazing sunset over the local island.
Day 6
Dive 1
Rain this morning made this a very dark dive, it was almost like being on a night dive.
Dive 2
Another new site for us. We were determined to find the manta’s cleaning station and after some patience a lovely male manta came in for a clean, which was great.
Ocean Crossing
A long 98km ocean crossing over the one and a half channel down into Huvadhoo.
Day 7
Dive 1
We gave everyone a relaxing start to the day, by hanging out on the corner, where we enjoyed green turtles, as well as a huge shoal of blue-strip snapper, raccoon butter-fly fish, blue-powder surgeon fish and parrot fish. They moved like a wave along the reef, which was amazing to watch. It was nice to see the hard coral was still looking good.
Dive 2
Strong out so we went for a swift drift starting on the inside, finishing on the outside corner with all the reef fish. On the drift we came across six eagle rays, green turtles, sting rays and white-tips.
Dive 3
Yeah in-current, so we were able to drop down the front of the channel, hook in and watch the sharks make passes in front of us. The drift into the channel afterwards was very interesting, being very strong so no chance to stop, you just had to go with the flow.
Day 8
Dive 1
This site has the most amazing display of layer after layer of huge fan corals all along the reef and the largest porites, all covered in blue-stripe snappers. Again many green turtles and a constant free-way of fusiliers.
Dive 2
The whole front of this channel is lovely, with ledges full of small stuff, whilst along the front we saw an abundance of both grey reef sharks and white-tips. We also saw a large shoal of black jacks, hundreds and hundreds of skip jack tuna, eagle rays and sting rays.
Dive 3
The current was perfect, allowing everyone to cross the front, enjoying all the action plus the bonus of finding ribbon eels and leaf fish in amongst the ledges..
Day 9
Dive 1
The grey sharks were all up high in the water column, all across the front of the channel. We saw the sting rays being cleaned, the white-tips resting and eagle rays, a huge shoal of big eye jacks and barracuda.
Dive 2
Another ‘sharky’ dive along the front, finishing with a gentle drift along the sand road to find both feather-tail sting rays and five eagle rays.
Dive 3
Amazing - so many grey reef sharks all along the front of the channel, along with large shoal of mid-night snappers and black jacks, as well as hundreds and hundreds of big eye jacks.
Day 10
Dive 1
Great dive! So many grey reef sharks plus a huge shoal of big eye jacks, which the sharks kept swimming through. Eagle rays, sting rays and green turtles, as well as Mobula rays, which were right below us, whilst we were waiting to be picked up at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Lovely dive - Over twenty Mobula rays, Eagle rays, huge green turtles, small Sea Hare, leaf fish, a very scruffy hawksbill, that looked like he could do with a good clean, as well as a guitar shark and a unknown large shark (we think it was a bull shark).
Dive 3
What a real shame, the hard coral all the way along the shallows has been affected by the El'nino back in April.
Day 11
Dive 1
Out-current, so we started with a drift along the sand channel to find eagle rays, small flounder and large whip-tail rays together with a couple of white-tips.
Dive 2
Last dive of the trip and what a way to finish!! This was the perfect ending to a very interesting ‘Far South’ trip. So many grey reef sharks, plus a WHALE SHARK, ribbon eels, flatworms, small yellow notodoris (Gardiner’s neon slug), eagle rays, hundreds and hundreds of big eye jacks, a huge barracuda and a couple of smaller grey reef sharks cleaning right in front of us.
Ocean Crossing
A four hour crossing over the the west side of the atoll, ready for the guests departure tomorrow.
Evening Activity
Was lovely watching the dolphins hunting around the back of the boat after dinner.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Late morning transfer for all the guests, ready for the domestic flight back to Male.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Met the guests at the airport and transferred them to Sea Spirit. All paper work completed, dive equipment sorted and ready for the check dive after lunch.
Dive 1
We had amazing visibility and saw so many fish and sting rays. We even had two passes from a guitar shark. It's always amazing to see so many different morays all chilling out together.
Day 1
Dive 1
We saw a couple of eagle rays hanging out on the corner with the larger one, obviously pregnant, as well as grey and white-tips sharks, a large shoal of blue fin gravelly charging around. Some guests even had some dolphins check them out on the reef top.
Dive 2
Super strong current, so everyone had to get down quickly, hook in and watch the show, followed by a swift drift along the south inside the reef.
Dive 3
Dusk/Night dive with many large nurse sharks swimming around. Jenkins sting rays, giant trevally, black-tip reef sharks up at 3m, made this a very exciting dive from start to end!! When we surfaced there was the most amazing sunset, which lit up the sky like it was on fire.
Day 2
Dive 1
WHAT A DIVE!!! Bow-mouthed guitar shark, grey reef sharks and white-tips, hundreds of big eye jacks all along the front, then to finish off, we saw a juvenile whale shark, which came and to say hello, making this a TOP DIVE.
Dive 2
Everyone was more than happy to go back to the same site, as why bother to move around when you have all the action right there. We all came back from the dive extremely happy - plenty of action plus the super strong current again.
Dive 3
The soft coral along the front of the spur was amazing, all puffed out to its full glory! We saw a large feather-tail ray, rainbow runners, a couple of white-tips, a little robust ghost pipe fish, comet fish and some whip coral shrimp.
Day 3
Dive 1
We were hoping to see a manta or two, but sadly not today, so we spent time just enjoying the sift corals and large fan corals.
Dive 2
I always really enjoy this site, as there’s always so much activity! A pregnant grey reef shark, white-tips, eagle rays, a huge shoal of mid-night snappers and big eye jacks, banner fish and sweet-lips, all hanging around the pinnacle, which is covered by the most amazing golden soft coral. We also saw some turtles, and a huge shoal of hump-headed snappers up on the reef.
Dive 3
We made this a very short dive, as WOW almost zero visibility and so much sea grass!!! I can see why there were no mantas cleaning today.
Day 4
Dive 1
What a completely different dive to yesterday! This longer, shallow dive allowed us to enjoy six mantas putting on a great display, passing right over our heads. All very happy guests back on Spirit.
Dive 2
OMG super strong current!! As soon as anybody tried to go shallow they were spat out over the reef and into the channel, making it one hell of a drift dive!
Dive 3
Thought we’d give everyone a chill out dive. It’s funny really, once you’ve been in the currents and seen how they bring in all the pelagic action, then you experience a very tame site, it makes you want to get back in the channels. The giri was pretty with lots of small reef fish, but this trip is all about going South and Channels.
Day 5
Dive 1
We’ve never dived this site before, so we thought we’d give it a go! What a lovely surprise, really good coral coverage with some young coral blocks (a soft golden colour) full of reef fish, as well as turtles, eagle rays and white-tips in the immediate area. What a colourful dive.
Dive 2
Another first for us and again what a fabulous find!! The whole site was full of life, amazing hard and soft coral along with a constant free-way of fusiliers. Loved the dive!
Dive 3
A huge shoal of chevron barracuda and black jacks, white-tips, green turtles and reef fish all along the coral blocks. I've never seen so many in one area before!!
Evening Activity
Amazing sunset over the local island.
Day 6
Dive 1
Rain this morning made this a very dark dive, it was almost like being on a night dive.
Dive 2
Another new site for us. We were determined to find the manta’s cleaning station and after some patience a lovely male manta came in for a clean, which was great.
Ocean Crossing
A long 98km ocean crossing over the one and a half channel down into Huvadhoo.
Day 7
Dive 1
We gave everyone a relaxing start to the day, by hanging out on the corner, where we enjoyed green turtles, as well as a huge shoal of blue-strip snapper, raccoon butter-fly fish, blue-powder surgeon fish and parrot fish. They moved like a wave along the reef, which was amazing to watch. It was nice to see the hard coral was still looking good.
Dive 2
Strong out so we went for a swift drift starting on the inside, finishing on the outside corner with all the reef fish. On the drift we came across six eagle rays, green turtles, sting rays and white-tips.
Dive 3
Yeah in-current, so we were able to drop down the front of the channel, hook in and watch the sharks make passes in front of us. The drift into the channel afterwards was very interesting, being very strong so no chance to stop, you just had to go with the flow.
Day 8
Dive 1
This site has the most amazing display of layer after layer of huge fan corals all along the reef and the largest porites, all covered in blue-stripe snappers. Again many green turtles and a constant free-way of fusiliers.
Dive 2
The whole front of this channel is lovely, with ledges full of small stuff, whilst along the front we saw an abundance of both grey reef sharks and white-tips. We also saw a large shoal of black jacks, hundreds and hundreds of skip jack tuna, eagle rays and sting rays.
Dive 3
The current was perfect, allowing everyone to cross the front, enjoying all the action plus the bonus of finding ribbon eels and leaf fish in amongst the ledges..
Day 9
Dive 1
The grey sharks were all up high in the water column, all across the front of the channel. We saw the sting rays being cleaned, the white-tips resting and eagle rays, a huge shoal of big eye jacks and barracuda.
Dive 2
Another ‘sharky’ dive along the front, finishing with a gentle drift along the sand road to find both feather-tail sting rays and five eagle rays.
Dive 3
Amazing - so many grey reef sharks all along the front of the channel, along with large shoal of mid-night snappers and black jacks, as well as hundreds and hundreds of big eye jacks.
Day 10
Dive 1
Great dive! So many grey reef sharks plus a huge shoal of big eye jacks, which the sharks kept swimming through. Eagle rays, sting rays and green turtles, as well as Mobula rays, which were right below us, whilst we were waiting to be picked up at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Lovely dive - Over twenty Mobula rays, Eagle rays, huge green turtles, small Sea Hare, leaf fish, a very scruffy hawksbill, that looked like he could do with a good clean, as well as a guitar shark and a unknown large shark (we think it was a bull shark).
Dive 3
What a real shame, the hard coral all the way along the shallows has been affected by the El'nino back in April.
Day 11
Dive 1
Out-current, so we started with a drift along the sand channel to find eagle rays, small flounder and large whip-tail rays together with a couple of white-tips.
Dive 2
Last dive of the trip and what a way to finish!! This was the perfect ending to a very interesting ‘Far South’ trip. So many grey reef sharks, plus a WHALE SHARK, ribbon eels, flatworms, small yellow notodoris (Gardiner’s neon slug), eagle rays, hundreds and hundreds of big eye jacks, a huge barracuda and a couple of smaller grey reef sharks cleaning right in front of us.
Ocean Crossing
A four hour crossing over the the west side of the atoll, ready for the guests departure tomorrow.
Evening Activity
Was lovely watching the dolphins hunting around the back of the boat after dinner.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Late morning transfer for all the guests, ready for the domestic flight back to Male.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS525
15 Jan 2017 to 22 Jan 2017
Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
This trip was a group charter, so everyone came in together on the one flight, which meant that we could get moving quite early. Once the guests had sorted out their dive gear and safety briefs were done, we headed out for the check dive.
Dive 1
Couple of stingrays, so many different types of morays and some holes having five or six morays chilling out together. 100s of bannerfish and bigeyes. Super visibility and a small current made this the perfect dive of the trip.
Day 1
Dive 1
TIGER SHARK, 2 eagle rays, juvenile leopard shark, many whitetips, grey reef and black-tip shark, marble stingray being cleaned, a constant 'freeway' of fusiliers, coral blocks completely full of reef fish and a green turtle.
Dive 2
THREE MANTAS passing by .. two large silvertip sharks, small whitetips, a huge shoal of batfish, 100s of bluestripe snappers and pyramid butterflyfish, lovey burnt orange anemones and the whole water column was full of redtooth triggerfish.
Dive 3
Very strong current making this a very hard dive but it was worth it when we hooked in to stop and watch the eight grey sharks swimming back and forth.
Evening Activity
Guests went over to the little sand bank to sit and watch the beautiful sunset.
Day 2
Dive 1
Loved this dive!!! We had many grey reef sharks swimming back and forth right in front of us and for most of the dive!! Also a little eagle ray, huge marble ray, many whitetips, a huge Napoleon, shoals of rainbow runners and bigeye jacks.
Dive 2
Lovely little dive with a juv eagle ray hanging out with us for the whole dive while we hooked in to watch the grey reef sharks and w-tips. The tuna charged at the red-tooth trigger fish sending everything right at us making everyone jump.
Dive 3
A super dive as always on this site - with just about everything to see from sharks to critters.
Night Dive
Giant trevally charging about along with a couple of whitetips, small stingray followed us for most of the dive, so many Pleurobranchus grandis all over the top of the thila, two hawksbills and puffer fish resting in the black coral.
Day 3
Dive 1
MANTAS ... FOR A WHOLE HOUR!!!!
Dive 2
Even better than the first dive!!! SO MANY MANTAS ... coming right up to us and this went on for the whole dive. I also found a ghost pipe fish!
Dive 3
Three silvertips coming in to clean, a huge female pregnant MANTA cleaning on the reef top, 20+ dogtooth tuna, a whitemouth moray, spearing mantis shrimp and a hawksbill turtle.
Day 4
Dive 1
A 5m WHALESHARK swam right up to us!!!! Allowing everyone a good chance to see and take photos.
Dive 2
Two more WHALESHARKS with the one at the end of the dive being the same one from this mornings dive - this time swimming quite shallow and right towards us. A couple of us were able to keep up with it and swim along side it for a while.
Night Dive
A super dive with many nurse sharks and stingrays along with giant trevally swimming all around us. Then, in the shallows, we had a couple of black-tip reef sharks rushing around.
Day 5
Dive 1
A super strong current making this a very exciting dive! It was so strong that even some of our regs free-flowed if you turned your head round to look behind you!! But we did have many grey reef sharks and whitetips all hanging out in the current.
Dive 2
Everyone was happy to go back and give the site another go - but this time we decided to dive the other corner which turned out to have a little less current and a lot more fish life, but still plenty of pelagic action and sharks along the front.
Dive 3
Currents still running strong, so we decided to do an easier dive giving everyone space to take photographs. It was lovely to see the little yellow frogfish still hanging around and getting bigger!
Evening Activity
An evening walk around the local island.
Day 6
Dive 1
We started with a gentle drift along the outside reef, building up to quiet a fast drift on the inside of the channel. Everyone enjoyed the ride!!! And we still had plenty of action with sharks and eagle rays - and even a marlin.
Ocean Crossing
Smooth crossing back to North Male and Hulemale.
Evening Activity
After all the dive gear had been washed and laid out to dry, we took a couple of the guests for a walk around Hulemale. Evening chilling and a few drinks with a trip movie to watch after dinner.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All guests had an early transfer to the airport ready for their flights home.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
This trip was a group charter, so everyone came in together on the one flight, which meant that we could get moving quite early. Once the guests had sorted out their dive gear and safety briefs were done, we headed out for the check dive.
Dive 1
Couple of stingrays, so many different types of morays and some holes having five or six morays chilling out together. 100s of bannerfish and bigeyes. Super visibility and a small current made this the perfect dive of the trip.
Day 1
Dive 1
TIGER SHARK, 2 eagle rays, juvenile leopard shark, many whitetips, grey reef and black-tip shark, marble stingray being cleaned, a constant 'freeway' of fusiliers, coral blocks completely full of reef fish and a green turtle.
Dive 2
THREE MANTAS passing by .. two large silvertip sharks, small whitetips, a huge shoal of batfish, 100s of bluestripe snappers and pyramid butterflyfish, lovey burnt orange anemones and the whole water column was full of redtooth triggerfish.
Dive 3
Very strong current making this a very hard dive but it was worth it when we hooked in to stop and watch the eight grey sharks swimming back and forth.
Evening Activity
Guests went over to the little sand bank to sit and watch the beautiful sunset.
Day 2
Dive 1
Loved this dive!!! We had many grey reef sharks swimming back and forth right in front of us and for most of the dive!! Also a little eagle ray, huge marble ray, many whitetips, a huge Napoleon, shoals of rainbow runners and bigeye jacks.
Dive 2
Lovely little dive with a juv eagle ray hanging out with us for the whole dive while we hooked in to watch the grey reef sharks and w-tips. The tuna charged at the red-tooth trigger fish sending everything right at us making everyone jump.
Dive 3
A super dive as always on this site - with just about everything to see from sharks to critters.
Night Dive
Giant trevally charging about along with a couple of whitetips, small stingray followed us for most of the dive, so many Pleurobranchus grandis all over the top of the thila, two hawksbills and puffer fish resting in the black coral.
Day 3
Dive 1
MANTAS ... FOR A WHOLE HOUR!!!!
Dive 2
Even better than the first dive!!! SO MANY MANTAS ... coming right up to us and this went on for the whole dive. I also found a ghost pipe fish!
Dive 3
Three silvertips coming in to clean, a huge female pregnant MANTA cleaning on the reef top, 20+ dogtooth tuna, a whitemouth moray, spearing mantis shrimp and a hawksbill turtle.
Day 4
Dive 1
A 5m WHALESHARK swam right up to us!!!! Allowing everyone a good chance to see and take photos.
Dive 2
Two more WHALESHARKS with the one at the end of the dive being the same one from this mornings dive - this time swimming quite shallow and right towards us. A couple of us were able to keep up with it and swim along side it for a while.
Night Dive
A super dive with many nurse sharks and stingrays along with giant trevally swimming all around us. Then, in the shallows, we had a couple of black-tip reef sharks rushing around.
Day 5
Dive 1
A super strong current making this a very exciting dive! It was so strong that even some of our regs free-flowed if you turned your head round to look behind you!! But we did have many grey reef sharks and whitetips all hanging out in the current.
Dive 2
Everyone was happy to go back and give the site another go - but this time we decided to dive the other corner which turned out to have a little less current and a lot more fish life, but still plenty of pelagic action and sharks along the front.
Dive 3
Currents still running strong, so we decided to do an easier dive giving everyone space to take photographs. It was lovely to see the little yellow frogfish still hanging around and getting bigger!
Evening Activity
An evening walk around the local island.
Day 6
Dive 1
We started with a gentle drift along the outside reef, building up to quiet a fast drift on the inside of the channel. Everyone enjoyed the ride!!! And we still had plenty of action with sharks and eagle rays - and even a marlin.
Ocean Crossing
Smooth crossing back to North Male and Hulemale.
Evening Activity
After all the dive gear had been washed and laid out to dry, we took a couple of the guests for a walk around Hulemale. Evening chilling and a few drinks with a trip movie to watch after dinner.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All guests had an early transfer to the airport ready for their flights home.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS523
29 Dec 2016 to 8 Jan 2017
New Year Special (10 day)
Guest Transfer
Well ... due to the thick fog in Dubai, it meant flights were delayed so some guests didn't make the early morning flight and we had a few missing bags! But the late arrivals were meet and transferred to Sea Spirit and settled in. No check dive as it was far too late after getting back to Sea Spirit but all the dive equipment was set up ready for the morning.
Day 1
Dive 1
Love this site - it has so much fish life on the corner and around the large coral blocks, couple of whitetips, stingrays, large eagle ray, huge shoal of bluestripe snappers and humphead snappers, 5 large bumphead parrot fish, green turtles and half moon anglefish.
Dive 2
While I went back to the airport to meet the missing guests that got stuck in Dubai, Dave took the other guests for a fab dive. They had many stingrays and giant guitar shark, so many different types of morays (some with 7 in one hole!), a huge shoal of remora, so many bannerfish, fosters barracuda and a large shoal of bigeyes .
Dive 3
Due to rough weather, we cancelled the dive for safety reason and just used the time to cross to South Male Atoll and find a calmer anchor spot.
Day 2
Dive 1
Lovely blue water - a strong current, but great fun! Hundreds of skipjack tuna and so close. We also saw whitetip sharks, many napoleon (one large very blue old guy!) hundreds of bannerfish, ribbon eels, honeycomb morays and 2 octopus. Just a fab dive!
Dive 2
Another fab dive with so many grey sharks throughout the dive. Also 6 eagle rays hanging at jack corner, a huge shoal of bigeye jacks, black jacks, hundreds and hundreds of surgeon fish and the soft coral was puffed out to the its full glory.
Dive 3
Quite a hard channel crossing with strange currents once we reached the middle of the channel, but we did have both grey reef sharks and whitetips, black jacks and tuna ... then a 4 knot drift into the channel.
Night Dive
Last dive of 2016 … and WOW what rush!!! We had that many nurse sharks all around us and the water column was full of them - this went on for the whole 60 min dive. A fab finish to the year!!
Day 3
Dive 1
Fab start to the New Year with plenty of shark action all along the front of the channel plus the bonus of finding an ornate ghost pipefish.
Dive 2
Back for more shark action and this time the current wasn't too bad, so we were able to cross the channel. There were so many grey sharks, both adults and juveniles, along with many whitetips and shoaling bigeye jacks.
Dive 3
Love this site - so much to see and very interesting overhangs full of life. We had blacktip sharks, whitetips, stunning comet fish, very fast moving bird-wing flatworm and a huge shoal of rainbow runners.
Evening Activity
A sunset walk around the lovely little sand island.
Day 4
Dive 1
4 MANTAS CLEANING ... right over some of the guests heads!!! And a large marble ray, whip coral covered in colonial anemones, octopus, bluefin trevally charging around.
Dive 2
Grey sharks swimming among the bigeye jacks, tuna, fosters barracuda, amber jacks milling around, whitetip sharks, a strange snapper (I've not seen before!?), hawksbill turtle and eagle ray.
Dive 3
Another fab dive with hundreds of bluefin trevally and rainbow runners, huge fat grey sharks, green turtles, 3 MANTAS, a pair of porcelain crabs, little spearing mantis, stunning orange soft coral along the ledges and pinnacles, very nosey blackjacks that followed us for most of the dive and large shoals of humphead snappers.
Day 5
Dive 1
We had 2 LARGE FEMALE MANTAS ... a shame they seemed very nervous so they kept swimming off then returning for a quick clean.
Dive 2
Very healthy hard coral along the front of the channel and coral blocks full of reef fish. We had a couple of whitetip sharks and great barracuda - but the best was having 6 MOBULA which kept making passes.
Dive 3
What a pain - we had an out-current so we couldn't do the channel crossing! Ended up doing a gentle drift along the outside reef.
Day 6
Dive 1
Plenty of fish life hanging out on the corner which was nice.
Dive 2
We saw so many whitetip sharks, whiptail ray and large shoals of bluestripe snapper - but very cold water along the front of the ridge!
Dive 3
Two large silvertip sharks, eagle ray, whitetip sharks, so many napoleons, white mouth moray, peacock mantis shrimp, a pair of octopus, large shoals of Indian bannerfish and yellow spot snappers, turtles, tuna and a 'free-way' of fusiliers.
Day 7
Dive 1
MANTA-TASTIC!!! We had a lovely display for the whole dive along with all the shoals of bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish. The shallow part of the cleaning station was covered in juvenile fusiliers and basslets.
Dive 2
It was worth the wait ... we had 6 MANTAS at the end of the dive - so it was rude to just leave!
Dive 3
A super dive with so much life. Five hawksbill turtles, octopus, amber jacks, bigeye jacks, barracuda, large shoals of bannerfish, a little eagle ray and so many sharks - both grey reef and whitetips.
Night Dive
It was fab having the dive site to ourselves and with so much going on, it was a very exciting dive! The poor morays seem to be doing all the work hunting and scarring the little fish out, with the giant trevally and whitetips waiting! At one point we had 2 stingrays, morays, whitetips and giant trevally all trying to get the same fish!!! We saw two cuttlefish, many cushion stars out and about plus 7 Pleurobranchus grandis, two sleeping hawksbills and, right at the end, we had a one of the stingrays swim up to the surface.
Day 8
Dive 1
As soon as I reached the top of the thila I found a robust ghost pipefish. A very cute eagle ray hung out with us for the whole dive - in fact it seemed everything decided to hang out on top of the thila with all the bigeyes plus fosters barracuda. W even had the grey sharks swimming right through the bigeyes, 5 little juvenile grey sharks, many whitetips and larger grey sharks kept charging at the fish.
Dive 2
Loved this dive - it was like been on an adventure, drifting all along the front with large shoals of batfish, so many grey sharks, large feathertail ray, whiptail ray, friendly eagle ray, huge shoal of chevron barracuda and stunning huge purple sponge.
Dive 3
Well, what more can I say but 'fish soup' - we had just about everything!!!
Evening Activity
Sunset drinks on the the little island to watch the sunset.
Day 9
Dive 1
What a difference a day can make - we had good visibility on the third dive yesterday then to have very green water and no current this morning, but still plenty to see in the murk.
Dive 2
Only our second dive on this site so we are still trying to work it out as it's such a big area. But a very enjoyable dive with plenty of big stuff and small stuff to see. I think a couple more dives and we will have it worked out. It's good to explore and discover new sites!
Ocean Crossing
Very clam crossing back to Hulemale. Guests were happy to stay on board Sea Spirit and enjoy the sun rather than go into Male.
Evening Activity
Nice evening chatting after watching the trip DVD.
Day 10
Guest Transfer
Its that time to transfer all the guests to the airport ready for their onward flights home.
Day 11
 
Guest Transfer
Well ... due to the thick fog in Dubai, it meant flights were delayed so some guests didn't make the early morning flight and we had a few missing bags! But the late arrivals were meet and transferred to Sea Spirit and settled in. No check dive as it was far too late after getting back to Sea Spirit but all the dive equipment was set up ready for the morning.
Day 1
Dive 1
Love this site - it has so much fish life on the corner and around the large coral blocks, couple of whitetips, stingrays, large eagle ray, huge shoal of bluestripe snappers and humphead snappers, 5 large bumphead parrot fish, green turtles and half moon anglefish.
Dive 2
While I went back to the airport to meet the missing guests that got stuck in Dubai, Dave took the other guests for a fab dive. They had many stingrays and giant guitar shark, so many different types of morays (some with 7 in one hole!), a huge shoal of remora, so many bannerfish, fosters barracuda and a large shoal of bigeyes .
Dive 3
Due to rough weather, we cancelled the dive for safety reason and just used the time to cross to South Male Atoll and find a calmer anchor spot.
Day 2
Dive 1
Lovely blue water - a strong current, but great fun! Hundreds of skipjack tuna and so close. We also saw whitetip sharks, many napoleon (one large very blue old guy!) hundreds of bannerfish, ribbon eels, honeycomb morays and 2 octopus. Just a fab dive!
Dive 2
Another fab dive with so many grey sharks throughout the dive. Also 6 eagle rays hanging at jack corner, a huge shoal of bigeye jacks, black jacks, hundreds and hundreds of surgeon fish and the soft coral was puffed out to the its full glory.
Dive 3
Quite a hard channel crossing with strange currents once we reached the middle of the channel, but we did have both grey reef sharks and whitetips, black jacks and tuna ... then a 4 knot drift into the channel.
Night Dive
Last dive of 2016 … and WOW what rush!!! We had that many nurse sharks all around us and the water column was full of them - this went on for the whole 60 min dive. A fab finish to the year!!
Day 3
Dive 1
Fab start to the New Year with plenty of shark action all along the front of the channel plus the bonus of finding an ornate ghost pipefish.
Dive 2
Back for more shark action and this time the current wasn't too bad, so we were able to cross the channel. There were so many grey sharks, both adults and juveniles, along with many whitetips and shoaling bigeye jacks.
Dive 3
Love this site - so much to see and very interesting overhangs full of life. We had blacktip sharks, whitetips, stunning comet fish, very fast moving bird-wing flatworm and a huge shoal of rainbow runners.
Evening Activity
A sunset walk around the lovely little sand island.
Day 4
Dive 1
4 MANTAS CLEANING ... right over some of the guests heads!!! And a large marble ray, whip coral covered in colonial anemones, octopus, bluefin trevally charging around.
Dive 2
Grey sharks swimming among the bigeye jacks, tuna, fosters barracuda, amber jacks milling around, whitetip sharks, a strange snapper (I've not seen before!?), hawksbill turtle and eagle ray.
Dive 3
Another fab dive with hundreds of bluefin trevally and rainbow runners, huge fat grey sharks, green turtles, 3 MANTAS, a pair of porcelain crabs, little spearing mantis, stunning orange soft coral along the ledges and pinnacles, very nosey blackjacks that followed us for most of the dive and large shoals of humphead snappers.
Day 5
Dive 1
We had 2 LARGE FEMALE MANTAS ... a shame they seemed very nervous so they kept swimming off then returning for a quick clean.
Dive 2
Very healthy hard coral along the front of the channel and coral blocks full of reef fish. We had a couple of whitetip sharks and great barracuda - but the best was having 6 MOBULA which kept making passes.
Dive 3
What a pain - we had an out-current so we couldn't do the channel crossing! Ended up doing a gentle drift along the outside reef.
Day 6
Dive 1
Plenty of fish life hanging out on the corner which was nice.
Dive 2
We saw so many whitetip sharks, whiptail ray and large shoals of bluestripe snapper - but very cold water along the front of the ridge!
Dive 3
Two large silvertip sharks, eagle ray, whitetip sharks, so many napoleons, white mouth moray, peacock mantis shrimp, a pair of octopus, large shoals of Indian bannerfish and yellow spot snappers, turtles, tuna and a 'free-way' of fusiliers.
Day 7
Dive 1
MANTA-TASTIC!!! We had a lovely display for the whole dive along with all the shoals of bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish. The shallow part of the cleaning station was covered in juvenile fusiliers and basslets.
Dive 2
It was worth the wait ... we had 6 MANTAS at the end of the dive - so it was rude to just leave!
Dive 3
A super dive with so much life. Five hawksbill turtles, octopus, amber jacks, bigeye jacks, barracuda, large shoals of bannerfish, a little eagle ray and so many sharks - both grey reef and whitetips.
Night Dive
It was fab having the dive site to ourselves and with so much going on, it was a very exciting dive! The poor morays seem to be doing all the work hunting and scarring the little fish out, with the giant trevally and whitetips waiting! At one point we had 2 stingrays, morays, whitetips and giant trevally all trying to get the same fish!!! We saw two cuttlefish, many cushion stars out and about plus 7 Pleurobranchus grandis, two sleeping hawksbills and, right at the end, we had a one of the stingrays swim up to the surface.
Day 8
Dive 1
As soon as I reached the top of the thila I found a robust ghost pipefish. A very cute eagle ray hung out with us for the whole dive - in fact it seemed everything decided to hang out on top of the thila with all the bigeyes plus fosters barracuda. W even had the grey sharks swimming right through the bigeyes, 5 little juvenile grey sharks, many whitetips and larger grey sharks kept charging at the fish.
Dive 2
Loved this dive - it was like been on an adventure, drifting all along the front with large shoals of batfish, so many grey sharks, large feathertail ray, whiptail ray, friendly eagle ray, huge shoal of chevron barracuda and stunning huge purple sponge.
Dive 3
Well, what more can I say but 'fish soup' - we had just about everything!!!
Evening Activity
Sunset drinks on the the little island to watch the sunset.
Day 9
Dive 1
What a difference a day can make - we had good visibility on the third dive yesterday then to have very green water and no current this morning, but still plenty to see in the murk.
Dive 2
Only our second dive on this site so we are still trying to work it out as it's such a big area. But a very enjoyable dive with plenty of big stuff and small stuff to see. I think a couple more dives and we will have it worked out. It's good to explore and discover new sites!
Ocean Crossing
Very clam crossing back to Hulemale. Guests were happy to stay on board Sea Spirit and enjoy the sun rather than go into Male.
Evening Activity
Nice evening chatting after watching the trip DVD.
Day 10
Guest Transfer
Its that time to transfer all the guests to the airport ready for their onward flights home.
Day 11
Sea Spirit SS522
18 Dec 2016 to 28 Dec 2016
Christmas Special (10 day)
Guest Transfer
All the guests came through really quickly so we were able to move Sea Spirit and make a very smooth crossing straight over to Ari Atoll. Once in Ari and anchor down, it was time to set up dive kit and do the buoyancy checks ready for the nights entertainment.
Dive 1
Now that's the way you start a trip!!! A check dive sitting under the boat watching a friendly FEMALE MANTA (Ombak kecil mv-ma 3936) feeding and doing loop-the-loops.
Day 1
Dive 1
EIGHT MANTAS CLEANING together and hovering right over our heads! This continued for the whole 75 min dive and the best part was we had the dive site all to ourselves.
Dive 2
Rude not to back to enjoy the lovely mantas again - and they didn't disappoint! In fact we had even more MANTAS this time and they really came so close… MANTASTIC!
Dive 3
Very cute dive with the whole thila covered in silversides and glassfish and so many juvenile fusiliers, long-nose hawkfish, black coral bush covered in clear shrimps, many lionfish hunting the glassfish and scorpionfish ,
Evening Activity
Had a lovely walk around a beautiful little island to watch the sunset and just enjoy the peace.
Day 2
Dive 1
OMG what an amazing dive!!! We had silvertip sharks cleaning plus 6 MANTAS swimming along the top of the reef, then to follow us down and using our bubbles to clean. 4 large female mantas decided it was fun to use us as part of their cleaning station so we had to almost lie flat to allow room for them to hover over our bubbles. They came that close we had real good eye contact and they even followed us off the reef when we had to leave - I really did not want to come up!
Dive 2
Very green water - no whaleshark, but we did have a large stingray and a couple of whitetips, turtles, a large shoal of bluestrip snappers and yellow goatfish, a pair of porcelain crabs, octopus, a pair of little chromodoris fidelis, blocks covered in glassfish and fusiliers all the way through the dive.
Dive 3
A strong in-current on this dive so we made it a swift dive along the front of the channel crossing from thila to thila. We saw whitetips, a large shoal of red snappers, bigeye jacks, thread fin trevally and an eagle ray.
Day 3
Dive 1
This dive was so lovely with great viz and a small current making it a very relaxing dive. I just enjoyed 'chilling out' with all the fish!
Dive 2
Both in-current and out-current making it a strange dive. Loads of shoaling fish and turtles, stingrays, eagle rays, whitetips, so many yellowmargin triggerfish.
Dive 3
Dusk to night dive - with lots of small stuff and really nice walls to investigate. There was black coral full of shrimps, two spot snappers and coral blocks covered in Christmas tree tube worms.
Evening Activity
We had two marlin and one sword fish hunting around the back of Sea Spirit for over two hours, along with tuna and a couple of small sharks.
Day 4
Dive 1
Spent most of the dive multi-leveling on the corner and enjoying all the fish covering the coral blocks - a pair of pebble flounders, huge shoal of humphead snappers, 3 mobula, eagle ray, large female whitetip, a couple of grey sharks, quiet a few hawksbill turtles and one large green turtle.
Dive 2
Strange current on this one with both in and out currents bringing clear but cold water with the in-current and green and warmer water with the out-current. A constant 'free-way' of fusiliers, huge eagle ray, 100’s of bigeye jacks went crazy around us, many yellow margin triggerfish nesting along the sand, turtles, whitetips and mobula.
Dive 3
6 MANTAS for the whole dive!!! All cleaning and they really didn't mind us being there. It was nice having them use our bubbles to clean and hover right over our heads - the best bit was there were no other divers just us…. bliss!
Snorkelling
HUNDREDS OF DOLPHINS around Nuimath (the dive dhoni) on our way back to Sea Spirit - some guests had a quick snorkel with the dolphins but they were moving way to quick.
Day 5
Dive 1
WOW ... what a dive! The MANTAS really put on quite a show for us - swimming right around all the divers and coming so close. This went on for the whole dive and we even had mantas while doing our safety stops.
Dive 2
Love this site - always plenty of action and the bonus of all that lovely orange soft coral - stunning! We had 30+ MOBULA, eagle rays, large grey sharks, a huge shoal of midnight snappers, 100’s of humphead snappers, a large female stingray, napoleons and barracuda.
Dive 3
A huge dog-tooth tuna made me look really small. He kept swimming around us with another 3 large tuna - god he was ugly! Grey sharks and whitetips, a huge shoal of bigeye jacks and fosters barracuda, little eagle ray hanging around the coral blocks, a very friendly hawksbill turtle, large shoals of sweetlips and redtail butterflyfish and so many anemones in the shallows.
Evening Activity
Guests went over to the sand bank with a few beers to watch the sun set.
Day 6
Dive 1
Another out-current this morning so we spent most of the dive hanging around the large coral blocks on the corner with all the shoaling reef fish , couple of w-tips and mobula.
Dive 2
Another out-current this morning so we spent most of the dive hanging around the large coral blocks on the corner with all the shoaling reef fish , couple of w-tips and mobula.
Dive 3
Bowmouth guitar sharks, TWO MANTAS , eagle rays, whitetip sharks, feathertail ray, a pair of robust ghost pipefish and lovely fan corals along the overhangs.
Day 7
Dive 1
Christmas morning and MANTAS! With 4 together and another two 'fly-bys', a pair of robust ghost pipefish and a halameda ghost pipefish and a large marble ray. I love just hanging around the large coral blocks - there's so mush fish life you get completely surrounded by fish!
Dive 2
Strong in-current bringing with it all the lovely grey reef sharks and whitetip sharks. We hung on at the front of the channel until our bottom time ran out, then we went for a swift drift into the channel … great fun!
Dive 3
Everyone was more than happy to go back to the channel again and enjoy watching the sharks. In fact we had more sharks this dive plus 8 eagle rays. The drift into the channel was so fast we had no chance to stop!
Night Dive
Can't think of a better way to spend Christmas night than going on a night dive watching all the nurse sharks swim around us along with stingrays and blacktip reef sharks.
Evening Activity
A lovely Christmas dinner back on Sea Spirit along with a few glasses of bubbles to end a very fun packed Christmas Day!
Day 8
Dive 1
Love this channel crossing - we had batfish for the whole dive along with a huge shoal of black jacks, plenty of shark action and dog tooth tuna. We also had a huge shoal of green check parrotfish came like a wave over the reef top.
Dive 2
Critter heaven from many ribbon eels and leaf fish, many types of cleaner shrimps, mantis shrimps, scorpionfish and lionfish.
Dive 3
What a dive - with so much action all along the front of the thila. We had loads of grey reef sharks and whitetips, eagle rays, whiptail rays, feathertail rays, a huge shoal of fosters barracuda and great barracuda. But the 'WOW' was the current - it was so strong we 'flew' over the thila!
Night Dive
Another fantastic night dive with the giant guitar shark swimming around, couple of feathertail rays and marble rays. So many different types of moray and many 'hanging out' in holes together. A large cuttlefish and a strange looking pufferfish.
Day 9
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip and it was perfect! With huge dogtooth tuna charging around, many stingrays, huge honeycomb morays swimming around, banded pipefish, blush check pipefish, banded shrimps, morays covered in cleaner shrimp, a huge shoal of remora hanging around, 100s of bannerfish and bigeyes and a large shoal of fosters barracuda. The amount of different morays was crazy and with many different ones sharing homes. We found morays you never see anywhere else - like the leopard moray and white eyed moray. It was great finding my first six stripe soapfish - a stunning little fish.
Daytime Excursion
A couple of guests went into to Male for a walk before returning to Sea Spirit to finish packing and to enjoy the last of the lovely sunshine.
Evening Activity
After dinner guests had the pleasure of watching the trip DVD bringing back all those lovely memories.
Day 10
Guest Transfer
It's always sad to be at the end of the trip and transferring guests to the airport ready for their flights home. This has been a very Manta-tastic Christmas trip!
Day 11
 
Guest Transfer
All the guests came through really quickly so we were able to move Sea Spirit and make a very smooth crossing straight over to Ari Atoll. Once in Ari and anchor down, it was time to set up dive kit and do the buoyancy checks ready for the nights entertainment.
Dive 1
Now that's the way you start a trip!!! A check dive sitting under the boat watching a friendly FEMALE MANTA (Ombak kecil mv-ma 3936) feeding and doing loop-the-loops.
Day 1
Dive 1
EIGHT MANTAS CLEANING together and hovering right over our heads! This continued for the whole 75 min dive and the best part was we had the dive site all to ourselves.
Dive 2
Rude not to back to enjoy the lovely mantas again - and they didn't disappoint! In fact we had even more MANTAS this time and they really came so close… MANTASTIC!
Dive 3
Very cute dive with the whole thila covered in silversides and glassfish and so many juvenile fusiliers, long-nose hawkfish, black coral bush covered in clear shrimps, many lionfish hunting the glassfish and scorpionfish ,
Evening Activity
Had a lovely walk around a beautiful little island to watch the sunset and just enjoy the peace.
Day 2
Dive 1
OMG what an amazing dive!!! We had silvertip sharks cleaning plus 6 MANTAS swimming along the top of the reef, then to follow us down and using our bubbles to clean. 4 large female mantas decided it was fun to use us as part of their cleaning station so we had to almost lie flat to allow room for them to hover over our bubbles. They came that close we had real good eye contact and they even followed us off the reef when we had to leave - I really did not want to come up!
Dive 2
Very green water - no whaleshark, but we did have a large stingray and a couple of whitetips, turtles, a large shoal of bluestrip snappers and yellow goatfish, a pair of porcelain crabs, octopus, a pair of little chromodoris fidelis, blocks covered in glassfish and fusiliers all the way through the dive.
Dive 3
A strong in-current on this dive so we made it a swift dive along the front of the channel crossing from thila to thila. We saw whitetips, a large shoal of red snappers, bigeye jacks, thread fin trevally and an eagle ray.
Day 3
Dive 1
This dive was so lovely with great viz and a small current making it a very relaxing dive. I just enjoyed 'chilling out' with all the fish!
Dive 2
Both in-current and out-current making it a strange dive. Loads of shoaling fish and turtles, stingrays, eagle rays, whitetips, so many yellowmargin triggerfish.
Dive 3
Dusk to night dive - with lots of small stuff and really nice walls to investigate. There was black coral full of shrimps, two spot snappers and coral blocks covered in Christmas tree tube worms.
Evening Activity
We had two marlin and one sword fish hunting around the back of Sea Spirit for over two hours, along with tuna and a couple of small sharks.
Day 4
Dive 1
Spent most of the dive multi-leveling on the corner and enjoying all the fish covering the coral blocks - a pair of pebble flounders, huge shoal of humphead snappers, 3 mobula, eagle ray, large female whitetip, a couple of grey sharks, quiet a few hawksbill turtles and one large green turtle.
Dive 2
Strange current on this one with both in and out currents bringing clear but cold water with the in-current and green and warmer water with the out-current. A constant 'free-way' of fusiliers, huge eagle ray, 100’s of bigeye jacks went crazy around us, many yellow margin triggerfish nesting along the sand, turtles, whitetips and mobula.
Dive 3
6 MANTAS for the whole dive!!! All cleaning and they really didn't mind us being there. It was nice having them use our bubbles to clean and hover right over our heads - the best bit was there were no other divers just us…. bliss!
Snorkelling
HUNDREDS OF DOLPHINS around Nuimath (the dive dhoni) on our way back to Sea Spirit - some guests had a quick snorkel with the dolphins but they were moving way to quick.
Day 5
Dive 1
WOW ... what a dive! The MANTAS really put on quite a show for us - swimming right around all the divers and coming so close. This went on for the whole dive and we even had mantas while doing our safety stops.
Dive 2
Love this site - always plenty of action and the bonus of all that lovely orange soft coral - stunning! We had 30+ MOBULA, eagle rays, large grey sharks, a huge shoal of midnight snappers, 100’s of humphead snappers, a large female stingray, napoleons and barracuda.
Dive 3
A huge dog-tooth tuna made me look really small. He kept swimming around us with another 3 large tuna - god he was ugly! Grey sharks and whitetips, a huge shoal of bigeye jacks and fosters barracuda, little eagle ray hanging around the coral blocks, a very friendly hawksbill turtle, large shoals of sweetlips and redtail butterflyfish and so many anemones in the shallows.
Evening Activity
Guests went over to the sand bank with a few beers to watch the sun set.
Day 6
Dive 1
Another out-current this morning so we spent most of the dive hanging around the large coral blocks on the corner with all the shoaling reef fish , couple of w-tips and mobula.
Dive 2
Another out-current this morning so we spent most of the dive hanging around the large coral blocks on the corner with all the shoaling reef fish , couple of w-tips and mobula.
Dive 3
Bowmouth guitar sharks, TWO MANTAS , eagle rays, whitetip sharks, feathertail ray, a pair of robust ghost pipefish and lovely fan corals along the overhangs.
Day 7
Dive 1
Christmas morning and MANTAS! With 4 together and another two 'fly-bys', a pair of robust ghost pipefish and a halameda ghost pipefish and a large marble ray. I love just hanging around the large coral blocks - there's so mush fish life you get completely surrounded by fish!
Dive 2
Strong in-current bringing with it all the lovely grey reef sharks and whitetip sharks. We hung on at the front of the channel until our bottom time ran out, then we went for a swift drift into the channel … great fun!
Dive 3
Everyone was more than happy to go back to the channel again and enjoy watching the sharks. In fact we had more sharks this dive plus 8 eagle rays. The drift into the channel was so fast we had no chance to stop!
Night Dive
Can't think of a better way to spend Christmas night than going on a night dive watching all the nurse sharks swim around us along with stingrays and blacktip reef sharks.
Evening Activity
A lovely Christmas dinner back on Sea Spirit along with a few glasses of bubbles to end a very fun packed Christmas Day!
Day 8
Dive 1
Love this channel crossing - we had batfish for the whole dive along with a huge shoal of black jacks, plenty of shark action and dog tooth tuna. We also had a huge shoal of green check parrotfish came like a wave over the reef top.
Dive 2
Critter heaven from many ribbon eels and leaf fish, many types of cleaner shrimps, mantis shrimps, scorpionfish and lionfish.
Dive 3
What a dive - with so much action all along the front of the thila. We had loads of grey reef sharks and whitetips, eagle rays, whiptail rays, feathertail rays, a huge shoal of fosters barracuda and great barracuda. But the 'WOW' was the current - it was so strong we 'flew' over the thila!
Night Dive
Another fantastic night dive with the giant guitar shark swimming around, couple of feathertail rays and marble rays. So many different types of moray and many 'hanging out' in holes together. A large cuttlefish and a strange looking pufferfish.
Day 9
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip and it was perfect! With huge dogtooth tuna charging around, many stingrays, huge honeycomb morays swimming around, banded pipefish, blush check pipefish, banded shrimps, morays covered in cleaner shrimp, a huge shoal of remora hanging around, 100s of bannerfish and bigeyes and a large shoal of fosters barracuda. The amount of different morays was crazy and with many different ones sharing homes. We found morays you never see anywhere else - like the leopard moray and white eyed moray. It was great finding my first six stripe soapfish - a stunning little fish.
Daytime Excursion
A couple of guests went into to Male for a walk before returning to Sea Spirit to finish packing and to enjoy the last of the lovely sunshine.
Evening Activity
After dinner guests had the pleasure of watching the trip DVD bringing back all those lovely memories.
Day 10
Guest Transfer
It's always sad to be at the end of the trip and transferring guests to the airport ready for their flights home. This has been a very Manta-tastic Christmas trip!
Day 11
Sea Spirit SS521
11 Dec 2016 to 18 Dec 2016
Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
A few guests came in on the Emirates flight and some came from resorts and guest house on Hulemale. Once all on board and paper work filled out, it was time to cross from North Male to South Male.
Dive 1
What a perfect check out dive with very little current and tonnes of reef fish all over the thila. It was nice finding the little yellow warty frog fish and my first ornate ghost pipe fish for quite some time. Also an octopus and so many scorpion fish and lion fish.
Day 1
Dive 1
Quite a drift dive!!! To start with we 'flew' along the overhangs but once on the outside you could slow down and take a look around. We saw a couple of eagle rays and many whitetip reef sharks, some huge dogtooth tuna, hundreds of bannerfish, honeycomb moray, a friendly hawksbill turtle and a small nurse shark under a coral block.
Dive 2
Fab dive with many grey reef sharks along the front and whitetips plus 11 eagle rays all in formation - stunning to watch! A couple of green turtles. A right giggle watching a pair of hawksbill turtles fighting over a piece of sponge - they kept biting each others fins! A large shoal of sweetlips and redtail butterflyfish.
Dive 3
A strong current once we reached the middle of the channel, so we hooked in and watched the many grey reef sharks until our bottom time was low.
Day 2
Dive 1
What a difference from yesterdays dive - a small in-current and fab viz plus so many grey reef sharks and whitetips all along the front of the channel. Plus one very pregnant eagle ray!
Dive 2
Swift drift dive along a very interesting reef. The best part was right on the corner where, over the atoll plate, there were 23 juvenile grey reef sharks being closely followed by 2 large female grey reef sharks, a large shoal of skipjack tuna, very pregnant whitetip reef shark, huge bonefish on the reef top, a turtle and large shoals of snappers.
Dive 3
Very relaxing dive with both the reef and the wreck fully covered in juvenile fusiliers and silversides. We saw 5 lionfish hanging out together, a large napoleon at the stern of the wreck, a very pink flatworm, a couple of reef pipefish and a little moray eel.
Day 3
Dive 1
We had both an out-current and in-current! A couple of whitetips, a very small juvenile whitetip resting under a coral block, octopus, many honeycomb morays, whitemouth moray, little halimeda ghostpipefish, large shoals of yellow spot snappers and bluestripe snappers, a large male hawksbill turtle and a 'free-way' of fusiliers.
Dive 2
Three different types of stingray swimming around,surgeon fish and butterfly fish in big shoals, large shoal of remora, hundreds of bannerfish and so many different types of morays - some with six in one hole!
Dive 3
A really strong current made this a very tough dive, with currents hitting you everywhere you moved - after 35 mins we gave up … boo hoo!
Night Dive
A guitar shark swam around us a couple of times and the last time it came in it swam right up to me and was so close I could have kissed it! We saw four different stingrays, leopard snake eels swimming around and it was fab finding a leopard moray which are really rare to spot. The remora where still swimming around and there were so many banded shrimps all crawling around.
Day 4
Dive 1
A very interesting reef with a couple of eagle rays, huge shoals of red snappers and midnight snappers, stingray, leaf fish, whitetips, mobula, hawksbill turtle and loads of stripe-legged lobsters.
Dive 2
Little eagle ray, 8 juvenile grey reef sharks along with a couple of larger ones. We saw whitetips swimming around and a juvenile one resting under the table corals. Scorpion fish, octopus, batfish being cleaned and large shoals of bigeyes and bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
Spent most of the dive 'hanging out' by the deeper pinnacle watching the grey sharks swimming around. We also saw an eagle ray, 5 hawksbill turtles and a stonefish.
Night Dive
Night dive under Sea Spirit using our lights - we were able to watch a manta ray feeding.
Day 5
Dive 1
MANTA MAGIC for the whole hour ... with 11 mantas cleaning at one time. Brilliant!
Dive 2
Another fantastic MANTA dive with 8 together!! We also had loads of grey reef sharks and whtietips swimming around the cleaning station then, right at the end, we had a mobula come and join in!
Dive 3
Many whitetips and grey reef sharks plus a blacktip shark right at the end of the dive. We had eagle rays, stingrays, a pair of leaf fish, a large shoal of bigeye jacks, some huge dogtooth tuna and the whole ridge was just covered in redtooth triggerfish and basslets.
Evening Activity
Very clear sky with an amazing star show!
Day 6
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip and what a fab dive to finish on!!! We had the pleasure of a large bowmouth guitar shark, a couple of grey reef sharks, whitetips, eagle rays, a pair of blacktip reef sharks and loads of batfish hanging out along the reef.
Ocean Crossing
Pleasant crossing back to North Male.
Evening Activity
A few of the guests went into Male for a walk around and a lovely ice-cream in Seagulls Cafe.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
An early morning transfer for the guests to the airport ready for their flights home.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
A few guests came in on the Emirates flight and some came from resorts and guest house on Hulemale. Once all on board and paper work filled out, it was time to cross from North Male to South Male.
Dive 1
What a perfect check out dive with very little current and tonnes of reef fish all over the thila. It was nice finding the little yellow warty frog fish and my first ornate ghost pipe fish for quite some time. Also an octopus and so many scorpion fish and lion fish.
Day 1
Dive 1
Quite a drift dive!!! To start with we 'flew' along the overhangs but once on the outside you could slow down and take a look around. We saw a couple of eagle rays and many whitetip reef sharks, some huge dogtooth tuna, hundreds of bannerfish, honeycomb moray, a friendly hawksbill turtle and a small nurse shark under a coral block.
Dive 2
Fab dive with many grey reef sharks along the front and whitetips plus 11 eagle rays all in formation - stunning to watch! A couple of green turtles. A right giggle watching a pair of hawksbill turtles fighting over a piece of sponge - they kept biting each others fins! A large shoal of sweetlips and redtail butterflyfish.
Dive 3
A strong current once we reached the middle of the channel, so we hooked in and watched the many grey reef sharks until our bottom time was low.
Day 2
Dive 1
What a difference from yesterdays dive - a small in-current and fab viz plus so many grey reef sharks and whitetips all along the front of the channel. Plus one very pregnant eagle ray!
Dive 2
Swift drift dive along a very interesting reef. The best part was right on the corner where, over the atoll plate, there were 23 juvenile grey reef sharks being closely followed by 2 large female grey reef sharks, a large shoal of skipjack tuna, very pregnant whitetip reef shark, huge bonefish on the reef top, a turtle and large shoals of snappers.
Dive 3
Very relaxing dive with both the reef and the wreck fully covered in juvenile fusiliers and silversides. We saw 5 lionfish hanging out together, a large napoleon at the stern of the wreck, a very pink flatworm, a couple of reef pipefish and a little moray eel.
Day 3
Dive 1
We had both an out-current and in-current! A couple of whitetips, a very small juvenile whitetip resting under a coral block, octopus, many honeycomb morays, whitemouth moray, little halimeda ghostpipefish, large shoals of yellow spot snappers and bluestripe snappers, a large male hawksbill turtle and a 'free-way' of fusiliers.
Dive 2
Three different types of stingray swimming around,surgeon fish and butterfly fish in big shoals, large shoal of remora, hundreds of bannerfish and so many different types of morays - some with six in one hole!
Dive 3
A really strong current made this a very tough dive, with currents hitting you everywhere you moved - after 35 mins we gave up … boo hoo!
Night Dive
A guitar shark swam around us a couple of times and the last time it came in it swam right up to me and was so close I could have kissed it! We saw four different stingrays, leopard snake eels swimming around and it was fab finding a leopard moray which are really rare to spot. The remora where still swimming around and there were so many banded shrimps all crawling around.
Day 4
Dive 1
A very interesting reef with a couple of eagle rays, huge shoals of red snappers and midnight snappers, stingray, leaf fish, whitetips, mobula, hawksbill turtle and loads of stripe-legged lobsters.
Dive 2
Little eagle ray, 8 juvenile grey reef sharks along with a couple of larger ones. We saw whitetips swimming around and a juvenile one resting under the table corals. Scorpion fish, octopus, batfish being cleaned and large shoals of bigeyes and bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
Spent most of the dive 'hanging out' by the deeper pinnacle watching the grey sharks swimming around. We also saw an eagle ray, 5 hawksbill turtles and a stonefish.
Night Dive
Night dive under Sea Spirit using our lights - we were able to watch a manta ray feeding.
Day 5
Dive 1
MANTA MAGIC for the whole hour ... with 11 mantas cleaning at one time. Brilliant!
Dive 2
Another fantastic MANTA dive with 8 together!! We also had loads of grey reef sharks and whtietips swimming around the cleaning station then, right at the end, we had a mobula come and join in!
Dive 3
Many whitetips and grey reef sharks plus a blacktip shark right at the end of the dive. We had eagle rays, stingrays, a pair of leaf fish, a large shoal of bigeye jacks, some huge dogtooth tuna and the whole ridge was just covered in redtooth triggerfish and basslets.
Evening Activity
Very clear sky with an amazing star show!
Day 6
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip and what a fab dive to finish on!!! We had the pleasure of a large bowmouth guitar shark, a couple of grey reef sharks, whitetips, eagle rays, a pair of blacktip reef sharks and loads of batfish hanging out along the reef.
Ocean Crossing
Pleasant crossing back to North Male.
Evening Activity
A few of the guests went into Male for a walk around and a lovely ice-cream in Seagulls Cafe.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
An early morning transfer for the guests to the airport ready for their flights home.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS519
27 Nov 2016 to 4 Dec 2016
Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Early Meet and Greet this morning followed by the remaining guests arriving on the later morning flight.
Dive 1
Check dive, quite a swift drift dive with plenty to see - many white-tips, whip-tail, green turtle and hawksbill turtle, lovely anemones and an eagle ray. Large shoals of sweet-lips and blue stripe snappers.
Day 1
Dive 1
A tiger shark made two swim-bys, 6 stingrays and a huge shoal of banner fish filed the water column. We had wave after wave of fusiliers, boxfish, butterfly fish but ... WOW ... so many morays and some holes with 7 morays and 4 different ones all chilling out together!!
Dive 2
How lucky - we had 6 different MANTAS - with 4 cleaning together for the whole dive!!
Dive 3
Fab critter dive, 5 ribbon eels, a pair of leaf fish, so many spearing mantis, scorpion fish, a pair of full-moon gobys, unknown porcelain crab, so many cleaner shrimps and banded shrimp, lion fish, scorpion fish ... and ... the whole site was covered in a layer of basslets.
Night Dive
WOW - it was mental we sat at 8m watching the most amazing show of nurse sharks, their must have been 50+ in the water column that kept swimming right over or heads doing a circuit then swimming right above us again, stingrays, black-tips and giant trevally dashing around.
Day 2
Dive 1
A strange current on this dive! An in-current on both north and south corners - we had grey reef sharks throughout the dive, 3 eagle rays, hawksbills, rainbow runners, a couple of white-tips, large shoal of humphead snappers and bluestripe snappers. The best thing was being at 3m watching 5 blacktip reef sharks swimming around us along with 2 eagle rays.
Dive 2
Lovely display of hard coral and coral blocks full of many different reef fish, eagle rays, 'freeway' of fusiliers throughout the dive, friendly turtle.
Dive 3
No whaleshark but we did have a very pleasant drift dive along a very pretty reef, robust pipe-fish, bird-wing flatworm and a bright pink flatworm, huge shoal of rabbit fish and unicorn fish, hundreds and hundreds of butterfly fish, whitetips and scorpion fish.
Day 3
Dive 1
Large stingrays, whitetips, grey sharks, dogtooth tuna, huge shoals of yellow goatfish and bluestripe snappers, a 'free-way' of fusiliers, turtles, octopus and peacock mantis.
Dive 2
Super visibility and the whole reef was so covered in fish. Turtles, 3 eagle rays, octopus, peacock mantis shrimps, white mouth moray.
Dive 3
WOW ... one super fast current! No chance to stop and we had a few up and down currents cutting the dive short … but what a ride!!!!!!
Day 4
Dive 1
MANTAS FOR THE WHOLE DIVE ... along with 3 eagle rays and so many grey reef sharks, huge shoals of bluestripe snappers and humphead snappers.
Dive 2
Fish soup with the whole site covered in juvenile bluestripe snappers, 4 hawksbill turtles, 8 grey reef sharks, hundreds of banner fish, la arge shoal of batfish and juvenile eagle ray.
Dive 3
Was fab having both juvenile greys and adult greys, juvenile eagle rays, barracuda, large amber jacks, mating octopus, 2 hawksbills, white-tips, zillions of basslets all over the reef, tuna and jacks charging around.
Night Dive
MANTA-TASTIC!!!! We had a fab display from 4 large female mantas right under the boat - it was hard to leave them.
Day 5
Dive 1
9 juvenile grey sharks cruising back and forth along the top of the thila and they came so close to us until the large female came and round them all up and took them back out deep, the little eagle ray stayed with us for the whole dive, octopus, large shoals of big eyes and bluestripe snappers.
Dive 2
Very chilled out dive with plenty of action and reef fish. Everyone loved the site and didn't want the dive to end.
Dive 3
Thought we’d go back to the same site as we had such a fab dive last time! What a difference from being chilled to full-on current - so we hooked in to watch the show! 8 large grey reef sharks swimming in formation back and forth right in front of us.
Evening Activity
A few of the guests went over to the little sand island for a walk around and to watch the sunset.
Day 6
Dive 1
A fast drift dive along the outside reef, grey sharks throughout the dive along with white-tips and large dog tooth tuna, and skip jack tuna charging the silversides on the reef top.
Dive 2
A great adventure for our last dive, with a drift from three palms then across the front of the channel. 8 eagle rays, whitetips, grey reef sharks, feather-tail rays and large marble ray, huge dogtooth tuna, huge shoal of circular batfish, chevron barracuda, a huge shoal of bluefin trevally and longsnout emperors and a large napoleon all trying to catch fish hiding in the reef. Spotted one of the largest napoleons I've seen here for a long time - he was HUGE!!!.
Ocean Crossing
Very pleasant crossing back to Male. We popped over to Male for the guests to have a walk around and to do a little shopping.
Evening Activity
Watch trip DVD after dinner.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Early transfer for all guest back to the airport ready for their flight home.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Early Meet and Greet this morning followed by the remaining guests arriving on the later morning flight.
Dive 1
Check dive, quite a swift drift dive with plenty to see - many white-tips, whip-tail, green turtle and hawksbill turtle, lovely anemones and an eagle ray. Large shoals of sweet-lips and blue stripe snappers.
Day 1
Dive 1
A tiger shark made two swim-bys, 6 stingrays and a huge shoal of banner fish filed the water column. We had wave after wave of fusiliers, boxfish, butterfly fish but ... WOW ... so many morays and some holes with 7 morays and 4 different ones all chilling out together!!
Dive 2
How lucky - we had 6 different MANTAS - with 4 cleaning together for the whole dive!!
Dive 3
Fab critter dive, 5 ribbon eels, a pair of leaf fish, so many spearing mantis, scorpion fish, a pair of full-moon gobys, unknown porcelain crab, so many cleaner shrimps and banded shrimp, lion fish, scorpion fish ... and ... the whole site was covered in a layer of basslets.
Night Dive
WOW - it was mental we sat at 8m watching the most amazing show of nurse sharks, their must have been 50+ in the water column that kept swimming right over or heads doing a circuit then swimming right above us again, stingrays, black-tips and giant trevally dashing around.
Day 2
Dive 1
A strange current on this dive! An in-current on both north and south corners - we had grey reef sharks throughout the dive, 3 eagle rays, hawksbills, rainbow runners, a couple of white-tips, large shoal of humphead snappers and bluestripe snappers. The best thing was being at 3m watching 5 blacktip reef sharks swimming around us along with 2 eagle rays.
Dive 2
Lovely display of hard coral and coral blocks full of many different reef fish, eagle rays, 'freeway' of fusiliers throughout the dive, friendly turtle.
Dive 3
No whaleshark but we did have a very pleasant drift dive along a very pretty reef, robust pipe-fish, bird-wing flatworm and a bright pink flatworm, huge shoal of rabbit fish and unicorn fish, hundreds and hundreds of butterfly fish, whitetips and scorpion fish.
Day 3
Dive 1
Large stingrays, whitetips, grey sharks, dogtooth tuna, huge shoals of yellow goatfish and bluestripe snappers, a 'free-way' of fusiliers, turtles, octopus and peacock mantis.
Dive 2
Super visibility and the whole reef was so covered in fish. Turtles, 3 eagle rays, octopus, peacock mantis shrimps, white mouth moray.
Dive 3
WOW ... one super fast current! No chance to stop and we had a few up and down currents cutting the dive short … but what a ride!!!!!!
Day 4
Dive 1
MANTAS FOR THE WHOLE DIVE ... along with 3 eagle rays and so many grey reef sharks, huge shoals of bluestripe snappers and humphead snappers.
Dive 2
Fish soup with the whole site covered in juvenile bluestripe snappers, 4 hawksbill turtles, 8 grey reef sharks, hundreds of banner fish, la arge shoal of batfish and juvenile eagle ray.
Dive 3
Was fab having both juvenile greys and adult greys, juvenile eagle rays, barracuda, large amber jacks, mating octopus, 2 hawksbills, white-tips, zillions of basslets all over the reef, tuna and jacks charging around.
Night Dive
MANTA-TASTIC!!!! We had a fab display from 4 large female mantas right under the boat - it was hard to leave them.
Day 5
Dive 1
9 juvenile grey sharks cruising back and forth along the top of the thila and they came so close to us until the large female came and round them all up and took them back out deep, the little eagle ray stayed with us for the whole dive, octopus, large shoals of big eyes and bluestripe snappers.
Dive 2
Very chilled out dive with plenty of action and reef fish. Everyone loved the site and didn't want the dive to end.
Dive 3
Thought we’d go back to the same site as we had such a fab dive last time! What a difference from being chilled to full-on current - so we hooked in to watch the show! 8 large grey reef sharks swimming in formation back and forth right in front of us.
Evening Activity
A few of the guests went over to the little sand island for a walk around and to watch the sunset.
Day 6
Dive 1
A fast drift dive along the outside reef, grey sharks throughout the dive along with white-tips and large dog tooth tuna, and skip jack tuna charging the silversides on the reef top.
Dive 2
A great adventure for our last dive, with a drift from three palms then across the front of the channel. 8 eagle rays, whitetips, grey reef sharks, feather-tail rays and large marble ray, huge dogtooth tuna, huge shoal of circular batfish, chevron barracuda, a huge shoal of bluefin trevally and longsnout emperors and a large napoleon all trying to catch fish hiding in the reef. Spotted one of the largest napoleons I've seen here for a long time - he was HUGE!!!.
Ocean Crossing
Very pleasant crossing back to Male. We popped over to Male for the guests to have a walk around and to do a little shopping.
Evening Activity
Watch trip DVD after dinner.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Early transfer for all guest back to the airport ready for their flight home.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS518
13 Nov 2016 to 25 Nov 2016
Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Our guests arrived from two different flights, but everyone came thought quite quickly. Once we were all on board, the anchor down and paperwork filled out, it was time to prepare the dive equipment ready for the check dive.
Dive 1
Great check-dive with a guitar shark right at the start of the dive swimming around, so many sting rays and every hole had a moray in it - some holes you had 4 different types! 100s of banner fish, box fish, a group of remora swimming around and a napoleon.
Day 1
Dive 1
Super MANTA dive!!! We had 13 all together and this went on for the whole 75 min dive - not a bad way to start the day!
Dive 2
Everyone was more than happy to go back for more manta fun - again, MANTAS FROM START TO FINISH with 6 cleaning together.
Dive 3
Nurse sharks swimming round plus one lemon shark, sting rays, huge dogtooth tuna, hawksbill turtle and loads of pyramid butterflyfish.
Day 2
Dive 1
8 eagle rays, many whitetip sharks, hawksbill turtles and juvenile grey reef sharks. But the best was having a male and female doing a courtship dance out in the blue - it was amazing to watch and then the female decided to swim within and inch of me and so fast it actually made me jump!!!
Dive 2
A swift drift dive. We 'flew' along the reef and we even managed to reach the end, cross the channel and make our way along the outside reef on the other side of the channel. Fab fun.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth ocean crossing - we even had a huge pod of common dolphins come play along side Sea Spirit.
Dive 3
Dusk dive and what a fab dive, with so many anemones over the thila. The whole site was covered in glassfish and silversides, bluefin trevally going crazy, lobsters and a large saddleback grouper being cleaned ... and we surfaced to a stunning pink sky!
Day 3
Dive 1
100s and 100s of bigeye jacks, large female grey being chased by a smaller male (missing us by inches!), mating octopus, large shoals of rainbow runners, a 'freeway' of fusiliers, huge shoals of bluestripe and humphead snappers, and yellow goatfish. But the best was having 3 MANTAS CLEANING and, at times, making very close passes over our heads. Fabulous!
Dive 2
It had to be done - we decided to go enjoy the MANTAS one more time ... and all the lovely fishes.
Dive 3
Fab dive with eagle rays and grey sharks at the start, a large shoal of bigeye jacks, so many giant sweetlips, a free swimming honeycomb moray, 3 threadfin jacks, leaf fish, robust pipefish, 100s of bluestrip snappers and redtail butterflyfish, a juvenile green turtle and a large shoal of midnight snappers.
Night Dive
A very interesting wreck - full of life! bumphead parrot fish, arge saddle back grouper, black coral full of clear shrimps, sea pens (one with a pair of little crabs living on it), flathead fish, an unknown little octopus, white spearing mantis, flounder, unknown reef pipefish, two different types of nudis and all the time black jacks kept charging around.
Day 4
Dive 1
So many green turtles, bumphead parrotfish, eagle rays, grey reef sharks, mobula and a huge shoal of humphead snappers on the reef top.
Dive 2
Grey sharks swimming along the edge of the ridge and very close to the guests for most of the dive. A large shoal of fosters barracuda, 100s of bigeye jacks, hawksbill, octopus, juvenile eagle ray and batfish.
Dive 3
Guitar shark, sting ray being cleaned, a little eagle ray and a pair of flying gurnard. All the morays seemed to be out of their holes and up in the water column like posts - very strange!!! Two very friendly hawksbills, octopus and batfish while doing our stops.
Day 5
Dive 1
What an AMZING dive - the whole thila was covered in glassfish and big waves of silversides. At times you couldn't even see your buddy!
Dive 2
Silvertip sharks resting under one of the overhangs, grey sharks swimming around, whitetips, a huge shoal of indian and bluestripe snappers, large shoals of soliderfish, amber jacks and rainbow runners charging around.
Dive 3
Guitar shark, a couple of small greys, stingray, turtle, large shoal of amber jacks, barracuda, 100s and 100s of bluestripe snappers and the bluefin trevally kept charging the waves of silversides. The large coral blocks on the top of the thila were full of yellowback fusiliers.
Evening Activity
Rain did not stop us from going for a lovely walk around the local island of Maroshi to see the lovely Kani tree and walk along the beach.
Day 6
Dive 1
Large nurse shark, a couple of large grey sharks, two male stingrays following a large female stingray around, a huge shoal of batfish, barracuda, amber jacks, so many lobsters and a large starfish on the reef top.
Dive 2
The pinnacles were covered in silversides which had bluefin trevally and rainbow runners along with skipjack tuna charging them! We had greys sharks and stingray but, for me, the best part of the dive was watching the silversides making amazing patterns in my torchlight.
Dive 3
What a beautiful site!!! Some of the most AMAZING SOFT CORAL I've seen .. and so many fish. Can't wait to dive it again!
Evening Activity
A couple of guests went for a walk around the local island - they said it was so nice to be able to watch normal island life rather than visiting an island where they rely on tourist sales.
Day 7
Dive 1
Amazing visibility, but a shame we didn't get anything other than a large wahoo come and say 'hello'. But a nice feeling 'hanging' in the deep blue water.
Dive 2
So many reef fish and 100s and 100s of bluestripe and humphead snappers, yellow goatfish, a couple of stingrays, whitetips and large napoleon. But the best was having a very special sighting of a large ORNATE EAGLE RAY.
Dive 3
Love this site!!! There is always so much to see and interesting pinnacles full of coral and reef fish and amazing visibility.
Day 8
Dive 1
4 MANTAS with the large female staying for the whole dive! It was lovely having this dive site to ourselves.
Dive 2
Back for more MANTA MAGIC and what a show they put on!!! In the end we had 8 MANTAS all in only 7m!!! They really didn't mind us being there and seemed to enjoy our company. It was hard work getting everyone to leave because it was so beautiful.
Daytime Excursion
The Manta Trust team came aboard to give a very interesting talk to the guests.
Dive 3
Visibility was really low but we still had loads of action with wave after wave of fusiliers being hunted by the giant trevally. A very friendly hawksbill, a pretty 'swim through', beautiful fan corals and black coral bushes with longnose hawkfish and clear and banded shrimps .
Night Dive
WOW ... we got completely surrounded by silversides and at times you could not even see the reef as there were so many!!! And this went on for the whole dive! We also saw stingrays and morays eating the silversides (which got stunned in our lights), a huge hermit crab, leopard snake eel and spearing mantis shrimps.
Ocean Crossing
Night crossing between atolls.
Day 9
Dive 1
A super dive with so many grey reef sharks, little eagleray, 3 hawksbill turtles, bluefin tuna charging the fusiliers and the whole reef top was covered in juvenile bluestripe snappers.
Dive 2
3 FEMALE MANTAS for most of the dive, with the smaller female doing 'loop-the-loops' and a lovely coral garden to drift over at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
Hoping to see a whaleshark - but no luck today, but we did have 2 mobula, eagle rays, whitetips and grey reef sharks, large green turtle, hawksbill, 100s of pyramid butterflyfish, a 'free-way' of fusiliers, geometric chromodoris, octopus and peacock mantis shrimp.
Day 10
Dive 1
No luck with finding a whaleshark but we still had a lovely dive. A huge stingray being cleaned, 2 hawksbill turtles, whitetips, grey reef sharks, large dogtooth tuna, 100s and 100s of fusiliers, octopus, huge shoal of yellow goatfish and bluestripe snappers - plus fantastic visibility!
Dive 2
I have to say this must be THE BEST soft coral coverage on a site in Ari Atoll! Pinnacles and overhangs full of pink and peach soft coral plus layer after layer of fan corals. A huge guitar shark swam right under us, two pairs of whipcoral shrimps, whitetip sharks and turtles. The reef top is still lovely with coral blocks covered in bluestripe snappers and spiky soft coral.
Dive 3
WOW ... a pod of common DOLPHINS swam right up to us on the dive!! And we saw 7 ribbon eels, a pair of leaffish, many scorpion fish and spearing mantis shrimps, a pair of full moon gobys (which are very rare here in the Maldives), honeycomb morays, lionfish and shoaling pyramid butterflyfish on the reef top.
Day 11
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip and we swam right into a lovely young female leopard shark! We had both whitetips and grey reef sharks, large eagle ray, a very friendly turtle, 3 octopus, leaffish, spearing mantis shrimps, 100s of banner fish, honeycomb moray and layer after layer of fan corals in the overhangs. The whole corner is covered in a blanket of orange basslets all darting up in to the water column like a firework display! A super dive to finish the trip on.
Snorkelling
Some of the guests went for a pleasant snorkel along a house reef to cool off before heading back into Hulemale.
Daytime Excursion
After lunch our guest went for a walk around Male and an ice-cream. Then back to Sea Spirit to finish their packing ready for the flights home in the morning.
Evening Activity
After dinner guests had a treat with live music by David ... perfect end to a perfect trip.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Early transfer to the airport for all guests, ready for their flights to Dubai and onto the UK.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Our guests arrived from two different flights, but everyone came thought quite quickly. Once we were all on board, the anchor down and paperwork filled out, it was time to prepare the dive equipment ready for the check dive.
Dive 1
Great check-dive with a guitar shark right at the start of the dive swimming around, so many sting rays and every hole had a moray in it - some holes you had 4 different types! 100s of banner fish, box fish, a group of remora swimming around and a napoleon.
Day 1
Dive 1
Super MANTA dive!!! We had 13 all together and this went on for the whole 75 min dive - not a bad way to start the day!
Dive 2