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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
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
Sea Spirit SS517
6 Nov 2016 to 13 Nov 2016
Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Had two flight arrivals this morning. Once everyone was through with their luggage and all on Numath we made our way over to Sea Spirit ready to move to the evening anchor. Paperwork all filled out, get set up and buoyancy checks done ready for the check dive.
Dive 1
Fun check dive! Guitar shark swimming around, so many sting rays - I counted 20 together with a large female being followed by 19 males (lucky lady!!!!!). So many different morays out - 6 all in one hole! 100s of banner fish and surgeon fish.
Day 1
Dive 1
MANTAS all over the dive site!!!
Dive 2
8 MANTAS CLEANING together, 9 mobula, 3 eagle rays, turtles, Blue-stripe snappers, juv grey shark and w-tips.
Dive 3
3 Lemon sharks, huge nurse sharks - 10 swimming around together. Jenkins rays, hawksbill and a large shoal of circular bat fish.
Day 2
Dive 1
5 Eagle rays, plenty of juv w-tips, great barracuda, a 'free-way' of fusiliers and a large shoal of rainbow runners.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing to Ari Atoll.
Dive 2
Couple of grey reef sharks, w-tips, eagle rays, 3 leaf fish, large shoal of mullet fish, turtles, big eye jacks, barracuda, sweet-lips and 100s of pyramid butterfly fish.
Dive 3
7 juv Grey reef sharks, couple of w-tips, 2 hawksbill turtles, juv eagle ray, small grouper and a couple of snappers all trying to muscle in on the poor octopus who was doing all the hunting!
Night Dive
We had a lovely FEMALE MANTA come and stay with us for the whole night - allowing a couple of the guests a very pleasant night dive with her.
Day 3
Dive 1
Lovely gentle drift dive along stunning pinnacles full of soft coral and layer after layer of basslets, eagle ray, w-tips, saddle back groupers and wave after wave of yellow back fusiliers.
Dive 2
A little more current carrying us along the lovely overhangs which were all full of 100s of blue stripe snapper and banner fish, large peacock flounder, hawksbills and a sting ray being cleaned.
Dive 3
SO MANY WHITE TIPS!! and a sting ray, whip-tail ray, turtles, juv black ribbon eel, a pair of white porcelain crabs and a large shoal of big eyes .
Day 4
Dive 1
Eagle ray, w-tips, large shoal of blue-stripe snappers, black-tips reef shark and a couple of hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
RESULT!!! TWO DIFFERENT WHALESHARKS ON THE DIVE!!!
Dive 3
3 leaf fish, whip coral blenny, 2 pairs of golden coral goby, unknown flatworm, a new type of spearing mantis (which I've never seen before!!), napoleon, w-tips and grey reef shark.
Night Dive
Crazy fun night dive with many nurse sharks, sting rays, giant trevally, blue fin trevally, black-tip reef sharks and mini octopus.
Day 5
Dive 1
Channel crossing with a couple of w-tips, eagle rays, 2 MANTAS, a turtle, honey-comb morays, large shoal of red-tail butterfly fish and a pair of purple fire gobies.
Snorkelling
Quick snorkel with 6 FEEDING MANTAS after the dive!!
Dive 2
'Critter Heaven' - making it a great macro dive.
Dive 3
Super dive with so much action on the corner - a 'freeway' of fusiliers being charged at by large dogtooth tuna, mobula, eagle rays, sting rays, w-tips, hawksbills, 2 leaf fish, honey comb morays.
Evening Activity
Island visit for guests to have a walk-about and watch a stunning sunset from the island.
Day 6
Dive 1
A pair of porcelain crabs, w-tips, HUGE green turtle, pair of robust pipe fish, stunning red anemones, hawksbills, octopus, grey reef sharks, a large shoal of sweet-lips and red-tail butterfly fish.
Snorkelling
A lovely snorkel after lunch to cool off.
Evening Activity
After dinner we had an impromptu photo competition between 4 guests - won by Neil with his picture of redtail butterfly fish!
Day 7
Guest Transfer
An early start with guest transfer back to the airport ready for their flights back to the UK.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Had two flight arrivals this morning. Once everyone was through with their luggage and all on Numath we made our way over to Sea Spirit ready to move to the evening anchor. Paperwork all filled out, get set up and buoyancy checks done ready for the check dive.
Dive 1
Fun check dive! Guitar shark swimming around, so many sting rays - I counted 20 together with a large female being followed by 19 males (lucky lady!!!!!). So many different morays out - 6 all in one hole! 100s of banner fish and surgeon fish.
Day 1
Dive 1
MANTAS all over the dive site!!!
Dive 2
8 MANTAS CLEANING together, 9 mobula, 3 eagle rays, turtles, Blue-stripe snappers, juv grey shark and w-tips.
Dive 3
3 Lemon sharks, huge nurse sharks - 10 swimming around together. Jenkins rays, hawksbill and a large shoal of circular bat fish.
Day 2
Dive 1
5 Eagle rays, plenty of juv w-tips, great barracuda, a 'free-way' of fusiliers and a large shoal of rainbow runners.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing to Ari Atoll.
Dive 2
Couple of grey reef sharks, w-tips, eagle rays, 3 leaf fish, large shoal of mullet fish, turtles, big eye jacks, barracuda, sweet-lips and 100s of pyramid butterfly fish.
Dive 3
7 juv Grey reef sharks, couple of w-tips, 2 hawksbill turtles, juv eagle ray, small grouper and a couple of snappers all trying to muscle in on the poor octopus who was doing all the hunting!
Night Dive
We had a lovely FEMALE MANTA come and stay with us for the whole night - allowing a couple of the guests a very pleasant night dive with her.
Day 3
Dive 1
Lovely gentle drift dive along stunning pinnacles full of soft coral and layer after layer of basslets, eagle ray, w-tips, saddle back groupers and wave after wave of yellow back fusiliers.
Dive 2
A little more current carrying us along the lovely overhangs which were all full of 100s of blue stripe snapper and banner fish, large peacock flounder, hawksbills and a sting ray being cleaned.
Dive 3
SO MANY WHITE TIPS!! and a sting ray, whip-tail ray, turtles, juv black ribbon eel, a pair of white porcelain crabs and a large shoal of big eyes .
Day 4
Dive 1
Eagle ray, w-tips, large shoal of blue-stripe snappers, black-tips reef shark and a couple of hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
RESULT!!! TWO DIFFERENT WHALESHARKS ON THE DIVE!!!
Dive 3
3 leaf fish, whip coral blenny, 2 pairs of golden coral goby, unknown flatworm, a new type of spearing mantis (which I've never seen before!!), napoleon, w-tips and grey reef shark.
Night Dive
Crazy fun night dive with many nurse sharks, sting rays, giant trevally, blue fin trevally, black-tip reef sharks and mini octopus.
Day 5
Dive 1
Channel crossing with a couple of w-tips, eagle rays, 2 MANTAS, a turtle, honey-comb morays, large shoal of red-tail butterfly fish and a pair of purple fire gobies.
Snorkelling
Quick snorkel with 6 FEEDING MANTAS after the dive!!
Dive 2
'Critter Heaven' - making it a great macro dive.
Dive 3
Super dive with so much action on the corner - a 'freeway' of fusiliers being charged at by large dogtooth tuna, mobula, eagle rays, sting rays, w-tips, hawksbills, 2 leaf fish, honey comb morays.
Evening Activity
Island visit for guests to have a walk-about and watch a stunning sunset from the island.
Day 6
Dive 1
A pair of porcelain crabs, w-tips, HUGE green turtle, pair of robust pipe fish, stunning red anemones, hawksbills, octopus, grey reef sharks, a large shoal of sweet-lips and red-tail butterfly fish.
Snorkelling
A lovely snorkel after lunch to cool off.
Evening Activity
After dinner we had an impromptu photo competition between 4 guests - won by Neil with his picture of redtail butterfly fish!
Day 7
Guest Transfer
An early start with guest transfer back to the airport ready for their flights back to the UK.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS515
23 Oct 2016 to 30 Oct 2016
Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
We had guests arriving on both the morning Emirates flights and everyone came through quickly. Once on Sea Spirit, guests filled in their paperwork and set their dive gear up ready for the check dive later in the afternoon.
Dive 1
The winds had picked up to quiet strong and we had plenty of rain making the sea too rough to move around. We ended up diving 'the corner' which was a comfortable drift dive with plenty of reef fish and a couple of w-tips, honey-comb morays and turtles.
Day 1
Dive 1
What a dive!!! We had MANTA MADNESS for over 70 mins!!!
Dive 2
Another Manta-tastic dive we must have had 30+ MANTAS all going crazy - males chasing females around for large mating chains while the female took them on a right merry-go-round. Plus we had mating octopus, w-tips and hawksbill turtles all around the cleaning station.
Dive 3
Pilot Whales right along the side of Sea Spirit. We had a group of four females with a very small baby in between them - the male was huge but stayed right alongside the females and baby. Wave after wave of fusiliers for the whole dive plus a pair of robust pipe fish, juv green turtle, crazy batfish, w-tips, honey-comb morays, huge shoals of blue-stripe snappers, 3 spot snappers, large groups of moorish idols, w-tips, pair of porcelain crabs, large shoal of sweet-lips and shoals of rainbow runners.
Day 2
Dive 1
The best way to describe this site is 'Fish Soup' ... plus a MANTA!.
Dive 2
We sat a watched a lovely display of up to 18 MANTAS CLEANING at one time. No chasing today, just the perfect manta ballet - all taking it in turns for the main spot on the cleaning station. Throughout the dive we had a pair of mating Octopus right on top of one of the coral blocks that form the cleaning station.
Dive 3
Wasn't to sure what to expect on this dive but we had a fab time with many sting-rays, nurse sharks going crazy and 3 LEMON SHARKS. Plus hundreds and hundreds of fusiliers and many reef fish.
Evening Activity
Wow what a sunset … !
Day 3
Dive 1
6 Eagle rays, large feather-tail ray, w-tips, juv grey reef shark, juv reindeer wrasse and anemone fish with their freshly laid eggs.
Ocean Crossing
A very smooth atoll crossing and we even had a pod of dolphins swim by!
Dive 2
Super dive - everyone loved it! The whole site is full of reef fish, w-tips, grey reef shark, 4 leaf fish, large tapestry shrimp, shoaling big eyes, dog-tooth tuna. Finishing the dive we drifted over the very pretty coral garden on the main reef.
Dive 3
All the guests were very happy to go back and do another dive back on Rasdhoo. The site is totally full of life with something for everyone - from macro to pelagic to just plain pretty!
Evening Activity
Another lovely sunset :)
Day 4
Dive 1
Early morning dive - we hung out in the blue for a while hoping for hammer-heads but no luck. So back to the reef were we had grey reef sharks, w-tips, a couple of eagle rays, huge dogtooth tuna, wave after wave of fusiliers and so many smaller reef fish. But for me, the best was right at the end having 3 black-tips reef sharks swim round us while hunting in the shallows.
Dive 2
The first half of the dive was an in-current then, half way into the dive, the current changed to an out-current taking us back to where we started our dive! But this was fine - we finished over the large coral blocks full of snappers and sweet-lips, so many w-tips all hanging out together, a marble ray, a feather-tail ray and an octopus.
Dive 3
This site is a classic that still delivers!! We had 7 juv grey sharks along with 3 large ones, many w-tips, little eagle ray, a pair of octopus, hawksbill turtle, batfish and giant trevally hunting.
Night Dive
Fab night dive with 2 sting rays following us for the whole dive. Interesting watching the giant trevally and w-tips following the morays around who seemed to be doing all the hard work finding the fish, scaring them out of hiding, then to have the other eat them. Extra Night Dive What a day to finish with mantas come feed at the back of the boat , so yes we sat at 8m and had a very cheeky male manta stay with us for over 60min and sometimes a large female would do a couple of loops.
Day 5
Dive 1
'Fish soup' sums it up really - along with three hawksbill turtles and two grey reef sharks. Super dive!!!
Dive 2
Strong in-current bringing with it many grey reef sharks - I counted 27 before I lost count!!! We also had three eagle rays and many w-tips, large shoal of fosters barracuda and big eye jacks and huge green turtles.
Dive 3
A MANTA swam right over the heads of the divers!!! Also saw w-tips, a pair of porcelain crabs, honey-comb moray and a large shoal of banner fish.
Evening Activity
Drinks on the sundeck while we watched the sunset.
Day 6
Dive 1
A strong out-current meant we 'flew' along the reef - it was hard work stopping to watch the grey reef sharks (who also seemed to be having a hard time!), one large eagle ray, stunning bright pink anemone, porcelain crabs, w-tips hanging out on the corner, a cute juv green turtle and wave after wave of fusiliers being charged at by blue fin trevally.
Dive 2
David took the three guest going to a resort for a dive and the boys took the other guests who were flying home the next day for a snorkel. Currents were still running strong so diving the corner was the best plan - which worked great as we had MANTA up close and personal!! Also w-tips, coral blocks full of reef fish, green turtles, honey-comb morays and hawksbills.
Ocean Crossing
Pleasant crossing back to Male.
Daytime Excursion
Guests decided they didn't want to go to Male - so everyone just chilled on the boat and enjoy the last of the sunshine.
Evening Activity
We watched the trip DVD - followed by live music by Dave!
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transfer all the guests to the airport ready for their flights back UK.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
We had guests arriving on both the morning Emirates flights and everyone came through quickly. Once on Sea Spirit, guests filled in their paperwork and set their dive gear up ready for the check dive later in the afternoon.
Dive 1
The winds had picked up to quiet strong and we had plenty of rain making the sea too rough to move around. We ended up diving 'the corner' which was a comfortable drift dive with plenty of reef fish and a couple of w-tips, honey-comb morays and turtles.
Day 1
Dive 1
What a dive!!! We had MANTA MADNESS for over 70 mins!!!
Dive 2
Another Manta-tastic dive we must have had 30+ MANTAS all going crazy - males chasing females around for large mating chains while the female took them on a right merry-go-round. Plus we had mating octopus, w-tips and hawksbill turtles all around the cleaning station.
Dive 3
Pilot Whales right along the side of Sea Spirit. We had a group of four females with a very small baby in between them - the male was huge but stayed right alongside the females and baby. Wave after wave of fusiliers for the whole dive plus a pair of robust pipe fish, juv green turtle, crazy batfish, w-tips, honey-comb morays, huge shoals of blue-stripe snappers, 3 spot snappers, large groups of moorish idols, w-tips, pair of porcelain crabs, large shoal of sweet-lips and shoals of rainbow runners.
Day 2
Dive 1
The best way to describe this site is 'Fish Soup' ... plus a MANTA!.
Dive 2
We sat a watched a lovely display of up to 18 MANTAS CLEANING at one time. No chasing today, just the perfect manta ballet - all taking it in turns for the main spot on the cleaning station. Throughout the dive we had a pair of mating Octopus right on top of one of the coral blocks that form the cleaning station.
Dive 3
Wasn't to sure what to expect on this dive but we had a fab time with many sting-rays, nurse sharks going crazy and 3 LEMON SHARKS. Plus hundreds and hundreds of fusiliers and many reef fish.
Evening Activity
Wow what a sunset … !
Day 3
Dive 1
6 Eagle rays, large feather-tail ray, w-tips, juv grey reef shark, juv reindeer wrasse and anemone fish with their freshly laid eggs.
Ocean Crossing
A very smooth atoll crossing and we even had a pod of dolphins swim by!
Dive 2
Super dive - everyone loved it! The whole site is full of reef fish, w-tips, grey reef shark, 4 leaf fish, large tapestry shrimp, shoaling big eyes, dog-tooth tuna. Finishing the dive we drifted over the very pretty coral garden on the main reef.
Dive 3
All the guests were very happy to go back and do another dive back on Rasdhoo. The site is totally full of life with something for everyone - from macro to pelagic to just plain pretty!
Evening Activity
Another lovely sunset :)
Day 4
Dive 1
Early morning dive - we hung out in the blue for a while hoping for hammer-heads but no luck. So back to the reef were we had grey reef sharks, w-tips, a couple of eagle rays, huge dogtooth tuna, wave after wave of fusiliers and so many smaller reef fish. But for me, the best was right at the end having 3 black-tips reef sharks swim round us while hunting in the shallows.
Dive 2
The first half of the dive was an in-current then, half way into the dive, the current changed to an out-current taking us back to where we started our dive! But this was fine - we finished over the large coral blocks full of snappers and sweet-lips, so many w-tips all hanging out together, a marble ray, a feather-tail ray and an octopus.
Dive 3
This site is a classic that still delivers!! We had 7 juv grey sharks along with 3 large ones, many w-tips, little eagle ray, a pair of octopus, hawksbill turtle, batfish and giant trevally hunting.
Night Dive
Fab night dive with 2 sting rays following us for the whole dive. Interesting watching the giant trevally and w-tips following the morays around who seemed to be doing all the hard work finding the fish, scaring them out of hiding, then to have the other eat them. Extra Night Dive What a day to finish with mantas come feed at the back of the boat , so yes we sat at 8m and had a very cheeky male manta stay with us for over 60min and sometimes a large female would do a couple of loops.
Day 5
Dive 1
'Fish soup' sums it up really - along with three hawksbill turtles and two grey reef sharks. Super dive!!!
Dive 2
Strong in-current bringing with it many grey reef sharks - I counted 27 before I lost count!!! We also had three eagle rays and many w-tips, large shoal of fosters barracuda and big eye jacks and huge green turtles.
Dive 3
A MANTA swam right over the heads of the divers!!! Also saw w-tips, a pair of porcelain crabs, honey-comb moray and a large shoal of banner fish.
Evening Activity
Drinks on the sundeck while we watched the sunset.
Day 6
Dive 1
A strong out-current meant we 'flew' along the reef - it was hard work stopping to watch the grey reef sharks (who also seemed to be having a hard time!), one large eagle ray, stunning bright pink anemone, porcelain crabs, w-tips hanging out on the corner, a cute juv green turtle and wave after wave of fusiliers being charged at by blue fin trevally.
Dive 2
David took the three guest going to a resort for a dive and the boys took the other guests who were flying home the next day for a snorkel. Currents were still running strong so diving the corner was the best plan - which worked great as we had MANTA up close and personal!! Also w-tips, coral blocks full of reef fish, green turtles, honey-comb morays and hawksbills.
Ocean Crossing
Pleasant crossing back to Male.
Daytime Excursion
Guests decided they didn't want to go to Male - so everyone just chilled on the boat and enjoy the last of the sunshine.
Evening Activity
We watched the trip DVD - followed by live music by Dave!
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transfer all the guests to the airport ready for their flights back UK.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS514
9 Oct 2016 to 21 Oct 2016
Northern Atolls to Male (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Dharavandhoo Airport from a domestic flight from Male. Everyone was eager to go diving so once all the paperwork was filled in, everyone set up their dive equipment ready for the dive.
Dive 1
Fab start to the trip!!! Starting with a handful of MANTAS, then a drift further up the reef to find so many MANTAS all circling a large coral block. It really felt like we had gate-crashed a manta party!!!
Day 1
Dive 1
Silver-sides covered the north pinnacles, blue-fin charging around, 3 spearing mantis and a peacock mantis running around and octopus. But the best was having 3 MANTAS come in for a clean towards the end of the dive.
Dive 2
One word best describes this dive MANTASTIC!!! I lost count of how many MANTAS we had but it was full on for the whole dive everywhere you looked there were mantas even while doing our safety stops.
Dive 3
What a fab days diving with MANTAS on all three dives. We even had 3 bottle-nose DOLPHINS swim by while we were watching the mantas. Plus, we started the day with a rainbow and finished the day with another rainbow!
Day 2
Dive 1
The dive started slowly but built up throughout the dive with 6 MANTAS coming in to clean and swimming past us with some very close 'fly-bys'. Then, to end the dive, a mass of fusiliers - I've never seen so many on one dive before and it was amazing to watch!
Dive 2
Gentle drift along a very steep wall with rare bright pink hard coral. Another MANTA, eagle ray, sting ray, both w-tip and grey reef shark, pair of small nurse sharks on the reef top, both clouded moray and white-mouth moray, octopus and anemone fish along with a fresh patch of eggs.
Dive 3
Dropped down to a LARGE FEMALE MANTA being closely followed by another MANTA passing right underneath us. Wave after wave of fusiliers and surgeon fish, large shoals of bigeyes and yellow goat fish, another 4 MANTA 'fly-bys' and then to have one swim around us and stop to clean right in front of us!
Day 3
Dive 1
Amazing Visibility. This site is stunning with so much fish life and interesting pinnacles all covered in very healthy soft and hard coral , little eagle ray
Dive 2
Swift drift along a very interesting reef , huge shoals of blue-stripe snapper and hump-head snappers , yellow goat fish , sting ray , banner fish , eagle ray , very nosy hawksbill turtle.
Dive 3
Drift along the lovely reef with its overhangs full of stunning soft coral and layer after layer of fan corals , many green turtles , wave after wave of fusiliers , the reef top’ in very good condition with no coral bleaching at all and full of smaller reef fish.
Day 4
Dive 1
We thought we'd do something different for a change as since the visibility was good, so we decided to do a blue water dive with us all hanging out in the deep water drifting along just to see what would come to say 'hello'. We had a couple of silver-tip sharks, a few very active grey sharks come to 'buzz' us, a huge shoal of rainbow runners and a huge dog-tooth tuna.
Dive 2
Always a fab dive site with the whole of the thila top covered in glassfish and silver-sides, huge shoals of indian snappers and blue stripe snappers, A 3m nurse shark plus a smaller one, little silver-tip shark following 10 grey reef sharks around, eagle rays and a sting ray.
Dive 3
A strong current running right over the top of the thila - so we stayed most of the time over the side swimming along the ledges which were full of fish and whip coral, a large marble ray feeding, huge shoals of rainbow runners, amber jacks and the coral blocks on the top were full of fusiliers.
Evening Activity
A couple of the guests went for a stroll around the local island to see the Kani tree.
Day 5
Dive 1
Fab dive with action from start to finish. 6 bottle-nose DOLPHINS greeted us as we drifted down to the site. We then had a giant guitar shark come swimming right underneath us this was all within the first couple of mins of the dive, we then had wave after wave of rainbow runners and amber jacks swirling around us, a huge shoal of batfish, a couple of grey reef sharks followed by a small female leopard shark and a large eagle ray. Then the DOLPHINS back again swimming below us while doing our safety stops.
Dive 2
A new site for us, so we weren't sure what to find - but its good to explore. Couple of guests had a leopard shark swim around them, huge shoals of both rainbow runners and amber jacks kept swirling around us, a huge shoal of bigeye jacks, batfish, 3 mobula, eagle ray and so many stripe-leg lobsters all over the top of the thila with many walking around.
Dive 3
A pair of leopard sharks, a large guitar shark being chased around by 3 smaller males, grey sharks up close and personal, eagle rays and not forgetting all the huge shoals of fusiliers and big eye jacks, the hawksbill turtle, a MANTA 'fly-by', many octopus, peacock mantis - the list just goes on and on!
Day 6
Dive 1
Another fab dive with shark action as soon as we reached the reef! The poor grey sharks were getting harassed by the rainbow runners, bigeye jacks and leopard sharks swimming around. We saw 3 flying gurnards - I can't remember the last time is saw a flying gurnard, so to have three was quiet special. We saw mating octopus and throughout the dive we had wave after wave of fusiliers.
Dive 2
This site is different each time you dive it and the atmosphere changes throughout the day - everything is still there from the earlier dives, but behaving differently. The only difference this time was that we had 3 leopard sharks.
Dive 3
Couple of grey reef shark at the start of the dive and 3 eagle rays, giant sweetlips, a huge shoal of blue fin trevally and rainbow runners charging about and for the whole dive. Loads of green turtles and DOLPHINS kept showing up! But for me, the best was in the shallows at 6m when we watched a wave of convict tangs spawning which sent all the pelagic fish into a feeding frenzy - amazing to watch!
Night Dive
Very small geometrica chromodoris, quiet a few different moon shells out crawling about, stunning cuthana kanga, a couple of phidiana militaris, funny flathead, three bump-head parrot fish and a large napoleon resting in the wreck, so many clear cleaner shrimps and lion fish using our lights to hunt.
Day 7
Dive 1
A pair of robust pipe fish, 2 eagle rays, mobula, grey reef sharks, batfish, 12 green turtles and a couple of hawksbills, mating octopus, leaf fish, long-nose hawkfish and loads of reef fish on the reef top.
Dive 2
2 MANTAS, a huge shoal of hump-head snapper, yellow goat fish and blue stripe snappers. Wave after wave of fusiliers. Napoleons, a huge marble stingray feeding, many honeycomb morays and anemone fish with eggs.
Dive 3
A very relaxing and pretty dive - everyone loved it.
Day 8
Dive 1
This dive has a deep drop-off - always with eagle rays hanging out in the reef cut-out. A large shoal of circular batfish, green turtles, shoals of bigeye jacks and rainbow runners, both grey reef sharks and whitetips, marble ray, feather-tail ray, 3 jenkins rays and 1 whiptail ray and a giant sweet-lips.
Dive 2
The whole water column was full of fusiliers!! 4 eagle rays swam around us, a huge shoal of bigeye jacks and surgeon fish, grey reef sharks and w-tips. The overhang was full with layer after layer of fan corals, a very friendly hawksbill, large porcupine puffer being cleaned batfish, large shoals of sweet-lips and blue stripe snappers.
Dive 3
Gentle drift along a steep reef with swim-throughs all full of small reef fish and bunches of soft coral. Many whip coral shrimps, sea urchins crawling along the sand, 100s of banners fish and some lovely baby pink anemones.
Day 9
Dive 1
Black-tip shark, silver-tip shark, grey reef and w-tips, eagle ray, pair of porcelain crabs, huge shoal of batfish, a HUGE tuna (it made me look small!), lovely big shoals of reef fish and all the time wave after wave of fusiliers.
Dive 2
6 mobula, 3 eagle rays, 3 MANTAS, w-tips, a huge shoal of red-tail butterfly fish and sweet-lips, 100s of hump head snappers and blue stripe snappers, green turtles and really stunning anemones all full of anemone fish and some honeycomb morays.
Dive 3
A GREAT HAMMERHEAD came swimming right over our heads, a porcupine ray feeding in the sand and being closely followed by amber jacks, some green turtles, white-tips, eagle rays, porcelain crabs and some lovely dark orange anemones. We finished the dive with a drift into the channel and all the time to a chorus of dolphins!
Day 10
Dive 1
FANTASTIC!!!! 16+ MANTAS FOR THE WHOLE DIVE!!!
Dive 2
OMG - THIS DIVE WAS AMAZING!!! MANTAS GOING CRAZY - CLEANING AND FORMING MATING CHAINS OF 13 MALES ALL CLOSELY FOLLOWING A LARGE FEMALE!! She took them on a right merry-go-round using us divers as a test - swimming rather fast towards us and then just missing our heads to see which males would follow. And all the time we had at least 10 MANTAS CLEANING while this was going on - a totally mind blowing dive!
Dive 3
As if the day couldn't get any better, we topped it off with guitar sharks, jenkins rays (all doing a mating dance all around us), 100s of banners fish, so many different morays with some holes having 6 different ones all chilling together, blue box fish, stars and stripe puffer.
Day 11
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip, so it had to be done with another manta fix! And what a dive! 17 MANTAS CLEANING AT ONE TIME - some within inches of our heads while other mantas did 'fly-bys'. We've had an amazing 12 days diving - 33 dives and 13 of them with mantas. 8 of the manta dives lasted over an hour and with double figure mantas action!
Daytime Excursion
Due to bad weather we decided not to go into Male for shopping so guests sorted through photos and enjoyed some chill time.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Early morning transfer for all the guests this morning ready for their flight back to the UK.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Dharavandhoo Airport from a domestic flight from Male. Everyone was eager to go diving so once all the paperwork was filled in, everyone set up their dive equipment ready for the dive.
Dive 1
Fab start to the trip!!! Starting with a handful of MANTAS, then a drift further up the reef to find so many MANTAS all circling a large coral block. It really felt like we had gate-crashed a manta party!!!
Day 1
Dive 1
Silver-sides covered the north pinnacles, blue-fin charging around, 3 spearing mantis and a peacock mantis running around and octopus. But the best was having 3 MANTAS come in for a clean towards the end of the dive.
Dive 2
One word best describes this dive MANTASTIC!!! I lost count of how many MANTAS we had but it was full on for the whole dive everywhere you looked there were mantas even while doing our safety stops.
Dive 3
What a fab days diving with MANTAS on all three dives. We even had 3 bottle-nose DOLPHINS swim by while we were watching the mantas. Plus, we started the day with a rainbow and finished the day with another rainbow!
Day 2
Dive 1
The dive started slowly but built up throughout the dive with 6 MANTAS coming in to clean and swimming past us with some very close 'fly-bys'. Then, to end the dive, a mass of fusiliers - I've never seen so many on one dive before and it was amazing to watch!
Dive 2
Gentle drift along a very steep wall with rare bright pink hard coral. Another MANTA, eagle ray, sting ray, both w-tip and grey reef shark, pair of small nurse sharks on the reef top, both clouded moray and white-mouth moray, octopus and anemone fish along with a fresh patch of eggs.
Dive 3
Dropped down to a LARGE FEMALE MANTA being closely followed by another MANTA passing right underneath us. Wave after wave of fusiliers and surgeon fish, large shoals of bigeyes and yellow goat fish, another 4 MANTA 'fly-bys' and then to have one swim around us and stop to clean right in front of us!
Day 3
Dive 1
Amazing Visibility. This site is stunning with so much fish life and interesting pinnacles all covered in very healthy soft and hard coral , little eagle ray
Dive 2
Swift drift along a very interesting reef , huge shoals of blue-stripe snapper and hump-head snappers , yellow goat fish , sting ray , banner fish , eagle ray , very nosy hawksbill turtle.
Dive 3
Drift along the lovely reef with its overhangs full of stunning soft coral and layer after layer of fan corals , many green turtles , wave after wave of fusiliers , the reef top’ in very good condition with no coral bleaching at all and full of smaller reef fish.
Day 4
Dive 1
We thought we'd do something different for a change as since the visibility was good, so we decided to do a blue water dive with us all hanging out in the deep water drifting along just to see what would come to say 'hello'. We had a couple of silver-tip sharks, a few very active grey sharks come to 'buzz' us, a huge shoal of rainbow runners and a huge dog-tooth tuna.
Dive 2
Always a fab dive site with the whole of the thila top covered in glassfish and silver-sides, huge shoals of indian snappers and blue stripe snappers, A 3m nurse shark plus a smaller one, little silver-tip shark following 10 grey reef sharks around, eagle rays and a sting ray.
Dive 3
A strong current running right over the top of the thila - so we stayed most of the time over the side swimming along the ledges which were full of fish and whip coral, a large marble ray feeding, huge shoals of rainbow runners, amber jacks and the coral blocks on the top were full of fusiliers.
Evening Activity
A couple of the guests went for a stroll around the local island to see the Kani tree.
Day 5
Dive 1
Fab dive with action from start to finish. 6 bottle-nose DOLPHINS greeted us as we drifted down to the site. We then had a giant guitar shark come swimming right underneath us this was all within the first couple of mins of the dive, we then had wave after wave of rainbow runners and amber jacks swirling around us, a huge shoal of batfish, a couple of grey reef sharks followed by a small female leopard shark and a large eagle ray. Then the DOLPHINS back again swimming below us while doing our safety stops.
Dive 2
A new site for us, so we weren't sure what to find - but its good to explore. Couple of guests had a leopard shark swim around them, huge shoals of both rainbow runners and amber jacks kept swirling around us, a huge shoal of bigeye jacks, batfish, 3 mobula, eagle ray and so many stripe-leg lobsters all over the top of the thila with many walking around.
Dive 3
A pair of leopard sharks, a large guitar shark being chased around by 3 smaller males, grey sharks up close and personal, eagle rays and not forgetting all the huge shoals of fusiliers and big eye jacks, the hawksbill turtle, a MANTA 'fly-by', many octopus, peacock mantis - the list just goes on and on!
Day 6
Dive 1
Another fab dive with shark action as soon as we reached the reef! The poor grey sharks were getting harassed by the rainbow runners, bigeye jacks and leopard sharks swimming around. We saw 3 flying gurnards - I can't remember the last time is saw a flying gurnard, so to have three was quiet special. We saw mating octopus and throughout the dive we had wave after wave of fusiliers.
Dive 2
This site is different each time you dive it and the atmosphere changes throughout the day - everything is still there from the earlier dives, but behaving differently. The only difference this time was that we had 3 leopard sharks.
Dive 3
Couple of grey reef shark at the start of the dive and 3 eagle rays, giant sweetlips, a huge shoal of blue fin trevally and rainbow runners charging about and for the whole dive. Loads of green turtles and DOLPHINS kept showing up! But for me, the best was in the shallows at 6m when we watched a wave of convict tangs spawning which sent all the pelagic fish into a feeding frenzy - amazing to watch!
Night Dive
Very small geometrica chromodoris, quiet a few different moon shells out crawling about, stunning cuthana kanga, a couple of phidiana militaris, funny flathead, three bump-head parrot fish and a large napoleon resting in the wreck, so many clear cleaner shrimps and lion fish using our lights to hunt.
Day 7
Dive 1
A pair of robust pipe fish, 2 eagle rays, mobula, grey reef sharks, batfish, 12 green turtles and a couple of hawksbills, mating octopus, leaf fish, long-nose hawkfish and loads of reef fish on the reef top.
Dive 2
2 MANTAS, a huge shoal of hump-head snapper, yellow goat fish and blue stripe snappers. Wave after wave of fusiliers. Napoleons, a huge marble stingray feeding, many honeycomb morays and anemone fish with eggs.
Dive 3
A very relaxing and pretty dive - everyone loved it.
Day 8
Dive 1
This dive has a deep drop-off - always with eagle rays hanging out in the reef cut-out. A large shoal of circular batfish, green turtles, shoals of bigeye jacks and rainbow runners, both grey reef sharks and whitetips, marble ray, feather-tail ray, 3 jenkins rays and 1 whiptail ray and a giant sweet-lips.
Dive 2
The whole water column was full of fusiliers!! 4 eagle rays swam around us, a huge shoal of bigeye jacks and surgeon fish, grey reef sharks and w-tips. The overhang was full with layer after layer of fan corals, a very friendly hawksbill, large porcupine puffer being cleaned batfish, large shoals of sweet-lips and blue stripe snappers.
Dive 3
Gentle drift along a steep reef with swim-throughs all full of small reef fish and bunches of soft coral. Many whip coral shrimps, sea urchins crawling along the sand, 100s of banners fish and some lovely baby pink anemones.
Day 9
Dive 1
Black-tip shark, silver-tip shark, grey reef and w-tips, eagle ray, pair of porcelain crabs, huge shoal of batfish, a HUGE tuna (it made me look small!), lovely big shoals of reef fish and all the time wave after wave of fusiliers.
Dive 2
6 mobula, 3 eagle rays, 3 MANTAS, w-tips, a huge shoal of red-tail butterfly fish and sweet-lips, 100s of hump head snappers and blue stripe snappers, green turtles and really stunning anemones all full of anemone fish and some honeycomb morays.
Dive 3
A GREAT HAMMERHEAD came swimming right over our heads, a porcupine ray feeding in the sand and being closely followed by amber jacks, some green turtles, white-tips, eagle rays, porcelain crabs and some lovely dark orange anemones. We finished the dive with a drift into the channel and all the time to a chorus of dolphins!
Day 10
Dive 1
FANTASTIC!!!! 16+ MANTAS FOR THE WHOLE DIVE!!!
Dive 2
OMG - THIS DIVE WAS AMAZING!!! MANTAS GOING CRAZY - CLEANING AND FORMING MATING CHAINS OF 13 MALES ALL CLOSELY FOLLOWING A LARGE FEMALE!! She took them on a right merry-go-round using us divers as a test - swimming rather fast towards us and then just missing our heads to see which males would follow. And all the time we had at least 10 MANTAS CLEANING while this was going on - a totally mind blowing dive!
Dive 3
As if the day couldn't get any better, we topped it off with guitar sharks, jenkins rays (all doing a mating dance all around us), 100s of banners fish, so many different morays with some holes having 6 different ones all chilling together, blue box fish, stars and stripe puffer.
Day 11
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip, so it had to be done with another manta fix! And what a dive! 17 MANTAS CLEANING AT ONE TIME - some within inches of our heads while other mantas did 'fly-bys'. We've had an amazing 12 days diving - 33 dives and 13 of them with mantas. 8 of the manta dives lasted over an hour and with double figure mantas action!
Daytime Excursion
Due to bad weather we decided not to go into Male for shopping so guests sorted through photos and enjoyed some chill time.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Early morning transfer for all the guests this morning ready for their flight back to the UK.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS513
25 Sep 2016 to 7 Oct 2016
Male to Northern Atolls (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Two morning arrivals , once all the paperwork and been filled out back on SeaSpirit guest then set their dive equitment up ready for the check dive after lunch.
Dive 1
Buoyancy checks done all ok then off for a fab dive with guitar shark and so many sting rays with 3 different types and many different types of morays some sharing a whole , some of the honey-comb morays were huge !!! Plus 100s of banner fish , box fish, surgeon fish.
Day 1
Dive 1
Wow totally mantastic we had 14 mantas together cleaning , I counted for large females and the rest been very active and playful males all showing of in front of the females was amazing to just stopped and watch , its was hard to have to leave at the end of he dive we even had mantas while doing out stops.
Dive 2
As the dive sites says it was just like been in a Aquarium with the corner been full of fish life and w-tips , 5 eagle rays , both hawksbill and green turtles, marble sting ray , dog-tooth tuna , constant free-way of fusiliers.
Dive 3
Strange out current with strengths picking up and dying down through-out the dive , couple of w-tips , eagle rays , large honey-comb moray , turtles , many dog-tooth tuna , large shoal of bat fish , Safety stop was interesting with up and down currents.
Day 2
Dive 1
Fairytale reef - wow what a current we flew along the reef with no chance to stop and take photo’s.
Ocean Crossing
Long Ocean crossing North to Lhaviyani Atoll
Dive 2
Was great getting back in the water after the long crossing and was quiet night been a late afternoon/dusk dive , the whole thila was covered in a layer of glass fish and silver-sides , blue-fin travelly charging around along with lion fish all hunting on the glass fish , 7 nurse sharks , small w-tip , juv hawksbill turtle , spent the last 10min enjoying the top with the carpet of anemone’s.
Day 3
Dive 1
Both Grey reef sharks & w-tips along the front of the channel , eagle rays , feather-tail rays , marble ray , whip-tail ray , 100s of big eye jack , chevron barracuda , amba jacks , huge napoleon , followed by a gentle drift along the inside wall to finish of the dive.
Dive 2
Out going current then changing to an incurrent half way through the dive taking us back to the start of the dive , so many reindeer wrasse , green turtles , large brown sweet-lips , honey-comb morays , large eagle ray , marble rays resting on the sand , w-tips , large shoal of red-tail butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
Small out current and totally different dive this time , 6 eagle rays , couple of grey reef sharks , w-tips , many green turtles, pompano’s , big eye jacks , napoleons , saddle-back groupers , couple of pairs of blue tangs on the reef top which you don't see in other atolls , was lovely been able to hang out on the reef top just hanging out with all the fish , pod of dolphins swam past us on the reef top.
Night Dive
Couple of bump-head on the wreck , large saddle back grouper , couple of different Nudi’s and flatworms , hinge-back shrimps , strange sea cucumber , large cuttle fish , large group of black-jacks charging around using our torches to hunt.
Day 4
Dive 1
We really should call this turtle alley with so many turtles both Green and hawksbill’s , some of the female green turtle are huge!!!! , 3 eagle rays , 2 grey reefs hanging around along one of the overhangs , really peasant morning dive.
Dive 2
Med in-current so was able to hang out on the corner yo see if any sharks were about , we did have a couple pass along with a large eagle ray , large shoal of big eye jacks , long nose emperor snapper and 2 napoleons hunting together , finished the dive hanging out with the yellow goat fish and hump-head snapper on top of the thila.
Dive 3
Very low viz but the whole top of the thila was covered in silver-sides with blue-fin travelly hunting them , wave after wave of neon fusiliers , many lion fish , little sting ray been cleaned , the best was having a very friendly hawksbill turtle hang out and swim around everyone on top of the thila along with hovering on his flipper tips allowing the cleaner wrasse to clean under-neath his shell very funny and cute to watch.
Day 5
Dive 1
Very green water making it to see the sharks but we did have some pretty close passes by a large female been closely followed by 4 smaller males , large eagle ray , large shoal of big eye jacks , fosters barracuda , 3 octopus ,peacock mantis shrimp running around and we even had a MANTA swim by.
Dive 2
Again low viz so was hard to see anything just of the reef , we had constant wave of yellow-back fusiliers for the whole dive , large shoals of surgeon fish , grey reef , rainbow runners , many large clams on the reef top.Peacock mantis , juv sweet-lips , whip coral shrimp , couple of different morays , Susanna flatworm.
Dive 3
Couple of large grey reef sharks and was nice seen the female grey still using the large overhang to rest, Large silver-tips shark and a couple of smaller ones , Amba jacks , large shoal of indian snappers , bat fish.
Evening Activity
Evening walk about to see the Kani Tree on Maroshi Island finishing with a stunning sunset.
Day 6
Dive 1
3 very fat female grey sharks , w-tips , large shoal of big eye jack and Amba jacks , 2 silver-tip sharks , 6 thread-fin jacks which you don't normally see that often , large shoal of rainbow runners , sting ray , funny bat fish ,painted lobsters.
Dive 2
2 Eagle rays , both grey and w-tips sharks , 6 green turtles , large shoal of rainbow-runners ,100s of mid-night snappers , large shoal of sweet-lips and red-tail butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
Strong current so was a little hard work but was nice hanging out with the whole shoals of blue-stripe snappers and yellow goat fish , we had wave after wave of fusiliers throughout the dive and kept been surrounded by rainbow runners. Large crown jelly fish.
Evening Activity
Guest went for a walk around the little sand bank island.
Day 7
Dive 1
Smaller current so was able to spend a lot more time having a good look around plus the whole shoal of blue-stripe snappers and hump-head snappers allowed us to sit right in the middle of them , sting ray , 3 eagle rays , unknown goby , free-way of fusiliers , turtle ,
Dive 2
New Site (Anemone Thila ) very strong surge plus current wanting to push you of the thila as made it a very hard dive , shame as the whole top is covered in a layer of anemones.
Dive 3
Another strange current dive which changed direction half way into the dive , the overhangs are stunning all full of lovely burnt orange soft coral and with layers of basslets , so many fusiliers , huge shoal of mid-night snappers , coral blocks covered in reef fish. Stunning Sunset . Sky in all shades of pink.
Day 8
Dive 1
Always a pleasant site with a very pretty swim through and overhangs full of blue-stripe snappers , painted lobsters , rock covered in so many anemones fish , eagle ray , jacks charging the fusiliers sending a wall of fish right at us , large dog-tooth tuna , you could hear the dolphins on the dive but they just stayed out of our view. Amazing snorkel with over 30 Mantas feeding.
Dive 2
New site Hani North Cleaning Station. 12 Mantas cleaning , with 6 at one time this went on for the whole 75min dive.
Dive 3
Very relaxing dive multi-levelling along the overhangs and pinnacles.
Evening Activity
G&T’S on the Sundeck after a very busy but exciting day and best of all we get to do it all again tomorrow.
Day 9
Dive 1
Guest really enjoyed the swim through and investigating around the pinnacles which were full of fusiliers been charged at by the blue fin travelly , two smaller eagle rays , sting ray , rock covered in anemones and so many anemone fish , large shoals of blue-stripe snappers . We had a fab time after breakfast snorkelling with 30 plus Mantas for over 1 hour.
Dive 2
What more can i say MANTASITC !!!!
Dive 3
Shame the viz was so low because the pinnacles were covered in lovely soft coral and glass fish along with jacks charging around.
Day 10
Dive 1
Gentle drift in and out of the overhangs and along the thila , huge Dew fish , eagle ray , wave after wave of fusiliers , 30+ blue fin travelly swam round us , rainbow runners , huge shoal of surgeon fish and mid night snappers hanging out in the current at the end of the thila.
Dive 2
Mantas for the whole 70 min dive with 4 at one time cleaning together.
Dive 3
Always enjoy diving this site with so much to see from pelagic to critters , overhangs and pinnacles its one of those dives that as something for everyone.
Night Dive
Wow fab dive really didn't want to come up we found so real cool stuff , squid , octopus , spearing Mantis with one having a go at me camera , Cute little golden mouth moray along with many other types of morays , 3 different types of reef crabs the list just goes on and on.
Day 11
Dive 1
Manta as soon as we reached the thila and with another 4 fly byes while crossing to the main thila then to have another 2 swim over our heads then 3 cleaning at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Last dive of the trip , 2 Guitar Sharks , huge saddle back grouper , blue charging the mass of silver-sides , many anemones and anemone fish , large scorpion fish , long-nose hawk fish , 100s of banner fish , wave after wave of fusiliers in the top of the thila and while doing our safety stops.
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon relaxing and packing followed by a walk around the local island Dharavandhoo.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Guest transfer to the local island airport for there domestic flight back to North Male.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Two morning arrivals , once all the paperwork and been filled out back on SeaSpirit guest then set their dive equitment up ready for the check dive after lunch.
Dive 1
Buoyancy checks done all ok then off for a fab dive with guitar shark and so many sting rays with 3 different types and many different types of morays some sharing a whole , some of the honey-comb morays were huge !!! Plus 100s of banner fish , box fish, surgeon fish.
Day 1
Dive 1
Wow totally mantastic we had 14 mantas together cleaning , I counted for large females and the rest been very active and playful males all showing of in front of the females was amazing to just stopped and watch , its was hard to have to leave at the end of he dive we even had mantas while doing out stops.
Dive 2
As the dive sites says it was just like been in a Aquarium with the corner been full of fish life and w-tips , 5 eagle rays , both hawksbill and green turtles, marble sting ray , dog-tooth tuna , constant free-way of fusiliers.
Dive 3
Strange out current with strengths picking up and dying down through-out the dive , couple of w-tips , eagle rays , large honey-comb moray , turtles , many dog-tooth tuna , large shoal of bat fish , Safety stop was interesting with up and down currents.
Day 2
Dive 1
Fairytale reef - wow what a current we flew along the reef with no chance to stop and take photo’s.
Ocean Crossing
Long Ocean crossing North to Lhaviyani Atoll
Dive 2
Was great getting back in the water after the long crossing and was quiet night been a late afternoon/dusk dive , the whole thila was covered in a layer of glass fish and silver-sides , blue-fin travelly charging around along with lion fish all hunting on the glass fish , 7 nurse sharks , small w-tip , juv hawksbill turtle , spent the last 10min enjoying the top with the carpet of anemone’s.
Day 3
Dive 1
Both Grey reef sharks & w-tips along the front of the channel , eagle rays , feather-tail rays , marble ray , whip-tail ray , 100s of big eye jack , chevron barracuda , amba jacks , huge napoleon , followed by a gentle drift along the inside wall to finish of the dive.
Dive 2
Out going current then changing to an incurrent half way through the dive taking us back to the start of the dive , so many reindeer wrasse , green turtles , large brown sweet-lips , honey-comb morays , large eagle ray , marble rays resting on the sand , w-tips , large shoal of red-tail butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
Small out current and totally different dive this time , 6 eagle rays , couple of grey reef sharks , w-tips , many green turtles, pompano’s , big eye jacks , napoleons , saddle-back groupers , couple of pairs of blue tangs on the reef top which you don't see in other atolls , was lovely been able to hang out on the reef top just hanging out with all the fish , pod of dolphins swam past us on the reef top.
Night Dive
Couple of bump-head on the wreck , large saddle back grouper , couple of different Nudi’s and flatworms , hinge-back shrimps , strange sea cucumber , large cuttle fish , large group of black-jacks charging around using our torches to hunt.
Day 4
Dive 1
We really should call this turtle alley with so many turtles both Green and hawksbill’s , some of the female green turtle are huge!!!! , 3 eagle rays , 2 grey reefs hanging around along one of the overhangs , really peasant morning dive.
Dive 2
Med in-current so was able to hang out on the corner yo see if any sharks were about , we did have a couple pass along with a large eagle ray , large shoal of big eye jacks , long nose emperor snapper and 2 napoleons hunting together , finished the dive hanging out with the yellow goat fish and hump-head snapper on top of the thila.
Dive 3
Very low viz but the whole top of the thila was covered in silver-sides with blue-fin travelly hunting them , wave after wave of neon fusiliers , many lion fish , little sting ray been cleaned , the best was having a very friendly hawksbill turtle hang out and swim around everyone on top of the thila along with hovering on his flipper tips allowing the cleaner wrasse to clean under-neath his shell very funny and cute to watch.
Day 5
Dive 1
Very green water making it to see the sharks but we did have some pretty close passes by a large female been closely followed by 4 smaller males , large eagle ray , large shoal of big eye jacks , fosters barracuda , 3 octopus ,peacock mantis shrimp running around and we even had a MANTA swim by.
Dive 2
Again low viz so was hard to see anything just of the reef , we had constant wave of yellow-back fusiliers for the whole dive , large shoals of surgeon fish , grey reef , rainbow runners , many large clams on the reef top.Peacock mantis , juv sweet-lips , whip coral shrimp , couple of different morays , Susanna flatworm.
Dive 3
Couple of large grey reef sharks and was nice seen the female grey still using the large overhang to rest, Large silver-tips shark and a couple of smaller ones , Amba jacks , large shoal of indian snappers , bat fish.
Evening Activity
Evening walk about to see the Kani Tree on Maroshi Island finishing with a stunning sunset.
Day 6
Dive 1
3 very fat female grey sharks , w-tips , large shoal of big eye jack and Amba jacks , 2 silver-tip sharks , 6 thread-fin jacks which you don't normally see that often , large shoal of rainbow runners , sting ray , funny bat fish ,painted lobsters.
Dive 2
2 Eagle rays , both grey and w-tips sharks , 6 green turtles , large shoal of rainbow-runners ,100s of mid-night snappers , large shoal of sweet-lips and red-tail butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
Strong current so was a little hard work but was nice hanging out with the whole shoals of blue-stripe snappers and yellow goat fish , we had wave after wave of fusiliers throughout the dive and kept been surrounded by rainbow runners. Large crown jelly fish.
Evening Activity
Guest went for a walk around the little sand bank island.
Day 7
Dive 1
Smaller current so was able to spend a lot more time having a good look around plus the whole shoal of blue-stripe snappers and hump-head snappers allowed us to sit right in the middle of them , sting ray , 3 eagle rays , unknown goby , free-way of fusiliers , turtle ,
Dive 2
New Site (Anemone Thila ) very strong surge plus current wanting to push you of the thila as made it a very hard dive , shame as the whole top is covered in a layer of anemones.
Dive 3
Another strange current dive which changed direction half way into the dive , the overhangs are stunning all full of lovely burnt orange soft coral and with layers of basslets , so many fusiliers , huge shoal of mid-night snappers , coral blocks covered in reef fish. Stunning Sunset . Sky in all shades of pink.
Day 8
Dive 1
Always a pleasant site with a very pretty swim through and overhangs full of blue-stripe snappers , painted lobsters , rock covered in so many anemones fish , eagle ray , jacks charging the fusiliers sending a wall of fish right at us , large dog-tooth tuna , you could hear the dolphins on the dive but they just stayed out of our view. Amazing snorkel with over 30 Mantas feeding.
Dive 2
New site Hani North Cleaning Station. 12 Mantas cleaning , with 6 at one time this went on for the whole 75min dive.
Dive 3
Very relaxing dive multi-levelling along the overhangs and pinnacles.
Evening Activity
G&T’S on the Sundeck after a very busy but exciting day and best of all we get to do it all again tomorrow.
Day 9
Dive 1
Guest really enjoyed the swim through and investigating around the pinnacles which were full of fusiliers been charged at by the blue fin travelly , two smaller eagle rays , sting ray , rock covered in anemones and so many anemone fish , large shoals of blue-stripe snappers . We had a fab time after breakfast snorkelling with 30 plus Mantas for over 1 hour.