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Sea Spirit SS455
28 Dec 2014 to 7 Jan 2015
New Year Special (10 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and guest houses and were transferred to Sea Spirit. Due to bad weather in Europe three guests were to be delayed 24 hours.
Dive 1
Check dive 1. Easy drift dive on ocean facing reef where were saw a variety of morays including white mouthed, several honeycomb, blackcheek and giant. We saw both hawksbill and green turtles and the latter actually stayed to have their photos taken :-) There were several blotched porcupinefish and large mappa puffers. It was a fun and easy introduction to the Maldives.
Dive 2
Ocean dift past patches of soft corals and many shallow blocks full of neon fusiliers with rivers of fusileres out in the blue. There were two enormous dogtooth tunas chasing the fusiliers, reef fish of all types amongst the blocks and a large EAGLE RAY foraging on the corner when the current really picked up
Day 1
Beautiful green turtle resting on a ledge from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
SO MANY FISH! SCHOOLS OF BLUESTRIPE SNAPPERS AND ORIENTAL SWEETLIPS AMONGST SOFT CORAL COVERED BLOCKS AND WHITE SEAFANS ON TERRACES A SCHOOL OF MIXED CHEVRON AND FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS, SCHOOLING BANNERFISH, BIG TUNAS, SOLDIERFISH PLUS BIG EYE EMPERORS AND JUST SO MANY ANTHIAS AND GROUPERS. BEAUTIFUL!
Guest Transfer
We collected the divers on the delayed flight and travelled to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Check dive 2. A laid back dive on a wreck and reef. There were many silversides around the wreck, chased by bluefin jacks and small tunas. Large black clearfin lionfish plus Durban dancing shrimps, banded boxer shrimps and many glassfish and cleaners occupied every nook around the wheelhouse. Divers found peacock mantis shrimps, lovely white lacy acabaria framed overhangs and swim throughs, magnificent anemones, a Chromodoris tritos nudi and several Maldives sponge snails
Dive 3
A BOWMOUTH GUITAR SHARK sighting was the highlight of this dive as this unusual are rarely sighted animal swam past the group of divers on this ocean reef. There were so many honeycomb morays on this reef! Many were partnered with giant morays which seemed a little unusual. Other highlights included a school of moorish idols and a pair of multibar pipefish
Day 2
Bowmouth guitar shark from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An ocean reef channel-front site with LOTS OF FUSILIERS BEING CHASED BY LARGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND GIANT TREVALLIES plus Napoleons and lots of white tip sharks, schooling bannerfish, green and hawksbill turtles, and ending with a brisk drift through overhangs with many anthias and soldierfish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
A STRONG CHANNEL CURRENT AND LOTS OF GREY SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT so we hooked in and watched the show. An EAGLE RAY made a few circuits over our heads. We ended the dive with a brisk drift over sand dunes and pretty patch reef
Dive 3
ANOTHER SHARK SHOW with EVEN MORE GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES INCLUDING LARGE PREGNANT FEMALES AND LOTS OF YOUNGSTERS plus white tip sharks and tunas and big eye jacks. We had another brisk drift ntio the channel and flew over sand dunes and reef
Night Dive
AN EXCITING DIVE WITH LOTS OF LARGE TAWNY NURSE SHARKS PLUS ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, PINK WHIPRAYS, BLACK TIP SHARKS AND SOME VERY EXCITING GIANT TREVALLIES
Day 3
A great show of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A scenic channel dive with a dramatic front of channel with rivers of neon fusiliers and a few white tip and grey sharks cruising about. We then enjoyed a long drift into the channel passing sleeping white tip sharks and a large eagle ray foraging. There was a pretty coral garden amongst sandy slopes down current
Dive 2
The dive started with a beautiful ocean facing reef and rivers of fusiliers then a mix of grey sharks and white tip sharks riding the current point on the corner and then drifted into lots of large, soft-coral covered blocks full of oriental and harlequin sweetlips, blue-stripe and humpback snappers. The drift continued past a vertical wall of orange soft coral and we were really flying in the current by then! At the back of the channel the current dropped off and we were able to explore a beautiful coral covered wall with many blue sponges, a glassfish filled cave, several brownmarbled groupers etc. We found a rare, and not-previously-reported-in-the-Maldives Velvet Ghost Pipefish
Dive 3
AN EXCITING CHANNEL DIVE WITH MANY GREY SHARKS AND TUNAS CRUISING THE WALL AND SPECTACULAR YELLOW SOFT CORAL HUNG CAVES AND SWIM-THROUGHS. WE SAW A PAIR OF YELLOFIN TUNAS AND EVEN A MARLIN!!! All along the wall were schools of red and midnight snappers and just every reef fish. WHEN WE WERE TRAVELLING BACK WE MET A LARGE POD OF AROUND 200 SPINNER DOLPHINS WHICH ACCOMPANIED THE DHONI AND WE DROVE UP AND DOWN THE CHANNEL TO LET THEM RIDE THE BOW WAVE
Evening Activity
ASHORE TO REMOTE SANDBANK TO WATCH THE LAST SUNSET OF THE YEAR AND ENJOY A FEW DRINKS. We toasted in the new year after dinner
Day 4
Beautiful soft coral caves visited from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Another exciting dive with grey sharks, big eye jacks, rainbow runners and many mackerels and fusiliers. We found a pair of yellow-green leaf fish and met the GIANT GROUPER WITH ITS ENTOURAGE OF ~30 YELLOW PILOT JACKS. It really was GIANT!
Dive 2
A rapid drift through a channel to the ocean coner via green and mauve soft corals and bouquets of ascidians. The terraces on the corner were hung with pretty blue and pink soft corals. We then anjoyed a gentle drift along an ocean reef wall with morays and schools of snappers and emperors, we found a bronze coloured leaffish and just enjoyed a beautiful top reef with so many porites and table corals
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru atoll
Dive 3
A channel drift amongst coral blocks hoping to see a manta but did see Napoleons, painted sweetlips and orbicular batfish. Some of the coral blocks were full of glassfish with surprised looking groupers! The outside wall has many tarraces with pretty soft corals and seafans and there were just so many magnificent anemones on the reef top with large families of Maldives blackfoot anemonefish. A large ribbontail ray came up the wall to investigate divers!
Day 5
More grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A second dive at this channel corner site. There was a SMALL EAGLE RAY IN THE CHANNEL AND A GROUP OF 6-7 EAGLE RAYS ON THE OUTSIDE REEF. WE saw batfish and Napoleons again but the current was pulling in a little so we had a long slow swim to the corner. There were lovely schools of striped and yellowback fusiliers off the dramatic wall
Dive 2
A very pretty reef with a small wreck surrounded by longfin batfish, soldierfish and juvenile cardinalfish. The reef has lovely coral formations with lots of lacy white acabaria coral, blue sponges, giant clams and the entire reef top is smothered in table corals with dancing chromis and stripey humbugs
Dive 3
Two round ribbontail rays, a feathertail ray, a pink whip ray and even a mangrove whipray plus excellent macro: large lionfish, a robust ghostpipefish, a large peacock flounder, juvenile rockmover wrasse, juvenile razor wrasses, honeycomb morays and a juvenile empress angelfish
Day 6
Round ribbontail ray over terraces cascading down to deep drop off. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A MANTA RAY came to check us all out over the sandy area and we found lots of nice little things again including pinkbar gobies with pistol shrimps, a ghostpipefish, many garden eels, tilefish, and just so many cleaner fish, even some trying to clean divers!
Dive 2
GREAT DIVE WITH 4 MANTAS SEEN: ALONG THE REEF; OVER THE SAND AREA AND AT THE CLEANING STTIONS ALSO 6 EAGLE RAYS TOING AND FROING OVER THE SAND, A SLEEPING FEATHERTAIL RAY AND 2 MILKFISH. IT WAS QUITE EXCITING WONDERING WHERE THE MANTAS WERE GOING TO POP UP FROM NEXT!
Dive 3
A pretty white acabaria trimmed wall with excellent hard corals in the shallows full of every damsel and chromis plus long rivers of fusiliers of at least 4 different species
Day 7
A CURIOUS MANTA RAY WHICH CAME IN TO TAKE A LOOK.MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Busy channel corner WITH MANY FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS AND BIG EYE JACKS MEANDERING AROUND AND MAKING WHORLS AND FIGURES OF 8 PLUS A GEW GREY SHARKS, SCHOOLS OF SILVER AND ORIENTAL SWEETLIPS, COLLARED BUTTERFLYFISH AND TUNAS AND FUSILIERS. THE OUTSIDE REEF CORNER WAS A MASS OF MAGNIFICENT ANEMONES PLUS ORANGE AND EVANS' ANTHIAS WITH CLEANING STATIONS EVERYWHERE. WE FOUND A MANGROVE WHIPRAY SLEEPING ON THE VERY TOP!
Dive 2
The current was still out and the fish were more dispersed than first dive but there was a huge school of big eye jacks in the middle of the channel plus all the sweetlips and groupers etc. hanging around the coral blocks. We drifted onto the ocean reef where there are lots of small and large overhangs and a couple of Napoleons cruising past
Dive 3
A pretty and very colourful reef with just so many red gorgonia with white polyps, blue finger corals and a current point jammed with thousands of pyramid butterflyfish and juvenile fusiliers. We found a glorious flatworm, a thicklip wrasse, and there were many jacks and tunas frightening the small fish
Night Dive
Experimental dive on a vertical wall with many small overhangs with lots of interesting coral formations. We found a cave full of Bruuni shrimps, many langoustines, hingebeak and periclimenes shrimps, a large purple pleurobranch, squids, a ribbon tail ray, many pufferfish, barracuda etc.
Day 8
Schools of barrcudas and jacks at this very busy channel front. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Blue water ocean reef dive with streams of fusiliers on front of double channel. A SILVERTIP SHARK! Two ribbontail and a mangrove whiprays, several spiny lobsters, more pleurobranchs, yellow trunkfish and a stunning reef vista
Dive 2
Surprise small out-current so we crossed the channel and sighted a grey shark, a large school of mackerels, a school of small rainbow runners, sleeping white tip sharks including one with it's mouth open! Tunas, fusliers, many cleaning stations with lysmata and banded coral shrimps and a beautiful, colourful reef with turtles and reef fish. Very chilled
Dive 3
AMAZING DIVE IN STRONG CURRENT WITH LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND ALSO A POD OF DOLPHINS AND EVEN A MANTA! WE LOVE THIS SITE!!! The other divers on the site also provided us entertainment. There was a school of squid over the sand. Timon completed his AOW Navigation dive in the coral garden site nearby
Night Dive
Exciting night dive in strong current tonight. The nurse sharks were very actively foraging and also swimming shallow over our heads and the pink whiprays seemed to be particularly assertive. We kept being mobbed by a school of giant trevallies. Not a dive for the fainthearted.
Day 9
Overhangs and beautiful pink soft corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Super last dive with lots of GREY SHARKS cruising the channel front so we just hooked in and watched the show. There were schools of tunas making the occasional raid and a large eagle ray swam to and fro over our heads. We had an easy drift into the channel and over the sand dunes and patch reef and flew over the sand whee!!!!!
Daytime Excursion
Travel back to Male' atoll arriving early afternoon. Afternoon visit to Male' for ice-cream and sightseeing. The Xmas decorations came down :-(
Final dinner together then Michael departed to airport for night flight
Day 10
Divers making extensive drift over corals and sand from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Remaining guest divers transferred to airport for return flights to Europe and onward travel to resorts
Day 11
Amazing sunset from our lagoon anchorage on MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and guest houses and were transferred to Sea Spirit. Due to bad weather in Europe three guests were to be delayed 24 hours.
Dive 1
Check dive 1. Easy drift dive on ocean facing reef where were saw a variety of morays including white mouthed, several honeycomb, blackcheek and giant. We saw both hawksbill and green turtles and the latter actually stayed to have their photos taken :-) There were several blotched porcupinefish and large mappa puffers. It was a fun and easy introduction to the Maldives.
Dive 2
Ocean dift past patches of soft corals and many shallow blocks full of neon fusiliers with rivers of fusileres out in the blue. There were two enormous dogtooth tunas chasing the fusiliers, reef fish of all types amongst the blocks and a large EAGLE RAY foraging on the corner when the current really picked up
Day 1
Beautiful green turtle resting on a ledge from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
SO MANY FISH! SCHOOLS OF BLUESTRIPE SNAPPERS AND ORIENTAL SWEETLIPS AMONGST SOFT CORAL COVERED BLOCKS AND WHITE SEAFANS ON TERRACES A SCHOOL OF MIXED CHEVRON AND FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS, SCHOOLING BANNERFISH, BIG TUNAS, SOLDIERFISH PLUS BIG EYE EMPERORS AND JUST SO MANY ANTHIAS AND GROUPERS. BEAUTIFUL!
Guest Transfer
We collected the divers on the delayed flight and travelled to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Check dive 2. A laid back dive on a wreck and reef. There were many silversides around the wreck, chased by bluefin jacks and small tunas. Large black clearfin lionfish plus Durban dancing shrimps, banded boxer shrimps and many glassfish and cleaners occupied every nook around the wheelhouse. Divers found peacock mantis shrimps, lovely white lacy acabaria framed overhangs and swim throughs, magnificent anemones, a Chromodoris tritos nudi and several Maldives sponge snails
Dive 3
A BOWMOUTH GUITAR SHARK sighting was the highlight of this dive as this unusual are rarely sighted animal swam past the group of divers on this ocean reef. There were so many honeycomb morays on this reef! Many were partnered with giant morays which seemed a little unusual. Other highlights included a school of moorish idols and a pair of multibar pipefish
Day 2
Bowmouth guitar shark from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An ocean reef channel-front site with LOTS OF FUSILIERS BEING CHASED BY LARGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND GIANT TREVALLIES plus Napoleons and lots of white tip sharks, schooling bannerfish, green and hawksbill turtles, and ending with a brisk drift through overhangs with many anthias and soldierfish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
A STRONG CHANNEL CURRENT AND LOTS OF GREY SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT so we hooked in and watched the show. An EAGLE RAY made a few circuits over our heads. We ended the dive with a brisk drift over sand dunes and pretty patch reef
Dive 3
ANOTHER SHARK SHOW with EVEN MORE GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES INCLUDING LARGE PREGNANT FEMALES AND LOTS OF YOUNGSTERS plus white tip sharks and tunas and big eye jacks. We had another brisk drift ntio the channel and flew over sand dunes and reef
Night Dive
AN EXCITING DIVE WITH LOTS OF LARGE TAWNY NURSE SHARKS PLUS ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, PINK WHIPRAYS, BLACK TIP SHARKS AND SOME VERY EXCITING GIANT TREVALLIES
Day 3
A great show of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A scenic channel dive with a dramatic front of channel with rivers of neon fusiliers and a few white tip and grey sharks cruising about. We then enjoyed a long drift into the channel passing sleeping white tip sharks and a large eagle ray foraging. There was a pretty coral garden amongst sandy slopes down current
Dive 2
The dive started with a beautiful ocean facing reef and rivers of fusiliers then a mix of grey sharks and white tip sharks riding the current point on the corner and then drifted into lots of large, soft-coral covered blocks full of oriental and harlequin sweetlips, blue-stripe and humpback snappers. The drift continued past a vertical wall of orange soft coral and we were really flying in the current by then! At the back of the channel the current dropped off and we were able to explore a beautiful coral covered wall with many blue sponges, a glassfish filled cave, several brownmarbled groupers etc. We found a rare, and not-previously-reported-in-the-Maldives Velvet Ghost Pipefish
Dive 3
AN EXCITING CHANNEL DIVE WITH MANY GREY SHARKS AND TUNAS CRUISING THE WALL AND SPECTACULAR YELLOW SOFT CORAL HUNG CAVES AND SWIM-THROUGHS. WE SAW A PAIR OF YELLOFIN TUNAS AND EVEN A MARLIN!!! All along the wall were schools of red and midnight snappers and just every reef fish. WHEN WE WERE TRAVELLING BACK WE MET A LARGE POD OF AROUND 200 SPINNER DOLPHINS WHICH ACCOMPANIED THE DHONI AND WE DROVE UP AND DOWN THE CHANNEL TO LET THEM RIDE THE BOW WAVE
Evening Activity
ASHORE TO REMOTE SANDBANK TO WATCH THE LAST SUNSET OF THE YEAR AND ENJOY A FEW DRINKS. We toasted in the new year after dinner
Day 4
Beautiful soft coral caves visited from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Another exciting dive with grey sharks, big eye jacks, rainbow runners and many mackerels and fusiliers. We found a pair of yellow-green leaf fish and met the GIANT GROUPER WITH ITS ENTOURAGE OF ~30 YELLOW PILOT JACKS. It really was GIANT!
Dive 2
A rapid drift through a channel to the ocean coner via green and mauve soft corals and bouquets of ascidians. The terraces on the corner were hung with pretty blue and pink soft corals. We then anjoyed a gentle drift along an ocean reef wall with morays and schools of snappers and emperors, we found a bronze coloured leaffish and just enjoyed a beautiful top reef with so many porites and table corals
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru atoll
Dive 3
A channel drift amongst coral blocks hoping to see a manta but did see Napoleons, painted sweetlips and orbicular batfish. Some of the coral blocks were full of glassfish with surprised looking groupers! The outside wall has many tarraces with pretty soft corals and seafans and there were just so many magnificent anemones on the reef top with large families of Maldives blackfoot anemonefish. A large ribbontail ray came up the wall to investigate divers!
Day 5
More grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A second dive at this channel corner site. There was a SMALL EAGLE RAY IN THE CHANNEL AND A GROUP OF 6-7 EAGLE RAYS ON THE OUTSIDE REEF. WE saw batfish and Napoleons again but the current was pulling in a little so we had a long slow swim to the corner. There were lovely schools of striped and yellowback fusiliers off the dramatic wall
Dive 2
A very pretty reef with a small wreck surrounded by longfin batfish, soldierfish and juvenile cardinalfish. The reef has lovely coral formations with lots of lacy white acabaria coral, blue sponges, giant clams and the entire reef top is smothered in table corals with dancing chromis and stripey humbugs
Dive 3
Two round ribbontail rays, a feathertail ray, a pink whip ray and even a mangrove whipray plus excellent macro: large lionfish, a robust ghostpipefish, a large peacock flounder, juvenile rockmover wrasse, juvenile razor wrasses, honeycomb morays and a juvenile empress angelfish
Day 6
Round ribbontail ray over terraces cascading down to deep drop off. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A MANTA RAY came to check us all out over the sandy area and we found lots of nice little things again including pinkbar gobies with pistol shrimps, a ghostpipefish, many garden eels, tilefish, and just so many cleaner fish, even some trying to clean divers!
Dive 2
GREAT DIVE WITH 4 MANTAS SEEN: ALONG THE REEF; OVER THE SAND AREA AND AT THE CLEANING STTIONS ALSO 6 EAGLE RAYS TOING AND FROING OVER THE SAND, A SLEEPING FEATHERTAIL RAY AND 2 MILKFISH. IT WAS QUITE EXCITING WONDERING WHERE THE MANTAS WERE GOING TO POP UP FROM NEXT!
Dive 3
A pretty white acabaria trimmed wall with excellent hard corals in the shallows full of every damsel and chromis plus long rivers of fusiliers of at least 4 different species
Day 7
A CURIOUS MANTA RAY WHICH CAME IN TO TAKE A LOOK.MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Busy channel corner WITH MANY FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS AND BIG EYE JACKS MEANDERING AROUND AND MAKING WHORLS AND FIGURES OF 8 PLUS A GEW GREY SHARKS, SCHOOLS OF SILVER AND ORIENTAL SWEETLIPS, COLLARED BUTTERFLYFISH AND TUNAS AND FUSILIERS. THE OUTSIDE REEF CORNER WAS A MASS OF MAGNIFICENT ANEMONES PLUS ORANGE AND EVANS' ANTHIAS WITH CLEANING STATIONS EVERYWHERE. WE FOUND A MANGROVE WHIPRAY SLEEPING ON THE VERY TOP!
Dive 2
The current was still out and the fish were more dispersed than first dive but there was a huge school of big eye jacks in the middle of the channel plus all the sweetlips and groupers etc. hanging around the coral blocks. We drifted onto the ocean reef where there are lots of small and large overhangs and a couple of Napoleons cruising past
Dive 3
A pretty and very colourful reef with just so many red gorgonia with white polyps, blue finger corals and a current point jammed with thousands of pyramid butterflyfish and juvenile fusiliers. We found a glorious flatworm, a thicklip wrasse, and there were many jacks and tunas frightening the small fish
Night Dive
Experimental dive on a vertical wall with many small overhangs with lots of interesting coral formations. We found a cave full of Bruuni shrimps, many langoustines, hingebeak and periclimenes shrimps, a large purple pleurobranch, squids, a ribbon tail ray, many pufferfish, barracuda etc.
Day 8
Schools of barrcudas and jacks at this very busy channel front. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Blue water ocean reef dive with streams of fusiliers on front of double channel. A SILVERTIP SHARK! Two ribbontail and a mangrove whiprays, several spiny lobsters, more pleurobranchs, yellow trunkfish and a stunning reef vista
Dive 2
Surprise small out-current so we crossed the channel and sighted a grey shark, a large school of mackerels, a school of small rainbow runners, sleeping white tip sharks including one with it's mouth open! Tunas, fusliers, many cleaning stations with lysmata and banded coral shrimps and a beautiful, colourful reef with turtles and reef fish. Very chilled
Dive 3
AMAZING DIVE IN STRONG CURRENT WITH LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND ALSO A POD OF DOLPHINS AND EVEN A MANTA! WE LOVE THIS SITE!!! The other divers on the site also provided us entertainment. There was a school of squid over the sand. Timon completed his AOW Navigation dive in the coral garden site nearby
Night Dive
Exciting night dive in strong current tonight. The nurse sharks were very actively foraging and also swimming shallow over our heads and the pink whiprays seemed to be particularly assertive. We kept being mobbed by a school of giant trevallies. Not a dive for the fainthearted.
Day 9
Overhangs and beautiful pink soft corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Super last dive with lots of GREY SHARKS cruising the channel front so we just hooked in and watched the show. There were schools of tunas making the occasional raid and a large eagle ray swam to and fro over our heads. We had an easy drift into the channel and over the sand dunes and patch reef and flew over the sand whee!!!!!
Daytime Excursion
Travel back to Male' atoll arriving early afternoon. Afternoon visit to Male' for ice-cream and sightseeing. The Xmas decorations came down :-(
Final dinner together then Michael departed to airport for night flight
Day 10
Divers making extensive drift over corals and sand from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Remaining guest divers transferred to airport for return flights to Europe and onward travel to resorts
Day 11
Amazing sunset from our lagoon anchorage on MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS454
21 Dec 2014 to 28 Dec 2014
Christmas Special (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and guest houses and transferred to Sea Spirit. As everyone arrived in the morning we were able to make the inter-atoll crossing to Rasdhoo with good sea conditions
Dive 1
Check dive but quite a brisk drift with many bluefin jacks and giant trevallies hunting along the wall plus several large dogtooth tunas and a school of bonito tunas. We also saw a larg porcupine puffer, a Tyler's sharpnose puffer (lovely spots!) and octopus and schools of blue stripe and humpback snappers
Day 1
School of big eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Exciting and rewarding dive with sightings of GREY SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS AND A HUGE SWIRLING SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS plus bonito tuna school, longnose emperors, several spearing mantis shrimps, a bronze/white leaf fish a field of garden eels, longfin batfish etc.
Ocean Crossing
Inter atoll travel to Ari
Dive 2
An EASY SHARK SHOW WITH MANY CLOSE PASSES BY GREY SHARKS OF VARIOUS SIZES< SOME WITH MATING SCRATCHES. Divers also saw a shortfin mobula ray, Forster's and chevron barracudas schools, a bearded scorpionfish, camouflage groupers posturing at each other and sevveral white tip sharks
Dive 3
Lots of little grey sharks of different sizes! They seemed to congregate by size with 12 of the smallest together then 8 or so medium and then larger ones. Lovely! Also schooling bannerfish, many large giant trevallies chasing the fusiliers, an octopus, friendly turtles, big eye jacks and a really cute baby clownfish
Night Dive
Night dive with hungry manta somersaulting and sweeping past us and giving us a mesmerising show. She was joined by another manta later in the evening
Day 2
A great grey shark show from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Easy drift over canyons and pinnacles with a blue and pink soft coral frosting and then white tips sleeping in the sand, schools of red and midnight snappers, a manta fly by, a peacock mantis shrimp a manta attempting to clean and then ending the dive in a really dense school of blue stripe snappers
Dive 2
Back to the soft coral frosted thila for a second dive in stronger current. There were three giant barracudas off the reef and all surfaces were buzzing with orange anthias and schools of snappers between ledges and canyons. We found a funny little topsy-turvy hawksbill turtle, a large mappa puffer in an overhang, lovely Indian bannerfish and various emperors
Dive 3
Pretty soft coral covered wreck with lots of small seafans and purple sea whips, Durban dancing shrimps, lunar tailed rock cods, a tiny juvenile bi-colour parrotfish, amny blue and purple magnificent anemones but quite a strong current on the thila
Evening Activity
We enjoyed sundowners with a beautiful orange and red sunset
Day 3
Diver enjoying the beautiful soft corals of the maldives from Sea Spirit
Dive 1
HEAVENLY SOFT CORAL COVERED THILA: BLUE PINK, YELLOW AND ORANGE SOFT CORALS PLUS LARGE PINK SEAFANS AND PURPLE MENELLA SEAFANS. Spectacular!!!! There were large schools of painted sweetlips plus harlequin and silver sweetlips and dense schools of blue strip snappers in the overhangs. The reef top had lots of table corals and a vast array of different reef fish.
A POD OF FALSE KILLER WHALES SWAM INTO THE CHANNEL AND AMBLED ABOUT. WE APPROACHED BUT THEY SPOOKED IF WE GOT TOO CLOSE SO WE JUST LET THEM GET ON WITH THEIR FROLICKING AND WATCHED THEM FROM A DISTANCE
Dive 2
A brisk current and lovely blue water washing in from the ocean but eddying inside the atoll so we drifted through the first few soft coral hung caves and then had a slow swim. There were many white tip reef sharks sleeping on the sandy bottom anad various reef fish and snappers in the yellow and blue soft coral overhangs. There were lots of big eye emperors and soldierfish plus scribbled filefish, a mappa puffer, glassfish filled canes, large morays hawksbills turtles etc.
Dive 3
An easy drift along reef slope with many coral blocks and so many humpback snappers scooting around. There were nice dinner-plate sized featherstars, a starry puffer, a Chromodoris glenei nudibranch, phyllidia slugs, nice glassfish filled caves along the wall section and many bright blue magnificent anemones in the shallows
Day 4
Hawksbill turtle allows photographer to approach closesly from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
An easy current on this ocean facing thila. We were hoping for mantas, but none seen this morning. Lots of other fish were visiting the cleaning stations e.g. rainbow runners, tunas and many surgeons and tangs. We also saw two octopus, a scorpionfish and many camouflage groupers and rock cods
Dive 2
HURRAH! A LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH AROUND 6 MANTAS SEEN, UP TO 4 AT A TIME PLUS BIG SCHOOLS OF BLUESTRIPE AND HUMPBACK SNAPPERS, YELLOW GOATFISH ETC.
Dive 3
Super-whirly up and down current making for a difficult drift as the current was bothe strong and vry mixed yp with lots of eddys. There was a big school of red snappers on the corner and then lots of midnight snappers, fusiliers. Rather exciting!
Evening Activity
Ashore to Chaaya Lagoon resort for a lovely dinner to celebrate Christmas. The fairy lights and Christmas decorations really set the scene and we had a wonderful meal
Day 5
A great manta show with up to 6 seen today from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
BUZZING CURRENT POINT!! HUGE SCHOOLS OF BLUE STRIPE SNAPPERS AND NEON FUSILIERS 1000'S SCHOOLING BANNERFISH EVERYTHING BEING CHASED BY DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND GIANT TREVALLIES, SCHOOL OF FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS, GREY SHARKS CRUISING PAST, EAGLE RAY WITH TWO REMORAS, 100 BATFISH SUDDENLY FLEW PAST THE FRIENDLIEST TURTLES. GREAT DIVE!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Easy drift dive with several white tip sharks cruising the current point and two very accommodating eagle rays which cruised past a few times! Lovely overhangs and a nice swim-through plus many anemones and seafans. Generally, a lovely reef with lots of great fish!
Dive 3
Gentle drift on ocean reef corner where we saw several beautiful honeycomb morays, three diferent leaf fish, Lysmata and banded boxer shrimps, a multibar pipefish, white tip sharks plus large dogtooth tunas cruised the current point and off the reef was a very large mixed school of red snappers and midnight snappers plus big eye jacks. The coral blocks were coeverd in pretty pastel nepthia soft coral and just buzzing with anthias and so many rock cods. Another great dive!
Night Dive
A great macro night dive when we saw Maldives sponge snails, a Pseudoceros monostichos flatworm, Periclimenes shrimps in featherstars, squat lobsters, tiny (and huge hairy) hermit crabs, Bruuni shrimps, every kind of hinge beak shrimp, plus a sleeping turtle and a large stonefish.
Day 6
Amazing school of blue stripe snappers around the Fish Head overhangs from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Quite a brisk current along this ocean reef and channel front site. SO MANY FUSILIERS BEING CHASED BY GIANT TREVALLIES AND SCHOOLS OF DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT IN THE SHALLOWS. The reef is also beautiful with lots of colourful soft-coral covered blocks and ledges full of orange anthias and pastel nepthias and several more cruising white tip sharks
Dive 2
Glassfish covered wreck with blue fins jacks flying past, Schultz's pipe fish, Lysmata shrimps and a Bornella anguilla nudibranch (not seen before in the Maldives). The overhangs on the main reef were draped in lacy white acabaria and there were lots of little things to keep us entertained.
Travel back to Male' and anchorage. We made an afternoon visit to Male' for shopping and ice-cream
Day 7
Amazing soft corals with buzzing anthias from Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests to Airport for international flights
Day 8
Sea Spirit with her Xmas lights! Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and guest houses and transferred to Sea Spirit. As everyone arrived in the morning we were able to make the inter-atoll crossing to Rasdhoo with good sea conditions
Dive 1
Check dive but quite a brisk drift with many bluefin jacks and giant trevallies hunting along the wall plus several large dogtooth tunas and a school of bonito tunas. We also saw a larg porcupine puffer, a Tyler's sharpnose puffer (lovely spots!) and octopus and schools of blue stripe and humpback snappers
Day 1
School of big eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Exciting and rewarding dive with sightings of GREY SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS AND A HUGE SWIRLING SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS plus bonito tuna school, longnose emperors, several spearing mantis shrimps, a bronze/white leaf fish a field of garden eels, longfin batfish etc.
Ocean Crossing
Inter atoll travel to Ari
Dive 2
An EASY SHARK SHOW WITH MANY CLOSE PASSES BY GREY SHARKS OF VARIOUS SIZES< SOME WITH MATING SCRATCHES. Divers also saw a shortfin mobula ray, Forster's and chevron barracudas schools, a bearded scorpionfish, camouflage groupers posturing at each other and sevveral white tip sharks
Dive 3
Lots of little grey sharks of different sizes! They seemed to congregate by size with 12 of the smallest together then 8 or so medium and then larger ones. Lovely! Also schooling bannerfish, many large giant trevallies chasing the fusiliers, an octopus, friendly turtles, big eye jacks and a really cute baby clownfish
Night Dive
Night dive with hungry manta somersaulting and sweeping past us and giving us a mesmerising show. She was joined by another manta later in the evening
Day 2
A great grey shark show from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Easy drift over canyons and pinnacles with a blue and pink soft coral frosting and then white tips sleeping in the sand, schools of red and midnight snappers, a manta fly by, a peacock mantis shrimp a manta attempting to clean and then ending the dive in a really dense school of blue stripe snappers
Dive 2
Back to the soft coral frosted thila for a second dive in stronger current. There were three giant barracudas off the reef and all surfaces were buzzing with orange anthias and schools of snappers between ledges and canyons. We found a funny little topsy-turvy hawksbill turtle, a large mappa puffer in an overhang, lovely Indian bannerfish and various emperors
Dive 3
Pretty soft coral covered wreck with lots of small seafans and purple sea whips, Durban dancing shrimps, lunar tailed rock cods, a tiny juvenile bi-colour parrotfish, amny blue and purple magnificent anemones but quite a strong current on the thila
Evening Activity
We enjoyed sundowners with a beautiful orange and red sunset
Day 3
Diver enjoying the beautiful soft corals of the maldives from Sea Spirit
Dive 1
HEAVENLY SOFT CORAL COVERED THILA: BLUE PINK, YELLOW AND ORANGE SOFT CORALS PLUS LARGE PINK SEAFANS AND PURPLE MENELLA SEAFANS. Spectacular!!!! There were large schools of painted sweetlips plus harlequin and silver sweetlips and dense schools of blue strip snappers in the overhangs. The reef top had lots of table corals and a vast array of different reef fish.
A POD OF FALSE KILLER WHALES SWAM INTO THE CHANNEL AND AMBLED ABOUT. WE APPROACHED BUT THEY SPOOKED IF WE GOT TOO CLOSE SO WE JUST LET THEM GET ON WITH THEIR FROLICKING AND WATCHED THEM FROM A DISTANCE
Dive 2
A brisk current and lovely blue water washing in from the ocean but eddying inside the atoll so we drifted through the first few soft coral hung caves and then had a slow swim. There were many white tip reef sharks sleeping on the sandy bottom anad various reef fish and snappers in the yellow and blue soft coral overhangs. There were lots of big eye emperors and soldierfish plus scribbled filefish, a mappa puffer, glassfish filled canes, large morays hawksbills turtles etc.
Dive 3
An easy drift along reef slope with many coral blocks and so many humpback snappers scooting around. There were nice dinner-plate sized featherstars, a starry puffer, a Chromodoris glenei nudibranch, phyllidia slugs, nice glassfish filled caves along the wall section and many bright blue magnificent anemones in the shallows
Day 4
Hawksbill turtle allows photographer to approach closesly from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
An easy current on this ocean facing thila. We were hoping for mantas, but none seen this morning. Lots of other fish were visiting the cleaning stations e.g. rainbow runners, tunas and many surgeons and tangs. We also saw two octopus, a scorpionfish and many camouflage groupers and rock cods
Dive 2
HURRAH! A LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH AROUND 6 MANTAS SEEN, UP TO 4 AT A TIME PLUS BIG SCHOOLS OF BLUESTRIPE AND HUMPBACK SNAPPERS, YELLOW GOATFISH ETC.
Dive 3
Super-whirly up and down current making for a difficult drift as the current was bothe strong and vry mixed yp with lots of eddys. There was a big school of red snappers on the corner and then lots of midnight snappers, fusiliers. Rather exciting!
Evening Activity
Ashore to Chaaya Lagoon resort for a lovely dinner to celebrate Christmas. The fairy lights and Christmas decorations really set the scene and we had a wonderful meal
Day 5
A great manta show with up to 6 seen today from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
BUZZING CURRENT POINT!! HUGE SCHOOLS OF BLUE STRIPE SNAPPERS AND NEON FUSILIERS 1000'S SCHOOLING BANNERFISH EVERYTHING BEING CHASED BY DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND GIANT TREVALLIES, SCHOOL OF FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS, GREY SHARKS CRUISING PAST, EAGLE RAY WITH TWO REMORAS, 100 BATFISH SUDDENLY FLEW PAST THE FRIENDLIEST TURTLES. GREAT DIVE!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Easy drift dive with several white tip sharks cruising the current point and two very accommodating eagle rays which cruised past a few times! Lovely overhangs and a nice swim-through plus many anemones and seafans. Generally, a lovely reef with lots of great fish!
Dive 3
Gentle drift on ocean reef corner where we saw several beautiful honeycomb morays, three diferent leaf fish, Lysmata and banded boxer shrimps, a multibar pipefish, white tip sharks plus large dogtooth tunas cruised the current point and off the reef was a very large mixed school of red snappers and midnight snappers plus big eye jacks. The coral blocks were coeverd in pretty pastel nepthia soft coral and just buzzing with anthias and so many rock cods. Another great dive!
Night Dive
A great macro night dive when we saw Maldives sponge snails, a Pseudoceros monostichos flatworm, Periclimenes shrimps in featherstars, squat lobsters, tiny (and huge hairy) hermit crabs, Bruuni shrimps, every kind of hinge beak shrimp, plus a sleeping turtle and a large stonefish.
Day 6
Amazing school of blue stripe snappers around the Fish Head overhangs from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Quite a brisk current along this ocean reef and channel front site. SO MANY FUSILIERS BEING CHASED BY GIANT TREVALLIES AND SCHOOLS OF DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT IN THE SHALLOWS. The reef is also beautiful with lots of colourful soft-coral covered blocks and ledges full of orange anthias and pastel nepthias and several more cruising white tip sharks
Dive 2
Glassfish covered wreck with blue fins jacks flying past, Schultz's pipe fish, Lysmata shrimps and a Bornella anguilla nudibranch (not seen before in the Maldives). The overhangs on the main reef were draped in lacy white acabaria and there were lots of little things to keep us entertained.
Travel back to Male' and anchorage. We made an afternoon visit to Male' for shopping and ice-cream
Day 7
Amazing soft corals with buzzing anthias from Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests to Airport for international flights
Day 8
Sea Spirit with her Xmas lights! Maldives
SN004
20 Dec 2014 to 27 Dec 2014
Christmas Special (7 day)
Ocean Crossing
Head for the west side of North Male Atoll, prepare all the dive gear on the way- what a cool place to spend your Christmas holidays !
Day 1
Maldives
Daytime Excursion
Dive 2
Fantastic Dive with 5 Mantas cleaning along the reef top allowing some great very close interaction with them. Half the guests decided to snorkel with them along with Dave, while the rest enjoyed a 90min dive.
Dive 3
Dave took the group for a drift dive along the outer edge of the reef where they found w-tips , eagle ray ,Manta fly by , Many Morays , Burnt orange Anemones.
Day 2
Maldives Manta
Dive 1
3 Mantas , Eagle ray , W-tips , Large feather-tail ray , Honey-comb moray , Turtles , Barracuda , Huge shoal of Rainbow runners , Napoleons , Fab coral Blocks covered in Blue stripe Snappers.
Dive 2
Loads of Fish action with long-nose emperor fish along with Napoleon and Groupers all hunting together and charging around the reef. Grey sharks, 6 Eagle rays plus a pair doing a mating display, many white-tips, 3 leaf fish, a huge shoal of big eye jacks and fab Viz.
Dive 3
This site has gone back to its old days with plenty of action to see; 3 Hawksbill turtles; many juvenile Grey sharks swimming around; White-tip sharks; young Silver-tips; octopus, Sandwich the Eagle ray; large shoals of banner fish and jacks charging at the Fusiliers.
Dive 4
Very beautiful dive with one of the regular female manta rays - she always puts on a great show for the guest .
Day 3
Maldives Manta
Dive 1
Lovely Morning Drift dive along pinnacles full of Soft coral and layers of smaller reef fish finishing the dive swimming with a huge shoal of Blue stripe snappers.
Dive 2
3 mantas, 2 eagle rays, many W-tips, 9 Grey sharks along the front ledge and large shoals of Rainbow runners also feather-tail rays.
Dive 3
Really strong current so no chance to stop and take photo - it was the case of go-with-the-flow and enjoy the current. Huge Manta on the reef top; so many w-tips, Oceanic trigger fish , White mouth Morays, Turtles, Napoleons, very interesting safety stops with up & down currents.
Day 4
Maldives Snappers
Dive 1
OMG !!!! How cool ! We had 4 different Whale sharks all on the dive - and all to ourselves. The reef was covered in a layer of glass fish, which I've never seen before, making it very exciting when the larger whale shark came swimming through them.
Dive 2
How lovely to be able to have this site all to ourselves. Everyone really enjoyed the dive allowing all the photographers plenty of freedom to take some amazing shots.
Dive 3
Very relaxing Bimble Dive , 2 W-tips swimming back and forward along the reef top , large Hawksbill swimming around , Many Lion fish , Pair of Morays fighting , Peacock Mantis sharimps running around , So lovely Anemones.
Evening Activity
We popped over to the local island to do a little bit of last min Christmas Shopping !
Day 5
Maldives Whale Shark
Dive 1
Love this site ! It was quite dark due to lots of rain but the whole dive was stunning with all the soft coral all puffed out to its full glory. Blue fish and snappers charging around the glass fish, Grey sharks, W-tips, huge shoals of Pyramid Butterfly fish, turtle, Juvenile whitetips sleeping under a coral block. Wave after wave of fusiliers. What a stunning Dive !!!
Dive 2
Fab channel crossing with grey sharks, W-tips, eagle ray, a huge shoal of big-eye jacks. We finished the dive drifting along the inside along a lovely coral garden.
Dive 3
What a fab channel dive ! we had so many grey sharks all along the front and a huge shoal of big eye jacks - LOVED IT !!!!
Dive 4
One crazy night dive with many Nurse Shark, sting rays and GTs all charging around, black-tips up in the shallows.
Day 6
Maldives Christmas
Dive 1
Lovely last dive of the trip with an easy current allowing everyone the chance to sit on the atoll front and watch the Grey sharks swimming back and fourth followed by a very relaxing drift into the channel. 3 eagle rays, free-swimming honey comb moray, turtles,large tuna and a lovely coral garden at the end of the Dive.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth Crossing back to North Male.
Daytime Excursion
Some guests came for a walk about around Male before heading back to the boat to finish packing.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transfer all guests to the airport ready for their flights back home and to their resorts.
Day 8
 
Ocean Crossing
Head for the west side of North Male Atoll, prepare all the dive gear on the way- what a cool place to spend your Christmas holidays !
Day 1
Maldives
Daytime Excursion
Dive 2
Fantastic Dive with 5 Mantas cleaning along the reef top allowing some great very close interaction with them. Half the guests decided to snorkel with them along with Dave, while the rest enjoyed a 90min dive.
Dive 3
Dave took the group for a drift dive along the outer edge of the reef where they found w-tips , eagle ray ,Manta fly by , Many Morays , Burnt orange Anemones.
Day 2
Maldives Manta
Dive 1
3 Mantas , Eagle ray , W-tips , Large feather-tail ray , Honey-comb moray , Turtles , Barracuda , Huge shoal of Rainbow runners , Napoleons , Fab coral Blocks covered in Blue stripe Snappers.
Dive 2
Loads of Fish action with long-nose emperor fish along with Napoleon and Groupers all hunting together and charging around the reef. Grey sharks, 6 Eagle rays plus a pair doing a mating display, many white-tips, 3 leaf fish, a huge shoal of big eye jacks and fab Viz.
Dive 3
This site has gone back to its old days with plenty of action to see; 3 Hawksbill turtles; many juvenile Grey sharks swimming around; White-tip sharks; young Silver-tips; octopus, Sandwich the Eagle ray; large shoals of banner fish and jacks charging at the Fusiliers.
Dive 4
Very beautiful dive with one of the regular female manta rays - she always puts on a great show for the guest .
Day 3
Maldives Manta
Dive 1
Lovely Morning Drift dive along pinnacles full of Soft coral and layers of smaller reef fish finishing the dive swimming with a huge shoal of Blue stripe snappers.
Dive 2
3 mantas, 2 eagle rays, many W-tips, 9 Grey sharks along the front ledge and large shoals of Rainbow runners also feather-tail rays.
Dive 3
Really strong current so no chance to stop and take photo - it was the case of go-with-the-flow and enjoy the current. Huge Manta on the reef top; so many w-tips, Oceanic trigger fish , White mouth Morays, Turtles, Napoleons, very interesting safety stops with up & down currents.
Day 4
Maldives Snappers
Dive 1
OMG !!!! How cool ! We had 4 different Whale sharks all on the dive - and all to ourselves. The reef was covered in a layer of glass fish, which I've never seen before, making it very exciting when the larger whale shark came swimming through them.
Dive 2
How lovely to be able to have this site all to ourselves. Everyone really enjoyed the dive allowing all the photographers plenty of freedom to take some amazing shots.
Dive 3
Very relaxing Bimble Dive , 2 W-tips swimming back and forward along the reef top , large Hawksbill swimming around , Many Lion fish , Pair of Morays fighting , Peacock Mantis sharimps running around , So lovely Anemones.
Evening Activity
We popped over to the local island to do a little bit of last min Christmas Shopping !
Day 5
Maldives Whale Shark
Dive 1
Love this site ! It was quite dark due to lots of rain but the whole dive was stunning with all the soft coral all puffed out to its full glory. Blue fish and snappers charging around the glass fish, Grey sharks, W-tips, huge shoals of Pyramid Butterfly fish, turtle, Juvenile whitetips sleeping under a coral block. Wave after wave of fusiliers. What a stunning Dive !!!
Dive 2
Fab channel crossing with grey sharks, W-tips, eagle ray, a huge shoal of big-eye jacks. We finished the dive drifting along the inside along a lovely coral garden.
Dive 3
What a fab channel dive ! we had so many grey sharks all along the front and a huge shoal of big eye jacks - LOVED IT !!!!
Dive 4
One crazy night dive with many Nurse Shark, sting rays and GTs all charging around, black-tips up in the shallows.
Day 6
Maldives Christmas
Dive 1
Lovely last dive of the trip with an easy current allowing everyone the chance to sit on the atoll front and watch the Grey sharks swimming back and fourth followed by a very relaxing drift into the channel. 3 eagle rays, free-swimming honey comb moray, turtles,large tuna and a lovely coral garden at the end of the Dive.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth Crossing back to North Male.
Daytime Excursion
Some guests came for a walk about around Male before heading back to the boat to finish packing.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transfer all guests to the airport ready for their flights back home and to their resorts.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS452
7 Dec 2014 to 14 Dec 2014
Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Four arrivals today so in and out of the airport meeting guests. We made an early check dive as dhoni being used for guest collection in the afternoon
Dive 1
Easy drift with lovely schools of blue stripe and red snappers plus fusiliers and mackerels being chased by giant trevallies and large dogtooth tunas. On the reef we found banded coral shrimps and porcelain crabs plus red groupers, bullseye glassfish and magnificent anemones with mixed species clownfish tenants!
Dive 2
Short dive to check weighting for later arrivals. We found a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, several giant and yellowmargin morays plus schools of unicorn and orangespine surgeonfish
Day 1
View across the bow of Sea Sprit Maldives
Dive 1
5 MANTAS! WHAT A GREAT START and a fantastic show! Firstly a very large and pregnant female with a male courtier and then another male came to entertain us then two more as we started to ascend. Also a large mappa puffer and several pinkbar goby and pistol shrimp partnerships plus some juvenile razor wrasses
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll on a very flat sea
Dive 2
~ Four GREY SHARKS plus a SPOT TAIL SHARK (very rare) at the current point. A school of big eye jacks whirled around and a large school of lonfin batfish suddenly shot out of the depths! There were 6 EAGLE RAYS IN FORMATION AND TWO TRIED TO MATE!!! Also large Napoleons, longnose emperors, 2-spot angels, a white leaf fish, pyramid butterflyfish etc.
Dive 3
A stronger current and this time we just stopped, hooked in and watched the shark show with several close passes by GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS plus midnight and red snappers, tunas, 3x white leaf fish together, batfish being cleaned, bluefin jacks etc.
Beautiful sunset into a glassy sea
Day 2
Two friendly mantas from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An early start but no hammers :-( We did see two round ribbontail rays, several grey sharks, white tip sharks and an eagle ray being cleaned plus several spearing mantis shrimps, a sea of garden eels, a baby white tip shark, and a lovely reef with just so many different reef fish so we really enjoyed this favourite site
Snorkelling
We saw several manta rays feeding in a lagoon so hopped in for a short snorkel!
Dive 2
Small thila with grey sharks cruising the drop off and many white tip sharks sleeping or cruising around. There was a large school of big-eye crescent tails in a pale shade of pink and also schools of Forster's and chevron barracudas, plus blue stripe snappers, gold spot emperors, a smallscale scorpionfish, undulate moray and fish everywhere, just hanging out or being cleaned. The little eagle ray passed by too!
Dive 3
A LITTLE SHARK PARTY! With just so many small grey sharks (and a few larger ones too!) plus white tip sharks cruising the reef drop off and three hawksbill turtles, one of which was having a good old scratch. There were just so many fish at the current point: large giant trevallies, schooling bannerfish, surgeons, fusiliers etc. We found a large deveil scorpionfish well disguised on the reef top
Night Dive
Night dive with two manta rays busily somersaulting over and over and whizzing around close to the bottom feeding. It was a beautiful and intimate event
Day 3
Night dive with manta rays on MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
THERE WERE LOTS OF GREY SHARKS cruising around this shark cleaning station site ranging in size from 1m long juveniles to a very large and rotund pregnnt female with an entourage of remoras! We also saw a hawksbill turtle, a large yellowfin grouper, Napoleons, jobfish, tunas, rainbow runners and lots of reef fish
Dive 2
An experimental dive at a new site which was very rewarding and we will revisit this site again! There were a couple of eagle rays on the ocean facing reef, a sleeping round ribbontail ray then coral blocks full of humpback snappers and oriental sweetlips and a MANTA FLEW IN looking for some action, hung around for about 10 minutes and then moved on. The reef wall is colourful with small corals and many reef fish. We found an octopus trying to hide from us at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
A pretty thila with deep blocks separated by a narrow canyon full of large black coral trees with penguin oysters and various sponges and many small colourful rock cods and a schools of ble strip snappers. The shalower reef was also very colourful with yellow acabaria soft corals and sponges and ascidians of all colours plus purple magnificent anemones with their resident clownfish in the shallows
Day 4
A rather pregnant shark with remora entourage from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk drift past overhangs with pink soft coral ceilings and saw white tip sharks and an eagle ray as we drifted past. A MANTA RAY SWAM OVER TO JOIN US on the reef corner but didn't stay for very long. The drift continued all the way to the reef tip past schools of Indian bannerfish and crown squirrelfish and we had quite a bumpy pick up as the ocean was a bit lumpy this morning
Dive 2
Easy drift on ocean reef with many white tip sharks resting on the sandy bottom and moosying around, coral blocks full of blue stripe snappers and yellow goatfish, hawksbill turtle hiding in a cave full of glassfish, a feathertail ray, eagle ray and many guineafowl puffers
Dive 3
Very pretty thila with canyons covered in pink and red menella seafans, many oriental sweetlips, lovely soft corals a pair of bronze/white leaf fish, a rock lobster, glorious flatworm freeswimming, then lots of white tip sharks, a PAIR OF ROUND RIBBONTAILS CHASING PLUS ANOTHER SLEEPING< SEVERAL LARGE BLACK SADDLED CORAL GROUPERS AND SOME ENORMOUS BROWN MaRBLED GROUPERS> WHAT A SITE!
Evening visit to local island
Day 5
Beautiful magnificent anemones MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Interesting wreck with many longfin batfish, red snappers and yellowback fusiliers around the current point and many colourful rock cors plus glassfish in compartments, then white tip sharks over the sand and nice schools of gold spot emperors, sweetlips etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean Crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
5X EAGLE RAYS, A GIANT ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY AND A SURPRISE MANTA RAY plus white tip sharks, harlequin sweetlips and several large groupers plus dense schools of fusliers washing over the coral blocks at the front of the channel.
Dive 3
STRONG CURRENT IN THE CHANNEL SO WE JUST HOOKED IN AND WATCHED THE SHOW OF 20+ GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS OF ALL SIZES CRUISING UP AND DOWN IN FRONT OF US AND ENJOYING THE CURRENT. Easy and fun for us! We then has a brisk drift into the channel. Wheee!
Night Dive
AMAZING NIGHT DIVE WITH 20+ LARGE SIZED NURSE SHARKS PLUS MANY PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS AND EVEN A FEW BLACK-TIP SHARKS PLUS GIANT TREVALLIES. Very up-close and exciting. Wow!!
Day 6
Wreck dive from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Fabulous channel dive with an AMAZING SHOW OF GREY REEF SHARKS along the front. Just so many out there today and not so much current so we could cross easily. There was also a school of bonito tunas plus large giant trevallies and dogtooth tunas corraling the fusiliers and mackerels, an eagle ray and then large schools of red snappers and black and white snappers. We ended up drifting all the way along the outside reef and then has a fast drift into the atoll in the southern channel. Great fun!
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to Male' atoll arriving early afternoon. Afternoon visit into Male' for sightseeing and ice-cream parlour visit
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Divers to airport for international flights to Europe and Asia or onward transfers to resorts
Day 8
Divers having fun! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Four arrivals today so in and out of the airport meeting guests. We made an early check dive as dhoni being used for guest collection in the afternoon
Dive 1
Easy drift with lovely schools of blue stripe and red snappers plus fusiliers and mackerels being chased by giant trevallies and large dogtooth tunas. On the reef we found banded coral shrimps and porcelain crabs plus red groupers, bullseye glassfish and magnificent anemones with mixed species clownfish tenants!
Dive 2
Short dive to check weighting for later arrivals. We found a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, several giant and yellowmargin morays plus schools of unicorn and orangespine surgeonfish
Day 1
View across the bow of Sea Sprit Maldives
Dive 1
5 MANTAS! WHAT A GREAT START and a fantastic show! Firstly a very large and pregnant female with a male courtier and then another male came to entertain us then two more as we started to ascend. Also a large mappa puffer and several pinkbar goby and pistol shrimp partnerships plus some juvenile razor wrasses
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll on a very flat sea
Dive 2
~ Four GREY SHARKS plus a SPOT TAIL SHARK (very rare) at the current point. A school of big eye jacks whirled around and a large school of lonfin batfish suddenly shot out of the depths! There were 6 EAGLE RAYS IN FORMATION AND TWO TRIED TO MATE!!! Also large Napoleons, longnose emperors, 2-spot angels, a white leaf fish, pyramid butterflyfish etc.
Dive 3
A stronger current and this time we just stopped, hooked in and watched the shark show with several close passes by GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS plus midnight and red snappers, tunas, 3x white leaf fish together, batfish being cleaned, bluefin jacks etc.
Beautiful sunset into a glassy sea
Day 2
Two friendly mantas from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An early start but no hammers :-( We did see two round ribbontail rays, several grey sharks, white tip sharks and an eagle ray being cleaned plus several spearing mantis shrimps, a sea of garden eels, a baby white tip shark, and a lovely reef with just so many different reef fish so we really enjoyed this favourite site
Snorkelling
We saw several manta rays feeding in a lagoon so hopped in for a short snorkel!
Dive 2
Small thila with grey sharks cruising the drop off and many white tip sharks sleeping or cruising around. There was a large school of big-eye crescent tails in a pale shade of pink and also schools of Forster's and chevron barracudas, plus blue stripe snappers, gold spot emperors, a smallscale scorpionfish, undulate moray and fish everywhere, just hanging out or being cleaned. The little eagle ray passed by too!
Dive 3
A LITTLE SHARK PARTY! With just so many small grey sharks (and a few larger ones too!) plus white tip sharks cruising the reef drop off and three hawksbill turtles, one of which was having a good old scratch. There were just so many fish at the current point: large giant trevallies, schooling bannerfish, surgeons, fusiliers etc. We found a large deveil scorpionfish well disguised on the reef top
Night Dive
Night dive with two manta rays busily somersaulting over and over and whizzing around close to the bottom feeding. It was a beautiful and intimate event
Day 3
Night dive with manta rays on MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
THERE WERE LOTS OF GREY SHARKS cruising around this shark cleaning station site ranging in size from 1m long juveniles to a very large and rotund pregnnt female with an entourage of remoras! We also saw a hawksbill turtle, a large yellowfin grouper, Napoleons, jobfish, tunas, rainbow runners and lots of reef fish
Dive 2
An experimental dive at a new site which was very rewarding and we will revisit this site again! There were a couple of eagle rays on the ocean facing reef, a sleeping round ribbontail ray then coral blocks full of humpback snappers and oriental sweetlips and a MANTA FLEW IN looking for some action, hung around for about 10 minutes and then moved on. The reef wall is colourful with small corals and many reef fish. We found an octopus trying to hide from us at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
A pretty thila with deep blocks separated by a narrow canyon full of large black coral trees with penguin oysters and various sponges and many small colourful rock cods and a schools of ble strip snappers. The shalower reef was also very colourful with yellow acabaria soft corals and sponges and ascidians of all colours plus purple magnificent anemones with their resident clownfish in the shallows
Day 4
A rather pregnant shark with remora entourage from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk drift past overhangs with pink soft coral ceilings and saw white tip sharks and an eagle ray as we drifted past. A MANTA RAY SWAM OVER TO JOIN US on the reef corner but didn't stay for very long. The drift continued all the way to the reef tip past schools of Indian bannerfish and crown squirrelfish and we had quite a bumpy pick up as the ocean was a bit lumpy this morning
Dive 2
Easy drift on ocean reef with many white tip sharks resting on the sandy bottom and moosying around, coral blocks full of blue stripe snappers and yellow goatfish, hawksbill turtle hiding in a cave full of glassfish, a feathertail ray, eagle ray and many guineafowl puffers
Dive 3
Very pretty thila with canyons covered in pink and red menella seafans, many oriental sweetlips, lovely soft corals a pair of bronze/white leaf fish, a rock lobster, glorious flatworm freeswimming, then lots of white tip sharks, a PAIR OF ROUND RIBBONTAILS CHASING PLUS ANOTHER SLEEPING< SEVERAL LARGE BLACK SADDLED CORAL GROUPERS AND SOME ENORMOUS BROWN MaRBLED GROUPERS> WHAT A SITE!
Evening visit to local island
Day 5
Beautiful magnificent anemones MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Interesting wreck with many longfin batfish, red snappers and yellowback fusiliers around the current point and many colourful rock cors plus glassfish in compartments, then white tip sharks over the sand and nice schools of gold spot emperors, sweetlips etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean Crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
5X EAGLE RAYS, A GIANT ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY AND A SURPRISE MANTA RAY plus white tip sharks, harlequin sweetlips and several large groupers plus dense schools of fusliers washing over the coral blocks at the front of the channel.
Dive 3
STRONG CURRENT IN THE CHANNEL SO WE JUST HOOKED IN AND WATCHED THE SHOW OF 20+ GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS OF ALL SIZES CRUISING UP AND DOWN IN FRONT OF US AND ENJOYING THE CURRENT. Easy and fun for us! We then has a brisk drift into the channel. Wheee!
Night Dive
AMAZING NIGHT DIVE WITH 20+ LARGE SIZED NURSE SHARKS PLUS MANY PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS AND EVEN A FEW BLACK-TIP SHARKS PLUS GIANT TREVALLIES. Very up-close and exciting. Wow!!
Day 6
Wreck dive from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Fabulous channel dive with an AMAZING SHOW OF GREY REEF SHARKS along the front. Just so many out there today and not so much current so we could cross easily. There was also a school of bonito tunas plus large giant trevallies and dogtooth tunas corraling the fusiliers and mackerels, an eagle ray and then large schools of red snappers and black and white snappers. We ended up drifting all the way along the outside reef and then has a fast drift into the atoll in the southern channel. Great fun!
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to Male' atoll arriving early afternoon. Afternoon visit into Male' for sightseeing and ice-cream parlour visit
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Divers to airport for international flights to Europe and Asia or onward transfers to resorts
Day 8
Divers having fun! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
SN002
30 Nov 2014 to 12 Dec 2014
Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Dive 1
The guests that arrived on the morning flight were able to go on a check dive along a sloping reef with Green Turtle after Green Turtle, White Tip Sharks, Leopard Shark, Freeway of Fusiliers, Eagle Ray, many Honeycomb Morays.
Day 1
Scuba diving on the MV Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
6 Eagle Rays hanging out in the current, one being very pregnant, Small Grey Sharks and White Tip Sharks, 100’s of Pyramid Butterfly fish, stunning burnt orange Anemones.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing North.
Dive 2
Started the dive on the deeper pinnacles before crossing to the main thila, both had plenty of reef fish and great coral coverage.
Dive 3
3 Eagle Rays being followed by 1 Manta, Huge Napoleon in the swim through, Many Lion fish out hunting the Glass Fish, Grey Shark down deeper, Large female Sting ray being cleaned, very small Hawksbill Turtle.
Evening Activity
Popped over to the local island for a walk about.
Day 2
Lion Fish in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
FAB garden of Sand Eels, small Sting Ray, Turtle, interesting swim throughs the pinnacles were covered in small reef fish with good coral and Sea Fans. Best bit was at the end of the dive with a Female Manta coming into clean.
Dive 2
Stunning drift dive along over hangs full of bright orange soft coral and a constant freeway of Fusiliers, Large Nurse Shark, White tip Sharks, the coral blocks on the top were full of Snappers and Basslet fish.
Dive 3
Swift drift dive to the blocks full of layer after layer of Blue Stripe snappers and yellow Goat fish, Sting ray, Huge shoal of Surgeon fish, Turtles.
Evening Activity
Some of us had a little walk along a stunning sand bank to watch the sunset.
Day 3
Manta coming in for a clean in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
1 Manta, Large Lemon Shark, Sting ray, Eagle ray, Quite a few Hawksbill Turtles in the shallows, we spent alot of the dive swimming around the huge shoals of snappers.
Dive 2
This is one FAB dive site with just about everything, from small to big Grey Sharks coming very close and of course as always a Leopard shark or two.
Dive 3
Spent most of the dive watching the Grey sharks come in to be cleaned, swimming up and down the ridge making real close passes of the guests. 2 Leopard sharks swimming about and a huge shoal of Big Eye Jacks.
Day 4
Guests on deck of MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Lovely morning dive to again find our friendly Leopard Shark swimming about along with a huge female Sting ray. Not so many Grey Sharks this morning, HUGE shoal of Big Eye Jacks were on the reef top this time, little moray swimming about and an Octopus.
Dive 2
3 HUGE Nurse Sharks, small Grey Sharks being cleaned, White tips Sharks, Soap fish, HUGE shoal of Beta fish and Snappers, Anchor Anemones, Spearing Mantis.
Dive 3
Eagle rays, Grey Sharks, HUGE shoal of Big Eye Jacks, Giant Sweet-lips, Dumphead Parrot fish, Green Turtles. The shallow reef top is just like being in an Aquarium.
Dive 4
Dumphead parrot fish sleeping at the Bow while a large Napoleon slept at the stern with one in the wheel house. I found a Flat head hiding under the sand. Morays free swimming.
Day 5
Leopard Shark in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
I think I would re-name this Green Turtle alley, there are just so many. The Grey sharks a little deeper, Eagle rays, Mobula, Bumphead parrot fish being cleaned on the reef top…. SUPER FAB DIVE!!!!
Dive 2
7 Eagle rays hanging out on the Atoll front, Sting ray being cleaned, Honeycomb Moray out and about but the best was hanging out on top of the thila with the mass of Humphead Snappers and Bluestripe Snappers.
Dive 3
A thila full of Anemones and the whole site was covered in a layer of Glass fish. The guests really enjoyed it just being very pretty if not action packed.
Day 6
Dive 1
We had Eagle Ray after Eagle Ray, couple of Turtles, Large Shoal of Rainbow Runners, Even a Manta at the end of the dive which was lovely, as for some of the guests this was there last dive after being on board for 7Nights.
Dive 2
Huge shoal of Circular Batfish down deep and Big eye jacks, Green Turtles, Very small Glossodoris plus an unknown very pale Nudi, Feathertail ray. The hard coral along the reef is stunning and full of smaller reef fish.
Dive 3
What a hoot with a very strong current sending us flying along the reef! It was the case of watching stuff fly past - Eagle rays, Leopard Shark, Grey Sharks, shoal after shoal of Snappers, Free swimming Honeycomb, even the Turtles were finding it hard to swim in the current.
Day 7
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
After we dropped 7 Night guests back at the airport for their flights home, the rest of the group had the most AMAZING dive with 4 Mantas for the whole dive, so yes it made coming back to Male worthwhile.
Dive 2
WHAT A FAB DIVE!!! We had action from start to finish along with the odd critter find, everyone always loves this reef as its got something for everyone. Plus great visibility.
Dive 3
Everyone was happy to be going back on this dive site with so much going on, and because we had a dive here before it made it easy for the guests with cameras to be able to set up the right lenses.
Day 8
Dive 1
Big FAT Grey Sharks, Eagle rays, Whitetip Sharks, Leaf fish, Fish soup and a lovely relaxing drift along the reef top at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Been a while since we have been able to dive this site, which I always enjoy. Huge coral blocks full of Snappers, Wave after wave of yellowback Fusiliers, a fab formation of Mobula came swimming over the reef top and over most of the guests heads plus 6 Eagle Rays.
Dive 3
I have to be honest I've dived this site 100’s of time but I would say it's back to it's good old self with Grey tip Sharks, Turtles even Sandwich the Friendly Eagle Ray is back. We spent the last 15minutes watching 3 Octopus having a stand off.
Night Dive
Our regular female Manta's turned up to put on a FAB display for the guests along with a smaller male. It's such an amazing experience being able to watch them at night passing right over our heads feeding …….I always come up buzzing. It has to be my FAVOURITE DIVE and worth coming out for on its own.
Day 9
Sandwich the Eagle Ray in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
It’s nice being able to visit some of the old dive sites. Ok it wasn't Manta soup like we used to have but we still had two Mantas which the guests were more than happy with.
Dive 2
Manta fly by, Sting rays, Eagle ray, couple of Grey Sharks, wave after wave of Yellowback Fusiliers. Just love flying over and around the pinnacles, the end of the dive was fab swimming amongst the wall of Bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
The whole North side of this thila was overhang after overhang full of Sea Fans, Whip coral, lovely pink Soft coral. So many Turtles, Large shoal of Big eye Jacks on the front hanging in the current plus a couple of Eagle rays.
Day 10
Dive 1
Swift drift dive with 4 Grey Sharks and Eagle rays along the atoll front, a couple of Sting Rays hanging out along the sand . Coral blocks full of Snappers and anything and everything coming in to be cleaned, the only thing missing was a Manta.
Dive 2
What a STUNNING site with all the overhangs full of lovely Blue soft coral… but the current mad it a hard dive, so by the time we got to the reef top it was the case of hanging on until our bottom time ran out then send our SMB’S up.
Dive 3
Sting ray, 8 Grey Sharks swimming around at depth, Bat Fish, 3 Very friendly Hawksbill Turtles. But the name says it all Fish soup and a pleasure to dive.
Day 11
Dive 1
Guests all asked to go back to the site yesterday as they really enjoyed it. Its just a really go dive at the moment and full of fish. Great way to end a fab 2 weeks of diving really!!!!!
Ocean Crossing
Transit Back over to Male.
Daytime Excursion
Some guests came into Male for a walk about then back to finish packing and then we watched the trip DVD.
Day 12
Beautiful Sunset off Mv Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Guest Transfer
Transferred all guests back for the morning flights home.
Day 13
Mv Sunset Queen, the Maldives
 
Dive 1
The guests that arrived on the morning flight were able to go on a check dive along a sloping reef with Green Turtle after Green Turtle, White Tip Sharks, Leopard Shark, Freeway of Fusiliers, Eagle Ray, many Honeycomb Morays.
Day 1
Scuba diving on the MV Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
6 Eagle Rays hanging out in the current, one being very pregnant, Small Grey Sharks and White Tip Sharks, 100’s of Pyramid Butterfly fish, stunning burnt orange Anemones.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing North.
Dive 2
Started the dive on the deeper pinnacles before crossing to the main thila, both had plenty of reef fish and great coral coverage.
Dive 3
3 Eagle Rays being followed by 1 Manta, Huge Napoleon in the swim through, Many Lion fish out hunting the Glass Fish, Grey Shark down deeper, Large female Sting ray being cleaned, very small Hawksbill Turtle.
Evening Activity
Popped over to the local island for a walk about.
Day 2
Lion Fish in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
FAB garden of Sand Eels, small Sting Ray, Turtle, interesting swim throughs the pinnacles were covered in small reef fish with good coral and Sea Fans. Best bit was at the end of the dive with a Female Manta coming into clean.
Dive 2
Stunning drift dive along over hangs full of bright orange soft coral and a constant freeway of Fusiliers, Large Nurse Shark, White tip Sharks, the coral blocks on the top were full of Snappers and Basslet fish.
Dive 3
Swift drift dive to the blocks full of layer after layer of Blue Stripe snappers and yellow Goat fish, Sting ray, Huge shoal of Surgeon fish, Turtles.
Evening Activity
Some of us had a little walk along a stunning sand bank to watch the sunset.
Day 3
Manta coming in for a clean in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
1 Manta, Large Lemon Shark, Sting ray, Eagle ray, Quite a few Hawksbill Turtles in the shallows, we spent alot of the dive swimming around the huge shoals of snappers.
Dive 2
This is one FAB dive site with just about everything, from small to big Grey Sharks coming very close and of course as always a Leopard shark or two.
Dive 3
Spent most of the dive watching the Grey sharks come in to be cleaned, swimming up and down the ridge making real close passes of the guests. 2 Leopard sharks swimming about and a huge shoal of Big Eye Jacks.
Day 4
Guests on deck of MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Lovely morning dive to again find our friendly Leopard Shark swimming about along with a huge female Sting ray. Not so many Grey Sharks this morning, HUGE shoal of Big Eye Jacks were on the reef top this time, little moray swimming about and an Octopus.
Dive 2
3 HUGE Nurse Sharks, small Grey Sharks being cleaned, White tips Sharks, Soap fish, HUGE shoal of Beta fish and Snappers, Anchor Anemones, Spearing Mantis.
Dive 3
Eagle rays, Grey Sharks, HUGE shoal of Big Eye Jacks, Giant Sweet-lips, Dumphead Parrot fish, Green Turtles. The shallow reef top is just like being in an Aquarium.
Dive 4
Dumphead parrot fish sleeping at the Bow while a large Napoleon slept at the stern with one in the wheel house. I found a Flat head hiding under the sand. Morays free swimming.
Day 5
Leopard Shark in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
I think I would re-name this Green Turtle alley, there are just so many. The Grey sharks a little deeper, Eagle rays, Mobula, Bumphead parrot fish being cleaned on the reef top…. SUPER FAB DIVE!!!!
Dive 2
7 Eagle rays hanging out on the Atoll front, Sting ray being cleaned, Honeycomb Moray out and about but the best was hanging out on top of the thila with the mass of Humphead Snappers and Bluestripe Snappers.
Dive 3
A thila full of Anemones and the whole site was covered in a layer of Glass fish. The guests really enjoyed it just being very pretty if not action packed.
Day 6
Dive 1
We had Eagle Ray after Eagle Ray, couple of Turtles, Large Shoal of Rainbow Runners, Even a Manta at the end of the dive which was lovely, as for some of the guests this was there last dive after being on board for 7Nights.
Dive 2
Huge shoal of Circular Batfish down deep and Big eye jacks, Green Turtles, Very small Glossodoris plus an unknown very pale Nudi, Feathertail ray. The hard coral along the reef is stunning and full of smaller reef fish.
Dive 3
What a hoot with a very strong current sending us flying along the reef! It was the case of watching stuff fly past - Eagle rays, Leopard Shark, Grey Sharks, shoal after shoal of Snappers, Free swimming Honeycomb, even the Turtles were finding it hard to swim in the current.
Day 7
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
After we dropped 7 Night guests back at the airport for their flights home, the rest of the group had the most AMAZING dive with 4 Mantas for the whole dive, so yes it made coming back to Male worthwhile.
Dive 2
WHAT A FAB DIVE!!! We had action from start to finish along with the odd critter find, everyone always loves this reef as its got something for everyone. Plus great visibility.
Dive 3
Everyone was happy to be going back on this dive site with so much going on, and because we had a dive here before it made it easy for the guests with cameras to be able to set up the right lenses.
Day 8
Dive 1
Big FAT Grey Sharks, Eagle rays, Whitetip Sharks, Leaf fish, Fish soup and a lovely relaxing drift along the reef top at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Been a while since we have been able to dive this site, which I always enjoy. Huge coral blocks full of Snappers, Wave after wave of yellowback Fusiliers, a fab formation of Mobula came swimming over the reef top and over most of the guests heads plus 6 Eagle Rays.
Dive 3
I have to be honest I've dived this site 100’s of time but I would say it's back to it's good old self with Grey tip Sharks, Turtles even Sandwich the Friendly Eagle Ray is back. We spent the last 15minutes watching 3 Octopus having a stand off.
Night Dive
Our regular female Manta's turned up to put on a FAB display for the guests along with a smaller male. It's such an amazing experience being able to watch them at night passing right over our heads feeding …….I always come up buzzing. It has to be my FAVOURITE DIVE and worth coming out for on its own.
Day 9
Sandwich the Eagle Ray in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
It’s nice being able to visit some of the old dive sites. Ok it wasn't Manta soup like we used to have but we still had two Mantas which the guests were more than happy with.
Dive 2
Manta fly by, Sting rays, Eagle ray, couple of Grey Sharks, wave after wave of Yellowback Fusiliers. Just love flying over and around the pinnacles, the end of the dive was fab swimming amongst the wall of Bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
The whole North side of this thila was overhang after overhang full of Sea Fans, Whip coral, lovely pink Soft coral. So many Turtles, Large shoal of Big eye Jacks on the front hanging in the current plus a couple of Eagle rays.
Day 10
Dive 1
Swift drift dive with 4 Grey Sharks and Eagle rays along the atoll front, a couple of Sting Rays hanging out along the sand . Coral blocks full of Snappers and anything and everything coming in to be cleaned, the only thing missing was a Manta.
Dive 2
What a STUNNING site with all the overhangs full of lovely Blue soft coral… but the current mad it a hard dive, so by the time we got to the reef top it was the case of hanging on until our bottom time ran out then send our SMB’S up.
Dive 3
Sting ray, 8 Grey Sharks swimming around at depth, Bat Fish, 3 Very friendly Hawksbill Turtles. But the name says it all Fish soup and a pleasure to dive.
Day 11
Dive 1
Guests all asked to go back to the site yesterday as they really enjoyed it. Its just a really go dive at the moment and full of fish. Great way to end a fab 2 weeks of diving really!!!!!
Ocean Crossing
Transit Back over to Male.
Daytime Excursion
Some guests came into Male for a walk about then back to finish packing and then we watched the trip DVD.
Day 12
Beautiful Sunset off Mv Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Guest Transfer
Transferred all guests back for the morning flights home.
Day 13
Mv Sunset Queen, the Maldives
SN001
23 Nov 2014 to 30 Nov 2014
Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Guests transferred from International flights to MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Can you believe the luck of two guests!! Who dropped in the water right in front of a small Manta barrel rolling at the surface within the 1st minute of the dive, Great Hawksbills, Many Tuna, Whitetip Sharks, 100’s and 100’s of convict tangs along the reef top.
Day 1
Scuba diving on the MV Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
Spent the whole dive with Mantas coming and going with 3 together at the end. 1 large female being closely followed by 2 males.
Dive 2
This was a lovely dive with Eagle Rays throughout the dive. Huge shoals of Bluestripe Snappers and Humphead Snappers, Very friendly Green Turtle, Leaf fish, Huge shoals of Reef Fish hanging out around the coral blocks on the reef top, Whitetip Sharks, Huge shoal of Batfish.
Day 2
Manta in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Well, what can i say but Fish Soup! The whole site was buzzing with life and all the guests loved it .
Dive 2
Lovely blue water, Eagle Rays and Grey sharks swimming around off the deep Spur, 3 Leaf Fish, Huge Tuna, Batfish, Napoleons, a large shoal of Bigeye jacks, Whitetip Sharks .
Dive 3
Another FAB Fishy dive with great visibility and a small in-current.
Day 3
Green Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Early morning dive but with no luck finding Hammerhead Sharks. It was great watching the reef life wake up and start getting very active with plenty of smaller fish being chased around. Grey Sharks, Eagle Rays, Tuna, Whitetip Sharks, Blacktip Sharks. The last part of the dive along the shallow reef top was lovely.
Dive 2
Large shoal of Bigeye Jacks down along the sand, Batfish being cleaned, Small Whitetip Sharks swimming around , Octopus, Juvenile Whitetip Sharks resting under the table coral. A couple of us stayed on the front of the thila to watch the 3 Grey Sharks coming in closer and closer.
Dive 3
Very pleasant late afternoon dive. Juvenile Grey Sharks charging around the deep pinnacles while the adult Grey Sharks hung out on the South West Pinnacle, Hawksbills, Octopus, Bannerfish hanging out in the current, Tuna charging at the fusiliers.
Night Dive
WOW WOW WOW WOW!! We had 4 female Mantas stay with us for the whole dive which was totally amazing to watch.
Day 4
WOW, night diving with MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
I absolutely LOVE this site, with its overhangs full of lovely blue soft coral and wall to wall Bluestripe Snappers. We finished the dive drifting over all the great table corals along the top.
Dive 2
Great drift dive with great blue water, Whitetip Sharks for the whole dive. Grey Shaks, Silvertip Sharks, Eagle Rays, Jenkins Rays, HUGE shoals of Bluestripe Snappers plus a young male Manta which came in for a clean.
Dive 3
One Manta Fly by plus Two Eagle Rays, Grey and Whitetip Sharks, Hawksbills, Octopus. But WOW, the whole water column was full of small Redtooth Triggerfish.
Day 5
Scuba Diving in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
We had the most friendly WHALE SHARK ALL TO OURSELVES and it was very clear water that even the non-diver had a snorkel with it.
Dive 2
Gentle drift along the reef with Whitetip Sharks after Whitetip Sharks. 5 Nurse Sharks, 1 Eagle Ray, Large shoal of Yellowspot Snappers and Bluestripe Snappers, White mouth Moray, Strange White Porcelain Crabs, Octopus.
Dive 3
We flew along the reef but WOW, the pinnacles were stunning with all that lovely orange and pink soft coral all puffed out to its full glory. Some of the guests followed Dave to cross the channel where they had Greysharks and Whitetip Sharks, Eagle Rays, Huge shoal of Bigeye Jacks, Jenkins Ray and Marble Rays, 2 Leaf Fish.
Night Dive
Had a very EXCITING night dive with Nurse Sharks all over us and 2 different types of Rays, Giant Trevallies charging around.
Day 6
Shark in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Couple of Whitetip Sharks, Huge shoal of Bigeye Jacks, many Honeycomb Morays, Very funny Hawksbill Turtles, Tuna. The reef top was lovely as it was full of Basslets and Glass Fish.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing back to Male. Some of the guests had fun in the spa on the Sundeck while all the dive gear was washed and hung out to dry.
Day 7
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Guest Transfer
All guests to the airport ready for the flights home or transfers to resorts.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Guests transferred from International flights to MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Can you believe the luck of two guests!! Who dropped in the water right in front of a small Manta barrel rolling at the surface within the 1st minute of the dive, Great Hawksbills, Many Tuna, Whitetip Sharks, 100’s and 100’s of convict tangs along the reef top.
Day 1
Scuba diving on the MV Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
Spent the whole dive with Mantas coming and going with 3 together at the end. 1 large female being closely followed by 2 males.
Dive 2
This was a lovely dive with Eagle Rays throughout the dive. Huge shoals of Bluestripe Snappers and Humphead Snappers, Very friendly Green Turtle, Leaf fish, Huge shoals of Reef Fish hanging out around the coral blocks on the reef top, Whitetip Sharks, Huge shoal of Batfish.
Day 2
Manta in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Well, what can i say but Fish Soup! The whole site was buzzing with life and all the guests loved it .
Dive 2
Lovely blue water, Eagle Rays and Grey sharks swimming around off the deep Spur, 3 Leaf Fish, Huge Tuna, Batfish, Napoleons, a large shoal of Bigeye jacks, Whitetip Sharks .
Dive 3
Another FAB Fishy dive with great visibility and a small in-current.
Day 3
Green Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Early morning dive but with no luck finding Hammerhead Sharks. It was great watching the reef life wake up and start getting very active with plenty of smaller fish being chased around. Grey Sharks, Eagle Rays, Tuna, Whitetip Sharks, Blacktip Sharks. The last part of the dive along the shallow reef top was lovely.
Dive 2
Large shoal of Bigeye Jacks down along the sand, Batfish being cleaned, Small Whitetip Sharks swimming around , Octopus, Juvenile Whitetip Sharks resting under the table coral. A couple of us stayed on the front of the thila to watch the 3 Grey Sharks coming in closer and closer.
Dive 3
Very pleasant late afternoon dive. Juvenile Grey Sharks charging around the deep pinnacles while the adult Grey Sharks hung out on the South West Pinnacle, Hawksbills, Octopus, Bannerfish hanging out in the current, Tuna charging at the fusiliers.
Night Dive
WOW WOW WOW WOW!! We had 4 female Mantas stay with us for the whole dive which was totally amazing to watch.
Day 4
WOW, night diving with MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
I absolutely LOVE this site, with its overhangs full of lovely blue soft coral and wall to wall Bluestripe Snappers. We finished the dive drifting over all the great table corals along the top.
Dive 2
Great drift dive with great blue water, Whitetip Sharks for the whole dive. Grey Shaks, Silvertip Sharks, Eagle Rays, Jenkins Rays, HUGE shoals of Bluestripe Snappers plus a young male Manta which came in for a clean.
Dive 3
One Manta Fly by plus Two Eagle Rays, Grey and Whitetip Sharks, Hawksbills, Octopus. But WOW, the whole water column was full of small Redtooth Triggerfish.
Day 5
Scuba Diving in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
We had the most friendly WHALE SHARK ALL TO OURSELVES and it was very clear water that even the non-diver had a snorkel with it.
Dive 2
Gentle drift along the reef with Whitetip Sharks after Whitetip Sharks. 5 Nurse Sharks, 1 Eagle Ray, Large shoal of Yellowspot Snappers and Bluestripe Snappers, White mouth Moray, Strange White Porcelain Crabs, Octopus.
Dive 3
We flew along the reef but WOW, the pinnacles were stunning with all that lovely orange and pink soft coral all puffed out to its full glory. Some of the guests followed Dave to cross the channel where they had Greysharks and Whitetip Sharks, Eagle Rays, Huge shoal of Bigeye Jacks, Jenkins Ray and Marble Rays, 2 Leaf Fish.
Night Dive
Had a very EXCITING night dive with Nurse Sharks all over us and 2 different types of Rays, Giant Trevallies charging around.
Day 6
Shark in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Couple of Whitetip Sharks, Huge shoal of Bigeye Jacks, many Honeycomb Morays, Very funny Hawksbill Turtles, Tuna. The reef top was lovely as it was full of Basslets and Glass Fish.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing back to Male. Some of the guests had fun in the spa on the Sundeck while all the dive gear was washed and hung out to dry.
Day 7
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Guest Transfer
All guests to the airport ready for the flights home or transfers to resorts.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS450
23 Nov 2014 to 30 Nov 2014
Manta Research Expedition - Nov 14 (7 day)
Evening Activity
Guests all arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
We made a check dive at this ocean facing reef. The current was slight to start, and accelerated as the dive progressed and we had quite a WHITE TIP SHARK SHOW towards the end. We also saw several large dogtooth tunas, 3x eagle rays and a baitball of fusiliers up in the shallows
Day 1
Diver exploring beautiful overhangs with large seafans from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
VERY FISHY THILA!! Schools of black and white snappers, schooling bannerfish, pyramid butterflyfish plus blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips all over this site plus really nice nepthia soft coral and white polyped deep water sea fans clinging to many surfaces giving the site colour and texture. Some of the uppper small overhangs were overflowing with glassfish and the site seems to have attracted around 30 big eye emperors. It was a super dive!
Dive 2
One LOVELY MALE MANTA GAVE US A SHOW for the majority of the dive. It was a first-time sighted manta and he seemed a little shy of divers to start with but settled down after concentrating on his cleaning for a while, and became curious of us and started interacting with divers after around 10 minutes.
Dive 3
Ocean reef corner site with schools of two-spot snappers, gold-spot emperors and blu stripe snappers along the outside reef. We saw several eagle rays, both on the reef and over the deeper water. Towards the corner, the current strength increased and we had to hold on! We had white tip sharks cruising up and down in front of us. We drifted into the channel and disturbed several green turtles!
Evening Activity
Evening presentation on manta ecology and behaviour
Day 2
Beautiful coral reefs fulls o small fish, featherstarts, soft corals etc. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Back to the manta cleaning station but we had to be very patient before a manta arrived today. We watched garden eels, pinkbar gobies with pistol shrimps excavating their burrows and juvenile razor wrasses flitting around above the sand. Several large lionfish were sheltering behind divers. Eventually we had a manta arrive and be cleaned. This time it was a large adult female "Cee Cee".
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
This small, elongated thila seemed to be a magnet for fish as the current point was buzzing with bannerfish, sleek surgeonfish, large red snappers and even a school of meandering big eye jacks. This site is great for macro too, and we found a pinky-white leaf fish, a pair of stonefish, a Susan's flatworm and an unidetified white Chromodoris nudi plus several morays with banded coral shrimps and Bruuni shrimps.
Dive 3
A dusk dive and there were at least 8 GREY SHARKS GATHERED OVER ONE OF THE DEEP BLOCKS and riding the current. The white tip sharks were shallower riding the current on the main reef. We also found sleepy turtles, Amboin shrimps and nice adhesive and bubble anemones full of clown fish. There was a lot of fish chasing going on with large bluefin jacks or giant trevallies herding the fusiliers around.
Night Dive
AN AMAZING MANTA SHOW WITH UP TO FOUR MANTAS AT A TIME, SO CLOSE AND VERY CHEEKY. It was an incredible experience.
Day 3
An amazing night manta show with such close up interactions. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Blue water and another great fish show with SEVERAL GREY REEF SHARKS CRUISING THE REEF EDGE and another being cleaned at a deep coral block. It was standing on it's tail and posing. There were dense schools of blue stripe snappers, a friendly hawksbill turtle a large school of longfin batfish and a schools of medium-sized chevron barracudas plus so much more!
Dive 2
Drift along thila with blue soft coral covered overhangs and pinnacles and many snappers and jacks plus an overhang with pink seafans and purple juncella sea whips. A funny peacock mantis shrimp peered out of it's nest/tunnel. At the end of the reef was an enormous school of mixed bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish and divers disappearred into the fish!
Dive 3
A small and pretty, soft coral covered wreck with many small groupers and lionfish plus different types of shrimps and reef fish. The nearby thils has an impressive array of different coloured magnificent anemones plus bubble anemone full of clownfish. We finished the dive on the main reef and some divers had a manta fly by
Night Dive
An on-off manta show behind SS from about 7pm with one manta in particular putting on an up and down and spin show. We made a short dive and had up to three mantas with us. It was fun.
Day 4
Diver immersed in a large school of blue stripe snappers! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A BEAUTIFUL REEF! Pink and orange soft corals, overhangs, pinnacles, seafan filled caves, canyons full of bannerfish and sweetlips (including the larger silver sweetlips), several large Napoleon wrasses, many white tip sharks, oceanic triggers, rainbow runners and mackerel scads and a SQUADRON OF 7 SHORT-FINNED MOBULAS!
Dive 2
A drift with a little more current than expected but we saw a grey shark and several white tips plus several large BLUE NAPOLEON WRASSES, one of which was quite curious of us. We also saw a couple of friendly hawksbill turtles, white mouthed and fimbriated morays etc.
Dive 3
A small current drift hoping to see a whale shark cruise past, but did not get lucky. We did see an octopus, a cometfish, various morays, a yellow puffer (in its mating colours), and enjoyed a lovely shallow reef with excellent corals and schools of fish
Evening Activity
Evening presentation on manta ID
Day 5
Beautiful soft corals and seafans Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A classic and beautiful Maldives thila ciovered with large schools of bluestripe snappers and humpback snappers which were meandering through the overhangs and canyons. We saw several large brown marbled groupers, camouflage groupers, a pair of short headed shrimps in an adhesive anemone snd enjoyed a really scenic site
Dive 2
Hurrah a lovely manta show with a beautiful pair of mantas which included a large pregnant female manta which was keeping a close eye on divers as she was being cleaned. We watched them for nearly the whole dive and ascended still watching them
Ocean Crossing
Ocean Crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
A busy ocean reef corner with honeycomb morays, apair of yellow leaf fish, a banded pipefish, Lysmata shrimp with orange and flame anthias plus nasty black cheek morays on the reef and white tip and grey sharks, spotted eagle rays and huge tunas cruising the reef. the tunas were chasing the large schools of fusiliers. We enjoyed a fun drift at the end
Evening Activity
Discovery Channel film on Giant mantas
Day 6
Large pregnant female manta who gave us a lovely show! from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
FABULOUS LAST DIVE AT THIS BEAUTIFUL AND DRAMATIC, PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL COVERED THILA The pinnacles and canyons were full of fish including whirling BIG EYE JACKS AND SNAPPERS and we had several sightings of EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS, a little off the reef. There were also good numbers of photogenic reef fish including silver and oriental sweetlips, collared butterflyfish etc. and a lovely hawksbill turtle. What a way to end!
We travelled back towards Male' and our evening anchorage. During the afternoon we made a visit to Male' for sightseeing, a little souvenir shopping and the ubiquitious Seagulll café' ice-cream
Day 7
Grey sharks cruised the reef edge at this super thila from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests transferred via the airport for return international flights and to Maldives resorts
Day 8
So many fish! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Evening Activity
Guests all arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
We made a check dive at this ocean facing reef. The current was slight to start, and accelerated as the dive progressed and we had quite a WHITE TIP SHARK SHOW towards the end. We also saw several large dogtooth tunas, 3x eagle rays and a baitball of fusiliers up in the shallows
Day 1
Diver exploring beautiful overhangs with large seafans from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
VERY FISHY THILA!! Schools of black and white snappers, schooling bannerfish, pyramid butterflyfish plus blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips all over this site plus really nice nepthia soft coral and white polyped deep water sea fans clinging to many surfaces giving the site colour and texture. Some of the uppper small overhangs were overflowing with glassfish and the site seems to have attracted around 30 big eye emperors. It was a super dive!
Dive 2
One LOVELY MALE MANTA GAVE US A SHOW for the majority of the dive. It was a first-time sighted manta and he seemed a little shy of divers to start with but settled down after concentrating on his cleaning for a while, and became curious of us and started interacting with divers after around 10 minutes.
Dive 3
Ocean reef corner site with schools of two-spot snappers, gold-spot emperors and blu stripe snappers along the outside reef. We saw several eagle rays, both on the reef and over the deeper water. Towards the corner, the current strength increased and we had to hold on! We had white tip sharks cruising up and down in front of us. We drifted into the channel and disturbed several green turtles!
Evening Activity
Evening presentation on manta ecology and behaviour
Day 2
Beautiful coral reefs fulls o small fish, featherstarts, soft corals etc. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Back to the manta cleaning station but we had to be very patient before a manta arrived today. We watched garden eels, pinkbar gobies with pistol shrimps excavating their burrows and juvenile razor wrasses flitting around above the sand. Several large lionfish were sheltering behind divers. Eventually we had a manta arrive and be cleaned. This time it was a large adult female "Cee Cee".
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
This small, elongated thila seemed to be a magnet for fish as the current point was buzzing with bannerfish, sleek surgeonfish, large red snappers and even a school of meandering big eye jacks. This site is great for macro too, and we found a pinky-white leaf fish, a pair of stonefish, a Susan's flatworm and an unidetified white Chromodoris nudi plus several morays with banded coral shrimps and Bruuni shrimps.
Dive 3
A dusk dive and there were at least 8 GREY SHARKS GATHERED OVER ONE OF THE DEEP BLOCKS and riding the current. The white tip sharks were shallower riding the current on the main reef. We also found sleepy turtles, Amboin shrimps and nice adhesive and bubble anemones full of clown fish. There was a lot of fish chasing going on with large bluefin jacks or giant trevallies herding the fusiliers around.
Night Dive
AN AMAZING MANTA SHOW WITH UP TO FOUR MANTAS AT A TIME, SO CLOSE AND VERY CHEEKY. It was an incredible experience.
Day 3
An amazing night manta show with such close up interactions. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Blue water and another great fish show with SEVERAL GREY REEF SHARKS CRUISING THE REEF EDGE and another being cleaned at a deep coral block. It was standing on it's tail and posing. There were dense schools of blue stripe snappers, a friendly hawksbill turtle a large school of longfin batfish and a schools of medium-sized chevron barracudas plus so much more!
Dive 2
Drift along thila with blue soft coral covered overhangs and pinnacles and many snappers and jacks plus an overhang with pink seafans and purple juncella sea whips. A funny peacock mantis shrimp peered out of it's nest/tunnel. At the end of the reef was an enormous school of mixed bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish and divers disappearred into the fish!
Dive 3
A small and pretty, soft coral covered wreck with many small groupers and lionfish plus different types of shrimps and reef fish. The nearby thils has an impressive array of different coloured magnificent anemones plus bubble anemone full of clownfish. We finished the dive on the main reef and some divers had a manta fly by
Night Dive
An on-off manta show behind SS from about 7pm with one manta in particular putting on an up and down and spin show. We made a short dive and had up to three mantas with us. It was fun.
Day 4
Diver immersed in a large school of blue stripe snappers! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A BEAUTIFUL REEF! Pink and orange soft corals, overhangs, pinnacles, seafan filled caves, canyons full of bannerfish and sweetlips (including the larger silver sweetlips), several large Napoleon wrasses, many white tip sharks, oceanic triggers, rainbow runners and mackerel scads and a SQUADRON OF 7 SHORT-FINNED MOBULAS!
Dive 2
A drift with a little more current than expected but we saw a grey shark and several white tips plus several large BLUE NAPOLEON WRASSES, one of which was quite curious of us. We also saw a couple of friendly hawksbill turtles, white mouthed and fimbriated morays etc.
Dive 3
A small current drift hoping to see a whale shark cruise past, but did not get lucky. We did see an octopus, a cometfish, various morays, a yellow puffer (in its mating colours), and enjoyed a lovely shallow reef with excellent corals and schools of fish
Evening Activity
Evening presentation on manta ID
Day 5
Beautiful soft corals and seafans Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A classic and beautiful Maldives thila ciovered with large schools of bluestripe snappers and humpback snappers which were meandering through the overhangs and canyons. We saw several large brown marbled groupers, camouflage groupers, a pair of short headed shrimps in an adhesive anemone snd enjoyed a really scenic site
Dive 2
Hurrah a lovely manta show with a beautiful pair of mantas which included a large pregnant female manta which was keeping a close eye on divers as she was being cleaned. We watched them for nearly the whole dive and ascended still watching them
Ocean Crossing
Ocean Crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
A busy ocean reef corner with honeycomb morays, apair of yellow leaf fish, a banded pipefish, Lysmata shrimp with orange and flame anthias plus nasty black cheek morays on the reef and white tip and grey sharks, spotted eagle rays and huge tunas cruising the reef. the tunas were chasing the large schools of fusiliers. We enjoyed a fun drift at the end
Evening Activity
Discovery Channel film on Giant mantas
Day 6
Large pregnant female manta who gave us a lovely show! from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
FABULOUS LAST DIVE AT THIS BEAUTIFUL AND DRAMATIC, PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL COVERED THILA The pinnacles and canyons were full of fish including whirling BIG EYE JACKS AND SNAPPERS and we had several sightings of EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS, a little off the reef. There were also good numbers of photogenic reef fish including silver and oriental sweetlips, collared butterflyfish etc. and a lovely hawksbill turtle. What a way to end!
We travelled back towards Male' and our evening anchorage. During the afternoon we made a visit to Male' for sightseeing, a little souvenir shopping and the ubiquitious Seagulll café' ice-cream
Day 7
Grey sharks cruised the reef edge at this super thila from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests transferred via the airport for return international flights and to Maldives resorts
Day 8
So many fish! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Sea Spirit SS449
9 Nov 2014 to 21 Nov 2014
Manta Research Expedition - Nov 14 (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Male' International airport and transferred to Sea Spirit early morning
Dive 1
Check dive at ocean reef and an auspicious start with TWO MANTA RAYS passing by several times, a PINK WHIPRAY, MANGROVE WHIPRAY, SCHOOL OF MOBULAS, white spotted grouper, a hawksbill turtle etc. Lovely!
Day 1
Dense schools of snappers and other reef fish from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
AN AWESOME DIVE WITH 13 MANTA RAYS AND UP TO 8 AT ANY ONE TIME BUSILY BEING CLEANED AT THE CORAL BLOCKS. They were quite curious of us and swam over and past us having a really good look at us! There were also many spotted and silver garden eels, a very large lionfish, many pinkbar gobies with their pistol shrimps, tiger cowries etc.
Dive 2
An out-current in the channel so we dived the ocean reef and went looking for critters as well as larger things. We found a large STONEFISH buried in the sand with just it's face peering out, a pair of yellow leaf fish, several banded coral shrimps and lysmata shrimps, large and small Napoleon wrasses, EAGLE RAYS, octopus, a large tuna scatterring fusiliers, white tip sharks, mobulas, collared butterflyfish and Sgt Majors laying eggs.
Dive 3
A very fishy site with schools of goldspot emperors, bluestripe, humpback and yellow snapers on the reef plus a large school ofblack and white snappers off the reef. A FEATHERTAIL STINGRAY swam past, we found a porcelain crab in a carpet anemone with a green leaf fish nearby, a manta fly-by, a GREEN TURTLE, many harlequin and oriental sweetlips and a large school of marauding convict tangs
Day 2
Two mantas interacting at a cleaning station from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
An ocean reef corner where we saw two ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, a MOBULA JAPONICA (Spine-tail devil ray), several white tip sharks, a nurse shark, bannerfish, harlequin sweetlips and a glorious flatworm.
Dive 2
A very strong and whily current at this ocean-facing thila so we hooked in on the current point and watched the sharks, eagle ray and giant trevallies struggling in the current! There were streams and streams of spot-tail fusiliers. We found a nurse shark in a block and then had a long drift ascent. Wheeeee!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
Such a great dive site where just about anything can be seen and delivered several cruising grey sharks plus white tip sharks, some ENORMOUS toothsome dogtooth tunas, two gold/white leaf fish, several undulate morays, lysmata shrimps, 3x spearing mantis shrimps, a very friendly turtle, very friendly longfin batfish, a Napoleon wrasse being cleaned, giant trevally chasing red-tooth triggerfish and so much more!
Day 3
A sleeping tawny nurse shark from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at this superb ocean reef site with several grey sharks and white tips, schooling big-eye jacks, mackerel scads, rainbow runners, tunas etc. We found 4 spearing mantis shrimps this time and a purple/white elegant squat lobster in a featherstar.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
There were FOUR GREY SHARKS CRUISING the dropoff for the majority of the dive plus several white tips, Forsters and chevron barracudas, bluestripe snappers, goldspot emperors, big-eye crescent tails etc. We found a baby white tip under a table coral and a Bruuni shrimp busy cleaning s sabre squirrelfish
Dive 3
We were delighted to find so many juvenile grey sharks at this classic Maldives thila site. They were cruising the coral pinnacles and not afraid of divers. The white tip s ahrks were also out in good numbers and we found friendly hawksbill turtles, a pair of large ugly stonefish, many schooling bannerfish, several tiny cute Clarke's anemonefish in bubble anemones and a long school of bonito (skipjack) tunas passed by
No mantas in the lagoon tonight :-(
Day 4
Diver drifting over gorgonia corals in the Maldives
Dive 1
Another classic Maldives thila with GREY SHARKS cruising the drop off and large schools of fusiliers being coralled and forming baitballs chased by giant trevallies and bluefin jacks. There was a large schools of longfin batfish and a scholl of ~30 remoras looking for a new host kept trying to cling onto divers! The hawksbill turtles on the reeftop were friendly and photogenic. The school of bluestripe snappers seems to have exploded in number and covers the whole southern reef!
Dive 2
Blue and pink SOFT CORAL COVERED pinnacles and overhangs with reef fish buzzing over the tops of the pinnacles and swarms of anthias bouncing out of the reef. We found a peacock mantis shrimp, several types of morays and many bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
Pretty seafans and soft corals covered this 'gingerbread' wreck hiding many small groupers and lionfish. The thila was a mass of bubble and magnificent anemones with families of Clarke's and Maldives anemonefish and then we had a manta fly-by on the main reef
Night Dive
There were FIVE FRIENDLY AND FUN MANTA RAYS througout the evening at the back of Sea Spirit. Our dive was up-close and personal and extremely fun.
Day 5
Amazing night dive with manta rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
STUNNING BLUE, YELLOW, PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL COVERED PINNACLES AND OVERHANGS with several grey sharks of all sizes mooching around and many white tip reef sharks sleeping in the sand. An enormous school of blue stripe snappers were congregated in one overhang and there was a large school of painted sweetlips plus a pair of giant barracudas, Indian bannerfish etc.
Dive 2
LOTS OF WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS over the deep sand area, some sleeping and some swimming about. The big coral blocks were covered in snappers, sweetlips, emperors and goatfish. We watched an octopus and swirling big eye jacks and then went for a long drift into the channel. Towards the inside the reef wall is full of small overhangs and we met a gang of Napoleons ranging from 30cm juveniles to two huge male blue adults.
Dive 3
Beautiful overhangs full of pastel pink, yellow and mauve soft corals, seafans, seawhips and multicoloured ascidians and featherstars. We also saw several grey sharks, an egle ray, large tunas, many soldierfish, indian bannerfish, and lots of pyramid and saddleback butterflyfish on the reef top
Day 6
Beautiful soft coral hung overhangs from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A slow drift through PINK AND ORANGE OFT CORAL HUNG canyons and overhangs. The varieties and qualities of the corals were excellent. We saw a large mappa puffer, a spearing mantis shrimp in it's nest, white tip sharks, tunas, emperors etc.
Dive 2
A really chilled dive on this ocean-facing reef. We saw a PAIR OR EAGLE RAYS AND TWO LARGE PREGNANT ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS in the sand then schools of Indian bannerfish, crown quirrelfish and goldspot emperors plus a white mouthed moray and a very friendly turtle. Ther was a pair of courting octopus and we saw he male hand over his present to the female!
Snorkelling
Just as we were seating for lunch we saw a WHALE SHARK SWIM UNDERNEATH SEA SPIRIT SO WE PUT OUR FINS AND SNORKELS ON AND SWAM WITH HIM FOR THE NEXT 45 MINUTES BY WHICH TIME EVERYONE WAS EXHAUSTED AND HUNGRY!!!
Dive 3
Easy drift dive on ocean reef. We saw a SHORT FINNED MOBULA RAY, turtle, pink scorpionfish, a sponge snail, several guineafowl puffrs and a man-eating (7cm long) jewelled dameselfish bit Yvonne :-(
A stunning sunset over the south of the atoll and later, a pair of pink whiprays and a busy tuna under the boat at anchorage!
Day 7
A friendly but fast whale shark seen from MV Sea Spirit
A classic Maldives thila, smothered in bluestripe snappers and beautiful pink seafans covering the deeper walls below 20m. There were several large brownmarbled groupers out and about plus a few white tips, a peacock mantis shrimp, an octopus, a pair of shortheaded shrimps in an adhesive anemone and a round ribbontail ray on top of the reef who stayed in the same place for the whole dive enjoying a clean by two bluestreak cleaner wrasses.
Dive 2
WOW, WHAT A MANTA SHOW! With 8 different mantas coming to visit the cleaning station and swooping over our heads and showing off to eachother. For those that were also looking around, we saw many garden eels plus gobies and pistol shrimps, sand perches and gobies mouth-filtering the sand.
Dive 3
This is a famous site to see turtles and sure enough, we found around four friendly hawksbills. There were black coral trees full of sweepers plus sponge formations and penguin oysters. We also saw some white tip sharks, blue fin jacks chasing fusiliers, schooling bannerfish and lots of different morays
Day 8
Beautiful manta show on MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
A wreck with lots of nice animals! We found a stonefish, a Chromodoris glenei nudi, piano blennies peering out of holes, a spearing mantis shrimp, a school of ~200 Forster's barracudas and a pod of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins passed by. After the dive we attempted to snorkel with them but they swam underneath us so we only got the briefest glimpse as they went past!
Dive 2
ANOTHER AMAZING MANTA SHOW, this time 10 different mantas and one with three very pesky remoras! Another female with an ardent male suitor who followed her wherever she went.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
There were large schools of silversides all along the westernface of the reef and they were being herded by dogtooth and bonito tunas and giant trevallies. Large schools of surgeonfish and fusiliers were also hanging out on the wall. We also found a group of 5 Chromodoris tritos, a yellow leaf fish, an octopus, a large yellow grouper, and found lovely bright-purple magnifica anemones on the reef slope.
Day 9
Divers with a large school of bluestripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Turbulent currents in the channels and even the ocean reef was stirred up with mixed currents and we did not get a straightforward drift. WE saw several Napoleon wrasses, a green turtle, a white leaf fish and lots of nepthia soft coral covered blocks full of anthias and small groupers
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
More mixed up currents at this channel site. There were many oceanic triggerfish on the channel front plus schools of black and white snappers and a solitary grey shark! The outer reef wall was punctuated with many small overhangs full of soldierfish and the reef wall was buzzing with anthias and small reef fish. Three MANTA RAYS SWAM PAST!
Dive 3
Brisk, then slow drift on channel corner site. We descended into an enormous school of red snappers and then past a few white tips. The current on the front was pushing against us so we slowly swam along the wall and drifted back. There were humpback, black and white and midnight snappers, black cheek morays with Lysmata cleaning shrimps, a white mouthed moray and THREE MANTA RAYS SWAM PAST AGAIN!
Night Dive
EXCITING DIVE WITH ~40 TAWNY NURSE SHARKS FORAGING AND AGGREGATING INTO A LARGE SCHOOL, ALSO PINK WHIPRAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS AND MANY GIANT TREVALLIES
Day 10
Dive 1
Channel drift with white tips and a few grey sharks plus a large mixed school of snappers and big eye jacks at the current point.The outside reef makes a lovely wall full of orange anthias with banded coral shrimps, Bruuni cleaners, two yellow leaf fish and reef fish of all types in the shallows
Dive 2
Great macro site with several BLUE AND BLACK RIBBON EELS, a spearing plus a peacock mantis shrimp, octopus, many lionfish in ambush mode, and a lovely reef wall with anthias and patches of glassfish in overhangs
Dive 3
AWESOME DIVE! WE SAW EVERYTHING! Several honeycomb morays, huge dogtooth tunas cruising the wall chasing fusiliers, giant trevallies, white tip sharks, green and hawksbill turtles, EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS on the current corner, leaf fish, leopard flounder, so many soldierfish and snappers. WOW!
Day 11
White tip reef shark with large school of big eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner with lovely coral blocks full of groupers, anthias and beautiful pastel coloured nepthia soft corals. We saw several hawksbill turtles and one was very friendly. White tips, tunas and jacks cruised the wall. We found a pair of porcelain crabs in a carpet anemone. Just lovely!
Travel back towards Male' and our evening anchorage. A relaxing afternoon onboard as noone wanted to visit Male'
Day 12
Honeycomb morays are common at east side of atoll sites. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests to airport or to Male' for international flights or stays in hotels
Day 13
Beautiful flat sea conditions this trip on Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Male' International airport and transferred to Sea Spirit early morning
Dive 1
Check dive at ocean reef and an auspicious start with TWO MANTA RAYS passing by several times, a PINK WHIPRAY, MANGROVE WHIPRAY, SCHOOL OF MOBULAS, white spotted grouper, a hawksbill turtle etc. Lovely!
Day 1
Dense schools of snappers and other reef fish from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
AN AWESOME DIVE WITH 13 MANTA RAYS AND UP TO 8 AT ANY ONE TIME BUSILY BEING CLEANED AT THE CORAL BLOCKS. They were quite curious of us and swam over and past us having a really good look at us! There were also many spotted and silver garden eels, a very large lionfish, many pinkbar gobies with their pistol shrimps, tiger cowries etc.
Dive 2
An out-current in the channel so we dived the ocean reef and went looking for critters as well as larger things. We found a large STONEFISH buried in the sand with just it's face peering out, a pair of yellow leaf fish, several banded coral shrimps and lysmata shrimps, large and small Napoleon wrasses, EAGLE RAYS, octopus, a large tuna scatterring fusiliers, white tip sharks, mobulas, collared butterflyfish and Sgt Majors laying eggs.
Dive 3
A very fishy site with schools of goldspot emperors, bluestripe, humpback and yellow snapers on the reef plus a large school ofblack and white snappers off the reef. A FEATHERTAIL STINGRAY swam past, we found a porcelain crab in a carpet anemone with a green leaf fish nearby, a manta fly-by, a GREEN TURTLE, many harlequin and oriental sweetlips and a large school of marauding convict tangs
Day 2
Two mantas interacting at a cleaning station from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
An ocean reef corner where we saw two ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, a MOBULA JAPONICA (Spine-tail devil ray), several white tip sharks, a nurse shark, bannerfish, harlequin sweetlips and a glorious flatworm.
Dive 2
A very strong and whily current at this ocean-facing thila so we hooked in on the current point and watched the sharks, eagle ray and giant trevallies struggling in the current! There were streams and streams of spot-tail fusiliers. We found a nurse shark in a block and then had a long drift ascent. Wheeeee!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
Such a great dive site where just about anything can be seen and delivered several cruising grey sharks plus white tip sharks, some ENORMOUS toothsome dogtooth tunas, two gold/white leaf fish, several undulate morays, lysmata shrimps, 3x spearing mantis shrimps, a very friendly turtle, very friendly longfin batfish, a Napoleon wrasse being cleaned, giant trevally chasing red-tooth triggerfish and so much more!
Day 3
A sleeping tawny nurse shark from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at this superb ocean reef site with several grey sharks and white tips, schooling big-eye jacks, mackerel scads, rainbow runners, tunas etc. We found 4 spearing mantis shrimps this time and a purple/white elegant squat lobster in a featherstar.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
There were FOUR GREY SHARKS CRUISING the dropoff for the majority of the dive plus several white tips, Forsters and chevron barracudas, bluestripe snappers, goldspot emperors, big-eye crescent tails etc. We found a baby white tip under a table coral and a Bruuni shrimp busy cleaning s sabre squirrelfish
Dive 3
We were delighted to find so many juvenile grey sharks at this classic Maldives thila site. They were cruising the coral pinnacles and not afraid of divers. The white tip s ahrks were also out in good numbers and we found friendly hawksbill turtles, a pair of large ugly stonefish, many schooling bannerfish, several tiny cute Clarke's anemonefish in bubble anemones and a long school of bonito (skipjack) tunas passed by
No mantas in the lagoon tonight :-(
Day 4
Diver drifting over gorgonia corals in the Maldives
Dive 1
Another classic Maldives thila with GREY SHARKS cruising the drop off and large schools of fusiliers being coralled and forming baitballs chased by giant trevallies and bluefin jacks. There was a large schools of longfin batfish and a scholl of ~30 remoras looking for a new host kept trying to cling onto divers! The hawksbill turtles on the reeftop were friendly and photogenic. The school of bluestripe snappers seems to have exploded in number and covers the whole southern reef!
Dive 2
Blue and pink SOFT CORAL COVERED pinnacles and overhangs with reef fish buzzing over the tops of the pinnacles and swarms of anthias bouncing out of the reef. We found a peacock mantis shrimp, several types of morays and many bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
Pretty seafans and soft corals covered this 'gingerbread' wreck hiding many small groupers and lionfish. The thila was a mass of bubble and magnificent anemones with families of Clarke's and Maldives anemonefish and then we had a manta fly-by on the main reef
Night Dive
There were FIVE FRIENDLY AND FUN MANTA RAYS througout the evening at the back of Sea Spirit. Our dive was up-close and personal and extremely fun.
Day 5
Amazing night dive with manta rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
STUNNING BLUE, YELLOW, PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL COVERED PINNACLES AND OVERHANGS with several grey sharks of all sizes mooching around and many white tip reef sharks sleeping in the sand. An enormous school of blue stripe snappers were congregated in one overhang and there was a large school of painted sweetlips plus a pair of giant barracudas, Indian bannerfish etc.
Dive 2
LOTS OF WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS over the deep sand area, some sleeping and some swimming about. The big coral blocks were covered in snappers, sweetlips, emperors and goatfish. We watched an octopus and swirling big eye jacks and then went for a long drift into the channel. Towards the inside the reef wall is full of small overhangs and we met a gang of Napoleons ranging from 30cm juveniles to two huge male blue adults.
Dive 3
Beautiful overhangs full of pastel pink, yellow and mauve soft corals, seafans, seawhips and multicoloured ascidians and featherstars. We also saw several grey sharks, an egle ray, large tunas, many soldierfish, indian bannerfish, and lots of pyramid and saddleback butterflyfish on the reef top
Day 6
Beautiful soft coral hung overhangs from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A slow drift through PINK AND ORANGE OFT CORAL HUNG canyons and overhangs. The varieties and qualities of the corals were excellent. We saw a large mappa puffer, a spearing mantis shrimp in it's nest, white tip sharks, tunas, emperors etc.
Dive 2
A really chilled dive on this ocean-facing reef. We saw a PAIR OR EAGLE RAYS AND TWO LARGE PREGNANT ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS in the sand then schools of Indian bannerfish, crown quirrelfish and goldspot emperors plus a white mouthed moray and a very friendly turtle. Ther was a pair of courting octopus and we saw he male hand over his present to the female!
Snorkelling
Just as we were seating for lunch we saw a WHALE SHARK SWIM UNDERNEATH SEA SPIRIT SO WE PUT OUR FINS AND SNORKELS ON AND SWAM WITH HIM FOR THE NEXT 45 MINUTES BY WHICH TIME EVERYONE WAS EXHAUSTED AND HUNGRY!!!
Dive 3
Easy drift dive on ocean reef. We saw a SHORT FINNED MOBULA RAY, turtle, pink scorpionfish, a sponge snail, several guineafowl puffrs and a man-eating (7cm long) jewelled dameselfish bit Yvonne :-(
A stunning sunset over the south of the atoll and later, a pair of pink whiprays and a busy tuna under the boat at anchorage!
Day 7
A friendly but fast whale shark seen from MV Sea Spirit
A classic Maldives thila, smothered in bluestripe snappers and beautiful pink seafans covering the deeper walls below 20m. There were several large brownmarbled groupers out and about plus a few white tips, a peacock mantis shrimp, an octopus, a pair of shortheaded shrimps in an adhesive anemone and a round ribbontail ray on top of the reef who stayed in the same place for the whole dive enjoying a clean by two bluestreak cleaner wrasses.
Dive 2
WOW, WHAT A MANTA SHOW! With 8 different mantas coming to visit the cleaning station and swooping over our heads and showing off to eachother. For those that were also looking around, we saw many garden eels plus gobies and pistol shrimps, sand perches and gobies mouth-filtering the sand.
Dive 3
This is a famous site to see turtles and sure enough, we found around four friendly hawksbills. There were black coral trees full of sweepers plus sponge formations and penguin oysters. We also saw some white tip sharks, blue fin jacks chasing fusiliers, schooling bannerfish and lots of different morays
Day 8
Beautiful manta show on MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
A wreck with lots of nice animals! We found a stonefish, a Chromodoris glenei nudi, piano blennies peering out of holes, a spearing mantis shrimp, a school of ~200 Forster's barracudas and a pod of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins passed by. After the dive we attempted to snorkel with them but they swam underneath us so we only got the briefest glimpse as they went past!
Dive 2
ANOTHER AMAZING MANTA SHOW, this time 10 different mantas and one with three very pesky remoras! Another female with an ardent male suitor who followed her wherever she went.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
There were large schools of silversides all along the westernface of the reef and they were being herded by dogtooth and bonito tunas and giant trevallies. Large schools of surgeonfish and fusiliers were also hanging out on the wall. We also found a group of 5 Chromodoris tritos, a yellow leaf fish, an octopus, a large yellow grouper, and found lovely bright-purple magnifica anemones on the reef slope.
Day 9
Divers with a large school of bluestripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Turbulent currents in the channels and even the ocean reef was stirred up with mixed currents and we did not get a straightforward drift. WE saw several Napoleon wrasses, a green turtle, a white leaf fish and lots of nepthia soft coral covered blocks full of anthias and small groupers
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
More mixed up currents at this channel site. There were many oceanic triggerfish on the channel front plus schools of black and white snappers and a solitary grey shark! The outer reef wall was punctuated with many small overhangs full of soldierfish and the reef wall was buzzing with anthias and small reef fish. Three MANTA RAYS SWAM PAST!
Dive 3
Brisk, then slow drift on channel corner site. We descended into an enormous school of red snappers and then past a few white tips. The current on the front was pushing against us so we slowly swam along the wall and drifted back. There were humpback, black and white and midnight snappers, black cheek morays with Lysmata cleaning shrimps, a white mouthed moray and THREE MANTA RAYS SWAM PAST AGAIN!
Night Dive
EXCITING DIVE WITH ~40 TAWNY NURSE SHARKS FORAGING AND AGGREGATING INTO A LARGE SCHOOL, ALSO PINK WHIPRAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS AND MANY GIANT TREVALLIES
Day 10
Dive 1
Channel drift with white tips and a few grey sharks plus a large mixed school of snappers and big eye jacks at the current point.The outside reef makes a lovely wall full of orange anthias with banded coral shrimps, Bruuni cleaners, two yellow leaf fish and reef fish of all types in the shallows
Dive 2
Great macro site with several BLUE AND BLACK RIBBON EELS, a spearing plus a peacock mantis shrimp, octopus, many lionfish in ambush mode, and a lovely reef wall with anthias and patches of glassfish in overhangs
Dive 3
AWESOME DIVE! WE SAW EVERYTHING! Several honeycomb morays, huge dogtooth tunas cruising the wall chasing fusiliers, giant trevallies, white tip sharks, green and hawksbill turtles, EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS on the current corner, leaf fish, leopard flounder, so many soldierfish and snappers. WOW!
Day 11
White tip reef shark with large school of big eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner with lovely coral blocks full of groupers, anthias and beautiful pastel coloured nepthia soft corals. We saw several hawksbill turtles and one was very friendly. White tips, tunas and jacks cruised the wall. We found a pair of porcelain crabs in a carpet anemone. Just lovely!
Travel back towards Male' and our evening anchorage. A relaxing afternoon onboard as noone wanted to visit Male'
Day 12
Honeycomb morays are common at east side of atoll sites. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests to airport or to Male' for international flights or stays in hotels
Day 13
Beautiful flat sea conditions this trip on Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Sea Spirit SS448b
2 Nov 2014 to 9 Nov 2014
Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Once the guests were back on MV Sea Spirit, we filled in paperwork followed by preparing the dive gear.
Dive 1
Lovely check dive with many white tip sharks, hawksbill turtle, 4 pairs of porcelain crabs, so many morays, pair of whiptail rays. A pair of Octopus putting on a fab mating display, freeway of fusiliers throughout the dive.
Day 1
Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Best way to describe this dive was fish soup, every inch was covered in Glass fish being charged at by Bluefin, Tuna, large shoal of Chevron Barracuda, Sting ray, Eagle ray, Peacock mantis shrimps plus fab coral and anemones.
Dive 2
3 Mantas, a pair of Green Turtles swimming around each other, so many Peacock Mantis Shrimps, Eagle ray, Whitetip sharks, a huge shoal of Bluestripe Snappers, Tuna, Large shoal of Batfish, the corner was covered in a layer of Basslets and Anthias.
Dive 3
WOW 26+ Mobula!! Eagle ray, Sting ray, Whitetip Sharks. The corner was full of Sweetlips and Redtail Butterflyfish, huge shoal of Midnight snappers. Green Turtle.
Day 2
Scuba Diving in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely pale female being followed by 2 males which was then joined by another male further on, Eagle rays, Octopus, Sue's Flatworm, 2 very friendly Green Turtles, Large group of batfish, Whitetip sharks, Tuna charging at the Fusilier. It was FAB on the reef top with so many reef fish all hanging around allowing us to mix right in with them then finishing with another Manta while doing our stops.
Dive 2
Lovely gentle drift along a very healthy reef with interesting overhangs, pair of Mimic File fish doing a strange mating dance, so many lovely anemones, Scorpion fish, 1 Manta, Whitetip sharks, Freeway of Fusiliers, Longnose Hawk Fish, Whip coral shrimps.
Dive 3
This whole site is a rainbow of soft coral and covered in a layer of Basslets. The anemones on the reef top were amazing and full of anemones fish some protecting eggs, Eagle ray, Large shoal of Bannerfish.
Night Dive
Having a gentle current was good, as all the Jewel Anemones were puffed out in there full glory, Large Whip Coral Shrimp and Goby, Glossodoris and a Phidiana Militaris. My FIRST sighting of a Y-Patterned Moray!!
Day 3
Shark in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
WOW! A huge current making it a hard dive but WOW so much life, a constant freeway of fusiliers, large shoal of Oceanic Triggerfish. In the channel between the pinnacles and the thila it was full of Bigeye Jacks and Midnight Snappers, both Grey sharks and Whitetip Sharks. HUGE shoals of Sweetlips and Bluestripe snappers around the coral blocks, Batfish, Honeycomb Moray.
Dive 2
Dropped down to find a squadron of 27 Eagle rays, Grey sharks going crazy chasing a Giant Trevally around which was so funny to watch. Whitetip sharks, Rainbow Runners, Zillions and zillions of redtooth Triggerfish.
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive meaning we had all the fish close to the reef. You could see it was either be hunted or be the hunter so all the fish seemed on edge, Whitetip Sharks, 3 Leaffish, Large shoal of Batfish some joining us for our stops and a large shoal of Bigeye Jacks.
Day 4
Wow. Sharks in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Early morning dive, so this time all the fish were busy being cleaned which allowed us to get some great photos as we were able to get really close. Couple of Grey Sharks, HUGE Shoal of Bigeye jacks, Batfish as always following us around, Whitetip Sharks, Mobula, Eagle rays, 3 Leaf fish, a Huge Napoleon hunting with a couple of Groupers. It was fish soup on the reef top corner.
Dive 2
Tuna charging the fusiliers sending everything crazy and darting straight towards us, Grey sharks cruising along the top of the reef, Huge shoal of Big Eye's , Batfish, Huge Scorpion fish, Zebra Moray, baby Whitetip Sharks resting under the Table Coral's,Peacock Mantis Shrimp.
Dive 3
Lovely relaxing dive. We stopped to watch the Grey sharks swimming around the deep pinnacles, Whitetip Sharks both at depth and on the top of the Thila. Turtles, Octopus, Stone fish, Mantis Shrimp, Large shoal of Bannerfish, Bluefin and Tuna charging the fusiliers, loads of Surgeon fish enjoying our bubbles while we did our stops.
Day 5
Amazing dive in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Fab dive and great visibility! We had a large shoal of remora come and meet us as we dropped down to the thila. Large shoal of batfish, Huge Shoal of young Amberjacks came buzzing around us, 2 Grey sharks swimming along the reef top, Very cute small Eagle ray, 4 Hawksbills - the two smaller ones seemed to be playing together. The whole site was covered in Bluestripe snappers, Giant Trevallies charging at the fusiliers chasing a huge bait ball.
Dive 2
This is a very pretty and relaxing dive allowing the guests to get there heads down and have a good look around for critters. Very playful Octopus, pair of Banded Pipefish, Longnose hawkfish, Large shoal of Painted Surgeon fish and Juvenile Bluestripe snappers. So many different types of shrimps, Fab coral garden on the top of the thila with so many anemones.
Day 6
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sea spirit.
Dive 1
Snorkel with 5 Mantas before the dive. Then we had the most AMAZING current dive with a wall of Red Snappers on Jack Corner, Large Grey Shark's, Eagle rays hanging alongside the guests. Huge shoal of Surgeon fish then we let go and flew along the Thila. Another BONUS snorkel on the way back to the boat with 2 Manta Rays .... Not a bad way to finish the trip!!!!!!
Daytime Excursion
We popped into Male for shopping and Ice-cream then back to MV Sea Spirit to finish packing and sort through the many FAB Trip Photo's ready for sharing between the guests.
Day 7
Amazing scuba diving in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Guest Transfer
Transferred guests back to Male Airport for their International Flights.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Once the guests were back on MV Sea Spirit, we filled in paperwork followed by preparing the dive gear.
Dive 1
Lovely check dive with many white tip sharks, hawksbill turtle, 4 pairs of porcelain crabs, so many morays, pair of whiptail rays. A pair of Octopus putting on a fab mating display, freeway of fusiliers throughout the dive.
Day 1
Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Best way to describe this dive was fish soup, every inch was covered in Glass fish being charged at by Bluefin, Tuna, large shoal of Chevron Barracuda, Sting ray, Eagle ray, Peacock mantis shrimps plus fab coral and anemones.
Dive 2
3 Mantas, a pair of Green Turtles swimming around each other, so many Peacock Mantis Shrimps, Eagle ray, Whitetip sharks, a huge shoal of Bluestripe Snappers, Tuna, Large shoal of Batfish, the corner was covered in a layer of Basslets and Anthias.
Dive 3
WOW 26+ Mobula!! Eagle ray, Sting ray, Whitetip Sharks. The corner was full of Sweetlips and Redtail Butterflyfish, huge shoal of Midnight snappers. Green Turtle.
Day 2
Scuba Diving in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely pale female being followed by 2 males which was then joined by another male further on, Eagle rays, Octopus, Sue's Flatworm, 2 very friendly Green Turtles, Large group of batfish, Whitetip sharks, Tuna charging at the Fusilier. It was FAB on the reef top with so many reef fish all hanging around allowing us to mix right in with them then finishing with another Manta while doing our stops.
Dive 2
Lovely gentle drift along a very healthy reef with interesting overhangs, pair of Mimic File fish doing a strange mating dance, so many lovely anemones, Scorpion fish, 1 Manta, Whitetip sharks, Freeway of Fusiliers, Longnose Hawk Fish, Whip coral shrimps.
Dive 3
This whole site is a rainbow of soft coral and covered in a layer of Basslets. The anemones on the reef top were amazing and full of anemones fish some protecting eggs, Eagle ray, Large shoal of Bannerfish.
Night Dive
Having a gentle current was good, as all the Jewel Anemones were puffed out in there full glory, Large Whip Coral Shrimp and Goby, Glossodoris and a Phidiana Militaris. My FIRST sighting of a Y-Patterned Moray!!
Day 3
Shark in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
WOW! A huge current making it a hard dive but WOW so much life, a constant freeway of fusiliers, large shoal of Oceanic Triggerfish. In the channel between the pinnacles and the thila it was full of Bigeye Jacks and Midnight Snappers, both Grey sharks and Whitetip Sharks. HUGE shoals of Sweetlips and Bluestripe snappers around the coral blocks, Batfish, Honeycomb Moray.
Dive 2
Dropped down to find a squadron of 27 Eagle rays, Grey sharks going crazy chasing a Giant Trevally around which was so funny to watch. Whitetip sharks, Rainbow Runners, Zillions and zillions of redtooth Triggerfish.
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive meaning we had all the fish close to the reef. You could see it was either be hunted or be the hunter so all the fish seemed on edge, Whitetip Sharks, 3 Leaffish, Large shoal of Batfish some joining us for our stops and a large shoal of Bigeye Jacks.
Day 4
Wow. Sharks in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Early morning dive, so this time all the fish were busy being cleaned which allowed us to get some great photos as we were able to get really close. Couple of Grey Sharks, HUGE Shoal of Bigeye jacks, Batfish as always following us around, Whitetip Sharks, Mobula, Eagle rays, 3 Leaf fish, a Huge Napoleon hunting with a couple of Groupers. It was fish soup on the reef top corner.
Dive 2
Tuna charging the fusiliers sending everything crazy and darting straight towards us, Grey sharks cruising along the top of the reef, Huge shoal of Big Eye's , Batfish, Huge Scorpion fish, Zebra Moray, baby Whitetip Sharks resting under the Table Coral's,Peacock Mantis Shrimp.
Dive 3
Lovely relaxing dive. We stopped to watch the Grey sharks swimming around the deep pinnacles, Whitetip Sharks both at depth and on the top of the Thila. Turtles, Octopus, Stone fish, Mantis Shrimp, Large shoal of Bannerfish, Bluefin and Tuna charging the fusiliers, loads of Surgeon fish enjoying our bubbles while we did our stops.
Day 5
Amazing dive in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Fab dive and great visibility! We had a large shoal of remora come and meet us as we dropped down to the thila. Large shoal of batfish, Huge Shoal of young Amberjacks came buzzing around us, 2 Grey sharks swimming along the reef top, Very cute small Eagle ray, 4 Hawksbills - the two smaller ones seemed to be playing together. The whole site was covered in Bluestripe snappers, Giant Trevallies charging at the fusiliers chasing a huge bait ball.
Dive 2
This is a very pretty and relaxing dive allowing the guests to get there heads down and have a good look around for critters. Very playful Octopus, pair of Banded Pipefish, Longnose hawkfish, Large shoal of Painted Surgeon fish and Juvenile Bluestripe snappers. So many different types of shrimps, Fab coral garden on the top of the thila with so many anemones.
Day 6
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sea spirit.
Dive 1
Snorkel with 5 Mantas before the dive. Then we had the most AMAZING current dive with a wall of Red Snappers on Jack Corner, Large Grey Shark's, Eagle rays hanging alongside the guests. Huge shoal of Surgeon fish then we let go and flew along the Thila. Another BONUS snorkel on the way back to the boat with 2 Manta Rays .... Not a bad way to finish the trip!!!!!!
Daytime Excursion
We popped into Male for shopping and Ice-cream then back to MV Sea Spirit to finish packing and sort through the many FAB Trip Photo's ready for sharing between the guests.
Day 7
Amazing scuba diving in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Guest Transfer
Transferred guests back to Male Airport for their International Flights.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS447
12 Oct 2014 to 24 Oct 2014
Equatorial Far South - Huvadhoo/Foammulah/Gan Addu (12 day)
Guest Transfer
The divers arrived from domestic flights from Male' to Gan and were transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive on north-facing ocean reef. There were several longfin batfish following the divers around plus milkfish and goldfinger darts in the shallows. The upper reef slope has patches of superb hard corals full of Evan's anthias and several angelfish species including bluefaced and Empress
Day 1
View across Sea Spirit to Maldives island
Dive 1
Changed site as the sea was rough at the NW corner of the atoll. This site has a long, deep cave and we drifted along the wall covered in small purple seafans and large dark red gorgonia seafans. We met an opposing current so turned around and came back along the lovely shallow reef. We saw a couple of green turtles.
Dive 2
Brisk current at this oceaan reef and channel site. We dropped in on the ocean front and quickly drifted into the channel, past grey sharks and white tip sharks. There was one MANTA RAY at the cleaning station and she swam through most of the divers' bubbles but then swam away.
Dive 3
Easy dive with nice reef fish including big eye emperors, brownmarbled and black saddle groupers, a school of rudderfish, oriental sweetlips, soldierfish, giant morays etc. A large Napoleon wrasse paraded by a few times and a few white tip sharks either slept in the sand or swam past looking for some action.
Day 2
Mrs Tuftee the friendly manta briefly said hello. MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Stern tour of Bristish Loyalty WW2 wreck. We descended towards the bomb hole and expored the dame through to the hull then visited the large engine hold where were saw blacktailed snappers. We carried on toward the prop. and then came back along the deck through the covered area which has excellent black coral and sinoise coral growth. There were many longfin batfish (both adults and juveniles) plus Ptereolidia nudibranchs, reef pipefish etc.
Dive 2
The current was running hard through the channel so we jumped well outside, over deep blue water and then rapidly drifted to the channel front where there were several grey sharks plus a white tip, a school of midnight snappers and barred jacks. No mantas this time (the current was very strong) but we found a grey shark hanging out at the cleaning station! The ascent was rather exciting with strong whirlpools
Dive 3
Ocean reef into a channel drift dive which will be remembered for running the gauntlet of yellow margin triggerfish inside the channel. They were extremely feisty and eyeing up the divers ready to attack! The current was running hard on the ocean side too, so we flew along the lovely hard coral-covered reef past fields of cabbage corals and staghorns, then many porites coral inside the channel with large seafans and patched of nepthia soft coral. There were several large groupers, harlequin sweetlips, snappers and small Napoleon wrasses. The coral blocks shallow in the channel shimmerred with Cooper's anthias
Evening presentation on Manta Ecology and Behaviour
Day 3
Big eye emperor with a eautiful eye from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean corner and reef with a rather surgy drift until we were on the outer reef plateau which is a great hard coral garden with many groupers, Napoleons, a large mappa puffer, bristletooth tangs and for some divers, a fly-by by 2 mantas
Dive 2
Another strong current and still no mantas! We were whizzed through the front of the channel, and the grey sharks were high up in the water column. The current was very boingy and we decided this was something of a bungee dive! We saw a grey shark and a blacktip shark whilst we were hooked in
As we drove through the northern sheltered part of the atoll we saw a pod of spinner dolpins apparently practising their jumps and spins. They kept leaping out of the water without swimming anywhere in particular. Very entertaining!
Dive 3
THIS SITE WAS WONDERFUL THIS AFTERNOON WITH A DRAMATIC WALL COVERED IN GORGONIAS AND PURPLE SEAFANS, MANY GREEN TURTLES (SOME WHICH WERE NOT SO SHY OF DIVERS EITHER!) PLUS TWO SLEEPING NURSE SHARKS IN THE BACK OF THE CAVE, A BEARDED SCORPIONFISH, A PHYLLIDIOPSIS SHIRINAE GREEN NUDIBRANCH, A FEW HAWKSBILL TURTLES AND THE REALLY BEAUTIFUL SHALLOW REEF FULL OF ANTHIAS AND DANSELS OF ALL TYPES
Day 4
Exploring the deep caves in the north of Addu atoll Maldives
Dive 1
Bow tour of British Loyalty wreck via the spare propeller on the sea bed and the collapsed tower and the accomodation areas to the winch and solidified anchor chains. We came back along the starboard rail and found "Burberry" patterned reef pipefish, Amboin shimp next to a carpet anemone, a Bruuni shrimp cleaning s rock cod, a devil scorpionfish, a huge mappa puffer etc.
Dive 2
Gentler current so we were able to enjoy the outside reef and watch a few white tip and grey sharks cruising around on the front of the channel plus all the black and white snappers. We drifted in over the coral covered ridge and there were plenty of reef fish plus schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers. The titan triggerfish were also getting feisty!
Dive 3
Ocean reef with interesting topography. We drifted over a ridge of hard corals interespersed with many leather corals and seafans. We saw a large school of big eye jacks plus a sleeping MANGROVE WHIPRAY amongst the coral blocks and patch reef of the coral garden. In the shallows were acres of hard coral especially Echinopora pacificus, looking like extra- large pale pink cabbage roses. We saw a milk fish, many chromis and blue-pectoral finned humbug damsels amongst the acroporas
Day 5
Schools of snappers are common in the Maldives. Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
There was an out current in the channel so we rode the drift to the coral blocks on the front of the channel where the current dropped off allowing us to explore the large porites formations which seemed to have many reef fish cleaning around. There were a couple of Giant barracudas plus a large school of big eye jacks tightly packed. Along the front were sleeping white tip sharks and brownmarbled groupers. The reef top here has superb hard corals and we saw a couple of Napoleon wrasses, powderblue tangs at cleaning stations, many chromis and Evans and Cooper's anthias.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the equator on the way
Dive 2
Lovely thila with large coral blocks on slope interspersed with large orange seafans which continued down the wall to 35m+.There were lots of nice "finds" including two yellow leaf fish, several elegant squat lobsters in the pale mauve and dark purple featherstars, spiny lobsters in a hole, longnose hawkfish posing in seafans, blue tangs being cleaned and pairs of longnose filefish drifting amongst the acroporas
Night Dive
Night dive at the pretty thila with lots of crustacea including freeswimming Bruuni shrimp and large red common crabs or hermit crabs. We also found a Lambis scorpion conch with it's eye peering out at us, small squid, Strombus snail, a yellow leaf fish, tapestry saron shimps and a curious white tip shark following some of the divers
A beautiful Maldives island provided the backdrop for a stunning sunset
Day 6
Huge school of big eye jacks engulfing divers on Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Back to the pretty thila and this time schools of elongate and sleek surgeonfish were hanging out in the water column and large schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers wafted past, occasionally being pursued by large dogtooth tunas. A little yellow leaf fish had joined one of the adults and there were millions of yellow-purple Evan's anthias pulsating in the Pavona coral area whilst a little grey reef shark cruised around
Dive 2
Out-current drift. It was very fuzzy in the channel but there were several white tip sharks resting on the bottom as we drifted past. On the corner were many anthias and schools of fusiliers but we had to work quite hard against an eddy until we picked up the small longshore. On the ridge were hundreds of pyramid butterflyfish plus groupers and other reef fish and a school of dogtooth tunas cruised past. The ocean reef here is lovely with lots of ledges and a steep dropoff. We saw several green turtles and a couple of Napoleon wrasses
Dive 3
Long channel drift through a valley of corals and large coral blocks along the reef slope. We passed a large FEATHERTAIL RAY and then we sighted several hawksbill and green turtles on the channel front. There was a cold, up-welling, layer on the channel front and the coral blocks were covered in different reefish including several soldierfish varieties and bulls eyes.The shallow reef slope was covered in small acroporas, many with spotted trapezia crabs nestling amongst the fingers of coral
Cocktails on top deck as we watched a beautiful yellow ,then gold, then pink, sunset.
Day 7
Large feathertail ray hiding in sand from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk out-current drift passing several green turtles including a GIANT MALE GREEN TURTLE who stared at us wondering what the fuss was about! A few white tip sharks buzzed around on the channel front and then we investigated the ledges on the front where we found a leaf fish, a (rare) white faced moray, Lysmata shrimps cleaning moray and anthias, and several more hawksbill and green turtles passed us by.
Dive 2
TWO ZEBRA SHARKS! ONE LYING INSIDE THE CHANEL AND THE SECOND ON THE CHANNEL FRONT. So cute! There were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current nearby cleaning stations on the channel front, a white tip shark slleping in a coral block, a pair of white leaf fishes, several green turtles, and the whole crest of the reef was smothered in pulsing anthias
Dive 3
Surprise in-current but rather bad visibility. A ZEBRA SHARK was resting on the corner and then there were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current oin the middle of the channel. We had a swim back to the reef slope and then a gentle drift in over huhe porites coral blocks full of reef fish and several large groupers, several turtles, orange soft corals a scholls of big dogtooth tunas and several large jobfish. The reef top is spectacular!
Day 8
Sleeping Zebra shark, such a pretty animal. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An out-current this time which reversed to an in-current half way through the dive! The reef slope is smothered in large orange seafans and orange schleronepthia plus pastel nepthia soft corals. We found a PAIR OF ZEBRA SHARKS sleeping together and they did not get disturbed! Beautiful! There were several large green turtles, schools of midnight and red snappers, bannerfish, a juvenile bi-colour parrotfish and the upper reef was covered in millions of different chromis, damsels and anthias
Dive 2
Pretty thila with many coral blocks full of glassfish and juvenile cardinals, plus black corals and many colour types of acabaria (yellow, white, orange, brown, pink etc.). There were many different coloured magnificent anemones. Large schools of rainbow runners swept past and the NW area of the reef was covered in blue stripe snappers. We found leaf fish, red groupers, Maldives blennoes and many sand perch. Great site.
Dive 3
Laid-back drift dive along long coral ridge extending from coral garden near a sandbank. There were many glassfish filled coral blocks and just so many fusiliers and surgeonfish. The coral garden had table corals with every type of damsels inclusing the super-cute black and white striped humbugs and blue-highlighted indian dascyllus, also several leaf fish, pink-bar gobies etc.
Beautiful remote reef where we watched a stunning pink and orange sunset
Day 9
White tip shark resting in sand from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Remote thila with deep sides and there were several grey sharks cruising the current point plus a spotted eagle ray and many rainbow runners dashing around. This is always a great macro site and we found Amboin shrimps next to a mustard-yellow adhesive anemone, a pink plus two white leaf fishes, a blue ribbon eel, several lysmata shrimp cleaning morals plus all the regular reef fish
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef with extensive thilas covered in hard corals and reef fish. We found a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK and schools of black and white snappers plus ~12 male white tip sharks chasing a female in courtship. We had a fast drift into the channel passing an EAGLE RAY and a very friendly hawksbill turtle. Fun to fly!
Dive 3
A drift over a reef slope past several large coral blocks and with an interesting topography. The eastern end of the reef was smothered in glassfish and juvenile cardinals with many small groupers in attendance. W found a juvenile oriental swetlips, yellow cube-like box fish, indian bannerfish etc. The north side has a huge coral garden with hard corals extending forever. Beautiful!
Evening Activity
Ashore to explore an uninhabited island with a lovely beach and lots of crabs!
Day 10
Diver with green turtle from Mv Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Fishorama thia! Just so many BIG EYE JACKS swirling around and around the reef, surely they get dizzy! Plus the reeftop was covered by hundreds (if not thousands!) of crescent tailed big eyes plus at the current point were fusiliers and mackerel scads and all the fish were terribly excited. The reef tiop is a magnificent coral garden A MONSTER GIANT BARRACUDA cruised over the top to check out what all the fuss was about.
Dive 2
Easy drift on inside of channels with so many GREEN TURTLES! Both sleepy ones and fireworks! There were also two white tip sharks hiding under big coral block . On the channel front was a large school of Forster's barracudas plus a couple of grey sharks and more white tips sleeping in sandy patches or buzzing along the front. There are large schools of bluestripe snappers, humpback snappers, raccoon and collared butterflyfish hovering over the extensive hard corals on the channel corner
Dive 3
The visibility was "atmospheric" on the channel front but there was plenty of ACTION. We saw A GIANT BARRCUDA (A MONSTER!) SEVERAL ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, A GROUP OF CHASE-COURTING WHITE TIP SHARKS, A LARGE SCHOOL OF AGITATED BIG-EYE JACKS, ENORMOUS TUNAS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS AND A LARGE MAPPA PUFFER. wE ENDED THE DIVE AMONGST THE SCHOOLS OF FISH ON THE CORNER PLUS THE USUAL NUMEROUS GREEN TURTLES.
Day 11
So many BIG EYE CRESCENT TAILS they fill the screen. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A STRONG out-current in the channel so we flew along, only just managing to stop to see a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK. There was a nurse shark in the big block but too strong current for most to stop and look. We passed several confused-looking green turtles too! There was a cold clear water counter current on the channel front and several white tip sharks and many midnight snappers. We slowly swam back to the south reef and all the lovely schools of fish and yet more turtles.
Dive 2
Changed site as the current was so strong! We whizzed along the reef admiring (and avoiding) the table corals as we flew past a beautiful coral garden. No stop until we reached the end of the reef and had some back eddys to slow us down. Nice hawksbill turtle, huge starry puffer and lovely blue-green chromis bouncing in the corals, fusiliers etc.
Afternoon visit to remote sandbank for swimming and snorkelling
Day 12
Blue-green chromis buzzing in the water colum from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Guest Transfer
All the divers transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for their domestic flights to Male' and onward international flights
Day 13
Sandbank island with many sooty terns and MC Sea Spirit in the background
 
Guest Transfer
The divers arrived from domestic flights from Male' to Gan and were transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive on north-facing ocean reef. There were several longfin batfish following the divers around plus milkfish and goldfinger darts in the shallows. The upper reef slope has patches of superb hard corals full of Evan's anthias and several angelfish species including bluefaced and Empress
Day 1
View across Sea Spirit to Maldives island
Dive 1
Changed site as the sea was rough at the NW corner of the atoll. This site has a long, deep cave and we drifted along the wall covered in small purple seafans and large dark red gorgonia seafans. We met an opposing current so turned around and came back along the lovely shallow reef. We saw a couple of green turtles.
Dive 2
Brisk current at this oceaan reef and channel site. We dropped in on the ocean front and quickly drifted into the channel, past grey sharks and white tip sharks. There was one MANTA RAY at the cleaning station and she swam through most of the divers' bubbles but then swam away.
Dive 3
Easy dive with nice reef fish including big eye emperors, brownmarbled and black saddle groupers, a school of rudderfish, oriental sweetlips, soldierfish, giant morays etc. A large Napoleon wrasse paraded by a few times and a few white tip sharks either slept in the sand or swam past looking for some action.
Day 2
Mrs Tuftee the friendly manta briefly said hello. MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Stern tour of Bristish Loyalty WW2 wreck. We descended towards the bomb hole and expored the dame through to the hull then visited the large engine hold where were saw blacktailed snappers. We carried on toward the prop. and then came back along the deck through the covered area which has excellent black coral and sinoise coral growth. There were many longfin batfish (both adults and juveniles) plus Ptereolidia nudibranchs, reef pipefish etc.
Dive 2
The current was running hard through the channel so we jumped well outside, over deep blue water and then rapidly drifted to the channel front where there were several grey sharks plus a white tip, a school of midnight snappers and barred jacks. No mantas this time (the current was very strong) but we found a grey shark hanging out at the cleaning station! The ascent was rather exciting with strong whirlpools
Dive 3
Ocean reef into a channel drift dive which will be remembered for running the gauntlet of yellow margin triggerfish inside the channel. They were extremely feisty and eyeing up the divers ready to attack! The current was running hard on the ocean side too, so we flew along the lovely hard coral-covered reef past fields of cabbage corals and staghorns, then many porites coral inside the channel with large seafans and patched of nepthia soft coral. There were several large groupers, harlequin sweetlips, snappers and small Napoleon wrasses. The coral blocks shallow in the channel shimmerred with Cooper's anthias
Evening presentation on Manta Ecology and Behaviour
Day 3
Big eye emperor with a eautiful eye from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean corner and reef with a rather surgy drift until we were on the outer reef plateau which is a great hard coral garden with many groupers, Napoleons, a large mappa puffer, bristletooth tangs and for some divers, a fly-by by 2 mantas
Dive 2
Another strong current and still no mantas! We were whizzed through the front of the channel, and the grey sharks were high up in the water column. The current was very boingy and we decided this was something of a bungee dive! We saw a grey shark and a blacktip shark whilst we were hooked in
As we drove through the northern sheltered part of the atoll we saw a pod of spinner dolpins apparently practising their jumps and spins. They kept leaping out of the water without swimming anywhere in particular. Very entertaining!
Dive 3
THIS SITE WAS WONDERFUL THIS AFTERNOON WITH A DRAMATIC WALL COVERED IN GORGONIAS AND PURPLE SEAFANS, MANY GREEN TURTLES (SOME WHICH WERE NOT SO SHY OF DIVERS EITHER!) PLUS TWO SLEEPING NURSE SHARKS IN THE BACK OF THE CAVE, A BEARDED SCORPIONFISH, A PHYLLIDIOPSIS SHIRINAE GREEN NUDIBRANCH, A FEW HAWKSBILL TURTLES AND THE REALLY BEAUTIFUL SHALLOW REEF FULL OF ANTHIAS AND DANSELS OF ALL TYPES
Day 4
Exploring the deep caves in the north of Addu atoll Maldives
Dive 1
Bow tour of British Loyalty wreck via the spare propeller on the sea bed and the collapsed tower and the accomodation areas to the winch and solidified anchor chains. We came back along the starboard rail and found "Burberry" patterned reef pipefish, Amboin shimp next to a carpet anemone, a Bruuni shrimp cleaning s rock cod, a devil scorpionfish, a huge mappa puffer etc.
Dive 2
Gentler current so we were able to enjoy the outside reef and watch a few white tip and grey sharks cruising around on the front of the channel plus all the black and white snappers. We drifted in over the coral covered ridge and there were plenty of reef fish plus schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers. The titan triggerfish were also getting feisty!
Dive 3
Ocean reef with interesting topography. We drifted over a ridge of hard corals interespersed with many leather corals and seafans. We saw a large school of big eye jacks plus a sleeping MANGROVE WHIPRAY amongst the coral blocks and patch reef of the coral garden. In the shallows were acres of hard coral especially Echinopora pacificus, looking like extra- large pale pink cabbage roses. We saw a milk fish, many chromis and blue-pectoral finned humbug damsels amongst the acroporas
Day 5
Schools of snappers are common in the Maldives. Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
There was an out current in the channel so we rode the drift to the coral blocks on the front of the channel where the current dropped off allowing us to explore the large porites formations which seemed to have many reef fish cleaning around. There were a couple of Giant barracudas plus a large school of big eye jacks tightly packed. Along the front were sleeping white tip sharks and brownmarbled groupers. The reef top here has superb hard corals and we saw a couple of Napoleon wrasses, powderblue tangs at cleaning stations, many chromis and Evans and Cooper's anthias.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the equator on the way
Dive 2
Lovely thila with large coral blocks on slope interspersed with large orange seafans which continued down the wall to 35m+.There were lots of nice "finds" including two yellow leaf fish, several elegant squat lobsters in the pale mauve and dark purple featherstars, spiny lobsters in a hole, longnose hawkfish posing in seafans, blue tangs being cleaned and pairs of longnose filefish drifting amongst the acroporas
Night Dive
Night dive at the pretty thila with lots of crustacea including freeswimming Bruuni shrimp and large red common crabs or hermit crabs. We also found a Lambis scorpion conch with it's eye peering out at us, small squid, Strombus snail, a yellow leaf fish, tapestry saron shimps and a curious white tip shark following some of the divers
A beautiful Maldives island provided the backdrop for a stunning sunset
Day 6
Huge school of big eye jacks engulfing divers on Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Back to the pretty thila and this time schools of elongate and sleek surgeonfish were hanging out in the water column and large schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers wafted past, occasionally being pursued by large dogtooth tunas. A little yellow leaf fish had joined one of the adults and there were millions of yellow-purple Evan's anthias pulsating in the Pavona coral area whilst a little grey reef shark cruised around
Dive 2
Out-current drift. It was very fuzzy in the channel but there were several white tip sharks resting on the bottom as we drifted past. On the corner were many anthias and schools of fusiliers but we had to work quite hard against an eddy until we picked up the small longshore. On the ridge were hundreds of pyramid butterflyfish plus groupers and other reef fish and a school of dogtooth tunas cruised past. The ocean reef here is lovely with lots of ledges and a steep dropoff. We saw several green turtles and a couple of Napoleon wrasses
Dive 3
Long channel drift through a valley of corals and large coral blocks along the reef slope. We passed a large FEATHERTAIL RAY and then we sighted several hawksbill and green turtles on the channel front. There was a cold, up-welling, layer on the channel front and the coral blocks were covered in different reefish including several soldierfish varieties and bulls eyes.The shallow reef slope was covered in small acroporas, many with spotted trapezia crabs nestling amongst the fingers of coral
Cocktails on top deck as we watched a beautiful yellow ,then gold, then pink, sunset.
Day 7
Large feathertail ray hiding in sand from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk out-current drift passing several green turtles including a GIANT MALE GREEN TURTLE who stared at us wondering what the fuss was about! A few white tip sharks buzzed around on the channel front and then we investigated the ledges on the front where we found a leaf fish, a (rare) white faced moray, Lysmata shrimps cleaning moray and anthias, and several more hawksbill and green turtles passed us by.
Dive 2
TWO ZEBRA SHARKS! ONE LYING INSIDE THE CHANEL AND THE SECOND ON THE CHANNEL FRONT. So cute! There were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current nearby cleaning stations on the channel front, a white tip shark slleping in a coral block, a pair of white leaf fishes, several green turtles, and the whole crest of the reef was smothered in pulsing anthias
Dive 3
Surprise in-current but rather bad visibility. A ZEBRA SHARK was resting on the corner and then there were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current oin the middle of the channel. We had a swim back to the reef slope and then a gentle drift in over huhe porites coral blocks full of reef fish and several large groupers, several turtles, orange soft corals a scholls of big dogtooth tunas and several large jobfish. The reef top is spectacular!
Day 8
Sleeping Zebra shark, such a pretty animal. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An out-current this time which reversed to an in-current half way through the dive! The reef slope is smothered in large orange seafans and orange schleronepthia plus pastel nepthia soft corals. We found a PAIR OF ZEBRA SHARKS sleeping together and they did not get disturbed! Beautiful! There were several large green turtles, schools of midnight and red snappers, bannerfish, a juvenile bi-colour parrotfish and the upper reef was covered in millions of different chromis, damsels and anthias
Dive 2
Pretty thila with many coral blocks full of glassfish and juvenile cardinals, plus black corals and many colour types of acabaria (yellow, white, orange, brown, pink etc.). There were many different coloured magnificent anemones. Large schools of rainbow runners swept past and the NW area of the reef was covered in blue stripe snappers. We found leaf fish, red groupers, Maldives blennoes and many sand perch. Great site.
Dive 3
Laid-back drift dive along long coral ridge extending from coral garden near a sandbank. There were many glassfish filled coral blocks and just so many fusiliers and surgeonfish. The coral garden had table corals with every type of damsels inclusing the super-cute black and white striped humbugs and blue-highlighted indian dascyllus, also several leaf fish, pink-bar gobies etc.
Beautiful remote reef where we watched a stunning pink and orange sunset
Day 9
White tip shark resting in sand from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Remote thila with deep sides and there were several grey sharks cruising the current point plus a spotted eagle ray and many rainbow runners dashing around. This is always a great macro site and we found Amboin shrimps next to a mustard-yellow adhesive anemone, a pink plus two white leaf fishes, a blue ribbon eel, several lysmata shrimp cleaning morals plus all the regular reef fish
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef with extensive thilas covered in hard corals and reef fish. We found a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK and schools of black and white snappers plus ~12 male white tip sharks chasing a female in courtship. We had a fast drift into the channel passing an EAGLE RAY and a very friendly hawksbill turtle. Fun to fly!
Dive 3
A drift over a reef slope past several large coral blocks and with an interesting topography. The eastern end of the reef was smothered in glassfish and juvenile cardinals with many small groupers in attendance. W found a juvenile oriental swetlips, yellow cube-like box fish, indian bannerfish etc. The north side has a huge coral garden with hard corals extending forever. Beautiful!
Evening Activity
Ashore to explore an uninhabited island with a lovely beach and lots of crabs!
Day 10
Diver with green turtle from Mv Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Fishorama thia! Just so many BIG EYE JACKS swirling around and around the reef, surely they get dizzy! Plus the reeftop was covered by hundreds (if not thousands!) of crescent tailed big eyes plus at the current point were fusiliers and mackerel scads and all the fish were terribly excited. The reef tiop is a magnificent coral garden A MONSTER GIANT BARRACUDA cruised over the top to check out what all the fuss was about.
Dive 2
Easy drift on inside of channels with so many GREEN TURTLES! Both sleepy ones and fireworks! There were also two white tip sharks hiding under big coral block . On the channel front was a large school of Forster's barracudas plus a couple of grey sharks and more white tips sleeping in sandy patches or buzzing along the front. There are large schools of bluestripe snappers, humpback snappers, raccoon and collared butterflyfish hovering over the extensive hard corals on the channel corner
Dive 3
The visibility was "atmospheric" on the channel front but there was plenty of ACTION. We saw A GIANT BARRCUDA (A MONSTER!) SEVERAL ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, A GROUP OF CHASE-COURTING WHITE TIP SHARKS, A LARGE SCHOOL OF AGITATED BIG-EYE JACKS, ENORMOUS TUNAS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS AND A LARGE MAPPA PUFFER. wE ENDED THE DIVE AMONGST THE SCHOOLS OF FISH ON THE CORNER PLUS THE USUAL NUMEROUS GREEN TURTLES.
Day 11
So many BIG EYE CRESCENT TAILS they fill the screen. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A STRONG out-current in the channel so we flew along, only just managing to stop to see a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK. There was a nurse shark in the big block but too strong current for most to stop and look. We passed several confused-looking green turtles too! There was a cold clear water counter current on the channel front and several white tip sharks and many midnight snappers. We slowly swam back to the south reef and all the lovely schools of fish and yet more turtles.
Dive 2
Changed site as the current was so strong! We whizzed along the reef admiring (and avoiding) the table corals as we flew past a beautiful coral garden. No stop until we reached the end of the reef and had some back eddys to slow us down. Nice hawksbill turtle, huge starry puffer and lovely blue-green chromis bouncing in the corals, fusiliers etc.
Afternoon visit to remote sandbank for swimming and snorkelling
Day 12
Blue-green chromis buzzing in the water colum from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Guest Transfer
All the divers transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for their domestic flights to Male' and onward international flights
Day 13
Sandbank island with many sooty terns and MC Sea Spirit in the background
Sea Spirit SS446
28 Sep 2014 to 10 Oct 2014
Equatorial Far South - Huvadhoo/Foammulah/Gan Addu (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and then travelled via a domestic flight from male' to Kadhedhdhoo in Huvadhoo atoll. We met the arriving guest and transferred to Sea Spirit, waiting outside the airport nearby a reef which we used for the check dive
Dive 1
Easy check dive on large shallow giri with many yellowback and neon fusiliers meandering around the reef top and a coral slope down to coral blocks in sand slope. We found several Maldives sponge snails, a tiger cowrie, yellow soapfish, longnose filefish, milk fish, yellow gobies in table corals. The star was a HUGE spotted pufferfish.
Guest Transfer
Second late evening pick up of arriving guests to Kadhedhdhoo airport
Day 1
Giant pufferfish seen during the check dive on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Pretty coral garden site with the deeper blocks full of glassfish and juvenile tiger cardinals. We saw at least three species of goatfish, a beuatiful little yellow spotted boxfish, dogtooth tunas, and gaafish chasing schools of baitfish over lovely large coral blocks in the shallows
Dive 2
Out-current drift in channel where were saw several ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, a ZEBRA SHARK,SEVERAL LARGE GREEN TURTLES, BLACK RIBBON EELS, white tip and BLACKTIP sharks and on the outside were buzzed by black jacks and we just enjoyed the lovely reef buzzing with Coopers and Evan's anthias
Dive 3
Back to the great channel for more ribbontail rays, lovely green turtles, then three GREY SHARKS hanging out at cleaning stations on the channel front. There were groupers of all sizes amongst the beautiful coral blocks and nepthia and schleronepthia soft corals of all colours plus a smallscale scorpionfish, a cheeky black cheek moray and two spider conch shells with large hairy hermit crabs
Day 2
Round ribbontail ray from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We dived the north ocean reef corner in rather a strong current. On the channel front were white tip and grey sharks and then a single LARGE MOBULA (Mobula kuhli) which soared above our heads and just hung in the current. WE continued onto the outside where there were many green turtles on the reef top plus many spotfin squirrelfish and dense schools of Coopers anthias.
Dive 2
We enjoyed the beautiful orange soft coral and seafan surrounded coral blocks with several green turtles, many snappers and some more friendly hawksbill turtles. There were several grey sharks plus another blacktip shark on the channel front, probably on cleaning stations. The outside reef is good for macro and we found banded and Bruuni cleaner shrimps, and a green leaf fish. There was also a lovely mappa puffer.
Dive 3
Steady out current and we found white tips and a ZEBRA SHARK in the channel and then several GREY SHARKS at cleaning stations on the front plus three male white tip sharks chasing a female shark. There was also an eagle ray plus lots of lovely black saddle coral groupers and white spotted groupers amongst the blocks and table corals.
Evening Activity
A couple of guests went ashore to visit the local village
Day 3
Beautiful large green turtle from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A fairly brisk drift along the orange soft coral decorated channel wall with lots of pink and orange sea fans. We found round ribbontail rays, hawksbill turtles, white tip sharks plus enjoyed huge porites blocks covered in bluestripe snappers and gold spot emperors. On the ocean reef are many large magnifica anemones in a variety of colours with their beautiful residents: the Maldives clownfish.
Dawn had remained on Sea Spirit and as they were travelling through the channel on the way to anchorage saw a little WHALE SHARK!!!
Dive 2
We descended stright onto two EAGLE RAYS and two ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS! We drifted and found another huge, pregnant, ribbontail ray, and then found two NURSE SHARKS hiding under a big coral block. There were a few wite tips cruising about the chanel front and just so many blue stripe snappers, humpbacks, racoon butterflyfish and several hawksbill turtles up in the shallows
Dive 3
Channel drift on the north side of the channel, the visibility was a little challenging and although there were many barracudas, they were hard to see. A large porites block was smothered in soldierfish and goldspots plus a few oriental sweetlips. We found quite a few very large green turtles up in the shallows.
Day 4
Sleeping Zebra Shark, MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Smaller current with some pressure ocean-side and mixed water with some cold water on the front. The Forster's barracudas were schooling on the front and there was also a school of black and white snappers, but otherwise rather quiet. On the s-corner the schools of blue stripes had massed, forming a huge school and the powder blue tangs were making courtship dances!
Dive 2
Laid back reef dive over deep coral blocks and an ocean facing reef slope. It was a little quiet today but we found a yelow papillae flatworm, a small anemone shrimp (P. inornatus)and the reef top was busy with anthias plus midnight snappers and many rudderfish over lovely hard corals
Dive 3
WOW! AMAZING SCHOOLS OF BIG-EYE JACKS SWIRLING AROUND THIS THILA DROP-OFF AND SCOOTING UP AND DOWN THE REEF WHILST ENGULFING DIVERS. THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF RED/PINK/SILVER CRESCENT TAILED- BIG EYES ON THE STUNNING TOP REEF PLUS INDIAN AND BROWNMARBLED GROUPERS, AN EAGLE RAY, GIANT BARRACUDAS, NAPOLEON WRASSES AND SOME OF THE VERY BEST HARD CORAL IN THE MALDIVES!
Evening Activity
Visit to uninhabited island whilst a rather ominous cloud blew in. A few hours later we experienced a bad squall and had to move anchorage.
Day 5
Big eye crescent tals at Y-thila from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Eagle rays and round ribbontail rays in the channel then large schools of Forster's barracudas, chevrons, big eye jacks and black and white snappers on the channel front plus a couple of sleepy white tips and a black tip. Shallow,on the corner, were raccoon and collared butterflyfish
We passed by a huge school of spinner dolphins. There were mothers with calves and lots swam over to ride the bow wave of Sea Spirit. Beautiful!
Dive 2
Rather a brisk longshore current so dive was not as planned! We ended up drifting quickly along the chnannel front and then along the ocean facing reef. We saw a few grey sharks, green turtles and many guineafowl puffers plus a few porcupinefish.
Dive 3
Such a pretty site with so mant magnificent anemones in so many colours. There were 4 spearing mantis shrimps over deeper blocks and really lovely coral. The photographers loved this one!
Day 6
Maldives anemone fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Out- current drift with beautiful coral blocks, seafans and soft corals, we passed a few sleeping white tips and green turtles. On the atoll edge were large coral blocks full of reef fish and another overhang with a sleeping turtle. A very beautiful reef.
Dive 2
A small out current so we drifted out of channel, along the front and along the south ocean reef past two large round ribbontail rays, white tip sharks, turtles, swirling big eye jacks, big eye emperors, plus a areef smothered in anthias and chromis with extensive areas of green cylinder porites
Snorkelling
1000+ MELON HEADED WHALES IN A GIANT SUPER-POD WITH A FEW INDOPACIFIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS AROUND THE MAIN SCHOOL. THEY WERE CHILLING OUT AND WHEN WE DROVE THE DHONI TOWARDS THEM THEY PORPOISED OVER AND RODE THE BOW WAVE, BUT SO MANY-THERE WERE AT LEAST 50 ANIMALS UNDER THE BOW. WE TRIED A SNORKEL AND GOT A GOOD VIEW BUT THEN WERE JONED BY SEVERAL SILKY SHARKS SO WE GOT OUT. WE MANAGED A DHONI SNORKEL-TOW TOO. A TOTALLY AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dive 3
A pretty thila with lots of orange and pink seafans and many coral blocks surrounded by sand. In the large pavona coral we found a very large STONEFISH, a few spiny lobsters plus Bruuni shrimp cleaning rock cods, two yellow leaf fish, elegant squat lobsters in the featherstars, several groupers
Night Dive
Back to the thila for a night dive where we found a spiny lobster out and about, lots of langoustine shrimps plus a furry legged Saron shrimp, a large hermit crab in a turban shell with two anemones decoring the shell, an unidentified white with blue-stripes flatworm, a pair of Coriocella nigra sponge snails mating, conus snails plus several large scorpion conches and a pink smallscale scorpionfish
Beautiful sunset over idyllc Maldives island
Day 7
Melon headed whales. An awesone experience from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at the pretty thila this time with a busy current point with a school of mixed fusiliers and mackerels with a grey shark and a couple of large dogtooth tunas in pursuit. Deep over the wall were many large pink seafans and schools of bluestripe snappers plus a couple of juvenile longfin batfish. We also found a yellow and a green leaf fish, spiny lobsters, the stonefish, a baby bi-colour parrotfish and so many small fish bouncing around in the coral plus shools of Sgt Majors buzzing up and down the reef
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Addu atoll passing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
A very small current along this ocean reef and the fish all seemed a little dozy! WE saw a couple of greys sharks and white tip charks cruising around plus so much beautiful coral so we just enjoyed a chilled dive. Up in the shalows we found schools of rudderfish, midnight snappers and Napoleon wrasses cruising about
Dive 3
Scenic dive to catch the golden sunlight at the end of the day at a shallow thila site where we saw a lots of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs marauding around the reef, black sea urchins, Graeffe's sea cucumbers spawning, giant conch anad scorpion spider shells, featherstars opening and going walkabout etc.
Movie night: A Life Aquatic
Day 8
Divers explore beautiful coral reef from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
HURRAH!!!! 7 beautiful mantas were already at the cleaning station and so much fun with them so close! They were busy just hanging out and also being cleaned and didn't seem too bothered by our presence. There were also a little eagle ray who looked like he thought he was a manta plus all the usual reef fish hanging around the reef
Dive 2
Stern tour of the British Loyalty wreck via the bomb hole and the main engine hold, to the propeller and then back along the deck to the bow where were found several large Ptereolidia nudibranchs, reef pipefish, Psmanthe shrimps and many little lemon gobies in the table corals
Dive 3
An easy drift over coral blocks with sweetlips, soldierfish and snappers. We found an anemone shrimp in a carpet anemone, several green turtles, a FEATHERTAIL RAY etc.
Presentation on manta ray ecology and behaviour
Day 9
The beautiful manta rays of Addu atoll from Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
11 Beautiful MANTA RAYS TODAY and oh, so close and fun! Jason and Von mantas were happily bubble bathing above divers but most were just happy hanging out and playing with divers. A very memorable dive ;-)
Dive 2
This exposed ocean reef was FISHORAMA TODAY with large schools of big eye jacks and red and black and white snappers plus a feathertail ray, white tips etc. At the ridge we saw several GIANT BARRACUDAS, THEN SEVERAL EAGLE RAYS THEN MANY GREY SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT! WOW!
Dive 3
Several green turtles, plus goldfinger dart pompanos, jobfish and bluefin jacks along this steep ocean reef wall and then a lovely reef top with purple and yellow soft corals plus excellent hard coral and all varieties of reef fish including a leaf fish, longnose filefish and arch eye hawkfish
Day 10
So many grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift with 3-4 GREY REEF SHARKS around the front of the channel plus a school of barred jacks tucked in on the reef and some white tip sharks plus Napoleons and snappers of various types up in the water column. There were 3 MANTA RAYS waiting for us with many of our friends including Curly tail and Mrs T. They were exceedingly friendly with us today!
Dive 2
Only Mrs T manta to play with but she was just so very friendly and checked out each of the divers in turn and had a bubble batch and intermittently was cleaning too. Also the spotty little eagle ray and a white tip
Dive 3
Shelterd site with coral blocks full of maldives cleaner shrimps and juvenile cardinals down a sand slope then dense coral with schools of 2-spot and blue-stripe snappers etc. Schools of rufferfish and black and white snappers plus many reef fish in the shallow coral garden too!
Night Dive
At night the shrimps and crabs started to come out and we found a large decorator crab, Psmanthe and Bruuni shrimps in the black corals, tiny squat lobsters and trapezia crabs in most of the large table corals plus sleeping goatfish and parrotfish and a well camouflaged scorpionfish. The polyps of the soft corals were extended and there were featherstars opening up and moving.
Day 11
Mrs T was superfiendly today and very curious,from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Just one manta for the whole dive but so lovely to see. We also saw a blacktip, grey shark and white tip sharks plus he little eagle ray
Dive 2
A SILVERTIP SHARK circled several times as we drifted along the front of this channel corner site. There were several large dogtooth tunas plus a grey shark and then a drift in over the channel bottom, covered in large coral formations. We found a few turtles and there were lots of nice reef fish plus a long segmented worm.
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to Gan and Feydhoo islands to visit the WW2 memorial and walk along the causeway.
Day 12
A silvertip shark entertained us on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests had a relaxing morning onboard and then transferred to Gan airport for the domestic flight back to Male'
Day 13
Beautiful sunset over MV Sea Spirit at Hithadhoo island in Huvadhoo
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and then travelled via a domestic flight from male' to Kadhedhdhoo in Huvadhoo atoll. We met the arriving guest and transferred to Sea Spirit, waiting outside the airport nearby a reef which we used for the check dive
Dive 1
Easy check dive on large shallow giri with many yellowback and neon fusiliers meandering around the reef top and a coral slope down to coral blocks in sand slope. We found several Maldives sponge snails, a tiger cowrie, yellow soapfish, longnose filefish, milk fish, yellow gobies in table corals. The star was a HUGE spotted pufferfish.
Guest Transfer
Second late evening pick up of arriving guests to Kadhedhdhoo airport
Day 1
Giant pufferfish seen during the check dive on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Pretty coral garden site with the deeper blocks full of glassfish and juvenile tiger cardinals. We saw at least three species of goatfish, a beuatiful little yellow spotted boxfish, dogtooth tunas, and gaafish chasing schools of baitfish over lovely large coral blocks in the shallows
Dive 2
Out-current drift in channel where were saw several ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, a ZEBRA SHARK,SEVERAL LARGE GREEN TURTLES, BLACK RIBBON EELS, white tip and BLACKTIP sharks and on the outside were buzzed by black jacks and we just enjoyed the lovely reef buzzing with Coopers and Evan's anthias
Dive 3
Back to the great channel for more ribbontail rays, lovely green turtles, then three GREY SHARKS hanging out at cleaning stations on the channel front. There were groupers of all sizes amongst the beautiful coral blocks and nepthia and schleronepthia soft corals of all colours plus a smallscale scorpionfish, a cheeky black cheek moray and two spider conch shells with large hairy hermit crabs
Day 2
Round ribbontail ray from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We dived the north ocean reef corner in rather a strong current. On the channel front were white tip and grey sharks and then a single LARGE MOBULA (Mobula kuhli) which soared above our heads and just hung in the current. WE continued onto the outside where there were many green turtles on the reef top plus many spotfin squirrelfish and dense schools of Coopers anthias.
Dive 2
We enjoyed the beautiful orange soft coral and seafan surrounded coral blocks with several green turtles, many snappers and some more friendly hawksbill turtles. There were several grey sharks plus another blacktip shark on the channel front, probably on cleaning stations. The outside reef is good for macro and we found banded and Bruuni cleaner shrimps, and a green leaf fish. There was also a lovely mappa puffer.
Dive 3
Steady out current and we found white tips and a ZEBRA SHARK in the channel and then several GREY SHARKS at cleaning stations on the front plus three male white tip sharks chasing a female shark. There was also an eagle ray plus lots of lovely black saddle coral groupers and white spotted groupers amongst the blocks and table corals.
Evening Activity
A couple of guests went ashore to visit the local village
Day 3
Beautiful large green turtle from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A fairly brisk drift along the orange soft coral decorated channel wall with lots of pink and orange sea fans. We found round ribbontail rays, hawksbill turtles, white tip sharks plus enjoyed huge porites blocks covered in bluestripe snappers and gold spot emperors. On the ocean reef are many large magnifica anemones in a variety of colours with their beautiful residents: the Maldives clownfish.
Dawn had remained on Sea Spirit and as they were travelling through the channel on the way to anchorage saw a little WHALE SHARK!!!
Dive 2
We descended stright onto two EAGLE RAYS and two ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS! We drifted and found another huge, pregnant, ribbontail ray, and then found two NURSE SHARKS hiding under a big coral block. There were a few wite tips cruising about the chanel front and just so many blue stripe snappers, humpbacks, racoon butterflyfish and several hawksbill turtles up in the shallows
Dive 3
Channel drift on the north side of the channel, the visibility was a little challenging and although there were many barracudas, they were hard to see. A large porites block was smothered in soldierfish and goldspots plus a few oriental sweetlips. We found quite a few very large green turtles up in the shallows.
Day 4
Sleeping Zebra Shark, MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Smaller current with some pressure ocean-side and mixed water with some cold water on the front. The Forster's barracudas were schooling on the front and there was also a school of black and white snappers, but otherwise rather quiet. On the s-corner the schools of blue stripes had massed, forming a huge school and the powder blue tangs were making courtship dances!
Dive 2
Laid back reef dive over deep coral blocks and an ocean facing reef slope. It was a little quiet today but we found a yelow papillae flatworm, a small anemone shrimp (P. inornatus)and the reef top was busy with anthias plus midnight snappers and many rudderfish over lovely hard corals
Dive 3
WOW! AMAZING SCHOOLS OF BIG-EYE JACKS SWIRLING AROUND THIS THILA DROP-OFF AND SCOOTING UP AND DOWN THE REEF WHILST ENGULFING DIVERS. THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF RED/PINK/SILVER CRESCENT TAILED- BIG EYES ON THE STUNNING TOP REEF PLUS INDIAN AND BROWNMARBLED GROUPERS, AN EAGLE RAY, GIANT BARRACUDAS, NAPOLEON WRASSES AND SOME OF THE VERY BEST HARD CORAL IN THE MALDIVES!
Evening Activity
Visit to uninhabited island whilst a rather ominous cloud blew in. A few hours later we experienced a bad squall and had to move anchorage.
Day 5
Big eye crescent tals at Y-thila from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Eagle rays and round ribbontail rays in the channel then large schools of Forster's barracudas, chevrons, big eye jacks and black and white snappers on the channel front plus a couple of sleepy white tips and a black tip. Shallow,on the corner, were raccoon and collared butterflyfish
We passed by a huge school of spinner dolphins. There were mothers with calves and lots swam over to ride the bow wave of Sea Spirit. Beautiful!
Dive 2
Rather a brisk longshore current so dive was not as planned! We ended up drifting quickly along the chnannel front and then along the ocean facing reef. We saw a few grey sharks, green turtles and many guineafowl puffers plus a few porcupinefish.
Dive 3
Such a pretty site with so mant magnificent anemones in so many colours. There were 4 spearing mantis shrimps over deeper blocks and really lovely coral. The photographers loved this one!
Day 6
Maldives anemone fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Out- current drift with beautiful coral blocks, seafans and soft corals, we passed a few sleeping white tips and green turtles. On the atoll edge were large coral blocks full of reef fish and another overhang with a sleeping turtle. A very beautiful reef.
Dive 2
A small out current so we drifted out of channel, along the front and along the south ocean reef past two large round ribbontail rays, white tip sharks, turtles, swirling big eye jacks, big eye emperors, plus a areef smothered in anthias and chromis with extensive areas of green cylinder porites
Snorkelling
1000+ MELON HEADED WHALES IN A GIANT SUPER-POD WITH A FEW INDOPACIFIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS AROUND THE MAIN SCHOOL. THEY WERE CHILLING OUT AND WHEN WE DROVE THE DHONI TOWARDS THEM THEY PORPOISED OVER AND RODE THE BOW WAVE, BUT SO MANY-THERE WERE AT LEAST 50 ANIMALS UNDER THE BOW. WE TRIED A SNORKEL AND GOT A GOOD VIEW BUT THEN WERE JONED BY SEVERAL SILKY SHARKS SO WE GOT OUT. WE MANAGED A DHONI SNORKEL-TOW TOO. A TOTALLY AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dive 3
A pretty thila with lots of orange and pink seafans and many coral blocks surrounded by sand. In the large pavona coral we found a very large STONEFISH, a few spiny lobsters plus Bruuni shrimp cleaning rock cods, two yellow leaf fish, elegant squat lobsters in the featherstars, several groupers
Night Dive
Back to the thila for a night dive where we found a spiny lobster out and about, lots of langoustine shrimps plus a furry legged Saron shrimp, a large hermit crab in a turban shell with two anemones decoring the shell, an unidentified white with blue-stripes flatworm, a pair of Coriocella nigra sponge snails mating, conus snails plus several large scorpion conches and a pink smallscale scorpionfish
Beautiful sunset over idyllc Maldives island
Day 7
Melon headed whales. An awesone experience from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at the pretty thila this time with a busy current point with a school of mixed fusiliers and mackerels with a grey shark and a couple of large dogtooth tunas in pursuit. Deep over the wall were many large pink seafans and schools of bluestripe snappers plus a couple of juvenile longfin batfish. We also found a yellow and a green leaf fish, spiny lobsters, the stonefish, a baby bi-colour parrotfish and so many small fish bouncing around in the coral plus shools of Sgt Majors buzzing up and down the reef
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Addu atoll passing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
A very small current along this ocean reef and the fish all seemed a little dozy! WE saw a couple of greys sharks and white tip charks cruising around plus so much beautiful coral so we just enjoyed a chilled dive. Up in the shalows we found schools of rudderfish, midnight snappers and Napoleon wrasses cruising about
Dive 3
Scenic dive to catch the golden sunlight at the end of the day at a shallow thila site where we saw a lots of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs marauding around the reef, black sea urchins, Graeffe's sea cucumbers spawning, giant conch anad scorpion spider shells, featherstars opening and going walkabout etc.
Movie night: A Life Aquatic
Day 8
Divers explore beautiful coral reef from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
HURRAH!!!! 7 beautiful mantas were already at the cleaning station and so much fun with them so close! They were busy just hanging out and also being cleaned and didn't seem too bothered by our presence. There were also a little eagle ray who looked like he thought he was a manta plus all the usual reef fish hanging around the reef
Dive 2
Stern tour of the British Loyalty wreck via the bomb hole and the main engine hold, to the propeller and then back along the deck to the bow where were found several large Ptereolidia nudibranchs, reef pipefish, Psmanthe shrimps and many little lemon gobies in the table corals
Dive 3
An easy drift over coral blocks with sweetlips, soldierfish and snappers. We found an anemone shrimp in a carpet anemone, several green turtles, a FEATHERTAIL RAY etc.
Presentation on manta ray ecology and behaviour
Day 9
The beautiful manta rays of Addu atoll from Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
11 Beautiful MANTA RAYS TODAY and oh, so close and fun! Jason and Von mantas were happily bubble bathing above divers but most were just happy hanging out and playing with divers. A very memorable dive ;-)
Dive 2
This exposed ocean reef was FISHORAMA TODAY with large schools of big eye jacks and red and black and white snappers plus a feathertail ray, white tips etc. At the ridge we saw several GIANT BARRACUDAS, THEN SEVERAL EAGLE RAYS THEN MANY GREY SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT! WOW!
Dive 3
Several green turtles, plus goldfinger dart pompanos, jobfish and bluefin jacks along this steep ocean reef wall and then a lovely reef top with purple and yellow soft corals plus excellent hard coral and all varieties of reef fish including a leaf fish, longnose filefish and arch eye hawkfish
Day 10
So many grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift with 3-4 GREY REEF SHARKS around the front of the channel plus a school of barred jacks tucked in on the reef and some white tip sharks plus Napoleons and snappers of various types up in the water column. There were 3 MANTA RAYS waiting for us with many of our friends including Curly tail and Mrs T. They were exceedingly friendly with us today!
Dive 2
Only Mrs T manta to play with but she was just so very friendly and checked out each of the divers in turn and had a bubble batch and intermittently was cleaning too. Also the spotty little eagle ray and a white tip
Dive 3
Shelterd site with coral blocks full of maldives cleaner shrimps and juvenile cardinals down a sand slope then dense coral with schools of 2-spot and blue-stripe snappers etc. Schools of rufferfish and black and white snappers plus many reef fish in the shallow coral garden too!
Night Dive
At night the shrimps and crabs started to come out and we found a large decorator crab, Psmanthe and Bruuni shrimps in the black corals, tiny squat lobsters and trapezia crabs in most of the large table corals plus sleeping goatfish and parrotfish and a well camouflaged scorpionfish. The polyps of the soft corals were extended and there were featherstars opening up and moving.
Day 11
Mrs T was superfiendly today and very curious,from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Just one manta for the whole dive but so lovely to see. We also saw a blacktip, grey shark and white tip sharks plus he little eagle ray
Dive 2
A SILVERTIP SHARK circled several times as we drifted along the front of this channel corner site. There were several large dogtooth tunas plus a grey shark and then a drift in over the channel bottom, covered in large coral formations. We found a few turtles and there were lots of nice reef fish plus a long segmented worm.
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to Gan and Feydhoo islands to visit the WW2 memorial and walk along the causeway.
Day 12
A silvertip shark entertained us on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests had a relaxing morning onboard and then transferred to Gan airport for the domestic flight back to Male'
Day 13
Beautiful sunset over MV Sea Spirit at Hithadhoo island in Huvadhoo
Sea Spirit SS444
31 Aug 2014 to 12 Sep 2014
Equatorial Far South - Huvadhoo/Foammulah/Gan Addu (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived via domestic flight from Male' to Gan, Addu atoll. They transferred to Sea Spirit and we headed off to the north of the atoll
Dive 1
An easy and laid back check dive on this steep ocean reef. We watched a white tip shark cruising the depths, a couple of green turtles up in the shallows a school of rainbow runners checked us out, there was a small school of Forster's barracudas. The shallow reef has really beautiful hard corals buzzing with golden chromis and Evan's anthias
Day 1
Divers above stunning hard corals in the maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely blue water at this exposed ocean reef site with beautiful coral blocks full of reef fish and extensive fields of hard corals in the shalllows. There were several large schools of green cheek parrotfish, schools of black and white snappers, big eye and bluefin jacks, goldfinger darts, rufferfish, milkfish, a murex snail and segmented nudis. There was one sole bumphead parrotfish!
Dive 2
HURRAH! 10+ MANTAS WAITING TO GREET US IN QUITE A BRISK CURRENT. What a lovely dive. PLUS A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS AND A FUNNY LITTLE EAGLE RAY.
Dive 3
Southern ocean reef with lots of large coral blocks. In one we found a HUGE TAWNY NURSE SHARK, in another a large green turtle and a white leaf fish. There were several other green and hawksbill turtles, a porcelain crab, many humpback snappers and yellowback fusiliers plus so many green cheek parrotfish again!
Day 2
Beautiful Maldives Mantarays from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Stern tour of British Loyalty wreck via the bomb hole and the engine room then to the propellor and along the deck to the bow. The visibility was fair and we could see to the sandy bottom and the extra propellor. The black corals had many psamanthe shrimps and we found some large Pterolidia nudibranchs plus pipefish and lots of longfin batfish of varying sizes
Dive 2
A lovely show with ~5 manta busying themselves at the cleaning station and another 4 in the channel passing through several times. It was a completely different crowd of mantas to yesterday!
Dive 3
A strong in-flowing current so dived the channel corner where there were several grey sharks and a large school of barred jacks on the channel front, but pinned down deep by the strong current. As we drifted in we saw many Napoleons plus several large black saddled coral groupers, camouflage and masked groupers
Night Dive
A quieter night dive than expected but Steve used his special flourescent lights and got some remarkable results on his video of corals and soft corals at night. Bansi found a huge red hermit crab Dardanus megistos
Day 3
Reef buzzing with golden chromis seen from MV sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Wide channel ocean reef corner with a small in-current, but not much action today with sighting restricted to smaller creatures. We found a spearing mantis shrimp, a juvenile razor wrasse, a Pontonides shrimp on a whip coral, a beautiful juvenile oriental sweetlips and a shy octopus. AFTER THE DIVE WE WERE TREATED TO AN AMAZING SPINNER DOLPHIN SHOW AS ~200 DOLPHNS FROLICKED INSIDE THE CHANNEL LEAPING AND SPINNING AND CHASING THE DHONI
Dive 2
Tuftee the pale manta gave us a nice show whilst she busied herself being cleaned as she swam up the reef and closely inspected the divers. Paulette and Incognito mantas were also there but being a little more discreet. The small eagle ray who thinks she is a manta was there as were a couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
A channel corner drift over large porites massives with many seafans including some impressive black/dark red ones. We found a pair of baby white tip sharks under a block, tunas cruised the channel front and then there were many Napoleons, sweetlips and large groupers around the blocks (i.e. lots of BIG fish!). Inside there are many shallow blocks buzzing with anthias and the regular reef fish and a few hawksbill turtles at the back of the reef, probably hiding from the current!
Day 4
Tawny nurse shark sleeping under overhang from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No mantas at the block so we made a drift dive on the ocean reef sighting a couple of grey sharks along the drop-off and several eagle rays up in the shallows. This is a really beautiful reef with large coral "statues" which are cleaning stations for reef fish. There were schools of black & white snappers, sleek surgeonfish, so many golden chromis, blue tangs etc.
Dive 2
Beautiful ocean reef with huge coral blocks cascading down the reef slope: home to every type of reef fish. TWO MANTAS CRUISED UP AND DOWN THE REEF SEVERAL TIMES, LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STOP OR JUST CHECKING US OUT? Schools ofsnappers and jacks, white tip sharks sleeping in sand, a leaf fish, big eye emperors, so many soldierfish in every nook and cannie of the reef.
Dive 3
Stunning ocean reef site with vertical wall from 12-50+m and a huge overhang. We found a large green turtle (or two) and drifted past walls smothered in purple wire seafans and pink, yellow and purple soft corals. The sunshine and the excellent visibility made for a superb dive as the current wafted us along the wall. We spent the last 10 minutes right up on the reef top enjoying the beautiful hard corals and the millions of Coopers and Evan's anthias, pyramid and Meyer's butterflyfish etc.
Day 5
Diver above beautiful Acropora corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! A SUPERB LAST DIVE WITH THE MANTAS as we watched a courtship display by 4 males to two large females. Up and down and around and around giving us an acrobatics display. Abigail the huge female is now pregnant, but still attractive to the posse of males following her around. AS we drifted along the channel we saw blacktip, white tip and grey reef sharks and the huge school of barred jacks were whirling around and then made a run for the ocean: whoosh!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Strong current so a fast drop and hang-on the current point before we were whisked along the eastern edge of the reef. We watched dogtooth tunas chasing fusiliers, a couple of grey sharks, a schools of rainbow runners which mobbed divers. The northern side was calmer and we were able to explore and enjoy the coral blocks. There were schools of black and white and red snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, lovely orange sea fans and soft coral so this site regularly gets current!
Night Dive
NEW SITE! An experimental night dive on a shallow thila inside the atoll. The corals were extensive and very beautiful. We saw flashlight fish and soldierfish amongst the corals, a pink coloured tapestry shrimp, a stripy reef lobster, pairs of banded coral shrimps and lots of trapezia crabs and squat lobsters hiding in coral heads.
Day 6
Courting mantas being friendly with us and eachother. MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We travelled a little east to this lovely thila with colourful orange and pink seafans and coral blocks full of reef fish along a sandy plateau. The dogtooth tunas were coralling schools of neon and striped fusiliers off the reef. We found spiny lobsters, another pair of green leaf fish, a block with lots of glassfish concealing a large coral grouper being cleaned by Bruuni shrimps, featherstars with elegant squat lobsters etc.
Dive 2
Hurrah an in-current AND A GREAT SHOW OF GREY SHARKS ON THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL. HARD TO COUNT AS THEY KEPT COMING BUT CERTAINLY 50+ ALSO SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS PLUS HUGE SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS, BARRACUDAS, RAINBOW RUNNERS AND THEN A DRIFT ALONG THE REEF PASSING SEVERAL GREEN TURTLES AND A SLEEPING NURSE SHARK!
Dive 3
Similar conditions and all the above again with LOTS OF GREYS SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS AGAIN. The eagle rays swam underneath us too. There were several large Napoleons on the main reef and we managed to find the green turtles and the nurse shark again. At the end of the dive we sighted a male ribbontail ray chasing a very large female.
Evening Activity
Evening/sunset visit to island of Dhiyadhoo where the village is derserted and has become overgrown by the jungle. There is a beautiful beach on either side of the island.The crew collected some fresh coconuts and made drinks for the guests
Day 7
Golden yellow leaf fish seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Stronger in-current and LOTS OF GREY SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT plus large school of big-eye jacks, a sailfish, giant barracudas, a shark with a broken fin (!) eagle rays and a drift into the channel. Then the heavens opened.
Dive 2
No current! We jumped on the front of the channel amd weaved our way along the front where a few grey sharks were meandering around but there was a huge school of mackerel scads plus lots of dogtooth tunas. The reef front is heavily coralised with lots of ledges and we found several black ribbon eels, sleeping green turtles and many jacks
Dive 3
Quite a strong current pinning the sharks on the front so we just hooked in and watched the show as groups of GREY SHARKS PARADED UP AND DOWN IN FRONT OF US, AND BOBBED AROUND IN THE CURRENT. We had a brisk drift in over beautiful fish-covered coral blocks and found yet more green turtles plus orbicular batfish
Day 8
Divers with a huge school of blue stripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A strong in-current so LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AGAIN on the channel front plus white tips bobbing about and eagle rays. Another brisk drift in over the coral blocks and we found a ribbon tail ray
Dive 2
A small in current but hard work to reach the point where there were lots a grey sharks plus resting white tip sharks, just after the corner. Some divers continued across the front. There was a large school of barracudas too. We found black ribbon eels again, turtles, Napoleons, eagle rays etc. This is always a busy channel with lots of things to see!
Dive 3
Pretty coral garden site. TWO FEATHERTAIL RAYS, ONE VERY LARGE AND LIKELY PREGNANT. Lots of pretty coral island with every kind of chromis and damsel including humbugs, indians, white-bellys, fusilier etc. Many sand gobies peering back ar us, Dracula and pinkbar gobies with their pistol shrimps etc.
Two spinner dolphins were fishing via the big lights at the back of the boat
Day 9
Grey sharks cruising sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Strong eddying current on front of channel LOTS OF GREY SHARKS but dispersed so we had to keep moving around and divers ended up all over the channel! Fast and bumpy drift in where we saw lots of green turtles, ZEBRA SHARK, round ribbontail ray, eagle rays, big groupers, harlequin sweetlips and really nice corals.
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted past large coral blocks and onto the techicolour channel front where huge schools of bluestripe and humpback snapper hung out. A squadron of ~8 EAGLE RAYS were waiting on the channel front and a single one swooped around and around on the corner. There were also schools of Raccoon and collared butterflyfish and both black tip and white tip sharks buzzing around. A swarm of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs swept past
Dive 3
Lovely drift dive past overhangs on the channel front and above huge porites blicks full of snappers and groupers. We briefly hooked on the channel front to watch a few grey sharks saunter past and then drifted in. We found a small, very spotty ZEBRA SHARK resting in a sand area. Other divers found a large one on a ledge amongst the coral. We also found Maldives sponge snails, a leaf fish and a lovely green turtle in the middle of a delicate table coral being cleaned!
Several members of crew went night snorkelling inside the very shallow anchorage
Day 10
Large school of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A HUGE SCHOOL OF BONITOS ENGULFED US ON THE CORNER. WITHIN THE SCHOOL WERE APAIR OF EAGLE RAYS AND A FEW GREY SHARKS! WOW! The current was strng so we hooked in and watched the grey sharks and white tips cruising overhead. The drift into the channel was fast and bouncy but Matt maged to find us TWO sleeping ZEBREA sharks and a round ribbontail ray which all took off down current.
Dive 2
An easy current at this thila site. Only a grey shark and some rainbow runners at depth but a school of yellow-back fusiliers greeted us as we descended. More rainbow runners milled around and visited cleaning stations. THIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD MACRO SITE AND TODAY WE MANAGED TO FIND A BLUE RIBBON EEL, 4X LEAF FISH, AMBOIN, BRUUNI AND LYSMATA CLEANING SHRIMPS
Dive 3
Beautiful coral garden and good macro again. A large, glassfish covered, coral block also contained three leaf fish, a small peacock flounder and a couple or morays. There was a beautiful tiny sailfish tang and another 2cm long baby bi-colour parrotfish. Over the ridge we saw a blacktip sharks and schools of fusiliers and black and white snappers
Quick visit to small sandbank for sunset photos. This one disappears at high tide!
Day 11
Zebra sharks are frequently seen in the far south. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Busy current point at thila with schools of various fusiliers, big eye jacks, crescent-tailed big eyes, mackerel scads and a few tunas. The cola blocks were buzzing with Cooper's anthias. The coral at this site is impressive! We found a Nembrotha cristata nudibranch and just enjoyed the beautiful corals and reef fish
Dive 2
Laid-back final dive at thila with glassfish filled overhangs and coral blocks with schools of yellow goatfish and blue stripe snappers. There was a school of Forster's barracudas and a few dogtooth tunas along the reef side and lots of small groupers and morays on the reef. Bruuni shrimp gave some divers a manicure. We also found an upside down Chromodoris tritos nudi. The top reef is very pretty so a nice way to end the trip
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to an isolated sandbank for a little snorkelling and general messing around in the sea!
Day 12
Tiny white sand sandbank. Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for domestic flight to Male'
Day 13
So many fish! Mv Sea Spirit. Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived via domestic flight from Male' to Gan, Addu atoll. They transferred to Sea Spirit and we headed off to the north of the atoll
Dive 1
An easy and laid back check dive on this steep ocean reef. We watched a white tip shark cruising the depths, a couple of green turtles up in the shallows a school of rainbow runners checked us out, there was a small school of Forster's barracudas. The shallow reef has really beautiful hard corals buzzing with golden chromis and Evan's anthias
Day 1
Divers above stunning hard corals in the maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely blue water at this exposed ocean reef site with beautiful coral blocks full of reef fish and extensive fields of hard corals in the shalllows. There were several large schools of green cheek parrotfish, schools of black and white snappers, big eye and bluefin jacks, goldfinger darts, rufferfish, milkfish, a murex snail and segmented nudis. There was one sole bumphead parrotfish!
Dive 2
HURRAH! 10+ MANTAS WAITING TO GREET US IN QUITE A BRISK CURRENT. What a lovely dive. PLUS A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS AND A FUNNY LITTLE EAGLE RAY.
Dive 3
Southern ocean reef with lots of large coral blocks. In one we found a HUGE TAWNY NURSE SHARK, in another a large green turtle and a white leaf fish. There were several other green and hawksbill turtles, a porcelain crab, many humpback snappers and yellowback fusiliers plus so many green cheek parrotfish again!
Day 2
Beautiful Maldives Mantarays from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Stern tour of British Loyalty wreck via the bomb hole and the engine room then to the propellor and along the deck to the bow. The visibility was fair and we could see to the sandy bottom and the extra propellor. The black corals had many psamanthe shrimps and we found some large Pterolidia nudibranchs plus pipefish and lots of longfin batfish of varying sizes
Dive 2
A lovely show with ~5 manta busying themselves at the cleaning station and another 4 in the channel passing through several times. It was a completely different crowd of mantas to yesterday!
Dive 3
A strong in-flowing current so dived the channel corner where there were several grey sharks and a large school of barred jacks on the channel front, but pinned down deep by the strong current. As we drifted in we saw many Napoleons plus several large black saddled coral groupers, camouflage and masked groupers
Night Dive
A quieter night dive than expected but Steve used his special flourescent lights and got some remarkable results on his video of corals and soft corals at night. Bansi found a huge red hermit crab Dardanus megistos
Day 3
Reef buzzing with golden chromis seen from MV sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Wide channel ocean reef corner with a small in-current, but not much action today with sighting restricted to smaller creatures. We found a spearing mantis shrimp, a juvenile razor wrasse, a Pontonides shrimp on a whip coral, a beautiful juvenile oriental sweetlips and a shy octopus. AFTER THE DIVE WE WERE TREATED TO AN AMAZING SPINNER DOLPHIN SHOW AS ~200 DOLPHNS FROLICKED INSIDE THE CHANNEL LEAPING AND SPINNING AND CHASING THE DHONI
Dive 2
Tuftee the pale manta gave us a nice show whilst she busied herself being cleaned as she swam up the reef and closely inspected the divers. Paulette and Incognito mantas were also there but being a little more discreet. The small eagle ray who thinks she is a manta was there as were a couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
A channel corner drift over large porites massives with many seafans including some impressive black/dark red ones. We found a pair of baby white tip sharks under a block, tunas cruised the channel front and then there were many Napoleons, sweetlips and large groupers around the blocks (i.e. lots of BIG fish!). Inside there are many shallow blocks buzzing with anthias and the regular reef fish and a few hawksbill turtles at the back of the reef, probably hiding from the current!
Day 4
Tawny nurse shark sleeping under overhang from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No mantas at the block so we made a drift dive on the ocean reef sighting a couple of grey sharks along the drop-off and several eagle rays up in the shallows. This is a really beautiful reef with large coral "statues" which are cleaning stations for reef fish. There were schools of black & white snappers, sleek surgeonfish, so many golden chromis, blue tangs etc.
Dive 2
Beautiful ocean reef with huge coral blocks cascading down the reef slope: home to every type of reef fish. TWO MANTAS CRUISED UP AND DOWN THE REEF SEVERAL TIMES, LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STOP OR JUST CHECKING US OUT? Schools ofsnappers and jacks, white tip sharks sleeping in sand, a leaf fish, big eye emperors, so many soldierfish in every nook and cannie of the reef.
Dive 3
Stunning ocean reef site with vertical wall from 12-50+m and a huge overhang. We found a large green turtle (or two) and drifted past walls smothered in purple wire seafans and pink, yellow and purple soft corals. The sunshine and the excellent visibility made for a superb dive as the current wafted us along the wall. We spent the last 10 minutes right up on the reef top enjoying the beautiful hard corals and the millions of Coopers and Evan's anthias, pyramid and Meyer's butterflyfish etc.
Day 5
Diver above beautiful Acropora corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! A SUPERB LAST DIVE WITH THE MANTAS as we watched a courtship display by 4 males to two large females. Up and down and around and around giving us an acrobatics display. Abigail the huge female is now pregnant, but still attractive to the posse of males following her around. AS we drifted along the channel we saw blacktip, white tip and grey reef sharks and the huge school of barred jacks were whirling around and then made a run for the ocean: whoosh!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Strong current so a fast drop and hang-on the current point before we were whisked along the eastern edge of the reef. We watched dogtooth tunas chasing fusiliers, a couple of grey sharks, a schools of rainbow runners which mobbed divers. The northern side was calmer and we were able to explore and enjoy the coral blocks. There were schools of black and white and red snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, lovely orange sea fans and soft coral so this site regularly gets current!
Night Dive
NEW SITE! An experimental night dive on a shallow thila inside the atoll. The corals were extensive and very beautiful. We saw flashlight fish and soldierfish amongst the corals, a pink coloured tapestry shrimp, a stripy reef lobster, pairs of banded coral shrimps and lots of trapezia crabs and squat lobsters hiding in coral heads.
Day 6
Courting mantas being friendly with us and eachother. MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We travelled a little east to this lovely thila with colourful orange and pink seafans and coral blocks full of reef fish along a sandy plateau. The dogtooth tunas were coralling schools of neon and striped fusiliers off the reef. We found spiny lobsters, another pair of green leaf fish, a block with lots of glassfish concealing a large coral grouper being cleaned by Bruuni shrimps, featherstars with elegant squat lobsters etc.
Dive 2
Hurrah an in-current AND A GREAT SHOW OF GREY SHARKS ON THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL. HARD TO COUNT AS THEY KEPT COMING BUT CERTAINLY 50+ ALSO SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS PLUS HUGE SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS, BARRACUDAS, RAINBOW RUNNERS AND THEN A DRIFT ALONG THE REEF PASSING SEVERAL GREEN TURTLES AND A SLEEPING NURSE SHARK!
Dive 3
Similar conditions and all the above again with LOTS OF GREYS SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS AGAIN. The eagle rays swam underneath us too. There were several large Napoleons on the main reef and we managed to find the green turtles and the nurse shark again. At the end of the dive we sighted a male ribbontail ray chasing a very large female.
Evening Activity
Evening/sunset visit to island of Dhiyadhoo where the village is derserted and has become overgrown by the jungle. There is a beautiful beach on either side of the island.The crew collected some fresh coconuts and made drinks for the guests
Day 7
Golden yellow leaf fish seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Stronger in-current and LOTS OF GREY SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT plus large school of big-eye jacks, a sailfish, giant barracudas, a shark with a broken fin (!) eagle rays and a drift into the channel. Then the heavens opened.
Dive 2
No current! We jumped on the front of the channel amd weaved our way along the front where a few grey sharks were meandering around but there was a huge school of mackerel scads plus lots of dogtooth tunas. The reef front is heavily coralised with lots of ledges and we found several black ribbon eels, sleeping green turtles and many jacks
Dive 3
Quite a strong current pinning the sharks on the front so we just hooked in and watched the show as groups of GREY SHARKS PARADED UP AND DOWN IN FRONT OF US, AND BOBBED AROUND IN THE CURRENT. We had a brisk drift in over beautiful fish-covered coral blocks and found yet more green turtles plus orbicular batfish
Day 8
Divers with a huge school of blue stripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A strong in-current so LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AGAIN on the channel front plus white tips bobbing about and eagle rays. Another brisk drift in over the coral blocks and we found a ribbon tail ray
Dive 2
A small in current but hard work to reach the point where there were lots a grey sharks plus resting white tip sharks, just after the corner. Some divers continued across the front. There was a large school of barracudas too. We found black ribbon eels again, turtles, Napoleons, eagle rays etc. This is always a busy channel with lots of things to see!
Dive 3
Pretty coral garden site. TWO FEATHERTAIL RAYS, ONE VERY LARGE AND LIKELY PREGNANT. Lots of pretty coral island with every kind of chromis and damsel including humbugs, indians, white-bellys, fusilier etc. Many sand gobies peering back ar us, Dracula and pinkbar gobies with their pistol shrimps etc.
Two spinner dolphins were fishing via the big lights at the back of the boat
Day 9
Grey sharks cruising sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Strong eddying current on front of channel LOTS OF GREY SHARKS but dispersed so we had to keep moving around and divers ended up all over the channel! Fast and bumpy drift in where we saw lots of green turtles, ZEBRA SHARK, round ribbontail ray, eagle rays, big groupers, harlequin sweetlips and really nice corals.
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted past large coral blocks and onto the techicolour channel front where huge schools of bluestripe and humpback snapper hung out. A squadron of ~8 EAGLE RAYS were waiting on the channel front and a single one swooped around and around on the corner. There were also schools of Raccoon and collared butterflyfish and both black tip and white tip sharks buzzing around. A swarm of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs swept past
Dive 3
Lovely drift dive past overhangs on the channel front and above huge porites blicks full of snappers and groupers. We briefly hooked on the channel front to watch a few grey sharks saunter past and then drifted in. We found a small, very spotty ZEBRA SHARK resting in a sand area. Other divers found a large one on a ledge amongst the coral. We also found Maldives sponge snails, a leaf fish and a lovely green turtle in the middle of a delicate table coral being cleaned!
Several members of crew went night snorkelling inside the very shallow anchorage
Day 10
Large school of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A HUGE SCHOOL OF BONITOS ENGULFED US ON THE CORNER. WITHIN THE SCHOOL WERE APAIR OF EAGLE RAYS AND A FEW GREY SHARKS! WOW! The current was strng so we hooked in and watched the grey sharks and white tips cruising overhead. The drift into the channel was fast and bouncy but Matt maged to find us TWO sleeping ZEBREA sharks and a round ribbontail ray which all took off down current.
Dive 2
An easy current at this thila site. Only a grey shark and some rainbow runners at depth but a school of yellow-back fusiliers greeted us as we descended. More rainbow runners milled around and visited cleaning stations. THIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD MACRO SITE AND TODAY WE MANAGED TO FIND A BLUE RIBBON EEL, 4X LEAF FISH, AMBOIN, BRUUNI AND LYSMATA CLEANING SHRIMPS
Dive 3
Beautiful coral garden and good macro again. A large, glassfish covered, coral block also contained three leaf fish, a small peacock flounder and a couple or morays. There was a beautiful tiny sailfish tang and another 2cm long baby bi-colour parrotfish. Over the ridge we saw a blacktip sharks and schools of fusiliers and black and white snappers
Quick visit to small sandbank for sunset photos. This one disappears at high tide!
Day 11
Zebra sharks are frequently seen in the far south. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Busy current point at thila with schools of various fusiliers, big eye jacks, crescent-tailed big eyes, mackerel scads and a few tunas. The cola blocks were buzzing with Cooper's anthias. The coral at this site is impressive! We found a Nembrotha cristata nudibranch and just enjoyed the beautiful corals and reef fish
Dive 2
Laid-back final dive at thila with glassfish filled overhangs and coral blocks with schools of yellow goatfish and blue stripe snappers. There was a school of Forster's barracudas and a few dogtooth tunas along the reef side and lots of small groupers and morays on the reef. Bruuni shrimp gave some divers a manicure. We also found an upside down Chromodoris tritos nudi. The top reef is very pretty so a nice way to end the trip
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to an isolated sandbank for a little snorkelling and general messing around in the sea!
Day 12
Tiny white sand sandbank. Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for domestic flight to Male'
Day 13
So many fish! Mv Sea Spirit. Maldives
Sea Spirit SS443
17 Aug 2014 to 29 Aug 2014
Equatorial Far South - Gan Addu/Foammulah/Huvadhoo (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and then travelled via a domestic flight from male' to Kadhedhdhoo in Huvadhoo atoll. We met the arriving guest and transferred to Sea Spirit, waiting outside the airport and travelled to the first sive site located near a pictuesque tropical island!
Dive 1
Easy and pretty check dive on large shallow thila with so many yellowback and neon fusiliers meandering around the reef top and mackerels, dogtooth tunas, many orbicular and longfin batfish off the reef. There were brightly coloured schools of blue-stripe snappers , yellow goatfish and crescent-tailed big eyes. We found Schultz's pipefish, Bruuni cleaner shrimps and just enjoyed the lovely corals
Day 1
Beautiful schools of big eye crescent tails from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Deeper thila with many cleaning stations attracting pelagic fish so many rainbow runners in attendance plus dogtooth tunas, a large male hawksbill turtle who investigated the divers several times! A small grey reef shark, blue ribbon eels, a green leaf fish, Amboin and Lysmata cleaner shrimps etc.
Dive 2
Sprawling ocean reef with lots of coral-covered deep thilas. There were many schools of reef fish plus large snappers including midnight, red and black & whites. There were a few hawksbill turtles plus some medium-sized Napoleons. Just so much coral!
Dive 3
Large thila structure with superb corals and many schools of fish. On the deeper side were many coral blocks filled with glassfish and several red groupers keeping guard, varicose wart slugs, Maldives sponge snails and lots of different damselfish in the acroporas including azur and and blue-green chromis. A squall blew up during the dive so we headed for sheltered anchorage and a change of plans!
Day 2
Divers enjoying a deep thila reef from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! AMAZING SCHOOLS OF BIG-EYE JACKS SWIRLING AROUND THIS THILA DROP-OFF AND SCOOTING UP AND DOWN THE REEF WHILST ENGULFING DIVERS. THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF RED/PINK/SILVER CRESCENT TAILED- BIG EYES ON THE STUNNING TOP REEF PLUS INDIAN AND BROWNMARBLED GROUPERS, NAPOLEON WRASSES AND SOME OF THE VERY BEST HARD CORAL IN THE MALDIVES!
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted along inner reef with large porites blocks full of groupers and many snappers. We found SEVERAL LARGE GREEN TURTLES resting amongst the coral blocks and a couple of large ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS. There was a huge schol of black and white snappers on the channel front and the sweetlips, bluestripe snappers and raccoon butterflyfish on the corner. Beautiful!
Dive 3
We made a channel crossing and there were LOTS OF GREY SHARKS plus an eagle ray, white tip sharks and a huge ribbonrail ray sleeping under a block. We also saw a school of Forsters barracudas,, big eye jacks and the came shallow on the reeftop to many turtles, a huge mappa puffer a spotted puffer in its yellow mating colours etc.
Day 3
Lots of grey reef sharks at drop-off of channel from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We dived the north ocean reef corner where there were rainbow runners, white tip and grey sharks on the outside and then many green turtles on the reef top plus many spotfin squirrelfish and dense schools of Coopers anthias.
Dive 2
South corner of channel dive with just so many green turtles which swam off as soon as approached. A BOWMOUTH GUITARFISH swam across the channel front! There were white tip and grey sharks and a couple of ribbontail rays resting on the reef. We enjoyed the lovely schoools of bluestripe and humpback snappers on the corner again
Dive 3
A late afternoon channel crossing descending into a huge school of jacks then we saw lots of grey sharks but they were all quite deep and went deeper as we dropped down. There were lots of green turtles, different types of snappers, sleek and Thompsons surgeonfish and something was bothering the rudderfish as we drifted in on the north side.
Day 4
A bowmouth guitar fish seen on the front of a channel MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Final dive at this site after the weather held us here for two days! We made a channel crossing and there were many GREY SHARKS ALONG THE CHANNEL FRONT AGAIN also big eye jacks, turtles, barracudas, white tip sharks, black jacks and a pair of rare lined triggerfish!
Dive 2
A SLEEPING ZEBRA SHARK was the highlight of the dive but we also enjoyed the beautiful orange soft coral and seafan surrounded coral blocks with several green turtles, many snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, 30-40 large milk fish just under the surface and just enjoyed the beautiful outside reef.
Dive 3
A channel corner drfit with several huge green turtles (again!) an ENORMOUS tuna, several brownmarbled groupers having a fight, several grey sharks swimming around looking for cleaning stations, a black ribbon eel, nice nepthia soft coral in a variety of colours and a lovely ocean-facing reef wall
Day 5
Huge green turtles, a common sight in the Far South from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We crossed the channel front and some divers saw a large hammerhead shark swim away from the reef then there were lots of grey sharks deep on the north corner, a black ribbon eel, many green and hawksbill turtles, an eagle ray, sweetlips, Napoleons, several large groupers and millions of Coopers and Evans anthias. We saw a pod of dolphins in the channel after the dive
Dive 2
Surprise in-current so changed site to try and get some good shark action and this time saw around 30 GREY SHARKS hanging in the water column of all sizes, plus many big-eye jacks, white tip sharks cruising the reef edge and a nice and easy drift into the channel.
Dive 3
South corner drift past several huge porites blocks full of goldspot emperors and snappers, a couple of ribbon eels and onto the corner where we swam along the beautiful wall smothered in coral and pulsating with fish.
Evening Activity
Evening visit to local village
Day 6
Masses of bannerfish and oriental sweetlips make for colourful reefs from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No current so we had an easy crossing but not enough to pin the sharks down so they were busy at cleaning stations instead. There were also a couple of white tip sharks taking a break and resting in a sandy area. Along the drop off we saw rainbow runners, black jacks, mackerel scads and a large schoool of big eye jacks. The outside reef is stunning and this morning we woke up several resting green turtles!
Dive 2
A small out current so we drifted out of channel, along the front and along the south ocean reef past two large round ribbontail rays, white tip sharks, turtles, swirling big eye jacks, big eye emperors, plus a areef smothered in anthias and chromis with extensive areas of green cylinder porites
Dive 3
A pretty thila with lots of orange and pink seafans and many coral blocks surrounded by sand. In the large pavona coral we found a spiny lobster plus Bruuni shrimp cleaning rock cods
Night Dive
Back to the thila for a night dive where we found a pair of juvenile black and white snappers hiding in staghorn coral, lots of langoustine shrimps plus a furry legged Saron shrimp, a common crab, lots of hermit crabs, conus snails plus a pufferfish with lots of tiny snails crawling over it, yuck!
Beautiful sunset over idyllic Maldives island
Day 7
White tip reef shark at the current point of colourful Mafzoo thila MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at the pretty thila this time with a busy current point with a school of mixed fusiliers swirling around plus several white tip sharks cruising around. Deep over the wall were many large pink seafans and schools of bluestripe and humpback snappers. We also found a green leaf fish, a spiny lobster, a blue spotted trunkfish and so many small fish bouncing around in the coral
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Foammulah atoll passing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Easy drift on NW Ocean reef with really good porites coral cover plus many areas of extensive fire coral. We saw milk fish and giant barracudas in the shallows plus large coral blocks full of reef fish of all varieties plus many pyramid butterflyfish and schools of snappers on the extreme corner
Dive 3
Exploratory dive on SW of extensive southern plateau. There were many cleaning station type blocks but no big stuff taking advantage
Day 8
Yellow leaf fish at the thila top from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Early morning blue-water dive but no hammerheads :-( only sleek surgeonfish, black and white snappers, rainbow runners and big tunas
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Addu atoll
Dive 2
HURRAH!!!! 20 mantas and so much fun with them so close! They were busy just hanging out and also being cleaned and didn't seem too bothered by our presence. There were also two grey sharks and a little eagle ray plus all the usual reef fish hanging around the reef
Dive 3
Outflow from channel so we stayed on the outside reef of this channel corner and visited the coral blocks and then shallow over the extensive hard coral looking for turtles. There were several hawksbill and green turtles plus golden chromis bobbing up and down in the staghorn
Dive 4
Scenic dive to catch the golden sunlight at the end of the day at a shallow thila site where we saw a giant barracuda, a small eagle ray, lots of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs marauding around the reef, black sea urchins, Graeffe's sea cucumbers spawning, giant conch anad scorpion spider shells
Day 9
Lots of manta rays at our favourite southern manta point from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift with ~7 GREY REEF SHARKS around the front of the channel plus a school of barred jacks tucked in on the reef and Napoleons and snappers of various types up in the water column. There were ~20 MANTA RAYS waiting for us with many of our friends including Friendly Bubbler and Tuftee. The grey sharks and the eagle ray seemed to be enjoying the current!
Dive 2
We went straight to the manta point and had around 13 mantas focused on being cleaned this time so a little less intereactive with us but certainly giving us a wonderful and close-up show
Dive 3
Lots of green turtles, plus goldfinger dart pompanos, jobfish and bluefin jacks along this steep ocean reef wall and then a lovely reef top with purple and yellow soft corals plus excellent hard coral and all varieties of reef fish including a leaf fish, longnose filefish and arch eye hawkfish
Day 10
Divers enjoying a beautiful sunset from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
A dramatic ocean reef but just a small current and most fish were focused on being cleaned so we saw lots of blacksaddled and other large groupers out and about plus harlequin sweetlips, unicornfish, emperors etc. plus sleeping white tips. Up in the shallows off the reef was a large school (~100) milkfish
Dive 2
A FABULOUS SHOW WITH ~18 DIFFERENT MANTAS AND JASON AND GALILEO COURTSHIP-CHASING THE BIG FEMALE "FOURMA". THEIR BALLETIC CHASE WAS MESMERISING. The little eagle ray just looked on wishing she could join in the big guys fun!
Dive 3
A stern tour of the British Loyalty wreck descending into the bomb hole and out through the bottom of the hull and then towards the huge propellor and back along the deck where we paid a visit into the (huge!) engine room and a swim through a section of accomodation/storage area. We found blacktail snappers, Burberry print reef pipefish, Phidiana blue/purple nudibranchs and lots of juvenile batfish
Night Dive
At night the shrimps and crabs started to come out and we found Psmanthe and Bruuni shrimps in the black corals, tiny squat lobsters and trapezia crabs in most of the large table corals plus sleeping goatfish and parrotfish and a well camouflaged scorpionfish
Day 11
Courting manta rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful Ocean Reef with meandering reef cascading into the depths and superb hard corals in the shallows.We saw schools of big eye jacks and snappers plus a huge male green turtle, a few white tip sharks buzzing around, a FEATHERTAIL ray, large brownmarbled groupers and a large school of rudderfish. In clear blue water and with sunshine it was all rather idyllic.
Dive 2
Our final visit to manta point and 18 mantas there waiting greet us and play with us. A beautiful way to finish the trip!
Day 12
So many turtles and what an amazing reef! MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests had a relaxing morning onboard and then transferred to Gan airport for the domestic flight back to Male'
Day 13
Fourma and Jason, our super-friendly mantas flypast to say goodbye. Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and then travelled via a domestic flight from male' to Kadhedhdhoo in Huvadhoo atoll. We met the arriving guest and transferred to Sea Spirit, waiting outside the airport and travelled to the first sive site located near a pictuesque tropical island!
Dive 1
Easy and pretty check dive on large shallow thila with so many yellowback and neon fusiliers meandering around the reef top and mackerels, dogtooth tunas, many orbicular and longfin batfish off the reef. There were brightly coloured schools of blue-stripe snappers , yellow goatfish and crescent-tailed big eyes. We found Schultz's pipefish, Bruuni cleaner shrimps and just enjoyed the lovely corals
Day 1
Beautiful schools of big eye crescent tails from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Deeper thila with many cleaning stations attracting pelagic fish so many rainbow runners in attendance plus dogtooth tunas, a large male hawksbill turtle who investigated the divers several times! A small grey reef shark, blue ribbon eels, a green leaf fish, Amboin and Lysmata cleaner shrimps etc.
Dive 2
Sprawling ocean reef with lots of coral-covered deep thilas. There were many schools of reef fish plus large snappers including midnight, red and black & whites. There were a few hawksbill turtles plus some medium-sized Napoleons. Just so much coral!
Dive 3
Large thila structure with superb corals and many schools of fish. On the deeper side were many coral blocks filled with glassfish and several red groupers keeping guard, varicose wart slugs, Maldives sponge snails and lots of different damselfish in the acroporas including azur and and blue-green chromis. A squall blew up during the dive so we headed for sheltered anchorage and a change of plans!
Day 2
Divers enjoying a deep thila reef from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! AMAZING SCHOOLS OF BIG-EYE JACKS SWIRLING AROUND THIS THILA DROP-OFF AND SCOOTING UP AND DOWN THE REEF WHILST ENGULFING DIVERS. THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF RED/PINK/SILVER CRESCENT TAILED- BIG EYES ON THE STUNNING TOP REEF PLUS INDIAN AND BROWNMARBLED GROUPERS, NAPOLEON WRASSES AND SOME OF THE VERY BEST HARD CORAL IN THE MALDIVES!
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted along inner reef with large porites blocks full of groupers and many snappers. We found SEVERAL LARGE GREEN TURTLES resting amongst the coral blocks and a couple of large ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS. There was a huge schol of black and white snappers on the channel front and the sweetlips, bluestripe snappers and raccoon butterflyfish on the corner. Beautiful!
Dive 3
We made a channel crossing and there were LOTS OF GREY SHARKS plus an eagle ray, white tip sharks and a huge ribbonrail ray sleeping under a block. We also saw a school of Forsters barracudas,, big eye jacks and the came shallow on the reeftop to many turtles, a huge mappa puffer a spotted puffer in its yellow mating colours etc.
Day 3
Lots of grey reef sharks at drop-off of channel from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We dived the north ocean reef corner where there were rainbow runners, white tip and grey sharks on the outside and then many green turtles on the reef top plus many spotfin squirrelfish and dense schools of Coopers anthias.
Dive 2
South corner of channel dive with just so many green turtles which swam off as soon as approached. A BOWMOUTH GUITARFISH swam across the channel front! There were white tip and grey sharks and a couple of ribbontail rays resting on the reef. We enjoyed the lovely schoools of bluestripe and humpback snappers on the corner again
Dive 3
A late afternoon channel crossing descending into a huge school of jacks then we saw lots of grey sharks but they were all quite deep and went deeper as we dropped down. There were lots of green turtles, different types of snappers, sleek and Thompsons surgeonfish and something was bothering the rudderfish as we drifted in on the north side.
Day 4
A bowmouth guitar fish seen on the front of a channel MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Final dive at this site after the weather held us here for two days! We made a channel crossing and there were many GREY SHARKS ALONG THE CHANNEL FRONT AGAIN also big eye jacks, turtles, barracudas, white tip sharks, black jacks and a pair of rare lined triggerfish!
Dive 2
A SLEEPING ZEBRA SHARK was the highlight of the dive but we also enjoyed the beautiful orange soft coral and seafan surrounded coral blocks with several green turtles, many snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, 30-40 large milk fish just under the surface and just enjoyed the beautiful outside reef.
Dive 3
A channel corner drfit with several huge green turtles (again!) an ENORMOUS tuna, several brownmarbled groupers having a fight, several grey sharks swimming around looking for cleaning stations, a black ribbon eel, nice nepthia soft coral in a variety of colours and a lovely ocean-facing reef wall
Day 5
Huge green turtles, a common sight in the Far South from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We crossed the channel front and some divers saw a large hammerhead shark swim away from the reef then there were lots of grey sharks deep on the north corner, a black ribbon eel, many green and hawksbill turtles, an eagle ray, sweetlips, Napoleons, several large groupers and millions of Coopers and Evans anthias. We saw a pod of dolphins in the channel after the dive
Dive 2
Surprise in-current so changed site to try and get some good shark action and this time saw around 30 GREY SHARKS hanging in the water column of all sizes, plus many big-eye jacks, white tip sharks cruising the reef edge and a nice and easy drift into the channel.
Dive 3
South corner drift past several huge porites blocks full of goldspot emperors and snappers, a couple of ribbon eels and onto the corner where we swam along the beautiful wall smothered in coral and pulsating with fish.
Evening Activity
Evening visit to local village
Day 6
Masses of bannerfish and oriental sweetlips make for colourful reefs from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No current so we had an easy crossing but not enough to pin the sharks down so they were busy at cleaning stations instead. There were also a couple of white tip sharks taking a break and resting in a sandy area. Along the drop off we saw rainbow runners, black jacks, mackerel scads and a large schoool of big eye jacks. The outside reef is stunning and this morning we woke up several resting green turtles!
Dive 2
A small out current so we drifted out of channel, along the front and along the south ocean reef past two large round ribbontail rays, white tip sharks, turtles, swirling big eye jacks, big eye emperors, plus a areef smothered in anthias and chromis with extensive areas of green cylinder porites
Dive 3
A pretty thila with lots of orange and pink seafans and many coral blocks surrounded by sand. In the large pavona coral we found a spiny lobster plus Bruuni shrimp cleaning rock cods
Night Dive
Back to the thila for a night dive where we found a pair of juvenile black and white snappers hiding in staghorn coral, lots of langoustine shrimps plus a furry legged Saron shrimp, a common crab, lots of hermit crabs, conus snails plus a pufferfish with lots of tiny snails crawling over it, yuck!
Beautiful sunset over idyllic Maldives island
Day 7
White tip reef shark at the current point of colourful Mafzoo thila MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at the pretty thila this time with a busy current point with a school of mixed fusiliers swirling around plus several white tip sharks cruising around. Deep over the wall were many large pink seafans and schools of bluestripe and humpback snappers. We also found a green leaf fish, a spiny lobster, a blue spotted trunkfish and so many small fish bouncing around in the coral
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Foammulah atoll passing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Easy drift on NW Ocean reef with really good porites coral cover plus many areas of extensive fire coral. We saw milk fish and giant barracudas in the shallows plus large coral blocks full of reef fish of all varieties plus many pyramid butterflyfish and schools of snappers on the extreme corner
Dive 3
Exploratory dive on SW of extensive southern plateau. There were many cleaning station type blocks but no big stuff taking advantage
Day 8
Yellow leaf fish at the thila top from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Early morning blue-water dive but no hammerheads :-( only sleek surgeonfish, black and white snappers, rainbow runners and big tunas
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Addu atoll
Dive 2
HURRAH!!!! 20 mantas and so much fun with them so close! They were busy just hanging out and also being cleaned and didn't seem too bothered by our presence. There were also two grey sharks and a little eagle ray plus all the usual reef fish hanging around the reef
Dive 3
Outflow from channel so we stayed on the outside reef of this channel corner and visited the coral blocks and then shallow over the extensive hard coral looking for turtles. There were several hawksbill and green turtles plus golden chromis bobbing up and down in the staghorn
Dive 4
Scenic dive to catch the golden sunlight at the end of the day at a shallow thila site where we saw a giant barracuda, a small eagle ray, lots of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs marauding around the reef, black sea urchins, Graeffe's sea cucumbers spawning, giant conch anad scorpion spider shells
Day 9
Lots of manta rays at our favourite southern manta point from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift with ~7 GREY REEF SHARKS around the front of the channel plus a school of barred jacks tucked in on the reef and Napoleons and snappers of various types up in the water column. There were ~20 MANTA RAYS waiting for us with many of our friends including Friendly Bubbler and Tuftee. The grey sharks and the eagle ray seemed to be enjoying the current!
Dive 2
We went straight to the manta point and had around 13 mantas focused on being cleaned this time so a little less intereactive with us but certainly giving us a wonderful and close-up show
Dive 3
Lots of green turtles, plus goldfinger dart pompanos, jobfish and bluefin jacks along this steep ocean reef wall and then a lovely reef top with purple and yellow soft corals plus excellent hard coral and all varieties of reef fish including a leaf fish, longnose filefish and arch eye hawkfish
Day 10
Divers enjoying a beautiful sunset from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
A dramatic ocean reef but just a small current and most fish were focused on being cleaned so we saw lots of blacksaddled and other large groupers out and about plus harlequin sweetlips, unicornfish, emperors etc. plus sleeping white tips. Up in the shallows off the reef was a large school (~100) milkfish
Dive 2
A FABULOUS SHOW WITH ~18 DIFFERENT MANTAS AND JASON AND GALILEO COURTSHIP-CHASING THE BIG FEMALE "FOURMA". THEIR BALLETIC CHASE WAS MESMERISING. The little eagle ray just looked on wishing she could join in the big guys fun!
Dive 3
A stern tour of the British Loyalty wreck descending into the bomb hole and out through the bottom of the hull and then towards the huge propellor and back along the deck where we paid a visit into the (huge!) engine room and a swim through a section of accomodation/storage area. We found blacktail snappers, Burberry print reef pipefish, Phidiana blue/purple nudibranchs and lots of juvenile batfish
Night Dive
At night the shrimps and crabs started to come out and we found Psmanthe and Bruuni shrimps in the black corals, tiny squat lobsters and trapezia crabs in most of the large table corals plus sleeping goatfish and parrotfish and a well camouflaged scorpionfish
Day 11
Courting manta rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful Ocean Reef with meandering reef cascading into the depths and superb hard corals in the shallows.We saw schools of big eye jacks and snappers plus a huge male green turtle, a few white tip sharks buzzing around, a FEATHERTAIL ray, large brownmarbled groupers and a large school of rudderfish. In clear blue water and with sunshine it was all rather idyllic.
Dive 2
Our final visit to manta point and 18 mantas there waiting greet us and play with us. A beautiful way to finish the trip!
Day 12
So many turtles and what an amazing reef! MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests had a relaxing morning onboard and then transferred to Gan airport for the domestic flight back to Male'
Day 13
Fourma and Jason, our super-friendly mantas flypast to say goodbye. Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Sea Spirit SS441
27 Jul 2014 to 6 Aug 2014
Manta & Whaleshark Special (10 day)
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We up-anchored and travelled into North Male' atoll
Dive 1
Check dive. Drift on ocean facing reef with the current increasing as we drifted. We saw FOUR NAPOLEON WRASSES together, 3x honeycomb morays a MANGROVE WHIPRAY several white tip reef sharks and a block with 12 lobsters plus several schools of fish so a great start!
Day 1
Friendly little hawksbill turtle Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
1+3 MANTA RAYS but rather a strong current making it difficult for them to stop and clean. We were entertained by lemon meringue wrasse and lots of garden eels whilst we waited for mantas. A little hawksbill turtle came to visit us and pretty much approached every diver on his way to the coral blocks
Dive 2
We tried again for mantas but they just seemed very shy today. We had a large lionfish join the group and a cute juvenile razor wrasse swim through. Matt found a peacock flounder and there were many pinkbar gobies with their pairs of pistol shrimps in burrows
Dive 3
Ocean reef with lovely schools of bluestripe snappers on large porites blocks. We found a large RIBBONTAIL RAY sleeping in the sand, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, a pair of yellow/black leaf fish, an eagle ray, several honeycomb morays being cleaned and a friendly hawksbill turtle.
Day 2
Manta rays sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
In-current at channel corner with millions of fusiliers in the water column and dogtooth tunas sweeping through amongst them. We found a mangrove whipray and then about a dozen WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS riding the current on the corner plus a couple of EAGLE RAYS so we stopped to watch. We had a fun drift over the coral blocks and past the overhangs inside the channel
Dive 2
Pretty thila with all the soft corals puffed up and schools of snappers and bannerfish at the current point plus a large school of CHEVRON BARRACUDAS which moved around and enveloped divers as they photographed them. Between the white-polyped seafans were schools of blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips and there were many red soldierfish in the bigger overhangs. This site was very fishy today and had a wonderful vive with all the small fish fluttering in the current.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 3
The wind picked up and stirred up the sea so the visibility was not so good but there was still plenty of life on the little wreck as there were schools of silversides being chased by bonitos and bluefin trevallies plus schools of glassfis being hunted by large lionfish and coral groupers. This site is always good for macro and today we found Durban, short-headed, banded and Bruuni shrimps, a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, many Maldives sponge snails (Matt put a few together to "introduce" them) and the pretty magnifica anemones with large blackfoot anemonefish.
Day 3
Reefs teeming with fish and corals from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef to channel corner drift with nice overhangs and terraces and many soft coral decorated coral blocks. We saw a large grey shark, several white tips a yellow leaf fish plus a pair of white ones, schooling bannerfish, Lysmata shrimps and really pretty overhangs full of reef fish, seafans etc.
Ocean Crossing