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Sea Spirit SS541
28 Aug 2017 to 9 Sep 2017
Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Dive 1
Most of our guests arrived on the early flight, so Dave took them out for a check dive, whilst I went to meet the last 2 guests from their flight. We had a small delay, so enjoyed a coffee whilst waiting for the dhoni.
Day 1
Dive 1
Lankan Manta Point – There was quite a big swell, but we still managed to enjoy the dive despite the visibility and saw hawksbill turtles, oriental sweet lips, blue stripped snapper, white tips, black tip reef sharks and a mangrove whiptail ray.
Dive 2
Kani Corner – Still quite a lot of swell, however we saw a manta, schools of big eye jacks, bat fish, blue stripped and humpback snappers, oriental sweet lips, hawksbill and green turtles.
Dive 3
Aquarium - A lovely drift dive - blue stripped, red, humpback and midnight snappers, oriental sweet lips, red tail butterfly fish and waves of fusiliers.
Day 2
Dive 1
Coliseum – The wind had dropped considerably, so the conditions were better for us to enjoy a great drift dive consisting of bump head parrot fish, white tips, a black tip reef shark, midnight snappers, a big school of big eye trevally and last but not least 2 eagle rays!
Dive 2
Fairy Tale Reef – We spent most of the dive looking for small stuff and enjoying the beautiful coral displays in and around the 2 large overhangs.
Dive 3
Kashidhoo Atoll – The wind picked up after lunch and the ocean became a little rough, however, we did find a sheltered spot behind the island and enjoyed a great drift dive. Green and hawksbill turtles, rainbow runners, napoleons, thousands of convict tangs and white spotted surgeon fish - I’ve only ever seen these twice!
Day 3
Dive 1
Angoo Haa – A lovely thila dive on the calmer side of the atoll. The whole site was covered with glass fish, bait fish and magnificent anemones. This site is truly unique.
Dive 2
Kuredu Express – Although there was a strong out current, we enjoyed a great drift dive and saw a grey reef shark, a huge shoal of big eyed trevally, schools of rainbow runners, a leaf fish, green turtles and fish soup above us.
Dive 3
Kuredu Wreck – We saw a napoleon sleeping in the wheelhouse, a bump head parrot fish and a flat head.
Day 4
Dive 1
Fushi Faru Thila – Calmer conditions today. It was great to have 2 manta flybys with brief cleaning activity, as well as a very large grey reef shark, eagle rays, a school of big eye trevally, octopus, numerous oriental sweetlips, blue stripped and humpback snapper and several red tail butterfly fish.
Dive 2
Fushi Faru Thila – A big school of big eye trevally, oriental sweetlips, blue stripped and humpback snapper and numerous red tail butterfly fish.
Dive 3
Kuredu Turtle Caves – What a wonderful dive with some very playful green turtles. We also saw a grey reef shark, eagle rays, schools of humpback snappers and red tail butterfly fish, all hanging around on the top of the reef.
Day 5
Dive 1
Lots of action – channel crossing spectacle – grey reef sharks, silver tips, eagle rays, napoleons, a big school of barracuda and big eye trevally, a couple of marbled ray mating and a feather tail sting ray!
Dive 2
Long Ridge – Grey reef sharks, white tips, marbled and eagle ray, giant barracuda and a big school of fosters barracuda and big eye trevally.
Dive 3
Christmas Tree Rock – What an amazing dive. The whole site was covered in glass and bait fish. We were also joined by a large nurse shark, white tips, schools of big eye jacks and numerous giant trevally!
Day 6
Dive 1
Long Ridge – Another amazing dive – grey reef sharks, eagle, mobula and marbled rays, schools of big eye jacks, barracuda and golden trevally.
Dive 2
Ifaru Big Thila – Lovely overhangs full of soft blue corals, covered with reef fish. We also saw a large shoal of amberjacks and a huge barracuda.
Dive 3
Kottey Faru Thila – Great dive – A couple of grey reef sharks, white tips, numerous sting ray being cleaned, a free way of fusiliers, a hawksbill and octopus and some lovely bright orange corals.
Day 7
Dive 1
Koattey Faru Reef North – Calm this morning with good visibility. We were able to see a large shoal of fosters barracuda, sweet lips and red tail butterfly fish, hundreds of banner fish, a very small eagle ray, white tips and a wall full of stunning yellow sea fans and bright pink hard coral, which is very rare.
Dive 2
Daravandhoo Thila - It was great to have 2 manta flybys, as well as seeing sting ray being cleaned, a turtle, several honeycomb moray, a leaf fish and a huge shoal of giant trevally.
Dive 3
Don Fanu Thila – Another manta, 3 huge eagle rays, white tips, giant trevally chasing fusiliers, octopus and turtles.
Day 8
Dive 1
Nelivaru Thila – A fabulous dive - 2 mantas, numerous blue fin trevally hunting, a couple of marbled rays displaying a mating courtship and rock pinnacles covered in bait fish.
Dive 2
Daravandhoo Corner – We were lucky enough to have a manta make a few passes, as well as, seeing some very funny peacock mantis shrimps and a huge shoal of sweet lips.
Dive 3
Kakani Thila – Although the wind had got up, there was only a small current. We had an enjoyable dive full of topography – pinnacles covered in soft coral and sea fans and large shoals of blue stripped snappers.
Day 9
Dive 1
Finger Point – WOW what an exciting dive! We saw 30+ eagle rays, grey reef sharks and white tips.
Dive 2
Nassimo – Although it got quite choppy and the weather was changeable, we managed a second dive. There was plenty of fish action and lots of opportunities to take photos.
Day 10
Dive 1
Mantastic! 3 mantas for the whole of the dive.
Dive 2
Lankan Manta Point – More mantas!
Dive 3
Fish Tank – marbled and pink whip tail rays, honeycomb, giant, clouded, zebra and white eyed morays, lion fish and a school of banner fish and big eye jacks.
Day 11
Dive 1
Lankan – Despite changeable weather, we did get an early morning dive and saw a small male manta and 2 females, who stayed with us for the whole dive.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Most of the guests were on the early flight.
Day 13
 
Dive 1
Most of our guests arrived on the early flight, so Dave took them out for a check dive, whilst I went to meet the last 2 guests from their flight. We had a small delay, so enjoyed a coffee whilst waiting for the dhoni.
Day 1
Dive 1
Lankan Manta Point – There was quite a big swell, but we still managed to enjoy the dive despite the visibility and saw hawksbill turtles, oriental sweet lips, blue stripped snapper, white tips, black tip reef sharks and a mangrove whiptail ray.
Dive 2
Kani Corner – Still quite a lot of swell, however we saw a manta, schools of big eye jacks, bat fish, blue stripped and humpback snappers, oriental sweet lips, hawksbill and green turtles.
Dive 3
Aquarium - A lovely drift dive - blue stripped, red, humpback and midnight snappers, oriental sweet lips, red tail butterfly fish and waves of fusiliers.
Day 2
Dive 1
Coliseum – The wind had dropped considerably, so the conditions were better for us to enjoy a great drift dive consisting of bump head parrot fish, white tips, a black tip reef shark, midnight snappers, a big school of big eye trevally and last but not least 2 eagle rays!
Dive 2
Fairy Tale Reef – We spent most of the dive looking for small stuff and enjoying the beautiful coral displays in and around the 2 large overhangs.
Dive 3
Kashidhoo Atoll – The wind picked up after lunch and the ocean became a little rough, however, we did find a sheltered spot behind the island and enjoyed a great drift dive. Green and hawksbill turtles, rainbow runners, napoleons, thousands of convict tangs and white spotted surgeon fish - I’ve only ever seen these twice!
Day 3
Dive 1
Angoo Haa – A lovely thila dive on the calmer side of the atoll. The whole site was covered with glass fish, bait fish and magnificent anemones. This site is truly unique.
Dive 2
Kuredu Express – Although there was a strong out current, we enjoyed a great drift dive and saw a grey reef shark, a huge shoal of big eyed trevally, schools of rainbow runners, a leaf fish, green turtles and fish soup above us.
Dive 3
Kuredu Wreck – We saw a napoleon sleeping in the wheelhouse, a bump head parrot fish and a flat head.
Day 4
Dive 1
Fushi Faru Thila – Calmer conditions today. It was great to have 2 manta flybys with brief cleaning activity, as well as a very large grey reef shark, eagle rays, a school of big eye trevally, octopus, numerous oriental sweetlips, blue stripped and humpback snapper and several red tail butterfly fish.
Dive 2
Fushi Faru Thila – A big school of big eye trevally, oriental sweetlips, blue stripped and humpback snapper and numerous red tail butterfly fish.
Dive 3
Kuredu Turtle Caves – What a wonderful dive with some very playful green turtles. We also saw a grey reef shark, eagle rays, schools of humpback snappers and red tail butterfly fish, all hanging around on the top of the reef.
Day 5
Dive 1
Lots of action – channel crossing spectacle – grey reef sharks, silver tips, eagle rays, napoleons, a big school of barracuda and big eye trevally, a couple of marbled ray mating and a feather tail sting ray!
Dive 2
Long Ridge – Grey reef sharks, white tips, marbled and eagle ray, giant barracuda and a big school of fosters barracuda and big eye trevally.
Dive 3
Christmas Tree Rock – What an amazing dive. The whole site was covered in glass and bait fish. We were also joined by a large nurse shark, white tips, schools of big eye jacks and numerous giant trevally!
Day 6
Dive 1
Long Ridge – Another amazing dive – grey reef sharks, eagle, mobula and marbled rays, schools of big eye jacks, barracuda and golden trevally.
Dive 2
Ifaru Big Thila – Lovely overhangs full of soft blue corals, covered with reef fish. We also saw a large shoal of amberjacks and a huge barracuda.
Dive 3
Kottey Faru Thila – Great dive – A couple of grey reef sharks, white tips, numerous sting ray being cleaned, a free way of fusiliers, a hawksbill and octopus and some lovely bright orange corals.
Day 7
Dive 1
Koattey Faru Reef North – Calm this morning with good visibility. We were able to see a large shoal of fosters barracuda, sweet lips and red tail butterfly fish, hundreds of banner fish, a very small eagle ray, white tips and a wall full of stunning yellow sea fans and bright pink hard coral, which is very rare.
Dive 2
Daravandhoo Thila - It was great to have 2 manta flybys, as well as seeing sting ray being cleaned, a turtle, several honeycomb moray, a leaf fish and a huge shoal of giant trevally.
Dive 3
Don Fanu Thila – Another manta, 3 huge eagle rays, white tips, giant trevally chasing fusiliers, octopus and turtles.
Day 8
Dive 1
Nelivaru Thila – A fabulous dive - 2 mantas, numerous blue fin trevally hunting, a couple of marbled rays displaying a mating courtship and rock pinnacles covered in bait fish.
Dive 2
Daravandhoo Corner – We were lucky enough to have a manta make a few passes, as well as, seeing some very funny peacock mantis shrimps and a huge shoal of sweet lips.
Dive 3
Kakani Thila – Although the wind had got up, there was only a small current. We had an enjoyable dive full of topography – pinnacles covered in soft coral and sea fans and large shoals of blue stripped snappers.
Day 9
Dive 1
Finger Point – WOW what an exciting dive! We saw 30+ eagle rays, grey reef sharks and white tips.
Dive 2
Nassimo – Although it got quite choppy and the weather was changeable, we managed a second dive. There was plenty of fish action and lots of opportunities to take photos.
Day 10
Dive 1
Mantastic! 3 mantas for the whole of the dive.
Dive 2
Lankan Manta Point – More mantas!
Dive 3
Fish Tank – marbled and pink whip tail rays, honeycomb, giant, clouded, zebra and white eyed morays, lion fish and a school of banner fish and big eye jacks.
Day 11
Dive 1
Lankan – Despite changeable weather, we did get an early morning dive and saw a small male manta and 2 females, who stayed with us for the whole dive.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Most of the guests were on the early flight.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS540
19 Aug 2017 to 26 Aug 2017
Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
All the guests arrived early, so we were able to complete all the paperwork and formalities before checking and preparing their dive equipment ready for the first dive after lunch.
Dive 1
The guests were blown away, as the fish life here is just immense. We saw 4 types of sting ray - pink whiptail, feather tail, marbled and mangrove whiptail, as well as, numerous moray eels.
Day 1
Dive 1
Lankan Manta Point. 5 mantas, a hawksbill turtle and a couple of white tips.
Dive 2
Aquarium. Great dive despite low visibility – zebra shark, numerous white tips and napoleons, a shoal of midnight snappers, humpback and blue stripped snappers, 3 green turtles and thousands of convict tangs.
Day 2
Dive 1
What an amazing dive on the reef! 50+ bump head parrot fish, eagle rays, grey reef sharks, white tips, manta, a large shoal of big eyed trevally, hundreds of oriental sweet lips and a shoal of red tailed butterfly fish and raccoon butterfly fish.
Dive 2
Lankan Manta Point. A manta, a hawksbill turtle, a mangrove whiptail ray, numerous white tips and a freeway of fusiliers.
Dive 3
Maaya Thila. Grey reef sharks and white tips, as well as marbled ray, a pair of octopus, a shoal of big eye jacks and big eye trevally, an anemone fish guarding her eggs and a crazy hawksbill enjoying a good old scratch on a rock.
Night Dive
Maayafushi. 3 mantas came to feed under the lights, 2 stayed with us for most of the night.
Day 3
Dive 1
Moofushi. Numerous grey reef sharks and white tips, 5 eagle rays in formation, octopus, turtles, wave after wave of fusiliers and a huge shoal of blue stripe and hump head snappers.
Dive 2
Kalhahandi Hurra – drift dive - WOW what a ride, we flew along the reef, with no chance to stop!!!
Dive 3
SHARK TASTIC!! – we saw 6 different types – white tips, nurse, black tips, leopard and a whale shark right at the end of the dive.
Day 4
Dive 1
Ari - outside. What a lovely dive packed full of sting rays, zillions of convict tangs spawning, white spotted surgeon fish AND numerous black tips buzzing around!
Dive 2
Ari – outside. We spotted a whale shark at the start of the dive, but sadly it didn’t hang around.
Dive 3
Maamagili Corner. Lovely clear water. We saw a freeway of fusiliers, white tips, sting rays and turtles, as well as some interesting overhangs and ledges covered in soft coral and sea fans.
Day 5
Dive 1
Mohamed Thila. WOW, what a colourful dive – soft coral all puffed out to its full glory and layer after layer of sea fans. We also saw numerous grey reef sharks, some great barracuda and thousands of pyramid butterfly fish.
Dive 2
Chevron barracuda, hundreds and hundreds of fosters barracuda, skip jack tuna, white tips and a huge shoal of surgeon fish.
Dive 3
What an enjoyable dive – we saw numerous grey reef sharks, some having their teeth cleaned by wrasses, eagle rays, manta ray, octopus, great barracuda and a huge shoal of big eye jacks.
Night Dive
Sooo many nurse sharks and black tips, sting rays and some giant trevally’s charging silver sides.
Day 6
Dive 1
Miyaru Kandu. SHARK TASTIC!! Sooo many sharks all along the front of the channel, as well as, huge shoals of big eye jacks.
Dive 2
Duvanau Kandu. We all enjoyed snorkelling with a couple of manta rays AND during our dive we saw more sharks than ever!!!! What a perfect way to end the trip.
Evening Activity
Enjoyed the last of the sun while we motored back to Male.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
The guests had an early transfer for their homebound flight/sea plane transfer to resort.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
All the guests arrived early, so we were able to complete all the paperwork and formalities before checking and preparing their dive equipment ready for the first dive after lunch.
Dive 1
The guests were blown away, as the fish life here is just immense. We saw 4 types of sting ray - pink whiptail, feather tail, marbled and mangrove whiptail, as well as, numerous moray eels.
Day 1
Dive 1
Lankan Manta Point. 5 mantas, a hawksbill turtle and a couple of white tips.
Dive 2
Aquarium. Great dive despite low visibility – zebra shark, numerous white tips and napoleons, a shoal of midnight snappers, humpback and blue stripped snappers, 3 green turtles and thousands of convict tangs.
Day 2
Dive 1
What an amazing dive on the reef! 50+ bump head parrot fish, eagle rays, grey reef sharks, white tips, manta, a large shoal of big eyed trevally, hundreds of oriental sweet lips and a shoal of red tailed butterfly fish and raccoon butterfly fish.
Dive 2
Lankan Manta Point. A manta, a hawksbill turtle, a mangrove whiptail ray, numerous white tips and a freeway of fusiliers.
Dive 3
Maaya Thila. Grey reef sharks and white tips, as well as marbled ray, a pair of octopus, a shoal of big eye jacks and big eye trevally, an anemone fish guarding her eggs and a crazy hawksbill enjoying a good old scratch on a rock.
Night Dive
Maayafushi. 3 mantas came to feed under the lights, 2 stayed with us for most of the night.
Day 3
Dive 1
Moofushi. Numerous grey reef sharks and white tips, 5 eagle rays in formation, octopus, turtles, wave after wave of fusiliers and a huge shoal of blue stripe and hump head snappers.
Dive 2
Kalhahandi Hurra – drift dive - WOW what a ride, we flew along the reef, with no chance to stop!!!
Dive 3
SHARK TASTIC!! – we saw 6 different types – white tips, nurse, black tips, leopard and a whale shark right at the end of the dive.
Day 4
Dive 1
Ari - outside. What a lovely dive packed full of sting rays, zillions of convict tangs spawning, white spotted surgeon fish AND numerous black tips buzzing around!
Dive 2
Ari – outside. We spotted a whale shark at the start of the dive, but sadly it didn’t hang around.
Dive 3
Maamagili Corner. Lovely clear water. We saw a freeway of fusiliers, white tips, sting rays and turtles, as well as some interesting overhangs and ledges covered in soft coral and sea fans.
Day 5
Dive 1
Mohamed Thila. WOW, what a colourful dive – soft coral all puffed out to its full glory and layer after layer of sea fans. We also saw numerous grey reef sharks, some great barracuda and thousands of pyramid butterfly fish.
Dive 2
Chevron barracuda, hundreds and hundreds of fosters barracuda, skip jack tuna, white tips and a huge shoal of surgeon fish.
Dive 3
What an enjoyable dive – we saw numerous grey reef sharks, some having their teeth cleaned by wrasses, eagle rays, manta ray, octopus, great barracuda and a huge shoal of big eye jacks.
Night Dive
Sooo many nurse sharks and black tips, sting rays and some giant trevally’s charging silver sides.
Day 6
Dive 1
Miyaru Kandu. SHARK TASTIC!! Sooo many sharks all along the front of the channel, as well as, huge shoals of big eye jacks.
Dive 2
Duvanau Kandu. We all enjoyed snorkelling with a couple of manta rays AND during our dive we saw more sharks than ever!!!! What a perfect way to end the trip.
Evening Activity
Enjoyed the last of the sun while we motored back to Male.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
The guests had an early transfer for their homebound flight/sea plane transfer to resort.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS539
7 Aug 2017 to 17 Aug 2017
Central Atolls & Beyond (10 day)
Dive 1
A very pleasant first dive, with a free-way of fusiliers, a large dog tooth tuna, green and hawksbill turtles, a couple of white tips, several porcelain crabs, morays, a large shoal of sweet-lips & red-tail butterfly fish AND … we even had manta come to the back of the boat.
Day 1
Dive 1
Fish Soup!!! There were just soooo many different types of reef fish, all hanging out on the corner and around the coral blocks, as well as white tips, manta, turtles, peddle flounder, spearing mantis and porcelain crabs.
Dive 2
WOW! - Numerous mantas joined us for the whole dive, together with some very friendly green turtles. It was so nice, as we could get right up to them and take photos.
Dive 3
Another great dive - a shovel nose guitar shark, 4 different types of sting ray, numerous morays (some swimming around us), a puffer fish, hundreds of banner fish, fosters barracuda and some cleaner shrimp, who were busy at work cleaning the morays.
Day 2
Dive 1
Lots to see – a bow mouth guitar shark, 6 eagle rays in formation, white tips, an alameda pipe fish, turtles, numerous morays and a large shoal of blue-stripe snappers and sweet-lips.
Dive 2
MANTATASTIC! - 1 large female manta at the start of the dive, followed by 3 other mantas at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
A pleasant dive with lots of small reef fish and glass fish all over the wreck.
Day 3
Dive 1
White tips, a dog tooth tuna, anemone fish guarding their eggs, some honeycomb morays and a manta ray at the surface.
Dive 2
WOW! - sooooo many grey reef sharks and eagle rays AND … a very friendly hawksbill turtle.
Dive 3
Lots to see – a couple of grey reef sharks, white tips, napoleons, waves of fusiliers, then a gentle drift inside the channel, where we saw some hawksbill turtles.
Day 4
Dive 1
What a lovely dive - soooo many grey reef sharks and eagle rays, a huge shoal of big eyed jacks and fosters barracuda, a lovely shoal of sweet-lips, a huge napoleon and some hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
An incredible dive!!! What a fantastic display of sharks – there were just soooo many! We also saw some giant trevally hunting huge bait balls of fusiliers, as well as, eagle rays and shoal after shoal of fish life.
Dive 3
WOW – lots of nurse sharks, giant trevally, blue fin trevally and pink whiptail ray. Great fun.
Day 5
Dive 1
Plenty of grey shark action along the front, as well as, eagle rays and giant trevally, followed by a swift drift along the inside reef.
Dive 2
RAYS!!! Feather tail sting ray, porcupine ray, several mangrove whip tail rays, a marbled ray AND … white tips, a large shoal of big eyed trevally and waves of fusiliers.
Dive 3
WHALE SHARK!!!
Evening Activity
Walking on Maamagili.
Day 6
Dive 1
Plenty of white tips, a large male porcupine ray and a couple of hawksbills.
Dive 2
A WHALE SHARK!!! We also saw black-tips, reef sharks, a hawksbill turtle, a large shoal of yellow goat fish, a scorpion fish, shoaling bug eyes and rabbit fish. Then WOW, we saw another whale shark on the way back to the boat, so everyone got in for a snorkel – This makes it a 3 whale shark sighting trip.
Dive 3
What a stunning dive – a huge shoal of blue striped and humpback snapper, jacks charging fusiliers, beautiful soft corals and numerous anemones on the top of the reef.
Evening Activity
Some of the guests went to Dangethi Island.
Day 7
Dive 1
Great dive – we saw a black-tip reef shark, white tips, sting rays, eagle rays, turtles, tuna and gravelly charging around.
Dive 2
Lovely dive, but sadly no mantas.
Dive 3
The whole thila is just full of life – it has the most small reef fish, of all the dive sites here in the Maldives. It was like swimming through clouds of fish. We also saw turtles, stone fish, lion fish, octopus mating and numerous colourful sponges and corals.
Evening Activity
The guests went over to Eboodo Island with wine and beers to watch the sunset.
Day 8
Dive 1
Fantastic!!! 3 mantas turned up and stayed with us for the whole dive. It was great, as there were no other divers around.
Dive 2
Fish soup!!! Amazing soft blue coral all under the overhangs AND both white tips and grey reef sharks.
Dive 3
Lots to see - a pair of cuttlefish, a lovely glossodoris (sea-slug), octopus, hawksbill turtles, white tips and grey reef sharks, dog tooth tuna and hundreds of banner fish.
Dive 4
WOW! We had 3 mantas join us for the whole of our 80 minute dive. What a fantastic display.
Day 9
Dive 1
Fish soup!!! 5 hawksbill turtles, 7 grey reef sharks, fosters barracuda, bat fish, thousands of banner fish, a pair of peacock mantis shrimps and numerous free swimming morays.
Daytime Excursion
We enjoyed an ice cream in Male.
Day 10
 
Dive 1
A very pleasant first dive, with a free-way of fusiliers, a large dog tooth tuna, green and hawksbill turtles, a couple of white tips, several porcelain crabs, morays, a large shoal of sweet-lips & red-tail butterfly fish AND … we even had manta come to the back of the boat.
Day 1
Dive 1
Fish Soup!!! There were just soooo many different types of reef fish, all hanging out on the corner and around the coral blocks, as well as white tips, manta, turtles, peddle flounder, spearing mantis and porcelain crabs.
Dive 2
WOW! - Numerous mantas joined us for the whole dive, together with some very friendly green turtles. It was so nice, as we could get right up to them and take photos.
Dive 3
Another great dive - a shovel nose guitar shark, 4 different types of sting ray, numerous morays (some swimming around us), a puffer fish, hundreds of banner fish, fosters barracuda and some cleaner shrimp, who were busy at work cleaning the morays.
Day 2
Dive 1
Lots to see – a bow mouth guitar shark, 6 eagle rays in formation, white tips, an alameda pipe fish, turtles, numerous morays and a large shoal of blue-stripe snappers and sweet-lips.
Dive 2
MANTATASTIC! - 1 large female manta at the start of the dive, followed by 3 other mantas at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
A pleasant dive with lots of small reef fish and glass fish all over the wreck.
Day 3
Dive 1
White tips, a dog tooth tuna, anemone fish guarding their eggs, some honeycomb morays and a manta ray at the surface.
Dive 2
WOW! - sooooo many grey reef sharks and eagle rays AND … a very friendly hawksbill turtle.
Dive 3
Lots to see – a couple of grey reef sharks, white tips, napoleons, waves of fusiliers, then a gentle drift inside the channel, where we saw some hawksbill turtles.
Day 4
Dive 1
What a lovely dive - soooo many grey reef sharks and eagle rays, a huge shoal of big eyed jacks and fosters barracuda, a lovely shoal of sweet-lips, a huge napoleon and some hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
An incredible dive!!! What a fantastic display of sharks – there were just soooo many! We also saw some giant trevally hunting huge bait balls of fusiliers, as well as, eagle rays and shoal after shoal of fish life.
Dive 3
WOW – lots of nurse sharks, giant trevally, blue fin trevally and pink whiptail ray. Great fun.
Day 5
Dive 1
Plenty of grey shark action along the front, as well as, eagle rays and giant trevally, followed by a swift drift along the inside reef.
Dive 2
RAYS!!! Feather tail sting ray, porcupine ray, several mangrove whip tail rays, a marbled ray AND … white tips, a large shoal of big eyed trevally and waves of fusiliers.
Dive 3
WHALE SHARK!!!
Evening Activity
Walking on Maamagili.
Day 6
Dive 1
Plenty of white tips, a large male porcupine ray and a couple of hawksbills.
Dive 2
A WHALE SHARK!!! We also saw black-tips, reef sharks, a hawksbill turtle, a large shoal of yellow goat fish, a scorpion fish, shoaling bug eyes and rabbit fish. Then WOW, we saw another whale shark on the way back to the boat, so everyone got in for a snorkel – This makes it a 3 whale shark sighting trip.
Dive 3
What a stunning dive – a huge shoal of blue striped and humpback snapper, jacks charging fusiliers, beautiful soft corals and numerous anemones on the top of the reef.
Evening Activity
Some of the guests went to Dangethi Island.
Day 7
Dive 1
Great dive – we saw a black-tip reef shark, white tips, sting rays, eagle rays, turtles, tuna and gravelly charging around.
Dive 2
Lovely dive, but sadly no mantas.
Dive 3
The whole thila is just full of life – it has the most small reef fish, of all the dive sites here in the Maldives. It was like swimming through clouds of fish. We also saw turtles, stone fish, lion fish, octopus mating and numerous colourful sponges and corals.
Evening Activity
The guests went over to Eboodo Island with wine and beers to watch the sunset.
Day 8
Dive 1
Fantastic!!! 3 mantas turned up and stayed with us for the whole dive. It was great, as there were no other divers around.
Dive 2
Fish soup!!! Amazing soft blue coral all under the overhangs AND both white tips and grey reef sharks.
Dive 3
Lots to see - a pair of cuttlefish, a lovely glossodoris (sea-slug), octopus, hawksbill turtles, white tips and grey reef sharks, dog tooth tuna and hundreds of banner fish.
Dive 4
WOW! We had 3 mantas join us for the whole of our 80 minute dive. What a fantastic display.
Day 9
Dive 1
Fish soup!!! 5 hawksbill turtles, 7 grey reef sharks, fosters barracuda, bat fish, thousands of banner fish, a pair of peacock mantis shrimps and numerous free swimming morays.
Daytime Excursion
We enjoyed an ice cream in Male.
Day 10
Sea Spirit SS537B
16 Jul 2017 to 28 Jul 2017
Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
We met everyone in the afternoon, as a group, so once we were all safely onboard, we made the best of the good weather and made the Atoll crossing.
Day 1
Dive 1
Nelivaru Thila - The small current allowed the guests to get settled in and enjoy a pretty dive, with stunning burnt orange anemones, octopus, spearing mantis, longnose hawk fish and lion fish. The deep pinnacles were covered in glass fish and silver-side, which in turn where being charged at by blue fin and tuna.
Dive 2
Dharavandhoo Thila - A beautiful dive with interesting ledges and overhangs full of small stuff.
Dive 3
Dhon Fanu - Great dive - White tips and dolphins at the surface and 5 eagle rays, who joined us as soon as we reached the pinnacles, and hung around for quite some time. Whilst enjoying this dive, we saw a huge black coral bush and numerous rocks covered in colonial anemones all full of clown fish.
Ocean Crossing
Night crossing to Ari Atoll
Day 2
Dive 1
Rasdhoo Madivaru - This dive site is always a big hit with the guests - and why not it’s just like swimming in fish soup and with so much action!!! Hundreds of batfish following us, grey reef sharks been cleaned, white tips, eagle and sting rays, napoleons, as well as all the small stuff.
Dive 2
Makaru Thila - A lovely dive - fabulous fish action – they were being charged at, bringing a wall of fish right at us!! So much to see - octopus, white tips, jus grey sharks and jus white tips resting, zebra moray, jus sting ray been cleaned, scorpion fish, stone fish, mantis shrimps and hundreds of anemones.
Dive 3
Maaya Thila - WOW ‘Turtle City’ and all so friendly, as well as Octopus, who were putting on an amazing mating dance, a creche of jus white tips and grey reef sharks, hundreds of banner fish, giant trevally charging around, tuna and a large shoal of big eye jacks.
Dive 4
MANTASTIC!! - we had 3 different mantas swim over to say hello and stay with us for the whole dive.
Day 3
Dive 1
Fish Head - Fish soup along with a few grey reef sharks, turtles, an eagle ray and numerous napoleon.
Dive 2
Ari Manta Point - 5 stunning mantas swam with us for the whole dive.
Dive 3
Kudhi Maa Wreck - The wreck was covered in batfish and blue fin trevally, as well as a number of sea slugs - emma’s hypselodoris, olivaria tambja and SP mini tambja to name a few.
Evening Activity
Some of the guests went for a sunset walk around Maamagili Island.
Day 4
Dive 1
Bodu Finolhu - Lovely dive - there were so many white tips and sting rays, a small leopard shark and a large shoal of blue striped snappers.
Dive 2
Maamagili Corner - A huge swell with very low visibility, so we ended the dive early.
Dive 3
Ari Beach - We all enjoyed snorkelling with a beautiful whale shark before the dive. During the dive we saw turtles, a large cuttlefish, white tips, a large shoal of hump-head snappers.
Evening Activity
Nice walk around Dhangethi Island.
Day 5
Dive 1
Mohamed Thila - A stunning colourful thila with so much soft coral and sea fans. AND ….. not forgetting all the pelagic fish life and grey reef sharks.
Dive 2
We enjoyed snorkelling with the same whale shark, as yesterday. It was great, as it stayed with us for over 20 minutes!!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing.
Dive 3
Dusk dive, so many nurse sharks, giant gravelly and black-tip reef sharks!!
Day 6
Dive 1
Strange current, with both an in-current and out-current, however, despite this we saw a couple of white tips and jus grey reef sharks, a juvenile ribbon eel, a honey-comb moray and a free-way of fusiliers.
Dive 2
Hathi Kolhu - Always a hit with guests - fab critter dive!
Dive 3
We enjoyed a gentle drift dive along the outside of Guraidhoo reef, where we were surrounded by a free-way of fusiliers, whom were being charged by blue fin gravelly and tuna. We also saw numerous honey-comb morays and turtles.
Evening Activity
Guided tour of the local island
Day 7
Dive 1
Cocoa Thila - WOW !!!! What a mind blowing amount of grey reef sharks and eagle rays.
Dive 2
Cocoa Thila - The guests where more than happy to dive the same site, and we weren’t disappointed - another mind-blowing dive!
Dive 3
Heart Girl - The guests requested a chilled-out dive, so this site was perfect.
Day 8
Dive 1
Cocoa Thila - There was an amazing amount of action along the front. Grey reef sharks, then 17 eagle rays, who were hanging in formation before they swam right underneath us. We followed this by drifting over to the thin to meet more eagle rays, green and hawksbill turtles and a wall of sweet lips.
Dive 2
Miyaru Faru - FAB DIVE!!! - BOW-MOUTH GUITAR SHARK, white tips, eagle rays, 3 hawksbill turtles, a free way of fusiliers, octopus, jus two tone parrot fish, a porcelain crab, tuna and hundreds of pyramid butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
Fish Tank - What a crazy dive - so many fish and sting rays, just too many to count!!
Day 9
Dive 1
Lankan - 3 hawksbill and 2 green turtles along with quite a few white tips, sting rays, a large shoal of mid-night snappers and a freeway of fusiliers.
Dive 2
Lankan - Jackpot!! We had 8 mantas cleaning at the same time, with some even making nice overhead passes.
Dive 3
HP Reef (Furanafushi Island) - WOW!! 16 eagle rays in formation, a huge dog toothed tuna and wave after wave of fusiliers, as well as lovely soft coral, which was all puffed out to its full glory.
Evening Activity
Thunder storm with fabulous lighting show this evening.
Day 10
Dive 1
Colosseum - Incredible!! We saw more eagle rays in formation, they swam right up to us, whilst a number of white tips swam around. We also saw a huge shoal of blue stripe snappers and hump-head snappers, sting ray and turtles. Right at the end of the dive, 2 mantas swam by whilst we were doing our safety stops.
Dive 2
Aquarium - What can I say but fish soup!!!
Dive 3
Dusk dive – Fish Tank - WOW WOW WOW!!! When you’re looking for Macro stuff to film and instead you get…….. a MAAAHOOOSIVE GREAT HAMMER HEAD swim around you, plus a GUITAR SHARK, you can only imagine how excited we all were. Totally mind-blowing.
Day 11
Dive 1
Fish Tank - Everyone was more than happy to go back to the same dive site after yesterday’s encounter with the hammer head, but sadly it had gone. However, we did still have a lovely dive and saw plenty of fish and of course small stuff to film this time.
Dive 2
Sunlight - What a super way to finish the trip with more mantas, we had 5 all to ourselves.
Evening Activity
Afternoon walk around Male and packing. Great night with singing and guitar music from Dave and 2 of the guests (Grant & Trina).
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Late morning transfer to the airport ready for homebound flights and resort transfers.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
We met everyone in the afternoon, as a group, so once we were all safely onboard, we made the best of the good weather and made the Atoll crossing.
Day 1
Dive 1
Nelivaru Thila - The small current allowed the guests to get settled in and enjoy a pretty dive, with stunning burnt orange anemones, octopus, spearing mantis, longnose hawk fish and lion fish. The deep pinnacles were covered in glass fish and silver-side, which in turn where being charged at by blue fin and tuna.
Dive 2
Dharavandhoo Thila - A beautiful dive with interesting ledges and overhangs full of small stuff.
Dive 3
Dhon Fanu - Great dive - White tips and dolphins at the surface and 5 eagle rays, who joined us as soon as we reached the pinnacles, and hung around for quite some time. Whilst enjoying this dive, we saw a huge black coral bush and numerous rocks covered in colonial anemones all full of clown fish.
Ocean Crossing
Night crossing to Ari Atoll
Day 2
Dive 1
Rasdhoo Madivaru - This dive site is always a big hit with the guests - and why not it’s just like swimming in fish soup and with so much action!!! Hundreds of batfish following us, grey reef sharks been cleaned, white tips, eagle and sting rays, napoleons, as well as all the small stuff.
Dive 2
Makaru Thila - A lovely dive - fabulous fish action – they were being charged at, bringing a wall of fish right at us!! So much to see - octopus, white tips, jus grey sharks and jus white tips resting, zebra moray, jus sting ray been cleaned, scorpion fish, stone fish, mantis shrimps and hundreds of anemones.
Dive 3
Maaya Thila - WOW ‘Turtle City’ and all so friendly, as well as Octopus, who were putting on an amazing mating dance, a creche of jus white tips and grey reef sharks, hundreds of banner fish, giant trevally charging around, tuna and a large shoal of big eye jacks.
Dive 4
MANTASTIC!! - we had 3 different mantas swim over to say hello and stay with us for the whole dive.
Day 3
Dive 1
Fish Head - Fish soup along with a few grey reef sharks, turtles, an eagle ray and numerous napoleon.
Dive 2
Ari Manta Point - 5 stunning mantas swam with us for the whole dive.
Dive 3
Kudhi Maa Wreck - The wreck was covered in batfish and blue fin trevally, as well as a number of sea slugs - emma’s hypselodoris, olivaria tambja and SP mini tambja to name a few.
Evening Activity
Some of the guests went for a sunset walk around Maamagili Island.
Day 4
Dive 1
Bodu Finolhu - Lovely dive - there were so many white tips and sting rays, a small leopard shark and a large shoal of blue striped snappers.
Dive 2
Maamagili Corner - A huge swell with very low visibility, so we ended the dive early.
Dive 3
Ari Beach - We all enjoyed snorkelling with a beautiful whale shark before the dive. During the dive we saw turtles, a large cuttlefish, white tips, a large shoal of hump-head snappers.
Evening Activity
Nice walk around Dhangethi Island.
Day 5
Dive 1
Mohamed Thila - A stunning colourful thila with so much soft coral and sea fans. AND ….. not forgetting all the pelagic fish life and grey reef sharks.
Dive 2
We enjoyed snorkelling with the same whale shark, as yesterday. It was great, as it stayed with us for over 20 minutes!!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing.
Dive 3
Dusk dive, so many nurse sharks, giant gravelly and black-tip reef sharks!!
Day 6
Dive 1
Strange current, with both an in-current and out-current, however, despite this we saw a couple of white tips and jus grey reef sharks, a juvenile ribbon eel, a honey-comb moray and a free-way of fusiliers.
Dive 2
Hathi Kolhu - Always a hit with guests - fab critter dive!
Dive 3
We enjoyed a gentle drift dive along the outside of Guraidhoo reef, where we were surrounded by a free-way of fusiliers, whom were being charged by blue fin gravelly and tuna. We also saw numerous honey-comb morays and turtles.
Evening Activity
Guided tour of the local island
Day 7
Dive 1
Cocoa Thila - WOW !!!! What a mind blowing amount of grey reef sharks and eagle rays.
Dive 2
Cocoa Thila - The guests where more than happy to dive the same site, and we weren’t disappointed - another mind-blowing dive!
Dive 3
Heart Girl - The guests requested a chilled-out dive, so this site was perfect.
Day 8
Dive 1
Cocoa Thila - There was an amazing amount of action along the front. Grey reef sharks, then 17 eagle rays, who were hanging in formation before they swam right underneath us. We followed this by drifting over to the thin to meet more eagle rays, green and hawksbill turtles and a wall of sweet lips.
Dive 2
Miyaru Faru - FAB DIVE!!! - BOW-MOUTH GUITAR SHARK, white tips, eagle rays, 3 hawksbill turtles, a free way of fusiliers, octopus, jus two tone parrot fish, a porcelain crab, tuna and hundreds of pyramid butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
Fish Tank - What a crazy dive - so many fish and sting rays, just too many to count!!
Day 9
Dive 1
Lankan - 3 hawksbill and 2 green turtles along with quite a few white tips, sting rays, a large shoal of mid-night snappers and a freeway of fusiliers.
Dive 2
Lankan - Jackpot!! We had 8 mantas cleaning at the same time, with some even making nice overhead passes.
Dive 3
HP Reef (Furanafushi Island) - WOW!! 16 eagle rays in formation, a huge dog toothed tuna and wave after wave of fusiliers, as well as lovely soft coral, which was all puffed out to its full glory.
Evening Activity
Thunder storm with fabulous lighting show this evening.
Day 10
Dive 1
Colosseum - Incredible!! We saw more eagle rays in formation, they swam right up to us, whilst a number of white tips swam around. We also saw a huge shoal of blue stripe snappers and hump-head snappers, sting ray and turtles. Right at the end of the dive, 2 mantas swam by whilst we were doing our safety stops.
Dive 2
Aquarium - What can I say but fish soup!!!
Dive 3
Dusk dive – Fish Tank - WOW WOW WOW!!! When you’re looking for Macro stuff to film and instead you get…….. a MAAAHOOOSIVE GREAT HAMMER HEAD swim around you, plus a GUITAR SHARK, you can only imagine how excited we all were. Totally mind-blowing.
Day 11
Dive 1
Fish Tank - Everyone was more than happy to go back to the same dive site after yesterday’s encounter with the hammer head, but sadly it had gone. However, we did still have a lovely dive and saw plenty of fish and of course small stuff to film this time.
Dive 2
Sunlight - What a super way to finish the trip with more mantas, we had 5 all to ourselves.
Evening Activity
Afternoon walk around Male and packing. Great night with singing and guitar music from Dave and 2 of the guests (Grant & Trina).
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Late morning transfer to the airport ready for homebound flights and resort transfers.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS534
30 Apr 2017 to 7 May 2017
Central Atolls (7 days)
Dive 1
The guests arrived together, which was perfect and after a quick transfer to Sea Spirit we could up anchor and depart Male - Atoll crossing to North Ari. Once the guests had completed their paperwork and all the formalities were out of the way we had our check dive.
Dive 2
Maayafushi - We saw 4 mantas feeding under Sea Spirit, this meant that we could enjoy a 60-minute dive with them.
Day 1
Dive 1
Lots of divers, but sadly no mantas!
Dive 2
Just us and we had 3 mantas cleaning real close to us and making passes over our heads.
Dive 3
WOW what a great dive!! A large manta fly by, as well as white-tips, turtles, a large shoal of yellow spot and blue stripe snappers and so many stunning basslet fish, which made the reef look orange in places.
Day 2
Dive 1
Sadly, the visibility was very poor and a strange current made it a weird dive.
Dive 2
Poor visibility – so we had a short dive and moved on to find better conditions.
Ocean Crossing
A very smooth crossing to Vaavu Atoll.
Night Dive
Soooo many nurse sharks and black-tips buzzing around, plus sting rays, which made it an action-packed dive!!
Day 3
Dive 1
There was a strong in-current, so we hooked-in on the corner and hung on and enjoyed the passing procession of sharks, followed by a super swift drift into the channel.
Dive 2
The current was down, so, we were able to cross the channel and enjoy a wall of grey reef sharks, as well as, 5 eagle rays, tuna and a huge shoal of big eyed jacks.
Dive 3
Small out-current, so we had a very pleasant dive and enjoyed watching an enormous number of reef fish swimming around the coral blocks.
Evening Activity
All of the guests enjoyed a guided tour around the island Guraidhoo.
Day 4
Dive 1
SHARKS and lots of them!!!! Plus 19 EAGLE RAYS all hanging in formation. We also saw a huge shoal of fosters barracuda and big eyed jacks, as well as turtles.
Dive 2
Strong in-current, so we hung on for as long as our computers allowed – during this time we watched sharks and eagle rays and then enjoyed an interesting drift along the ledges and pinnacles.
Dive 3
Something a little different and a dive with very little current, which was a change from the norm. This allowed everyone to enjoy a relaxing photography dive.
Night Dive
I spent the whole dive using my filters, which made the reef look like a scene from the movie ‘Avatar’.
Day 5
Dive 1
The guests enjoyed a gentle drift dive, which allowed them to take plenty of photographs.
Dive 2
WOW, a classic ‘Thila dive’ (underwater island) with stunning overhangs, which were full of amazing soft blue and fan corals all covered in reef fish. Despite the strong current, we all enjoyed the dive.
Dive 3
Fabulous late afternoon dive – we were surrounded by rays (sting and moray) soooo many of both!!!
Day 6
Dive 1
We love this site – fabulous - with so much fish life and a very friendly eagle ray that swam around us 3 times, as well as white-tips and both green and hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
As the guests are not flying home until tomorrow evening, we were able to have another dive.
Evening Activity
The guests spent the afternoon packing and relaxing, taking in the last rays of sunshine.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Early morning transfer.
Day 8
 
Dive 1
The guests arrived together, which was perfect and after a quick transfer to Sea Spirit we could up anchor and depart Male - Atoll crossing to North Ari. Once the guests had completed their paperwork and all the formalities were out of the way we had our check dive.
Dive 2
Maayafushi - We saw 4 mantas feeding under Sea Spirit, this meant that we could enjoy a 60-minute dive with them.
Day 1
Dive 1
Lots of divers, but sadly no mantas!
Dive 2
Just us and we had 3 mantas cleaning real close to us and making passes over our heads.
Dive 3
WOW what a great dive!! A large manta fly by, as well as white-tips, turtles, a large shoal of yellow spot and blue stripe snappers and so many stunning basslet fish, which made the reef look orange in places.
Day 2
Dive 1
Sadly, the visibility was very poor and a strange current made it a weird dive.
Dive 2
Poor visibility – so we had a short dive and moved on to find better conditions.
Ocean Crossing
A very smooth crossing to Vaavu Atoll.
Night Dive
Soooo many nurse sharks and black-tips buzzing around, plus sting rays, which made it an action-packed dive!!
Day 3
Dive 1
There was a strong in-current, so we hooked-in on the corner and hung on and enjoyed the passing procession of sharks, followed by a super swift drift into the channel.
Dive 2
The current was down, so, we were able to cross the channel and enjoy a wall of grey reef sharks, as well as, 5 eagle rays, tuna and a huge shoal of big eyed jacks.
Dive 3
Small out-current, so we had a very pleasant dive and enjoyed watching an enormous number of reef fish swimming around the coral blocks.
Evening Activity
All of the guests enjoyed a guided tour around the island Guraidhoo.
Day 4
Dive 1
SHARKS and lots of them!!!! Plus 19 EAGLE RAYS all hanging in formation. We also saw a huge shoal of fosters barracuda and big eyed jacks, as well as turtles.
Dive 2
Strong in-current, so we hung on for as long as our computers allowed – during this time we watched sharks and eagle rays and then enjoyed an interesting drift along the ledges and pinnacles.
Dive 3
Something a little different and a dive with very little current, which was a change from the norm. This allowed everyone to enjoy a relaxing photography dive.
Night Dive
I spent the whole dive using my filters, which made the reef look like a scene from the movie ‘Avatar’.
Day 5
Dive 1
The guests enjoyed a gentle drift dive, which allowed them to take plenty of photographs.
Dive 2
WOW, a classic ‘Thila dive’ (underwater island) with stunning overhangs, which were full of amazing soft blue and fan corals all covered in reef fish. Despite the strong current, we all enjoyed the dive.
Dive 3
Fabulous late afternoon dive – we were surrounded by rays (sting and moray) soooo many of both!!!
Day 6
Dive 1
We love this site – fabulous - with so much fish life and a very friendly eagle ray that swam around us 3 times, as well as white-tips and both green and hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
As the guests are not flying home until tomorrow evening, we were able to have another dive.
Evening Activity
The guests spent the afternoon packing and relaxing, taking in the last rays of sunshine.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Early morning transfer.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS533
18 Apr 2017 to 30 Apr 2017
Equatorial Far South to Male (12 day)
Guest Transfer
We met the guests from the domestic flight in the afternoon and headed for Sea Spirit. Once everyone was settled onboard, we got on with completing the paperwork and formalities in preparation for the check dive. The check dive was great, a gentle drift dive, where we enjoyed seeing a wall of purple fan corals and countless small reef fish. We also saw a tamja sp nudi (sea slug) and a harlequin grouper, which is rare and normally only seen at 50 metres +.
Day 1
Dive 1
An enjoyable dive, where we saw an eagle ray hunting for food, juvenile white-tips and jus grey reef sharks, an oceanic manta, numerous great barracuda, a huge shoal of big eyed jacks and a feather-tail ray.
Dive 2
Lots to see – a large oceanic manta, 2 large nurse sharks, numerous juvenile grey reef sharks, great barracuda, big eyed jacks, an unknown pink and white chromodoris and a turtle.
Ocean Crossing
A very pleasant crossing from Addu to Foammulah.
Dive 3
WOW – 2 TIGER SHARKS real close, 2 THRESHER SHARKS and an ornate EAGLE RAY!
Evening Activity
We had a nice walk around the harbour and then went to watch some local boat building.
Day 2
Dive 1
We saw a very big, fat pale tiger shark, 2 oceanic manta, as well as hundreds and hundreds of skip jack tuna.
Dive 2
WOW, as soon as we hit the water we saw an oceanic manta, followed by 3 THRESHER SHARKS, a TIGER SHARK and 3 HAMMER-HEADS!!! 1 of the thresher sharks came real close and swam past us, whilst another was being cleaned.
Dive 3
We saw 2 thresher sharks, the first one was up in the shallows and swam really close to us, the other was smaller and being cleaned.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo.
Day 3
Dive 1
We enjoyed a very pleasant channel crossing, where we able to see a great deal of pelagic fish action all the way – hundreds and hundreds of skip-jack tuna, grey reef sharks, an eagle ray and green turtles.
Dive 2
Drift dive – we started on the inside and finished on the corner, where we saw a great deal of small reef fish and good coral coverage.
Dive 3
Fab dive - numerous grey reef sharks on the front of the channel, along with mid-night snappers, hundreds and hundreds of big eyed jacks, a huge shoal of fosters barracuda, 4 ribbon eels, a robust ghost pipe fish, green turtles, a sting ray been cleaned and an eagle ray right at the end of the dive.
Snorkelling
How exciting - a lovely 7m whale shark turned up quite late, but it was well worth the wait, as 3 of us enjoyed a great night snorkel.
Day 4
Dive 1
Lots to see – a jenkins ray, several eagle rays, grey reef sharks and white-tips, so many green turtles, a robust ghost pipe fish, some black-tip reef sharks, a bump-head parrot fish AND WOW….. once we reached the corner we were surrounded by zillions of yellow-back fusiliers!!!!
Dive 2
Last dive for us (Dave and Lisa) this season in the ‘Far South. We are going to miss the channels and Foammulah, but what a dive to leave on – we saw grey reef sharks all across the front, with some coming in real close. It was fabulous to watch, but sad to leave.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth ocean crossing (68 miles) from Huvadhoo to Laamu, so plenty of time to relax.
Day 5
Dive 1
1 very pale manta stayed with us for a short while, along with a very nosy green turtle, 6 eagle rays, as well as numerous pompanos and big eyed jacks.
Dive 2
Lots to see – 2 mantas, 3 jenkins rays, eagle rays, jus grey reef sharks and white-tips, a huge shoal of rainbow runners, hundreds of black jacks and 10 Napoleons together.
Dive 3
What an amazing amount of pelagic fish on the corner, it was truly amazing!
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a walk around the local island before sunset.
Day 6
Dive 1
TOTALLY MIND BLOWING – SUPER TOP DIVE!! – a new dive site for us – we enjoyed wall to wall big eyed jacks and hundreds of bonefish for the whole of this drift dive, I’ve never seen sooooo many. The ledges and over hangs were covered in a soft golden coloured coral and huge purple barrel sponges, whilst the reef top was covered in lovely healthy hard coral.
Dive 2
A great dive - grey sharks coming in to clean, a couple of white-tips (some quite large), an eagle ray, a pair of robust ghost pipe fish, a very friendly green turtle and lots of batfish.
Dive 3
Another new site for us - channel crossing with very interesting ledges full of life, however we could have done with a little more current!
Day 7
Dive 1
MANTASTIC!!!! Mantas from start to finish, plus eagle rays.
Dive 2
What a lovely dive – we saw a large shoal of blue fin trevally and rainbow runners, as well as big eyed jacks, a couple of white-tips, stunning pinnacles covered in soft orange coral and so many reef fish, hawksbill and green turtles, a large shoal of hump-head snappers and to finish sweet-lips on the reef top.
Dive 3
1 manta and 2 jenkins rays, a jus pebble flounder, white- tips, a huge spearing mantis shrimp, some beautiful colonial anemones full of fish, and a dracula goby and partner shrimp.
Evening Activity
A stunning sunset over the sand bank.
Day 8
Dive 1
2 mantas, 5 feather-tails rays (1 large female being closely followed by 4 males), hundreds of fosters barracuda and stunning soft blue coral under all the overhangs.
Dive 2
WOW!!!! A huge Queensland grouper, hundreds and hundreds big eyed jacks, napoleons and layer after layer of overhangs full of stunning soft blue coral and sea fans.
Dive 3
FANTASTIC SHARK ACTION - some being very large females along the front of the channel along with eagle rays, dog tooth tuna, giant trevally, hundreds of big eyed jacks and honey-comb morays. We also saw a pair of male octopus having a right good fight. It’s the first time that I have ever seen octopus chasing each other around!
Night Dive
WOW!!! So many nurse sharks all around us, as well as black-tip reef sharks buzzing around in the shallows. We also saw quite a few sting rays and giant trevally, a very small banded snake eel and a little moray.
Day 9
Dive 1
A lovely dive – so many ribbon eels, both yellow/blue and yellow/black, a pair of leaf fish, numerous lionfish, pompanos, 8 mobula ray, who came really close, as well as so many different types of cleaner shrimps and 5 spearing mantis shrimps.
Dive 2
WOW - there most have been over a hundred grey reef sharks swimming down the side of a huge shoal of surges fish and big eyed jacks. 2 of the females were huge and kept swimming around us, whilst we hung out in the current. We also saw green turtles and a vast amount of reef fish.
Dive 3
My, what a current!!! We got swept along the reef with no chance to stop.
Day 10
Dive 1
6 eagle rays, 2 huge mobula ray and lots of grey reef sharks, who didn’t really seem to mind us, as well as hundreds of fosters barracuda and big eyed jacks, sweet-lips, red-tail butter-fly fish and hawksbill and green turtles.
Dive 2
Everyone was more than happy to watch the sharks again and what a show they put on for us. Some even came in to be cleaned right in front of us, what an action-packed dive!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing from South Male to North Male.
Dive 3
FANTASTIC DIVE - with a huge amount of banner fish all around us. So many morays, all different types, all sharing holes. We also saw a couple of snow-flake morays having a fight, a vast amount of sting rays (they just kept on coming), fosters barracuda and a huge napoleon, who came to check us out. This is such a fabulous site, with so much going on and a big hit with those who are keen photographers.
Evening Activity
Spectacular Sunset.
Day 11
What a stunning sunrise over the local island - Himmafushi.
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip. Lankan was fabulous, we've never seen so many black-tips sharks together, as well as some jenkins ray, white-tips, a couple of hawksbill turtles, a small green turtle and a free-way of fusiliers.
Day 12
 
Guest Transfer
We met the guests from the domestic flight in the afternoon and headed for Sea Spirit. Once everyone was settled onboard, we got on with completing the paperwork and formalities in preparation for the check dive. The check dive was great, a gentle drift dive, where we enjoyed seeing a wall of purple fan corals and countless small reef fish. We also saw a tamja sp nudi (sea slug) and a harlequin grouper, which is rare and normally only seen at 50 metres +.
Day 1
Dive 1
An enjoyable dive, where we saw an eagle ray hunting for food, juvenile white-tips and jus grey reef sharks, an oceanic manta, numerous great barracuda, a huge shoal of big eyed jacks and a feather-tail ray.
Dive 2
Lots to see – a large oceanic manta, 2 large nurse sharks, numerous juvenile grey reef sharks, great barracuda, big eyed jacks, an unknown pink and white chromodoris and a turtle.
Ocean Crossing
A very pleasant crossing from Addu to Foammulah.
Dive 3
WOW – 2 TIGER SHARKS real close, 2 THRESHER SHARKS and an ornate EAGLE RAY!
Evening Activity
We had a nice walk around the harbour and then went to watch some local boat building.
Day 2
Dive 1
We saw a very big, fat pale tiger shark, 2 oceanic manta, as well as hundreds and hundreds of skip jack tuna.
Dive 2
WOW, as soon as we hit the water we saw an oceanic manta, followed by 3 THRESHER SHARKS, a TIGER SHARK and 3 HAMMER-HEADS!!! 1 of the thresher sharks came real close and swam past us, whilst another was being cleaned.
Dive 3
We saw 2 thresher sharks, the first one was up in the shallows and swam really close to us, the other was smaller and being cleaned.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo.
Day 3
Dive 1
We enjoyed a very pleasant channel crossing, where we able to see a great deal of pelagic fish action all the way – hundreds and hundreds of skip-jack tuna, grey reef sharks, an eagle ray and green turtles.
Dive 2
Drift dive – we started on the inside and finished on the corner, where we saw a great deal of small reef fish and good coral coverage.
Dive 3
Fab dive - numerous grey reef sharks on the front of the channel, along with mid-night snappers, hundreds and hundreds of big eyed jacks, a huge shoal of fosters barracuda, 4 ribbon eels, a robust ghost pipe fish, green turtles, a sting ray been cleaned and an eagle ray right at the end of the dive.
Snorkelling
How exciting - a lovely 7m whale shark turned up quite late, but it was well worth the wait, as 3 of us enjoyed a great night snorkel.
Day 4
Dive 1
Lots to see – a jenkins ray, several eagle rays, grey reef sharks and white-tips, so many green turtles, a robust ghost pipe fish, some black-tip reef sharks, a bump-head parrot fish AND WOW….. once we reached the corner we were surrounded by zillions of yellow-back fusiliers!!!!
Dive 2
Last dive for us (Dave and Lisa) this season in the ‘Far South. We are going to miss the channels and Foammulah, but what a dive to leave on – we saw grey reef sharks all across the front, with some coming in real close. It was fabulous to watch, but sad to leave.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth ocean crossing (68 miles) from Huvadhoo to Laamu, so plenty of time to relax.
Day 5
Dive 1
1 very pale manta stayed with us for a short while, along with a very nosy green turtle, 6 eagle rays, as well as numerous pompanos and big eyed jacks.
Dive 2
Lots to see – 2 mantas, 3 jenkins rays, eagle rays, jus grey reef sharks and white-tips, a huge shoal of rainbow runners, hundreds of black jacks and 10 Napoleons together.
Dive 3
What an amazing amount of pelagic fish on the corner, it was truly amazing!
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a walk around the local island before sunset.
Day 6
Dive 1
TOTALLY MIND BLOWING – SUPER TOP DIVE!! – a new dive site for us – we enjoyed wall to wall big eyed jacks and hundreds of bonefish for the whole of this drift dive, I’ve never seen sooooo many. The ledges and over hangs were covered in a soft golden coloured coral and huge purple barrel sponges, whilst the reef top was covered in lovely healthy hard coral.
Dive 2
A great dive - grey sharks coming in to clean, a couple of white-tips (some quite large), an eagle ray, a pair of robust ghost pipe fish, a very friendly green turtle and lots of batfish.
Dive 3
Another new site for us - channel crossing with very interesting ledges full of life, however we could have done with a little more current!
Day 7
Dive 1
MANTASTIC!!!! Mantas from start to finish, plus eagle rays.
Dive 2
What a lovely dive – we saw a large shoal of blue fin trevally and rainbow runners, as well as big eyed jacks, a couple of white-tips, stunning pinnacles covered in soft orange coral and so many reef fish, hawksbill and green turtles, a large shoal of hump-head snappers and to finish sweet-lips on the reef top.
Dive 3
1 manta and 2 jenkins rays, a jus pebble flounder, white- tips, a huge spearing mantis shrimp, some beautiful colonial anemones full of fish, and a dracula goby and partner shrimp.
Evening Activity
A stunning sunset over the sand bank.
Day 8
Dive 1
2 mantas, 5 feather-tails rays (1 large female being closely followed by 4 males), hundreds of fosters barracuda and stunning soft blue coral under all the overhangs.
Dive 2
WOW!!!! A huge Queensland grouper, hundreds and hundreds big eyed jacks, napoleons and layer after layer of overhangs full of stunning soft blue coral and sea fans.
Dive 3
FANTASTIC SHARK ACTION - some being very large females along the front of the channel along with eagle rays, dog tooth tuna, giant trevally, hundreds of big eyed jacks and honey-comb morays. We also saw a pair of male octopus having a right good fight. It’s the first time that I have ever seen octopus chasing each other around!
Night Dive
WOW!!! So many nurse sharks all around us, as well as black-tip reef sharks buzzing around in the shallows. We also saw quite a few sting rays and giant trevally, a very small banded snake eel and a little moray.
Day 9
Dive 1
A lovely dive – so many ribbon eels, both yellow/blue and yellow/black, a pair of leaf fish, numerous lionfish, pompanos, 8 mobula ray, who came really close, as well as so many different types of cleaner shrimps and 5 spearing mantis shrimps.
Dive 2
WOW - there most have been over a hundred grey reef sharks swimming down the side of a huge shoal of surges fish and big eyed jacks. 2 of the females were huge and kept swimming around us, whilst we hung out in the current. We also saw green turtles and a vast amount of reef fish.
Dive 3
My, what a current!!! We got swept along the reef with no chance to stop.
Day 10
Dive 1
6 eagle rays, 2 huge mobula ray and lots of grey reef sharks, who didn’t really seem to mind us, as well as hundreds of fosters barracuda and big eyed jacks, sweet-lips, red-tail butter-fly fish and hawksbill and green turtles.
Dive 2
Everyone was more than happy to watch the sharks again and what a show they put on for us. Some even came in to be cleaned right in front of us, what an action-packed dive!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing from South Male to North Male.
Dive 3
FANTASTIC DIVE - with a huge amount of banner fish all around us. So many morays, all different types, all sharing holes. We also saw a couple of snow-flake morays having a fight, a vast amount of sting rays (they just kept on coming), fosters barracuda and a huge napoleon, who came to check us out. This is such a fabulous site, with so much going on and a big hit with those who are keen photographers.
Evening Activity
Spectacular Sunset.
Day 11
What a stunning sunrise over the local island - Himmafushi.
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip. Lankan was fabulous, we've never seen so many black-tips sharks together, as well as some jenkins ray, white-tips, a couple of hawksbill turtles, a small green turtle and a free-way of fusiliers.
Day 12
Sea Spirit SS532
28 Mar 2017 to 17 Apr 2017
21 Day Ultimate Expedition - Hanimaadhoo - Gan (21 day)
Dive 1
All of the guests arrived on the domestic flight in the afternoon and took the short transfer to the boat. This was great, as we had time to set up the dive gear, do all the safety checks and complete paperwork in preparation for the diving tomorrow.
Day 1
Dive 1
Perfect check out dive, starting in the shallows and enjoying the wreck, which was full of reef fish, a couple of eagle rays, several groupers and napoleons. We finished with a gentle drift along the reef.
Dive 2
Several huge marble rays swan right up to us!! We also saw white-tips and masses of snappers, which were hanging around the blocks.
Dive 3
WOW - the grey sharks on this site were really quite big and fat!! We also enjoyed watching eagle ray and marble ray been cleaned, as well as hundreds of big eyed jacks, bat fish and ambajacks charging around all over the reef.
Day 2
Dive 1
The grey sharks allowed us to hang out with them again, which was great! We also saw large shoals of blue-stripe snappers, numerous eagle rays, 3 threadfin jacks, hundreds of big eyed jacks and some crazy, funny batfish!!
Dive 2
MANTASTIC!! 10 mantas swimming and cleaning together, some even came real close, swimming right over our heads.
Dive 3
What a lovely dive - stunning soft coral all along the overhangs and even covering the deep pinnacles - the amount of fish swimming out in the current was amazing AND whilst we were doing our safety stops 2 bottle-nosed dolphins swam over to say hello, which was great.
Day 3
Dive 1
AMAZING DIVE - 2 giant shovelnose guitar sharks, feather tail ray, swirling ambajacks, Indian snappers and blue stripe snappers, plus a couple of whitetips!!.
Dive 2
2 leopard sharks, a giant guitar shark, numerous eagle rays and marble rays, a huge shoal of batfish, as well as fosters barracuda, ambajacks and a strange yellow anemone.
Dive 3
WOW – we came across a large nurse shark who was resting under the overhang. Later in the dive we saw a silver-tip shark hanging out with some grey reef sharks along with a couple of white-tips, a guitar shark, rainbow runners and big eyed jacks.
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a lovely walk around the island of Mooroshi. It’s such a pretty island and the locals were very friendly.
Day 4
Dive 1
A large guitar shark swam past us a few times, which was exciting. We also saw a couple of grey reef sharks, a sting ray being cleaned, some very friendly eagle rays, a pink frogfish, batfish and some barracuda.
Dive 2
This site is truly stunning - a very interesting pinnacle and overhangs full of amazing soft yellow coral. We saw a nurse shark, grey reef sharks, napoleons, big eyed jacks and a turtle.
Dive 3
We thought that we’d try a new site, but the current made it a really hard dive - it was wanting to push us off the reef. A real shame!
Evening Activity
A couple of the guests went on an island tour.
Day 5
Dive 1
FAB DIVE - with mantas from start to finish, all along the reef.
Snorkelling
Super fun snorkel - with an abundance of mantas feeding - they allowed us to get right up close and kept passing underneath us. WOW – all of this and we’ve not even had breakfast yet!
Dive 2
Everyone was more than happy to go back to have some more manta fun.
Dive 3
This has to be one of those sites that has everything – a healthy reef full of fish, coral and interesting pinnacles, fabulous visibility and very little current.
Day 6
Dive 1
NEW SITE FOR US – a little eagle ray hung out with us and 2 mantas came in for a clean right at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Stunning bright pink hard coral, a couple of grey reef sharks, 6 eagle rays, a marble ray, a feather-tail ray and hundreds of pyramid butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
We were hoping to find the guitar shark again, but no luck! However, we did see a marble ray been cleaned, a friendly hawksbill and a large shoal of blue-powder surgeon fish on the reef top.
Ocean Crossing
A very calm night crossing from Baa to North Ari (9 hours)
Day 7
Dive 1
SPECTACULAR DIVE - a couple of grey reef sharks came sooooo close, as well as numerous tuna, which were charging the fusiliers. We also saw a little eagle ray, batfish, large shoals of blue-stripe snappers and big eyed jacks, a pair of octopus, a very active Chromodoris Glenei (sea slug), a very busy peacock mantis shrimp cleaning his home, a number of juvenile grey reef sharks on the top of the thila and some very small white-tips resting under the table corals!!
Dive 2
Grey reef sharks all along the ridge for the whole dive.
Dive 3
Grey reef sharks, silver-tips and white-tips, as well as a hawksbill, 2 pairs of octopus, hundreds of banner fish, fosters barracuda, ambajacks and black coral covered in glass fish.
Night Dive
A sting ray followed us for most of the dive and there were a couple of white-tips out on the hunt being closely followed by giant trevally. We also saw a hawksbill swimming around, an octopus, the smallest mini squid we’ve ever seen, a cowrie shell moving around, a martin seven gilled sea slug, a groovy little banded shrimp and morays.
Dive 5
We enjoyed a cheeky dive under the Sea Spirit, where 7 mantas were feeding. It was fantastic to watch and to have them come within centimetres of us!!!
Day 8
Dive 1
Fish soup along with a couple of hawksbill turtles and a large guitar shark.
Dive 2
2 Mantas, but lots of divers.
Dive 3
2 mantas, 2 leopard sharks, a large grey reef shark, napoleons, midnight snappers and an octopus.
Day 9
Dive 1
WOW – a lovely dive – where we saw a large female manta, a pair of dolphins, some large napoleons, a strange nudi (sea slug), a huge shoal of blue-stripe snappers, a free way of fusiliers, a grey reef shark, numerous white-tips and coral blocks covered in glass fish.
Snorkelling
A couple of guests went for a quick snorkel with a small whale shark before breakfast!!
Dive 2
A large leopard shark, a grey reef shark, a hawksbill, a very active sea hare, a free-way of fusiliers AND a large WHALE SHARK at the end of the dive!
Dive 3
A very pretty thila dive, great for a keen photographer. The whole site was covered with coral and full of fish.
Ocean Crossing
We enjoyed a late lunch and ocean crossing to Meemu (6½ hours)
Day 10
Dive 1
Strong current – however, we still had plenty of ‘big fish action’ with hundreds and hundreds of big eyed jacks and fosters barracuda, a couple of grey sharks and a very friendly small eagle ray.
Dive 2
GREAT DIVE - lots of grey reef sharks and white-tips, a huge shoal of hump-head snappers and sweet-lips, red snappers and mid-night snappers hanging in the current, hawksbill and green turtles, rainbow runners and a little peacock mantis shrimp swimming around.
Dive 3
SOOOOO many grey sharks all along the ridge, as well as dog tooth tuna and big eyed jacks.
Evening Activity
Chris and Stu went for a walk around the local island.
Day 11
Dive 1
MANTASTIC - for the whole dive with 5 cleaning together, plus eagle rays and a pair of robust pipe fish.
Dive 2
We experienced a strange current, which kept changing diffraction at different depths, however, despite this we enjoyed exploring the reef, which was healthy with interesting overhangs and ledges.
Dive 3
A very relaxing channel crossing with plenty of both pelagic life and reef fish. 5 eagle rays, grey reef sharks and white-tips, robust pipe fish, bump-head parrot fish, a large shoal of thread-fin butter-fly fish and hundreds of sergeant majors.
Day 12
Dive 1
2 hammer-heads, a large mobula ray, grey reef sharks, wahoo and common dolphins through-out the whole dive, it was AMAZING!
Dive 2
The reef here is in really good condition with plenty of reef fish, but the best thing was that we found a very old, but large wreck with a huge anchor in the shallows. Not sure of the name of the wreck, so will have to investigate further.
Dive 3
We absolutely love this site – there’s always tons to see……. 4 eagle rays, jut grey reef sharks, chevron barracuda, big eyed jacks, wave after wave of fusiliers, a pair of porcelain crabs, octopus, a large peddle flounder , a shoal of zebra dart goby and numerous whip tail sting ray.
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a walk around the lovely island of Maabidhoo.
Day 13
Day 14
Dive 1
WOW!!!! It was like ‘wall paper effect’ of GREY SHARKS!!! There was just sooo many (we are talking hundreds), plus eagle rays, green turtles, nurse sharks, black-tip sharks, 5 ribbon eels, a pair of robust pipe fish and great barracuda.
Dive 2
Porcupine ray, green turtles, a pair of robust pipe fish, white-tips and huge shoals of blue-stripe snappers and yellow goat fish on the corner, along with a very friendly hawksbill.
Dive 3
It was very exciting having the GREY SHARKS come buzzing us from the depths and spilling right over the atoll front and coming charging along the channel floor right below us, whilst we were doing our safety stops. We also saw eagle rays, 6 robust pipe fish, ribbon eels, hundreds of big eyed jacks and fosters barracuda.
Day 15
Dive 1
Plenty of GREY SHARKS all along the front of the channel, mobula ray, robust pipe fish, ribbon eels, bump-head parrot fish, WHITE-TIPS and BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS.
Dive 2
How many green turtles can one see on a dive (one after another), as well as white-tips and eagle rays and all in a super swift current inside the channel.
Dive 3
A lovely blue water dive to get everyone comfortable with hanging out in the blue, before we headed off to Foammulah. We had some super huge dog-tooth tuna come check us out!
Day 16
Dive 1
Another blue water dive to see what we could bump in to. We had 4 silky sharks come follow us for a while, one of them charged right through a huge shoal of skip-jack tuna.
Dive 2
GREY SHARKS all along the front, sting ray cleaning, eagle ray, black ribbon eels, a huge napoleon, hundreds of big eyed jacks plus a number of green turtles.
Ocean Crossing
Long Ocean crossing from Huvadhoo to Foammulah (7½ hours)
Day 17
Dive 1
FABULOUS dive with 4 TIGER SHARKS and 1 OCEANIC MANTA!
Dive 2
2 tiger sharks, 1 came back and swam real close to us! We also saw a huge oceanic manta at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
2 oceanic mantas, 1 completely black AND right at the end of the dive, whilst we were doing our stops a huge shoal of crazy batfish appeared, some coming right up to the ladder.
Evening Activity
Island walk.
Day 18
Dive 1
WOW - what a dive!!! We saw a number of purple sponges spawning, as well as hundreds upon hundreds of big eyed jacks and 5 oceanic mantas, who came to check us out and stayed with us whilst we were doing our stops.
Dive 2
MANTASTIC! Oceanic mantas from start to finish – the best way to end the most amazing trip.
Daytime Excursion
After lunch, some of the guests went for a walk around Gan, stopping off at the resort for a nice cool beer. After which, we headed back to the boat, so that everyone could finish their packing and enjoy the last of the sun.
Day 20
Guest Transfer
The guests enjoyed a late breakfast before being transferred to the airport for their domestic flight back to Male and onward international flight.
Day 21
 
Dive 1
All of the guests arrived on the domestic flight in the afternoon and took the short transfer to the boat. This was great, as we had time to set up the dive gear, do all the safety checks and complete paperwork in preparation for the diving tomorrow.
Day 1
Dive 1
Perfect check out dive, starting in the shallows and enjoying the wreck, which was full of reef fish, a couple of eagle rays, several groupers and napoleons. We finished with a gentle drift along the reef.
Dive 2
Several huge marble rays swan right up to us!! We also saw white-tips and masses of snappers, which were hanging around the blocks.
Dive 3
WOW - the grey sharks on this site were really quite big and fat!! We also enjoyed watching eagle ray and marble ray been cleaned, as well as hundreds of big eyed jacks, bat fish and ambajacks charging around all over the reef.
Day 2
Dive 1
The grey sharks allowed us to hang out with them again, which was great! We also saw large shoals of blue-stripe snappers, numerous eagle rays, 3 threadfin jacks, hundreds of big eyed jacks and some crazy, funny batfish!!
Dive 2
MANTASTIC!! 10 mantas swimming and cleaning together, some even came real close, swimming right over our heads.
Dive 3
What a lovely dive - stunning soft coral all along the overhangs and even covering the deep pinnacles - the amount of fish swimming out in the current was amazing AND whilst we were doing our safety stops 2 bottle-nosed dolphins swam over to say hello, which was great.
Day 3
Dive 1
AMAZING DIVE - 2 giant shovelnose guitar sharks, feather tail ray, swirling ambajacks, Indian snappers and blue stripe snappers, plus a couple of whitetips!!.
Dive 2
2 leopard sharks, a giant guitar shark, numerous eagle rays and marble rays, a huge shoal of batfish, as well as fosters barracuda, ambajacks and a strange yellow anemone.
Dive 3
WOW – we came across a large nurse shark who was resting under the overhang. Later in the dive we saw a silver-tip shark hanging out with some grey reef sharks along with a couple of white-tips, a guitar shark, rainbow runners and big eyed jacks.
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a lovely walk around the island of Mooroshi. It’s such a pretty island and the locals were very friendly.
Day 4
Dive 1
A large guitar shark swam past us a few times, which was exciting. We also saw a couple of grey reef sharks, a sting ray being cleaned, some very friendly eagle rays, a pink frogfish, batfish and some barracuda.
Dive 2
This site is truly stunning - a very interesting pinnacle and overhangs full of amazing soft yellow coral. We saw a nurse shark, grey reef sharks, napoleons, big eyed jacks and a turtle.
Dive 3
We thought that we’d try a new site, but the current made it a really hard dive - it was wanting to push us off the reef. A real shame!
Evening Activity
A couple of the guests went on an island tour.
Day 5
Dive 1
FAB DIVE - with mantas from start to finish, all along the reef.
Snorkelling
Super fun snorkel - with an abundance of mantas feeding - they allowed us to get right up close and kept passing underneath us. WOW – all of this and we’ve not even had breakfast yet!
Dive 2
Everyone was more than happy to go back to have some more manta fun.
Dive 3
This has to be one of those sites that has everything – a healthy reef full of fish, coral and interesting pinnacles, fabulous visibility and very little current.
Day 6
Dive 1
NEW SITE FOR US – a little eagle ray hung out with us and 2 mantas came in for a clean right at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Stunning bright pink hard coral, a couple of grey reef sharks, 6 eagle rays, a marble ray, a feather-tail ray and hundreds of pyramid butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
We were hoping to find the guitar shark again, but no luck! However, we did see a marble ray been cleaned, a friendly hawksbill and a large shoal of blue-powder surgeon fish on the reef top.
Ocean Crossing
A very calm night crossing from Baa to North Ari (9 hours)
Day 7
Dive 1
SPECTACULAR DIVE - a couple of grey reef sharks came sooooo close, as well as numerous tuna, which were charging the fusiliers. We also saw a little eagle ray, batfish, large shoals of blue-stripe snappers and big eyed jacks, a pair of octopus, a very active Chromodoris Glenei (sea slug), a very busy peacock mantis shrimp cleaning his home, a number of juvenile grey reef sharks on the top of the thila and some very small white-tips resting under the table corals!!
Dive 2
Grey reef sharks all along the ridge for the whole dive.
Dive 3
Grey reef sharks, silver-tips and white-tips, as well as a hawksbill, 2 pairs of octopus, hundreds of banner fish, fosters barracuda, ambajacks and black coral covered in glass fish.
Night Dive
A sting ray followed us for most of the dive and there were a couple of white-tips out on the hunt being closely followed by giant trevally. We also saw a hawksbill swimming around, an octopus, the smallest mini squid we’ve ever seen, a cowrie shell moving around, a martin seven gilled sea slug, a groovy little banded shrimp and morays.
Dive 5
We enjoyed a cheeky dive under the Sea Spirit, where 7 mantas were feeding. It was fantastic to watch and to have them come within centimetres of us!!!
Day 8
Dive 1
Fish soup along with a couple of hawksbill turtles and a large guitar shark.
Dive 2
2 Mantas, but lots of divers.
Dive 3
2 mantas, 2 leopard sharks, a large grey reef shark, napoleons, midnight snappers and an octopus.
Day 9
Dive 1
WOW – a lovely dive – where we saw a large female manta, a pair of dolphins, some large napoleons, a strange nudi (sea slug), a huge shoal of blue-stripe snappers, a free way of fusiliers, a grey reef shark, numerous white-tips and coral blocks covered in glass fish.
Snorkelling
A couple of guests went for a quick snorkel with a small whale shark before breakfast!!
Dive 2
A large leopard shark, a grey reef shark, a hawksbill, a very active sea hare, a free-way of fusiliers AND a large WHALE SHARK at the end of the dive!
Dive 3
A very pretty thila dive, great for a keen photographer. The whole site was covered with coral and full of fish.
Ocean Crossing
We enjoyed a late lunch and ocean crossing to Meemu (6½ hours)
Day 10
Dive 1
Strong current – however, we still had plenty of ‘big fish action’ with hundreds and hundreds of big eyed jacks and fosters barracuda, a couple of grey sharks and a very friendly small eagle ray.
Dive 2
GREAT DIVE - lots of grey reef sharks and white-tips, a huge shoal of hump-head snappers and sweet-lips, red snappers and mid-night snappers hanging in the current, hawksbill and green turtles, rainbow runners and a little peacock mantis shrimp swimming around.
Dive 3
SOOOOO many grey sharks all along the ridge, as well as dog tooth tuna and big eyed jacks.
Evening Activity
Chris and Stu went for a walk around the local island.
Day 11
Dive 1
MANTASTIC - for the whole dive with 5 cleaning together, plus eagle rays and a pair of robust pipe fish.
Dive 2
We experienced a strange current, which kept changing diffraction at different depths, however, despite this we enjoyed exploring the reef, which was healthy with interesting overhangs and ledges.
Dive 3
A very relaxing channel crossing with plenty of both pelagic life and reef fish. 5 eagle rays, grey reef sharks and white-tips, robust pipe fish, bump-head parrot fish, a large shoal of thread-fin butter-fly fish and hundreds of sergeant majors.
Day 12
Dive 1
2 hammer-heads, a large mobula ray, grey reef sharks, wahoo and common dolphins through-out the whole dive, it was AMAZING!
Dive 2
The reef here is in really good condition with plenty of reef fish, but the best thing was that we found a very old, but large wreck with a huge anchor in the shallows. Not sure of the name of the wreck, so will have to investigate further.
Dive 3
We absolutely love this site – there’s always tons to see……. 4 eagle rays, jut grey reef sharks, chevron barracuda, big eyed jacks, wave after wave of fusiliers, a pair of porcelain crabs, octopus, a large peddle flounder , a shoal of zebra dart goby and numerous whip tail sting ray.
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a walk around the lovely island of Maabidhoo.
Day 13
Day 14
Dive 1
WOW!!!! It was like ‘wall paper effect’ of GREY SHARKS!!! There was just sooo many (we are talking hundreds), plus eagle rays, green turtles, nurse sharks, black-tip sharks, 5 ribbon eels, a pair of robust pipe fish and great barracuda.
Dive 2
Porcupine ray, green turtles, a pair of robust pipe fish, white-tips and huge shoals of blue-stripe snappers and yellow goat fish on the corner, along with a very friendly hawksbill.
Dive 3
It was very exciting having the GREY SHARKS come buzzing us from the depths and spilling right over the atoll front and coming charging along the channel floor right below us, whilst we were doing our safety stops. We also saw eagle rays, 6 robust pipe fish, ribbon eels, hundreds of big eyed jacks and fosters barracuda.
Day 15
Dive 1
Plenty of GREY SHARKS all along the front of the channel, mobula ray, robust pipe fish, ribbon eels, bump-head parrot fish, WHITE-TIPS and BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS.
Dive 2
How many green turtles can one see on a dive (one after another), as well as white-tips and eagle rays and all in a super swift current inside the channel.
Dive 3
A lovely blue water dive to get everyone comfortable with hanging out in the blue, before we headed off to Foammulah. We had some super huge dog-tooth tuna come check us out!
Day 16
Dive 1
Another blue water dive to see what we could bump in to. We had 4 silky sharks come follow us for a while, one of them charged right through a huge shoal of skip-jack tuna.
Dive 2
GREY SHARKS all along the front, sting ray cleaning, eagle ray, black ribbon eels, a huge napoleon, hundreds of big eyed jacks plus a number of green turtles.
Ocean Crossing
Long Ocean crossing from Huvadhoo to Foammulah (7½ hours)
Day 17
Dive 1
FABULOUS dive with 4 TIGER SHARKS and 1 OCEANIC MANTA!
Dive 2
2 tiger sharks, 1 came back and swam real close to us! We also saw a huge oceanic manta at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
2 oceanic mantas, 1 completely black AND right at the end of the dive, whilst we were doing our stops a huge shoal of crazy batfish appeared, some coming right up to the ladder.
Evening Activity
Island walk.
Day 18
Dive 1
WOW - what a dive!!! We saw a number of purple sponges spawning, as well as hundreds upon hundreds of big eyed jacks and 5 oceanic mantas, who came to check us out and stayed with us whilst we were doing our stops.
Dive 2
MANTASTIC! Oceanic mantas from start to finish – the best way to end the most amazing trip.
Daytime Excursion
After lunch, some of the guests went for a walk around Gan, stopping off at the resort for a nice cool beer. After which, we headed back to the boat, so that everyone could finish their packing and enjoy the last of the sun.
Day 20
Guest Transfer
The guests enjoyed a late breakfast before being transferred to the airport for their domestic flight back to Male and onward international flight.
Day 21
Sea Spirit SS530
19 Mar 2017 to 26 Mar 2017
Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
All the guests arrived early, so were aboard Sea Spirit by 11am. Paper work completed and dive equipment checked and prepared ready for the check-out dive after lunch.
Dive 1
We had a relaxing first dive with very little current and great vis – saw white-tips, sting rays, turtles, bat fish, octopus, white mouth moray, some lovely bright orange anemones plus we had a brief fly by from a small manta.
Day 1
Dive 1
A lovely gentle drift along a reef, which was full of reef fish & marine life AND a couple of eagle rays came to say hello.
Dive 2
What a stunning dive - so much life all over the ridge, with the bonus of 10 eagle rays, which swam past us 3 times, PLUS we saw a couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
GREAT DIVE - silver-tips, jus grey reef sharks, white-tips, fosters barracuda, hundreds of banner fish, 6 squid in formation, octopus and some lovely black coral covered in a layer of glass fish.
Night Dive
3 sting rays kept us entertained during our dive. Once we were all back onboard, we watched a manta feed from the back of the boat.
Day 2
Dive 1
We had the best of the dive, once it was just us (myself, Dave and our guests) in the water. We saw a large female manta and 3 smaller males.
Dive 2
MANTA TAS TIC!! – we saw a large female at the start, closely followed by 3 males. She kept swimming right over our heads, so everyone had some really close passes. This was followed by an explosion of mantas. At one point, there were 8 over the cleaning station.
Dive 3
WOW – A free-way of fusiliers for the whole dive, as well as a huge shoal of yellow spot snappers and blue stripe snappers, together with peacock mantis shrimps, napoleons, a very friendly hawksbill, white-tips, jus grey reef sharks and an eagle ray.
Evening Activity
What a beautiful evening, the sky looked like it was on fire.
Day 3
Dive 1
I really enjoyed this dive - a nice current with great vis! Wow the largest whip-tail ray I've ever seen here in the Maldives. I also found a strange nudi, which looked almost like a flatworm.
Dive 2
So many WHITE-TIPS!!! Some even allowed us to creep along the sand right up to them! We also saw a feather-tail ray and a lovely female leopard shark.
Dive 3
A pleasant little afternoon dive on a site that we haven’t dived on for many years - we saw a couple of hawksbills, numerous peacock mantis shrimps, a long-nose hawk fish, lots of lovely anemones and a huge shoal of banner fish.
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a lovely sunset walk around the local island - Dhangethi.
Day 4
Dive 1
The soft coral on this site was amazing, all the overhangs and pinnacles were completely covered, plus layers upon layers of fan corals. We saw a massive barracuda been cleaned, white-tips and grey reef sharks, a marble ray without a tail and hundreds of pyramid butter-fly fish.
Dive 2
CRITTER HEAVEN - so many ribbon eels, (yellow and blue and black and yellow), spearing mantis, numerous types of cleaner shrimps, morays, lion fish and a strange nudi about 1cm in length.
Dive 3
A swift drift dive along interesting overhangs and pinnacles, where we saw a couple of eagle rays, grey reef sharks, white-tips, a giant trevally charging around, octopus, a very funny hawksbill and a couple of pairs of anemones guarding their eggs.
Evening Activity
A couple of the guests went for a tour of the local island – Guraidhoo, while the rest stayed on board and enjoyed relaxing whilst watching the sun set.
Day 5
Dive 1
A lovely dive, but so many divers!!! We stayed on the current point watching all the action, whilst the other divers went swimming past. Some eagle rays came and hung out with us and a grey reef shark seemed to enjoy our company too.
Dive 2
WOW, what a current!!! It was a case of get down, hang on and the enjoy a swift drift along the side of the thila (reef wall).
Dive 3
WOW, soooo many types of morays, with some sharing holes. We also saw numerous sting rays swimming around and a lovely bug shoal of banner fish.
Night Dive
It was nice having a guitar shark swim past and check us out, together with numerous jug pebble founders, jus sweet-lips and a small pure white octopus. We also enjoyed seeing morays and sting rays swimming around for the whole dive.
Day 6
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip – We enjoyed seeing eagle rays throughout the dive, as well as turtles, white-tips, a couple of black tip sharks, honey comb morays, a free way of fusiliers and tuna.
Daytime Excursion
Once back in port, some of the guests went for a walk around Hulemale after lunch, before heading back to the boat to pack and relax.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
The guests had an early transfer for their homebound flight.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
All the guests arrived early, so were aboard Sea Spirit by 11am. Paper work completed and dive equipment checked and prepared ready for the check-out dive after lunch.
Dive 1
We had a relaxing first dive with very little current and great vis – saw white-tips, sting rays, turtles, bat fish, octopus, white mouth moray, some lovely bright orange anemones plus we had a brief fly by from a small manta.
Day 1
Dive 1
A lovely gentle drift along a reef, which was full of reef fish & marine life AND a couple of eagle rays came to say hello.
Dive 2
What a stunning dive - so much life all over the ridge, with the bonus of 10 eagle rays, which swam past us 3 times, PLUS we saw a couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
GREAT DIVE - silver-tips, jus grey reef sharks, white-tips, fosters barracuda, hundreds of banner fish, 6 squid in formation, octopus and some lovely black coral covered in a layer of glass fish.
Night Dive
3 sting rays kept us entertained during our dive. Once we were all back onboard, we watched a manta feed from the back of the boat.
Day 2
Dive 1
We had the best of the dive, once it was just us (myself, Dave and our guests) in the water. We saw a large female manta and 3 smaller males.
Dive 2
MANTA TAS TIC!! – we saw a large female at the start, closely followed by 3 males. She kept swimming right over our heads, so everyone had some really close passes. This was followed by an explosion of mantas. At one point, there were 8 over the cleaning station.
Dive 3
WOW – A free-way of fusiliers for the whole dive, as well as a huge shoal of yellow spot snappers and blue stripe snappers, together with peacock mantis shrimps, napoleons, a very friendly hawksbill, white-tips, jus grey reef sharks and an eagle ray.
Evening Activity
What a beautiful evening, the sky looked like it was on fire.
Day 3
Dive 1
I really enjoyed this dive - a nice current with great vis! Wow the largest whip-tail ray I've ever seen here in the Maldives. I also found a strange nudi, which looked almost like a flatworm.
Dive 2
So many WHITE-TIPS!!! Some even allowed us to creep along the sand right up to them! We also saw a feather-tail ray and a lovely female leopard shark.
Dive 3
A pleasant little afternoon dive on a site that we haven’t dived on for many years - we saw a couple of hawksbills, numerous peacock mantis shrimps, a long-nose hawk fish, lots of lovely anemones and a huge shoal of banner fish.
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a lovely sunset walk around the local island - Dhangethi.
Day 4
Dive 1
The soft coral on this site was amazing, all the overhangs and pinnacles were completely covered, plus layers upon layers of fan corals. We saw a massive barracuda been cleaned, white-tips and grey reef sharks, a marble ray without a tail and hundreds of pyramid butter-fly fish.
Dive 2
CRITTER HEAVEN - so many ribbon eels, (yellow and blue and black and yellow), spearing mantis, numerous types of cleaner shrimps, morays, lion fish and a strange nudi about 1cm in length.
Dive 3
A swift drift dive along interesting overhangs and pinnacles, where we saw a couple of eagle rays, grey reef sharks, white-tips, a giant trevally charging around, octopus, a very funny hawksbill and a couple of pairs of anemones guarding their eggs.
Evening Activity
A couple of the guests went for a tour of the local island – Guraidhoo, while the rest stayed on board and enjoyed relaxing whilst watching the sun set.
Day 5
Dive 1
A lovely dive, but so many divers!!! We stayed on the current point watching all the action, whilst the other divers went swimming past. Some eagle rays came and hung out with us and a grey reef shark seemed to enjoy our company too.
Dive 2
WOW, what a current!!! It was a case of get down, hang on and the enjoy a swift drift along the side of the thila (reef wall).
Dive 3
WOW, soooo many types of morays, with some sharing holes. We also saw numerous sting rays swimming around and a lovely bug shoal of banner fish.
Night Dive
It was nice having a guitar shark swim past and check us out, together with numerous jug pebble founders, jus sweet-lips and a small pure white octopus. We also enjoyed seeing morays and sting rays swimming around for the whole dive.
Day 6
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip – We enjoyed seeing eagle rays throughout the dive, as well as turtles, white-tips, a couple of black tip sharks, honey comb morays, a free way of fusiliers and tuna.
Daytime Excursion
Once back in port, some of the guests went for a walk around Hulemale after lunch, before heading back to the boat to pack and relax.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
The guests had an early transfer for their homebound flight.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS529
5 Mar 2017 to 17 Mar 2017
Equatorial Far South to Male (12 day)
Guest Transfer
The guests arrived on the late afternoon flight, so once they were all safely on board, we sailed over to the east side of the atoll ready for the morning - diving along the channels.
Day 1
Dive 1
We saw huge shoals of blue fin and big eyed jacks, as well as a couple of eagle rays and loads of green turtles AND a small black-tip reef shark.
Dive 2
We spent most of the dive hanging in the blue to see what might come swimming by …….. We didn't have to wait long before a couple of silky sharks came to check us out. A larger one also joined us towards the end of the dive.
Dive 3
We started the dive along the outside corner, where we saw 11 eagle rays in formation, together with a huge shoal of blue fins and a couple of grey sharks. There were more eagle rays along the inside reef, as well as white tips.
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a stunning Sunset.
Day 2
Dive 1
WOW! 3 huge shoals of big eyed jacks with the last one being one of the largest shoals we have seen for a long time!!! We also saw a couple of grey reef sharks and 2 eagle rays.
Dive 2
SOOOOOO many GREY REEF SHARKS all along the channel front, together with shoals of mid-night snappers, big eyed jacks, a large shoal of fosters barracuda, 5 black ribbon eels, a little eagle ray (on the hunt along the sand) and numerous green turtles.
Dive 3
GREY SHARKS from start to finish – it’s really nice to see them in big groups, with both adults and jut sharks all hanging out together. The drift along the channel was lovely, we saw eagle rays, numerous green turtles, great barracuda and rainbow runners.
Evening Activity
FANTASTIC – a 8m whale shark hung out with us all night long, as well as a dolphin, which kept chasing squid.
Day 3
Dive 1
100+ GREY REEF SHARKS, 6 ribbon eels (1 on the turn from black to blue and yellow), a very scruffy looking hawksbill turtle, a large shoal of pompano and a bat fish.
Dive 2
Great dive – where we saw 6 nurse sharks, 3 feather-tail sting rays, a large shoal of mid-night snappers, groupers, rainbow runners, a free-way of fusiliers and some stunning hard coral. A couple of us did an additional 20 minute dive, on what remains of a wreck in the shallows.
Ocean Crossing
We enjoyed seeing pilot whales and a huge pod of unknown dolphins during our crossing.
Day 4
Dive 1
No Mantas today, but we did see a lovely large shoal of blue-stripe snapper and yellow goat fish, as well as an eagle ray, a very active glossodoris (sea slug) and a large shoal of rainbow runners.
Dive 2
20+ eagle rays, LOADS of grey reef sharks and a large sting ray been cleaned, together with hundreds of banner fish, a great barracuda and a stars and stripe puffer fish.
Dive 3
Lots to see – a large shoal of chevron barracuda, 6 grey reef sharks , 2 eagle rays, a large shoal of big eyed jacks and rainbow runners, turtles, a free-way of fusiliers and a large shoal of mid-night snappers.
Evening Activity
A few of the guests went for a walk around the local island, whilst Jean and myself went for a very enjoyable run.
Day 5
Dive 1
WOW – a massive shoal of red-snappers, loads of eagle rays, white-tips, oceanic manta, a white mouth moray (out on the hunt), some wedge-tail triggerfish, turtles and tuna.
Dive 2
We saw lovely coral blocks full of reef fish, a large eagle ray, a clown triggerfish (guarding her eggs), a hawksbill and a green turtle, a nembrotha cristata (sea slug) and an unknown purple flatworm.
Dive 3
WOW – WHAT A CURRENT - we flew along the reef, then had to hook in on the corner to watch grey and white-tips. The visibility was amazing!!! What a bonus 20+ dolphins came and checked us out whilst we were doing our stops.
Evening Activity
2 whale sharks came to feed at the back of the boat, 1 stayed with us for the whole night and only left as the sun came up!!!
Day 6
Dive 1
Started the day with a gentle drift along a very healthy reef full of reef fish.
Dive 2
6 different mantas, 4 cleaning together at the end, plus a feather-tail ray and an eagle ray.
Dive 3
Sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy the reef, not looking for anything, just drifting along.
Evening Activity
Super sunset.
Day 7
Dive 1
What a lovely way to start the day - with a fantastic display from 5 manta rays. They stayed with us for the whole dive. We also saw 3 eagles rays, who joined in.
Dive 2
We saw a large eagle ray at the start of the dive, followed by a couple of grey reef sharks, hundreds of bump-head snappers, a hawksbill turtle and a green turtle, whilst a wall of fusiliers surrounded us.
Dive 3
WOW - the soft coral all along the front of the channel was puffed out to its full glory. Sooooo much fish action on the corner, with giant gravelly and tuna charging the fusiliers, sending a wall of them right through us!!! We also saw a couple of grey sharks, a little eagle ray and a large shoal of fosters barracuda.
Day 8
Dive 1
A very easy channel crossing, from the south to the north side, but we found that the current on the north corner was running both in and out, so we had to multi-level along the corner between the currents.
Dive 2
Lovely pink and blue soft coral under the overhangs, a large shoal of big eyed jacks and mid-night snappers, a couple of large napoleons and hundreds of yellow goat fish.
Dive 3
FANTASTIC SHARK DIVE - with so many of them coming in real close for the whole of the dive!!!
Night Dive
LOADS of nurse sharks, sting rays and black-tip sharks were in the shallows. I also had a lovely time finding all sorts of micro critter stuff.
Day 9
Dive 1
A solo eagle ray hung out with us, whilst we hooked in to watch the sharks swim by. After which, I stopped to watch a pair of matting octopus and a large shoal of convict tangs up on the reef top.
Dive 2
LOADS of eagle rays!!! We had a group of 4, followed by a friendly one that came right up to us, then a squadron of 18 swim by, as well as grey sharks and white-tips and a large green turtle.
Dive 3
Great drift dive along the reef, which was full of marine life, but no chance to stop before we got spat out into the channel!!!
Evening Activity
Enjoyed a walk around the local island for a bit of shopping.
Day 10
Dive 1
Lovely blue water - free-way of fusiliers, 3 large grey sharks, eagle rays, napoleons, thread-fin trevally and a dog tooth tuna.
Dive 2
A strong current, lots of rain and wind made this a difficult dive from start to finish, however, we did see loads of moray eels!!!
Dive 3
Everyone always falls in love with this fabulous dive site - soooo many different morays, with some holes having 10 in!!! We also saw numerous jenkins rays, a lovely shoal of banner-fish and big eyed jacks, a huge shoal of fosters barracuda AND at the end of the dive a guitar shark came to say hello.
Day 11
Dive 1
What a perfect way to finish the trip, the sun was shining, there was very little current and soooo many fish!!! 4 bump-head parrot fish, green turtles, whip-tail ray, glossodoris (sea slugs), flatworms, porcelain crabs, honey-comb moray - so something for everyone.
Daytime Excursion
Everyone was happy to stay on board, pack and enjoy the last of the sunshine. After which Barbara and myself went for a walk around Hulemale.
Evening Activity
We all enjoyed a slice of birthday cake and raised a glass of bubbly to wish Ian a ‘Happy 60th Birthday’.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Had an early start this morning - a 6:30am transfer to the airport.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
The guests arrived on the late afternoon flight, so once they were all safely on board, we sailed over to the east side of the atoll ready for the morning - diving along the channels.
Day 1
Dive 1
We saw huge shoals of blue fin and big eyed jacks, as well as a couple of eagle rays and loads of green turtles AND a small black-tip reef shark.
Dive 2
We spent most of the dive hanging in the blue to see what might come swimming by …….. We didn't have to wait long before a couple of silky sharks came to check us out. A larger one also joined us towards the end of the dive.
Dive 3
We started the dive along the outside corner, where we saw 11 eagle rays in formation, together with a huge shoal of blue fins and a couple of grey sharks. There were more eagle rays along the inside reef, as well as white tips.
Evening Activity
We enjoyed a stunning Sunset.
Day 2
Dive 1
WOW! 3 huge shoals of big eyed jacks with the last one being one of the largest shoals we have seen for a long time!!! We also saw a couple of grey reef sharks and 2 eagle rays.
Dive 2
SOOOOOO many GREY REEF SHARKS all along the channel front, together with shoals of mid-night snappers, big eyed jacks, a large shoal of fosters barracuda, 5 black ribbon eels, a little eagle ray (on the hunt along the sand) and numerous green turtles.
Dive 3
GREY SHARKS from start to finish – it’s really nice to see them in big groups, with both adults and jut sharks all hanging out together. The drift along the channel was lovely, we saw eagle rays, numerous green turtles, great barracuda and rainbow runners.
Evening Activity
FANTASTIC – a 8m whale shark hung out with us all night long, as well as a dolphin, which kept chasing squid.
Day 3
Dive 1
100+ GREY REEF SHARKS, 6 ribbon eels (1 on the turn from black to blue and yellow), a very scruffy looking hawksbill turtle, a large shoal of pompano and a bat fish.
Dive 2
Great dive – where we saw 6 nurse sharks, 3 feather-tail sting rays, a large shoal of mid-night snappers, groupers, rainbow runners, a free-way of fusiliers and some stunning hard coral. A couple of us did an additional 20 minute dive, on what remains of a wreck in the shallows.
Ocean Crossing
We enjoyed seeing pilot whales and a huge pod of unknown dolphins during our crossing.
Day 4
Dive 1
No Mantas today, but we did see a lovely large shoal of blue-stripe snapper and yellow goat fish, as well as an eagle ray, a very active glossodoris (sea slug) and a large shoal of rainbow runners.
Dive 2
20+ eagle rays, LOADS of grey reef sharks and a large sting ray been cleaned, together with hundreds of banner fish, a great barracuda and a stars and stripe puffer fish.
Dive 3
Lots to see – a large shoal of chevron barracuda, 6 grey reef sharks , 2 eagle rays, a large shoal of big eyed jacks and rainbow runners, turtles, a free-way of fusiliers and a large shoal of mid-night snappers.
Evening Activity
A few of the guests went for a walk around the local island, whilst Jean and myself went for a very enjoyable run.
Day 5
Dive 1
WOW – a massive shoal of red-snappers, loads of eagle rays, white-tips, oceanic manta, a white mouth moray (out on the hunt), some wedge-tail triggerfish, turtles and tuna.
Dive 2
We saw lovely coral blocks full of reef fish, a large eagle ray, a clown triggerfish (guarding her eggs), a hawksbill and a green turtle, a nembrotha cristata (sea slug) and an unknown purple flatworm.
Dive 3
WOW – WHAT A CURRENT - we flew along the reef, then had to hook in on the corner to watch grey and white-tips. The visibility was amazing!!! What a bonus 20+ dolphins came and checked us out whilst we were doing our stops.
Evening Activity
2 whale sharks came to feed at the back of the boat, 1 stayed with us for the whole night and only left as the sun came up!!!
Day 6
Dive 1
Started the day with a gentle drift along a very healthy reef full of reef fish.
Dive 2
6 different mantas, 4 cleaning together at the end, plus a feather-tail ray and an eagle ray.
Dive 3
Sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy the reef, not looking for anything, just drifting along.
Evening Activity
Super sunset.
Day 7
Dive 1
What a lovely way to start the day - with a fantastic display from 5 manta rays. They stayed with us for the whole dive. We also saw 3 eagles rays, who joined in.
Dive 2
We saw a large eagle ray at the start of the dive, followed by a couple of grey reef sharks, hundreds of bump-head snappers, a hawksbill turtle and a green turtle, whilst a wall of fusiliers surrounded us.
Dive 3
WOW - the soft coral all along the front of the channel was puffed out to its full glory. Sooooo much fish action on the corner, with giant gravelly and tuna charging the fusiliers, sending a wall of them right through us!!! We also saw a couple of grey sharks, a little eagle ray and a large shoal of fosters barracuda.
Day 8
Dive 1
A very easy channel crossing, from the south to the north side, but we found that the current on the north corner was running both in and out, so we had to multi-level along the corner between the currents.
Dive 2
Lovely pink and blue soft coral under the overhangs, a large shoal of big eyed jacks and mid-night snappers, a couple of large napoleons and hundreds of yellow goat fish.
Dive 3
FANTASTIC SHARK DIVE - with so many of them coming in real close for the whole of the dive!!!
Night Dive
LOADS of nurse sharks, sting rays and black-tip sharks were in the shallows. I also had a lovely time finding all sorts of micro critter stuff.
Day 9
Dive 1
A solo eagle ray hung out with us, whilst we hooked in to watch the sharks swim by. After which, I stopped to watch a pair of matting octopus and a large shoal of convict tangs up on the reef top.
Dive 2
LOADS of eagle rays!!! We had a group of 4, followed by a friendly one that came right up to us, then a squadron of 18 swim by, as well as grey sharks and white-tips and a large green turtle.
Dive 3
Great drift dive along the reef, which was full of marine life, but no chance to stop before we got spat out into the channel!!!
Evening Activity
Enjoyed a walk around the local island for a bit of shopping.
Day 10
Dive 1
Lovely blue water - free-way of fusiliers, 3 large grey sharks, eagle rays, napoleons, thread-fin trevally and a dog tooth tuna.
Dive 2
A strong current, lots of rain and wind made this a difficult dive from start to finish, however, we did see loads of moray eels!!!
Dive 3
Everyone always falls in love with this fabulous dive site - soooo many different morays, with some holes having 10 in!!! We also saw numerous jenkins rays, a lovely shoal of banner-fish and big eyed jacks, a huge shoal of fosters barracuda AND at the end of the dive a guitar shark came to say hello.
Day 11
Dive 1
What a perfect way to finish the trip, the sun was shining, there was very little current and soooo many fish!!! 4 bump-head parrot fish, green turtles, whip-tail ray, glossodoris (sea slugs), flatworms, porcelain crabs, honey-comb moray - so something for everyone.
Daytime Excursion
Everyone was happy to stay on board, pack and enjoy the last of the sunshine. After which Barbara and myself went for a walk around Hulemale.
Evening Activity
We all enjoyed a slice of birthday cake and raised a glass of bubbly to wish Ian a ‘Happy 60th Birthday’.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Had an early start this morning - a 6:30am transfer to the airport.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS528
19 Feb 2017 to 3 Mar 2017
Equatorial Far South - Gan Addu/Foammulah/Huvadhoo (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Everyone arrived in the afternoon, so no diving, however, the guests were able to set up their dive equipment and do weight checks, all ready for tomorrow.
Day 1
Dive 1
British Loyalty - A good place to start, as no current, so the guests could use the mooring line to get down to the wreck. The whole starboard side was covered in hard coral and full of small reef fish.
Dive 2
Love this site! So much coral coverage and hundreds of big eyed jacks, a huge barracuda, grey reef sharks, a large shoal of rainbow runners AND …… a great hammer-head swam around Dave and 2 of the guests several times before swimming off.
Dive 3
Waited the whole dive for a manta to show up …. to have just a fly-by up in the shallows.
Day 2
Dive 1
Large sea and black coral bushes along the wall, with layer after layer of basslets fish all along the reef top. A very small Ardeadoris egretta, strange jelly fish, a couple of spearing Mantis shrimps, octopus and several groups of Irish idol fish.
Dive 2
20+ grey reef sharks swimming around a large coral block, some stopping to be cleaned and loitering there with their mouths fully open to allow the cleaner wrasses access. We also saw a huge Napoleon, black-tips sharks, white-tips, 3 chevron barracuda and a large green turtle.
Dive 3
Wow - super strong current, which was pushing this way then that, making it a very interesting and hard dive!
Night Dive
I took some of the guests for a night dive on the wreck. Lots of small and interesting stuff to find, which was good for macro photography.
Day 3
Dive 1
Had a lovely young female Manta hang out with us for most of the dive, along with a grey reef shark. The Manta made some real close passes, which was great!
Dive 2
LARGEST WHALE SHARK that I've ever seen here in the Maldives!!! It must have been 12m long. 3 tiger sharks, silver-tips and grey reef sharks everywhere!!!
Dive 3
We stayed close to the reef on this dive, because it was getting late. We saw plenty of sharks - grey reef and white-tips, along with a giant travelly and huge barracuda, before being swept over the reef to do our stops.
Evening Activity
Some guests went for a walk around the harbour to watch the fishing boats come in.
Day 4
Dive 1
SUPER AMAZING dive!!! 7 TIGER SHARKS, a wall of silver-tip sharks and sooo many hammer-heads that it was hard to count them!!!
Dive 2
WALL TO WALL silver-tip and grey reef sharks, as well as 3 tiger sharks and shoaling hammer heads real close!!!
Dive 3
MORE tiger sharks and silver-tip sharks along with grey reef sharks and huge barracuda!!!
Evening Activity
The guests had a lovely tour, taking in the history of the island and chatting with the locals.
Day 5
Dive 1
Can you believe it - we had another huge female WHALE SHARK come sooo close, plus 2 tiger sharks, hammer-heads and huge silver-tips!!!
Dive 2
Up close and personal with a hammer-head shark, a couple of large silver-tips and 3 tiger sharks. Really didn't want to leave this site!!!
Ocean Crossing
Had a pleasant ocean crossing to Huvadhoo, arriving just as the sun was setting.
Day 6
Dive 1
6 hammer-heads, a large tiger shark and plenty of grey reef and jet black-tipped reef sharks!!!
Dive 2
Grey sharks all along the front of the channel. 7 eagle rays in formation. Green turtles and eagle rays all along the sand channel and a huge shoal of batfish and pompano fish.
Dive 3
So many grey reef sharks, 5 eagle rays, a huge dog-tooth tuna, hundreds of big eye jacks, a large shoal of pompanos and blue fin gravelly fish. WOW - the number of green turtles seen on this site was amazing!!!
Day 7
Dive 1
5 silky sharks came to check us out, along with a large wahoo fish, a hammer head, jet black-tips, batfish and a couple of hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
Sting rays being cleaned, loads of grey reef sharks, a shoal of barracuda, a couple of eagle rays and hundreds of big eyed jacks.
Dive 3
A really strong current made this a tough dive – it was pushing us all over the place, along the inside of the channel.
Day 8
Dive 1
What a fantastic number of grey reef sharks all along the front, as well as white-tips, a leopard shark, eagle rays, a sting ray been cleaned, a devil stone fish, octopus, a black ribbon eel and mantis shrimp running around. We also saw some lovely burnt orange anemones full of anemonefish.
Dive 2
WOW – the largest Jew fish I've ever seen, it must have been over 200kg!!! 4 large nurse sharks, white-tips, hawksbill turtles, a large shoal of blue-stripe and hump-head snappers. The abundance and variety of hard coral was amazing to drift over.
Dive 3
It was fabulous seeing a huge amount of grey reef sharks along the front, followed by a formation of eagle rays, hanging out on the south corner, as well as huge green turtles, jug green turtles and a leopard shark. BUT FOR ME the best thing was sitting at 4m watching zillions of convict tangs doing their spawning dance, we were completely surrounded and it was amazing to watch!!!
Day 9
Dive 1
Everything from pelagic action along the front of the channel to critters and shoals of reef fish along the inside.
Dive 2
Whilst we had stopped to watch all the grey sharks and white-tips along the front, 9 eagle rays swam right past us. We also saw a huge shoal of fosters barracuda, hundreds of big eyed jacks, a huge shoal of batfish, and again many many green turtles. In places, there were up to 5 or 6 together.
Dive 3
It was very exciting hanging underneath the boat watching some large oceanic black-tips come around to check us out, they move so fast and soooo close!!!
Day 10
Dive 1
The current was wanting to push us into the channel, so it made it very hard work to stay along the front to watch the grey sharks. The coral all along the front was stunning and we saw plenty of pelagic fish for the whole dive.
Dive 2
Sometimes, it’s nice to just drift along and enjoy the reef and this site was one of them. The coral life along the channel was superb and very healthy with plenty of small reef fish.
Dive 3
CORALTASTIC - Layer after layer of table corals, brain coral, stag-horn coral and petal like coral. It was such a pleasure to drift over. 1 large grey reef shark, a couple of white-tips and a large shoal of blue-striped snappers.
Day 11
Dive 1
Yet again, what a stunning display of different types of hard coral - huge table corals (over 2m across), it was very relaxing just drifting along, taking in the view.
Dive 2
A very pleasant last dive, with no current and nice and shallow in parts. Harlequin file fish, purple eyed micro goby fish, a large shoal of blue-striped snappers and yellow goat fish. A very nosey maori wrasse kept following me around and looking into the camera.
Ocean Crossing
Just a short crossing back over to Thinadhoo with an afternoon of packing then relaxing.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
We enjoyed a late breakfast before taking the guests over to the airport, ready for their domestic flight back to Male.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Everyone arrived in the afternoon, so no diving, however, the guests were able to set up their dive equipment and do weight checks, all ready for tomorrow.
Day 1
Dive 1
British Loyalty - A good place to start, as no current, so the guests could use the mooring line to get down to the wreck. The whole starboard side was covered in hard coral and full of small reef fish.
Dive 2
Love this site! So much coral coverage and hundreds of big eyed jacks, a huge barracuda, grey reef sharks, a large shoal of rainbow runners AND …… a great hammer-head swam around Dave and 2 of the guests several times before swimming off.
Dive 3
Waited the whole dive for a manta to show up …. to have just a fly-by up in the shallows.
Day 2
Dive 1
Large sea and black coral bushes along the wall, with layer after layer of basslets fish all along the reef top. A very small Ardeadoris egretta, strange jelly fish, a couple of spearing Mantis shrimps, octopus and several groups of Irish idol fish.
Dive 2
20+ grey reef sharks swimming around a large coral block, some stopping to be cleaned and loitering there with their mouths fully open to allow the cleaner wrasses access. We also saw a huge Napoleon, black-tips sharks, white-tips, 3 chevron barracuda and a large green turtle.
Dive 3
Wow - super strong current, which was pushing this way then that, making it a very interesting and hard dive!
Night Dive
I took some of the guests for a night dive on the wreck. Lots of small and interesting stuff to find, which was good for macro photography.
Day 3
Dive 1
Had a lovely young female Manta hang out with us for most of the dive, along with a grey reef shark. The Manta made some real close passes, which was great!
Dive 2
LARGEST WHALE SHARK that I've ever seen here in the Maldives!!! It must have been 12m long. 3 tiger sharks, silver-tips and grey reef sharks everywhere!!!
Dive 3
We stayed close to the reef on this dive, because it was getting late. We saw plenty of sharks - grey reef and white-tips, along with a giant travelly and huge barracuda, before being swept over the reef to do our stops.
Evening Activity
Some guests went for a walk around the harbour to watch the fishing boats come in.
Day 4
Dive 1
SUPER AMAZING dive!!! 7 TIGER SHARKS, a wall of silver-tip sharks and sooo many hammer-heads that it was hard to count them!!!
Dive 2
WALL TO WALL silver-tip and grey reef sharks, as well as 3 tiger sharks and shoaling hammer heads real close!!!
Dive 3
MORE tiger sharks and silver-tip sharks along with grey reef sharks and huge barracuda!!!
Evening Activity
The guests had a lovely tour, taking in the history of the island and chatting with the locals.
Day 5
Dive 1
Can you believe it - we had another huge female WHALE SHARK come sooo close, plus 2 tiger sharks, hammer-heads and huge silver-tips!!!
Dive 2
Up close and personal with a hammer-head shark, a couple of large silver-tips and 3 tiger sharks. Really didn't want to leave this site!!!
Ocean Crossing
Had a pleasant ocean crossing to Huvadhoo, arriving just as the sun was setting.
Day 6
Dive 1
6 hammer-heads, a large tiger shark and plenty of grey reef and jet black-tipped reef sharks!!!
Dive 2
Grey sharks all along the front of the channel. 7 eagle rays in formation. Green turtles and eagle rays all along the sand channel and a huge shoal of batfish and pompano fish.
Dive 3
So many grey reef sharks, 5 eagle rays, a huge dog-tooth tuna, hundreds of big eye jacks, a large shoal of pompanos and blue fin gravelly fish. WOW - the number of green turtles seen on this site was amazing!!!
Day 7
Dive 1
5 silky sharks came to check us out, along with a large wahoo fish, a hammer head, jet black-tips, batfish and a couple of hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
Sting rays being cleaned, loads of grey reef sharks, a shoal of barracuda, a couple of eagle rays and hundreds of big eyed jacks.
Dive 3
A really strong current made this a tough dive – it was pushing us all over the place, along the inside of the channel.
Day 8
Dive 1
What a fantastic number of grey reef sharks all along the front, as well as white-tips, a leopard shark, eagle rays, a sting ray been cleaned, a devil stone fish, octopus, a black ribbon eel and mantis shrimp running around. We also saw some lovely burnt orange anemones full of anemonefish.
Dive 2
WOW – the largest Jew fish I've ever seen, it must have been over 200kg!!! 4 large nurse sharks, white-tips, hawksbill turtles, a large shoal of blue-stripe and hump-head snappers. The abundance and variety of hard coral was amazing to drift over.
Dive 3
It was fabulous seeing a huge amount of grey reef sharks along the front, followed by a formation of eagle rays, hanging out on the south corner, as well as huge green turtles, jug green turtles and a leopard shark. BUT FOR ME the best thing was sitting at 4m watching zillions of convict tangs doing their spawning dance, we were completely surrounded and it was amazing to watch!!!
Day 9
Dive 1
Everything from pelagic action along the front of the channel to critters and shoals of reef fish along the inside.
Dive 2
Whilst we had stopped to watch all the grey sharks and white-tips along the front, 9 eagle rays swam right past us. We also saw a huge shoal of fosters barracuda, hundreds of big eyed jacks, a huge shoal of batfish, and again many many green turtles. In places, there were up to 5 or 6 together.
Dive 3
It was very exciting hanging underneath the boat watching some large oceanic black-tips come around to check us out, they move so fast and soooo close!!!
Day 10
Dive 1
The current was wanting to push us into the channel, so it made it very hard work to stay along the front to watch the grey sharks. The coral all along the front was stunning and we saw plenty of pelagic fish for the whole dive.
Dive 2
Sometimes, it’s nice to just drift along and enjoy the reef and this site was one of them. The coral life along the channel was superb and very healthy with plenty of small reef fish.
Dive 3
CORALTASTIC - Layer after layer of table corals, brain coral, stag-horn coral and petal like coral. It was such a pleasure to drift over. 1 large grey reef shark, a couple of white-tips and a large shoal of blue-striped snappers.
Day 11
Dive 1
Yet again, what a stunning display of different types of hard coral - huge table corals (over 2m across), it was very relaxing just drifting along, taking in the view.
Dive 2
A very pleasant last dive, with no current and nice and shallow in parts. Harlequin file fish, purple eyed micro goby fish, a large shoal of blue-striped snappers and yellow goat fish. A very nosey maori wrasse kept following me around and looking into the camera.
Ocean Crossing
Just a short crossing back over to Thinadhoo with an afternoon of packing then relaxing.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
We enjoyed a late breakfast before taking the guests over to the airport, ready for their domestic flight back to Male.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS527
5 Feb 2017 to 17 Feb 2017
Equatorial Far South - Huvadhoo/Foammulah/Gan Addu (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Most of the guests arrived on the afternoon flight from Male, so we transferred them to the Sea Spirit, so that they could unpack and have lunch, whilst I went back to the airport to meet the 2 remaining guests. Once everyone was on board we made our way to the east side of the atoll, ready for the first days diving.
Day 1
Dive 1
Viligili Corner – A nice easy dive to start the trip, with small in current, allowing us to start the dive on the outside reef, finishing on the corner with all the reef fish and green turtles, a couple of white tips and a grey reef shark, as well as eagle rays, a dog tooth tuna, 7 mobula and hundreds of big eye jacks.
Dive 2
Viligili Kandu - Shark-Tastic!!!! The strong current along the front brought with it many grey reef sharks. Once our bottom time was low, we unhooked and had a super fast drift dive along the inside reef.
Dive 3
Viligili Kandu - The sharks were a little deeper on this dive, so we didn't get much time on the front with them, however, it was nice having a huge shoal of big eye jacks hanging around us. We also came across a large shoal of whitespot surgeon fish up in the shallows, which was a first for me. Can you believe it – as well as this we spent over 3 hours snorkelling with 4 whale sharks, 3 together, all trying to get the best spot, right under the lights, where all the food was, along with a nosey group of dolphins, who wanted to join in the fun.
Day 2
Dive 1
Viligili Kandu - We saw a large bone fish, rainbow runners zooming around, green turtles, 2 bump-head parrot fish, black-tipped reef sharks, as well as a huge shoal of blue-powder surgeon fish in the shallows.
Dive 2
Viligili Kandu - There was a very strong current, so it was a case of getting down and hooking in to watch the show, which was followed by a crazy drift at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
Viligili Kandu - We dropped down to find ourselves amongst some rather large oceanic black-tip sharks, who were all buzzing around, it was amazing to be soooo close!!! We also saw a porcupine ray and some black-tip reef sharks.
Day 3
Dive 1
Nilandhoo Kandu - We had grey reef sharks and white tips all along the front of the channel, together with some eagle rays and a great many big eye jacks, a couple of ribbon eels, 2 pairs of leaf fish and a huge green turtle been cleaned.
Dive 2
Kuredhdhoo - Wow, what a super strong current!!! We flew along the reef and at times we were being been pushed up and down, not the most comfortable dive.
Dive 3
Nilandhoo Kandu - What an amazing amount of grey reef sharks along the front, some coming right up to us and a large tiger shark out of the channel!!!
Day 4
Dive 1
A new site for us. We saw a number of grey sharks, who were buzzing around along the sand and a porcupine ray, several black-tipped reef sharks, an eagle ray and some nice hard coral.
Dive 2
Funadhoo Kandu - The coral coverage along the front of the channel is so healthy and full of both reef fish and pelagic fish. We had black-jacks follow us across the front and a couple of grey sharks out in the blue, together with white tips along the front and a massive napoleon chasing 3 smaller ones around.
Dive 3
Maarehaa - I love this site and was so happy to see ‘Wiggles’ the female grey reef shark still around. You can’t miss her, with her damaged pectoral fin and her funny wiggle (side ways swimming action). It was also nice to see the other grey reef sharks surrounding her like they were trying to keep her safe.
Day 5
Dive 1
Maarehaa Day - A strong current, but again, so many grey reef sharks all along the front, as well as white tips and a huge amount of pelagic action – A couple of the guests had 3 Marlin check them out whilst doing their safety stops.
Dive 2
Maarehaa Day - Plenty of pelagic action along the front of the channel, 20+ eagle rays and 3 silky sharks came to check us out!!!
Dive 3
Maarehaa Day - There was a very strong current, so it was hard work crossing the channel, but well worth the effort, as we saw grey reef sharks, eagle rays and green turtles all along the sand channel along the inside.
Evening Activity
I took 1 of the guests for a run/walk around a local island.
Day 6
Dive 1
Gadhdhoo - There was a strange current starting one way, half way in, taking you back the way you came, but what an amazing hard coral display and all full of small reef fish. Ocean crossing to Foammulah. We crossed the Equator at 9:39am
Dive 2
Foammulah - This has to be right up there in our ‘top 10 dive sites’ here in the Maldives. 2 TIGER SHARKS, A THRESHER SHARK AND 4 LARGE SILVER-TIPS!!!
Dive 3
It was getting late, so we opted to keep it a more relaxed and closer to shore - drifting along the reef. The water temperature was 26°, making it a chilly dive, however, it was lovely to find a leopard blenny (this is the only place in the Maldives that I've seen them).
Evening Activity
Some guests went for a walk around the harbour.
Day 7
Dive 1
Foammulah - There was a mega strong current this morning, so we only really got to see some grey sharks and a couple of great barracuda.
Dive 2
Foammulah - What a great dive, with so many silver-tips and grey reef sharks! The silver-tips came in to check us out all along the drop off, where we also saw a lovely huge giant grouper.
Dive 3
Foammulah - WOW what a dive, 3 tiger sharks, 1 coming extremely close head on to me, as well as a great hammer head shark and silver-tips.
Evening Activity
We had a lovely 1½ hour walk (island tour), taking in the fresh water lakes and the old mosques, 1 dating back to 1555, it was built after the first settlement in 1550.
Day 8
Dive 1
Foammulah - Last dive here before crossing to Addu and what a fantastic last dive it was, with 4 tiger sharks, 1 swimming along with a great hammer-head, a giant grouper and a great many silver-tips. It was quite sad to have to leave really. Very pleasant ocean crossing to Addu
Dive 2
Mudukan - We saw 6 mantas for the whole dive, with a small male manta going right up to some of the divers!!
Dive 3
Kuda Kandu - There was a big ocean swell, so it made this dive hard work once you were in the shallows, however, it was nice to see all the hard coral and reef fish.
Day 9
Dive 1
Viligili Kandu - Lots to see – a bump-head parrot fish, large whip-tail ray, green turtles, barracuda, plenty of painted leg lobsters and a large nurse shark.
Dive 2
Mudukan - 1 small manta for the whole dive.
Dive 3
Gan outside - What a stunning display of hard coral, it just went on and on. Some parts of it looked like large layers of rose petals, covered in a layer of small reef fish. We also enjoyed seeing lots of turtles - both green and hawksbills.
Day 10
The Wall - Great dive - eagle rays, a large sting ray, many stunning modish idol fish, huge sea fans, as well as smaller yellow ones and some lovely hard coral.
Dive 2
Mudukan - Very strong current here, so we had to hook in, however, we did have a small manta come and hang out with us for the whole dive.
Dive 3
British Loyalty Wreck - We thought it would be nice to dive on a wreck for a change - this 140m wreck lies on its starboard side, the whole port side is covered in hard coral and in places you could actually forget that you are on a wreck. There’s always plenty to look at and take photos of.
Dive 4
Night Dive on the Wreck - Not all of the guests came on the dive, but the few that did, really enjoyed it.
Day 11
Dive 1
Fen Muli - WOW – the coral here is stunning with some huge barrel sponges, but the best was at the end of the dive, where we came across mantas feeding at the surface. Hundreds of big eye jacks and black-jacks!!
Dive 2
Fantastic last dive – we saw 6 mantas for the whole dive. During the last 10 minutes they came right up to us and hovered in front of some of the divers, it was amazing to watch.
Evening Activity
Dave took some of the guests for a few drinks over at the Equator village resort.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
After a late breakfast it was time to take the guests to the airport ready for their flight back to Male.
Number of dives = 33, in which we saw 11 different types of sharks and 8 different types of rays.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Most of the guests arrived on the afternoon flight from Male, so we transferred them to the Sea Spirit, so that they could unpack and have lunch, whilst I went back to the airport to meet the 2 remaining guests. Once everyone was on board we made our way to the east side of the atoll, ready for the first days diving.
Day 1
Dive 1
Viligili Corner – A nice easy dive to start the trip, with small in current, allowing us to start the dive on the outside reef, finishing on the corner with all the reef fish and green turtles, a couple of white tips and a grey reef shark, as well as eagle rays, a dog tooth tuna, 7 mobula and hundreds of big eye jacks.
Dive 2
Viligili Kandu - Shark-Tastic!!!! The strong current along the front brought with it many grey reef sharks. Once our bottom time was low, we unhooked and had a super fast drift dive along the inside reef.
Dive 3
Viligili Kandu - The sharks were a little deeper on this dive, so we didn't get much time on the front with them, however, it was nice having a huge shoal of big eye jacks hanging around us. We also came across a large shoal of whitespot surgeon fish up in the shallows, which was a first for me. Can you believe it – as well as this we spent over 3 hours snorkelling with 4 whale sharks, 3 together, all trying to get the best spot, right under the lights, where all the food was, along with a nosey group of dolphins, who wanted to join in the fun.
Day 2
Dive 1
Viligili Kandu - We saw a large bone fish, rainbow runners zooming around, green turtles, 2 bump-head parrot fish, black-tipped reef sharks, as well as a huge shoal of blue-powder surgeon fish in the shallows.
Dive 2
Viligili Kandu - There was a very strong current, so it was a case of getting down and hooking in to watch the show, which was followed by a crazy drift at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
Viligili Kandu - We dropped down to find ourselves amongst some rather large oceanic black-tip sharks, who were all buzzing around, it was amazing to be soooo close!!! We also saw a porcupine ray and some black-tip reef sharks.
Day 3
Dive 1
Nilandhoo Kandu - We had grey reef sharks and white tips all along the front of the channel, together with some eagle rays and a great many big eye jacks, a couple of ribbon eels, 2 pairs of leaf fish and a huge green turtle been cleaned.
Dive 2
Kuredhdhoo - Wow, what a super strong current!!! We flew along the reef and at times we were being been pushed up and down, not the most comfortable dive.
Dive 3
Nilandhoo Kandu - What an amazing amount of grey reef sharks along the front, some coming right up to us and a large tiger shark out of the channel!!!
Day 4
Dive 1
A new site for us. We saw a number of grey sharks, who were buzzing around along the sand and a porcupine ray, several black-tipped reef sharks, an eagle ray and some nice hard coral.
Dive 2
Funadhoo Kandu - The coral coverage along the front of the channel is so healthy and full of both reef fish and pelagic fish. We had black-jacks follow us across the front and a couple of grey sharks out in the blue, together with white tips along the front and a massive napoleon chasing 3 smaller ones around.
Dive 3
Maarehaa - I love this site and was so happy to see ‘Wiggles’ the female grey reef shark still around. You can’t miss her, with her damaged pectoral fin and her funny wiggle (side ways swimming action). It was also nice to see the other grey reef sharks surrounding her like they were trying to keep her safe.
Day 5
Dive 1
Maarehaa Day - A strong current, but again, so many grey reef sharks all along the front, as well as white tips and a huge amount of pelagic action – A couple of the guests had 3 Marlin check them out whilst doing their safety stops.
Dive 2
Maarehaa Day - Plenty of pelagic action along the front of the channel, 20+ eagle rays and 3 silky sharks came to check us out!!!
Dive 3
Maarehaa Day - There was a very strong current, so it was hard work crossing the channel, but well worth the effort, as we saw grey reef sharks, eagle rays and green turtles all along the sand channel along the inside.
Evening Activity
I took 1 of the guests for a run/walk around a local island.
Day 6
Dive 1
Gadhdhoo - There was a strange current starting one way, half way in, taking you back the way you came, but what an amazing hard coral display and all full of small reef fish. Ocean crossing to Foammulah. We crossed the Equator at 9:39am
Dive 2
Foammulah - This has to be right up there in our ‘top 10 dive sites’ here in the Maldives. 2 TIGER SHARKS, A THRESHER SHARK AND 4 LARGE SILVER-TIPS!!!
Dive 3
It was getting late, so we opted to keep it a more relaxed and closer to shore - drifting along the reef. The water temperature was 26°, making it a chilly dive, however, it was lovely to find a leopard blenny (this is the only place in the Maldives that I've seen them).
Evening Activity
Some guests went for a walk around the harbour.
Day 7
Dive 1
Foammulah - There was a mega strong current this morning, so we only really got to see some grey sharks and a couple of great barracuda.
Dive 2
Foammulah - What a great dive, with so many silver-tips and grey reef sharks! The silver-tips came in to check us out all along the drop off, where we also saw a lovely huge giant grouper.
Dive 3
Foammulah - WOW what a dive, 3 tiger sharks, 1 coming extremely close head on to me, as well as a great hammer head shark and silver-tips.
Evening Activity
We had a lovely 1½ hour walk (island tour), taking in the fresh water lakes and the old mosques, 1 dating back to 1555, it was built after the first settlement in 1550.
Day 8
Dive 1
Foammulah - Last dive here before crossing to Addu and what a fantastic last dive it was, with 4 tiger sharks, 1 swimming along with a great hammer-head, a giant grouper and a great many silver-tips. It was quite sad to have to leave really. Very pleasant ocean crossing to Addu
Dive 2
Mudukan - We saw 6 mantas for the whole dive, with a small male manta going right up to some of the divers!!
Dive 3
Kuda Kandu - There was a big ocean swell, so it made this dive hard work once you were in the shallows, however, it was nice to see all the hard coral and reef fish.
Day 9
Dive 1
Viligili Kandu - Lots to see – a bump-head parrot fish, large whip-tail ray, green turtles, barracuda, plenty of painted leg lobsters and a large nurse shark.
Dive 2
Mudukan - 1 small manta for the whole dive.
Dive 3
Gan outside - What a stunning display of hard coral, it just went on and on. Some parts of it looked like large layers of rose petals, covered in a layer of small reef fish. We also enjoyed seeing lots of turtles - both green and hawksbills.
Day 10
The Wall - Great dive - eagle rays, a large sting ray, many stunning modish idol fish, huge sea fans, as well as smaller yellow ones and some lovely hard coral.
Dive 2
Mudukan - Very strong current here, so we had to hook in, however, we did have a small manta come and hang out with us for the whole dive.
Dive 3
British Loyalty Wreck - We thought it would be nice to dive on a wreck for a change - this 140m wreck lies on its starboard side, the whole port side is covered in hard coral and in places you could actually forget that you are on a wreck. There’s always plenty to look at and take photos of.
Dive 4
Night Dive on the Wreck - Not all of the guests came on the dive, but the few that did, really enjoyed it.
Day 11
Dive 1
Fen Muli - WOW – the coral here is stunning with some huge barrel sponges, but the best was at the end of the dive, where we came across mantas feeding at the surface. Hundreds of big eye jacks and black-jacks!!
Dive 2
Fantastic last dive – we saw 6 mantas for the whole dive. During the last 10 minutes they came right up to us and hovered in front of some of the divers, it was amazing to watch.
Evening Activity
Dave took some of the guests for a few drinks over at the Equator village resort.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
After a late breakfast it was time to take the guests to the airport ready for their flight back to Male.
Number of dives = 33, in which we saw 11 different types of sharks and 8 different types of rays.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS526
22 Jan 2017 to 3 Feb 2017
Male to Equatorial Far South (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Met the guests at the airport and transferred them to Sea Spirit. All paper work completed, dive equipment sorted and ready for the check dive after lunch.
Dive 1
We had amazing visibility and saw so many fish and sting rays. We even had two passes from a guitar shark. It's always amazing to see so many different morays all chilling out together.
Day 1
Dive 1
We saw a couple of eagle rays hanging out on the corner with the larger one, obviously pregnant, as well as grey and white-tips sharks, a large shoal of blue fin gravelly charging around. Some guests even had some dolphins check them out on the reef top.
Dive 2
Super strong current, so everyone had to get down quickly, hook in and watch the show, followed by a swift drift along the south inside the reef.
Dive 3
Dusk/Night dive with many large nurse sharks swimming around. Jenkins sting rays, giant trevally, black-tip reef sharks up at 3m, made this a very exciting dive from start to end!! When we surfaced there was the most amazing sunset, which lit up the sky like it was on fire.
Day 2
Dive 1
WHAT A DIVE!!! Bow-mouthed guitar shark, grey reef sharks and white-tips, hundreds of big eye jacks all along the front, then to finish off, we saw a juvenile whale shark, which came and to say hello, making this a TOP DIVE.
Dive 2
Everyone was more than happy to go back to the same site, as why bother to move around when you have all the action right there. We all came back from the dive extremely happy - plenty of action plus the super strong current again.
Dive 3
The soft coral along the front of the spur was amazing, all puffed out to its full glory! We saw a large feather-tail ray, rainbow runners, a couple of white-tips, a little robust ghost pipe fish, comet fish and some whip coral shrimp.
Day 3
Dive 1
We were hoping to see a manta or two, but sadly not today, so we spent time just enjoying the sift corals and large fan corals.
Dive 2
I always really enjoy this site, as there’s always so much activity! A pregnant grey reef shark, white-tips, eagle rays, a huge shoal of mid-night snappers and big eye jacks, banner fish and sweet-lips, all hanging around the pinnacle, which is covered by the most amazing golden soft coral. We also saw some turtles, and a huge shoal of hump-headed snappers up on the reef.
Dive 3
We made this a very short dive, as WOW almost zero visibility and so much sea grass!!! I can see why there were no mantas cleaning today.
Day 4
Dive 1
What a completely different dive to yesterday! This longer, shallow dive allowed us to enjoy six mantas putting on a great display, passing right over our heads. All very happy guests back on Spirit.
Dive 2
OMG super strong current!! As soon as anybody tried to go shallow they were spat out over the reef and into the channel, making it one hell of a drift dive!
Dive 3
Thought we’d give everyone a chill out dive. It’s funny really, once you’ve been in the currents and seen how they bring in all the pelagic action, then you experience a very tame site, it makes you want to get back in the channels. The giri was pretty with lots of small reef fish, but this trip is all about going South and Channels.
Day 5
Dive 1
We’ve never dived this site before, so we thought we’d give it a go! What a lovely surprise, really good coral coverage with some young coral blocks (a soft golden colour) full of reef fish, as well as turtles, eagle rays and white-tips in the immediate area. What a colourful dive.
Dive 2
Another first for us and again what a fabulous find!! The whole site was full of life, amazing hard and soft coral along with a constant free-way of fusiliers. Loved the dive!
Dive 3
A huge shoal of chevron barracuda and black jacks, white-tips, green turtles and reef fish all along the coral blocks. I've never seen so many in one area before!!
Evening Activity
Amazing sunset over the local island.
Day 6
Dive 1
Rain this morning made this a very dark dive, it was almost like being on a night dive.
Dive 2
Another new site for us. We were determined to find the manta’s cleaning station and after some patience a lovely male manta came in for a clean, which was great.
Ocean Crossing
A long 98km ocean crossing over the one and a half channel down into Huvadhoo.
Day 7
Dive 1
We gave everyone a relaxing start to the day, by hanging out on the corner, where we enjoyed green turtles, as well as a huge shoal of blue-strip snapper, raccoon butter-fly fish, blue-powder surgeon fish and parrot fish. They moved like a wave along the reef, which was amazing to watch. It was nice to see the hard coral was still looking good.
Dive 2
Strong out so we went for a swift drift starting on the inside, finishing on the outside corner with all the reef fish. On the drift we came across six eagle rays, green turtles, sting rays and white-tips.
Dive 3
Yeah in-current, so we were able to drop down the front of the channel, hook in and watch the sharks make passes in front of us. The drift into the channel afterwards was very interesting, being very strong so no chance to stop, you just had to go with the flow.
Day 8
Dive 1
This site has the most amazing display of layer after layer of huge fan corals all along the reef and the largest porites, all covered in blue-stripe snappers. Again many green turtles and a constant free-way of fusiliers.
Dive 2
The whole front of this channel is lovely, with ledges full of small stuff, whilst along the front we saw an abundance of both grey reef sharks and white-tips. We also saw a large shoal of black jacks, hundreds and hundreds of skip jack tuna, eagle rays and sting rays.
Dive 3
The current was perfect, allowing everyone to cross the front, enjoying all the action plus the bonus of finding ribbon eels and leaf fish in amongst the ledges..
Day 9
Dive 1
The grey sharks were all up high in the water column, all across the front of the channel. We saw the sting rays being cleaned, the white-tips resting and eagle rays, a huge shoal of big eye jacks and barracuda.
Dive 2
Another ‘sharky’ dive along the front, finishing with a gentle drift along the sand road to find both feather-tail sting rays and five eagle rays.
Dive 3
Amazing - so many grey reef sharks all along the front of the channel, along with large shoal of mid-night snappers and black jacks, as well as hundreds and hundreds of big eye jacks.
Day 10
Dive 1
Great dive! So many grey reef sharks plus a huge shoal of big eye jacks, which the sharks kept swimming through. Eagle rays, sting rays and green turtles, as well as Mobula rays, which were right below us, whilst we were waiting to be picked up at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Lovely dive - Over twenty Mobula rays, Eagle rays, huge green turtles, small Sea Hare, leaf fish, a very scruffy hawksbill, that looked like he could do with a good clean, as well as a guitar shark and a unknown large shark (we think it was a bull shark).
Dive 3
What a real shame, the hard coral all the way along the shallows has been affected by the El'nino back in April.
Day 11
Dive 1
Out-current, so we started with a drift along the sand channel to find eagle rays, small flounder and large whip-tail rays together with a couple of white-tips.
Dive 2
Last dive of the trip and what a way to finish!! This was the perfect ending to a very interesting ‘Far South’ trip. So many grey reef sharks, plus a WHALE SHARK, ribbon eels, flatworms, small yellow notodoris (Gardiner’s neon slug), eagle rays, hundreds and hundreds of big eye jacks, a huge barracuda and a couple of smaller grey reef sharks cleaning right in front of us.
Ocean Crossing
A four hour crossing over the the west side of the atoll, ready for the guests departure tomorrow.
Evening Activity
Was lovely watching the dolphins hunting around the back of the boat after dinner.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Late morning transfer for all the guests, ready for the domestic flight back to Male.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Met the guests at the airport and transferred them to Sea Spirit. All paper work completed, dive equipment sorted and ready for the check dive after lunch.
Dive 1
We had amazing visibility and saw so many fish and sting rays. We even had two passes from a guitar shark. It's always amazing to see so many different morays all chilling out together.
Day 1
Dive 1
We saw a couple of eagle rays hanging out on the corner with the larger one, obviously pregnant, as well as grey and white-tips sharks, a large shoal of blue fin gravelly charging around. Some guests even had some dolphins check them out on the reef top.
Dive 2
Super strong current, so everyone had to get down quickly, hook in and watch the show, followed by a swift drift along the south inside the reef.
Dive 3
Dusk/Night dive with many large nurse sharks swimming around. Jenkins sting rays, giant trevally, black-tip reef sharks up at 3m, made this a very exciting dive from start to end!! When we surfaced there was the most amazing sunset, which lit up the sky like it was on fire.
Day 2
Dive 1
WHAT A DIVE!!! Bow-mouthed guitar shark, grey reef sharks and white-tips, hundreds of big eye jacks all along the front, then to finish off, we saw a juvenile whale shark, which came and to say hello, making this a TOP DIVE.
Dive 2
Everyone was more than happy to go back to the same site, as why bother to move around when you have all the action right there. We all came back from the dive extremely happy - plenty of action plus the super strong current again.
Dive 3
The soft coral along the front of the spur was amazing, all puffed out to its full glory! We saw a large feather-tail ray, rainbow runners, a couple of white-tips, a little robust ghost pipe fish, comet fish and some whip coral shrimp.
Day 3
Dive 1
We were hoping to see a manta or two, but sadly not today, so we spent time just enjoying the sift corals and large fan corals.
Dive 2
I always really enjoy this site, as there’s always so much activity! A pregnant grey reef shark, white-tips, eagle rays, a huge shoal of mid-night snappers and big eye jacks, banner fish and sweet-lips, all hanging around the pinnacle, which is covered by the most amazing golden soft coral. We also saw some turtles, and a huge shoal of hump-headed snappers up on the reef.
Dive 3
We made this a very short dive, as WOW almost zero visibility and so much sea grass!!! I can see why there were no mantas cleaning today.
Day 4
Dive 1
What a completely different dive to yesterday! This longer, shallow dive allowed us to enjoy six mantas putting on a great display, passing right over our heads. All very happy guests back on Spirit.
Dive 2
OMG super strong current!! As soon as anybody tried to go shallow they were spat out over the reef and into the channel, making it one hell of a drift dive!
Dive 3
Thought we’d give everyone a chill out dive. It’s funny really, once you’ve been in the currents and seen how they bring in all the pelagic action, then you experience a very tame site, it makes you want to get back in the channels. The giri was pretty with lots of small reef fish, but this trip is all about going South and Channels.
Day 5
Dive 1
We’ve never dived this site before, so we thought we’d give it a go! What a lovely surprise, really good coral coverage with some young coral blocks (a soft golden colour) full of reef fish, as well as turtles, eagle rays and white-tips in the immediate area. What a colourful dive.
Dive 2
Another first for us and again what a fabulous find!! The whole site was full of life, amazing hard and soft coral along with a constant free-way of fusiliers. Loved the dive!
Dive 3
A huge shoal of chevron barracuda and black jacks, white-tips, green turtles and reef fish all along the coral blocks. I've never seen so many in one area before!!
Evening Activity
Amazing sunset over the local island.
Day 6
Dive 1
Rain this morning made this a very dark dive, it was almost like being on a night dive.
Dive 2
Another new site for us. We were determined to find the manta’s cleaning station and after some patience a lovely male manta came in for a clean, which was great.
Ocean Crossing
A long 98km ocean crossing over the one and a half channel down into Huvadhoo.
Day 7
Dive 1
We gave everyone a relaxing start to the day, by hanging out on the corner, where we enjoyed green turtles, as well as a huge shoal of blue-strip snapper, raccoon butter-fly fish, blue-powder surgeon fish and parrot fish. They moved like a wave along the reef, which was amazing to watch. It was nice to see the hard coral was still looking good.
Dive 2
Strong out so we went for a swift drift starting on the inside, finishing on the outside corner with all the reef fish. On the drift we came across six eagle rays, green turtles, sting rays and white-tips.
Dive 3
Yeah in-current, so we were able to drop down the front of the channel, hook in and watch the sharks make passes in front of us. The drift into the channel afterwards was very interesting, being very strong so no chance to stop, you just had to go with the flow.
Day 8
Dive 1
This site has the most amazing display of layer after layer of huge fan corals all along the reef and the largest porites, all covered in blue-stripe snappers. Again many green turtles and a constant free-way of fusiliers.
Dive 2
The whole front of this channel is lovely, with ledges full of small stuff, whilst along the front we saw an abundance of both grey reef sharks and white-tips. We also saw a large shoal of black jacks, hundreds and hundreds of skip jack tuna, eagle rays and sting rays.
Dive 3
The current was perfect, allowing everyone to cross the front, enjoying all the action plus the bonus of finding ribbon eels and leaf fish in amongst the ledges..
Day 9
Dive 1
The grey sharks were all up high in the water column, all across the front of the channel. We saw the sting rays being cleaned, the white-tips resting and eagle rays, a huge shoal of big eye jacks and barracuda.
Dive 2
Another ‘sharky’ dive along the front, finishing with a gentle drift along the sand road to find both feather-tail sting rays and five eagle rays.
Dive 3
Amazing - so many grey reef sharks all along the front of the channel, along with large shoal of mid-night snappers and black jacks, as well as hundreds and hundreds of big eye jacks.
Day 10
Dive 1
Great dive! So many grey reef sharks plus a huge shoal of big eye jacks, which the sharks kept swimming through. Eagle rays, sting rays and green turtles, as well as Mobula rays, which were right below us, whilst we were waiting to be picked up at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Lovely dive - Over twenty Mobula rays, Eagle rays, huge green turtles, small Sea Hare, leaf fish, a very scruffy hawksbill, that looked like he could do with a good clean, as well as a guitar shark and a unknown large shark (we think it was a bull shark).
Dive 3
What a real shame, the hard coral all the way along the shallows has been affected by the El'nino back in April.
Day 11
Dive 1
Out-current, so we started with a drift along the sand channel to find eagle rays, small flounder and large whip-tail rays together with a couple of white-tips.
Dive 2
Last dive of the trip and what a way to finish!! This was the perfect ending to a very interesting ‘Far South’ trip. So many grey reef sharks, plus a WHALE SHARK, ribbon eels, flatworms, small yellow notodoris (Gardiner’s neon slug), eagle rays, hundreds and hundreds of big eye jacks, a huge barracuda and a couple of smaller grey reef sharks cleaning right in front of us.
Ocean Crossing
A four hour crossing over the the west side of the atoll, ready for the guests departure tomorrow.
Evening Activity
Was lovely watching the dolphins hunting around the back of the boat after dinner.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Late morning transfer for all the guests, ready for the domestic flight back to Male.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS525
15 Jan 2017 to 22 Jan 2017
Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
This trip was a group charter, so everyone came in together on the one flight, which meant that we could get moving quite early. Once the guests had sorted out their dive gear and safety briefs were done, we headed out for the check dive.
Dive 1
Couple of stingrays, so many different types of morays and some holes having five or six morays chilling out together. 100s of bannerfish and bigeyes. Super visibility and a small current made this the perfect dive of the trip.
Day 1
Dive 1
TIGER SHARK, 2 eagle rays, juvenile leopard shark, many whitetips, grey reef and black-tip shark, marble stingray being cleaned, a constant 'freeway' of fusiliers, coral blocks completely full of reef fish and a green turtle.
Dive 2
THREE MANTAS passing by .. two large silvertip sharks, small whitetips, a huge shoal of batfish, 100s of bluestripe snappers and pyramid butterflyfish, lovey burnt orange anemones and the whole water column was full of redtooth triggerfish.
Dive 3
Very strong current making this a very hard dive but it was worth it when we hooked in to stop and watch the eight grey sharks swimming back and forth.
Evening Activity
Guests went over to the little sand bank to sit and watch the beautiful sunset.
Day 2
Dive 1
Loved this dive!!! We had many grey reef sharks swimming back and forth right in front of us and for most of the dive!! Also a little eagle ray, huge marble ray, many whitetips, a huge Napoleon, shoals of rainbow runners and bigeye jacks.
Dive 2
Lovely little dive with a juv eagle ray hanging out with us for the whole dive while we hooked in to watch the grey reef sharks and w-tips. The tuna charged at the red-tooth trigger fish sending everything right at us making everyone jump.
Dive 3
A super dive as always on this site - with just about everything to see from sharks to critters.
Night Dive
Giant trevally charging about along with a couple of whitetips, small stingray followed us for most of the dive, so many Pleurobranchus grandis all over the top of the thila, two hawksbills and puffer fish resting in the black coral.
Day 3
Dive 1
MANTAS ... FOR A WHOLE HOUR!!!!
Dive 2
Even better than the first dive!!! SO MANY MANTAS ... coming right up to us and this went on for the whole dive. I also found a ghost pipe fish!
Dive 3
Three silvertips coming in to clean, a huge female pregnant MANTA cleaning on the reef top, 20+ dogtooth tuna, a whitemouth moray, spearing mantis shrimp and a hawksbill turtle.
Day 4
Dive 1
A 5m WHALESHARK swam right up to us!!!! Allowing everyone a good chance to see and take photos.
Dive 2
Two more WHALESHARKS with the one at the end of the dive being the same one from this mornings dive - this time swimming quite shallow and right towards us. A couple of us were able to keep up with it and swim along side it for a while.
Night Dive
A super dive with many nurse sharks and stingrays along with giant trevally swimming all around us. Then, in the shallows, we had a couple of black-tip reef sharks rushing around.
Day 5
Dive 1
A super strong current making this a very exciting dive! It was so strong that even some of our regs free-flowed if you turned your head round to look behind you!! But we did have many grey reef sharks and whitetips all hanging out in the current.
Dive 2
Everyone was happy to go back and give the site another go - but this time we decided to dive the other corner which turned out to have a little less current and a lot more fish life, but still plenty of pelagic action and sharks along the front.
Dive 3
Currents still running strong, so we decided to do an easier dive giving everyone space to take photographs. It was lovely to see the little yellow frogfish still hanging around and getting bigger!
Evening Activity
An evening walk around the local island.
Day 6
Dive 1
We started with a gentle drift along the outside reef, building up to quiet a fast drift on the inside of the channel. Everyone enjoyed the ride!!! And we still had plenty of action with sharks and eagle rays - and even a marlin.
Ocean Crossing
Smooth crossing back to North Male and Hulemale.
Evening Activity
After all the dive gear had been washed and laid out to dry, we took a couple of the guests for a walk around Hulemale. Evening chilling and a few drinks with a trip movie to watch after dinner.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All guests had an early transfer to the airport ready for their flights home.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
This trip was a group charter, so everyone came in together on the one flight, which meant that we could get moving quite early. Once the guests had sorted out their dive gear and safety briefs were done, we headed out for the check dive.
Dive 1
Couple of stingrays, so many different types of morays and some holes having five or six morays chilling out together. 100s of bannerfish and bigeyes. Super visibility and a small current made this the perfect dive of the trip.
Day 1
Dive 1
TIGER SHARK, 2 eagle rays, juvenile leopard shark, many whitetips, grey reef and black-tip shark, marble stingray being cleaned, a constant 'freeway' of fusiliers, coral blocks completely full of reef fish and a green turtle.
Dive 2
THREE MANTAS passing by .. two large silvertip sharks, small whitetips, a huge shoal of batfish, 100s of bluestripe snappers and pyramid butterflyfish, lovey burnt orange anemones and the whole water column was full of redtooth triggerfish.
Dive 3
Very strong current making this a very hard dive but it was worth it when we hooked in to stop and watch the eight grey sharks swimming back and forth.
Evening Activity
Guests went over to the little sand bank to sit and watch the beautiful sunset.
Day 2
Dive 1
Loved this dive!!! We had many grey reef sharks swimming back and forth right in front of us and for most of the dive!! Also a little eagle ray, huge marble ray, many whitetips, a huge Napoleon, shoals of rainbow runners and bigeye jacks.
Dive 2
Lovely little dive with a juv eagle ray hanging out with us for the whole dive while we hooked in to watch the grey reef sharks and w-tips. The tuna charged at the red-tooth trigger fish sending everything right at us making everyone jump.
Dive 3
A super dive as always on this site - with just about everything to see from sharks to critters.
Night Dive
Giant trevally charging about along with a couple of whitetips, small stingray followed us for most of the dive, so many Pleurobranchus grandis all over the top of the thila, two hawksbills and puffer fish resting in the black coral.
Day 3
Dive 1
MANTAS ... FOR A WHOLE HOUR!!!!
Dive 2
Even better than the first dive!!! SO MANY MANTAS ... coming right up to us and this went on for the whole dive. I also found a ghost pipe fish!
Dive 3
Three silvertips coming in to clean, a huge female pregnant MANTA cleaning on the reef top, 20+ dogtooth tuna, a whitemouth moray, spearing mantis shrimp and a hawksbill turtle.
Day 4
Dive 1
A 5m WHALESHARK swam right up to us!!!! Allowing everyone a good chance to see and take photos.
Dive 2
Two more WHALESHARKS with the one at the end of the dive being the same one from this mornings dive - this time swimming quite shallow and right towards us. A couple of us were able to keep up with it and swim along side it for a while.
Night Dive
A super dive with many nurse sharks and stingrays along with giant trevally swimming all around us. Then, in the shallows, we had a couple of black-tip reef sharks rushing around.
Day 5
Dive 1
A super strong current making this a very exciting dive! It was so strong that even some of our regs free-flowed if you turned your head round to look behind you!! But we did have many grey reef sharks and whitetips all hanging out in the current.
Dive 2
Everyone was happy to go back and give the site another go - but this time we decided to dive the other corner which turned out to have a little less current and a lot more fish life, but still plenty of pelagic action and sharks along the front.
Dive 3
Currents still running strong, so we decided to do an easier dive giving everyone space to take photographs. It was lovely to see the little yellow frogfish still hanging around and getting bigger!
Evening Activity
An evening walk around the local island.
Day 6
Dive 1
We started with a gentle drift along the outside reef, building up to quiet a fast drift on the inside of the channel. Everyone enjoyed the ride!!! And we still had plenty of action with sharks and eagle rays - and even a marlin.
Ocean Crossing
Smooth crossing back to North Male and Hulemale.
Evening Activity
After all the dive gear had been washed and laid out to dry, we took a couple of the guests for a walk around Hulemale. Evening chilling and a few drinks with a trip movie to watch after dinner.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All guests had an early transfer to the airport ready for their flights home.
Day 8

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