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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 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 SS354
30 Oct 2011 to 11 Nov 2011
Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Meet guests at the airport and transfer to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive with giant trevally, honeycombe moray, banded boxer shrimp, oates soft coral crab, hawksbill turtle, schools of blueline snapper, bigeyes and napoleon wrasse
Day 1
Dive 1
Giant trevally hunting, tons of neon fusiliers, schools of oriental sweetlips, caves full of glassfish and this thila is also covered in soft corals of every colour imaginable
Dive 2
Mobula rays, whitetips, MANTA RAYS plus and an octopus
Dive 3
Octopus, turtle, MANTA RAYS, blueline snapper and oriental sweetlips
Day 2
Dive 1
Large school of silver jacks, black & white snapper, midnight snapper, blueline trevally, glosodioris cincta & notodoris citriana nudibranch, spiney lobster, peaock mantis shrimp
Dive 2
WHITE LEAF FISH, oates soft coral crab, durban hinge beak shrimp, clouds of fusiliers, porcelain crabs
Dive 3
Gentle drift along the outside reef, whitetip reef sharks, schools of gold spot emperors, blueline snapper, humpback snapper, camoflauge grouper, whipcoral shrimp and short-head anenome shrimp
Day 3
Dive 1
Large school of silver jacks, chevron barracuda, circular batfish, school of indian bannerfish, chromodoris geometrica nudibranch, Maldivian ghostpipe fish and an oates soft coral crab
Dive 2
Whitetip sharks, masses of batfish, forsters barracuda, octopus
Night Dive
Lots of hunting whitetips, green moray, red snapper plus black blotched stingray and tons of swirling neon fusiliers
Evening Activity
*SNORKELLING WITH 2 MANTA RAYS OFF THE BACK OF THE BOAT AFTER DINNER* What an end to the day!
Day 4
Dive 1
Grey reef sharks, whitetips, eagleray, black blotched stingray, hawksbill turtle and a black & yellow ribbon eel
Dive 2
Huge school of bigeye scad, several juvenile whitetips sat under coral heads, notodoris citriana nudibranch, bigeyes, circular batfish & silver jacks
Dive 3
Whitetips, tuna, grey reef sharks, batfish and a mantis shrimp
Night Dive
Amazing!!!! (unfortunately they omitted to tell us why ... ?)
Day 5
Dive 1
5 COMMON DOLPHINS, school of chevron barracuda, school of circular batfish, school of kawa kawa tuna and lots of silverside baitfish
Dive 2
Grey reef shark, whitetips, hawksbill turtle, hunting blueline trevally, chromodoris glenei nudibranch and peacock mantis shrimp
Dive 3
"FISH SOUP" The top of this thila was swarming with neon fusiliers, blueline snapper and humpback snapper!!
Day 6
Dive 1
Wreck Dive - nurse shark, hold full of baitfish being hunted by lots of lionfish, GREEN FROG FISH, robostra arika & chromodoris glenei nudibranch, kawa kawa tuna, school of circular batfish, peacock mantis shrimp
Dive 2
Another "fish soup" dive with large schools of blueline snapper, humpback snapper, hunting blueline trevally plus lots of fan corals, whip corals decorating the floor wall and caves
Dive 3
Large school of rainbow runners, great barracuda, dogtooth tuna, red snapper, 10 spiney lobster and a school of indian bannerfish
Day 7
Dive 1
Black blotched stingrays, huge school of humpback snapper, large napoleon wrasse, whitetips, peacock mantis shrimp, imperial shrimp
Dive 2
A pretty thila with lots of hard coral and a variety of colourful reef fish plus a hawksbill turtle, kawakawa tuna and lunar fusiliers
Dive 3
Grey reefs, whitetips, large school of silver jacks, yellow leaf fish and overhangs dripping with soft yellow coral and the floors strewn with whip and fan coral
Day 8
Dive 1
Grey reef sharks, whitetips, mangrove whipray, silver jacks, YELLOW LEAF FISH and 2 large napoleon wrasse
Ocean Crossing
Large pod of Rizzo Dolphins lazing around in the warm surface water
Dive 2
MANTA RAY, juvenile imperial angelfish, palette surgeonfish, green moray being cleaned by anton bruuni cleaner shrimp, banded boxer shrimp, reef top pipefish and lots of red snapper
Dive 3
SQUADRON OF 18 EAGLERAYS, grey reef, whitetips, hawkbill turtle and lots of silver jacks
Day 9
Dive 1
Eagle rays, mobula rays, whitetips, LEAF FISH, white mouth moray, octopus, honeycombe moray, peacock mantis shrimp
Dive 2
5 Ribbon eels, cleaner shrimp, napoleon wrasse, bandit morays
Dive 3
Thercereca picta nudibranchs, peacock mantis shrimp, rainbow runners, silver jacks, black & white snapper, whitetips, hawksbill turtle and a white mouth moray
Day 10
Dive 1
Drift Dive - Whitetips, both green and hawksbill turtles, banded pipefish, lots of squirelfish, napoleon wrasse and a passing tuna
Dive 2
Green & hawksbill turtles, eagleray, grey sweetlips, oriental sweetlips, collared butterflyfish, imperial angelfish, WHITE LEAF FISH and spearing mantis shrimp
Dive 3
School of circular batfish, bearded scorpionfish, flabeline expotata nudibranch, glorious flatworm, bubble coral anenome shrimp, Maldivian sponge snail
Day 11
Dive 1
Drift Dive - Nurse shark, whitetips, hawksbill & green turtles, jobfish, starry pufferfish and porcelain crabs
Dive 2
LEAF FISH, soft coral crabs, whip coral shrimp, chromodoris tritos and anenome fish eggs
Daytime Excursion
Shopping, Sightseeing & Ice Cream in Male!
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Take guests to the airport for their flight home or onward transfer
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Meet guests at the airport and transfer to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive with giant trevally, honeycombe moray, banded boxer shrimp, oates soft coral crab, hawksbill turtle, schools of blueline snapper, bigeyes and napoleon wrasse
Day 1
Dive 1
Giant trevally hunting, tons of neon fusiliers, schools of oriental sweetlips, caves full of glassfish and this thila is also covered in soft corals of every colour imaginable
Dive 2
Mobula rays, whitetips, MANTA RAYS plus and an octopus
Dive 3
Octopus, turtle, MANTA RAYS, blueline snapper and oriental sweetlips
Day 2
Dive 1
Large school of silver jacks, black & white snapper, midnight snapper, blueline trevally, glosodioris cincta & notodoris citriana nudibranch, spiney lobster, peaock mantis shrimp
Dive 2
WHITE LEAF FISH, oates soft coral crab, durban hinge beak shrimp, clouds of fusiliers, porcelain crabs
Dive 3
Gentle drift along the outside reef, whitetip reef sharks, schools of gold spot emperors, blueline snapper, humpback snapper, camoflauge grouper, whipcoral shrimp and short-head anenome shrimp
Day 3
Dive 1
Large school of silver jacks, chevron barracuda, circular batfish, school of indian bannerfish, chromodoris geometrica nudibranch, Maldivian ghostpipe fish and an oates soft coral crab
Dive 2
Whitetip sharks, masses of batfish, forsters barracuda, octopus
Night Dive
Lots of hunting whitetips, green moray, red snapper plus black blotched stingray and tons of swirling neon fusiliers
Evening Activity
*SNORKELLING WITH 2 MANTA RAYS OFF THE BACK OF THE BOAT AFTER DINNER* What an end to the day!
Day 4
Dive 1
Grey reef sharks, whitetips, eagleray, black blotched stingray, hawksbill turtle and a black & yellow ribbon eel
Dive 2
Huge school of bigeye scad, several juvenile whitetips sat under coral heads, notodoris citriana nudibranch, bigeyes, circular batfish & silver jacks
Dive 3
Whitetips, tuna, grey reef sharks, batfish and a mantis shrimp
Night Dive
Amazing!!!! (unfortunately they omitted to tell us why ... ?)
Day 5
Dive 1
5 COMMON DOLPHINS, school of chevron barracuda, school of circular batfish, school of kawa kawa tuna and lots of silverside baitfish
Dive 2
Grey reef shark, whitetips, hawksbill turtle, hunting blueline trevally, chromodoris glenei nudibranch and peacock mantis shrimp
Dive 3
"FISH SOUP" The top of this thila was swarming with neon fusiliers, blueline snapper and humpback snapper!!
Day 6
Dive 1
Wreck Dive - nurse shark, hold full of baitfish being hunted by lots of lionfish, GREEN FROG FISH, robostra arika & chromodoris glenei nudibranch, kawa kawa tuna, school of circular batfish, peacock mantis shrimp
Dive 2
Another "fish soup" dive with large schools of blueline snapper, humpback snapper, hunting blueline trevally plus lots of fan corals, whip corals decorating the floor wall and caves
Dive 3
Large school of rainbow runners, great barracuda, dogtooth tuna, red snapper, 10 spiney lobster and a school of indian bannerfish
Day 7
Dive 1
Black blotched stingrays, huge school of humpback snapper, large napoleon wrasse, whitetips, peacock mantis shrimp, imperial shrimp
Dive 2
A pretty thila with lots of hard coral and a variety of colourful reef fish plus a hawksbill turtle, kawakawa tuna and lunar fusiliers
Dive 3
Grey reefs, whitetips, large school of silver jacks, yellow leaf fish and overhangs dripping with soft yellow coral and the floors strewn with whip and fan coral
Day 8
Dive 1
Grey reef sharks, whitetips, mangrove whipray, silver jacks, YELLOW LEAF FISH and 2 large napoleon wrasse
Ocean Crossing
Large pod of Rizzo Dolphins lazing around in the warm surface water
Dive 2
MANTA RAY, juvenile imperial angelfish, palette surgeonfish, green moray being cleaned by anton bruuni cleaner shrimp, banded boxer shrimp, reef top pipefish and lots of red snapper
Dive 3
SQUADRON OF 18 EAGLERAYS, grey reef, whitetips, hawkbill turtle and lots of silver jacks
Day 9
Dive 1
Eagle rays, mobula rays, whitetips, LEAF FISH, white mouth moray, octopus, honeycombe moray, peacock mantis shrimp
Dive 2
5 Ribbon eels, cleaner shrimp, napoleon wrasse, bandit morays
Dive 3
Thercereca picta nudibranchs, peacock mantis shrimp, rainbow runners, silver jacks, black & white snapper, whitetips, hawksbill turtle and a white mouth moray
Day 10
Dive 1
Drift Dive - Whitetips, both green and hawksbill turtles, banded pipefish, lots of squirelfish, napoleon wrasse and a passing tuna
Dive 2
Green & hawksbill turtles, eagleray, grey sweetlips, oriental sweetlips, collared butterflyfish, imperial angelfish, WHITE LEAF FISH and spearing mantis shrimp
Dive 3
School of circular batfish, bearded scorpionfish, flabeline expotata nudibranch, glorious flatworm, bubble coral anenome shrimp, Maldivian sponge snail
Day 11
Dive 1
Drift Dive - Nurse shark, whitetips, hawksbill & green turtles, jobfish, starry pufferfish and porcelain crabs
Dive 2
LEAF FISH, soft coral crabs, whip coral shrimp, chromodoris tritos and anenome fish eggs
Daytime Excursion
Shopping, Sightseeing & Ice Cream in Male!
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Take guests to the airport for their flight home or onward transfer
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS483
11 Oct 2015 to 23 Oct 2015
Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and local hotels for transfer via airport to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
An easy drift for our check dive with several white tip reef sharks plus a grey shark and a blacktip reef shark. There were several large Naopleon wrasses and a huge brownmarbled grouper lurking in a shallow coral block. We loved the large schools of oriental sweetlips, and blocks full of bulls-eyes, schooling blue stripe snappers and soldierfish. We found a small trumpetfish pretending to be black coral and a friendly turtle or two
Day 1
Amazing sunset from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
The spinner dolphins were conducting jumping practice as we approached the dive site and although we did not see any mantas, we had a great macro dive instead! We found a pair of yellow-phase black barred gobies with their pistol shrimp housekeepers plus many pinkbar and Dracula goby pairs, there were large schols of silver sprats being chased by bonitos, a tiny Clarke's anemonefish in a blue anemone, a juvenile oriental sweetlips, an unidentified flatworm and a juvenile razor wrasse etc.
Dive 2
We saw eagle rays and white tips along the drop off and a pair of GREEN LEAF FISH, many Bruuni shrimps and a BLACK RIBBON EEL amongst the coral blocks. On the reef top was a lovely green turtle, a school of 100+ longfin batfish, honeycomb and giant morays and reef fish of all types including collared butterflyfish, Indian bannerfish, crown squirrelfish, smoke angelfish etc. etc.
Dive 3
An experimental dive on a different section of reef where we found extensive long and deep ledges full of beautiful soft corals, seafans, whips, crinoids etc. and in really pristine condition. We found a sleeping round ribontail ray, a carpet of feeding tubeworms, zooanthids, Bruuni shrimp cleaning station, several large Mappa puffers and yellow boxfish in courtship activity (biting eachother!)
Day 2
Fishorama yellowback fusiliers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AMAZING SHOW WITH 18 DIFFERENT MANTAS AS WE WATCHED THEM BEING CLEANED. THEY WERE SWIMMING VERY CLOSE PAAST US AND CHECKING US OUT AND ENJOYING BUBBLE BATHS. TERRIFIC!
Dive 2
THE MANTAS WERE STILL THERE SO WE WENT AGAIN. 9 DIFFERENT ONES THIS TIME (AND ALL NEW COMPARED TO THE EARLY SESSION). We also saw sleeping white tip sharks, an octopus, a scorpionfish and enjoyed all the chromis and humbug damsels bounding around in all the table corals
Dive 3
A corner-channel drift over many coral blocks and into large overhangs covered in pink seafans and with yellow and blue soft coral in the ceilings. There were beautiful anemones, crinoids and sponges in every colour. We found a leaf fish, many different puffers, a tiny yellow boxfish, a few white tip sharks but the corals were the stars this afternoon
Day 3
manta show!!! So many mantas seen today from Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We had a few mantas pass through but they weren't stopping for long this morning so drifted onto the outer reef and had a lovely show with Arraya the manta right on top of our heads! She loved the bubbles. The coral blocks were full of anthias of all species plus blue finger sponges in wonderful shapes. There was a large school of collared butterflyfish in one of the shallow blocks
Dive 2
Fishorama Thila! Schools of snappers and jacks hng in the water column and there were large schools of oriental sweetlips plus bluestripe and humpback snappers on the reef. We found a baby white tip shark in a block and there were plenty of adults scotting around. WE FOUND A NURSE SHARK in a shallow block but it was very exposed. The spectacular overhangs along the side of the thila were full of large seafans and blue stripe snappers
Dive 3
A very strong current so not a very comfortable dive and even too strong for the sharks as there were only a couple of white tips around. There were also many fusiliers, sweetlips and humpback snappers on the lee of the current.
Day 4
Arraya the beautiful manta came to call! MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
A more moderate current and a lovely dive watching a large grey shark cruising up and down and up to 8 EAGLE RAYS plus fusiliers and large tunas and jacks. The coral blocks were full of snappers and butterflyfish but then we found rather too many crown of thorns sea stars on the main reef which had caused a lot of damage
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
We saw an EAGLE RAY AS WE DESCENDED and then saw several GREY SHARKS along the steep ocean drop off.. This site is always great for the variety of reef fish which today included, bluefaced and two spot angelfish, humback surgeonfish, a lemon-yellow leaf fish, a stonefish, millions of blue-green chromis and then some BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS UP IN THE SHALLOWS
Dive 3
Lots of active grey sharks plus a large school of longfin batfish and feisty Vlamings surgeonfish divebombing our bubbles, some VERY large tunas, a pair of eagle rays, Lysmata and banded coral shrimps hiding a blackcheek moray, etc.
Evening Activity
A beautiful sunset this evening so we enjoyed sundowners on top deck
Day 5
Grey sharks cruising past. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We went off the reef looking for big stuff but only found a school of 200 longfin batfish (nice!) and there was little current so the grey sharks were just cruising around. The schools of big-eye jacks kept whirling past. We found several large spearing mantis shrimps, a white and a yellow leaf fish and then an eagle ray on the reef top!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing into North Ari Atoll. We took a look in the northern lagoons but no action so we went diving
Dive 2
Split-group dive. Group A saw lots of white tips, grey sharks over the big coral blocks, a round ribbontail ray and many big eye jacks and then a fast drift through the overhangs and canyons where they saw lobsters, a turtle and an ER Group B had a more sedate drift (in the same channel!) found TWO ZEBRA SHARKS, lots of nestring triggerfish including yellowmargin and blue and enjoyed an extended drift through canyons and overhangs
Dive 3
A small current at this site famous for grey shark sightings so the sharks were a little deep and mainly off the reef. We did see Spot the friendly eagle ray who joined us to get her photograph taken. We found two large red-coloured stonefish, several peacock mantis shrimps, a school of Forster's barracudas, beautiful pink, blue and purple anemones with families of blackfoot clownfish, baby white tip sharks hiding under table corals etc.
Night Dive
Magical night dive with Wiggle, Spookie, Donkeyo, Spinner and Lina mantas as the hungrily fed underneath the boat. Some divers were down for nearly 2 hours
Day 6
Cute Zebra sharks this morning from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
THERE WAS A BEAUTIFUL LARGE GREY SHARK AT THE CURRENT POINT WITH SEVERAL LARGE REMORAS TRAILING FROM HER PECTORAL FINS LIKE A MEDIEAVAL PRINCESS ' TRAILING SLEEVES. There were three other grey sharks plus many batfish and a HUGE school of blue stripe snappers which smothered the southern plateau of the site. Two hawksbill turtles were fighting over a crown jellyfish. So many pyramid butterflyfish, schooling bannerfish, jacks and fusiliers, 2x Chromodirs glenei etc. etc.
Dive 2
MILLIONS OF YELLOWBACK AND NEON FUSILIERS AT THE CURRENT POINT and later, two nurse sharks on the top coral block with their tails crossed (aah! Sweet). Many overhangs all around the thila with lots of seafans, tubastrea and black coral trees etc. A really colourful site.
Dive 3
WHALESHARK! It was rather deep but we managed to keep up with it for a few minutes. Characteristic from it's bent dorsal fin! We also found a tiny juvenile oriental sweetlips, a green turtle, a pair of porcelain crabs et. The shallows were full of goatfish and rudderfish over pristine table corals with pyramid butterflyfish and the sunlight dappling over the reef. Perfect!
Evening Activity
Some guests made a short excursion ashore to visit a local village and for shopping
Day 7
Hungry mantas behind MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
FISH EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!!! ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE SITES AND TODAY JUST PERFECT WITH A NICE CURRENT TO KEEP ALL THE BLUESTRIP SNAPPERS IN TIDY SCHOOLS AND TO PUFF UP THE SPLENDID SOFT CORALS. Spectacular! Millions of fusiliers and snapers, black saddle, brown barbled and a yellow fin grouper, every type of fish, seafans, sea whips, Nepthia and schleonepthia soft corals, crinoids, anemones etc.A lovely photgenic mantis shrimp, Amboin shrimps and good old Maldives sponge snails!
Dive 2
We looked hard for a whale shark but when we didn't get lucky, we went for a drift. We DID see lots of sleeping white tip sharks, a group of 4 tiger cowries with eggs, several sleeping hawksbill turtles, a giant spider conch and a large triton shell
Snorkelling
As soon as we sat down for lunch a WHALE SHARK WAS SPOTTED so we went in to snorkel with a cute 5-6m long male shark. Half an hour later a second one was sighted but we lost it before we had a chance to get in 30 minutes later a 3rd one was seen and we got in again! This was probably the same one as the one we saw yesterday afternoon. By the time we came up we all needed a rest!
Dive 3
Another easy drift dive. We saw an eagle ray, turtles, a comet fish, a large octopus and the top reef was really beautiful with magnificent table corals andschools of big eye crescent tails, gold spot emperors and a very large school of blue tangs marauding through the eggs of the Sargent Majors.
Day 8
Whaleshark! 3 seen today from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Wreck site with schools of batfish and surgeonfish at the bow then a BLACK FROGFISH fishing with its lure extended next to two large fluffy stonefish. Lots of other lovely critters including a tiny smallscale scorpionfish, a giant moray posing in a tyre, many coral groupers amongst the glassfish, large lionfish hunting and lurking in quiet corners and an albino bristletooth tang
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vaavu atoll (Felidhoo)
Dive 2
Squadron of 24 EAGLE RAYS on the front of the channel amongst millions of fusiliers and some white tip sharks. We then had a gentle drift over fantastic coral formations in a narrow channel and then over a coral garden where we also saw a sleeping feathertail ray
Dive 3
WILD NIGHT DIVE WITH AROUND 40 HUNGRY NURSE SHARKS PLUS SEVERAL BLACK TIP REEF SHARKS, PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS AND MANY JACKS AND GIANT TREVALLIES CHASING SCHOOLS OF SILVERSIDES
Nurse shark party behind Sea Spirit as about 20 nurse shark decided to continue their revelries behind the boat!
Day 9
Nurse shark extravaganza from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A small current on the channel front so we crossed the front but only a few large Napoleon wrasses and a few grey sharks round today. We saw several crown jellyfish and an eagle ray up in te water column. On the reef we found a black ribbon eel, a leaf fish, honeycomb morays and the whole reef was smothered in orange and Evan's anthias down to 15m with lots of Lysmata cleaner shrimps
Dive 2
Beautiful yellow soft coral hung caves then lots of long overhangs with every type of seafan sponge, crinoid etc. and very colourful. We found several longnose hawkfish in every black coral tree and there were many different species of wrasse and butterflyfish. Wonderful
Dive 3
We dived the ocean wall approaching from the east and finishing shallow on the top of the thila. The overhangs were stacked and full of sea whips and seafans with soldierfish and even jacks inside. We found two elegant squat lobsters in a featherstar, a yellow leaffish, a Chromodiris glenei nudi and many spearing mantis shrimps hiding in their nests
Day 10
Beautiful yellow soft coral caves from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
On the way to the site a pod of spinner dolphins accompanied the dhoni! THE YELLOW SOFT CORAL CAVES WERE STUNNING TODAY WITH THE CORAL FULLY PLUMPED IN THE LIGHT CURRENT. Tunas and jacks chased fusiliers and mackerels on the wall. We found leaf fish, a Chromodoris tritos nudi, different elegant squat lobsters, and found the school of jacks hanging out in the channel. It was really beautiful today
Dive 2
There are lots of deep overhangs on this dramatic ocean reef. We found octopus and several honeycomb morays, leaf fish, thicklip and Maori wrasses, spiny lobsters, Orzak's flatworm, stonefish and scorpionfish. The reeftop was covered in yellow and purple Evan's anthias
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
The ledges and coral blocks were smothered with orange anthias and so many Bruuni, Lysmata and banded coral shrimps busy cleaning fish and hiding blackcheek morays. We also saw several beautiful honeycomb morays, a yellow leaffish, a friendly Napoleon wrasse who was busy hunting on the reef and ignored us watching him.
Night Dive
A great critter night dive. We found a large sleeping starry puffer and several parrotfish, a Phidian nudi, a decorator crab covered in zooanthids, arrowhead crabs, several types of hingebeak shrimps, a spotted snake eel, several undulate morays and an enormous pink stonefish
Day 11
Thousands of blue tangs create a Maldives rush hour from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
EN EXCEPTIONAL DIVE TO END ON WITH SCHOOLS OF BLACK AND WHITE SNAPPERS, SILVER SWEETLIPS AND BIG EYE JACKS AT THE CURRENT POINT AND THEN MANY GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES ALONG THE REEF INCLUDING SEVERAL LARGE PREGNANT FEMALES AND AROUND 20 JUVENILES TOGETHER. SOME OF THE GROUP FOLLOWED A SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS BACK TO THE CURRENT POINT. A REAL WOW DIVE!
We motored back towards Male' getting back in time for lunch. An excursion to Male' was offered during the afternoon but most guests remained onboard and just relaxed.
Guest Transfer
One guest transferred to airport for travel back to Europe after dinner
Day 12
Eagle ray show from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Remaining guests transferred to airport for travel back to USA and Europe
Day 13
Lots of grey sharks seen on our last dive on MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and local hotels for transfer via airport to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
An easy drift for our check dive with several white tip reef sharks plus a grey shark and a blacktip reef shark. There were several large Naopleon wrasses and a huge brownmarbled grouper lurking in a shallow coral block. We loved the large schools of oriental sweetlips, and blocks full of bulls-eyes, schooling blue stripe snappers and soldierfish. We found a small trumpetfish pretending to be black coral and a friendly turtle or two
Day 1
Amazing sunset from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
The spinner dolphins were conducting jumping practice as we approached the dive site and although we did not see any mantas, we had a great macro dive instead! We found a pair of yellow-phase black barred gobies with their pistol shrimp housekeepers plus many pinkbar and Dracula goby pairs, there were large schols of silver sprats being chased by bonitos, a tiny Clarke's anemonefish in a blue anemone, a juvenile oriental sweetlips, an unidentified flatworm and a juvenile razor wrasse etc.
Dive 2
We saw eagle rays and white tips along the drop off and a pair of GREEN LEAF FISH, many Bruuni shrimps and a BLACK RIBBON EEL amongst the coral blocks. On the reef top was a lovely green turtle, a school of 100+ longfin batfish, honeycomb and giant morays and reef fish of all types including collared butterflyfish, Indian bannerfish, crown squirrelfish, smoke angelfish etc. etc.
Dive 3
An experimental dive on a different section of reef where we found extensive long and deep ledges full of beautiful soft corals, seafans, whips, crinoids etc. and in really pristine condition. We found a sleeping round ribontail ray, a carpet of feeding tubeworms, zooanthids, Bruuni shrimp cleaning station, several large Mappa puffers and yellow boxfish in courtship activity (biting eachother!)
Day 2
Fishorama yellowback fusiliers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AMAZING SHOW WITH 18 DIFFERENT MANTAS AS WE WATCHED THEM BEING CLEANED. THEY WERE SWIMMING VERY CLOSE PAAST US AND CHECKING US OUT AND ENJOYING BUBBLE BATHS. TERRIFIC!
Dive 2
THE MANTAS WERE STILL THERE SO WE WENT AGAIN. 9 DIFFERENT ONES THIS TIME (AND ALL NEW COMPARED TO THE EARLY SESSION). We also saw sleeping white tip sharks, an octopus, a scorpionfish and enjoyed all the chromis and humbug damsels bounding around in all the table corals
Dive 3
A corner-channel drift over many coral blocks and into large overhangs covered in pink seafans and with yellow and blue soft coral in the ceilings. There were beautiful anemones, crinoids and sponges in every colour. We found a leaf fish, many different puffers, a tiny yellow boxfish, a few white tip sharks but the corals were the stars this afternoon
Day 3
manta show!!! So many mantas seen today from Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We had a few mantas pass through but they weren't stopping for long this morning so drifted onto the outer reef and had a lovely show with Arraya the manta right on top of our heads! She loved the bubbles. The coral blocks were full of anthias of all species plus blue finger sponges in wonderful shapes. There was a large school of collared butterflyfish in one of the shallow blocks
Dive 2
Fishorama Thila! Schools of snappers and jacks hng in the water column and there were large schools of oriental sweetlips plus bluestripe and humpback snappers on the reef. We found a baby white tip shark in a block and there were plenty of adults scotting around. WE FOUND A NURSE SHARK in a shallow block but it was very exposed. The spectacular overhangs along the side of the thila were full of large seafans and blue stripe snappers
Dive 3
A very strong current so not a very comfortable dive and even too strong for the sharks as there were only a couple of white tips around. There were also many fusiliers, sweetlips and humpback snappers on the lee of the current.
Day 4
Arraya the beautiful manta came to call! MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
A more moderate current and a lovely dive watching a large grey shark cruising up and down and up to 8 EAGLE RAYS plus fusiliers and large tunas and jacks. The coral blocks were full of snappers and butterflyfish but then we found rather too many crown of thorns sea stars on the main reef which had caused a lot of damage
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
We saw an EAGLE RAY AS WE DESCENDED and then saw several GREY SHARKS along the steep ocean drop off.. This site is always great for the variety of reef fish which today included, bluefaced and two spot angelfish, humback surgeonfish, a lemon-yellow leaf fish, a stonefish, millions of blue-green chromis and then some BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS UP IN THE SHALLOWS
Dive 3
Lots of active grey sharks plus a large school of longfin batfish and feisty Vlamings surgeonfish divebombing our bubbles, some VERY large tunas, a pair of eagle rays, Lysmata and banded coral shrimps hiding a blackcheek moray, etc.
Evening Activity
A beautiful sunset this evening so we enjoyed sundowners on top deck
Day 5
Grey sharks cruising past. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We went off the reef looking for big stuff but only found a school of 200 longfin batfish (nice!) and there was little current so the grey sharks were just cruising around. The schools of big-eye jacks kept whirling past. We found several large spearing mantis shrimps, a white and a yellow leaf fish and then an eagle ray on the reef top!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing into North Ari Atoll. We took a look in the northern lagoons but no action so we went diving
Dive 2
Split-group dive. Group A saw lots of white tips, grey sharks over the big coral blocks, a round ribbontail ray and many big eye jacks and then a fast drift through the overhangs and canyons where they saw lobsters, a turtle and an ER Group B had a more sedate drift (in the same channel!) found TWO ZEBRA SHARKS, lots of nestring triggerfish including yellowmargin and blue and enjoyed an extended drift through canyons and overhangs
Dive 3
A small current at this site famous for grey shark sightings so the sharks were a little deep and mainly off the reef. We did see Spot the friendly eagle ray who joined us to get her photograph taken. We found two large red-coloured stonefish, several peacock mantis shrimps, a school of Forster's barracudas, beautiful pink, blue and purple anemones with families of blackfoot clownfish, baby white tip sharks hiding under table corals etc.
Night Dive
Magical night dive with Wiggle, Spookie, Donkeyo, Spinner and Lina mantas as the hungrily fed underneath the boat. Some divers were down for nearly 2 hours
Day 6
Cute Zebra sharks this morning from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
THERE WAS A BEAUTIFUL LARGE GREY SHARK AT THE CURRENT POINT WITH SEVERAL LARGE REMORAS TRAILING FROM HER PECTORAL FINS LIKE A MEDIEAVAL PRINCESS ' TRAILING SLEEVES. There were three other grey sharks plus many batfish and a HUGE school of blue stripe snappers which smothered the southern plateau of the site. Two hawksbill turtles were fighting over a crown jellyfish. So many pyramid butterflyfish, schooling bannerfish, jacks and fusiliers, 2x Chromodirs glenei etc. etc.
Dive 2
MILLIONS OF YELLOWBACK AND NEON FUSILIERS AT THE CURRENT POINT and later, two nurse sharks on the top coral block with their tails crossed (aah! Sweet). Many overhangs all around the thila with lots of seafans, tubastrea and black coral trees etc. A really colourful site.
Dive 3
WHALESHARK! It was rather deep but we managed to keep up with it for a few minutes. Characteristic from it's bent dorsal fin! We also found a tiny juvenile oriental sweetlips, a green turtle, a pair of porcelain crabs et. The shallows were full of goatfish and rudderfish over pristine table corals with pyramid butterflyfish and the sunlight dappling over the reef. Perfect!
Evening Activity
Some guests made a short excursion ashore to visit a local village and for shopping
Day 7
Hungry mantas behind MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
FISH EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!!! ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE SITES AND TODAY JUST PERFECT WITH A NICE CURRENT TO KEEP ALL THE BLUESTRIP SNAPPERS IN TIDY SCHOOLS AND TO PUFF UP THE SPLENDID SOFT CORALS. Spectacular! Millions of fusiliers and snapers, black saddle, brown barbled and a yellow fin grouper, every type of fish, seafans, sea whips, Nepthia and schleonepthia soft corals, crinoids, anemones etc.A lovely photgenic mantis shrimp, Amboin shrimps and good old Maldives sponge snails!
Dive 2
We looked hard for a whale shark but when we didn't get lucky, we went for a drift. We DID see lots of sleeping white tip sharks, a group of 4 tiger cowries with eggs, several sleeping hawksbill turtles, a giant spider conch and a large triton shell
Snorkelling
As soon as we sat down for lunch a WHALE SHARK WAS SPOTTED so we went in to snorkel with a cute 5-6m long male shark. Half an hour later a second one was sighted but we lost it before we had a chance to get in 30 minutes later a 3rd one was seen and we got in again! This was probably the same one as the one we saw yesterday afternoon. By the time we came up we all needed a rest!
Dive 3
Another easy drift dive. We saw an eagle ray, turtles, a comet fish, a large octopus and the top reef was really beautiful with magnificent table corals andschools of big eye crescent tails, gold spot emperors and a very large school of blue tangs marauding through the eggs of the Sargent Majors.
Day 8
Whaleshark! 3 seen today from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Wreck site with schools of batfish and surgeonfish at the bow then a BLACK FROGFISH fishing with its lure extended next to two large fluffy stonefish. Lots of other lovely critters including a tiny smallscale scorpionfish, a giant moray posing in a tyre, many coral groupers amongst the glassfish, large lionfish hunting and lurking in quiet corners and an albino bristletooth tang
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vaavu atoll (Felidhoo)
Dive 2
Squadron of 24 EAGLE RAYS on the front of the channel amongst millions of fusiliers and some white tip sharks. We then had a gentle drift over fantastic coral formations in a narrow channel and then over a coral garden where we also saw a sleeping feathertail ray
Dive 3
WILD NIGHT DIVE WITH AROUND 40 HUNGRY NURSE SHARKS PLUS SEVERAL BLACK TIP REEF SHARKS, PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS AND MANY JACKS AND GIANT TREVALLIES CHASING SCHOOLS OF SILVERSIDES
Nurse shark party behind Sea Spirit as about 20 nurse shark decided to continue their revelries behind the boat!
Day 9
Nurse shark extravaganza from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A small current on the channel front so we crossed the front but only a few large Napoleon wrasses and a few grey sharks round today. We saw several crown jellyfish and an eagle ray up in te water column. On the reef we found a black ribbon eel, a leaf fish, honeycomb morays and the whole reef was smothered in orange and Evan's anthias down to 15m with lots of Lysmata cleaner shrimps
Dive 2
Beautiful yellow soft coral hung caves then lots of long overhangs with every type of seafan sponge, crinoid etc. and very colourful. We found several longnose hawkfish in every black coral tree and there were many different species of wrasse and butterflyfish. Wonderful
Dive 3
We dived the ocean wall approaching from the east and finishing shallow on the top of the thila. The overhangs were stacked and full of sea whips and seafans with soldierfish and even jacks inside. We found two elegant squat lobsters in a featherstar, a yellow leaffish, a Chromodiris glenei nudi and many spearing mantis shrimps hiding in their nests
Day 10
Beautiful yellow soft coral caves from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
On the way to the site a pod of spinner dolphins accompanied the dhoni! THE YELLOW SOFT CORAL CAVES WERE STUNNING TODAY WITH THE CORAL FULLY PLUMPED IN THE LIGHT CURRENT. Tunas and jacks chased fusiliers and mackerels on the wall. We found leaf fish, a Chromodoris tritos nudi, different elegant squat lobsters, and found the school of jacks hanging out in the channel. It was really beautiful today
Dive 2
There are lots of deep overhangs on this dramatic ocean reef. We found octopus and several honeycomb morays, leaf fish, thicklip and Maori wrasses, spiny lobsters, Orzak's flatworm, stonefish and scorpionfish. The reeftop was covered in yellow and purple Evan's anthias
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
The ledges and coral blocks were smothered with orange anthias and so many Bruuni, Lysmata and banded coral shrimps busy cleaning fish and hiding blackcheek morays. We also saw several beautiful honeycomb morays, a yellow leaffish, a friendly Napoleon wrasse who was busy hunting on the reef and ignored us watching him.
Night Dive
A great critter night dive. We found a large sleeping starry puffer and several parrotfish, a Phidian nudi, a decorator crab covered in zooanthids, arrowhead crabs, several types of hingebeak shrimps, a spotted snake eel, several undulate morays and an enormous pink stonefish
Day 11
Thousands of blue tangs create a Maldives rush hour from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
EN EXCEPTIONAL DIVE TO END ON WITH SCHOOLS OF BLACK AND WHITE SNAPPERS, SILVER SWEETLIPS AND BIG EYE JACKS AT THE CURRENT POINT AND THEN MANY GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES ALONG THE REEF INCLUDING SEVERAL LARGE PREGNANT FEMALES AND AROUND 20 JUVENILES TOGETHER. SOME OF THE GROUP FOLLOWED A SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS BACK TO THE CURRENT POINT. A REAL WOW DIVE!
We motored back towards Male' getting back in time for lunch. An excursion to Male' was offered during the afternoon but most guests remained onboard and just relaxed.
Guest Transfer
One guest transferred to airport for travel back to Europe after dinner
Day 12
Eagle ray show from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Remaining guests transferred to airport for travel back to USA and Europe
Day 13
Lots of grey sharks seen on our last dive on MV Sea Spirit
SN002
30 Nov 2014 to 12 Dec 2014
Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Dive 1
The guests that arrived on the morning flight were able to go on a check dive along a sloping reef with Green Turtle after Green Turtle, White Tip Sharks, Leopard Shark, Freeway of Fusiliers, Eagle Ray, many Honeycomb Morays.
Day 1
Scuba diving on the MV Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
6 Eagle Rays hanging out in the current, one being very pregnant, Small Grey Sharks and White Tip Sharks, 100’s of Pyramid Butterfly fish, stunning burnt orange Anemones.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing North.
Dive 2
Started the dive on the deeper pinnacles before crossing to the main thila, both had plenty of reef fish and great coral coverage.
Dive 3
3 Eagle Rays being followed by 1 Manta, Huge Napoleon in the swim through, Many Lion fish out hunting the Glass Fish, Grey Shark down deeper, Large female Sting ray being cleaned, very small Hawksbill Turtle.
Evening Activity
Popped over to the local island for a walk about.
Day 2
Lion Fish in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
FAB garden of Sand Eels, small Sting Ray, Turtle, interesting swim throughs the pinnacles were covered in small reef fish with good coral and Sea Fans. Best bit was at the end of the dive with a Female Manta coming into clean.
Dive 2
Stunning drift dive along over hangs full of bright orange soft coral and a constant freeway of Fusiliers, Large Nurse Shark, White tip Sharks, the coral blocks on the top were full of Snappers and Basslet fish.
Dive 3
Swift drift dive to the blocks full of layer after layer of Blue Stripe snappers and yellow Goat fish, Sting ray, Huge shoal of Surgeon fish, Turtles.
Evening Activity
Some of us had a little walk along a stunning sand bank to watch the sunset.
Day 3
Manta coming in for a clean in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
1 Manta, Large Lemon Shark, Sting ray, Eagle ray, Quite a few Hawksbill Turtles in the shallows, we spent alot of the dive swimming around the huge shoals of snappers.
Dive 2
This is one FAB dive site with just about everything, from small to big Grey Sharks coming very close and of course as always a Leopard shark or two.
Dive 3
Spent most of the dive watching the Grey sharks come in to be cleaned, swimming up and down the ridge making real close passes of the guests. 2 Leopard sharks swimming about and a huge shoal of Big Eye Jacks.
Day 4
Guests on deck of MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Lovely morning dive to again find our friendly Leopard Shark swimming about along with a huge female Sting ray. Not so many Grey Sharks this morning, HUGE shoal of Big Eye Jacks were on the reef top this time, little moray swimming about and an Octopus.
Dive 2
3 HUGE Nurse Sharks, small Grey Sharks being cleaned, White tips Sharks, Soap fish, HUGE shoal of Beta fish and Snappers, Anchor Anemones, Spearing Mantis.
Dive 3
Eagle rays, Grey Sharks, HUGE shoal of Big Eye Jacks, Giant Sweet-lips, Dumphead Parrot fish, Green Turtles. The shallow reef top is just like being in an Aquarium.
Dive 4
Dumphead parrot fish sleeping at the Bow while a large Napoleon slept at the stern with one in the wheel house. I found a Flat head hiding under the sand. Morays free swimming.
Day 5
Leopard Shark in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
I think I would re-name this Green Turtle alley, there are just so many. The Grey sharks a little deeper, Eagle rays, Mobula, Bumphead parrot fish being cleaned on the reef top…. SUPER FAB DIVE!!!!
Dive 2
7 Eagle rays hanging out on the Atoll front, Sting ray being cleaned, Honeycomb Moray out and about but the best was hanging out on top of the thila with the mass of Humphead Snappers and Bluestripe Snappers.
Dive 3
A thila full of Anemones and the whole site was covered in a layer of Glass fish. The guests really enjoyed it just being very pretty if not action packed.
Day 6
Dive 1
We had Eagle Ray after Eagle Ray, couple of Turtles, Large Shoal of Rainbow Runners, Even a Manta at the end of the dive which was lovely, as for some of the guests this was there last dive after being on board for 7Nights.
Dive 2
Huge shoal of Circular Batfish down deep and Big eye jacks, Green Turtles, Very small Glossodoris plus an unknown very pale Nudi, Feathertail ray. The hard coral along the reef is stunning and full of smaller reef fish.
Dive 3
What a hoot with a very strong current sending us flying along the reef! It was the case of watching stuff fly past - Eagle rays, Leopard Shark, Grey Sharks, shoal after shoal of Snappers, Free swimming Honeycomb, even the Turtles were finding it hard to swim in the current.
Day 7
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
After we dropped 7 Night guests back at the airport for their flights home, the rest of the group had the most AMAZING dive with 4 Mantas for the whole dive, so yes it made coming back to Male worthwhile.
Dive 2
WHAT A FAB DIVE!!! We had action from start to finish along with the odd critter find, everyone always loves this reef as its got something for everyone. Plus great visibility.
Dive 3
Everyone was happy to be going back on this dive site with so much going on, and because we had a dive here before it made it easy for the guests with cameras to be able to set up the right lenses.
Day 8
Dive 1
Big FAT Grey Sharks, Eagle rays, Whitetip Sharks, Leaf fish, Fish soup and a lovely relaxing drift along the reef top at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Been a while since we have been able to dive this site, which I always enjoy. Huge coral blocks full of Snappers, Wave after wave of yellowback Fusiliers, a fab formation of Mobula came swimming over the reef top and over most of the guests heads plus 6 Eagle Rays.
Dive 3
I have to be honest I've dived this site 100’s of time but I would say it's back to it's good old self with Grey tip Sharks, Turtles even Sandwich the Friendly Eagle Ray is back. We spent the last 15minutes watching 3 Octopus having a stand off.
Night Dive
Our regular female Manta's turned up to put on a FAB display for the guests along with a smaller male. It's such an amazing experience being able to watch them at night passing right over our heads feeding …….I always come up buzzing. It has to be my FAVOURITE DIVE and worth coming out for on its own.
Day 9
Sandwich the Eagle Ray in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
It’s nice being able to visit some of the old dive sites. Ok it wasn't Manta soup like we used to have but we still had two Mantas which the guests were more than happy with.
Dive 2
Manta fly by, Sting rays, Eagle ray, couple of Grey Sharks, wave after wave of Yellowback Fusiliers. Just love flying over and around the pinnacles, the end of the dive was fab swimming amongst the wall of Bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
The whole North side of this thila was overhang after overhang full of Sea Fans, Whip coral, lovely pink Soft coral. So many Turtles, Large shoal of Big eye Jacks on the front hanging in the current plus a couple of Eagle rays.
Day 10
Dive 1
Swift drift dive with 4 Grey Sharks and Eagle rays along the atoll front, a couple of Sting Rays hanging out along the sand . Coral blocks full of Snappers and anything and everything coming in to be cleaned, the only thing missing was a Manta.
Dive 2
What a STUNNING site with all the overhangs full of lovely Blue soft coral… but the current mad it a hard dive, so by the time we got to the reef top it was the case of hanging on until our bottom time ran out then send our SMB’S up.
Dive 3
Sting ray, 8 Grey Sharks swimming around at depth, Bat Fish, 3 Very friendly Hawksbill Turtles. But the name says it all Fish soup and a pleasure to dive.
Day 11
Dive 1
Guests all asked to go back to the site yesterday as they really enjoyed it. Its just a really go dive at the moment and full of fish. Great way to end a fab 2 weeks of diving really!!!!!
Ocean Crossing
Transit Back over to Male.
Daytime Excursion
Some guests came into Male for a walk about then back to finish packing and then we watched the trip DVD.
Day 12
Beautiful Sunset off Mv Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Guest Transfer
Transferred all guests back for the morning flights home.
Day 13
Mv Sunset Queen, the Maldives
 
Dive 1
The guests that arrived on the morning flight were able to go on a check dive along a sloping reef with Green Turtle after Green Turtle, White Tip Sharks, Leopard Shark, Freeway of Fusiliers, Eagle Ray, many Honeycomb Morays.
Day 1
Scuba diving on the MV Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
6 Eagle Rays hanging out in the current, one being very pregnant, Small Grey Sharks and White Tip Sharks, 100’s of Pyramid Butterfly fish, stunning burnt orange Anemones.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing North.
Dive 2
Started the dive on the deeper pinnacles before crossing to the main thila, both had plenty of reef fish and great coral coverage.
Dive 3
3 Eagle Rays being followed by 1 Manta, Huge Napoleon in the swim through, Many Lion fish out hunting the Glass Fish, Grey Shark down deeper, Large female Sting ray being cleaned, very small Hawksbill Turtle.
Evening Activity
Popped over to the local island for a walk about.
Day 2
Lion Fish in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
FAB garden of Sand Eels, small Sting Ray, Turtle, interesting swim throughs the pinnacles were covered in small reef fish with good coral and Sea Fans. Best bit was at the end of the dive with a Female Manta coming into clean.
Dive 2
Stunning drift dive along over hangs full of bright orange soft coral and a constant freeway of Fusiliers, Large Nurse Shark, White tip Sharks, the coral blocks on the top were full of Snappers and Basslet fish.
Dive 3
Swift drift dive to the blocks full of layer after layer of Blue Stripe snappers and yellow Goat fish, Sting ray, Huge shoal of Surgeon fish, Turtles.
Evening Activity
Some of us had a little walk along a stunning sand bank to watch the sunset.
Day 3
Manta coming in for a clean in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
1 Manta, Large Lemon Shark, Sting ray, Eagle ray, Quite a few Hawksbill Turtles in the shallows, we spent alot of the dive swimming around the huge shoals of snappers.
Dive 2
This is one FAB dive site with just about everything, from small to big Grey Sharks coming very close and of course as always a Leopard shark or two.
Dive 3
Spent most of the dive watching the Grey sharks come in to be cleaned, swimming up and down the ridge making real close passes of the guests. 2 Leopard sharks swimming about and a huge shoal of Big Eye Jacks.
Day 4
Guests on deck of MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Lovely morning dive to again find our friendly Leopard Shark swimming about along with a huge female Sting ray. Not so many Grey Sharks this morning, HUGE shoal of Big Eye Jacks were on the reef top this time, little moray swimming about and an Octopus.
Dive 2
3 HUGE Nurse Sharks, small Grey Sharks being cleaned, White tips Sharks, Soap fish, HUGE shoal of Beta fish and Snappers, Anchor Anemones, Spearing Mantis.
Dive 3
Eagle rays, Grey Sharks, HUGE shoal of Big Eye Jacks, Giant Sweet-lips, Dumphead Parrot fish, Green Turtles. The shallow reef top is just like being in an Aquarium.
Dive 4
Dumphead parrot fish sleeping at the Bow while a large Napoleon slept at the stern with one in the wheel house. I found a Flat head hiding under the sand. Morays free swimming.
Day 5
Leopard Shark in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
I think I would re-name this Green Turtle alley, there are just so many. The Grey sharks a little deeper, Eagle rays, Mobula, Bumphead parrot fish being cleaned on the reef top…. SUPER FAB DIVE!!!!
Dive 2
7 Eagle rays hanging out on the Atoll front, Sting ray being cleaned, Honeycomb Moray out and about but the best was hanging out on top of the thila with the mass of Humphead Snappers and Bluestripe Snappers.
Dive 3
A thila full of Anemones and the whole site was covered in a layer of Glass fish. The guests really enjoyed it just being very pretty if not action packed.
Day 6
Dive 1
We had Eagle Ray after Eagle Ray, couple of Turtles, Large Shoal of Rainbow Runners, Even a Manta at the end of the dive which was lovely, as for some of the guests this was there last dive after being on board for 7Nights.
Dive 2
Huge shoal of Circular Batfish down deep and Big eye jacks, Green Turtles, Very small Glossodoris plus an unknown very pale Nudi, Feathertail ray. The hard coral along the reef is stunning and full of smaller reef fish.
Dive 3
What a hoot with a very strong current sending us flying along the reef! It was the case of watching stuff fly past - Eagle rays, Leopard Shark, Grey Sharks, shoal after shoal of Snappers, Free swimming Honeycomb, even the Turtles were finding it hard to swim in the current.
Day 7
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
After we dropped 7 Night guests back at the airport for their flights home, the rest of the group had the most AMAZING dive with 4 Mantas for the whole dive, so yes it made coming back to Male worthwhile.
Dive 2
WHAT A FAB DIVE!!! We had action from start to finish along with the odd critter find, everyone always loves this reef as its got something for everyone. Plus great visibility.
Dive 3
Everyone was happy to be going back on this dive site with so much going on, and because we had a dive here before it made it easy for the guests with cameras to be able to set up the right lenses.
Day 8
Dive 1
Big FAT Grey Sharks, Eagle rays, Whitetip Sharks, Leaf fish, Fish soup and a lovely relaxing drift along the reef top at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Been a while since we have been able to dive this site, which I always enjoy. Huge coral blocks full of Snappers, Wave after wave of yellowback Fusiliers, a fab formation of Mobula came swimming over the reef top and over most of the guests heads plus 6 Eagle Rays.
Dive 3
I have to be honest I've dived this site 100’s of time but I would say it's back to it's good old self with Grey tip Sharks, Turtles even Sandwich the Friendly Eagle Ray is back. We spent the last 15minutes watching 3 Octopus having a stand off.
Night Dive
Our regular female Manta's turned up to put on a FAB display for the guests along with a smaller male. It's such an amazing experience being able to watch them at night passing right over our heads feeding …….I always come up buzzing. It has to be my FAVOURITE DIVE and worth coming out for on its own.
Day 9
Sandwich the Eagle Ray in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
It’s nice being able to visit some of the old dive sites. Ok it wasn't Manta soup like we used to have but we still had two Mantas which the guests were more than happy with.
Dive 2
Manta fly by, Sting rays, Eagle ray, couple of Grey Sharks, wave after wave of Yellowback Fusiliers. Just love flying over and around the pinnacles, the end of the dive was fab swimming amongst the wall of Bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
The whole North side of this thila was overhang after overhang full of Sea Fans, Whip coral, lovely pink Soft coral. So many Turtles, Large shoal of Big eye Jacks on the front hanging in the current plus a couple of Eagle rays.
Day 10
Dive 1
Swift drift dive with 4 Grey Sharks and Eagle rays along the atoll front, a couple of Sting Rays hanging out along the sand . Coral blocks full of Snappers and anything and everything coming in to be cleaned, the only thing missing was a Manta.
Dive 2
What a STUNNING site with all the overhangs full of lovely Blue soft coral… but the current mad it a hard dive, so by the time we got to the reef top it was the case of hanging on until our bottom time ran out then send our SMB’S up.
Dive 3
Sting ray, 8 Grey Sharks swimming around at depth, Bat Fish, 3 Very friendly Hawksbill Turtles. But the name says it all Fish soup and a pleasure to dive.
Day 11
Dive 1
Guests all asked to go back to the site yesterday as they really enjoyed it. Its just a really go dive at the moment and full of fish. Great way to end a fab 2 weeks of diving really!!!!!
Ocean Crossing
Transit Back over to Male.
Daytime Excursion
Some guests came into Male for a walk about then back to finish packing and then we watched the trip DVD.
Day 12
Beautiful Sunset off Mv Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Guest Transfer
Transferred all guests back for the morning flights home.
Day 13
Mv Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Sea Spirit SS426
2 Feb 2014 to 14 Feb 2014
Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guest arrived to Sea Spirit from international flights and resorts. We set off towards the NW of North Male atoll but had to change plans when the wind speed increased and the sea became very choppy and too difficult to travel in.
Dive 1
Due to change of routing and strong winds we made check dive at house reef of island where there is a steep wall from 3-20m and patch reef and blocks below full of rock cods, glassfish, tiger cardinals etc. We founds a juvenile imperial angelfish, a zebra moray, Semon's anemone, a glorious flatworm, a giant murex snail/shell, Notodoris gardinieri nudi etc. We also saw a large ribbon tail ray and a large blacktip reef shark in the shallows.
Day 1
Gorgeous Clareke's anemonefish in bubble anemone MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
This ocean reef site had a dense wall of neon fusiliers all the way along with large dogtooth tunas and jacks making occasional raids and sending them scattering. There were blocks full of oriental sweetlips, collared butterflyfish, plus a lovely eaglle ray and white tip and blacktip sharks. Matt & Co. drifted past HP reef in 1 minute flat!
Dive 2
Easy drift at thila site with excellent current point where we saw a squadron of 8+4 EAGLE RAYS, plus a solo juvenile one, a large school of big-eye jacks plus grey sharks and rainbow runners. During the drift we passed an area of coral blocks covered in a dense school of mixed blue-stripe snappers and yellow goatfish and another school of humpback snappers. At the western end of the reef we had three MANTA RAYS come and visit.
Snorkelling
Half hour snorkel with 4X MANTA RAYS. The large female was very accommodating.
Dive 3
This site is an ocean facing reef slope where we saw hawksbill turtles, a SAND- COVERED ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY, 3x MANTA RAYS in a flyby, white mouthed, yellowmargin and undulate morays and many peachy-pink magnificent anemones.
Day 2
Friendly Eagle Ray MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Ocean Crossing
Early morning Ocean crossing to Thoddhoo. We had several pods of spinner dolphins meet us on the way
Dive 1
Dramatic ocean reef wall covered in hard corals and coral blocks with lots of cleaning stations. Long rivers of fusiliers passed by, plus schools of pyramid and collared butterflyfish and schooling bannerfish hung off the reef. We saw turtles, a "radioactive" bubble anemone with lots of Clarke's clownfish and just enjoyed the vista.
Dive 2
A small current at this dramatic ocean front site so plenty of time to explore. We had some great sightings: GREY SHARKS and BIG EYE JACK SCHOOL at the current point, LARGE SCHOOL OF HUGE CHEVRON BARRACUDAS, golden/brass coloured leaf fish, longnose emperors and jacks making a hunting pack, an elegant squat lobster in a featherstar and just so many other fish!
Dive 3
Hook-in and hang at spur watching the GREY SHARKS holding formation in the strong current. Also red and black & white snappers and a school of huge tunas with BIG teeth cruising past. Lots of little stuff in the sense coral covering: orange spotted gobies, Maldives bennies, 3x spearing mantis shrimp in burrows, coral groupers and morays. Whirly ascent!
Day 3
Chevron barracudas MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Another strong current and this time going in the opposite direction and up the wall. The SHARKS WERE HAVING A PARTY whirling upwards and downwards in the current eddys plus 3 EAGLE RAYS cruising along the reef. We had a long and roller-coaster style drift along the ocean reef.
Dive 2
Great site! There were grey sharks and white tip sharks cruising the reef edge and drop off and the small, friendly EAGLE RAY spent ages with us swimming from one diver to another and checking us out. We found sleeeping white tips in the sand around the thila and baby ones under large table corals on top. There were several scorpionfish, a funny octopus and several mantis shrimps.
Dive 3
Great macro at this great little thila: a PINK FROGFISH, a zebra moray, multibar pipefish in the back of an overhang, many harlequin sweetlips, and a school of red snappers. The black coral trees were full of penguin oysters, sea cucumbers and strange sponge formations.
Night Dive
Night dive with ~ 4 different MANTA RAYS feeding at the back of Sea Spirit
Day 4
Pink giant frogfish MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We went looking for mantas but had a fishy bonanza instead! 3x EAGLE RAYS which kept circling around on the op of the reef, many white tip sharks in the sand at the bottom, schools of bonitos, large dogtooth tunas, big schools of bluestrip and humpback snappers plus yellow goatfish and an ORNATE GHOSTPIPEFISH!
Dive 2
MANTASTIC! We had manta rays visiting the cleaning station throughout the dive and up to 5 at once so we had a fabulous show for at least 75 minutes. There were at least 10 individuals and they all had different personalities: some curious, some nervous but just such a special dive!
Dive 3
Beautiful soft coral hung overhangs with pale pink, yellow, green and golden Schleronepthia soft corals, dark red Menella seafans, sea whips with micro gobies, a little moray, a P. inornatus shrimp in a carpet anemone and really impressive table corals with lots of different reef fish on the top reef.
Evening Activity
Sundowners and a candlelit dinner ashore on uninhabited island
Day 5
Manta Ray! MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
What a dive! 4x SILVERTIP SHARKS hanging around a cleaning stationsand standing on their tails being cleaned and then up to 5 MANTA RAYS up and down the reef for the whole dive (80 minutes!) checking us and eachother out and busy being cleaned with a special close-up display at the end! Also leaf fish, mantis shrimps, pink anemones schools of Indian bannerfish etc.
Snorkelling
Brief snorkel with a little WHALE SHARK! The current was extremely strong and it was very difficult to keep up!
Dive 2
We made a drift dive at a nearby reef to see if we could get lucky and maybe see a ws underwater. There were several hawksbill turtles, sweetlips, porcelain crabs etc. but we didn't get lucky again
Dive 3
Great macro dive! An octopus pulling various shapes and changes of colours as it hunted around coral blocks and small groupers and tangs fought back! Peacock mantis shrimps scuttled around the reef and into their nests, lots of Lysmata shrimps busy cleaning moray clients, brittle stars on finger sponges, a leaf fish, a stonefish (upside down!), ear muff blennies, a devil scorpionfish etc.
Day 6
Friendly manta rays from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
This wreck gave us a really super macro dive today: a white leaf fish, a stonefish, spearing mantis shrimp, Tambja morosa, T. olivara and Roboastra arika nudibranchs, lionfish hunting and rock cods stalking glassfish. On the reef we saw white tip and black tip sharks, tunas and lots of lovely reef fish.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo. The wind really picked up as we crossed and it was blowing hard as we arrived into the atoll.
Dive 2
Channel drift onto ocean reef. We saw an Eagle RAY and a MANGROVE WHIPRAY inside the channel and a few white tip sharks scooting around on the channel front or sleeping in the sand. Around the blocks were large schools of red and black and white snappers,. The ocean reef slope has lots of coral blocks and rivers of fusiliers passed by. We found 2x leaf fish, 2x halimeda ghost pipefish, large brown marbled groupers, many sweetlips etc.
Dive 3
New Site! The strong winds prevented us travelling to our intended destination so we made an experiment dive at this western ocean reef. It was a steep slope covered in blue finger-sponge formations and Menella seafans and lacy acabaria in lots of different colours plus patches of leather corals and many acroporas. There were lots of damsels of different species, bristletooth tangs, featgerstars, an octopus etc. Well worth a visit!
Day 7
White leaf fish MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We were unable to dive the corner due to opposing currents so drifted the spectacular outer wall which descends almost vertically. At around 25-30m were lots of small overhangs with pink and white acabaria fringing. Tunas and Napoleon wrasses cruised the wall. The upper 15m has superb hard corals with lots of schools of fish. Lois found a pair of white leaf fish, and several peacock mantis shrimps were scuttling amongst the corals. The shallows were a haze of orange with schools and schools of anthias, plus many groupers lying in wait
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru
Dive 2
A FRIENDLY MANTA RAY, a couple of EAGLE RAYS, a DUCK-BILLED RAY (very rare!) plus lots of sweetlips and a courting school of bicolour parrotfish at this colourful channel site. There were lots of magnifica anemones on the ridge and we found yet another leaf fish
Dive 3
A super-strong current this afternoon and all we could do was hook in on the corner and have our masks and regulators rattled by the current. There were many grey reef sharks, white tips and even silver tip sharks on the channel front, but it was hard work just hanging on. Amazingly a GIANT GREEN TURTLE MANAGED TO SWIM PAST US! We had a fast drift in and took Captain Mo skiing at the back of the channel on the steep sandy slope
Day 8
Grouper in blue finger sponges from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Not such a strong current so possible to travel a little way across the channel front and get amongst the white tips on the front. A "CELEBRITY" NURSE SHARK SWAM ACROSS IN FRONT OF US WITH AN ENTOURAGE OF ABOUT 10 GREY SHARKS AND A FEW WHITE TIPS WITH A PILOT FISH ON ITS NOSE. We had a gentler drift in and had a good look along the coral slope
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo
Dive 2
Pretty coral and sponge covered thils with steep walls smothered in tubastreas, black corals and Menella soft coral seafans. Giant trevallies and snappers hung out at the current point and schools of blue strip and humpback snappers meandered around on the reef. We found several Amboin shrimps and a Chromodoris tritos and there were just so many pretty damsels and chromis bobbing in the corals in the shallows.
Dive 3
An exciting ocean reef site with overhangs hungs with beautiful pale yellow soft corals and many grey reef charks cruising the edge of the drop off. We swam across the front past all the schools of big-eye jacks and snappers to the small channel where we hooked in and watched the shark show and then had a fast drft in
Evening Activity
Visit to sandbank for sundowners as we watched a very pink sunset
Day 9
Divers explore yellow soft coral overhangs MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
THE BIG BLUE! TOTALLY STUNNING DIVE AS WE DESCENDED TO THE YELLOW SOFT CORAL CAVES AND SLOWLY SWAM ALONG THE CHANNEL FRONT AMONGST HUGE SCHOOLS OF JACKS AND SNAPPERS. A REAL FISHORAMA! Lots of grey sharks, ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS and a few eagle rays. We just hooked in at the end and enjoyed the vista. Spectacular!
Dive 2
Drift from dramatic, almost vertical ocean drop off where we saw a large round ribbon tail ray and then drifted through large orange soft coral covered blocks full of sweetlips and snappers and along a pink and orange soft coral covered wall to a coral wall full of reef fish, and octopus, groupers, ANOTHER leaf fish, lysmata shrimps etc.
Dive 3
A SUPER SHARK SHOW on this channel corner where there were at least 20 GREY SHARKS cruising up and down plus white tips. We then drifted into channel and saw ~60 SPINNER DOLPHINS JUST HANGING SHALLOW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CHANNEL. We drifted on over the sand fall and over lovely patch reef where there were MILLIONS OF FUSILIERS exploded bt dogtooth tuna attacks. WOW!
Night Dive
Fun night dive with NURSE SHARKS, GIANT TREVALLIES AND MANY LARGE PINK WHIP RAYS chasing about and foraging. Very exciting!
Day 10
Divers on Sea Spirit whoop with elight after seeing pod of spinner dolphins underwater
Dive 1
SUPERB GREY SHARKS THIS MORNING as small current on channel front so able to cross. They just kept coming! All different sizes drom 70 cm juveniles to 1.7m pregnant adults. There were at least 15 together in the nook on the south side. Also a SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS plus an eagle ray feeding in the channel who stayed with divers for ages
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Great macros site with 3x blue ribbon eels, 2x black ones, including a very small juvenile with a huge honeycomb moray behind it covered in Bruuni cleaning shrimps. Also a spearing mantis shrimp in its burrow and a peacock mantis running around, a green leaf fish, 2x scorpionfish and some goldfinger darts up shallow at a cleaning station. Super dive!
Dive 3
Extremely strong current in channel so looked for a more sheltered site. This is a great little site with plenty of fusiliers and surgeons at the current point. We found several longnose hawkfish in black coral trees a frendly turtle, mantis shrimps, an octopus, many Maldives sponge snails, anemone shrimps, morays etc.
Many grey sharks on the front of the channel MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Superb final dive. Pink soft coral covered slopes with ~6 GREY SHARKS MEANDERING AROUND THE CURRENT POINT AND DEEP CORAL BLOCKS, more and more sharks kept coming. Also SILVER , Oriental and harlquin sweetlips, a SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS PLUS ONE SOLO WHICH PUT ON AN EXTENDED AEROBATICS DISPLAY, green and hawksbill turtles, collared butterflyfish, more sharks, more eagle rays WOW!
Cruise back to Male'. It was a lovely sunny morning with flat seas. During the afternoon we made an excursion to Male' for souvenir shopping and visited the ice-cream café'
Guest Transfer
One guest departed to airport after dinner
Day 12
Longnose hawkfish a Sea Spirit favourite fish
Guest Transfer
Remaining guests transferred to airport for international flights to Asia and Europe
Day 13
Sea Spirit divers with one of our friendly and photogenic Maldives manta rays
 
Guest Transfer
Guest arrived to Sea Spirit from international flights and resorts. We set off towards the NW of North Male atoll but had to change plans when the wind speed increased and the sea became very choppy and too difficult to travel in.
Dive 1
Due to change of routing and strong winds we made check dive at house reef of island where there is a steep wall from 3-20m and patch reef and blocks below full of rock cods, glassfish, tiger cardinals etc. We founds a juvenile imperial angelfish, a zebra moray, Semon's anemone, a glorious flatworm, a giant murex snail/shell, Notodoris gardinieri nudi etc. We also saw a large ribbon tail ray and a large blacktip reef shark in the shallows.
Day 1
Gorgeous Clareke's anemonefish in bubble anemone MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
This ocean reef site had a dense wall of neon fusiliers all the way along with large dogtooth tunas and jacks making occasional raids and sending them scattering. There were blocks full of oriental sweetlips, collared butterflyfish, plus a lovely eaglle ray and white tip and blacktip sharks. Matt & Co. drifted past HP reef in 1 minute flat!
Dive 2
Easy drift at thila site with excellent current point where we saw a squadron of 8+4 EAGLE RAYS, plus a solo juvenile one, a large school of big-eye jacks plus grey sharks and rainbow runners. During the drift we passed an area of coral blocks covered in a dense school of mixed blue-stripe snappers and yellow goatfish and another school of humpback snappers. At the western end of the reef we had three MANTA RAYS come and visit.
Snorkelling
Half hour snorkel with 4X MANTA RAYS. The large female was very accommodating.
Dive 3
This site is an ocean facing reef slope where we saw hawksbill turtles, a SAND- COVERED ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY, 3x MANTA RAYS in a flyby, white mouthed, yellowmargin and undulate morays and many peachy-pink magnificent anemones.
Day 2
Friendly Eagle Ray MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Ocean Crossing
Early morning Ocean crossing to Thoddhoo. We had several pods of spinner dolphins meet us on the way
Dive 1
Dramatic ocean reef wall covered in hard corals and coral blocks with lots of cleaning stations. Long rivers of fusiliers passed by, plus schools of pyramid and collared butterflyfish and schooling bannerfish hung off the reef. We saw turtles, a "radioactive" bubble anemone with lots of Clarke's clownfish and just enjoyed the vista.
Dive 2
A small current at this dramatic ocean front site so plenty of time to explore. We had some great sightings: GREY SHARKS and BIG EYE JACK SCHOOL at the current point, LARGE SCHOOL OF HUGE CHEVRON BARRACUDAS, golden/brass coloured leaf fish, longnose emperors and jacks making a hunting pack, an elegant squat lobster in a featherstar and just so many other fish!
Dive 3
Hook-in and hang at spur watching the GREY SHARKS holding formation in the strong current. Also red and black & white snappers and a school of huge tunas with BIG teeth cruising past. Lots of little stuff in the sense coral covering: orange spotted gobies, Maldives bennies, 3x spearing mantis shrimp in burrows, coral groupers and morays. Whirly ascent!
Day 3
Chevron barracudas MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Another strong current and this time going in the opposite direction and up the wall. The SHARKS WERE HAVING A PARTY whirling upwards and downwards in the current eddys plus 3 EAGLE RAYS cruising along the reef. We had a long and roller-coaster style drift along the ocean reef.
Dive 2
Great site! There were grey sharks and white tip sharks cruising the reef edge and drop off and the small, friendly EAGLE RAY spent ages with us swimming from one diver to another and checking us out. We found sleeeping white tips in the sand around the thila and baby ones under large table corals on top. There were several scorpionfish, a funny octopus and several mantis shrimps.
Dive 3
Great macro at this great little thila: a PINK FROGFISH, a zebra moray, multibar pipefish in the back of an overhang, many harlequin sweetlips, and a school of red snappers. The black coral trees were full of penguin oysters, sea cucumbers and strange sponge formations.
Night Dive
Night dive with ~ 4 different MANTA RAYS feeding at the back of Sea Spirit
Day 4
Pink giant frogfish MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We went looking for mantas but had a fishy bonanza instead! 3x EAGLE RAYS which kept circling around on the op of the reef, many white tip sharks in the sand at the bottom, schools of bonitos, large dogtooth tunas, big schools of bluestrip and humpback snappers plus yellow goatfish and an ORNATE GHOSTPIPEFISH!
Dive 2
MANTASTIC! We had manta rays visiting the cleaning station throughout the dive and up to 5 at once so we had a fabulous show for at least 75 minutes. There were at least 10 individuals and they all had different personalities: some curious, some nervous but just such a special dive!
Dive 3
Beautiful soft coral hung overhangs with pale pink, yellow, green and golden Schleronepthia soft corals, dark red Menella seafans, sea whips with micro gobies, a little moray, a P. inornatus shrimp in a carpet anemone and really impressive table corals with lots of different reef fish on the top reef.
Evening Activity
Sundowners and a candlelit dinner ashore on uninhabited island
Day 5
Manta Ray! MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
What a dive! 4x SILVERTIP SHARKS hanging around a cleaning stationsand standing on their tails being cleaned and then up to 5 MANTA RAYS up and down the reef for the whole dive (80 minutes!) checking us and eachother out and busy being cleaned with a special close-up display at the end! Also leaf fish, mantis shrimps, pink anemones schools of Indian bannerfish etc.
Snorkelling
Brief snorkel with a little WHALE SHARK! The current was extremely strong and it was very difficult to keep up!
Dive 2
We made a drift dive at a nearby reef to see if we could get lucky and maybe see a ws underwater. There were several hawksbill turtles, sweetlips, porcelain crabs etc. but we didn't get lucky again
Dive 3
Great macro dive! An octopus pulling various shapes and changes of colours as it hunted around coral blocks and small groupers and tangs fought back! Peacock mantis shrimps scuttled around the reef and into their nests, lots of Lysmata shrimps busy cleaning moray clients, brittle stars on finger sponges, a leaf fish, a stonefish (upside down!), ear muff blennies, a devil scorpionfish etc.
Day 6
Friendly manta rays from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
This wreck gave us a really super macro dive today: a white leaf fish, a stonefish, spearing mantis shrimp, Tambja morosa, T. olivara and Roboastra arika nudibranchs, lionfish hunting and rock cods stalking glassfish. On the reef we saw white tip and black tip sharks, tunas and lots of lovely reef fish.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo. The wind really picked up as we crossed and it was blowing hard as we arrived into the atoll.
Dive 2
Channel drift onto ocean reef. We saw an Eagle RAY and a MANGROVE WHIPRAY inside the channel and a few white tip sharks scooting around on the channel front or sleeping in the sand. Around the blocks were large schools of red and black and white snappers,. The ocean reef slope has lots of coral blocks and rivers of fusiliers passed by. We found 2x leaf fish, 2x halimeda ghost pipefish, large brown marbled groupers, many sweetlips etc.
Dive 3
New Site! The strong winds prevented us travelling to our intended destination so we made an experiment dive at this western ocean reef. It was a steep slope covered in blue finger-sponge formations and Menella seafans and lacy acabaria in lots of different colours plus patches of leather corals and many acroporas. There were lots of damsels of different species, bristletooth tangs, featgerstars, an octopus etc. Well worth a visit!
Day 7
White leaf fish MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We were unable to dive the corner due to opposing currents so drifted the spectacular outer wall which descends almost vertically. At around 25-30m were lots of small overhangs with pink and white acabaria fringing. Tunas and Napoleon wrasses cruised the wall. The upper 15m has superb hard corals with lots of schools of fish. Lois found a pair of white leaf fish, and several peacock mantis shrimps were scuttling amongst the corals. The shallows were a haze of orange with schools and schools of anthias, plus many groupers lying in wait
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru
Dive 2
A FRIENDLY MANTA RAY, a couple of EAGLE RAYS, a DUCK-BILLED RAY (very rare!) plus lots of sweetlips and a courting school of bicolour parrotfish at this colourful channel site. There were lots of magnifica anemones on the ridge and we found yet another leaf fish
Dive 3
A super-strong current this afternoon and all we could do was hook in on the corner and have our masks and regulators rattled by the current. There were many grey reef sharks, white tips and even silver tip sharks on the channel front, but it was hard work just hanging on. Amazingly a GIANT GREEN TURTLE MANAGED TO SWIM PAST US! We had a fast drift in and took Captain Mo skiing at the back of the channel on the steep sandy slope
Day 8
Grouper in blue finger sponges from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Not such a strong current so possible to travel a little way across the channel front and get amongst the white tips on the front. A "CELEBRITY" NURSE SHARK SWAM ACROSS IN FRONT OF US WITH AN ENTOURAGE OF ABOUT 10 GREY SHARKS AND A FEW WHITE TIPS WITH A PILOT FISH ON ITS NOSE. We had a gentler drift in and had a good look along the coral slope
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo
Dive 2
Pretty coral and sponge covered thils with steep walls smothered in tubastreas, black corals and Menella soft coral seafans. Giant trevallies and snappers hung out at the current point and schools of blue strip and humpback snappers meandered around on the reef. We found several Amboin shrimps and a Chromodoris tritos and there were just so many pretty damsels and chromis bobbing in the corals in the shallows.
Dive 3
An exciting ocean reef site with overhangs hungs with beautiful pale yellow soft corals and many grey reef charks cruising the edge of the drop off. We swam across the front past all the schools of big-eye jacks and snappers to the small channel where we hooked in and watched the shark show and then had a fast drft in
Evening Activity
Visit to sandbank for sundowners as we watched a very pink sunset
Day 9
Divers explore yellow soft coral overhangs MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
THE BIG BLUE! TOTALLY STUNNING DIVE AS WE DESCENDED TO THE YELLOW SOFT CORAL CAVES AND SLOWLY SWAM ALONG THE CHANNEL FRONT AMONGST HUGE SCHOOLS OF JACKS AND SNAPPERS. A REAL FISHORAMA! Lots of grey sharks, ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS and a few eagle rays. We just hooked in at the end and enjoyed the vista. Spectacular!
Dive 2
Drift from dramatic, almost vertical ocean drop off where we saw a large round ribbon tail ray and then drifted through large orange soft coral covered blocks full of sweetlips and snappers and along a pink and orange soft coral covered wall to a coral wall full of reef fish, and octopus, groupers, ANOTHER leaf fish, lysmata shrimps etc.
Dive 3
A SUPER SHARK SHOW on this channel corner where there were at least 20 GREY SHARKS cruising up and down plus white tips. We then drifted into channel and saw ~60 SPINNER DOLPHINS JUST HANGING SHALLOW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CHANNEL. We drifted on over the sand fall and over lovely patch reef where there were MILLIONS OF FUSILIERS exploded bt dogtooth tuna attacks. WOW!
Night Dive
Fun night dive with NURSE SHARKS, GIANT TREVALLIES AND MANY LARGE PINK WHIP RAYS chasing about and foraging. Very exciting!
Day 10
Divers on Sea Spirit whoop with elight after seeing pod of spinner dolphins underwater
Dive 1
SUPERB GREY SHARKS THIS MORNING as small current on channel front so able to cross. They just kept coming! All different sizes drom 70 cm juveniles to 1.7m pregnant adults. There were at least 15 together in the nook on the south side. Also a SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS plus an eagle ray feeding in the channel who stayed with divers for ages
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Great macros site with 3x blue ribbon eels, 2x black ones, including a very small juvenile with a huge honeycomb moray behind it covered in Bruuni cleaning shrimps. Also a spearing mantis shrimp in its burrow and a peacock mantis running around, a green leaf fish, 2x scorpionfish and some goldfinger darts up shallow at a cleaning station. Super dive!
Dive 3
Extremely strong current in channel so looked for a more sheltered site. This is a great little site with plenty of fusiliers and surgeons at the current point. We found several longnose hawkfish in black coral trees a frendly turtle, mantis shrimps, an octopus, many Maldives sponge snails, anemone shrimps, morays etc.
Many grey sharks on the front of the channel MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Superb final dive. Pink soft coral covered slopes with ~6 GREY SHARKS MEANDERING AROUND THE CURRENT POINT AND DEEP CORAL BLOCKS, more and more sharks kept coming. Also SILVER , Oriental and harlquin sweetlips, a SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS PLUS ONE SOLO WHICH PUT ON AN EXTENDED AEROBATICS DISPLAY, green and hawksbill turtles, collared butterflyfish, more sharks, more eagle rays WOW!
Cruise back to Male'. It was a lovely sunny morning with flat seas. During the afternoon we made an excursion to Male' for souvenir shopping and visited the ice-cream café'
Guest Transfer
One guest departed to airport after dinner
Day 12
Longnose hawkfish a Sea Spirit favourite fish
Guest Transfer
Remaining guests transferred to airport for international flights to Asia and Europe
Day 13
Sea Spirit divers with one of our friendly and photogenic Maldives manta rays
Sea Spirit SS385
18 Nov 2012 to 30 Nov 2012
Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
International arrivals to Maldives and transfer to Sea Spirit and travel to South Male atoll
AMAZING! As we kitted up at harbour there were TWO MANTAS somersault feeding under Sea Spirit so everyone jumped in for a quick snorkel before we set out for the check dive.
Dive 1
Easy Check Dive. There was a large school of longfin batfish which swam around and around the reef and passed us several times! The shallows were full of fusiliers and there were schools of various emperors, mackerels and surgeonfish. This is a good macro dive and we found a Chromodoris tritos, nudi, Allogalathea elegans squat lobster, tiny Maldives sponge snail, longnose hawkfish in black coral and several banded boxer shrimps.
Day 1
Dive 1
Gentle drift along lovely ocean reef with schools of fish along the shallow reef top and coral blocks full of orange anthias. We found honeycom, giant and blackcheek morays, a yellow leaf fish, a flying octopus and several different pufferfish. We had a manta fly past.
Snorkelling
There were several mantas in the lagoon so we stopped for a short snorkel before breakfast
Dive 2
Magical Manta Dive. We watched four different male mantas visit the cleaning station and stop to be cleaned. They were curious of us and swam over our heads through our bubbles and checked us out closely. We were also entertained by the garden eels playing hide and seek, goatfish, yellow margin triggerfish, many anemones with clownfish and lemon meringue wrasse.
Dive 3
Brisk drift into channel from ocean corner and dramatic ocean wall. There were a few white tip sharks and a small grey shark on the channel front dancing in the current. A MANTA was swimming up the channel, and we also saw large tunas and a large porcupine ray in the sand
Night Dive
OMG! 30 TAWNY NURSE SHARK! This really was nurse shark wallpaper. They paraded up and down for much of the dive. We also saw blacktip sharks, marbled stingrays, pink whiprays and marauding schools of large giant trevallies.
Day 2
Dive 1
Brisk out-current drift from channel to ocean reef. There were schools of snappers and oceanic triggerfish on the channel corner but otherwise, a little quiet. The outside wall had a continuous river of fusiliers with a couple of white tip sharks cruising up and down. There were a couple of eagle rays in the shallows and schools of humpback snappers and goldspot emperors. On the wall we found a green leaf fish, a P. bedfordi flatworm, lots of Lysmata and banded boxer cleaning shrimps, and a hawksbill turtle.
Dive 2
Slow drift along ocean reef and channel front past overhangs hung with pretty yellow soft corals. There was a large school of big-eye jacks swirling around off the reef. The reef top had really good coral coverage and was swarming with every reef fish imaginable. A large marbled stingray was sat on a ledge. In the shallows were lots of magnifica and carpet anemones with their families of clownfish. Also a tiger cowrie and a yellow leaf fish.
Dive 3
The big marbled stingray was still on the ledge when we dived again, approaching from the opposite direction! There were ~6 eagle rays but they spooked quickly. The current was running-in and schools of snappers, jacks and surgeons were hanging out in front of the reef. Very fishy! We saw a large starry puffer, Napoleons, bird wrsee, overhangs full of soldierfish and lovely seawhips, collared butterflyfish, table corals with indian damsels and furry-legged decorator crabs.
Evening Activity
Ashore to sandbank for sundowners. The sooty terns and crabs entertained us. Evening presentation on manta ray ecology.
Day 3
Dive 1
Last go to see if we could get a moderate in-current at this site but it was running out again. The stingray had moved to a different ledge overnight but was sleeping again. There was a large blue napoleon up in the shallows. Dogtooth tunas patrolled the drop off. We found a huge Giant triton and just enjoyed the beautiful shallow reef with anthias, damsels, juvenile fusiliers, indian and collared butterflyfish, and lots of beautiful reef fish.
Dive 2
Shallow thila site with lots of fusiliers being pursued by giant trvallies, bluefin jacks and dogtooth tunas in the shallows. We found a small LILAC FROGFISH in blue finger sponge. The Bruuni shrimps living in a small overhang gave me a manicure. The reef top is smothered in hard and leather corals with millions of small fish living in the coral. There were lots of magnifica anemones, particularly in shades of pink and purple, interspersed with giant clams. Such a pretty reef!
Dive 3
Drift from inside channel to ocean reef and sandy bottomed channel with thilas of hard corals rising to 10m. The blocks and formations were smothered in fusiliers and a school of longnose emperors were out hunting. On the corner were large schools of red and black and white snappers. On the outsuide blocks were oriental and harlequin sweetlips and there were large patches of halimeda and algae farmed by jewelled damselfish which chased us away if we got too close!
Day 4
Dive 1
Drift from ocean reef to inside of channel with lots of fusliers and dogtooth tunas on the outside , several eagle rays on the corner and a large marbled stingray on the channel front. We then drifted in along the sides of a thila to an large area of patch reef and coral garden which was very pretty: full of blue-green chromis, humbugs and indian damsels. After the dive we briefly snorkelled with two mantas which were feeding in the shallows.
Dive 2
Easy drift on ocean reef looking for whale shark (none seen today). We DID see a mangrove whipray, a couple of baby white tip sharks hiding in coral blocks, a white- mouthed moray, and a very friendly turtle which especially liked Lesley.
Dive 3
There appears to have been a big plankton bloom and visibility was low so we had to switch sites. The thila had nice overhangs with rare menella-like sea fans and canyons and a ledge with thousands of bannerfish up in the current. There were white tip sharks along the reef edge. We also saw Maldives sponge snails, Napoleons and a friendly turtle.
Day 5
Dive 1
We had a long wait but eventually a MANTA came to be cleaned at the cleaning station, and then, as we were making our safety stop, a second manta came in to check us out! We also saw wire coral gobies, parrotfish in ecstasy whist being cleaned and an unidentified black/orange flatworm.
Dive 2
Easy ocean drift again. On the sandy slope were several sleeping white tip sharks. We had another friendly turtle which swam along with Mark and John. Off the reef were schools of pyramid butterflyfish and bannerfish plus feeding neon and yellow back fusiliers. A schools of bonito tuna passed by. The coral blocks were critter condos, full of reef fish.
Dive 3
Much better visibility on this ocean reef! Great coral growth on the reef crest from 5-15m depth, full of reef fish and Evan's, Cooper's etc, anthias. There was a stonefish, a colour-chaning octopus, porcupine fish chasing eachother, a Napoleon with blue-fin jacks entourage, piggy-backing banded boxer shrimps and both green and hawksbill turtles.
Day 6
Dive 1
There was a small current hitting the wreck on the stern and lots of longfisn batfish hanging out in the current. Some were haning at 90 degrees i.e. horizontally, which was a bit odd! We also saw a black frogfish, many rock cods amongst the glassfish, and a stonefish. On the reef we found a freeswimming. P. bedfordi flatworm, another friendly turtle, a few white tip sharks and a blacktip shark, lunar tailed rock cods, schools of crescent tail big-eyes and gold spot emperors and a little eagle ray.
Dive 2
No mantas today, but we did find dracula gobies with same colouring pistol shrimps, a large varicose wart slug and a bearded scorpionfish
Dive 3
Lovely classic Maldives thila. The main reef and the smaller blocks were covered in large black coral trees. At the current point was a school of bluefin jacks marauding up and down chasing neon fusiliers plus a grey shark and a couple of white tip sharks plus bannerfish along the reef edge. We also found an octopus making a nest, a stonefish, glassfish being chased by red groupers and rock cods. Very pretty.
Night Dive
SUPER MANTA MAGIC! 3-4 different mantas at the back of Sea Spirit all evening. "Wiggle" manta was super friendly. Also pink whipray, turtle and nurse shark.
Day 7
Dive 1
Very fishy thila! Fusiliers covered the reef top with giant trevallies and tunas whizzing up and down scattering them. Grey reef sharks cruised the reef edge and the area to the north of the thila. There were schools of Forster's barracudas, crescent-tailed big-eyes, batfish, plus baby white tips in the table corals, a statues-posing octous, bearded scorpionfish, big-eye jacks and a P. susanae flatworm
We looked in a lagoon and saw a few mantas but they were a little too dispersed to snorkel with. It was lovely to watch them feed from the surface.
Dive 2
Easy-drift in channel. Lots and lots (30+) lazy white tip sharks sleeping on the bottom. Also a sleeping stingray buried in sand in an overhang. There were schools of bvarious sweetlips, emperors and some giant sweetlips (unusual to see them this far south).
Dive 3
There was quite a lot of current on the wreck but this ouffed up all the soft corals and it looked really pretty. There were Durban dancing shrimps and a couple of lysmata cleaning shrimps cleaning a spotted rock cod, plus many other groupers on the wreck and on the reef. The thila was covered with blue magnifica anemones and bubble anemones full of clownfish and very photogenic. Also peacock mantis shrimps and green Phyllidiopsis slug. The acropora corals on the main reef were in very good condition.
Two mantas behind Sea Spirit at anchorage overnight. Eight divers completed PADI MANTA DIVER Speciality.
Day 8
Dive 1
This site is a dream of a coral reef. Magnificent overhangs with blue soft coral cascading from the upper sides and pink/orange soft coral on all horizontal surfaces plus large schools of blue-striped snappers weaving in and out of the overhangs and canyons. On the shallower ledges were oriental and silver sweetlips and black and white snappers. We also saw white tip and grey reef sharks at current points.
Dive 2
Dramatic thila with blue soft coral lined overhangs and many Indian bannerfish in the reef. Off the main reef were soft coral covered large pinnacles. Back on the main reef the large coral blocks on the reef top were full of humpback snappers, oriental sweetlips (including a spotty juvenile) and the biggest school of bluestriped snappers I have seen. It was irresistible not to swim through them and be totally surrounded by fish!
Dive 3
Sharktastic this afternoon! A whole dive of close passes along the reef side by up to 5 LARGE GREY REEF SHARKS. Lovely! Several cute little white tips under the table corals and whizzing around between blocks. Chromodoris geometrica spotted by Lesley, a little eagle ray (aah, so cute), several scorpionfish, zebra moray.
Night Dive
Super sharky night dive! White tip and grey reef sharks whizzing around chasing fusiliers, marbled stingrays hoovering up the reef, octopus hunting, funny hermit crab with two anemones attached to its shell.
Night Dive
More magical mantas somersaulting behind Sea Spirit!
Day 9
Dive 1
Strong current on thila so hard work today but worth it as we saw lots of grey reef sharks with several being mobbed by the large schools of mackerels also on the reef. Halfway through the dive a POD OF COMMON DOLPHINS arrived in the channel and squeaked and sonar-ed at us for the rest of the dive. It seemed to excite all the fish. Tunas and jacks were flying up and down, there was also (a rather more sedate) eagle ray. Some lucky divers saw the dolphins when they were buzzed during their safety stops!!!
Dive 2
Beautiful reef with lots of fish hanging out at the current points and a grey shark at the spur. We found peacock mantis shrimps, three species of garden eels, a large starry puffer being cleaned under a table coral, longnose emperors and a Napoleon being cleaned
Dive 3
Gentle drift on ocean drop-off reef. There were nice coral blocks full of glassfish, cardinals and Bruuni cleaner shrimps, large reef fish and occasionally a jack would fly in and disturb the peace. Whist white tip sharks slept in the sand, the blacktip sharks buzzed up and down the reef. A pair of silver sweetlips were fighting by opening their (very fat lipped) mouths and "kissing" each other!
Evening Activity
Ashore to Rasdhoo island to visit a local town. Nice fruit bats and tidy gardens with fruit trees.
Day 10
Dive 1
Current was running up the wall so slow drift along dramatic wall with sponges and sea fans. We went out into the blue but saw no hammers today. On the reef a grey reef shark was mobbed by mackerels, an eagle ray passed us by and a pair of barracudas investigated us. We also say large schools of collared and pyramid butterflyfish, sweetlips and lots of silvery baitfish up the shallows being chased by small jacks.
Dive 2
SHARKTASTIC! LOTS OF GREY REEF SHARKS including three large female with mating scars all over them, cruising the spur and giving us an amazing, close, shark show. One of the males was very excited and kept approaching the female sharks, looking for action. We hooked in and watched the show for at least 30 minutes. Along the reef we also saw a large Napoleon, and large schools of red snappers and Dussomier's surgeonfish
Dive 3
Ocean reef corner and despite strong out-current in channel, there was a small in-current on the corner so we enjoyed an easy drift. We saw a hawksbill turtle, sleeping white tips, a large mixed school of bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish, swirling big-eye jacks, orange, blue and pink magnifica anemones, striped jacks,spiny lobsters, octopus and really nice corals!
Mandy and Mark completed PADI DEEP DIVER Speciality
Day 11
Dive 1
Great last dive! Current point of thila was a mass of fusiliers being chased by large dogtooth tunas. There were a few white tip sharks around but most were sleeping on the bottom as usual! There was a large spotted eagle ray feeding on the bottom and a marbled stingray shot past. The blocks were covered in large schools of humpback and blue-stripe snappers with lots of spiny lobsters hiding inside. We also found turtles, a juvenile oriental sweetlips flapping around and a glorious flatworm.
Daytime Excursion
Visit to Male for sightseeing, shopping and ice-cream.
Guest Transfer
Lesley and Chris to airport for international departure
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Guests to airport for international departures and for onward transfer to resorts.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
International arrivals to Maldives and transfer to Sea Spirit and travel to South Male atoll
AMAZING! As we kitted up at harbour there were TWO MANTAS somersault feeding under Sea Spirit so everyone jumped in for a quick snorkel before we set out for the check dive.
Dive 1
Easy Check Dive. There was a large school of longfin batfish which swam around and around the reef and passed us several times! The shallows were full of fusiliers and there were schools of various emperors, mackerels and surgeonfish. This is a good macro dive and we found a Chromodoris tritos, nudi, Allogalathea elegans squat lobster, tiny Maldives sponge snail, longnose hawkfish in black coral and several banded boxer shrimps.
Day 1
Dive 1
Gentle drift along lovely ocean reef with schools of fish along the shallow reef top and coral blocks full of orange anthias. We found honeycom, giant and blackcheek morays, a yellow leaf fish, a flying octopus and several different pufferfish. We had a manta fly past.
Snorkelling
There were several mantas in the lagoon so we stopped for a short snorkel before breakfast
Dive 2
Magical Manta Dive. We watched four different male mantas visit the cleaning station and stop to be cleaned. They were curious of us and swam over our heads through our bubbles and checked us out closely. We were also entertained by the garden eels playing hide and seek, goatfish, yellow margin triggerfish, many anemones with clownfish and lemon meringue wrasse.
Dive 3
Brisk drift into channel from ocean corner and dramatic ocean wall. There were a few white tip sharks and a small grey shark on the channel front dancing in the current. A MANTA was swimming up the channel, and we also saw large tunas and a large porcupine ray in the sand
Night Dive
OMG! 30 TAWNY NURSE SHARK! This really was nurse shark wallpaper. They paraded up and down for much of the dive. We also saw blacktip sharks, marbled stingrays, pink whiprays and marauding schools of large giant trevallies.
Day 2
Dive 1
Brisk out-current drift from channel to ocean reef. There were schools of snappers and oceanic triggerfish on the channel corner but otherwise, a little quiet. The outside wall had a continuous river of fusiliers with a couple of white tip sharks cruising up and down. There were a couple of eagle rays in the shallows and schools of humpback snappers and goldspot emperors. On the wall we found a green leaf fish, a P. bedfordi flatworm, lots of Lysmata and banded boxer cleaning shrimps, and a hawksbill turtle.
Dive 2
Slow drift along ocean reef and channel front past overhangs hung with pretty yellow soft corals. There was a large school of big-eye jacks swirling around off the reef. The reef top had really good coral coverage and was swarming with every reef fish imaginable. A large marbled stingray was sat on a ledge. In the shallows were lots of magnifica and carpet anemones with their families of clownfish. Also a tiger cowrie and a yellow leaf fish.
Dive 3
The big marbled stingray was still on the ledge when we dived again, approaching from the opposite direction! There were ~6 eagle rays but they spooked quickly. The current was running-in and schools of snappers, jacks and surgeons were hanging out in front of the reef. Very fishy! We saw a large starry puffer, Napoleons, bird wrsee, overhangs full of soldierfish and lovely seawhips, collared butterflyfish, table corals with indian damsels and furry-legged decorator crabs.
Evening Activity
Ashore to sandbank for sundowners. The sooty terns and crabs entertained us. Evening presentation on manta ray ecology.
Day 3
Dive 1
Last go to see if we could get a moderate in-current at this site but it was running out again. The stingray had moved to a different ledge overnight but was sleeping again. There was a large blue napoleon up in the shallows. Dogtooth tunas patrolled the drop off. We found a huge Giant triton and just enjoyed the beautiful shallow reef with anthias, damsels, juvenile fusiliers, indian and collared butterflyfish, and lots of beautiful reef fish.
Dive 2
Shallow thila site with lots of fusiliers being pursued by giant trvallies, bluefin jacks and dogtooth tunas in the shallows. We found a small LILAC FROGFISH in blue finger sponge. The Bruuni shrimps living in a small overhang gave me a manicure. The reef top is smothered in hard and leather corals with millions of small fish living in the coral. There were lots of magnifica anemones, particularly in shades of pink and purple, interspersed with giant clams. Such a pretty reef!
Dive 3
Drift from inside channel to ocean reef and sandy bottomed channel with thilas of hard corals rising to 10m. The blocks and formations were smothered in fusiliers and a school of longnose emperors were out hunting. On the corner were large schools of red and black and white snappers. On the outsuide blocks were oriental and harlequin sweetlips and there were large patches of halimeda and algae farmed by jewelled damselfish which chased us away if we got too close!
Day 4
Dive 1
Drift from ocean reef to inside of channel with lots of fusliers and dogtooth tunas on the outside , several eagle rays on the corner and a large marbled stingray on the channel front. We then drifted in along the sides of a thila to an large area of patch reef and coral garden which was very pretty: full of blue-green chromis, humbugs and indian damsels. After the dive we briefly snorkelled with two mantas which were feeding in the shallows.
Dive 2
Easy drift on ocean reef looking for whale shark (none seen today). We DID see a mangrove whipray, a couple of baby white tip sharks hiding in coral blocks, a white- mouthed moray, and a very friendly turtle which especially liked Lesley.
Dive 3
There appears to have been a big plankton bloom and visibility was low so we had to switch sites. The thila had nice overhangs with rare menella-like sea fans and canyons and a ledge with thousands of bannerfish up in the current. There were white tip sharks along the reef edge. We also saw Maldives sponge snails, Napoleons and a friendly turtle.
Day 5
Dive 1
We had a long wait but eventually a MANTA came to be cleaned at the cleaning station, and then, as we were making our safety stop, a second manta came in to check us out! We also saw wire coral gobies, parrotfish in ecstasy whist being cleaned and an unidentified black/orange flatworm.
Dive 2
Easy ocean drift again. On the sandy slope were several sleeping white tip sharks. We had another friendly turtle which swam along with Mark and John. Off the reef were schools of pyramid butterflyfish and bannerfish plus feeding neon and yellow back fusiliers. A schools of bonito tuna passed by. The coral blocks were critter condos, full of reef fish.
Dive 3
Much better visibility on this ocean reef! Great coral growth on the reef crest from 5-15m depth, full of reef fish and Evan's, Cooper's etc, anthias. There was a stonefish, a colour-chaning octopus, porcupine fish chasing eachother, a Napoleon with blue-fin jacks entourage, piggy-backing banded boxer shrimps and both green and hawksbill turtles.
Day 6
Dive 1
There was a small current hitting the wreck on the stern and lots of longfisn batfish hanging out in the current. Some were haning at 90 degrees i.e. horizontally, which was a bit odd! We also saw a black frogfish, many rock cods amongst the glassfish, and a stonefish. On the reef we found a freeswimming. P. bedfordi flatworm, another friendly turtle, a few white tip sharks and a blacktip shark, lunar tailed rock cods, schools of crescent tail big-eyes and gold spot emperors and a little eagle ray.
Dive 2
No mantas today, but we did find dracula gobies with same colouring pistol shrimps, a large varicose wart slug and a bearded scorpionfish
Dive 3
Lovely classic Maldives thila. The main reef and the smaller blocks were covered in large black coral trees. At the current point was a school of bluefin jacks marauding up and down chasing neon fusiliers plus a grey shark and a couple of white tip sharks plus bannerfish along the reef edge. We also found an octopus making a nest, a stonefish, glassfish being chased by red groupers and rock cods. Very pretty.
Night Dive
SUPER MANTA MAGIC! 3-4 different mantas at the back of Sea Spirit all evening. "Wiggle" manta was super friendly. Also pink whipray, turtle and nurse shark.
Day 7
Dive 1
Very fishy thila! Fusiliers covered the reef top with giant trevallies and tunas whizzing up and down scattering them. Grey reef sharks cruised the reef edge and the area to the north of the thila. There were schools of Forster's barracudas, crescent-tailed big-eyes, batfish, plus baby white tips in the table corals, a statues-posing octous, bearded scorpionfish, big-eye jacks and a P. susanae flatworm
We looked in a lagoon and saw a few mantas but they were a little too dispersed to snorkel with. It was lovely to watch them feed from the surface.
Dive 2
Easy-drift in channel. Lots and lots (30+) lazy white tip sharks sleeping on the bottom. Also a sleeping stingray buried in sand in an overhang. There were schools of bvarious sweetlips, emperors and some giant sweetlips (unusual to see them this far south).
Dive 3
There was quite a lot of current on the wreck but this ouffed up all the soft corals and it looked really pretty. There were Durban dancing shrimps and a couple of lysmata cleaning shrimps cleaning a spotted rock cod, plus many other groupers on the wreck and on the reef. The thila was covered with blue magnifica anemones and bubble anemones full of clownfish and very photogenic. Also peacock mantis shrimps and green Phyllidiopsis slug. The acropora corals on the main reef were in very good condition.
Two mantas behind Sea Spirit at anchorage overnight. Eight divers completed PADI MANTA DIVER Speciality.
Day 8
Dive 1
This site is a dream of a coral reef. Magnificent overhangs with blue soft coral cascading from the upper sides and pink/orange soft coral on all horizontal surfaces plus large schools of blue-striped snappers weaving in and out of the overhangs and canyons. On the shallower ledges were oriental and silver sweetlips and black and white snappers. We also saw white tip and grey reef sharks at current points.
Dive 2
Dramatic thila with blue soft coral lined overhangs and many Indian bannerfish in the reef. Off the main reef were soft coral covered large pinnacles. Back on the main reef the large coral blocks on the reef top were full of humpback snappers, oriental sweetlips (including a spotty juvenile) and the biggest school of bluestriped snappers I have seen. It was irresistible not to swim through them and be totally surrounded by fish!
Dive 3
Sharktastic this afternoon! A whole dive of close passes along the reef side by up to 5 LARGE GREY REEF SHARKS. Lovely! Several cute little white tips under the table corals and whizzing around between blocks. Chromodoris geometrica spotted by Lesley, a little eagle ray (aah, so cute), several scorpionfish, zebra moray.
Night Dive
Super sharky night dive! White tip and grey reef sharks whizzing around chasing fusiliers, marbled stingrays hoovering up the reef, octopus hunting, funny hermit crab with two anemones attached to its shell.
Night Dive
More magical mantas somersaulting behind Sea Spirit!
Day 9
Dive 1
Strong current on thila so hard work today but worth it as we saw lots of grey reef sharks with several being mobbed by the large schools of mackerels also on the reef. Halfway through the dive a POD OF COMMON DOLPHINS arrived in the channel and squeaked and sonar-ed at us for the rest of the dive. It seemed to excite all the fish. Tunas and jacks were flying up and down, there was also (a rather more sedate) eagle ray. Some lucky divers saw the dolphins when they were buzzed during their safety stops!!!
Dive 2
Beautiful reef with lots of fish hanging out at the current points and a grey shark at the spur. We found peacock mantis shrimps, three species of garden eels, a large starry puffer being cleaned under a table coral, longnose emperors and a Napoleon being cleaned
Dive 3
Gentle drift on ocean drop-off reef. There were nice coral blocks full of glassfish, cardinals and Bruuni cleaner shrimps, large reef fish and occasionally a jack would fly in and disturb the peace. Whist white tip sharks slept in the sand, the blacktip sharks buzzed up and down the reef. A pair of silver sweetlips were fighting by opening their (very fat lipped) mouths and "kissing" each other!
Evening Activity
Ashore to Rasdhoo island to visit a local town. Nice fruit bats and tidy gardens with fruit trees.
Day 10
Dive 1
Current was running up the wall so slow drift along dramatic wall with sponges and sea fans. We went out into the blue but saw no hammers today. On the reef a grey reef shark was mobbed by mackerels, an eagle ray passed us by and a pair of barracudas investigated us. We also say large schools of collared and pyramid butterflyfish, sweetlips and lots of silvery baitfish up the shallows being chased by small jacks.
Dive 2
SHARKTASTIC! LOTS OF GREY REEF SHARKS including three large female with mating scars all over them, cruising the spur and giving us an amazing, close, shark show. One of the males was very excited and kept approaching the female sharks, looking for action. We hooked in and watched the show for at least 30 minutes. Along the reef we also saw a large Napoleon, and large schools of red snappers and Dussomier's surgeonfish
Dive 3
Ocean reef corner and despite strong out-current in channel, there was a small in-current on the corner so we enjoyed an easy drift. We saw a hawksbill turtle, sleeping white tips, a large mixed school of bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish, swirling big-eye jacks, orange, blue and pink magnifica anemones, striped jacks,spiny lobsters, octopus and really nice corals!
Mandy and Mark completed PADI DEEP DIVER Speciality
Day 11
Dive 1
Great last dive! Current point of thila was a mass of fusiliers being chased by large dogtooth tunas. There were a few white tip sharks around but most were sleeping on the bottom as usual! There was a large spotted eagle ray feeding on the bottom and a marbled stingray shot past. The blocks were covered in large schools of humpback and blue-stripe snappers with lots of spiny lobsters hiding inside. We also found turtles, a juvenile oriental sweetlips flapping around and a glorious flatworm.
Daytime Excursion
Visit to Male for sightseeing, shopping and ice-cream.
Guest Transfer
Lesley and Chris to airport for international departure
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Guests to airport for international departures and for onward transfer to resorts.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS488
29 Nov 2015 to 11 Dec 2015
Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from early Emirates flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We travelled to South Male' atoll and had lunch and then made a check dive
Dive 1
Wreck with nearby shallow giri-reef. There were Lysmata, Bruuni and Durban shrimps behind the wheel house plus a pair of entwined Schultz pipefish.On the bow we found a cheeky peaock mantis shrimp. The walls of the reef were covered in white lacy acabaria coral with camouflage groupers, magnificent anemones with blackfoot clownfish, Maldives sponge snails and lots of different reef fish
Day 1
Oriental sweetlips, a favourite of divers on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
In-current at large ocean-facing thila with schools of red snappers and big eye jacks plus GREY SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS. Large schools if Forster's barracudas difted in and out of sight. We drifted slowly along the ledges with pink soft corals and seafans and sighted a glorious flatworm, turtles, oriental and silver sweetlips etc.
Dive 2
A brisk current on the ocean reef with several sleeping white tip sharks down in the sand. This site is regarded for the macro opportunities and we found blue and black ribbon eels, a green leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimps, plus chevron barracudas and lots of oceanic triggers nesting inside the channel
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 3
There were lots of GREY SHARKS on the channel front and of all sizes ranging from 60 cm right up to 150cm adults. There were schools of fusiliers and mackerels with large dogtooth tunas chasing the schools around. WE enjoyed a long drift over the sand dunes to shallow patch reef before we ascended
Dive 6
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH MANY HUNGRY NURSE SHARKS PLUS PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, BLACK TIP REEF SHARKS AND MANY BLUEFIN AND GIANT TREVELLY CHASING AFTER SWARMS OF SILVERSIDES WHICH KEPT BUZZING THROUGH
Day 2
One of several grey sharks sighted today on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Wide channel separated by several deep thila where we saw EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS circling around on the front. The sharks were of all sizes and it was nice to see so many juveniles. A school of Forster's barracudas drifted in and out of sight: they just disappear in a couple of metres difference in distance! The tunas were out chasing the mackerels again. We ascended shallow onto a wall with lots of red and black and white snappers, spiny lobsters, gold spot emperors etc.
Dive 2
A HAMMERHEAD SHARK AND A WAHOO WERE SIGHTED ON THE WALL then white tip sharks and many snappers on the corner. Along the channel front were larg blocks covered in soft coral and full of sweetlips and various snappers. We then drifted along a wall covered in golden yellow and orange soft coral and looked into letter-box overhangs. Some of the larger overhangs were full of soldierfish. The shallow reef was in excellent condition with a wide variety of corals and reef fish
Dive 3
There were spinner dolphins in the lagoon as we set off for the dive and shortly after we descended we heard the whistles and clicks and some divers were lucky enough to see the large pod of dolphins swim past! This site is a marvellous vertical wall with many overhangs full of sea whips, soft corls, seafans etc. There were several Napoleons including one very large blue male, black jacks, bluefin jacks, leaf fish, mantis shrimps, elegant squat lobsters in self-coloured featherstars an eagle ray, collared butterflyfish, an unidentified species of flatworm and Don found his own leaf fish!
Day 3
Beautiful fish-filled table corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
This morning we enjoyed the beautiful YELLOW SOFT CORAL CAVES and slowly investigated all the overhangs along the front of the channel. We found 4 leaf fish and longnose hawkfish in the black coral trees. A few grey sharks, white tips and an Eagle ray cruised past and there were lots of big eye jacks and bluefin jacks out hunting. The reef top is covered in corals and anemones and just so many fish!
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef corner with overhangs and terraces cascading down the reef with blue soft corals nd lovely white seafans. There were 6 Napoleon wrasses out and about including two large males and some nosey females. We found a pair of white leaf fish (there seem to be a lot around) and had to mind out for black sheek morays guarding Lysmata and Bruuni shrmps busy cleaning reef fish. The shallow reef had a variety of large coral structures and there seemed to be parrotfish spawning or making courtship dances. There were dozen of green Captain parrotfish, bicolors, bulletheads and roundheads
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru. The weather started to deteriorate and was getting windy
Dive 3
Sea conditions were bordeline to make a dive. We tried to dive inside the channel where we saw large harlequin sweetlips and green anemons plus blueface angelfish etc. but then the current started running out to the ocean where it was extremely rough so we had to abandon the dive to make a safe ascent
Evening Activity
The crew tried fish off the back of Sea Spirit but a cheeky blacktip shark bit the catch off the line before it could be landed!
Day 4
Beautiful yellow soft coral caves from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
The wind had gone northerly making the ocean facing reef more sheltered so we were able to dive despite the very windy conditions. It was rather stirred up limiting underwater visibility but the caves were pretty and there were several unusual species of soft corals seen. We drifted eastward and saw several eagle rays and Napoleons, and in the reef we found Amboin shrimps, boxer shrimps, a glorious flatworm etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing back to Feldhoo
Dive 2
A pretty shallow thila with steep walls with Menella seafans and black coral trees with colourful sponges and penguin oysters. Some of the large blue finger structures had micro gobies balancing on the branches. The shallow patch reef was full of small reef fish being chased by giant trevallies and bluefin jacks plus bannerfish and fusiliers off the reef. So many anthias, plus lovely anemones and a friendly turtle
Dive 3
A dramatic ocean reef and channel front with fusiliers and mackerels being chased by large dogtooth tunas. The coral blocks on the corner were full of reef fish. We drifted into the channel and found several Chromodoris tritos nudis and sighted A GIANT SPOTTED EAGLE RAY WITH A 2m+ wingspan!
We saw a sea snake, several jellyfish and many juvenile fish behind Sea Spirit at anchorage
White leaf fish at Rakeedhoo from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There was a small out-current in the channel and all the action was on the corner: soldierfish, fusiliers, humpback snappers all over the block plus a whit leaf fish balancing on blue finger sponge. Along the reef we saw eagle rays, many pyramid butterflyfish, one-spine surgeonfish, spiny lobsters and enjoyed the beautiful coral in the shallows
Dive 2
LOTS OF GREY SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT WITH SOME STANDING ON THEIR TAILS TO BE CLEANED PLUS A LARGE BLUE NAPOLEON. A large flounder flumped along the channel front. The reef wall was full of cleaner shrimps and morays including a honeycomb and several yellow margins. There was another white leafie
Dive 3
A GOOD SHARK SHOW ON THE CHANNEL FRONT WITH MANY GREY REEF SHAKS OF ALL SIZES AND UP TO 12 AT A TIME, PLUS WHITE TIPS AND TUNAS AND A LARGE WHIRLING SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS. We found lovely shrimps and reef fish as the sharks continued their cruising
Crew went fishing behind Sea Spirit and attracted several pink whip rays
Day 6
More beautiful soft coral caves from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Ari atoll
Dive 1
So many fish! Schools of elongate surgeonfish and yellowback fusiliers greeted our descent then longfin batfish, lined fusiliers and dense schools of mackerels formed carpets of fish high in the water column. Closer to the reef were black and white snappers,oriental and silver sweetlips. We found several scorpionfish of different sizes
Dive 2
A MAGNIFICENT SQUADRON OF SHORTFIN MOBULA RAYS WERE THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS DIVE. WE ALSO SAW 2 AND 1 LATER. On the reef top were schools of crescent tail big eyes and yelllow goatfish and goldspot emperors amongst the good hard corals. Also 2-spot angelfish, octopus, blotched porcupinefish etc
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive but so overcast it felt like a dusk dive! We found large mappa puffer, multibar pipefish, champagne and purple leaf fish, Semon's anemone and loved the large group of oriental sweetlips
Daytime Excursion
Tracy and Bob visited the local island village as they were unable to dive today. They were very unlucky with the weather today as it remained overcast for most of the day so we couldn't really look for whale sharks :(
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Two guests departed via a domestic flight back to Male to catch their intrnational flight back to Europe
Dive 1
Two big morays under the wreck plus a spearing mantis shrimp. There were two stonefish and one was jumping around! We found rock cods and red groupers hunting glassfish and juvenile cardinals, a scribbled filefish eating a crown jellyfish and several crown of thorn starfish
Snorkelling
A WHALE SHARK WAS SPOTTED AND SOME DIVERS GOT IN TO SNORKEL THEN ANOTHER WAS SEEN EVEN CLOSER TO SEA SPIRIT SO THE REST OF THE SNORKELLERS WENT WITH THAT ONE. WE SPENT THE NEXT 40 MINUTES BEING DROPPED IN FRONT OF FAIRLY FAST-SWIMMING WHALE SHARKS. EVENTUALLY IT DESCENDED SO WE RETIRED!
Dive 2
We made a dive nearby and whilst watching white tip sharks and feathertail rays on the bottom had a WHALE SHARK SWIM THROUGH THE GROUP AND THEN SWIM SHALLOW!!!! Further along the reef were lovely schools of humpback and bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish plus tiny scorpionfish and a pair of porcelain crabs
Dive 3
Not so lucky as to also see mantas today but we did see lots of white tip sharks and even a grey, hawksbill turtles and loved the Indian bannerfish
Day 8
Whale shark seen this trip whilst diving from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Grey sharks and a mixed school of Forster's and chevron barracudas were sighted around the current point of this large shallow thila. The northern reef has beautiful overhangs full of pink and orange soft corals plus Menella seafans with a myriad of reef fish. The top is now covered in a variety of large corals with lots more reef fish, so just a lovely dive!
Dive 2
WE HAD A LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH UP TO FOUR, BUT MAINLY TWO VERY FRIENDLY AND CURIOUS MANTAS WHO WERE CLOSELY CHECKING OUT DIVERS AND SWIMMING THROUGH EXHALED BUBBLE STREAMS. There were also many white tip and grey sharks plus eagle days and really dense schools of bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish engulfing the divers. On the reeftop blocks we found a few baby white tip sharks!
Dive 3
A great site to see hawksbill turtles and we found at least four today. There are many black coral trees and they seemed to be full of Psmanthe shrimps plus juvenile fish. Also spotteds: comet fish, a peacock mantis shrimp, rock cods being cleaned by Bruuni shrimps and schooling bannerfish being harssed by giant trevallies
Evening Activity
Some divers visited the nearby local island
Day 8
Dive 1
Beautiful little thila with deep canyons and tall coral blocks smothered in seafans and pink soft corals with schools of oriental sweetlips, soldierfish and other reeaf fish around the blocks and grey sharks off the reef. We loved the Clarke's anemonefish in the bubble anemone
Dive 2
There were HUGE schools of bluestripe snappers all over the reef and southern slopes with lots of grey sharks in the depths and a couple of larger ones with remora entourages meandering around the current point. Off the reef we saw chevron barracudas and many batfish. We found a furry hermit crab, a small friendly turtle a giant grouper and a lovely pair of camouflage groupers
Dive 3
A REALLY GOOD SHARK SHOW WITH GREYS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS ALL ALONG THE CURRENT POINT ALONG THE SHALLOW EDGE OF THE REEF AND THE 18M BLOCK AND ANOTHER 8 SMALL GREY SHARKS WITH SOME BIGGER COUSINS OVER THE 30M BLOCK. THERE WERE TWO FUNNY TURTLES MUNCHING AWAY AT SPONGES PLUS GIANT TREVALLIES ANF LARGE BLUEFINS HARASSING THE FUSILIERS
Night Dive
SUPERB NIGHT DIVE WITH FOUR MANTA GETTING SO CLOSE WE WERE BEING BUMPED AND WE HAD OUR TOURCHES AND CAMERAS BUMPED OUT OF OUR HANDS!
Day 10
So many fish! Huge schools of bluestripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Yet more grey sharks cruising the depth, again with remora entourages plus white tips sleeping in the sand and baby ones resting under table corals on the top of the reef. Some white tip sharks were chasing eachother in what apearred to be mating beahviour! There seemed to be a lot of Maldives sponge snails around and one was really motoring (as much as they can motor!). We also found a lovely hunting octopus
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
Super grey sharks show with loads of grey sharks plus white tips and even some eagle rays swimming around at the current point! Other eagle rays were cruising along the wall and a huge school of big eye jacks meandered up and down. There were also large schools of sleek, Dussomiers and elongate surgeons. It was just incredibly fishy!!!!
Dive 3
More current this time and sharks and eagle rays were waiting for us at the spur again. We also found a pair of leaf fish and a huge toothy tuna swam past eyeing us up (he was much bigger than us!). We had another shark show just inside the channel as several grey sharks and a barracuda rode the current over a ridge. Wow!!!
Day 11
Dive 1
ANOTHER AMAZING DIVE AT THIS FAVOURITE SITE OF OURS. A MANTA RAY WAS SIGHTED DOWN THE REEF AND HUGE SCHOOLS OF BIG EYE JACKS FORMED FIGURES OF 8 AND CIRCLES ALONG THE REEF EDGE. THERE WERE SEVERAL EAGLE RAYS OVER THE SAND AND SOME LUCKY DIVERS FOUND A ZEBRA SHARK SLEEPING ON THE BOTTOM
Daytime Excursion
Soon after breakfast some divers visited the nearby local island of Rasdhoo to shop. We then made the return ocean crossing back to Male' atoll and others visited the capital island for shopping and sightseeing during the afternoon
Day 12
Beautiful spotted eagle rays sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to the airport for their return flights to Dubai and onwards to Europe
Day 13
Divers enjoying the schools of fish from MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from early Emirates flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We travelled to South Male' atoll and had lunch and then made a check dive
Dive 1
Wreck with nearby shallow giri-reef. There were Lysmata, Bruuni and Durban shrimps behind the wheel house plus a pair of entwined Schultz pipefish.On the bow we found a cheeky peaock mantis shrimp. The walls of the reef were covered in white lacy acabaria coral with camouflage groupers, magnificent anemones with blackfoot clownfish, Maldives sponge snails and lots of different reef fish
Day 1
Oriental sweetlips, a favourite of divers on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
In-current at large ocean-facing thila with schools of red snappers and big eye jacks plus GREY SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS. Large schools if Forster's barracudas difted in and out of sight. We drifted slowly along the ledges with pink soft corals and seafans and sighted a glorious flatworm, turtles, oriental and silver sweetlips etc.
Dive 2
A brisk current on the ocean reef with several sleeping white tip sharks down in the sand. This site is regarded for the macro opportunities and we found blue and black ribbon eels, a green leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimps, plus chevron barracudas and lots of oceanic triggers nesting inside the channel
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 3
There were lots of GREY SHARKS on the channel front and of all sizes ranging from 60 cm right up to 150cm adults. There were schools of fusiliers and mackerels with large dogtooth tunas chasing the schools around. WE enjoyed a long drift over the sand dunes to shallow patch reef before we ascended
Dive 6
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH MANY HUNGRY NURSE SHARKS PLUS PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, BLACK TIP REEF SHARKS AND MANY BLUEFIN AND GIANT TREVELLY CHASING AFTER SWARMS OF SILVERSIDES WHICH KEPT BUZZING THROUGH
Day 2
One of several grey sharks sighted today on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Wide channel separated by several deep thila where we saw EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS circling around on the front. The sharks were of all sizes and it was nice to see so many juveniles. A school of Forster's barracudas drifted in and out of sight: they just disappear in a couple of metres difference in distance! The tunas were out chasing the mackerels again. We ascended shallow onto a wall with lots of red and black and white snappers, spiny lobsters, gold spot emperors etc.
Dive 2
A HAMMERHEAD SHARK AND A WAHOO WERE SIGHTED ON THE WALL then white tip sharks and many snappers on the corner. Along the channel front were larg blocks covered in soft coral and full of sweetlips and various snappers. We then drifted along a wall covered in golden yellow and orange soft coral and looked into letter-box overhangs. Some of the larger overhangs were full of soldierfish. The shallow reef was in excellent condition with a wide variety of corals and reef fish
Dive 3
There were spinner dolphins in the lagoon as we set off for the dive and shortly after we descended we heard the whistles and clicks and some divers were lucky enough to see the large pod of dolphins swim past! This site is a marvellous vertical wall with many overhangs full of sea whips, soft corls, seafans etc. There were several Napoleons including one very large blue male, black jacks, bluefin jacks, leaf fish, mantis shrimps, elegant squat lobsters in self-coloured featherstars an eagle ray, collared butterflyfish, an unidentified species of flatworm and Don found his own leaf fish!
Day 3
Beautiful fish-filled table corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
This morning we enjoyed the beautiful YELLOW SOFT CORAL CAVES and slowly investigated all the overhangs along the front of the channel. We found 4 leaf fish and longnose hawkfish in the black coral trees. A few grey sharks, white tips and an Eagle ray cruised past and there were lots of big eye jacks and bluefin jacks out hunting. The reef top is covered in corals and anemones and just so many fish!
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef corner with overhangs and terraces cascading down the reef with blue soft corals nd lovely white seafans. There were 6 Napoleon wrasses out and about including two large males and some nosey females. We found a pair of white leaf fish (there seem to be a lot around) and had to mind out for black sheek morays guarding Lysmata and Bruuni shrmps busy cleaning reef fish. The shallow reef had a variety of large coral structures and there seemed to be parrotfish spawning or making courtship dances. There were dozen of green Captain parrotfish, bicolors, bulletheads and roundheads
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru. The weather started to deteriorate and was getting windy
Dive 3
Sea conditions were bordeline to make a dive. We tried to dive inside the channel where we saw large harlequin sweetlips and green anemons plus blueface angelfish etc. but then the current started running out to the ocean where it was extremely rough so we had to abandon the dive to make a safe ascent
Evening Activity
The crew tried fish off the back of Sea Spirit but a cheeky blacktip shark bit the catch off the line before it could be landed!
Day 4
Beautiful yellow soft coral caves from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
The wind had gone northerly making the ocean facing reef more sheltered so we were able to dive despite the very windy conditions. It was rather stirred up limiting underwater visibility but the caves were pretty and there were several unusual species of soft corals seen. We drifted eastward and saw several eagle rays and Napoleons, and in the reef we found Amboin shrimps, boxer shrimps, a glorious flatworm etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing back to Feldhoo
Dive 2
A pretty shallow thila with steep walls with Menella seafans and black coral trees with colourful sponges and penguin oysters. Some of the large blue finger structures had micro gobies balancing on the branches. The shallow patch reef was full of small reef fish being chased by giant trevallies and bluefin jacks plus bannerfish and fusiliers off the reef. So many anthias, plus lovely anemones and a friendly turtle
Dive 3
A dramatic ocean reef and channel front with fusiliers and mackerels being chased by large dogtooth tunas. The coral blocks on the corner were full of reef fish. We drifted into the channel and found several Chromodoris tritos nudis and sighted A GIANT SPOTTED EAGLE RAY WITH A 2m+ wingspan!
We saw a sea snake, several jellyfish and many juvenile fish behind Sea Spirit at anchorage
White leaf fish at Rakeedhoo from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There was a small out-current in the channel and all the action was on the corner: soldierfish, fusiliers, humpback snappers all over the block plus a whit leaf fish balancing on blue finger sponge. Along the reef we saw eagle rays, many pyramid butterflyfish, one-spine surgeonfish, spiny lobsters and enjoyed the beautiful coral in the shallows
Dive 2
LOTS OF GREY SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT WITH SOME STANDING ON THEIR TAILS TO BE CLEANED PLUS A LARGE BLUE NAPOLEON. A large flounder flumped along the channel front. The reef wall was full of cleaner shrimps and morays including a honeycomb and several yellow margins. There was another white leafie
Dive 3
A GOOD SHARK SHOW ON THE CHANNEL FRONT WITH MANY GREY REEF SHAKS OF ALL SIZES AND UP TO 12 AT A TIME, PLUS WHITE TIPS AND TUNAS AND A LARGE WHIRLING SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS. We found lovely shrimps and reef fish as the sharks continued their cruising
Crew went fishing behind Sea Spirit and attracted several pink whip rays
Day 6
More beautiful soft coral caves from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Ari atoll
Dive 1
So many fish! Schools of elongate surgeonfish and yellowback fusiliers greeted our descent then longfin batfish, lined fusiliers and dense schools of mackerels formed carpets of fish high in the water column. Closer to the reef were black and white snappers,oriental and silver sweetlips. We found several scorpionfish of different sizes
Dive 2
A MAGNIFICENT SQUADRON OF SHORTFIN MOBULA RAYS WERE THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS DIVE. WE ALSO SAW 2 AND 1 LATER. On the reef top were schools of crescent tail big eyes and yelllow goatfish and goldspot emperors amongst the good hard corals. Also 2-spot angelfish, octopus, blotched porcupinefish etc
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive but so overcast it felt like a dusk dive! We found large mappa puffer, multibar pipefish, champagne and purple leaf fish, Semon's anemone and loved the large group of oriental sweetlips
Daytime Excursion
Tracy and Bob visited the local island village as they were unable to dive today. They were very unlucky with the weather today as it remained overcast for most of the day so we couldn't really look for whale sharks :(
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Two guests departed via a domestic flight back to Male to catch their intrnational flight back to Europe
Dive 1
Two big morays under the wreck plus a spearing mantis shrimp. There were two stonefish and one was jumping around! We found rock cods and red groupers hunting glassfish and juvenile cardinals, a scribbled filefish eating a crown jellyfish and several crown of thorn starfish
Snorkelling
A WHALE SHARK WAS SPOTTED AND SOME DIVERS GOT IN TO SNORKEL THEN ANOTHER WAS SEEN EVEN CLOSER TO SEA SPIRIT SO THE REST OF THE SNORKELLERS WENT WITH THAT ONE. WE SPENT THE NEXT 40 MINUTES BEING DROPPED IN FRONT OF FAIRLY FAST-SWIMMING WHALE SHARKS. EVENTUALLY IT DESCENDED SO WE RETIRED!
Dive 2
We made a dive nearby and whilst watching white tip sharks and feathertail rays on the bottom had a WHALE SHARK SWIM THROUGH THE GROUP AND THEN SWIM SHALLOW!!!! Further along the reef were lovely schools of humpback and bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish plus tiny scorpionfish and a pair of porcelain crabs
Dive 3
Not so lucky as to also see mantas today but we did see lots of white tip sharks and even a grey, hawksbill turtles and loved the Indian bannerfish
Day 8
Whale shark seen this trip whilst diving from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Grey sharks and a mixed school of Forster's and chevron barracudas were sighted around the current point of this large shallow thila. The northern reef has beautiful overhangs full of pink and orange soft corals plus Menella seafans with a myriad of reef fish. The top is now covered in a variety of large corals with lots more reef fish, so just a lovely dive!
Dive 2
WE HAD A LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH UP TO FOUR, BUT MAINLY TWO VERY FRIENDLY AND CURIOUS MANTAS WHO WERE CLOSELY CHECKING OUT DIVERS AND SWIMMING THROUGH EXHALED BUBBLE STREAMS. There were also many white tip and grey sharks plus eagle days and really dense schools of bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish engulfing the divers. On the reeftop blocks we found a few baby white tip sharks!
Dive 3
A great site to see hawksbill turtles and we found at least four today. There are many black coral trees and they seemed to be full of Psmanthe shrimps plus juvenile fish. Also spotteds: comet fish, a peacock mantis shrimp, rock cods being cleaned by Bruuni shrimps and schooling bannerfish being harssed by giant trevallies
Evening Activity
Some divers visited the nearby local island
Day 8
Dive 1
Beautiful little thila with deep canyons and tall coral blocks smothered in seafans and pink soft corals with schools of oriental sweetlips, soldierfish and other reeaf fish around the blocks and grey sharks off the reef. We loved the Clarke's anemonefish in the bubble anemone
Dive 2
There were HUGE schools of bluestripe snappers all over the reef and southern slopes with lots of grey sharks in the depths and a couple of larger ones with remora entourages meandering around the current point. Off the reef we saw chevron barracudas and many batfish. We found a furry hermit crab, a small friendly turtle a giant grouper and a lovely pair of camouflage groupers
Dive 3
A REALLY GOOD SHARK SHOW WITH GREYS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS ALL ALONG THE CURRENT POINT ALONG THE SHALLOW EDGE OF THE REEF AND THE 18M BLOCK AND ANOTHER 8 SMALL GREY SHARKS WITH SOME BIGGER COUSINS OVER THE 30M BLOCK. THERE WERE TWO FUNNY TURTLES MUNCHING AWAY AT SPONGES PLUS GIANT TREVALLIES ANF LARGE BLUEFINS HARASSING THE FUSILIERS
Night Dive
SUPERB NIGHT DIVE WITH FOUR MANTA GETTING SO CLOSE WE WERE BEING BUMPED AND WE HAD OUR TOURCHES AND CAMERAS BUMPED OUT OF OUR HANDS!
Day 10
So many fish! Huge schools of bluestripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Yet more grey sharks cruising the depth, again with remora entourages plus white tips sleeping in the sand and baby ones resting under table corals on the top of the reef. Some white tip sharks were chasing eachother in what apearred to be mating beahviour! There seemed to be a lot of Maldives sponge snails around and one was really motoring (as much as they can motor!). We also found a lovely hunting octopus
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
Super grey sharks show with loads of grey sharks plus white tips and even some eagle rays swimming around at the current point! Other eagle rays were cruising along the wall and a huge school of big eye jacks meandered up and down. There were also large schools of sleek, Dussomiers and elongate surgeons. It was just incredibly fishy!!!!
Dive 3
More current this time and sharks and eagle rays were waiting for us at the spur again. We also found a pair of leaf fish and a huge toothy tuna swam past eyeing us up (he was much bigger than us!). We had another shark show just inside the channel as several grey sharks and a barracuda rode the current over a ridge. Wow!!!
Day 11
Dive 1
ANOTHER AMAZING DIVE AT THIS FAVOURITE SITE OF OURS. A MANTA RAY WAS SIGHTED DOWN THE REEF AND HUGE SCHOOLS OF BIG EYE JACKS FORMED FIGURES OF 8 AND CIRCLES ALONG THE REEF EDGE. THERE WERE SEVERAL EAGLE RAYS OVER THE SAND AND SOME LUCKY DIVERS FOUND A ZEBRA SHARK SLEEPING ON THE BOTTOM
Daytime Excursion
Soon after breakfast some divers visited the nearby local island of Rasdhoo to shop. We then made the return ocean crossing back to Male' atoll and others visited the capital island for shopping and sightseeing during the afternoon
Day 12
Beautiful spotted eagle rays sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to the airport for their return flights to Dubai and onwards to Europe
Day 13
Divers enjoying the schools of fish from MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS427
16 Feb 2014 to 28 Feb 2014
Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and hotels for transfer to Sea Spirit. It was a beautiful morning and we enjoyed a sunny cruise to South Male' atoll for the check dive
Dive 1
Check dive at easy wreck and reef site. The wreck has interesting black coral trees and soft corals on the hull and many nooks and crannies concealing Durban, Lysmata, Bruuni and banded boxer shimps plus lionfish. Off the wreck were schools of silverside attracting bluefin jacks and tunas. We found peacock mantis shrimps, scorpionfish and our pet freaky Maldives anemonefish with an odd stripe. We saw another giant pelagic sea squirt being attacked by dozens of surgeonfish.
Day 1
View from Sea Spirit on a beautiful day in the Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef site in front of two channels but sheltered today as an out current in the channels. There were large schools of mackerel scads and neon fusiliers off the reef plus schooling bannerfish, goldspot emperors and surgeonfish closer to the coral blocks. We found three white leaf fish plus a baby green one, a friendly hawksbill turtle chomping on a sponge, honeycomb morays, white tips sharks etc.
Ocean Crossing
During the crossing to Felidhoo atoll we met a large pod of SPINNER DOLPHINS which surrounded Sea Spirit and dolphined at the bow, amongst them were several huge PILOT WHALES which were quite curious of us and dolphined alongside too for a short while. AMAZING!
Dive 2
SHARKORAMA! Lots of lovely GREY SHARKS crusing the channel front PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS< TUNAS AND GIANT TREVALLIES. There was a squadron of eagle rays in the middle of the channel. We then had a great drift over the sand dunes and the sand fall to the pretty patch reef at the back.
Dive 3
BACK TO SHARKY CHANNEL and this time the current was smaller so we were able to cross passing by SO MANY GREY SHARKS of all sizes PLUS 12+1 EAGLE RAYS circling on the south corner. WHAT A FANTASTIC SHOW
Night Dive
A NURSE SHARK AND RAY PARTY with lots of big NURSE SHARKS plus PINK WHIP RAYS AND ROUNT RIBBONTAIL RAYS cruising around and giant trevallies making raids. Later on we had BLACK TIP AND GREY REEF SHARKS also join in. Really exciting!
Day 1
Lots of grey sharks on the front of a Felidhoo atoll channel from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
This is a very picturesque channel with grey sharks cruising the channel front and around the shallow reef structure with schools of neon fusiliers and mackerel scads meandering past. We finished with a drift over a sandy/corally landscape with Napoleons, eagle rays, white tips and lots of coral blocks full of reef fish. Lovely!
Dive 2
Dramatic ocean reef wall with steep and deep drop off and schools of black and white snappers on the channel corener, a few white tips riding the current and then a great drift past golden-orange soft coral covered coral blocks full of sweetlips and snappers and along a wall covered in pink and yellow soft coral. Just a superb drift!
Dive 3
Stunning ocean reef site with yellow soft coral hung overhangs and schools of big-eye jacks, red and black& white snapppers along the wall. The reef slope is heavily coralised and there are so many reef fish including a pair of yellow leaf fish plus a giant spearing mantis shrimp in a 25cm tall burrow! We drifted in past colourful bicolour parrotfish and past a giant barracuda.
Sundowners on top deck
Day 3
Dive 1
BIG BLUE ocean reef with large schools of big eye jacks and snappers hanging out over the drop-off and grey sharks and large dogtooth tunas crusing past. The overhangs were festooned with yellow soft corals and larger overhangs had many purple sea whips and various colourful sea fans where large black saddled and brownmarbled coral groupers lurked.
Dive 2
Another ocean reef this time with the overhangs festooned with BLUE SOFT CORALS and an amazing wall with excellent hard corals in the shallows full of reef fish and SO MANY ANTHIAS buzzing in the current. We saw a starry puffer, a large schools of sleek surgeonfish which kept scooting up and down the reef, humpback snappers, goldspot emperors, Lysmata shrimps, many giant morays and a very friendly sub-adult Napoleon wrasse who was quite inquisitive, the big adult male turned up later!
Dive 3
GREY SHARKS AND SO MANY WHITE TIP SHARKS on channel front. There was an enormous SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS plus FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS and some chevron barracudas as we crossed the channel. The wall was very busy and buzzing with anthias and rivers of fusliers as we drift in. We were also "MOBBED" by lots of giant red PYROSOMES (pelagic sea squirt colonies). We had seen them on many of the other ocean sites but this channel was FULL of them.
Day 4
Matt investigates a huge pyrosome in the maldives
Dive 1
This morning we had a spectacular pelagics show: GREY SHARK, WHITE TIPS, A COUPLE OF SILVER TIP SHARKS, a ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAY, SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS, A LARGE SCHOOL OF FORSTERS BARRACUDAS PLUS DENSE SCHOOLS OFNEON FUSILIERS ETC. We had a lovely drift up the channel wall with good corals and many reeef fish
Dive 2
MANTA RAYS in the channel plus two or three looking for the cleaning station and stopping briefly.We found large lionfish, honeycomb morays cute juvenile razor wrasse and lots of reef fish amongst the coral blocks and a lovely patch of spaghetti eels.
Dive 3
Ocean reef site near a channel where a MANTA RAY came flying past and closely checked out divers! Lots of shrimp cleaning stations (Bruuni and boxer shrimps) two juvenile imperial angelfish, a large spearing mantis shrimp and two peacock mantis together, napoleons etc.
Day 5
Large ribbon tailed ray partially concealed in sand MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Lovely manta show with 5 DIFFERENT MANTAS up and down the channel and to and fro between the cleaning stations. Also a ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY hiding in the sand, lots of large clearfin lionfish, razor wrasse, photogenic honeycomb morays etc.
Dive 2
A deep, glassfish covered wreck with lots of cargo still onboard. A few curious longfin batfish came to investigate. The main reef has excellent coral and sponge covering with micro-gobies of every species a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, many groupers and clouds of tiny blue chromis everywhere.
Dive 3
SHARKTASTIC CHANNEL! Stronger current and so many GREY SHARKS< WHITE TIPS AND A FEW SILVERTIPS AGAIN. PLUS barracudas, jacks, tunas giant trevallies and silver sweetlips, anthia etc. We found two morays sharing a hole- a giant and a honeycomb!
Day 6
Friendly manta ray looking for a cleaning station, MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner site with eagle rays and a large Napoleon over a sandy channel and lovely overhangs and terraces facing the ocean with schools of red and midnight snappers. On the reef we found several spiny lobsters a green leafish etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Nilandhoo
Dive 2
Ocean reef drift where we saw lots of interesting things: a large mappa puffer, a mangrove whipray, hawksbill turtles, two HALIMEDA GHOST PIPEFISH, smallscale scorpionfish, glassfish caves and many schools of snappers plus Napoleons
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari
Dive 3
Easy drift but quite a lot of surge. There was a cod clear layer of water below 25m and white tip sharks sleeping in the sand, pastel nepthia covered deep ledges, many orange and Evans' anthias over coral blocks with harlequin and oriental sweetlips
Day 7
So many grey sharks on channel fron MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef site with lots of white tip sharks sleeping in the cand plus a shortfin mobula ray at a cleaning station!. There were a couple of grey sharks at the current point an a pair of beautiful ORNATE GHOSTPIPEFISH in an overhang. Bird wrasses, thicklip wrasse, bicolour parrotfish an many other less common reef fish on the slope.
Snorkelling
WHALE SHARK! WOW a little male whale shark gave us the run around for nearly an hour as we snorkelled after it. He was very curious of all the dhonis and speedboats and kept swimming to the nearby boats and even following Niumath when Ibrahim tried to drive away (very carefully!). We were all exhaused when we got out!
Dive 2
Super MANTA SHOW with two friendly females determined to put on a show. Also white mouthed morays, yellow leaf fish, schools of bannerfish etc.
Dive 3
We visited a beautiful coral covered thila we had not visited for a few years and we pleasantly surprised to find it even more beautiful than we remembered. It is very colourful with interesting topography, many ridges and overhangs and evry surface covered in coral, sponges and ascidians. The top of the reef was buzzing orange with anthias,plus turtles, snappers, orangefin emperors and an unidentified Chromodorid!
Beautiful, peaceful anchorage with lovely sunset tonight!
Day 8
Whale shark! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Pink and orange soft coral overhangs with large schools of bluestripe snappers and yellow back fusiliers meandering past. We drifted over the plateau past Napoleons, a round ribbontail ray and large brown marbled groupers. A manta flew past!
Dive 2
MAGICAL MANTA SHOW with 14+ different manta rays visiting on an amazing balletic display at a big cleaning station and making very close passes of the divers.
Dive 3
Another amazing manta session and one manta FLEW OUT OF THE WATER AFTER A BURST OF SWIMMING! Also a porcupine ray, school of Forster's barracudas, orangespine surgeons and dense schools of snappers. Great site.
Day 9
Divers explore soft coral filled overhangs from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Drift a long a thila with overhangs covered in blue and pink soft corals plus coral blocks full of reef fish plus white tips and grey sharks, a school of medium sized chevron barracudas and a pir of glorious flatworms attempting to mate.
Dive 2
There was too strong for the nearby thila so we went to a house reef which had some good coral coverage with white tips and glassfish filled coral blocks but we were very disappointed to discover that recent development on the island at resulted in damge to the reef and dumping of refuse and coral rubble on large sections of reef.
Dive 3
Classic small sharky thila with lots of juvenile grey sharks buzzing around, white tip sharks sleeping in the sand, several lovel octopus, a pair of stonefish, a Berthella mertensi headshield slug, Amboin shrimps and some very funny turtles. Easy dive and great little site.
Night Dive
Night dive with 4 friendly manta rays at the back of Sea Spirit. We made a late dive as they were late turning up but it was SOOOO worthwhile.
Day 10
Chevron barracudas MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Thila site where grey sharks were cruising the edge of the reef and dogtooth tunas went hunting causing the scools of fusiliers to explode. There were schools of Forster's barracudas, many baby white tips, a BEAUTIFUL FRIENDLY LITTLE EAGLE RAY, octopus etc.
Dive 2
GREAT SITE AND A GREAT DIVE! WE SAW EVERYTHING!!! A squadron of 20+ EAGLE RAYS, GREY SHARKS some with entourages of rainbow runners or big-eye jacks, longnose emperors, large blue Napoleons, squat shrimps, a sand area full of spotted garden eels, mappa puffers and even a manta ray fly-by!
Dive 3
Revisit to site and this time a reverse of current direction and the stars of the show were the huge school of big-eye jack whirling around on the top of the reef and swirling deep and then shallow again. There was a school of large chevron barracudas and a school of eagle rays agin plus all the grey sharks etc. We finished on the shalllow reef where there was a big black-tip shark chasing around on the reef top.
Day 11
Squadron of eagle rays MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Same site but different again! Hunting parties of longnose emperors and Napoleons intermingled with the big eye jacks whilst grey sharks patrolled up and down watching the proceedings. We saw a round ribbontail ray, several large spearing mantis shrimps, a pair of elegant squat lobsters in a purple featherstar a white leaf fish and watched a scorpionfish being chased by a group of angry-looking reef fish. There was just so much goin on and this was a wonderful way to finish.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to Male' atoll stopping for lunch moored nearby Ihuru Island where a guest moved on. Afternoon trip to Male' for sightseeing, ice-cream and shopping
Day 12
Diver with stingray MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests departed to airport for international flights back to Europe
Day 13
Friends? Giant and honeycomb morays share a hole. Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and hotels for transfer to Sea Spirit. It was a beautiful morning and we enjoyed a sunny cruise to South Male' atoll for the check dive
Dive 1
Check dive at easy wreck and reef site. The wreck has interesting black coral trees and soft corals on the hull and many nooks and crannies concealing Durban, Lysmata, Bruuni and banded boxer shimps plus lionfish. Off the wreck were schools of silverside attracting bluefin jacks and tunas. We found peacock mantis shrimps, scorpionfish and our pet freaky Maldives anemonefish with an odd stripe. We saw another giant pelagic sea squirt being attacked by dozens of surgeonfish.
Day 1
View from Sea Spirit on a beautiful day in the Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef site in front of two channels but sheltered today as an out current in the channels. There were large schools of mackerel scads and neon fusiliers off the reef plus schooling bannerfish, goldspot emperors and surgeonfish closer to the coral blocks. We found three white leaf fish plus a baby green one, a friendly hawksbill turtle chomping on a sponge, honeycomb morays, white tips sharks etc.
Ocean Crossing
During the crossing to Felidhoo atoll we met a large pod of SPINNER DOLPHINS which surrounded Sea Spirit and dolphined at the bow, amongst them were several huge PILOT WHALES which were quite curious of us and dolphined alongside too for a short while. AMAZING!
Dive 2
SHARKORAMA! Lots of lovely GREY SHARKS crusing the channel front PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS< TUNAS AND GIANT TREVALLIES. There was a squadron of eagle rays in the middle of the channel. We then had a great drift over the sand dunes and the sand fall to the pretty patch reef at the back.
Dive 3
BACK TO SHARKY CHANNEL and this time the current was smaller so we were able to cross passing by SO MANY GREY SHARKS of all sizes PLUS 12+1 EAGLE RAYS circling on the south corner. WHAT A FANTASTIC SHOW
Night Dive
A NURSE SHARK AND RAY PARTY with lots of big NURSE SHARKS plus PINK WHIP RAYS AND ROUNT RIBBONTAIL RAYS cruising around and giant trevallies making raids. Later on we had BLACK TIP AND GREY REEF SHARKS also join in. Really exciting!
Day 1
Lots of grey sharks on the front of a Felidhoo atoll channel from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
This is a very picturesque channel with grey sharks cruising the channel front and around the shallow reef structure with schools of neon fusiliers and mackerel scads meandering past. We finished with a drift over a sandy/corally landscape with Napoleons, eagle rays, white tips and lots of coral blocks full of reef fish. Lovely!
Dive 2
Dramatic ocean reef wall with steep and deep drop off and schools of black and white snappers on the channel corener, a few white tips riding the current and then a great drift past golden-orange soft coral covered coral blocks full of sweetlips and snappers and along a wall covered in pink and yellow soft coral. Just a superb drift!
Dive 3
Stunning ocean reef site with yellow soft coral hung overhangs and schools of big-eye jacks, red and black& white snapppers along the wall. The reef slope is heavily coralised and there are so many reef fish including a pair of yellow leaf fish plus a giant spearing mantis shrimp in a 25cm tall burrow! We drifted in past colourful bicolour parrotfish and past a giant barracuda.
Sundowners on top deck
Day 3
Dive 1
BIG BLUE ocean reef with large schools of big eye jacks and snappers hanging out over the drop-off and grey sharks and large dogtooth tunas crusing past. The overhangs were festooned with yellow soft corals and larger overhangs had many purple sea whips and various colourful sea fans where large black saddled and brownmarbled coral groupers lurked.
Dive 2
Another ocean reef this time with the overhangs festooned with BLUE SOFT CORALS and an amazing wall with excellent hard corals in the shallows full of reef fish and SO MANY ANTHIAS buzzing in the current. We saw a starry puffer, a large schools of sleek surgeonfish which kept scooting up and down the reef, humpback snappers, goldspot emperors, Lysmata shrimps, many giant morays and a very friendly sub-adult Napoleon wrasse who was quite inquisitive, the big adult male turned up later!
Dive 3
GREY SHARKS AND SO MANY WHITE TIP SHARKS on channel front. There was an enormous SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS plus FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS and some chevron barracudas as we crossed the channel. The wall was very busy and buzzing with anthias and rivers of fusliers as we drift in. We were also "MOBBED" by lots of giant red PYROSOMES (pelagic sea squirt colonies). We had seen them on many of the other ocean sites but this channel was FULL of them.
Day 4
Matt investigates a huge pyrosome in the maldives
Dive 1
This morning we had a spectacular pelagics show: GREY SHARK, WHITE TIPS, A COUPLE OF SILVER TIP SHARKS, a ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAY, SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS, A LARGE SCHOOL OF FORSTERS BARRACUDAS PLUS DENSE SCHOOLS OFNEON FUSILIERS ETC. We had a lovely drift up the channel wall with good corals and many reeef fish
Dive 2
MANTA RAYS in the channel plus two or three looking for the cleaning station and stopping briefly.We found large lionfish, honeycomb morays cute juvenile razor wrasse and lots of reef fish amongst the coral blocks and a lovely patch of spaghetti eels.
Dive 3
Ocean reef site near a channel where a MANTA RAY came flying past and closely checked out divers! Lots of shrimp cleaning stations (Bruuni and boxer shrimps) two juvenile imperial angelfish, a large spearing mantis shrimp and two peacock mantis together, napoleons etc.
Day 5
Large ribbon tailed ray partially concealed in sand MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Lovely manta show with 5 DIFFERENT MANTAS up and down the channel and to and fro between the cleaning stations. Also a ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY hiding in the sand, lots of large clearfin lionfish, razor wrasse, photogenic honeycomb morays etc.
Dive 2
A deep, glassfish covered wreck with lots of cargo still onboard. A few curious longfin batfish came to investigate. The main reef has excellent coral and sponge covering with micro-gobies of every species a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, many groupers and clouds of tiny blue chromis everywhere.
Dive 3
SHARKTASTIC CHANNEL! Stronger current and so many GREY SHARKS< WHITE TIPS AND A FEW SILVERTIPS AGAIN. PLUS barracudas, jacks, tunas giant trevallies and silver sweetlips, anthia etc. We found two morays sharing a hole- a giant and a honeycomb!
Day 6
Friendly manta ray looking for a cleaning station, MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner site with eagle rays and a large Napoleon over a sandy channel and lovely overhangs and terraces facing the ocean with schools of red and midnight snappers. On the reef we found several spiny lobsters a green leafish etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Nilandhoo
Dive 2
Ocean reef drift where we saw lots of interesting things: a large mappa puffer, a mangrove whipray, hawksbill turtles, two HALIMEDA GHOST PIPEFISH, smallscale scorpionfish, glassfish caves and many schools of snappers plus Napoleons
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari
Dive 3
Easy drift but quite a lot of surge. There was a cod clear layer of water below 25m and white tip sharks sleeping in the sand, pastel nepthia covered deep ledges, many orange and Evans' anthias over coral blocks with harlequin and oriental sweetlips
Day 7
So many grey sharks on channel fron MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef site with lots of white tip sharks sleeping in the cand plus a shortfin mobula ray at a cleaning station!. There were a couple of grey sharks at the current point an a pair of beautiful ORNATE GHOSTPIPEFISH in an overhang. Bird wrasses, thicklip wrasse, bicolour parrotfish an many other less common reef fish on the slope.
Snorkelling
WHALE SHARK! WOW a little male whale shark gave us the run around for nearly an hour as we snorkelled after it. He was very curious of all the dhonis and speedboats and kept swimming to the nearby boats and even following Niumath when Ibrahim tried to drive away (very carefully!). We were all exhaused when we got out!
Dive 2
Super MANTA SHOW with two friendly females determined to put on a show. Also white mouthed morays, yellow leaf fish, schools of bannerfish etc.
Dive 3
We visited a beautiful coral covered thila we had not visited for a few years and we pleasantly surprised to find it even more beautiful than we remembered. It is very colourful with interesting topography, many ridges and overhangs and evry surface covered in coral, sponges and ascidians. The top of the reef was buzzing orange with anthias,plus turtles, snappers, orangefin emperors and an unidentified Chromodorid!
Beautiful, peaceful anchorage with lovely sunset tonight!
Day 8
Whale shark! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Pink and orange soft coral overhangs with large schools of bluestripe snappers and yellow back fusiliers meandering past. We drifted over the plateau past Napoleons, a round ribbontail ray and large brown marbled groupers. A manta flew past!
Dive 2
MAGICAL MANTA SHOW with 14+ different manta rays visiting on an amazing balletic display at a big cleaning station and making very close passes of the divers.
Dive 3
Another amazing manta session and one manta FLEW OUT OF THE WATER AFTER A BURST OF SWIMMING! Also a porcupine ray, school of Forster's barracudas, orangespine surgeons and dense schools of snappers. Great site.
Day 9
Divers explore soft coral filled overhangs from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Drift a long a thila with overhangs covered in blue and pink soft corals plus coral blocks full of reef fish plus white tips and grey sharks, a school of medium sized chevron barracudas and a pir of glorious flatworms attempting to mate.
Dive 2
There was too strong for the nearby thila so we went to a house reef which had some good coral coverage with white tips and glassfish filled coral blocks but we were very disappointed to discover that recent development on the island at resulted in damge to the reef and dumping of refuse and coral rubble on large sections of reef.
Dive 3
Classic small sharky thila with lots of juvenile grey sharks buzzing around, white tip sharks sleeping in the sand, several lovel octopus, a pair of stonefish, a Berthella mertensi headshield slug, Amboin shrimps and some very funny turtles. Easy dive and great little site.
Night Dive
Night dive with 4 friendly manta rays at the back of Sea Spirit. We made a late dive as they were late turning up but it was SOOOO worthwhile.
Day 10
Chevron barracudas MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Thila site where grey sharks were cruising the edge of the reef and dogtooth tunas went hunting causing the scools of fusiliers to explode. There were schools of Forster's barracudas, many baby white tips, a BEAUTIFUL FRIENDLY LITTLE EAGLE RAY, octopus etc.
Dive 2
GREAT SITE AND A GREAT DIVE! WE SAW EVERYTHING!!! A squadron of 20+ EAGLE RAYS, GREY SHARKS some with entourages of rainbow runners or big-eye jacks, longnose emperors, large blue Napoleons, squat shrimps, a sand area full of spotted garden eels, mappa puffers and even a manta ray fly-by!
Dive 3
Revisit to site and this time a reverse of current direction and the stars of the show were the huge school of big-eye jack whirling around on the top of the reef and swirling deep and then shallow again. There was a school of large chevron barracudas and a school of eagle rays agin plus all the grey sharks etc. We finished on the shalllow reef where there was a big black-tip shark chasing around on the reef top.
Day 11
Squadron of eagle rays MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Same site but different again! Hunting parties of longnose emperors and Napoleons intermingled with the big eye jacks whilst grey sharks patrolled up and down watching the proceedings. We saw a round ribbontail ray, several large spearing mantis shrimps, a pair of elegant squat lobsters in a purple featherstar a white leaf fish and watched a scorpionfish being chased by a group of angry-looking reef fish. There was just so much goin on and this was a wonderful way to finish.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to Male' atoll stopping for lunch moored nearby Ihuru Island where a guest moved on. Afternoon trip to Male' for sightseeing, ice-cream and shopping
Day 12
Diver with stingray MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests departed to airport for international flights back to Europe
Day 13
Friends? Giant and honeycomb morays share a hole. Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Sea Spirit SS428
2 Mar 2014 to 14 Mar 2014
Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests all arrived from early EK flight so we headed west, making an ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll to get a good head start
Dive 1
Check dive on ocean wall with steep sides. A few grey reef sharks and white tip sharks cruised the wall plus a round ribbon tail ray and several large rainbow runners. Along the reef slope were large coral blocks with lunar-tailed rock cods, white spotted groupers etc. On the corner were blocks with a lovely school of oriental sweetlips and lots of fusiliers. A lovely start.
Day 1
Beautiful reefs of the Maldives
Dive 1
Classic ocean-channel front site with GREY REEF SHARKS, AN ENORMOUS SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS, EAGLE RAYS, spearing mantis shrimps, a pair of elegant squat lobsters, big Napoleons and a field of mixed spaghetti eels and spotted garden eels plus a beautiful coral reef!
Dive 2
Same site, but always different! The stars this time were the school of big eye jacks which circled around on the top of the reef, plus four EAGLE RAYS. The grey sharks nad white tips still cruised around. The schools of large chevron barracudas came in close but there was still all the little stuff including a cute juvenile razor wrasse, a white leaf fish etc.
Dive 3
A small current at this thila site so the fish were not very focused but it gave us the opportunity to explore the sides and check out the schools of blue-stripe snappers and godspot emperors and find lots of sleeping white tips. When the current picked up a couple of friendly grey sharks cruised the reef edge. We found a free-swimming ZEBRA MORAY, a fat jumping bearded scorpionfish etc.
Night Dive
An amazing time with five super-friendly manta rays busy feeding at the back of Sea Spirit!
Day 2
Schooling big-eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Strong current so we had to hook in hard to watch the current point show of 3-4 grey reef sharks plus lots of fusiliers and blue stripe snappers. A huge school of 100+ longfin batfish swam past and then hid out at the back of the reef near the overhangs where a further three grey reef shark were sheltering! The current dropped off for a few minutes so we went in search of turtles but then it started up again! Wow!
Dive 2
Pink and orange soft coral hung overhangs and terraces plus large deep blocks rising to 20m from a 30-35m bottom covered in soft coral with schools of bannerfish and sweetlips meandering around. Some of the larger overhangs had huge seafans and many sea whips. We saw grey reef and white tip sharks, silver, harlequin and oriental sweetlips and lots of different snappers and groupers. This is a stunning site!
Dive 3
For some contrast we visited a small corally thila with a very interesting shape and excellent coral, sponges, anemones, black corals etc. all decorated with ascidians and featherstars and every type of anthias bouncing around in the shallows. In particular were the pretty red/yellow flame anthias and threadfins
Day 3
Turtle with Matt, MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Strong current and a fast drift through pink and orange soft coral caves with schools of blue-stripe snappers and bannerfish. We had a fast drift over the plateau where there were several large black-saddled coral groupers or brown-marbled groupers dashing off to hide in improbably small holes. At ocean drop off were cleaning stations being visited by rainbow runners, jacks etc. and twe also saw two manta rays.
Dive 2
Easy manta cleaning station site where we just had to wait to be entertained by the 6+ manta rays which came along to visit the cleaner fish. There are lovely schools of blue-stripe snappers and yellow-fin goatfish plus humpback snappers and a few eagle rays but the mantas were the stars here!
Dive 3
So good we did it again and this time a big female manta ray spent the whole dive on the top of the reef meandering between two cleaning stations and closely checking out the divers. SHE WAS LOVELY! Other mantas came and went. The little eagle ray was swimming around in the shallows looking for attention, she is very cute.
Day 4
Super manta site with MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
EXTRAORDINARY MANTA RAY SHOW with 6 mantas which swam up and down the reef showing off during the whole 90 minute dive and dive-bombing us and occasionally breaking off to do some proper cleaning. They looked like they were too busy socialising with eachother and checking out the divers and enjoying bubble baths to be very bothered about anything else. We also found a jumpy yellow leaf fish, turtles, grey sharks, white tips, Napoleons etc. Superb dive!
Snorkelling
We spent the morning whale shark hunting but had a rather frustrating time of it since scuba divers kept frightening the whale sharks away. Eventually we gave up and went for a dive.
Dive 2
Easy ocean reef drift and found lots of white tip sharks plus a round ribbon tail ray sleeping on the sandy bottom, a tawny nurse shark in a coral block (but how did it get into the block?) and FOUR YELLOW ORNATE GHOST PIPE-FISH all together having a private party.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Nilandhoo atoll
Dive 3
Sheltered giri site with a nice coral crown of table corals and blue and white-tipped staghorns interspersed with lots of varied corals, halimeda and many magnifica anemones. There were chromis and damsels of all kinds bouncing around in the coral plus orange-spotted sand gobies, glassfish covered blocks patrolled by red groupers and spotted rock cods etc.
Day 5
Manta show! Lots of flybys, from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
New Site! Ocean reef to channel corner with lots of fusiliers along the steep outer reef and then dogtooth tunas, elongate surgeonfish, red and midnight snappers etc plus two eagle rays in the channel and a rather boingy drift as the current was quite strong inside sending us up and down in the eddys.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru
Dive 2
Beautiful today, with purple-blue water and lots of sunshine. There were 8+2 EAGLE RAYS over the sand and lovely schools of sweetlips and snappers over the coral blocks. The reef suddenly drops away to a dramatic wall where black and white snappers, barred and big eye jacks circled. Large overhangs oceanside were full of seafan gorgonia. Anemones, spiny lobsters, morays etc. in the shallows.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Mulaku
Dive 3
SHARKY CHANNEL AND A SUPER SHOW OF SILVERTIPS, GREY REEF AND WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS DANCING AROUND ON THE CHANNEL FRONT. Also Forster's barracudas, a huge school of big eye jacks and a friendly Napoleon. We had a brisk drift into the channel and found 1000's bristletooth tangs spawning in the shallows!
Day 6
Big schools of fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
THE CHANNEL FRONT WAS GOD'S AQUARIUM TODAY WITH ENOURMOUS SCHOOLS OF FORSTER'S AND CHEVRON BARRACUDAS PLUS BIG EYE JACKS, SILVER, PAINTED AND HARLEQUIN SWEETLIPS AND RIVERS OF JACKS MILLING AROUND PHOTOGENICALLY. WOW!
Dive 2
We were treated to a SHORT MANTA SHOW at the start of the dive as one of the big female mantas swept in and swam around and we had a couple of swim-bys by other mantas too. A PORCUPINE RAY slept through the show.There were lots of juvenile razor wrasses in the sand plus garden eels, and yellow margin triggerfish looking feisty
Dive 3
New Site! We decided to try the western reef which has superb corals on the reef edge and down past 15m with lots of cleaning station coral bocks full of orange and Evan's anthias. We found lots of banded boxer shrimps plus some Bruuni shrimp giving a giant moray a clean. So many different types of chromis and damsels were buzzing around the shallows.
Day 7
School of Forster's barracudas. MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Blue water and an in-current so we jumped ocean side and drifted into the channel. We found honeycomb morays and giant morays sharing holes, two spiky octopus giving us the run-around, a round ribbon tail ray sleeping under a coral block, there were many pink-bar gobies in the sand with their pink striped pistol shrimp housekeepers. No mantas today :-(
Dive 2
Small glassfish covered wreck at depth with colourful rock cods, moorish idols and a few curious longfin batfish. The main reef has many interesting overhangs and swim throughs framed with white acabaria coral and so much blue finger sponge plus excellent hard corals. We found another friendly octopus.
Dive 3
Another fairly strong in-current at this sharky channel site and another great show of grey sharks, white tip reef sharks and silvertip sharks. There were a few eagle rays about and three sailfish sailed overhead. It was an easier drift although there were quite a few whilpools around!
Day 8
Divers on the Rayvilla wreck, MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Final dive at the sharky channel and this time a much smaller in-current su we mainly dived on the western side of the channel and explored the channel drop off where there were many black and white snappers and the school of big-eye jacks milled in and out looking for action. The grey sharks swam up and down and behind the divers, maybe curious today. The coral blocks were buzing with reef fish: big eye emperors, indian bannerfish, reef bannerfish, collared butterflyfish etc. This really is an amazing site.
Dive 2
Pretty and colourful reef with purple gorgonia, orange, blue and green sponges, many purple magnifica anemones and just so many reef fish! There were slender groupers, bannerfish, snappers, a really fat mappa puffer and surgeonfish.
Dive 3
Exciting ocean reef site where were drifted through beautiful yellow soft coral caves and had a large grey shark soaring above us then THREE EAGLE RAYS passed by a pink whip ray swam past and there were just SO MANY snappers and jacks, barracudas etc. The reef slope is just so full of fish. Fishtastic!
Evening Activity
Ashore to sandbank for sundowners and to enjoy the beautiful beach
Day 9
Friendly grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A small current this time at this stunning ocean reef but the yellow soft coral still looked fabulous and there were GREY SHARKS, an enormous school of jacks, huge giant trevallies and several golden jacks, tunas turning stripy as they made raids on the neon fusiliers and at the end of the dive a small whale shark swam over the reef !!!!
Dive 2
Lovely orange and pink soft corals on blocks at the front of the channel full of harlequin, silver and oriental sweetlips, bannerfish and groupers including a huge brown marbled grouper in the channel. The channel wall is covered in soft coral and is spectacular.
Dive 3
SHARKY CHANNEL WITH 20-30 DIFFERENT WHITE TIP AND GREY SHARKS IN ALL SIZES ALONG THE CHANNEL FRONT. The ranged in size from tiny newborn to big, fat pregnant momma. After the shark show we had a lovely drift over sand dunes into the channel and into a mass of bannerfish hiding from the current!
Night Dive
Wild night dive with lots of LARGE NURSE SHARKS parading up and down the reef plus giant trevalies, pink whiprays, round ribbontail rays black tip sharks and even a squadron of eagle rays. What a dive!
Day 10
Dive 1
ANOTHER FABULOUS SHOW OF GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS so we just hooked in and watched! There were also neon fusiliers being chased by giant trevallies and tunas and another lovely drift.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male. It was a big rough rolly sea.
Dive 2
Macro land: 4 blue RIBBON EELS, one black one and one interim black/blue. Lysmata shrimps and Brunni shrimps cleaning morals or rock cods, leaf fish x2, honeycomb morays, a manta and a marauding school of convict tangs being chased by blue tangs.
Dive 3
A pretty reef with a deep block covered in black coral trees with longnose hawkfish and psmanthe shrimps. A SAILFISH swam overhead. On the mainreef we found longfin batfish being cleaned, a devil scorpionfish, leaf fish, Orzaks flatworm, Maldives sponge snails, anemone fish etc. A great little site.
Day 11
Funny turtle MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A moderate current at this large thila within a channel so we watched the schools of fish at the current point where giant trevallies sent the fusiliers scattering straight at us. Bang! We drifted along the soft coral filled overhangs past schools of sweetlips, butterflyfish, blennies etc and just buzzing with orange anthias. A beautiful Maldivian reef to end on.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back toward Male anchorage. Afternoon excursion to Male for a little shopping and ice-cream parlour visit.
Evening Activity
Evening TRIP MOVIE WORLD PREMIERE!
Day 2
Guest Transfer
All divers transferred back to airport for international flights.
Day 13
Divers from Sea Spirit maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Guests all arrived from early EK flight so we headed west, making an ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll to get a good head start
Dive 1
Check dive on ocean wall with steep sides. A few grey reef sharks and white tip sharks cruised the wall plus a round ribbon tail ray and several large rainbow runners. Along the reef slope were large coral blocks with lunar-tailed rock cods, white spotted groupers etc. On the corner were blocks with a lovely school of oriental sweetlips and lots of fusiliers. A lovely start.
Day 1
Beautiful reefs of the Maldives
Dive 1
Classic ocean-channel front site with GREY REEF SHARKS, AN ENORMOUS SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS, EAGLE RAYS, spearing mantis shrimps, a pair of elegant squat lobsters, big Napoleons and a field of mixed spaghetti eels and spotted garden eels plus a beautiful coral reef!
Dive 2
Same site, but always different! The stars this time were the school of big eye jacks which circled around on the top of the reef, plus four EAGLE RAYS. The grey sharks nad white tips still cruised around. The schools of large chevron barracudas came in close but there was still all the little stuff including a cute juvenile razor wrasse, a white leaf fish etc.
Dive 3
A small current at this thila site so the fish were not very focused but it gave us the opportunity to explore the sides and check out the schools of blue-stripe snappers and godspot emperors and find lots of sleeping white tips. When the current picked up a couple of friendly grey sharks cruised the reef edge. We found a free-swimming ZEBRA MORAY, a fat jumping bearded scorpionfish etc.
Night Dive
An amazing time with five super-friendly manta rays busy feeding at the back of Sea Spirit!
Day 2
Schooling big-eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Strong current so we had to hook in hard to watch the current point show of 3-4 grey reef sharks plus lots of fusiliers and blue stripe snappers. A huge school of 100+ longfin batfish swam past and then hid out at the back of the reef near the overhangs where a further three grey reef shark were sheltering! The current dropped off for a few minutes so we went in search of turtles but then it started up again! Wow!
Dive 2
Pink and orange soft coral hung overhangs and terraces plus large deep blocks rising to 20m from a 30-35m bottom covered in soft coral with schools of bannerfish and sweetlips meandering around. Some of the larger overhangs had huge seafans and many sea whips. We saw grey reef and white tip sharks, silver, harlequin and oriental sweetlips and lots of different snappers and groupers. This is a stunning site!
Dive 3
For some contrast we visited a small corally thila with a very interesting shape and excellent coral, sponges, anemones, black corals etc. all decorated with ascidians and featherstars and every type of anthias bouncing around in the shallows. In particular were the pretty red/yellow flame anthias and threadfins
Day 3
Turtle with Matt, MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Strong current and a fast drift through pink and orange soft coral caves with schools of blue-stripe snappers and bannerfish. We had a fast drift over the plateau where there were several large black-saddled coral groupers or brown-marbled groupers dashing off to hide in improbably small holes. At ocean drop off were cleaning stations being visited by rainbow runners, jacks etc. and twe also saw two manta rays.
Dive 2
Easy manta cleaning station site where we just had to wait to be entertained by the 6+ manta rays which came along to visit the cleaner fish. There are lovely schools of blue-stripe snappers and yellow-fin goatfish plus humpback snappers and a few eagle rays but the mantas were the stars here!
Dive 3
So good we did it again and this time a big female manta ray spent the whole dive on the top of the reef meandering between two cleaning stations and closely checking out the divers. SHE WAS LOVELY! Other mantas came and went. The little eagle ray was swimming around in the shallows looking for attention, she is very cute.
Day 4
Super manta site with MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
EXTRAORDINARY MANTA RAY SHOW with 6 mantas which swam up and down the reef showing off during the whole 90 minute dive and dive-bombing us and occasionally breaking off to do some proper cleaning. They looked like they were too busy socialising with eachother and checking out the divers and enjoying bubble baths to be very bothered about anything else. We also found a jumpy yellow leaf fish, turtles, grey sharks, white tips, Napoleons etc. Superb dive!
Snorkelling
We spent the morning whale shark hunting but had a rather frustrating time of it since scuba divers kept frightening the whale sharks away. Eventually we gave up and went for a dive.
Dive 2
Easy ocean reef drift and found lots of white tip sharks plus a round ribbon tail ray sleeping on the sandy bottom, a tawny nurse shark in a coral block (but how did it get into the block?) and FOUR YELLOW ORNATE GHOST PIPE-FISH all together having a private party.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Nilandhoo atoll
Dive 3
Sheltered giri site with a nice coral crown of table corals and blue and white-tipped staghorns interspersed with lots of varied corals, halimeda and many magnifica anemones. There were chromis and damsels of all kinds bouncing around in the coral plus orange-spotted sand gobies, glassfish covered blocks patrolled by red groupers and spotted rock cods etc.
Day 5
Manta show! Lots of flybys, from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
New Site! Ocean reef to channel corner with lots of fusiliers along the steep outer reef and then dogtooth tunas, elongate surgeonfish, red and midnight snappers etc plus two eagle rays in the channel and a rather boingy drift as the current was quite strong inside sending us up and down in the eddys.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru
Dive 2
Beautiful today, with purple-blue water and lots of sunshine. There were 8+2 EAGLE RAYS over the sand and lovely schools of sweetlips and snappers over the coral blocks. The reef suddenly drops away to a dramatic wall where black and white snappers, barred and big eye jacks circled. Large overhangs oceanside were full of seafan gorgonia. Anemones, spiny lobsters, morays etc. in the shallows.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Mulaku
Dive 3
SHARKY CHANNEL AND A SUPER SHOW OF SILVERTIPS, GREY REEF AND WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS DANCING AROUND ON THE CHANNEL FRONT. Also Forster's barracudas, a huge school of big eye jacks and a friendly Napoleon. We had a brisk drift into the channel and found 1000's bristletooth tangs spawning in the shallows!
Day 6
Big schools of fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
THE CHANNEL FRONT WAS GOD'S AQUARIUM TODAY WITH ENOURMOUS SCHOOLS OF FORSTER'S AND CHEVRON BARRACUDAS PLUS BIG EYE JACKS, SILVER, PAINTED AND HARLEQUIN SWEETLIPS AND RIVERS OF JACKS MILLING AROUND PHOTOGENICALLY. WOW!
Dive 2
We were treated to a SHORT MANTA SHOW at the start of the dive as one of the big female mantas swept in and swam around and we had a couple of swim-bys by other mantas too. A PORCUPINE RAY slept through the show.There were lots of juvenile razor wrasses in the sand plus garden eels, and yellow margin triggerfish looking feisty
Dive 3
New Site! We decided to try the western reef which has superb corals on the reef edge and down past 15m with lots of cleaning station coral bocks full of orange and Evan's anthias. We found lots of banded boxer shrimps plus some Bruuni shrimp giving a giant moray a clean. So many different types of chromis and damsels were buzzing around the shallows.
Day 7
School of Forster's barracudas. MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Blue water and an in-current so we jumped ocean side and drifted into the channel. We found honeycomb morays and giant morays sharing holes, two spiky octopus giving us the run-around, a round ribbon tail ray sleeping under a coral block, there were many pink-bar gobies in the sand with their pink striped pistol shrimp housekeepers. No mantas today :-(
Dive 2
Small glassfish covered wreck at depth with colourful rock cods, moorish idols and a few curious longfin batfish. The main reef has many interesting overhangs and swim throughs framed with white acabaria coral and so much blue finger sponge plus excellent hard corals. We found another friendly octopus.
Dive 3
Another fairly strong in-current at this sharky channel site and another great show of grey sharks, white tip reef sharks and silvertip sharks. There were a few eagle rays about and three sailfish sailed overhead. It was an easier drift although there were quite a few whilpools around!
Day 8
Divers on the Rayvilla wreck, MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Final dive at the sharky channel and this time a much smaller in-current su we mainly dived on the western side of the channel and explored the channel drop off where there were many black and white snappers and the school of big-eye jacks milled in and out looking for action. The grey sharks swam up and down and behind the divers, maybe curious today. The coral blocks were buzing with reef fish: big eye emperors, indian bannerfish, reef bannerfish, collared butterflyfish etc. This really is an amazing site.
Dive 2
Pretty and colourful reef with purple gorgonia, orange, blue and green sponges, many purple magnifica anemones and just so many reef fish! There were slender groupers, bannerfish, snappers, a really fat mappa puffer and surgeonfish.
Dive 3
Exciting ocean reef site where were drifted through beautiful yellow soft coral caves and had a large grey shark soaring above us then THREE EAGLE RAYS passed by a pink whip ray swam past and there were just SO MANY snappers and jacks, barracudas etc. The reef slope is just so full of fish. Fishtastic!
Evening Activity
Ashore to sandbank for sundowners and to enjoy the beautiful beach
Day 9
Friendly grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A small current this time at this stunning ocean reef but the yellow soft coral still looked fabulous and there were GREY SHARKS, an enormous school of jacks, huge giant trevallies and several golden jacks, tunas turning stripy as they made raids on the neon fusiliers and at the end of the dive a small whale shark swam over the reef !!!!
Dive 2
Lovely orange and pink soft corals on blocks at the front of the channel full of harlequin, silver and oriental sweetlips, bannerfish and groupers including a huge brown marbled grouper in the channel. The channel wall is covered in soft coral and is spectacular.
Dive 3
SHARKY CHANNEL WITH 20-30 DIFFERENT WHITE TIP AND GREY SHARKS IN ALL SIZES ALONG THE CHANNEL FRONT. The ranged in size from tiny newborn to big, fat pregnant momma. After the shark show we had a lovely drift over sand dunes into the channel and into a mass of bannerfish hiding from the current!
Night Dive
Wild night dive with lots of LARGE NURSE SHARKS parading up and down the reef plus giant trevalies, pink whiprays, round ribbontail rays black tip sharks and even a squadron of eagle rays. What a dive!
Day 10
Dive 1
ANOTHER FABULOUS SHOW OF GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS so we just hooked in and watched! There were also neon fusiliers being chased by giant trevallies and tunas and another lovely drift.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male. It was a big rough rolly sea.
Dive 2
Macro land: 4 blue RIBBON EELS, one black one and one interim black/blue. Lysmata shrimps and Brunni shrimps cleaning morals or rock cods, leaf fish x2, honeycomb morays, a manta and a marauding school of convict tangs being chased by blue tangs.
Dive 3
A pretty reef with a deep block covered in black coral trees with longnose hawkfish and psmanthe shrimps. A SAILFISH swam overhead. On the mainreef we found longfin batfish being cleaned, a devil scorpionfish, leaf fish, Orzaks flatworm, Maldives sponge snails, anemone fish etc. A great little site.
Day 11
Funny turtle MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A moderate current at this large thila within a channel so we watched the schools of fish at the current point where giant trevallies sent the fusiliers scattering straight at us. Bang! We drifted along the soft coral filled overhangs past schools of sweetlips, butterflyfish, blennies etc and just buzzing with orange anthias. A beautiful Maldivian reef to end on.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back toward Male anchorage. Afternoon excursion to Male for a little shopping and ice-cream parlour visit.
Evening Activity
Evening TRIP MOVIE WORLD PREMIERE!
Day 2
Guest Transfer
All divers transferred back to airport for international flights.
Day 13
Divers from Sea Spirit maldives
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