Trip Reports - Maldives Liveaboards

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Sea Spirit SS447 12 Oct 2014 to 24 Oct 2014 Equatorial Far South - Huvadhoo/Foammulah/Gan Addu (12 day)
Guest Transfer
The divers arrived from domestic flights from Male' to Gan and were transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive on north-facing ocean reef. There were several longfin batfish following the divers around plus milkfish and goldfinger darts in the shallows. The upper reef slope has patches of superb hard corals full of Evan's anthias and several angelfish species including bluefaced and Empress
Day 1
View across Sea Spirit to Maldives island
Dive 1
Changed site as the sea was rough at the NW corner of the atoll. This site has a long, deep cave and we drifted along the wall covered in small purple seafans and large dark red gorgonia seafans. We met an opposing current so turned around and came back along the lovely shallow reef. We saw a couple of green turtles.
Dive 2
Brisk current at this oceaan reef and channel site. We dropped in on the ocean front and quickly drifted into the channel, past grey sharks and white tip sharks. There was one MANTA RAY at the cleaning station and she swam through most of the divers' bubbles but then swam away.
Dive 3
Easy dive with nice reef fish including big eye emperors, brownmarbled and black saddle groupers, a school of rudderfish, oriental sweetlips, soldierfish, giant morays etc. A large Napoleon wrasse paraded by a few times and a few white tip sharks either slept in the sand or swam past looking for some action.
Day 2
Mrs Tuftee the friendly manta briefly said hello. MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Stern tour of Bristish Loyalty WW2 wreck. We descended towards the bomb hole and expored the dame through to the hull then visited the large engine hold where were saw blacktailed snappers. We carried on toward the prop. and then came back along the deck through the covered area which has excellent black coral and sinoise coral growth. There were many longfin batfish (both adults and juveniles) plus Ptereolidia nudibranchs, reef pipefish etc.
Dive 2
The current was running hard through the channel so we jumped well outside, over deep blue water and then rapidly drifted to the channel front where there were several grey sharks plus a white tip, a school of midnight snappers and barred jacks. No mantas this time (the current was very strong) but we found a grey shark hanging out at the cleaning station! The ascent was rather exciting with strong whirlpools
Dive 3
Ocean reef into a channel drift dive which will be remembered for running the gauntlet of yellow margin triggerfish inside the channel. They were extremely feisty and eyeing up the divers ready to attack! The current was running hard on the ocean side too, so we flew along the lovely hard coral-covered reef past fields of cabbage corals and staghorns, then many porites coral inside the channel with large seafans and patched of nepthia soft coral. There were several large groupers, harlequin sweetlips, snappers and small Napoleon wrasses. The coral blocks shallow in the channel shimmerred with Cooper's anthias
Evening presentation on Manta Ecology and Behaviour
Day 3
Big eye emperor with a eautiful eye from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean corner and reef with a rather surgy drift until we were on the outer reef plateau which is a great hard coral garden with many groupers, Napoleons, a large mappa puffer, bristletooth tangs and for some divers, a fly-by by 2 mantas
Dive 2
Another strong current and still no mantas! We were whizzed through the front of the channel, and the grey sharks were high up in the water column. The current was very boingy and we decided this was something of a bungee dive! We saw a grey shark and a blacktip shark whilst we were hooked in
As we drove through the northern sheltered part of the atoll we saw a pod of spinner dolpins apparently practising their jumps and spins. They kept leaping out of the water without swimming anywhere in particular. Very entertaining!
Dive 3
THIS SITE WAS WONDERFUL THIS AFTERNOON WITH A DRAMATIC WALL COVERED IN GORGONIAS AND PURPLE SEAFANS, MANY GREEN TURTLES (SOME WHICH WERE NOT SO SHY OF DIVERS EITHER!) PLUS TWO SLEEPING NURSE SHARKS IN THE BACK OF THE CAVE, A BEARDED SCORPIONFISH, A PHYLLIDIOPSIS SHIRINAE GREEN NUDIBRANCH, A FEW HAWKSBILL TURTLES AND THE REALLY BEAUTIFUL SHALLOW REEF FULL OF ANTHIAS AND DANSELS OF ALL TYPES
Day 4
Exploring the deep caves in the north of Addu atoll Maldives
Dive 1
Bow tour of British Loyalty wreck via the spare propeller on the sea bed and the collapsed tower and the accomodation areas to the winch and solidified anchor chains. We came back along the starboard rail and found "Burberry" patterned reef pipefish, Amboin shimp next to a carpet anemone, a Bruuni shrimp cleaning s rock cod, a devil scorpionfish, a huge mappa puffer etc.
Dive 2
Gentler current so we were able to enjoy the outside reef and watch a few white tip and grey sharks cruising around on the front of the channel plus all the black and white snappers. We drifted in over the coral covered ridge and there were plenty of reef fish plus schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers. The titan triggerfish were also getting feisty!
Dive 3
Ocean reef with interesting topography. We drifted over a ridge of hard corals interespersed with many leather corals and seafans. We saw a large school of big eye jacks plus a sleeping MANGROVE WHIPRAY amongst the coral blocks and patch reef of the coral garden. In the shallows were acres of hard coral especially Echinopora pacificus, looking like extra- large pale pink cabbage roses. We saw a milk fish, many chromis and blue-pectoral finned humbug damsels amongst the acroporas
Day 5
Schools of snappers are common in the Maldives. Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
There was an out current in the channel so we rode the drift to the coral blocks on the front of the channel where the current dropped off allowing us to explore the large porites formations which seemed to have many reef fish cleaning around. There were a couple of Giant barracudas plus a large school of big eye jacks tightly packed. Along the front were sleeping white tip sharks and brownmarbled groupers. The reef top here has superb hard corals and we saw a couple of Napoleon wrasses, powderblue tangs at cleaning stations, many chromis and Evans and Cooper's anthias.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the equator on the way
Dive 2
Lovely thila with large coral blocks on slope interspersed with large orange seafans which continued down the wall to 35m+.There were lots of nice "finds" including two yellow leaf fish, several elegant squat lobsters in the pale mauve and dark purple featherstars, spiny lobsters in a hole, longnose hawkfish posing in seafans, blue tangs being cleaned and pairs of longnose filefish drifting amongst the acroporas
Night Dive
Night dive at the pretty thila with lots of crustacea including freeswimming Bruuni shrimp and large red common crabs or hermit crabs. We also found a Lambis scorpion conch with it's eye peering out at us, small squid, Strombus snail, a yellow leaf fish, tapestry saron shimps and a curious white tip shark following some of the divers
A beautiful Maldives island provided the backdrop for a stunning sunset
Day 6
Huge school of big eye jacks engulfing divers on Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Back to the pretty thila and this time schools of elongate and sleek surgeonfish were hanging out in the water column and large schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers wafted past, occasionally being pursued by large dogtooth tunas. A little yellow leaf fish had joined one of the adults and there were millions of yellow-purple Evan's anthias pulsating in the Pavona coral area whilst a little grey reef shark cruised around
Dive 2
Out-current drift. It was very fuzzy in the channel but there were several white tip sharks resting on the bottom as we drifted past. On the corner were many anthias and schools of fusiliers but we had to work quite hard against an eddy until we picked up the small longshore. On the ridge were hundreds of pyramid butterflyfish plus groupers and other reef fish and a school of dogtooth tunas cruised past. The ocean reef here is lovely with lots of ledges and a steep dropoff. We saw several green turtles and a couple of Napoleon wrasses
Dive 3
Long channel drift through a valley of corals and large coral blocks along the reef slope. We passed a large FEATHERTAIL RAY and then we sighted several hawksbill and green turtles on the channel front. There was a cold, up-welling, layer on the channel front and the coral blocks were covered in different reefish including several soldierfish varieties and bulls eyes.The shallow reef slope was covered in small acroporas, many with spotted trapezia crabs nestling amongst the fingers of coral
Cocktails on top deck as we watched a beautiful yellow ,then gold, then pink, sunset.
Day 7
Large feathertail ray hiding in sand from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk out-current drift passing several green turtles including a GIANT MALE GREEN TURTLE who stared at us wondering what the fuss was about! A few white tip sharks buzzed around on the channel front and then we investigated the ledges on the front where we found a leaf fish, a (rare) white faced moray, Lysmata shrimps cleaning moray and anthias, and several more hawksbill and green turtles passed us by.
Dive 2
TWO ZEBRA SHARKS! ONE LYING INSIDE THE CHANEL AND THE SECOND ON THE CHANNEL FRONT. So cute! There were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current nearby cleaning stations on the channel front, a white tip shark slleping in a coral block, a pair of white leaf fishes, several green turtles, and the whole crest of the reef was smothered in pulsing anthias
Dive 3
Surprise in-current but rather bad visibility. A ZEBRA SHARK was resting on the corner and then there were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current oin the middle of the channel. We had a swim back to the reef slope and then a gentle drift in over huhe porites coral blocks full of reef fish and several large groupers, several turtles, orange soft corals a scholls of big dogtooth tunas and several large jobfish. The reef top is spectacular!
Day 8
Sleeping Zebra shark, such a pretty animal. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An out-current this time which reversed to an in-current half way through the dive! The reef slope is smothered in large orange seafans and orange schleronepthia plus pastel nepthia soft corals. We found a PAIR OF ZEBRA SHARKS sleeping together and they did not get disturbed! Beautiful! There were several large green turtles, schools of midnight and red snappers, bannerfish, a juvenile bi-colour parrotfish and the upper reef was covered in millions of different chromis, damsels and anthias
Dive 2
Pretty thila with many coral blocks full of glassfish and juvenile cardinals, plus black corals and many colour types of acabaria (yellow, white, orange, brown, pink etc.). There were many different coloured magnificent anemones. Large schools of rainbow runners swept past and the NW area of the reef was covered in blue stripe snappers. We found leaf fish, red groupers, Maldives blennoes and many sand perch. Great site.
Dive 3
Laid-back drift dive along long coral ridge extending from coral garden near a sandbank. There were many glassfish filled coral blocks and just so many fusiliers and surgeonfish. The coral garden had table corals with every type of damsels inclusing the super-cute black and white striped humbugs and blue-highlighted indian dascyllus, also several leaf fish, pink-bar gobies etc.
Beautiful remote reef where we watched a stunning pink and orange sunset
Day 9
White tip shark resting in sand from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Remote thila with deep sides and there were several grey sharks cruising the current point plus a spotted eagle ray and many rainbow runners dashing around. This is always a great macro site and we found Amboin shrimps next to a mustard-yellow adhesive anemone, a pink plus two white leaf fishes, a blue ribbon eel, several lysmata shrimp cleaning morals plus all the regular reef fish
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef with extensive thilas covered in hard corals and reef fish. We found a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK and schools of black and white snappers plus ~12 male white tip sharks chasing a female in courtship. We had a fast drift into the channel passing an EAGLE RAY and a very friendly hawksbill turtle. Fun to fly!
Dive 3
A drift over a reef slope past several large coral blocks and with an interesting topography. The eastern end of the reef was smothered in glassfish and juvenile cardinals with many small groupers in attendance. W found a juvenile oriental swetlips, yellow cube-like box fish, indian bannerfish etc. The north side has a huge coral garden with hard corals extending forever. Beautiful!
Evening Activity
Ashore to explore an uninhabited island with a lovely beach and lots of crabs!
Day 10
Diver with green turtle from Mv Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Fishorama thia! Just so many BIG EYE JACKS swirling around and around the reef, surely they get dizzy! Plus the reeftop was covered by hundreds (if not thousands!) of crescent tailed big eyes plus at the current point were fusiliers and mackerel scads and all the fish were terribly excited. The reef tiop is a magnificent coral garden A MONSTER GIANT BARRACUDA cruised over the top to check out what all the fuss was about.
Dive 2
Easy drift on inside of channels with so many GREEN TURTLES! Both sleepy ones and fireworks! There were also two white tip sharks hiding under big coral block . On the channel front was a large school of Forster's barracudas plus a couple of grey sharks and more white tips sleeping in sandy patches or buzzing along the front. There are large schools of bluestripe snappers, humpback snappers, raccoon and collared butterflyfish hovering over the extensive hard corals on the channel corner
Dive 3
The visibility was "atmospheric" on the channel front but there was plenty of ACTION. We saw A GIANT BARRCUDA (A MONSTER!) SEVERAL ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, A GROUP OF CHASE-COURTING WHITE TIP SHARKS, A LARGE SCHOOL OF AGITATED BIG-EYE JACKS, ENORMOUS TUNAS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS AND A LARGE MAPPA PUFFER. wE ENDED THE DIVE AMONGST THE SCHOOLS OF FISH ON THE CORNER PLUS THE USUAL NUMEROUS GREEN TURTLES.
Day 11
So many BIG EYE CRESCENT TAILS they fill the screen. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A STRONG out-current in the channel so we flew along, only just managing to stop to see a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK. There was a nurse shark in the big block but too strong current for most to stop and look. We passed several confused-looking green turtles too! There was a cold clear water counter current on the channel front and several white tip sharks and many midnight snappers. We slowly swam back to the south reef and all the lovely schools of fish and yet more turtles.
Dive 2
Changed site as the current was so strong! We whizzed along the reef admiring (and avoiding) the table corals as we flew past a beautiful coral garden. No stop until we reached the end of the reef and had some back eddys to slow us down. Nice hawksbill turtle, huge starry puffer and lovely blue-green chromis bouncing in the corals, fusiliers etc.
Afternoon visit to remote sandbank for swimming and snorkelling
Day 12
Blue-green chromis buzzing in the water colum from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Guest Transfer
All the divers transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for their domestic flights to Male' and onward international flights
Day 13
Sandbank island with many sooty terns and MC Sea Spirit in the background
 
Guest Transfer
The divers arrived from domestic flights from Male' to Gan and were transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive on north-facing ocean reef. There were several longfin batfish following the divers around plus milkfish and goldfinger darts in the shallows. The upper reef slope has patches of superb hard corals full of Evan's anthias and several angelfish species including bluefaced and Empress
Day 1
View across Sea Spirit to Maldives island
Dive 1
Changed site as the sea was rough at the NW corner of the atoll. This site has a long, deep cave and we drifted along the wall covered in small purple seafans and large dark red gorgonia seafans. We met an opposing current so turned around and came back along the lovely shallow reef. We saw a couple of green turtles.
Dive 2
Brisk current at this oceaan reef and channel site. We dropped in on the ocean front and quickly drifted into the channel, past grey sharks and white tip sharks. There was one MANTA RAY at the cleaning station and she swam through most of the divers' bubbles but then swam away.
Dive 3
Easy dive with nice reef fish including big eye emperors, brownmarbled and black saddle groupers, a school of rudderfish, oriental sweetlips, soldierfish, giant morays etc. A large Napoleon wrasse paraded by a few times and a few white tip sharks either slept in the sand or swam past looking for some action.
Day 2
Mrs Tuftee the friendly manta briefly said hello. MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Stern tour of Bristish Loyalty WW2 wreck. We descended towards the bomb hole and expored the dame through to the hull then visited the large engine hold where were saw blacktailed snappers. We carried on toward the prop. and then came back along the deck through the covered area which has excellent black coral and sinoise coral growth. There were many longfin batfish (both adults and juveniles) plus Ptereolidia nudibranchs, reef pipefish etc.
Dive 2
The current was running hard through the channel so we jumped well outside, over deep blue water and then rapidly drifted to the channel front where there were several grey sharks plus a white tip, a school of midnight snappers and barred jacks. No mantas this time (the current was very strong) but we found a grey shark hanging out at the cleaning station! The ascent was rather exciting with strong whirlpools
Dive 3
Ocean reef into a channel drift dive which will be remembered for running the gauntlet of yellow margin triggerfish inside the channel. They were extremely feisty and eyeing up the divers ready to attack! The current was running hard on the ocean side too, so we flew along the lovely hard coral-covered reef past fields of cabbage corals and staghorns, then many porites coral inside the channel with large seafans and patched of nepthia soft coral. There were several large groupers, harlequin sweetlips, snappers and small Napoleon wrasses. The coral blocks shallow in the channel shimmerred with Cooper's anthias
Evening presentation on Manta Ecology and Behaviour
Day 3
Big eye emperor with a eautiful eye from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean corner and reef with a rather surgy drift until we were on the outer reef plateau which is a great hard coral garden with many groupers, Napoleons, a large mappa puffer, bristletooth tangs and for some divers, a fly-by by 2 mantas
Dive 2
Another strong current and still no mantas! We were whizzed through the front of the channel, and the grey sharks were high up in the water column. The current was very boingy and we decided this was something of a bungee dive! We saw a grey shark and a blacktip shark whilst we were hooked in
As we drove through the northern sheltered part of the atoll we saw a pod of spinner dolpins apparently practising their jumps and spins. They kept leaping out of the water without swimming anywhere in particular. Very entertaining!
Dive 3
THIS SITE WAS WONDERFUL THIS AFTERNOON WITH A DRAMATIC WALL COVERED IN GORGONIAS AND PURPLE SEAFANS, MANY GREEN TURTLES (SOME WHICH WERE NOT SO SHY OF DIVERS EITHER!) PLUS TWO SLEEPING NURSE SHARKS IN THE BACK OF THE CAVE, A BEARDED SCORPIONFISH, A PHYLLIDIOPSIS SHIRINAE GREEN NUDIBRANCH, A FEW HAWKSBILL TURTLES AND THE REALLY BEAUTIFUL SHALLOW REEF FULL OF ANTHIAS AND DANSELS OF ALL TYPES
Day 4
Exploring the deep caves in the north of Addu atoll Maldives
Dive 1
Bow tour of British Loyalty wreck via the spare propeller on the sea bed and the collapsed tower and the accomodation areas to the winch and solidified anchor chains. We came back along the starboard rail and found "Burberry" patterned reef pipefish, Amboin shimp next to a carpet anemone, a Bruuni shrimp cleaning s rock cod, a devil scorpionfish, a huge mappa puffer etc.
Dive 2
Gentler current so we were able to enjoy the outside reef and watch a few white tip and grey sharks cruising around on the front of the channel plus all the black and white snappers. We drifted in over the coral covered ridge and there were plenty of reef fish plus schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers. The titan triggerfish were also getting feisty!
Dive 3
Ocean reef with interesting topography. We drifted over a ridge of hard corals interespersed with many leather corals and seafans. We saw a large school of big eye jacks plus a sleeping MANGROVE WHIPRAY amongst the coral blocks and patch reef of the coral garden. In the shallows were acres of hard coral especially Echinopora pacificus, looking like extra- large pale pink cabbage roses. We saw a milk fish, many chromis and blue-pectoral finned humbug damsels amongst the acroporas
Day 5
Schools of snappers are common in the Maldives. Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
There was an out current in the channel so we rode the drift to the coral blocks on the front of the channel where the current dropped off allowing us to explore the large porites formations which seemed to have many reef fish cleaning around. There were a couple of Giant barracudas plus a large school of big eye jacks tightly packed. Along the front were sleeping white tip sharks and brownmarbled groupers. The reef top here has superb hard corals and we saw a couple of Napoleon wrasses, powderblue tangs at cleaning stations, many chromis and Evans and Cooper's anthias.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the equator on the way
Dive 2
Lovely thila with large coral blocks on slope interspersed with large orange seafans which continued down the wall to 35m+.There were lots of nice "finds" including two yellow leaf fish, several elegant squat lobsters in the pale mauve and dark purple featherstars, spiny lobsters in a hole, longnose hawkfish posing in seafans, blue tangs being cleaned and pairs of longnose filefish drifting amongst the acroporas
Night Dive
Night dive at the pretty thila with lots of crustacea including freeswimming Bruuni shrimp and large red common crabs or hermit crabs. We also found a Lambis scorpion conch with it's eye peering out at us, small squid, Strombus snail, a yellow leaf fish, tapestry saron shimps and a curious white tip shark following some of the divers
A beautiful Maldives island provided the backdrop for a stunning sunset
Day 6
Huge school of big eye jacks engulfing divers on Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Back to the pretty thila and this time schools of elongate and sleek surgeonfish were hanging out in the water column and large schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers wafted past, occasionally being pursued by large dogtooth tunas. A little yellow leaf fish had joined one of the adults and there were millions of yellow-purple Evan's anthias pulsating in the Pavona coral area whilst a little grey reef shark cruised around
Dive 2
Out-current drift. It was very fuzzy in the channel but there were several white tip sharks resting on the bottom as we drifted past. On the corner were many anthias and schools of fusiliers but we had to work quite hard against an eddy until we picked up the small longshore. On the ridge were hundreds of pyramid butterflyfish plus groupers and other reef fish and a school of dogtooth tunas cruised past. The ocean reef here is lovely with lots of ledges and a steep dropoff. We saw several green turtles and a couple of Napoleon wrasses
Dive 3
Long channel drift through a valley of corals and large coral blocks along the reef slope. We passed a large FEATHERTAIL RAY and then we sighted several hawksbill and green turtles on the channel front. There was a cold, up-welling, layer on the channel front and the coral blocks were covered in different reefish including several soldierfish varieties and bulls eyes.The shallow reef slope was covered in small acroporas, many with spotted trapezia crabs nestling amongst the fingers of coral
Cocktails on top deck as we watched a beautiful yellow ,then gold, then pink, sunset.
Day 7
Large feathertail ray hiding in sand from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk out-current drift passing several green turtles including a GIANT MALE GREEN TURTLE who stared at us wondering what the fuss was about! A few white tip sharks buzzed around on the channel front and then we investigated the ledges on the front where we found a leaf fish, a (rare) white faced moray, Lysmata shrimps cleaning moray and anthias, and several more hawksbill and green turtles passed us by.
Dive 2
TWO ZEBRA SHARKS! ONE LYING INSIDE THE CHANEL AND THE SECOND ON THE CHANNEL FRONT. So cute! There were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current nearby cleaning stations on the channel front, a white tip shark slleping in a coral block, a pair of white leaf fishes, several green turtles, and the whole crest of the reef was smothered in pulsing anthias
Dive 3
Surprise in-current but rather bad visibility. A ZEBRA SHARK was resting on the corner and then there were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current oin the middle of the channel. We had a swim back to the reef slope and then a gentle drift in over huhe porites coral blocks full of reef fish and several large groupers, several turtles, orange soft corals a scholls of big dogtooth tunas and several large jobfish. The reef top is spectacular!
Day 8
Sleeping Zebra shark, such a pretty animal. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An out-current this time which reversed to an in-current half way through the dive! The reef slope is smothered in large orange seafans and orange schleronepthia plus pastel nepthia soft corals. We found a PAIR OF ZEBRA SHARKS sleeping together and they did not get disturbed! Beautiful! There were several large green turtles, schools of midnight and red snappers, bannerfish, a juvenile bi-colour parrotfish and the upper reef was covered in millions of different chromis, damsels and anthias
Dive 2
Pretty thila with many coral blocks full of glassfish and juvenile cardinals, plus black corals and many colour types of acabaria (yellow, white, orange, brown, pink etc.). There were many different coloured magnificent anemones. Large schools of rainbow runners swept past and the NW area of the reef was covered in blue stripe snappers. We found leaf fish, red groupers, Maldives blennoes and many sand perch. Great site.
Dive 3
Laid-back drift dive along long coral ridge extending from coral garden near a sandbank. There were many glassfish filled coral blocks and just so many fusiliers and surgeonfish. The coral garden had table corals with every type of damsels inclusing the super-cute black and white striped humbugs and blue-highlighted indian dascyllus, also several leaf fish, pink-bar gobies etc.
Beautiful remote reef where we watched a stunning pink and orange sunset
Day 9
White tip shark resting in sand from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Remote thila with deep sides and there were several grey sharks cruising the current point plus a spotted eagle ray and many rainbow runners dashing around. This is always a great macro site and we found Amboin shrimps next to a mustard-yellow adhesive anemone, a pink plus two white leaf fishes, a blue ribbon eel, several lysmata shrimp cleaning morals plus all the regular reef fish
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef with extensive thilas covered in hard corals and reef fish. We found a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK and schools of black and white snappers plus ~12 male white tip sharks chasing a female in courtship. We had a fast drift into the channel passing an EAGLE RAY and a very friendly hawksbill turtle. Fun to fly!
Dive 3
A drift over a reef slope past several large coral blocks and with an interesting topography. The eastern end of the reef was smothered in glassfish and juvenile cardinals with many small groupers in attendance. W found a juvenile oriental swetlips, yellow cube-like box fish, indian bannerfish etc. The north side has a huge coral garden with hard corals extending forever. Beautiful!
Evening Activity
Ashore to explore an uninhabited island with a lovely beach and lots of crabs!
Day 10
Diver with green turtle from Mv Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Fishorama thia! Just so many BIG EYE JACKS swirling around and around the reef, surely they get dizzy! Plus the reeftop was covered by hundreds (if not thousands!) of crescent tailed big eyes plus at the current point were fusiliers and mackerel scads and all the fish were terribly excited. The reef tiop is a magnificent coral garden A MONSTER GIANT BARRACUDA cruised over the top to check out what all the fuss was about.
Dive 2
Easy drift on inside of channels with so many GREEN TURTLES! Both sleepy ones and fireworks! There were also two white tip sharks hiding under big coral block . On the channel front was a large school of Forster's barracudas plus a couple of grey sharks and more white tips sleeping in sandy patches or buzzing along the front. There are large schools of bluestripe snappers, humpback snappers, raccoon and collared butterflyfish hovering over the extensive hard corals on the channel corner
Dive 3
The visibility was "atmospheric" on the channel front but there was plenty of ACTION. We saw A GIANT BARRCUDA (A MONSTER!) SEVERAL ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, A GROUP OF CHASE-COURTING WHITE TIP SHARKS, A LARGE SCHOOL OF AGITATED BIG-EYE JACKS, ENORMOUS TUNAS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS AND A LARGE MAPPA PUFFER. wE ENDED THE DIVE AMONGST THE SCHOOLS OF FISH ON THE CORNER PLUS THE USUAL NUMEROUS GREEN TURTLES.
Day 11
So many BIG EYE CRESCENT TAILS they fill the screen. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A STRONG out-current in the channel so we flew along, only just managing to stop to see a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK. There was a nurse shark in the big block but too strong current for most to stop and look. We passed several confused-looking green turtles too! There was a cold clear water counter current on the channel front and several white tip sharks and many midnight snappers. We slowly swam back to the south reef and all the lovely schools of fish and yet more turtles.
Dive 2
Changed site as the current was so strong! We whizzed along the reef admiring (and avoiding) the table corals as we flew past a beautiful coral garden. No stop until we reached the end of the reef and had some back eddys to slow us down. Nice hawksbill turtle, huge starry puffer and lovely blue-green chromis bouncing in the corals, fusiliers etc.
Afternoon visit to remote sandbank for swimming and snorkelling
Day 12
Blue-green chromis buzzing in the water colum from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Guest Transfer
All the divers transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for their domestic flights to Male' and onward international flights
Day 13
Sandbank island with many sooty terns and MC Sea Spirit in the background
SQ469 5 Oct 2014 to 12 Oct 2014 Central Atolls (7 days)
Dive 1
Easy first dive, with a freeway of fusiliers, 6 green turtles, Many Honeycomb morays, Pallid Glossodoris, 2 Eagle rays came very close. White tip sharks and a Tuna.
Day 1
Green Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Spent the whole dive watching 3 Mantas come into clean, the one male stayed for the whole time making some close passes over the guest heads.
Snorkelling
Had a great snorkel with 6 Mantas feeding (Like mini Hani Faru) ,
Dive 2
An Action packed dive with both grey sharks and white tip sharks, Napoleons, 5 Green Turtles - two doing a sort of mating run around! Large Male Hawksbill Batfish, large coral blocks covered in Sweetlips and Redtail butterfly fish.
Dive 3
Lovely critter dive with 6 Ribbon Eels, 5 Leaf fish, Spearing Mantis, Honeycomb being cleaned, Napoleons, many different types of Morays and layer after layer of Bassletts on the reef top.
Day 2
Luna - Dhoni in the Maldives off MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
Swift drift along a stunning wall of Yellow and Golden Coral followed by a gentle drift along the outside over the most amazing hard coral all covered in layers of small reef fish.
Dive 2
The corner was full of Blueeye jacks and Midnight snappers, White tip sharks, Napoleon, Turtle. The soft coral along the ledges was puffed out to there full glory. 5 Leaf fish, finished the dive drifting along the reef top enjoying the hard coral.
Dive 3
Channel crossing with many Grey sharks both Adult and Juvenile, Whitetip sharks, A large shoal of Bigeye Jacks, Forsters Barracuda, Long snout snappers and a Napoleon hunting together. Huge shoals of Sweetlips and Redtail Butterfly fish, the blocks on the corner were covered in Bassletts, along with a large female grey shark.
Day 3
Reef Fish in the Maldives off MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
WOW!! This was some current, we flew along the reef with no chance to stop, straight through a huge shoal of Bigeye jacks and Midnight snappers. White tip sharks buzzing around, small turtle. We had a freeway of fusiliers for the whole dive.
Dive 2
Well, the Full Moon is doing some weird things to the currents. We crossed the channel fine with both Feathertail rays and a huge whiptail ray, couple of white tip sharks then we got hit hard by strong current pushing us in all directions. How do the eagle rays just seem to be able to hoover over or heads without moving while we have to hold on??
Dive 3
Young dew fish, White tip sharks, leaf fish, shoaling bigeye jacks but for me the best parts as always, are the overhangs full of the most AMAZING Yellow and Golden soft coral. All along the reef was just a layer of orange from zillions of basslets.
Day 4
Overhang in the Maldives on Mv Sea Queen
Dive 1
Spent a little while swimming through the overhangs then a drift along the front of the Thila, 100's and 100's of Bigeye jacks, Midnight snappers, Large female grey shark , Whitetip sharks, HUGE Porcupine Stingray, Leaf Fish , Porcelain Crab, Anemone fish family protecting their eggs.
Dive 2
Quite alot of both Grey Sharks and Whitetip Sharks, 2 Manta Rays and 2 Eagle rays. 100's of big eye Jacks, Leaf fish, Napoleon, wave after wave of Convict Tangs, very pretty Kunes Chromodoris.
Dive 3
Dinner plate size Feathertail Ray, Whitetip Sharks, Leaf fish, Huge shoal of Redsnappers, many Morays, Big eye jacks charging at the Fusiliers, Tuna buzzing around and a Manta right at the end of the dive. She did two fly-by's.
Night Dive
As always, the Nurse Sharks were out in there numbers along with quite a few Blacktip Sharks, both Feathertail and Marble sting rays, Blue fin and Giant Trevallies charging at the silversides.
Day 5
Scuba diver in the Maldives off MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
Another strong current drift dive but this time we did manage to stop to watch the Grey Sharks swimming along the bottom without any effort. Eagle Ray sat over our heads for a good 5 minutes, more Eagle Rays along the reef, 2 Hawksbills, Leaf fish, Porcelain Crabs, Large shoal of Bannerfish.
Dive 2
These currents are not letting up, It was a case of go with it and not much chance on stopping. The whole dive we had a freeway of Fusiliers, Tuna, even the turtles were having problems swimming into the current which was funny to watch. 3 leaf fish, Honeycombs, Large shoal of yellowspot snappers and Bannerfish.
Dive 3
Fab dive!! Lots of whitetip sharks and grey sharks along the sand plateau, Eagle rays, Mobula, so many Turtles, Porcelain Crabs, many Honeycomb morays, Tuna and Big Eye Jacks charging at the smaller reef fish sending everything crazy.
Day 6
Manta in the Maldives, MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
Very relaxing dive starting on the wreck which was covered in a layer of silversides and lion fish everywhere. The Giri is a very interesting wall where we found 4 different Flat worms, Chromodoris plenty of Anemone fish, very small Hawksbill, large shoal of Surgeon fish.
Guest Transfer
Transferred four guests to the airport ready for there international flight home.
Day 7
Maldives, MV Sea Queen
Guest Transfer
Transferred the remaining guests to the Airport for transfer to Bandos Resort.
Day 8
 
Dive 1
Easy first dive, with a freeway of fusiliers, 6 green turtles, Many Honeycomb morays, Pallid Glossodoris, 2 Eagle rays came very close. White tip sharks and a Tuna.
Day 1
Green Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Spent the whole dive watching 3 Mantas come into clean, the one male stayed for the whole time making some close passes over the guest heads.
Snorkelling
Had a great snorkel with 6 Mantas feeding (Like mini Hani Faru) ,
Dive 2
An Action packed dive with both grey sharks and white tip sharks, Napoleons, 5 Green Turtles - two doing a sort of mating run around! Large Male Hawksbill Batfish, large coral blocks covered in Sweetlips and Redtail butterfly fish.
Dive 3
Lovely critter dive with 6 Ribbon Eels, 5 Leaf fish, Spearing Mantis, Honeycomb being cleaned, Napoleons, many different types of Morays and layer after layer of Bassletts on the reef top.
Day 2
Luna - Dhoni in the Maldives off MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
Swift drift along a stunning wall of Yellow and Golden Coral followed by a gentle drift along the outside over the most amazing hard coral all covered in layers of small reef fish.
Dive 2
The corner was full of Blueeye jacks and Midnight snappers, White tip sharks, Napoleon, Turtle. The soft coral along the ledges was puffed out to there full glory. 5 Leaf fish, finished the dive drifting along the reef top enjoying the hard coral.
Dive 3
Channel crossing with many Grey sharks both Adult and Juvenile, Whitetip sharks, A large shoal of Bigeye Jacks, Forsters Barracuda, Long snout snappers and a Napoleon hunting together. Huge shoals of Sweetlips and Redtail Butterfly fish, the blocks on the corner were covered in Bassletts, along with a large female grey shark.
Day 3
Reef Fish in the Maldives off MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
WOW!! This was some current, we flew along the reef with no chance to stop, straight through a huge shoal of Bigeye jacks and Midnight snappers. White tip sharks buzzing around, small turtle. We had a freeway of fusiliers for the whole dive.
Dive 2
Well, the Full Moon is doing some weird things to the currents. We crossed the channel fine with both Feathertail rays and a huge whiptail ray, couple of white tip sharks then we got hit hard by strong current pushing us in all directions. How do the eagle rays just seem to be able to hoover over or heads without moving while we have to hold on??
Dive 3
Young dew fish, White tip sharks, leaf fish, shoaling bigeye jacks but for me the best parts as always, are the overhangs full of the most AMAZING Yellow and Golden soft coral. All along the reef was just a layer of orange from zillions of basslets.
Day 4
Overhang in the Maldives on Mv Sea Queen
Dive 1
Spent a little while swimming through the overhangs then a drift along the front of the Thila, 100's and 100's of Bigeye jacks, Midnight snappers, Large female grey shark , Whitetip sharks, HUGE Porcupine Stingray, Leaf Fish , Porcelain Crab, Anemone fish family protecting their eggs.
Dive 2
Quite alot of both Grey Sharks and Whitetip Sharks, 2 Manta Rays and 2 Eagle rays. 100's of big eye Jacks, Leaf fish, Napoleon, wave after wave of Convict Tangs, very pretty Kunes Chromodoris.
Dive 3
Dinner plate size Feathertail Ray, Whitetip Sharks, Leaf fish, Huge shoal of Redsnappers, many Morays, Big eye jacks charging at the Fusiliers, Tuna buzzing around and a Manta right at the end of the dive. She did two fly-by's.
Night Dive
As always, the Nurse Sharks were out in there numbers along with quite a few Blacktip Sharks, both Feathertail and Marble sting rays, Blue fin and Giant Trevallies charging at the silversides.
Day 5
Scuba diver in the Maldives off MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
Another strong current drift dive but this time we did manage to stop to watch the Grey Sharks swimming along the bottom without any effort. Eagle Ray sat over our heads for a good 5 minutes, more Eagle Rays along the reef, 2 Hawksbills, Leaf fish, Porcelain Crabs, Large shoal of Bannerfish.
Dive 2
These currents are not letting up, It was a case of go with it and not much chance on stopping. The whole dive we had a freeway of Fusiliers, Tuna, even the turtles were having problems swimming into the current which was funny to watch. 3 leaf fish, Honeycombs, Large shoal of yellowspot snappers and Bannerfish.
Dive 3
Fab dive!! Lots of whitetip sharks and grey sharks along the sand plateau, Eagle rays, Mobula, so many Turtles, Porcelain Crabs, many Honeycomb morays, Tuna and Big Eye Jacks charging at the smaller reef fish sending everything crazy.
Day 6
Manta in the Maldives, MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
Very relaxing dive starting on the wreck which was covered in a layer of silversides and lion fish everywhere. The Giri is a very interesting wall where we found 4 different Flat worms, Chromodoris plenty of Anemone fish, very small Hawksbill, large shoal of Surgeon fish.
Guest Transfer
Transferred four guests to the airport ready for there international flight home.
Day 7
Maldives, MV Sea Queen
Guest Transfer
Transferred the remaining guests to the Airport for transfer to Bandos Resort.
Day 8
SQ468B 28 Sep 2014 to 5 Oct 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Dive 1
FAB first dive of the trip with 2 very friendly Eagle Rays, 3 Grey Sharks, Barracuda, Bat fish, 100's of Big Eye Jacks. 2 Leaf Fish, White Tip Sharks, Midnight Snappers.
Day 1
Dive 1
The 2 Eagle Rays were still hanging around along with the Grey Sharks, Napoleon and Blue Fin hunting together, Leaf Fish, Crazy Batfish. The whole site was buzzing with life!
Dive 2
Dropped down to watch the juvenile Grey Sharks before heading to the shallow pinnacle to watch the Adult Grey Sharks swimming around. Huge Shoal of Bannerfish, Very friendly Turtle, Octopus, Stone fish and a small Sting Ray.
Dive 3
Huge shoal of Big eye Jacks and Bluestripe snappers, Octopus, a Tuna charging the Fusiliers, 3 Grey Sharks coming really close, a couple of small White Tip Sharks, lovely anemones on the reef top. Lots of reef fish being cleaned, it felt like we where in a Fish Spa!!!
Night Dive
Lovely night spent watching 2 Mantas feeding at the back of MV Sea Queen. Yes one of them was Lisa and the other female was a new one to the lagoon.
Day 2
Dive 1
I'm loving this site at the moment!! The whole site is covered in Juvenile Bluestriped snappers,100'S of bannerfish, Big Eye Jacks charging about, Barracuda, 2 huge sting rays, very small eagle ray. 3 Grey sharks really close and 2 VERY friendly turtles.
Dive 2
Strong current so it was a case of get down, hang on and watch the action. We were surrounded by fusiliers and snappers for the whole dive. Loved it!!!!!!
Dive 3
Pleasant change while the bad weather front came in, Nurse Shark, Tamdja sp, Stone Fish, Batfish, Harlequin File Fish, Glass Fish, the stern of the wreck was covered in Juvenile Fusiliers.
Day 3
Dive 1
Strong current so we needed to get down quick, Huge shoal of Big Eye Jacks, White Tip Sharks, freeway of fusiliers, turtle. The pinnacles were covered in a blanket of pink and peach soft coral.
Dive 2
WOW, really strong current so we had no chance to stop and look around until we were right inside the channel, 4 turtles, White tip Sharks, Harlequin File Fish and so many Juvenile reef fish.
Night Dive
WOW. Crazy one tonight, I think all the Nurse Sharks decided to surround us along with both Jenkins Rays and Marble rays, Giant Trevallies were going crazy bumping into us, 1 Black Tip Shark kept swimming behind us, Huge Hermit crab (which has to be the largest I've seen), joined the show along with a Flounder which was strange to see amongst all the action.
Day 4
Dive 1
Many Grey Sharks in the middle of the channel, white tip sharks and eagle ray on the front. 3 Honeycomb morays, Turtle, Huge Napoleon, Huge Shoal of Humphead snappers and Yellow Spot snappers. The reef top is lovely and it was nice enjoying a quick snorkel with 3 Mantas and 1 eagle ray after the dive.
Dive 2
LOVELY CRITTER DIVE, 4 leaf fish, 7 Ribbon Eels, Spearing Mantis, Lion fish, Octopus, many different types of Morays, Napoleon, Nurse Shark and Sting ray.
Dive 3
White Tip Sharks, Turtle, 2 White leaf fish, Honey Comb Moray, Large shoal of Bannerfish and Yellow spot snappers, Giant Trevallie's buzzing around sending the fusiliers crazy.
Day 5
Dive 1
Spent the whole dive watching 3 Female Mantas and 1 Smaller Male clean, along with a Hawksbill Turtle.
Dive 2
FAB DIVE with FISH SOUP at Jack Corner! 4 Eagle rays, White Tip Sharks, Huge Napoleon, Grey Sharks, Green Turtle, Huge Tuna, Large shoal of Big Eye Jacks, Coral blocks covered in Redtail butterfly fish and Sweetlips.
Day 6
Dive 1
Lovely last dive of the trip. Plenty of White Tip Sharks, many Honeycomb Morays, Turtles, Bluefins, Porcelain crabs, Shoaling Bluestripe snappers, Tuna buzzing about and Punctate Chelidonura.
Evening Activity
Watched the trip Dvd.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
We dropped all the guests back to the airport for their international flights.
Day 8
 
Dive 1
FAB first dive of the trip with 2 very friendly Eagle Rays, 3 Grey Sharks, Barracuda, Bat fish, 100's of Big Eye Jacks. 2 Leaf Fish, White Tip Sharks, Midnight Snappers.
Day 1
Dive 1
The 2 Eagle Rays were still hanging around along with the Grey Sharks, Napoleon and Blue Fin hunting together, Leaf Fish, Crazy Batfish. The whole site was buzzing with life!
Dive 2
Dropped down to watch the juvenile Grey Sharks before heading to the shallow pinnacle to watch the Adult Grey Sharks swimming around. Huge Shoal of Bannerfish, Very friendly Turtle, Octopus, Stone fish and a small Sting Ray.
Dive 3
Huge shoal of Big eye Jacks and Bluestripe snappers, Octopus, a Tuna charging the Fusiliers, 3 Grey Sharks coming really close, a couple of small White Tip Sharks, lovely anemones on the reef top. Lots of reef fish being cleaned, it felt like we where in a Fish Spa!!!
Night Dive
Lovely night spent watching 2 Mantas feeding at the back of MV Sea Queen. Yes one of them was Lisa and the other female was a new one to the lagoon.
Day 2
Dive 1
I'm loving this site at the moment!! The whole site is covered in Juvenile Bluestriped snappers,100'S of bannerfish, Big Eye Jacks charging about, Barracuda, 2 huge sting rays, very small eagle ray. 3 Grey sharks really close and 2 VERY friendly turtles.
Dive 2
Strong current so it was a case of get down, hang on and watch the action. We were surrounded by fusiliers and snappers for the whole dive. Loved it!!!!!!
Dive 3
Pleasant change while the bad weather front came in, Nurse Shark, Tamdja sp, Stone Fish, Batfish, Harlequin File Fish, Glass Fish, the stern of the wreck was covered in Juvenile Fusiliers.
Day 3
Dive 1
Strong current so we needed to get down quick, Huge shoal of Big Eye Jacks, White Tip Sharks, freeway of fusiliers, turtle. The pinnacles were covered in a blanket of pink and peach soft coral.
Dive 2
WOW, really strong current so we had no chance to stop and look around until we were right inside the channel, 4 turtles, White tip Sharks, Harlequin File Fish and so many Juvenile reef fish.
Night Dive
WOW. Crazy one tonight, I think all the Nurse Sharks decided to surround us along with both Jenkins Rays and Marble rays, Giant Trevallies were going crazy bumping into us, 1 Black Tip Shark kept swimming behind us, Huge Hermit crab (which has to be the largest I've seen), joined the show along with a Flounder which was strange to see amongst all the action.
Day 4
Dive 1
Many Grey Sharks in the middle of the channel, white tip sharks and eagle ray on the front. 3 Honeycomb morays, Turtle, Huge Napoleon, Huge Shoal of Humphead snappers and Yellow Spot snappers. The reef top is lovely and it was nice enjoying a quick snorkel with 3 Mantas and 1 eagle ray after the dive.
Dive 2
LOVELY CRITTER DIVE, 4 leaf fish, 7 Ribbon Eels, Spearing Mantis, Lion fish, Octopus, many different types of Morays, Napoleon, Nurse Shark and Sting ray.
Dive 3
White Tip Sharks, Turtle, 2 White leaf fish, Honey Comb Moray, Large shoal of Bannerfish and Yellow spot snappers, Giant Trevallie's buzzing around sending the fusiliers crazy.
Day 5
Dive 1
Spent the whole dive watching 3 Female Mantas and 1 Smaller Male clean, along with a Hawksbill Turtle.
Dive 2
FAB DIVE with FISH SOUP at Jack Corner! 4 Eagle rays, White Tip Sharks, Huge Napoleon, Grey Sharks, Green Turtle, Huge Tuna, Large shoal of Big Eye Jacks, Coral blocks covered in Redtail butterfly fish and Sweetlips.
Day 6
Dive 1
Lovely last dive of the trip. Plenty of White Tip Sharks, many Honeycomb Morays, Turtles, Bluefins, Porcelain crabs, Shoaling Bluestripe snappers, Tuna buzzing about and Punctate Chelidonura.
Evening Activity
Watched the trip Dvd.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
We dropped all the guests back to the airport for their international flights.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS446 28 Sep 2014 to 10 Oct 2014 Equatorial Far South - Huvadhoo/Foammulah/Gan Addu (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and then travelled via a domestic flight from male' to Kadhedhdhoo in Huvadhoo atoll. We met the arriving guest and transferred to Sea Spirit, waiting outside the airport nearby a reef which we used for the check dive
Dive 1
Easy check dive on large shallow giri with many yellowback and neon fusiliers meandering around the reef top and a coral slope down to coral blocks in sand slope. We found several Maldives sponge snails, a tiger cowrie, yellow soapfish, longnose filefish, milk fish, yellow gobies in table corals. The star was a HUGE spotted pufferfish.
Guest Transfer
Second late evening pick up of arriving guests to Kadhedhdhoo airport
Day 1
Giant pufferfish seen during the check dive on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Pretty coral garden site with the deeper blocks full of glassfish and juvenile tiger cardinals. We saw at least three species of goatfish, a beuatiful little yellow spotted boxfish, dogtooth tunas, and gaafish chasing schools of baitfish over lovely large coral blocks in the shallows
Dive 2
Out-current drift in channel where were saw several ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, a ZEBRA SHARK,SEVERAL LARGE GREEN TURTLES, BLACK RIBBON EELS, white tip and BLACKTIP sharks and on the outside were buzzed by black jacks and we just enjoyed the lovely reef buzzing with Coopers and Evan's anthias
Dive 3
Back to the great channel for more ribbontail rays, lovely green turtles, then three GREY SHARKS hanging out at cleaning stations on the channel front. There were groupers of all sizes amongst the beautiful coral blocks and nepthia and schleronepthia soft corals of all colours plus a smallscale scorpionfish, a cheeky black cheek moray and two spider conch shells with large hairy hermit crabs
Day 2
Round ribbontail ray from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We dived the north ocean reef corner in rather a strong current. On the channel front were white tip and grey sharks and then a single LARGE MOBULA (Mobula kuhli) which soared above our heads and just hung in the current. WE continued onto the outside where there were many green turtles on the reef top plus many spotfin squirrelfish and dense schools of Coopers anthias.
Dive 2
We enjoyed the beautiful orange soft coral and seafan surrounded coral blocks with several green turtles, many snappers and some more friendly hawksbill turtles. There were several grey sharks plus another blacktip shark on the channel front, probably on cleaning stations. The outside reef is good for macro and we found banded and Bruuni cleaner shrimps, and a green leaf fish. There was also a lovely mappa puffer.
Dive 3
Steady out current and we found white tips and a ZEBRA SHARK in the channel and then several GREY SHARKS at cleaning stations on the front plus three male white tip sharks chasing a female shark. There was also an eagle ray plus lots of lovely black saddle coral groupers and white spotted groupers amongst the blocks and table corals.
Evening Activity
A couple of guests went ashore to visit the local village
Day 3
Beautiful large green turtle from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A fairly brisk drift along the orange soft coral decorated channel wall with lots of pink and orange sea fans. We found round ribbontail rays, hawksbill turtles, white tip sharks plus enjoyed huge porites blocks covered in bluestripe snappers and gold spot emperors. On the ocean reef are many large magnifica anemones in a variety of colours with their beautiful residents: the Maldives clownfish.
Dawn had remained on Sea Spirit and as they were travelling through the channel on the way to anchorage saw a little WHALE SHARK!!!
Dive 2
We descended stright onto two EAGLE RAYS and two ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS! We drifted and found another huge, pregnant, ribbontail ray, and then found two NURSE SHARKS hiding under a big coral block. There were a few wite tips cruising about the chanel front and just so many blue stripe snappers, humpbacks, racoon butterflyfish and several hawksbill turtles up in the shallows
Dive 3
Channel drift on the north side of the channel, the visibility was a little challenging and although there were many barracudas, they were hard to see. A large porites block was smothered in soldierfish and goldspots plus a few oriental sweetlips. We found quite a few very large green turtles up in the shallows.
Day 4
Sleeping Zebra Shark, MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Smaller current with some pressure ocean-side and mixed water with some cold water on the front. The Forster's barracudas were schooling on the front and there was also a school of black and white snappers, but otherwise rather quiet. On the s-corner the schools of blue stripes had massed, forming a huge school and the powder blue tangs were making courtship dances!
Dive 2
Laid back reef dive over deep coral blocks and an ocean facing reef slope. It was a little quiet today but we found a yelow papillae flatworm, a small anemone shrimp (P. inornatus)and the reef top was busy with anthias plus midnight snappers and many rudderfish over lovely hard corals
Dive 3
WOW! AMAZING SCHOOLS OF BIG-EYE JACKS SWIRLING AROUND THIS THILA DROP-OFF AND SCOOTING UP AND DOWN THE REEF WHILST ENGULFING DIVERS. THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF RED/PINK/SILVER CRESCENT TAILED- BIG EYES ON THE STUNNING TOP REEF PLUS INDIAN AND BROWNMARBLED GROUPERS, AN EAGLE RAY, GIANT BARRACUDAS, NAPOLEON WRASSES AND SOME OF THE VERY BEST HARD CORAL IN THE MALDIVES!
Evening Activity
Visit to uninhabited island whilst a rather ominous cloud blew in. A few hours later we experienced a bad squall and had to move anchorage.
Day 5
Big eye crescent tals at Y-thila from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Eagle rays and round ribbontail rays in the channel then large schools of Forster's barracudas, chevrons, big eye jacks and black and white snappers on the channel front plus a couple of sleepy white tips and a black tip. Shallow,on the corner, were raccoon and collared butterflyfish
We passed by a huge school of spinner dolphins. There were mothers with calves and lots swam over to ride the bow wave of Sea Spirit. Beautiful!
Dive 2
Rather a brisk longshore current so dive was not as planned! We ended up drifting quickly along the chnannel front and then along the ocean facing reef. We saw a few grey sharks, green turtles and many guineafowl puffers plus a few porcupinefish.
Dive 3
Such a pretty site with so mant magnificent anemones in so many colours. There were 4 spearing mantis shrimps over deeper blocks and really lovely coral. The photographers loved this one!
Day 6
Maldives anemone fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Out- current drift with beautiful coral blocks, seafans and soft corals, we passed a few sleeping white tips and green turtles. On the atoll edge were large coral blocks full of reef fish and another overhang with a sleeping turtle. A very beautiful reef.
Dive 2
A small out current so we drifted out of channel, along the front and along the south ocean reef past two large round ribbontail rays, white tip sharks, turtles, swirling big eye jacks, big eye emperors, plus a areef smothered in anthias and chromis with extensive areas of green cylinder porites
Snorkelling
1000+ MELON HEADED WHALES IN A GIANT SUPER-POD WITH A FEW INDOPACIFIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS AROUND THE MAIN SCHOOL. THEY WERE CHILLING OUT AND WHEN WE DROVE THE DHONI TOWARDS THEM THEY PORPOISED OVER AND RODE THE BOW WAVE, BUT SO MANY-THERE WERE AT LEAST 50 ANIMALS UNDER THE BOW. WE TRIED A SNORKEL AND GOT A GOOD VIEW BUT THEN WERE JONED BY SEVERAL SILKY SHARKS SO WE GOT OUT. WE MANAGED A DHONI SNORKEL-TOW TOO. A TOTALLY AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dive 3
A pretty thila with lots of orange and pink seafans and many coral blocks surrounded by sand. In the large pavona coral we found a very large STONEFISH, a few spiny lobsters plus Bruuni shrimp cleaning rock cods, two yellow leaf fish, elegant squat lobsters in the featherstars, several groupers
Night Dive
Back to the thila for a night dive where we found a spiny lobster out and about, lots of langoustine shrimps plus a furry legged Saron shrimp, a large hermit crab in a turban shell with two anemones decoring the shell, an unidentified white with blue-stripes flatworm, a pair of Coriocella nigra sponge snails mating, conus snails plus several large scorpion conches and a pink smallscale scorpionfish
Beautiful sunset over idyllc Maldives island
Day 7
Melon headed whales. An awesone experience from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at the pretty thila this time with a busy current point with a school of mixed fusiliers and mackerels with a grey shark and a couple of large dogtooth tunas in pursuit. Deep over the wall were many large pink seafans and schools of bluestripe snappers plus a couple of juvenile longfin batfish. We also found a yellow and a green leaf fish, spiny lobsters, the stonefish, a baby bi-colour parrotfish and so many small fish bouncing around in the coral plus shools of Sgt Majors buzzing up and down the reef
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Addu atoll passing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
A very small current along this ocean reef and the fish all seemed a little dozy! WE saw a couple of greys sharks and white tip charks cruising around plus so much beautiful coral so we just enjoyed a chilled dive. Up in the shalows we found schools of rudderfish, midnight snappers and Napoleon wrasses cruising about
Dive 3
Scenic dive to catch the golden sunlight at the end of the day at a shallow thila site where we saw a lots of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs marauding around the reef, black sea urchins, Graeffe's sea cucumbers spawning, giant conch anad scorpion spider shells, featherstars opening and going walkabout etc.
Movie night: A Life Aquatic
Day 8
Divers explore beautiful coral reef from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
HURRAH!!!! 7 beautiful mantas were already at the cleaning station and so much fun with them so close! They were busy just hanging out and also being cleaned and didn't seem too bothered by our presence. There were also a little eagle ray who looked like he thought he was a manta plus all the usual reef fish hanging around the reef
Dive 2
Stern tour of the British Loyalty wreck via the bomb hole and the main engine hold, to the propeller and then back along the deck to the bow where were found several large Ptereolidia nudibranchs, reef pipefish, Psmanthe shrimps and many little lemon gobies in the table corals
Dive 3
An easy drift over coral blocks with sweetlips, soldierfish and snappers. We found an anemone shrimp in a carpet anemone, several green turtles, a FEATHERTAIL RAY etc.
Presentation on manta ray ecology and behaviour
Day 9
The beautiful manta rays of Addu atoll from Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
11 Beautiful MANTA RAYS TODAY and oh, so close and fun! Jason and Von mantas were happily bubble bathing above divers but most were just happy hanging out and playing with divers. A very memorable dive ;-)
Dive 2
This exposed ocean reef was FISHORAMA TODAY with large schools of big eye jacks and red and black and white snappers plus a feathertail ray, white tips etc. At the ridge we saw several GIANT BARRACUDAS, THEN SEVERAL EAGLE RAYS THEN MANY GREY SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT! WOW!
Dive 3
Several green turtles, plus goldfinger dart pompanos, jobfish and bluefin jacks along this steep ocean reef wall and then a lovely reef top with purple and yellow soft corals plus excellent hard coral and all varieties of reef fish including a leaf fish, longnose filefish and arch eye hawkfish
Day 10
So many grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift with 3-4 GREY REEF SHARKS around the front of the channel plus a school of barred jacks tucked in on the reef and some white tip sharks plus Napoleons and snappers of various types up in the water column. There were 3 MANTA RAYS waiting for us with many of our friends including Curly tail and Mrs T. They were exceedingly friendly with us today!
Dive 2
Only Mrs T manta to play with but she was just so very friendly and checked out each of the divers in turn and had a bubble batch and intermittently was cleaning too. Also the spotty little eagle ray and a white tip
Dive 3
Shelterd site with coral blocks full of maldives cleaner shrimps and juvenile cardinals down a sand slope then dense coral with schools of 2-spot and blue-stripe snappers etc. Schools of rufferfish and black and white snappers plus many reef fish in the shallow coral garden too!
Night Dive
At night the shrimps and crabs started to come out and we found a large decorator crab, Psmanthe and Bruuni shrimps in the black corals, tiny squat lobsters and trapezia crabs in most of the large table corals plus sleeping goatfish and parrotfish and a well camouflaged scorpionfish. The polyps of the soft corals were extended and there were featherstars opening up and moving.
Day 11
Mrs T was superfiendly today and very curious,from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Just one manta for the whole dive but so lovely to see. We also saw a blacktip, grey shark and white tip sharks plus he little eagle ray
Dive 2
A SILVERTIP SHARK circled several times as we drifted along the front of this channel corner site. There were several large dogtooth tunas plus a grey shark and then a drift in over the channel bottom, covered in large coral formations. We found a few turtles and there were lots of nice reef fish plus a long segmented worm.
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to Gan and Feydhoo islands to visit the WW2 memorial and walk along the causeway.
Day 12
A silvertip shark entertained us on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests had a relaxing morning onboard and then transferred to Gan airport for the domestic flight back to Male'
Day 13
Beautiful sunset over MV Sea Spirit at Hithadhoo island in Huvadhoo
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and then travelled via a domestic flight from male' to Kadhedhdhoo in Huvadhoo atoll. We met the arriving guest and transferred to Sea Spirit, waiting outside the airport nearby a reef which we used for the check dive
Dive 1
Easy check dive on large shallow giri with many yellowback and neon fusiliers meandering around the reef top and a coral slope down to coral blocks in sand slope. We found several Maldives sponge snails, a tiger cowrie, yellow soapfish, longnose filefish, milk fish, yellow gobies in table corals. The star was a HUGE spotted pufferfish.
Guest Transfer
Second late evening pick up of arriving guests to Kadhedhdhoo airport
Day 1
Giant pufferfish seen during the check dive on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Pretty coral garden site with the deeper blocks full of glassfish and juvenile tiger cardinals. We saw at least three species of goatfish, a beuatiful little yellow spotted boxfish, dogtooth tunas, and gaafish chasing schools of baitfish over lovely large coral blocks in the shallows
Dive 2
Out-current drift in channel where were saw several ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, a ZEBRA SHARK,SEVERAL LARGE GREEN TURTLES, BLACK RIBBON EELS, white tip and BLACKTIP sharks and on the outside were buzzed by black jacks and we just enjoyed the lovely reef buzzing with Coopers and Evan's anthias
Dive 3
Back to the great channel for more ribbontail rays, lovely green turtles, then three GREY SHARKS hanging out at cleaning stations on the channel front. There were groupers of all sizes amongst the beautiful coral blocks and nepthia and schleronepthia soft corals of all colours plus a smallscale scorpionfish, a cheeky black cheek moray and two spider conch shells with large hairy hermit crabs
Day 2
Round ribbontail ray from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We dived the north ocean reef corner in rather a strong current. On the channel front were white tip and grey sharks and then a single LARGE MOBULA (Mobula kuhli) which soared above our heads and just hung in the current. WE continued onto the outside where there were many green turtles on the reef top plus many spotfin squirrelfish and dense schools of Coopers anthias.
Dive 2
We enjoyed the beautiful orange soft coral and seafan surrounded coral blocks with several green turtles, many snappers and some more friendly hawksbill turtles. There were several grey sharks plus another blacktip shark on the channel front, probably on cleaning stations. The outside reef is good for macro and we found banded and Bruuni cleaner shrimps, and a green leaf fish. There was also a lovely mappa puffer.
Dive 3
Steady out current and we found white tips and a ZEBRA SHARK in the channel and then several GREY SHARKS at cleaning stations on the front plus three male white tip sharks chasing a female shark. There was also an eagle ray plus lots of lovely black saddle coral groupers and white spotted groupers amongst the blocks and table corals.
Evening Activity
A couple of guests went ashore to visit the local village
Day 3
Beautiful large green turtle from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A fairly brisk drift along the orange soft coral decorated channel wall with lots of pink and orange sea fans. We found round ribbontail rays, hawksbill turtles, white tip sharks plus enjoyed huge porites blocks covered in bluestripe snappers and gold spot emperors. On the ocean reef are many large magnifica anemones in a variety of colours with their beautiful residents: the Maldives clownfish.
Dawn had remained on Sea Spirit and as they were travelling through the channel on the way to anchorage saw a little WHALE SHARK!!!
Dive 2
We descended stright onto two EAGLE RAYS and two ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS! We drifted and found another huge, pregnant, ribbontail ray, and then found two NURSE SHARKS hiding under a big coral block. There were a few wite tips cruising about the chanel front and just so many blue stripe snappers, humpbacks, racoon butterflyfish and several hawksbill turtles up in the shallows
Dive 3
Channel drift on the north side of the channel, the visibility was a little challenging and although there were many barracudas, they were hard to see. A large porites block was smothered in soldierfish and goldspots plus a few oriental sweetlips. We found quite a few very large green turtles up in the shallows.
Day 4
Sleeping Zebra Shark, MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Smaller current with some pressure ocean-side and mixed water with some cold water on the front. The Forster's barracudas were schooling on the front and there was also a school of black and white snappers, but otherwise rather quiet. On the s-corner the schools of blue stripes had massed, forming a huge school and the powder blue tangs were making courtship dances!
Dive 2
Laid back reef dive over deep coral blocks and an ocean facing reef slope. It was a little quiet today but we found a yelow papillae flatworm, a small anemone shrimp (P. inornatus)and the reef top was busy with anthias plus midnight snappers and many rudderfish over lovely hard corals
Dive 3
WOW! AMAZING SCHOOLS OF BIG-EYE JACKS SWIRLING AROUND THIS THILA DROP-OFF AND SCOOTING UP AND DOWN THE REEF WHILST ENGULFING DIVERS. THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF RED/PINK/SILVER CRESCENT TAILED- BIG EYES ON THE STUNNING TOP REEF PLUS INDIAN AND BROWNMARBLED GROUPERS, AN EAGLE RAY, GIANT BARRACUDAS, NAPOLEON WRASSES AND SOME OF THE VERY BEST HARD CORAL IN THE MALDIVES!
Evening Activity
Visit to uninhabited island whilst a rather ominous cloud blew in. A few hours later we experienced a bad squall and had to move anchorage.
Day 5
Big eye crescent tals at Y-thila from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Eagle rays and round ribbontail rays in the channel then large schools of Forster's barracudas, chevrons, big eye jacks and black and white snappers on the channel front plus a couple of sleepy white tips and a black tip. Shallow,on the corner, were raccoon and collared butterflyfish
We passed by a huge school of spinner dolphins. There were mothers with calves and lots swam over to ride the bow wave of Sea Spirit. Beautiful!
Dive 2
Rather a brisk longshore current so dive was not as planned! We ended up drifting quickly along the chnannel front and then along the ocean facing reef. We saw a few grey sharks, green turtles and many guineafowl puffers plus a few porcupinefish.
Dive 3
Such a pretty site with so mant magnificent anemones in so many colours. There were 4 spearing mantis shrimps over deeper blocks and really lovely coral. The photographers loved this one!
Day 6
Maldives anemone fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Out- current drift with beautiful coral blocks, seafans and soft corals, we passed a few sleeping white tips and green turtles. On the atoll edge were large coral blocks full of reef fish and another overhang with a sleeping turtle. A very beautiful reef.
Dive 2
A small out current so we drifted out of channel, along the front and along the south ocean reef past two large round ribbontail rays, white tip sharks, turtles, swirling big eye jacks, big eye emperors, plus a areef smothered in anthias and chromis with extensive areas of green cylinder porites
Snorkelling
1000+ MELON HEADED WHALES IN A GIANT SUPER-POD WITH A FEW INDOPACIFIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS AROUND THE MAIN SCHOOL. THEY WERE CHILLING OUT AND WHEN WE DROVE THE DHONI TOWARDS THEM THEY PORPOISED OVER AND RODE THE BOW WAVE, BUT SO MANY-THERE WERE AT LEAST 50 ANIMALS UNDER THE BOW. WE TRIED A SNORKEL AND GOT A GOOD VIEW BUT THEN WERE JONED BY SEVERAL SILKY SHARKS SO WE GOT OUT. WE MANAGED A DHONI SNORKEL-TOW TOO. A TOTALLY AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dive 3
A pretty thila with lots of orange and pink seafans and many coral blocks surrounded by sand. In the large pavona coral we found a very large STONEFISH, a few spiny lobsters plus Bruuni shrimp cleaning rock cods, two yellow leaf fish, elegant squat lobsters in the featherstars, several groupers
Night Dive
Back to the thila for a night dive where we found a spiny lobster out and about, lots of langoustine shrimps plus a furry legged Saron shrimp, a large hermit crab in a turban shell with two anemones decoring the shell, an unidentified white with blue-stripes flatworm, a pair of Coriocella nigra sponge snails mating, conus snails plus several large scorpion conches and a pink smallscale scorpionfish
Beautiful sunset over idyllc Maldives island
Day 7
Melon headed whales. An awesone experience from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at the pretty thila this time with a busy current point with a school of mixed fusiliers and mackerels with a grey shark and a couple of large dogtooth tunas in pursuit. Deep over the wall were many large pink seafans and schools of bluestripe snappers plus a couple of juvenile longfin batfish. We also found a yellow and a green leaf fish, spiny lobsters, the stonefish, a baby bi-colour parrotfish and so many small fish bouncing around in the coral plus shools of Sgt Majors buzzing up and down the reef
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Addu atoll passing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
A very small current along this ocean reef and the fish all seemed a little dozy! WE saw a couple of greys sharks and white tip charks cruising around plus so much beautiful coral so we just enjoyed a chilled dive. Up in the shalows we found schools of rudderfish, midnight snappers and Napoleon wrasses cruising about
Dive 3
Scenic dive to catch the golden sunlight at the end of the day at a shallow thila site where we saw a lots of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs marauding around the reef, black sea urchins, Graeffe's sea cucumbers spawning, giant conch anad scorpion spider shells, featherstars opening and going walkabout etc.
Movie night: A Life Aquatic
Day 8
Divers explore beautiful coral reef from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
HURRAH!!!! 7 beautiful mantas were already at the cleaning station and so much fun with them so close! They were busy just hanging out and also being cleaned and didn't seem too bothered by our presence. There were also a little eagle ray who looked like he thought he was a manta plus all the usual reef fish hanging around the reef
Dive 2
Stern tour of the British Loyalty wreck via the bomb hole and the main engine hold, to the propeller and then back along the deck to the bow where were found several large Ptereolidia nudibranchs, reef pipefish, Psmanthe shrimps and many little lemon gobies in the table corals
Dive 3
An easy drift over coral blocks with sweetlips, soldierfish and snappers. We found an anemone shrimp in a carpet anemone, several green turtles, a FEATHERTAIL RAY etc.
Presentation on manta ray ecology and behaviour
Day 9
The beautiful manta rays of Addu atoll from Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
11 Beautiful MANTA RAYS TODAY and oh, so close and fun! Jason and Von mantas were happily bubble bathing above divers but most were just happy hanging out and playing with divers. A very memorable dive ;-)
Dive 2
This exposed ocean reef was FISHORAMA TODAY with large schools of big eye jacks and red and black and white snappers plus a feathertail ray, white tips etc. At the ridge we saw several GIANT BARRACUDAS, THEN SEVERAL EAGLE RAYS THEN MANY GREY SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT! WOW!
Dive 3
Several green turtles, plus goldfinger dart pompanos, jobfish and bluefin jacks along this steep ocean reef wall and then a lovely reef top with purple and yellow soft corals plus excellent hard coral and all varieties of reef fish including a leaf fish, longnose filefish and arch eye hawkfish
Day 10
So many grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift with 3-4 GREY REEF SHARKS around the front of the channel plus a school of barred jacks tucked in on the reef and some white tip sharks plus Napoleons and snappers of various types up in the water column. There were 3 MANTA RAYS waiting for us with many of our friends including Curly tail and Mrs T. They were exceedingly friendly with us today!
Dive 2
Only Mrs T manta to play with but she was just so very friendly and checked out each of the divers in turn and had a bubble batch and intermittently was cleaning too. Also the spotty little eagle ray and a white tip
Dive 3
Shelterd site with coral blocks full of maldives cleaner shrimps and juvenile cardinals down a sand slope then dense coral with schools of 2-spot and blue-stripe snappers etc. Schools of rufferfish and black and white snappers plus many reef fish in the shallow coral garden too!
Night Dive
At night the shrimps and crabs started to come out and we found a large decorator crab, Psmanthe and Bruuni shrimps in the black corals, tiny squat lobsters and trapezia crabs in most of the large table corals plus sleeping goatfish and parrotfish and a well camouflaged scorpionfish. The polyps of the soft corals were extended and there were featherstars opening up and moving.
Day 11
Mrs T was superfiendly today and very curious,from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Just one manta for the whole dive but so lovely to see. We also saw a blacktip, grey shark and white tip sharks plus he little eagle ray
Dive 2
A SILVERTIP SHARK circled several times as we drifted along the front of this channel corner site. There were several large dogtooth tunas plus a grey shark and then a drift in over the channel bottom, covered in large coral formations. We found a few turtles and there were lots of nice reef fish plus a long segmented worm.
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to Gan and Feydhoo islands to visit the WW2 memorial and walk along the causeway.
Day 12
A silvertip shark entertained us on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests had a relaxing morning onboard and then transferred to Gan airport for the domestic flight back to Male'
Day 13
Beautiful sunset over MV Sea Spirit at Hithadhoo island in Huvadhoo
SQ468A 21 Sep 2014 to 28 Sep 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Dive 1
Great way to start the trip on a dive with Eagle Rays, 3 Grey Sharks, Barracuda, Napoleons, 2 leaf fish, Green turtle, large shoal of Big Eye Jacks finishing the dive doing our stops surrounded in Pyramid Butterfly Fish.
Day 1
Dive 1
Both Grey sharks and Whitetip sharks coming in real close. An eagle ray followed us along the reef, leaf fish, HUGE Napolean, Big eye jacks and Giant Trevallie's charging around, a large shoal of Sweetlips and Pyramid Butterfly fish.
Dive 2
How lovely!! It looks like Sandwich the Eagle Ray is back and boy has she grown, but still as friendly allowing the guests to be within inches of her. Many Grey sharks now on this site which is fab to see, Whitetip sharks, Turtle, stone fish swimming around, Octopus, Barracuda.
Dive 3
Spent most of the dive sitting watching 3 Female Grey Sharks swimming back and forth coming really close. Lots of anemones in many different shades of pinks, very small juvenile Whitetip Sharks hanging out with us while we watched the Grey sharks, the barracuda and blue fins kept charging at the fusiliers.
Night Dive
Had our regular very friendly Female Manta come feed at the back of MV Sea Queen, so I took the guests for a cheeky night dive with her which is always a delight being able to sit there and watch her come in to feed, swooping right over our heads and doing loop the loops above us.
Day 2
Sandwich the Eagle Ray in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Quite a difficult current wanting to push us onto the edge top, couple of Grey Sharks, many Whitetip sharks, Huge Napoleon with a few smaller ones, Rainbow Runners, Huge Puffer Fish, Large shoal of Indian Butterfly fish.
Dive 2
Had the whole site to ourselves with a very small current allowing you to move around freely.100's and 100's of Blue Stripe Snappers covering the whole site, Turtle, Large group of Batfish, Two small Grey sharks, Blue fin charging around, Huge shoal of Bannerfish hanging off the reef, FABULOUS VISIBILITY.
Dive 3
Lovely late afternoon dive! Both Longfin and Circular Batfish, Juvenile Bluestripe snappers, Longnose hawk fish, Two Sting Rays resting on the bottom. Two VERY pretty swim throughs, the top of the three pinnacles were covered in anemones and layer after layer of Basslets.
Day 3
Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
First time for me on this site and what a lovely site it is! Loads of whitetip sharks, Juvenile Grey sharks, eagle rays, Both Jenkins and Marble sting ray, Barracuda, Huge shoal of yellow goat fish and Blue stripe snappers, very friendly Turtle.
Dive 2
Another first which is always good fun. We loved this dive! Firstly, hanging on the front to watch HUGE Grey sharks swim by, Sting rays, Many Whitetip sharks, so many large groupers and napoleons. Topograpghy was FAB with pinnacles covered in small fish, soft coral and Turtles.
Dive 3
Spent most of the dive on the North Corner, watching the Jacks and Giant Trevallie's charging the fusiliers, two very friendly turtles, some lovely anemones full of Black footed Anemone fish, Juvenile eagle rays, Whitetip Shark.
Day 4
Pink Anenomes in the Maldives, on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
So many Whitetip sharks, 2 huge Grey sharks, Stone fish, Turtle, Large shoal of Humphead snappers and Blue stripe snappers, Sweetlips, Plus a cheeky Snorkel with a 4metre Whale Shark. WOW!
Dive 2
Large shoal of Bigeye jacks, 14 Napoleons all following each other around, whitetip shakrs, 4 leaf fish, Chromodoris Glenei, Oraks Flatworm, Stone fish and a Turtle.
Night Dive
What a crazy night dive! We had Nurse Sharks all over us, jenkins rays and marble rays, so many jacks, quite a lot of Blacktip sharks charging at the bait fish.
Day 5
Nurse Sharks in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Gentle drift dive along the channel, 2 large female grey sharks, whitetip sharks, huge napoleon, Honeycomb moray, rainbow runners, large shoal of yellow spot snappers, Leaf fish, Turtle.
Dive 2
GREAT dive with a wall of fish hanging out on Jack Corner along with 6 eagle rays and whitetip sharks, HUGE Tuna. Turtle, Honeycomb moray, couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
Both grey sharks and whitetip sharks hanging out on the corner. Sting ray, Eagle ray, Giant Trevallie's charging about, Octopus, large shoal of sweetlips and redtail butterfly fish followed by a swift drift into the channel at the end of the dive.
Evening Activity
MOVIE NIGHT!
Day 6
Dive 1
Very pleasant last dive of the trip with a couple of Whitetip sharks, huge Napoleon and a couple of smaller ones, Turtle, Ribbon Eel, 4 Leaf fish, Large Honeycomb Moray, Large shoal of Yellowspot Snappers and Bannerfish, Sting ray, Lovely coral blocks covered in smaller reef fish.
Ocean Crossing
Slow Atoll crossing back to North Male
Daytime Excursion
Guests came along for a Male walkabout before returning to MV Sea Queen to finish packing.
Evening Activity
Watched the trip DVD.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transferred all guests to the airport ready for their flights back to the United Kingdom.
Day 8
Beautiful sunrise off MV Sea Queen, the Maldives
 
Dive 1
Great way to start the trip on a dive with Eagle Rays, 3 Grey Sharks, Barracuda, Napoleons, 2 leaf fish, Green turtle, large shoal of Big Eye Jacks finishing the dive doing our stops surrounded in Pyramid Butterfly Fish.
Day 1
Dive 1
Both Grey sharks and Whitetip sharks coming in real close. An eagle ray followed us along the reef, leaf fish, HUGE Napolean, Big eye jacks and Giant Trevallie's charging around, a large shoal of Sweetlips and Pyramid Butterfly fish.
Dive 2
How lovely!! It looks like Sandwich the Eagle Ray is back and boy has she grown, but still as friendly allowing the guests to be within inches of her. Many Grey sharks now on this site which is fab to see, Whitetip sharks, Turtle, stone fish swimming around, Octopus, Barracuda.
Dive 3
Spent most of the dive sitting watching 3 Female Grey Sharks swimming back and forth coming really close. Lots of anemones in many different shades of pinks, very small juvenile Whitetip Sharks hanging out with us while we watched the Grey sharks, the barracuda and blue fins kept charging at the fusiliers.
Night Dive
Had our regular very friendly Female Manta come feed at the back of MV Sea Queen, so I took the guests for a cheeky night dive with her which is always a delight being able to sit there and watch her come in to feed, swooping right over our heads and doing loop the loops above us.
Day 2
Sandwich the Eagle Ray in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Quite a difficult current wanting to push us onto the edge top, couple of Grey Sharks, many Whitetip sharks, Huge Napoleon with a few smaller ones, Rainbow Runners, Huge Puffer Fish, Large shoal of Indian Butterfly fish.
Dive 2
Had the whole site to ourselves with a very small current allowing you to move around freely.100's and 100's of Blue Stripe Snappers covering the whole site, Turtle, Large group of Batfish, Two small Grey sharks, Blue fin charging around, Huge shoal of Bannerfish hanging off the reef, FABULOUS VISIBILITY.
Dive 3
Lovely late afternoon dive! Both Longfin and Circular Batfish, Juvenile Bluestripe snappers, Longnose hawk fish, Two Sting Rays resting on the bottom. Two VERY pretty swim throughs, the top of the three pinnacles were covered in anemones and layer after layer of Basslets.
Day 3
Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
First time for me on this site and what a lovely site it is! Loads of whitetip sharks, Juvenile Grey sharks, eagle rays, Both Jenkins and Marble sting ray, Barracuda, Huge shoal of yellow goat fish and Blue stripe snappers, very friendly Turtle.
Dive 2
Another first which is always good fun. We loved this dive! Firstly, hanging on the front to watch HUGE Grey sharks swim by, Sting rays, Many Whitetip sharks, so many large groupers and napoleons. Topograpghy was FAB with pinnacles covered in small fish, soft coral and Turtles.
Dive 3
Spent most of the dive on the North Corner, watching the Jacks and Giant Trevallie's charging the fusiliers, two very friendly turtles, some lovely anemones full of Black footed Anemone fish, Juvenile eagle rays, Whitetip Shark.
Day 4
Pink Anenomes in the Maldives, on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
So many Whitetip sharks, 2 huge Grey sharks, Stone fish, Turtle, Large shoal of Humphead snappers and Blue stripe snappers, Sweetlips, Plus a cheeky Snorkel with a 4metre Whale Shark. WOW!
Dive 2
Large shoal of Bigeye jacks, 14 Napoleons all following each other around, whitetip shakrs, 4 leaf fish, Chromodoris Glenei, Oraks Flatworm, Stone fish and a Turtle.
Night Dive
What a crazy night dive! We had Nurse Sharks all over us, jenkins rays and marble rays, so many jacks, quite a lot of Blacktip sharks charging at the bait fish.
Day 5
Nurse Sharks in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Gentle drift dive along the channel, 2 large female grey sharks, whitetip sharks, huge napoleon, Honeycomb moray, rainbow runners, large shoal of yellow spot snappers, Leaf fish, Turtle.
Dive 2
GREAT dive with a wall of fish hanging out on Jack Corner along with 6 eagle rays and whitetip sharks, HUGE Tuna. Turtle, Honeycomb moray, couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
Both grey sharks and whitetip sharks hanging out on the corner. Sting ray, Eagle ray, Giant Trevallie's charging about, Octopus, large shoal of sweetlips and redtail butterfly fish followed by a swift drift into the channel at the end of the dive.
Evening Activity
MOVIE NIGHT!
Day 6
Dive 1
Very pleasant last dive of the trip with a couple of Whitetip sharks, huge Napoleon and a couple of smaller ones, Turtle, Ribbon Eel, 4 Leaf fish, Large Honeycomb Moray, Large shoal of Yellowspot Snappers and Bannerfish, Sting ray, Lovely coral blocks covered in smaller reef fish.
Ocean Crossing
Slow Atoll crossing back to North Male
Daytime Excursion
Guests came along for a Male walkabout before returning to MV Sea Queen to finish packing.
Evening Activity
Watched the trip DVD.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transferred all guests to the airport ready for their flights back to the United Kingdom.
Day 8
Beautiful sunrise off MV Sea Queen, the Maldives
SQ467 14 Sep 2014 to 21 Sep 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Meet & Greet guests from their international flights and transfer to MV Sea Queen, filled in paperwork and prepared the dive gear ready for a check dive.
Day 1
Morning in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Fish soup is the best way to describe this dive, every inch of the reef was covered in a layer of basslets. Huge shoal of bluestriped snappers, sweetlips, bannerfish, black coral covered in glass fish, HUGE female sting ray feeding, whitetip sharks and a barracuda.
Dive 2
Many whitetip sharks, a large shoal of midnight snappers, mating octopus, small eagle ray, the reef top was stunning and full of yellow spot snappers.
Dive 3
1 Grey shark and a couple of whitetip sharks, leaf fish, We found the same octopus again along with 3 stone fish. Eagle ray and a HUGE shoal of blue fin charging about.
Day 2
Dive 1
No luck with the hammerheads, 2 grey sharks, whitetip sharks, an eagle ray for most of the dive, barracuda, leaf fish, a large shoal of midnight snappers, zillions and zillions of redtooth trigger fish.
Dive 2
Spent the best part of the dive watching the grey sharks coming in closer and closer, and all the time the giant trevallies kept charging the fusiliers making them form a huge wall of fish that kept passing through us. Couple of whitetip sharks, turtle, large shoal of bannerfish.
Dive 3
We jumped in to find an eagle ray feeding, then spent the rest of the dive sitting watching a LARGE female Grey shark swimming back and forth coming closer and closer allowing the guests to get a good look and some GREAT pictures. The end of the dive was spent enjoying the many different coloured anemones followed by 2 fly by's from the eagle ray again.
Night Dive
WONDERFUL 90 minute dive under MV Sea Queen watching 3 Mantas feeding and putting on a fabulous display around us.
Day 3
Eagle ray in the Maldives on Mv Sea Queen.
Dive 1
We dropped down to be met by 2 grey sharks that hung around for the whole dive. The whole site is covered in a layer of bluestriped snappers and fusiliers being charged by the groups of bluefin and Giant Trevallies, HUGE great Barracuda, 3 turtles, batfish, a large shoal of bannerfish.
Dive 2
We were hoping to have a Manta come into to clean but no luck on this occasion.
Dive 3
Lovely Critter dive, 2 hawkbills swimming around each other, peacock mantis. So many anemone fish some with eggs, different types of morays, lion fish. The coral block was covered in glass fish and longnose hawk fish.
Day 4
Grey Shark in the Maldives off Mv Sea Queen.
Dive 1
This is one STUNNING site with loads of life all over it, fab overhangs full of fan coral and sunset coral along with layer after layer of bluestriped snapper.
Snorkelling
WOW!! We had amazing luck snorkeling with 2 Whale Sharks, we even had the sharks swimming round each other twice.
Dive 2
Whitetip sharks, eagle ray, jenkins ray, HUGE napoleon, LOADS of reef fish, 2 leaf fish, scorpion fish, octopus, anenomone fish with eggs, pinnacles covered in golden soft coral and layers of basslets.
Night Dive
What a way to finish! An amazing days diving with HUGE Nurse sharks, blacktip sharks, giant trevallies, marble ray, feathertail ray and a porcupine ray all swimming around us and going crazy after the silversides.
Day 5
Snorkelling with a Whaleshark in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Huge shoal of redsnappers, many whitetip sharks, 2 leaf fish, devil scorpion fish, turtle, Lovely drift over healthy hard coral plus a snorkel with 3 Mantas feeding.
Dive 2
Dropped down to find 2l eagle rays which kept showing up throughout the dive. 3 leaf fish, 4 ribbon eels, spearing mantis, whitetip sharks, 2 HUGE Napoleons, loads of smaller reef fish.
Dive 3
Last dive of the trip was action packed from start to finish. Wall to wall of snappers and surgeon fish hanging in the current along with 2 eagle rays, whitetip sharks. We drifted further along to stop and hang on to watch a wall of fish along with 3 LARGE Grey sharks coming in really close to the guests plus 3 eagle rays one came within inches of us.
Day 6
Wall of Snappers in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen
Guest Transfer
Dropped two guests off at the airport ready for their domestic flights to a resort, the rest of us popped into Male for shopping and Ice-cream.
Day 7
Beautiful view in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Guest Transfer
Dropped the remaining guests to the airport ready for their onward journey home and to resorts.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Meet & Greet guests from their international flights and transfer to MV Sea Queen, filled in paperwork and prepared the dive gear ready for a check dive.
Day 1
Morning in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Fish soup is the best way to describe this dive, every inch of the reef was covered in a layer of basslets. Huge shoal of bluestriped snappers, sweetlips, bannerfish, black coral covered in glass fish, HUGE female sting ray feeding, whitetip sharks and a barracuda.
Dive 2
Many whitetip sharks, a large shoal of midnight snappers, mating octopus, small eagle ray, the reef top was stunning and full of yellow spot snappers.
Dive 3
1 Grey shark and a couple of whitetip sharks, leaf fish, We found the same octopus again along with 3 stone fish. Eagle ray and a HUGE shoal of blue fin charging about.
Day 2
Dive 1
No luck with the hammerheads, 2 grey sharks, whitetip sharks, an eagle ray for most of the dive, barracuda, leaf fish, a large shoal of midnight snappers, zillions and zillions of redtooth trigger fish.
Dive 2
Spent the best part of the dive watching the grey sharks coming in closer and closer, and all the time the giant trevallies kept charging the fusiliers making them form a huge wall of fish that kept passing through us. Couple of whitetip sharks, turtle, large shoal of bannerfish.
Dive 3
We jumped in to find an eagle ray feeding, then spent the rest of the dive sitting watching a LARGE female Grey shark swimming back and forth coming closer and closer allowing the guests to get a good look and some GREAT pictures. The end of the dive was spent enjoying the many different coloured anemones followed by 2 fly by's from the eagle ray again.
Night Dive
WONDERFUL 90 minute dive under MV Sea Queen watching 3 Mantas feeding and putting on a fabulous display around us.
Day 3
Eagle ray in the Maldives on Mv Sea Queen.
Dive 1
We dropped down to be met by 2 grey sharks that hung around for the whole dive. The whole site is covered in a layer of bluestriped snappers and fusiliers being charged by the groups of bluefin and Giant Trevallies, HUGE great Barracuda, 3 turtles, batfish, a large shoal of bannerfish.
Dive 2
We were hoping to have a Manta come into to clean but no luck on this occasion.
Dive 3
Lovely Critter dive, 2 hawkbills swimming around each other, peacock mantis. So many anemone fish some with eggs, different types of morays, lion fish. The coral block was covered in glass fish and longnose hawk fish.
Day 4
Grey Shark in the Maldives off Mv Sea Queen.
Dive 1
This is one STUNNING site with loads of life all over it, fab overhangs full of fan coral and sunset coral along with layer after layer of bluestriped snapper.
Snorkelling
WOW!! We had amazing luck snorkeling with 2 Whale Sharks, we even had the sharks swimming round each other twice.
Dive 2
Whitetip sharks, eagle ray, jenkins ray, HUGE napoleon, LOADS of reef fish, 2 leaf fish, scorpion fish, octopus, anenomone fish with eggs, pinnacles covered in golden soft coral and layers of basslets.
Night Dive
What a way to finish! An amazing days diving with HUGE Nurse sharks, blacktip sharks, giant trevallies, marble ray, feathertail ray and a porcupine ray all swimming around us and going crazy after the silversides.
Day 5
Snorkelling with a Whaleshark in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Huge shoal of redsnappers, many whitetip sharks, 2 leaf fish, devil scorpion fish, turtle, Lovely drift over healthy hard coral plus a snorkel with 3 Mantas feeding.
Dive 2
Dropped down to find 2l eagle rays which kept showing up throughout the dive. 3 leaf fish, 4 ribbon eels, spearing mantis, whitetip sharks, 2 HUGE Napoleons, loads of smaller reef fish.
Dive 3
Last dive of the trip was action packed from start to finish. Wall to wall of snappers and surgeon fish hanging in the current along with 2 eagle rays, whitetip sharks. We drifted further along to stop and hang on to watch a wall of fish along with 3 LARGE Grey sharks coming in really close to the guests plus 3 eagle rays one came within inches of us.
Day 6
Wall of Snappers in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen
Guest Transfer
Dropped two guests off at the airport ready for their domestic flights to a resort, the rest of us popped into Male for shopping and Ice-cream.
Day 7
Beautiful view in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Guest Transfer
Dropped the remaining guests to the airport ready for their onward journey home and to resorts.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS444 31 Aug 2014 to 12 Sep 2014 Equatorial Far South - Huvadhoo/Foammulah/Gan Addu (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived via domestic flight from Male' to Gan, Addu atoll. They transferred to Sea Spirit and we headed off to the north of the atoll
Dive 1
An easy and laid back check dive on this steep ocean reef. We watched a white tip shark cruising the depths, a couple of green turtles up in the shallows a school of rainbow runners checked us out, there was a small school of Forster's barracudas. The shallow reef has really beautiful hard corals buzzing with golden chromis and Evan's anthias
Day 1
Divers above stunning hard corals in the maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely blue water at this exposed ocean reef site with beautiful coral blocks full of reef fish and extensive fields of hard corals in the shalllows. There were several large schools of green cheek parrotfish, schools of black and white snappers, big eye and bluefin jacks, goldfinger darts, rufferfish, milkfish, a murex snail and segmented nudis. There was one sole bumphead parrotfish!
Dive 2
HURRAH! 10+ MANTAS WAITING TO GREET US IN QUITE A BRISK CURRENT. What a lovely dive. PLUS A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS AND A FUNNY LITTLE EAGLE RAY.
Dive 3
Southern ocean reef with lots of large coral blocks. In one we found a HUGE TAWNY NURSE SHARK, in another a large green turtle and a white leaf fish. There were several other green and hawksbill turtles, a porcelain crab, many humpback snappers and yellowback fusiliers plus so many green cheek parrotfish again!
Day 2
Beautiful Maldives Mantarays from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Stern tour of British Loyalty wreck via the bomb hole and the engine room then to the propellor and along the deck to the bow. The visibility was fair and we could see to the sandy bottom and the extra propellor. The black corals had many psamanthe shrimps and we found some large Pterolidia nudibranchs plus pipefish and lots of longfin batfish of varying sizes
Dive 2
A lovely show with ~5 manta busying themselves at the cleaning station and another 4 in the channel passing through several times. It was a completely different crowd of mantas to yesterday!
Dive 3
A strong in-flowing current so dived the channel corner where there were several grey sharks and a large school of barred jacks on the channel front, but pinned down deep by the strong current. As we drifted in we saw many Napoleons plus several large black saddled coral groupers, camouflage and masked groupers
Night Dive
A quieter night dive than expected but Steve used his special flourescent lights and got some remarkable results on his video of corals and soft corals at night. Bansi found a huge red hermit crab Dardanus megistos
Day 3
Reef buzzing with golden chromis seen from MV sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Wide channel ocean reef corner with a small in-current, but not much action today with sighting restricted to smaller creatures. We found a spearing mantis shrimp, a juvenile razor wrasse, a Pontonides shrimp on a whip coral, a beautiful juvenile oriental sweetlips and a shy octopus. AFTER THE DIVE WE WERE TREATED TO AN AMAZING SPINNER DOLPHIN SHOW AS ~200 DOLPHNS FROLICKED INSIDE THE CHANNEL LEAPING AND SPINNING AND CHASING THE DHONI
Dive 2
Tuftee the pale manta gave us a nice show whilst she busied herself being cleaned as she swam up the reef and closely inspected the divers. Paulette and Incognito mantas were also there but being a little more discreet. The small eagle ray who thinks she is a manta was there as were a couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
A channel corner drift over large porites massives with many seafans including some impressive black/dark red ones. We found a pair of baby white tip sharks under a block, tunas cruised the channel front and then there were many Napoleons, sweetlips and large groupers around the blocks (i.e. lots of BIG fish!). Inside there are many shallow blocks buzzing with anthias and the regular reef fish and a few hawksbill turtles at the back of the reef, probably hiding from the current!
Day 4
Tawny nurse shark sleeping under overhang from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No mantas at the block so we made a drift dive on the ocean reef sighting a couple of grey sharks along the drop-off and several eagle rays up in the shallows. This is a really beautiful reef with large coral "statues" which are cleaning stations for reef fish. There were schools of black & white snappers, sleek surgeonfish, so many golden chromis, blue tangs etc.
Dive 2
Beautiful ocean reef with huge coral blocks cascading down the reef slope: home to every type of reef fish. TWO MANTAS CRUISED UP AND DOWN THE REEF SEVERAL TIMES, LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STOP OR JUST CHECKING US OUT? Schools ofsnappers and jacks, white tip sharks sleeping in sand, a leaf fish, big eye emperors, so many soldierfish in every nook and cannie of the reef.
Dive 3
Stunning ocean reef site with vertical wall from 12-50+m and a huge overhang. We found a large green turtle (or two) and drifted past walls smothered in purple wire seafans and pink, yellow and purple soft corals. The sunshine and the excellent visibility made for a superb dive as the current wafted us along the wall. We spent the last 10 minutes right up on the reef top enjoying the beautiful hard corals and the millions of Coopers and Evan's anthias, pyramid and Meyer's butterflyfish etc.
Day 5
Diver above beautiful Acropora corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! A SUPERB LAST DIVE WITH THE MANTAS as we watched a courtship display by 4 males to two large females. Up and down and around and around giving us an acrobatics display. Abigail the huge female is now pregnant, but still attractive to the posse of males following her around. AS we drifted along the channel we saw blacktip, white tip and grey reef sharks and the huge school of barred jacks were whirling around and then made a run for the ocean: whoosh!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Strong current so a fast drop and hang-on the current point before we were whisked along the eastern edge of the reef. We watched dogtooth tunas chasing fusiliers, a couple of grey sharks, a schools of rainbow runners which mobbed divers. The northern side was calmer and we were able to explore and enjoy the coral blocks. There were schools of black and white and red snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, lovely orange sea fans and soft coral so this site regularly gets current!
Night Dive
NEW SITE! An experimental night dive on a shallow thila inside the atoll. The corals were extensive and very beautiful. We saw flashlight fish and soldierfish amongst the corals, a pink coloured tapestry shrimp, a stripy reef lobster, pairs of banded coral shrimps and lots of trapezia crabs and squat lobsters hiding in coral heads.
Day 6
Courting mantas being friendly with us and eachother. MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We travelled a little east to this lovely thila with colourful orange and pink seafans and coral blocks full of reef fish along a sandy plateau. The dogtooth tunas were coralling schools of neon and striped fusiliers off the reef. We found spiny lobsters, another pair of green leaf fish, a block with lots of glassfish concealing a large coral grouper being cleaned by Bruuni shrimps, featherstars with elegant squat lobsters etc.
Dive 2
Hurrah an in-current AND A GREAT SHOW OF GREY SHARKS ON THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL. HARD TO COUNT AS THEY KEPT COMING BUT CERTAINLY 50+ ALSO SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS PLUS HUGE SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS, BARRACUDAS, RAINBOW RUNNERS AND THEN A DRIFT ALONG THE REEF PASSING SEVERAL GREEN TURTLES AND A SLEEPING NURSE SHARK!
Dive 3
Similar conditions and all the above again with LOTS OF GREYS SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS AGAIN. The eagle rays swam underneath us too. There were several large Napoleons on the main reef and we managed to find the green turtles and the nurse shark again. At the end of the dive we sighted a male ribbontail ray chasing a very large female.
Evening Activity
Evening/sunset visit to island of Dhiyadhoo where the village is derserted and has become overgrown by the jungle. There is a beautiful beach on either side of the island.The crew collected some fresh coconuts and made drinks for the guests
Day 7
Golden yellow leaf fish seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Stronger in-current and LOTS OF GREY SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT plus large school of big-eye jacks, a sailfish, giant barracudas, a shark with a broken fin (!) eagle rays and a drift into the channel. Then the heavens opened.
Dive 2
No current! We jumped on the front of the channel amd weaved our way along the front where a few grey sharks were meandering around but there was a huge school of mackerel scads plus lots of dogtooth tunas. The reef front is heavily coralised with lots of ledges and we found several black ribbon eels, sleeping green turtles and many jacks
Dive 3
Quite a strong current pinning the sharks on the front so we just hooked in and watched the show as groups of GREY SHARKS PARADED UP AND DOWN IN FRONT OF US, AND BOBBED AROUND IN THE CURRENT. We had a brisk drift in over beautiful fish-covered coral blocks and found yet more green turtles plus orbicular batfish
Day 8
Divers with a huge school of blue stripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A strong in-current so LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AGAIN on the channel front plus white tips bobbing about and eagle rays. Another brisk drift in over the coral blocks and we found a ribbon tail ray
Dive 2
A small in current but hard work to reach the point where there were lots a grey sharks plus resting white tip sharks, just after the corner. Some divers continued across the front. There was a large school of barracudas too. We found black ribbon eels again, turtles, Napoleons, eagle rays etc. This is always a busy channel with lots of things to see!
Dive 3
Pretty coral garden site. TWO FEATHERTAIL RAYS, ONE VERY LARGE AND LIKELY PREGNANT. Lots of pretty coral island with every kind of chromis and damsel including humbugs, indians, white-bellys, fusilier etc. Many sand gobies peering back ar us, Dracula and pinkbar gobies with their pistol shrimps etc.
Two spinner dolphins were fishing via the big lights at the back of the boat
Day 9
Grey sharks cruising sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Strong eddying current on front of channel LOTS OF GREY SHARKS but dispersed so we had to keep moving around and divers ended up all over the channel! Fast and bumpy drift in where we saw lots of green turtles, ZEBRA SHARK, round ribbontail ray, eagle rays, big groupers, harlequin sweetlips and really nice corals.
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted past large coral blocks and onto the techicolour channel front where huge schools of bluestripe and humpback snapper hung out. A squadron of ~8 EAGLE RAYS were waiting on the channel front and a single one swooped around and around on the corner. There were also schools of Raccoon and collared butterflyfish and both black tip and white tip sharks buzzing around. A swarm of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs swept past
Dive 3
Lovely drift dive past overhangs on the channel front and above huge porites blicks full of snappers and groupers. We briefly hooked on the channel front to watch a few grey sharks saunter past and then drifted in. We found a small, very spotty ZEBRA SHARK resting in a sand area. Other divers found a large one on a ledge amongst the coral. We also found Maldives sponge snails, a leaf fish and a lovely green turtle in the middle of a delicate table coral being cleaned!
Several members of crew went night snorkelling inside the very shallow anchorage
Day 10
Large school of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A HUGE SCHOOL OF BONITOS ENGULFED US ON THE CORNER. WITHIN THE SCHOOL WERE APAIR OF EAGLE RAYS AND A FEW GREY SHARKS! WOW! The current was strng so we hooked in and watched the grey sharks and white tips cruising overhead. The drift into the channel was fast and bouncy but Matt maged to find us TWO sleeping ZEBREA sharks and a round ribbontail ray which all took off down current.
Dive 2
An easy current at this thila site. Only a grey shark and some rainbow runners at depth but a school of yellow-back fusiliers greeted us as we descended. More rainbow runners milled around and visited cleaning stations. THIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD MACRO SITE AND TODAY WE MANAGED TO FIND A BLUE RIBBON EEL, 4X LEAF FISH, AMBOIN, BRUUNI AND LYSMATA CLEANING SHRIMPS
Dive 3
Beautiful coral garden and good macro again. A large, glassfish covered, coral block also contained three leaf fish, a small peacock flounder and a couple or morays. There was a beautiful tiny sailfish tang and another 2cm long baby bi-colour parrotfish. Over the ridge we saw a blacktip sharks and schools of fusiliers and black and white snappers
Quick visit to small sandbank for sunset photos. This one disappears at high tide!
Day 11
Zebra sharks are frequently seen in the far south. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Busy current point at thila with schools of various fusiliers, big eye jacks, crescent-tailed big eyes, mackerel scads and a few tunas. The cola blocks were buzzing with Cooper's anthias. The coral at this site is impressive! We found a Nembrotha cristata nudibranch and just enjoyed the beautiful corals and reef fish
Dive 2
Laid-back final dive at thila with glassfish filled overhangs and coral blocks with schools of yellow goatfish and blue stripe snappers. There was a school of Forster's barracudas and a few dogtooth tunas along the reef side and lots of small groupers and morays on the reef. Bruuni shrimp gave some divers a manicure. We also found an upside down Chromodoris tritos nudi. The top reef is very pretty so a nice way to end the trip
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to an isolated sandbank for a little snorkelling and general messing around in the sea!
Day 12
Tiny white sand sandbank. Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for domestic flight to Male'
Day 13
So many fish! Mv Sea Spirit. Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived via domestic flight from Male' to Gan, Addu atoll. They transferred to Sea Spirit and we headed off to the north of the atoll
Dive 1
An easy and laid back check dive on this steep ocean reef. We watched a white tip shark cruising the depths, a couple of green turtles up in the shallows a school of rainbow runners checked us out, there was a small school of Forster's barracudas. The shallow reef has really beautiful hard corals buzzing with golden chromis and Evan's anthias
Day 1
Divers above stunning hard corals in the maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely blue water at this exposed ocean reef site with beautiful coral blocks full of reef fish and extensive fields of hard corals in the shalllows. There were several large schools of green cheek parrotfish, schools of black and white snappers, big eye and bluefin jacks, goldfinger darts, rufferfish, milkfish, a murex snail and segmented nudis. There was one sole bumphead parrotfish!
Dive 2
HURRAH! 10+ MANTAS WAITING TO GREET US IN QUITE A BRISK CURRENT. What a lovely dive. PLUS A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS AND A FUNNY LITTLE EAGLE RAY.
Dive 3
Southern ocean reef with lots of large coral blocks. In one we found a HUGE TAWNY NURSE SHARK, in another a large green turtle and a white leaf fish. There were several other green and hawksbill turtles, a porcelain crab, many humpback snappers and yellowback fusiliers plus so many green cheek parrotfish again!
Day 2
Beautiful Maldives Mantarays from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Stern tour of British Loyalty wreck via the bomb hole and the engine room then to the propellor and along the deck to the bow. The visibility was fair and we could see to the sandy bottom and the extra propellor. The black corals had many psamanthe shrimps and we found some large Pterolidia nudibranchs plus pipefish and lots of longfin batfish of varying sizes
Dive 2
A lovely show with ~5 manta busying themselves at the cleaning station and another 4 in the channel passing through several times. It was a completely different crowd of mantas to yesterday!
Dive 3
A strong in-flowing current so dived the channel corner where there were several grey sharks and a large school of barred jacks on the channel front, but pinned down deep by the strong current. As we drifted in we saw many Napoleons plus several large black saddled coral groupers, camouflage and masked groupers
Night Dive
A quieter night dive than expected but Steve used his special flourescent lights and got some remarkable results on his video of corals and soft corals at night. Bansi found a huge red hermit crab Dardanus megistos
Day 3
Reef buzzing with golden chromis seen from MV sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Wide channel ocean reef corner with a small in-current, but not much action today with sighting restricted to smaller creatures. We found a spearing mantis shrimp, a juvenile razor wrasse, a Pontonides shrimp on a whip coral, a beautiful juvenile oriental sweetlips and a shy octopus. AFTER THE DIVE WE WERE TREATED TO AN AMAZING SPINNER DOLPHIN SHOW AS ~200 DOLPHNS FROLICKED INSIDE THE CHANNEL LEAPING AND SPINNING AND CHASING THE DHONI
Dive 2
Tuftee the pale manta gave us a nice show whilst she busied herself being cleaned as she swam up the reef and closely inspected the divers. Paulette and Incognito mantas were also there but being a little more discreet. The small eagle ray who thinks she is a manta was there as were a couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
A channel corner drift over large porites massives with many seafans including some impressive black/dark red ones. We found a pair of baby white tip sharks under a block, tunas cruised the channel front and then there were many Napoleons, sweetlips and large groupers around the blocks (i.e. lots of BIG fish!). Inside there are many shallow blocks buzzing with anthias and the regular reef fish and a few hawksbill turtles at the back of the reef, probably hiding from the current!
Day 4
Tawny nurse shark sleeping under overhang from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No mantas at the block so we made a drift dive on the ocean reef sighting a couple of grey sharks along the drop-off and several eagle rays up in the shallows. This is a really beautiful reef with large coral "statues" which are cleaning stations for reef fish. There were schools of black & white snappers, sleek surgeonfish, so many golden chromis, blue tangs etc.
Dive 2
Beautiful ocean reef with huge coral blocks cascading down the reef slope: home to every type of reef fish. TWO MANTAS CRUISED UP AND DOWN THE REEF SEVERAL TIMES, LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STOP OR JUST CHECKING US OUT? Schools ofsnappers and jacks, white tip sharks sleeping in sand, a leaf fish, big eye emperors, so many soldierfish in every nook and cannie of the reef.
Dive 3
Stunning ocean reef site with vertical wall from 12-50+m and a huge overhang. We found a large green turtle (or two) and drifted past walls smothered in purple wire seafans and pink, yellow and purple soft corals. The sunshine and the excellent visibility made for a superb dive as the current wafted us along the wall. We spent the last 10 minutes right up on the reef top enjoying the beautiful hard corals and the millions of Coopers and Evan's anthias, pyramid and Meyer's butterflyfish etc.
Day 5
Diver above beautiful Acropora corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! A SUPERB LAST DIVE WITH THE MANTAS as we watched a courtship display by 4 males to two large females. Up and down and around and around giving us an acrobatics display. Abigail the huge female is now pregnant, but still attractive to the posse of males following her around. AS we drifted along the channel we saw blacktip, white tip and grey reef sharks and the huge school of barred jacks were whirling around and then made a run for the ocean: whoosh!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Strong current so a fast drop and hang-on the current point before we were whisked along the eastern edge of the reef. We watched dogtooth tunas chasing fusiliers, a couple of grey sharks, a schools of rainbow runners which mobbed divers. The northern side was calmer and we were able to explore and enjoy the coral blocks. There were schools of black and white and red snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, lovely orange sea fans and soft coral so this site regularly gets current!
Night Dive
NEW SITE! An experimental night dive on a shallow thila inside the atoll. The corals were extensive and very beautiful. We saw flashlight fish and soldierfish amongst the corals, a pink coloured tapestry shrimp, a stripy reef lobster, pairs of banded coral shrimps and lots of trapezia crabs and squat lobsters hiding in coral heads.
Day 6
Courting mantas being friendly with us and eachother. MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We travelled a little east to this lovely thila with colourful orange and pink seafans and coral blocks full of reef fish along a sandy plateau. The dogtooth tunas were coralling schools of neon and striped fusiliers off the reef. We found spiny lobsters, another pair of green leaf fish, a block with lots of glassfish concealing a large coral grouper being cleaned by Bruuni shrimps, featherstars with elegant squat lobsters etc.
Dive 2
Hurrah an in-current AND A GREAT SHOW OF GREY SHARKS ON THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL. HARD TO COUNT AS THEY KEPT COMING BUT CERTAINLY 50+ ALSO SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS PLUS HUGE SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS, BARRACUDAS, RAINBOW RUNNERS AND THEN A DRIFT ALONG THE REEF PASSING SEVERAL GREEN TURTLES AND A SLEEPING NURSE SHARK!
Dive 3
Similar conditions and all the above again with LOTS OF GREYS SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS AGAIN. The eagle rays swam underneath us too. There were several large Napoleons on the main reef and we managed to find the green turtles and the nurse shark again. At the end of the dive we sighted a male ribbontail ray chasing a very large female.
Evening Activity
Evening/sunset visit to island of Dhiyadhoo where the village is derserted and has become overgrown by the jungle. There is a beautiful beach on either side of the island.The crew collected some fresh coconuts and made drinks for the guests
Day 7
Golden yellow leaf fish seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Stronger in-current and LOTS OF GREY SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT plus large school of big-eye jacks, a sailfish, giant barracudas, a shark with a broken fin (!) eagle rays and a drift into the channel. Then the heavens opened.
Dive 2
No current! We jumped on the front of the channel amd weaved our way along the front where a few grey sharks were meandering around but there was a huge school of mackerel scads plus lots of dogtooth tunas. The reef front is heavily coralised with lots of ledges and we found several black ribbon eels, sleeping green turtles and many jacks
Dive 3
Quite a strong current pinning the sharks on the front so we just hooked in and watched the show as groups of GREY SHARKS PARADED UP AND DOWN IN FRONT OF US, AND BOBBED AROUND IN THE CURRENT. We had a brisk drift in over beautiful fish-covered coral blocks and found yet more green turtles plus orbicular batfish
Day 8
Divers with a huge school of blue stripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A strong in-current so LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AGAIN on the channel front plus white tips bobbing about and eagle rays. Another brisk drift in over the coral blocks and we found a ribbon tail ray
Dive 2
A small in current but hard work to reach the point where there were lots a grey sharks plus resting white tip sharks, just after the corner. Some divers continued across the front. There was a large school of barracudas too. We found black ribbon eels again, turtles, Napoleons, eagle rays etc. This is always a busy channel with lots of things to see!
Dive 3
Pretty coral garden site. TWO FEATHERTAIL RAYS, ONE VERY LARGE AND LIKELY PREGNANT. Lots of pretty coral island with every kind of chromis and damsel including humbugs, indians, white-bellys, fusilier etc. Many sand gobies peering back ar us, Dracula and pinkbar gobies with their pistol shrimps etc.
Two spinner dolphins were fishing via the big lights at the back of the boat
Day 9
Grey sharks cruising sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Strong eddying current on front of channel LOTS OF GREY SHARKS but dispersed so we had to keep moving around and divers ended up all over the channel! Fast and bumpy drift in where we saw lots of green turtles, ZEBRA SHARK, round ribbontail ray, eagle rays, big groupers, harlequin sweetlips and really nice corals.
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted past large coral blocks and onto the techicolour channel front where huge schools of bluestripe and humpback snapper hung out. A squadron of ~8 EAGLE RAYS were waiting on the channel front and a single one swooped around and around on the corner. There were also schools of Raccoon and collared butterflyfish and both black tip and white tip sharks buzzing around. A swarm of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs swept past
Dive 3
Lovely drift dive past overhangs on the channel front and above huge porites blicks full of snappers and groupers. We briefly hooked on the channel front to watch a few grey sharks saunter past and then drifted in. We found a small, very spotty ZEBRA SHARK resting in a sand area. Other divers found a large one on a ledge amongst the coral. We also found Maldives sponge snails, a leaf fish and a lovely green turtle in the middle of a delicate table coral being cleaned!
Several members of crew went night snorkelling inside the very shallow anchorage
Day 10
Large school of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A HUGE SCHOOL OF BONITOS ENGULFED US ON THE CORNER. WITHIN THE SCHOOL WERE APAIR OF EAGLE RAYS AND A FEW GREY SHARKS! WOW! The current was strng so we hooked in and watched the grey sharks and white tips cruising overhead. The drift into the channel was fast and bouncy but Matt maged to find us TWO sleeping ZEBREA sharks and a round ribbontail ray which all took off down current.
Dive 2
An easy current at this thila site. Only a grey shark and some rainbow runners at depth but a school of yellow-back fusiliers greeted us as we descended. More rainbow runners milled around and visited cleaning stations. THIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD MACRO SITE AND TODAY WE MANAGED TO FIND A BLUE RIBBON EEL, 4X LEAF FISH, AMBOIN, BRUUNI AND LYSMATA CLEANING SHRIMPS
Dive 3
Beautiful coral garden and good macro again. A large, glassfish covered, coral block also contained three leaf fish, a small peacock flounder and a couple or morays. There was a beautiful tiny sailfish tang and another 2cm long baby bi-colour parrotfish. Over the ridge we saw a blacktip sharks and schools of fusiliers and black and white snappers
Quick visit to small sandbank for sunset photos. This one disappears at high tide!
Day 11
Zebra sharks are frequently seen in the far south. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Busy current point at thila with schools of various fusiliers, big eye jacks, crescent-tailed big eyes, mackerel scads and a few tunas. The cola blocks were buzzing with Cooper's anthias. The coral at this site is impressive! We found a Nembrotha cristata nudibranch and just enjoyed the beautiful corals and reef fish
Dive 2
Laid-back final dive at thila with glassfish filled overhangs and coral blocks with schools of yellow goatfish and blue stripe snappers. There was a school of Forster's barracudas and a few dogtooth tunas along the reef side and lots of small groupers and morays on the reef. Bruuni shrimp gave some divers a manicure. We also found an upside down Chromodoris tritos nudi. The top reef is very pretty so a nice way to end the trip
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to an isolated sandbank for a little snorkelling and general messing around in the sea!
Day 12
Tiny white sand sandbank. Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for domestic flight to Male'
Day 13
So many fish! Mv Sea Spirit. Maldives
SQ466 31 Aug 2014 to 12 Sep 2014 Manta & Whaleshark Special (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Met the guests from the international flights and transferred to Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Snorkel on himmafushi reef, bouyancy check.
Day 1
What a view on MV Sea Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
A manta cleaning station, only one manta being cleaned, yellow margin trigger fish, razor fish, glass fish beautiful coral blocks.
Dive 2
Beautiful thila dive, festooned with soft coral, huge gorgonia fan corals, Giant Trevallies, schools of banner fish, oriental sweet lips, white tip reef shark, hawks bill turtle
Dive 3
Strong current, stunning soft corals puffed out, large school of big eye trevally, Giant Trevallie's, green turtle, big school of midnight snappers, cascades of fusiliers, BIG BEAUTIFUL DIVE!
Day 2
The Maldives
Dive 1
Mangrove whiptail ray, White tips, soft corals, big schools of fusiliers, banner fish, jacks hunting.
Dive 2
WOW!! Perfect current bringing in grey reef sharks, white tips, eagle rays, huge school of big eye trevally, napoleons, midnight snappers, big school of red snappers, hawks bill turtles. GREAT DIVE.
Dive 3
Same site, no current on this late afternoon dive but all the fish had come to the reef AMAZING!, eagle rays, grey reef sharks, white tips, huge schools of surgeon fish, big napoleons, dog tooth tunas.
Day 3
Dive 1
Early morning search for the elusive hammerhead, no luck, Manta Ray, Eagle rays, Grey reef shark, white tips, Giant Trevallies, large school of Big eye Trevally.
Dive 2
Grey reef sharks, White tips, Dog tooth Tuna hunting, schools of Big eye, Chevron Barracudas, Nurse shark.
Dive 3
Entire dive spent with Grey reef sharks, White tips, 3 juvenile Silvertip sharks, Giant Trevallies and Dog Tooth Tuna hunting.
Night Dive
Night dive with a beautiful Manta Ray.
Day 4
Dive 1
Blue water drift dive through a channel, many white tips, eaglerays, HUGE Lemon Shark, Grey reef sharks, Marbled rays.
Dive 2
Spectacular scenic dive with overhangs of blue soft corals, napoleons, big eye trevally, blue striped snappers
Dive 3
Fesdu wreck, glorious flatworm, yellow paillae flatworm, harlequin file fish, shultzes pipe fish, batfish, hinge beak shrimp. Very pretty wreck and colourful bulbous anemone covered reef top..
Day 5
Dive 1
Huge napoleon wrasse, White tip, schools of humpback snapper, and blue striped snapper, peacock flounder,
Dive 2
Fabulous soft coral overhangs, grey reef sharks, white tips, eagle ray, chevron barracuda.
Dive 3
Awesome blue water fish soup reef. Huge fan corals, very friendly hawksbill turtle looking into peoples cameras, eagle ray, white tips, schools of humpback and blue lined snapper, blue fin trevally hunting down fusiliers.
Evening Activity
Resort island visit for cocktail evening.
Day 6
Dive 1
Eagle ray, many white tip sharks must have counted 20, humpback snapper, blue striped snapper, dog tooth tuna.
Dive 2
Spent the day looking for whalesharks we found one but it went under the boat and it did not come back :-(
Dive 3
Many white tip sharks, 2 mangrove whiptail rays.
Evening Activity
Guests ashore for shopping.
Day 7
Dive 1
White tips, hawksbill turtles, mantis shrimp, goby and partner shrimp.
Snorkelling
WHALESHARK! WHOOP! WHOOP :-)
Dive 2
Scenic dive with beautiful fan coral canyon.
Dive 3
Critter dive many different types of nudis and flatworm, long nose hawkfish, peacock mantis shrimp.
Evening Activity
Guests ashore for shopping - Whale Shark cuddly toys!
Day 8
Dive 1
Blue water dive to the reef then fabulous soft corals, white tip reef shark, then we saw 2 marlin, torpedo ray, 2 marbled rays. Another great start to the day!
Dive 2
Drift dive, big napoleon, white tips, very friendly turtle, marbled ray.
Dive 3
Drift dive, white tips, 6 leaf fish, humpback snapper, hawksbill turtle, black tip reef shark.
Night Dive
Funniest night dive ever! Guests mobbed by about 60 nurse shark hilarious, jenkins whiptail rays, marbled rays, Giant Trevallies attacking baitfish under the torch light awesome, black tip reef sharks.
Day 9
Dive 1
Honeycomb moray, hawksbill turtle, white tips, 2 leaf fish,Giant trevally, dog tooth tuna.
Snorkelling
Snorkel with 5 Friendly Manta Rays
Dive 2
Very poor visibility, feathertail stingray, marbled ray, big napoleon, white tip reef shark.
Dive 3
Critter hunt, leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimp, ribbon eels, clouded moray, banded pipefish, lion fish, ambion cleaner shrimp and blackcheek moray.
Day 10
Dive 1
High action with grey reef sharks, eaglerays, huge school of red snapper, and big eye trevally on the current point big schools of midnight snapper and surgeon fish.
Dive 2
Giant trevallies, green and hawksbill turtles, honeycomb moray, 3 leaf fish, glorious flatworm, white tip reef shark, napoleon.
Dive 3
Grey reef sharks, white tips, eaglerays, green turtle, schools of big eye trevally and red snappers, midnight snappers, hunting giant trevallies and blue fin jacks AMAZING!
Day 11
Dive 1
Grey reef sharks cleaning on the top reef, many eaglerays, white tips, hawksbill turtles
Dive 2
Green and hawksbill turtles, white tips, 3 eaglerays, anemone crabs, leaf fish, ambion cleaner shrimp beautiful fan corals in overhangs.
Dive 3
WOW!! Shark soup, HUGE school of forsters barracuda, chevron barracuda, hunting Giant Trevallies and dog tooth tuna followed by a high velocity drift down the express amazing waves of fusilier.
Daytime Excursion
Shopping and ice-cream in Hulemale.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Transferred all the guests back to the airport for their international flights.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Met the guests from the international flights and transferred to Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Snorkel on himmafushi reef, bouyancy check.
Day 1
What a view on MV Sea Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
A manta cleaning station, only one manta being cleaned, yellow margin trigger fish, razor fish, glass fish beautiful coral blocks.
Dive 2
Beautiful thila dive, festooned with soft coral, huge gorgonia fan corals, Giant Trevallies, schools of banner fish, oriental sweet lips, white tip reef shark, hawks bill turtle
Dive 3
Strong current, stunning soft corals puffed out, large school of big eye trevally, Giant Trevallie's, green turtle, big school of midnight snappers, cascades of fusiliers, BIG BEAUTIFUL DIVE!
Day 2
The Maldives
Dive 1
Mangrove whiptail ray, White tips, soft corals, big schools of fusiliers, banner fish, jacks hunting.
Dive 2
WOW!! Perfect current bringing in grey reef sharks, white tips, eagle rays, huge school of big eye trevally, napoleons, midnight snappers, big school of red snappers, hawks bill turtles. GREAT DIVE.
Dive 3
Same site, no current on this late afternoon dive but all the fish had come to the reef AMAZING!, eagle rays, grey reef sharks, white tips, huge schools of surgeon fish, big napoleons, dog tooth tunas.
Day 3
Dive 1
Early morning search for the elusive hammerhead, no luck, Manta Ray, Eagle rays, Grey reef shark, white tips, Giant Trevallies, large school of Big eye Trevally.
Dive 2
Grey reef sharks, White tips, Dog tooth Tuna hunting, schools of Big eye, Chevron Barracudas, Nurse shark.
Dive 3
Entire dive spent with Grey reef sharks, White tips, 3 juvenile Silvertip sharks, Giant Trevallies and Dog Tooth Tuna hunting.
Night Dive
Night dive with a beautiful Manta Ray.
Day 4
Dive 1
Blue water drift dive through a channel, many white tips, eaglerays, HUGE Lemon Shark, Grey reef sharks, Marbled rays.
Dive 2
Spectacular scenic dive with overhangs of blue soft corals, napoleons, big eye trevally, blue striped snappers
Dive 3
Fesdu wreck, glorious flatworm, yellow paillae flatworm, harlequin file fish, shultzes pipe fish, batfish, hinge beak shrimp. Very pretty wreck and colourful bulbous anemone covered reef top..
Day 5
Dive 1
Huge napoleon wrasse, White tip, schools of humpback snapper, and blue striped snapper, peacock flounder,
Dive 2
Fabulous soft coral overhangs, grey reef sharks, white tips, eagle ray, chevron barracuda.
Dive 3
Awesome blue water fish soup reef. Huge fan corals, very friendly hawksbill turtle looking into peoples cameras, eagle ray, white tips, schools of humpback and blue lined snapper, blue fin trevally hunting down fusiliers.
Evening Activity
Resort island visit for cocktail evening.
Day 6
Dive 1
Eagle ray, many white tip sharks must have counted 20, humpback snapper, blue striped snapper, dog tooth tuna.
Dive 2
Spent the day looking for whalesharks we found one but it went under the boat and it did not come back :-(
Dive 3
Many white tip sharks, 2 mangrove whiptail rays.
Evening Activity
Guests ashore for shopping.
Day 7
Dive 1
White tips, hawksbill turtles, mantis shrimp, goby and partner shrimp.
Snorkelling
WHALESHARK! WHOOP! WHOOP :-)
Dive 2
Scenic dive with beautiful fan coral canyon.
Dive 3
Critter dive many different types of nudis and flatworm, long nose hawkfish, peacock mantis shrimp.
Evening Activity
Guests ashore for shopping - Whale Shark cuddly toys!
Day 8
Dive 1
Blue water dive to the reef then fabulous soft corals, white tip reef shark, then we saw 2 marlin, torpedo ray, 2 marbled rays. Another great start to the day!
Dive 2
Drift dive, big napoleon, white tips, very friendly turtle, marbled ray.
Dive 3
Drift dive, white tips, 6 leaf fish, humpback snapper, hawksbill turtle, black tip reef shark.
Night Dive
Funniest night dive ever! Guests mobbed by about 60 nurse shark hilarious, jenkins whiptail rays, marbled rays, Giant Trevallies attacking baitfish under the torch light awesome, black tip reef sharks.
Day 9
Dive 1
Honeycomb moray, hawksbill turtle, white tips, 2 leaf fish,Giant trevally, dog tooth tuna.
Snorkelling
Snorkel with 5 Friendly Manta Rays
Dive 2
Very poor visibility, feathertail stingray, marbled ray, big napoleon, white tip reef shark.
Dive 3
Critter hunt, leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimp, ribbon eels, clouded moray, banded pipefish, lion fish, ambion cleaner shrimp and blackcheek moray.
Day 10
Dive 1
High action with grey reef sharks, eaglerays, huge school of red snapper, and big eye trevally on the current point big schools of midnight snapper and surgeon fish.
Dive 2
Giant trevallies, green and hawksbill turtles, honeycomb moray, 3 leaf fish, glorious flatworm, white tip reef shark, napoleon.
Dive 3
Grey reef sharks, white tips, eaglerays, green turtle, schools of big eye trevally and red snappers, midnight snappers, hunting giant trevallies and blue fin jacks AMAZING!
Day 11
Dive 1
Grey reef sharks cleaning on the top reef, many eaglerays, white tips, hawksbill turtles
Dive 2
Green and hawksbill turtles, white tips, 3 eaglerays, anemone crabs, leaf fish, ambion cleaner shrimp beautiful fan corals in overhangs.
Dive 3
WOW!! Shark soup, HUGE school of forsters barracuda, chevron barracuda, hunting Giant Trevallies and dog tooth tuna followed by a high velocity drift down the express amazing waves of fusilier.
Daytime Excursion
Shopping and ice-cream in Hulemale.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Transferred all the guests back to the airport for their international flights.
Day 13
SQ465 24 Aug 2014 to 31 Aug 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Met the group from the morning Emirates flight and transferred to MV Sea Queen.
Ocean Crossing
Fabulous weather today so we headed over to the North/East side of Male.
Dive 1
Strange out-current, so we decided to dive the outside reef allowing everyone an easy first dive drifting along a very healthy reef.
Day 1
Manta's in the Maldives off MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
What a stunning sunrise followed by a fab morning dive with plenty of Shark action and 5 Eagle Rays hanging out in the current, Tuna & Rainbow runners charging about the place, Small Nurse Shark.
Dive 2
LOVE this site it's just like swimming in an aquarium full of fish, couple of Grey Sharks and 2 very friendly Eagle Rays, Bat fish, Midnight snappers, Whitetip sharks, HUGE Shoal of reef fish on the corner for us to hang out with while doing our stops.
Dive 3
Well, we spent most of the dive hanging over the pinnacle watching the 8 Grey Sharks swimming back and forth making some very close passes , Giant Trevallies charging about, Batfish, Turtles, Octopus, Stone fish and Fosters Barracuda.
Dive 4
WOW!! Fab dive with Giant Trevallies and Morays out on the hunt, along with a couple of Whitetip Sharks, A Sting Ray following us around, 2 Turtles, Stone fish, lots of small and interesting stuff.
Night Dive
We had a large female Manta show up quite late at the back of Sea Queen feeding in our lights - it was rude not to go play, we spent an amazing 60 minutes sitting just under Sea Queen watching this lovely lady having a ball scooping up all the plankton and making inch passes right over our heads, how much more can you see in one days diving!!!!!!
Day 2
Female Manta Ray playing at the back of Sea Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
This is a breath taking dive site with overhangs full of blue soft coral and layer after layer of Bluestripe snappers, 2 large Nurse Sharks, Whitetip Sharks, sting ray. A lovely drift at the end over table corals and smaller reef fish.
Dive 2
Stopped and watched all different sizes of 21 Grey sharks swimming around, was lovely to see the older ones mixed with the young grey sharks, huge shoal of Batfish, Chevron Barracuda, Sting Ray, Humphead snappers and Turtles.
Dive 3
4 Mantas, 5 Jenkins Rays, Turtles, Whitetip Sharks, Jacks and Tuna charging the reef fish sending everything crazy, which was great to watch.
Ocean Crossing
We had a lovely sail along the outside reef watching large pods of Dolphins ride next to Sea Queen's Bow.
Day 3
Dive 1
Stopped to watch a group of 6 Mobula come into clean, so many whitetip sharks all along the reef edge, Large Jenkins Ray, Zillions and Zillions of Redtooth Trigger fish, HUGE shoals of bluestriped snappers and sweetlips.
Dive 2
We found Nurse sharks under many rock blocks, whitetip sharks swimming around, Leopard shark, huge shoals of rabbitfish, Strange green parrot fish in huge shoals buzzing around the reef but couldn't find them in the fish book.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing with Marlin jumping, a couple of pods of dolphins too.
Night Dive
What a blast! So many Nurse sharks and Giant Trevallies plus a Feathertail Ray for the complete hour of fun, doing our stops just under the jetty to watch the jacks and blacktips charging around after the bait fish.
Day 4
Dive 1
100’s of Redsnappers, 2 HUGE Sting rays, Whitetip Sharks, many blacktip sharks, 4 Leaf fish, Turtles. The reef top is stunning with lots of small reef fish and fab hard coral.
Dive 2
Strange current but plenty to see even if the visibility was low, huge shoals of surgeon fish and sweetlips, Redtail butterfly fish, HUGE GREEN TURTLE, Whitetip sharks, 1 eagle ray and a honeycomb moray.
Dive 3
FAB critter dive! 6 Leaf fish, 5 ribbon eels, 4 spearing mantis, micro mini anemone fish in a lovely bright pink bubble anemone, Lion fish, pair of playful hawksbill turtles, Scorpion fish and HUGE napoleons.
Daytime Excursion
Local Island walk around .
Day 5
Dive 1
So many Grey Sharks along the channel, whitetip sharks, 11 Eagle rays all in formation, Barracuda, Green Turtles, Large shoals of pelagic fish hanging in the current point. Lovely coral blocks on the reef top covered in sweetlips and red tail butterfly fish.
Dive 2
Spent the whole dive watching 3 Mantas cleaning, making very close passes over the guest heads!!
Dive 3
5 Leaf fish, Ribbon eels, Juvenile hawksbill, Napoleons, Quite a few Honeycomb morays, Giant Trevallies, lovely overhangs full of smaller reef fish and soft coral . We had Dolphins chatting throughout the dive.
Evening Activity
Cake and Drinks for Susan’s 50th Birthday.
Day 6
Dive 1
Grey Sharks being cleaned, more Grey sharks hanging out in the current, 6 eagle rays, Fish soup at Jack Corner, Tuna charging around sending all the fish crazy, Huge Napoleon, Green Turtles ,Hawksbill, Batfish, and Large shoals of Sweetlips.
Ocean Crossing
Smooth transit back to North Male
Daytime Excursion
Popped over to Male for some shopping and sight seeing.
Evening Activity
Lovely evening sitting on the sun deck talking back over the last weeks diving.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transferred all the guests to the Airport for the International flights back home and some for there Resort stays.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Met the group from the morning Emirates flight and transferred to MV Sea Queen.
Ocean Crossing
Fabulous weather today so we headed over to the North/East side of Male.
Dive 1
Strange out-current, so we decided to dive the outside reef allowing everyone an easy first dive drifting along a very healthy reef.
Day 1
Manta's in the Maldives off MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
What a stunning sunrise followed by a fab morning dive with plenty of Shark action and 5 Eagle Rays hanging out in the current, Tuna & Rainbow runners charging about the place, Small Nurse Shark.
Dive 2
LOVE this site it's just like swimming in an aquarium full of fish, couple of Grey Sharks and 2 very friendly Eagle Rays, Bat fish, Midnight snappers, Whitetip sharks, HUGE Shoal of reef fish on the corner for us to hang out with while doing our stops.
Dive 3
Well, we spent most of the dive hanging over the pinnacle watching the 8 Grey Sharks swimming back and forth making some very close passes , Giant Trevallies charging about, Batfish, Turtles, Octopus, Stone fish and Fosters Barracuda.
Dive 4
WOW!! Fab dive with Giant Trevallies and Morays out on the hunt, along with a couple of Whitetip Sharks, A Sting Ray following us around, 2 Turtles, Stone fish, lots of small and interesting stuff.
Night Dive
We had a large female Manta show up quite late at the back of Sea Queen feeding in our lights - it was rude not to go play, we spent an amazing 60 minutes sitting just under Sea Queen watching this lovely lady having a ball scooping up all the plankton and making inch passes right over our heads, how much more can you see in one days diving!!!!!!
Day 2
Female Manta Ray playing at the back of Sea Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
This is a breath taking dive site with overhangs full of blue soft coral and layer after layer of Bluestripe snappers, 2 large Nurse Sharks, Whitetip Sharks, sting ray. A lovely drift at the end over table corals and smaller reef fish.
Dive 2
Stopped and watched all different sizes of 21 Grey sharks swimming around, was lovely to see the older ones mixed with the young grey sharks, huge shoal of Batfish, Chevron Barracuda, Sting Ray, Humphead snappers and Turtles.
Dive 3
4 Mantas, 5 Jenkins Rays, Turtles, Whitetip Sharks, Jacks and Tuna charging the reef fish sending everything crazy, which was great to watch.
Ocean Crossing
We had a lovely sail along the outside reef watching large pods of Dolphins ride next to Sea Queen's Bow.
Day 3
Dive 1
Stopped to watch a group of 6 Mobula come into clean, so many whitetip sharks all along the reef edge, Large Jenkins Ray, Zillions and Zillions of Redtooth Trigger fish, HUGE shoals of bluestriped snappers and sweetlips.
Dive 2
We found Nurse sharks under many rock blocks, whitetip sharks swimming around, Leopard shark, huge shoals of rabbitfish, Strange green parrot fish in huge shoals buzzing around the reef but couldn't find them in the fish book.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing with Marlin jumping, a couple of pods of dolphins too.
Night Dive
What a blast! So many Nurse sharks and Giant Trevallies plus a Feathertail Ray for the complete hour of fun, doing our stops just under the jetty to watch the jacks and blacktips charging around after the bait fish.
Day 4
Dive 1
100’s of Redsnappers, 2 HUGE Sting rays, Whitetip Sharks, many blacktip sharks, 4 Leaf fish, Turtles. The reef top is stunning with lots of small reef fish and fab hard coral.
Dive 2
Strange current but plenty to see even if the visibility was low, huge shoals of surgeon fish and sweetlips, Redtail butterfly fish, HUGE GREEN TURTLE, Whitetip sharks, 1 eagle ray and a honeycomb moray.
Dive 3
FAB critter dive! 6 Leaf fish, 5 ribbon eels, 4 spearing mantis, micro mini anemone fish in a lovely bright pink bubble anemone, Lion fish, pair of playful hawksbill turtles, Scorpion fish and HUGE napoleons.
Daytime Excursion
Local Island walk around .
Day 5
Dive 1
So many Grey Sharks along the channel, whitetip sharks, 11 Eagle rays all in formation, Barracuda, Green Turtles, Large shoals of pelagic fish hanging in the current point. Lovely coral blocks on the reef top covered in sweetlips and red tail butterfly fish.
Dive 2
Spent the whole dive watching 3 Mantas cleaning, making very close passes over the guest heads!!
Dive 3
5 Leaf fish, Ribbon eels, Juvenile hawksbill, Napoleons, Quite a few Honeycomb morays, Giant Trevallies, lovely overhangs full of smaller reef fish and soft coral . We had Dolphins chatting throughout the dive.
Evening Activity
Cake and Drinks for Susan’s 50th Birthday.
Day 6
Dive 1
Grey Sharks being cleaned, more Grey sharks hanging out in the current, 6 eagle rays, Fish soup at Jack Corner, Tuna charging around sending all the fish crazy, Huge Napoleon, Green Turtles ,Hawksbill, Batfish, and Large shoals of Sweetlips.
Ocean Crossing
Smooth transit back to North Male
Daytime Excursion
Popped over to Male for some shopping and sight seeing.
Evening Activity
Lovely evening sitting on the sun deck talking back over the last weeks diving.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transferred all the guests to the Airport for the International flights back home and some for there Resort stays.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS443 17 Aug 2014 to 29 Aug 2014 Equatorial Far South - Gan Addu/Foammulah/Huvadhoo (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and then travelled via a domestic flight from male' to Kadhedhdhoo in Huvadhoo atoll. We met the arriving guest and transferred to Sea Spirit, waiting outside the airport and travelled to the first sive site located near a pictuesque tropical island!
Dive 1
Easy and pretty check dive on large shallow thila with so many yellowback and neon fusiliers meandering around the reef top and mackerels, dogtooth tunas, many orbicular and longfin batfish off the reef. There were brightly coloured schools of blue-stripe snappers , yellow goatfish and crescent-tailed big eyes. We found Schultz's pipefish, Bruuni cleaner shrimps and just enjoyed the lovely corals
Day 1
Beautiful schools of big eye crescent tails from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Deeper thila with many cleaning stations attracting pelagic fish so many rainbow runners in attendance plus dogtooth tunas, a large male hawksbill turtle who investigated the divers several times! A small grey reef shark, blue ribbon eels, a green leaf fish, Amboin and Lysmata cleaner shrimps etc.
Dive 2
Sprawling ocean reef with lots of coral-covered deep thilas. There were many schools of reef fish plus large snappers including midnight, red and black & whites. There were a few hawksbill turtles plus some medium-sized Napoleons. Just so much coral!
Dive 3
Large thila structure with superb corals and many schools of fish. On the deeper side were many coral blocks filled with glassfish and several red groupers keeping guard, varicose wart slugs, Maldives sponge snails and lots of different damselfish in the acroporas including azur and and blue-green chromis. A squall blew up during the dive so we headed for sheltered anchorage and a change of plans!
Day 2
Divers enjoying a deep thila reef from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! AMAZING SCHOOLS OF BIG-EYE JACKS SWIRLING AROUND THIS THILA DROP-OFF AND SCOOTING UP AND DOWN THE REEF WHILST ENGULFING DIVERS. THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF RED/PINK/SILVER CRESCENT TAILED- BIG EYES ON THE STUNNING TOP REEF PLUS INDIAN AND BROWNMARBLED GROUPERS, NAPOLEON WRASSES AND SOME OF THE VERY BEST HARD CORAL IN THE MALDIVES!
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted along inner reef with large porites blocks full of groupers and many snappers. We found SEVERAL LARGE GREEN TURTLES resting amongst the coral blocks and a couple of large ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS. There was a huge schol of black and white snappers on the channel front and the sweetlips, bluestripe snappers and raccoon butterflyfish on the corner. Beautiful!
Dive 3
We made a channel crossing and there were LOTS OF GREY SHARKS plus an eagle ray, white tip sharks and a huge ribbonrail ray sleeping under a block. We also saw a school of Forsters barracudas,, big eye jacks and the came shallow on the reeftop to many turtles, a huge mappa puffer a spotted puffer in its yellow mating colours etc.
Day 3
Lots of grey reef sharks at drop-off of channel from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We dived the north ocean reef corner where there were rainbow runners, white tip and grey sharks on the outside and then many green turtles on the reef top plus many spotfin squirrelfish and dense schools of Coopers anthias.
Dive 2
South corner of channel dive with just so many green turtles which swam off as soon as approached. A BOWMOUTH GUITARFISH swam across the channel front! There were white tip and grey sharks and a couple of ribbontail rays resting on the reef. We enjoyed the lovely schoools of bluestripe and humpback snappers on the corner again
Dive 3
A late afternoon channel crossing descending into a huge school of jacks then we saw lots of grey sharks but they were all quite deep and went deeper as we dropped down. There were lots of green turtles, different types of snappers, sleek and Thompsons surgeonfish and something was bothering the rudderfish as we drifted in on the north side.
Day 4
A bowmouth guitar fish seen on the front of a channel MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Final dive at this site after the weather held us here for two days! We made a channel crossing and there were many GREY SHARKS ALONG THE CHANNEL FRONT AGAIN also big eye jacks, turtles, barracudas, white tip sharks, black jacks and a pair of rare lined triggerfish!
Dive 2
A SLEEPING ZEBRA SHARK was the highlight of the dive but we also enjoyed the beautiful orange soft coral and seafan surrounded coral blocks with several green turtles, many snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, 30-40 large milk fish just under the surface and just enjoyed the beautiful outside reef.
Dive 3
A channel corner drfit with several huge green turtles (again!) an ENORMOUS tuna, several brownmarbled groupers having a fight, several grey sharks swimming around looking for cleaning stations, a black ribbon eel, nice nepthia soft coral in a variety of colours and a lovely ocean-facing reef wall
Day 5
Huge green turtles, a common sight in the Far South from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We crossed the channel front and some divers saw a large hammerhead shark swim away from the reef then there were lots of grey sharks deep on the north corner, a black ribbon eel, many green and hawksbill turtles, an eagle ray, sweetlips, Napoleons, several large groupers and millions of Coopers and Evans anthias. We saw a pod of dolphins in the channel after the dive
Dive 2
Surprise in-current so changed site to try and get some good shark action and this time saw around 30 GREY SHARKS hanging in the water column of all sizes, plus many big-eye jacks, white tip sharks cruising the reef edge and a nice and easy drift into the channel.
Dive 3
South corner drift past several huge porites blocks full of goldspot emperors and snappers, a couple of ribbon eels and onto the corner where we swam along the beautiful wall smothered in coral and pulsating with fish.
Evening Activity
Evening visit to local village
Day 6
Masses of bannerfish and oriental sweetlips make for colourful reefs from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No current so we had an easy crossing but not enough to pin the sharks down so they were busy at cleaning stations instead. There were also a couple of white tip sharks taking a break and resting in a sandy area. Along the drop off we saw rainbow runners, black jacks, mackerel scads and a large schoool of big eye jacks. The outside reef is stunning and this morning we woke up several resting green turtles!
Dive 2
A small out current so we drifted out of channel, along the front and along the south ocean reef past two large round ribbontail rays, white tip sharks, turtles, swirling big eye jacks, big eye emperors, plus a areef smothered in anthias and chromis with extensive areas of green cylinder porites
Dive 3
A pretty thila with lots of orange and pink seafans and many coral blocks surrounded by sand. In the large pavona coral we found a spiny lobster plus Bruuni shrimp cleaning rock cods
Night Dive
Back to the thila for a night dive where we found a pair of juvenile black and white snappers hiding in staghorn coral, lots of langoustine shrimps plus a furry legged Saron shrimp, a common crab, lots of hermit crabs, conus snails plus a pufferfish with lots of tiny snails crawling over it, yuck!
Beautiful sunset over idyllic Maldives island
Day 7
White tip reef shark at the current point of colourful Mafzoo thila MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at the pretty thila this time with a busy current point with a school of mixed fusiliers swirling around plus several white tip sharks cruising around. Deep over the wall were many large pink seafans and schools of bluestripe and humpback snappers. We also found a green leaf fish, a spiny lobster, a blue spotted trunkfish and so many small fish bouncing around in the coral
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Foammulah atoll passing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Easy drift on NW Ocean reef with really good porites coral cover plus many areas of extensive fire coral. We saw milk fish and giant barracudas in the shallows plus large coral blocks full of reef fish of all varieties plus many pyramid butterflyfish and schools of snappers on the extreme corner
Dive 3
Exploratory dive on SW of extensive southern plateau. There were many cleaning station type blocks but no big stuff taking advantage
Day 8
Yellow leaf fish at the thila top from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Early morning blue-water dive but no hammerheads :-( only sleek surgeonfish, black and white snappers, rainbow runners and big tunas
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Addu atoll
Dive 2
HURRAH!!!! 20 mantas and so much fun with them so close! They were busy just hanging out and also being cleaned and didn't seem too bothered by our presence. There were also two grey sharks and a little eagle ray plus all the usual reef fish hanging around the reef
Dive 3
Outflow from channel so we stayed on the outside reef of this channel corner and visited the coral blocks and then shallow over the extensive hard coral looking for turtles. There were several hawksbill and green turtles plus golden chromis bobbing up and down in the staghorn
Dive 4
Scenic dive to catch the golden sunlight at the end of the day at a shallow thila site where we saw a giant barracuda, a small eagle ray, lots of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs marauding around the reef, black sea urchins, Graeffe's sea cucumbers spawning, giant conch anad scorpion spider shells
Day 9
Lots of manta rays at our favourite southern manta point from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift with ~7 GREY REEF SHARKS around the front of the channel plus a school of barred jacks tucked in on the reef and Napoleons and snappers of various types up in the water column. There were ~20 MANTA RAYS waiting for us with many of our friends including Friendly Bubbler and Tuftee. The grey sharks and the eagle ray seemed to be enjoying the current!
Dive 2
We went straight to the manta point and had around 13 mantas focused on being cleaned this time so a little less intereactive with us but certainly giving us a wonderful and close-up show
Dive 3
Lots of green turtles, plus goldfinger dart pompanos, jobfish and bluefin jacks along this steep ocean reef wall and then a lovely reef top with purple and yellow soft corals plus excellent hard coral and all varieties of reef fish including a leaf fish, longnose filefish and arch eye hawkfish
Day 10
Divers enjoying a beautiful sunset from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
A dramatic ocean reef but just a small current and most fish were focused on being cleaned so we saw lots of blacksaddled and other large groupers out and about plus harlequin sweetlips, unicornfish, emperors etc. plus sleeping white tips. Up in the shallows off the reef was a large school (~100) milkfish
Dive 2
A FABULOUS SHOW WITH ~18 DIFFERENT MANTAS AND JASON AND GALILEO COURTSHIP-CHASING THE BIG FEMALE "FOURMA". THEIR BALLETIC CHASE WAS MESMERISING. The little eagle ray just looked on wishing she could join in the big guys fun!
Dive 3
A stern tour of the British Loyalty wreck descending into the bomb hole and out through the bottom of the hull and then towards the huge propellor and back along the deck where we paid a visit into the (huge!) engine room and a swim through a section of accomodation/storage area. We found blacktail snappers, Burberry print reef pipefish, Phidiana blue/purple nudibranchs and lots of juvenile batfish
Night Dive
At night the shrimps and crabs started to come out and we found Psmanthe and Bruuni shrimps in the black corals, tiny squat lobsters and trapezia crabs in most of the large table corals plus sleeping goatfish and parrotfish and a well camouflaged scorpionfish
Day 11
Courting manta rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful Ocean Reef with meandering reef cascading into the depths and superb hard corals in the shallows.We saw schools of big eye jacks and snappers plus a huge male green turtle, a few white tip sharks buzzing around, a FEATHERTAIL ray, large brownmarbled groupers and a large school of rudderfish. In clear blue water and with sunshine it was all rather idyllic.
Dive 2
Our final visit to manta point and 18 mantas there waiting greet us and play with us. A beautiful way to finish the trip!
Day 12
So many turtles and what an amazing reef! MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests had a relaxing morning onboard and then transferred to Gan airport for the domestic flight back to Male'
Day 13
Fourma and Jason, our super-friendly mantas flypast to say goodbye. Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and then travelled via a domestic flight from male' to Kadhedhdhoo in Huvadhoo atoll. We met the arriving guest and transferred to Sea Spirit, waiting outside the airport and travelled to the first sive site located near a pictuesque tropical island!
Dive 1
Easy and pretty check dive on large shallow thila with so many yellowback and neon fusiliers meandering around the reef top and mackerels, dogtooth tunas, many orbicular and longfin batfish off the reef. There were brightly coloured schools of blue-stripe snappers , yellow goatfish and crescent-tailed big eyes. We found Schultz's pipefish, Bruuni cleaner shrimps and just enjoyed the lovely corals
Day 1
Beautiful schools of big eye crescent tails from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Deeper thila with many cleaning stations attracting pelagic fish so many rainbow runners in attendance plus dogtooth tunas, a large male hawksbill turtle who investigated the divers several times! A small grey reef shark, blue ribbon eels, a green leaf fish, Amboin and Lysmata cleaner shrimps etc.
Dive 2
Sprawling ocean reef with lots of coral-covered deep thilas. There were many schools of reef fish plus large snappers including midnight, red and black & whites. There were a few hawksbill turtles plus some medium-sized Napoleons. Just so much coral!
Dive 3
Large thila structure with superb corals and many schools of fish. On the deeper side were many coral blocks filled with glassfish and several red groupers keeping guard, varicose wart slugs, Maldives sponge snails and lots of different damselfish in the acroporas including azur and and blue-green chromis. A squall blew up during the dive so we headed for sheltered anchorage and a change of plans!
Day 2
Divers enjoying a deep thila reef from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! AMAZING SCHOOLS OF BIG-EYE JACKS SWIRLING AROUND THIS THILA DROP-OFF AND SCOOTING UP AND DOWN THE REEF WHILST ENGULFING DIVERS. THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF RED/PINK/SILVER CRESCENT TAILED- BIG EYES ON THE STUNNING TOP REEF PLUS INDIAN AND BROWNMARBLED GROUPERS, NAPOLEON WRASSES AND SOME OF THE VERY BEST HARD CORAL IN THE MALDIVES!
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted along inner reef with large porites blocks full of groupers and many snappers. We found SEVERAL LARGE GREEN TURTLES resting amongst the coral blocks and a couple of large ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS. There was a huge schol of black and white snappers on the channel front and the sweetlips, bluestripe snappers and raccoon butterflyfish on the corner. Beautiful!
Dive 3
We made a channel crossing and there were LOTS OF GREY SHARKS plus an eagle ray, white tip sharks and a huge ribbonrail ray sleeping under a block. We also saw a school of Forsters barracudas,, big eye jacks and the came shallow on the reeftop to many turtles, a huge mappa puffer a spotted puffer in its yellow mating colours etc.
Day 3
Lots of grey reef sharks at drop-off of channel from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We dived the north ocean reef corner where there were rainbow runners, white tip and grey sharks on the outside and then many green turtles on the reef top plus many spotfin squirrelfish and dense schools of Coopers anthias.
Dive 2
South corner of channel dive with just so many green turtles which swam off as soon as approached. A BOWMOUTH GUITARFISH swam across the channel front! There were white tip and grey sharks and a couple of ribbontail rays resting on the reef. We enjoyed the lovely schoools of bluestripe and humpback snappers on the corner again
Dive 3
A late afternoon channel crossing descending into a huge school of jacks then we saw lots of grey sharks but they were all quite deep and went deeper as we dropped down. There were lots of green turtles, different types of snappers, sleek and Thompsons surgeonfish and something was bothering the rudderfish as we drifted in on the north side.
Day 4
A bowmouth guitar fish seen on the front of a channel MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Final dive at this site after the weather held us here for two days! We made a channel crossing and there were many GREY SHARKS ALONG THE CHANNEL FRONT AGAIN also big eye jacks, turtles, barracudas, white tip sharks, black jacks and a pair of rare lined triggerfish!
Dive 2
A SLEEPING ZEBRA SHARK was the highlight of the dive but we also enjoyed the beautiful orange soft coral and seafan surrounded coral blocks with several green turtles, many snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, 30-40 large milk fish just under the surface and just enjoyed the beautiful outside reef.
Dive 3
A channel corner drfit with several huge green turtles (again!) an ENORMOUS tuna, several brownmarbled groupers having a fight, several grey sharks swimming around looking for cleaning stations, a black ribbon eel, nice nepthia soft coral in a variety of colours and a lovely ocean-facing reef wall
Day 5
Huge green turtles, a common sight in the Far South from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We crossed the channel front and some divers saw a large hammerhead shark swim away from the reef then there were lots of grey sharks deep on the north corner, a black ribbon eel, many green and hawksbill turtles, an eagle ray, sweetlips, Napoleons, several large groupers and millions of Coopers and Evans anthias. We saw a pod of dolphins in the channel after the dive
Dive 2
Surprise in-current so changed site to try and get some good shark action and this time saw around 30 GREY SHARKS hanging in the water column of all sizes, plus many big-eye jacks, white tip sharks cruising the reef edge and a nice and easy drift into the channel.
Dive 3
South corner drift past several huge porites blocks full of goldspot emperors and snappers, a couple of ribbon eels and onto the corner where we swam along the beautiful wall smothered in coral and pulsating with fish.
Evening Activity
Evening visit to local village
Day 6
Masses of bannerfish and oriental sweetlips make for colourful reefs from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No current so we had an easy crossing but not enough to pin the sharks down so they were busy at cleaning stations instead. There were also a couple of white tip sharks taking a break and resting in a sandy area. Along the drop off we saw rainbow runners, black jacks, mackerel scads and a large schoool of big eye jacks. The outside reef is stunning and this morning we woke up several resting green turtles!
Dive 2
A small out current so we drifted out of channel, along the front and along the south ocean reef past two large round ribbontail rays, white tip sharks, turtles, swirling big eye jacks, big eye emperors, plus a areef smothered in anthias and chromis with extensive areas of green cylinder porites
Dive 3
A pretty thila with lots of orange and pink seafans and many coral blocks surrounded by sand. In the large pavona coral we found a spiny lobster plus Bruuni shrimp cleaning rock cods
Night Dive
Back to the thila for a night dive where we found a pair of juvenile black and white snappers hiding in staghorn coral, lots of langoustine shrimps plus a furry legged Saron shrimp, a common crab, lots of hermit crabs, conus snails plus a pufferfish with lots of tiny snails crawling over it, yuck!
Beautiful sunset over idyllic Maldives island
Day 7
White tip reef shark at the current point of colourful Mafzoo thila MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at the pretty thila this time with a busy current point with a school of mixed fusiliers swirling around plus several white tip sharks cruising around. Deep over the wall were many large pink seafans and schools of bluestripe and humpback snappers. We also found a green leaf fish, a spiny lobster, a blue spotted trunkfish and so many small fish bouncing around in the coral
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Foammulah atoll passing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Easy drift on NW Ocean reef with really good porites coral cover plus many areas of extensive fire coral. We saw milk fish and giant barracudas in the shallows plus large coral blocks full of reef fish of all varieties plus many pyramid butterflyfish and schools of snappers on the extreme corner
Dive 3
Exploratory dive on SW of extensive southern plateau. There were many cleaning station type blocks but no big stuff taking advantage
Day 8
Yellow leaf fish at the thila top from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Early morning blue-water dive but no hammerheads :-( only sleek surgeonfish, black and white snappers, rainbow runners and big tunas
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Addu atoll
Dive 2
HURRAH!!!! 20 mantas and so much fun with them so close! They were busy just hanging out and also being cleaned and didn't seem too bothered by our presence. There were also two grey sharks and a little eagle ray plus all the usual reef fish hanging around the reef
Dive 3
Outflow from channel so we stayed on the outside reef of this channel corner and visited the coral blocks and then shallow over the extensive hard coral looking for turtles. There were several hawksbill and green turtles plus golden chromis bobbing up and down in the staghorn
Dive 4
Scenic dive to catch the golden sunlight at the end of the day at a shallow thila site where we saw a giant barracuda, a small eagle ray, lots of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs marauding around the reef, black sea urchins, Graeffe's sea cucumbers spawning, giant conch anad scorpion spider shells
Day 9
Lots of manta rays at our favourite southern manta point from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift with ~7 GREY REEF SHARKS around the front of the channel plus a school of barred jacks tucked in on the reef and Napoleons and snappers of various types up in the water column. There were ~20 MANTA RAYS waiting for us with many of our friends including Friendly Bubbler and Tuftee. The grey sharks and the eagle ray seemed to be enjoying the current!
Dive 2
We went straight to the manta point and had around 13 mantas focused on being cleaned this time so a little less intereactive with us but certainly giving us a wonderful and close-up show
Dive 3
Lots of green turtles, plus goldfinger dart pompanos, jobfish and bluefin jacks along this steep ocean reef wall and then a lovely reef top with purple and yellow soft corals plus excellent hard coral and all varieties of reef fish including a leaf fish, longnose filefish and arch eye hawkfish
Day 10
Divers enjoying a beautiful sunset from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
A dramatic ocean reef but just a small current and most fish were focused on being cleaned so we saw lots of blacksaddled and other large groupers out and about plus harlequin sweetlips, unicornfish, emperors etc. plus sleeping white tips. Up in the shallows off the reef was a large school (~100) milkfish
Dive 2
A FABULOUS SHOW WITH ~18 DIFFERENT MANTAS AND JASON AND GALILEO COURTSHIP-CHASING THE BIG FEMALE "FOURMA". THEIR BALLETIC CHASE WAS MESMERISING. The little eagle ray just looked on wishing she could join in the big guys fun!
Dive 3
A stern tour of the British Loyalty wreck descending into the bomb hole and out through the bottom of the hull and then towards the huge propellor and back along the deck where we paid a visit into the (huge!) engine room and a swim through a section of accomodation/storage area. We found blacktail snappers, Burberry print reef pipefish, Phidiana blue/purple nudibranchs and lots of juvenile batfish
Night Dive
At night the shrimps and crabs started to come out and we found Psmanthe and Bruuni shrimps in the black corals, tiny squat lobsters and trapezia crabs in most of the large table corals plus sleeping goatfish and parrotfish and a well camouflaged scorpionfish
Day 11
Courting manta rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful Ocean Reef with meandering reef cascading into the depths and superb hard corals in the shallows.We saw schools of big eye jacks and snappers plus a huge male green turtle, a few white tip sharks buzzing around, a FEATHERTAIL ray, large brownmarbled groupers and a large school of rudderfish. In clear blue water and with sunshine it was all rather idyllic.
Dive 2
Our final visit to manta point and 18 mantas there waiting greet us and play with us. A beautiful way to finish the trip!
Day 12
So many turtles and what an amazing reef! MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests had a relaxing morning onboard and then transferred to Gan airport for the domestic flight back to Male'
Day 13
Fourma and Jason, our super-friendly mantas flypast to say goodbye. Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
SQ464 17 Aug 2014 to 24 Aug 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
All guests arrived on time. Once back on MV Sea Queen the guests sorted their dive gear out ready for a check dive, which was a very relaxing drift dive with plenty of pelagic life from White tip sharks, whip tail rays, Marble sting rays, eagle ray. Lots of reef fish and Hawks-bill turtles.
Day 1
Check dive on MV Sea Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
We were hoping to have Mantas come in to be cleaned but, no luck sadly!
Dive 2
Again no luck with the Mantas.
Dive 3
Lovely drift dive along the channel. Many white tip sharks hanging out with the current, 2 Jenkins rays, Barracuda, Leaf fish, Porcelin Crabs, so many honeycomb morays, Napoleons, Hawksbill turtles, Huge rainbow runners charging about along with Giant Trevallies and dog tooth tuna.
Day 2
White Tip Shark in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
WOW! What a dive with Jack corner living up to it's name being full of jacks and snappers, eagle rays, both Grey and white tip sharks, huge Green Turtle. Large shoals of forsters barracuda.
Dive 2
Fab critter dive with 4 leaf fish, Ribbon eels, Porcelain Crabs, Honeycomb morays, large shoal of banner fish and yellow spot snappers, Napoleon hunting. Many different types of shrimps.
Dive 3
Swift drift dive, get down quick, hold on and watch the Grey sharks coming closer and closer, a large female kept swimming right over our heads, leaf fish, humphead snappers, banner fish, rainbow runners, wave after wave of fusiliers.
Day 3
Dive 1
Due to very bad weather and high winds, we ended up doing all 3 dives today on Cocoa Thila to the guests delight. Each dive being different regarding current, direction and what we saw. Everyone came back from all 3 dives buzzing, with some sitting watching huge groups of Grey Sharks coming in to be cleaned, others enjoying the very close encounters with 6 eagle rays, whilst others just enjoyed the trip in all it's glory being full of reef fish.
Day 4
Dive 1
The day started with a quick snorkel with 3 Mantas. Then we enjoyed a dive looking along the deep front ledges full of soft coral and full of reef fish, on our way back to Sea Queen we checked to see if the Manta's were cleanng. Everyone jumped in some snorkelled, others had a 20 minute dive watching the 2 Mantas taking it in turns to be in the best spot on the cleaning station and also doing fly overs right over the guests heads.
Dive 2
Fab in current allowing us to start the dive in the blue drifting over the atoll plate then onto the thila, from start to finish we had both Grey sharks and White Tip Sharks, eagle rays, HUGE Green Turtles, Huge shoals of Sweetlips and Redtail butterfly fish.
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive due to us being able to move as the wind had dropped. So we made a run for it making our way back to North Male. Due to the time of the dive, we decided to just enjoy a gentle drift along the reef top over the very healthy Table coral and Coral blocks, which was lovely with the low lighting and sun setting.
Day 5
Dive 1
The whole of the overhang was full of lovely Blue Soft Coral, it was all puffed out to its full glory and full of Blue stripped snappers, Napoleons, Jacks charging about and plenty of reef fish. We told everyone to keep 80bar so we could check to see if the Manta's were at the cleaning station on our way back, to our luck we had one very friendly Female Manta coming within inches of the guests heads. We could even do our safety stops still watching her. WHAT A TREAT!!!!
Dive 2
The best way to describe this site is "Fish Soup" and a photographers dream followed by a gentle drift along a garden of anemones.
Dive 3
The winds had picked up again so the closet dive to us was HP, which for me is one of the Top Dives of North Male and it didn't disapoint. We had huge shoals of big eye jacks and Red snappers, Eagle rays, Huge Napoleon, Green turtles. But WOW the coral under the overhangs was STUNNING all puffed out in its full display. Truly amazing!!
Day 6
Dive 1
Ok so we took our chances and had one more go at the Manta Cleaning Station, the first 10 minutes was spent messing around in the sand taking group photo's and just having a ball while waiting for the Mantas. As soon as everyone had settled and was waiting a very playful male came in and spent the best part of 40 minutes with us swimming right up to everyone, making it the perfect way to finish the trip. Everyone was all smiles back on Luna along with some very funny photo's and some very close ones of a Manta.
Daytime Excursion
Trip into Male for Shopping and Ice-cream, before heading back to Sea Queen to finish packing.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transfer all guests to the airport ready for there flights back to the UK.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
All guests arrived on time. Once back on MV Sea Queen the guests sorted their dive gear out ready for a check dive, which was a very relaxing drift dive with plenty of pelagic life from White tip sharks, whip tail rays, Marble sting rays, eagle ray. Lots of reef fish and Hawks-bill turtles.
Day 1
Check dive on MV Sea Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
We were hoping to have Mantas come in to be cleaned but, no luck sadly!
Dive 2
Again no luck with the Mantas.
Dive 3
Lovely drift dive along the channel. Many white tip sharks hanging out with the current, 2 Jenkins rays, Barracuda, Leaf fish, Porcelin Crabs, so many honeycomb morays, Napoleons, Hawksbill turtles, Huge rainbow runners charging about along with Giant Trevallies and dog tooth tuna.
Day 2
White Tip Shark in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
WOW! What a dive with Jack corner living up to it's name being full of jacks and snappers, eagle rays, both Grey and white tip sharks, huge Green Turtle. Large shoals of forsters barracuda.
Dive 2
Fab critter dive with 4 leaf fish, Ribbon eels, Porcelain Crabs, Honeycomb morays, large shoal of banner fish and yellow spot snappers, Napoleon hunting. Many different types of shrimps.
Dive 3
Swift drift dive, get down quick, hold on and watch the Grey sharks coming closer and closer, a large female kept swimming right over our heads, leaf fish, humphead snappers, banner fish, rainbow runners, wave after wave of fusiliers.
Day 3
Dive 1
Due to very bad weather and high winds, we ended up doing all 3 dives today on Cocoa Thila to the guests delight. Each dive being different regarding current, direction and what we saw. Everyone came back from all 3 dives buzzing, with some sitting watching huge groups of Grey Sharks coming in to be cleaned, others enjoying the very close encounters with 6 eagle rays, whilst others just enjoyed the trip in all it's glory being full of reef fish.
Day 4
Dive 1
The day started with a quick snorkel with 3 Mantas. Then we enjoyed a dive looking along the deep front ledges full of soft coral and full of reef fish, on our way back to Sea Queen we checked to see if the Manta's were cleanng. Everyone jumped in some snorkelled, others had a 20 minute dive watching the 2 Mantas taking it in turns to be in the best spot on the cleaning station and also doing fly overs right over the guests heads.
Dive 2
Fab in current allowing us to start the dive in the blue drifting over the atoll plate then onto the thila, from start to finish we had both Grey sharks and White Tip Sharks, eagle rays, HUGE Green Turtles, Huge shoals of Sweetlips and Redtail butterfly fish.
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive due to us being able to move as the wind had dropped. So we made a run for it making our way back to North Male. Due to the time of the dive, we decided to just enjoy a gentle drift along the reef top over the very healthy Table coral and Coral blocks, which was lovely with the low lighting and sun setting.
Day 5
Dive 1
The whole of the overhang was full of lovely Blue Soft Coral, it was all puffed out to its full glory and full of Blue stripped snappers, Napoleons, Jacks charging about and plenty of reef fish. We told everyone to keep 80bar so we could check to see if the Manta's were at the cleaning station on our way back, to our luck we had one very friendly Female Manta coming within inches of the guests heads. We could even do our safety stops still watching her. WHAT A TREAT!!!!
Dive 2
The best way to describe this site is "Fish Soup" and a photographers dream followed by a gentle drift along a garden of anemones.
Dive 3
The winds had picked up again so the closet dive to us was HP, which for me is one of the Top Dives of North Male and it didn't disapoint. We had huge shoals of big eye jacks and Red snappers, Eagle rays, Huge Napoleon, Green turtles. But WOW the coral under the overhangs was STUNNING all puffed out in its full display. Truly amazing!!
Day 6
Dive 1
Ok so we took our chances and had one more go at the Manta Cleaning Station, the first 10 minutes was spent messing around in the sand taking group photo's and just having a ball while waiting for the Mantas. As soon as everyone had settled and was waiting a very playful male came in and spent the best part of 40 minutes with us swimming right up to everyone, making it the perfect way to finish the trip. Everyone was all smiles back on Luna along with some very funny photo's and some very close ones of a Manta.
Daytime Excursion
Trip into Male for Shopping and Ice-cream, before heading back to Sea Queen to finish packing.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transfer all guests to the airport ready for there flights back to the UK.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS441 27 Jul 2014 to 6 Aug 2014 Manta & Whaleshark Special (10 day)
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We up-anchored and travelled into North Male' atoll
Dive 1
Check dive. Drift on ocean facing reef with the current increasing as we drifted. We saw FOUR NAPOLEON WRASSES together, 3x honeycomb morays a MANGROVE WHIPRAY several white tip reef sharks and a block with 12 lobsters plus several schools of fish so a great start!
Day 1
Friendly little hawksbill turtle Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
1+3 MANTA RAYS but rather a strong current making it difficult for them to stop and clean. We were entertained by lemon meringue wrasse and lots of garden eels whilst we waited for mantas. A little hawksbill turtle came to visit us and pretty much approached every diver on his way to the coral blocks
Dive 2
We tried again for mantas but they just seemed very shy today. We had a large lionfish join the group and a cute juvenile razor wrasse swim through. Matt found a peacock flounder and there were many pinkbar gobies with their pairs of pistol shrimps in burrows
Dive 3
Ocean reef with lovely schools of bluestripe snappers on large porites blocks. We found a large RIBBONTAIL RAY sleeping in the sand, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, a pair of yellow/black leaf fish, an eagle ray, several honeycomb morays being cleaned and a friendly hawksbill turtle.
Day 2
Manta rays sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
In-current at channel corner with millions of fusiliers in the water column and dogtooth tunas sweeping through amongst them. We found a mangrove whipray and then about a dozen WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS riding the current on the corner plus a couple of EAGLE RAYS so we stopped to watch. We had a fun drift over the coral blocks and past the overhangs inside the channel
Dive 2
Pretty thila with all the soft corals puffed up and schools of snappers and bannerfish at the current point plus a large school of CHEVRON BARRACUDAS which moved around and enveloped divers as they photographed them. Between the white-polyped seafans were schools of blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips and there were many red soldierfish in the bigger overhangs. This site was very fishy today and had a wonderful vive with all the small fish fluttering in the current.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 3
The wind picked up and stirred up the sea so the visibility was not so good but there was still plenty of life on the little wreck as there were schools of silversides being chased by bonitos and bluefin trevallies plus schools of glassfis being hunted by large lionfish and coral groupers. This site is always good for macro and today we found Durban, short-headed, banded and Bruuni shrimps, a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, many Maldives sponge snails (Matt put a few together to "introduce" them) and the pretty magnifica anemones with large blackfoot anemonefish.
Day 3
Reefs teeming with fish and corals from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef to channel corner drift with nice overhangs and terraces and many soft coral decorated coral blocks. We saw a large grey shark, several white tips a yellow leaf fish plus a pair of white ones, schooling bannerfish, Lysmata shrimps and really pretty overhangs full of reef fish, seafans etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing To Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
Out current on channel corner drift with two hawksbill turtles and many surgeonfish on the channel corner and then excellent macro on the wall (along with the lovely schools of goldspot emperors and humpback snappers): Lysmata shrimps, a white leaf fish, fimbriated morays, various Phyllidia slugs and every type of anthias.
Dive 3
There were LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS BUZZING AROUND in the channel plus a large sleeping ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY. We found a silver and a gold leaf fish together, a tiny Chromodoris fidelis, a white mouthed moray, trapezia crabs and pistol shrimps in Pocillopora coral. This reef is full of feisty (read vicious!) black cheek morals and we saw one bite a passing hawksbill turtle, so its not just us divers they pick on!
Night Dive
WILD NIGHT DIVE WITH A LARGE NURSE SHARK AGGREGATION, SOME SWIMMING IN A SCHOOL IN THE WATER COLUMN AND OTHERS FORAGING ON THE BOTTOM. THERE WERE ALSO PINK WHIP RAYS, RIBBONTAIL RAYS, GIANT TREVALLIES AND SOME BLACKTIP SHARKS TURNED UP WHEN THE RESORT STARTED THROWING FISH-BITS IN. AMAZING!!!!
We celebrated Carolyn and Gareth's wedding anniversary
Day 4
Hungry tawny nurse shark out hunting from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Out current in channel but this time we discovered a group of GREY SHARKS PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT along with ~20 JUVENILE GREY SHARKS AND TWO EAGLE RAYS. We just stopped and watched the show!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Ari atoll
Dive 2
Easy drift along lovely ocean reef. There were THREE EAGLE RAYS TOGETHER, several turtles, a blotched porcupinefish, a yellow pustule flatworm, a tiny octopus, a grouper ate a red-tooth triggerfish! This reef section has lovely hard corals in the shallows with schools of reef fish.
Dive 3
There was a nice current point with big jacks and tunas plus many schooling bannerfish. This site is famous for turtles and there were several around, munching their way through all the disc anemones. There were black coral trees with hundreds of Pericimenes psamanthe shrimps and longnose hawkfish in, and Jan found an ornate ghost pipe fish. We saw a couple of rare bartail morays. Great late afternoon dive!
Day 5
So many grey sharks! Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A wreck with some great creatures! TWO stonefish, one was covered in green algae and very fluffy, a white leaf fish, 2x Chromodoris glenei nudis, a large spearing mantis shrimp. The house reef has good coral growth and divers saw MOBULA RAYS, blacktip sharks and the reeftop was buzzing with cromis and Sargent Majors
Snorkelling
AN HOURS SNORKEL WITH A SWIFTLY SWIMMING WHALE SHARK!!! To keep up we had to swim hard and all the snorkellers ended up being dropped in 5 or 6 times. He swam off without us eventually!
Dive 2
A drift dive on an ocean reef with many white tips, a black tip and a large round ribbon tail ray sighted, but no whale shark. A ledge full of glassfish also contained 2x pink leaf fish, a white and a yellow one! Lovely sweetlips too.
Dive 3
A third drift trying to see a whale shark diving and still no luck but lots of other nice things including a round ribbontail ray in an overhang, blacktip sharks in the shallows, white tip sharks, a Periclimenes imperator shrimp on a sea cucumber, a cave full of glassfish and bullseyes, 2-spot angelfish and a mappa puffer which accompanied the group for the entire dive
Evening Activity
A couple of guest made a visit to a local village in the evening
Day 6
Whale shark seen today! Friendly but fast! Mv Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful thila with large overhangs and tall blocks forming canyons with so many blue stripe snappers. There were grey sharks and white tips at the current point and many fusiliers, pyramid bannerfish and sleek surgeonfish. The deeper part of the thila is smothered with large seafans. We found a short headed shrimp in a carpet anemone plus a very entertaining octopus on the top reef
We patrolled the reefs along the western edge of the atoll looking for feeding mantas but only saw a couple in the shallows and decided to leave the mantas to it and not disturb them further
Dive 2
Pretty and colourful long thila with extensive overhangs on the north and south sides and many, many snappers and goldspots. The caves had lovely seafans and seawhips plus dendronepthia and chironepthia soft corals. The top was a riot of colour and just so many fish. A big squall blew in at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
SILVERTIP SHARKS, GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS AT THE DEEP CURRENT POINT, OVER THE DEEP BLOCKS AND PROBABLY LOOKING FOR CLEANING STATIONS. We saw one grey shark with its mouth open and posing to be cleaned.We then saw a couple of grey sharks sweeping up and down the shallow reef edge near cleaning stations so it must have been that time of day! We also found turtles, octopus, batfish, bannerfish and bannerfish, so quite a show
Night Dive
AMAZING FEEDING MANTA RAY SESSION FOR OVER 60 MINUTES AS WE WATCHED FOUR HUNGRY MANTAS HOOVERING UP THE PLANKTON. A VERY SPECIAL DIVE
Day 7
Pirate invade Sea Spirit! Maldives
Dive 1
ERASMUS IS BACK! Huge giant barracuda was hanging out at the current point near a cleaning station and intimidating the bannerfish (and us!). There were ~5 GREY SHARKS of various sizes cruising the depths plus a large school of longfin batfish. We also found a hawksbill turtle and a small ledge full of Bruuni shrimps busy cleaning rock cods
Dive 2
Thila with colourful overhangs and a charming Anemone City occupied by 1000 maldives anemone fish in hundreds of Magnifica anemones. We found TWO BEAUTIFUL BLACK AND WHITE JORUNNA FUNEBRIS nudis. There were curious harlequib sweetlips and large black coral trees full of oysters and sponges
Dive 3
Pretty Thila but a rather whirly current this afternoon, mixing things up. We found the red "radioactive" anemone, Napoleon, white tips, a Susan's flatworm and batfish. A big squall blwe in during the dive and it was a very rough pick up
Night Dive
TWO MANTAS FEEDING BEHIND SS. Wiggle was extremely friendly tonight!
Day 8
Manta rays in the dark! Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
SHARKY THILA SITE WITH AROUND 5 CURIOUS GREY SHARKS CRUISING THE CURRENT POINT PLUS LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS SKITTING ABOUT OR SLEEPING IN THE SAND. Around the thila there were lovely schools of big-eye crescent tails, bluestripe snappers, Forster's barracudas etc. We found several scorpionfish on the reef top
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Male' atoll
Dive 2
Colourful thila with some overhangs full of glassfish, soldierfish and with ledges with banded coral shrimps and Lysmata cleaner shrimps offering their services. There were sponges of every colour, many anemones, a sleeping turtle, emperors and many different reef fish.
Dive 3
BEAUTIFUL SITE AND SUPERB ANIMALS TODAY WITH 2X LARGE TAWNY NURSE SHARKS HIDING IN A CANYON, EAGLE RAYS AT THE CURRENT POINT ALONG WITH A SCHOOL OF ~7 LARGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS CRUISING ABOUT, A HUGE BLUE NAPOLEON, FAT-LIPPED SILVER SWEETLIPS PLUS ALL THE BEAUTIFUL PINK,ORANGE, YELLOW AND BLUE SOFT CORAL BLOCKS, OVERHANGS AND TERRACES ALL PUFFED UP AND JUST SO COLOURFUL. A SCUBA HEAVEN!
Day 9
Friendly eagle rays in the Maldives as seen from Sea Spirit
Dive 1
LUCKY LAST DIVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL MANTA SHOW FOR OVER AN HOUR. Such a great way to end. One of the mantas was very curious and was copying divers, swimming low in the sand and coming in to check us out very closely. Wonderful!
Travel back to anchorage near Male' and an afternoon visit to the capital for shopping, sightseeing and a visit to the ice-cream parlour
Day 10
Amazing manta action AGAIN from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests to airport in the morning for onward international flights
Day 11
MV Sea Spirit at motor. Maldives
 
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We up-anchored and travelled into North Male' atoll
Dive 1
Check dive. Drift on ocean facing reef with the current increasing as we drifted. We saw FOUR NAPOLEON WRASSES together, 3x honeycomb morays a MANGROVE WHIPRAY several white tip reef sharks and a block with 12 lobsters plus several schools of fish so a great start!
Day 1
Friendly little hawksbill turtle Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
1+3 MANTA RAYS but rather a strong current making it difficult for them to stop and clean. We were entertained by lemon meringue wrasse and lots of garden eels whilst we waited for mantas. A little hawksbill turtle came to visit us and pretty much approached every diver on his way to the coral blocks
Dive 2
We tried again for mantas but they just seemed very shy today. We had a large lionfish join the group and a cute juvenile razor wrasse swim through. Matt found a peacock flounder and there were many pinkbar gobies with their pairs of pistol shrimps in burrows
Dive 3
Ocean reef with lovely schools of bluestripe snappers on large porites blocks. We found a large RIBBONTAIL RAY sleeping in the sand, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, a pair of yellow/black leaf fish, an eagle ray, several honeycomb morays being cleaned and a friendly hawksbill turtle.
Day 2
Manta rays sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
In-current at channel corner with millions of fusiliers in the water column and dogtooth tunas sweeping through amongst them. We found a mangrove whipray and then about a dozen WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS riding the current on the corner plus a couple of EAGLE RAYS so we stopped to watch. We had a fun drift over the coral blocks and past the overhangs inside the channel
Dive 2
Pretty thila with all the soft corals puffed up and schools of snappers and bannerfish at the current point plus a large school of CHEVRON BARRACUDAS which moved around and enveloped divers as they photographed them. Between the white-polyped seafans were schools of blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips and there were many red soldierfish in the bigger overhangs. This site was very fishy today and had a wonderful vive with all the small fish fluttering in the current.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 3
The wind picked up and stirred up the sea so the visibility was not so good but there was still plenty of life on the little wreck as there were schools of silversides being chased by bonitos and bluefin trevallies plus schools of glassfis being hunted by large lionfish and coral groupers. This site is always good for macro and today we found Durban, short-headed, banded and Bruuni shrimps, a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, many Maldives sponge snails (Matt put a few together to "introduce" them) and the pretty magnifica anemones with large blackfoot anemonefish.
Day 3
Reefs teeming with fish and corals from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef to channel corner drift with nice overhangs and terraces and many soft coral decorated coral blocks. We saw a large grey shark, several white tips a yellow leaf fish plus a pair of white ones, schooling bannerfish, Lysmata shrimps and really pretty overhangs full of reef fish, seafans etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing To Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
Out current on channel corner drift with two hawksbill turtles and many surgeonfish on the channel corner and then excellent macro on the wall (along with the lovely schools of goldspot emperors and humpback snappers): Lysmata shrimps, a white leaf fish, fimbriated morays, various Phyllidia slugs and every type of anthias.
Dive 3
There were LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS BUZZING AROUND in the channel plus a large sleeping ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY. We found a silver and a gold leaf fish together, a tiny Chromodoris fidelis, a white mouthed moray, trapezia crabs and pistol shrimps in Pocillopora coral. This reef is full of feisty (read vicious!) black cheek morals and we saw one bite a passing hawksbill turtle, so its not just us divers they pick on!
Night Dive
WILD NIGHT DIVE WITH A LARGE NURSE SHARK AGGREGATION, SOME SWIMMING IN A SCHOOL IN THE WATER COLUMN AND OTHERS FORAGING ON THE BOTTOM. THERE WERE ALSO PINK WHIP RAYS, RIBBONTAIL RAYS, GIANT TREVALLIES AND SOME BLACKTIP SHARKS TURNED UP WHEN THE RESORT STARTED THROWING FISH-BITS IN. AMAZING!!!!
We celebrated Carolyn and Gareth's wedding anniversary
Day 4
Hungry tawny nurse shark out hunting from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Out current in channel but this time we discovered a group of GREY SHARKS PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT along with ~20 JUVENILE GREY SHARKS AND TWO EAGLE RAYS. We just stopped and watched the show!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Ari atoll
Dive 2
Easy drift along lovely ocean reef. There were THREE EAGLE RAYS TOGETHER, several turtles, a blotched porcupinefish, a yellow pustule flatworm, a tiny octopus, a grouper ate a red-tooth triggerfish! This reef section has lovely hard corals in the shallows with schools of reef fish.
Dive 3
There was a nice current point with big jacks and tunas plus many schooling bannerfish. This site is famous for turtles and there were several around, munching their way through all the disc anemones. There were black coral trees with hundreds of Pericimenes psamanthe shrimps and longnose hawkfish in, and Jan found an ornate ghost pipe fish. We saw a couple of rare bartail morays. Great late afternoon dive!
Day 5
So many grey sharks! Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A wreck with some great creatures! TWO stonefish, one was covered in green algae and very fluffy, a white leaf fish, 2x Chromodoris glenei nudis, a large spearing mantis shrimp. The house reef has good coral growth and divers saw MOBULA RAYS, blacktip sharks and the reeftop was buzzing with cromis and Sargent Majors
Snorkelling
AN HOURS SNORKEL WITH A SWIFTLY SWIMMING WHALE SHARK!!! To keep up we had to swim hard and all the snorkellers ended up being dropped in 5 or 6 times. He swam off without us eventually!
Dive 2
A drift dive on an ocean reef with many white tips, a black tip and a large round ribbon tail ray sighted, but no whale shark. A ledge full of glassfish also contained 2x pink leaf fish, a white and a yellow one! Lovely sweetlips too.
Dive 3
A third drift trying to see a whale shark diving and still no luck but lots of other nice things including a round ribbontail ray in an overhang, blacktip sharks in the shallows, white tip sharks, a Periclimenes imperator shrimp on a sea cucumber, a cave full of glassfish and bullseyes, 2-spot angelfish and a mappa puffer which accompanied the group for the entire dive
Evening Activity
A couple of guest made a visit to a local village in the evening
Day 6
Whale shark seen today! Friendly but fast! Mv Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful thila with large overhangs and tall blocks forming canyons with so many blue stripe snappers. There were grey sharks and white tips at the current point and many fusiliers, pyramid bannerfish and sleek surgeonfish. The deeper part of the thila is smothered with large seafans. We found a short headed shrimp in a carpet anemone plus a very entertaining octopus on the top reef
We patrolled the reefs along the western edge of the atoll looking for feeding mantas but only saw a couple in the shallows and decided to leave the mantas to it and not disturb them further
Dive 2
Pretty and colourful long thila with extensive overhangs on the north and south sides and many, many snappers and goldspots. The caves had lovely seafans and seawhips plus dendronepthia and chironepthia soft corals. The top was a riot of colour and just so many fish. A big squall blew in at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
SILVERTIP SHARKS, GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS AT THE DEEP CURRENT POINT, OVER THE DEEP BLOCKS AND PROBABLY LOOKING FOR CLEANING STATIONS. We saw one grey shark with its mouth open and posing to be cleaned.We then saw a couple of grey sharks sweeping up and down the shallow reef edge near cleaning stations so it must have been that time of day! We also found turtles, octopus, batfish, bannerfish and bannerfish, so quite a show
Night Dive
AMAZING FEEDING MANTA RAY SESSION FOR OVER 60 MINUTES AS WE WATCHED FOUR HUNGRY MANTAS HOOVERING UP THE PLANKTON. A VERY SPECIAL DIVE
Day 7
Pirate invade Sea Spirit! Maldives
Dive 1
ERASMUS IS BACK! Huge giant barracuda was hanging out at the current point near a cleaning station and intimidating the bannerfish (and us!). There were ~5 GREY SHARKS of various sizes cruising the depths plus a large school of longfin batfish. We also found a hawksbill turtle and a small ledge full of Bruuni shrimps busy cleaning rock cods
Dive 2
Thila with colourful overhangs and a charming Anemone City occupied by 1000 maldives anemone fish in hundreds of Magnifica anemones. We found TWO BEAUTIFUL BLACK AND WHITE JORUNNA FUNEBRIS nudis. There were curious harlequib sweetlips and large black coral trees full of oysters and sponges
Dive 3
Pretty Thila but a rather whirly current this afternoon, mixing things up. We found the red "radioactive" anemone, Napoleon, white tips, a Susan's flatworm and batfish. A big squall blwe in during the dive and it was a very rough pick up
Night Dive
TWO MANTAS FEEDING BEHIND SS. Wiggle was extremely friendly tonight!
Day 8
Manta rays in the dark! Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
SHARKY THILA SITE WITH AROUND 5 CURIOUS GREY SHARKS CRUISING THE CURRENT POINT PLUS LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS SKITTING ABOUT OR SLEEPING IN THE SAND. Around the thila there were lovely schools of big-eye crescent tails, bluestripe snappers, Forster's barracudas etc. We found several scorpionfish on the reef top
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Male' atoll
Dive 2
Colourful thila with some overhangs full of glassfish, soldierfish and with ledges with banded coral shrimps and Lysmata cleaner shrimps offering their services. There were sponges of every colour, many anemones, a sleeping turtle, emperors and many different reef fish.
Dive 3
BEAUTIFUL SITE AND SUPERB ANIMALS TODAY WITH 2X LARGE TAWNY NURSE SHARKS HIDING IN A CANYON, EAGLE RAYS AT THE CURRENT POINT ALONG WITH A SCHOOL OF ~7 LARGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS CRUISING ABOUT, A HUGE BLUE NAPOLEON, FAT-LIPPED SILVER SWEETLIPS PLUS ALL THE BEAUTIFUL PINK,ORANGE, YELLOW AND BLUE SOFT CORAL BLOCKS, OVERHANGS AND TERRACES ALL PUFFED UP AND JUST SO COLOURFUL. A SCUBA HEAVEN!
Day 9
Friendly eagle rays in the Maldives as seen from Sea Spirit
Dive 1
LUCKY LAST DIVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL MANTA SHOW FOR OVER AN HOUR. Such a great way to end. One of the mantas was very curious and was copying divers, swimming low in the sand and coming in to check us out very closely. Wonderful!
Travel back to anchorage near Male' and an afternoon visit to the capital for shopping, sightseeing and a visit to the ice-cream parlour
Day 10
Amazing manta action AGAIN from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests to airport in the morning for onward international flights
Day 11
MV Sea Spirit at motor. Maldives
Sea Spirit SS440 20 Jul 2014 to 27 Jul 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Arrival of guests to Sea Spirit from international flights, resorts and Male'. Due to an afternoon arrival we made a morning check dive.
Dive 1
A nice and easy check dive with a small drift on an ocean-facing reef. We saw a ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAY, 4x EAGLE RAYS (together), a green turtle, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, white tip sharks, a porcelain crab in a carpet anemone, dogtooth tunas etc. plus lots of lovely reef fish and small acropora corals plus pastel coloured Nepthia soft coral.
Day 1
The SS440 group! on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AN AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW WITH 8 DIFFERENT MANTAS DURING THE DIVE AND ONE STAYING FOR THE WHOLE HOUR! There was also a large lionfish hanging around the divers, a little too closely for comfort plus a spearing mantis shrimp and a juvenile imperial angelfish.
Dive 2
A second hour watching mantas. This time we counted 5 different ones and the lead female was different and kept seeing-off any other manta which tried to also use the cleaning station but she was friendly to divers and kept passing over our heads peering closely at us and enjoying the bubble baths
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll. Although the xea was not rough, there was a considerable swell from the south making for a rolly crossing!
Dive 3
A super-fishy ocean/channel site with many layers of reef and pelagic fish and lots of different groupers including yellow, white spotted and brownmarbled. We found THREE LEAF FISH, 4x spearing mantis shrimps although two shot into their burrows when we got a little too close, spotted and silver garden eels, ~200 longfin batfish in a tight school, undulate morays and longnose and big-eye emperors.
Day 2
Such a great show of manta rays this trip! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A second dive on this ocean reef and this time there were several GREY REEF SHARKS CIRCLING AROUND ON THE REEF TOP throughout the dive. 2-3 white tip reef sharks circled below us and we had to be wary of the feisty blackcheek morays and man-eating Vlaming's surgeonfish which kept trying to eat our bubbles. We found a white leaf fish, a red-and-yellow Lysmata shimp, and there was plenty of big-fish action with dogtooth tunas, barred and golden jacks zooming up and down the reef.
Ocean Crossing
Crossing into North Ari atoll
Dive 2
This thila was VERY SHARKY TODAY WITH ~20 GREY SHARKS BUZZING AROUND ON THE PLATEAU. THEY WERE ALL FEMALE SO WE THOUGHT THIS MIGHT BE A MATING AGGREGATIN OF SOME KIND. We also saw a male chasing a female over the reef top later on and the same female then spent a lot of time following the divers and even following us up to our 5m safety stop which is very unusual shark behaviour! We also saw the very friendly little EAGLE RAY who happily posed for photos and the usual schools of big eye crescent-tails, bluestripe snappers, Forsters and chevron barracudas,
Dive 3
A pretty, soft-coral covered wreck and thila with plenty of purple/orange Chironepthia soft coral, seafans and black corals smothering the wreck and hiding large lionfish, glassfish and many groupers. We found a yellow papillae flatworm, a black-barred shrimp goby guarding it's nest with two sand-moving pistol shrimps, a bluefaced angelfish and there were just so many brightly coloured magnificent anemonefish on the reef top with their entourages of Maldives blackfoot anemonefish
Day 3
Diver on a beautiful fish-filled Maldives reef MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Small current drift at long thila site. We descended onto large cora blocks with schools of blue striped and hump backed snappers. Overhangs were hung with blue soft corals, and filled with soldier fish and many small reef fish. Large snappers hung out in the canyons between the main reef and the pinnacles. We also found a bearded scorpion fish and several white tip sharks.
Dive 2
Glorious overhangs filled with blue, yellow, pink and orange soft coral. Huge seafans and massive schools of blue stripped snapper. Barracuda and big eye jack off the reef and a friendly turtle on top.
Dive 3
Gentle afternoon dive with several juv grey sharks, white tips resting on the sand and one juvenile SILVERTIP SHARK whizzing around following a grey shark,
Night Dive
Over an hour spent in close company with 4 feeding manta rays looping in our bubbles and skimming our heads
Day 4
Diver with grey shark up close on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE THILA SITES AND EASY TODAY WITH JUST ENOUGH CRRENT TO KEEP THE FISH AT THE CURRENT POINT AND GIVE US A WONDERFUL SHOW. The school of bannerfish were tightly clustered and made for a great photo. GREY SHARKS AND A JUVENILE SILVERTIP SHARK buzzed around the drop off. We found a friendly hawksbill turtle and a ledge with so many Bruuni cleaner shrimp busy on coral groupers
Dive 2
Colourful small thila with just about every type of reef fish and smothered in juvenile cardinals plus four or five species of fusilers (including many juveniles) and large lionfish in wait for something small to pass by. We also found an unidentified yellow streaked/brown flatworm
Dive 3
An easy drift looking for whale sharks. We didn't get lucky but we did see a manta, two white-mouthed morays, a clouded moray, an octopus, turtle, eagle ray, white tip sharks and many sweetlips and rudderfish.
Evening Activity
The guests went ashore to local island for some souvenir shopping and to look around
Day 5
Diver with so many fish on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Famous thila with just so many fish! There are beautiful blocks and overhangs forming canyons and filled with large meandering schools of bluestripe snappers. The large pink seafans dress every surface below 20m! Today there were 3 white tip sharks chasing around in the shallows and this was probably pre-mating activity. We ended the dive just hanging out at the current point amongst the myriad of fish.
A pod of spinner dolphins passed by several times as we cruised the ocean looking for ws. At one point approx 200 swam past!
Dive 2
We made a drift dive at this lovely ocean reef site after having spent several hours looking for whale sharks with no luck. WE SAW SEVERAL BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS scurrying about in the shallows or on the bottom, a white mouthed moray, a large pink frilly scorpionfish, a hawksbill turtle and on the top reef which has superb cover of hard corals we saw schools of Captain and ember parrotfish plus a marauding school of bristletooth tangs.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Night Dive
Great macro dive with several Coriocella nigra the rare purple sponge snail, a pair of small Chromodoris geometrica plus a pretty tellow/purple Flabellina nudi. We found a pretty reef lobster, a ling (unusual), bartail and fimbriated morays, lots of beautiful featherstars and a sleeping turtle.
Day 6
Blue soft coral caves with orange seafans from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Superb pink and orange soft coral covered pinnacles at this thila with five GREY SHARKS AND TWO EAGLE RAYS AMONGST THE LARGE SCHOOL OF BLACK AND WHITE PLUS RED SNAPPERS AND BIG EYE JACKS. Just amazing. White tip sharks milled around and there were many jacks, tunas and mackerels around. We ended the dive with the schools of oriental sweetlips and clorrared butterflyfish on the top reef.
Dive 2
Sheltered giri dive with wreck from 18-35m. We scared of a green turtle as we arrived onto the wreck but there were lots of silversides and jackfish action to keep us untertained plus large lionfish out hunting plus Durban and banded coral shrimps in the nooks and crannies. On the main reef we found peacock mantis shrimps, 2x Susan's flatworms, 2x octopus, and a teeny thrashing oriental sweetlips.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to North Male' atoll. Two guests transferred to Bandos resort. It is still Ramadan so we did not make a visit to Male'
Day 7
Diver with collared butterflyfish on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
The remaining guests were transferred to the airport to await their international flights to east Asia.
Day 8
Fun turtles in blue water at Maalhis, Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Arrival of guests to Sea Spirit from international flights, resorts and Male'. Due to an afternoon arrival we made a morning check dive.
Dive 1
A nice and easy check dive with a small drift on an ocean-facing reef. We saw a ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAY, 4x EAGLE RAYS (together), a green turtle, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, white tip sharks, a porcelain crab in a carpet anemone, dogtooth tunas etc. plus lots of lovely reef fish and small acropora corals plus pastel coloured Nepthia soft coral.
Day 1
The SS440 group! on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AN AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW WITH 8 DIFFERENT MANTAS DURING THE DIVE AND ONE STAYING FOR THE WHOLE HOUR! There was also a large lionfish hanging around the divers, a little too closely for comfort plus a spearing mantis shrimp and a juvenile imperial angelfish.
Dive 2
A second hour watching mantas. This time we counted 5 different ones and the lead female was different and kept seeing-off any other manta which tried to also use the cleaning station but she was friendly to divers and kept passing over our heads peering closely at us and enjoying the bubble baths
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll. Although the xea was not rough, there was a considerable swell from the south making for a rolly crossing!
Dive 3
A super-fishy ocean/channel site with many layers of reef and pelagic fish and lots of different groupers including yellow, white spotted and brownmarbled. We found THREE LEAF FISH, 4x spearing mantis shrimps although two shot into their burrows when we got a little too close, spotted and silver garden eels, ~200 longfin batfish in a tight school, undulate morays and longnose and big-eye emperors.
Day 2
Such a great show of manta rays this trip! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A second dive on this ocean reef and this time there were several GREY REEF SHARKS CIRCLING AROUND ON THE REEF TOP throughout the dive. 2-3 white tip reef sharks circled below us and we had to be wary of the feisty blackcheek morays and man-eating Vlaming's surgeonfish which kept trying to eat our bubbles. We found a white leaf fish, a red-and-yellow Lysmata shimp, and there was plenty of big-fish action with dogtooth tunas, barred and golden jacks zooming up and down the reef.
Ocean Crossing
Crossing into North Ari atoll
Dive 2
This thila was VERY SHARKY TODAY WITH ~20 GREY SHARKS BUZZING AROUND ON THE PLATEAU. THEY WERE ALL FEMALE SO WE THOUGHT THIS MIGHT BE A MATING AGGREGATIN OF SOME KIND. We also saw a male chasing a female over the reef top later on and the same female then spent a lot of time following the divers and even following us up to our 5m safety stop which is very unusual shark behaviour! We also saw the very friendly little EAGLE RAY who happily posed for photos and the usual schools of big eye crescent-tails, bluestripe snappers, Forsters and chevron barracudas,
Dive 3
A pretty, soft-coral covered wreck and thila with plenty of purple/orange Chironepthia soft coral, seafans and black corals smothering the wreck and hiding large lionfish, glassfish and many groupers. We found a yellow papillae flatworm, a black-barred shrimp goby guarding it's nest with two sand-moving pistol shrimps, a bluefaced angelfish and there were just so many brightly coloured magnificent anemonefish on the reef top with their entourages of Maldives blackfoot anemonefish
Day 3
Diver on a beautiful fish-filled Maldives reef MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Small current drift at long thila site. We descended onto large cora blocks with schools of blue striped and hump backed snappers. Overhangs were hung with blue soft corals, and filled with soldier fish and many small reef fish. Large snappers hung out in the canyons between the main reef and the pinnacles. We also found a bearded scorpion fish and several white tip sharks.
Dive 2
Glorious overhangs filled with blue, yellow, pink and orange soft coral. Huge seafans and massive schools of blue stripped snapper. Barracuda and big eye jack off the reef and a friendly turtle on top.
Dive 3
Gentle afternoon dive with several juv grey sharks, white tips resting on the sand and one juvenile SILVERTIP SHARK whizzing around following a grey shark,
Night Dive
Over an hour spent in close company with 4 feeding manta rays looping in our bubbles and skimming our heads
Day 4
Diver with grey shark up close on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE THILA SITES AND EASY TODAY WITH JUST ENOUGH CRRENT TO KEEP THE FISH AT THE CURRENT POINT AND GIVE US A WONDERFUL SHOW. The school of bannerfish were tightly clustered and made for a great photo. GREY SHARKS AND A JUVENILE SILVERTIP SHARK buzzed around the drop off. We found a friendly hawksbill turtle and a ledge with so many Bruuni cleaner shrimp busy on coral groupers
Dive 2
Colourful small thila with just about every type of reef fish and smothered in juvenile cardinals plus four or five species of fusilers (including many juveniles) and large lionfish in wait for something small to pass by. We also found an unidentified yellow streaked/brown flatworm
Dive 3
An easy drift looking for whale sharks. We didn't get lucky but we did see a manta, two white-mouthed morays, a clouded moray, an octopus, turtle, eagle ray, white tip sharks and many sweetlips and rudderfish.
Evening Activity
The guests went ashore to local island for some souvenir shopping and to look around
Day 5
Diver with so many fish on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Famous thila with just so many fish! There are beautiful blocks and overhangs forming canyons and filled with large meandering schools of bluestripe snappers. The large pink seafans dress every surface below 20m! Today there were 3 white tip sharks chasing around in the shallows and this was probably pre-mating activity. We ended the dive just hanging out at the current point amongst the myriad of fish.
A pod of spinner dolphins passed by several times as we cruised the ocean looking for ws. At one point approx 200 swam past!
Dive 2
We made a drift dive at this lovely ocean reef site after having spent several hours looking for whale sharks with no luck. WE SAW SEVERAL BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS scurrying about in the shallows or on the bottom, a white mouthed moray, a large pink frilly scorpionfish, a hawksbill turtle and on the top reef which has superb cover of hard corals we saw schools of Captain and ember parrotfish plus a marauding school of bristletooth tangs.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Night Dive
Great macro dive with several Coriocella nigra the rare purple sponge snail, a pair of small Chromodoris geometrica plus a pretty tellow/purple Flabellina nudi. We found a pretty reef lobster, a ling (unusual), bartail and fimbriated morays, lots of beautiful featherstars and a sleeping turtle.
Day 6
Blue soft coral caves with orange seafans from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Superb pink and orange soft coral covered pinnacles at this thila with five GREY SHARKS AND TWO EAGLE RAYS AMONGST THE LARGE SCHOOL OF BLACK AND WHITE PLUS RED SNAPPERS AND BIG EYE JACKS. Just amazing. White tip sharks milled around and there were many jacks, tunas and mackerels around. We ended the dive with the schools of oriental sweetlips and clorrared butterflyfish on the top reef.
Dive 2
Sheltered giri dive with wreck from 18-35m. We scared of a green turtle as we arrived onto the wreck but there were lots of silversides and jackfish action to keep us untertained plus large lionfish out hunting plus Durban and banded coral shrimps in the nooks and crannies. On the main reef we found peacock mantis shrimps, 2x Susan's flatworms, 2x octopus, and a teeny thrashing oriental sweetlips.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to North Male' atoll. Two guests transferred to Bandos resort. It is still Ramadan so we did not make a visit to Male'
Day 7
Diver with collared butterflyfish on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
The remaining guests were transferred to the airport to await their international flights to east Asia.
Day 8
Fun turtles in blue water at Maalhis, Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS439 13 Jul 2014 to 20 Jul 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived both morning and afternoon from international flights and hotels.
Dive 1
A brisk drift for our check dive! We saw sleeping white tip reef sharks, an eagle ray, a sleeping round ribbon tail ray, green and hawksbill turtles, several honeycomb morays, yellow box fish and trapezia and decorator crabs in between the fingers of pavona corals. In the water column the tunas were chasing schools of neon fusliers whoosh!
Day 1
Lionfish in wait for unsuspecting small fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
LOTS OF FISH AT THIS SMALL THILA! Two EAGLE RAYS hanging in the current in the canyon and large schools of black and white snappers, schooling bannerfish plus tunas chasing around. On either side of the thila was a school of FORSTERS BARRACUDAS and oriental and harlequib sweetlips plus many bluestripe snappers close to the reef
Dive 2
AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW with 7-8 different mantas visiting us during the dive in groups of up to 5 at a time. We recognised some of our favourites including Nick and Jam Sandwich. They were very playful, swimming through our bubbles and snaeking up behind when we weren't looking!
Dive 3
Ocean reef corner with many schools of bluestripe snappers plus sweetlips and coral blocks covered in glassfish with large BROWNMARBLED groupers peering out! There were lots of honeycomb and giant morays plus several large blotched porcupinefish, some medium sized Napoleons and some lovely parrotfish
Day 2
Manta ray giving a show to the photographers on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner with fly-bys by a shortfinned MOBULA RAY, a large EAGLE RAY and MANY WHITE TIP SHARKS buzzing around the coral blocks including a very large and pregnant female. There were schools of big eye jacks swirling around plus schools of black and white and midnight snapers. Dogtooth tunas were chasing fusliers in the water column. We drifted into the channel past coral blocks full of reef fish and came across two hawksbill turtles resting on a ledge.
Dive 2
Wonderful MANTA SHOW AS THEY WERE REALLY PLAYING WITH US! We saw lots of males plus beautiful big "Jam Sandwich" again. A really fun 75 minute dive!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
Reef with a small wreck covered in silversides giving us a sparkly show. Lots of large lionfish laid in wait, plus there were areas of dancing Durban shrimps, Bruuni and banded coral shrimps, we found a beautiful Chromodoris geminus nudibranch, an unidentified blue flatworm, a pair of Thuridilla sp. nudis and brownmarbled groupers, clown triggerfish, and large-size blackfoot clownfish, so a nicely varied dive.
Day 3
friendly face the manta ray gave us quite a show today on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Small current at this ocean facing thila but the big animals were out and about and we saw a giant tuna in the westerly canyon and several GREY SHARKS, WHITE TIP SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS cruising about on the reef top. There were lots of oriental sweetlips amongst the pink and orange soft coral covered pinnacles and lots of digfferent reef fish on the top including earmuff blennies and collared butterflyfish.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
Today we had a very busy current point with many schooling bannerfish, longfin batfish and the ubiquitos giant tevallies and fusiliers, making occasional raids and creating baitballs and explosions of fish. Several GREY SHARKS of varying sizes cruised along the front. The southern plateau was smothered in blue stripe snappers. We found several giant clams, large morays being cleaned, caves full of glassfish etc.
Dive 3
This is another famous thila site and today there seemed to be a lot OF WHITE TIP SHARKS CRUISING ABOUT. There were ~4 small grey sharks on one of the deep blocks and we had a fabulous turtle show with two of the most friendly hawksbill turtles. We found a sand-covered stonefish, an octopus pulling spiky shapes, small scale scorpionfish etc.
Day 4
large school of longfin batfish from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A blue water drift along a large thils where we descended into a mass of blue-stripe and humpback snappers huddled around some large coral blocks and then drifted to a spur where grey sharks and eagle rays rode the current point whilst about 20 giant barracudas hung around off the reef. After that we slowly drifted through a series of tall coral pinnacles frosted IN BLUE AND PINK SOFT CORALS with oriental and harlequin sweetlips and then back to the main thila to ascend on the western tip into small ledges wher we found a yellow leaf fish! We were surrounded by friendly long-fin batfish as we ascended.
Dive 2
EXTREMELY PRETTY BLUE AND YELLOW SOFT CORAL HUNG OVERHANGS PLUS LARGE PINNACLES FROSTED IN BLUE! Painted sweetlips (unusual!) drifted about. The canyons on the main reef were smothered in pink and orange soft corals and there were quite a few grey sharks plus white tips sleeping in the sand. We hooked in at the western tip as the current changed direction and just watched the mass of fish and then slowly drifted back across the top enjoying all the beautiful hard coral too.
Dive 3
A colourful reef with large coral blocks decorated with black coral trees containing penguin oysters, pink and white sponges, strange sea-cucumbers etc plus many different sponges across the reef and gardens of green and blue magnifica anemones in the shallows so a very pretty site. We found several bearded scorpionfish and an unidentified red/yellow nembrotha-type nudibranch
Night Dive
Exciting night dive with white tip sharks chasing about on the reef top after fusiliers and other small fish. There were two round ribbon tail rays hoovering up everything in their patch and a few grey sharks made appearances. About 10 large giant trevallies were really terrorising all the reef fish and buzzing the divers closely too. We also found hunting morays and lionfish plus turban snalis, saron shrimps, edible crabs and a giant red hermit crab
Day 5
Beautiful magnifica anemone with blackfoot clownfish peering out from MV sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Another thila where sharks can be seen and were not to be disappointed as there were four or five grey sharks happy to oblige the photographers plus "Spot" our friendly EAGLE RAY who swam around to visit all the divers and make sure they got a good picture. We also founf a pink frilly scorpionfish, schooling big eye jacks, crescent tail big eyes and a school of Forster's barracudas.
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
The first of three dives on this extensive ocean facing reef where anything can come along. Today we saw GREY REEF SHARKS, EAGLE RAYS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS, SLEEPING WHITE TIP SHARKS, SEVERAL MANTIS SHRIMPS in their nest and an ELEGANT SQUAT LOBSTER in a purple featherstar. There are just so many fish on this site and today the current allowed us to finish up in the shallows amongst the excellent acropora coral and schools of pyramid butterflyfish and goldspot emperors. Beautiful!
Dive 3
A rather mixed up current with fuzzy warm water in the shallows and colder clear water below 15m and this was keeping the action in the deeper water. The grey sharks were busy, buzzing up and down the reef and later, being cleaned at the spur as the stood on their tails with their mouths open. There were some very large dogtooth tunas darting into the reef and scattering the red-toothed triggerfish. We found a gold-and-white coloured leaffish, many yellowmargin morays, longnose emperors, two LARGE BLUE NAPOLEONS fighting over a cleaning station etc.
Day 6
Dense school of blue striped snapper from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We love this AMAZING OCEAN REEF! TODAY THE STAR WAS A BEAUTIFUL SPOTTY ZEBRA SHARK which swam all the way across the ocean drop off. We had a busy time with the GREY REEF SHARKS which were buzzing around up and down whilst the white tip sharks were sleeping and the eagle rays quietly hovering. In the early morning light the reef top buzzed with anthias, red-tooth triggerfish, red rock cods, a yellow grouper, several large black saddled coral groupers etc. A lovely dive on which to end this trip.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to North Male atoll in time for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. One guest departed during the evening
Day 7
Large barracudas! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests transferred to airport for international flights and onward transfers
Day 8
Chromodoris geminus, an unusual sighting in the Maldives, from MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived both morning and afternoon from international flights and hotels.
Dive 1
A brisk drift for our check dive! We saw sleeping white tip reef sharks, an eagle ray, a sleeping round ribbon tail ray, green and hawksbill turtles, several honeycomb morays, yellow box fish and trapezia and decorator crabs in between the fingers of pavona corals. In the water column the tunas were chasing schools of neon fusliers whoosh!
Day 1
Lionfish in wait for unsuspecting small fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
LOTS OF FISH AT THIS SMALL THILA! Two EAGLE RAYS hanging in the current in the canyon and large schools of black and white snappers, schooling bannerfish plus tunas chasing around. On either side of the thila was a school of FORSTERS BARRACUDAS and oriental and harlequib sweetlips plus many bluestripe snappers close to the reef
Dive 2
AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW with 7-8 different mantas visiting us during the dive in groups of up to 5 at a time. We recognised some of our favourites including Nick and Jam Sandwich. They were very playful, swimming through our bubbles and snaeking up behind when we weren't looking!
Dive 3
Ocean reef corner with many schools of bluestripe snappers plus sweetlips and coral blocks covered in glassfish with large BROWNMARBLED groupers peering out! There were lots of honeycomb and giant morays plus several large blotched porcupinefish, some medium sized Napoleons and some lovely parrotfish
Day 2
Manta ray giving a show to the photographers on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner with fly-bys by a shortfinned MOBULA RAY, a large EAGLE RAY and MANY WHITE TIP SHARKS buzzing around the coral blocks including a very large and pregnant female. There were schools of big eye jacks swirling around plus schools of black and white and midnight snapers. Dogtooth tunas were chasing fusliers in the water column. We drifted into the channel past coral blocks full of reef fish and came across two hawksbill turtles resting on a ledge.
Dive 2
Wonderful MANTA SHOW AS THEY WERE REALLY PLAYING WITH US! We saw lots of males plus beautiful big "Jam Sandwich" again. A really fun 75 minute dive!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
Reef with a small wreck covered in silversides giving us a sparkly show. Lots of large lionfish laid in wait, plus there were areas of dancing Durban shrimps, Bruuni and banded coral shrimps, we found a beautiful Chromodoris geminus nudibranch, an unidentified blue flatworm, a pair of Thuridilla sp. nudis and brownmarbled groupers, clown triggerfish, and large-size blackfoot clownfish, so a nicely varied dive.
Day 3
friendly face the manta ray gave us quite a show today on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Small current at this ocean facing thila but the big animals were out and about and we saw a giant tuna in the westerly canyon and several GREY SHARKS, WHITE TIP SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS cruising about on the reef top. There were lots of oriental sweetlips amongst the pink and orange soft coral covered pinnacles and lots of digfferent reef fish on the top including earmuff blennies and collared butterflyfish.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
Today we had a very busy current point with many schooling bannerfish, longfin batfish and the ubiquitos giant tevallies and fusiliers, making occasional raids and creating baitballs and explosions of fish. Several GREY SHARKS of varying sizes cruised along the front. The southern plateau was smothered in blue stripe snappers. We found several giant clams, large morays being cleaned, caves full of glassfish etc.
Dive 3
This is another famous thila site and today there seemed to be a lot OF WHITE TIP SHARKS CRUISING ABOUT. There were ~4 small grey sharks on one of the deep blocks and we had a fabulous turtle show with two of the most friendly hawksbill turtles. We found a sand-covered stonefish, an octopus pulling spiky shapes, small scale scorpionfish etc.
Day 4
large school of longfin batfish from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A blue water drift along a large thils where we descended into a mass of blue-stripe and humpback snappers huddled around some large coral blocks and then drifted to a spur where grey sharks and eagle rays rode the current point whilst about 20 giant barracudas hung around off the reef. After that we slowly drifted through a series of tall coral pinnacles frosted IN BLUE AND PINK SOFT CORALS with oriental and harlequin sweetlips and then back to the main thila to ascend on the western tip into small ledges wher we found a yellow leaf fish! We were surrounded by friendly long-fin batfish as we ascended.
Dive 2
EXTREMELY PRETTY BLUE AND YELLOW SOFT CORAL HUNG OVERHANGS PLUS LARGE PINNACLES FROSTED IN BLUE! Painted sweetlips (unusual!) drifted about. The canyons on the main reef were smothered in pink and orange soft corals and there were quite a few grey sharks plus white tips sleeping in the sand. We hooked in at the western tip as the current changed direction and just watched the mass of fish and then slowly drifted back across the top enjoying all the beautiful hard coral too.
Dive 3
A colourful reef with large coral blocks decorated with black coral trees containing penguin oysters, pink and white sponges, strange sea-cucumbers etc plus many different sponges across the reef and gardens of green and blue magnifica anemones in the shallows so a very pretty site. We found several bearded scorpionfish and an unidentified red/yellow nembrotha-type nudibranch
Night Dive
Exciting night dive with white tip sharks chasing about on the reef top after fusiliers and other small fish. There were two round ribbon tail rays hoovering up everything in their patch and a few grey sharks made appearances. About 10 large giant trevallies were really terrorising all the reef fish and buzzing the divers closely too. We also found hunting morays and lionfish plus turban snalis, saron shrimps, edible crabs and a giant red hermit crab
Day 5
Beautiful magnifica anemone with blackfoot clownfish peering out from MV sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Another thila where sharks can be seen and were not to be disappointed as there were four or five grey sharks happy to oblige the photographers plus "Spot" our friendly EAGLE RAY who swam around to visit all the divers and make sure they got a good picture. We also founf a pink frilly scorpionfish, schooling big eye jacks, crescent tail big eyes and a school of Forster's barracudas.
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
The first of three dives on this extensive ocean facing reef where anything can come along. Today we saw GREY REEF SHARKS, EAGLE RAYS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS, SLEEPING WHITE TIP SHARKS, SEVERAL MANTIS SHRIMPS in their nest and an ELEGANT SQUAT LOBSTER in a purple featherstar. There are just so many fish on this site and today the current allowed us to finish up in the shallows amongst the excellent acropora coral and schools of pyramid butterflyfish and goldspot emperors. Beautiful!
Dive 3
A rather mixed up current with fuzzy warm water in the shallows and colder clear water below 15m and this was keeping the action in the deeper water. The grey sharks were busy, buzzing up and down the reef and later, being cleaned at the spur as the stood on their tails with their mouths open. There were some very large dogtooth tunas darting into the reef and scattering the red-toothed triggerfish. We found a gold-and-white coloured leaffish, many yellowmargin morays, longnose emperors, two LARGE BLUE NAPOLEONS fighting over a cleaning station etc.
Day 6
Dense school of blue striped snapper from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We love this AMAZING OCEAN REEF! TODAY THE STAR WAS A BEAUTIFUL SPOTTY ZEBRA SHARK which swam all the way across the ocean drop off. We had a busy time with the GREY REEF SHARKS which were buzzing around up and down whilst the white tip sharks were sleeping and the eagle rays quietly hovering. In the early morning light the reef top buzzed with anthias, red-tooth triggerfish, red rock cods, a yellow grouper, several large black saddled coral groupers etc. A lovely dive on which to end this trip.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to North Male atoll in time for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. One guest departed during the evening
Day 7
Large barracudas! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests transferred to airport for international flights and onward transfers
Day 8
Chromodoris geminus, an unusual sighting in the Maldives, from MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS438 6 Jul 2014 to 13 Jul 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from resorts, guest houses and international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Morning check dive at sheltered ocean reef with particularly nice morays including honeycombs, giants, black cheeks, white mouthed and yellow margin. We sighted most species of angel fish including yellow tailed (unusual!) and our favourite two spot with the blue "lipstick". There were tunas chasing fusiliers, lovely spotted trapezia crabs in many of the acropora corals and interesting blocks full of glassfish so a lovely way to start!
Day 1
Beautiful, moody, sunset in front of MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Pod of SPINNER DOLPHINS numbering 200+ swam into the atoll as we passed out of the channel. There were just so many but paying no attention to us as going in the opposite direction!
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift dive with several hawksbill turtles, a tiny flapping juvenile oriental sweetlips, dogtooth tunas and several medium-sized Napoleon wrasses. There seemed to be lots of peacock rock cods about, maybe staking out their territories?
Dive 2
AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW!!! We saw at least 9 different mantas on and off during the hour and it looked like there was some courtship activity going on as the majority were males and they were fussing after, following and caressing the females! They seemed very curious of us too and we had some wonderful close interactions as they swept through our bubbles. A really special dive
Ocean Crossing
Crossed to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
Late evening dive and a very busy reef with just so many reef fish including ornate and longnose emperors, orange and Evan's anthias, vermillion rock cods, a large school of ~100 longfin batfish, plus SLEEPING WHITE TIP SHARKS AND HUNTING GREY SHARKS (EXCITING!). We also found several spearing mantis shrimps in their buro, a baby Chromodoris fidelis nudibranch an octopus, a maldives sponge snail and several banded coral shrimps. Great dive
Day 2
Dive 1
A second dive at this busy ocean reef site with better visibility this morning and more grey shark action along the ocean drop off and current points. A large school of big-eyes jacks was weaving around makig spirals and figures of eights plus individual jacks were breaking off to be cleaned by bi-color wrasse, there was a school of medium-sized chevron barracudas, pretty starry dragonets buzzing around plus a candy-striped purple/white squat lobster in a featherstar and a white leaf fish.
Ocean Crossing
Crossed into North Ari atoll
Dive 2
Small thila but BIG ACTION with WHITE TIP SHARKS AND GREY SHARKS cruising the drop off plus a very friendly little EAGLE RAY which followed divers around. There were lots of schools of fish including crescent tail big-eyes, blue stripe snappers, neon fusiliers, big eye jacks and Forsters barracudas. We found a Notodoris gardineri nudi, a Susan's flatworm, a pink frilly scorpionfish and lots of other interesting critters.
Dive 3
A lovely current point at this famous thila site. Over the deep blocks were large schools of blue stripe snappers with grey sharks meandering through and white tip sharks resting in the sand. In the shallows was a dense school of bannerfish and so many fusiliers being chased by giant trevallies. There are lovely mature black coral trees full of silversides and cardinals plus reef fish and juvenile batfish. There was a turtle crash on the reef top as two turtles collided. Very entertaining!
Night Dive
Night dive with two of the most friendly MANTA RAYS as they fed on the plankton attracted by our lights
Day 3
Fabulous grey sharks show from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Colourful "FISH TANK" dive with bannerfish and pyramid butterflyfish at the current point plus white tip sharks, a school of longfin batfish, the radioactive pink anemone full of Clarke's anemonefish, a pair of Chromodoris geometrica nudis and colourful sponges whereever we looked.
Dive 2
Another famous thila and another great shark and fish show as we watched GREY SHARKS cruising the current point and dispersing bannerfish and mackerels. We toured the reef past more sharks plus a huge schools of bluestrip snappers which cover the southern plateau. We found the friendly hawksbill turtles and shopped to pap them
Dive 3
Yet more turtles at this little thila. There were also more mature black coral tress which were full of baitfish and juvenile cardinals with red groupers and rock cods lying in wait for unwary small fish. There were many bright blue magnificent anemones plus a jumping red scorpionfish. A squall blew in when we were diving making our return to Sea Spirit somewhat challenging.
Day 4
Amazingly close encounters with these beautiful manta rays from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There was only a small current at the wreck this morning so we could go where we pleased and look for critters hiding in all the nooks and crannies. We found a pair of large STONEFISH. One was covered in fluffy green algae. We found Tamja olivaria and Chromodoris glenei nudibranchs plus a variety of Phyllidia slugs. There was a pair of Indian mobula (M. eregoodootenkee) plus Sgt Majors and Indian bannerfish on the house reef.
We spent several hours searching up and down the ocean reef looking for whale sharks but were not successful today
Dive 2
An easy drift dive, hoping a whale shark might swim past. We did find a baby white tip shark, Maldives sponge snails, an Eagle ray, a large round ribbontail ray and finished the dive nearby the big coral block surrounded by oriental sweetlips, rudderfish, glassfish and bullseyes
Dive 3
This little thila was a riot of colour and fish life. A school of bluefin jacks had created a baitball from a school of fusiliers and watching the attacks was interesting. The reef has a forest of large black coral trees with penguin oysters, large sponge formations, long nose hawkfish etc. On the reef top we found 8 lionfish lurking in wait for unwary juvenile fish, a zebra moray out hunting, earmuff blennies, a devil scorpionfish and everything was covered in baitfish!
Evening Activity
Some guests visited the local village island
Day 5
Amazing reefscape and just so many fish! MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
An ocean-facing thila with a descent through a school of sleek surgeonfish and a hang amongst black and white snappers and longfin batfish. We saw a pair of white tip reef sharks plus a round ribbontail ray on the oceanside and two eagle rays on the leeside plus schools of silver and oriental sweetlips. There were several Amboin shrimps in a carpet anemone amongst lovely overhangs and canyons. We ended the dive hanging above the large poites corals and watching the fish show.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing between Ari and South Male' atolls
Dive 2
Bad visibility but JUST SO MANY FISH. Huge red, midnight and black and white snappers intermingled with big-eye jacks and a few white tips as we descended then orange and pink soft coral covered pinnacles and overhangs and a SLEEPING TAWNY NURSE SHARK. A pink whipray swam past. We saw two male white tip sharks chasing and nipping a female, in courtship and the coral blocks on top of the thils were surrounded by silver, harlequin and oriental sweetlips plus collared butterflyfish etc.
Dive 3
A nice critter dive to end the day! Chromodoris tritos nudis, pairs of banded coral shrimps, pink and green anemones with small transparent periclimenes shrimps, a giant moray being cleaned by a bicolor wrasse, Phidiana indica nudi and Pete the reindeer fish!
We watched the premiere of the trip video in the evening
Day 6
Diver with one of the friendly Maldives turtles
Dive 1
Easy drift on cean front of channels with a pair of MOBULA RAYS, large schools of fusiliers and giant trevallies and tunas, a yellow plus a pair of white leaf fishes, two very different honeycomb morays. Lovely nepthia soft coral covered blocks plus a huge blue Napoleon wrasse. A lovely last dive. The snorkellers found 4 MANTA RAYS IN THE LAGOON!
Travel back towards Male'. Afternoon visit to the capital and one guest departed to hotel. One guest departed to the airport for international flight to Asia.
Day 7
Huge blue napoleon wrasse in South Male' atoll from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Remaining guests transferred to airport for onward flights or transfers to resorts and hotels
Day 8
So many three spot damsels feeding. This is unusual behaviour! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from resorts, guest houses and international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Morning check dive at sheltered ocean reef with particularly nice morays including honeycombs, giants, black cheeks, white mouthed and yellow margin. We sighted most species of angel fish including yellow tailed (unusual!) and our favourite two spot with the blue "lipstick". There were tunas chasing fusiliers, lovely spotted trapezia crabs in many of the acropora corals and interesting blocks full of glassfish so a lovely way to start!
Day 1
Beautiful, moody, sunset in front of MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Pod of SPINNER DOLPHINS numbering 200+ swam into the atoll as we passed out of the channel. There were just so many but paying no attention to us as going in the opposite direction!
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift dive with several hawksbill turtles, a tiny flapping juvenile oriental sweetlips, dogtooth tunas and several medium-sized Napoleon wrasses. There seemed to be lots of peacock rock cods about, maybe staking out their territories?
Dive 2
AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW!!! We saw at least 9 different mantas on and off during the hour and it looked like there was some courtship activity going on as the majority were males and they were fussing after, following and caressing the females! They seemed very curious of us too and we had some wonderful close interactions as they swept through our bubbles. A really special dive