Trip Reports - Maldives Liveaboards

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Sea Spirit SS457 18 Jan 2015 to 25 Jan 2015 Manta Special (Research trip) (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from resorts and international flights and were transferred to Sea Spirit. We up-anchored and travelled west
Dive 1
Check dive on an easy, sheltered site but which delivered plenty of good sightings including a ZEBRA SHARK swimming up the reef, several white tip reef sharks, two glorious flatworms, a tiger cowrie, pink, blue orange and green magnificent anemones and their associated families of Maldives anemonefish and a lovely mixed school of blue stripe snapper and goldspot emperors
Day 1
Diver exploring the beautiful reefs of the maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A thila site in a wide channel with huge schools of fusiliers being chased by large dogtooth tunas whilst the white tip sharks slept on the sand! A large grey shark cruised the current point and then there were many humpback snappers, crown squirrelfish and oriental sweetlips over the coral blocks. At the back of the thila was a school of medium-sized chevron barracudas which pulled swirls and ball shapes for us. A manta flew past.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
AN INCREDIBLE DIVE WITH SO MANY GREY SHARKS CRUISING UP AND DOWN THE REEF AND INTEREACTING WITH EACHOTHER (MATING SEASON?) PLUS 12 BEAUTIFUL SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS IN THE DEPTHS AND JUST SO MANY RED AND MIDNIGHT SNAPPERS, RAINBOW RUNNER ETC AT THE CURRENT POINT. ALSO SEVERAL LARGE NAPOLEONS PLUS MANY LARGE LONGNOSE EMPERORS HUNTNG AS A PACK AND A HGE SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS ALONG THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL
Dive 3
This classic Maldives site always delivers, and extra today was a dense school of silversides all along the current side pulsating with the current and attacks by dogtooth and bonito tunas, giant tevallies, bluefin jacks etc. There were around 5 small grey sharks trying to clean plus a few large ones cruising around plus a large school of schooling bannerfish and big eye jacks. We found juvenile longfin batfish, Amboin, Maldives and boxer cleaner shrimps. Some divers had a manta flypast and there were two very friendly turtles, one of which woke up from it's snooze, checked out the divers, went for a breath and returned to it's bed!
Night Dive
Super night dive with up to four energetic mantas as they busily scooped up the plankton behind the boat. We enjoyed some really close encounters and for first-time manta divers this was an incredible experience. Also a school of squid and several freeswimming flatworms
Day 2
incredible night dive with manta rays from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
An in-current drift at a new manta site. A huge dogtooth tuna patrolled the outer reef and an eagle ray hovered in the current. We saw 3 mantas near the cleaning station blocks and then WOW another 4 swooped over our heads in a mating chain but the current increased and we drifted on
Dive 2
Back to the cleaning station and this time we had a MANTA SHOW FOR 70 MINUTES as 7-8 different mantas visited the blocks and hovered in the curent and then swooped over our heads enjoying a bubble bath. An amazing close-up experience. Down the reef slope were around 15 Napoleon wrasses of all sizes but including four large blues. A mating aggregation?
Dive 3
A super-pretty thila with black corals, pink blue and yellow coloured sponges, lots of bright pink magnificent anemones and so many glass fish and silversides which pulsed with the currents and the frequent attacks by bonito and dogtooth tunas. There were two octopus, one pulling some amzing shapes and many diferent types of featherstars
Day 3
Mantas swimming past in a mating chain from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Mantas and More! There were two mantas in and out of the cleaning station for the whole dive but there were also many white tip sharks sleeping in the sand, a couple of grey sharks, then lovely coral blocks full of oriental and harlequin sweetlips plus schools of blue striped and humpback snappers and yellow goatfish. We found a pretty porcelain crab and a large blue stripe legged anemone shrimp in a carpet anemone. A shortfin mobula swam past too!
Dive 2
A drift dive through BEAUTIFUL PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL HUNG OVERHANGS AND LEDGES WITH JUST SO MANY COLOURFUL REEF FISH. Also beautiful seafans, nepthia soft coral and sea whips. There were a pair of turtles and many soldierfish, schools of bluestripe snappers, bannerfish and ledges pulsating with orange anthias
Dive 3
An easy drift past schools of crown squirrelfish, goldspot emperors and the cute Indian bannerfish. A LARGE SILVERTIP SHARK SHOT OFF FROM A CLEANING STATION AND SWAM UP THE CHANNEL and we had a FRIENDLY MANTA WHO SWAM UP TO GREET US AT THE END OF THE DIVE. This site is always good for macro and we found a white mouthed moray, a pair OF MATING OCTOPUS, Bruuni shimps cleaning colourful rock cods etc.
Day 4
Such friendly mantas! In the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A SUPERB MANTA SHOW WITH MORE THAN 15 DIFFERENT MANTAS INCLUDING SEVERAL OF OUR FAVOURITE SUPER-FRIENDLY FEMALS WHO GREETED US LIKE OLD FRIENDS AND SWAM AROUND US AND PLAYED IN OUR BUBBLES. THIS DIVE WAS MORE THAN 80 MINUTES OF BLISS. We love mantas and they seem to love us too! We also saw a ZEBRA SHARK!
Snorkelling
After five false starts we managed to swim with a very cute 5m grey and very spotty WHALE SHARK who took us for a tour of the reef around Sun Island!
Dive 2
We had cold mixing waters on this dive with a distinct thermocline below 20m where there were lots of white tip sharks sleeping on the sandy bottom. We found two different species of scorpionfish, Maldives sponge snails, schools of fish and lots of cleaning activity by morays etc. A block full of glassfish and bulls eyes concealed TAWNY NURSE SHARKS and we found three different sharks
Snorkelling
OMG WHAT AN AFTERNOON! TWO WHALE SHARKS AT THE SAME TIME, ONE WHICH LET US FOLOW FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES BEFORE HEADING OUT OVER DEEP WATER THEN A THIRD LARGER ONE WITH A WONKY DORSAL FIN AND FINALLY A SMALL GREY ONE WITH LOTS OF BIG WHITE SPOTS. WE WERE ALL EXHAUSTED UT ELATED AFTER THAT SHOW SO THE TOTAL FOR TODAY WAS 7 DIFFERENT SHARKS, FIVE OF WHICH WE MANAGED TO SNORKEL WITH!!!!!!
Dive 3
Ocean reef where it was a very chilly 25 degrees with an even colder thermocline below 25m so we stayed shallow! There were several white tip sharks resting (as usual!) a small round ribbon tail ray sleeping under a big block and a large PINK WHIP RAY with an exceedingly long tail, also lots of cleaning activity, a pair of giant conch, spider shells etc.
Evening Activity
A round of drinks to toast a successful day and an early night as we were all exhausted!
Day 5
What a day, we snorkelled with 5 different whale shark! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A beautiful little thila covered in pink and green seafans plus pink soft coral growing on the tops of the overhangs with really interesting canyons and ledges. There were grey sharks, white tip sharks a GIANT BARRACUDA, schools of sweetlips, tunas chasing fusiliers and baitfish, bluefin and giant trevallies. There were large brownmarbled and black saddle groupers on the main reef plus a Napoleon wrasse pulling faces.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 2
A really great macro site where we saw at least 6 different blue ribbon eels and several black ones, leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimps in their burrows, large lionfish lying in wait at the entrance to an overhang and out up and down the reef then a green halimeda ghost pipe fish, lysmata and banded boxer shrimps a porcupine fish covered in Bruuni cleaner shrimps and a larg school of convict tangs marauding up and down the reef
Dive 3
A late evening dive at a pretty sheltered reef where there seemed to be unprecedented number of Chromodoris tritos nudibranchs! Plus some mini-lobsters, Maldives sponge snails, a huge purple stonefish, a pair of shorthead anemone shrimps with the family of very feisty Clarke's anemonefish, an unsusual dark pink coloured lemon goby (?) and the featherstars seemed very a nimated and even swimming around
Day 6
Beautiful soft coral hung caves full of reef fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
So much so see! A BUSY CORNER WITH 4 EAGLE RAYS, WHITE TIP SHARKS PLUS LARGE SCHOOLS OF SNAPPERS AND GIANT TREVALLIES AND A LARGE SCHOOL OF BONITO TUNAS WENT THUINDERING PAST. On the outside reef was great macro and we found several beautiful honeycomb morays, a pair of leaf fish, Lysmata shrimps waiting for client fish to clean, peacock mantis shrimps and all the while the giant trveallies kept flying past. We had a rollercoaster drift into the channel at the end of the dive and a double spin around the washing machine. Very exciting!
Ocean crossing and travel back to North Male' atoll where we anchored around lunch time. We made an afternoon visit to Male' island to re-provision and do a little shopping and sightseeing plus to visit the famous Seagull ice-cream café
World Premiere of the trip video!
Day 7
Eagle rays hovering on the corner of the channel. MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
All divers were transferred to the airport for their return flights back to Europe
Day 8
Group photo
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from resorts and international flights and were transferred to Sea Spirit. We up-anchored and travelled west
Dive 1
Check dive on an easy, sheltered site but which delivered plenty of good sightings including a ZEBRA SHARK swimming up the reef, several white tip reef sharks, two glorious flatworms, a tiger cowrie, pink, blue orange and green magnificent anemones and their associated families of Maldives anemonefish and a lovely mixed school of blue stripe snapper and goldspot emperors
Day 1
Diver exploring the beautiful reefs of the maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A thila site in a wide channel with huge schools of fusiliers being chased by large dogtooth tunas whilst the white tip sharks slept on the sand! A large grey shark cruised the current point and then there were many humpback snappers, crown squirrelfish and oriental sweetlips over the coral blocks. At the back of the thila was a school of medium-sized chevron barracudas which pulled swirls and ball shapes for us. A manta flew past.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
AN INCREDIBLE DIVE WITH SO MANY GREY SHARKS CRUISING UP AND DOWN THE REEF AND INTEREACTING WITH EACHOTHER (MATING SEASON?) PLUS 12 BEAUTIFUL SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS IN THE DEPTHS AND JUST SO MANY RED AND MIDNIGHT SNAPPERS, RAINBOW RUNNER ETC AT THE CURRENT POINT. ALSO SEVERAL LARGE NAPOLEONS PLUS MANY LARGE LONGNOSE EMPERORS HUNTNG AS A PACK AND A HGE SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS ALONG THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL
Dive 3
This classic Maldives site always delivers, and extra today was a dense school of silversides all along the current side pulsating with the current and attacks by dogtooth and bonito tunas, giant tevallies, bluefin jacks etc. There were around 5 small grey sharks trying to clean plus a few large ones cruising around plus a large school of schooling bannerfish and big eye jacks. We found juvenile longfin batfish, Amboin, Maldives and boxer cleaner shrimps. Some divers had a manta flypast and there were two very friendly turtles, one of which woke up from it's snooze, checked out the divers, went for a breath and returned to it's bed!
Night Dive
Super night dive with up to four energetic mantas as they busily scooped up the plankton behind the boat. We enjoyed some really close encounters and for first-time manta divers this was an incredible experience. Also a school of squid and several freeswimming flatworms
Day 2
incredible night dive with manta rays from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
An in-current drift at a new manta site. A huge dogtooth tuna patrolled the outer reef and an eagle ray hovered in the current. We saw 3 mantas near the cleaning station blocks and then WOW another 4 swooped over our heads in a mating chain but the current increased and we drifted on
Dive 2
Back to the cleaning station and this time we had a MANTA SHOW FOR 70 MINUTES as 7-8 different mantas visited the blocks and hovered in the curent and then swooped over our heads enjoying a bubble bath. An amazing close-up experience. Down the reef slope were around 15 Napoleon wrasses of all sizes but including four large blues. A mating aggregation?
Dive 3
A super-pretty thila with black corals, pink blue and yellow coloured sponges, lots of bright pink magnificent anemones and so many glass fish and silversides which pulsed with the currents and the frequent attacks by bonito and dogtooth tunas. There were two octopus, one pulling some amzing shapes and many diferent types of featherstars
Day 3
Mantas swimming past in a mating chain from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Mantas and More! There were two mantas in and out of the cleaning station for the whole dive but there were also many white tip sharks sleeping in the sand, a couple of grey sharks, then lovely coral blocks full of oriental and harlequin sweetlips plus schools of blue striped and humpback snappers and yellow goatfish. We found a pretty porcelain crab and a large blue stripe legged anemone shrimp in a carpet anemone. A shortfin mobula swam past too!
Dive 2
A drift dive through BEAUTIFUL PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL HUNG OVERHANGS AND LEDGES WITH JUST SO MANY COLOURFUL REEF FISH. Also beautiful seafans, nepthia soft coral and sea whips. There were a pair of turtles and many soldierfish, schools of bluestripe snappers, bannerfish and ledges pulsating with orange anthias
Dive 3
An easy drift past schools of crown squirrelfish, goldspot emperors and the cute Indian bannerfish. A LARGE SILVERTIP SHARK SHOT OFF FROM A CLEANING STATION AND SWAM UP THE CHANNEL and we had a FRIENDLY MANTA WHO SWAM UP TO GREET US AT THE END OF THE DIVE. This site is always good for macro and we found a white mouthed moray, a pair OF MATING OCTOPUS, Bruuni shimps cleaning colourful rock cods etc.
Day 4
Such friendly mantas! In the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A SUPERB MANTA SHOW WITH MORE THAN 15 DIFFERENT MANTAS INCLUDING SEVERAL OF OUR FAVOURITE SUPER-FRIENDLY FEMALS WHO GREETED US LIKE OLD FRIENDS AND SWAM AROUND US AND PLAYED IN OUR BUBBLES. THIS DIVE WAS MORE THAN 80 MINUTES OF BLISS. We love mantas and they seem to love us too! We also saw a ZEBRA SHARK!
Snorkelling
After five false starts we managed to swim with a very cute 5m grey and very spotty WHALE SHARK who took us for a tour of the reef around Sun Island!
Dive 2
We had cold mixing waters on this dive with a distinct thermocline below 20m where there were lots of white tip sharks sleeping on the sandy bottom. We found two different species of scorpionfish, Maldives sponge snails, schools of fish and lots of cleaning activity by morays etc. A block full of glassfish and bulls eyes concealed TAWNY NURSE SHARKS and we found three different sharks
Snorkelling
OMG WHAT AN AFTERNOON! TWO WHALE SHARKS AT THE SAME TIME, ONE WHICH LET US FOLOW FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES BEFORE HEADING OUT OVER DEEP WATER THEN A THIRD LARGER ONE WITH A WONKY DORSAL FIN AND FINALLY A SMALL GREY ONE WITH LOTS OF BIG WHITE SPOTS. WE WERE ALL EXHAUSTED UT ELATED AFTER THAT SHOW SO THE TOTAL FOR TODAY WAS 7 DIFFERENT SHARKS, FIVE OF WHICH WE MANAGED TO SNORKEL WITH!!!!!!
Dive 3
Ocean reef where it was a very chilly 25 degrees with an even colder thermocline below 25m so we stayed shallow! There were several white tip sharks resting (as usual!) a small round ribbon tail ray sleeping under a big block and a large PINK WHIP RAY with an exceedingly long tail, also lots of cleaning activity, a pair of giant conch, spider shells etc.
Evening Activity
A round of drinks to toast a successful day and an early night as we were all exhausted!
Day 5
What a day, we snorkelled with 5 different whale shark! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A beautiful little thila covered in pink and green seafans plus pink soft coral growing on the tops of the overhangs with really interesting canyons and ledges. There were grey sharks, white tip sharks a GIANT BARRACUDA, schools of sweetlips, tunas chasing fusiliers and baitfish, bluefin and giant trevallies. There were large brownmarbled and black saddle groupers on the main reef plus a Napoleon wrasse pulling faces.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 2
A really great macro site where we saw at least 6 different blue ribbon eels and several black ones, leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimps in their burrows, large lionfish lying in wait at the entrance to an overhang and out up and down the reef then a green halimeda ghost pipe fish, lysmata and banded boxer shrimps a porcupine fish covered in Bruuni cleaner shrimps and a larg school of convict tangs marauding up and down the reef
Dive 3
A late evening dive at a pretty sheltered reef where there seemed to be unprecedented number of Chromodoris tritos nudibranchs! Plus some mini-lobsters, Maldives sponge snails, a huge purple stonefish, a pair of shorthead anemone shrimps with the family of very feisty Clarke's anemonefish, an unsusual dark pink coloured lemon goby (?) and the featherstars seemed very a nimated and even swimming around
Day 6
Beautiful soft coral hung caves full of reef fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
So much so see! A BUSY CORNER WITH 4 EAGLE RAYS, WHITE TIP SHARKS PLUS LARGE SCHOOLS OF SNAPPERS AND GIANT TREVALLIES AND A LARGE SCHOOL OF BONITO TUNAS WENT THUINDERING PAST. On the outside reef was great macro and we found several beautiful honeycomb morays, a pair of leaf fish, Lysmata shrimps waiting for client fish to clean, peacock mantis shrimps and all the while the giant trveallies kept flying past. We had a rollercoaster drift into the channel at the end of the dive and a double spin around the washing machine. Very exciting!
Ocean crossing and travel back to North Male' atoll where we anchored around lunch time. We made an afternoon visit to Male' island to re-provision and do a little shopping and sightseeing plus to visit the famous Seagull ice-cream café
World Premiere of the trip video!
Day 7
Eagle rays hovering on the corner of the channel. MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
All divers were transferred to the airport for their return flights back to Europe
Day 8
Group photo
Sunset Queen SN008 18 Jan 2015 to 25 Jan 2015 Close Encounters (7 day)
Dive 1
Couple of w-tips , Greys , 1 eagle ray , Turtle , Huge shoal of Blue stripe snappers & Yellow spot snappers , Lovely Orange Anemones , W-Mouth Morays , Bat fish , Sweet-lips .
Day 1
Scuba Tours divers
Dive 1
Dropped down to a wave of Fuseliers , W-tips , Large shoal of Humphead snappers , Turtle , Manta came right over our heads , Sting ray , Octopus , So many Napoleons , Leaf fish ,Whip coral Shrimps . Flatworm.
Dive 2
We had 6 Grey Sharks swimming around us , 11 Eagle rays made two passes , Huge shoal of Big eye jacks , 2 Leaf fish ,Pair of Ghost pipe fish , 1 inch Stone fish , Strange Tube worm , Snappers & Napoleon along with a Yellow Grouper all going crazy hunting .
Dive 3
Most of the guest spent most of the time hovering over the 18m Pinnacle watching the sharks swim by and the jacks charging at the silver-sides , Octopus , Peacock Mantis , So many different Shrimps , W-tips , Eagle ray, So many Anemone fish on top of the North west Overhang.
Dive 4
Had a lovely time Diving with 3 Mantas Feeding at night under the boat.
Day 2
Manta
Dive 1
Mantas from start to finish with 5 cleaning together and all in Great viz.
Dive 2
Everyone was happy to go back to the same site , this time only 2 mantas at the start and 1 towards the end of the dive , Spent a good part of the dive enjoying the huge shoal fo Blue-stripe snappers and Yellow Goat fish , Couple of w-tips came in for a quick clean.
Dive 3
Been a While since last diving this site but i have to be honest i really enjoyed it , Strong current so it was hard work staying on the current point but the drift along the Thila was good fun , the whole site was covered in a layer of basslets and juv fusileirs, Came across this very funny Hawksbill that seemed to enjoy looking at himself in my lens.
Day 3
Diver & Blue-stripe snappers
Dive 1
Wow what a Dive Manta Heaven we had a fab time watching Manats come right up to us while cleaning and all in perfect Viz.
Dive 2
Again Mantas through out the dive , Large shoal of Yellow spot snppers and Indian Banner fish then we stopped to Watch the Silver-tips come into Clean.
Snorkelling
Fantastic we had the pleasure of snorkeling with two different Whale Sharks for over 1 hour and all before the 3rd Dive and all to ourselves how perfect is thats
Dive 3
Would have been nice to bump into our Whale Sharks while on the dive but no luck but we did have a late dive but we did have many w-tips and free way of Fusilers.
Day 4
Whale Shark
Dive 1
This site is stunning. The Soft coral cobverage is breath taking and all puffed out to its full glory , Huge sea fans , Large shoal of Big eye Jacks , Marble sting ray & Feather-tail ray .
Dive 2
Such a fab shark show we spent the whole Dive hocked in on the corner and let the sharks come to us even two Eagle rays came across …. We then had a swift drift dive up the channel all good fun.
Dive 3
Crazy Night dive as soon as we settled on the bottom the Nurse Sharks were all over us and this went on for over 40min along with 2 different types of Sting rays .... All good fun .
Day 5
Reef Fish
Dive 1
What a fab Shark Dive , i counted 42 in one shot and they just kept coming , Once our bottom time ran out we finished the dive with a very fast drift along the inside.
Dive 2
5 Ribbon Eels , Spearing Mantis , 3 Leaf fish , Small Golden Moray , Comet fish , Lion fish , So many different types of shrimps , Tube Worms , Honey Comb moray. Critter Heaven.
Dive 3
Wow what a current once we reached the corner some stopped to watch the greys & W-tips along with a couple of eagle rays , Huge Napoleon , GT’s , Pcrcilien crabs , Octopus , Cushion star Shrimps, Eagel ray .
Day 6
Grey Shark
Dive 1
Another swift drift dive was hard work holding along the front so we just went with the flow and drifted along the reef , All good fun and plenty to see.
Ocean Crossing
Cross back to North Male.
Evening Activity
Once all the packing had been finished everyone settled to watch the Trip DVD.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All guest transferred to the airport ready for there flight home and to thier resorts.
Day 8
Lovely Morning Sun Rise
 
Dive 1
Couple of w-tips , Greys , 1 eagle ray , Turtle , Huge shoal of Blue stripe snappers & Yellow spot snappers , Lovely Orange Anemones , W-Mouth Morays , Bat fish , Sweet-lips .
Day 1
Scuba Tours divers
Dive 1
Dropped down to a wave of Fuseliers , W-tips , Large shoal of Humphead snappers , Turtle , Manta came right over our heads , Sting ray , Octopus , So many Napoleons , Leaf fish ,Whip coral Shrimps . Flatworm.
Dive 2
We had 6 Grey Sharks swimming around us , 11 Eagle rays made two passes , Huge shoal of Big eye jacks , 2 Leaf fish ,Pair of Ghost pipe fish , 1 inch Stone fish , Strange Tube worm , Snappers & Napoleon along with a Yellow Grouper all going crazy hunting .
Dive 3
Most of the guest spent most of the time hovering over the 18m Pinnacle watching the sharks swim by and the jacks charging at the silver-sides , Octopus , Peacock Mantis , So many different Shrimps , W-tips , Eagle ray, So many Anemone fish on top of the North west Overhang.
Dive 4
Had a lovely time Diving with 3 Mantas Feeding at night under the boat.
Day 2
Manta
Dive 1
Mantas from start to finish with 5 cleaning together and all in Great viz.
Dive 2
Everyone was happy to go back to the same site , this time only 2 mantas at the start and 1 towards the end of the dive , Spent a good part of the dive enjoying the huge shoal fo Blue-stripe snappers and Yellow Goat fish , Couple of w-tips came in for a quick clean.
Dive 3
Been a While since last diving this site but i have to be honest i really enjoyed it , Strong current so it was hard work staying on the current point but the drift along the Thila was good fun , the whole site was covered in a layer of basslets and juv fusileirs, Came across this very funny Hawksbill that seemed to enjoy looking at himself in my lens.
Day 3
Diver & Blue-stripe snappers
Dive 1
Wow what a Dive Manta Heaven we had a fab time watching Manats come right up to us while cleaning and all in perfect Viz.
Dive 2
Again Mantas through out the dive , Large shoal of Yellow spot snppers and Indian Banner fish then we stopped to Watch the Silver-tips come into Clean.
Snorkelling
Fantastic we had the pleasure of snorkeling with two different Whale Sharks for over 1 hour and all before the 3rd Dive and all to ourselves how perfect is thats
Dive 3
Would have been nice to bump into our Whale Sharks while on the dive but no luck but we did have a late dive but we did have many w-tips and free way of Fusilers.
Day 4
Whale Shark
Dive 1
This site is stunning. The Soft coral cobverage is breath taking and all puffed out to its full glory , Huge sea fans , Large shoal of Big eye Jacks , Marble sting ray & Feather-tail ray .
Dive 2
Such a fab shark show we spent the whole Dive hocked in on the corner and let the sharks come to us even two Eagle rays came across …. We then had a swift drift dive up the channel all good fun.
Dive 3
Crazy Night dive as soon as we settled on the bottom the Nurse Sharks were all over us and this went on for over 40min along with 2 different types of Sting rays .... All good fun .
Day 5
Reef Fish
Dive 1
What a fab Shark Dive , i counted 42 in one shot and they just kept coming , Once our bottom time ran out we finished the dive with a very fast drift along the inside.
Dive 2
5 Ribbon Eels , Spearing Mantis , 3 Leaf fish , Small Golden Moray , Comet fish , Lion fish , So many different types of shrimps , Tube Worms , Honey Comb moray. Critter Heaven.
Dive 3
Wow what a current once we reached the corner some stopped to watch the greys & W-tips along with a couple of eagle rays , Huge Napoleon , GT’s , Pcrcilien crabs , Octopus , Cushion star Shrimps, Eagel ray .
Day 6
Grey Shark
Dive 1
Another swift drift dive was hard work holding along the front so we just went with the flow and drifted along the reef , All good fun and plenty to see.
Ocean Crossing
Cross back to North Male.
Evening Activity
Once all the packing had been finished everyone settled to watch the Trip DVD.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All guest transferred to the airport ready for there flight home and to thier resorts.
Day 8
Lovely Morning Sun Rise
Sunset Queen SN007 11 Jan 2015 to 18 Jan 2015 Close Encounters (7 day)
Dive 1
Manta Fly By , Greys and Eagle rays down at depth , Turtle , Huge shoal of blue-stripe snappers and Yellow spot snappers , Bat fish ,White mouth Moray .Huge Sting ray .W-tips .
Day 1
Dive 1
Started the dive drifting along the reef to find a Huge sting ray been cleaned , W-tips , White mouth moray , Greys , 3 Eagle rays , So many reef fish , W-tips . Then after the Dive we had a snorkel with 5 Mantas cleaning on the reef top.
Dive 2
5 Grey Sharks , Eagle ray , Huge Tuna , 3 Leaf fish , Ghost pipe fish , Napoleon and Snappers hutning together , W-tips , Large shoal of Big eye jacks , the whole site is like swimming in Fish soup truly stunning !!!!!
Dive 3
Love this site the reef is just bursting with small reef fish we had 5 Greys and quiet a few w-tips , Very pale eagle ray , Large shoal of Big eye Jacks , Napoleon , Hawksbill . 2 Leak fish . Huge Tuna , Large shoal of Mid-night smappers , Ghost Pipe Fish , Many spearing Mantis ,
Day 2
Dive 1
Everyone was really pleased to be going back to this site and all came back saying they had a fab dive with lots to see shame i missed it .
Dive 2
We all spent most of the dive watching the Grey sharks crusing up and down the edge of the reef making very close passes over our heads , 1 young male showed signs of courtship behaviour with a larger a female how kept flicking him off , Very small eagle rays feeding along the sand bottom , Large shoal of big eyes , Bat fish been cleaned.
Dive 3
Very Pleasant dive with many juv Greys along with a couple of larger ones , Sting Ray , Large shoal of Banner fish , Turtle ,Octopus , So many Anemone fish , Tuna Charging the fusilers , Reet top covered in Silver-sides.
Dive 4
Had two Mantas feeding in the lights at the back on Sunset Queen , Guest had a fab time sitting under the boat watching the Mantas some even had a snorkel afterwards.
Day 3
Dive 1
Well it was worth the wait we had Mantas come in for a quick clean and others doing a fly by along the reef , Couple of Greys out along the sand plus a stinf ray , Huge shoal of blue stripe snappers and hump-head snapper on the reef top.
Dive 2
What a fab dive with Mantas and 4 Silver-tips Sharks coming in the clean , Turtles , Large shoal of banner fish & Yellow spot snappers , w-tips.
Snorkelling
Super we had a lovely Whale Shark all to ourselves allowing all the guest to have a fab snorkel.
Dive 3
Started the Dive dropping down with our Whale Shark from ealier on the reef top followed by another two Different ones along on the Dive , Leopard Shark , Plus plenty of small stuff.
Day 4
Dive 1
Love this site the overhangs are stunning full of loevly pink & peach soft coral and Very healthy sea fans , Blue fin and Long-snott Emperor hunting along with a Napoleon . the Edge of the reef was covered ina layer of small fish , W-tps buzzing around , Large sting ray , Tuna , Very pretty coral blocks on top of the Thila.
Dive 2
Always enjoy this site as its got something ofr everyone , W-tips at the start , Huge shoal of Big eye Jacks swirling round , Huge Male Napoleon chasing 3 smaller females around , 4 leaf fish , Transparant shrimps And not forgetting all the lovely soft Coral along the overhangs and Pinnacles.
Dive 3
SHARKS AND LOTS OF THEM , Huge pod of Dolphins passed us while we drifted up the channle , Porcupine Ray ,Razor fish along the sand , Hinge back Shrimps , Couple of Strange Aglajidae doing some sort of courthship with one holding onto the back of the other one.
Dive 4
Great action packed Dive with Nurse Sharks and sting rays swimming around the guest , But the best for me was wacthing the GT’S charging at the Silversides and Black-tips up in the Shallows.
Day 5
Dive 1
5 Eagle rays , Sting ray been cleaned right on the front of the channel , Many Honey-comb morays , Wall paper of Greys Sharks , Whaoo , Silky Shark , Leaf fish , Whip coral Shrimps , Strange apir of mating Nudi’s/
Dive 2
Great critter dive with plenty of Ribbon-Eels , Leaf fish , Spearing Mantis , Honey-comb morays , Common Moray covered in Cleaner Shrimps , Pair Stone fish , then to have 3 Large Nursae Sharks at the end of the Dive.
Dive 3
MOLA MOLA , Greys , Eagle rays , Loads of w-tips , Followed by a very swift drift into the Channel
Evening Activity
Couple of guest popped over to the Local Island for a walk about.
Day 6
Dive 1
So many Greys in the Channel , Eagle Rays , Many w-tips , Leaf Fish , Porcelien Crabs , large shaol of banner fish , Overhang full of Young Fan Coral .Free swimming Moray.
Ocean Crossing
Crossing back to North Male. Once in North Male we all went over to Male for Ice Cream and a little shopping and walk about before heading back to Sunset Queen to finish Packing , Evening watched trip DVD.
Day 7
Day 8
 
Dive 1
Manta Fly By , Greys and Eagle rays down at depth , Turtle , Huge shoal of blue-stripe snappers and Yellow spot snappers , Bat fish ,White mouth Moray .Huge Sting ray .W-tips .
Day 1
Dive 1
Started the dive drifting along the reef to find a Huge sting ray been cleaned , W-tips , White mouth moray , Greys , 3 Eagle rays , So many reef fish , W-tips . Then after the Dive we had a snorkel with 5 Mantas cleaning on the reef top.
Dive 2
5 Grey Sharks , Eagle ray , Huge Tuna , 3 Leaf fish , Ghost pipe fish , Napoleon and Snappers hutning together , W-tips , Large shoal of Big eye jacks , the whole site is like swimming in Fish soup truly stunning !!!!!
Dive 3
Love this site the reef is just bursting with small reef fish we had 5 Greys and quiet a few w-tips , Very pale eagle ray , Large shoal of Big eye Jacks , Napoleon , Hawksbill . 2 Leak fish . Huge Tuna , Large shoal of Mid-night smappers , Ghost Pipe Fish , Many spearing Mantis ,
Day 2
Dive 1
Everyone was really pleased to be going back to this site and all came back saying they had a fab dive with lots to see shame i missed it .
Dive 2
We all spent most of the dive watching the Grey sharks crusing up and down the edge of the reef making very close passes over our heads , 1 young male showed signs of courtship behaviour with a larger a female how kept flicking him off , Very small eagle rays feeding along the sand bottom , Large shoal of big eyes , Bat fish been cleaned.
Dive 3
Very Pleasant dive with many juv Greys along with a couple of larger ones , Sting Ray , Large shoal of Banner fish , Turtle ,Octopus , So many Anemone fish , Tuna Charging the fusilers , Reet top covered in Silver-sides.
Dive 4
Had two Mantas feeding in the lights at the back on Sunset Queen , Guest had a fab time sitting under the boat watching the Mantas some even had a snorkel afterwards.
Day 3
Dive 1
Well it was worth the wait we had Mantas come in for a quick clean and others doing a fly by along the reef , Couple of Greys out along the sand plus a stinf ray , Huge shoal of blue stripe snappers and hump-head snapper on the reef top.
Dive 2
What a fab dive with Mantas and 4 Silver-tips Sharks coming in the clean , Turtles , Large shoal of banner fish & Yellow spot snappers , w-tips.
Snorkelling
Super we had a lovely Whale Shark all to ourselves allowing all the guest to have a fab snorkel.
Dive 3
Started the Dive dropping down with our Whale Shark from ealier on the reef top followed by another two Different ones along on the Dive , Leopard Shark , Plus plenty of small stuff.
Day 4
Dive 1
Love this site the overhangs are stunning full of loevly pink & peach soft coral and Very healthy sea fans , Blue fin and Long-snott Emperor hunting along with a Napoleon . the Edge of the reef was covered ina layer of small fish , W-tps buzzing around , Large sting ray , Tuna , Very pretty coral blocks on top of the Thila.
Dive 2
Always enjoy this site as its got something ofr everyone , W-tips at the start , Huge shoal of Big eye Jacks swirling round , Huge Male Napoleon chasing 3 smaller females around , 4 leaf fish , Transparant shrimps And not forgetting all the lovely soft Coral along the overhangs and Pinnacles.
Dive 3
SHARKS AND LOTS OF THEM , Huge pod of Dolphins passed us while we drifted up the channle , Porcupine Ray ,Razor fish along the sand , Hinge back Shrimps , Couple of Strange Aglajidae doing some sort of courthship with one holding onto the back of the other one.
Dive 4
Great action packed Dive with Nurse Sharks and sting rays swimming around the guest , But the best for me was wacthing the GT’S charging at the Silversides and Black-tips up in the Shallows.
Day 5
Dive 1
5 Eagle rays , Sting ray been cleaned right on the front of the channel , Many Honey-comb morays , Wall paper of Greys Sharks , Whaoo , Silky Shark , Leaf fish , Whip coral Shrimps , Strange apir of mating Nudi’s/
Dive 2
Great critter dive with plenty of Ribbon-Eels , Leaf fish , Spearing Mantis , Honey-comb morays , Common Moray covered in Cleaner Shrimps , Pair Stone fish , then to have 3 Large Nursae Sharks at the end of the Dive.
Dive 3
MOLA MOLA , Greys , Eagle rays , Loads of w-tips , Followed by a very swift drift into the Channel
Evening Activity
Couple of guest popped over to the Local Island for a walk about.
Day 6
Dive 1
So many Greys in the Channel , Eagle Rays , Many w-tips , Leaf Fish , Porcelien Crabs , large shaol of banner fish , Overhang full of Young Fan Coral .Free swimming Moray.
Ocean Crossing
Crossing back to North Male. Once in North Male we all went over to Male for Ice Cream and a little shopping and walk about before heading back to Sunset Queen to finish Packing , Evening watched trip DVD.
Day 7
Day 8
Sunset Queen SN006 4 Jan 2015 to 11 Jan 2015 Close Encounters (7 day)
Dive 1
Dave took 1 guest snorkeling with two Mantas while i took the rest of the group for a very relaxing Check dive , 2 different types of Sting ray , 2 Eagle rays , W-tips , Small Grey shark but the best was having a 3m Female Silver-tip Shark come check us out , Huge shoal of bat fish ,Shoaling blue-stripe snapper.
Day 1
scuba tours diver
Dive 1
Many W-tips swimming around , Small eagle ray , Huge shoal of Hump-head snappers ,Many Stripe leg Lobsters , Scribble Paradoris , Much desired Flabalina , Shoals of Rainbow runners swimming around and a wall of Fusileisr.
Dive 2
15 Eagle rays putting on a great display along with 8 young Silver-tip Sharks , Stunning Burnt Orange Anemones , Huge Shoal of Pyramid Butter-fly fish , Wall of Blue Stripe snappers.
Dive 3
3 Grey Sharks , W-tips , Huge Napoleon , Bat fish , Huge Tuna swimming around , Leaf fish , Very Pale eagle ray , Large shoal of Sweet-lips , 100’s of Big ey e jacks , Plus a free diver kept diving down to join us at 25m !!!!
Day 2
Luna & Manta
Dive 1
Early morning Dive with plenty of Greys Sharks a& W-tips all crusing along the spur , Huge dog-tooth Tuna , 100’s pf Big eye Jacks , Bat fish , Eagle Rays , 2 Leaf fish , Turtle , So many fish at the end of the dive along the reef top .
Dive 2
Spent most of the Dive Hoovering watching the Grey Shark crusie back and fourth along the front of the thila , Lovely big shoal of Big eye’s , Very active W-tips buzzing around the guest , Very small Eagle rays feeding along on the sand , Scorpion fish , Turtle , So many surgeon fisah on the reef top.
Dive 3
Lovely afternoon dive even with poor viz , Greys hanging around the large pinnacle plus many Juv Greys swimming around the deeper pinnacle , Many Tube Anemones , Some many anemone fish , Large shoal of Banner fish , The whole site was covered in silver-sides that were been charged at by Blue-fin.
Day 3
Maldives Manta's
Dive 1
Lovely Soft coral dive with overhangs full of Sea Fans and Pink & Peach soft coral , Huge shoal of Banner fish and Blue-stripe snappers , Turtles , Greys hanging out on the current point , Many Saddle back Groupers,Drift along the reef was fun at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Manta heaven , We had Mantas for the whole dive with 8 at one time .
Dive 3
What another Fab Manta Dive and again for the whole dive along with plenty of Mating activatie with Males closely following females around who used the divers to try and shake them off by swimming right up to us … What a blast !!!
Day 4
MST Divers & mantas
Dive 1
Can’t think of a Better way thean to start with it with a very relaxing Dive with Mantas … We also had Mantas ofr our safety stop how cool is thats !!
Dive 2
The two Non Divers had a snorkel with a Small Whale Shark while the Divers enjoyed a Gentle drift along the out-side reef with eagle rays and Mobula , W-tips , Turtles and a constant free-way of Fuseilers.
Snorkelling
We had the privalege of Snorkleing with a very pretty 3m Whale Shark , we jump in 3 times to swim along side it at one point the little fella hoovered right under Sunset Queen.
Dive 3
Had to be done … we spent the last dive of the day enjoying watching Manta after manta coming in the clean , 1 large female hoovered right over the guest head to use there bubbles.
Day 5
Whale Shark Maldives
Dive 1
What a Perfect dive with fab blue Viz and very small current , It was like diving in an aqurium with so many fish covering the whole site , Very Pretty
Dive 2
Some guset crossed the channel with Dave to wath the Sharks and Sting rays while the rest came with me to enjoy the Thila drifting along the overhangs and pinnacles finding plenty of critters.
Dive 3
SHARKS AND MORE SHARKS , IN ONE VIEW I COUNTED 37 TOGETHER .
Dive 4
One Crazy Night dive with so many Nurse Sharks and GT’S Along with many sting rays and Black-tips sharks.
Day 6
Maldives Grey Sharks
Dive 1
Everyone was more than happy to do the last dive of the trip back with the Shark and with the added bonus of 4 Eagle rays coming right over our heads,.
Daytime Excursion
Couple of guest came into to Male for a walk about while the rest stayed on board the relax and finish packing.
Daytime Excursion
2 guest came over to Hulemale for a walk while i did my weekly run.Once back on Sunset Queen guest finished packing then settled to watch the trip DVD.
Day 7
Grey shark Maldives
 
Dive 1
Dave took 1 guest snorkeling with two Mantas while i took the rest of the group for a very relaxing Check dive , 2 different types of Sting ray , 2 Eagle rays , W-tips , Small Grey shark but the best was having a 3m Female Silver-tip Shark come check us out , Huge shoal of bat fish ,Shoaling blue-stripe snapper.
Day 1
scuba tours diver
Dive 1
Many W-tips swimming around , Small eagle ray , Huge shoal of Hump-head snappers ,Many Stripe leg Lobsters , Scribble Paradoris , Much desired Flabalina , Shoals of Rainbow runners swimming around and a wall of Fusileisr.
Dive 2
15 Eagle rays putting on a great display along with 8 young Silver-tip Sharks , Stunning Burnt Orange Anemones , Huge Shoal of Pyramid Butter-fly fish , Wall of Blue Stripe snappers.
Dive 3
3 Grey Sharks , W-tips , Huge Napoleon , Bat fish , Huge Tuna swimming around , Leaf fish , Very Pale eagle ray , Large shoal of Sweet-lips , 100’s of Big ey e jacks , Plus a free diver kept diving down to join us at 25m !!!!
Day 2
Luna & Manta
Dive 1
Early morning Dive with plenty of Greys Sharks a& W-tips all crusing along the spur , Huge dog-tooth Tuna , 100’s pf Big eye Jacks , Bat fish , Eagle Rays , 2 Leaf fish , Turtle , So many fish at the end of the dive along the reef top .
Dive 2
Spent most of the Dive Hoovering watching the Grey Shark crusie back and fourth along the front of the thila , Lovely big shoal of Big eye’s , Very active W-tips buzzing around the guest , Very small Eagle rays feeding along on the sand , Scorpion fish , Turtle , So many surgeon fisah on the reef top.
Dive 3
Lovely afternoon dive even with poor viz , Greys hanging around the large pinnacle plus many Juv Greys swimming around the deeper pinnacle , Many Tube Anemones , Some many anemone fish , Large shoal of Banner fish , The whole site was covered in silver-sides that were been charged at by Blue-fin.
Day 3
Maldives Manta's
Dive 1
Lovely Soft coral dive with overhangs full of Sea Fans and Pink & Peach soft coral , Huge shoal of Banner fish and Blue-stripe snappers , Turtles , Greys hanging out on the current point , Many Saddle back Groupers,Drift along the reef was fun at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Manta heaven , We had Mantas for the whole dive with 8 at one time .
Dive 3
What another Fab Manta Dive and again for the whole dive along with plenty of Mating activatie with Males closely following females around who used the divers to try and shake them off by swimming right up to us … What a blast !!!
Day 4
MST Divers & mantas
Dive 1
Can’t think of a Better way thean to start with it with a very relaxing Dive with Mantas … We also had Mantas ofr our safety stop how cool is thats !!
Dive 2
The two Non Divers had a snorkel with a Small Whale Shark while the Divers enjoyed a Gentle drift along the out-side reef with eagle rays and Mobula , W-tips , Turtles and a constant free-way of Fuseilers.
Snorkelling
We had the privalege of Snorkleing with a very pretty 3m Whale Shark , we jump in 3 times to swim along side it at one point the little fella hoovered right under Sunset Queen.
Dive 3
Had to be done … we spent the last dive of the day enjoying watching Manta after manta coming in the clean , 1 large female hoovered right over the guest head to use there bubbles.
Day 5
Whale Shark Maldives
Dive 1
What a Perfect dive with fab blue Viz and very small current , It was like diving in an aqurium with so many fish covering the whole site , Very Pretty
Dive 2
Some guset crossed the channel with Dave to wath the Sharks and Sting rays while the rest came with me to enjoy the Thila drifting along the overhangs and pinnacles finding plenty of critters.
Dive 3
SHARKS AND MORE SHARKS , IN ONE VIEW I COUNTED 37 TOGETHER .
Dive 4
One Crazy Night dive with so many Nurse Sharks and GT’S Along with many sting rays and Black-tips sharks.
Day 6
Maldives Grey Sharks
Dive 1
Everyone was more than happy to do the last dive of the trip back with the Shark and with the added bonus of 4 Eagle rays coming right over our heads,.
Daytime Excursion
Couple of guest came into to Male for a walk about while the rest stayed on board the relax and finish packing.
Daytime Excursion
2 guest came over to Hulemale for a walk while i did my weekly run.Once back on Sunset Queen guest finished packing then settled to watch the trip DVD.
Day 7
Grey shark Maldives
Sea Spirit SS455 28 Dec 2014 to 7 Jan 2015 New Year Special (10 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and guest houses and were transferred to Sea Spirit. Due to bad weather in Europe three guests were to be delayed 24 hours.
Dive 1
Check dive 1. Easy drift dive on ocean facing reef where were saw a variety of morays including white mouthed, several honeycomb, blackcheek and giant. We saw both hawksbill and green turtles and the latter actually stayed to have their photos taken :-) There were several blotched porcupinefish and large mappa puffers. It was a fun and easy introduction to the Maldives.
Dive 2
Ocean dift past patches of soft corals and many shallow blocks full of neon fusiliers with rivers of fusileres out in the blue. There were two enormous dogtooth tunas chasing the fusiliers, reef fish of all types amongst the blocks and a large EAGLE RAY foraging on the corner when the current really picked up
Day 1
Beautiful green turtle resting on a ledge from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
SO MANY FISH! SCHOOLS OF BLUESTRIPE SNAPPERS AND ORIENTAL SWEETLIPS AMONGST SOFT CORAL COVERED BLOCKS AND WHITE SEAFANS ON TERRACES A SCHOOL OF MIXED CHEVRON AND FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS, SCHOOLING BANNERFISH, BIG TUNAS, SOLDIERFISH PLUS BIG EYE EMPERORS AND JUST SO MANY ANTHIAS AND GROUPERS. BEAUTIFUL!
Guest Transfer
We collected the divers on the delayed flight and travelled to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Check dive 2. A laid back dive on a wreck and reef. There were many silversides around the wreck, chased by bluefin jacks and small tunas. Large black clearfin lionfish plus Durban dancing shrimps, banded boxer shrimps and many glassfish and cleaners occupied every nook around the wheelhouse. Divers found peacock mantis shrimps, lovely white lacy acabaria framed overhangs and swim throughs, magnificent anemones, a Chromodoris tritos nudi and several Maldives sponge snails
Dive 3
A BOWMOUTH GUITAR SHARK sighting was the highlight of this dive as this unusual are rarely sighted animal swam past the group of divers on this ocean reef. There were so many honeycomb morays on this reef! Many were partnered with giant morays which seemed a little unusual. Other highlights included a school of moorish idols and a pair of multibar pipefish
Day 2
Bowmouth guitar shark from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An ocean reef channel-front site with LOTS OF FUSILIERS BEING CHASED BY LARGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND GIANT TREVALLIES plus Napoleons and lots of white tip sharks, schooling bannerfish, green and hawksbill turtles, and ending with a brisk drift through overhangs with many anthias and soldierfish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
A STRONG CHANNEL CURRENT AND LOTS OF GREY SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT so we hooked in and watched the show. An EAGLE RAY made a few circuits over our heads. We ended the dive with a brisk drift over sand dunes and pretty patch reef
Dive 3
ANOTHER SHARK SHOW with EVEN MORE GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES INCLUDING LARGE PREGNANT FEMALES AND LOTS OF YOUNGSTERS plus white tip sharks and tunas and big eye jacks. We had another brisk drift ntio the channel and flew over sand dunes and reef
Night Dive
AN EXCITING DIVE WITH LOTS OF LARGE TAWNY NURSE SHARKS PLUS ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, PINK WHIPRAYS, BLACK TIP SHARKS AND SOME VERY EXCITING GIANT TREVALLIES
Day 3
A great show of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A scenic channel dive with a dramatic front of channel with rivers of neon fusiliers and a few white tip and grey sharks cruising about. We then enjoyed a long drift into the channel passing sleeping white tip sharks and a large eagle ray foraging. There was a pretty coral garden amongst sandy slopes down current
Dive 2
The dive started with a beautiful ocean facing reef and rivers of fusiliers then a mix of grey sharks and white tip sharks riding the current point on the corner and then drifted into lots of large, soft-coral covered blocks full of oriental and harlequin sweetlips, blue-stripe and humpback snappers. The drift continued past a vertical wall of orange soft coral and we were really flying in the current by then! At the back of the channel the current dropped off and we were able to explore a beautiful coral covered wall with many blue sponges, a glassfish filled cave, several brownmarbled groupers etc. We found a rare, and not-previously-reported-in-the-Maldives Velvet Ghost Pipefish
Dive 3
AN EXCITING CHANNEL DIVE WITH MANY GREY SHARKS AND TUNAS CRUISING THE WALL AND SPECTACULAR YELLOW SOFT CORAL HUNG CAVES AND SWIM-THROUGHS. WE SAW A PAIR OF YELLOFIN TUNAS AND EVEN A MARLIN!!! All along the wall were schools of red and midnight snappers and just every reef fish. WHEN WE WERE TRAVELLING BACK WE MET A LARGE POD OF AROUND 200 SPINNER DOLPHINS WHICH ACCOMPANIED THE DHONI AND WE DROVE UP AND DOWN THE CHANNEL TO LET THEM RIDE THE BOW WAVE
Evening Activity
ASHORE TO REMOTE SANDBANK TO WATCH THE LAST SUNSET OF THE YEAR AND ENJOY A FEW DRINKS. We toasted in the new year after dinner
Day 4
Beautiful soft coral caves visited from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Another exciting dive with grey sharks, big eye jacks, rainbow runners and many mackerels and fusiliers. We found a pair of yellow-green leaf fish and met the GIANT GROUPER WITH ITS ENTOURAGE OF ~30 YELLOW PILOT JACKS. It really was GIANT!
Dive 2
A rapid drift through a channel to the ocean coner via green and mauve soft corals and bouquets of ascidians. The terraces on the corner were hung with pretty blue and pink soft corals. We then anjoyed a gentle drift along an ocean reef wall with morays and schools of snappers and emperors, we found a bronze coloured leaffish and just enjoyed a beautiful top reef with so many porites and table corals
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru atoll
Dive 3
A channel drift amongst coral blocks hoping to see a manta but did see Napoleons, painted sweetlips and orbicular batfish. Some of the coral blocks were full of glassfish with surprised looking groupers! The outside wall has many tarraces with pretty soft corals and seafans and there were just so many magnificent anemones on the reef top with large families of Maldives blackfoot anemonefish. A large ribbontail ray came up the wall to investigate divers!
Day 5
More grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A second dive at this channel corner site. There was a SMALL EAGLE RAY IN THE CHANNEL AND A GROUP OF 6-7 EAGLE RAYS ON THE OUTSIDE REEF. WE saw batfish and Napoleons again but the current was pulling in a little so we had a long slow swim to the corner. There were lovely schools of striped and yellowback fusiliers off the dramatic wall
Dive 2
A very pretty reef with a small wreck surrounded by longfin batfish, soldierfish and juvenile cardinalfish. The reef has lovely coral formations with lots of lacy white acabaria coral, blue sponges, giant clams and the entire reef top is smothered in table corals with dancing chromis and stripey humbugs
Dive 3
Two round ribbontail rays, a feathertail ray, a pink whip ray and even a mangrove whipray plus excellent macro: large lionfish, a robust ghostpipefish, a large peacock flounder, juvenile rockmover wrasse, juvenile razor wrasses, honeycomb morays and a juvenile empress angelfish
Day 6
Round ribbontail ray over terraces cascading down to deep drop off. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A MANTA RAY came to check us all out over the sandy area and we found lots of nice little things again including pinkbar gobies with pistol shrimps, a ghostpipefish, many garden eels, tilefish, and just so many cleaner fish, even some trying to clean divers!
Dive 2
GREAT DIVE WITH 4 MANTAS SEEN: ALONG THE REEF; OVER THE SAND AREA AND AT THE CLEANING STTIONS ALSO 6 EAGLE RAYS TOING AND FROING OVER THE SAND, A SLEEPING FEATHERTAIL RAY AND 2 MILKFISH. IT WAS QUITE EXCITING WONDERING WHERE THE MANTAS WERE GOING TO POP UP FROM NEXT!
Dive 3
A pretty white acabaria trimmed wall with excellent hard corals in the shallows full of every damsel and chromis plus long rivers of fusiliers of at least 4 different species
Day 7
A CURIOUS MANTA RAY WHICH CAME IN TO TAKE A LOOK.MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Busy channel corner WITH MANY FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS AND BIG EYE JACKS MEANDERING AROUND AND MAKING WHORLS AND FIGURES OF 8 PLUS A GEW GREY SHARKS, SCHOOLS OF SILVER AND ORIENTAL SWEETLIPS, COLLARED BUTTERFLYFISH AND TUNAS AND FUSILIERS. THE OUTSIDE REEF CORNER WAS A MASS OF MAGNIFICENT ANEMONES PLUS ORANGE AND EVANS' ANTHIAS WITH CLEANING STATIONS EVERYWHERE. WE FOUND A MANGROVE WHIPRAY SLEEPING ON THE VERY TOP!
Dive 2
The current was still out and the fish were more dispersed than first dive but there was a huge school of big eye jacks in the middle of the channel plus all the sweetlips and groupers etc. hanging around the coral blocks. We drifted onto the ocean reef where there are lots of small and large overhangs and a couple of Napoleons cruising past
Dive 3
A pretty and very colourful reef with just so many red gorgonia with white polyps, blue finger corals and a current point jammed with thousands of pyramid butterflyfish and juvenile fusiliers. We found a glorious flatworm, a thicklip wrasse, and there were many jacks and tunas frightening the small fish
Night Dive
Experimental dive on a vertical wall with many small overhangs with lots of interesting coral formations. We found a cave full of Bruuni shrimps, many langoustines, hingebeak and periclimenes shrimps, a large purple pleurobranch, squids, a ribbon tail ray, many pufferfish, barracuda etc.
Day 8
Schools of barrcudas and jacks at this very busy channel front. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Blue water ocean reef dive with streams of fusiliers on front of double channel. A SILVERTIP SHARK! Two ribbontail and a mangrove whiprays, several spiny lobsters, more pleurobranchs, yellow trunkfish and a stunning reef vista
Dive 2
Surprise small out-current so we crossed the channel and sighted a grey shark, a large school of mackerels, a school of small rainbow runners, sleeping white tip sharks including one with it's mouth open! Tunas, fusliers, many cleaning stations with lysmata and banded coral shrimps and a beautiful, colourful reef with turtles and reef fish. Very chilled
Dive 3
AMAZING DIVE IN STRONG CURRENT WITH LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND ALSO A POD OF DOLPHINS AND EVEN A MANTA! WE LOVE THIS SITE!!! The other divers on the site also provided us entertainment. There was a school of squid over the sand. Timon completed his AOW Navigation dive in the coral garden site nearby
Night Dive
Exciting night dive in strong current tonight. The nurse sharks were very actively foraging and also swimming shallow over our heads and the pink whiprays seemed to be particularly assertive. We kept being mobbed by a school of giant trevallies. Not a dive for the fainthearted.
Day 9
Overhangs and beautiful pink soft corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Super last dive with lots of GREY SHARKS cruising the channel front so we just hooked in and watched the show. There were schools of tunas making the occasional raid and a large eagle ray swam to and fro over our heads. We had an easy drift into the channel and over the sand dunes and patch reef and flew over the sand whee!!!!!
Daytime Excursion
Travel back to Male' atoll arriving early afternoon. Afternoon visit to Male' for ice-cream and sightseeing. The Xmas decorations came down :-(
Final dinner together then Michael departed to airport for night flight
Day 10
Divers making extensive drift over corals and sand from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Remaining guest divers transferred to airport for return flights to Europe and onward travel to resorts
Day 11
Amazing sunset from our lagoon anchorage on MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and guest houses and were transferred to Sea Spirit. Due to bad weather in Europe three guests were to be delayed 24 hours.
Dive 1
Check dive 1. Easy drift dive on ocean facing reef where were saw a variety of morays including white mouthed, several honeycomb, blackcheek and giant. We saw both hawksbill and green turtles and the latter actually stayed to have their photos taken :-) There were several blotched porcupinefish and large mappa puffers. It was a fun and easy introduction to the Maldives.
Dive 2
Ocean dift past patches of soft corals and many shallow blocks full of neon fusiliers with rivers of fusileres out in the blue. There were two enormous dogtooth tunas chasing the fusiliers, reef fish of all types amongst the blocks and a large EAGLE RAY foraging on the corner when the current really picked up
Day 1
Beautiful green turtle resting on a ledge from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
SO MANY FISH! SCHOOLS OF BLUESTRIPE SNAPPERS AND ORIENTAL SWEETLIPS AMONGST SOFT CORAL COVERED BLOCKS AND WHITE SEAFANS ON TERRACES A SCHOOL OF MIXED CHEVRON AND FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS, SCHOOLING BANNERFISH, BIG TUNAS, SOLDIERFISH PLUS BIG EYE EMPERORS AND JUST SO MANY ANTHIAS AND GROUPERS. BEAUTIFUL!
Guest Transfer
We collected the divers on the delayed flight and travelled to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Check dive 2. A laid back dive on a wreck and reef. There were many silversides around the wreck, chased by bluefin jacks and small tunas. Large black clearfin lionfish plus Durban dancing shrimps, banded boxer shrimps and many glassfish and cleaners occupied every nook around the wheelhouse. Divers found peacock mantis shrimps, lovely white lacy acabaria framed overhangs and swim throughs, magnificent anemones, a Chromodoris tritos nudi and several Maldives sponge snails
Dive 3
A BOWMOUTH GUITAR SHARK sighting was the highlight of this dive as this unusual are rarely sighted animal swam past the group of divers on this ocean reef. There were so many honeycomb morays on this reef! Many were partnered with giant morays which seemed a little unusual. Other highlights included a school of moorish idols and a pair of multibar pipefish
Day 2
Bowmouth guitar shark from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An ocean reef channel-front site with LOTS OF FUSILIERS BEING CHASED BY LARGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND GIANT TREVALLIES plus Napoleons and lots of white tip sharks, schooling bannerfish, green and hawksbill turtles, and ending with a brisk drift through overhangs with many anthias and soldierfish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
A STRONG CHANNEL CURRENT AND LOTS OF GREY SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT so we hooked in and watched the show. An EAGLE RAY made a few circuits over our heads. We ended the dive with a brisk drift over sand dunes and pretty patch reef
Dive 3
ANOTHER SHARK SHOW with EVEN MORE GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES INCLUDING LARGE PREGNANT FEMALES AND LOTS OF YOUNGSTERS plus white tip sharks and tunas and big eye jacks. We had another brisk drift ntio the channel and flew over sand dunes and reef
Night Dive
AN EXCITING DIVE WITH LOTS OF LARGE TAWNY NURSE SHARKS PLUS ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, PINK WHIPRAYS, BLACK TIP SHARKS AND SOME VERY EXCITING GIANT TREVALLIES
Day 3
A great show of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A scenic channel dive with a dramatic front of channel with rivers of neon fusiliers and a few white tip and grey sharks cruising about. We then enjoyed a long drift into the channel passing sleeping white tip sharks and a large eagle ray foraging. There was a pretty coral garden amongst sandy slopes down current
Dive 2
The dive started with a beautiful ocean facing reef and rivers of fusiliers then a mix of grey sharks and white tip sharks riding the current point on the corner and then drifted into lots of large, soft-coral covered blocks full of oriental and harlequin sweetlips, blue-stripe and humpback snappers. The drift continued past a vertical wall of orange soft coral and we were really flying in the current by then! At the back of the channel the current dropped off and we were able to explore a beautiful coral covered wall with many blue sponges, a glassfish filled cave, several brownmarbled groupers etc. We found a rare, and not-previously-reported-in-the-Maldives Velvet Ghost Pipefish
Dive 3
AN EXCITING CHANNEL DIVE WITH MANY GREY SHARKS AND TUNAS CRUISING THE WALL AND SPECTACULAR YELLOW SOFT CORAL HUNG CAVES AND SWIM-THROUGHS. WE SAW A PAIR OF YELLOFIN TUNAS AND EVEN A MARLIN!!! All along the wall were schools of red and midnight snappers and just every reef fish. WHEN WE WERE TRAVELLING BACK WE MET A LARGE POD OF AROUND 200 SPINNER DOLPHINS WHICH ACCOMPANIED THE DHONI AND WE DROVE UP AND DOWN THE CHANNEL TO LET THEM RIDE THE BOW WAVE
Evening Activity
ASHORE TO REMOTE SANDBANK TO WATCH THE LAST SUNSET OF THE YEAR AND ENJOY A FEW DRINKS. We toasted in the new year after dinner
Day 4
Beautiful soft coral caves visited from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Another exciting dive with grey sharks, big eye jacks, rainbow runners and many mackerels and fusiliers. We found a pair of yellow-green leaf fish and met the GIANT GROUPER WITH ITS ENTOURAGE OF ~30 YELLOW PILOT JACKS. It really was GIANT!
Dive 2
A rapid drift through a channel to the ocean coner via green and mauve soft corals and bouquets of ascidians. The terraces on the corner were hung with pretty blue and pink soft corals. We then anjoyed a gentle drift along an ocean reef wall with morays and schools of snappers and emperors, we found a bronze coloured leaffish and just enjoyed a beautiful top reef with so many porites and table corals
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru atoll
Dive 3
A channel drift amongst coral blocks hoping to see a manta but did see Napoleons, painted sweetlips and orbicular batfish. Some of the coral blocks were full of glassfish with surprised looking groupers! The outside wall has many tarraces with pretty soft corals and seafans and there were just so many magnificent anemones on the reef top with large families of Maldives blackfoot anemonefish. A large ribbontail ray came up the wall to investigate divers!
Day 5
More grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A second dive at this channel corner site. There was a SMALL EAGLE RAY IN THE CHANNEL AND A GROUP OF 6-7 EAGLE RAYS ON THE OUTSIDE REEF. WE saw batfish and Napoleons again but the current was pulling in a little so we had a long slow swim to the corner. There were lovely schools of striped and yellowback fusiliers off the dramatic wall
Dive 2
A very pretty reef with a small wreck surrounded by longfin batfish, soldierfish and juvenile cardinalfish. The reef has lovely coral formations with lots of lacy white acabaria coral, blue sponges, giant clams and the entire reef top is smothered in table corals with dancing chromis and stripey humbugs
Dive 3
Two round ribbontail rays, a feathertail ray, a pink whip ray and even a mangrove whipray plus excellent macro: large lionfish, a robust ghostpipefish, a large peacock flounder, juvenile rockmover wrasse, juvenile razor wrasses, honeycomb morays and a juvenile empress angelfish
Day 6
Round ribbontail ray over terraces cascading down to deep drop off. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A MANTA RAY came to check us all out over the sandy area and we found lots of nice little things again including pinkbar gobies with pistol shrimps, a ghostpipefish, many garden eels, tilefish, and just so many cleaner fish, even some trying to clean divers!
Dive 2
GREAT DIVE WITH 4 MANTAS SEEN: ALONG THE REEF; OVER THE SAND AREA AND AT THE CLEANING STTIONS ALSO 6 EAGLE RAYS TOING AND FROING OVER THE SAND, A SLEEPING FEATHERTAIL RAY AND 2 MILKFISH. IT WAS QUITE EXCITING WONDERING WHERE THE MANTAS WERE GOING TO POP UP FROM NEXT!
Dive 3
A pretty white acabaria trimmed wall with excellent hard corals in the shallows full of every damsel and chromis plus long rivers of fusiliers of at least 4 different species
Day 7
A CURIOUS MANTA RAY WHICH CAME IN TO TAKE A LOOK.MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Busy channel corner WITH MANY FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS AND BIG EYE JACKS MEANDERING AROUND AND MAKING WHORLS AND FIGURES OF 8 PLUS A GEW GREY SHARKS, SCHOOLS OF SILVER AND ORIENTAL SWEETLIPS, COLLARED BUTTERFLYFISH AND TUNAS AND FUSILIERS. THE OUTSIDE REEF CORNER WAS A MASS OF MAGNIFICENT ANEMONES PLUS ORANGE AND EVANS' ANTHIAS WITH CLEANING STATIONS EVERYWHERE. WE FOUND A MANGROVE WHIPRAY SLEEPING ON THE VERY TOP!
Dive 2
The current was still out and the fish were more dispersed than first dive but there was a huge school of big eye jacks in the middle of the channel plus all the sweetlips and groupers etc. hanging around the coral blocks. We drifted onto the ocean reef where there are lots of small and large overhangs and a couple of Napoleons cruising past
Dive 3
A pretty and very colourful reef with just so many red gorgonia with white polyps, blue finger corals and a current point jammed with thousands of pyramid butterflyfish and juvenile fusiliers. We found a glorious flatworm, a thicklip wrasse, and there were many jacks and tunas frightening the small fish
Night Dive
Experimental dive on a vertical wall with many small overhangs with lots of interesting coral formations. We found a cave full of Bruuni shrimps, many langoustines, hingebeak and periclimenes shrimps, a large purple pleurobranch, squids, a ribbon tail ray, many pufferfish, barracuda etc.
Day 8
Schools of barrcudas and jacks at this very busy channel front. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Blue water ocean reef dive with streams of fusiliers on front of double channel. A SILVERTIP SHARK! Two ribbontail and a mangrove whiprays, several spiny lobsters, more pleurobranchs, yellow trunkfish and a stunning reef vista
Dive 2
Surprise small out-current so we crossed the channel and sighted a grey shark, a large school of mackerels, a school of small rainbow runners, sleeping white tip sharks including one with it's mouth open! Tunas, fusliers, many cleaning stations with lysmata and banded coral shrimps and a beautiful, colourful reef with turtles and reef fish. Very chilled
Dive 3
AMAZING DIVE IN STRONG CURRENT WITH LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND ALSO A POD OF DOLPHINS AND EVEN A MANTA! WE LOVE THIS SITE!!! The other divers on the site also provided us entertainment. There was a school of squid over the sand. Timon completed his AOW Navigation dive in the coral garden site nearby
Night Dive
Exciting night dive in strong current tonight. The nurse sharks were very actively foraging and also swimming shallow over our heads and the pink whiprays seemed to be particularly assertive. We kept being mobbed by a school of giant trevallies. Not a dive for the fainthearted.
Day 9
Overhangs and beautiful pink soft corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Super last dive with lots of GREY SHARKS cruising the channel front so we just hooked in and watched the show. There were schools of tunas making the occasional raid and a large eagle ray swam to and fro over our heads. We had an easy drift into the channel and over the sand dunes and patch reef and flew over the sand whee!!!!!
Daytime Excursion
Travel back to Male' atoll arriving early afternoon. Afternoon visit to Male' for ice-cream and sightseeing. The Xmas decorations came down :-(
Final dinner together then Michael departed to airport for night flight
Day 10
Divers making extensive drift over corals and sand from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Remaining guest divers transferred to airport for return flights to Europe and onward travel to resorts
Day 11
Amazing sunset from our lagoon anchorage on MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS454 21 Dec 2014 to 28 Dec 2014 Christmas Special (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and guest houses and transferred to Sea Spirit. As everyone arrived in the morning we were able to make the inter-atoll crossing to Rasdhoo with good sea conditions
Dive 1
Check dive but quite a brisk drift with many bluefin jacks and giant trevallies hunting along the wall plus several large dogtooth tunas and a school of bonito tunas. We also saw a larg porcupine puffer, a Tyler's sharpnose puffer (lovely spots!) and octopus and schools of blue stripe and humpback snappers
Day 1
School of big eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Exciting and rewarding dive with sightings of GREY SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS AND A HUGE SWIRLING SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS plus bonito tuna school, longnose emperors, several spearing mantis shrimps, a bronze/white leaf fish a field of garden eels, longfin batfish etc.
Ocean Crossing
Inter atoll travel to Ari
Dive 2
An EASY SHARK SHOW WITH MANY CLOSE PASSES BY GREY SHARKS OF VARIOUS SIZES< SOME WITH MATING SCRATCHES. Divers also saw a shortfin mobula ray, Forster's and chevron barracudas schools, a bearded scorpionfish, camouflage groupers posturing at each other and sevveral white tip sharks
Dive 3
Lots of little grey sharks of different sizes! They seemed to congregate by size with 12 of the smallest together then 8 or so medium and then larger ones. Lovely! Also schooling bannerfish, many large giant trevallies chasing the fusiliers, an octopus, friendly turtles, big eye jacks and a really cute baby clownfish
Night Dive
Night dive with hungry manta somersaulting and sweeping past us and giving us a mesmerising show. She was joined by another manta later in the evening
Day 2
A great grey shark show from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Easy drift over canyons and pinnacles with a blue and pink soft coral frosting and then white tips sleeping in the sand, schools of red and midnight snappers, a manta fly by, a peacock mantis shrimp a manta attempting to clean and then ending the dive in a really dense school of blue stripe snappers
Dive 2
Back to the soft coral frosted thila for a second dive in stronger current. There were three giant barracudas off the reef and all surfaces were buzzing with orange anthias and schools of snappers between ledges and canyons. We found a funny little topsy-turvy hawksbill turtle, a large mappa puffer in an overhang, lovely Indian bannerfish and various emperors
Dive 3
Pretty soft coral covered wreck with lots of small seafans and purple sea whips, Durban dancing shrimps, lunar tailed rock cods, a tiny juvenile bi-colour parrotfish, amny blue and purple magnificent anemones but quite a strong current on the thila
Evening Activity
We enjoyed sundowners with a beautiful orange and red sunset
Day 3
Diver enjoying the beautiful soft corals of the maldives from Sea Spirit
Dive 1
HEAVENLY SOFT CORAL COVERED THILA: BLUE PINK, YELLOW AND ORANGE SOFT CORALS PLUS LARGE PINK SEAFANS AND PURPLE MENELLA SEAFANS. Spectacular!!!! There were large schools of painted sweetlips plus harlequin and silver sweetlips and dense schools of blue strip snappers in the overhangs. The reef top had lots of table corals and a vast array of different reef fish.
A POD OF FALSE KILLER WHALES SWAM INTO THE CHANNEL AND AMBLED ABOUT. WE APPROACHED BUT THEY SPOOKED IF WE GOT TOO CLOSE SO WE JUST LET THEM GET ON WITH THEIR FROLICKING AND WATCHED THEM FROM A DISTANCE
Dive 2
A brisk current and lovely blue water washing in from the ocean but eddying inside the atoll so we drifted through the first few soft coral hung caves and then had a slow swim. There were many white tip reef sharks sleeping on the sandy bottom anad various reef fish and snappers in the yellow and blue soft coral overhangs. There were lots of big eye emperors and soldierfish plus scribbled filefish, a mappa puffer, glassfish filled canes, large morays hawksbills turtles etc.
Dive 3
An easy drift along reef slope with many coral blocks and so many humpback snappers scooting around. There were nice dinner-plate sized featherstars, a starry puffer, a Chromodoris glenei nudibranch, phyllidia slugs, nice glassfish filled caves along the wall section and many bright blue magnificent anemones in the shallows
Day 4
Hawksbill turtle allows photographer to approach closesly from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
An easy current on this ocean facing thila. We were hoping for mantas, but none seen this morning. Lots of other fish were visiting the cleaning stations e.g. rainbow runners, tunas and many surgeons and tangs. We also saw two octopus, a scorpionfish and many camouflage groupers and rock cods
Dive 2
HURRAH! A LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH AROUND 6 MANTAS SEEN, UP TO 4 AT A TIME PLUS BIG SCHOOLS OF BLUESTRIPE AND HUMPBACK SNAPPERS, YELLOW GOATFISH ETC.
Dive 3
Super-whirly up and down current making for a difficult drift as the current was bothe strong and vry mixed yp with lots of eddys. There was a big school of red snappers on the corner and then lots of midnight snappers, fusiliers. Rather exciting!
Evening Activity
Ashore to Chaaya Lagoon resort for a lovely dinner to celebrate Christmas. The fairy lights and Christmas decorations really set the scene and we had a wonderful meal
Day 5
A great manta show with up to 6 seen today from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
BUZZING CURRENT POINT!! HUGE SCHOOLS OF BLUE STRIPE SNAPPERS AND NEON FUSILIERS 1000'S SCHOOLING BANNERFISH EVERYTHING BEING CHASED BY DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND GIANT TREVALLIES, SCHOOL OF FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS, GREY SHARKS CRUISING PAST, EAGLE RAY WITH TWO REMORAS, 100 BATFISH SUDDENLY FLEW PAST THE FRIENDLIEST TURTLES. GREAT DIVE!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Easy drift dive with several white tip sharks cruising the current point and two very accommodating eagle rays which cruised past a few times! Lovely overhangs and a nice swim-through plus many anemones and seafans. Generally, a lovely reef with lots of great fish!
Dive 3
Gentle drift on ocean reef corner where we saw several beautiful honeycomb morays, three diferent leaf fish, Lysmata and banded boxer shrimps, a multibar pipefish, white tip sharks plus large dogtooth tunas cruised the current point and off the reef was a very large mixed school of red snappers and midnight snappers plus big eye jacks. The coral blocks were coeverd in pretty pastel nepthia soft coral and just buzzing with anthias and so many rock cods. Another great dive!
Night Dive
A great macro night dive when we saw Maldives sponge snails, a Pseudoceros monostichos flatworm, Periclimenes shrimps in featherstars, squat lobsters, tiny (and huge hairy) hermit crabs, Bruuni shrimps, every kind of hinge beak shrimp, plus a sleeping turtle and a large stonefish.
Day 6
Amazing school of blue stripe snappers around the Fish Head overhangs from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Quite a brisk current along this ocean reef and channel front site. SO MANY FUSILIERS BEING CHASED BY GIANT TREVALLIES AND SCHOOLS OF DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT IN THE SHALLOWS. The reef is also beautiful with lots of colourful soft-coral covered blocks and ledges full of orange anthias and pastel nepthias and several more cruising white tip sharks
Dive 2
Glassfish covered wreck with blue fins jacks flying past, Schultz's pipe fish, Lysmata shrimps and a Bornella anguilla nudibranch (not seen before in the Maldives). The overhangs on the main reef were draped in lacy white acabaria and there were lots of little things to keep us entertained.
Travel back to Male' and anchorage. We made an afternoon visit to Male' for shopping and ice-cream
Day 7
Amazing soft corals with buzzing anthias from Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests to Airport for international flights
Day 8
Sea Spirit with her Xmas lights! Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and guest houses and transferred to Sea Spirit. As everyone arrived in the morning we were able to make the inter-atoll crossing to Rasdhoo with good sea conditions
Dive 1
Check dive but quite a brisk drift with many bluefin jacks and giant trevallies hunting along the wall plus several large dogtooth tunas and a school of bonito tunas. We also saw a larg porcupine puffer, a Tyler's sharpnose puffer (lovely spots!) and octopus and schools of blue stripe and humpback snappers
Day 1
School of big eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Exciting and rewarding dive with sightings of GREY SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS AND A HUGE SWIRLING SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS plus bonito tuna school, longnose emperors, several spearing mantis shrimps, a bronze/white leaf fish a field of garden eels, longfin batfish etc.
Ocean Crossing
Inter atoll travel to Ari
Dive 2
An EASY SHARK SHOW WITH MANY CLOSE PASSES BY GREY SHARKS OF VARIOUS SIZES< SOME WITH MATING SCRATCHES. Divers also saw a shortfin mobula ray, Forster's and chevron barracudas schools, a bearded scorpionfish, camouflage groupers posturing at each other and sevveral white tip sharks
Dive 3
Lots of little grey sharks of different sizes! They seemed to congregate by size with 12 of the smallest together then 8 or so medium and then larger ones. Lovely! Also schooling bannerfish, many large giant trevallies chasing the fusiliers, an octopus, friendly turtles, big eye jacks and a really cute baby clownfish
Night Dive
Night dive with hungry manta somersaulting and sweeping past us and giving us a mesmerising show. She was joined by another manta later in the evening
Day 2
A great grey shark show from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Easy drift over canyons and pinnacles with a blue and pink soft coral frosting and then white tips sleeping in the sand, schools of red and midnight snappers, a manta fly by, a peacock mantis shrimp a manta attempting to clean and then ending the dive in a really dense school of blue stripe snappers
Dive 2
Back to the soft coral frosted thila for a second dive in stronger current. There were three giant barracudas off the reef and all surfaces were buzzing with orange anthias and schools of snappers between ledges and canyons. We found a funny little topsy-turvy hawksbill turtle, a large mappa puffer in an overhang, lovely Indian bannerfish and various emperors
Dive 3
Pretty soft coral covered wreck with lots of small seafans and purple sea whips, Durban dancing shrimps, lunar tailed rock cods, a tiny juvenile bi-colour parrotfish, amny blue and purple magnificent anemones but quite a strong current on the thila
Evening Activity
We enjoyed sundowners with a beautiful orange and red sunset
Day 3
Diver enjoying the beautiful soft corals of the maldives from Sea Spirit
Dive 1
HEAVENLY SOFT CORAL COVERED THILA: BLUE PINK, YELLOW AND ORANGE SOFT CORALS PLUS LARGE PINK SEAFANS AND PURPLE MENELLA SEAFANS. Spectacular!!!! There were large schools of painted sweetlips plus harlequin and silver sweetlips and dense schools of blue strip snappers in the overhangs. The reef top had lots of table corals and a vast array of different reef fish.
A POD OF FALSE KILLER WHALES SWAM INTO THE CHANNEL AND AMBLED ABOUT. WE APPROACHED BUT THEY SPOOKED IF WE GOT TOO CLOSE SO WE JUST LET THEM GET ON WITH THEIR FROLICKING AND WATCHED THEM FROM A DISTANCE
Dive 2
A brisk current and lovely blue water washing in from the ocean but eddying inside the atoll so we drifted through the first few soft coral hung caves and then had a slow swim. There were many white tip reef sharks sleeping on the sandy bottom anad various reef fish and snappers in the yellow and blue soft coral overhangs. There were lots of big eye emperors and soldierfish plus scribbled filefish, a mappa puffer, glassfish filled canes, large morays hawksbills turtles etc.
Dive 3
An easy drift along reef slope with many coral blocks and so many humpback snappers scooting around. There were nice dinner-plate sized featherstars, a starry puffer, a Chromodoris glenei nudibranch, phyllidia slugs, nice glassfish filled caves along the wall section and many bright blue magnificent anemones in the shallows
Day 4
Hawksbill turtle allows photographer to approach closesly from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
An easy current on this ocean facing thila. We were hoping for mantas, but none seen this morning. Lots of other fish were visiting the cleaning stations e.g. rainbow runners, tunas and many surgeons and tangs. We also saw two octopus, a scorpionfish and many camouflage groupers and rock cods
Dive 2
HURRAH! A LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH AROUND 6 MANTAS SEEN, UP TO 4 AT A TIME PLUS BIG SCHOOLS OF BLUESTRIPE AND HUMPBACK SNAPPERS, YELLOW GOATFISH ETC.
Dive 3
Super-whirly up and down current making for a difficult drift as the current was bothe strong and vry mixed yp with lots of eddys. There was a big school of red snappers on the corner and then lots of midnight snappers, fusiliers. Rather exciting!
Evening Activity
Ashore to Chaaya Lagoon resort for a lovely dinner to celebrate Christmas. The fairy lights and Christmas decorations really set the scene and we had a wonderful meal
Day 5
A great manta show with up to 6 seen today from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
BUZZING CURRENT POINT!! HUGE SCHOOLS OF BLUE STRIPE SNAPPERS AND NEON FUSILIERS 1000'S SCHOOLING BANNERFISH EVERYTHING BEING CHASED BY DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND GIANT TREVALLIES, SCHOOL OF FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS, GREY SHARKS CRUISING PAST, EAGLE RAY WITH TWO REMORAS, 100 BATFISH SUDDENLY FLEW PAST THE FRIENDLIEST TURTLES. GREAT DIVE!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Easy drift dive with several white tip sharks cruising the current point and two very accommodating eagle rays which cruised past a few times! Lovely overhangs and a nice swim-through plus many anemones and seafans. Generally, a lovely reef with lots of great fish!
Dive 3
Gentle drift on ocean reef corner where we saw several beautiful honeycomb morays, three diferent leaf fish, Lysmata and banded boxer shrimps, a multibar pipefish, white tip sharks plus large dogtooth tunas cruised the current point and off the reef was a very large mixed school of red snappers and midnight snappers plus big eye jacks. The coral blocks were coeverd in pretty pastel nepthia soft coral and just buzzing with anthias and so many rock cods. Another great dive!
Night Dive
A great macro night dive when we saw Maldives sponge snails, a Pseudoceros monostichos flatworm, Periclimenes shrimps in featherstars, squat lobsters, tiny (and huge hairy) hermit crabs, Bruuni shrimps, every kind of hinge beak shrimp, plus a sleeping turtle and a large stonefish.
Day 6
Amazing school of blue stripe snappers around the Fish Head overhangs from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Quite a brisk current along this ocean reef and channel front site. SO MANY FUSILIERS BEING CHASED BY GIANT TREVALLIES AND SCHOOLS OF DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT IN THE SHALLOWS. The reef is also beautiful with lots of colourful soft-coral covered blocks and ledges full of orange anthias and pastel nepthias and several more cruising white tip sharks
Dive 2
Glassfish covered wreck with blue fins jacks flying past, Schultz's pipe fish, Lysmata shrimps and a Bornella anguilla nudibranch (not seen before in the Maldives). The overhangs on the main reef were draped in lacy white acabaria and there were lots of little things to keep us entertained.
Travel back to Male' and anchorage. We made an afternoon visit to Male' for shopping and ice-cream
Day 7
Amazing soft corals with buzzing anthias from Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests to Airport for international flights
Day 8
Sea Spirit with her Xmas lights! Maldives
Sunset Queen SN004 20 Dec 2014 to 27 Dec 2014 Christmas Special (7 day)
Ocean Crossing
Head for the west side of North Male Atoll, prepare all the dive gear on the way- what a cool place to spend your Christmas holidays !
Day 1
Maldives
Daytime Excursion
Dive 2
Fantastic Dive with 5 Mantas cleaning along the reef top allowing some great very close interaction with them. Half the guests decided to snorkel with them along with Dave, while the rest enjoyed a 90min dive.
Dive 3
Dave took the group for a drift dive along the outer edge of the reef where they found w-tips , eagle ray ,Manta fly by , Many Morays , Burnt orange Anemones.
Day 2
Maldives Manta
Dive 1
3 Mantas , Eagle ray , W-tips , Large feather-tail ray , Honey-comb moray , Turtles , Barracuda , Huge shoal of Rainbow runners , Napoleons , Fab coral Blocks covered in Blue stripe Snappers.
Dive 2
Loads of Fish action with long-nose emperor fish along with Napoleon and Groupers all hunting together and charging around the reef. Grey sharks, 6 Eagle rays plus a pair doing a mating display, many white-tips, 3 leaf fish, a huge shoal of big eye jacks and fab Viz.
Dive 3
This site has gone back to its old days with plenty of action to see; 3 Hawksbill turtles; many juvenile Grey sharks swimming around; White-tip sharks; young Silver-tips; octopus, Sandwich the Eagle ray; large shoals of banner fish and jacks charging at the Fusiliers.
Dive 4
Very beautiful dive with one of the regular female manta rays - she always puts on a great show for the guest .
Day 3
Maldives Manta
Dive 1
Lovely Morning Drift dive along pinnacles full of Soft coral and layers of smaller reef fish finishing the dive swimming with a huge shoal of Blue stripe snappers.
Dive 2
3 mantas, 2 eagle rays, many W-tips, 9 Grey sharks along the front ledge and large shoals of Rainbow runners also feather-tail rays.
Dive 3
Really strong current so no chance to stop and take photo - it was the case of go-with-the-flow and enjoy the current. Huge Manta on the reef top; so many w-tips, Oceanic trigger fish , White mouth Morays, Turtles, Napoleons, very interesting safety stops with up & down currents.
Day 4
Maldives Snappers
Dive 1
OMG !!!! How cool ! We had 4 different Whale sharks all on the dive - and all to ourselves. The reef was covered in a layer of glass fish, which I've never seen before, making it very exciting when the larger whale shark came swimming through them.
Dive 2
How lovely to be able to have this site all to ourselves. Everyone really enjoyed the dive allowing all the photographers plenty of freedom to take some amazing shots.
Dive 3
Very relaxing Bimble Dive , 2 W-tips swimming back and forward along the reef top , large Hawksbill swimming around , Many Lion fish , Pair of Morays fighting , Peacock Mantis sharimps running around , So lovely Anemones.
Evening Activity
We popped over to the local island to do a little bit of last min Christmas Shopping !
Day 5
Maldives Whale Shark
Dive 1
Love this site ! It was quite dark due to lots of rain but the whole dive was stunning with all the soft coral all puffed out to its full glory. Blue fish and snappers charging around the glass fish, Grey sharks, W-tips, huge shoals of Pyramid Butterfly fish, turtle, Juvenile whitetips sleeping under a coral block. Wave after wave of fusiliers. What a stunning Dive !!!
Dive 2
Fab channel crossing with grey sharks, W-tips, eagle ray, a huge shoal of big-eye jacks. We finished the dive drifting along the inside along a lovely coral garden.
Dive 3
What a fab channel dive ! we had so many grey sharks all along the front and a huge shoal of big eye jacks - LOVED IT !!!!
Dive 4
One crazy night dive with many Nurse Shark, sting rays and GTs all charging around, black-tips up in the shallows.
Day 6
Maldives Christmas
Dive 1
Lovely last dive of the trip with an easy current allowing everyone the chance to sit on the atoll front and watch the Grey sharks swimming back and fourth followed by a very relaxing drift into the channel. 3 eagle rays, free-swimming honey comb moray, turtles,large tuna and a lovely coral garden at the end of the Dive.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth Crossing back to North Male.
Daytime Excursion
Some guests came for a walk about around Male before heading back to the boat to finish packing.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transfer all guests to the airport ready for their flights back home and to their resorts.
Day 8
 
Ocean Crossing
Head for the west side of North Male Atoll, prepare all the dive gear on the way- what a cool place to spend your Christmas holidays !
Day 1
Maldives
Daytime Excursion
Dive 2
Fantastic Dive with 5 Mantas cleaning along the reef top allowing some great very close interaction with them. Half the guests decided to snorkel with them along with Dave, while the rest enjoyed a 90min dive.
Dive 3
Dave took the group for a drift dive along the outer edge of the reef where they found w-tips , eagle ray ,Manta fly by , Many Morays , Burnt orange Anemones.
Day 2
Maldives Manta
Dive 1
3 Mantas , Eagle ray , W-tips , Large feather-tail ray , Honey-comb moray , Turtles , Barracuda , Huge shoal of Rainbow runners , Napoleons , Fab coral Blocks covered in Blue stripe Snappers.
Dive 2
Loads of Fish action with long-nose emperor fish along with Napoleon and Groupers all hunting together and charging around the reef. Grey sharks, 6 Eagle rays plus a pair doing a mating display, many white-tips, 3 leaf fish, a huge shoal of big eye jacks and fab Viz.
Dive 3
This site has gone back to its old days with plenty of action to see; 3 Hawksbill turtles; many juvenile Grey sharks swimming around; White-tip sharks; young Silver-tips; octopus, Sandwich the Eagle ray; large shoals of banner fish and jacks charging at the Fusiliers.
Dive 4
Very beautiful dive with one of the regular female manta rays - she always puts on a great show for the guest .
Day 3
Maldives Manta
Dive 1
Lovely Morning Drift dive along pinnacles full of Soft coral and layers of smaller reef fish finishing the dive swimming with a huge shoal of Blue stripe snappers.
Dive 2
3 mantas, 2 eagle rays, many W-tips, 9 Grey sharks along the front ledge and large shoals of Rainbow runners also feather-tail rays.
Dive 3
Really strong current so no chance to stop and take photo - it was the case of go-with-the-flow and enjoy the current. Huge Manta on the reef top; so many w-tips, Oceanic trigger fish , White mouth Morays, Turtles, Napoleons, very interesting safety stops with up & down currents.
Day 4
Maldives Snappers
Dive 1
OMG !!!! How cool ! We had 4 different Whale sharks all on the dive - and all to ourselves. The reef was covered in a layer of glass fish, which I've never seen before, making it very exciting when the larger whale shark came swimming through them.
Dive 2
How lovely to be able to have this site all to ourselves. Everyone really enjoyed the dive allowing all the photographers plenty of freedom to take some amazing shots.
Dive 3
Very relaxing Bimble Dive , 2 W-tips swimming back and forward along the reef top , large Hawksbill swimming around , Many Lion fish , Pair of Morays fighting , Peacock Mantis sharimps running around , So lovely Anemones.
Evening Activity
We popped over to the local island to do a little bit of last min Christmas Shopping !
Day 5
Maldives Whale Shark
Dive 1
Love this site ! It was quite dark due to lots of rain but the whole dive was stunning with all the soft coral all puffed out to its full glory. Blue fish and snappers charging around the glass fish, Grey sharks, W-tips, huge shoals of Pyramid Butterfly fish, turtle, Juvenile whitetips sleeping under a coral block. Wave after wave of fusiliers. What a stunning Dive !!!
Dive 2
Fab channel crossing with grey sharks, W-tips, eagle ray, a huge shoal of big-eye jacks. We finished the dive drifting along the inside along a lovely coral garden.
Dive 3
What a fab channel dive ! we had so many grey sharks all along the front and a huge shoal of big eye jacks - LOVED IT !!!!
Dive 4
One crazy night dive with many Nurse Shark, sting rays and GTs all charging around, black-tips up in the shallows.
Day 6
Maldives Christmas
Dive 1
Lovely last dive of the trip with an easy current allowing everyone the chance to sit on the atoll front and watch the Grey sharks swimming back and fourth followed by a very relaxing drift into the channel. 3 eagle rays, free-swimming honey comb moray, turtles,large tuna and a lovely coral garden at the end of the Dive.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth Crossing back to North Male.
Daytime Excursion
Some guests came for a walk about around Male before heading back to the boat to finish packing.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transfer all guests to the airport ready for their flights back home and to their resorts.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS452 7 Dec 2014 to 14 Dec 2014 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Four arrivals today so in and out of the airport meeting guests. We made an early check dive as dhoni being used for guest collection in the afternoon
Dive 1
Easy drift with lovely schools of blue stripe and red snappers plus fusiliers and mackerels being chased by giant trevallies and large dogtooth tunas. On the reef we found banded coral shrimps and porcelain crabs plus red groupers, bullseye glassfish and magnificent anemones with mixed species clownfish tenants!
Dive 2
Short dive to check weighting for later arrivals. We found a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, several giant and yellowmargin morays plus schools of unicorn and orangespine surgeonfish
Day 1
View across the bow of Sea Sprit Maldives
Dive 1
5 MANTAS! WHAT A GREAT START and a fantastic show! Firstly a very large and pregnant female with a male courtier and then another male came to entertain us then two more as we started to ascend. Also a large mappa puffer and several pinkbar goby and pistol shrimp partnerships plus some juvenile razor wrasses
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll on a very flat sea
Dive 2
~ Four GREY SHARKS plus a SPOT TAIL SHARK (very rare) at the current point. A school of big eye jacks whirled around and a large school of lonfin batfish suddenly shot out of the depths! There were 6 EAGLE RAYS IN FORMATION AND TWO TRIED TO MATE!!! Also large Napoleons, longnose emperors, 2-spot angels, a white leaf fish, pyramid butterflyfish etc.
Dive 3
A stronger current and this time we just stopped, hooked in and watched the shark show with several close passes by GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS plus midnight and red snappers, tunas, 3x white leaf fish together, batfish being cleaned, bluefin jacks etc.
Beautiful sunset into a glassy sea
Day 2
Two friendly mantas from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An early start but no hammers :-( We did see two round ribbontail rays, several grey sharks, white tip sharks and an eagle ray being cleaned plus several spearing mantis shrimps, a sea of garden eels, a baby white tip shark, and a lovely reef with just so many different reef fish so we really enjoyed this favourite site
Snorkelling
We saw several manta rays feeding in a lagoon so hopped in for a short snorkel!
Dive 2
Small thila with grey sharks cruising the drop off and many white tip sharks sleeping or cruising around. There was a large school of big-eye crescent tails in a pale shade of pink and also schools of Forster's and chevron barracudas, plus blue stripe snappers, gold spot emperors, a smallscale scorpionfish, undulate moray and fish everywhere, just hanging out or being cleaned. The little eagle ray passed by too!
Dive 3
A LITTLE SHARK PARTY! With just so many small grey sharks (and a few larger ones too!) plus white tip sharks cruising the reef drop off and three hawksbill turtles, one of which was having a good old scratch. There were just so many fish at the current point: large giant trevallies, schooling bannerfish, surgeons, fusiliers etc. We found a large deveil scorpionfish well disguised on the reef top
Night Dive
Night dive with two manta rays busily somersaulting over and over and whizzing around close to the bottom feeding. It was a beautiful and intimate event
Day 3
Night dive with manta rays on MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
THERE WERE LOTS OF GREY SHARKS cruising around this shark cleaning station site ranging in size from 1m long juveniles to a very large and rotund pregnnt female with an entourage of remoras! We also saw a hawksbill turtle, a large yellowfin grouper, Napoleons, jobfish, tunas, rainbow runners and lots of reef fish
Dive 2
An experimental dive at a new site which was very rewarding and we will revisit this site again! There were a couple of eagle rays on the ocean facing reef, a sleeping round ribbontail ray then coral blocks full of humpback snappers and oriental sweetlips and a MANTA FLEW IN looking for some action, hung around for about 10 minutes and then moved on. The reef wall is colourful with small corals and many reef fish. We found an octopus trying to hide from us at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
A pretty thila with deep blocks separated by a narrow canyon full of large black coral trees with penguin oysters and various sponges and many small colourful rock cods and a schools of ble strip snappers. The shalower reef was also very colourful with yellow acabaria soft corals and sponges and ascidians of all colours plus purple magnificent anemones with their resident clownfish in the shallows
Day 4
A rather pregnant shark with remora entourage from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk drift past overhangs with pink soft coral ceilings and saw white tip sharks and an eagle ray as we drifted past. A MANTA RAY SWAM OVER TO JOIN US on the reef corner but didn't stay for very long. The drift continued all the way to the reef tip past schools of Indian bannerfish and crown squirrelfish and we had quite a bumpy pick up as the ocean was a bit lumpy this morning
Dive 2
Easy drift on ocean reef with many white tip sharks resting on the sandy bottom and moosying around, coral blocks full of blue stripe snappers and yellow goatfish, hawksbill turtle hiding in a cave full of glassfish, a feathertail ray, eagle ray and many guineafowl puffers
Dive 3
Very pretty thila with canyons covered in pink and red menella seafans, many oriental sweetlips, lovely soft corals a pair of bronze/white leaf fish, a rock lobster, glorious flatworm freeswimming, then lots of white tip sharks, a PAIR OF ROUND RIBBONTAILS CHASING PLUS ANOTHER SLEEPING< SEVERAL LARGE BLACK SADDLED CORAL GROUPERS AND SOME ENORMOUS BROWN MaRBLED GROUPERS> WHAT A SITE!
Evening visit to local island
Day 5
Beautiful magnificent anemones MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Interesting wreck with many longfin batfish, red snappers and yellowback fusiliers around the current point and many colourful rock cors plus glassfish in compartments, then white tip sharks over the sand and nice schools of gold spot emperors, sweetlips etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean Crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
5X EAGLE RAYS, A GIANT ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY AND A SURPRISE MANTA RAY plus white tip sharks, harlequin sweetlips and several large groupers plus dense schools of fusliers washing over the coral blocks at the front of the channel.
Dive 3
STRONG CURRENT IN THE CHANNEL SO WE JUST HOOKED IN AND WATCHED THE SHOW OF 20+ GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS OF ALL SIZES CRUISING UP AND DOWN IN FRONT OF US AND ENJOYING THE CURRENT. Easy and fun for us! We then has a brisk drift into the channel. Wheee!
Night Dive
AMAZING NIGHT DIVE WITH 20+ LARGE SIZED NURSE SHARKS PLUS MANY PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS AND EVEN A FEW BLACK-TIP SHARKS PLUS GIANT TREVALLIES. Very up-close and exciting. Wow!!
Day 6
Wreck dive from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Fabulous channel dive with an AMAZING SHOW OF GREY REEF SHARKS along the front. Just so many out there today and not so much current so we could cross easily. There was also a school of bonito tunas plus large giant trevallies and dogtooth tunas corraling the fusiliers and mackerels, an eagle ray and then large schools of red snappers and black and white snappers. We ended up drifting all the way along the outside reef and then has a fast drift into the atoll in the southern channel. Great fun!
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to Male' atoll arriving early afternoon. Afternoon visit into Male' for sightseeing and ice-cream parlour visit
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Divers to airport for international flights to Europe and Asia or onward transfers to resorts
Day 8
Divers having fun! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Four arrivals today so in and out of the airport meeting guests. We made an early check dive as dhoni being used for guest collection in the afternoon
Dive 1
Easy drift with lovely schools of blue stripe and red snappers plus fusiliers and mackerels being chased by giant trevallies and large dogtooth tunas. On the reef we found banded coral shrimps and porcelain crabs plus red groupers, bullseye glassfish and magnificent anemones with mixed species clownfish tenants!
Dive 2
Short dive to check weighting for later arrivals. We found a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, several giant and yellowmargin morays plus schools of unicorn and orangespine surgeonfish
Day 1
View across the bow of Sea Sprit Maldives
Dive 1
5 MANTAS! WHAT A GREAT START and a fantastic show! Firstly a very large and pregnant female with a male courtier and then another male came to entertain us then two more as we started to ascend. Also a large mappa puffer and several pinkbar goby and pistol shrimp partnerships plus some juvenile razor wrasses
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll on a very flat sea
Dive 2
~ Four GREY SHARKS plus a SPOT TAIL SHARK (very rare) at the current point. A school of big eye jacks whirled around and a large school of lonfin batfish suddenly shot out of the depths! There were 6 EAGLE RAYS IN FORMATION AND TWO TRIED TO MATE!!! Also large Napoleons, longnose emperors, 2-spot angels, a white leaf fish, pyramid butterflyfish etc.
Dive 3
A stronger current and this time we just stopped, hooked in and watched the shark show with several close passes by GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS plus midnight and red snappers, tunas, 3x white leaf fish together, batfish being cleaned, bluefin jacks etc.
Beautiful sunset into a glassy sea
Day 2
Two friendly mantas from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An early start but no hammers :-( We did see two round ribbontail rays, several grey sharks, white tip sharks and an eagle ray being cleaned plus several spearing mantis shrimps, a sea of garden eels, a baby white tip shark, and a lovely reef with just so many different reef fish so we really enjoyed this favourite site
Snorkelling
We saw several manta rays feeding in a lagoon so hopped in for a short snorkel!
Dive 2
Small thila with grey sharks cruising the drop off and many white tip sharks sleeping or cruising around. There was a large school of big-eye crescent tails in a pale shade of pink and also schools of Forster's and chevron barracudas, plus blue stripe snappers, gold spot emperors, a smallscale scorpionfish, undulate moray and fish everywhere, just hanging out or being cleaned. The little eagle ray passed by too!
Dive 3
A LITTLE SHARK PARTY! With just so many small grey sharks (and a few larger ones too!) plus white tip sharks cruising the reef drop off and three hawksbill turtles, one of which was having a good old scratch. There were just so many fish at the current point: large giant trevallies, schooling bannerfish, surgeons, fusiliers etc. We found a large deveil scorpionfish well disguised on the reef top
Night Dive
Night dive with two manta rays busily somersaulting over and over and whizzing around close to the bottom feeding. It was a beautiful and intimate event
Day 3
Night dive with manta rays on MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
THERE WERE LOTS OF GREY SHARKS cruising around this shark cleaning station site ranging in size from 1m long juveniles to a very large and rotund pregnnt female with an entourage of remoras! We also saw a hawksbill turtle, a large yellowfin grouper, Napoleons, jobfish, tunas, rainbow runners and lots of reef fish
Dive 2
An experimental dive at a new site which was very rewarding and we will revisit this site again! There were a couple of eagle rays on the ocean facing reef, a sleeping round ribbontail ray then coral blocks full of humpback snappers and oriental sweetlips and a MANTA FLEW IN looking for some action, hung around for about 10 minutes and then moved on. The reef wall is colourful with small corals and many reef fish. We found an octopus trying to hide from us at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
A pretty thila with deep blocks separated by a narrow canyon full of large black coral trees with penguin oysters and various sponges and many small colourful rock cods and a schools of ble strip snappers. The shalower reef was also very colourful with yellow acabaria soft corals and sponges and ascidians of all colours plus purple magnificent anemones with their resident clownfish in the shallows
Day 4
A rather pregnant shark with remora entourage from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk drift past overhangs with pink soft coral ceilings and saw white tip sharks and an eagle ray as we drifted past. A MANTA RAY SWAM OVER TO JOIN US on the reef corner but didn't stay for very long. The drift continued all the way to the reef tip past schools of Indian bannerfish and crown squirrelfish and we had quite a bumpy pick up as the ocean was a bit lumpy this morning
Dive 2
Easy drift on ocean reef with many white tip sharks resting on the sandy bottom and moosying around, coral blocks full of blue stripe snappers and yellow goatfish, hawksbill turtle hiding in a cave full of glassfish, a feathertail ray, eagle ray and many guineafowl puffers
Dive 3
Very pretty thila with canyons covered in pink and red menella seafans, many oriental sweetlips, lovely soft corals a pair of bronze/white leaf fish, a rock lobster, glorious flatworm freeswimming, then lots of white tip sharks, a PAIR OF ROUND RIBBONTAILS CHASING PLUS ANOTHER SLEEPING< SEVERAL LARGE BLACK SADDLED CORAL GROUPERS AND SOME ENORMOUS BROWN MaRBLED GROUPERS> WHAT A SITE!
Evening visit to local island
Day 5
Beautiful magnificent anemones MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Interesting wreck with many longfin batfish, red snappers and yellowback fusiliers around the current point and many colourful rock cors plus glassfish in compartments, then white tip sharks over the sand and nice schools of gold spot emperors, sweetlips etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean Crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
5X EAGLE RAYS, A GIANT ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY AND A SURPRISE MANTA RAY plus white tip sharks, harlequin sweetlips and several large groupers plus dense schools of fusliers washing over the coral blocks at the front of the channel.
Dive 3
STRONG CURRENT IN THE CHANNEL SO WE JUST HOOKED IN AND WATCHED THE SHOW OF 20+ GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS OF ALL SIZES CRUISING UP AND DOWN IN FRONT OF US AND ENJOYING THE CURRENT. Easy and fun for us! We then has a brisk drift into the channel. Wheee!
Night Dive
AMAZING NIGHT DIVE WITH 20+ LARGE SIZED NURSE SHARKS PLUS MANY PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS AND EVEN A FEW BLACK-TIP SHARKS PLUS GIANT TREVALLIES. Very up-close and exciting. Wow!!
Day 6
Wreck dive from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Fabulous channel dive with an AMAZING SHOW OF GREY REEF SHARKS along the front. Just so many out there today and not so much current so we could cross easily. There was also a school of bonito tunas plus large giant trevallies and dogtooth tunas corraling the fusiliers and mackerels, an eagle ray and then large schools of red snappers and black and white snappers. We ended up drifting all the way along the outside reef and then has a fast drift into the atoll in the southern channel. Great fun!
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to Male' atoll arriving early afternoon. Afternoon visit into Male' for sightseeing and ice-cream parlour visit
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Divers to airport for international flights to Europe and Asia or onward transfers to resorts
Day 8
Divers having fun! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Sunset Queen SN002 30 Nov 2014 to 12 Dec 2014 Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Dive 1
The guests that arrived on the morning flight were able to go on a check dive along a sloping reef with Green Turtle after Green Turtle, White Tip Sharks, Leopard Shark, Freeway of Fusiliers, Eagle Ray, many Honeycomb Morays.
Day 1
Scuba diving on the MV Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
6 Eagle Rays hanging out in the current, one being very pregnant, Small Grey Sharks and White Tip Sharks, 100’s of Pyramid Butterfly fish, stunning burnt orange Anemones.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing North.
Dive 2
Started the dive on the deeper pinnacles before crossing to the main thila, both had plenty of reef fish and great coral coverage.
Dive 3
3 Eagle Rays being followed by 1 Manta, Huge Napoleon in the swim through, Many Lion fish out hunting the Glass Fish, Grey Shark down deeper, Large female Sting ray being cleaned, very small Hawksbill Turtle.
Evening Activity
Popped over to the local island for a walk about.
Day 2
Lion Fish in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
FAB garden of Sand Eels, small Sting Ray, Turtle, interesting swim throughs the pinnacles were covered in small reef fish with good coral and Sea Fans. Best bit was at the end of the dive with a Female Manta coming into clean.
Dive 2
Stunning drift dive along over hangs full of bright orange soft coral and a constant freeway of Fusiliers, Large Nurse Shark, White tip Sharks, the coral blocks on the top were full of Snappers and Basslet fish.
Dive 3
Swift drift dive to the blocks full of layer after layer of Blue Stripe snappers and yellow Goat fish, Sting ray, Huge shoal of Surgeon fish, Turtles.
Evening Activity
Some of us had a little walk along a stunning sand bank to watch the sunset.
Day 3
Manta coming in for a clean in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
1 Manta, Large Lemon Shark, Sting ray, Eagle ray, Quite a few Hawksbill Turtles in the shallows, we spent alot of the dive swimming around the huge shoals of snappers.
Dive 2
This is one FAB dive site with just about everything, from small to big Grey Sharks coming very close and of course as always a Leopard shark or two.
Dive 3
Spent most of the dive watching the Grey sharks come in to be cleaned, swimming up and down the ridge making real close passes of the guests. 2 Leopard sharks swimming about and a huge shoal of Big Eye Jacks.
Day 4
Guests on deck of MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Lovely morning dive to again find our friendly Leopard Shark swimming about along with a huge female Sting ray. Not so many Grey Sharks this morning, HUGE shoal of Big Eye Jacks were on the reef top this time, little moray swimming about and an Octopus.
Dive 2
3 HUGE Nurse Sharks, small Grey Sharks being cleaned, White tips Sharks, Soap fish, HUGE shoal of Beta fish and Snappers, Anchor Anemones, Spearing Mantis.
Dive 3
Eagle rays, Grey Sharks, HUGE shoal of Big Eye Jacks, Giant Sweet-lips, Dumphead Parrot fish, Green Turtles. The shallow reef top is just like being in an Aquarium.
Dive 4
Dumphead parrot fish sleeping at the Bow while a large Napoleon slept at the stern with one in the wheel house. I found a Flat head hiding under the sand. Morays free swimming.
Day 5
Leopard Shark in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
I think I would re-name this Green Turtle alley, there are just so many. The Grey sharks a little deeper, Eagle rays, Mobula, Bumphead parrot fish being cleaned on the reef top…. SUPER FAB DIVE!!!!
Dive 2
7 Eagle rays hanging out on the Atoll front, Sting ray being cleaned, Honeycomb Moray out and about but the best was hanging out on top of the thila with the mass of Humphead Snappers and Bluestripe Snappers.
Dive 3
A thila full of Anemones and the whole site was covered in a layer of Glass fish. The guests really enjoyed it just being very pretty if not action packed.
Day 6
Dive 1
We had Eagle Ray after Eagle Ray, couple of Turtles, Large Shoal of Rainbow Runners, Even a Manta at the end of the dive which was lovely, as for some of the guests this was there last dive after being on board for 7Nights.
Dive 2
Huge shoal of Circular Batfish down deep and Big eye jacks, Green Turtles, Very small Glossodoris plus an unknown very pale Nudi, Feathertail ray. The hard coral along the reef is stunning and full of smaller reef fish.
Dive 3
What a hoot with a very strong current sending us flying along the reef! It was the case of watching stuff fly past - Eagle rays, Leopard Shark, Grey Sharks, shoal after shoal of Snappers, Free swimming Honeycomb, even the Turtles were finding it hard to swim in the current.
Day 7
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
After we dropped 7 Night guests back at the airport for their flights home, the rest of the group had the most AMAZING dive with 4 Mantas for the whole dive, so yes it made coming back to Male worthwhile.
Dive 2
WHAT A FAB DIVE!!! We had action from start to finish along with the odd critter find, everyone always loves this reef as its got something for everyone. Plus great visibility.
Dive 3
Everyone was happy to be going back on this dive site with so much going on, and because we had a dive here before it made it easy for the guests with cameras to be able to set up the right lenses.
Day 8
Dive 1
Big FAT Grey Sharks, Eagle rays, Whitetip Sharks, Leaf fish, Fish soup and a lovely relaxing drift along the reef top at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Been a while since we have been able to dive this site, which I always enjoy. Huge coral blocks full of Snappers, Wave after wave of yellowback Fusiliers, a fab formation of Mobula came swimming over the reef top and over most of the guests heads plus 6 Eagle Rays.
Dive 3
I have to be honest I've dived this site 100’s of time but I would say it's back to it's good old self with Grey tip Sharks, Turtles even Sandwich the Friendly Eagle Ray is back. We spent the last 15minutes watching 3 Octopus having a stand off.
Night Dive
Our regular female Manta's turned up to put on a FAB display for the guests along with a smaller male. It's such an amazing experience being able to watch them at night passing right over our heads feeding …….I always come up buzzing. It has to be my FAVOURITE DIVE and worth coming out for on its own.
Day 9
Sandwich the Eagle Ray in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
It’s nice being able to visit some of the old dive sites. Ok it wasn't Manta soup like we used to have but we still had two Mantas which the guests were more than happy with.
Dive 2
Manta fly by, Sting rays, Eagle ray, couple of Grey Sharks, wave after wave of Yellowback Fusiliers. Just love flying over and around the pinnacles, the end of the dive was fab swimming amongst the wall of Bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
The whole North side of this thila was overhang after overhang full of Sea Fans, Whip coral, lovely pink Soft coral. So many Turtles, Large shoal of Big eye Jacks on the front hanging in the current plus a couple of Eagle rays.
Day 10
Dive 1
Swift drift dive with 4 Grey Sharks and Eagle rays along the atoll front, a couple of Sting Rays hanging out along the sand . Coral blocks full of Snappers and anything and everything coming in to be cleaned, the only thing missing was a Manta.
Dive 2
What a STUNNING site with all the overhangs full of lovely Blue soft coral… but the current mad it a hard dive, so by the time we got to the reef top it was the case of hanging on until our bottom time ran out then send our SMB’S up.
Dive 3
Sting ray, 8 Grey Sharks swimming around at depth, Bat Fish, 3 Very friendly Hawksbill Turtles. But the name says it all Fish soup and a pleasure to dive.
Day 11
Dive 1
Guests all asked to go back to the site yesterday as they really enjoyed it. Its just a really go dive at the moment and full of fish. Great way to end a fab 2 weeks of diving really!!!!!
Ocean Crossing
Transit Back over to Male.
Daytime Excursion
Some guests came into Male for a walk about then back to finish packing and then we watched the trip DVD.
Day 12
Beautiful Sunset off Mv Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Guest Transfer
Transferred all guests back for the morning flights home.
Day 13
Mv Sunset Queen, the Maldives
 
Dive 1
The guests that arrived on the morning flight were able to go on a check dive along a sloping reef with Green Turtle after Green Turtle, White Tip Sharks, Leopard Shark, Freeway of Fusiliers, Eagle Ray, many Honeycomb Morays.
Day 1
Scuba diving on the MV Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
6 Eagle Rays hanging out in the current, one being very pregnant, Small Grey Sharks and White Tip Sharks, 100’s of Pyramid Butterfly fish, stunning burnt orange Anemones.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing North.
Dive 2
Started the dive on the deeper pinnacles before crossing to the main thila, both had plenty of reef fish and great coral coverage.
Dive 3
3 Eagle Rays being followed by 1 Manta, Huge Napoleon in the swim through, Many Lion fish out hunting the Glass Fish, Grey Shark down deeper, Large female Sting ray being cleaned, very small Hawksbill Turtle.
Evening Activity
Popped over to the local island for a walk about.
Day 2
Lion Fish in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
FAB garden of Sand Eels, small Sting Ray, Turtle, interesting swim throughs the pinnacles were covered in small reef fish with good coral and Sea Fans. Best bit was at the end of the dive with a Female Manta coming into clean.
Dive 2
Stunning drift dive along over hangs full of bright orange soft coral and a constant freeway of Fusiliers, Large Nurse Shark, White tip Sharks, the coral blocks on the top were full of Snappers and Basslet fish.
Dive 3
Swift drift dive to the blocks full of layer after layer of Blue Stripe snappers and yellow Goat fish, Sting ray, Huge shoal of Surgeon fish, Turtles.
Evening Activity
Some of us had a little walk along a stunning sand bank to watch the sunset.
Day 3
Manta coming in for a clean in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
1 Manta, Large Lemon Shark, Sting ray, Eagle ray, Quite a few Hawksbill Turtles in the shallows, we spent alot of the dive swimming around the huge shoals of snappers.
Dive 2
This is one FAB dive site with just about everything, from small to big Grey Sharks coming very close and of course as always a Leopard shark or two.
Dive 3
Spent most of the dive watching the Grey sharks come in to be cleaned, swimming up and down the ridge making real close passes of the guests. 2 Leopard sharks swimming about and a huge shoal of Big Eye Jacks.
Day 4
Guests on deck of MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Lovely morning dive to again find our friendly Leopard Shark swimming about along with a huge female Sting ray. Not so many Grey Sharks this morning, HUGE shoal of Big Eye Jacks were on the reef top this time, little moray swimming about and an Octopus.
Dive 2
3 HUGE Nurse Sharks, small Grey Sharks being cleaned, White tips Sharks, Soap fish, HUGE shoal of Beta fish and Snappers, Anchor Anemones, Spearing Mantis.
Dive 3
Eagle rays, Grey Sharks, HUGE shoal of Big Eye Jacks, Giant Sweet-lips, Dumphead Parrot fish, Green Turtles. The shallow reef top is just like being in an Aquarium.
Dive 4
Dumphead parrot fish sleeping at the Bow while a large Napoleon slept at the stern with one in the wheel house. I found a Flat head hiding under the sand. Morays free swimming.
Day 5
Leopard Shark in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
I think I would re-name this Green Turtle alley, there are just so many. The Grey sharks a little deeper, Eagle rays, Mobula, Bumphead parrot fish being cleaned on the reef top…. SUPER FAB DIVE!!!!
Dive 2
7 Eagle rays hanging out on the Atoll front, Sting ray being cleaned, Honeycomb Moray out and about but the best was hanging out on top of the thila with the mass of Humphead Snappers and Bluestripe Snappers.
Dive 3
A thila full of Anemones and the whole site was covered in a layer of Glass fish. The guests really enjoyed it just being very pretty if not action packed.
Day 6
Dive 1
We had Eagle Ray after Eagle Ray, couple of Turtles, Large Shoal of Rainbow Runners, Even a Manta at the end of the dive which was lovely, as for some of the guests this was there last dive after being on board for 7Nights.
Dive 2
Huge shoal of Circular Batfish down deep and Big eye jacks, Green Turtles, Very small Glossodoris plus an unknown very pale Nudi, Feathertail ray. The hard coral along the reef is stunning and full of smaller reef fish.
Dive 3
What a hoot with a very strong current sending us flying along the reef! It was the case of watching stuff fly past - Eagle rays, Leopard Shark, Grey Sharks, shoal after shoal of Snappers, Free swimming Honeycomb, even the Turtles were finding it hard to swim in the current.
Day 7
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
After we dropped 7 Night guests back at the airport for their flights home, the rest of the group had the most AMAZING dive with 4 Mantas for the whole dive, so yes it made coming back to Male worthwhile.
Dive 2
WHAT A FAB DIVE!!! We had action from start to finish along with the odd critter find, everyone always loves this reef as its got something for everyone. Plus great visibility.
Dive 3
Everyone was happy to be going back on this dive site with so much going on, and because we had a dive here before it made it easy for the guests with cameras to be able to set up the right lenses.
Day 8
Dive 1
Big FAT Grey Sharks, Eagle rays, Whitetip Sharks, Leaf fish, Fish soup and a lovely relaxing drift along the reef top at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Been a while since we have been able to dive this site, which I always enjoy. Huge coral blocks full of Snappers, Wave after wave of yellowback Fusiliers, a fab formation of Mobula came swimming over the reef top and over most of the guests heads plus 6 Eagle Rays.
Dive 3
I have to be honest I've dived this site 100’s of time but I would say it's back to it's good old self with Grey tip Sharks, Turtles even Sandwich the Friendly Eagle Ray is back. We spent the last 15minutes watching 3 Octopus having a stand off.
Night Dive
Our regular female Manta's turned up to put on a FAB display for the guests along with a smaller male. It's such an amazing experience being able to watch them at night passing right over our heads feeding …….I always come up buzzing. It has to be my FAVOURITE DIVE and worth coming out for on its own.
Day 9
Sandwich the Eagle Ray in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
It’s nice being able to visit some of the old dive sites. Ok it wasn't Manta soup like we used to have but we still had two Mantas which the guests were more than happy with.
Dive 2
Manta fly by, Sting rays, Eagle ray, couple of Grey Sharks, wave after wave of Yellowback Fusiliers. Just love flying over and around the pinnacles, the end of the dive was fab swimming amongst the wall of Bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
The whole North side of this thila was overhang after overhang full of Sea Fans, Whip coral, lovely pink Soft coral. So many Turtles, Large shoal of Big eye Jacks on the front hanging in the current plus a couple of Eagle rays.
Day 10
Dive 1
Swift drift dive with 4 Grey Sharks and Eagle rays along the atoll front, a couple of Sting Rays hanging out along the sand . Coral blocks full of Snappers and anything and everything coming in to be cleaned, the only thing missing was a Manta.
Dive 2
What a STUNNING site with all the overhangs full of lovely Blue soft coral… but the current mad it a hard dive, so by the time we got to the reef top it was the case of hanging on until our bottom time ran out then send our SMB’S up.
Dive 3
Sting ray, 8 Grey Sharks swimming around at depth, Bat Fish, 3 Very friendly Hawksbill Turtles. But the name says it all Fish soup and a pleasure to dive.
Day 11
Dive 1
Guests all asked to go back to the site yesterday as they really enjoyed it. Its just a really go dive at the moment and full of fish. Great way to end a fab 2 weeks of diving really!!!!!
Ocean Crossing
Transit Back over to Male.
Daytime Excursion
Some guests came into Male for a walk about then back to finish packing and then we watched the trip DVD.
Day 12
Beautiful Sunset off Mv Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Guest Transfer
Transferred all guests back for the morning flights home.
Day 13
Mv Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Sea Spirit SS450 23 Nov 2014 to 30 Nov 2014 Manta Research Expedition - Nov 14 (7 day)
Evening Activity
Guests all arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
We made a check dive at this ocean facing reef. The current was slight to start, and accelerated as the dive progressed and we had quite a WHITE TIP SHARK SHOW towards the end. We also saw several large dogtooth tunas, 3x eagle rays and a baitball of fusiliers up in the shallows
Day 1
Diver exploring beautiful overhangs with large seafans from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
VERY FISHY THILA!! Schools of black and white snappers, schooling bannerfish, pyramid butterflyfish plus blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips all over this site plus really nice nepthia soft coral and white polyped deep water sea fans clinging to many surfaces giving the site colour and texture. Some of the uppper small overhangs were overflowing with glassfish and the site seems to have attracted around 30 big eye emperors. It was a super dive!
Dive 2
One LOVELY MALE MANTA GAVE US A SHOW for the majority of the dive. It was a first-time sighted manta and he seemed a little shy of divers to start with but settled down after concentrating on his cleaning for a while, and became curious of us and started interacting with divers after around 10 minutes.
Dive 3
Ocean reef corner site with schools of two-spot snappers, gold-spot emperors and blu stripe snappers along the outside reef. We saw several eagle rays, both on the reef and over the deeper water. Towards the corner, the current strength increased and we had to hold on! We had white tip sharks cruising up and down in front of us. We drifted into the channel and disturbed several green turtles!
Evening Activity
Evening presentation on manta ecology and behaviour
Day 2
Beautiful coral reefs fulls o small fish, featherstarts, soft corals etc. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Back to the manta cleaning station but we had to be very patient before a manta arrived today. We watched garden eels, pinkbar gobies with pistol shrimps excavating their burrows and juvenile razor wrasses flitting around above the sand. Several large lionfish were sheltering behind divers. Eventually we had a manta arrive and be cleaned. This time it was a large adult female "Cee Cee".
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
This small, elongated thila seemed to be a magnet for fish as the current point was buzzing with bannerfish, sleek surgeonfish, large red snappers and even a school of meandering big eye jacks. This site is great for macro too, and we found a pinky-white leaf fish, a pair of stonefish, a Susan's flatworm and an unidetified white Chromodoris nudi plus several morays with banded coral shrimps and Bruuni shrimps.
Dive 3
A dusk dive and there were at least 8 GREY SHARKS GATHERED OVER ONE OF THE DEEP BLOCKS and riding the current. The white tip sharks were shallower riding the current on the main reef. We also found sleepy turtles, Amboin shrimps and nice adhesive and bubble anemones full of clown fish. There was a lot of fish chasing going on with large bluefin jacks or giant trevallies herding the fusiliers around.
Night Dive
AN AMAZING MANTA SHOW WITH UP TO FOUR MANTAS AT A TIME, SO CLOSE AND VERY CHEEKY. It was an incredible experience.
Day 3
An amazing night manta show with such close up interactions. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Blue water and another great fish show with SEVERAL GREY REEF SHARKS CRUISING THE REEF EDGE and another being cleaned at a deep coral block. It was standing on it's tail and posing. There were dense schools of blue stripe snappers, a friendly hawksbill turtle a large school of longfin batfish and a schools of medium-sized chevron barracudas plus so much more!
Dive 2
Drift along thila with blue soft coral covered overhangs and pinnacles and many snappers and jacks plus an overhang with pink seafans and purple juncella sea whips. A funny peacock mantis shrimp peered out of it's nest/tunnel. At the end of the reef was an enormous school of mixed bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish and divers disappearred into the fish!
Dive 3
A small and pretty, soft coral covered wreck with many small groupers and lionfish plus different types of shrimps and reef fish. The nearby thils has an impressive array of different coloured magnificent anemones plus bubble anemone full of clownfish. We finished the dive on the main reef and some divers had a manta fly by
Night Dive
An on-off manta show behind SS from about 7pm with one manta in particular putting on an up and down and spin show. We made a short dive and had up to three mantas with us. It was fun.
Day 4
Diver immersed in a large school of blue stripe snappers! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A BEAUTIFUL REEF! Pink and orange soft corals, overhangs, pinnacles, seafan filled caves, canyons full of bannerfish and sweetlips (including the larger silver sweetlips), several large Napoleon wrasses, many white tip sharks, oceanic triggers, rainbow runners and mackerel scads and a SQUADRON OF 7 SHORT-FINNED MOBULAS!
Dive 2
A drift with a little more current than expected but we saw a grey shark and several white tips plus several large BLUE NAPOLEON WRASSES, one of which was quite curious of us. We also saw a couple of friendly hawksbill turtles, white mouthed and fimbriated morays etc.
Dive 3
A small current drift hoping to see a whale shark cruise past, but did not get lucky. We did see an octopus, a cometfish, various morays, a yellow puffer (in its mating colours), and enjoyed a lovely shallow reef with excellent corals and schools of fish
Evening Activity
Evening presentation on manta ID
Day 5
Beautiful soft corals and seafans Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A classic and beautiful Maldives thila ciovered with large schools of bluestripe snappers and humpback snappers which were meandering through the overhangs and canyons. We saw several large brown marbled groupers, camouflage groupers, a pair of short headed shrimps in an adhesive anemone snd enjoyed a really scenic site
Dive 2
Hurrah a lovely manta show with a beautiful pair of mantas which included a large pregnant female manta which was keeping a close eye on divers as she was being cleaned. We watched them for nearly the whole dive and ascended still watching them
Ocean Crossing
Ocean Crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
A busy ocean reef corner with honeycomb morays, apair of yellow leaf fish, a banded pipefish, Lysmata shrimp with orange and flame anthias plus nasty black cheek morays on the reef and white tip and grey sharks, spotted eagle rays and huge tunas cruising the reef. the tunas were chasing the large schools of fusiliers. We enjoyed a fun drift at the end
Evening Activity
Discovery Channel film on Giant mantas
Day 6
Large pregnant female manta who gave us a lovely show! from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
FABULOUS LAST DIVE AT THIS BEAUTIFUL AND DRAMATIC, PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL COVERED THILA The pinnacles and canyons were full of fish including whirling BIG EYE JACKS AND SNAPPERS and we had several sightings of EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS, a little off the reef. There were also good numbers of photogenic reef fish including silver and oriental sweetlips, collared butterflyfish etc. and a lovely hawksbill turtle. What a way to end!
We travelled back towards Male' and our evening anchorage. During the afternoon we made a visit to Male' for sightseeing, a little souvenir shopping and the ubiquitious Seagulll café' ice-cream
Day 7
Grey sharks cruised the reef edge at this super thila from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests transferred via the airport for return international flights and to Maldives resorts
Day 8
So many fish! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Evening Activity
Guests all arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
We made a check dive at this ocean facing reef. The current was slight to start, and accelerated as the dive progressed and we had quite a WHITE TIP SHARK SHOW towards the end. We also saw several large dogtooth tunas, 3x eagle rays and a baitball of fusiliers up in the shallows
Day 1
Diver exploring beautiful overhangs with large seafans from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
VERY FISHY THILA!! Schools of black and white snappers, schooling bannerfish, pyramid butterflyfish plus blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips all over this site plus really nice nepthia soft coral and white polyped deep water sea fans clinging to many surfaces giving the site colour and texture. Some of the uppper small overhangs were overflowing with glassfish and the site seems to have attracted around 30 big eye emperors. It was a super dive!
Dive 2
One LOVELY MALE MANTA GAVE US A SHOW for the majority of the dive. It was a first-time sighted manta and he seemed a little shy of divers to start with but settled down after concentrating on his cleaning for a while, and became curious of us and started interacting with divers after around 10 minutes.
Dive 3
Ocean reef corner site with schools of two-spot snappers, gold-spot emperors and blu stripe snappers along the outside reef. We saw several eagle rays, both on the reef and over the deeper water. Towards the corner, the current strength increased and we had to hold on! We had white tip sharks cruising up and down in front of us. We drifted into the channel and disturbed several green turtles!
Evening Activity
Evening presentation on manta ecology and behaviour
Day 2
Beautiful coral reefs fulls o small fish, featherstarts, soft corals etc. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Back to the manta cleaning station but we had to be very patient before a manta arrived today. We watched garden eels, pinkbar gobies with pistol shrimps excavating their burrows and juvenile razor wrasses flitting around above the sand. Several large lionfish were sheltering behind divers. Eventually we had a manta arrive and be cleaned. This time it was a large adult female "Cee Cee".
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
This small, elongated thila seemed to be a magnet for fish as the current point was buzzing with bannerfish, sleek surgeonfish, large red snappers and even a school of meandering big eye jacks. This site is great for macro too, and we found a pinky-white leaf fish, a pair of stonefish, a Susan's flatworm and an unidetified white Chromodoris nudi plus several morays with banded coral shrimps and Bruuni shrimps.
Dive 3
A dusk dive and there were at least 8 GREY SHARKS GATHERED OVER ONE OF THE DEEP BLOCKS and riding the current. The white tip sharks were shallower riding the current on the main reef. We also found sleepy turtles, Amboin shrimps and nice adhesive and bubble anemones full of clown fish. There was a lot of fish chasing going on with large bluefin jacks or giant trevallies herding the fusiliers around.
Night Dive
AN AMAZING MANTA SHOW WITH UP TO FOUR MANTAS AT A TIME, SO CLOSE AND VERY CHEEKY. It was an incredible experience.
Day 3
An amazing night manta show with such close up interactions. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Blue water and another great fish show with SEVERAL GREY REEF SHARKS CRUISING THE REEF EDGE and another being cleaned at a deep coral block. It was standing on it's tail and posing. There were dense schools of blue stripe snappers, a friendly hawksbill turtle a large school of longfin batfish and a schools of medium-sized chevron barracudas plus so much more!
Dive 2
Drift along thila with blue soft coral covered overhangs and pinnacles and many snappers and jacks plus an overhang with pink seafans and purple juncella sea whips. A funny peacock mantis shrimp peered out of it's nest/tunnel. At the end of the reef was an enormous school of mixed bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish and divers disappearred into the fish!
Dive 3
A small and pretty, soft coral covered wreck with many small groupers and lionfish plus different types of shrimps and reef fish. The nearby thils has an impressive array of different coloured magnificent anemones plus bubble anemone full of clownfish. We finished the dive on the main reef and some divers had a manta fly by
Night Dive
An on-off manta show behind SS from about 7pm with one manta in particular putting on an up and down and spin show. We made a short dive and had up to three mantas with us. It was fun.
Day 4
Diver immersed in a large school of blue stripe snappers! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A BEAUTIFUL REEF! Pink and orange soft corals, overhangs, pinnacles, seafan filled caves, canyons full of bannerfish and sweetlips (including the larger silver sweetlips), several large Napoleon wrasses, many white tip sharks, oceanic triggers, rainbow runners and mackerel scads and a SQUADRON OF 7 SHORT-FINNED MOBULAS!
Dive 2
A drift with a little more current than expected but we saw a grey shark and several white tips plus several large BLUE NAPOLEON WRASSES, one of which was quite curious of us. We also saw a couple of friendly hawksbill turtles, white mouthed and fimbriated morays etc.
Dive 3
A small current drift hoping to see a whale shark cruise past, but did not get lucky. We did see an octopus, a cometfish, various morays, a yellow puffer (in its mating colours), and enjoyed a lovely shallow reef with excellent corals and schools of fish
Evening Activity
Evening presentation on manta ID
Day 5
Beautiful soft corals and seafans Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A classic and beautiful Maldives thila ciovered with large schools of bluestripe snappers and humpback snappers which were meandering through the overhangs and canyons. We saw several large brown marbled groupers, camouflage groupers, a pair of short headed shrimps in an adhesive anemone snd enjoyed a really scenic site
Dive 2
Hurrah a lovely manta show with a beautiful pair of mantas which included a large pregnant female manta which was keeping a close eye on divers as she was being cleaned. We watched them for nearly the whole dive and ascended still watching them
Ocean Crossing
Ocean Crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
A busy ocean reef corner with honeycomb morays, apair of yellow leaf fish, a banded pipefish, Lysmata shrimp with orange and flame anthias plus nasty black cheek morays on the reef and white tip and grey sharks, spotted eagle rays and huge tunas cruising the reef. the tunas were chasing the large schools of fusiliers. We enjoyed a fun drift at the end
Evening Activity
Discovery Channel film on Giant mantas
Day 6
Large pregnant female manta who gave us a lovely show! from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
FABULOUS LAST DIVE AT THIS BEAUTIFUL AND DRAMATIC, PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL COVERED THILA The pinnacles and canyons were full of fish including whirling BIG EYE JACKS AND SNAPPERS and we had several sightings of EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS, a little off the reef. There were also good numbers of photogenic reef fish including silver and oriental sweetlips, collared butterflyfish etc. and a lovely hawksbill turtle. What a way to end!
We travelled back towards Male' and our evening anchorage. During the afternoon we made a visit to Male' for sightseeing, a little souvenir shopping and the ubiquitious Seagulll café' ice-cream
Day 7
Grey sharks cruised the reef edge at this super thila from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests transferred via the airport for return international flights and to Maldives resorts
Day 8
So many fish! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Sunset Queen SN001 23 Nov 2014 to 30 Nov 2014 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Guests transferred from International flights to MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Can you believe the luck of two guests!! Who dropped in the water right in front of a small Manta barrel rolling at the surface within the 1st minute of the dive, Great Hawksbills, Many Tuna, Whitetip Sharks, 100’s and 100’s of convict tangs along the reef top.
Day 1
Scuba diving on the MV Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
Spent the whole dive with Mantas coming and going with 3 together at the end. 1 large female being closely followed by 2 males.
Dive 2
This was a lovely dive with Eagle Rays throughout the dive. Huge shoals of Bluestripe Snappers and Humphead Snappers, Very friendly Green Turtle, Leaf fish, Huge shoals of Reef Fish hanging out around the coral blocks on the reef top, Whitetip Sharks, Huge shoal of Batfish.
Day 2
Manta in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Well, what can i say but Fish Soup! The whole site was buzzing with life and all the guests loved it .
Dive 2
Lovely blue water, Eagle Rays and Grey sharks swimming around off the deep Spur, 3 Leaf Fish, Huge Tuna, Batfish, Napoleons, a large shoal of Bigeye jacks, Whitetip Sharks .
Dive 3
Another FAB Fishy dive with great visibility and a small in-current.
Day 3
Green Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Early morning dive but with no luck finding Hammerhead Sharks. It was great watching the reef life wake up and start getting very active with plenty of smaller fish being chased around. Grey Sharks, Eagle Rays, Tuna, Whitetip Sharks, Blacktip Sharks. The last part of the dive along the shallow reef top was lovely.
Dive 2
Large shoal of Bigeye Jacks down along the sand, Batfish being cleaned, Small Whitetip Sharks swimming around , Octopus, Juvenile Whitetip Sharks resting under the table coral. A couple of us stayed on the front of the thila to watch the 3 Grey Sharks coming in closer and closer.
Dive 3
Very pleasant late afternoon dive. Juvenile Grey Sharks charging around the deep pinnacles while the adult Grey Sharks hung out on the South West Pinnacle, Hawksbills, Octopus, Bannerfish hanging out in the current, Tuna charging at the fusiliers.
Night Dive
WOW WOW WOW WOW!! We had 4 female Mantas stay with us for the whole dive which was totally amazing to watch.
Day 4
WOW, night diving with MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
I absolutely LOVE this site, with its overhangs full of lovely blue soft coral and wall to wall Bluestripe Snappers. We finished the dive drifting over all the great table corals along the top.
Dive 2
Great drift dive with great blue water, Whitetip Sharks for the whole dive. Grey Shaks, Silvertip Sharks, Eagle Rays, Jenkins Rays, HUGE shoals of Bluestripe Snappers plus a young male Manta which came in for a clean.
Dive 3
One Manta Fly by plus Two Eagle Rays, Grey and Whitetip Sharks, Hawksbills, Octopus. But WOW, the whole water column was full of small Redtooth Triggerfish.
Day 5
Scuba Diving in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
We had the most friendly WHALE SHARK ALL TO OURSELVES and it was very clear water that even the non-diver had a snorkel with it.
Dive 2
Gentle drift along the reef with Whitetip Sharks after Whitetip Sharks. 5 Nurse Sharks, 1 Eagle Ray, Large shoal of Yellowspot Snappers and Bluestripe Snappers, White mouth Moray, Strange White Porcelain Crabs, Octopus.
Dive 3
We flew along the reef but WOW, the pinnacles were stunning with all that lovely orange and pink soft coral all puffed out to its full glory. Some of the guests followed Dave to cross the channel where they had Greysharks and Whitetip Sharks, Eagle Rays, Huge shoal of Bigeye Jacks, Jenkins Ray and Marble Rays, 2 Leaf Fish.
Night Dive
Had a very EXCITING night dive with Nurse Sharks all over us and 2 different types of Rays, Giant Trevallies charging around.
Day 6
Shark in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Couple of Whitetip Sharks, Huge shoal of Bigeye Jacks, many Honeycomb Morays, Very funny Hawksbill Turtles, Tuna. The reef top was lovely as it was full of Basslets and Glass Fish.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing back to Male. Some of the guests had fun in the spa on the Sundeck while all the dive gear was washed and hung out to dry.
Day 7
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Guest Transfer
All guests to the airport ready for the flights home or transfers to resorts.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Guests transferred from International flights to MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Can you believe the luck of two guests!! Who dropped in the water right in front of a small Manta barrel rolling at the surface within the 1st minute of the dive, Great Hawksbills, Many Tuna, Whitetip Sharks, 100’s and 100’s of convict tangs along the reef top.
Day 1
Scuba diving on the MV Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
Spent the whole dive with Mantas coming and going with 3 together at the end. 1 large female being closely followed by 2 males.
Dive 2
This was a lovely dive with Eagle Rays throughout the dive. Huge shoals of Bluestripe Snappers and Humphead Snappers, Very friendly Green Turtle, Leaf fish, Huge shoals of Reef Fish hanging out around the coral blocks on the reef top, Whitetip Sharks, Huge shoal of Batfish.
Day 2
Manta in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Well, what can i say but Fish Soup! The whole site was buzzing with life and all the guests loved it .
Dive 2
Lovely blue water, Eagle Rays and Grey sharks swimming around off the deep Spur, 3 Leaf Fish, Huge Tuna, Batfish, Napoleons, a large shoal of Bigeye jacks, Whitetip Sharks .
Dive 3
Another FAB Fishy dive with great visibility and a small in-current.
Day 3
Green Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Early morning dive but with no luck finding Hammerhead Sharks. It was great watching the reef life wake up and start getting very active with plenty of smaller fish being chased around. Grey Sharks, Eagle Rays, Tuna, Whitetip Sharks, Blacktip Sharks. The last part of the dive along the shallow reef top was lovely.
Dive 2
Large shoal of Bigeye Jacks down along the sand, Batfish being cleaned, Small Whitetip Sharks swimming around , Octopus, Juvenile Whitetip Sharks resting under the table coral. A couple of us stayed on the front of the thila to watch the 3 Grey Sharks coming in closer and closer.
Dive 3
Very pleasant late afternoon dive. Juvenile Grey Sharks charging around the deep pinnacles while the adult Grey Sharks hung out on the South West Pinnacle, Hawksbills, Octopus, Bannerfish hanging out in the current, Tuna charging at the fusiliers.
Night Dive
WOW WOW WOW WOW!! We had 4 female Mantas stay with us for the whole dive which was totally amazing to watch.
Day 4
WOW, night diving with MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
I absolutely LOVE this site, with its overhangs full of lovely blue soft coral and wall to wall Bluestripe Snappers. We finished the dive drifting over all the great table corals along the top.
Dive 2
Great drift dive with great blue water, Whitetip Sharks for the whole dive. Grey Shaks, Silvertip Sharks, Eagle Rays, Jenkins Rays, HUGE shoals of Bluestripe Snappers plus a young male Manta which came in for a clean.
Dive 3
One Manta Fly by plus Two Eagle Rays, Grey and Whitetip Sharks, Hawksbills, Octopus. But WOW, the whole water column was full of small Redtooth Triggerfish.
Day 5
Scuba Diving in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
We had the most friendly WHALE SHARK ALL TO OURSELVES and it was very clear water that even the non-diver had a snorkel with it.
Dive 2
Gentle drift along the reef with Whitetip Sharks after Whitetip Sharks. 5 Nurse Sharks, 1 Eagle Ray, Large shoal of Yellowspot Snappers and Bluestripe Snappers, White mouth Moray, Strange White Porcelain Crabs, Octopus.
Dive 3
We flew along the reef but WOW, the pinnacles were stunning with all that lovely orange and pink soft coral all puffed out to its full glory. Some of the guests followed Dave to cross the channel where they had Greysharks and Whitetip Sharks, Eagle Rays, Huge shoal of Bigeye Jacks, Jenkins Ray and Marble Rays, 2 Leaf Fish.
Night Dive
Had a very EXCITING night dive with Nurse Sharks all over us and 2 different types of Rays, Giant Trevallies charging around.
Day 6
Shark in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Couple of Whitetip Sharks, Huge shoal of Bigeye Jacks, many Honeycomb Morays, Very funny Hawksbill Turtles, Tuna. The reef top was lovely as it was full of Basslets and Glass Fish.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing back to Male. Some of the guests had fun in the spa on the Sundeck while all the dive gear was washed and hung out to dry.
Day 7
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Guest Transfer
All guests to the airport ready for the flights home or transfers to resorts.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS449 9 Nov 2014 to 21 Nov 2014 Manta Research Expedition - Nov 14 (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Male' International airport and transferred to Sea Spirit early morning
Dive 1
Check dive at ocean reef and an auspicious start with TWO MANTA RAYS passing by several times, a PINK WHIPRAY, MANGROVE WHIPRAY, SCHOOL OF MOBULAS, white spotted grouper, a hawksbill turtle etc. Lovely!
Day 1
Dense schools of snappers and other reef fish from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
AN AWESOME DIVE WITH 13 MANTA RAYS AND UP TO 8 AT ANY ONE TIME BUSILY BEING CLEANED AT THE CORAL BLOCKS. They were quite curious of us and swam over and past us having a really good look at us! There were also many spotted and silver garden eels, a very large lionfish, many pinkbar gobies with their pistol shrimps, tiger cowries etc.
Dive 2
An out-current in the channel so we dived the ocean reef and went looking for critters as well as larger things. We found a large STONEFISH buried in the sand with just it's face peering out, a pair of yellow leaf fish, several banded coral shrimps and lysmata shrimps, large and small Napoleon wrasses, EAGLE RAYS, octopus, a large tuna scatterring fusiliers, white tip sharks, mobulas, collared butterflyfish and Sgt Majors laying eggs.
Dive 3
A very fishy site with schools of goldspot emperors, bluestripe, humpback and yellow snapers on the reef plus a large school ofblack and white snappers off the reef. A FEATHERTAIL STINGRAY swam past, we found a porcelain crab in a carpet anemone with a green leaf fish nearby, a manta fly-by, a GREEN TURTLE, many harlequin and oriental sweetlips and a large school of marauding convict tangs
Day 2
Two mantas interacting at a cleaning station from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
An ocean reef corner where we saw two ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, a MOBULA JAPONICA (Spine-tail devil ray), several white tip sharks, a nurse shark, bannerfish, harlequin sweetlips and a glorious flatworm.
Dive 2
A very strong and whily current at this ocean-facing thila so we hooked in on the current point and watched the sharks, eagle ray and giant trevallies struggling in the current! There were streams and streams of spot-tail fusiliers. We found a nurse shark in a block and then had a long drift ascent. Wheeeee!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
Such a great dive site where just about anything can be seen and delivered several cruising grey sharks plus white tip sharks, some ENORMOUS toothsome dogtooth tunas, two gold/white leaf fish, several undulate morays, lysmata shrimps, 3x spearing mantis shrimps, a very friendly turtle, very friendly longfin batfish, a Napoleon wrasse being cleaned, giant trevally chasing red-tooth triggerfish and so much more!
Day 3
A sleeping tawny nurse shark from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at this superb ocean reef site with several grey sharks and white tips, schooling big-eye jacks, mackerel scads, rainbow runners, tunas etc. We found 4 spearing mantis shrimps this time and a purple/white elegant squat lobster in a featherstar.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
There were FOUR GREY SHARKS CRUISING the dropoff for the majority of the dive plus several white tips, Forsters and chevron barracudas, bluestripe snappers, goldspot emperors, big-eye crescent tails etc. We found a baby white tip under a table coral and a Bruuni shrimp busy cleaning s sabre squirrelfish
Dive 3
We were delighted to find so many juvenile grey sharks at this classic Maldives thila site. They were cruising the coral pinnacles and not afraid of divers. The white tip s ahrks were also out in good numbers and we found friendly hawksbill turtles, a pair of large ugly stonefish, many schooling bannerfish, several tiny cute Clarke's anemonefish in bubble anemones and a long school of bonito (skipjack) tunas passed by
No mantas in the lagoon tonight :-(
Day 4
Diver drifting over gorgonia corals in the Maldives
Dive 1
Another classic Maldives thila with GREY SHARKS cruising the drop off and large schools of fusiliers being coralled and forming baitballs chased by giant trevallies and bluefin jacks. There was a large schools of longfin batfish and a scholl of ~30 remoras looking for a new host kept trying to cling onto divers! The hawksbill turtles on the reeftop were friendly and photogenic. The school of bluestripe snappers seems to have exploded in number and covers the whole southern reef!
Dive 2
Blue and pink SOFT CORAL COVERED pinnacles and overhangs with reef fish buzzing over the tops of the pinnacles and swarms of anthias bouncing out of the reef. We found a peacock mantis shrimp, several types of morays and many bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
Pretty seafans and soft corals covered this 'gingerbread' wreck hiding many small groupers and lionfish. The thila was a mass of bubble and magnificent anemones with families of Clarke's and Maldives anemonefish and then we had a manta fly-by on the main reef
Night Dive
There were FIVE FRIENDLY AND FUN MANTA RAYS througout the evening at the back of Sea Spirit. Our dive was up-close and personal and extremely fun.
Day 5
Amazing night dive with manta rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
STUNNING BLUE, YELLOW, PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL COVERED PINNACLES AND OVERHANGS with several grey sharks of all sizes mooching around and many white tip reef sharks sleeping in the sand. An enormous school of blue stripe snappers were congregated in one overhang and there was a large school of painted sweetlips plus a pair of giant barracudas, Indian bannerfish etc.
Dive 2
LOTS OF WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS over the deep sand area, some sleeping and some swimming about. The big coral blocks were covered in snappers, sweetlips, emperors and goatfish. We watched an octopus and swirling big eye jacks and then went for a long drift into the channel. Towards the inside the reef wall is full of small overhangs and we met a gang of Napoleons ranging from 30cm juveniles to two huge male blue adults.
Dive 3
Beautiful overhangs full of pastel pink, yellow and mauve soft corals, seafans, seawhips and multicoloured ascidians and featherstars. We also saw several grey sharks, an egle ray, large tunas, many soldierfish, indian bannerfish, and lots of pyramid and saddleback butterflyfish on the reef top
Day 6
Beautiful soft coral hung overhangs from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A slow drift through PINK AND ORANGE OFT CORAL HUNG canyons and overhangs. The varieties and qualities of the corals were excellent. We saw a large mappa puffer, a spearing mantis shrimp in it's nest, white tip sharks, tunas, emperors etc.
Dive 2
A really chilled dive on this ocean-facing reef. We saw a PAIR OR EAGLE RAYS AND TWO LARGE PREGNANT ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS in the sand then schools of Indian bannerfish, crown quirrelfish and goldspot emperors plus a white mouthed moray and a very friendly turtle. Ther was a pair of courting octopus and we saw he male hand over his present to the female!
Snorkelling
Just as we were seating for lunch we saw a WHALE SHARK SWIM UNDERNEATH SEA SPIRIT SO WE PUT OUR FINS AND SNORKELS ON AND SWAM WITH HIM FOR THE NEXT 45 MINUTES BY WHICH TIME EVERYONE WAS EXHAUSTED AND HUNGRY!!!
Dive 3
Easy drift dive on ocean reef. We saw a SHORT FINNED MOBULA RAY, turtle, pink scorpionfish, a sponge snail, several guineafowl puffrs and a man-eating (7cm long) jewelled dameselfish bit Yvonne :-(
A stunning sunset over the south of the atoll and later, a pair of pink whiprays and a busy tuna under the boat at anchorage!
Day 7
A friendly but fast whale shark seen from MV Sea Spirit
A classic Maldives thila, smothered in bluestripe snappers and beautiful pink seafans covering the deeper walls below 20m. There were several large brownmarbled groupers out and about plus a few white tips, a peacock mantis shrimp, an octopus, a pair of shortheaded shrimps in an adhesive anemone and a round ribbontail ray on top of the reef who stayed in the same place for the whole dive enjoying a clean by two bluestreak cleaner wrasses.
Dive 2
WOW, WHAT A MANTA SHOW! With 8 different mantas coming to visit the cleaning station and swooping over our heads and showing off to eachother. For those that were also looking around, we saw many garden eels plus gobies and pistol shrimps, sand perches and gobies mouth-filtering the sand.
Dive 3
This is a famous site to see turtles and sure enough, we found around four friendly hawksbills. There were black coral trees full of sweepers plus sponge formations and penguin oysters. We also saw some white tip sharks, blue fin jacks chasing fusiliers, schooling bannerfish and lots of different morays
Day 8
Beautiful manta show on MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
A wreck with lots of nice animals! We found a stonefish, a Chromodoris glenei nudi, piano blennies peering out of holes, a spearing mantis shrimp, a school of ~200 Forster's barracudas and a pod of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins passed by. After the dive we attempted to snorkel with them but they swam underneath us so we only got the briefest glimpse as they went past!
Dive 2
ANOTHER AMAZING MANTA SHOW, this time 10 different mantas and one with three very pesky remoras! Another female with an ardent male suitor who followed her wherever she went.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
There were large schools of silversides all along the westernface of the reef and they were being herded by dogtooth and bonito tunas and giant trevallies. Large schools of surgeonfish and fusiliers were also hanging out on the wall. We also found a group of 5 Chromodoris tritos, a yellow leaf fish, an octopus, a large yellow grouper, and found lovely bright-purple magnifica anemones on the reef slope.
Day 9
Divers with a large school of bluestripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Turbulent currents in the channels and even the ocean reef was stirred up with mixed currents and we did not get a straightforward drift. WE saw several Napoleon wrasses, a green turtle, a white leaf fish and lots of nepthia soft coral covered blocks full of anthias and small groupers
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
More mixed up currents at this channel site. There were many oceanic triggerfish on the channel front plus schools of black and white snappers and a solitary grey shark! The outer reef wall was punctuated with many small overhangs full of soldierfish and the reef wall was buzzing with anthias and small reef fish. Three MANTA RAYS SWAM PAST!
Dive 3
Brisk, then slow drift on channel corner site. We descended into an enormous school of red snappers and then past a few white tips. The current on the front was pushing against us so we slowly swam along the wall and drifted back. There were humpback, black and white and midnight snappers, black cheek morays with Lysmata cleaning shrimps, a white mouthed moray and THREE MANTA RAYS SWAM PAST AGAIN!
Night Dive
EXCITING DIVE WITH ~40 TAWNY NURSE SHARKS FORAGING AND AGGREGATING INTO A LARGE SCHOOL, ALSO PINK WHIPRAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS AND MANY GIANT TREVALLIES
Day 10
Dive 1
Channel drift with white tips and a few grey sharks plus a large mixed school of snappers and big eye jacks at the current point.The outside reef makes a lovely wall full of orange anthias with banded coral shrimps, Bruuni cleaners, two yellow leaf fish and reef fish of all types in the shallows
Dive 2
Great macro site with several BLUE AND BLACK RIBBON EELS, a spearing plus a peacock mantis shrimp, octopus, many lionfish in ambush mode, and a lovely reef wall with anthias and patches of glassfish in overhangs
Dive 3
AWESOME DIVE! WE SAW EVERYTHING! Several honeycomb morays, huge dogtooth tunas cruising the wall chasing fusiliers, giant trevallies, white tip sharks, green and hawksbill turtles, EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS on the current corner, leaf fish, leopard flounder, so many soldierfish and snappers. WOW!
Day 11
White tip reef shark with large school of big eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner with lovely coral blocks full of groupers, anthias and beautiful pastel coloured nepthia soft corals. We saw several hawksbill turtles and one was very friendly. White tips, tunas and jacks cruised the wall. We found a pair of porcelain crabs in a carpet anemone. Just lovely!
Travel back towards Male' and our evening anchorage. A relaxing afternoon onboard as noone wanted to visit Male'
Day 12
Honeycomb morays are common at east side of atoll sites. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests to airport or to Male' for international flights or stays in hotels
Day 13
Beautiful flat sea conditions this trip on Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Male' International airport and transferred to Sea Spirit early morning
Dive 1
Check dive at ocean reef and an auspicious start with TWO MANTA RAYS passing by several times, a PINK WHIPRAY, MANGROVE WHIPRAY, SCHOOL OF MOBULAS, white spotted grouper, a hawksbill turtle etc. Lovely!
Day 1
Dense schools of snappers and other reef fish from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
AN AWESOME DIVE WITH 13 MANTA RAYS AND UP TO 8 AT ANY ONE TIME BUSILY BEING CLEANED AT THE CORAL BLOCKS. They were quite curious of us and swam over and past us having a really good look at us! There were also many spotted and silver garden eels, a very large lionfish, many pinkbar gobies with their pistol shrimps, tiger cowries etc.
Dive 2
An out-current in the channel so we dived the ocean reef and went looking for critters as well as larger things. We found a large STONEFISH buried in the sand with just it's face peering out, a pair of yellow leaf fish, several banded coral shrimps and lysmata shrimps, large and small Napoleon wrasses, EAGLE RAYS, octopus, a large tuna scatterring fusiliers, white tip sharks, mobulas, collared butterflyfish and Sgt Majors laying eggs.
Dive 3
A very fishy site with schools of goldspot emperors, bluestripe, humpback and yellow snapers on the reef plus a large school ofblack and white snappers off the reef. A FEATHERTAIL STINGRAY swam past, we found a porcelain crab in a carpet anemone with a green leaf fish nearby, a manta fly-by, a GREEN TURTLE, many harlequin and oriental sweetlips and a large school of marauding convict tangs
Day 2
Two mantas interacting at a cleaning station from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
An ocean reef corner where we saw two ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, a MOBULA JAPONICA (Spine-tail devil ray), several white tip sharks, a nurse shark, bannerfish, harlequin sweetlips and a glorious flatworm.
Dive 2
A very strong and whily current at this ocean-facing thila so we hooked in on the current point and watched the sharks, eagle ray and giant trevallies struggling in the current! There were streams and streams of spot-tail fusiliers. We found a nurse shark in a block and then had a long drift ascent. Wheeeee!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
Such a great dive site where just about anything can be seen and delivered several cruising grey sharks plus white tip sharks, some ENORMOUS toothsome dogtooth tunas, two gold/white leaf fish, several undulate morays, lysmata shrimps, 3x spearing mantis shrimps, a very friendly turtle, very friendly longfin batfish, a Napoleon wrasse being cleaned, giant trevally chasing red-tooth triggerfish and so much more!
Day 3
A sleeping tawny nurse shark from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at this superb ocean reef site with several grey sharks and white tips, schooling big-eye jacks, mackerel scads, rainbow runners, tunas etc. We found 4 spearing mantis shrimps this time and a purple/white elegant squat lobster in a featherstar.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
There were FOUR GREY SHARKS CRUISING the dropoff for the majority of the dive plus several white tips, Forsters and chevron barracudas, bluestripe snappers, goldspot emperors, big-eye crescent tails etc. We found a baby white tip under a table coral and a Bruuni shrimp busy cleaning s sabre squirrelfish
Dive 3
We were delighted to find so many juvenile grey sharks at this classic Maldives thila site. They were cruising the coral pinnacles and not afraid of divers. The white tip s ahrks were also out in good numbers and we found friendly hawksbill turtles, a pair of large ugly stonefish, many schooling bannerfish, several tiny cute Clarke's anemonefish in bubble anemones and a long school of bonito (skipjack) tunas passed by
No mantas in the lagoon tonight :-(
Day 4
Diver drifting over gorgonia corals in the Maldives
Dive 1
Another classic Maldives thila with GREY SHARKS cruising the drop off and large schools of fusiliers being coralled and forming baitballs chased by giant trevallies and bluefin jacks. There was a large schools of longfin batfish and a scholl of ~30 remoras looking for a new host kept trying to cling onto divers! The hawksbill turtles on the reeftop were friendly and photogenic. The school of bluestripe snappers seems to have exploded in number and covers the whole southern reef!
Dive 2
Blue and pink SOFT CORAL COVERED pinnacles and overhangs with reef fish buzzing over the tops of the pinnacles and swarms of anthias bouncing out of the reef. We found a peacock mantis shrimp, several types of morays and many bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
Pretty seafans and soft corals covered this 'gingerbread' wreck hiding many small groupers and lionfish. The thila was a mass of bubble and magnificent anemones with families of Clarke's and Maldives anemonefish and then we had a manta fly-by on the main reef
Night Dive
There were FIVE FRIENDLY AND FUN MANTA RAYS througout the evening at the back of Sea Spirit. Our dive was up-close and personal and extremely fun.
Day 5
Amazing night dive with manta rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
STUNNING BLUE, YELLOW, PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL COVERED PINNACLES AND OVERHANGS with several grey sharks of all sizes mooching around and many white tip reef sharks sleeping in the sand. An enormous school of blue stripe snappers were congregated in one overhang and there was a large school of painted sweetlips plus a pair of giant barracudas, Indian bannerfish etc.
Dive 2
LOTS OF WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS over the deep sand area, some sleeping and some swimming about. The big coral blocks were covered in snappers, sweetlips, emperors and goatfish. We watched an octopus and swirling big eye jacks and then went for a long drift into the channel. Towards the inside the reef wall is full of small overhangs and we met a gang of Napoleons ranging from 30cm juveniles to two huge male blue adults.
Dive 3
Beautiful overhangs full of pastel pink, yellow and mauve soft corals, seafans, seawhips and multicoloured ascidians and featherstars. We also saw several grey sharks, an egle ray, large tunas, many soldierfish, indian bannerfish, and lots of pyramid and saddleback butterflyfish on the reef top
Day 6
Beautiful soft coral hung overhangs from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A slow drift through PINK AND ORANGE OFT CORAL HUNG canyons and overhangs. The varieties and qualities of the corals were excellent. We saw a large mappa puffer, a spearing mantis shrimp in it's nest, white tip sharks, tunas, emperors etc.
Dive 2
A really chilled dive on this ocean-facing reef. We saw a PAIR OR EAGLE RAYS AND TWO LARGE PREGNANT ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS in the sand then schools of Indian bannerfish, crown quirrelfish and goldspot emperors plus a white mouthed moray and a very friendly turtle. Ther was a pair of courting octopus and we saw he male hand over his present to the female!
Snorkelling
Just as we were seating for lunch we saw a WHALE SHARK SWIM UNDERNEATH SEA SPIRIT SO WE PUT OUR FINS AND SNORKELS ON AND SWAM WITH HIM FOR THE NEXT 45 MINUTES BY WHICH TIME EVERYONE WAS EXHAUSTED AND HUNGRY!!!
Dive 3
Easy drift dive on ocean reef. We saw a SHORT FINNED MOBULA RAY, turtle, pink scorpionfish, a sponge snail, several guineafowl puffrs and a man-eating (7cm long) jewelled dameselfish bit Yvonne :-(
A stunning sunset over the south of the atoll and later, a pair of pink whiprays and a busy tuna under the boat at anchorage!
Day 7
A friendly but fast whale shark seen from MV Sea Spirit
A classic Maldives thila, smothered in bluestripe snappers and beautiful pink seafans covering the deeper walls below 20m. There were several large brownmarbled groupers out and about plus a few white tips, a peacock mantis shrimp, an octopus, a pair of shortheaded shrimps in an adhesive anemone and a round ribbontail ray on top of the reef who stayed in the same place for the whole dive enjoying a clean by two bluestreak cleaner wrasses.
Dive 2
WOW, WHAT A MANTA SHOW! With 8 different mantas coming to visit the cleaning station and swooping over our heads and showing off to eachother. For those that were also looking around, we saw many garden eels plus gobies and pistol shrimps, sand perches and gobies mouth-filtering the sand.
Dive 3
This is a famous site to see turtles and sure enough, we found around four friendly hawksbills. There were black coral trees full of sweepers plus sponge formations and penguin oysters. We also saw some white tip sharks, blue fin jacks chasing fusiliers, schooling bannerfish and lots of different morays
Day 8
Beautiful manta show on MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
A wreck with lots of nice animals! We found a stonefish, a Chromodoris glenei nudi, piano blennies peering out of holes, a spearing mantis shrimp, a school of ~200 Forster's barracudas and a pod of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins passed by. After the dive we attempted to snorkel with them but they swam underneath us so we only got the briefest glimpse as they went past!
Dive 2
ANOTHER AMAZING MANTA SHOW, this time 10 different mantas and one with three very pesky remoras! Another female with an ardent male suitor who followed her wherever she went.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
There were large schools of silversides all along the westernface of the reef and they were being herded by dogtooth and bonito tunas and giant trevallies. Large schools of surgeonfish and fusiliers were also hanging out on the wall. We also found a group of 5 Chromodoris tritos, a yellow leaf fish, an octopus, a large yellow grouper, and found lovely bright-purple magnifica anemones on the reef slope.
Day 9
Divers with a large school of bluestripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Turbulent currents in the channels and even the ocean reef was stirred up with mixed currents and we did not get a straightforward drift. WE saw several Napoleon wrasses, a green turtle, a white leaf fish and lots of nepthia soft coral covered blocks full of anthias and small groupers
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
More mixed up currents at this channel site. There were many oceanic triggerfish on the channel front plus schools of black and white snappers and a solitary grey shark! The outer reef wall was punctuated with many small overhangs full of soldierfish and the reef wall was buzzing with anthias and small reef fish. Three MANTA RAYS SWAM PAST!
Dive 3
Brisk, then slow drift on channel corner site. We descended into an enormous school of red snappers and then past a few white tips. The current on the front was pushing against us so we slowly swam along the wall and drifted back. There were humpback, black and white and midnight snappers, black cheek morays with Lysmata cleaning shrimps, a white mouthed moray and THREE MANTA RAYS SWAM PAST AGAIN!
Night Dive
EXCITING DIVE WITH ~40 TAWNY NURSE SHARKS FORAGING AND AGGREGATING INTO A LARGE SCHOOL, ALSO PINK WHIPRAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS AND MANY GIANT TREVALLIES
Day 10
Dive 1
Channel drift with white tips and a few grey sharks plus a large mixed school of snappers and big eye jacks at the current point.The outside reef makes a lovely wall full of orange anthias with banded coral shrimps, Bruuni cleaners, two yellow leaf fish and reef fish of all types in the shallows
Dive 2
Great macro site with several BLUE AND BLACK RIBBON EELS, a spearing plus a peacock mantis shrimp, octopus, many lionfish in ambush mode, and a lovely reef wall with anthias and patches of glassfish in overhangs
Dive 3
AWESOME DIVE! WE SAW EVERYTHING! Several honeycomb morays, huge dogtooth tunas cruising the wall chasing fusiliers, giant trevallies, white tip sharks, green and hawksbill turtles, EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS on the current corner, leaf fish, leopard flounder, so many soldierfish and snappers. WOW!
Day 11
White tip reef shark with large school of big eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner with lovely coral blocks full of groupers, anthias and beautiful pastel coloured nepthia soft corals. We saw several hawksbill turtles and one was very friendly. White tips, tunas and jacks cruised the wall. We found a pair of porcelain crabs in a carpet anemone. Just lovely!
Travel back towards Male' and our evening anchorage. A relaxing afternoon onboard as noone wanted to visit Male'
Day 12
Honeycomb morays are common at east side of atoll sites. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests to airport or to Male' for international flights or stays in hotels
Day 13
Beautiful flat sea conditions this trip on Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Sea Spirit SS448b 2 Nov 2014 to 9 Nov 2014 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Once the guests were back on MV Sea Spirit, we filled in paperwork followed by preparing the dive gear.
Dive 1
Lovely check dive with many white tip sharks, hawksbill turtle, 4 pairs of porcelain crabs, so many morays, pair of whiptail rays. A pair of Octopus putting on a fab mating display, freeway of fusiliers throughout the dive.
Day 1
Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Best way to describe this dive was fish soup, every inch was covered in Glass fish being charged at by Bluefin, Tuna, large shoal of Chevron Barracuda, Sting ray, Eagle ray, Peacock mantis shrimps plus fab coral and anemones.
Dive 2
3 Mantas, a pair of Green Turtles swimming around each other, so many Peacock Mantis Shrimps, Eagle ray, Whitetip sharks, a huge shoal of Bluestripe Snappers, Tuna, Large shoal of Batfish, the corner was covered in a layer of Basslets and Anthias.
Dive 3
WOW 26+ Mobula!! Eagle ray, Sting ray, Whitetip Sharks. The corner was full of Sweetlips and Redtail Butterflyfish, huge shoal of Midnight snappers. Green Turtle.
Day 2
Scuba Diving in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely pale female being followed by 2 males which was then joined by another male further on, Eagle rays, Octopus, Sue's Flatworm, 2 very friendly Green Turtles, Large group of batfish, Whitetip sharks, Tuna charging at the Fusilier. It was FAB on the reef top with so many reef fish all hanging around allowing us to mix right in with them then finishing with another Manta while doing our stops.
Dive 2
Lovely gentle drift along a very healthy reef with interesting overhangs, pair of Mimic File fish doing a strange mating dance, so many lovely anemones, Scorpion fish, 1 Manta, Whitetip sharks, Freeway of Fusiliers, Longnose Hawk Fish, Whip coral shrimps.
Dive 3
This whole site is a rainbow of soft coral and covered in a layer of Basslets. The anemones on the reef top were amazing and full of anemones fish some protecting eggs, Eagle ray, Large shoal of Bannerfish.
Night Dive
Having a gentle current was good, as all the Jewel Anemones were puffed out in there full glory, Large Whip Coral Shrimp and Goby, Glossodoris and a Phidiana Militaris. My FIRST sighting of a Y-Patterned Moray!!
Day 3
Shark in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
WOW! A huge current making it a hard dive but WOW so much life, a constant freeway of fusiliers, large shoal of Oceanic Triggerfish. In the channel between the pinnacles and the thila it was full of Bigeye Jacks and Midnight Snappers, both Grey sharks and Whitetip Sharks. HUGE shoals of Sweetlips and Bluestripe snappers around the coral blocks, Batfish, Honeycomb Moray.
Dive 2
Dropped down to find a squadron of 27 Eagle rays, Grey sharks going crazy chasing a Giant Trevally around which was so funny to watch. Whitetip sharks, Rainbow Runners, Zillions and zillions of redtooth Triggerfish.
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive meaning we had all the fish close to the reef. You could see it was either be hunted or be the hunter so all the fish seemed on edge, Whitetip Sharks, 3 Leaffish, Large shoal of Batfish some joining us for our stops and a large shoal of Bigeye Jacks.
Day 4
Wow. Sharks in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Early morning dive, so this time all the fish were busy being cleaned which allowed us to get some great photos as we were able to get really close. Couple of Grey Sharks, HUGE Shoal of Bigeye jacks, Batfish as always following us around, Whitetip Sharks, Mobula, Eagle rays, 3 Leaf fish, a Huge Napoleon hunting with a couple of Groupers. It was fish soup on the reef top corner.
Dive 2
Tuna charging the fusiliers sending everything crazy and darting straight towards us, Grey sharks cruising along the top of the reef, Huge shoal of Big Eye's , Batfish, Huge Scorpion fish, Zebra Moray, baby Whitetip Sharks resting under the Table Coral's,Peacock Mantis Shrimp.
Dive 3
Lovely relaxing dive. We stopped to watch the Grey sharks swimming around the deep pinnacles, Whitetip Sharks both at depth and on the top of the Thila. Turtles, Octopus, Stone fish, Mantis Shrimp, Large shoal of Bannerfish, Bluefin and Tuna charging the fusiliers, loads of Surgeon fish enjoying our bubbles while we did our stops.
Day 5
Amazing dive in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Fab dive and great visibility! We had a large shoal of remora come and meet us as we dropped down to the thila. Large shoal of batfish, Huge Shoal of young Amberjacks came buzzing around us, 2 Grey sharks swimming along the reef top, Very cute small Eagle ray, 4 Hawksbills - the two smaller ones seemed to be playing together. The whole site was covered in Bluestripe snappers, Giant Trevallies charging at the fusiliers chasing a huge bait ball.
Dive 2
This is a very pretty and relaxing dive allowing the guests to get there heads down and have a good look around for critters. Very playful Octopus, pair of Banded Pipefish, Longnose hawkfish, Large shoal of Painted Surgeon fish and Juvenile Bluestripe snappers. So many different types of shrimps, Fab coral garden on the top of the thila with so many anemones.
Day 6
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sea spirit.
Dive 1
Snorkel with 5 Mantas before the dive. Then we had the most AMAZING current dive with a wall of Red Snappers on Jack Corner, Large Grey Shark's, Eagle rays hanging alongside the guests. Huge shoal of Surgeon fish then we let go and flew along the Thila. Another BONUS snorkel on the way back to the boat with 2 Manta Rays .... Not a bad way to finish the trip!!!!!!
Daytime Excursion
We popped into Male for shopping and Ice-cream then back to MV Sea Spirit to finish packing and sort through the many FAB Trip Photo's ready for sharing between the guests.
Day 7
Amazing scuba diving in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Guest Transfer
Transferred guests back to Male Airport for their International Flights.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Once the guests were back on MV Sea Spirit, we filled in paperwork followed by preparing the dive gear.
Dive 1
Lovely check dive with many white tip sharks, hawksbill turtle, 4 pairs of porcelain crabs, so many morays, pair of whiptail rays. A pair of Octopus putting on a fab mating display, freeway of fusiliers throughout the dive.
Day 1
Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Best way to describe this dive was fish soup, every inch was covered in Glass fish being charged at by Bluefin, Tuna, large shoal of Chevron Barracuda, Sting ray, Eagle ray, Peacock mantis shrimps plus fab coral and anemones.
Dive 2
3 Mantas, a pair of Green Turtles swimming around each other, so many Peacock Mantis Shrimps, Eagle ray, Whitetip sharks, a huge shoal of Bluestripe Snappers, Tuna, Large shoal of Batfish, the corner was covered in a layer of Basslets and Anthias.
Dive 3
WOW 26+ Mobula!! Eagle ray, Sting ray, Whitetip Sharks. The corner was full of Sweetlips and Redtail Butterflyfish, huge shoal of Midnight snappers. Green Turtle.
Day 2
Scuba Diving in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely pale female being followed by 2 males which was then joined by another male further on, Eagle rays, Octopus, Sue's Flatworm, 2 very friendly Green Turtles, Large group of batfish, Whitetip sharks, Tuna charging at the Fusilier. It was FAB on the reef top with so many reef fish all hanging around allowing us to mix right in with them then finishing with another Manta while doing our stops.
Dive 2
Lovely gentle drift along a very healthy reef with interesting overhangs, pair of Mimic File fish doing a strange mating dance, so many lovely anemones, Scorpion fish, 1 Manta, Whitetip sharks, Freeway of Fusiliers, Longnose Hawk Fish, Whip coral shrimps.
Dive 3
This whole site is a rainbow of soft coral and covered in a layer of Basslets. The anemones on the reef top were amazing and full of anemones fish some protecting eggs, Eagle ray, Large shoal of Bannerfish.
Night Dive
Having a gentle current was good, as all the Jewel Anemones were puffed out in there full glory, Large Whip Coral Shrimp and Goby, Glossodoris and a Phidiana Militaris. My FIRST sighting of a Y-Patterned Moray!!
Day 3
Shark in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
WOW! A huge current making it a hard dive but WOW so much life, a constant freeway of fusiliers, large shoal of Oceanic Triggerfish. In the channel between the pinnacles and the thila it was full of Bigeye Jacks and Midnight Snappers, both Grey sharks and Whitetip Sharks. HUGE shoals of Sweetlips and Bluestripe snappers around the coral blocks, Batfish, Honeycomb Moray.
Dive 2
Dropped down to find a squadron of 27 Eagle rays, Grey sharks going crazy chasing a Giant Trevally around which was so funny to watch. Whitetip sharks, Rainbow Runners, Zillions and zillions of redtooth Triggerfish.
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive meaning we had all the fish close to the reef. You could see it was either be hunted or be the hunter so all the fish seemed on edge, Whitetip Sharks, 3 Leaffish, Large shoal of Batfish some joining us for our stops and a large shoal of Bigeye Jacks.
Day 4
Wow. Sharks in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Early morning dive, so this time all the fish were busy being cleaned which allowed us to get some great photos as we were able to get really close. Couple of Grey Sharks, HUGE Shoal of Bigeye jacks, Batfish as always following us around, Whitetip Sharks, Mobula, Eagle rays, 3 Leaf fish, a Huge Napoleon hunting with a couple of Groupers. It was fish soup on the reef top corner.
Dive 2
Tuna charging the fusiliers sending everything crazy and darting straight towards us, Grey sharks cruising along the top of the reef, Huge shoal of Big Eye's , Batfish, Huge Scorpion fish, Zebra Moray, baby Whitetip Sharks resting under the Table Coral's,Peacock Mantis Shrimp.
Dive 3
Lovely relaxing dive. We stopped to watch the Grey sharks swimming around the deep pinnacles, Whitetip Sharks both at depth and on the top of the Thila. Turtles, Octopus, Stone fish, Mantis Shrimp, Large shoal of Bannerfish, Bluefin and Tuna charging the fusiliers, loads of Surgeon fish enjoying our bubbles while we did our stops.
Day 5
Amazing dive in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Fab dive and great visibility! We had a large shoal of remora come and meet us as we dropped down to the thila. Large shoal of batfish, Huge Shoal of young Amberjacks came buzzing around us, 2 Grey sharks swimming along the reef top, Very cute small Eagle ray, 4 Hawksbills - the two smaller ones seemed to be playing together. The whole site was covered in Bluestripe snappers, Giant Trevallies charging at the fusiliers chasing a huge bait ball.
Dive 2
This is a very pretty and relaxing dive allowing the guests to get there heads down and have a good look around for critters. Very playful Octopus, pair of Banded Pipefish, Longnose hawkfish, Large shoal of Painted Surgeon fish and Juvenile Bluestripe snappers. So many different types of shrimps, Fab coral garden on the top of the thila with so many anemones.
Day 6
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sea spirit.
Dive 1
Snorkel with 5 Mantas before the dive. Then we had the most AMAZING current dive with a wall of Red Snappers on Jack Corner, Large Grey Shark's, Eagle rays hanging alongside the guests. Huge shoal of Surgeon fish then we let go and flew along the Thila. Another BONUS snorkel on the way back to the boat with 2 Manta Rays .... Not a bad way to finish the trip!!!!!!
Daytime Excursion
We popped into Male for shopping and Ice-cream then back to MV Sea Spirit to finish packing and sort through the many FAB Trip Photo's ready for sharing between the guests.
Day 7
Amazing scuba diving in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Guest Transfer
Transferred guests back to Male Airport for their International Flights.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS447 12 Oct 2014 to 24 Oct 2014 Equatorial Far South - Huvadhoo/Foammulah/Gan Addu (12 day)
Guest Transfer
The divers arrived from domestic flights from Male' to Gan and were transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive on north-facing ocean reef. There were several longfin batfish following the divers around plus milkfish and goldfinger darts in the shallows. The upper reef slope has patches of superb hard corals full of Evan's anthias and several angelfish species including bluefaced and Empress
Day 1
View across Sea Spirit to Maldives island
Dive 1
Changed site as the sea was rough at the NW corner of the atoll. This site has a long, deep cave and we drifted along the wall covered in small purple seafans and large dark red gorgonia seafans. We met an opposing current so turned around and came back along the lovely shallow reef. We saw a couple of green turtles.
Dive 2
Brisk current at this oceaan reef and channel site. We dropped in on the ocean front and quickly drifted into the channel, past grey sharks and white tip sharks. There was one MANTA RAY at the cleaning station and she swam through most of the divers' bubbles but then swam away.
Dive 3
Easy dive with nice reef fish including big eye emperors, brownmarbled and black saddle groupers, a school of rudderfish, oriental sweetlips, soldierfish, giant morays etc. A large Napoleon wrasse paraded by a few times and a few white tip sharks either slept in the sand or swam past looking for some action.
Day 2
Mrs Tuftee the friendly manta briefly said hello. MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Stern tour of Bristish Loyalty WW2 wreck. We descended towards the bomb hole and expored the dame through to the hull then visited the large engine hold where were saw blacktailed snappers. We carried on toward the prop. and then came back along the deck through the covered area which has excellent black coral and sinoise coral growth. There were many longfin batfish (both adults and juveniles) plus Ptereolidia nudibranchs, reef pipefish etc.
Dive 2
The current was running hard through the channel so we jumped well outside, over deep blue water and then rapidly drifted to the channel front where there were several grey sharks plus a white tip, a school of midnight snappers and barred jacks. No mantas this time (the current was very strong) but we found a grey shark hanging out at the cleaning station! The ascent was rather exciting with strong whirlpools
Dive 3
Ocean reef into a channel drift dive which will be remembered for running the gauntlet of yellow margin triggerfish inside the channel. They were extremely feisty and eyeing up the divers ready to attack! The current was running hard on the ocean side too, so we flew along the lovely hard coral-covered reef past fields of cabbage corals and staghorns, then many porites coral inside the channel with large seafans and patched of nepthia soft coral. There were several large groupers, harlequin sweetlips, snappers and small Napoleon wrasses. The coral blocks shallow in the channel shimmerred with Cooper's anthias
Evening presentation on Manta Ecology and Behaviour
Day 3
Big eye emperor with a eautiful eye from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean corner and reef with a rather surgy drift until we were on the outer reef plateau which is a great hard coral garden with many groupers, Napoleons, a large mappa puffer, bristletooth tangs and for some divers, a fly-by by 2 mantas
Dive 2
Another strong current and still no mantas! We were whizzed through the front of the channel, and the grey sharks were high up in the water column. The current was very boingy and we decided this was something of a bungee dive! We saw a grey shark and a blacktip shark whilst we were hooked in
As we drove through the northern sheltered part of the atoll we saw a pod of spinner dolpins apparently practising their jumps and spins. They kept leaping out of the water without swimming anywhere in particular. Very entertaining!
Dive 3
THIS SITE WAS WONDERFUL THIS AFTERNOON WITH A DRAMATIC WALL COVERED IN GORGONIAS AND PURPLE SEAFANS, MANY GREEN TURTLES (SOME WHICH WERE NOT SO SHY OF DIVERS EITHER!) PLUS TWO SLEEPING NURSE SHARKS IN THE BACK OF THE CAVE, A BEARDED SCORPIONFISH, A PHYLLIDIOPSIS SHIRINAE GREEN NUDIBRANCH, A FEW HAWKSBILL TURTLES AND THE REALLY BEAUTIFUL SHALLOW REEF FULL OF ANTHIAS AND DANSELS OF ALL TYPES
Day 4
Exploring the deep caves in the north of Addu atoll Maldives
Dive 1
Bow tour of British Loyalty wreck via the spare propeller on the sea bed and the collapsed tower and the accomodation areas to the winch and solidified anchor chains. We came back along the starboard rail and found "Burberry" patterned reef pipefish, Amboin shimp next to a carpet anemone, a Bruuni shrimp cleaning s rock cod, a devil scorpionfish, a huge mappa puffer etc.
Dive 2
Gentler current so we were able to enjoy the outside reef and watch a few white tip and grey sharks cruising around on the front of the channel plus all the black and white snappers. We drifted in over the coral covered ridge and there were plenty of reef fish plus schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers. The titan triggerfish were also getting feisty!
Dive 3
Ocean reef with interesting topography. We drifted over a ridge of hard corals interespersed with many leather corals and seafans. We saw a large school of big eye jacks plus a sleeping MANGROVE WHIPRAY amongst the coral blocks and patch reef of the coral garden. In the shallows were acres of hard coral especially Echinopora pacificus, looking like extra- large pale pink cabbage roses. We saw a milk fish, many chromis and blue-pectoral finned humbug damsels amongst the acroporas
Day 5
Schools of snappers are common in the Maldives. Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
There was an out current in the channel so we rode the drift to the coral blocks on the front of the channel where the current dropped off allowing us to explore the large porites formations which seemed to have many reef fish cleaning around. There were a couple of Giant barracudas plus a large school of big eye jacks tightly packed. Along the front were sleeping white tip sharks and brownmarbled groupers. The reef top here has superb hard corals and we saw a couple of Napoleon wrasses, powderblue tangs at cleaning stations, many chromis and Evans and Cooper's anthias.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the equator on the way
Dive 2
Lovely thila with large coral blocks on slope interspersed with large orange seafans which continued down the wall to 35m+.There were lots of nice "finds" including two yellow leaf fish, several elegant squat lobsters in the pale mauve and dark purple featherstars, spiny lobsters in a hole, longnose hawkfish posing in seafans, blue tangs being cleaned and pairs of longnose filefish drifting amongst the acroporas
Night Dive
Night dive at the pretty thila with lots of crustacea including freeswimming Bruuni shrimp and large red common crabs or hermit crabs. We also found a Lambis scorpion conch with it's eye peering out at us, small squid, Strombus snail, a yellow leaf fish, tapestry saron shimps and a curious white tip shark following some of the divers
A beautiful Maldives island provided the backdrop for a stunning sunset
Day 6
Huge school of big eye jacks engulfing divers on Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Back to the pretty thila and this time schools of elongate and sleek surgeonfish were hanging out in the water column and large schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers wafted past, occasionally being pursued by large dogtooth tunas. A little yellow leaf fish had joined one of the adults and there were millions of yellow-purple Evan's anthias pulsating in the Pavona coral area whilst a little grey reef shark cruised around
Dive 2
Out-current drift. It was very fuzzy in the channel but there were several white tip sharks resting on the bottom as we drifted past. On the corner were many anthias and schools of fusiliers but we had to work quite hard against an eddy until we picked up the small longshore. On the ridge were hundreds of pyramid butterflyfish plus groupers and other reef fish and a school of dogtooth tunas cruised past. The ocean reef here is lovely with lots of ledges and a steep dropoff. We saw several green turtles and a couple of Napoleon wrasses
Dive 3
Long channel drift through a valley of corals and large coral blocks along the reef slope. We passed a large FEATHERTAIL RAY and then we sighted several hawksbill and green turtles on the channel front. There was a cold, up-welling, layer on the channel front and the coral blocks were covered in different reefish including several soldierfish varieties and bulls eyes.The shallow reef slope was covered in small acroporas, many with spotted trapezia crabs nestling amongst the fingers of coral
Cocktails on top deck as we watched a beautiful yellow ,then gold, then pink, sunset.
Day 7
Large feathertail ray hiding in sand from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk out-current drift passing several green turtles including a GIANT MALE GREEN TURTLE who stared at us wondering what the fuss was about! A few white tip sharks buzzed around on the channel front and then we investigated the ledges on the front where we found a leaf fish, a (rare) white faced moray, Lysmata shrimps cleaning moray and anthias, and several more hawksbill and green turtles passed us by.
Dive 2
TWO ZEBRA SHARKS! ONE LYING INSIDE THE CHANEL AND THE SECOND ON THE CHANNEL FRONT. So cute! There were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current nearby cleaning stations on the channel front, a white tip shark slleping in a coral block, a pair of white leaf fishes, several green turtles, and the whole crest of the reef was smothered in pulsing anthias
Dive 3
Surprise in-current but rather bad visibility. A ZEBRA SHARK was resting on the corner and then there were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current oin the middle of the channel. We had a swim back to the reef slope and then a gentle drift in over huhe porites coral blocks full of reef fish and several large groupers, several turtles, orange soft corals a scholls of big dogtooth tunas and several large jobfish. The reef top is spectacular!
Day 8
Sleeping Zebra shark, such a pretty animal. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An out-current this time which reversed to an in-current half way through the dive! The reef slope is smothered in large orange seafans and orange schleronepthia plus pastel nepthia soft corals. We found a PAIR OF ZEBRA SHARKS sleeping together and they did not get disturbed! Beautiful! There were several large green turtles, schools of midnight and red snappers, bannerfish, a juvenile bi-colour parrotfish and the upper reef was covered in millions of different chromis, damsels and anthias
Dive 2
Pretty thila with many coral blocks full of glassfish and juvenile cardinals, plus black corals and many colour types of acabaria (yellow, white, orange, brown, pink etc.). There were many different coloured magnificent anemones. Large schools of rainbow runners swept past and the NW area of the reef was covered in blue stripe snappers. We found leaf fish, red groupers, Maldives blennoes and many sand perch. Great site.
Dive 3
Laid-back drift dive along long coral ridge extending from coral garden near a sandbank. There were many glassfish filled coral blocks and just so many fusiliers and surgeonfish. The coral garden had table corals with every type of damsels inclusing the super-cute black and white striped humbugs and blue-highlighted indian dascyllus, also several leaf fish, pink-bar gobies etc.
Beautiful remote reef where we watched a stunning pink and orange sunset
Day 9
White tip shark resting in sand from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Remote thila with deep sides and there were several grey sharks cruising the current point plus a spotted eagle ray and many rainbow runners dashing around. This is always a great macro site and we found Amboin shrimps next to a mustard-yellow adhesive anemone, a pink plus two white leaf fishes, a blue ribbon eel, several lysmata shrimp cleaning morals plus all the regular reef fish
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef with extensive thilas covered in hard corals and reef fish. We found a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK and schools of black and white snappers plus ~12 male white tip sharks chasing a female in courtship. We had a fast drift into the channel passing an EAGLE RAY and a very friendly hawksbill turtle. Fun to fly!
Dive 3
A drift over a reef slope past several large coral blocks and with an interesting topography. The eastern end of the reef was smothered in glassfish and juvenile cardinals with many small groupers in attendance. W found a juvenile oriental swetlips, yellow cube-like box fish, indian bannerfish etc. The north side has a huge coral garden with hard corals extending forever. Beautiful!
Evening Activity
Ashore to explore an uninhabited island with a lovely beach and lots of crabs!
Day 10
Diver with green turtle from Mv Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Fishorama thia! Just so many BIG EYE JACKS swirling around and around the reef, surely they get dizzy! Plus the reeftop was covered by hundreds (if not thousands!) of crescent tailed big eyes plus at the current point were fusiliers and mackerel scads and all the fish were terribly excited. The reef tiop is a magnificent coral garden A MONSTER GIANT BARRACUDA cruised over the top to check out what all the fuss was about.
Dive 2
Easy drift on inside of channels with so many GREEN TURTLES! Both sleepy ones and fireworks! There were also two white tip sharks hiding under big coral block . On the channel front was a large school of Forster's barracudas plus a couple of grey sharks and more white tips sleeping in sandy patches or buzzing along the front. There are large schools of bluestripe snappers, humpback snappers, raccoon and collared butterflyfish hovering over the extensive hard corals on the channel corner
Dive 3
The visibility was "atmospheric" on the channel front but there was plenty of ACTION. We saw A GIANT BARRCUDA (A MONSTER!) SEVERAL ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, A GROUP OF CHASE-COURTING WHITE TIP SHARKS, A LARGE SCHOOL OF AGITATED BIG-EYE JACKS, ENORMOUS TUNAS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS AND A LARGE MAPPA PUFFER. wE ENDED THE DIVE AMONGST THE SCHOOLS OF FISH ON THE CORNER PLUS THE USUAL NUMEROUS GREEN TURTLES.
Day 11
So many BIG EYE CRESCENT TAILS they fill the screen. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A STRONG out-current in the channel so we flew along, only just managing to stop to see a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK. There was a nurse shark in the big block but too strong current for most to stop and look. We passed several confused-looking green turtles too! There was a cold clear water counter current on the channel front and several white tip sharks and many midnight snappers. We slowly swam back to the south reef and all the lovely schools of fish and yet more turtles.
Dive 2
Changed site as the current was so strong! We whizzed along the reef admiring (and avoiding) the table corals as we flew past a beautiful coral garden. No stop until we reached the end of the reef and had some back eddys to slow us down. Nice hawksbill turtle, huge starry puffer and lovely blue-green chromis bouncing in the corals, fusiliers etc.
Afternoon visit to remote sandbank for swimming and snorkelling
Day 12
Blue-green chromis buzzing in the water colum from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Guest Transfer
All the divers transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for their domestic flights to Male' and onward international flights
Day 13
Sandbank island with many sooty terns and MC Sea Spirit in the background
 
Guest Transfer
The divers arrived from domestic flights from Male' to Gan and were transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive on north-facing ocean reef. There were several longfin batfish following the divers around plus milkfish and goldfinger darts in the shallows. The upper reef slope has patches of superb hard corals full of Evan's anthias and several angelfish species including bluefaced and Empress
Day 1
View across Sea Spirit to Maldives island
Dive 1
Changed site as the sea was rough at the NW corner of the atoll. This site has a long, deep cave and we drifted along the wall covered in small purple seafans and large dark red gorgonia seafans. We met an opposing current so turned around and came back along the lovely shallow reef. We saw a couple of green turtles.
Dive 2
Brisk current at this oceaan reef and channel site. We dropped in on the ocean front and quickly drifted into the channel, past grey sharks and white tip sharks. There was one MANTA RAY at the cleaning station and she swam through most of the divers' bubbles but then swam away.
Dive 3
Easy dive with nice reef fish including big eye emperors, brownmarbled and black saddle groupers, a school of rudderfish, oriental sweetlips, soldierfish, giant morays etc. A large Napoleon wrasse paraded by a few times and a few white tip sharks either slept in the sand or swam past looking for some action.
Day 2
Mrs Tuftee the friendly manta briefly said hello. MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Stern tour of Bristish Loyalty WW2 wreck. We descended towards the bomb hole and expored the dame through to the hull then visited the large engine hold where were saw blacktailed snappers. We carried on toward the prop. and then came back along the deck through the covered area which has excellent black coral and sinoise coral growth. There were many longfin batfish (both adults and juveniles) plus Ptereolidia nudibranchs, reef pipefish etc.
Dive 2
The current was running hard through the channel so we jumped well outside, over deep blue water and then rapidly drifted to the channel front where there were several grey sharks plus a white tip, a school of midnight snappers and barred jacks. No mantas this time (the current was very strong) but we found a grey shark hanging out at the cleaning station! The ascent was rather exciting with strong whirlpools
Dive 3
Ocean reef into a channel drift dive which will be remembered for running the gauntlet of yellow margin triggerfish inside the channel. They were extremely feisty and eyeing up the divers ready to attack! The current was running hard on the ocean side too, so we flew along the lovely hard coral-covered reef past fields of cabbage corals and staghorns, then many porites coral inside the channel with large seafans and patched of nepthia soft coral. There were several large groupers, harlequin sweetlips, snappers and small Napoleon wrasses. The coral blocks shallow in the channel shimmerred with Cooper's anthias
Evening presentation on Manta Ecology and Behaviour
Day 3
Big eye emperor with a eautiful eye from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean corner and reef with a rather surgy drift until we were on the outer reef plateau which is a great hard coral garden with many groupers, Napoleons, a large mappa puffer, bristletooth tangs and for some divers, a fly-by by 2 mantas
Dive 2
Another strong current and still no mantas! We were whizzed through the front of the channel, and the grey sharks were high up in the water column. The current was very boingy and we decided this was something of a bungee dive! We saw a grey shark and a blacktip shark whilst we were hooked in
As we drove through the northern sheltered part of the atoll we saw a pod of spinner dolpins apparently practising their jumps and spins. They kept leaping out of the water without swimming anywhere in particular. Very entertaining!
Dive 3
THIS SITE WAS WONDERFUL THIS AFTERNOON WITH A DRAMATIC WALL COVERED IN GORGONIAS AND PURPLE SEAFANS, MANY GREEN TURTLES (SOME WHICH WERE NOT SO SHY OF DIVERS EITHER!) PLUS TWO SLEEPING NURSE SHARKS IN THE BACK OF THE CAVE, A BEARDED SCORPIONFISH, A PHYLLIDIOPSIS SHIRINAE GREEN NUDIBRANCH, A FEW HAWKSBILL TURTLES AND THE REALLY BEAUTIFUL SHALLOW REEF FULL OF ANTHIAS AND DANSELS OF ALL TYPES
Day 4
Exploring the deep caves in the north of Addu atoll Maldives
Dive 1
Bow tour of British Loyalty wreck via the spare propeller on the sea bed and the collapsed tower and the accomodation areas to the winch and solidified anchor chains. We came back along the starboard rail and found "Burberry" patterned reef pipefish, Amboin shimp next to a carpet anemone, a Bruuni shrimp cleaning s rock cod, a devil scorpionfish, a huge mappa puffer etc.
Dive 2
Gentler current so we were able to enjoy the outside reef and watch a few white tip and grey sharks cruising around on the front of the channel plus all the black and white snappers. We drifted in over the coral covered ridge and there were plenty of reef fish plus schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers. The titan triggerfish were also getting feisty!
Dive 3
Ocean reef with interesting topography. We drifted over a ridge of hard corals interespersed with many leather corals and seafans. We saw a large school of big eye jacks plus a sleeping MANGROVE WHIPRAY amongst the coral blocks and patch reef of the coral garden. In the shallows were acres of hard coral especially Echinopora pacificus, looking like extra- large pale pink cabbage roses. We saw a milk fish, many chromis and blue-pectoral finned humbug damsels amongst the acroporas
Day 5
Schools of snappers are common in the Maldives. Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
There was an out current in the channel so we rode the drift to the coral blocks on the front of the channel where the current dropped off allowing us to explore the large porites formations which seemed to have many reef fish cleaning around. There were a couple of Giant barracudas plus a large school of big eye jacks tightly packed. Along the front were sleeping white tip sharks and brownmarbled groupers. The reef top here has superb hard corals and we saw a couple of Napoleon wrasses, powderblue tangs at cleaning stations, many chromis and Evans and Cooper's anthias.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the equator on the way
Dive 2
Lovely thila with large coral blocks on slope interspersed with large orange seafans which continued down the wall to 35m+.There were lots of nice "finds" including two yellow leaf fish, several elegant squat lobsters in the pale mauve and dark purple featherstars, spiny lobsters in a hole, longnose hawkfish posing in seafans, blue tangs being cleaned and pairs of longnose filefish drifting amongst the acroporas
Night Dive
Night dive at the pretty thila with lots of crustacea including freeswimming Bruuni shrimp and large red common crabs or hermit crabs. We also found a Lambis scorpion conch with it's eye peering out at us, small squid, Strombus snail, a yellow leaf fish, tapestry saron shimps and a curious white tip shark following some of the divers
A beautiful Maldives island provided the backdrop for a stunning sunset
Day 6
Huge school of big eye jacks engulfing divers on Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Back to the pretty thila and this time schools of elongate and sleek surgeonfish were hanging out in the water column and large schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers wafted past, occasionally being pursued by large dogtooth tunas. A little yellow leaf fish had joined one of the adults and there were millions of yellow-purple Evan's anthias pulsating in the Pavona coral area whilst a little grey reef shark cruised around
Dive 2
Out-current drift. It was very fuzzy in the channel but there were several white tip sharks resting on the bottom as we drifted past. On the corner were many anthias and schools of fusiliers but we had to work quite hard against an eddy until we picked up the small longshore. On the ridge were hundreds of pyramid butterflyfish plus groupers and other reef fish and a school of dogtooth tunas cruised past. The ocean reef here is lovely with lots of ledges and a steep dropoff. We saw several green turtles and a couple of Napoleon wrasses
Dive 3
Long channel drift through a valley of corals and large coral blocks along the reef slope. We passed a large FEATHERTAIL RAY and then we sighted several hawksbill and green turtles on the channel front. There was a cold, up-welling, layer on the channel front and the coral blocks were covered in different reefish including several soldierfish varieties and bulls eyes.The shallow reef slope was covered in small acroporas, many with spotted trapezia crabs nestling amongst the fingers of coral
Cocktails on top deck as we watched a beautiful yellow ,then gold, then pink, sunset.
Day 7
Large feathertail ray hiding in sand from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk out-current drift passing several green turtles including a GIANT MALE GREEN TURTLE who stared at us wondering what the fuss was about! A few white tip sharks buzzed around on the channel front and then we investigated the ledges on the front where we found a leaf fish, a (rare) white faced moray, Lysmata shrimps cleaning moray and anthias, and several more hawksbill and green turtles passed us by.
Dive 2
TWO ZEBRA SHARKS! ONE LYING INSIDE THE CHANEL AND THE SECOND ON THE CHANNEL FRONT. So cute! There were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current nearby cleaning stations on the channel front, a white tip shark slleping in a coral block, a pair of white leaf fishes, several green turtles, and the whole crest of the reef was smothered in pulsing anthias
Dive 3
Surprise in-current but rather bad visibility. A ZEBRA SHARK was resting on the corner and then there were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current oin the middle of the channel. We had a swim back to the reef slope and then a gentle drift in over huhe porites coral blocks full of reef fish and several large groupers, several turtles, orange soft corals a scholls of big dogtooth tunas and several large jobfish. The reef top is spectacular!
Day 8
Sleeping Zebra shark, such a pretty animal. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An out-current this time which reversed to an in-current half way through the dive! The reef slope is smothered in large orange seafans and orange schleronepthia plus pastel nepthia soft corals. We found a PAIR OF ZEBRA SHARKS sleeping together and they did not get disturbed! Beautiful! There were several large green turtles, schools of midnight and red snappers, bannerfish, a juvenile bi-colour parrotfish and the upper reef was covered in millions of different chromis, damsels and anthias
Dive 2
Pretty thila with many coral blocks full of glassfish and juvenile cardinals, plus black corals and many colour types of acabaria (yellow, white, orange, brown, pink etc.). There were many different coloured magnificent anemones. Large schools of rainbow runners swept past and the NW area of the reef was covered in blue stripe snappers. We found leaf fish, red groupers, Maldives blennoes and many sand perch. Great site.
Dive 3
Laid-back drift dive along long coral ridge extending from coral garden near a sandbank. There were many glassfish filled coral blocks and just so many fusiliers and surgeonfish. The coral garden had table corals with every type of damsels inclusing the super-cute black and white striped humbugs and blue-highlighted indian dascyllus, also several leaf fish, pink-bar gobies etc.
Beautiful remote reef where we watched a stunning pink and orange sunset
Day 9
White tip shark resting in sand from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Remote thila with deep sides and there were several grey sharks cruising the current point plus a spotted eagle ray and many rainbow runners dashing around. This is always a great macro site and we found Amboin shrimps next to a mustard-yellow adhesive anemone, a pink plus two white leaf fishes, a blue ribbon eel, several lysmata shrimp cleaning morals plus all the regular reef fish
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef with extensive thilas covered in hard corals and reef fish. We found a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK and schools of black and white snappers plus ~12 male white tip sharks chasing a female in courtship. We had a fast drift into the channel passing an EAGLE RAY and a very friendly hawksbill turtle. Fun to fly!
Dive 3
A drift over a reef slope past several large coral blocks and with an interesting topography. The eastern end of the reef was smothered in glassfish and juvenile cardinals with many small groupers in attendance. W found a juvenile oriental swetlips, yellow cube-like box fish, indian bannerfish etc. The north side has a huge coral garden with hard corals extending forever. Beautiful!
Evening Activity
Ashore to explore an uninhabited island with a lovely beach and lots of crabs!
Day 10
Diver with green turtle from Mv Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Fishorama thia! Just so many BIG EYE JACKS swirling around and around the reef, surely they get dizzy! Plus the reeftop was covered by hundreds (if not thousands!) of crescent tailed big eyes plus at the current point were fusiliers and mackerel scads and all the fish were terribly excited. The reef tiop is a magnificent coral garden A MONSTER GIANT BARRACUDA cruised over the top to check out what all the fuss was about.
Dive 2
Easy drift on inside of channels with so many GREEN TURTLES! Both sleepy ones and fireworks! There were also two white tip sharks hiding under big coral block . On the channel front was a large school of Forster's barracudas plus a couple of grey sharks and more white tips sleeping in sandy patches or buzzing along the front. There are large schools of bluestripe snappers, humpback snappers, raccoon and collared butterflyfish hovering over the extensive hard corals on the channel corner
Dive 3
The visibility was "atmospheric" on the channel front but there was plenty of ACTION. We saw A GIANT BARRCUDA (A MONSTER!) SEVERAL ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, A GROUP OF CHASE-COURTING WHITE TIP SHARKS, A LARGE SCHOOL OF AGITATED BIG-EYE JACKS, ENORMOUS TUNAS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS AND A LARGE MAPPA PUFFER. wE ENDED THE DIVE AMONGST THE SCHOOLS OF FISH ON THE CORNER PLUS THE USUAL NUMEROUS GREEN TURTLES.
Day 11
So many BIG EYE CRESCENT TAILS they fill the screen. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A STRONG out-current in the channel so we flew along, only just managing to stop to see a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK. There was a nurse shark in the big block but too strong current for most to stop and look. We passed several confused-looking green turtles too! There was a cold clear water counter current on the channel front and several white tip sharks and many midnight snappers. We slowly swam back to the south reef and all the lovely schools of fish and yet more turtles.
Dive 2
Changed site as the current was so strong! We whizzed along the reef admiring (and avoiding) the table corals as we flew past a beautiful coral garden. No stop until we reached the end of the reef and had some back eddys to slow us down. Nice hawksbill turtle, huge starry puffer and lovely blue-green chromis bouncing in the corals, fusiliers etc.
Afternoon visit to remote sandbank for swimming and snorkelling
Day 12
Blue-green chromis buzzing in the water colum from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Guest Transfer
All the divers transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for their domestic flights to Male' and onward international flights
Day 13
Sandbank island with many sooty terns and MC Sea Spirit in the background
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