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Sea Spirit SS441 27 Jul 2014 to 6 Aug 2014 Manta & Whaleshark Special (10 day)
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We up-anchored and travelled into North Male' atoll
Dive 1
Check dive. Drift on ocean facing reef with the current increasing as we drifted. We saw FOUR NAPOLEON WRASSES together, 3x honeycomb morays a MANGROVE WHIPRAY several white tip reef sharks and a block with 12 lobsters plus several schools of fish so a great start!
Day 1
Friendly little hawksbill turtle Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
1+3 MANTA RAYS but rather a strong current making it difficult for them to stop and clean. We were entertained by lemon meringue wrasse and lots of garden eels whilst we waited for mantas. A little hawksbill turtle came to visit us and pretty much approached every diver on his way to the coral blocks
Dive 2
We tried again for mantas but they just seemed very shy today. We had a large lionfish join the group and a cute juvenile razor wrasse swim through. Matt found a peacock flounder and there were many pinkbar gobies with their pairs of pistol shrimps in burrows
Dive 3
Ocean reef with lovely schools of bluestripe snappers on large porites blocks. We found a large RIBBONTAIL RAY sleeping in the sand, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, a pair of yellow/black leaf fish, an eagle ray, several honeycomb morays being cleaned and a friendly hawksbill turtle.
Day 2
Manta rays sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
In-current at channel corner with millions of fusiliers in the water column and dogtooth tunas sweeping through amongst them. We found a mangrove whipray and then about a dozen WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS riding the current on the corner plus a couple of EAGLE RAYS so we stopped to watch. We had a fun drift over the coral blocks and past the overhangs inside the channel
Dive 2
Pretty thila with all the soft corals puffed up and schools of snappers and bannerfish at the current point plus a large school of CHEVRON BARRACUDAS which moved around and enveloped divers as they photographed them. Between the white-polyped seafans were schools of blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips and there were many red soldierfish in the bigger overhangs. This site was very fishy today and had a wonderful vive with all the small fish fluttering in the current.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 3
The wind picked up and stirred up the sea so the visibility was not so good but there was still plenty of life on the little wreck as there were schools of silversides being chased by bonitos and bluefin trevallies plus schools of glassfis being hunted by large lionfish and coral groupers. This site is always good for macro and today we found Durban, short-headed, banded and Bruuni shrimps, a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, many Maldives sponge snails (Matt put a few together to "introduce" them) and the pretty magnifica anemones with large blackfoot anemonefish.
Day 3
Reefs teeming with fish and corals from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef to channel corner drift with nice overhangs and terraces and many soft coral decorated coral blocks. We saw a large grey shark, several white tips a yellow leaf fish plus a pair of white ones, schooling bannerfish, Lysmata shrimps and really pretty overhangs full of reef fish, seafans etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing To Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
Out current on channel corner drift with two hawksbill turtles and many surgeonfish on the channel corner and then excellent macro on the wall (along with the lovely schools of goldspot emperors and humpback snappers): Lysmata shrimps, a white leaf fish, fimbriated morays, various Phyllidia slugs and every type of anthias.
Dive 3
There were LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS BUZZING AROUND in the channel plus a large sleeping ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY. We found a silver and a gold leaf fish together, a tiny Chromodoris fidelis, a white mouthed moray, trapezia crabs and pistol shrimps in Pocillopora coral. This reef is full of feisty (read vicious!) black cheek morals and we saw one bite a passing hawksbill turtle, so its not just us divers they pick on!
Night Dive
WILD NIGHT DIVE WITH A LARGE NURSE SHARK AGGREGATION, SOME SWIMMING IN A SCHOOL IN THE WATER COLUMN AND OTHERS FORAGING ON THE BOTTOM. THERE WERE ALSO PINK WHIP RAYS, RIBBONTAIL RAYS, GIANT TREVALLIES AND SOME BLACKTIP SHARKS TURNED UP WHEN THE RESORT STARTED THROWING FISH-BITS IN. AMAZING!!!!
We celebrated Carolyn and Gareth's wedding anniversary
Day 4
Hungry tawny nurse shark out hunting from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Out current in channel but this time we discovered a group of GREY SHARKS PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT along with ~20 JUVENILE GREY SHARKS AND TWO EAGLE RAYS. We just stopped and watched the show!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Ari atoll
Dive 2
Easy drift along lovely ocean reef. There were THREE EAGLE RAYS TOGETHER, several turtles, a blotched porcupinefish, a yellow pustule flatworm, a tiny octopus, a grouper ate a red-tooth triggerfish! This reef section has lovely hard corals in the shallows with schools of reef fish.
Dive 3
There was a nice current point with big jacks and tunas plus many schooling bannerfish. This site is famous for turtles and there were several around, munching their way through all the disc anemones. There were black coral trees with hundreds of Pericimenes psamanthe shrimps and longnose hawkfish in, and Jan found an ornate ghost pipe fish. We saw a couple of rare bartail morays. Great late afternoon dive!
Day 5
So many grey sharks! Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A wreck with some great creatures! TWO stonefish, one was covered in green algae and very fluffy, a white leaf fish, 2x Chromodoris glenei nudis, a large spearing mantis shrimp. The house reef has good coral growth and divers saw MOBULA RAYS, blacktip sharks and the reeftop was buzzing with cromis and Sargent Majors
Snorkelling
AN HOURS SNORKEL WITH A SWIFTLY SWIMMING WHALE SHARK!!! To keep up we had to swim hard and all the snorkellers ended up being dropped in 5 or 6 times. He swam off without us eventually!
Dive 2
A drift dive on an ocean reef with many white tips, a black tip and a large round ribbon tail ray sighted, but no whale shark. A ledge full of glassfish also contained 2x pink leaf fish, a white and a yellow one! Lovely sweetlips too.
Dive 3
A third drift trying to see a whale shark diving and still no luck but lots of other nice things including a round ribbontail ray in an overhang, blacktip sharks in the shallows, white tip sharks, a Periclimenes imperator shrimp on a sea cucumber, a cave full of glassfish and bullseyes, 2-spot angelfish and a mappa puffer which accompanied the group for the entire dive
Evening Activity
A couple of guest made a visit to a local village in the evening
Day 6
Whale shark seen today! Friendly but fast! Mv Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful thila with large overhangs and tall blocks forming canyons with so many blue stripe snappers. There were grey sharks and white tips at the current point and many fusiliers, pyramid bannerfish and sleek surgeonfish. The deeper part of the thila is smothered with large seafans. We found a short headed shrimp in a carpet anemone plus a very entertaining octopus on the top reef
We patrolled the reefs along the western edge of the atoll looking for feeding mantas but only saw a couple in the shallows and decided to leave the mantas to it and not disturb them further
Dive 2
Pretty and colourful long thila with extensive overhangs on the north and south sides and many, many snappers and goldspots. The caves had lovely seafans and seawhips plus dendronepthia and chironepthia soft corals. The top was a riot of colour and just so many fish. A big squall blew in at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
SILVERTIP SHARKS, GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS AT THE DEEP CURRENT POINT, OVER THE DEEP BLOCKS AND PROBABLY LOOKING FOR CLEANING STATIONS. We saw one grey shark with its mouth open and posing to be cleaned.We then saw a couple of grey sharks sweeping up and down the shallow reef edge near cleaning stations so it must have been that time of day! We also found turtles, octopus, batfish, bannerfish and bannerfish, so quite a show
Night Dive
AMAZING FEEDING MANTA RAY SESSION FOR OVER 60 MINUTES AS WE WATCHED FOUR HUNGRY MANTAS HOOVERING UP THE PLANKTON. A VERY SPECIAL DIVE
Day 7
Pirate invade Sea Spirit! Maldives
Dive 1
ERASMUS IS BACK! Huge giant barracuda was hanging out at the current point near a cleaning station and intimidating the bannerfish (and us!). There were ~5 GREY SHARKS of various sizes cruising the depths plus a large school of longfin batfish. We also found a hawksbill turtle and a small ledge full of Bruuni shrimps busy cleaning rock cods
Dive 2
Thila with colourful overhangs and a charming Anemone City occupied by 1000 maldives anemone fish in hundreds of Magnifica anemones. We found TWO BEAUTIFUL BLACK AND WHITE JORUNNA FUNEBRIS nudis. There were curious harlequib sweetlips and large black coral trees full of oysters and sponges
Dive 3
Pretty Thila but a rather whirly current this afternoon, mixing things up. We found the red "radioactive" anemone, Napoleon, white tips, a Susan's flatworm and batfish. A big squall blwe in during the dive and it was a very rough pick up
Night Dive
TWO MANTAS FEEDING BEHIND SS. Wiggle was extremely friendly tonight!
Day 8
Manta rays in the dark! Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
SHARKY THILA SITE WITH AROUND 5 CURIOUS GREY SHARKS CRUISING THE CURRENT POINT PLUS LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS SKITTING ABOUT OR SLEEPING IN THE SAND. Around the thila there were lovely schools of big-eye crescent tails, bluestripe snappers, Forster's barracudas etc. We found several scorpionfish on the reef top
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Male' atoll
Dive 2
Colourful thila with some overhangs full of glassfish, soldierfish and with ledges with banded coral shrimps and Lysmata cleaner shrimps offering their services. There were sponges of every colour, many anemones, a sleeping turtle, emperors and many different reef fish.
Dive 3
BEAUTIFUL SITE AND SUPERB ANIMALS TODAY WITH 2X LARGE TAWNY NURSE SHARKS HIDING IN A CANYON, EAGLE RAYS AT THE CURRENT POINT ALONG WITH A SCHOOL OF ~7 LARGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS CRUISING ABOUT, A HUGE BLUE NAPOLEON, FAT-LIPPED SILVER SWEETLIPS PLUS ALL THE BEAUTIFUL PINK,ORANGE, YELLOW AND BLUE SOFT CORAL BLOCKS, OVERHANGS AND TERRACES ALL PUFFED UP AND JUST SO COLOURFUL. A SCUBA HEAVEN!
Day 9
Friendly eagle rays in the Maldives as seen from Sea Spirit
Dive 1
LUCKY LAST DIVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL MANTA SHOW FOR OVER AN HOUR. Such a great way to end. One of the mantas was very curious and was copying divers, swimming low in the sand and coming in to check us out very closely. Wonderful!
Travel back to anchorage near Male' and an afternoon visit to the capital for shopping, sightseeing and a visit to the ice-cream parlour
Day 10
Amazing manta action AGAIN from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests to airport in the morning for onward international flights
Day 11
MV Sea Spirit at motor. Maldives
 
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We up-anchored and travelled into North Male' atoll
Dive 1
Check dive. Drift on ocean facing reef with the current increasing as we drifted. We saw FOUR NAPOLEON WRASSES together, 3x honeycomb morays a MANGROVE WHIPRAY several white tip reef sharks and a block with 12 lobsters plus several schools of fish so a great start!
Day 1
Friendly little hawksbill turtle Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
1+3 MANTA RAYS but rather a strong current making it difficult for them to stop and clean. We were entertained by lemon meringue wrasse and lots of garden eels whilst we waited for mantas. A little hawksbill turtle came to visit us and pretty much approached every diver on his way to the coral blocks
Dive 2
We tried again for mantas but they just seemed very shy today. We had a large lionfish join the group and a cute juvenile razor wrasse swim through. Matt found a peacock flounder and there were many pinkbar gobies with their pairs of pistol shrimps in burrows
Dive 3
Ocean reef with lovely schools of bluestripe snappers on large porites blocks. We found a large RIBBONTAIL RAY sleeping in the sand, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, a pair of yellow/black leaf fish, an eagle ray, several honeycomb morays being cleaned and a friendly hawksbill turtle.
Day 2
Manta rays sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
In-current at channel corner with millions of fusiliers in the water column and dogtooth tunas sweeping through amongst them. We found a mangrove whipray and then about a dozen WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS riding the current on the corner plus a couple of EAGLE RAYS so we stopped to watch. We had a fun drift over the coral blocks and past the overhangs inside the channel
Dive 2
Pretty thila with all the soft corals puffed up and schools of snappers and bannerfish at the current point plus a large school of CHEVRON BARRACUDAS which moved around and enveloped divers as they photographed them. Between the white-polyped seafans were schools of blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips and there were many red soldierfish in the bigger overhangs. This site was very fishy today and had a wonderful vive with all the small fish fluttering in the current.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 3
The wind picked up and stirred up the sea so the visibility was not so good but there was still plenty of life on the little wreck as there were schools of silversides being chased by bonitos and bluefin trevallies plus schools of glassfis being hunted by large lionfish and coral groupers. This site is always good for macro and today we found Durban, short-headed, banded and Bruuni shrimps, a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, many Maldives sponge snails (Matt put a few together to "introduce" them) and the pretty magnifica anemones with large blackfoot anemonefish.
Day 3
Reefs teeming with fish and corals from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef to channel corner drift with nice overhangs and terraces and many soft coral decorated coral blocks. We saw a large grey shark, several white tips a yellow leaf fish plus a pair of white ones, schooling bannerfish, Lysmata shrimps and really pretty overhangs full of reef fish, seafans etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing To Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
Out current on channel corner drift with two hawksbill turtles and many surgeonfish on the channel corner and then excellent macro on the wall (along with the lovely schools of goldspot emperors and humpback snappers): Lysmata shrimps, a white leaf fish, fimbriated morays, various Phyllidia slugs and every type of anthias.
Dive 3
There were LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS BUZZING AROUND in the channel plus a large sleeping ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY. We found a silver and a gold leaf fish together, a tiny Chromodoris fidelis, a white mouthed moray, trapezia crabs and pistol shrimps in Pocillopora coral. This reef is full of feisty (read vicious!) black cheek morals and we saw one bite a passing hawksbill turtle, so its not just us divers they pick on!
Night Dive
WILD NIGHT DIVE WITH A LARGE NURSE SHARK AGGREGATION, SOME SWIMMING IN A SCHOOL IN THE WATER COLUMN AND OTHERS FORAGING ON THE BOTTOM. THERE WERE ALSO PINK WHIP RAYS, RIBBONTAIL RAYS, GIANT TREVALLIES AND SOME BLACKTIP SHARKS TURNED UP WHEN THE RESORT STARTED THROWING FISH-BITS IN. AMAZING!!!!
We celebrated Carolyn and Gareth's wedding anniversary
Day 4
Hungry tawny nurse shark out hunting from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Out current in channel but this time we discovered a group of GREY SHARKS PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT along with ~20 JUVENILE GREY SHARKS AND TWO EAGLE RAYS. We just stopped and watched the show!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Ari atoll
Dive 2
Easy drift along lovely ocean reef. There were THREE EAGLE RAYS TOGETHER, several turtles, a blotched porcupinefish, a yellow pustule flatworm, a tiny octopus, a grouper ate a red-tooth triggerfish! This reef section has lovely hard corals in the shallows with schools of reef fish.
Dive 3
There was a nice current point with big jacks and tunas plus many schooling bannerfish. This site is famous for turtles and there were several around, munching their way through all the disc anemones. There were black coral trees with hundreds of Pericimenes psamanthe shrimps and longnose hawkfish in, and Jan found an ornate ghost pipe fish. We saw a couple of rare bartail morays. Great late afternoon dive!
Day 5
So many grey sharks! Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A wreck with some great creatures! TWO stonefish, one was covered in green algae and very fluffy, a white leaf fish, 2x Chromodoris glenei nudis, a large spearing mantis shrimp. The house reef has good coral growth and divers saw MOBULA RAYS, blacktip sharks and the reeftop was buzzing with cromis and Sargent Majors
Snorkelling
AN HOURS SNORKEL WITH A SWIFTLY SWIMMING WHALE SHARK!!! To keep up we had to swim hard and all the snorkellers ended up being dropped in 5 or 6 times. He swam off without us eventually!
Dive 2
A drift dive on an ocean reef with many white tips, a black tip and a large round ribbon tail ray sighted, but no whale shark. A ledge full of glassfish also contained 2x pink leaf fish, a white and a yellow one! Lovely sweetlips too.
Dive 3
A third drift trying to see a whale shark diving and still no luck but lots of other nice things including a round ribbontail ray in an overhang, blacktip sharks in the shallows, white tip sharks, a Periclimenes imperator shrimp on a sea cucumber, a cave full of glassfish and bullseyes, 2-spot angelfish and a mappa puffer which accompanied the group for the entire dive
Evening Activity
A couple of guest made a visit to a local village in the evening
Day 6
Whale shark seen today! Friendly but fast! Mv Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful thila with large overhangs and tall blocks forming canyons with so many blue stripe snappers. There were grey sharks and white tips at the current point and many fusiliers, pyramid bannerfish and sleek surgeonfish. The deeper part of the thila is smothered with large seafans. We found a short headed shrimp in a carpet anemone plus a very entertaining octopus on the top reef
We patrolled the reefs along the western edge of the atoll looking for feeding mantas but only saw a couple in the shallows and decided to leave the mantas to it and not disturb them further
Dive 2
Pretty and colourful long thila with extensive overhangs on the north and south sides and many, many snappers and goldspots. The caves had lovely seafans and seawhips plus dendronepthia and chironepthia soft corals. The top was a riot of colour and just so many fish. A big squall blew in at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
SILVERTIP SHARKS, GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS AT THE DEEP CURRENT POINT, OVER THE DEEP BLOCKS AND PROBABLY LOOKING FOR CLEANING STATIONS. We saw one grey shark with its mouth open and posing to be cleaned.We then saw a couple of grey sharks sweeping up and down the shallow reef edge near cleaning stations so it must have been that time of day! We also found turtles, octopus, batfish, bannerfish and bannerfish, so quite a show
Night Dive
AMAZING FEEDING MANTA RAY SESSION FOR OVER 60 MINUTES AS WE WATCHED FOUR HUNGRY MANTAS HOOVERING UP THE PLANKTON. A VERY SPECIAL DIVE
Day 7
Pirate invade Sea Spirit! Maldives
Dive 1
ERASMUS IS BACK! Huge giant barracuda was hanging out at the current point near a cleaning station and intimidating the bannerfish (and us!). There were ~5 GREY SHARKS of various sizes cruising the depths plus a large school of longfin batfish. We also found a hawksbill turtle and a small ledge full of Bruuni shrimps busy cleaning rock cods
Dive 2
Thila with colourful overhangs and a charming Anemone City occupied by 1000 maldives anemone fish in hundreds of Magnifica anemones. We found TWO BEAUTIFUL BLACK AND WHITE JORUNNA FUNEBRIS nudis. There were curious harlequib sweetlips and large black coral trees full of oysters and sponges
Dive 3
Pretty Thila but a rather whirly current this afternoon, mixing things up. We found the red "radioactive" anemone, Napoleon, white tips, a Susan's flatworm and batfish. A big squall blwe in during the dive and it was a very rough pick up
Night Dive
TWO MANTAS FEEDING BEHIND SS. Wiggle was extremely friendly tonight!
Day 8
Manta rays in the dark! Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
SHARKY THILA SITE WITH AROUND 5 CURIOUS GREY SHARKS CRUISING THE CURRENT POINT PLUS LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS SKITTING ABOUT OR SLEEPING IN THE SAND. Around the thila there were lovely schools of big-eye crescent tails, bluestripe snappers, Forster's barracudas etc. We found several scorpionfish on the reef top
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Male' atoll
Dive 2
Colourful thila with some overhangs full of glassfish, soldierfish and with ledges with banded coral shrimps and Lysmata cleaner shrimps offering their services. There were sponges of every colour, many anemones, a sleeping turtle, emperors and many different reef fish.
Dive 3
BEAUTIFUL SITE AND SUPERB ANIMALS TODAY WITH 2X LARGE TAWNY NURSE SHARKS HIDING IN A CANYON, EAGLE RAYS AT THE CURRENT POINT ALONG WITH A SCHOOL OF ~7 LARGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS CRUISING ABOUT, A HUGE BLUE NAPOLEON, FAT-LIPPED SILVER SWEETLIPS PLUS ALL THE BEAUTIFUL PINK,ORANGE, YELLOW AND BLUE SOFT CORAL BLOCKS, OVERHANGS AND TERRACES ALL PUFFED UP AND JUST SO COLOURFUL. A SCUBA HEAVEN!
Day 9
Friendly eagle rays in the Maldives as seen from Sea Spirit
Dive 1
LUCKY LAST DIVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL MANTA SHOW FOR OVER AN HOUR. Such a great way to end. One of the mantas was very curious and was copying divers, swimming low in the sand and coming in to check us out very closely. Wonderful!
Travel back to anchorage near Male' and an afternoon visit to the capital for shopping, sightseeing and a visit to the ice-cream parlour
Day 10
Amazing manta action AGAIN from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests to airport in the morning for onward international flights
Day 11
MV Sea Spirit at motor. Maldives
Sea Spirit SS440 20 Jul 2014 to 27 Jul 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Arrival of guests to Sea Spirit from international flights, resorts and Male'. Due to an afternoon arrival we made a morning check dive.
Dive 1
A nice and easy check dive with a small drift on an ocean-facing reef. We saw a ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAY, 4x EAGLE RAYS (together), a green turtle, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, white tip sharks, a porcelain crab in a carpet anemone, dogtooth tunas etc. plus lots of lovely reef fish and small acropora corals plus pastel coloured Nepthia soft coral.
Day 1
The SS440 group! on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AN AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW WITH 8 DIFFERENT MANTAS DURING THE DIVE AND ONE STAYING FOR THE WHOLE HOUR! There was also a large lionfish hanging around the divers, a little too closely for comfort plus a spearing mantis shrimp and a juvenile imperial angelfish.
Dive 2
A second hour watching mantas. This time we counted 5 different ones and the lead female was different and kept seeing-off any other manta which tried to also use the cleaning station but she was friendly to divers and kept passing over our heads peering closely at us and enjoying the bubble baths
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll. Although the xea was not rough, there was a considerable swell from the south making for a rolly crossing!
Dive 3
A super-fishy ocean/channel site with many layers of reef and pelagic fish and lots of different groupers including yellow, white spotted and brownmarbled. We found THREE LEAF FISH, 4x spearing mantis shrimps although two shot into their burrows when we got a little too close, spotted and silver garden eels, ~200 longfin batfish in a tight school, undulate morays and longnose and big-eye emperors.
Day 2
Such a great show of manta rays this trip! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A second dive on this ocean reef and this time there were several GREY REEF SHARKS CIRCLING AROUND ON THE REEF TOP throughout the dive. 2-3 white tip reef sharks circled below us and we had to be wary of the feisty blackcheek morays and man-eating Vlaming's surgeonfish which kept trying to eat our bubbles. We found a white leaf fish, a red-and-yellow Lysmata shimp, and there was plenty of big-fish action with dogtooth tunas, barred and golden jacks zooming up and down the reef.
Ocean Crossing
Crossing into North Ari atoll
Dive 2
This thila was VERY SHARKY TODAY WITH ~20 GREY SHARKS BUZZING AROUND ON THE PLATEAU. THEY WERE ALL FEMALE SO WE THOUGHT THIS MIGHT BE A MATING AGGREGATIN OF SOME KIND. We also saw a male chasing a female over the reef top later on and the same female then spent a lot of time following the divers and even following us up to our 5m safety stop which is very unusual shark behaviour! We also saw the very friendly little EAGLE RAY who happily posed for photos and the usual schools of big eye crescent-tails, bluestripe snappers, Forsters and chevron barracudas,
Dive 3
A pretty, soft-coral covered wreck and thila with plenty of purple/orange Chironepthia soft coral, seafans and black corals smothering the wreck and hiding large lionfish, glassfish and many groupers. We found a yellow papillae flatworm, a black-barred shrimp goby guarding it's nest with two sand-moving pistol shrimps, a bluefaced angelfish and there were just so many brightly coloured magnificent anemonefish on the reef top with their entourages of Maldives blackfoot anemonefish
Day 3
Diver on a beautiful fish-filled Maldives reef MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Small current drift at long thila site. We descended onto large cora blocks with schools of blue striped and hump backed snappers. Overhangs were hung with blue soft corals, and filled with soldier fish and many small reef fish. Large snappers hung out in the canyons between the main reef and the pinnacles. We also found a bearded scorpion fish and several white tip sharks.
Dive 2
Glorious overhangs filled with blue, yellow, pink and orange soft coral. Huge seafans and massive schools of blue stripped snapper. Barracuda and big eye jack off the reef and a friendly turtle on top.
Dive 3
Gentle afternoon dive with several juv grey sharks, white tips resting on the sand and one juvenile SILVERTIP SHARK whizzing around following a grey shark,
Night Dive
Over an hour spent in close company with 4 feeding manta rays looping in our bubbles and skimming our heads
Day 4
Diver with grey shark up close on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE THILA SITES AND EASY TODAY WITH JUST ENOUGH CRRENT TO KEEP THE FISH AT THE CURRENT POINT AND GIVE US A WONDERFUL SHOW. The school of bannerfish were tightly clustered and made for a great photo. GREY SHARKS AND A JUVENILE SILVERTIP SHARK buzzed around the drop off. We found a friendly hawksbill turtle and a ledge with so many Bruuni cleaner shrimp busy on coral groupers
Dive 2
Colourful small thila with just about every type of reef fish and smothered in juvenile cardinals plus four or five species of fusilers (including many juveniles) and large lionfish in wait for something small to pass by. We also found an unidentified yellow streaked/brown flatworm
Dive 3
An easy drift looking for whale sharks. We didn't get lucky but we did see a manta, two white-mouthed morays, a clouded moray, an octopus, turtle, eagle ray, white tip sharks and many sweetlips and rudderfish.
Evening Activity
The guests went ashore to local island for some souvenir shopping and to look around
Day 5
Diver with so many fish on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Famous thila with just so many fish! There are beautiful blocks and overhangs forming canyons and filled with large meandering schools of bluestripe snappers. The large pink seafans dress every surface below 20m! Today there were 3 white tip sharks chasing around in the shallows and this was probably pre-mating activity. We ended the dive just hanging out at the current point amongst the myriad of fish.
A pod of spinner dolphins passed by several times as we cruised the ocean looking for ws. At one point approx 200 swam past!
Dive 2
We made a drift dive at this lovely ocean reef site after having spent several hours looking for whale sharks with no luck. WE SAW SEVERAL BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS scurrying about in the shallows or on the bottom, a white mouthed moray, a large pink frilly scorpionfish, a hawksbill turtle and on the top reef which has superb cover of hard corals we saw schools of Captain and ember parrotfish plus a marauding school of bristletooth tangs.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Night Dive
Great macro dive with several Coriocella nigra the rare purple sponge snail, a pair of small Chromodoris geometrica plus a pretty tellow/purple Flabellina nudi. We found a pretty reef lobster, a ling (unusual), bartail and fimbriated morays, lots of beautiful featherstars and a sleeping turtle.
Day 6
Blue soft coral caves with orange seafans from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Superb pink and orange soft coral covered pinnacles at this thila with five GREY SHARKS AND TWO EAGLE RAYS AMONGST THE LARGE SCHOOL OF BLACK AND WHITE PLUS RED SNAPPERS AND BIG EYE JACKS. Just amazing. White tip sharks milled around and there were many jacks, tunas and mackerels around. We ended the dive with the schools of oriental sweetlips and clorrared butterflyfish on the top reef.
Dive 2
Sheltered giri dive with wreck from 18-35m. We scared of a green turtle as we arrived onto the wreck but there were lots of silversides and jackfish action to keep us untertained plus large lionfish out hunting plus Durban and banded coral shrimps in the nooks and crannies. On the main reef we found peacock mantis shrimps, 2x Susan's flatworms, 2x octopus, and a teeny thrashing oriental sweetlips.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to North Male' atoll. Two guests transferred to Bandos resort. It is still Ramadan so we did not make a visit to Male'
Day 7
Diver with collared butterflyfish on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
The remaining guests were transferred to the airport to await their international flights to east Asia.
Day 8
Fun turtles in blue water at Maalhis, Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Arrival of guests to Sea Spirit from international flights, resorts and Male'. Due to an afternoon arrival we made a morning check dive.
Dive 1
A nice and easy check dive with a small drift on an ocean-facing reef. We saw a ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAY, 4x EAGLE RAYS (together), a green turtle, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, white tip sharks, a porcelain crab in a carpet anemone, dogtooth tunas etc. plus lots of lovely reef fish and small acropora corals plus pastel coloured Nepthia soft coral.
Day 1
The SS440 group! on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AN AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW WITH 8 DIFFERENT MANTAS DURING THE DIVE AND ONE STAYING FOR THE WHOLE HOUR! There was also a large lionfish hanging around the divers, a little too closely for comfort plus a spearing mantis shrimp and a juvenile imperial angelfish.
Dive 2
A second hour watching mantas. This time we counted 5 different ones and the lead female was different and kept seeing-off any other manta which tried to also use the cleaning station but she was friendly to divers and kept passing over our heads peering closely at us and enjoying the bubble baths
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll. Although the xea was not rough, there was a considerable swell from the south making for a rolly crossing!
Dive 3
A super-fishy ocean/channel site with many layers of reef and pelagic fish and lots of different groupers including yellow, white spotted and brownmarbled. We found THREE LEAF FISH, 4x spearing mantis shrimps although two shot into their burrows when we got a little too close, spotted and silver garden eels, ~200 longfin batfish in a tight school, undulate morays and longnose and big-eye emperors.
Day 2
Such a great show of manta rays this trip! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A second dive on this ocean reef and this time there were several GREY REEF SHARKS CIRCLING AROUND ON THE REEF TOP throughout the dive. 2-3 white tip reef sharks circled below us and we had to be wary of the feisty blackcheek morays and man-eating Vlaming's surgeonfish which kept trying to eat our bubbles. We found a white leaf fish, a red-and-yellow Lysmata shimp, and there was plenty of big-fish action with dogtooth tunas, barred and golden jacks zooming up and down the reef.
Ocean Crossing
Crossing into North Ari atoll
Dive 2
This thila was VERY SHARKY TODAY WITH ~20 GREY SHARKS BUZZING AROUND ON THE PLATEAU. THEY WERE ALL FEMALE SO WE THOUGHT THIS MIGHT BE A MATING AGGREGATIN OF SOME KIND. We also saw a male chasing a female over the reef top later on and the same female then spent a lot of time following the divers and even following us up to our 5m safety stop which is very unusual shark behaviour! We also saw the very friendly little EAGLE RAY who happily posed for photos and the usual schools of big eye crescent-tails, bluestripe snappers, Forsters and chevron barracudas,
Dive 3
A pretty, soft-coral covered wreck and thila with plenty of purple/orange Chironepthia soft coral, seafans and black corals smothering the wreck and hiding large lionfish, glassfish and many groupers. We found a yellow papillae flatworm, a black-barred shrimp goby guarding it's nest with two sand-moving pistol shrimps, a bluefaced angelfish and there were just so many brightly coloured magnificent anemonefish on the reef top with their entourages of Maldives blackfoot anemonefish
Day 3
Diver on a beautiful fish-filled Maldives reef MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Small current drift at long thila site. We descended onto large cora blocks with schools of blue striped and hump backed snappers. Overhangs were hung with blue soft corals, and filled with soldier fish and many small reef fish. Large snappers hung out in the canyons between the main reef and the pinnacles. We also found a bearded scorpion fish and several white tip sharks.
Dive 2
Glorious overhangs filled with blue, yellow, pink and orange soft coral. Huge seafans and massive schools of blue stripped snapper. Barracuda and big eye jack off the reef and a friendly turtle on top.
Dive 3
Gentle afternoon dive with several juv grey sharks, white tips resting on the sand and one juvenile SILVERTIP SHARK whizzing around following a grey shark,
Night Dive
Over an hour spent in close company with 4 feeding manta rays looping in our bubbles and skimming our heads
Day 4
Diver with grey shark up close on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE THILA SITES AND EASY TODAY WITH JUST ENOUGH CRRENT TO KEEP THE FISH AT THE CURRENT POINT AND GIVE US A WONDERFUL SHOW. The school of bannerfish were tightly clustered and made for a great photo. GREY SHARKS AND A JUVENILE SILVERTIP SHARK buzzed around the drop off. We found a friendly hawksbill turtle and a ledge with so many Bruuni cleaner shrimp busy on coral groupers
Dive 2
Colourful small thila with just about every type of reef fish and smothered in juvenile cardinals plus four or five species of fusilers (including many juveniles) and large lionfish in wait for something small to pass by. We also found an unidentified yellow streaked/brown flatworm
Dive 3
An easy drift looking for whale sharks. We didn't get lucky but we did see a manta, two white-mouthed morays, a clouded moray, an octopus, turtle, eagle ray, white tip sharks and many sweetlips and rudderfish.
Evening Activity
The guests went ashore to local island for some souvenir shopping and to look around
Day 5
Diver with so many fish on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Famous thila with just so many fish! There are beautiful blocks and overhangs forming canyons and filled with large meandering schools of bluestripe snappers. The large pink seafans dress every surface below 20m! Today there were 3 white tip sharks chasing around in the shallows and this was probably pre-mating activity. We ended the dive just hanging out at the current point amongst the myriad of fish.
A pod of spinner dolphins passed by several times as we cruised the ocean looking for ws. At one point approx 200 swam past!
Dive 2
We made a drift dive at this lovely ocean reef site after having spent several hours looking for whale sharks with no luck. WE SAW SEVERAL BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS scurrying about in the shallows or on the bottom, a white mouthed moray, a large pink frilly scorpionfish, a hawksbill turtle and on the top reef which has superb cover of hard corals we saw schools of Captain and ember parrotfish plus a marauding school of bristletooth tangs.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Night Dive
Great macro dive with several Coriocella nigra the rare purple sponge snail, a pair of small Chromodoris geometrica plus a pretty tellow/purple Flabellina nudi. We found a pretty reef lobster, a ling (unusual), bartail and fimbriated morays, lots of beautiful featherstars and a sleeping turtle.
Day 6
Blue soft coral caves with orange seafans from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Superb pink and orange soft coral covered pinnacles at this thila with five GREY SHARKS AND TWO EAGLE RAYS AMONGST THE LARGE SCHOOL OF BLACK AND WHITE PLUS RED SNAPPERS AND BIG EYE JACKS. Just amazing. White tip sharks milled around and there were many jacks, tunas and mackerels around. We ended the dive with the schools of oriental sweetlips and clorrared butterflyfish on the top reef.
Dive 2
Sheltered giri dive with wreck from 18-35m. We scared of a green turtle as we arrived onto the wreck but there were lots of silversides and jackfish action to keep us untertained plus large lionfish out hunting plus Durban and banded coral shrimps in the nooks and crannies. On the main reef we found peacock mantis shrimps, 2x Susan's flatworms, 2x octopus, and a teeny thrashing oriental sweetlips.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to North Male' atoll. Two guests transferred to Bandos resort. It is still Ramadan so we did not make a visit to Male'
Day 7
Diver with collared butterflyfish on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
The remaining guests were transferred to the airport to await their international flights to east Asia.
Day 8
Fun turtles in blue water at Maalhis, Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS439 13 Jul 2014 to 20 Jul 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived both morning and afternoon from international flights and hotels.
Dive 1
A brisk drift for our check dive! We saw sleeping white tip reef sharks, an eagle ray, a sleeping round ribbon tail ray, green and hawksbill turtles, several honeycomb morays, yellow box fish and trapezia and decorator crabs in between the fingers of pavona corals. In the water column the tunas were chasing schools of neon fusliers whoosh!
Day 1
Lionfish in wait for unsuspecting small fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
LOTS OF FISH AT THIS SMALL THILA! Two EAGLE RAYS hanging in the current in the canyon and large schools of black and white snappers, schooling bannerfish plus tunas chasing around. On either side of the thila was a school of FORSTERS BARRACUDAS and oriental and harlequib sweetlips plus many bluestripe snappers close to the reef
Dive 2
AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW with 7-8 different mantas visiting us during the dive in groups of up to 5 at a time. We recognised some of our favourites including Nick and Jam Sandwich. They were very playful, swimming through our bubbles and snaeking up behind when we weren't looking!
Dive 3
Ocean reef corner with many schools of bluestripe snappers plus sweetlips and coral blocks covered in glassfish with large BROWNMARBLED groupers peering out! There were lots of honeycomb and giant morays plus several large blotched porcupinefish, some medium sized Napoleons and some lovely parrotfish
Day 2
Manta ray giving a show to the photographers on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner with fly-bys by a shortfinned MOBULA RAY, a large EAGLE RAY and MANY WHITE TIP SHARKS buzzing around the coral blocks including a very large and pregnant female. There were schools of big eye jacks swirling around plus schools of black and white and midnight snapers. Dogtooth tunas were chasing fusliers in the water column. We drifted into the channel past coral blocks full of reef fish and came across two hawksbill turtles resting on a ledge.
Dive 2
Wonderful MANTA SHOW AS THEY WERE REALLY PLAYING WITH US! We saw lots of males plus beautiful big "Jam Sandwich" again. A really fun 75 minute dive!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
Reef with a small wreck covered in silversides giving us a sparkly show. Lots of large lionfish laid in wait, plus there were areas of dancing Durban shrimps, Bruuni and banded coral shrimps, we found a beautiful Chromodoris geminus nudibranch, an unidentified blue flatworm, a pair of Thuridilla sp. nudis and brownmarbled groupers, clown triggerfish, and large-size blackfoot clownfish, so a nicely varied dive.
Day 3
friendly face the manta ray gave us quite a show today on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Small current at this ocean facing thila but the big animals were out and about and we saw a giant tuna in the westerly canyon and several GREY SHARKS, WHITE TIP SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS cruising about on the reef top. There were lots of oriental sweetlips amongst the pink and orange soft coral covered pinnacles and lots of digfferent reef fish on the top including earmuff blennies and collared butterflyfish.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
Today we had a very busy current point with many schooling bannerfish, longfin batfish and the ubiquitos giant tevallies and fusiliers, making occasional raids and creating baitballs and explosions of fish. Several GREY SHARKS of varying sizes cruised along the front. The southern plateau was smothered in blue stripe snappers. We found several giant clams, large morays being cleaned, caves full of glassfish etc.
Dive 3
This is another famous thila site and today there seemed to be a lot OF WHITE TIP SHARKS CRUISING ABOUT. There were ~4 small grey sharks on one of the deep blocks and we had a fabulous turtle show with two of the most friendly hawksbill turtles. We found a sand-covered stonefish, an octopus pulling spiky shapes, small scale scorpionfish etc.
Day 4
large school of longfin batfish from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A blue water drift along a large thils where we descended into a mass of blue-stripe and humpback snappers huddled around some large coral blocks and then drifted to a spur where grey sharks and eagle rays rode the current point whilst about 20 giant barracudas hung around off the reef. After that we slowly drifted through a series of tall coral pinnacles frosted IN BLUE AND PINK SOFT CORALS with oriental and harlequin sweetlips and then back to the main thila to ascend on the western tip into small ledges wher we found a yellow leaf fish! We were surrounded by friendly long-fin batfish as we ascended.
Dive 2
EXTREMELY PRETTY BLUE AND YELLOW SOFT CORAL HUNG OVERHANGS PLUS LARGE PINNACLES FROSTED IN BLUE! Painted sweetlips (unusual!) drifted about. The canyons on the main reef were smothered in pink and orange soft corals and there were quite a few grey sharks plus white tips sleeping in the sand. We hooked in at the western tip as the current changed direction and just watched the mass of fish and then slowly drifted back across the top enjoying all the beautiful hard coral too.
Dive 3
A colourful reef with large coral blocks decorated with black coral trees containing penguin oysters, pink and white sponges, strange sea-cucumbers etc plus many different sponges across the reef and gardens of green and blue magnifica anemones in the shallows so a very pretty site. We found several bearded scorpionfish and an unidentified red/yellow nembrotha-type nudibranch
Night Dive
Exciting night dive with white tip sharks chasing about on the reef top after fusiliers and other small fish. There were two round ribbon tail rays hoovering up everything in their patch and a few grey sharks made appearances. About 10 large giant trevallies were really terrorising all the reef fish and buzzing the divers closely too. We also found hunting morays and lionfish plus turban snalis, saron shrimps, edible crabs and a giant red hermit crab
Day 5
Beautiful magnifica anemone with blackfoot clownfish peering out from MV sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Another thila where sharks can be seen and were not to be disappointed as there were four or five grey sharks happy to oblige the photographers plus "Spot" our friendly EAGLE RAY who swam around to visit all the divers and make sure they got a good picture. We also founf a pink frilly scorpionfish, schooling big eye jacks, crescent tail big eyes and a school of Forster's barracudas.
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
The first of three dives on this extensive ocean facing reef where anything can come along. Today we saw GREY REEF SHARKS, EAGLE RAYS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS, SLEEPING WHITE TIP SHARKS, SEVERAL MANTIS SHRIMPS in their nest and an ELEGANT SQUAT LOBSTER in a purple featherstar. There are just so many fish on this site and today the current allowed us to finish up in the shallows amongst the excellent acropora coral and schools of pyramid butterflyfish and goldspot emperors. Beautiful!
Dive 3
A rather mixed up current with fuzzy warm water in the shallows and colder clear water below 15m and this was keeping the action in the deeper water. The grey sharks were busy, buzzing up and down the reef and later, being cleaned at the spur as the stood on their tails with their mouths open. There were some very large dogtooth tunas darting into the reef and scattering the red-toothed triggerfish. We found a gold-and-white coloured leaffish, many yellowmargin morays, longnose emperors, two LARGE BLUE NAPOLEONS fighting over a cleaning station etc.
Day 6
Dense school of blue striped snapper from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We love this AMAZING OCEAN REEF! TODAY THE STAR WAS A BEAUTIFUL SPOTTY ZEBRA SHARK which swam all the way across the ocean drop off. We had a busy time with the GREY REEF SHARKS which were buzzing around up and down whilst the white tip sharks were sleeping and the eagle rays quietly hovering. In the early morning light the reef top buzzed with anthias, red-tooth triggerfish, red rock cods, a yellow grouper, several large black saddled coral groupers etc. A lovely dive on which to end this trip.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to North Male atoll in time for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. One guest departed during the evening
Day 7
Large barracudas! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests transferred to airport for international flights and onward transfers
Day 8
Chromodoris geminus, an unusual sighting in the Maldives, from MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived both morning and afternoon from international flights and hotels.
Dive 1
A brisk drift for our check dive! We saw sleeping white tip reef sharks, an eagle ray, a sleeping round ribbon tail ray, green and hawksbill turtles, several honeycomb morays, yellow box fish and trapezia and decorator crabs in between the fingers of pavona corals. In the water column the tunas were chasing schools of neon fusliers whoosh!
Day 1
Lionfish in wait for unsuspecting small fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
LOTS OF FISH AT THIS SMALL THILA! Two EAGLE RAYS hanging in the current in the canyon and large schools of black and white snappers, schooling bannerfish plus tunas chasing around. On either side of the thila was a school of FORSTERS BARRACUDAS and oriental and harlequib sweetlips plus many bluestripe snappers close to the reef
Dive 2
AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW with 7-8 different mantas visiting us during the dive in groups of up to 5 at a time. We recognised some of our favourites including Nick and Jam Sandwich. They were very playful, swimming through our bubbles and snaeking up behind when we weren't looking!
Dive 3
Ocean reef corner with many schools of bluestripe snappers plus sweetlips and coral blocks covered in glassfish with large BROWNMARBLED groupers peering out! There were lots of honeycomb and giant morays plus several large blotched porcupinefish, some medium sized Napoleons and some lovely parrotfish
Day 2
Manta ray giving a show to the photographers on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner with fly-bys by a shortfinned MOBULA RAY, a large EAGLE RAY and MANY WHITE TIP SHARKS buzzing around the coral blocks including a very large and pregnant female. There were schools of big eye jacks swirling around plus schools of black and white and midnight snapers. Dogtooth tunas were chasing fusliers in the water column. We drifted into the channel past coral blocks full of reef fish and came across two hawksbill turtles resting on a ledge.
Dive 2
Wonderful MANTA SHOW AS THEY WERE REALLY PLAYING WITH US! We saw lots of males plus beautiful big "Jam Sandwich" again. A really fun 75 minute dive!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
Reef with a small wreck covered in silversides giving us a sparkly show. Lots of large lionfish laid in wait, plus there were areas of dancing Durban shrimps, Bruuni and banded coral shrimps, we found a beautiful Chromodoris geminus nudibranch, an unidentified blue flatworm, a pair of Thuridilla sp. nudis and brownmarbled groupers, clown triggerfish, and large-size blackfoot clownfish, so a nicely varied dive.
Day 3
friendly face the manta ray gave us quite a show today on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Small current at this ocean facing thila but the big animals were out and about and we saw a giant tuna in the westerly canyon and several GREY SHARKS, WHITE TIP SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS cruising about on the reef top. There were lots of oriental sweetlips amongst the pink and orange soft coral covered pinnacles and lots of digfferent reef fish on the top including earmuff blennies and collared butterflyfish.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
Today we had a very busy current point with many schooling bannerfish, longfin batfish and the ubiquitos giant tevallies and fusiliers, making occasional raids and creating baitballs and explosions of fish. Several GREY SHARKS of varying sizes cruised along the front. The southern plateau was smothered in blue stripe snappers. We found several giant clams, large morays being cleaned, caves full of glassfish etc.
Dive 3
This is another famous thila site and today there seemed to be a lot OF WHITE TIP SHARKS CRUISING ABOUT. There were ~4 small grey sharks on one of the deep blocks and we had a fabulous turtle show with two of the most friendly hawksbill turtles. We found a sand-covered stonefish, an octopus pulling spiky shapes, small scale scorpionfish etc.
Day 4
large school of longfin batfish from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A blue water drift along a large thils where we descended into a mass of blue-stripe and humpback snappers huddled around some large coral blocks and then drifted to a spur where grey sharks and eagle rays rode the current point whilst about 20 giant barracudas hung around off the reef. After that we slowly drifted through a series of tall coral pinnacles frosted IN BLUE AND PINK SOFT CORALS with oriental and harlequin sweetlips and then back to the main thila to ascend on the western tip into small ledges wher we found a yellow leaf fish! We were surrounded by friendly long-fin batfish as we ascended.
Dive 2
EXTREMELY PRETTY BLUE AND YELLOW SOFT CORAL HUNG OVERHANGS PLUS LARGE PINNACLES FROSTED IN BLUE! Painted sweetlips (unusual!) drifted about. The canyons on the main reef were smothered in pink and orange soft corals and there were quite a few grey sharks plus white tips sleeping in the sand. We hooked in at the western tip as the current changed direction and just watched the mass of fish and then slowly drifted back across the top enjoying all the beautiful hard coral too.
Dive 3
A colourful reef with large coral blocks decorated with black coral trees containing penguin oysters, pink and white sponges, strange sea-cucumbers etc plus many different sponges across the reef and gardens of green and blue magnifica anemones in the shallows so a very pretty site. We found several bearded scorpionfish and an unidentified red/yellow nembrotha-type nudibranch
Night Dive
Exciting night dive with white tip sharks chasing about on the reef top after fusiliers and other small fish. There were two round ribbon tail rays hoovering up everything in their patch and a few grey sharks made appearances. About 10 large giant trevallies were really terrorising all the reef fish and buzzing the divers closely too. We also found hunting morays and lionfish plus turban snalis, saron shrimps, edible crabs and a giant red hermit crab
Day 5
Beautiful magnifica anemone with blackfoot clownfish peering out from MV sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Another thila where sharks can be seen and were not to be disappointed as there were four or five grey sharks happy to oblige the photographers plus "Spot" our friendly EAGLE RAY who swam around to visit all the divers and make sure they got a good picture. We also founf a pink frilly scorpionfish, schooling big eye jacks, crescent tail big eyes and a school of Forster's barracudas.
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
The first of three dives on this extensive ocean facing reef where anything can come along. Today we saw GREY REEF SHARKS, EAGLE RAYS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS, SLEEPING WHITE TIP SHARKS, SEVERAL MANTIS SHRIMPS in their nest and an ELEGANT SQUAT LOBSTER in a purple featherstar. There are just so many fish on this site and today the current allowed us to finish up in the shallows amongst the excellent acropora coral and schools of pyramid butterflyfish and goldspot emperors. Beautiful!
Dive 3
A rather mixed up current with fuzzy warm water in the shallows and colder clear water below 15m and this was keeping the action in the deeper water. The grey sharks were busy, buzzing up and down the reef and later, being cleaned at the spur as the stood on their tails with their mouths open. There were some very large dogtooth tunas darting into the reef and scattering the red-toothed triggerfish. We found a gold-and-white coloured leaffish, many yellowmargin morays, longnose emperors, two LARGE BLUE NAPOLEONS fighting over a cleaning station etc.
Day 6
Dense school of blue striped snapper from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We love this AMAZING OCEAN REEF! TODAY THE STAR WAS A BEAUTIFUL SPOTTY ZEBRA SHARK which swam all the way across the ocean drop off. We had a busy time with the GREY REEF SHARKS which were buzzing around up and down whilst the white tip sharks were sleeping and the eagle rays quietly hovering. In the early morning light the reef top buzzed with anthias, red-tooth triggerfish, red rock cods, a yellow grouper, several large black saddled coral groupers etc. A lovely dive on which to end this trip.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to North Male atoll in time for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. One guest departed during the evening
Day 7
Large barracudas! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests transferred to airport for international flights and onward transfers
Day 8
Chromodoris geminus, an unusual sighting in the Maldives, from MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS438 6 Jul 2014 to 13 Jul 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from resorts, guest houses and international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Morning check dive at sheltered ocean reef with particularly nice morays including honeycombs, giants, black cheeks, white mouthed and yellow margin. We sighted most species of angel fish including yellow tailed (unusual!) and our favourite two spot with the blue "lipstick". There were tunas chasing fusiliers, lovely spotted trapezia crabs in many of the acropora corals and interesting blocks full of glassfish so a lovely way to start!
Day 1
Beautiful, moody, sunset in front of MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Pod of SPINNER DOLPHINS numbering 200+ swam into the atoll as we passed out of the channel. There were just so many but paying no attention to us as going in the opposite direction!
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift dive with several hawksbill turtles, a tiny flapping juvenile oriental sweetlips, dogtooth tunas and several medium-sized Napoleon wrasses. There seemed to be lots of peacock rock cods about, maybe staking out their territories?
Dive 2
AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW!!! We saw at least 9 different mantas on and off during the hour and it looked like there was some courtship activity going on as the majority were males and they were fussing after, following and caressing the females! They seemed very curious of us too and we had some wonderful close interactions as they swept through our bubbles. A really special dive
Ocean Crossing
Crossed to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
Late evening dive and a very busy reef with just so many reef fish including ornate and longnose emperors, orange and Evan's anthias, vermillion rock cods, a large school of ~100 longfin batfish, plus SLEEPING WHITE TIP SHARKS AND HUNTING GREY SHARKS (EXCITING!). We also found several spearing mantis shrimps in their buro, a baby Chromodoris fidelis nudibranch an octopus, a maldives sponge snail and several banded coral shrimps. Great dive
Day 2
Dive 1
A second dive at this busy ocean reef site with better visibility this morning and more grey shark action along the ocean drop off and current points. A large school of big-eyes jacks was weaving around makig spirals and figures of eights plus individual jacks were breaking off to be cleaned by bi-color wrasse, there was a school of medium-sized chevron barracudas, pretty starry dragonets buzzing around plus a candy-striped purple/white squat lobster in a featherstar and a white leaf fish.
Ocean Crossing
Crossed into North Ari atoll
Dive 2
Small thila but BIG ACTION with WHITE TIP SHARKS AND GREY SHARKS cruising the drop off plus a very friendly little EAGLE RAY which followed divers around. There were lots of schools of fish including crescent tail big-eyes, blue stripe snappers, neon fusiliers, big eye jacks and Forsters barracudas. We found a Notodoris gardineri nudi, a Susan's flatworm, a pink frilly scorpionfish and lots of other interesting critters.
Dive 3
A lovely current point at this famous thila site. Over the deep blocks were large schools of blue stripe snappers with grey sharks meandering through and white tip sharks resting in the sand. In the shallows was a dense school of bannerfish and so many fusiliers being chased by giant trevallies. There are lovely mature black coral trees full of silversides and cardinals plus reef fish and juvenile batfish. There was a turtle crash on the reef top as two turtles collided. Very entertaining!
Night Dive
Night dive with two of the most friendly MANTA RAYS as they fed on the plankton attracted by our lights
Day 3
Fabulous grey sharks show from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Colourful "FISH TANK" dive with bannerfish and pyramid butterflyfish at the current point plus white tip sharks, a school of longfin batfish, the radioactive pink anemone full of Clarke's anemonefish, a pair of Chromodoris geometrica nudis and colourful sponges whereever we looked.
Dive 2
Another famous thila and another great shark and fish show as we watched GREY SHARKS cruising the current point and dispersing bannerfish and mackerels. We toured the reef past more sharks plus a huge schools of bluestrip snappers which cover the southern plateau. We found the friendly hawksbill turtles and shopped to pap them
Dive 3
Yet more turtles at this little thila. There were also more mature black coral tress which were full of baitfish and juvenile cardinals with red groupers and rock cods lying in wait for unwary small fish. There were many bright blue magnificent anemones plus a jumping red scorpionfish. A squall blew in when we were diving making our return to Sea Spirit somewhat challenging.
Day 4
Amazingly close encounters with these beautiful manta rays from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There was only a small current at the wreck this morning so we could go where we pleased and look for critters hiding in all the nooks and crannies. We found a pair of large STONEFISH. One was covered in fluffy green algae. We found Tamja olivaria and Chromodoris glenei nudibranchs plus a variety of Phyllidia slugs. There was a pair of Indian mobula (M. eregoodootenkee) plus Sgt Majors and Indian bannerfish on the house reef.
We spent several hours searching up and down the ocean reef looking for whale sharks but were not successful today
Dive 2
An easy drift dive, hoping a whale shark might swim past. We did find a baby white tip shark, Maldives sponge snails, an Eagle ray, a large round ribbontail ray and finished the dive nearby the big coral block surrounded by oriental sweetlips, rudderfish, glassfish and bullseyes
Dive 3
This little thila was a riot of colour and fish life. A school of bluefin jacks had created a baitball from a school of fusiliers and watching the attacks was interesting. The reef has a forest of large black coral trees with penguin oysters, large sponge formations, long nose hawkfish etc. On the reef top we found 8 lionfish lurking in wait for unwary juvenile fish, a zebra moray out hunting, earmuff blennies, a devil scorpionfish and everything was covered in baitfish!
Evening Activity
Some guests visited the local village island
Day 5
Amazing reefscape and just so many fish! MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
An ocean-facing thila with a descent through a school of sleek surgeonfish and a hang amongst black and white snappers and longfin batfish. We saw a pair of white tip reef sharks plus a round ribbontail ray on the oceanside and two eagle rays on the leeside plus schools of silver and oriental sweetlips. There were several Amboin shrimps in a carpet anemone amongst lovely overhangs and canyons. We ended the dive hanging above the large poites corals and watching the fish show.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing between Ari and South Male' atolls
Dive 2
Bad visibility but JUST SO MANY FISH. Huge red, midnight and black and white snappers intermingled with big-eye jacks and a few white tips as we descended then orange and pink soft coral covered pinnacles and overhangs and a SLEEPING TAWNY NURSE SHARK. A pink whipray swam past. We saw two male white tip sharks chasing and nipping a female, in courtship and the coral blocks on top of the thils were surrounded by silver, harlequin and oriental sweetlips plus collared butterflyfish etc.
Dive 3
A nice critter dive to end the day! Chromodoris tritos nudis, pairs of banded coral shrimps, pink and green anemones with small transparent periclimenes shrimps, a giant moray being cleaned by a bicolor wrasse, Phidiana indica nudi and Pete the reindeer fish!
We watched the premiere of the trip video in the evening
Day 6
Diver with one of the friendly Maldives turtles
Dive 1
Easy drift on cean front of channels with a pair of MOBULA RAYS, large schools of fusiliers and giant trevallies and tunas, a yellow plus a pair of white leaf fishes, two very different honeycomb morays. Lovely nepthia soft coral covered blocks plus a huge blue Napoleon wrasse. A lovely last dive. The snorkellers found 4 MANTA RAYS IN THE LAGOON!
Travel back towards Male'. Afternoon visit to the capital and one guest departed to hotel. One guest departed to the airport for international flight to Asia.
Day 7
Huge blue napoleon wrasse in South Male' atoll from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Remaining guests transferred to airport for onward flights or transfers to resorts and hotels
Day 8
So many three spot damsels feeding. This is unusual behaviour! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from resorts, guest houses and international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Morning check dive at sheltered ocean reef with particularly nice morays including honeycombs, giants, black cheeks, white mouthed and yellow margin. We sighted most species of angel fish including yellow tailed (unusual!) and our favourite two spot with the blue "lipstick". There were tunas chasing fusiliers, lovely spotted trapezia crabs in many of the acropora corals and interesting blocks full of glassfish so a lovely way to start!
Day 1
Beautiful, moody, sunset in front of MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Pod of SPINNER DOLPHINS numbering 200+ swam into the atoll as we passed out of the channel. There were just so many but paying no attention to us as going in the opposite direction!
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift dive with several hawksbill turtles, a tiny flapping juvenile oriental sweetlips, dogtooth tunas and several medium-sized Napoleon wrasses. There seemed to be lots of peacock rock cods about, maybe staking out their territories?
Dive 2
AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW!!! We saw at least 9 different mantas on and off during the hour and it looked like there was some courtship activity going on as the majority were males and they were fussing after, following and caressing the females! They seemed very curious of us too and we had some wonderful close interactions as they swept through our bubbles. A really special dive
Ocean Crossing
Crossed to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
Late evening dive and a very busy reef with just so many reef fish including ornate and longnose emperors, orange and Evan's anthias, vermillion rock cods, a large school of ~100 longfin batfish, plus SLEEPING WHITE TIP SHARKS AND HUNTING GREY SHARKS (EXCITING!). We also found several spearing mantis shrimps in their buro, a baby Chromodoris fidelis nudibranch an octopus, a maldives sponge snail and several banded coral shrimps. Great dive
Day 2
Dive 1
A second dive at this busy ocean reef site with better visibility this morning and more grey shark action along the ocean drop off and current points. A large school of big-eyes jacks was weaving around makig spirals and figures of eights plus individual jacks were breaking off to be cleaned by bi-color wrasse, there was a school of medium-sized chevron barracudas, pretty starry dragonets buzzing around plus a candy-striped purple/white squat lobster in a featherstar and a white leaf fish.
Ocean Crossing
Crossed into North Ari atoll
Dive 2
Small thila but BIG ACTION with WHITE TIP SHARKS AND GREY SHARKS cruising the drop off plus a very friendly little EAGLE RAY which followed divers around. There were lots of schools of fish including crescent tail big-eyes, blue stripe snappers, neon fusiliers, big eye jacks and Forsters barracudas. We found a Notodoris gardineri nudi, a Susan's flatworm, a pink frilly scorpionfish and lots of other interesting critters.
Dive 3
A lovely current point at this famous thila site. Over the deep blocks were large schools of blue stripe snappers with grey sharks meandering through and white tip sharks resting in the sand. In the shallows was a dense school of bannerfish and so many fusiliers being chased by giant trevallies. There are lovely mature black coral trees full of silversides and cardinals plus reef fish and juvenile batfish. There was a turtle crash on the reef top as two turtles collided. Very entertaining!
Night Dive
Night dive with two of the most friendly MANTA RAYS as they fed on the plankton attracted by our lights
Day 3
Fabulous grey sharks show from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Colourful "FISH TANK" dive with bannerfish and pyramid butterflyfish at the current point plus white tip sharks, a school of longfin batfish, the radioactive pink anemone full of Clarke's anemonefish, a pair of Chromodoris geometrica nudis and colourful sponges whereever we looked.
Dive 2
Another famous thila and another great shark and fish show as we watched GREY SHARKS cruising the current point and dispersing bannerfish and mackerels. We toured the reef past more sharks plus a huge schools of bluestrip snappers which cover the southern plateau. We found the friendly hawksbill turtles and shopped to pap them
Dive 3
Yet more turtles at this little thila. There were also more mature black coral tress which were full of baitfish and juvenile cardinals with red groupers and rock cods lying in wait for unwary small fish. There were many bright blue magnificent anemones plus a jumping red scorpionfish. A squall blew in when we were diving making our return to Sea Spirit somewhat challenging.
Day 4
Amazingly close encounters with these beautiful manta rays from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There was only a small current at the wreck this morning so we could go where we pleased and look for critters hiding in all the nooks and crannies. We found a pair of large STONEFISH. One was covered in fluffy green algae. We found Tamja olivaria and Chromodoris glenei nudibranchs plus a variety of Phyllidia slugs. There was a pair of Indian mobula (M. eregoodootenkee) plus Sgt Majors and Indian bannerfish on the house reef.
We spent several hours searching up and down the ocean reef looking for whale sharks but were not successful today
Dive 2
An easy drift dive, hoping a whale shark might swim past. We did find a baby white tip shark, Maldives sponge snails, an Eagle ray, a large round ribbontail ray and finished the dive nearby the big coral block surrounded by oriental sweetlips, rudderfish, glassfish and bullseyes
Dive 3
This little thila was a riot of colour and fish life. A school of bluefin jacks had created a baitball from a school of fusiliers and watching the attacks was interesting. The reef has a forest of large black coral trees with penguin oysters, large sponge formations, long nose hawkfish etc. On the reef top we found 8 lionfish lurking in wait for unwary juvenile fish, a zebra moray out hunting, earmuff blennies, a devil scorpionfish and everything was covered in baitfish!
Evening Activity
Some guests visited the local village island
Day 5
Amazing reefscape and just so many fish! MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
An ocean-facing thila with a descent through a school of sleek surgeonfish and a hang amongst black and white snappers and longfin batfish. We saw a pair of white tip reef sharks plus a round ribbontail ray on the oceanside and two eagle rays on the leeside plus schools of silver and oriental sweetlips. There were several Amboin shrimps in a carpet anemone amongst lovely overhangs and canyons. We ended the dive hanging above the large poites corals and watching the fish show.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing between Ari and South Male' atolls
Dive 2
Bad visibility but JUST SO MANY FISH. Huge red, midnight and black and white snappers intermingled with big-eye jacks and a few white tips as we descended then orange and pink soft coral covered pinnacles and overhangs and a SLEEPING TAWNY NURSE SHARK. A pink whipray swam past. We saw two male white tip sharks chasing and nipping a female, in courtship and the coral blocks on top of the thils were surrounded by silver, harlequin and oriental sweetlips plus collared butterflyfish etc.
Dive 3
A nice critter dive to end the day! Chromodoris tritos nudis, pairs of banded coral shrimps, pink and green anemones with small transparent periclimenes shrimps, a giant moray being cleaned by a bicolor wrasse, Phidiana indica nudi and Pete the reindeer fish!
We watched the premiere of the trip video in the evening
Day 6
Diver with one of the friendly Maldives turtles
Dive 1
Easy drift on cean front of channels with a pair of MOBULA RAYS, large schools of fusiliers and giant trevallies and tunas, a yellow plus a pair of white leaf fishes, two very different honeycomb morays. Lovely nepthia soft coral covered blocks plus a huge blue Napoleon wrasse. A lovely last dive. The snorkellers found 4 MANTA RAYS IN THE LAGOON!
Travel back towards Male'. Afternoon visit to the capital and one guest departed to hotel. One guest departed to the airport for international flight to Asia.
Day 7
Huge blue napoleon wrasse in South Male' atoll from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Remaining guests transferred to airport for onward flights or transfers to resorts and hotels
Day 8
So many three spot damsels feeding. This is unusual behaviour! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Sea Queen SQ460B 21 Jun 2014 to 2 Jul 2014 Manta & Whaleshark Special (10 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from two flights with second one arriving mid afternoon so we arranged an early check dive for those that had arrived early.
Dive 1
Nice drift on sheltered ocean reef with several hawksbill and green turtles sighted. There was a big blue male Napoleon wrasse with his harem of females, a pair of porcelain crabs in s shorthaired anemone. Dense schools of variable lined and neon fusiliers swept past. The shallow coral blocks had tiny lemon gobies and orange trapezia crabs nestled inside
Day 1
View across to the ocean from MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
Another easy drift on an ocean reef corner. The coral blocks on a gentle slope to sand were full of reef fish: oriental and harlequin sweetlips, white spotted and brownmarbled groupers, crescent tail big eyes etc. We also saw hawksbill turtles, white tip sharks, bullseyes etc.
Dive 2
SUPERB MANTA SHOW AT ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE MANTA POINTS! Old favourite "Winifred" manta was ther with an entourage of up to 6 different mantas and we saw up to 13 during the hour. WOW! The show was non stop but we laughed at the garden eels and the razor wrasse between manta shows.
Dive 3
The wind had really picked up so we selected a very sheltered site for the afternoon dive and made a gentle drift on the ocean reef. We found a pair of honeycomb and giant morays, 7 spiny lobsters together, schools of 2-spot, midnight and blue stripe snappers and a small spotted box puffer. It was a very bouncy journey both ways on the dhoni!
Day 2
Beautiful manta ray at cleaning station coral block MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
Thila with beautiful soft corals and seafans harbouring so many fish. The pastel coloured NEPTHIA SOFT CORALS were all puffed up as were the white-polyped deep water seafans. Large schools of blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips intermingled. The overhangs had red soldierfish and schools of black and white snappers. Every now and then, large dogtooth tunas made raids on the neon fusiliers sending them scattering.
Dive 2
ANOTHER SUPERB MANTA SHOW, LUCKY US! This time it was "Mick" the manta who was putting on the show although Winisfred and entourage passed by a couple of times. He was being very friendly and enjoying the bubble baths. Superb fun!
Dive 3
The wind picked up again so we went for a sheltered site. This reef was full of honeycomb morays! We also saw a large grey/spotted eagle ray, pair of yellow trunkfish, bluestripe and yellow goatfish, unicornfish, turtles etc.
Day 3
Mick the manta ray kept us entertained today from MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH! AND SO MANY! A constant stream of 40+ large adult bumpheads kept streaming over the ocean corner! Surely they were swimming around in a circle, but we just kept seeing them coming over the shallow reef. They wee very flighty for such a big fish! Also Napoleons, round ribbontail rays chasing eachother, white tip sharks, lovely schools of collared butterflyfish and bannerfish and just very fishy in general
Dive 2
Easy wreck and reef site with lots of glassfish around the wheelhouse and being predated by several large lionfish skulking around. We found a lovely spotted yellow boxfish, overhangs hung with pretty white acabaria corals, a large mutant blackfoot anemonefish in her large puple magnificent anemone. Lovely!
Dive 3
Easy out-drift from channel to ocean. We had nice shows of white tips and eagle rays hanging out in the current and some grey sharks spied in the depths. One eagle ray soared overhead! There were lovely coral covered ledges near the corner full of small reef fish and anemones. We found a spearing mantis shrimp in its burrow and a green leaf fish. Vlamings surgeonfish accompanied our ascent.
Day 4
Bumphead parrotfish are rare in the Maldives. Lucky on Sea Queen to see so many
Dive 1
WOW WHAT A FISHY SHOW! GREY SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS CRUISED THE CURRENT POINT WHILST A LARGE SCHOOL OF MIXED FORSTER'S AND CHEVRON BARRACUDAS HUNG OUT INSIDE THE CHANNEL. We kept seeing sharks and eagle rays as we drifted in along the soft coral covered, very colourful, overhangs. We swam onto the reef top in search of the coral blocks covered in silver, oriental and harlequin sweetlips and so many collared butterflyfish. What a great site!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vaavu atoll
Dive 2
Small in-current and AROUND 30 JUVENILE GREY SHARKS huddling aroind the north corner of the channel and then 15 LARGE SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS in the middle of the channel! There was a dense school of big eye jacks plus fusiliers and long nose emperors making for a busy reef. The top reef had just about every reef fish imaginable. Lovely!
Dive 3
An easy channel drift passing sleeping white tip sharks on the channel bottom, a large honeycomb doing an impression of a cobra (!), several white mouthed morays along the reef slope, schools of goldspot emperors and even a manta fly-by!
Night Dive
Tonight we had an EXCEPTIONAL NUMBER OF LARGE NURSE SHARKS congregating so must have been a mating aggregation of 50+ animals. The sheer numbers of sharks were exciting the giant trevallies, black tip sharks and round ribbon tail rays so this was a night dive to emember!
Day 5
large ribbon tail ray resting from MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
Channel drift and on the corner we found a mangrove whipray, a round ribbontail ray being cleaned by small wrasses, another large honeycomb moray, schools of mignight snappers and goldspot emperors. On the reef slope we found Lysmata shrimps busy on client fish plus a pure white leaf fish and a couple of eagle ray fly pasts.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
Super pretty, silverside covered thila. There were so many silversides and juvenile cardinals and fusiliers that the whole reef top pulsated with fish. These baitfish were being chansed by blue-fin jacks and small bonito tunas. This is a great site and we found friendly turtles, large lionfish out hunting, and just so many groupers of different sizes and species.
Dive 3
Another great thila famous for it's friendly turtles and there were plenty of those on the reef top. There are also interesting overhangs with lovely seafans and purple juncella sea whips plus scorpionfish, table corals full of blue chromis and black and white humbug damsels and lovely deep purple magnifica anemones.
Nitrox the dhoni mascot discovered he liked Gin and Tonic. Not a positive move!
Day 6
Friendly hawksbill turtle from MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
Famous thila with huge schools of blue-stripe snappers and humpback snappers meandering amongst large overhangs and deep canyons between coral blocks. The current was strong enough to give a distinct current point and there were just so many fish hanging out there. Matt found two shortheaded anemone shrimps in a short-haired carpet anemone. Just a busy, beautiful reef!
Dive 2
We spent the morning surveying the reef for whale sharks but didn't get lucky and decided to go for a dive to see if they were just hanging out deeper. We didn't see ws but we did see white tip sharks, several eagle rays, a lovely block surrounded by sweetlips, rudderfish and glassfish and we enjoyed a really beautiful reef slope covered in delicate Acropora hard corals and so many orange anthias.
Dive 3
Large thila in Dhigurashu channel with long overhangs along the south side and a couple have collapsed to create some interesting canyons.There were many white tips on the eastern tip plus more than a few Napoleons. A large starry puffer seemed to have swallowed a lot of rocks and had a very extended abdomen and looked very funny.
Evening Activity
The guests visited the local island village. Meanwhile Nirox discovered the radio antennae and boinged up and down for a while and then found the bananas and made a bit of a mess!
Day 7
Diver Katrina with dense school of humpback snappers MV Sea Queen maldives
Dive 1
This wreck site attracts lots of interesting animals and today we found a sleepng TAWNY NURSE SHARK, a RIBBONTAIL RAY, a LEAF FISH, a TAMBJA OLIVARA nudibranch, a large STONEFISH plus all the regular longfin batfish, lionfish, jacks etc. It's always a good dive here!
Dive 2
Classic Maldives site where the shark action has been good of recent, and sure enough there were 3-4 large GREY SHARKS cruising the current point and several smaller grey sharks around the plateau where there is now an enormous school of blue stripe snappers. There were friendly hawksbill turtles, plus a large school of longfin batfish and bannerfish.
Dive 3
Pretty thila with superb blue and green finger sponge formations plus overhangs and coral blocks with fish-filled black corals. This is a great site to look for small stuff and find mantis shrimps, phyllidia slugs, starry gragonets, many different species of damsels amongst the table corals etc. The top is at 4-5m so nice to watch the anemones swaying in the gentle surge.
Night Dive
Outstanding night dive with up to 5 friendly manta rays at the back of SQ at anchorage
Day 8
Dense schools of blue stripe snappers and neon fusiliers on lovely reefs of the Maldives
Dive 1
We had a FUN SHARK SHOW at the current point with GREY SHARKS AND WHITE tips cruising past. One of the WTs was very small and just so cute! We also had Spot the friendly eagle ray come to check us out and hang with us as we watched the sharks. Today there seemed to be an exceptionally large school of crescent tailed big eyes just waiting around. Very nice!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll.
Dive 2
WOW A POD OF DOLPHINS SWAM PAST US UNDERWATER! This favourite site of ours also delivered sightings of EAGLE RAYS, WHITE TIP AND GREY SHARKS, crazy batfish in a giant school of about 200 whooshing over the reef edge up from the depths and then back down again (!?) and we just enjoyed the beautiful reef full of anthias, groupers, snappers, morays etc. We found a lovely peachy/silver leaf fish too.
Dive 3
Another dive at this special site and a different current delivering a different combinations of animals. This time there were large schools of big eye jacks and mackerels being pursued by large dogtooth tuna plus the same sharks cruising up and down. The sand bowl was full of spotted garden ells plus a large ribbon tail ray, several spearing mantis shrimps, orange spot gobies and an elegant squat lobster in a purple feather star.
Day 9
Cute eagle ray from MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
SHARKTASTIC OCEAN REEF DIVE WHERE WE HUNG ONTO THE SPUR AS THE CURRENT FLOWED PAST US AND HAS A CLOSE UP GREY REEF AND WHITE TIP SHARK EXPERIENCE PLUS EAGLE RAYS, RED SNAPPERS AND FIREWORK DISPLAYS OF BIG EYE JACKS. A 30 MINUTE HANG ON SESSION! We then had a drift along the thila just to enjoy the fish show. What a special way to finish. This is an amazing last dive.
Evening Activity
Travel back via ocean crossing towards Male'. It is now Ramadan and our favourite ice-cream restaurant remains shut during the day so we had a chilled out afternoon onboard Sea Queen. We watched the World Premiere of the trip video later in the evening.
Day 10
Shark reef today! Great shark sightings from MV Sea Queen
Guest Transfer
Guests to Airport for onward journeys back to Europe
Day 11
Nitrox the dhoni mascot finds the radio antennae MV Sea Queen
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from two flights with second one arriving mid afternoon so we arranged an early check dive for those that had arrived early.
Dive 1
Nice drift on sheltered ocean reef with several hawksbill and green turtles sighted. There was a big blue male Napoleon wrasse with his harem of females, a pair of porcelain crabs in s shorthaired anemone. Dense schools of variable lined and neon fusiliers swept past. The shallow coral blocks had tiny lemon gobies and orange trapezia crabs nestled inside
Day 1
View across to the ocean from MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
Another easy drift on an ocean reef corner. The coral blocks on a gentle slope to sand were full of reef fish: oriental and harlequin sweetlips, white spotted and brownmarbled groupers, crescent tail big eyes etc. We also saw hawksbill turtles, white tip sharks, bullseyes etc.
Dive 2
SUPERB MANTA SHOW AT ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE MANTA POINTS! Old favourite "Winifred" manta was ther with an entourage of up to 6 different mantas and we saw up to 13 during the hour. WOW! The show was non stop but we laughed at the garden eels and the razor wrasse between manta shows.
Dive 3
The wind had really picked up so we selected a very sheltered site for the afternoon dive and made a gentle drift on the ocean reef. We found a pair of honeycomb and giant morays, 7 spiny lobsters together, schools of 2-spot, midnight and blue stripe snappers and a small spotted box puffer. It was a very bouncy journey both ways on the dhoni!
Day 2
Beautiful manta ray at cleaning station coral block MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
Thila with beautiful soft corals and seafans harbouring so many fish. The pastel coloured NEPTHIA SOFT CORALS were all puffed up as were the white-polyped deep water seafans. Large schools of blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips intermingled. The overhangs had red soldierfish and schools of black and white snappers. Every now and then, large dogtooth tunas made raids on the neon fusiliers sending them scattering.
Dive 2
ANOTHER SUPERB MANTA SHOW, LUCKY US! This time it was "Mick" the manta who was putting on the show although Winisfred and entourage passed by a couple of times. He was being very friendly and enjoying the bubble baths. Superb fun!
Dive 3
The wind picked up again so we went for a sheltered site. This reef was full of honeycomb morays! We also saw a large grey/spotted eagle ray, pair of yellow trunkfish, bluestripe and yellow goatfish, unicornfish, turtles etc.
Day 3
Mick the manta ray kept us entertained today from MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH! AND SO MANY! A constant stream of 40+ large adult bumpheads kept streaming over the ocean corner! Surely they were swimming around in a circle, but we just kept seeing them coming over the shallow reef. They wee very flighty for such a big fish! Also Napoleons, round ribbontail rays chasing eachother, white tip sharks, lovely schools of collared butterflyfish and bannerfish and just very fishy in general
Dive 2
Easy wreck and reef site with lots of glassfish around the wheelhouse and being predated by several large lionfish skulking around. We found a lovely spotted yellow boxfish, overhangs hung with pretty white acabaria corals, a large mutant blackfoot anemonefish in her large puple magnificent anemone. Lovely!
Dive 3
Easy out-drift from channel to ocean. We had nice shows of white tips and eagle rays hanging out in the current and some grey sharks spied in the depths. One eagle ray soared overhead! There were lovely coral covered ledges near the corner full of small reef fish and anemones. We found a spearing mantis shrimp in its burrow and a green leaf fish. Vlamings surgeonfish accompanied our ascent.
Day 4
Bumphead parrotfish are rare in the Maldives. Lucky on Sea Queen to see so many
Dive 1
WOW WHAT A FISHY SHOW! GREY SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS CRUISED THE CURRENT POINT WHILST A LARGE SCHOOL OF MIXED FORSTER'S AND CHEVRON BARRACUDAS HUNG OUT INSIDE THE CHANNEL. We kept seeing sharks and eagle rays as we drifted in along the soft coral covered, very colourful, overhangs. We swam onto the reef top in search of the coral blocks covered in silver, oriental and harlequin sweetlips and so many collared butterflyfish. What a great site!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vaavu atoll
Dive 2
Small in-current and AROUND 30 JUVENILE GREY SHARKS huddling aroind the north corner of the channel and then 15 LARGE SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS in the middle of the channel! There was a dense school of big eye jacks plus fusiliers and long nose emperors making for a busy reef. The top reef had just about every reef fish imaginable. Lovely!
Dive 3
An easy channel drift passing sleeping white tip sharks on the channel bottom, a large honeycomb doing an impression of a cobra (!), several white mouthed morays along the reef slope, schools of goldspot emperors and even a manta fly-by!
Night Dive
Tonight we had an EXCEPTIONAL NUMBER OF LARGE NURSE SHARKS congregating so must have been a mating aggregation of 50+ animals. The sheer numbers of sharks were exciting the giant trevallies, black tip sharks and round ribbon tail rays so this was a night dive to emember!
Day 5
large ribbon tail ray resting from MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
Channel drift and on the corner we found a mangrove whipray, a round ribbontail ray being cleaned by small wrasses, another large honeycomb moray, schools of mignight snappers and goldspot emperors. On the reef slope we found Lysmata shrimps busy on client fish plus a pure white leaf fish and a couple of eagle ray fly pasts.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
Super pretty, silverside covered thila. There were so many silversides and juvenile cardinals and fusiliers that the whole reef top pulsated with fish. These baitfish were being chansed by blue-fin jacks and small bonito tunas. This is a great site and we found friendly turtles, large lionfish out hunting, and just so many groupers of different sizes and species.
Dive 3
Another great thila famous for it's friendly turtles and there were plenty of those on the reef top. There are also interesting overhangs with lovely seafans and purple juncella sea whips plus scorpionfish, table corals full of blue chromis and black and white humbug damsels and lovely deep purple magnifica anemones.
Nitrox the dhoni mascot discovered he liked Gin and Tonic. Not a positive move!
Day 6
Friendly hawksbill turtle from MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
Famous thila with huge schools of blue-stripe snappers and humpback snappers meandering amongst large overhangs and deep canyons between coral blocks. The current was strong enough to give a distinct current point and there were just so many fish hanging out there. Matt found two shortheaded anemone shrimps in a short-haired carpet anemone. Just a busy, beautiful reef!
Dive 2
We spent the morning surveying the reef for whale sharks but didn't get lucky and decided to go for a dive to see if they were just hanging out deeper. We didn't see ws but we did see white tip sharks, several eagle rays, a lovely block surrounded by sweetlips, rudderfish and glassfish and we enjoyed a really beautiful reef slope covered in delicate Acropora hard corals and so many orange anthias.
Dive 3
Large thila in Dhigurashu channel with long overhangs along the south side and a couple have collapsed to create some interesting canyons.There were many white tips on the eastern tip plus more than a few Napoleons. A large starry puffer seemed to have swallowed a lot of rocks and had a very extended abdomen and looked very funny.
Evening Activity
The guests visited the local island village. Meanwhile Nirox discovered the radio antennae and boinged up and down for a while and then found the bananas and made a bit of a mess!
Day 7
Diver Katrina with dense school of humpback snappers MV Sea Queen maldives
Dive 1
This wreck site attracts lots of interesting animals and today we found a sleepng TAWNY NURSE SHARK, a RIBBONTAIL RAY, a LEAF FISH, a TAMBJA OLIVARA nudibranch, a large STONEFISH plus all the regular longfin batfish, lionfish, jacks etc. It's always a good dive here!
Dive 2
Classic Maldives site where the shark action has been good of recent, and sure enough there were 3-4 large GREY SHARKS cruising the current point and several smaller grey sharks around the plateau where there is now an enormous school of blue stripe snappers. There were friendly hawksbill turtles, plus a large school of longfin batfish and bannerfish.
Dive 3
Pretty thila with superb blue and green finger sponge formations plus overhangs and coral blocks with fish-filled black corals. This is a great site to look for small stuff and find mantis shrimps, phyllidia slugs, starry gragonets, many different species of damsels amongst the table corals etc. The top is at 4-5m so nice to watch the anemones swaying in the gentle surge.
Night Dive
Outstanding night dive with up to 5 friendly manta rays at the back of SQ at anchorage
Day 8
Dense schools of blue stripe snappers and neon fusiliers on lovely reefs of the Maldives
Dive 1
We had a FUN SHARK SHOW at the current point with GREY SHARKS AND WHITE tips cruising past. One of the WTs was very small and just so cute! We also had Spot the friendly eagle ray come to check us out and hang with us as we watched the sharks. Today there seemed to be an exceptionally large school of crescent tailed big eyes just waiting around. Very nice!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll.
Dive 2
WOW A POD OF DOLPHINS SWAM PAST US UNDERWATER! This favourite site of ours also delivered sightings of EAGLE RAYS, WHITE TIP AND GREY SHARKS, crazy batfish in a giant school of about 200 whooshing over the reef edge up from the depths and then back down again (!?) and we just enjoyed the beautiful reef full of anthias, groupers, snappers, morays etc. We found a lovely peachy/silver leaf fish too.
Dive 3
Another dive at this special site and a different current delivering a different combinations of animals. This time there were large schools of big eye jacks and mackerels being pursued by large dogtooth tuna plus the same sharks cruising up and down. The sand bowl was full of spotted garden ells plus a large ribbon tail ray, several spearing mantis shrimps, orange spot gobies and an elegant squat lobster in a purple feather star.
Day 9
Cute eagle ray from MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
SHARKTASTIC OCEAN REEF DIVE WHERE WE HUNG ONTO THE SPUR AS THE CURRENT FLOWED PAST US AND HAS A CLOSE UP GREY REEF AND WHITE TIP SHARK EXPERIENCE PLUS EAGLE RAYS, RED SNAPPERS AND FIREWORK DISPLAYS OF BIG EYE JACKS. A 30 MINUTE HANG ON SESSION! We then had a drift along the thila just to enjoy the fish show. What a special way to finish. This is an amazing last dive.
Evening Activity
Travel back via ocean crossing towards Male'. It is now Ramadan and our favourite ice-cream restaurant remains shut during the day so we had a chilled out afternoon onboard Sea Queen. We watched the World Premiere of the trip video later in the evening.
Day 10
Shark reef today! Great shark sightings from MV Sea Queen
Guest Transfer
Guests to Airport for onward journeys back to Europe
Day 11
Nitrox the dhoni mascot finds the radio antennae MV Sea Queen
Sea Queen SQ460A 15 Jun 2014 to 22 Jun 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
The divers all arrived on the early Emirates flight so we made an early departure and motored towards Rasdhoo atoll, North Ari
Dive 1
Easy check dive on wall site with schools of fusiliers 9 yellowback, neon etc.) streaming past, schools of Indian bannerfish, an octopus, a titan triggerfish resting on the reef at an awkward angle whilst being cleaned, micro gobies on spiral whip corals, many guineafowl puffers, bluestripe snappers, a tiny juvenile bi-color parrotfish etc.
Day 1
Scuba Divers enjoying the sea in the Maldives off MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
This is a favourite site as there is always so much going on and this morning we had GREY SHARKS cruising the drop-off, white tip sharks along the reef edge, a school of large chevron barracudas plus many big eye jacks hanging in the water column, several solo eagle rays and the sand bowl with many spotted garden eels and a couple of spearing mantis shrimps peering out of their nests.
Dive 2
THE GREY SHARKS WERE HANGING OUT AT THE CURRENT POINT GIVING US QUITE A SHOW and a couple came to investigate divers giving us a close "haircut"! There were more eagle rays plus some enormous dogtooth tunas. We had a chance to look for little things and found two white leaf fish, a pair of Lysmata shrimps busily working on a spotted coral grouper, many longfin batfish, plus a Napoleon and a large brown marbled grouper.
Dive 3
GREY SHARKS AGAIN! These were cruising the current point over the deep blocks. We saw "Sandwich" the resident eagle ray, a nervous octopus, a stonefish and several white tip sharks cruising about including a weeny newborn
Dive 4
There was a beautiful manta ray feeding behind Sea Queen at anchorage and everyone made a dive to watch her somersaulting and making fast passes. Such an elegant creature!
Day 2
Grey Shark in the Maldives
Dive 1
Great current point show with just so many fish! The tunas were chasing fusiliers and making the dense schools "EXPLODE" as they scatterred to escape. There were several grey sharks and white tip sharks cruising the reef edge plus the friendly eagle ray called "Spot". Nice schools of crescent tail big-eyes, goldspot emperors, blue stripe snappers etc and a pink frilly scorpionfish
Dive 2
Stunning BLUE SOFT CORAL HUNG overhangs with orange and pink soft corals on every other surface. There were white tip sharks sleeping in the sand and several giant barracudas plus some grey sharks circling around off the reef. There is lovely hard coral on the reef edge with groups of oriental and harlequin sweetlips and everywhere was buzzing with orange anthias. The current had picked up by the end and we were "water skiing" on our SMBs by the end!
Dive 3
Pretty soft coral and seafans covered little wreck full of small groupers plus wrasses, anthias and anemonefish. Shrimp cleaning stations occupie by banded coral shrimps and Bruuni shrimps tending to client fish, Schultz pipefish, a giant brown marbled grouper hiding behind an inaapropriately small seafan(!), a tiny juvenile razor wrasse wafting around on the sand like a little leaf and several black barred gobies with their postol shrimps attending to their burrows. The top of the thila was covered with green magnificent anemones. A good macro dive
Night Dive
A couple of manta rays flitted in and out throughout the evening and we made a dive to watch them somersaulting whilst feeding. Lovely.
Day 3
"Spot" the Eagle ray in the Maldives
Dive 1
FISHORAMA! So many fusiliers being hunted by schools of blue fin and giant trevally. There were also schools of banner fish and surgeons making the current facing side very busy with fish. There were several grey sharks and white tip sharks cruising about, maybe keeping watch on the largest schools of blue stripe snappers ever seen at this site. We found THREE HAWKS-BILL TURTLES TOGETHER ON THE REEF TOP and they were very accommodating for the photographers.
Dive 2
We went looking for mantas but did not get lucky! We did see Orzak's and Susan's flatworms, feisty jewelled damsel fish protecting their algae gardens, phyllidias in green and yellow/black/white colour types, sand gobies and a lovely orange, furry-legged large hermit crab: Dardanus megistos
Dive 3
Shallow thila site with large black coral trees and overhangs. The stars were the 3 hawksbill turtles but we found a large ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH, an octopus out hunting, table corals full of juvenile chromis and the whole reef was covered in small baitfish attracting bonitos and bluefin jacks
Daytime Excursion
Guests went ashore to visit a local island
Day 4
FISHORAMA onboard MV Sea Queen in the Maldives
Dive 1
SO MANY FISH! Classic Maldives thila with lovely schools of bluestripe and humpback snappers meandering through overhangs and canyons with large seafans and colourful seawhips. There was a nice octopus, large bownmarbled groupers, a shortheaded shrimp in a carpet anemone, turtles, white tip sharks and giant trevallies.
Dive 2
Easy drift along ocean reef whilst looking for whale sharks. We saw an eagle ray, hawksbill turtle, nice schools of yellow snappers, rudderfish and oriental sweetlips
Snorkelling
OUR LUNCH WAS DISTURBED BY THE SIGHTING OF A WHALESHARK CRUISING THE SHALLOWS. WE SNORKELLED WITH THE 5m LONG MALE WHALESHARK WHO SEEMED QUITE UNPERTURBED BY HIS ENTOURAGE AND GAVE US SOME GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES!
Dive 3
Drift dive along reef with interesting topography and lots of nice animals: Maldives sponge snail, a juvenile oriental sweetlips, Maldives and Bruuni cleaner shrimps in glassfish filled caves, white spotted groupers, Napoleons, large tunas etc.
Day 5
Close up of a WhaleShark in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
Ocean facing thila with big schools of red snappers, sleek surgeonfish and neon fusiliers in the shallows. Along the western side are overhangs with black coral trees and good seafans. We found a bearded scorpionfish, longnose and pixie hawkfish and many reef fish including a school of big-lipped silver sweetlips. The coral blocks on top are full of small fish like ear-muff blennies and Elspeth found a TAWNY NURSE SHARK under one of the blocks
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' Atoll. We were accompanied by a pod of 30-40 INDO-PACIFIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS
Dive 2
We waited patiently for mantas but another no show. We found a juvenile razor wrasse, lovely purple and green magnifica anemones with blackfoot clownfish and the nearby reef had excellent hard corals and schools of two spot snappers etc.
Dive 3
Exciting drift dive as we were blasted out of the channel in a strong current whizzing through shallow overhangs. It was a little bit more settled on the outside where we could stop and look amongst the coral blocks. We found a pair of leaf fish, one white and the other cream coloured, giant and yellowmargin morays and a few white tip sharks buzzing past. the currents were mixing on the outside with cold and warm water being blown around.
Day 6
Dive 1
Final dive on pink soft coral covered thila with large pinnacles along the north side surrounded by sweetlips, jacks, black & white snappers and all sorts of reef fish and jacks. We saw pairs of, and single eagle rays hanging in the current and white tip sharks scooted about. We ended the dive amongst the shallow coral blocks covered in soldierfish, collared butterflyfish and sweetlips. A very fishy finish.
Daytime Excursion
After the dive, we saw a couple of manta rays feeding in the lagoon nearby Sea Queen but we were moving a bit too fast to make snorkelling with them worthwhile. We then travelled back across South Male atoll towards Male' city and anchorage. During the afternoon we made a visit to Male' for sightseeing, shopping and an ice-cream.
Evening Activity
Evening World Premiere of Matt's Trip Video
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Guests departed to the airport for their international flights back to Europe.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
The divers all arrived on the early Emirates flight so we made an early departure and motored towards Rasdhoo atoll, North Ari
Dive 1
Easy check dive on wall site with schools of fusiliers 9 yellowback, neon etc.) streaming past, schools of Indian bannerfish, an octopus, a titan triggerfish resting on the reef at an awkward angle whilst being cleaned, micro gobies on spiral whip corals, many guineafowl puffers, bluestripe snappers, a tiny juvenile bi-color parrotfish etc.
Day 1
Scuba Divers enjoying the sea in the Maldives off MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
This is a favourite site as there is always so much going on and this morning we had GREY SHARKS cruising the drop-off, white tip sharks along the reef edge, a school of large chevron barracudas plus many big eye jacks hanging in the water column, several solo eagle rays and the sand bowl with many spotted garden eels and a couple of spearing mantis shrimps peering out of their nests.
Dive 2
THE GREY SHARKS WERE HANGING OUT AT THE CURRENT POINT GIVING US QUITE A SHOW and a couple came to investigate divers giving us a close "haircut"! There were more eagle rays plus some enormous dogtooth tunas. We had a chance to look for little things and found two white leaf fish, a pair of Lysmata shrimps busily working on a spotted coral grouper, many longfin batfish, plus a Napoleon and a large brown marbled grouper.
Dive 3
GREY SHARKS AGAIN! These were cruising the current point over the deep blocks. We saw "Sandwich" the resident eagle ray, a nervous octopus, a stonefish and several white tip sharks cruising about including a weeny newborn
Dive 4
There was a beautiful manta ray feeding behind Sea Queen at anchorage and everyone made a dive to watch her somersaulting and making fast passes. Such an elegant creature!
Day 2
Grey Shark in the Maldives
Dive 1
Great current point show with just so many fish! The tunas were chasing fusiliers and making the dense schools "EXPLODE" as they scatterred to escape. There were several grey sharks and white tip sharks cruising the reef edge plus the friendly eagle ray called "Spot". Nice schools of crescent tail big-eyes, goldspot emperors, blue stripe snappers etc and a pink frilly scorpionfish
Dive 2
Stunning BLUE SOFT CORAL HUNG overhangs with orange and pink soft corals on every other surface. There were white tip sharks sleeping in the sand and several giant barracudas plus some grey sharks circling around off the reef. There is lovely hard coral on the reef edge with groups of oriental and harlequin sweetlips and everywhere was buzzing with orange anthias. The current had picked up by the end and we were "water skiing" on our SMBs by the end!
Dive 3
Pretty soft coral and seafans covered little wreck full of small groupers plus wrasses, anthias and anemonefish. Shrimp cleaning stations occupie by banded coral shrimps and Bruuni shrimps tending to client fish, Schultz pipefish, a giant brown marbled grouper hiding behind an inaapropriately small seafan(!), a tiny juvenile razor wrasse wafting around on the sand like a little leaf and several black barred gobies with their postol shrimps attending to their burrows. The top of the thila was covered with green magnificent anemones. A good macro dive
Night Dive
A couple of manta rays flitted in and out throughout the evening and we made a dive to watch them somersaulting whilst feeding. Lovely.
Day 3
"Spot" the Eagle ray in the Maldives
Dive 1
FISHORAMA! So many fusiliers being hunted by schools of blue fin and giant trevally. There were also schools of banner fish and surgeons making the current facing side very busy with fish. There were several grey sharks and white tip sharks cruising about, maybe keeping watch on the largest schools of blue stripe snappers ever seen at this site. We found THREE HAWKS-BILL TURTLES TOGETHER ON THE REEF TOP and they were very accommodating for the photographers.
Dive 2
We went looking for mantas but did not get lucky! We did see Orzak's and Susan's flatworms, feisty jewelled damsel fish protecting their algae gardens, phyllidias in green and yellow/black/white colour types, sand gobies and a lovely orange, furry-legged large hermit crab: Dardanus megistos
Dive 3
Shallow thila site with large black coral trees and overhangs. The stars were the 3 hawksbill turtles but we found a large ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH, an octopus out hunting, table corals full of juvenile chromis and the whole reef was covered in small baitfish attracting bonitos and bluefin jacks
Daytime Excursion
Guests went ashore to visit a local island
Day 4
FISHORAMA onboard MV Sea Queen in the Maldives
Dive 1
SO MANY FISH! Classic Maldives thila with lovely schools of bluestripe and humpback snappers meandering through overhangs and canyons with large seafans and colourful seawhips. There was a nice octopus, large bownmarbled groupers, a shortheaded shrimp in a carpet anemone, turtles, white tip sharks and giant trevallies.
Dive 2
Easy drift along ocean reef whilst looking for whale sharks. We saw an eagle ray, hawksbill turtle, nice schools of yellow snappers, rudderfish and oriental sweetlips
Snorkelling
OUR LUNCH WAS DISTURBED BY THE SIGHTING OF A WHALESHARK CRUISING THE SHALLOWS. WE SNORKELLED WITH THE 5m LONG MALE WHALESHARK WHO SEEMED QUITE UNPERTURBED BY HIS ENTOURAGE AND GAVE US SOME GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES!
Dive 3
Drift dive along reef with interesting topography and lots of nice animals: Maldives sponge snail, a juvenile oriental sweetlips, Maldives and Bruuni cleaner shrimps in glassfish filled caves, white spotted groupers, Napoleons, large tunas etc.
Day 5
Close up of a WhaleShark in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
Ocean facing thila with big schools of red snappers, sleek surgeonfish and neon fusiliers in the shallows. Along the western side are overhangs with black coral trees and good seafans. We found a bearded scorpionfish, longnose and pixie hawkfish and many reef fish including a school of big-lipped silver sweetlips. The coral blocks on top are full of small fish like ear-muff blennies and Elspeth found a TAWNY NURSE SHARK under one of the blocks
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' Atoll. We were accompanied by a pod of 30-40 INDO-PACIFIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS
Dive 2
We waited patiently for mantas but another no show. We found a juvenile razor wrasse, lovely purple and green magnifica anemones with blackfoot clownfish and the nearby reef had excellent hard corals and schools of two spot snappers etc.
Dive 3
Exciting drift dive as we were blasted out of the channel in a strong current whizzing through shallow overhangs. It was a little bit more settled on the outside where we could stop and look amongst the coral blocks. We found a pair of leaf fish, one white and the other cream coloured, giant and yellowmargin morays and a few white tip sharks buzzing past. the currents were mixing on the outside with cold and warm water being blown around.
Day 6
Dive 1
Final dive on pink soft coral covered thila with large pinnacles along the north side surrounded by sweetlips, jacks, black & white snappers and all sorts of reef fish and jacks. We saw pairs of, and single eagle rays hanging in the current and white tip sharks scooted about. We ended the dive amongst the shallow coral blocks covered in soldierfish, collared butterflyfish and sweetlips. A very fishy finish.
Daytime Excursion
After the dive, we saw a couple of manta rays feeding in the lagoon nearby Sea Queen but we were moving a bit too fast to make snorkelling with them worthwhile. We then travelled back across South Male atoll towards Male' city and anchorage. During the afternoon we made a visit to Male' for sightseeing, shopping and an ice-cream.
Evening Activity
Evening World Premiere of Matt's Trip Video
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Guests departed to the airport for their international flights back to Europe.
Day 8
Sea Queen SQ459 1 Jun 2014 to 11 Jun 2014 Manta & Whaleshark Special (10 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer to Sea Queen from international flights and resorts.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 1
A late dive along steep wall covered with hard corals, guineafowl pufferfish, free-swimming morays, A WHITE TIP SHARK. A good check dive.
Day 1
Dive 1
AN EAGLE RAY drifted beneath us as we descended on the outside reef. Red snapper up in the current, A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS cruising around, a large napoleon wrasse surround by WHITE TIP SHARKS enjoying the current. Big school of bigeye jacks and another EAGLE RAY appeared.
Dive 2
A GREY SHARK passed us on descent, oriental sweetlips on top the reef, WHITE TIP SHARKS, longfin batfish following us along the reef, spearing mantis shrimp, napoleon wrasse hanging in the current.
Dive 3
A great dive on return to the reef. 6 GREY SHARKS parading up and down very close in front of us. We hooked in and spent most of the dive with them. Mostly females with lots of mating scars! Big schools of red snapper, midnight snapper and fusiliers dashing around in the current. Dogtooth tuna, WHITE TIP SHARKS and lots of batfish with us on our safety stop.
Day 2
Dive 1
A fantastic dive to start the day! 5 GREY SHARKS cruising around, a large one as vertical in the water being cleaned! 3 EAGLE RAYS, snapper, fusiliers and hunting tuna all out in the current. Napoleon wrasse, spearing mantis shrimps, batfish and a big shool of chevron barracuda. It was a very hard to leave this site!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
A fishy little thila. A TINY EAGLE RAY drifting around the top, 2 GREY SHARKS down deep, curious BABY WHITE TIP SHARKS, scorpionfish, anemones and table corals covered with chromis.
Dive 3
GREY SHARKS around the cleaning block parading around in the current. WHITETIP SHARKS on the thila and a small EAGLE RAY feeding. Amboin cleaner shrimps, a hawksbill turtle sleeping under a coral block on top and a nosey octopus sat on a rock changing colour which we watched until the end of the dive.
Night Dive
WIGGLE THE FEMALE MANTA turned up at the back of the boat to feed! Guests had an amazing dive with her, she was zooming up and down between us. A real priviledge to have this very special experience.
Day 3
Dive 1
2 round ribbontail rays as we descended onto this long thila. Groups of oriental sweetlips and snapper around porites blocks, GREY SHARKS parading around with WHITE TIP SHARKS, some resting on the reef. Many morays, tuna hunting across the top between fusiliers. Lovely indian bannerfish.
Dive 2
A very pretty thila covered with blue and green finger sponges and orange antheas. Nice hard corals, anemones everywhere, A ZEBRA MORAY, banded boxershrimp, napoleon wrasse.
Dive 3
A great little wreck dive with thila. Lovely visibility, a coral garden all over the wreck, fab hard and soft corals. Peacock mantish shrimp, blue-fin jacks, lionfish. Blue-finger sponges around the thila, the top covered with all types of anemones swaying in the current!
Night Dive
ANOTHER GREAT MANTA DIVE WITH A HUNGRY MALE barrel rolling infront of us and skimming along the sand between us. Very lucky guests!
Day 4
Dive 1
WHAT A GREAT DIVE! AT LEAST 12 GREY SHARKS cruising around, coming very close. Schooling bannerfish, tons of blue-stripe snapper on the current point - like a yellow carpet. A juvenile yellow boxfish, a hawksbill turtle busy eating on top the thila, fusiliers dashing around with blue-fin jacks. It was hard to leave!
Dive 2
Nice coral reef and sand bowls with balls of silversides. Midnight snapper being cleaned but no luck with Mantas today. A octopus, green chromis bobbing around and parrotfish everywhere.
Dive 3
A small thila covered in fish! Silversides covering the top with tuna hunting between them, schooling bannerfish, juvenile yellow boxfish, peacock mantish shrimps scuttling around, heaps of lionfish, a GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH.
Day 5
Dive 1
A great wreck covered in life. Stone fish, spearing mantis shrimp in the sand below, pipefish on the deck, A WHITE LEAF FISH, blue-fin jacks, batfish and silversides. Forsters barracuda on the reef, WHITE TIP SHARK on top the reef.
Snorkelling
2 SEPARATE WHALE SHARKS spotted so we jumped in for a snorkel, the first one very brief before it dived but we swam along with the second for a while!
Dive 2
A steep reef wall with blue-stripe snapper cascading over the top, white-mouth morays and undulated morays, a lobster AND THEN A WHALE SHARK APPEARED COMING TOWARDS US! Amazing, it swam overhead and we all finned like mad to keep up along side. Very happy guests!
Dive 3
Schools of silversides covering this small thila. Hawksbill turtles eating disc anemones, caves and overhangs with gorgonian fans and sea whips, a wall of neon fusiliers surrounding us on top of the thila, very beautiful.
Day 6
Dive 1
Hundreds of blue-stripe snappers all around this thila, humpback snapper groups also. Pretty swim-throughs and overhangs with soft corals, gorgonia fans and soldierfish. A hawksbill turtle busy eating, A MANTA FLY-BY for a couple of guests! Yellowback fusiliers, mackeral and surgeonfish out in the slight current. Fish soup!
Dive 2
Hundreds of blue-stripe snappers all around this thila, humpback snapper groups also. Pretty swim-throughs and overhangs with soft corals, gorgonia fans and soldierfish. A hawksbill turtle busy eating, A MANTA FLY-BY for a couple of guests! Yellowback fusiliers, mackeral and surgeonfish out in the slight current. Fish soup!
Dive 3
A long thila covered in blue finger sponges, fusiliers and surgeonfish on the current point, a juvenile emporer angelfish, goldspot emporers, table corals on top with green chromis.
Day 7
Dive 1
Fish soup around the pinnacles of this long thila. 4 EAGLE RAYS gliding around together, all different colours. Huge school of red snapper and surgeonfish on the current point, a lobster in a hole, devil scorpionfish, oriental sweetlips around porites blocks on top, covered in neon fusiliers.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
A steep reef wall drift covered with orange antheas, caves and overhangs all the way along, 4 EAGLE RAYS TOGETHER, red snapper in the current and napoleon wrasse.
Dive 3
Sandy visibility as we drifted out of the channel over coral gardens. A monster tuna kept appearing next to us! Fusiliers and snapper flitting around in the current.
Night Dive
LOTS OF ACTION WITH MANY NURSE SHARKS OF ALL SIZES, SOME WERE HUGE! Rather spooky looking up and seeing nurse sharks parading around above us in the darkness. Round ribbontail rays and BLACK TIP SHARKS zooming around in the shallows.
Day 8
Dive 1
A steep reef wall with caves and overhangs. A lone barracuda, morays, lionfish and 2 MANTA FLY-BYS!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
Honeycombe morays along the outside reef, peacock mantis shrimp, hawksbill turtle, marten's side-gilled slug, WHITE TIPS SHARKS near the channel front, napoleons and 4 LEAF FISH, 3 white and 1 purple.
Dive 3
A slow drift along the reef, honeycombe moray, banded boxershrimps, fusiliers, blue-stripe snapper groups.
Day 9
Dive 1
A good wreck and reef combo. Very fishy on the wreck, glassfish and sweepers, peacock mantis shrimp, a small bartail moray, moorish idols, schultz pipefish, lionfish.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Daytime Excursion
A trip to male for shopping and a visit to the ice-cream parlour.
Day 10
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer from Sea Queen to onward international flights and resorts
Day 11
 
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer to Sea Queen from international flights and resorts.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 1
A late dive along steep wall covered with hard corals, guineafowl pufferfish, free-swimming morays, A WHITE TIP SHARK. A good check dive.
Day 1
Dive 1
AN EAGLE RAY drifted beneath us as we descended on the outside reef. Red snapper up in the current, A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS cruising around, a large napoleon wrasse surround by WHITE TIP SHARKS enjoying the current. Big school of bigeye jacks and another EAGLE RAY appeared.
Dive 2
A GREY SHARK passed us on descent, oriental sweetlips on top the reef, WHITE TIP SHARKS, longfin batfish following us along the reef, spearing mantis shrimp, napoleon wrasse hanging in the current.
Dive 3
A great dive on return to the reef. 6 GREY SHARKS parading up and down very close in front of us. We hooked in and spent most of the dive with them. Mostly females with lots of mating scars! Big schools of red snapper, midnight snapper and fusiliers dashing around in the current. Dogtooth tuna, WHITE TIP SHARKS and lots of batfish with us on our safety stop.
Day 2
Dive 1
A fantastic dive to start the day! 5 GREY SHARKS cruising around, a large one as vertical in the water being cleaned! 3 EAGLE RAYS, snapper, fusiliers and hunting tuna all out in the current. Napoleon wrasse, spearing mantis shrimps, batfish and a big shool of chevron barracuda. It was a very hard to leave this site!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
A fishy little thila. A TINY EAGLE RAY drifting around the top, 2 GREY SHARKS down deep, curious BABY WHITE TIP SHARKS, scorpionfish, anemones and table corals covered with chromis.
Dive 3
GREY SHARKS around the cleaning block parading around in the current. WHITETIP SHARKS on the thila and a small EAGLE RAY feeding. Amboin cleaner shrimps, a hawksbill turtle sleeping under a coral block on top and a nosey octopus sat on a rock changing colour which we watched until the end of the dive.
Night Dive
WIGGLE THE FEMALE MANTA turned up at the back of the boat to feed! Guests had an amazing dive with her, she was zooming up and down between us. A real priviledge to have this very special experience.
Day 3
Dive 1
2 round ribbontail rays as we descended onto this long thila. Groups of oriental sweetlips and snapper around porites blocks, GREY SHARKS parading around with WHITE TIP SHARKS, some resting on the reef. Many morays, tuna hunting across the top between fusiliers. Lovely indian bannerfish.
Dive 2
A very pretty thila covered with blue and green finger sponges and orange antheas. Nice hard corals, anemones everywhere, A ZEBRA MORAY, banded boxershrimp, napoleon wrasse.
Dive 3
A great little wreck dive with thila. Lovely visibility, a coral garden all over the wreck, fab hard and soft corals. Peacock mantish shrimp, blue-fin jacks, lionfish. Blue-finger sponges around the thila, the top covered with all types of anemones swaying in the current!
Night Dive
ANOTHER GREAT MANTA DIVE WITH A HUNGRY MALE barrel rolling infront of us and skimming along the sand between us. Very lucky guests!
Day 4
Dive 1
WHAT A GREAT DIVE! AT LEAST 12 GREY SHARKS cruising around, coming very close. Schooling bannerfish, tons of blue-stripe snapper on the current point - like a yellow carpet. A juvenile yellow boxfish, a hawksbill turtle busy eating on top the thila, fusiliers dashing around with blue-fin jacks. It was hard to leave!
Dive 2
Nice coral reef and sand bowls with balls of silversides. Midnight snapper being cleaned but no luck with Mantas today. A octopus, green chromis bobbing around and parrotfish everywhere.
Dive 3
A small thila covered in fish! Silversides covering the top with tuna hunting between them, schooling bannerfish, juvenile yellow boxfish, peacock mantish shrimps scuttling around, heaps of lionfish, a GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH.
Day 5
Dive 1
A great wreck covered in life. Stone fish, spearing mantis shrimp in the sand below, pipefish on the deck, A WHITE LEAF FISH, blue-fin jacks, batfish and silversides. Forsters barracuda on the reef, WHITE TIP SHARK on top the reef.
Snorkelling
2 SEPARATE WHALE SHARKS spotted so we jumped in for a snorkel, the first one very brief before it dived but we swam along with the second for a while!
Dive 2
A steep reef wall with blue-stripe snapper cascading over the top, white-mouth morays and undulated morays, a lobster AND THEN A WHALE SHARK APPEARED COMING TOWARDS US! Amazing, it swam overhead and we all finned like mad to keep up along side. Very happy guests!
Dive 3
Schools of silversides covering this small thila. Hawksbill turtles eating disc anemones, caves and overhangs with gorgonian fans and sea whips, a wall of neon fusiliers surrounding us on top of the thila, very beautiful.
Day 6
Dive 1
Hundreds of blue-stripe snappers all around this thila, humpback snapper groups also. Pretty swim-throughs and overhangs with soft corals, gorgonia fans and soldierfish. A hawksbill turtle busy eating, A MANTA FLY-BY for a couple of guests! Yellowback fusiliers, mackeral and surgeonfish out in the slight current. Fish soup!
Dive 2
Hundreds of blue-stripe snappers all around this thila, humpback snapper groups also. Pretty swim-throughs and overhangs with soft corals, gorgonia fans and soldierfish. A hawksbill turtle busy eating, A MANTA FLY-BY for a couple of guests! Yellowback fusiliers, mackeral and surgeonfish out in the slight current. Fish soup!
Dive 3
A long thila covered in blue finger sponges, fusiliers and surgeonfish on the current point, a juvenile emporer angelfish, goldspot emporers, table corals on top with green chromis.
Day 7
Dive 1
Fish soup around the pinnacles of this long thila. 4 EAGLE RAYS gliding around together, all different colours. Huge school of red snapper and surgeonfish on the current point, a lobster in a hole, devil scorpionfish, oriental sweetlips around porites blocks on top, covered in neon fusiliers.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
A steep reef wall drift covered with orange antheas, caves and overhangs all the way along, 4 EAGLE RAYS TOGETHER, red snapper in the current and napoleon wrasse.
Dive 3
Sandy visibility as we drifted out of the channel over coral gardens. A monster tuna kept appearing next to us! Fusiliers and snapper flitting around in the current.
Night Dive
LOTS OF ACTION WITH MANY NURSE SHARKS OF ALL SIZES, SOME WERE HUGE! Rather spooky looking up and seeing nurse sharks parading around above us in the darkness. Round ribbontail rays and BLACK TIP SHARKS zooming around in the shallows.
Day 8
Dive 1
A steep reef wall with caves and overhangs. A lone barracuda, morays, lionfish and 2 MANTA FLY-BYS!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
Honeycombe morays along the outside reef, peacock mantis shrimp, hawksbill turtle, marten's side-gilled slug, WHITE TIPS SHARKS near the channel front, napoleons and 4 LEAF FISH, 3 white and 1 purple.
Dive 3
A slow drift along the reef, honeycombe moray, banded boxershrimps, fusiliers, blue-stripe snapper groups.
Day 9
Dive 1
A good wreck and reef combo. Very fishy on the wreck, glassfish and sweepers, peacock mantis shrimp, a small bartail moray, moorish idols, schultz pipefish, lionfish.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Daytime Excursion
A trip to male for shopping and a visit to the ice-cream parlour.
Day 10
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer from Sea Queen to onward international flights and resorts
Day 11
Sea Queen SQ458 25 May 2014 to 1 Jun 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrive from international flights and transfer to Sea Queen
Dive 1
A relaxing check dive. Very fishy, yellowback fusiliers, bannerfish, oriental sweetlips, a honeycombe moray.
Dive 1
Fish soup on the thila this morning with very little current. A large cave filled with blue-stripe snapper, black & white snapper and oriental sweetlips around coralised pinnacles. Banded boxershrimps and green morays dotted around, fusiliers pouring around us.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
Honeycombe moray city along the reef! 2 green morays & honeycombe moray sharing a hole, WHITE TIP SHARKS resting on the channel floor, a round ribbontail ray, soft corals under ledges with soldierfish, big school of neon fusiliers dashing around.
Dive 3
Low visibility on this outside reef! Good hard and soft corals, groups of blue-stripe snapper and gold-spot emporers, lysmata cleaner shrimp, dogtooth tuna hunting fusiliers and a MANTA FLY-BY near the end of the dive!
Day 2
Dive 1
A slow drift out of the channel along the outside reef. A large napoleon wrasse, A GREEN, 2 WHITE AND A PURPLE LEAF FISH! Hawkbill turtles demolishing soft corals, oriental swetlips around porites blocks and A MANTA FLY-BY at the end of the dive!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
A pretty thila with big schools of blue-stripe and humpback snapper, caves and overhangs with seafans and soldierfish, one cave filled with glassfish. Amboin shrimps in anemones, a suzanne's flatworm.
Day 3
Dive 1
A good wreck and reef combo. Very fishy on the wreck, silversides over the top with blue-fin jacks patrolling the area, batfish, glassfish and sweepers, a stonefish, WHITE LEAF FISH and 2 Miller's nembrotha nudibranchs. Good hard corals on the reef covered with fish, a large school of forsters barracuda, a couple of guests had a visit from dolphins on the surface.
Snorkelling
A FEW GUESTS WERE LUCKY TO SNORKEL WITH A WHALE SHARK before it went deep!
Dive 2
No luck with whale shark! very nice hard corals, juvenile oriental sweetlips, banded boxershrimps,a circular batfish escorted us along the reef, lots of snapper on top with fusiliers.
Dive 3
A fishy small thila covered in disc anemones so a few hawkbill turtles eating lots! A WHITE TIP SHARK coming to check us out, glassfish around sea fans, big overhangs and caves with sea whips and gorgonian fans. Silversides, fusiliers and schooling bannerfish on top.
Dive 1
Great topograhy of coral thilas and sandbowls and very fishy. Garden eels and shrimp gobies, anomenes, midnight snappers being cleaned, oriental sweetlips and glassfish around the cleaning block as we waited for manta. None appeared this morning but some guests had 7 MOBULA gliding slowly past them!
Dive 2
Schooling bannerfish on the current point of the thila, 2 GREY SHARKS down deep, 1 WHITE TIP SHARK, a peacock mantis shrimp, hawksbill turtles on top the thila.
Dive 3
A SMALL EAGLE RAY as we descended on to the thila, A GREY SHARK CAME ALONG, 3 juvenile GREY SHARKS on the cleaning block with blue-stripe snapper and schooling bannerfish. An octopus and lots of anemones around the thila, WHITE TIP SHARKS of all sizes!
Night Dive
3 MANTAS FEEDING AT THE BACK OF THE BOAT - WE HAD AN AMAZING DIVE WITH THEM COMING OVERHEAD FOR BUBBLES.
Dive 1
We descended into hundreds of fusiliers on the small thila. 2 GREY SHARKS down deep coming up shallow, BABY WHITETIPS everywhere, huge school of crescent-tail bigeyes, A SMALL EAGLE RAY drifting around the top of the thila.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
WHITE TIP SHARKS all long this outside reef, 2 LARGE EAGLE RAYS in the current, napoleon wrasse, a small green turtle and a large hawksbill turtle, big school of bigeye jacks, spearing mantis shrimp, shrimp gobies and garden eels covering the sandbowl.
Dive 3
MORE WHITE TIP SHARKS along this reef, A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS staying deep, napoleon wrasse, tuna hunting.
Day 6
Dive 1
A great dive on return to the reef! 5 LARGE EAGLE RAYS drifted past together, 5 GREY SHARKS parading up and down coming close over the reef, bigeye jacks, napoleon wrasse. More single EAGLE RAYS and many WHITE TIP SHARKS as we drifted back. A couple of guests saw a HAMMERHEAD!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Daytime Excursion
A visit to Male for shopping and ice-cream.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer from Sea Queen to onward international flights and resorts.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrive from international flights and transfer to Sea Queen
Dive 1
A relaxing check dive. Very fishy, yellowback fusiliers, bannerfish, oriental sweetlips, a honeycombe moray.
Dive 1
Fish soup on the thila this morning with very little current. A large cave filled with blue-stripe snapper, black & white snapper and oriental sweetlips around coralised pinnacles. Banded boxershrimps and green morays dotted around, fusiliers pouring around us.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
Honeycombe moray city along the reef! 2 green morays & honeycombe moray sharing a hole, WHITE TIP SHARKS resting on the channel floor, a round ribbontail ray, soft corals under ledges with soldierfish, big school of neon fusiliers dashing around.
Dive 3
Low visibility on this outside reef! Good hard and soft corals, groups of blue-stripe snapper and gold-spot emporers, lysmata cleaner shrimp, dogtooth tuna hunting fusiliers and a MANTA FLY-BY near the end of the dive!
Day 2
Dive 1
A slow drift out of the channel along the outside reef. A large napoleon wrasse, A GREEN, 2 WHITE AND A PURPLE LEAF FISH! Hawkbill turtles demolishing soft corals, oriental swetlips around porites blocks and A MANTA FLY-BY at the end of the dive!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
A pretty thila with big schools of blue-stripe and humpback snapper, caves and overhangs with seafans and soldierfish, one cave filled with glassfish. Amboin shrimps in anemones, a suzanne's flatworm.
Day 3
Dive 1
A good wreck and reef combo. Very fishy on the wreck, silversides over the top with blue-fin jacks patrolling the area, batfish, glassfish and sweepers, a stonefish, WHITE LEAF FISH and 2 Miller's nembrotha nudibranchs. Good hard corals on the reef covered with fish, a large school of forsters barracuda, a couple of guests had a visit from dolphins on the surface.
Snorkelling
A FEW GUESTS WERE LUCKY TO SNORKEL WITH A WHALE SHARK before it went deep!
Dive 2
No luck with whale shark! very nice hard corals, juvenile oriental sweetlips, banded boxershrimps,a circular batfish escorted us along the reef, lots of snapper on top with fusiliers.
Dive 3
A fishy small thila covered in disc anemones so a few hawkbill turtles eating lots! A WHITE TIP SHARK coming to check us out, glassfish around sea fans, big overhangs and caves with sea whips and gorgonian fans. Silversides, fusiliers and schooling bannerfish on top.
Dive 1
Great topograhy of coral thilas and sandbowls and very fishy. Garden eels and shrimp gobies, anomenes, midnight snappers being cleaned, oriental sweetlips and glassfish around the cleaning block as we waited for manta. None appeared this morning but some guests had 7 MOBULA gliding slowly past them!
Dive 2
Schooling bannerfish on the current point of the thila, 2 GREY SHARKS down deep, 1 WHITE TIP SHARK, a peacock mantis shrimp, hawksbill turtles on top the thila.
Dive 3
A SMALL EAGLE RAY as we descended on to the thila, A GREY SHARK CAME ALONG, 3 juvenile GREY SHARKS on the cleaning block with blue-stripe snapper and schooling bannerfish. An octopus and lots of anemones around the thila, WHITE TIP SHARKS of all sizes!
Night Dive
3 MANTAS FEEDING AT THE BACK OF THE BOAT - WE HAD AN AMAZING DIVE WITH THEM COMING OVERHEAD FOR BUBBLES.
Dive 1
We descended into hundreds of fusiliers on the small thila. 2 GREY SHARKS down deep coming up shallow, BABY WHITETIPS everywhere, huge school of crescent-tail bigeyes, A SMALL EAGLE RAY drifting around the top of the thila.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
WHITE TIP SHARKS all long this outside reef, 2 LARGE EAGLE RAYS in the current, napoleon wrasse, a small green turtle and a large hawksbill turtle, big school of bigeye jacks, spearing mantis shrimp, shrimp gobies and garden eels covering the sandbowl.
Dive 3
MORE WHITE TIP SHARKS along this reef, A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS staying deep, napoleon wrasse, tuna hunting.
Day 6
Dive 1
A great dive on return to the reef! 5 LARGE EAGLE RAYS drifted past together, 5 GREY SHARKS parading up and down coming close over the reef, bigeye jacks, napoleon wrasse. More single EAGLE RAYS and many WHITE TIP SHARKS as we drifted back. A couple of guests saw a HAMMERHEAD!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Daytime Excursion
A visit to Male for shopping and ice-cream.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer from Sea Queen to onward international flights and resorts.
Day 8
Sea Queen SQ456 4 May 2014 to 14 May 2014 Manta & Whaleshark Special (10 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrive from international flights and transfer to Sea Queen
Dive 1
A steep reef wall covered with green & undulated morays, banded boxershrimps, anton bruunei cleaner shrimps, schooling bannerfish, 2 chromodoris tritos nudibranchs, BLACK TIP SHARKS and a sleepy octopus. A relaxing check dive.
Day 1
Dive 1
A slow drift along the reef, hawksbill turtles dotted around, MANGROVE WHIP RAY, WHITE TIPS AND A BLACK TIP SHARK on the channel corner, AN EAGLE RAY floating in the current.
Dive 2
Very fishy on the current point of the thila. One-spot and black & white snapper, fusiliers everywhere. Beautiful blue soft corals in caves and overhangs and around pinnacles.
Dive 3
A sheltered channel wall, coral gardens with fusiliers, glassfish, juvenille oriental sweetlips and surgeonfish.
Day 2
Hawksbill turtle in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Fish soup on the current point of this large thila. Nice blue water, big schools of black & white snapper with a napoleon wrasse in the middle of them, thousands of fusiliers darting around above us, dogtooth tuna. Wonderful soft corals of all colours covering the reef floor, around pinnacles and in overhangs.
Dive 2
A drift along the outside reef, 2 EAGLE RAYS together drifted overhead, A MOBULA RAY above, a friendly hawksbill turtle, lots of snapper on the channel corner. Oriental sweetlips around porites blocks with lovely soft corals.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 3
Great hard corals along the reef, WHITE TIP SHARK resting in the sand, hawksbill turtles, short-head anemone shrimps, porcelain crab, honeycombe moray and lots of blue-stripe snapper and gold-spot emporers.
Day 3
Blue-stripe snapper as seen by scuba divers on board MV Sea Queen in the Maldives
Dive 1
A small current on the channel corner, A VERY LARGE BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH, a honeycombe and green moray sharing a hole, 2 EAGLE RAYS gliding around, 1 GREY SHARK and 1 WHITE TIP SHARK. Lovely soft corals in overhangs.
Dive 2
Lots of honeycombe morays along the reef, A MOBULA RAY above us and A MANTA FLY-BY! Short-head anemone shrimps, A WHITE LEAF FISH and 4 EAGLE RAY TOGETHER.
Dive 3
A good critter dive! Chromodoris tritos and chromdoris gem nudibranchs, banded pipefish, GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH, octopus and a Little moray.
Day 4
Leaf fish in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Stunning soft corals covering the reef floor and pinnacles along this large thila. 5 EAGLE RAYS on the current point, some were very large! Black & white snapper in the canyon and a massive school of sleek surgeonfish changing from powder blue to black as we drift through. 3 HUGE GREY SHARKS very close to us on top of the thila as we hooked in, along with WHITE TIP SHARKS. A couple more GREY SHARKS on top as we drifted off.
Dive 2
A good current to push us along the outside reef! A GREEN TURTLE, napoleon wrasse, WHITE TIPS SHARKS, big schools of fusiliers with dogtooth tuna and giant trevally hunting. A PURPLE and a WHITE LEAF FISH TOGETHER, 2 more WHITE LEAF FISH AND A GREY ONE.
Dive 3
Coral gardens around this small thila. An octopus, a giant moray and green moray sharing a hole, pavona coral covered with green chromis and orange antheas.
Day 5
Grey reef shark  in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Another great dive on the large thila. A carpet of soft corals covering the reef floor and pinnacles, AN EAGLE RAY feeding along the sandy bottom, big schools of snapper and surgeonfish as we drifted along. We hooked in on top to watch 3 GREY SHARKS coming so close, AN EAGLE RAY FOLLOWED BY 5 MORE EAGLE RAY TOGETHER, right next to us!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
A pretty thila covered with fish! blue-stripe and humpback snapper schools, overhangs with soldierfish, black coral trees and blue fonger sponges. A WHITE TIP SHARK out in the current and zillions of neon fusiliers pouring over the reef around us. Beautiful.
Dive 3
A small thila covered with fish! silversides everywhere, lionfish, a very cute juvenille yellow boxfish, a hawsbill turtle hiding under a coral block, A GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH.
Day 6
Juvenile yellow boxfish in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Silversides covering the wreck this morning, jacks and tuna hunting making amazing patterns of fish as they darted around. Batfish, A WHITE LEAF FISH, yellow boxfish, glassfish and sweepers around the wheelhouse. Great hard corals on the nearby reef, an aquarium of reef fish, forsters barracuda and crescent-tail bigeyes changing from red to silver.
Snorkelling
WE WERE LUCKY TO SNORKEL WITH A LOVEY 5M WHALE SHARK! A GOOD CURRENT SO GOOD EXERCISE TO KEEP UP!
Dive 2
Blue water along this outside reef. No whale shark but A GREY SHARK AND WHITE TIPS out in the current, hawksbill turtles and parrot fish everywhere!
Dive 3
Very fishy on the small thila, big schoals of silversides, hawksbill turtles, A NURSE SHARK in a cave, lobster, bearded scorpionfish, fusiliers covering the top.
Day 7
Whale shark in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Beautiful topography of reef and sand with the sunlight and good viz. Silversides darting around the reef, green chromis around hard corals, gardens eels, nudibranchs, surgeonfish and big schools of fusiliers.
Dive 2
Schooling bannerfish and batfish out in the current on the thila. 3 GREY REEF SHARKS parading up and down, hawksbill turtles, one with a broken back flipper. Peacock mantis shrimp, fusiliers covering the top wth giant trevally and dogtooth tuna.
Dive 3
A coral garden completely covering this small wreck. Lovely hard and soft corals, fine-lined flatworm, chromodoris glenei nudibranch, yellow-banded pipefish. Blue finger sponges covering the nearby thila, orange antheas, magificent anemones and yellowback fusiliers
Snorkelling
4 MANTA FEEDING AT THE BACK OF THE BOAT, GUESTS HAD A GREAT SNORKEL.
Day 8
Chromodoris Glenei nudibranch in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Big overhangs and caves full of blue soft down this long thila. Snapper and orange antheas covering the reef, juvenile oriental sweetlips, WHITE TIP SHARKS resting in the sand, glassfish cave, huge schools of blue-stripe snapper surrounding us as we swam through, neon fusiliers everywhere too.
Dive 2
We descended into a mass of fusiliers. 1 GREY SHARK revealed itself briefy, BABY WHITE TIP SHARKS around the thila, a large school of crescent-tail bigeye, undualated moray, bearded scorpionfish, nice table corals on top.
Dive 3
A Juvenile GREY SHARK on the cleaning block, lots of WHITE TIP SHARKS around the thila, amboin shrimps, hawksbill turtles, giant trevally hunting between masses of fusiliers making amazing noises and patterns as they darted around.
Night Dive
5 MANTAS FEEDING AT THE BOAT OF THE BOAT! WE HAD A GREAT DIVE WITH THEM SPINNING INFRONT OF US AND COMING RIGHT OVER OUR HEADS FOR BUBBLES!
Day 9
Manta ray in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Lovely blue water as we descended into fusiliers. Large Napoleons feeding and MANY GREY SHARKS AROUND, one was cleaning on top the thila standing upright with mouth open. Lots of WHITE TIP SHARKS.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Daytime Excursion
A visit to Male for shopping and ice-cream.
Day 10
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer from Sea Queen to onward international flights.
Day 11
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrive from international flights and transfer to Sea Queen
Dive 1
A steep reef wall covered with green & undulated morays, banded boxershrimps, anton bruunei cleaner shrimps, schooling bannerfish, 2 chromodoris tritos nudibranchs, BLACK TIP SHARKS and a sleepy octopus. A relaxing check dive.
Day 1
Dive 1
A slow drift along the reef, hawksbill turtles dotted around, MANGROVE WHIP RAY, WHITE TIPS AND A BLACK TIP SHARK on the channel corner, AN EAGLE RAY floating in the current.
Dive 2
Very fishy on the current point of the thila. One-spot and black & white snapper, fusiliers everywhere. Beautiful blue soft corals in caves and overhangs and around pinnacles.
Dive 3
A sheltered channel wall, coral gardens with fusiliers, glassfish, juvenille oriental sweetlips and surgeonfish.
Day 2
Hawksbill turtle in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Fish soup on the current point of this large thila. Nice blue water, big schools of black & white snapper with a napoleon wrasse in the middle of them, thousands of fusiliers darting around above us, dogtooth tuna. Wonderful soft corals of all colours covering the reef floor, around pinnacles and in overhangs.
Dive 2
A drift along the outside reef, 2 EAGLE RAYS together drifted overhead, A MOBULA RAY above, a friendly hawksbill turtle, lots of snapper on the channel corner. Oriental sweetlips around porites blocks with lovely soft corals.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 3
Great hard corals along the reef, WHITE TIP SHARK resting in the sand, hawksbill turtles, short-head anemone shrimps, porcelain crab, honeycombe moray and lots of blue-stripe snapper and gold-spot emporers.
Day 3
Blue-stripe snapper as seen by scuba divers on board MV Sea Queen in the Maldives
Dive 1
A small current on the channel corner, A VERY LARGE BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH, a honeycombe and green moray sharing a hole, 2 EAGLE RAYS gliding around, 1 GREY SHARK and 1 WHITE TIP SHARK. Lovely soft corals in overhangs.
Dive 2
Lots of honeycombe morays along the reef, A MOBULA RAY above us and A MANTA FLY-BY! Short-head anemone shrimps, A WHITE LEAF FISH and 4 EAGLE RAY TOGETHER.
Dive 3
A good critter dive! Chromodoris tritos and chromdoris gem nudibranchs, banded pipefish, GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH, octopus and a Little moray.
Day 4
Leaf fish in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Stunning soft corals covering the reef floor and pinnacles along this large thila. 5 EAGLE RAYS on the current point, some were very large! Black & white snapper in the canyon and a massive school of sleek surgeonfish changing from powder blue to black as we drift through. 3 HUGE GREY SHARKS very close to us on top of the thila as we hooked in, along with WHITE TIP SHARKS. A couple more GREY SHARKS on top as we drifted off.
Dive 2
A good current to push us along the outside reef! A GREEN TURTLE, napoleon wrasse, WHITE TIPS SHARKS, big schools of fusiliers with dogtooth tuna and giant trevally hunting. A PURPLE and a WHITE LEAF FISH TOGETHER, 2 more WHITE LEAF FISH AND A GREY ONE.
Dive 3
Coral gardens around this small thila. An octopus, a giant moray and green moray sharing a hole, pavona coral covered with green chromis and orange antheas.
Day 5
Grey reef shark  in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Another great dive on the large thila. A carpet of soft corals covering the reef floor and pinnacles, AN EAGLE RAY feeding along the sandy bottom, big schools of snapper and surgeonfish as we drifted along. We hooked in on top to watch 3 GREY SHARKS coming so close, AN EAGLE RAY FOLLOWED BY 5 MORE EAGLE RAY TOGETHER, right next to us!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
A pretty thila covered with fish! blue-stripe and humpback snapper schools, overhangs with soldierfish, black coral trees and blue fonger sponges. A WHITE TIP SHARK out in the current and zillions of neon fusiliers pouring over the reef around us. Beautiful.
Dive 3
A small thila covered with fish! silversides everywhere, lionfish, a very cute juvenille yellow boxfish, a hawsbill turtle hiding under a coral block, A GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH.
Day 6
Juvenile yellow boxfish in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Silversides covering the wreck this morning, jacks and tuna hunting making amazing patterns of fish as they darted around. Batfish, A WHITE LEAF FISH, yellow boxfish, glassfish and sweepers around the wheelhouse. Great hard corals on the nearby reef, an aquarium of reef fish, forsters barracuda and crescent-tail bigeyes changing from red to silver.
Snorkelling
WE WERE LUCKY TO SNORKEL WITH A LOVEY 5M WHALE SHARK! A GOOD CURRENT SO GOOD EXERCISE TO KEEP UP!
Dive 2
Blue water along this outside reef. No whale shark but A GREY SHARK AND WHITE TIPS out in the current, hawksbill turtles and parrot fish everywhere!
Dive 3
Very fishy on the small thila, big schoals of silversides, hawksbill turtles, A NURSE SHARK in a cave, lobster, bearded scorpionfish, fusiliers covering the top.
Day 7
Whale shark in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Beautiful topography of reef and sand with the sunlight and good viz. Silversides darting around the reef, green chromis around hard corals, gardens eels, nudibranchs, surgeonfish and big schools of fusiliers.
Dive 2
Schooling bannerfish and batfish out in the current on the thila. 3 GREY REEF SHARKS parading up and down, hawksbill turtles, one with a broken back flipper. Peacock mantis shrimp, fusiliers covering the top wth giant trevally and dogtooth tuna.
Dive 3
A coral garden completely covering this small wreck. Lovely hard and soft corals, fine-lined flatworm, chromodoris glenei nudibranch, yellow-banded pipefish. Blue finger sponges covering the nearby thila, orange antheas, magificent anemones and yellowback fusiliers
Snorkelling
4 MANTA FEEDING AT THE BACK OF THE BOAT, GUESTS HAD A GREAT SNORKEL.
Day 8
Chromodoris Glenei nudibranch in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Big overhangs and caves full of blue soft down this long thila. Snapper and orange antheas covering the reef, juvenile oriental sweetlips, WHITE TIP SHARKS resting in the sand, glassfish cave, huge schools of blue-stripe snapper surrounding us as we swam through, neon fusiliers everywhere too.
Dive 2
We descended into a mass of fusiliers. 1 GREY SHARK revealed itself briefy, BABY WHITE TIP SHARKS around the thila, a large school of crescent-tail bigeye, undualated moray, bearded scorpionfish, nice table corals on top.
Dive 3
A Juvenile GREY SHARK on the cleaning block, lots of WHITE TIP SHARKS around the thila, amboin shrimps, hawksbill turtles, giant trevally hunting between masses of fusiliers making amazing noises and patterns as they darted around.
Night Dive
5 MANTAS FEEDING AT THE BOAT OF THE BOAT! WE HAD A GREAT DIVE WITH THEM SPINNING INFRONT OF US AND COMING RIGHT OVER OUR HEADS FOR BUBBLES!
Day 9
Manta ray in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Lovely blue water as we descended into fusiliers. Large Napoleons feeding and MANY GREY SHARKS AROUND, one was cleaning on top the thila standing upright with mouth open. Lots of WHITE TIP SHARKS.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Daytime Excursion
A visit to Male for shopping and ice-cream.
Day 10
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer from Sea Queen to onward international flights.
Day 11
Sea Queen SQ455 27 Apr 2014 to 4 May 2014 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer to Sea Queen from international flights.
Dive 1
A good check dive. Very fishy, schools of fusiliers and pyramid butterflyfish, a hawksbill turtle, white-mouth moray, clouded moray, undulated moray!
Day 1
Dive 1
Lots to see on this large thila. GREY SHARKS on the spur coming in close, a tiny EAGLE RAY and a large EAGLE RAY overhead, napoleons, WHITET TIP SHARKS, lobsters, a friendly hawksbill turtle and thousands of fusiliers pouring over the reef. A couple of lucky guests spotted a MANTA RAY!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
WHAT A GREAT DIVE! LOADS OF GREY SHARKS on the spur, WHITE TIPS ALSO. A squadron of at least 20 EAGLE RAYS out in the blue and 4 large eagle rays came really close. A WHITE LEAF FISH, batfish and napoleon wrasse.
Dive 3
Undulated and yellowmargin morays along the reef, A FEW GREY SHARKS down deep, WHITE TIP SHARKS, napoleon wrasse, friendly batfish and a few guests had a MANTA FLY-BY!
Day 2
Grey reef shark in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Another great dive on this site. Big school of bigeye jacks and chevron barracuda glinting in the sunlight, spearing mantis shrimp, lysmata shrimp, EAGLE RAYS dotted around the whole reef, A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS and WHITE TIPS. A WHITE LEAF FISH.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
2 GREY SHARKS on the current point, baby WHITE TIPS and a tiny EAGLE RAY gliding around the top of the thila. Devil scorpionfish, octopus and porcelain crabs. Hundreds of fusiliers darting around being hunted by dogtooth tuna.
Dive 3
3 GREY SHARKS on the cleaning block when we arrived, schooling bannerfish and blue-stripe snapper. WHITE TIPS around the thila, many anemones and a hawksbill turtle sleeping under coral blocks on top.
Snorkelling
3 GREY SHARKS on the cleaning block when we arrived, schooling bannerfish and blue-stripe snapper. WHITE TIPS around the thila, many anemones and a hawksbill turtle sleeping under coral blocks on top.
Day 3
Eagle as seen by scua divers on board MV Sea Queen in the Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful blue water and plenty of current on this small thila! Schooling bannerfish, blue-stripe snapper everywhere on the current point. Batfish, red bubble anemones, a hawksbill turtle, peacock mantis shrimp and an octopus. Thousands of fusiliers above with blue-fin jacks.
Dive 2
MANTA ON THE CLEANING STATION! 3 when we arrived and a couple more turned up coming in close over our heads. Quite a current so the manta were in chill out mode! WHITE TIPS, blue-stripe snapper and humpback snapper.
Dive 3
Fish soup on this smal thila! Balls of silversides, hawksbill turtles, banded boxershrimp and thin armed shrimp. Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, octopus, fusiliers and schooling bannerfish on top the thila.
Day 4
Manta Ray in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Very fishy over the wreck. A NURSE SHARKS under the wreck, A ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY under a coral block, a stonefish, WHITE LEAF FISH, thousands of silversides covering the wreck and batfish. Crescent-tail bigeye on the reef along with fusiliers and green chromis.
Snorkelling
A LOVELY WHALE SHARK APPEARED SO WE HAD A FAIRLY LONG SNORKEL WITH IT!
Dive 2
Lovely hard corals all along this outside reef, nice blue water. A green turtle, banded boxershrimps, juvenille oriental sweetlips, a cave filled with glassfish, lots of morays.
Dive 3
A very fishy, small thila. Morays, peacock mantis shrimps, hawksbill turtle surrounded by glassfish under a coral block. Silversides everywhere, A GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH, ROUND RIBBONTIAL RAY deep in the sand, fusiliers pouring over the reef.
Day 5
Whale shark in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
A round ribbontail ray as we descended the thila, A EAGLE RAY above, big pinnacles covered with soft corals, A MOBULA RAY passed close by. Very fishy on top the thila, huge school of red snapper in the current, fusiliers, big porites blocks with juvenille oriental sweetlips.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
A hawksbill turtle on descent, 2 BLUE & 2 BLACK RIBBON EELS, A GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH, a yellowmargin moray with bruunei cleaner shrimp, banded boxershrimp, honeycombe moray, spearing mantis shrimp and lovely blue/green napoleon wrasse.
Dive 3
Napoleon wrasse along the outside reef, dogtooth tuna between fusiliers, WHITE TIPS, schooling bannerfish, A WHITE LEAF FISH, many honeycombe morays.
Day 6
Leaf fish in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
More honeycombe morays, napoleon wrasse, 2 GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH, fusiliers, dogtooth tuna and giant trevally out in the current. Schooling bannerfish and hawksbill turtles, lovely soft corals all along the reef.
Daytime Excursion
A visit to Male for shopping and ice-cream
Day 7
Honeycombe in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer from Sea Queen to onward international flights
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer to Sea Queen from international flights.
Dive 1
A good check dive. Very fishy, schools of fusiliers and pyramid butterflyfish, a hawksbill turtle, white-mouth moray, clouded moray, undulated moray!
Day 1
Dive 1
Lots to see on this large thila. GREY SHARKS on the spur coming in close, a tiny EAGLE RAY and a large EAGLE RAY overhead, napoleons, WHITET TIP SHARKS, lobsters, a friendly hawksbill turtle and thousands of fusiliers pouring over the reef. A couple of lucky guests spotted a MANTA RAY!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
WHAT A GREAT DIVE! LOADS OF GREY SHARKS on the spur, WHITE TIPS ALSO. A squadron of at least 20 EAGLE RAYS out in the blue and 4 large eagle rays came really close. A WHITE LEAF FISH, batfish and napoleon wrasse.
Dive 3
Undulated and yellowmargin morays along the reef, A FEW GREY SHARKS down deep, WHITE TIP SHARKS, napoleon wrasse, friendly batfish and a few guests had a MANTA FLY-BY!
Day 2
Grey reef shark in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Another great dive on this site. Big school of bigeye jacks and chevron barracuda glinting in the sunlight, spearing mantis shrimp, lysmata shrimp, EAGLE RAYS dotted around the whole reef, A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS and WHITE TIPS. A WHITE LEAF FISH.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
2 GREY SHARKS on the current point, baby WHITE TIPS and a tiny EAGLE RAY gliding around the top of the thila. Devil scorpionfish, octopus and porcelain crabs. Hundreds of fusiliers darting around being hunted by dogtooth tuna.
Dive 3
3 GREY SHARKS on the cleaning block when we arrived, schooling bannerfish and blue-stripe snapper. WHITE TIPS around the thila, many anemones and a hawksbill turtle sleeping under coral blocks on top.
Snorkelling
3 GREY SHARKS on the cleaning block when we arrived, schooling bannerfish and blue-stripe snapper. WHITE TIPS around the thila, many anemones and a hawksbill turtle sleeping under coral blocks on top.
Day 3
Eagle as seen by scua divers on board MV Sea Queen in the Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful blue water and plenty of current on this small thila! Schooling bannerfish, blue-stripe snapper everywhere on the current point. Batfish, red bubble anemones, a hawksbill turtle, peacock mantis shrimp and an octopus. Thousands of fusiliers above with blue-fin jacks.
Dive 2
MANTA ON THE CLEANING STATION! 3 when we arrived and a couple more turned up coming in close over our heads. Quite a current so the manta were in chill out mode! WHITE TIPS, blue-stripe snapper and humpback snapper.
Dive 3
Fish soup on this smal thila! Balls of silversides, hawksbill turtles, banded boxershrimp and thin armed shrimp. Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, octopus, fusiliers and schooling bannerfish on top the thila.
Day 4
Manta Ray in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Very fishy over the wreck. A NURSE SHARKS under the wreck, A ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY under a coral block, a stonefish, WHITE LEAF FISH, thousands of silversides covering the wreck and batfish. Crescent-tail bigeye on the reef along with fusiliers and green chromis.
Snorkelling
A LOVELY WHALE SHARK APPEARED SO WE HAD A FAIRLY LONG SNORKEL WITH IT!
Dive 2
Lovely hard corals all along this outside reef, nice blue water. A green turtle, banded boxershrimps, juvenille oriental sweetlips, a cave filled with glassfish, lots of morays.
Dive 3
A very fishy, small thila. Morays, peacock mantis shrimps, hawksbill turtle surrounded by glassfish under a coral block. Silversides everywhere, A GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH, ROUND RIBBONTIAL RAY deep in the sand, fusiliers pouring over the reef.
Day 5
Whale shark in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
A round ribbontail ray as we descended the thila, A EAGLE RAY above, big pinnacles covered with soft corals, A MOBULA RAY passed close by. Very fishy on top the thila, huge school of red snapper in the current, fusiliers, big porites blocks with juvenille oriental sweetlips.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
A hawksbill turtle on descent, 2 BLUE & 2 BLACK RIBBON EELS, A GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH, a yellowmargin moray with bruunei cleaner shrimp, banded boxershrimp, honeycombe moray, spearing mantis shrimp and lovely blue/green napoleon wrasse.
Dive 3
Napoleon wrasse along the outside reef, dogtooth tuna between fusiliers, WHITE TIPS, schooling bannerfish, A WHITE LEAF FISH, many honeycombe morays.
Day 6
Leaf fish in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
More honeycombe morays, napoleon wrasse, 2 GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH, fusiliers, dogtooth tuna and giant trevally out in the current. Schooling bannerfish and hawksbill turtles, lovely soft corals all along the reef.
Daytime Excursion
A visit to Male for shopping and ice-cream
Day 7
Honeycombe in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer from Sea Queen to onward international flights
Day 8
Sea Queen SQ454 20 Apr 2014 to 27 Apr 2014 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrive from international flights and transfer to Sea Queen
Dive 1
A very fishy check dive. Big schools of blue-stripe snappers, one-spot snapper around very coralised pinnacles, orange antheas covering the reef. A hawksbill turtle and a beautul honeycombe moray draped between black coral trees.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Day 1
Dive 1
A drift to the channel corner to see many WHITE TIP SHARKS and 6 EAGLE RAYS floating above us for most of the dive! Honeycombe morays on the reef and neon fusiliers everywhere.
Dive 2
A BLUE RIBBON EEL, 2 LEAF FISH, one olive green and another yellow & green. Bruunei cleaner shrimps, 2 green morays together, red anemones with clarks anemonefish, a beautiful, big octopus out on a rock changing colours.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 3
Big schools of snapper and fusiliers on the channel corner as we drifted out. A honeycombe moray, small devil scorpionfish, schooling bannerfish and napoleon wrasse.
Night Dive
A MAD NIGHT DIVE! HUGE NURSE SHARKS EVERYWHERE! Pink Whiprays, round ribbontail rays, giant trevally and a couple of BLACK TIP SHARKS
Day 2
Ribbon eel in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
A FANTASTIC SHARKY DIVE! GREY SHARKS HUGE AND TINY everywhere on the corner and infront of the channel! WHITE TIP SHARKS AND AN EAGLE RAY joined them. A school of bigeye jacks too. A drift into coral garden, A TINY BABY GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH on top a coral head.
Dive 2
A fast drift along the thila, beautiful soft corals in overhangs, pinnacles covered in coloured corals and orange antheas with many snapper and fusiliers. Big school of bigeye jacks in the channel, a monster tuna and WHITE TIP SHARKS resting in the sand.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 3
A great little thila covered in life! Morays everywhere, red bubble anemones, GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH, peacock mantish shrimps, longnose hawkfish, a huge STONE FISH, very fishy on top.
Day 3
Grey shark in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
A great wreck and reef combo. Lionfish around the prop, a sleeping turtle underneath, 2 STONEFISH on the front deck along with 2 mating octopus. A WHITE LEAF FISH by the engine room, batfish in the wheelhouse and forsters barracuda above us. Very fishy on the reef with lovely hard corals and WHITE TIP SHARKS.
Dive 2
An EAGLE RAY as we descended onto the reef. A hawksbill turtle, an octopus out and about, 2 chromodoris glenei nudibrachs and a yellow papillae flatworm. 3 MANTA FEEDING ON THE SURFACE, hard to keep up in the current though.
Dive 3
Fish soup on this small thila! Hawksbill turtles, octopus, bartail moray in a cave with glassfish, banded boxershrimp and bruunei cleaner shrimps. Lobster, bearded scorpionfish, schooling bannerfish on top with hundreds of fusiliers.
Day 4
Leaf fish in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
WHITE TIP SHARKS around the reef, peacock mantis shrimp, indian bannerfish, a couple of us had A MANTA FLY-BY!
Dive 2
Big schools of blue-stripe snapper and oriental sweetlips covering porites block, humpback red snapper on top the reef, black & white snapper up in the current and an octopus. A MANTA ARRIVED ON THE CLEANING STATION, had a quick clean then left!
Dive 3
A small wreck completely covered with hard & soft corals, chromodoris glenei, a free-swimming moray around the wreck and garden eels in the surrounding sand. A turtle on the thila and a couple of guest spotted a MANTA FLYING BY! Anemones covering the top and a big school of yellowback fusiliers dashing around in the current.
Snorkelling
WE WERE LUCKY TO HAVE 3 MANTA AT THE BACK OF THE BOAT! One was barrel rolling on the surface so guests jumped in for a snorkel and a couple had a dive and could see 2 more feeding below.
Day 5
Manta ray in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
We descended into schooling bannerfish on top of the thila. A group of tall-fin batfish under a ledge, 3 shy GREY SHARKS out deep, hawksbill turtles busy eating, an octopus and thousand of fusiliers dashing around as blue-fin jacks and tuna hunted between them. Very beautiful and dramatic.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
Caves and overhangs all along the reef, juvenille yellowboxfish, a large short-head anemone shrimp, hawksbill turtle, WHITE TIP SHARKS on the current point and lots of snapper and fusiliers. An EAGLE RAY zoomed past near the end of the dive.
Dive 3
A critter dive around the small thila. Bearded scorpionfish, blue/green magificent anemones, lionfish, nice swim-throughs and coralised reef.
Day 6
Hawksbill turtle in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
An EAGLE RAY on descent, 2 MOBULA then appeared. Another EAGLE RAY AND 12 MOBULA glided past and along the top of the reef! Napoleon wrasse, porcelain crab also.
Day 7
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrive from international flights and transfer to Sea Queen
Dive 1
A very fishy check dive. Big schools of blue-stripe snappers, one-spot snapper around very coralised pinnacles, orange antheas covering the reef. A hawksbill turtle and a beautul honeycombe moray draped between black coral trees.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Day 1
Dive 1
A drift to the channel corner to see many WHITE TIP SHARKS and 6 EAGLE RAYS floating above us for most of the dive! Honeycombe morays on the reef and neon fusiliers everywhere.
Dive 2
A BLUE RIBBON EEL, 2 LEAF FISH, one olive green and another yellow & green. Bruunei cleaner shrimps, 2 green morays together, red anemones with clarks anemonefish, a beautiful, big octopus out on a rock changing colours.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 3
Big schools of snapper and fusiliers on the channel corner as we drifted out. A honeycombe moray, small devil scorpionfish, schooling bannerfish and napoleon wrasse.
Night Dive
A MAD NIGHT DIVE! HUGE NURSE SHARKS EVERYWHERE! Pink Whiprays, round ribbontail rays, giant trevally and a couple of BLACK TIP SHARKS
Day 2
Ribbon eel in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
A FANTASTIC SHARKY DIVE! GREY SHARKS HUGE AND TINY everywhere on the corner and infront of the channel! WHITE TIP SHARKS AND AN EAGLE RAY joined them. A school of bigeye jacks too. A drift into coral garden, A TINY BABY GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH on top a coral head.
Dive 2
A fast drift along the thila, beautiful soft corals in overhangs, pinnacles covered in coloured corals and orange antheas with many snapper and fusiliers. Big school of bigeye jacks in the channel, a monster tuna and WHITE TIP SHARKS resting in the sand.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 3
A great little thila covered in life! Morays everywhere, red bubble anemones, GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH, peacock mantish shrimps, longnose hawkfish, a huge STONE FISH, very fishy on top.
Day 3
Grey shark in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
A great wreck and reef combo. Lionfish around the prop, a sleeping turtle underneath, 2 STONEFISH on the front deck along with 2 mating octopus. A WHITE LEAF FISH by the engine room, batfish in the wheelhouse and forsters barracuda above us. Very fishy on the reef with lovely hard corals and WHITE TIP SHARKS.
Dive 2
An EAGLE RAY as we descended onto the reef. A hawksbill turtle, an octopus out and about, 2 chromodoris glenei nudibrachs and a yellow papillae flatworm. 3 MANTA FEEDING ON THE SURFACE, hard to keep up in the current though.
Dive 3
Fish soup on this small thila! Hawksbill turtles, octopus, bartail moray in a cave with glassfish, banded boxershrimp and bruunei cleaner shrimps. Lobster, bearded scorpionfish, schooling bannerfish on top with hundreds of fusiliers.
Day 4
Leaf fish in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
WHITE TIP SHARKS around the reef, peacock mantis shrimp, indian bannerfish, a couple of us had A MANTA FLY-BY!
Dive 2
Big schools of blue-stripe snapper and oriental sweetlips covering porites block, humpback red snapper on top the reef, black & white snapper up in the current and an octopus. A MANTA ARRIVED ON THE CLEANING STATION, had a quick clean then left!
Dive 3
A small wreck completely covered with hard & soft corals, chromodoris glenei, a free-swimming moray around the wreck and garden eels in the surrounding sand. A turtle on the thila and a couple of guest spotted a MANTA FLYING BY! Anemones covering the top and a big school of yellowback fusiliers dashing around in the current.
Snorkelling
WE WERE LUCKY TO HAVE 3 MANTA AT THE BACK OF THE BOAT! One was barrel rolling on the surface so guests jumped in for a snorkel and a couple had a dive and could see 2 more feeding below.
Day 5
Manta ray in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
We descended into schooling bannerfish on top of the thila. A group of tall-fin batfish under a ledge, 3 shy GREY SHARKS out deep, hawksbill turtles busy eating, an octopus and thousand of fusiliers dashing around as blue-fin jacks and tuna hunted between them. Very beautiful and dramatic.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
Caves and overhangs all along the reef, juvenille yellowboxfish, a large short-head anemone shrimp, hawksbill turtle, WHITE TIP SHARKS on the current point and lots of snapper and fusiliers. An EAGLE RAY zoomed past near the end of the dive.
Dive 3
A critter dive around the small thila. Bearded scorpionfish, blue/green magificent anemones, lionfish, nice swim-throughs and coralised reef.
Day 6
Hawksbill turtle in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
An EAGLE RAY on descent, 2 MOBULA then appeared. Another EAGLE RAY AND 12 MOBULA glided past and along the top of the reef! Napoleon wrasse, porcelain crab also.
Day 7
Sea Queen SQ453 6 Apr 2014 to 18 Apr 2014 Equatorial Far South to Male (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Transfer guests to Sea Queen in the far south from international flights
Dive 1
A relaxing check dive. Very fishy and nice hard corals, big schools of yellowback and neon fusiliers, surgeonfish and chromis bouncing around on coral heads.
Day 1
Dive 1
4 MANTAS ON THE CLEANING BLOCK! 2 GREY SHARKS also cleaning, a WHITE TIP and a BLACK TIP SHARK on top of the reef. Lots of napoleons also. What a dive to start the day!
Dive 2
ANOTHER GREAT MANTA DIVE! 7 MANTAS around the cleaning block this time, coming overhead for bubbles. A GREY SHARK also with them the whole dive.
Dive 3
A relaxing drift, wonderful hard corals covered with antheas, green chromis and fusiliers. Midnight snapper and one-spot snapper on the channel corner. A MANTA FLY-BY out of the channel!
Day 2
Manta Ray in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
A MANTA arrived on the cleaning block as we descended! A large adult female with mating scars enjoying a good clean. Another MANTA arrived later in the dive, a devil scorpionfish also spotted.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
A steep ocean reef covered in great hard corals. A THRESHER SHARK swiiming around below us, plenty of reef fish on top the reef.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 3
Fish soup around this small thila. Huge balls of silversides swaying around, glassfish around coral blocks, big schools of blue-fin jacks and fusiliers. A GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH. Very pretty.
Day 3
Leaf fish in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Amazing hard corals on this outside reef, A NURSE SHARK being cleaned under a porites block, 2 MOBULA RAY gliding around and a ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY in the sand below.
Dive 2
Very little current but LOTS OF GREY SHARKS on the front of the channel. 3 EAGLE RAYS, BARRACUA and napoleon wrasse. A great dive.
Dive 3
Wonderful orange and gold soft corals as we drifted along the channel floor. Huge porites blocks and beautiful hard corals, A MONSTER NURSE SHARK resting on the sand, green turtles and hawksbills. WHITE TIP SHARK AND AN EAGLE RAY gliding over the top of the reef.
Night Dive
Hawksbill turtles, one having a sleep under a rock. A red reef lobster and plenty of shrimps and featherstars.
Day 4
Green turtle in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
A sunrise dive! Jumping into blue water, barracudas swiimming past and a GREY SHARK below. Humback red snapper and big schools of parrotfish on the reef.
Dive 2
A good current into the channel. Snapper on the corner, 4 EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS as we hooked in. A hawksbill turtle eating on the front. Beautiful soft corals as we drifted into the channel.
Dive 3
Fabulous gold gorgonian fans and huge porites blocks with blue-stripe snapper all along the channel. A family of napoleons, 2 large EAGLE RAYS, A BABY GREY SHARK, WHITETIP SHARKS. Soft corals covering the reef as we slowly drifted along. Very pretty.
Day 5
Eagle ray in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Dive 2
A LARGE EAGLE RAY on the corner as we approached, WHITE TIPS, blue-stripe snapper and butterflyfish, a friendly hawksbill turtle came to check us all out.
Dive 3
Lovely hard coral reefs covered in fish. Fusiliers and surgeonfish on the current point, lionfish, octopus. Sandy coral gardens filled with shrimp gobies.
Day 6
White tip reef shark in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 1
Very small current on the outside reef. Humpback red snapper zooming around as we descended. Hawksbill turtles, napoleon wrasse, huge porites blocks with glassfish and sweepers, at least 10 lobsters crammed underneath.
Dive 2
A big swell along the reef. Lots of seagrass, hawksbill turtles, fusiliers and antheas everywhere.
Dive 3
Wonderful hard corals on a small giri, big coral heads with glassfish and sweepers, seafans, anton brunei cleaner shrimps, bird-wing flatworm. Very fishy.
Day 7
Banded boxershrimp in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Lovely blue water! The fattest mappa pufferfush ever, must be due some babies! 6 GREY SHARKS parading around on the channel corner, mangrove whip ray on the front of the channel, a huge school of CHEVRON BARRACUDA, 2 EAGLE RAYS drifted over the reef. Midnight snapper and bigeye jacks on the opposite corner. Great dive.
Dive 2
No current on the outside reef. Hawksbill turtles, GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH, banded boxershrimps, A MOBULA RAY.
Dive 3
A very fishy thila with wonderful hard corals. Hawksbill turtles, big schools of 2-spot emporers, octopus.
Day 8
Mappa pufferfish in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Lovely clear water on the outsid reef covered in hard corals, sergeant majors and parrotfish. EAGLE RAY on the corner, WHITE TIPS, bigeye jacks and a large BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH across the channel.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
2 EAGLE RAYS on descent and another 3 on a cleaning block. Napoleon wrasse, razor fish, honeycombe morays, a juvenille sweetlips and a hawksbill turtle trying to eat our yellow fins!
Dive 3
Snapper around the small wreck, banded boxershrimp and brunnei cleaner shrimp. A pretty thila covered with blue finger sponges, hard corals, hawksbill turtles.
Day 9
Razorfish in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
What a stunning dive! Fish soup! Surrounded by thousands of fish on the corner, neon fusiliers, bigeye jacks, huge schools of chevron and forsters barracuda, 2 GREY SHARKS AND 2 EAGLE RAYS. Porcelain crab, oriental sweetlips around coral blocks. Beautiful blue water.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
Many red snapper on the channel corner. Nice hard corals on the outside reef, pyramid butterflyfish, napoleon wrasse, hawksbill turtles.
Dive 3
SHARK-TASTIC! LOTS OF GREY SHARKS ON THE CORNER AND IN THE CHANNEL! Some huge and some very small, all surrounded by neon fusiliers.
Night Dive
NURSE SHARKS EVERYWHERE! Some were tiny but some were monsters! PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, BLACK TIP SHARKS and giant trevally zooming around. Action packed!
Day 10
Barracudal as seen by divers on  MV Sea Queen in the Maldives
Dive 1
WOW WHAT A DIVE! GREY SHARKS ALL ACROSS THE CHANNEL. Baby ones and big adults parading around with a backdrop of neon fusiliers. 3 EAGLE RAYS together, napoleon wrasse and a large school of bigeye jacks surrounding us as we crossed the channel.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
A FEATHERTAIL RAY, 2 BLUE RIBBON EELS and a BLACK RIBBON EEL. AN OLIVE GREEN LEAF FISH, honeycombe moray, devil scorpionfish and banded boxershrimp.
Dive 3
A critter thila! Bearded scorpionfish, octopus, banded boxershrimp, sea cucumbers spawning, thousands of neon fusiliers swamping us.
Night Dive
A couple of guests jumped in off the back of the boat where a wreck sat at the bottom of the mooring line. NURSE SHARKS were hiding in and around the old safari boat, sleeping parrotfish dotted around
Day 11
Grey sharks in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Beautiful soft corals along the outside reef, honeycombe moray, lobsters, WHTE TIP SHARK, snapper in the current, a GREAT BARRACUDA. Schooling bannerfish and huge napoleon wrasse.
Daytime Excursion
A visit to male for shopping and ice-cream
Evening Activity
Another great sunset and trip DVD
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Transfer guests from Sea Queen to onward international flights
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Transfer guests to Sea Queen in the far south from international flights
Dive 1
A relaxing check dive. Very fishy and nice hard corals, big schools of yellowback and neon fusiliers, surgeonfish and chromis bouncing around on coral heads.
Day 1
Dive 1
4 MANTAS ON THE CLEANING BLOCK! 2 GREY SHARKS also cleaning, a WHITE TIP and a BLACK TIP SHARK on top of the reef. Lots of napoleons also. What a dive to start the day!
Dive 2
ANOTHER GREAT MANTA DIVE! 7 MANTAS around the cleaning block this time, coming overhead for bubbles. A GREY SHARK also with them the whole dive.
Dive 3
A relaxing drift, wonderful hard corals covered with antheas, green chromis and fusiliers. Midnight snapper and one-spot snapper on the channel corner. A MANTA FLY-BY out of the channel!
Day 2
Manta Ray in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
A MANTA arrived on the cleaning block as we descended! A large adult female with mating scars enjoying a good clean. Another MANTA arrived later in the dive, a devil scorpionfish also spotted.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
A steep ocean reef covered in great hard corals. A THRESHER SHARK swiiming around below us, plenty of reef fish on top the reef.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 3
Fish soup around this small thila. Huge balls of silversides swaying around, glassfish around coral blocks, big schools of blue-fin jacks and fusiliers. A GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH. Very pretty.
Day 3
Leaf fish in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Amazing hard corals on this outside reef, A NURSE SHARK being cleaned under a porites block, 2 MOBULA RAY gliding around and a ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY in the sand below.
Dive 2
Very little current but LOTS OF GREY SHARKS on the front of the channel. 3 EAGLE RAYS, BARRACUA and napoleon wrasse. A great dive.
Dive 3
Wonderful orange and gold soft corals as we drifted along the channel floor. Huge porites blocks and beautiful hard corals, A MONSTER NURSE SHARK resting on the sand, green turtles and hawksbills. WHITE TIP SHARK AND AN EAGLE RAY gliding over the top of the reef.
Night Dive
Hawksbill turtles, one having a sleep under a rock. A red reef lobster and plenty of shrimps and featherstars.
Day 4
Green turtle in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
A sunrise dive! Jumping into blue water, barracudas swiimming past and a GREY SHARK below. Humback red snapper and big schools of parrotfish on the reef.
Dive 2
A good current into the channel. Snapper on the corner, 4 EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS as we hooked in. A hawksbill turtle eating on the front. Beautiful soft corals as we drifted into the channel.
Dive 3
Fabulous gold gorgonian fans and huge porites blocks with blue-stripe snapper all along the channel. A family of napoleons, 2 large EAGLE RAYS, A BABY GREY SHARK, WHITETIP SHARKS. Soft corals covering the reef as we slowly drifted along. Very pretty.
Day 5
Eagle ray in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Dive 2
A LARGE EAGLE RAY on the corner as we approached, WHITE TIPS, blue-stripe snapper and butterflyfish, a friendly hawksbill turtle came to check us all out.
Dive 3
Lovely hard coral reefs covered in fish. Fusiliers and surgeonfish on the current point, lionfish, octopus. Sandy coral gardens filled with shrimp gobies.
Day 6
White tip reef shark in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 1
Very small current on the outside reef. Humpback red snapper zooming around as we descended. Hawksbill turtles, napoleon wrasse, huge porites blocks with glassfish and sweepers, at least 10 lobsters crammed underneath.
Dive 2
A big swell along the reef. Lots of seagrass, hawksbill turtles, fusiliers and antheas everywhere.
Dive 3
Wonderful hard corals on a small giri, big coral heads with glassfish and sweepers, seafans, anton brunei cleaner shrimps, bird-wing flatworm. Very fishy.
Day 7
Banded boxershrimp in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Lovely blue water! The fattest mappa pufferfush ever, must be due some babies! 6 GREY SHARKS parading around on the channel corner, mangrove whip ray on the front of the channel, a huge school of CHEVRON BARRACUDA, 2 EAGLE RAYS drifted over the reef. Midnight snapper and bigeye jacks on the opposite corner. Great dive.
Dive 2
No current on the outside reef. Hawksbill turtles, GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH, banded boxershrimps, A MOBULA RAY.
Dive 3
A very fishy thila with wonderful hard corals. Hawksbill turtles, big schools of 2-spot emporers, octopus.
Day 8
Mappa pufferfish in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Lovely clear water on the outsid reef covered in hard corals, sergeant majors and parrotfish. EAGLE RAY on the corner, WHITE TIPS, bigeye jacks and a large BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH across the channel.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
2 EAGLE RAYS on descent and another 3 on a cleaning block. Napoleon wrasse, razor fish, honeycombe morays, a juvenille sweetlips and a hawksbill turtle trying to eat our yellow fins!
Dive 3
Snapper around the small wreck, banded boxershrimp and brunnei cleaner shrimp. A pretty thila covered with blue finger sponges, hard corals, hawksbill turtles.
Day 9
Razorfish in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
What a stunning dive! Fish soup! Surrounded by thousands of fish on the corner, neon fusiliers, bigeye jacks, huge schools of chevron and forsters barracuda, 2 GREY SHARKS AND 2 EAGLE RAYS. Porcelain crab, oriental sweetlips around coral blocks. Beautiful blue water.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
Many red snapper on the channel corner. Nice hard corals on the outside reef, pyramid butterflyfish, napoleon wrasse, hawksbill turtles.
Dive 3
SHARK-TASTIC! LOTS OF GREY SHARKS ON THE CORNER AND IN THE CHANNEL! Some huge and some very small, all surrounded by neon fusiliers.
Night Dive
NURSE SHARKS EVERYWHERE! Some were tiny but some were monsters! PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, BLACK TIP SHARKS and giant trevally zooming around. Action packed!
Day 10
Barracudal as seen by divers on  MV Sea Queen in the Maldives
Dive 1
WOW WHAT A DIVE! GREY SHARKS ALL ACROSS THE CHANNEL. Baby ones and big adults parading around with a backdrop of neon fusiliers. 3 EAGLE RAYS together, napoleon wrasse and a large school of bigeye jacks surrounding us as we crossed the channel.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
A FEATHERTAIL RAY, 2 BLUE RIBBON EELS and a BLACK RIBBON EEL. AN OLIVE GREEN LEAF FISH, honeycombe moray, devil scorpionfish and banded boxershrimp.
Dive 3
A critter thila! Bearded scorpionfish, octopus, banded boxershrimp, sea cucumbers spawning, thousands of neon fusiliers swamping us.
Night Dive
A couple of guests jumped in off the back of the boat where a wreck sat at the bottom of the mooring line. NURSE SHARKS were hiding in and around the old safari boat, sleeping parrotfish dotted around
Day 11
Grey sharks in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Beautiful soft corals along the outside reef, honeycombe moray, lobsters, WHTE TIP SHARK, snapper in the current, a GREAT BARRACUDA. Schooling bannerfish and huge napoleon wrasse.
Daytime Excursion
A visit to male for shopping and ice-cream
Evening Activity
Another great sunset and trip DVD
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Transfer guests from Sea Queen to onward international flights
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS431 30 Mar 2014 to 11 Apr 2014 Male to Remote Far North (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights to Male' airport and were transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Easy check dive at nearby house reef. We found a pair of Schultz's pipefish, a couple of medium sized BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS checked out divers, an octopus played hide and seek, there were several lunar-tailed rock cods displaying to eachother, banded boxer shrimps advertised their cleaning services, there were several spiny lobsters and the shallow wall had excellent hard coral s full of anthias and blue chromis.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Baa atoll overnight in excellent sea conditions.
Day 1
Sea Spirit in Raa atoll on her way north in the Maldives
Dive 1
A large thila site with a steep wall on the eastern side full of overhangs with black coral trees, spiral whip-corals and green tubastrea where we found scorpionfish, lionfish imitating featherstars, octopus, long-nose hawkfish, glassfish etc. At the northern pinnacles were many juvenile batfish plus surgeonfish and emperors.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Raa atoll
Dive 2
Pretty overhangs with some blue soft coral, typical of the atoll, and lots of black coral trees and a reeftop covered in green magnificent anemones. Lots of schooling bannerfish and coral blocks buzzing with anthias and chromis.
Dive 3
Dreamy blue and yellow soft coral hung overhangs running for 100's of metres. A MONSTER NURSE SHARK, schools of bluestripe snappers, red snappers, bulls eyes, soldierfish, sea whips with micro-gobies, a starry dragonet and many different varieties of groupers
Day 2
Beautiful soft corals, a feature of the Far North of the Maldives
Dive 1
Easy drift at large thila with schools of big-eye jacks and blue stripe snappers at current point plus rainbow runners and many red snapper schools along the edge. We drifted through overhangs full of blue and yellow soft coral and found ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS a NURSE SHARK, grey shark, white-mouthed moray, mobula rays and even manta rays passing by. Really good seafans, spiral whip corals and nepthia soft coral.
Dive 2
A MANTA CLEANING STATION and during this dive we had 5-6 different mantas come and pay a visit including one big female who stopped by for the majority of the dive. Also nice schools of gold-spot emperors, oriental sweetlips and humpback snappers
Dive 3
2-3 mantas came and went but did not stop for a photo shoot so we made do with the schools of fish plus smaller stuff in the coral blocks like juvenile lionfish, a juvenile bi-colour parrotfish, a pair of porcelain crabs, and boxer shrimps.
Evening Activity
Evening visit to small uninhabited island before sunset. Evening presentation on Manta ecology and behaviour.
Day 3
A great MANTA site from Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
The cleaning station was much busier this morning and we had at least 9 DIFFERENT MANTA RAYS COME AND VISIT! There were two females at different sites throughout the session and aothers coming and going, with some mantas being curious of divers and other avaoiding us. We also saw a friendly eagle ray and a big Napoleon wrasse watching proceedings.
Dive 2
Beautiful coral thila in blue and yellow colour scheme with particularly bright yellow acabaria coral. There were many large golden jacks at the current point which mobbed divers, silver sweetlips, collared butterflyfish, white spotted groupers many spiny lobsters and schoolong bannerfish. Just exceedinly beautiful and one of the most colourful sites in the mid-north.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Noon atoll
Dive 3
Small thila next to big giri with a school of big-eye jacks on the thila as we descended plus many big-eye emperors, two sleeping ribbontail rays, a tiny turtle, lovely pastel nepthia soft coral, pink and green soft corals, blue stripe snappers, a Pseudoceros susanae flatworm, rainbow runners, longnose emperors and great pink anemones!
Day 4
Dive 1
GREY SHARK CLEANING STATION and 5-6 grey sharks cruising the current point, a large PINK FROGFISH guarding an overhang, lovely juvenile and adult batfish in tight schools, TWO GIANT GUITARFISH! The smaller male came flying through the divers very exceitedly! Chevron and Forster's barracudas, octopus etc. Wow what a dive!!!!
Dive 2
Another dive at this great site with pretty much all of the above and grey sharks balancing on their tails to be cleaned and big eye jacks mobbing the cruising sharks, several juvenile ribbontail rays, an enormous giant barracuda and the enormous schools of batfish on ascent.
Ocean Crossing
We motored into Shaviyani atoll
Dive 3
A STUNNING CATHEDRAL-LIKE CAVE HUNG WITH YELLOW AND BLUE SOFT CORALS then multi-level overhang with more soft corals plus seafans, purple gorgonias, sea whips and many reef fish and lots of small fish like cardinals, gobies, dragonets etc. There was a very large starry puffer which looked like it had swallowed something large and heavy resting on the reef.
Night Dive
The soft corals and the tubastrea polyps were all fully extended plus the reds, yellows and oranges of all the sponges and corals made for a riot of colour at this beautiful overhang site. The cave with all the yellow soft coral looked otherworldly by torchlight. We found a yellow/orange spiny lobster, a Jorunna funebris nudi, arrowhead and decorator crabs, sleeping bi-colour parrotfish, etc.
Day 5
Grey sharks at cleaning station site in far North of Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
BUZZY SMALL THILA WITH MANY (20++) GREY REEF SHARKS AND A LARGE SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS AT THE CURRENT POINT AND LOVELY CANYONS AND BLOCKS, A NURSE SHARK AND GOLDEN JACKS. WOW!!
Dive 2
3x GUITARFISH whizzing around, a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK, EAGLE RAYS with one trying to dislodge a pesky remora, round ribbon tail rays, dense schools of Bengali snappers, fusiliers, bluefin jacks and lovely yellow acabaria soft coral plus purple juncella sea whips and large seafans
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Maamakunudu Atoll
Dive 3
Experimental dive on eastern ocean reef consisting a hard coral slope to sand with reef fish and many fusiliers. Amberjacks, giant trevallies, dogtooth tunas and milk fish cruised the wall and a manta flew past. The top reef was a beautiful coral garden at 6-7m depth
Baby manta (and we mean very small!) behind SS at anchorage
Day 6
Giant guitar fish at a far north thila from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
OCEAN REEF WITH JUST SO MANY SNAPPERS. There were large coral blocks on the sjope and these were surrounded by 100's of black and white, red, yellow, blue-stripe snappers plus gold spot emperorr, pyramid butterflyfish, but there were also rather a few yellow margin triggerfish casing the joint!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Haa Dhaalu atoll
Dive 2
Beautiful magnificent anemone covered thila with Kasmira blue-stripe snappers and Bengali snappers in the canyon and schooling big eye jacks whiling around in one of the overhangs. A school of golden jacks enveloped divers on the current point. Lots of beautiful sea whips and seafans on this gorgeous thila.
Dive 3
SUPER-PRETTY CORAL COVERED SMALL THILA WITH DEEP OVERHANGS. Berthella mertensi side gilled slug, Orzak's flatworm, humbug damsels with blue pectoral fins (cute!) yellow gobies , spotted trapezia crabs, Bruuni shrimps etc. The nearby housereef was a beautiful coral gardens in the shallows with acropora and pavona hard corals and many crinois with schools of big eye crescent-tails and butterflyfish.
Evening Activity
We celebrated Keith's Birthday with a few drinks on top deck as the sun went down. It was a beautiful evening.
Day 7
Diver enveloped by big eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
GREY SHARKS CRUISED this ridge-reef looking for cleaning stations and snook up behind divers! There was a HUGE school of overfiendly batfish which followed divers around nipping at our ankles!!!! Also big eye jacks, barracudas, a ZEBRA SHARK, octopus and lots of dark-red crescent-tailed big eyes plus a couple of eagle rays
Dive 2
A second dive at this site with more of the above. The two eagle rays slowly cruised up and down the reef and the big eye jacks made nice shapes, whirling around.
Travel into Haa Alifu atoll then alternating between the two northernmost atolls at diffferent sites for the next 5 days.
Dive 3
Island housereef with caves along eastern side and an area of big rocks creating a canyon with lots of snappers congregating around them plus a school of black and white snappers off the reef. After the overhangs the reef top is a great coral gardens with many blocks full of anthias, damsels and many cleanerfish. There were several hawksbill turtles including one having its shell cleaned by a dozen pyramid butterflyfish.
Day 8
Zebra shark MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful BLUE SOFT CORALS plus schools of batfish, sleeping round ribbontail rays, EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS at reef indent then more rays as we swam to the shallower reef plus rivers of yellowback fusiliers, collared butterflyfish and schools of snappers around large shallow coral blocks . We also found a pale pink smallscale scorpionfish in a grey-pink leather coral.
Dive 2
BEAUTIFUL GOLDEN-ORANGE SOFT CORAL OVERHANGS AND WALLS with schools of blue-stripe snappers, purple crinoids and an eagle ray swimming past. Further up the reef is a coral-covered canyoun with rainbow-coloured soft corals. Just a stunning site but the current was rather hard work this morning!
Dive 3
Easy shallow reef site with lots of cleaning station blocks attracting many reef fish plus a few hawksbill turtles. We found a PAIR OF ORNATE GHOSTPIPEFISH, pyramid and Meyer's butterflyfish and some divers saw a manta feeing at the bottom of the reef!
Day 9
Yellow and blue soft coral overhangs explored by divers MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Before the dive a small pod of false killer whales cruised past and afterwards a pod of bottlenose dolphins were around the reef!
Dive 1
Gentle drift on northern ocean reef where there were nice blocks full of yeef fish and a small overhang hung with yellow soft coral and a halimeda floor. There were so many shrimps: red and orange Lysmatas, Bruuni, banded boxers, plus another ornate ghostpipefish, mantis shrimps, various morays and towards the end of the dive a manta ray swam past checking us all out!
Dive 2
BLUE WATER AND JUST SO MANY FISH AROUND THIS SHALLOW WRECK! We saw schools of red, black & white, blue-stripe and humpback snappers, goldfinger darts, rainbow runners, big eye emperors, large brownmarbled groupers, yellow-tail abudefdufs a huge barracude and head dolphin squeaks but they kept their distance.
Dive 3
YELLOW SOFT CORAL OVERHANGS WITH SCHOOLS OF SNAPPERS AT EITHER END OF THE REEF and a dramatic wall in the mid-section with overhang ceilings hung with bright yellow soft corals. A large school of big-eye jacks hung off the reef and the current was strong enough to make the drift a little exciting in parts! We saw Napoleons, large ribbon tail ray and lots of different reef fish.
Night Dive
PINK SOFT CORAL CAVES FOR THIS NIGHT DIVE! Also some lilac and blue soft coral intermingled for some contrast and exceedingly pretty by torchlight. We found both Nigra and Hiby sponge snails and it looked like the Hibys were mating tonight, saron shrimps, undulate moray, a large Tiger cowrie with its spiky mantle covering the shell, a beautiful candy striped elegant squat lobster in a crinoid etc.
Day 10
Divers at propeller of Captain Pentalis wreck
Dive 1
Small and pretty thila with many neon fusiliers at the current point being chased by dogtooth tunas. There were substatial overhangs with schools of blue-stripe snappers plus big-eye emperors and jobfish. On the reef top we found a large STONEFISH plus sharpnose puffers, juvenile Imperial angelfish, and baby octopus
Dive 2
Drift dive through long overhangs and canyons covered in PINK SOFT CORALS. We found a sleeping NURSE SHARK, an eagle rays soared over the divers and a smallscale scorpionfish was well hidden on the top reef. We found a group of group of spotted pufferfish in their mating colours and folowing eachother around, so apparently a mating congregation!
Dive 3
Beautiful Ocean reef outside island with coral blocks over a gentle slope and huge schools of just about everything including 2-spot snappers on the reef and rivers of neon and yellow-back fusiliers. There were green and hawksbill turtles on the reef and tunas and milkfish in mid-water. The reef slope had many varieties of hard and soft corals and the Pavona corals had red spotted trapezia crabs inside.
Day 11
Friendly schools of batfish became a familiar sight in the far North, from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Daytime Excursion
Morning excursion to Maafahi agricultural island
Afternoon at leisure. Two guests departed via Hanimadhoo regional airport for internal flight to Male' and onward international flights.
Day 12
View of Sea Spirit and diving tender Niumath, Maldives
Very early morning flight from Hanimadhoo airport to Male' and onward international flights
Day 13
Barbie the giant frogfish, MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights to Male' airport and were transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Easy check dive at nearby house reef. We found a pair of Schultz's pipefish, a couple of medium sized BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS checked out divers, an octopus played hide and seek, there were several lunar-tailed rock cods displaying to eachother, banded boxer shrimps advertised their cleaning services, there were several spiny lobsters and the shallow wall had excellent hard coral s full of anthias and blue chromis.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Baa atoll overnight in excellent sea conditions.
Day 1
Sea Spirit in Raa atoll on her way north in the Maldives
Dive 1
A large thila site with a steep wall on the eastern side full of overhangs with black coral trees, spiral whip-corals and green tubastrea where we found scorpionfish, lionfish imitating featherstars, octopus, long-nose hawkfish, glassfish etc. At the northern pinnacles were many juvenile batfish plus surgeonfish and emperors.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Raa atoll
Dive 2
Pretty overhangs with some blue soft coral, typical of the atoll, and lots of black coral trees and a reeftop covered in green magnificent anemones. Lots of schooling bannerfish and coral blocks buzzing with anthias and chromis.
Dive 3
Dreamy blue and yellow soft coral hung overhangs running for 100's of metres. A MONSTER NURSE SHARK, schools of bluestripe snappers, red snappers, bulls eyes, soldierfish, sea whips with micro-gobies, a starry dragonet and many different varieties of groupers
Day 2
Beautiful soft corals, a feature of the Far North of the Maldives
Dive 1
Easy drift at large thila with schools of big-eye jacks and blue stripe snappers at current point plus rainbow runners and many red snapper schools along the edge. We drifted through overhangs full of blue and yellow soft coral and found ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS a NURSE SHARK, grey shark, white-mouthed moray, mobula rays and even manta rays passing by. Really good seafans, spiral whip corals and nepthia soft coral.
Dive 2
A MANTA CLEANING STATION and during this dive we had 5-6 different mantas come and pay a visit including one big female who stopped by for the majority of the dive. Also nice schools of gold-spot emperors, oriental sweetlips and humpback snappers
Dive 3
2-3 mantas came and went but did not stop for a photo shoot so we made do with the schools of fish plus smaller stuff in the coral blocks like juvenile lionfish, a juvenile bi-colour parrotfish, a pair of porcelain crabs, and boxer shrimps.
Evening Activity
Evening visit to small uninhabited island before sunset. Evening presentation on Manta ecology and behaviour.
Day 3
A great MANTA site from Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
The cleaning station was much busier this morning and we had at least 9 DIFFERENT MANTA RAYS COME AND VISIT! There were two females at different sites throughout the session and aothers coming and going, with some mantas being curious of divers and other avaoiding us. We also saw a friendly eagle ray and a big Napoleon wrasse watching proceedings.
Dive 2
Beautiful coral thila in blue and yellow colour scheme with particularly bright yellow acabaria coral. There were many large golden jacks at the current point which mobbed divers, silver sweetlips, collared butterflyfish, white spotted groupers many spiny lobsters and schoolong bannerfish. Just exceedinly beautiful and one of the most colourful sites in the mid-north.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Noon atoll
Dive 3
Small thila next to big giri with a school of big-eye jacks on the thila as we descended plus many big-eye emperors, two sleeping ribbontail rays, a tiny turtle, lovely pastel nepthia soft coral, pink and green soft corals, blue stripe snappers, a Pseudoceros susanae flatworm, rainbow runners, longnose emperors and great pink anemones!
Day 4
Dive 1
GREY SHARK CLEANING STATION and 5-6 grey sharks cruising the current point, a large PINK FROGFISH guarding an overhang, lovely juvenile and adult batfish in tight schools, TWO GIANT GUITARFISH! The smaller male came flying through the divers very exceitedly! Chevron and Forster's barracudas, octopus etc. Wow what a dive!!!!
Dive 2
Another dive at this great site with pretty much all of the above and grey sharks balancing on their tails to be cleaned and big eye jacks mobbing the cruising sharks, several juvenile ribbontail rays, an enormous giant barracuda and the enormous schools of batfish on ascent.
Ocean Crossing
We motored into Shaviyani atoll
Dive 3
A STUNNING CATHEDRAL-LIKE CAVE HUNG WITH YELLOW AND BLUE SOFT CORALS then multi-level overhang with more soft corals plus seafans, purple gorgonias, sea whips and many reef fish and lots of small fish like cardinals, gobies, dragonets etc. There was a very large starry puffer which looked like it had swallowed something large and heavy resting on the reef.
Night Dive
The soft corals and the tubastrea polyps were all fully extended plus the reds, yellows and oranges of all the sponges and corals made for a riot of colour at this beautiful overhang site. The cave with all the yellow soft coral looked otherworldly by torchlight. We found a yellow/orange spiny lobster, a Jorunna funebris nudi, arrowhead and decorator crabs, sleeping bi-colour parrotfish, etc.
Day 5
Grey sharks at cleaning station site in far North of Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
BUZZY SMALL THILA WITH MANY (20++) GREY REEF SHARKS AND A LARGE SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS AT THE CURRENT POINT AND LOVELY CANYONS AND BLOCKS, A NURSE SHARK AND GOLDEN JACKS. WOW!!
Dive 2
3x GUITARFISH whizzing around, a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK, EAGLE RAYS with one trying to dislodge a pesky remora, round ribbon tail rays, dense schools of Bengali snappers, fusiliers, bluefin jacks and lovely yellow acabaria soft coral plus purple juncella sea whips and large seafans
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Maamakunudu Atoll
Dive 3
Experimental dive on eastern ocean reef consisting a hard coral slope to sand with reef fish and many fusiliers. Amberjacks, giant trevallies, dogtooth tunas and milk fish cruised the wall and a manta flew past. The top reef was a beautiful coral garden at 6-7m depth
Baby manta (and we mean very small!) behind SS at anchorage
Day 6
Giant guitar fish at a far north thila from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
OCEAN REEF WITH JUST SO MANY SNAPPERS. There were large coral blocks on the sjope and these were surrounded by 100's of black and white, red, yellow, blue-stripe snappers plus gold spot emperorr, pyramid butterflyfish, but there were also rather a few yellow margin triggerfish casing the joint!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Haa Dhaalu atoll
Dive 2
Beautiful magnificent anemone covered thila with Kasmira blue-stripe snappers and Bengali snappers in the canyon and schooling big eye jacks whiling around in one of the overhangs. A school of golden jacks enveloped divers on the current point. Lots of beautiful sea whips and seafans on this gorgeous thila.
Dive 3
SUPER-PRETTY CORAL COVERED SMALL THILA WITH DEEP OVERHANGS. Berthella mertensi side gilled slug, Orzak's flatworm, humbug damsels with blue pectoral fins (cute!) yellow gobies , spotted trapezia crabs, Bruuni shrimps etc. The nearby housereef was a beautiful coral gardens in the shallows with acropora and pavona hard corals and many crinois with schools of big eye crescent-tails and butterflyfish.
Evening Activity
We celebrated Keith's Birthday with a few drinks on top deck as the sun went down. It was a beautiful evening.
Day 7
Diver enveloped by big eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
GREY SHARKS CRUISED this ridge-reef looking for cleaning stations and snook up behind divers! There was a HUGE school of overfiendly batfish which followed divers around nipping at our ankles!!!! Also big eye jacks, barracudas, a ZEBRA SHARK, octopus and lots of dark-red crescent-tailed big eyes plus a couple of eagle rays
Dive 2
A second dive at this site with more of the above. The two eagle rays slowly cruised up and down the reef and the big eye jacks made nice shapes, whirling around.
Travel into Haa Alifu atoll then alternating between the two northernmost atolls at diffferent sites for the next 5 days.
Dive 3
Island housereef with caves along eastern side and an area of big rocks creating a canyon with lots of snappers congregating around them plus a school of black and white snappers off the reef. After the overhangs the reef top is a great coral gardens with many blocks full of anthias, damsels and many cleanerfish. There were several hawksbill turtles including one having its shell cleaned by a dozen pyramid butterflyfish.
Day 8
Zebra shark MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful BLUE SOFT CORALS plus schools of batfish, sleeping round ribbontail rays, EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS at reef indent then more rays as we swam to the shallower reef plus rivers of yellowback fusiliers, collared butterflyfish and schools of snappers around large shallow coral blocks . We also found a pale pink smallscale scorpionfish in a grey-pink leather coral.
Dive 2
BEAUTIFUL GOLDEN-ORANGE SOFT CORAL OVERHANGS AND WALLS with schools of blue-stripe snappers, purple crinoids and an eagle ray swimming past. Further up the reef is a coral-covered canyoun with rainbow-coloured soft corals. Just a stunning site but the current was rather hard work this morning!
Dive 3
Easy shallow reef site with lots of cleaning station blocks attracting many reef fish plus a few hawksbill turtles. We found a PAIR OF ORNATE GHOSTPIPEFISH, pyramid and Meyer's butterflyfish and some divers saw a manta feeing at the bottom of the reef!
Day 9
Yellow and blue soft coral overhangs explored by divers MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Before the dive a small pod of false killer whales cruised past and afterwards a pod of bottlenose dolphins were around the reef!
Dive 1
Gentle drift on northern ocean reef where there were nice blocks full of yeef fish and a small overhang hung with yellow soft coral and a halimeda floor. There were so many shrimps: red and orange Lysmatas, Bruuni, banded boxers, plus another ornate ghostpipefish, mantis shrimps, various morays and towards the end of the dive a manta ray swam past checking us all out!
Dive 2
BLUE WATER AND JUST SO MANY FISH AROUND THIS SHALLOW WRECK! We saw schools of red, black & white, blue-stripe and humpback snappers, goldfinger darts, rainbow runners, big eye emperors, large brownmarbled groupers, yellow-tail abudefdufs a huge barracude and head dolphin squeaks but they kept their distance.
Dive 3
YELLOW SOFT CORAL OVERHANGS WITH SCHOOLS OF SNAPPERS AT EITHER END OF THE REEF and a dramatic wall in the mid-section with overhang ceilings hung with bright yellow soft corals. A large school of big-eye jacks hung off the reef and the current was strong enough to make the drift a little exciting in parts! We saw Napoleons, large ribbon tail ray and lots of different reef fish.
Night Dive
PINK SOFT CORAL CAVES FOR THIS NIGHT DIVE! Also some lilac and blue soft coral intermingled for some contrast and exceedingly pretty by torchlight. We found both Nigra and Hiby sponge snails and it looked like the Hibys were mating tonight, saron shrimps, undulate moray, a large Tiger cowrie with its spiky mantle covering the shell, a beautiful candy striped elegant squat lobster in a crinoid etc.
Day 10
Divers at propeller of Captain Pentalis wreck
Dive 1
Small and pretty thila with many neon fusiliers at the current point being chased by dogtooth tunas. There were substatial overhangs with schools of blue-stripe snappers plus big-eye emperors and jobfish. On the reef top we found a large STONEFISH plus sharpnose puffers, juvenile Imperial angelfish, and baby octopus
Dive 2
Drift dive through long overhangs and canyons covered in PINK SOFT CORALS. We found a sleeping NURSE SHARK, an eagle rays soared over the divers and a smallscale scorpionfish was well hidden on the top reef. We found a group of group of spotted pufferfish in their mating colours and folowing eachother around, so apparently a mating congregation!
Dive 3
Beautiful Ocean reef outside island with coral blocks over a gentle slope and huge schools of just about everything including 2-spot snappers on the reef and rivers of neon and yellow-back fusiliers. There were green and hawksbill turtles on the reef and tunas and milkfish in mid-water. The reef slope had many varieties of hard and soft corals and the Pavona corals had red spotted trapezia crabs inside.
Day 11
Friendly schools of batfish became a familiar sight in the far North, from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Daytime Excursion
Morning excursion to Maafahi agricultural island
Afternoon at leisure. Two guests departed via Hanimadhoo regional airport for internal flight to Male' and onward international flights.
Day 12
View of Sea Spirit and diving tender Niumath, Maldives
Very early morning flight from Hanimadhoo airport to Male' and onward international flights
Day 13
Barbie the giant frogfish, MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Sea Spirit SS430 23 Mar 2014 to 30 Mar 2014 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Arrival to Sea Spirit from International flights and guest houses. We travelled down to South Male atoll for the check dive
Dive 1
Easy and fun check dive on a wreck and pretty reef. We found Chromodoris geometrica and C. tritos nudibranchs, Maldives sponge snails, a freaky blackfoot anemonefish with only a partial collar stripe, large Napoleons many slender and white spotted groupers, a posing octopus etc.
Day 1
Indian bannerfish Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful ocean reef dift with many giant trevallies chasing schools of fusliers, white tip sharks, several large blue Napoleon wrasses, an Eagle ray, turtles, honeycomb morays, a gold coloured leaf fish, and a great drift through lovely soft coral filled overhangs.
Dive 2
This really is a super macro site! We found blue and black coloured RIBBON EELS, several leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimps, a dark coloured Halimeda ghost pipefish, Susan's and glorious flatworms, Lysmata, Bruuni and boxer shrimps plus a FEEDING MANTA LOOPING THE LOOP!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo
Dive 3
FABULOUS SHARKY CHANNEL DIVE WITH 20-30 GREY REEF SHARKS PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS at channel front. The sharks were of all sizes and the little ones stayed in a tight school which the big pregnant females swam up and down the front. We also saw tunas, big barracudas and giant trevallies
Night Dive
Nurse sharks, pink whiprays, ribbon tail rays and many giant trevallies! What a night dive!
Day 2
Dive in the blue, MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
30+ GREY REEF SHARKS! Including a really lovely school of juveniles. There were white tip sharks bearing mating scars and a few eagle rays, one of which crashed into a grey shark, whoops! We had a lovely drift into the channel over the sand dunes, across the sand fall with all the bannerfish and across the patch coral.
Dive 2
Drift through thilas on a channel front where we found two white-tailed mangrove whip-rays, an eagle ray, large coral blocks with oriental and harlequin sweetlips. The whole reef was covered in rivers of neon fusiliers
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Ari
Dive 3
Great little thila site with at least three hawksbill turtles in the shallows, an ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH in one of the black coral trees, a HUGE FEMALE ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY, schools of surgeonfish and bannerfish and very colourful coral blocks in the shallows full of reef fish.
Day 3
So many Grey reef sharks! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Wreck and reef site with alarge school of batfish over the wreck as we descended, a large stonefish on the deck, spearing mantis shrimp in it's nest, lots of juvenile longfin batfish and lionfish around the glassfish too. On the reef we saw sleeping white tips, Forster's barracudas, blacktip reef shark and nice schools of goldspot emperors and crescent taled big-eyes.
Snorkelling
MORNING SNORKEL SESSION WITH THREE WHALE SHARKS!!!! We had a good exercise session as all three were swimming into the current!
Dive 2
We made a dive along the southern ocean reef and had TWO MORE WHALE SHARKS swim past whilst we were diving, one near the start and one during the safety stop! We also saw white tip sharks, round ribbontail rays, turtles, oriental sweetlips and lots of nice reef fish. What a dive!!!!
Dive 3
Easy drift dive but no mantas this afternoon. We did find a couple of medium sized SILVERTIP SHARKS! white mouthed morays, schools of crown squirrelfish and Indian bannerfish, schools of goldspot emperors and blue-stripe snappers and just enjoyed the drift.
Day 4
Whale shark! One of three! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A FABULOUS MANTA RAY SHOW over 70 minutes with various manta rays visiting the reef to be cleaned and posing for the photographers. Some were exceedingly friendly and everyone had a special moment. There was also a super-friendly turtle!
Dive 2
Another great manta ray show, this time the mantas were mainly juveniles and were a bit more nervous of divers but they kept flying in and checking us out carefully so grea fun! We also saw several eagle rays, grey sharks, sleeping white tips and really big schools of snappers and goatfish.
Dive 3
Classic thila site with grey sharks and white tip shark cruising the current point and drop off and several smaller grey sharks around the reef. We found a pair of octopus, stonefish, several longfin batfish, giant trevallies, bannerfish and lots of fusiliers.
Night Dive
Manta rays behind Sea Spirit at anchorage! One was busy feeding in the shallows from 7pm onwards so we could enjoy the show without even getting wet!
Day 5
Manta rays having fun. MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
There was a carpet of neon fusiliers on the surface above the thila when we arrived and theses continued throughout the water column, occasioanlly being raided by large dogtooth tunas, causing a fish explosion! Grey sharks and baby white tips cruised along the reef edge. There was a funny little eagle ray who spent the entire hour checking out different divers and was very sweet. We found octopus, peacock mantis shrimps, smallscale scorpionfish etc.
Ocean Crossing
Bumpy ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
There was a very strong current which sent us flying eastwards up the wall, missing the main reef. We saw grey sharks, white tips, eagle rays and schools of pyramid butterflyfish, bristletooth tangs and many, many anthias but we abandoned after 30 mins as most divers used their air very fast.
Dive 3
We jumped directly onto the thila but the current was still very strong and mixed up, splitting into the channel and along the wall. There was a large school of big eye jacks over the sand with the garden eels, grey sharks, longnose emperors, several slender and black saddled coral groupers etc.
Day 6
Friendly Turtle MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A chilled current and a lovely last dive! The schools of big eyes was over the western tip of the thila and shraks cruised the drop off. We found the spearing mantis shrimps in their nests, Amboin and Periclimenes shrimps too, the purple and the candy-striped squat lobsters, a huge blue Napoleon was being cleaned in a cave full of glassfish, a grey shark was mobbed by the big-eye jacks and there were reef fish of every type, which were just mesmerising. A special typical-Maldives reef.
We cruised back toward our Hulhumale anchorage during the morning and then made a visit to Male' to enjoy ice-cream and a bit of sightseeing.
Day 7
Little eagle ray MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guest transferred to airport for return international flights and onward transfers to resorts/guest houses
Day 8
Clarke's anemonefish MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Arrival to Sea Spirit from International flights and guest houses. We travelled down to South Male atoll for the check dive
Dive 1
Easy and fun check dive on a wreck and pretty reef. We found Chromodoris geometrica and C. tritos nudibranchs, Maldives sponge snails, a freaky blackfoot anemonefish with only a partial collar stripe, large Napoleons many slender and white spotted groupers, a posing octopus etc.
Day 1
Indian bannerfish Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful ocean reef dift with many giant trevallies chasing schools of fusliers, white tip sharks, several large blue Napoleon wrasses, an Eagle ray, turtles, honeycomb morays, a gold coloured leaf fish, and a great drift through lovely soft coral filled overhangs.
Dive 2
This really is a super macro site! We found blue and black coloured RIBBON EELS, several leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimps, a dark coloured Halimeda ghost pipefish, Susan's and glorious flatworms, Lysmata, Bruuni and boxer shrimps plus a FEEDING MANTA LOOPING THE LOOP!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo
Dive 3
FABULOUS SHARKY CHANNEL DIVE WITH 20-30 GREY REEF SHARKS PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS at channel front. The sharks were of all sizes and the little ones stayed in a tight school which the big pregnant females swam up and down the front. We also saw tunas, big barracudas and giant trevallies
Night Dive
Nurse sharks, pink whiprays, ribbon tail rays and many giant trevallies! What a night dive!
Day 2
Dive in the blue, MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
30+ GREY REEF SHARKS! Including a really lovely school of juveniles. There were white tip sharks bearing mating scars and a few eagle rays, one of which crashed into a grey shark, whoops! We had a lovely drift into the channel over the sand dunes, across the sand fall with all the bannerfish and across the patch coral.
Dive 2
Drift through thilas on a channel front where we found two white-tailed mangrove whip-rays, an eagle ray, large coral blocks with oriental and harlequin sweetlips. The whole reef was covered in rivers of neon fusiliers
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Ari
Dive 3
Great little thila site with at least three hawksbill turtles in the shallows, an ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH in one of the black coral trees, a HUGE FEMALE ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY, schools of surgeonfish and bannerfish and very colourful coral blocks in the shallows full of reef fish.
Day 3
So many Grey reef sharks! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Wreck and reef site with alarge school of batfish over the wreck as we descended, a large stonefish on the deck, spearing mantis shrimp in it's nest, lots of juvenile longfin batfish and lionfish around the glassfish too. On the reef we saw sleeping white tips, Forster's barracudas, blacktip reef shark and nice schools of goldspot emperors and crescent taled big-eyes.
Snorkelling
MORNING SNORKEL SESSION WITH THREE WHALE SHARKS!!!! We had a good exercise session as all three were swimming into the current!
Dive 2
We made a dive along the southern ocean reef and had TWO MORE WHALE SHARKS swim past whilst we were diving, one near the start and one during the safety stop! We also saw white tip sharks, round ribbontail rays, turtles, oriental sweetlips and lots of nice reef fish. What a dive!!!!
Dive 3
Easy drift dive but no mantas this afternoon. We did find a couple of medium sized SILVERTIP SHARKS! white mouthed morays, schools of crown squirrelfish and Indian bannerfish, schools of goldspot emperors and blue-stripe snappers and just enjoyed the drift.
Day 4
Whale shark! One of three! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A FABULOUS MANTA RAY SHOW over 70 minutes with various manta rays visiting the reef to be cleaned and posing for the photographers. Some were exceedingly friendly and everyone had a special moment. There was also a super-friendly turtle!
Dive 2
Another great manta ray show, this time the mantas were mainly juveniles and were a bit more nervous of divers but they kept flying in and checking us out carefully so grea fun! We also saw several eagle rays, grey sharks, sleeping white tips and really big schools of snappers and goatfish.
Dive 3
Classic thila site with grey sharks and white tip shark cruising the current point and drop off and several smaller grey sharks around the reef. We found a pair of octopus, stonefish, several longfin batfish, giant trevallies, bannerfish and lots of fusiliers.
Night Dive
Manta rays behind Sea Spirit at anchorage! One was busy feeding in the shallows from 7pm onwards so we could enjoy the show without even getting wet!
Day 5
Manta rays having fun. MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
There was a carpet of neon fusiliers on the surface above the thila when we arrived and theses continued throughout the water column, occasioanlly being raided by large dogtooth tunas, causing a fish explosion! Grey sharks and baby white tips cruised along the reef edge. There was a funny little eagle ray who spent the entire hour checking out different divers and was very sweet. We found octopus, peacock mantis shrimps, smallscale scorpionfish etc.
Ocean Crossing
Bumpy ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
There was a very strong current which sent us flying eastwards up the wall, missing the main reef. We saw grey sharks, white tips, eagle rays and schools of pyramid butterflyfish, bristletooth tangs and many, many anthias but we abandoned after 30 mins as most divers used their air very fast.
Dive 3
We jumped directly onto the thila but the current was still very strong and mixed up, splitting into the channel and along the wall. There was a large school of big eye jacks over the sand with the garden eels, grey sharks, longnose emperors, several slender and black saddled coral groupers etc.
Day 6
Friendly Turtle MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A chilled current and a lovely last dive! The schools of big eyes was over the western tip of the thila and shraks cruised the drop off. We found the spearing mantis shrimps in their nests, Amboin and Periclimenes shrimps too, the purple and the candy-striped squat lobsters, a huge blue Napoleon was being cleaned in a cave full of glassfish, a grey shark was mobbed by the big-eye jacks and there were reef fish of every type, which were just mesmerising. A special typical-Maldives reef.
We cruised back toward our Hulhumale anchorage during the morning and then made a visit to Male' to enjoy ice-cream and a bit of sightseeing.
Day 7
Little eagle ray MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guest transferred to airport for return international flights and onward transfers to resorts/guest houses
Day 8
Clarke's anemonefish MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Sea Queen SQ452 23 Mar 2014 to 4 Apr 2014 Male to Equatorial Far South (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Transfer guests to Sea Queen from international flights. This is our trip to the Far South.
Dive 1
A relaxing check dive along this outside reef. Groups of gold-spot emporers, banded boxershrimp, green and yellowmargin morays, a BLACK TIP SHARK, octopus and at least six chromodoris tritos nudibranchs together!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Day 1
Dive 1
A good wake up dive! Lots of current on the channel corner with WHITE TIP SHARKS parading up and down, two EAGLE RAYS gliding past and overhead and another in the channel as we drifted in. A honeycombe and green moray sharing a hole, napoleon wrasse out in the current, two round ribbontail rays together in the sand and a large school of neon fusiliers on our safety stop.
Dive 2
Another incurrent to push us along the outside reef, Napoleon wrasse city, they were everywhere! A GREY SHARK zooming along, WHITE TIPS, honeycombe morays. Big fin jacks and dogtooth tuna hunting between hundreds of fusiliers, schooling bannerfish and snapper.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 3
ROWS & ROWS OF GREY SHARKS cruising up and down on the channel corner! Lots of babies along with huge adults making the current look really easy! WHITE TIP SHARKS and AN EAGLE RAY came up from the deep over the reef infront of us. Honyecombe moray and octopus as we drifted into the channel.
Night Dive
NURSE SHARKS of all sizes, PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, A BLACKTIP SHARK and many giant trevally zooming around. An action packed night dive!
Day 2
White tip shark in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Great conditions for a relaxed channel crossing! Napoleon wrasse as we approached the corner. Large adult and juvenille GREY REEF SHARKS slowly swimming around, a couple of EAGLE RAYS gliding past and a FEATHERTAIL RAY gliding over the channel floor. Schooling bannerfish along the thila as we drifted into the channel, a hawksbill turtle and mangrove whip ray too.
Dive 2
Big schools of snapper and bigeye jacks on the channel corner as we driftout out. Terraces of overhangs filled with blue soft corals and sea whips, napoleons escorting us along the outside reef. Fusiliers everywhere, short-head anemone shrimps and banded boxershrimp, octopus.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 3
We jumped well into the channel and a slow drift into coral gardens. Amboin shrimps, bearded scorpionfish, big groups of schooling bannerfish enjoying the current along the way.
Day 3
Napoleon wrasse in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
A VERY SHARKY DIVE! What a current, so we hooked in and watched the GREY SHARKS, large and small parade up and down, one had a big bite mark covering one side of it! WHITE TIPS, AN EAGLE RAY glided overhead and big tuna joined in. A napoleon wrasse on the channel front as we zoomed in past blue-strip snapper and oriental sweetlips around porites blocks. An octopus sat proud at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Great visibility on this pretty giri with a small wreck, batfish around the wreck, soldierfish, bruuni cleanershrimp and banded boxershrimp. Groups of blue-stripe and humpback red snapper, beautiful hard corals and blue finger sponges covering the reef, a hawksbill turtle, octopus and a Tessellated helgerda nudibranch.
Dive 3
A slow drift along the sandy channel, no manta around today! Honeycombe morays, tiny razor wrasse, a very cute juvenille oriental sweetlips and an octopus.
Day 4
Amboin shrimp in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
We zoomed along the outside reef, beautiful blue water and fab corals. Blue-stripe snapper, oriental sweetlips and fusiliers around porites blocks along the way. A reverse current hit us on the corner where we saw a LARGE EAGLE RAY and a blg school of red snapper in the current.
Day 5
Dive 1
Another good drift along the outside reef, blue water and great hard corals. Hawksbill turtles along the way, porcelain crabs and anemonefish with eggs. Dogtooth tuna, schools of fusiliers and lots of reef fish on top the reef.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
Very fishy as we hooked in on the corner of the plateau. Napoleon city, they were everywhere! A couple of GREY SHARKS, one smaller one zooming around across the reef, WHITE TIPS, snapper and fusiliers. We drifted across lovely hard corals in the channel and a couple of us had an EAGLE RAY glide past on our safety stop.
Dive 3
A pretty little thila with beautiful hard corals covered with 2-spot emporers, chromis, fusiliers surgeonfish. A couple of hawksbill turtles looking very relaxed.
Day 6
Porcelain crab in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 1
After a 7 hour crossing - A nice drift along the outside reef. Big thermaclines so a big temperature drops as we went! 2 NURSE SHARKS resting in a cave, sweepers and glassfish around a coral block with banded boxershrimps. Big schools of humpback red snapper and fusiliers, the top of the reef was covered in beautiful table corals, snapper and a starry pufferfish.
Dive 2
A fast current so we hooked in on the front of the channel to watch GREY SHARKS..LOTS OF THEM! One had a missing dorsal fin, completely chopped off with some body damage. WHITE TIPS and A HUGE BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH joined us on the front. As we drifted into the channel there were loads of GREEN TURTLES flying everywhere when they spotted us, some were monsters! A washing machine current near the end!
Dive 3
A more realxing drift along the outside wall, very nice hard corals, A WHITE LEAF FISH, a grey shark down deep, AN EAGLE RAY. Blue-stripe and humpback snappers on the corner as we drifted around, napoleon wrasse hanging in the channel and a GREEN TURTLE.
Snorkelling
3 WHALE SHARKS AT THE BACK OF THE BOAT THIS EVENING. WOW, a 7m whale shark came briefly to gulp up all the plankton, then a smaller one about 4m turned up for a quick feed before disappearing. Another bigger one about 6m came and stayed for about 30 mins so we all jumped in for a snorkel. It was amazing!
Day 7
Whale shark in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
A split current this morning so we managed to find shelter behind the reef. A couple of GREY SHARKS darting around on the channel front, big schools of blue-stripe snapper, humpback red snapper and fusiliers pouring over the reef. Nice hard corals everywhere and plenty of GREEN TURTLES swimming around slowly.
Dive 2
We drifted to the channel corner and A SQUADRON OF AT LEAST 10 EAGLE RAYS were gliding around. 20+ GREY SHARKS parading up and down on the channel front and a couple of WHITE TIPS. A hawksbill turtle also, we drifted into the channel with colourful soft corals dotted around, big porites blocks covered in snapper.
Dive 3
A swift drift along the channel. 3 ZEBRA SHARKS along the way, one was very small and very beautiful! A feathertail ray resting in the sand, green turtles swimming around in the current. Terraces of porites coral covered in snapper and huge gold gorgonian fans.
Night Dive
A small thila covered in staghorn and table corals, featherstars, A GREEN TURTLE, moray and bearded scorpionfish.
Day 8
Grey reef shark in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
A VERY SHARKY DIVE! A wall of GREY SHARKS gliding around in a fairly small current, some were tiny. GREAT BARRACUDA and WHITE TIPS joined in, napoleon wrasse and a large hawksbill turtle on the front of the channel. A drift in over coral reefs, batfish at the end.
Dive 2
A swim to the channel corner, big schools of humpback red snapper and oriental sweetlips, a few GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS on the front, 3 LARGE BARRACUDA. A very slow drift into the channel, beautiful hard corals.
Dive 3
A relaxing swim around a small thila, big schools of silversides zooming around, glassfish and sweepers around coral blocks, a huge lobster, spearing mantis shrimp, A SMALL WHITE LEAF FISH, pavona coral covered with antheas and sergeant majors.
Day 9
Leaf fish in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Lovely hard coral outside reef, coral blocks with glassfish and sweepers and a juvenille marbled ray sheltering underneath. Very fishy, groups of blue-stripe snapper, yellowback and neon fusiliers pouring over the reef. A hawksbill turtle and some guests spotted a NURSE SHARK on top of the reef.
Dive 2
A stormy day so we found a sheltered site. A slow drift along the pretty thila covered in pristine hard corals, green chromis, fusiliers and surgeonish. Green turtles zooming around like turtle fireworks!
Dive 3
An island reef with fabulous hard corals, huge staghorn corals all covered with green chromis. Red bubble anemone with clarks anemonefish, a couple of hawksbill turtles and balls of silversides gliding around.
Day 10
Green turtle in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
A long drift down the large thila, yellowback and neon fusiliers all around us, napoleon wrasse, ONE GREY SHARK in the distance, a huge hawksbill turtle gliding down the reef with us, beautiful hard corals on top.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 2
A THRESHER SHARK! Deep on the steep outside reef but some guests got fairly close and we could certainly spot its huge long tail. White-mouth moray, juvenille oriental sweetlips, a group of forsters barracuda, a school of convict surgeonfish devouring the reef! A juvenille rockmover wrasse and a GREAT BARRACUDA on top the reef.
Dive 3
A relaxing drift along a steep outside reef. Huge gorgonian fans, octopus, peacock flounder, a clouded moray, nice hard corals.
Day 11
Juvenille oriental sweetlips in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 1
MANTASTIC! AT LEAST 15 MANTA RAYS AROUND THE CLEANING BLOCK! They were stacking up in rows behind us. 2 GREY SHARKS AND A WHITE TIP SHARK also on top of the block. An octopus spread across the coral. It made the 6 hour crossing worth it!
Dive 2
Quite a current but we had 5 MANTAS ON THE CLEANING BLOCK. A couple of octopus were out and about, A BLACK TIP SHARK came up behind us, napoleon wrasse also.
Evening Activity
A relaxing evening and the trip DVD.
Day 12
Manta Ray in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Guest Transfer
Guest transfer from Sea Queen to Gan airport for onward international flights.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Transfer guests to Sea Queen from international flights. This is our trip to the Far South.
Dive 1
A relaxing check dive along this outside reef. Groups of gold-spot emporers, banded boxershrimp, green and yellowmargin morays, a BLACK TIP SHARK, octopus and at least six chromodoris tritos nudibranchs together!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Day 1
Dive 1
A good wake up dive! Lots of current on the channel corner with WHITE TIP SHARKS parading up and down, two EAGLE RAYS gliding past and overhead and another in the channel as we drifted in. A honeycombe and green moray sharing a hole, napoleon wrasse out in the current, two round ribbontail rays together in the sand and a large school of neon fusiliers on our safety stop.
Dive 2
Another incurrent to push us along the outside reef, Napoleon wrasse city, they were everywhere! A GREY SHARK zooming along, WHITE TIPS, honeycombe morays. Big fin jacks and dogtooth tuna hunting between hundreds of fusiliers, schooling bannerfish and snapper.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 3
ROWS & ROWS OF GREY SHARKS cruising up and down on the channel corner! Lots of babies along with huge adults making the current look really easy! WHITE TIP SHARKS and AN EAGLE RAY came up from the deep over the reef infront of us. Honyecombe moray and octopus as we drifted into the channel.
Night Dive
NURSE SHARKS of all sizes, PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, A BLACKTIP SHARK and many giant trevally zooming around. An action packed night dive!
Day 2
White tip shark in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Great conditions for a relaxed channel crossing! Napoleon wrasse as we approached the corner. Large adult and juvenille GREY REEF SHARKS slowly swimming around, a couple of EAGLE RAYS gliding past and a FEATHERTAIL RAY gliding over the channel floor. Schooling bannerfish along the thila as we drifted into the channel, a hawksbill turtle and mangrove whip ray too.
Dive 2
Big schools of snapper and bigeye jacks on the channel corner as we driftout out. Terraces of overhangs filled with blue soft corals and sea whips, napoleons escorting us along the outside reef. Fusiliers everywhere, short-head anemone shrimps and banded boxershrimp, octopus.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 3
We jumped well into the channel and a slow drift into coral gardens. Amboin shrimps, bearded scorpionfish, big groups of schooling bannerfish enjoying the current along the way.
Day 3
Napoleon wrasse in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
A VERY SHARKY DIVE! What a current, so we hooked in and watched the GREY SHARKS, large and small parade up and down, one had a big bite mark covering one side of it! WHITE TIPS, AN EAGLE RAY glided overhead and big tuna joined in. A napoleon wrasse on the channel front as we zoomed in past blue-strip snapper and oriental sweetlips around porites blocks. An octopus sat proud at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Great visibility on this pretty giri with a small wreck, batfish around the wreck, soldierfish, bruuni cleanershrimp and banded boxershrimp. Groups of blue-stripe and humpback red snapper, beautiful hard corals and blue finger sponges covering the reef, a hawksbill turtle, octopus and a Tessellated helgerda nudibranch.
Dive 3
A slow drift along the sandy channel, no manta around today! Honeycombe morays, tiny razor wrasse, a very cute juvenille oriental sweetlips and an octopus.
Day 4
Amboin shrimp in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
We zoomed along the outside reef, beautiful blue water and fab corals. Blue-stripe snapper, oriental sweetlips and fusiliers around porites blocks along the way. A reverse current hit us on the corner where we saw a LARGE EAGLE RAY and a blg school of red snapper in the current.
Day 5