Trip Reports - Maldives Liveaboards

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Sea Spirit SS461 8 Mar 2015 to 20 Mar 2015 Equatorial Far South to Male (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from domestic flight Male' to Kaadhdhedhoo in Huvadhoo atoll in the far south of the Maldives and were transferred to Sea Spirit. We up anchored and set off for an isolated reef to make a check dive
Dive 1
Pretty reef with many glassfish suspended over small overhangs and silversides in the water column being chased by bonito and dogtooth tunas. We found many colourful rock cods, a cute juvenile longfin batfish, octopus, longnose filefish, schools of blue-stripe snappers and yellow goatfish, Forster's barracudas, a small hawksbill turtle, etc.
Day 1
Divers enjoying a beautiful Maldives reef from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Dense schools of silversides and glassfish were smothering the top of the reef and schools of bar jack mixed with bluefin and golden jacks were marauding up and down the reef. Dogtooth and bonito tunas flew through the silversides. We found five different coloured LEAF FISH, a BLUE RIBBON EEL and really enjoyed the pretty reef with so many fish
Dive 2
AMAZING DIVE!!!!! THERE WERE GREY SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT BUT ALSO A GIANT GROUPER WITH IT'S ENTOURAGE OF GOLDEN JACKS, 6 EAGLE RAYS DEEP BELOW US, SEVERAL LARGE GREEN TURTLES AND 3 BLACKTIP SHARKS THEN A CUTE LITTLE 2M LONG WHALE SHARK WITH IT'S OWN ENTOURAGE OF REMORAS, PILOT FISH AND GOLDEN JACKS
Dive 3
A really NICE GREY SHARKS SHOW on the channel front with several white tips plus individual EAGLE RAYS and a couple of blacktip sharks. A huge male green turtle was swimming along, amongst the excellent hard corals lining the channel and a variety of reef fish including Queen coris
Firstly we saw a small pod of BEAKED WHALES inside the atoll as we travelled to our evening anchorage site. At around 11pm a large female WHALE SHARK VISITED THE BACK OF SEA SPIRIT and scoffed all the plankton gathered by the lights placed there. A SECOND WHALE SHARK then appearred at 1am and stayed for over an hour. We also saw a large spine tailed mobula (Mobula japanica)
Day 2
Incredible, a baby whale shark from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There were lots of grey sharks on the channel front and many were trying to clean and several were mingled in amongst the schools of barracudas and mackerels along the front plus there was a huge school of big eye jacks. We drifted into the channel and came across several large green turtles, a ribbontail ray and a seagrass ghost pipefish
Dive 2
There were several large schools of big eye jacks along the channel front and grey sharks off the front and on top of the reef. On the south corner were a school of giant barracudas and several eagle rays. We drifted in over a pretty reefscape with sandy patches and a coral garden and saw several green turtles and more eagle rays
Dive 3
A busy current point with many pyramid butterflyfish and black and white snappers and then several grey and white tip reef sharks amongst the many fusiliers and mackerels. We had an easy drift spotting a blacktip reef shark, great barracuda and lots of turtles again
Night Dive
A contrast night dive with a turban snail, rock lobster, a huge crab, hermit crabs, 4x sleeping turtles and a beautiful saron shrimp noted amongst our sightings
Day 3
One of last nights hungry whale sharks at the back of Sea Spirit
Dive 1
As we descended a SMALL WHALE SHARK WITH AN ENTOURAGE OF GREY SHARKS beneath us. It was in quite a hurry. There were LOTS AND LOTS OF GREY SHARKS along the channel front plus several eagle rays and millions of jacks. What a show! Also big tunas, many fusiliers and an easy drift
Dive 2
A SILKY SHARK was sighted just under the surface as we descended then there were lots of white tip sharks along the channel front and grey sharks mingling with the barracudas again plus a very large school of black and white snappers. We swam back to the south corner and drifted in over the porites corals full of blacksaddled coral groupers and many orbicular and longfin batfish accompanying green turtles. Three divers were attacked by yellow margin triggerfish, which have started nesting.
Dive 3
A shallow topped thila covered in excellent hard coral and sheer walls where enormous schools of big-eye jacks kept whizzing around and engulfing the divers! A large school of big eye crescent tails in graduated colours from silvery-pink to dark red looped around us. We found a pair of Amboin shrimps, 7 Nembrotha kumbyara nudibranch, including a mating pair, longnose hawkfish in black coral trees, a sqauretail grouper etc.
Ocean Crossing
Evening crossing to Laamu atoll, arriving around mid-night
Day 4
Grey sharks and eagle rays put in regular appearances today. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A dramatic ocean reef with large fish filled coral blocks cascading down the reef slope from 10 to 25m and a steeper slope down to 50m covered in sea whip and small seafans with many ledges. There were many schools of blue-stripe snappers, gold spot emperors, various fusiliers, rainbow runners, collared and pyramid butterflyfish, pencilled and orangespine surgeonfish. We found a porcelain crab feeding in a carpet anemone
Dive 2
A very small current on this channel front so not so many grey sharks and the white tips were sleeping on the sandy ledge at 40m! There were schools of chevron and Forster's barracudas, a huge round ribbontail ray being cleaned whilst it rested and big blocks full of reef fish including harkequin sweetlips, raccoon and collared butterflyfish etc.
Dive 3
A stronger current on this very narrow channel so we crossed the front twice! There were many snappers and jacks hanging over the coral blocks on both corners and white tips and grey sharks riding the eddy on the front of the channel. We saw several large Mappa puffers, a pair of black ribbon eels and then drifted over large coral blocks along the south of the channel . The inner coral block had many reef fish and several turtles amongst them plus a FEATHERTAIL RAY
Day 5
Green turtle, common in the southern channls from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An exciting reefscape with schools of Forster's and chevron barracudas with grey sharks amongst them plus SEVERAL GROUPS OF EAGLE RAYS AND MANY SOLO ONES including one flic-flacing and making a little dance for us.A featghertail ray swam into the corner and settled for a sleep. We drifted over the south reef where we found 3 spiny lobsters, a honeycomb moray and a large nurse shark sleeping amongst the blocks. A pod of spinner dolphins swam down the channel.
Dive 2
5 enormous dogtooth tunas greeted us as we descended onto the dramatic reef drop-off which was sprinkled with bright yellow soft coral and peppered with small sand-lined ledges. Off the reef were 3-4 VERY LARGE BLUE NAPOLEON WRASSES sizing eachother up. Also schools of 100's garfish and many milkfish. The upper reef slope had interesting coral blocks full of orange and yellow soft corals and so many fish plus large schools of big-eye jacks and black and white snappers swam past. What an impressive site!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Thaa atoll
Dive 3
A beautiful sheltered site with a steep north wall with many ledges and overhangs hung with lacy yellow acabaria corals and smothered in glassfish and many juvenile tiger cardinalfish. We found two Phidiana militaris nudibranchs, many Bruuni and Maldives Pericimenes cleaner shrimps. The glassfish were being cased by red groupers and blue fin jacks. There were really beautiful shallow coral filled with bouncing chromis and other damsels. Really stunning and so enjoyable.
A couple of dolphins were attracted by the lights at the back of the boat and were around for most of the evening
Day 6
Red Nose day onboard Sea Spirit, Maldives. the divers get in the mood.
Dive 1
We hung in the blue looking for hammerheads, but were unsuccessful so swam to the reef and drifted towards the corner over a dramatic ocean reef dropoff descending well below 50m. The coral blocks were full of silver and oriental sweetlips plus humpback snappers and many other types of reefish. There were large schools of black and white snappers and goldfinger dart pompanos in the shallows. Every carpet anemone had porcelain crabs plus we found a small shorthead shrimp
Dive 2
Channel with a large thila across the front where we saw schools of black and white snappers and big eye jacks riding the current. A school of chevron barracudas were hiding just inside and a feathertail ray swam through. We drifted past coral blocks full of silver sweetlips and several very large brown marbled groupers. Nurse sharks were sleeping in coral block
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Meemu atoll
Dive 3
A great macro dive! There were two freeswimming honeycomb morays, a pair of seagrass ghost pipefish with the male ventilating it's brood pouch full of eggs, a spearing mantis shrimp covered in fluffy red algae, a black leaf fish, peacock mantis shrimps, juvenile imperil angelfish, large lionfish and peacock flounders
Day 7
Honeycomb moray being cleaned seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
MANTA SHOW! 8 different manta rays swam through on their way to and from the cleaning station blocks, in singles and pairs. There were also several EAGLE RAYS swimming around photogenically. We had more good macro sighting pinkbar and dracula gobies with their pistol shrimps, many razor wrasses and all the ghost pipefish etc. from the last dive here
Dive 2
Only one MANTA during the dive although two more passed by at the end but we enoyed photographing honeycomb morays, a little dragonfish (very rare! a species of Pegasus sea moth), spiny lobsters, spotted garden eels, yet more ghost pipe fishes etc.
Dive 3
Pretty giri with a small wreck at 30m covered in glassfish and some very friendly longfin batfish. Schools of humpback and bluestripe snappers plus lots of giant trevallies and big eye jacks clustered amongst the deep blocks but we really enjoyed all the shallow ledged full of anemones and families of clownfish and stacked table corals and pavona and porites corals full of humbug damsels with blue pectoral fins, indian dascullus, chromis etc. Also Maldives sponge snails and Phidiana militaris nudibranchs
Night Dive
Easy going night dive where we found squat lobsters and trapezia crabs in acropora table corals, hingebeak and Bruuni shrimps, a frog snail, a Phidiana militaris nudi, fimbriated morays, sleeping parrotfish and many of the sponges were spawning
Day 8
Two mantas approach divers MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
SUPER SHARKY CHANNEL DIVE WITH AROUND 50+ GREY SHARKS, SEVERAL SILVERTIPS AND MANY WHITE TIPS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT THEN LARGE SCHOOLS OF FORSTER'S AND CHEVRON BARRACUDAS PLUS SILVER SWEETLIPS, COLLARED BUTTERFLYFISH AND JUST ABOUT EVERY OTHER REEF FISH. A FANTASTIC DIVE
Dive 2
SHARKORAMA!!!!! SO MANY GREY SHARKS, MAYBE 50 TOGETHER ON THE EAST CONER PLUS AT LEAST ANOTHER 30 BIG ONES ACROSS THE FRONT PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS AND SOME SILVERTIPS. We just hooked in and watched the show for 15 minutes, had a feathertail ray swim past, then swam across the channel and drifted through all the reef fish and enjoyed a lovely drift on the wall
Dive 3
Back to the sharky channel as the weather prevented us moving on and ANOTHER stupendous shark show with just SO many grey sharks plus white tips and silvertips along with barracudas and jacks and every reef fish. Our favourite, the tiny 12 inch grey shark, wobbled past as it fought the current. We were hooked in again. Also big tunas and schools of bonitos. The shallow reef wall is beautiful and full of anemones with tiny Nemos.
Ocean Crossing
We travelled to Vattaru atoll for a peaceful lagoon anchorage surrounded by dolphins!
Day 9
So many grey sharks! MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
ANOTHER FANTASTIC DIVE AS WE SIGHTED A PROPER BLACK TIP SHARK! (not a reef blacktip) AND THEN HAD A LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH THREE MANTAS SWOOPING IN FROM THE OCEAN, UP AND OVER THE WALL AND LATER SWIMMING AROUND AND BEING CLEANED IN THE CHANNEL. The reef wall here is spectacular, hung with blue and pink soft corals and with lots of ledges full of reef fish. We saw a FEATHERTAIL RAY, A MANGROVE WHIPRAY and enjoyed all the fish filled coral blocks
Dive 2
A pretty thila with the top swathed in orange anthias and many chromis hovering over many magnificent anemones and blue finger sponges. WE found several Chromodoris tritos nudibranchs, a Pseudoceros sp. flatworm, a pair of scribbled filefish in a mating dance and lovely menella seafans, sponges, colourful ascidians etc.
Dive 3
A stunning ocean reef site with grey sharks cruising amongst the dense schools of big eye jacks, neon fusiliers and black and white snappers. Dogtooth tunas and giant trevallies went of raiding sorties amongst the fish and we really enjoyed the beautiful yellow soft corak hung terraces and caves. Everything was smothered in orange anthias and just so many reef fish
Evening Activity
We went ashore to the sandbank for sundowners and enjoyed a beautiful sunset watching a large pod of spinner dolphins leaping as they swam down the channel
Day 10
Beautiful manta over sand, MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
WE SIGHTED TWO HAMMERHEADS! ONE DEEP BEING MOBBED BY JACKS AND ONE ON SAME LEVEL AS US! Great start to a fabulous dive when we enjoyed the beautiful yellow soft coral caves and watched meandering schools of big eye jacks and dense schools of fusliers off the reef. We saw several grey sharks, a group of Indian jacks, schools of batfish, Napoleons, a yellow leaf fish, two nurse sharks in a shallow block and just so much more.
Dive 2
Beautiful ocean reef with large schools of neon fusiliers wafting around plus several spotted ragle rays, a large round ribbontail ray, schools of pyramid butterflyfish, a coral block full of spiny lobsters and a little hawksbill turtle who swam along with the group for the last 10 minutes
Dive 3
AN EXCELLENT GREY SHARKS SHOW as we hooked in and watched 30-40 GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES FROM NEWBORN TO FAT PREGNANT MOMMAS PARADING IN FRONT OF US. Also giant trevallies, tunas, two octopus, etc. We then enjoyed a drift over the sand dunes and patch reef with schooling bannerfish and saw a mangrove whip ray
Night Dive
FUN NIGHT DIVE WITH 20+ LARGE NURSE SHARKS FORAGING AROUND US PLUS LOTS OF BLACK TIP REEF SHARKS, PINK WHIPTAIL RAYS, GIANT TREVALLIES, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS AND A RATHER SCARED LOOKING LITTLE OCTOPUS!
Some of the nurse sharks came to visit us later at the back of Sea Spirit
Day 11
One of the hammerheads sighted from MV Sea Spirit today
Dive 1
Great last dive with a GREY SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS SHOW on the front of the channel, then a large Napoleon being cleaned, a pink leaf fish, a giant trevally which ate a Vlaming's surgeonfish which had been playing in Matt's bubbles, mny Lysmata and banded coral shrimps and just so many neon fusiliers. What a way to finish on what has been an exceptional shark trip!
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to Male' stopping off at Guraidhoo island for a visit to the village and then onwards for our evening anchorage
Day 12
Spotted eagle rays on this dive. MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
And so our Shark Special trip came to a close. Over 700 sightings and 10 shark species seen: Scalloped Hammerhead, Silky, Black-tip Reef, Grey Reef, Whale, Zebra, Black-tip,White-tip reef, Silvertip and Tawny Nurse sharks. Guests departed to airport for international flights to Europe during the early morning with some great memories
Day 13
A special shark trip this has been on MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from domestic flight Male' to Kaadhdhedhoo in Huvadhoo atoll in the far south of the Maldives and were transferred to Sea Spirit. We up anchored and set off for an isolated reef to make a check dive
Dive 1
Pretty reef with many glassfish suspended over small overhangs and silversides in the water column being chased by bonito and dogtooth tunas. We found many colourful rock cods, a cute juvenile longfin batfish, octopus, longnose filefish, schools of blue-stripe snappers and yellow goatfish, Forster's barracudas, a small hawksbill turtle, etc.
Day 1
Divers enjoying a beautiful Maldives reef from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Dense schools of silversides and glassfish were smothering the top of the reef and schools of bar jack mixed with bluefin and golden jacks were marauding up and down the reef. Dogtooth and bonito tunas flew through the silversides. We found five different coloured LEAF FISH, a BLUE RIBBON EEL and really enjoyed the pretty reef with so many fish
Dive 2
AMAZING DIVE!!!!! THERE WERE GREY SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT BUT ALSO A GIANT GROUPER WITH IT'S ENTOURAGE OF GOLDEN JACKS, 6 EAGLE RAYS DEEP BELOW US, SEVERAL LARGE GREEN TURTLES AND 3 BLACKTIP SHARKS THEN A CUTE LITTLE 2M LONG WHALE SHARK WITH IT'S OWN ENTOURAGE OF REMORAS, PILOT FISH AND GOLDEN JACKS
Dive 3
A really NICE GREY SHARKS SHOW on the channel front with several white tips plus individual EAGLE RAYS and a couple of blacktip sharks. A huge male green turtle was swimming along, amongst the excellent hard corals lining the channel and a variety of reef fish including Queen coris
Firstly we saw a small pod of BEAKED WHALES inside the atoll as we travelled to our evening anchorage site. At around 11pm a large female WHALE SHARK VISITED THE BACK OF SEA SPIRIT and scoffed all the plankton gathered by the lights placed there. A SECOND WHALE SHARK then appearred at 1am and stayed for over an hour. We also saw a large spine tailed mobula (Mobula japanica)
Day 2
Incredible, a baby whale shark from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There were lots of grey sharks on the channel front and many were trying to clean and several were mingled in amongst the schools of barracudas and mackerels along the front plus there was a huge school of big eye jacks. We drifted into the channel and came across several large green turtles, a ribbontail ray and a seagrass ghost pipefish
Dive 2
There were several large schools of big eye jacks along the channel front and grey sharks off the front and on top of the reef. On the south corner were a school of giant barracudas and several eagle rays. We drifted in over a pretty reefscape with sandy patches and a coral garden and saw several green turtles and more eagle rays
Dive 3
A busy current point with many pyramid butterflyfish and black and white snappers and then several grey and white tip reef sharks amongst the many fusiliers and mackerels. We had an easy drift spotting a blacktip reef shark, great barracuda and lots of turtles again
Night Dive
A contrast night dive with a turban snail, rock lobster, a huge crab, hermit crabs, 4x sleeping turtles and a beautiful saron shrimp noted amongst our sightings
Day 3
One of last nights hungry whale sharks at the back of Sea Spirit
Dive 1
As we descended a SMALL WHALE SHARK WITH AN ENTOURAGE OF GREY SHARKS beneath us. It was in quite a hurry. There were LOTS AND LOTS OF GREY SHARKS along the channel front plus several eagle rays and millions of jacks. What a show! Also big tunas, many fusiliers and an easy drift
Dive 2
A SILKY SHARK was sighted just under the surface as we descended then there were lots of white tip sharks along the channel front and grey sharks mingling with the barracudas again plus a very large school of black and white snappers. We swam back to the south corner and drifted in over the porites corals full of blacksaddled coral groupers and many orbicular and longfin batfish accompanying green turtles. Three divers were attacked by yellow margin triggerfish, which have started nesting.
Dive 3
A shallow topped thila covered in excellent hard coral and sheer walls where enormous schools of big-eye jacks kept whizzing around and engulfing the divers! A large school of big eye crescent tails in graduated colours from silvery-pink to dark red looped around us. We found a pair of Amboin shrimps, 7 Nembrotha kumbyara nudibranch, including a mating pair, longnose hawkfish in black coral trees, a sqauretail grouper etc.
Ocean Crossing
Evening crossing to Laamu atoll, arriving around mid-night
Day 4
Grey sharks and eagle rays put in regular appearances today. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A dramatic ocean reef with large fish filled coral blocks cascading down the reef slope from 10 to 25m and a steeper slope down to 50m covered in sea whip and small seafans with many ledges. There were many schools of blue-stripe snappers, gold spot emperors, various fusiliers, rainbow runners, collared and pyramid butterflyfish, pencilled and orangespine surgeonfish. We found a porcelain crab feeding in a carpet anemone
Dive 2
A very small current on this channel front so not so many grey sharks and the white tips were sleeping on the sandy ledge at 40m! There were schools of chevron and Forster's barracudas, a huge round ribbontail ray being cleaned whilst it rested and big blocks full of reef fish including harkequin sweetlips, raccoon and collared butterflyfish etc.
Dive 3
A stronger current on this very narrow channel so we crossed the front twice! There were many snappers and jacks hanging over the coral blocks on both corners and white tips and grey sharks riding the eddy on the front of the channel. We saw several large Mappa puffers, a pair of black ribbon eels and then drifted over large coral blocks along the south of the channel . The inner coral block had many reef fish and several turtles amongst them plus a FEATHERTAIL RAY
Day 5
Green turtle, common in the southern channls from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An exciting reefscape with schools of Forster's and chevron barracudas with grey sharks amongst them plus SEVERAL GROUPS OF EAGLE RAYS AND MANY SOLO ONES including one flic-flacing and making a little dance for us.A featghertail ray swam into the corner and settled for a sleep. We drifted over the south reef where we found 3 spiny lobsters, a honeycomb moray and a large nurse shark sleeping amongst the blocks. A pod of spinner dolphins swam down the channel.
Dive 2
5 enormous dogtooth tunas greeted us as we descended onto the dramatic reef drop-off which was sprinkled with bright yellow soft coral and peppered with small sand-lined ledges. Off the reef were 3-4 VERY LARGE BLUE NAPOLEON WRASSES sizing eachother up. Also schools of 100's garfish and many milkfish. The upper reef slope had interesting coral blocks full of orange and yellow soft corals and so many fish plus large schools of big-eye jacks and black and white snappers swam past. What an impressive site!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Thaa atoll
Dive 3
A beautiful sheltered site with a steep north wall with many ledges and overhangs hung with lacy yellow acabaria corals and smothered in glassfish and many juvenile tiger cardinalfish. We found two Phidiana militaris nudibranchs, many Bruuni and Maldives Pericimenes cleaner shrimps. The glassfish were being cased by red groupers and blue fin jacks. There were really beautiful shallow coral filled with bouncing chromis and other damsels. Really stunning and so enjoyable.
A couple of dolphins were attracted by the lights at the back of the boat and were around for most of the evening
Day 6
Red Nose day onboard Sea Spirit, Maldives. the divers get in the mood.
Dive 1
We hung in the blue looking for hammerheads, but were unsuccessful so swam to the reef and drifted towards the corner over a dramatic ocean reef dropoff descending well below 50m. The coral blocks were full of silver and oriental sweetlips plus humpback snappers and many other types of reefish. There were large schools of black and white snappers and goldfinger dart pompanos in the shallows. Every carpet anemone had porcelain crabs plus we found a small shorthead shrimp
Dive 2
Channel with a large thila across the front where we saw schools of black and white snappers and big eye jacks riding the current. A school of chevron barracudas were hiding just inside and a feathertail ray swam through. We drifted past coral blocks full of silver sweetlips and several very large brown marbled groupers. Nurse sharks were sleeping in coral block
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Meemu atoll
Dive 3
A great macro dive! There were two freeswimming honeycomb morays, a pair of seagrass ghost pipefish with the male ventilating it's brood pouch full of eggs, a spearing mantis shrimp covered in fluffy red algae, a black leaf fish, peacock mantis shrimps, juvenile imperil angelfish, large lionfish and peacock flounders
Day 7
Honeycomb moray being cleaned seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
MANTA SHOW! 8 different manta rays swam through on their way to and from the cleaning station blocks, in singles and pairs. There were also several EAGLE RAYS swimming around photogenically. We had more good macro sighting pinkbar and dracula gobies with their pistol shrimps, many razor wrasses and all the ghost pipefish etc. from the last dive here
Dive 2
Only one MANTA during the dive although two more passed by at the end but we enoyed photographing honeycomb morays, a little dragonfish (very rare! a species of Pegasus sea moth), spiny lobsters, spotted garden eels, yet more ghost pipe fishes etc.
Dive 3
Pretty giri with a small wreck at 30m covered in glassfish and some very friendly longfin batfish. Schools of humpback and bluestripe snappers plus lots of giant trevallies and big eye jacks clustered amongst the deep blocks but we really enjoyed all the shallow ledged full of anemones and families of clownfish and stacked table corals and pavona and porites corals full of humbug damsels with blue pectoral fins, indian dascullus, chromis etc. Also Maldives sponge snails and Phidiana militaris nudibranchs
Night Dive
Easy going night dive where we found squat lobsters and trapezia crabs in acropora table corals, hingebeak and Bruuni shrimps, a frog snail, a Phidiana militaris nudi, fimbriated morays, sleeping parrotfish and many of the sponges were spawning
Day 8
Two mantas approach divers MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
SUPER SHARKY CHANNEL DIVE WITH AROUND 50+ GREY SHARKS, SEVERAL SILVERTIPS AND MANY WHITE TIPS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT THEN LARGE SCHOOLS OF FORSTER'S AND CHEVRON BARRACUDAS PLUS SILVER SWEETLIPS, COLLARED BUTTERFLYFISH AND JUST ABOUT EVERY OTHER REEF FISH. A FANTASTIC DIVE
Dive 2
SHARKORAMA!!!!! SO MANY GREY SHARKS, MAYBE 50 TOGETHER ON THE EAST CONER PLUS AT LEAST ANOTHER 30 BIG ONES ACROSS THE FRONT PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS AND SOME SILVERTIPS. We just hooked in and watched the show for 15 minutes, had a feathertail ray swim past, then swam across the channel and drifted through all the reef fish and enjoyed a lovely drift on the wall
Dive 3
Back to the sharky channel as the weather prevented us moving on and ANOTHER stupendous shark show with just SO many grey sharks plus white tips and silvertips along with barracudas and jacks and every reef fish. Our favourite, the tiny 12 inch grey shark, wobbled past as it fought the current. We were hooked in again. Also big tunas and schools of bonitos. The shallow reef wall is beautiful and full of anemones with tiny Nemos.
Ocean Crossing
We travelled to Vattaru atoll for a peaceful lagoon anchorage surrounded by dolphins!
Day 9
So many grey sharks! MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
ANOTHER FANTASTIC DIVE AS WE SIGHTED A PROPER BLACK TIP SHARK! (not a reef blacktip) AND THEN HAD A LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH THREE MANTAS SWOOPING IN FROM THE OCEAN, UP AND OVER THE WALL AND LATER SWIMMING AROUND AND BEING CLEANED IN THE CHANNEL. The reef wall here is spectacular, hung with blue and pink soft corals and with lots of ledges full of reef fish. We saw a FEATHERTAIL RAY, A MANGROVE WHIPRAY and enjoyed all the fish filled coral blocks
Dive 2
A pretty thila with the top swathed in orange anthias and many chromis hovering over many magnificent anemones and blue finger sponges. WE found several Chromodoris tritos nudibranchs, a Pseudoceros sp. flatworm, a pair of scribbled filefish in a mating dance and lovely menella seafans, sponges, colourful ascidians etc.
Dive 3
A stunning ocean reef site with grey sharks cruising amongst the dense schools of big eye jacks, neon fusiliers and black and white snappers. Dogtooth tunas and giant trevallies went of raiding sorties amongst the fish and we really enjoyed the beautiful yellow soft corak hung terraces and caves. Everything was smothered in orange anthias and just so many reef fish
Evening Activity
We went ashore to the sandbank for sundowners and enjoyed a beautiful sunset watching a large pod of spinner dolphins leaping as they swam down the channel
Day 10
Beautiful manta over sand, MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
WE SIGHTED TWO HAMMERHEADS! ONE DEEP BEING MOBBED BY JACKS AND ONE ON SAME LEVEL AS US! Great start to a fabulous dive when we enjoyed the beautiful yellow soft coral caves and watched meandering schools of big eye jacks and dense schools of fusliers off the reef. We saw several grey sharks, a group of Indian jacks, schools of batfish, Napoleons, a yellow leaf fish, two nurse sharks in a shallow block and just so much more.
Dive 2
Beautiful ocean reef with large schools of neon fusiliers wafting around plus several spotted ragle rays, a large round ribbontail ray, schools of pyramid butterflyfish, a coral block full of spiny lobsters and a little hawksbill turtle who swam along with the group for the last 10 minutes
Dive 3
AN EXCELLENT GREY SHARKS SHOW as we hooked in and watched 30-40 GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES FROM NEWBORN TO FAT PREGNANT MOMMAS PARADING IN FRONT OF US. Also giant trevallies, tunas, two octopus, etc. We then enjoyed a drift over the sand dunes and patch reef with schooling bannerfish and saw a mangrove whip ray
Night Dive
FUN NIGHT DIVE WITH 20+ LARGE NURSE SHARKS FORAGING AROUND US PLUS LOTS OF BLACK TIP REEF SHARKS, PINK WHIPTAIL RAYS, GIANT TREVALLIES, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS AND A RATHER SCARED LOOKING LITTLE OCTOPUS!
Some of the nurse sharks came to visit us later at the back of Sea Spirit
Day 11
One of the hammerheads sighted from MV Sea Spirit today
Dive 1
Great last dive with a GREY SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS SHOW on the front of the channel, then a large Napoleon being cleaned, a pink leaf fish, a giant trevally which ate a Vlaming's surgeonfish which had been playing in Matt's bubbles, mny Lysmata and banded coral shrimps and just so many neon fusiliers. What a way to finish on what has been an exceptional shark trip!
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to Male' stopping off at Guraidhoo island for a visit to the village and then onwards for our evening anchorage
Day 12
Spotted eagle rays on this dive. MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
And so our Shark Special trip came to a close. Over 700 sightings and 10 shark species seen: Scalloped Hammerhead, Silky, Black-tip Reef, Grey Reef, Whale, Zebra, Black-tip,White-tip reef, Silvertip and Tawny Nurse sharks. Guests departed to airport for international flights to Europe during the early morning with some great memories
Day 13
A special shark trip this has been on MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS460 22 Feb 2015 to 6 Mar 2015 Equatorial Far South - Gan Addu/Foammulah/Huvadhoo (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Male' and flew down to Gan Airport in Addu atoll arriving late afternoon so too late for check dive. Diver set up kit ready for the morning and enjoyed a relaxing evening onboard Sea Spirit
Day 1
Beautiful pyramid butterflyfish school in Addu atoll. MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A fabulous first dive with a MANTA as we first decended then a MANTA AND A SAILFISH up shallow on the front of the channel plus HUGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS CRUSING UP AND DOWN, A LARGE SCHOOL OF BAR JACKS WITH 5 GREY SHARKS AND SEVERAL WHITE TIP SHARKS. We drifted in past several Napoleon wrasses and all the table corals etc. There were several mantas at the cleaning station so something to look forward to on the next dive!
Dive 2
A LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH FOUR DIFFERENT MANTAS BEING PLAYFUL AND HANGING IN OUR BUBBLES. Also 2x grey sharks, a blacktip shark and an octopus
Dive 3
Dramatic ocean reef with sheer wall and several huge overhangs. We found SEVERAL GREEN TURTLES, walls covered in small purple seafans, an Ardeadoris egretta "wedding" nudibranch, schools of bluefin jacks and bonito tunas which kept passing, milkfish, a deveil scorpionfish, goldfinger dart pompanos, a large school of pyramid butterflyfish etc.
Day 2
Anazing manta show with close up action. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
One manta ray at the cleaning station for the whole dive. Also two grey sharks, the school of big eye emperors,, an octopus, longnose parrotfish being cleaned and we enjoyed the beautiful table corals on the reef top as we drifted
Dive 2
The same manta (known as Mrs T) was STILL there and had the whole cleaning station to herself. The two grey sharks gave us a nice show as did an octopus with a pair of lunar tailed rock cods in a territorial dispute
Dive 3
Atmospheric tour of the British Loyalty wreck via th bomb hole, engine room and then propeller, all the way to the bow and back. We found a large mappa puffer, several juvenile longfin batfish, schools of blacktail snappers, Ptaereolidia ianthina and Phidiana militaris nudibranchs, reef pipefish (pregnant!) etc.
Night Dive
Night dive on British Loyalty wreck with the coral polyps pen and feeding and all the colours magnified by torchlight. The yellow and green cup corals seemed exceptionally beautiful. We found a decorator crab doing a good job of pretending to b a pile of stones, P. militaris and a pink Flabellina exoptata nudibranch, shrimps, basket stars and a crown of thorns sea star
Day 3
Grey sharks are usually seen at the cleaning station. MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner where we saw a tight school of Forster's barracudas, several Napoleons, many blue surgeonfish, a huge seafan, octopu etc. and enjoyed a beautiful reef top with exceptionally good hard corals
Dive 2
Channel drift with schools of black & white and red snappers plus sleek surgeonfish, neon fusiliers and dogtooth tunas plus several large blue Napoleons, and then the two grey sharks at the cleaning station block
Dive 3
Beautiful coral garden site with highlights of a huge male LOGGERHEAD TURTLE, schools of goldfinger dart pompanos, rainbow runners and black and white snappers. The reef shallows are acres of stunning hard corals full of scissortail chromis plus Evan's and orange anthias
Day 4
Photographer with Forster's barracudas. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Magnificent ocean reef site where were were repeatedly mobbed BY A SCHOOL OF THOUSANDS OF BIG EYE JACKS WHICH SWEPT OVER US FROM THE SHALLOWS AND THEN THE DEPTHS AND UP AND DOWN ,OVER AND OVER AGAIN! There were also pompanos, unicornfish, white spotted groupers, a school of milk fish, giant barracudas etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Foamullah. On the way we came across A LARGE POD OF MELON HEADED WHALES. WE HAD A SHRORT SNORKEL WITH THEM BUT THEY WERE MORE INTERESTED IN RIDING THE BOW WAVE OF SS OR THE DHONI AT FULL SPEED! AN AMAZING SHOW
Dive 2
Blue water site where we saw a PELAGIC THRESHER ( 3.75m in length) plus a GIANT MANTA (not one of the regular Alfred manta species) which came out of the depths and then swam shallow above us. WOW!! Also several large giant barracudas, many rainbow runners plus sleek surgeonfish, white tip sharks etc.
Dive 3
Beautiful coral reef slope with a superb variety of haard corals including blue fire corals which were full of Carberry, Evans and Cooper's anthias (so many!) and their "keeper" black cheek morays. We found a yellow/green leaf fish, a large stripy lionfish, schools of rainbow runners, six spot, duskyfin and masked groupers. It was sunset as we finished the dive!
Day 5
Immense school o big-eye jacks at Koattey. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A TIGER SHARK was sighted just as we descended! We also saw several grey sharks and dogtooth tunas out hunting along the reef drop off plus several giant barracudas, asleeping and cruising white tip sharks, rainbow runners, many sleek surgeonfish and even a silvertip shark
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crorossing to Huvadhoo atoll. WE CAME ACROSS ANOTHER LARGE POD (100's) of MELON HEADED WHALES AND SOME WERE EAGER TO RIDE THE BOW WAVE OF SEA SPIRIT AND NIUMATH. We crossed the Equator
Dive 2
A pretty reef with many orange seafans and colourful coral blocks including a large Pavona coral full of yellow and purple Evan's anthias. We found three spiny lobsters, two well hidden leaf fish, different coloured magnificent anemones, an Eagle ray and the current point was a mass of different species of fusliers
Dive 3
There were spinner dolphins on the surface before the dive and we heard them squeaking throughout. This is a large thila with a current point where there were many bluestripe snappers, rainbow runners dogtooth tunas etc. During the drift we passed coral blocks full of fish and past many large seafans. At the sandy slope was the biggest garden of spotted garden eels ever seen!
Day 6
Melon head whales over deep water from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An easy ocean reef drift. We found a PORCUPINE RAY in the sand and saw many blue tangs making their endearing circling courtship dance, there was a pair of eagle rays, a LOGGERHEAD TURTLE and a bedford's flatworm
Dive 2
We were visited by ZEBRA SHARK several times ans it swam to and fro! This site is a lovely coral garden woth many different types of table corals and an enteresting topography in the shallows. There were many blocks surrounded by glassfish but today there were many silversides being chased by tunas making it very pretty, also a white tip shark etc. Clare joined us diving again.
Dive 3
Pretty shallow thila with many small overhangs full of glassfish and other juvenile cardinals with many boxer and Bruuni cleaner shrimps. Along the eastern side were schools of yellow goatfish, blue-stripe snappers, crescent tail big-eyes and a cute hawksbill turtle in the shallows
Day 7
A good day for Zebra sharks. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
New Site. This ocean reef corner has extensive thilas along the reef corner and a large glassfish filled block right on the corner. We found TWO ZEBRA SHARKS sleeping in sandy areas, a SLEEPING NURSE SHARK, a huge dogtooth tuna being cleaned by bicolor wrasses, glassfish and bulls eyes, giant barracuda etc.
Dive 2
SCUBA HEAVEN TODAY with the whole top of the thila smothered in glassfish and pulsating schools of silversides. Divers disappearred into the fish! There were rainbow runers, bluefin and orangespot jacks, yellow and pink leaf fish (6 in total) , an eagle ray, bonitos and a Nembrotha cristata nudi
Dive 3
Another site that was smothered in glassfish and silversides. This was a drift dive over a coral garden and a long ridge of reef with many coral blocks which also attracted schools of snappers, rainbown runners and just so many fusiliers. Yet more pink and yelow leaf fish, and just so many different groupers. The sea surfac was like a mirrow whn we ascended. Flat calm!
Night Dive
Night dive on small island house reef. We found a large spiny lobster, several plumed shrimps, a spotted snake eel, sleeping parrotfish with Bruuni shrimp leaning them as they slept, a large hermit crab etc.
FOUR DOLPHINS ENTERTAINED US AS THEY FISHED BY THE LIGHTS AT THE BACK OF SEA SPIRIT. They stayed all night, long after we had all gone to bed.
Day 8
A pink leaf fish hiding in glassfish. Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
LOTS OF GREY SHARKS on the front of the channel and deep on the front. A group of COURTING MALE WHITE TIP SHARKS FOLLOWED A FEMALE SHARK, schooling Forster's baracudas. During the drift we saw green turtles, sleeping white tips, many big black saddl and brown marbled groupers, and AS A FINAL A SPINE TAILED MOBULA MOBULA JAPANICA FLEW AROUND US DURING OUR SAFETY STOP!!
Dive 2
A stronger current and another good shark show on the channel front with 30-50 greys cruising about. We then had another fast drift over the big coral blocks and drifted to where all the green turtles were hiding out. There were lots of orbicular and longfin batfish and good hard corals full of scissortail chromis
Dive 3
An ocean reef drift to the front of the channel and then a drift in. Large schools of fusiliers were being chased by dogtooth and bonito tunas, green turtles swam overhead, we then saw grey sharks chevron baracudas and an eagle ray. During the drift there were many yellowfin and Dussomier's surgeonfish and a FEATHERTAIL RAY
A friendly dolphin hunted at the back of SS all night again
Day 9
One of the huge turtles we saw this trip. Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
This is such a great channel site! There were SCHOOLS OF CHEVRON AND FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS AND A HUGE SCHOOL OF BLACK & WHITE SNAPPERS PLUS GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS. WE HEARD THE CHATTER OF DOLPHINS THROUGHOUT THE DIVE AND DURING THE DRIFT A POD OF 30 DOLPHINS PASSED US HURRAH!! THERE WERE THEN AT LEAST 250 ON THE SURFACE AFTER THE DIVE
Dive 2
A stronger current and mixed visibility with grey sharks and many fusiliers on the channel front and then several green turtles plus white tip sharks and a long drift over beautiful coral blocks full of snappers and batfish
Dive 3
We dived the ocean reef and drifted to the corner. WE SAW MANY GREEN TURTLES AND EAGLE RAYS OUTSIDE PLUS SEVERAL JUVENILE WHITE TIP SHARKS HIDING IN A LEDGE. We enjoyed a grey shark show and a slow drift along the coral blocks full of reef fish including a ginormous mappa puffer
Day 10
Many grey sharks seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Coral blocks and orange seafans decorate the south reef of this channel. We found a ribbontail ray resting on a coral block on the channel front and three eagle rays in formation up in the shallows plus a blacktip reef shark, Napoleons and so many anthias and chromis buzzing along a beautiful coral reef
Dive 2
Another good shark show along the front of this channel where we crossed from the north to the south corner, herding the sharks! There were several enormous schools of big eye jacks which flew into the depth plus a wahoo and enormous dogtooth tunas. We enjoyed a pretty drift sighting many juvenile green turtles
Dive 3
Lots OF GREY SHARKS on the front of the channel with around 40 gathered on the south corner in a school. Hundreds of jacks swept to the depths and there were so many mackerels and fusilers. Whoosh! Again lots of turtles plus garfish and a stunning reef to finish with
Night Dive
Great night dive where we spotted two giant sea hares, an octopus, plumed and saron shrimps, coral crabs and a mesmerising trumpetfish
Evening Activity
Evening visit to stroll along the beach at this beautiful uninhabited island
Day 11
Pod of spinner dolphins seen from MV Sea Spirit during dive
Dive 1
SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS! What a dive. So many greys and a lovely squadron of eagle rays. Many of the grey sharks were being cleaned on the ridge on theront of the channel. We thn had a lovely drift over sand dunes with rivers of garfish and many turtles and batfish and a beautiful coral reef. A pod of spinner dolphins joined the dhoni on the way back to Sea Spirit
Dive 2
Our final dive and another great shark show with so many big eye jacks, fusiliers, snappers, some giant barracudas and then several eagle rays (including one with a sneaky jack), turtles etc. during the drift. This is a spectacular site and what a way to finish!
We had a long drive back to the west side of the atoll and our night anchorage. We had a wonderful sunset over the island
Day 12
Pair of eagle rays shadowed by hungry jack from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
After a late breakfast and a few hours at rest we depated to Kaadedhdhoo airport for the domestic flight to male' and onward international flights
Day 13
Giant manta, alsoa tiger shark and threshers. pelagic highlights from MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Male' and flew down to Gan Airport in Addu atoll arriving late afternoon so too late for check dive. Diver set up kit ready for the morning and enjoyed a relaxing evening onboard Sea Spirit
Day 1
Beautiful pyramid butterflyfish school in Addu atoll. MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A fabulous first dive with a MANTA as we first decended then a MANTA AND A SAILFISH up shallow on the front of the channel plus HUGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS CRUSING UP AND DOWN, A LARGE SCHOOL OF BAR JACKS WITH 5 GREY SHARKS AND SEVERAL WHITE TIP SHARKS. We drifted in past several Napoleon wrasses and all the table corals etc. There were several mantas at the cleaning station so something to look forward to on the next dive!
Dive 2
A LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH FOUR DIFFERENT MANTAS BEING PLAYFUL AND HANGING IN OUR BUBBLES. Also 2x grey sharks, a blacktip shark and an octopus
Dive 3
Dramatic ocean reef with sheer wall and several huge overhangs. We found SEVERAL GREEN TURTLES, walls covered in small purple seafans, an Ardeadoris egretta "wedding" nudibranch, schools of bluefin jacks and bonito tunas which kept passing, milkfish, a deveil scorpionfish, goldfinger dart pompanos, a large school of pyramid butterflyfish etc.
Day 2
Anazing manta show with close up action. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
One manta ray at the cleaning station for the whole dive. Also two grey sharks, the school of big eye emperors,, an octopus, longnose parrotfish being cleaned and we enjoyed the beautiful table corals on the reef top as we drifted
Dive 2
The same manta (known as Mrs T) was STILL there and had the whole cleaning station to herself. The two grey sharks gave us a nice show as did an octopus with a pair of lunar tailed rock cods in a territorial dispute
Dive 3
Atmospheric tour of the British Loyalty wreck via th bomb hole, engine room and then propeller, all the way to the bow and back. We found a large mappa puffer, several juvenile longfin batfish, schools of blacktail snappers, Ptaereolidia ianthina and Phidiana militaris nudibranchs, reef pipefish (pregnant!) etc.
Night Dive
Night dive on British Loyalty wreck with the coral polyps pen and feeding and all the colours magnified by torchlight. The yellow and green cup corals seemed exceptionally beautiful. We found a decorator crab doing a good job of pretending to b a pile of stones, P. militaris and a pink Flabellina exoptata nudibranch, shrimps, basket stars and a crown of thorns sea star
Day 3
Grey sharks are usually seen at the cleaning station. MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner where we saw a tight school of Forster's barracudas, several Napoleons, many blue surgeonfish, a huge seafan, octopu etc. and enjoyed a beautiful reef top with exceptionally good hard corals
Dive 2
Channel drift with schools of black & white and red snappers plus sleek surgeonfish, neon fusiliers and dogtooth tunas plus several large blue Napoleons, and then the two grey sharks at the cleaning station block
Dive 3
Beautiful coral garden site with highlights of a huge male LOGGERHEAD TURTLE, schools of goldfinger dart pompanos, rainbow runners and black and white snappers. The reef shallows are acres of stunning hard corals full of scissortail chromis plus Evan's and orange anthias
Day 4
Photographer with Forster's barracudas. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Magnificent ocean reef site where were were repeatedly mobbed BY A SCHOOL OF THOUSANDS OF BIG EYE JACKS WHICH SWEPT OVER US FROM THE SHALLOWS AND THEN THE DEPTHS AND UP AND DOWN ,OVER AND OVER AGAIN! There were also pompanos, unicornfish, white spotted groupers, a school of milk fish, giant barracudas etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Foamullah. On the way we came across A LARGE POD OF MELON HEADED WHALES. WE HAD A SHRORT SNORKEL WITH THEM BUT THEY WERE MORE INTERESTED IN RIDING THE BOW WAVE OF SS OR THE DHONI AT FULL SPEED! AN AMAZING SHOW
Dive 2
Blue water site where we saw a PELAGIC THRESHER ( 3.75m in length) plus a GIANT MANTA (not one of the regular Alfred manta species) which came out of the depths and then swam shallow above us. WOW!! Also several large giant barracudas, many rainbow runners plus sleek surgeonfish, white tip sharks etc.
Dive 3
Beautiful coral reef slope with a superb variety of haard corals including blue fire corals which were full of Carberry, Evans and Cooper's anthias (so many!) and their "keeper" black cheek morays. We found a yellow/green leaf fish, a large stripy lionfish, schools of rainbow runners, six spot, duskyfin and masked groupers. It was sunset as we finished the dive!
Day 5
Immense school o big-eye jacks at Koattey. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A TIGER SHARK was sighted just as we descended! We also saw several grey sharks and dogtooth tunas out hunting along the reef drop off plus several giant barracudas, asleeping and cruising white tip sharks, rainbow runners, many sleek surgeonfish and even a silvertip shark
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crorossing to Huvadhoo atoll. WE CAME ACROSS ANOTHER LARGE POD (100's) of MELON HEADED WHALES AND SOME WERE EAGER TO RIDE THE BOW WAVE OF SEA SPIRIT AND NIUMATH. We crossed the Equator
Dive 2
A pretty reef with many orange seafans and colourful coral blocks including a large Pavona coral full of yellow and purple Evan's anthias. We found three spiny lobsters, two well hidden leaf fish, different coloured magnificent anemones, an Eagle ray and the current point was a mass of different species of fusliers
Dive 3
There were spinner dolphins on the surface before the dive and we heard them squeaking throughout. This is a large thila with a current point where there were many bluestripe snappers, rainbow runners dogtooth tunas etc. During the drift we passed coral blocks full of fish and past many large seafans. At the sandy slope was the biggest garden of spotted garden eels ever seen!
Day 6
Melon head whales over deep water from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An easy ocean reef drift. We found a PORCUPINE RAY in the sand and saw many blue tangs making their endearing circling courtship dance, there was a pair of eagle rays, a LOGGERHEAD TURTLE and a bedford's flatworm
Dive 2
We were visited by ZEBRA SHARK several times ans it swam to and fro! This site is a lovely coral garden woth many different types of table corals and an enteresting topography in the shallows. There were many blocks surrounded by glassfish but today there were many silversides being chased by tunas making it very pretty, also a white tip shark etc. Clare joined us diving again.
Dive 3
Pretty shallow thila with many small overhangs full of glassfish and other juvenile cardinals with many boxer and Bruuni cleaner shrimps. Along the eastern side were schools of yellow goatfish, blue-stripe snappers, crescent tail big-eyes and a cute hawksbill turtle in the shallows
Day 7
A good day for Zebra sharks. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
New Site. This ocean reef corner has extensive thilas along the reef corner and a large glassfish filled block right on the corner. We found TWO ZEBRA SHARKS sleeping in sandy areas, a SLEEPING NURSE SHARK, a huge dogtooth tuna being cleaned by bicolor wrasses, glassfish and bulls eyes, giant barracuda etc.
Dive 2
SCUBA HEAVEN TODAY with the whole top of the thila smothered in glassfish and pulsating schools of silversides. Divers disappearred into the fish! There were rainbow runers, bluefin and orangespot jacks, yellow and pink leaf fish (6 in total) , an eagle ray, bonitos and a Nembrotha cristata nudi
Dive 3
Another site that was smothered in glassfish and silversides. This was a drift dive over a coral garden and a long ridge of reef with many coral blocks which also attracted schools of snappers, rainbown runners and just so many fusiliers. Yet more pink and yelow leaf fish, and just so many different groupers. The sea surfac was like a mirrow whn we ascended. Flat calm!
Night Dive
Night dive on small island house reef. We found a large spiny lobster, several plumed shrimps, a spotted snake eel, sleeping parrotfish with Bruuni shrimp leaning them as they slept, a large hermit crab etc.
FOUR DOLPHINS ENTERTAINED US AS THEY FISHED BY THE LIGHTS AT THE BACK OF SEA SPIRIT. They stayed all night, long after we had all gone to bed.
Day 8
A pink leaf fish hiding in glassfish. Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
LOTS OF GREY SHARKS on the front of the channel and deep on the front. A group of COURTING MALE WHITE TIP SHARKS FOLLOWED A FEMALE SHARK, schooling Forster's baracudas. During the drift we saw green turtles, sleeping white tips, many big black saddl and brown marbled groupers, and AS A FINAL A SPINE TAILED MOBULA MOBULA JAPANICA FLEW AROUND US DURING OUR SAFETY STOP!!
Dive 2
A stronger current and another good shark show on the channel front with 30-50 greys cruising about. We then had another fast drift over the big coral blocks and drifted to where all the green turtles were hiding out. There were lots of orbicular and longfin batfish and good hard corals full of scissortail chromis
Dive 3
An ocean reef drift to the front of the channel and then a drift in. Large schools of fusiliers were being chased by dogtooth and bonito tunas, green turtles swam overhead, we then saw grey sharks chevron baracudas and an eagle ray. During the drift there were many yellowfin and Dussomier's surgeonfish and a FEATHERTAIL RAY
A friendly dolphin hunted at the back of SS all night again
Day 9
One of the huge turtles we saw this trip. Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
This is such a great channel site! There were SCHOOLS OF CHEVRON AND FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS AND A HUGE SCHOOL OF BLACK & WHITE SNAPPERS PLUS GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS. WE HEARD THE CHATTER OF DOLPHINS THROUGHOUT THE DIVE AND DURING THE DRIFT A POD OF 30 DOLPHINS PASSED US HURRAH!! THERE WERE THEN AT LEAST 250 ON THE SURFACE AFTER THE DIVE
Dive 2
A stronger current and mixed visibility with grey sharks and many fusiliers on the channel front and then several green turtles plus white tip sharks and a long drift over beautiful coral blocks full of snappers and batfish
Dive 3
We dived the ocean reef and drifted to the corner. WE SAW MANY GREEN TURTLES AND EAGLE RAYS OUTSIDE PLUS SEVERAL JUVENILE WHITE TIP SHARKS HIDING IN A LEDGE. We enjoyed a grey shark show and a slow drift along the coral blocks full of reef fish including a ginormous mappa puffer
Day 10
Many grey sharks seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Coral blocks and orange seafans decorate the south reef of this channel. We found a ribbontail ray resting on a coral block on the channel front and three eagle rays in formation up in the shallows plus a blacktip reef shark, Napoleons and so many anthias and chromis buzzing along a beautiful coral reef
Dive 2
Another good shark show along the front of this channel where we crossed from the north to the south corner, herding the sharks! There were several enormous schools of big eye jacks which flew into the depth plus a wahoo and enormous dogtooth tunas. We enjoyed a pretty drift sighting many juvenile green turtles
Dive 3
Lots OF GREY SHARKS on the front of the channel with around 40 gathered on the south corner in a school. Hundreds of jacks swept to the depths and there were so many mackerels and fusilers. Whoosh! Again lots of turtles plus garfish and a stunning reef to finish with
Night Dive
Great night dive where we spotted two giant sea hares, an octopus, plumed and saron shrimps, coral crabs and a mesmerising trumpetfish
Evening Activity
Evening visit to stroll along the beach at this beautiful uninhabited island
Day 11
Pod of spinner dolphins seen from MV Sea Spirit during dive
Dive 1
SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS! What a dive. So many greys and a lovely squadron of eagle rays. Many of the grey sharks were being cleaned on the ridge on theront of the channel. We thn had a lovely drift over sand dunes with rivers of garfish and many turtles and batfish and a beautiful coral reef. A pod of spinner dolphins joined the dhoni on the way back to Sea Spirit
Dive 2
Our final dive and another great shark show with so many big eye jacks, fusiliers, snappers, some giant barracudas and then several eagle rays (including one with a sneaky jack), turtles etc. during the drift. This is a spectacular site and what a way to finish!
We had a long drive back to the west side of the atoll and our night anchorage. We had a wonderful sunset over the island
Day 12
Pair of eagle rays shadowed by hungry jack from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
After a late breakfast and a few hours at rest we depated to Kaadedhdhoo airport for the domestic flight to male' and onward international flights
Day 13
Giant manta, alsoa tiger shark and threshers. pelagic highlights from MV Sea Spirit
Sunset Queen SN012 15 Feb 2015 to 27 Feb 2015 Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Dive 1
Lovely Check out dive shame it was low Viz but still tonnes of fish and Grey & W-tip sharks , Eagle ray , Leaf fish , Bat fish .
Day 1
Perfect Maldives Sunset
Dive 1
Can't think of a better way then to start a day with a stunning sun rise followed by a lovely Dive in fish soup , Eagle rays , Sharks , Leaf fish , Spearing Mantis , Very small eagle ray been cleaned , Free way of fusiliers.
Dive 2
Huge Napoleons , So many w-tips , Sting ray , Job fish charging around , Turtle , Overhang full of glass fish . But for me the best was watching this very fat Female grey Fully surrounded in Remora im sure she kept passing close to me & Jo to try and get rid off them lol.
Dive 3
Had 4 Mantas for the whole dive with two cleaning at the same time , Pink Leaf fish , Girdled Glossodoris , Bird-wing flatworm , Large shoal of Hump-head snappers and Sweet-lips , W-tips .
Night Dive
Was a late arrival but well worth the wait with just myself and two guest sitting under the boat to watch a very friendly Male Manta feeding making real close passes over us .
Day 2
Female Grey Shark
Dive 1
Strong current so in places it was hard work but wow what a soft coral display with all the soft coral under the overhangs puffed out to there full glory , Very hungry hawksbill Turtle who really didn't mind us following him , Sting ray , Bird-wing Flatworm , Crested Nembrotha . Lovely overhang full of Sweet-lips and a large bright yellow Puffer fish .
Dive 2
1 Manta came in for a quick clean , Large female Sting ray been cleaned along the sand , Juv Angle Fish , Spearing Mantis , Octopus , Large shoal of oceanic Trigger Fish .
Day 3
Lovely Soft Coral
Day 4
Maldives Manta & Luna
Dive 5
Day 5
Scuba Tours Guest
Day 6
White Mouth Moray
Day 7
Lovely Hard Coral
Day 8
Maldives Manta
Day 9
Maldives Bump head Parrot fish
Day 10
Scuba Tours Diver
Day 11
Maldives at its Best
Day 12
W-tip Shark
Day 13
Perfect Sunrise
 
Dive 1
Lovely Check out dive shame it was low Viz but still tonnes of fish and Grey & W-tip sharks , Eagle ray , Leaf fish , Bat fish .
Day 1
Perfect Maldives Sunset
Dive 1
Can't think of a better way then to start a day with a stunning sun rise followed by a lovely Dive in fish soup , Eagle rays , Sharks , Leaf fish , Spearing Mantis , Very small eagle ray been cleaned , Free way of fusiliers.
Dive 2
Huge Napoleons , So many w-tips , Sting ray , Job fish charging around , Turtle , Overhang full of glass fish . But for me the best was watching this very fat Female grey Fully surrounded in Remora im sure she kept passing close to me & Jo to try and get rid off them lol.
Dive 3
Had 4 Mantas for the whole dive with two cleaning at the same time , Pink Leaf fish , Girdled Glossodoris , Bird-wing flatworm , Large shoal of Hump-head snappers and Sweet-lips , W-tips .
Night Dive
Was a late arrival but well worth the wait with just myself and two guest sitting under the boat to watch a very friendly Male Manta feeding making real close passes over us .
Day 2
Female Grey Shark
Dive 1
Strong current so in places it was hard work but wow what a soft coral display with all the soft coral under the overhangs puffed out to there full glory , Very hungry hawksbill Turtle who really didn't mind us following him , Sting ray , Bird-wing Flatworm , Crested Nembrotha . Lovely overhang full of Sweet-lips and a large bright yellow Puffer fish .
Dive 2
1 Manta came in for a quick clean , Large female Sting ray been cleaned along the sand , Juv Angle Fish , Spearing Mantis , Octopus , Large shoal of oceanic Trigger Fish .
Day 3
Lovely Soft Coral
Day 4
Maldives Manta & Luna
Dive 5
Day 5
Scuba Tours Guest
Day 6
White Mouth Moray
Day 7
Lovely Hard Coral
Day 8
Maldives Manta
Day 9
Maldives Bump head Parrot fish
Day 10
Scuba Tours Diver
Day 11
Maldives at its Best
Day 12
W-tip Shark
Day 13
Perfect Sunrise
Sunset Queen SN011 8 Feb 2015 to 15 Feb 2015 Close Encounters (7 day)
Dive 1
What a fab way to start the trip with a squadron of 11 eagle rays followed by another 4 then many single ones through-out the dive , 5 Grey sharks and many w-tips , 2 Leaf fish , Large shoal of Big eye jacks and what amazing blue water and all to our selves !!!!!!.
Day 1
Dive 1
FANTASTIC 3 HAMMER-HEADS VERY CLOSE !!!!!!! , The Grey Sharks stayed just a little deep with only the large female coming up to check us out , 1 Eagle ray , Spearing Mantis , 100’s & 100’s of Big eye jacks , Napoleon , Crazy Bat Fish , Barracuda , Leaf fish.
Dive 2
2 Grey Sharks , W-tips resting on the sand , lovely shoal of Big eye’s and Blue stripe snappers , Huge Stone fish , Bat fish been cleaned , Scorpion fish , Flatworms , best was watching this little W-tips swimming round nd around us some times stopping to be cleaned .
Dive 3
Fab dive spent most of the dive hanging around with all the Silver-sides which were been charged at by Bonito’s and Jacks , Hawksbill , Juv Greys , Bat fish , Peacock Mantis , Really freindly Octopus.
Day 2
Dive 1
Wow wow wow , We was in Manta heaven with very playful Mantas swimming around us been cleaned and chasing each other around this went on for the whole 90 dive.
Dive 2
Well didn't think it could get better but i was wrong we had even more Mantas with 6 cleaning together , it was hard to get the guest to leave them …. Very happy guest back on Sunset Queen
Dive 3
We have had a great Manta Dive with some large females coming in the clean having 3 together than to have 4 follow us along the reef as we drifted away from the cleaning station.
Day 3
Dive 1
We had a couple of large female Mantas come and check us out but for me the high-light of the dive was Watching the Silver-tips come in to Clean along with a large Grey Shark.
Dive 2
How lucky can you get , Firstly we had a small Whale Shark to snorkel with for over 30mins then to have 4 sightings while on our dive ( 3 different Sharks ) all coming really close to us.
Dive 3
Everyone really enjoyed the the dive as it was totaly different to what we’ve done so far with loads of reef fish ,Great Soft Coral and Large Sea Fan’s , both Grey’s and w-tips , Huge great barracuda , Very friendly Napoleon , Just a really pretty dive !!!
Evening Activity
Went for a walk about over on the local Island and a chance to buy some souviners to take home.
Day 4
Dive 1
Stunning way to start the day with an early morning dfive on a reef totally full of Overhangs full of soft coral and Sea fans , Large Grey shark , W-tips , Jacks , Napoleons. We even had a surprise visit form a Large Ma
Dive 2
Really strong current so we had a quick decend to the Atoll plate then it was the case hold on and watch the Greys coming and go along with Many w-tips .
Dive 3
Great fun with so many Nurse sharks all around us along with Jenkins ray & Marble ray , Huge GT’s charging about in the shallows along with more Nurse Sharks .We even had a small Octopus swim around.
Day 5
Dive 1
Eagle Rays hanging around in the current along with Many Greys some very fat Females , very active w-tips ,Large marble ray , Free swimming honey-comb , Octopus and a Honey comb fighting , Juv Razor Fish , Free way of fish , Finishing the dive in a lovely Coral Garden.
Dive 2
Ribbon Eels , 4 Leaf fish , Pair of Robust Pipe fish , Stone fish , Lovely Zebra Lion fish , Huge Nurse shark came crashing into the deeper Overhang , Shoaling Pompano’s , Another smaller Nurse shark under the shallow block along with some Stripe leg lobsters , Many Different types of cleaner shrimps , Sinus Anemone along with very small shrimp , Honey-comb moray.
Dive 3
11 Eagle rays swam over head , Greys and w-tips at depth , Huge shoal of big eye jacks , Many Green turtles some swimming around , Hawksbill , White leaf fish ,Large shaol of Surgeon fish , Gt’s chasing the fuseiliers , The large Overhang is Stunning full of whip corals .
Day 6
Dive 1
Zebra Shark , W-tips , Huge shoal of big eye Jacks & Mid-night snappers , Honey-comb Moray , Large shoal of Banner fish , Green Turtle , Some strange currents making it an intresting Dive.
Daytime Excursion
Cross back to Male , Some off the guest came for a walk about and Ice-cream in Male.
Evening Activity
Once back on the boat everyone was busy packing before settleing down to watch the trip DVD to bring back all those exciting memories.
Day 7
Early rise ready for the guest transfer to the airport ready for flights back home and for a some lucky guest 2nd part of there Holiday to a Resort.
Day 8
 
Dive 1
What a fab way to start the trip with a squadron of 11 eagle rays followed by another 4 then many single ones through-out the dive , 5 Grey sharks and many w-tips , 2 Leaf fish , Large shoal of Big eye jacks and what amazing blue water and all to our selves !!!!!!.
Day 1
Dive 1
FANTASTIC 3 HAMMER-HEADS VERY CLOSE !!!!!!! , The Grey Sharks stayed just a little deep with only the large female coming up to check us out , 1 Eagle ray , Spearing Mantis , 100’s & 100’s of Big eye jacks , Napoleon , Crazy Bat Fish , Barracuda , Leaf fish.
Dive 2
2 Grey Sharks , W-tips resting on the sand , lovely shoal of Big eye’s and Blue stripe snappers , Huge Stone fish , Bat fish been cleaned , Scorpion fish , Flatworms , best was watching this little W-tips swimming round nd around us some times stopping to be cleaned .
Dive 3
Fab dive spent most of the dive hanging around with all the Silver-sides which were been charged at by Bonito’s and Jacks , Hawksbill , Juv Greys , Bat fish , Peacock Mantis , Really freindly Octopus.
Day 2
Dive 1
Wow wow wow , We was in Manta heaven with very playful Mantas swimming around us been cleaned and chasing each other around this went on for the whole 90 dive.
Dive 2
Well didn't think it could get better but i was wrong we had even more Mantas with 6 cleaning together , it was hard to get the guest to leave them …. Very happy guest back on Sunset Queen
Dive 3
We have had a great Manta Dive with some large females coming in the clean having 3 together than to have 4 follow us along the reef as we drifted away from the cleaning station.
Day 3
Dive 1
We had a couple of large female Mantas come and check us out but for me the high-light of the dive was Watching the Silver-tips come in to Clean along with a large Grey Shark.
Dive 2
How lucky can you get , Firstly we had a small Whale Shark to snorkel with for over 30mins then to have 4 sightings while on our dive ( 3 different Sharks ) all coming really close to us.
Dive 3
Everyone really enjoyed the the dive as it was totaly different to what we’ve done so far with loads of reef fish ,Great Soft Coral and Large Sea Fan’s , both Grey’s and w-tips , Huge great barracuda , Very friendly Napoleon , Just a really pretty dive !!!
Evening Activity
Went for a walk about over on the local Island and a chance to buy some souviners to take home.
Day 4
Dive 1
Stunning way to start the day with an early morning dfive on a reef totally full of Overhangs full of soft coral and Sea fans , Large Grey shark , W-tips , Jacks , Napoleons. We even had a surprise visit form a Large Ma
Dive 2
Really strong current so we had a quick decend to the Atoll plate then it was the case hold on and watch the Greys coming and go along with Many w-tips .
Dive 3
Great fun with so many Nurse sharks all around us along with Jenkins ray & Marble ray , Huge GT’s charging about in the shallows along with more Nurse Sharks .We even had a small Octopus swim around.
Day 5
Dive 1
Eagle Rays hanging around in the current along with Many Greys some very fat Females , very active w-tips ,Large marble ray , Free swimming honey-comb , Octopus and a Honey comb fighting , Juv Razor Fish , Free way of fish , Finishing the dive in a lovely Coral Garden.
Dive 2
Ribbon Eels , 4 Leaf fish , Pair of Robust Pipe fish , Stone fish , Lovely Zebra Lion fish , Huge Nurse shark came crashing into the deeper Overhang , Shoaling Pompano’s , Another smaller Nurse shark under the shallow block along with some Stripe leg lobsters , Many Different types of cleaner shrimps , Sinus Anemone along with very small shrimp , Honey-comb moray.
Dive 3
11 Eagle rays swam over head , Greys and w-tips at depth , Huge shoal of big eye jacks , Many Green turtles some swimming around , Hawksbill , White leaf fish ,Large shaol of Surgeon fish , Gt’s chasing the fuseiliers , The large Overhang is Stunning full of whip corals .
Day 6
Dive 1
Zebra Shark , W-tips , Huge shoal of big eye Jacks & Mid-night snappers , Honey-comb Moray , Large shoal of Banner fish , Green Turtle , Some strange currents making it an intresting Dive.
Daytime Excursion
Cross back to Male , Some off the guest came for a walk about and Ice-cream in Male.
Evening Activity
Once back on the boat everyone was busy packing before settleing down to watch the trip DVD to bring back all those exciting memories.
Day 7
Early rise ready for the guest transfer to the airport ready for flights back home and for a some lucky guest 2nd part of there Holiday to a Resort.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS459 8 Feb 2015 to 20 Feb 2015 Equatorial Far South - Huvadhoo/Foammulah/Gan Addu (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Male' international airport and travelled via domestic flight to Kaadhedhdhoo airport in Huvadhoo atoll and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive on beautiful coral reef with pristine acropora and porites massifs. Many coral blocks were full of glassfish and the reef above 20m depth was pulsating with silversides. We found a blacktip reef shark, several banded boxer shrimps, a pair of reef pipefish, hawksbill and green turtles including one with a conch firmly attached to its shell. Bonitos and blufin jacks swooped in to prey apon the silversides
Huge baitball of fish behind Sea Spirit at anchorage. A couple of dolphins turned up in the middle of the night
Day 1
Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Isolated thila where many rainbow runners are frequenty seen. Also dense schools of yellowback and black spot fusiliers, tunas and bonitos, a pink, white and pair of yellow leaf fish, blue ribbon eel, Nembrotha cristata nudibranch, a sole grey shark was being mobbed by rainbow runners.
Dive 2
Ocean reef with extensive coral covered thilas at drop off with schools of yellow goatfish and goldspot emperors, many scissortail chromis, spiny lobsters etc.
Dive 3
Beautiful coral garden reef with so many fish. We kept being mobbed by a huge school of rainbow runners plus big eye and barred jacks and some lucky divers saw a MARLIN! Dense schools of fusiliers swept past. The reef was covered in silversides and patches of glassfish. Lovely!
Evening Activity
Evening visit to uninhabited island to watch sunset. Another baitball behind SS at anchorage
Day 2
Uninhabited island of Hitadhoo where we made an evening visit. MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Blue water! Lots of grey sharks on front of the channel then a fast drift when we saw around 10 GREEN TURTLES plus longfin and orbicular batfish, a feathertail ray, a pink whipray and an electric torpedo ray
Dive 2
GREY SHARKS on channel front and a big school of midnight snappers, plus big eye jacks and tunas parading across front. During the drift we saw more green turtles plus goldfinger dartfish, batfish and huge schools of fusiliers
Dive 3
Ocean reef drift with several turtles seen on top of the reef and during the fast drift. ON THE CORNER WERE HUGE SCHOOLS OF FUSILIERS THEN LOTS OF WHITE TIP AND GREY SHARKS AND A SQUADRON OF 5-6 EAGLE RAYS, plus rainbow runners tunas etc. Wheee! We flew in!
Beautiful sunset this evening
Day 3
Feathertail ray with diver MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We had a middle of channel drop and were sucked onto the front quickly and hooked in to watch the show with big schools of mackerels and grey sharks deep on the front and throughout the water column. Tucked in on the front were lots of white tip sharks and a big school of barracudas. It was a fast and bumpy drift in.
Dive 2
GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS cruising the front of the channel plus huge dogtooth tunas but a very strong current and so it was hard to breathe! and then we had a finbendingly fast drift in! We saw a super-large green turtle, an octopus and enjoyed a really beautiful reef with really good corals and many different reef fish and also saw a blacktip shark
Dive 3
This thila was really pretty today, with huge schools of pulsating silversides and glassfish, two shape-pulling octopus, a peacock mantis shrimp, white tip sharks, thicklip wrasses, a large school of red big eye crescent tails, bonitos, yellow goatfish, Napoleons, bluefin and barred jacks, a single crown of thorns seastar etc.
Day 4
Grey shrk and eagle ray MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
We sighted several giant barracudas in the channel and on the reef slope but not the schools of Forsters we had hoped to see. The reef is very beautiful with magnificent coral structures. We found Amboin shrimps, a pir of yellow leaf fish, banded coral shrimps and just so many different reef fish including some large-sized brown marbled groupers
Dive 2
Coral garden site with so many glassfish over large coral blocks plus black coral trees an sea whips with gobies. We found a black with yellow spots flatworm, a feathertail ray, many schools of blue-green chromis, humbug and jewelled damsels, pavo chromis and had a lovely eagle ray almost collide with divers Oops!
Dive 3
Grey sharks and a huge school of big-eye jacks, a SAILFISH, followed by a moderate drift when we saw a green turtle and found a large old anchor mid-channel. We heard dolphins sonaring us whilst underwater and then they swam around the dhoni as we drove back
Night Dive
Night dive on pretty thila with many magnificent anemones in many different colours, a small white tip shark, lionfish, red crab, lots of small shrimps, longnose filefish etc.
Day 5
Spinner dolphins on bow MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
South corner ocean reef and channel with a good show of grey sharks plus many whit tips up shallow and an eagle ray. The schools of fusiliers wafted around in excellent visibility and there were many jacks and snapper out over deep water too. The drift was alovely and we kept seeing green turtles popping up for a breath 9at least 10 seen) plus schools of big eye emperors, garfish, goldspots etc.
Visit to the deserted-village island of Dhiyadhoo where there are beautiful beaches on the lagoon and channel facing sides. We trekked right across the island and went gathering coconuts and fruit to make chutney.
Dive 2
SUPERB OCEAN REEF WITH LARGE SCHOOLS OF BLACK AND WHITE SNAPPERS AND BIG EYE JACKS PLUS GREEN TURTLES, RAINBOW RUNNERS AND MANY FUSILIERS. Near the corner were grey sharks and white tip sharks a SCHOOL OF LARGE GIANT BARRACUDAS AND THEN A SUPER DRIFT PAST LOTS OF TURTLES AND SCHOOLS OF GOLDFINGER DART POMPANOS
Dive 3
A pretty reef with many orange and pink seafans nestling amongst many coral blocks on a sandy slope. The north corner was busy with schools of sleek surgeonfish, schooling bannerfish plus longnose parrotfish and the corals were smothered in purple and yellow Evan's anthias. We also found a spiny lobster, a green leaf fish, boxer and Bruuni cleaner shrimps, and purple magnificent anemones with families of clownfish
Day 6
Beautiful green turtle MV Sea Spirit
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Foamullah atoll starting early. We crossed the Equator on the way and had a spinner dolphin escort for a while
Dive 1
Fast drift around deep corner with three divers washed away from the reef following a THRESHER SHARK! Lots of coral blocks with midnight and red snappers SECOND THRESHER SHARK, many rainbow runners. W spent the end of the dive on a shallow reef covered in all types of corals, especially fire corals full of Cooper's anthias, and met several friendly hawksbill turtles
Dive 2
Blue water dive finishing on reef. There were many rainbow runners, 8-9 large giant barracudas, a THRESHER SHARK AND A SCHOOL OF 1000 BONITO TUNAS then a mixed school of rainbow runners and snappers, white tip sharks and a pair of WAHOO as we drifted over the plateau
Dive 3
Edge of plateau with coral blocks full of cleaner fish and many rainbow runners and bristletooth tangs about their business. We found a tiger cowrie, an amboin shrimp in a purple edged anemone etc.
Evening Activity
Divers went to explore the island
Day 7
Diver with rainbow runners MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Big blue dive. We saw a wahoo, several giant barracudas, a large school of bonitos and a couple of grey sharks but nothing big this morning
Dive 2
A lovely ocean reef with several hawksbill turtles, giant barracudas, a very photogenic honeycomb moray sprawled across a block, yellow margin moray and many other reef fish. A thresher shark was seen in the depths
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Addu atoll
Dive 3
A dive site with a beautiful coral garden with exquisite hard corals and many chromis, damsels and reef fish plus isolated coral blocks with macro opportunities. We found a pair of leaf fish, Clarke's anemones in bubble and carpet anemones, Maldives cleaner shrimps etc. We were mobbed by golden jacks over the coral heads and there were schools of big eye emperors, bluestripe and two-spot snappers
Day 8
Goldfinger dart pompano from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A manta gave a show to patient divers who waited at the cleaning station. There was also a grey shark and an eagle ray plus a big blue Napoleon wrasse and a school of greencheek parrotfish
Dive 2
Atmospheric WW2 wreck where we made a tour via the bomb hole, the engine hold, the propellor via the black corals in the frame to a section of accomodationa and on to the bow. We saw several baby batfish, schools of blacktail snappers, many Pteraeolidia ianthina nudibranchs, table and whip corals.
Dive 3
Drift dive. We saw several green turtles, many spiny lobsters, coral blocks with bulls eyes, silver sweetlips, yellow spot jacks, black saddled coral groupers, Napoleons and milkfish
Night Dive
Night dive on the wreck where the coral polyps were extended and feeding. There were hermit crabs, smallscale scorpionfish, sleeping Valentine's pufferfish, Top snail, Lysmatella and Lysmata shrimps and many sleeping fish
Day 9
Diver explores British Loyalty wreck from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A lovely manta show with one playful manta for the whole dive who was joined by a second after 40 minutes. There was also a funny grey shark, a big Napoleon wrsse and harlequin sweetlips plus many snappers and a lovely octopus
Dive 2
Dramatic ocean reef where we saw several turtles including one hawksbill who wasn't bothered at all by divers and enjoyed a photoshoot. The shallow top reef has so many chromis plus purple and yellow Evan's anthias, schools of spawning green Captain parrotfish, big groupers etc.
Dive 3
A huge deep overhang with a couple of resting green turtles and one stayed stubbornly asleep. Ther is also a wall of purple gorgonia and a section of yellow and pink schleronephia soft corals. We saw schools of pyramid butterflyfish, goldfinger dart pompano, orange spot jacks, batfish and a gold coloured leaf fish
Sundowners with a beautiful sunset
Day 10
Huge school of golden jacks Mv Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We made a corner/channel drift with schools of red and black & white snappers on the outside a school of barred jacks with several GREY SHARKS hiding amongst them then a drift to the manta point where FOUR MANTAS and another grey shark were waiting for us. Great dive!
Dive 2
A FABULOUS MANTA SHOW WITH 5 DIFFERENT MANTAS PRESENT FOR THE ENTIRE DIVE AND THEY WERE REALLY SHOWING OFF. THE GREY SHARK SWAM AROUND TRYING TO GET OUR ATTENTION and there was also a big blue Napoleon, big eye emperors, harlequin and oriental sweetlips etc.
Dive 3
Ocean reef where there were several white tip sharks sleeping in the sandand WE WERE MOBBED BY A SCHOOL OF 500 LARGE GOLDEN JACKS, also spotted groupers, spiny lobster, really lovely hard corals and we found the WW2 submarine net float we had been looking for for several years
Day 11
Friendly mantas MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Quite a strong current so the four mantas intially there were hiding behind the cleaning station, hovering in the current, the approached and swam back. Meanwhile, the funny grey shark claimed the cleaning station to herself and stayed there most of the dive. Towards the end several more mantas arrived and we drifted over 7 mantas as we left. It was really beautiful!
Dive 2
A GRANDE FINALE WITH A VERY SPECIAL MANTA SHOW WITH EIGHT MANTAS BY THE END. The little grey shark was still hanging out in the current. As soon as the current dropped they were all over the cleaning station. A very special last dive
An afternoon spent chilling out and reviewing and editing all the photos and video shot during the trip. There was quite a party in the evening, and the less said there.........
Day 12
Amazing mantas MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
A morning at rest, taking final photos then off to Gan airport for the domestic flight to Male' and onward international flights.
Day 13
The SS459 Buddy Divers Group
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Male' international airport and travelled via domestic flight to Kaadhedhdhoo airport in Huvadhoo atoll and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive on beautiful coral reef with pristine acropora and porites massifs. Many coral blocks were full of glassfish and the reef above 20m depth was pulsating with silversides. We found a blacktip reef shark, several banded boxer shrimps, a pair of reef pipefish, hawksbill and green turtles including one with a conch firmly attached to its shell. Bonitos and blufin jacks swooped in to prey apon the silversides
Huge baitball of fish behind Sea Spirit at anchorage. A couple of dolphins turned up in the middle of the night
Day 1
Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Isolated thila where many rainbow runners are frequenty seen. Also dense schools of yellowback and black spot fusiliers, tunas and bonitos, a pink, white and pair of yellow leaf fish, blue ribbon eel, Nembrotha cristata nudibranch, a sole grey shark was being mobbed by rainbow runners.
Dive 2
Ocean reef with extensive coral covered thilas at drop off with schools of yellow goatfish and goldspot emperors, many scissortail chromis, spiny lobsters etc.
Dive 3
Beautiful coral garden reef with so many fish. We kept being mobbed by a huge school of rainbow runners plus big eye and barred jacks and some lucky divers saw a MARLIN! Dense schools of fusiliers swept past. The reef was covered in silversides and patches of glassfish. Lovely!
Evening Activity
Evening visit to uninhabited island to watch sunset. Another baitball behind SS at anchorage
Day 2
Uninhabited island of Hitadhoo where we made an evening visit. MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Blue water! Lots of grey sharks on front of the channel then a fast drift when we saw around 10 GREEN TURTLES plus longfin and orbicular batfish, a feathertail ray, a pink whipray and an electric torpedo ray
Dive 2
GREY SHARKS on channel front and a big school of midnight snappers, plus big eye jacks and tunas parading across front. During the drift we saw more green turtles plus goldfinger dartfish, batfish and huge schools of fusiliers
Dive 3
Ocean reef drift with several turtles seen on top of the reef and during the fast drift. ON THE CORNER WERE HUGE SCHOOLS OF FUSILIERS THEN LOTS OF WHITE TIP AND GREY SHARKS AND A SQUADRON OF 5-6 EAGLE RAYS, plus rainbow runners tunas etc. Wheee! We flew in!
Beautiful sunset this evening
Day 3
Feathertail ray with diver MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We had a middle of channel drop and were sucked onto the front quickly and hooked in to watch the show with big schools of mackerels and grey sharks deep on the front and throughout the water column. Tucked in on the front were lots of white tip sharks and a big school of barracudas. It was a fast and bumpy drift in.
Dive 2
GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS cruising the front of the channel plus huge dogtooth tunas but a very strong current and so it was hard to breathe! and then we had a finbendingly fast drift in! We saw a super-large green turtle, an octopus and enjoyed a really beautiful reef with really good corals and many different reef fish and also saw a blacktip shark
Dive 3
This thila was really pretty today, with huge schools of pulsating silversides and glassfish, two shape-pulling octopus, a peacock mantis shrimp, white tip sharks, thicklip wrasses, a large school of red big eye crescent tails, bonitos, yellow goatfish, Napoleons, bluefin and barred jacks, a single crown of thorns seastar etc.
Day 4
Grey shrk and eagle ray MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
We sighted several giant barracudas in the channel and on the reef slope but not the schools of Forsters we had hoped to see. The reef is very beautiful with magnificent coral structures. We found Amboin shrimps, a pir of yellow leaf fish, banded coral shrimps and just so many different reef fish including some large-sized brown marbled groupers
Dive 2
Coral garden site with so many glassfish over large coral blocks plus black coral trees an sea whips with gobies. We found a black with yellow spots flatworm, a feathertail ray, many schools of blue-green chromis, humbug and jewelled damsels, pavo chromis and had a lovely eagle ray almost collide with divers Oops!
Dive 3
Grey sharks and a huge school of big-eye jacks, a SAILFISH, followed by a moderate drift when we saw a green turtle and found a large old anchor mid-channel. We heard dolphins sonaring us whilst underwater and then they swam around the dhoni as we drove back
Night Dive
Night dive on pretty thila with many magnificent anemones in many different colours, a small white tip shark, lionfish, red crab, lots of small shrimps, longnose filefish etc.
Day 5
Spinner dolphins on bow MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
South corner ocean reef and channel with a good show of grey sharks plus many whit tips up shallow and an eagle ray. The schools of fusiliers wafted around in excellent visibility and there were many jacks and snapper out over deep water too. The drift was alovely and we kept seeing green turtles popping up for a breath 9at least 10 seen) plus schools of big eye emperors, garfish, goldspots etc.
Visit to the deserted-village island of Dhiyadhoo where there are beautiful beaches on the lagoon and channel facing sides. We trekked right across the island and went gathering coconuts and fruit to make chutney.
Dive 2
SUPERB OCEAN REEF WITH LARGE SCHOOLS OF BLACK AND WHITE SNAPPERS AND BIG EYE JACKS PLUS GREEN TURTLES, RAINBOW RUNNERS AND MANY FUSILIERS. Near the corner were grey sharks and white tip sharks a SCHOOL OF LARGE GIANT BARRACUDAS AND THEN A SUPER DRIFT PAST LOTS OF TURTLES AND SCHOOLS OF GOLDFINGER DART POMPANOS
Dive 3
A pretty reef with many orange and pink seafans nestling amongst many coral blocks on a sandy slope. The north corner was busy with schools of sleek surgeonfish, schooling bannerfish plus longnose parrotfish and the corals were smothered in purple and yellow Evan's anthias. We also found a spiny lobster, a green leaf fish, boxer and Bruuni cleaner shrimps, and purple magnificent anemones with families of clownfish
Day 6
Beautiful green turtle MV Sea Spirit
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Foamullah atoll starting early. We crossed the Equator on the way and had a spinner dolphin escort for a while
Dive 1
Fast drift around deep corner with three divers washed away from the reef following a THRESHER SHARK! Lots of coral blocks with midnight and red snappers SECOND THRESHER SHARK, many rainbow runners. W spent the end of the dive on a shallow reef covered in all types of corals, especially fire corals full of Cooper's anthias, and met several friendly hawksbill turtles
Dive 2
Blue water dive finishing on reef. There were many rainbow runners, 8-9 large giant barracudas, a THRESHER SHARK AND A SCHOOL OF 1000 BONITO TUNAS then a mixed school of rainbow runners and snappers, white tip sharks and a pair of WAHOO as we drifted over the plateau
Dive 3
Edge of plateau with coral blocks full of cleaner fish and many rainbow runners and bristletooth tangs about their business. We found a tiger cowrie, an amboin shrimp in a purple edged anemone etc.
Evening Activity
Divers went to explore the island
Day 7
Diver with rainbow runners MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Big blue dive. We saw a wahoo, several giant barracudas, a large school of bonitos and a couple of grey sharks but nothing big this morning
Dive 2
A lovely ocean reef with several hawksbill turtles, giant barracudas, a very photogenic honeycomb moray sprawled across a block, yellow margin moray and many other reef fish. A thresher shark was seen in the depths
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Addu atoll
Dive 3
A dive site with a beautiful coral garden with exquisite hard corals and many chromis, damsels and reef fish plus isolated coral blocks with macro opportunities. We found a pair of leaf fish, Clarke's anemones in bubble and carpet anemones, Maldives cleaner shrimps etc. We were mobbed by golden jacks over the coral heads and there were schools of big eye emperors, bluestripe and two-spot snappers
Day 8
Goldfinger dart pompano from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A manta gave a show to patient divers who waited at the cleaning station. There was also a grey shark and an eagle ray plus a big blue Napoleon wrasse and a school of greencheek parrotfish
Dive 2
Atmospheric WW2 wreck where we made a tour via the bomb hole, the engine hold, the propellor via the black corals in the frame to a section of accomodationa and on to the bow. We saw several baby batfish, schools of blacktail snappers, many Pteraeolidia ianthina nudibranchs, table and whip corals.
Dive 3
Drift dive. We saw several green turtles, many spiny lobsters, coral blocks with bulls eyes, silver sweetlips, yellow spot jacks, black saddled coral groupers, Napoleons and milkfish
Night Dive
Night dive on the wreck where the coral polyps were extended and feeding. There were hermit crabs, smallscale scorpionfish, sleeping Valentine's pufferfish, Top snail, Lysmatella and Lysmata shrimps and many sleeping fish
Day 9
Diver explores British Loyalty wreck from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A lovely manta show with one playful manta for the whole dive who was joined by a second after 40 minutes. There was also a funny grey shark, a big Napoleon wrsse and harlequin sweetlips plus many snappers and a lovely octopus
Dive 2
Dramatic ocean reef where we saw several turtles including one hawksbill who wasn't bothered at all by divers and enjoyed a photoshoot. The shallow top reef has so many chromis plus purple and yellow Evan's anthias, schools of spawning green Captain parrotfish, big groupers etc.
Dive 3
A huge deep overhang with a couple of resting green turtles and one stayed stubbornly asleep. Ther is also a wall of purple gorgonia and a section of yellow and pink schleronephia soft corals. We saw schools of pyramid butterflyfish, goldfinger dart pompano, orange spot jacks, batfish and a gold coloured leaf fish
Sundowners with a beautiful sunset
Day 10
Huge school of golden jacks Mv Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We made a corner/channel drift with schools of red and black & white snappers on the outside a school of barred jacks with several GREY SHARKS hiding amongst them then a drift to the manta point where FOUR MANTAS and another grey shark were waiting for us. Great dive!
Dive 2
A FABULOUS MANTA SHOW WITH 5 DIFFERENT MANTAS PRESENT FOR THE ENTIRE DIVE AND THEY WERE REALLY SHOWING OFF. THE GREY SHARK SWAM AROUND TRYING TO GET OUR ATTENTION and there was also a big blue Napoleon, big eye emperors, harlequin and oriental sweetlips etc.
Dive 3
Ocean reef where there were several white tip sharks sleeping in the sandand WE WERE MOBBED BY A SCHOOL OF 500 LARGE GOLDEN JACKS, also spotted groupers, spiny lobster, really lovely hard corals and we found the WW2 submarine net float we had been looking for for several years
Day 11
Friendly mantas MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Quite a strong current so the four mantas intially there were hiding behind the cleaning station, hovering in the current, the approached and swam back. Meanwhile, the funny grey shark claimed the cleaning station to herself and stayed there most of the dive. Towards the end several more mantas arrived and we drifted over 7 mantas as we left. It was really beautiful!
Dive 2
A GRANDE FINALE WITH A VERY SPECIAL MANTA SHOW WITH EIGHT MANTAS BY THE END. The little grey shark was still hanging out in the current. As soon as the current dropped they were all over the cleaning station. A very special last dive
An afternoon spent chilling out and reviewing and editing all the photos and video shot during the trip. There was quite a party in the evening, and the less said there.........
Day 12
Amazing mantas MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
A morning at rest, taking final photos then off to Gan airport for the domestic flight to Male' and onward international flights.
Day 13
The SS459 Buddy Divers Group
Sunset Queen SN010 1 Feb 2015 to 8 Feb 2015 Close Encounters (7 day)
Dive 1
Not the best of dives to start with as the current was strong at the end of the dive , the first part and the corner was fine with huge shoals of Mid-night snappers and Big eye jacks , Many w-tips , Honey-comb morays .Many different types of parrot fish ,
Day 1
Blue stripe snappers
Dive 1
Not a bad way to start the day with 2 Mantas at depth then to have 3 been 1 large female and 2 males closely floowing her at the end of the dive , Sting rays followed the divers along the reef , 2 Eagle rays , Hawksbill , Many W-tips , Lovely Burnt orange anemones , White mouth moray , Huge shoal of Bue stripe snappers and Yellow spot snappers.
Dive 2
Fab dive with tonnes of reef fish along , Couple of Grey sharks , Large Male sting ray came to join the snappers and napoleon who were on the hunt together even a large Napoleon joined in , Pair of Ghost Pipe fish , 2 Leaf fish , Huge shoal of Big eye jacks .
Dive 3
Strong current on top of the Thila but the whole top was covered in a blanket of Silver-sides , 3 Hawks-Bill turtles, Both Blue fin and GT’s charginga round ,Many job fish ejoying the silver-sides , Juv w-tips resting under a rock , Couple of w-tips and juv grey hanging around the deep pinnacle , Octopus ,
Day 2
Scuba Tours Diver
Dive 1
Had a large pregant female Manta for the whole dive , she’s clean swim off come back passing right over the guest head the clean again this went on for 70min’s , Large shoal of Fosters barracuda , Pink Leaf fish & White Leaf fish , Octopus.
Dive 2
Mantastic show we have 8 cleaning together and a flow of young males kept showing up closely following the females around most of the time coming right up to the guest , it was hard to go but after 85min dive our dive computers was telling us time to go !!!!
Dive 3
Fish soup the whole site was covered in Silver-sides , Hawksbill, Rare sighting of a Golden Moray ,Flatworm , Long-nose hawk fish , Plenty of different Nudi’s , Some lovely Anemones , Mantis Shrimp , Scorpion fish , Octopus , W-tip , Many different types of cleaner shrimps .
Day 3
 Maldives Manta
Dive 1
Loved this dive Gentle drift along fab overhangs full of soft coral and reef fish , Large shoal of Banner fish , Pair of sting rays been cleaned , 5 Hawksbills , 3 Mobula , 2 Manta’s , Barracuda , 100’s of Blue Stripe snappers.
Dive 2
Mantas through-out the dive and even while doing our stops , pair of Mating Octopus , 2 Leaf fish , White mouth Morays , Napoleons , Turtles , just a really lovey dive !!!
Dive 3
We all went on a Nudi Hunt finding many of the unknown very small Lime & Purple Tambja’s , i Found a pair mating , Glenie’s Chromodoris , Victoria’s Tambja , Reef pipe fish , Many different cleaner shrimps , Bat fish , and the whole stern was covered in juv fusileirs .
Day 4
Whale Shark
Dive 1
Really strong current so it was the case to get down quick hold on and watch the shraks swim back & Fourth along the front of the Channel followed by a swift drift down the inside of the channel at the end.
Dive 2
Even stronger current but it was worth the effort because we had so many Grey & W-tips . Plus a saild fish while doing out stops Result !!!!!
Dive 3
Wow so many Nurse sharks and they were all over us along with both Whip-tail and Feather-tail rays , Very small Octopus swam around us while watching the sharks .
Day 5
Nurse Shark
Dive 1
Lovely Blue water with plenty of Big pregant Greys and w-tips on the front , Couple of eagle rays , Feathe-tail ray , Honey comb morays , Free way of fuseilers , Jun Razor fish .
Dive 2
Fab critter dive with many Ribbon Eels , 6 Leaf fish , Spearing Mantis , Pair of Robust pipe fish , Lion fish , So many morays some been cleaned , cleaner shrimps busy at work , Pompano on the reef top .
Dive 3
Very gentle afternoon dive with very little current which was quiet plesant after having such strong ones.
Dive 4
Lovely critter Night dive found so many Trito’s Chromodoris , Suzanne’s Flat worm , Mosaic Flatworm , Mini Squat Lobsters , So many Hidy’s Lamellarid , Cassi Cornuta , Tanna Sp . Morays out on the hunt , so many pairs of little eyes pecking out at us so plenty of shrimp s everywhere.
Day 6
Happy Divers
Dive 1
Great last dive of the trip with lovely blue water and a gentle current with many w-tips , Eagle ray , Honey-comb morays , Porcilien crabs , Turtle s, GT’s , Tuna , Sting ray , Free way of fusiliers .
Daytime Excursion
Popped into Male for a walk about and Ice-cream.
Evening Activity
Once all the packing had been finished and drinks sorted out it was time to settle to Watch trip DVD to bring back all the happy Diving memories from the trip .
Day 7
Trito's Chromodoris
 
Dive 1
Not the best of dives to start with as the current was strong at the end of the dive , the first part and the corner was fine with huge shoals of Mid-night snappers and Big eye jacks , Many w-tips , Honey-comb morays .Many different types of parrot fish ,
Day 1
Blue stripe snappers
Dive 1
Not a bad way to start the day with 2 Mantas at depth then to have 3 been 1 large female and 2 males closely floowing her at the end of the dive , Sting rays followed the divers along the reef , 2 Eagle rays , Hawksbill , Many W-tips , Lovely Burnt orange anemones , White mouth moray , Huge shoal of Bue stripe snappers and Yellow spot snappers.
Dive 2
Fab dive with tonnes of reef fish along , Couple of Grey sharks , Large Male sting ray came to join the snappers and napoleon who were on the hunt together even a large Napoleon joined in , Pair of Ghost Pipe fish , 2 Leaf fish , Huge shoal of Big eye jacks .
Dive 3
Strong current on top of the Thila but the whole top was covered in a blanket of Silver-sides , 3 Hawks-Bill turtles, Both Blue fin and GT’s charginga round ,Many job fish ejoying the silver-sides , Juv w-tips resting under a rock , Couple of w-tips and juv grey hanging around the deep pinnacle , Octopus ,
Day 2
Scuba Tours Diver
Dive 1
Had a large pregant female Manta for the whole dive , she’s clean swim off come back passing right over the guest head the clean again this went on for 70min’s , Large shoal of Fosters barracuda , Pink Leaf fish & White Leaf fish , Octopus.
Dive 2
Mantastic show we have 8 cleaning together and a flow of young males kept showing up closely following the females around most of the time coming right up to the guest , it was hard to go but after 85min dive our dive computers was telling us time to go !!!!
Dive 3
Fish soup the whole site was covered in Silver-sides , Hawksbill, Rare sighting of a Golden Moray ,Flatworm , Long-nose hawk fish , Plenty of different Nudi’s , Some lovely Anemones , Mantis Shrimp , Scorpion fish , Octopus , W-tip , Many different types of cleaner shrimps .
Day 3
 Maldives Manta
Dive 1
Loved this dive Gentle drift along fab overhangs full of soft coral and reef fish , Large shoal of Banner fish , Pair of sting rays been cleaned , 5 Hawksbills , 3 Mobula , 2 Manta’s , Barracuda , 100’s of Blue Stripe snappers.
Dive 2
Mantas through-out the dive and even while doing our stops , pair of Mating Octopus , 2 Leaf fish , White mouth Morays , Napoleons , Turtles , just a really lovey dive !!!
Dive 3
We all went on a Nudi Hunt finding many of the unknown very small Lime & Purple Tambja’s , i Found a pair mating , Glenie’s Chromodoris , Victoria’s Tambja , Reef pipe fish , Many different cleaner shrimps , Bat fish , and the whole stern was covered in juv fusileirs .
Day 4
Whale Shark
Dive 1
Really strong current so it was the case to get down quick hold on and watch the shraks swim back & Fourth along the front of the Channel followed by a swift drift down the inside of the channel at the end.
Dive 2
Even stronger current but it was worth the effort because we had so many Grey & W-tips . Plus a saild fish while doing out stops Result !!!!!
Dive 3
Wow so many Nurse sharks and they were all over us along with both Whip-tail and Feather-tail rays , Very small Octopus swam around us while watching the sharks .
Day 5
Nurse Shark
Dive 1
Lovely Blue water with plenty of Big pregant Greys and w-tips on the front , Couple of eagle rays , Feathe-tail ray , Honey comb morays , Free way of fuseilers , Jun Razor fish .
Dive 2
Fab critter dive with many Ribbon Eels , 6 Leaf fish , Spearing Mantis , Pair of Robust pipe fish , Lion fish , So many morays some been cleaned , cleaner shrimps busy at work , Pompano on the reef top .
Dive 3
Very gentle afternoon dive with very little current which was quiet plesant after having such strong ones.
Dive 4
Lovely critter Night dive found so many Trito’s Chromodoris , Suzanne’s Flat worm , Mosaic Flatworm , Mini Squat Lobsters , So many Hidy’s Lamellarid , Cassi Cornuta , Tanna Sp . Morays out on the hunt , so many pairs of little eyes pecking out at us so plenty of shrimp s everywhere.
Day 6
Happy Divers
Dive 1
Great last dive of the trip with lovely blue water and a gentle current with many w-tips , Eagle ray , Honey-comb morays , Porcilien crabs , Turtle s, GT’s , Tuna , Sting ray , Free way of fusiliers .
Daytime Excursion
Popped into Male for a walk about and Ice-cream.
Evening Activity
Once all the packing had been finished and drinks sorted out it was time to settle to Watch trip DVD to bring back all the happy Diving memories from the trip .
Day 7
Trito's Chromodoris
Sunset Queen SN009 25 Jan 2015 to 1 Feb 2015 Close Encounters (7 day)
Dive 1
Fab way to start the trip with both Greys & w-tips , 1 Eagle ray ,Huge shoal of BIg eye jacks , 2 Leaf fish , Pair of Ghost pipe fish , Short snout Pipe fish ,Spearing Mantis ,
Day 1
Dive 1
Super way to start the day with 6 Bottle Nose Dolphins come and buzz me , 3 Greys , Many w-tips , Eagle ray , Huge shoal of 100+ Bat fish , Leaf fish , Ghost Pipe fish , 100’s & 100’s of Big eye Jacks.
Dive 2
Little Eagle ray , W-tips , Large shoal of Red Big eyes and golden spot snappers , Octopus , Mantis shrimp , sat on the reef edge to wacth the greys swimm back and fourth along the front at times making real close passes. Turtle.
Dive 3
My god stunning dive the whole site was covered in sliver-sides to the piont you could not see your Fella Divers at times, The shape they made was amazinh and all the time Job fish kept charging through them , Was hard finding anything else really .
Dive 4
Well we did have a Manta turn up at Mid-night so was rude not to go and watch her so yes was a very long day we finishing the dive at 1:30am .
Day 2
Dive 1
What a super Manta dive it as to be the best one this year with so many Mantas all cleaning together on botht eh blocks plus many more swimming back and fourth between the two blocks this went on for the whole dive.
Dive 2
Guest where more than happy to go back to watch yet another fab Manta dive i counted over 20 different Mantas , 9 cleaning together.
Dive 3
Have not been to this site for some years so its always nice to go check them out , Turned out to be a lovely critter dive with plenty to keep the photgraphers busy and again the whole reef top was covered in a blanket of silver-sides.
Day 3
Maldives Mantas
Dive 1
Love this site always loads to see , had this really hungry hawksbill that ate 2 sponges before swimming off , Huge shoal of Blue-stripe snappers and Golden spot snappers , Napoleons , Mobula , Eagle ray , White tips , many greys plus a Male Manta came in for a quick clean.
Dive 2
The whole length of the reef was Manta after Manta some coming inches over the guest heads enjoying the bubbles.
Snorkelling
Had the pleasure of two different whales sharks to snorkel with , Having the larger one hang around for quiet some time.
Dive 3
Nurse Shark , plenty of bat fsh , 4 different Tamjas , many lion fish , Chromodoris Glenei , Pipe fish , But too many divers which was a shame.
Day 4
Whale Shark & Guest
Dive 1
Stunning coral dive with the huge fan corals and the whole sea bed full of pink & Peach soft coral , w-tips ,100’s of blue fin , Sting ray , Turtle , Huge marble sting ray .Larhe shoals of Blue stripe snappers.
Dive 2
My God what a current so it was the case off getting down quick hold on and watch the show of Greys and w-tips followed by a swift drift along the inside .
Dive 3
So many Nurse Sharks all around the guest and in the water coluom doing a strnage what seemed to be courtship , 2 different types of sting rays m GT’s going crazy. All good fun.
Day 5
Marble Sting ray & Diver
Dive 1
Wow well it don't get much better than that …. what a fab Shark display i counted 47 in one view and with more coming along the front .
Dive 2
Another great channel Dive with both Greys & W-tips , was nice to have two huge Marble rays on the front resting , 2 Porcupine rays along the inside , w-tips , Honey-comb morays ending with a lovely drift along a coral garden.
Dive 3
This is alwasy a big hit with the divers and the Photographers with pleny to find , Ribbon Eels , 4 Leaf fish , Spearing Mabtis shrimps , So many lion fish , Many different types of Morays some been cleaned , Pompano , Napoleonsn , Sinus Anemone with a shimp , Scorpion fish , Blennys ,Small flounder , Octopus . So many Different types of shripms and reef crabs .
Day 6
Scuba Tours Divers
Dive 1
Last Dive of the trip and Well the current was whipping in from the ocean side so we had quiet a ride , We had plenty of w-tips on the corner along with 2 eagle rays followed by another 3 later in the dive , Nurse Shark resting in one of the caves , GT’S charging the fusiliers , both Green turtle & Hawks-bill. Honey-comb moray .
Daytime Excursion
Most of the guest came into to Male for a walk about and the famous ice-cream in Seagull’s cafe.
Evening Activity
Once all the packing had been finished it was time to settle down to watch the trip DVD .
Day 7
Rare Porcupine Ray
Guest Transfer
Always sad when its time to take the guest back to the airport ready for there flight back to the UK , but hopefully they will all be taking back some very special memories.
Day 8
After the storm
 
Dive 1
Fab way to start the trip with both Greys & w-tips , 1 Eagle ray ,Huge shoal of BIg eye jacks , 2 Leaf fish , Pair of Ghost pipe fish , Short snout Pipe fish ,Spearing Mantis ,
Day 1
Dive 1
Super way to start the day with 6 Bottle Nose Dolphins come and buzz me , 3 Greys , Many w-tips , Eagle ray , Huge shoal of 100+ Bat fish , Leaf fish , Ghost Pipe fish , 100’s & 100’s of Big eye Jacks.
Dive 2
Little Eagle ray , W-tips , Large shoal of Red Big eyes and golden spot snappers , Octopus , Mantis shrimp , sat on the reef edge to wacth the greys swimm back and fourth along the front at times making real close passes. Turtle.
Dive 3
My god stunning dive the whole site was covered in sliver-sides to the piont you could not see your Fella Divers at times, The shape they made was amazinh and all the time Job fish kept charging through them , Was hard finding anything else really .
Dive 4
Well we did have a Manta turn up at Mid-night so was rude not to go and watch her so yes was a very long day we finishing the dive at 1:30am .
Day 2
Dive 1
What a super Manta dive it as to be the best one this year with so many Mantas all cleaning together on botht eh blocks plus many more swimming back and fourth between the two blocks this went on for the whole dive.
Dive 2
Guest where more than happy to go back to watch yet another fab Manta dive i counted over 20 different Mantas , 9 cleaning together.
Dive 3
Have not been to this site for some years so its always nice to go check them out , Turned out to be a lovely critter dive with plenty to keep the photgraphers busy and again the whole reef top was covered in a blanket of silver-sides.
Day 3
Maldives Mantas
Dive 1
Love this site always loads to see , had this really hungry hawksbill that ate 2 sponges before swimming off , Huge shoal of Blue-stripe snappers and Golden spot snappers , Napoleons , Mobula , Eagle ray , White tips , many greys plus a Male Manta came in for a quick clean.
Dive 2
The whole length of the reef was Manta after Manta some coming inches over the guest heads enjoying the bubbles.
Snorkelling
Had the pleasure of two different whales sharks to snorkel with , Having the larger one hang around for quiet some time.
Dive 3
Nurse Shark , plenty of bat fsh , 4 different Tamjas , many lion fish , Chromodoris Glenei , Pipe fish , But too many divers which was a shame.
Day 4
Whale Shark & Guest
Dive 1
Stunning coral dive with the huge fan corals and the whole sea bed full of pink & Peach soft coral , w-tips ,100’s of blue fin , Sting ray , Turtle , Huge marble sting ray .Larhe shoals of Blue stripe snappers.
Dive 2
My God what a current so it was the case off getting down quick hold on and watch the show of Greys and w-tips followed by a swift drift along the inside .
Dive 3
So many Nurse Sharks all around the guest and in the water coluom doing a strnage what seemed to be courtship , 2 different types of sting rays m GT’s going crazy. All good fun.
Day 5
Marble Sting ray & Diver
Dive 1
Wow well it don't get much better than that …. what a fab Shark display i counted 47 in one view and with more coming along the front .
Dive 2
Another great channel Dive with both Greys & W-tips , was nice to have two huge Marble rays on the front resting , 2 Porcupine rays along the inside , w-tips , Honey-comb morays ending with a lovely drift along a coral garden.
Dive 3
This is alwasy a big hit with the divers and the Photographers with pleny to find , Ribbon Eels , 4 Leaf fish , Spearing Mabtis shrimps , So many lion fish , Many different types of Morays some been cleaned , Pompano , Napoleonsn , Sinus Anemone with a shimp , Scorpion fish , Blennys ,Small flounder , Octopus . So many Different types of shripms and reef crabs .
Day 6
Scuba Tours Divers
Dive 1
Last Dive of the trip and Well the current was whipping in from the ocean side so we had quiet a ride , We had plenty of w-tips on the corner along with 2 eagle rays followed by another 3 later in the dive , Nurse Shark resting in one of the caves , GT’S charging the fusiliers , both Green turtle & Hawks-bill. Honey-comb moray .
Daytime Excursion
Most of the guest came into to Male for a walk about and the famous ice-cream in Seagull’s cafe.
Evening Activity
Once all the packing had been finished it was time to settle down to watch the trip DVD .
Day 7
Rare Porcupine Ray
Guest Transfer
Always sad when its time to take the guest back to the airport ready for there flight back to the UK , but hopefully they will all be taking back some very special memories.
Day 8
After the storm
Sea Spirit SS458 25 Jan 2015 to 6 Feb 2015 Male to Equatorial Far South (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We travelled south to South Male' atoll
Dive 1
We had to try for sharks on the check dive! Yay, we saw several white tip sharks cruising the drop off and the top of the reef. There were large schools of fusiliers and bluefin and giant trevallies. Large tunas coralled the smaller fish inclusing schoolig bannerfish and sleek surgeons. We found several honeycomb morays, an unidentified black and white flatworm, a lovely turtle and watched an EAGLE RAY HOVER ABOVE US FOR AGES!
Day 1
Eagle ray hovering above us from Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
THREE DIVES IN ONE! Macro: an ornate ghost pipefish, several Lysmata shrimps, honeycomb morays, boxer shrimps and a starry dragonet. Fish city: many white tip sharks plus a couple of grey sharks buzzing around on the channel corner with tunas, giant trevallies, big eye and bluefin jacks and rivers of fusiliers and finishing with a fast and bumpy drift dive!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Vaavu (Felidhoo) atoll
Dive 2
A BIG CURRENT AND A FABULOUS SHARK SHOW WITH UP TO 30 GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES INCLUDING SOME LARGE PREGNANT FEMALES AND ALSO TWO SILVERTIP SHARKS! There were lots of juvenile greys which were very cute. We had a fast drift over the sand dunes which was fun.
Dive 3
There were very similar current conditions for this second dive at the sharky channel and similar numbers of GREY SHARK AND WHITE TIP SHARKS riding the current on the front of the channel. A school of around 20 large dogtooth tunas were hanging out mid-channel and a school of bonito tunas also buzzed us. There were 100's of schooling bannerfish bouncing in the current over the patch reef at the back of the channel
Night Dive
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH AT LEAST 25 LARGE TAWNY NURSE SHARKS PLUS PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, MANY GIANT TREVALLIES AND EVEN A COUPLE OF BLACKTIP SHARKS UP IN THE SHALLOWS.
Day 2
Grey shark show on the front of the channel MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Another show of GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS but the current was a bit strong even for the sharks and there seemed to be less than yesterday. There were still lots of big tunas around and we enjoyed the drift over patch reef and sand dunes
Dive 2
A dive of contrast with lots of pretty reef fish buzzing around the shallows amongst orange, pink and blue sponges and swathes of red and white gorgonia seafans. We found a cutie hawksbill turtle, an octopus, another unidentified flatworm (orange/yellow and black), pretty juvenile cardinals, many different colours of magnificent anemones and just so many buzzing orange anthias over a lovely hard coral reef
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Vattaru atoll
Dive 3
A beautiful multilevel overhang full of pink soft corals and cream coloured seafans then the sandy channel front where we saw a large MANGROVE WHIPRAY sleeping. It was a fast and whirly current thereon and made for an exciting drift. We saw a SCALLOPED HAMMERHEAD SHARK coming off a shallow cleaning station. WOW!
Day 3
Magnificent anemones in amzing bright orange MV Sea Spirit. Maldives
Dive 1
SIX MANTA RAYS AND A WONDERFUL DIVE AS THEY SWEPT UP TO THE RIDGE AND INTO THE CHANNEL TO VISIT CLEANING STATIONS. They were all previously unreported mantas and yet they seemed very curious of the divers and kept sweeping past to take a look. We also enjoyed all the beautiful coral covered ledges in the big overhangs and saw Napoleons, swirling big eye jacks, a spiny lobster, a yellow-spotted flatworm etc.
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Meemu atoll
Dive 2
AN INCREDIBLE DIVE STARTING WITH A STRONG OCEAN CURRENT WHICH SWEPT US TO THE CHANNEL FRONT WHERE A SCHOOL OF 20+ JUVENILE GREY SHARKS GREETED US, PLUS LOTS OF WHITE TIPS ON THE CHANNEL TOP. WE EASED ACROSS THE FRONT A LITTLE AND THEN HOOKEDIN AND JUST WATCHED THE SHOW FOR THE NEXT 20 MINUTES. SO MANY GREY SHARKS PLUS 6 SILVERTIP SHARKS, TWO EAGLE RAYS, A SCHOOL OF 500+ BONITO TUNAS WHICH JUST STAYED IN FRONT OF US. After half an hour the current suddenly dropped off and then all the large grey sharks buzzed around us. Lovely Napoleons on the way up!
Dive 3
We visited the small deep wreck and discovered some new "treasure". The reef fish were buzzing around and there were lots of longfin batfish. We stayed shallow and the visibility was a little challenging but there were beautiful anemones with their associated clownfish, turtles and just so many table corals and small pavona coraks buzzing with blue-green chromis and humbug damsels
Day 4
Manta ray show from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An ocean reef drift into a channel with some nice macro on the outside including a black ribbon eel, many cleaner shrimps, several large clearfin lionfish and honeycomb morays. We then had an amazing manta show with 7 FRIENDLY BIG MANTAS which played with us for half an hour!
Dive 2
AN EXCEPTIONAL 70+ MINUTE DIVE WITH 10 DIFFERENT MANTAS WHICH WERE SWOOPING INTO THE CHANNEL AND OVER OUR HEADS AND VISITING CLEANING STATIONS WHILST CHECKING US OUT CLOSELY. They came swimming at us in lines of up ti 6 at a time. An awesome experience
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Thaa atoll
Dive 3
Beautiful overhangs laced with yellow acabaria soft coral and just so many glassfish, Bruuni shrimps, boxer shrimps, several black coral trees full of Psmanthe shrimps, Kar philippensis blue commensal shrimps in sinoise bubble anemones, a Phidiana militaris nudibranch. There was exceptionally good coral from 15 to the top with groups of colourful magnificent anemones and their families of clownfish
Day 5
n ibcredible manta show today from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A blue water hang looking for hammerheads. We eventually swam to the reef and had a very brisk ocean reef drift past large coral blocks with schools of snappers, emperors etc. We saw large tunas, a fast swimming hawksbill turtle and a huge brownmarbled grouper
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Laamu atoll
Dive 2
NEW SITE! A very beautiful deep thila with an exceptional coral garden on the top and steep walls to 35+m covered in black corals and many glassfish and juvenile cardinals plus Psmanthe shrimps and wrsse amd shrimp cleaning stations. There were lovely schools of blue stripe, 2-spot and humpback snappers. We saw a round ribbontail ray and sevral white tips. The shallow coraks were full of blue-green chromis and other damsels.
Dive 3
AMAZING DIVE! WE SAW A LARGE BLACK HAMMERHEAD SHARK ON THE CHANNEL FRONT AND LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND SILVERTIP SHARKS BUZZING AROUND WHEN A GROUP OF DOGTOOTH TUNAS TURNED STRIPEY AND STARTED HUNTING. So exciting!! We had 50+ grey sharks cruising past plus big ones cleaning in the shallow. A LARGE SHORT-FINNED MOBULA FLEW PAST and there were also white tip sharks, tunas and rivers of fusiliers. Wow!!
Day 6
Another channel full of grey sharks plus silvertips and a hammerhead. MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
There was a very strong current but we still saw lots of grey sharks and white tips plus a giant barracuda and schools of fusiliers and mackerels and were mobbed by a school of golden jacks. There was a very strong current in the channel and we were boinged around in the whirlpools on ascent
Dive 2
LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AGAIN (we counted over 60) plus a school of 14 EAGLE RAYS plus tunas and barred and golden jacks and then an enormous school of big eye jacks and midnight snappers over the big blocks on the corner. There were many oriental sweetlips plus collared butterflyfish and an enormous potato-cod like white/brown grouper
Dive 3
Ocean reef drift over extensive porites-coral blocks covered on reef fish: oriental, harlequin and silver sweetlips, many soldierfish, snappers etc. Plus turtles, patch reef smothered in Evan's anthias, white spotted and six-spot groupers.
Dive 3
Sunset dive on a beautiful reef smothered in juvenile fusiliers and glassfish with lots of reef fish and patches of pink and orange clathria soft coral. We found a small purple octopus, two scorpionfish, cometfish etc.
Day 7
Beautiful uninhabited island in southern Laamu atoll
Ocean Crossing
8 hour crossing to Huvadhoo atoll with a very early morning start
Dive 1
This is a great thila site with hundreds of big eye jacks zooming up and down the reef and engulfing the divers every few minutes plus large schools of alternately pink and dark red big eye crescent tails which are very photogenic. The reef top is extensively covered in beautiful hard corals and the southern face has many black coral trees with longnose and pixie hawkfish. There is something for everyone on this site. We manged to see a grey shark and a Notodoris cristata nudibranch too!
Dive 2
Strong current but a good grey shark show with groups of 20+ grey sharks cruising past or hovering above our heads plus many white tips. We had a fast drift for the first part and the found the eddy where lots of GREEN TURTLES were hiding out and we counted 18 different ones. Many were just trying to keep a low profile by resting on the sand and seemed very upset at being discoved and having their photos taken! We aslo found a FEATHERTAIL RAY and there were many longfin batfish hanging out with the turtles
Day 8
One of many green turtles in this channel from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A VERY EXCITING DIVE WITH 30+ GREY SHARKS AROUND THE SPUR AND DESCENDING AFTER SOME TUNAS THEN A BIG SCHOOL OF AT LEAST 30 MORE JUST HANGING IN THE CURRENT AND 20 MORE ON THE NORTH CORNER. We also saw a pair of giant barracudas plus schools of Forsters and chevron barracudas. It was a very fast drift and found the turtle island with about 20 green turtles of all sizes hiding ffrom the current before the current took us away again. Orbicular and longfin batfish too!
Dive 2
Dramatic ocean reef with milk fish and big tunas cruising the blue. There were several green turtles along the top reef and then GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS on the corner. It was a steady dift in past magnificent coral blocks full of reef fish but all the green turtles had moved on.
Dive 3
A sheltered lagoon/reef site but all a bit too quiet today. Beautiful hard corals and many schools of yellowback and neon fusiliers, a sleeping white tip shark, blocks with glass fish and an enormous ugly giant moray!
Dive 4
Rainbow runners and schools of fusiliers on the outside and a long and dramatic cave but very strong and bouncy current so we flew over the large fish-filled porites blocks and watched the orange seafans vibrating in the current! It was a real rollercoaster ride in, avoiding coral blocks but we saw several large blue Napoleon wrasses
Day 9
Diver drifting over beautiful reef in the Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Blue, blue water and lots of GREY SHARKS on the outside and along the front, but it was hard to stop and hook in! We then had a steady drift into the channel amongst the large coral blocks where we saw black saddled, brown marbled and white spotted groupers plus several more white tip and grey sharks moseying about in the channel
Dive 2
Another strong current with a good shark show on the front. There was a school of 250+ big-eye jacks deep down on the channel front but even the sharks were bending in the current. We flew down the middle of the channel and had A HUGE 6m DIAMETER GIANT MANTA APPROACH SOME OF THE DIVERS AS THEY MADE THEIR SAFETY STOP
Dive 3
Pretty thila known for the display of Magnificent anemones on the top of the reef in many colours including orange, green, purple and cerise! We found two spearing mantis shrimps amongst porites blocks smothered in glassfish and a sleeping white tip shark. Lots of small groupers including vermilion rock cods and red groupers,
Day 10
Diver with green turtle from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A strong current channel dive with LOTS OF GREY SHARKS UP SHALLOW and many white tip sharks zooming along the edge. We had a brisk drift over the plateau and passed a school of 200+ longfin batfish swimming hard to stay close to the thila
Dive 2
AMAZING EAGLE RAY SHOW AS 20+ EAGLE RAYS KEPT FORMATION AND HUNG IN THE CURRENT. THEY MOVED AROUND US SEVERAL TIMES BUT WE WERE ABLE TO WATCH AND PHOTOGRAPH THEM FOR 10 MINUTES OR MORE. On the corner were a SCHOOL OF LARGE GIANT BARRACUDAS PLUS GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS AND LARGE SCHOOLS OF BIG EYE JACKS AND MIXED SNAPPERS. We saw a LOGGERHEAD TURTLE during the drift.
After the dive and during lunch we were surounded by a large pod of 200+ spinner dolphins which were practicing their jumps and generally just hanging around in the lagoon where we were anchored. An occasional pod would break off and come close to investigate Sea Spirit
Dive 3
A beautiful ocean reef with just so many green turtles flying past and schools of big eye jacks, midnight and red snappers, black jacks, the school of giant barracudas, several eagle rays then grey sharks and white tips on the channel front. We had a fast drift into the atoll and saw a huge male green turtle in the sand.
More spinner dolphins lolloping around the boat. One of the other dhonis went to see if they would ride the bow wave but they were just chilling out. Very lovely.
Day 11
Eagle ray show from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Back to the busy corner and another show of eagle rays, big eye jacks, grey sharks, black jacks, red and midnight snapper schools etc. The dolphins were heading out to sea as we drove out to the dive site and we had at least 20 under the bow at one point!
Dive 2
Beautiful thila with coral blocks and many orange seafans. A couple of grey sharks cruised the current point and a blacktip shark whizzed about in the shallows. We found a pair of yellow lef fish in a glassfish block, several solo banded boxer shrimps, 6 spiny lobsters hiding together, friendly longfin batfish, a purple elegant squat lobster in a purple featherstar and just so many sleek surgeonfish hanging out being cleaned
Dive 3
Pretty reef with deep blocks covered in glassfish and schools of yellowback fusiliers, big eye jacks, bonito and dogtooth tunas, longnose filefish, Maldives sponge snail, juv. bi-colour parrotfish and really superb hard coral
Day 12
School of giant barracudas Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Daytime Excursion
We travelled towards the west of the atoll for the domestic air transfers and spent a few hours at an isolated sandbank. The divers had a chilled morning to relax.
Guest Transfer
Divers were transferred to Kaadedhdhoo airport for their domestic flights to Male' during the afternoon
Day 13
Amazing and colourful reef of the far south of the Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We travelled south to South Male' atoll
Dive 1
We had to try for sharks on the check dive! Yay, we saw several white tip sharks cruising the drop off and the top of the reef. There were large schools of fusiliers and bluefin and giant trevallies. Large tunas coralled the smaller fish inclusing schoolig bannerfish and sleek surgeons. We found several honeycomb morays, an unidentified black and white flatworm, a lovely turtle and watched an EAGLE RAY HOVER ABOVE US FOR AGES!
Day 1
Eagle ray hovering above us from Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
THREE DIVES IN ONE! Macro: an ornate ghost pipefish, several Lysmata shrimps, honeycomb morays, boxer shrimps and a starry dragonet. Fish city: many white tip sharks plus a couple of grey sharks buzzing around on the channel corner with tunas, giant trevallies, big eye and bluefin jacks and rivers of fusiliers and finishing with a fast and bumpy drift dive!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Vaavu (Felidhoo) atoll
Dive 2
A BIG CURRENT AND A FABULOUS SHARK SHOW WITH UP TO 30 GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES INCLUDING SOME LARGE PREGNANT FEMALES AND ALSO TWO SILVERTIP SHARKS! There were lots of juvenile greys which were very cute. We had a fast drift over the sand dunes which was fun.
Dive 3
There were very similar current conditions for this second dive at the sharky channel and similar numbers of GREY SHARK AND WHITE TIP SHARKS riding the current on the front of the channel. A school of around 20 large dogtooth tunas were hanging out mid-channel and a school of bonito tunas also buzzed us. There were 100's of schooling bannerfish bouncing in the current over the patch reef at the back of the channel
Night Dive
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH AT LEAST 25 LARGE TAWNY NURSE SHARKS PLUS PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, MANY GIANT TREVALLIES AND EVEN A COUPLE OF BLACKTIP SHARKS UP IN THE SHALLOWS.
Day 2
Grey shark show on the front of the channel MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Another show of GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS but the current was a bit strong even for the sharks and there seemed to be less than yesterday. There were still lots of big tunas around and we enjoyed the drift over patch reef and sand dunes
Dive 2
A dive of contrast with lots of pretty reef fish buzzing around the shallows amongst orange, pink and blue sponges and swathes of red and white gorgonia seafans. We found a cutie hawksbill turtle, an octopus, another unidentified flatworm (orange/yellow and black), pretty juvenile cardinals, many different colours of magnificent anemones and just so many buzzing orange anthias over a lovely hard coral reef
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Vattaru atoll
Dive 3
A beautiful multilevel overhang full of pink soft corals and cream coloured seafans then the sandy channel front where we saw a large MANGROVE WHIPRAY sleeping. It was a fast and whirly current thereon and made for an exciting drift. We saw a SCALLOPED HAMMERHEAD SHARK coming off a shallow cleaning station. WOW!
Day 3
Magnificent anemones in amzing bright orange MV Sea Spirit. Maldives
Dive 1
SIX MANTA RAYS AND A WONDERFUL DIVE AS THEY SWEPT UP TO THE RIDGE AND INTO THE CHANNEL TO VISIT CLEANING STATIONS. They were all previously unreported mantas and yet they seemed very curious of the divers and kept sweeping past to take a look. We also enjoyed all the beautiful coral covered ledges in the big overhangs and saw Napoleons, swirling big eye jacks, a spiny lobster, a yellow-spotted flatworm etc.
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Meemu atoll
Dive 2
AN INCREDIBLE DIVE STARTING WITH A STRONG OCEAN CURRENT WHICH SWEPT US TO THE CHANNEL FRONT WHERE A SCHOOL OF 20+ JUVENILE GREY SHARKS GREETED US, PLUS LOTS OF WHITE TIPS ON THE CHANNEL TOP. WE EASED ACROSS THE FRONT A LITTLE AND THEN HOOKEDIN AND JUST WATCHED THE SHOW FOR THE NEXT 20 MINUTES. SO MANY GREY SHARKS PLUS 6 SILVERTIP SHARKS, TWO EAGLE RAYS, A SCHOOL OF 500+ BONITO TUNAS WHICH JUST STAYED IN FRONT OF US. After half an hour the current suddenly dropped off and then all the large grey sharks buzzed around us. Lovely Napoleons on the way up!
Dive 3
We visited the small deep wreck and discovered some new "treasure". The reef fish were buzzing around and there were lots of longfin batfish. We stayed shallow and the visibility was a little challenging but there were beautiful anemones with their associated clownfish, turtles and just so many table corals and small pavona coraks buzzing with blue-green chromis and humbug damsels
Day 4
Manta ray show from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An ocean reef drift into a channel with some nice macro on the outside including a black ribbon eel, many cleaner shrimps, several large clearfin lionfish and honeycomb morays. We then had an amazing manta show with 7 FRIENDLY BIG MANTAS which played with us for half an hour!
Dive 2
AN EXCEPTIONAL 70+ MINUTE DIVE WITH 10 DIFFERENT MANTAS WHICH WERE SWOOPING INTO THE CHANNEL AND OVER OUR HEADS AND VISITING CLEANING STATIONS WHILST CHECKING US OUT CLOSELY. They came swimming at us in lines of up ti 6 at a time. An awesome experience
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Thaa atoll
Dive 3
Beautiful overhangs laced with yellow acabaria soft coral and just so many glassfish, Bruuni shrimps, boxer shrimps, several black coral trees full of Psmanthe shrimps, Kar philippensis blue commensal shrimps in sinoise bubble anemones, a Phidiana militaris nudibranch. There was exceptionally good coral from 15 to the top with groups of colourful magnificent anemones and their families of clownfish
Day 5
n ibcredible manta show today from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A blue water hang looking for hammerheads. We eventually swam to the reef and had a very brisk ocean reef drift past large coral blocks with schools of snappers, emperors etc. We saw large tunas, a fast swimming hawksbill turtle and a huge brownmarbled grouper
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Laamu atoll
Dive 2
NEW SITE! A very beautiful deep thila with an exceptional coral garden on the top and steep walls to 35+m covered in black corals and many glassfish and juvenile cardinals plus Psmanthe shrimps and wrsse amd shrimp cleaning stations. There were lovely schools of blue stripe, 2-spot and humpback snappers. We saw a round ribbontail ray and sevral white tips. The shallow coraks were full of blue-green chromis and other damsels.
Dive 3
AMAZING DIVE! WE SAW A LARGE BLACK HAMMERHEAD SHARK ON THE CHANNEL FRONT AND LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND SILVERTIP SHARKS BUZZING AROUND WHEN A GROUP OF DOGTOOTH TUNAS TURNED STRIPEY AND STARTED HUNTING. So exciting!! We had 50+ grey sharks cruising past plus big ones cleaning in the shallow. A LARGE SHORT-FINNED MOBULA FLEW PAST and there were also white tip sharks, tunas and rivers of fusiliers. Wow!!
Day 6
Another channel full of grey sharks plus silvertips and a hammerhead. MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
There was a very strong current but we still saw lots of grey sharks and white tips plus a giant barracuda and schools of fusiliers and mackerels and were mobbed by a school of golden jacks. There was a very strong current in the channel and we were boinged around in the whirlpools on ascent
Dive 2
LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AGAIN (we counted over 60) plus a school of 14 EAGLE RAYS plus tunas and barred and golden jacks and then an enormous school of big eye jacks and midnight snappers over the big blocks on the corner. There were many oriental sweetlips plus collared butterflyfish and an enormous potato-cod like white/brown grouper
Dive 3
Ocean reef drift over extensive porites-coral blocks covered on reef fish: oriental, harlequin and silver sweetlips, many soldierfish, snappers etc. Plus turtles, patch reef smothered in Evan's anthias, white spotted and six-spot groupers.
Dive 3
Sunset dive on a beautiful reef smothered in juvenile fusiliers and glassfish with lots of reef fish and patches of pink and orange clathria soft coral. We found a small purple octopus, two scorpionfish, cometfish etc.
Day 7
Beautiful uninhabited island in southern Laamu atoll
Ocean Crossing
8 hour crossing to Huvadhoo atoll with a very early morning start
Dive 1
This is a great thila site with hundreds of big eye jacks zooming up and down the reef and engulfing the divers every few minutes plus large schools of alternately pink and dark red big eye crescent tails which are very photogenic. The reef top is extensively covered in beautiful hard corals and the southern face has many black coral trees with longnose and pixie hawkfish. There is something for everyone on this site. We manged to see a grey shark and a Notodoris cristata nudibranch too!
Dive 2
Strong current but a good grey shark show with groups of 20+ grey sharks cruising past or hovering above our heads plus many white tips. We had a fast drift for the first part and the found the eddy where lots of GREEN TURTLES were hiding out and we counted 18 different ones. Many were just trying to keep a low profile by resting on the sand and seemed very upset at being discoved and having their photos taken! We aslo found a FEATHERTAIL RAY and there were many longfin batfish hanging out with the turtles
Day 8
One of many green turtles in this channel from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A VERY EXCITING DIVE WITH 30+ GREY SHARKS AROUND THE SPUR AND DESCENDING AFTER SOME TUNAS THEN A BIG SCHOOL OF AT LEAST 30 MORE JUST HANGING IN THE CURRENT AND 20 MORE ON THE NORTH CORNER. We also saw a pair of giant barracudas plus schools of Forsters and chevron barracudas. It was a very fast drift and found the turtle island with about 20 green turtles of all sizes hiding ffrom the current before the current took us away again. Orbicular and longfin batfish too!
Dive 2
Dramatic ocean reef with milk fish and big tunas cruising the blue. There were several green turtles along the top reef and then GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS on the corner. It was a steady dift in past magnificent coral blocks full of reef fish but all the green turtles had moved on.
Dive 3
A sheltered lagoon/reef site but all a bit too quiet today. Beautiful hard corals and many schools of yellowback and neon fusiliers, a sleeping white tip shark, blocks with glass fish and an enormous ugly giant moray!
Dive 4
Rainbow runners and schools of fusiliers on the outside and a long and dramatic cave but very strong and bouncy current so we flew over the large fish-filled porites blocks and watched the orange seafans vibrating in the current! It was a real rollercoaster ride in, avoiding coral blocks but we saw several large blue Napoleon wrasses
Day 9
Diver drifting over beautiful reef in the Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Blue, blue water and lots of GREY SHARKS on the outside and along the front, but it was hard to stop and hook in! We then had a steady drift into the channel amongst the large coral blocks where we saw black saddled, brown marbled and white spotted groupers plus several more white tip and grey sharks moseying about in the channel
Dive 2
Another strong current with a good shark show on the front. There was a school of 250+ big-eye jacks deep down on the channel front but even the sharks were bending in the current. We flew down the middle of the channel and had A HUGE 6m DIAMETER GIANT MANTA APPROACH SOME OF THE DIVERS AS THEY MADE THEIR SAFETY STOP
Dive 3
Pretty thila known for the display of Magnificent anemones on the top of the reef in many colours including orange, green, purple and cerise! We found two spearing mantis shrimps amongst porites blocks smothered in glassfish and a sleeping white tip shark. Lots of small groupers including vermilion rock cods and red groupers,
Day 10
Diver with green turtle from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A strong current channel dive with LOTS OF GREY SHARKS UP SHALLOW and many white tip sharks zooming along the edge. We had a brisk drift over the plateau and passed a school of 200+ longfin batfish swimming hard to stay close to the thila
Dive 2
AMAZING EAGLE RAY SHOW AS 20+ EAGLE RAYS KEPT FORMATION AND HUNG IN THE CURRENT. THEY MOVED AROUND US SEVERAL TIMES BUT WE WERE ABLE TO WATCH AND PHOTOGRAPH THEM FOR 10 MINUTES OR MORE. On the corner were a SCHOOL OF LARGE GIANT BARRACUDAS PLUS GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS AND LARGE SCHOOLS OF BIG EYE JACKS AND MIXED SNAPPERS. We saw a LOGGERHEAD TURTLE during the drift.
After the dive and during lunch we were surounded by a large pod of 200+ spinner dolphins which were practicing their jumps and generally just hanging around in the lagoon where we were anchored. An occasional pod would break off and come close to investigate Sea Spirit
Dive 3
A beautiful ocean reef with just so many green turtles flying past and schools of big eye jacks, midnight and red snappers, black jacks, the school of giant barracudas, several eagle rays then grey sharks and white tips on the channel front. We had a fast drift into the atoll and saw a huge male green turtle in the sand.
More spinner dolphins lolloping around the boat. One of the other dhonis went to see if they would ride the bow wave but they were just chilling out. Very lovely.
Day 11
Eagle ray show from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Back to the busy corner and another show of eagle rays, big eye jacks, grey sharks, black jacks, red and midnight snapper schools etc. The dolphins were heading out to sea as we drove out to the dive site and we had at least 20 under the bow at one point!
Dive 2
Beautiful thila with coral blocks and many orange seafans. A couple of grey sharks cruised the current point and a blacktip shark whizzed about in the shallows. We found a pair of yellow lef fish in a glassfish block, several solo banded boxer shrimps, 6 spiny lobsters hiding together, friendly longfin batfish, a purple elegant squat lobster in a purple featherstar and just so many sleek surgeonfish hanging out being cleaned
Dive 3
Pretty reef with deep blocks covered in glassfish and schools of yellowback fusiliers, big eye jacks, bonito and dogtooth tunas, longnose filefish, Maldives sponge snail, juv. bi-colour parrotfish and really superb hard coral
Day 12
School of giant barracudas Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Daytime Excursion
We travelled towards the west of the atoll for the domestic air transfers and spent a few hours at an isolated sandbank. The divers had a chilled morning to relax.
Guest Transfer
Divers were transferred to Kaadedhdhoo airport for their domestic flights to Male' during the afternoon
Day 13
Amazing and colourful reef of the far south of the Maldives
Sunset Queen SN008 18 Jan 2015 to 25 Jan 2015 Close Encounters (7 day)
Dive 1
Couple of w-tips , Greys , 1 eagle ray , Turtle , Huge shoal of Blue stripe snappers & Yellow spot snappers , Lovely Orange Anemones , W-Mouth Morays , Bat fish , Sweet-lips .
Day 1
Scuba Tours divers
Dive 1
Dropped down to a wave of Fuseliers , W-tips , Large shoal of Humphead snappers , Turtle , Manta came right over our heads , Sting ray , Octopus , So many Napoleons , Leaf fish ,Whip coral Shrimps . Flatworm.
Dive 2
We had 6 Grey Sharks swimming around us , 11 Eagle rays made two passes , Huge shoal of Big eye jacks , 2 Leaf fish ,Pair of Ghost pipe fish , 1 inch Stone fish , Strange Tube worm , Snappers & Napoleon along with a Yellow Grouper all going crazy hunting .
Dive 3
Most of the guest spent most of the time hovering over the 18m Pinnacle watching the sharks swim by and the jacks charging at the silver-sides , Octopus , Peacock Mantis , So many different Shrimps , W-tips , Eagle ray, So many Anemone fish on top of the North west Overhang.
Dive 4
Had a lovely time Diving with 3 Mantas Feeding at night under the boat.
Day 2
Manta
Dive 1
Mantas from start to finish with 5 cleaning together and all in Great viz.
Dive 2
Everyone was happy to go back to the same site , this time only 2 mantas at the start and 1 towards the end of the dive , Spent a good part of the dive enjoying the huge shoal fo Blue-stripe snappers and Yellow Goat fish , Couple of w-tips came in for a quick clean.
Dive 3
Been a While since last diving this site but i have to be honest i really enjoyed it , Strong current so it was hard work staying on the current point but the drift along the Thila was good fun , the whole site was covered in a layer of basslets and juv fusileirs, Came across this very funny Hawksbill that seemed to enjoy looking at himself in my lens.
Day 3
Diver & Blue-stripe snappers
Dive 1
Wow what a Dive Manta Heaven we had a fab time watching Manats come right up to us while cleaning and all in perfect Viz.
Dive 2
Again Mantas through out the dive , Large shoal of Yellow spot snppers and Indian Banner fish then we stopped to Watch the Silver-tips come into Clean.
Snorkelling
Fantastic we had the pleasure of snorkeling with two different Whale Sharks for over 1 hour and all before the 3rd Dive and all to ourselves how perfect is thats
Dive 3
Would have been nice to bump into our Whale Sharks while on the dive but no luck but we did have a late dive but we did have many w-tips and free way of Fusilers.
Day 4
Whale Shark
Dive 1
This site is stunning. The Soft coral cobverage is breath taking and all puffed out to its full glory , Huge sea fans , Large shoal of Big eye Jacks , Marble sting ray & Feather-tail ray .
Dive 2
Such a fab shark show we spent the whole Dive hocked in on the corner and let the sharks come to us even two Eagle rays came across …. We then had a swift drift dive up the channel all good fun.
Dive 3
Crazy Night dive as soon as we settled on the bottom the Nurse Sharks were all over us and this went on for over 40min along with 2 different types of Sting rays .... All good fun .
Day 5
Reef Fish
Dive 1
What a fab Shark Dive , i counted 42 in one shot and they just kept coming , Once our bottom time ran out we finished the dive with a very fast drift along the inside.
Dive 2
5 Ribbon Eels , Spearing Mantis , 3 Leaf fish , Small Golden Moray , Comet fish , Lion fish , So many different types of shrimps , Tube Worms , Honey Comb moray. Critter Heaven.
Dive 3
Wow what a current once we reached the corner some stopped to watch the greys & W-tips along with a couple of eagle rays , Huge Napoleon , GT’s , Pcrcilien crabs , Octopus , Cushion star Shrimps, Eagel ray .
Day 6
Grey Shark
Dive 1
Another swift drift dive was hard work holding along the front so we just went with the flow and drifted along the reef , All good fun and plenty to see.
Ocean Crossing
Cross back to North Male.
Evening Activity
Once all the packing had been finished everyone settled to watch the Trip DVD.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All guest transferred to the airport ready for there flight home and to thier resorts.
Day 8
Lovely Morning Sun Rise
 
Dive 1
Couple of w-tips , Greys , 1 eagle ray , Turtle , Huge shoal of Blue stripe snappers & Yellow spot snappers , Lovely Orange Anemones , W-Mouth Morays , Bat fish , Sweet-lips .
Day 1
Scuba Tours divers
Dive 1
Dropped down to a wave of Fuseliers , W-tips , Large shoal of Humphead snappers , Turtle , Manta came right over our heads , Sting ray , Octopus , So many Napoleons , Leaf fish ,Whip coral Shrimps . Flatworm.
Dive 2
We had 6 Grey Sharks swimming around us , 11 Eagle rays made two passes , Huge shoal of Big eye jacks , 2 Leaf fish ,Pair of Ghost pipe fish , 1 inch Stone fish , Strange Tube worm , Snappers & Napoleon along with a Yellow Grouper all going crazy hunting .
Dive 3
Most of the guest spent most of the time hovering over the 18m Pinnacle watching the sharks swim by and the jacks charging at the silver-sides , Octopus , Peacock Mantis , So many different Shrimps , W-tips , Eagle ray, So many Anemone fish on top of the North west Overhang.
Dive 4
Had a lovely time Diving with 3 Mantas Feeding at night under the boat.
Day 2
Manta
Dive 1
Mantas from start to finish with 5 cleaning together and all in Great viz.
Dive 2
Everyone was happy to go back to the same site , this time only 2 mantas at the start and 1 towards the end of the dive , Spent a good part of the dive enjoying the huge shoal fo Blue-stripe snappers and Yellow Goat fish , Couple of w-tips came in for a quick clean.
Dive 3
Been a While since last diving this site but i have to be honest i really enjoyed it , Strong current so it was hard work staying on the current point but the drift along the Thila was good fun , the whole site was covered in a layer of basslets and juv fusileirs, Came across this very funny Hawksbill that seemed to enjoy looking at himself in my lens.
Day 3
Diver & Blue-stripe snappers
Dive 1
Wow what a Dive Manta Heaven we had a fab time watching Manats come right up to us while cleaning and all in perfect Viz.
Dive 2
Again Mantas through out the dive , Large shoal of Yellow spot snppers and Indian Banner fish then we stopped to Watch the Silver-tips come into Clean.
Snorkelling
Fantastic we had the pleasure of snorkeling with two different Whale Sharks for over 1 hour and all before the 3rd Dive and all to ourselves how perfect is thats
Dive 3
Would have been nice to bump into our Whale Sharks while on the dive but no luck but we did have a late dive but we did have many w-tips and free way of Fusilers.
Day 4
Whale Shark
Dive 1
This site is stunning. The Soft coral cobverage is breath taking and all puffed out to its full glory , Huge sea fans , Large shoal of Big eye Jacks , Marble sting ray & Feather-tail ray .
Dive 2
Such a fab shark show we spent the whole Dive hocked in on the corner and let the sharks come to us even two Eagle rays came across …. We then had a swift drift dive up the channel all good fun.
Dive 3
Crazy Night dive as soon as we settled on the bottom the Nurse Sharks were all over us and this went on for over 40min along with 2 different types of Sting rays .... All good fun .
Day 5
Reef Fish
Dive 1
What a fab Shark Dive , i counted 42 in one shot and they just kept coming , Once our bottom time ran out we finished the dive with a very fast drift along the inside.
Dive 2
5 Ribbon Eels , Spearing Mantis , 3 Leaf fish , Small Golden Moray , Comet fish , Lion fish , So many different types of shrimps , Tube Worms , Honey Comb moray. Critter Heaven.
Dive 3
Wow what a current once we reached the corner some stopped to watch the greys & W-tips along with a couple of eagle rays , Huge Napoleon , GT’s , Pcrcilien crabs , Octopus , Cushion star Shrimps, Eagel ray .
Day 6
Grey Shark
Dive 1
Another swift drift dive was hard work holding along the front so we just went with the flow and drifted along the reef , All good fun and plenty to see.
Ocean Crossing
Cross back to North Male.
Evening Activity
Once all the packing had been finished everyone settled to watch the Trip DVD.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All guest transferred to the airport ready for there flight home and to thier resorts.
Day 8
Lovely Morning Sun Rise
Sea Spirit SS457 18 Jan 2015 to 25 Jan 2015 Manta Special (Research trip) (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from resorts and international flights and were transferred to Sea Spirit. We up-anchored and travelled west
Dive 1
Check dive on an easy, sheltered site but which delivered plenty of good sightings including a ZEBRA SHARK swimming up the reef, several white tip reef sharks, two glorious flatworms, a tiger cowrie, pink, blue orange and green magnificent anemones and their associated families of Maldives anemonefish and a lovely mixed school of blue stripe snapper and goldspot emperors
Day 1
Diver exploring the beautiful reefs of the maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A thila site in a wide channel with huge schools of fusiliers being chased by large dogtooth tunas whilst the white tip sharks slept on the sand! A large grey shark cruised the current point and then there were many humpback snappers, crown squirrelfish and oriental sweetlips over the coral blocks. At the back of the thila was a school of medium-sized chevron barracudas which pulled swirls and ball shapes for us. A manta flew past.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
AN INCREDIBLE DIVE WITH SO MANY GREY SHARKS CRUISING UP AND DOWN THE REEF AND INTEREACTING WITH EACHOTHER (MATING SEASON?) PLUS 12 BEAUTIFUL SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS IN THE DEPTHS AND JUST SO MANY RED AND MIDNIGHT SNAPPERS, RAINBOW RUNNER ETC AT THE CURRENT POINT. ALSO SEVERAL LARGE NAPOLEONS PLUS MANY LARGE LONGNOSE EMPERORS HUNTNG AS A PACK AND A HGE SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS ALONG THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL
Dive 3
This classic Maldives site always delivers, and extra today was a dense school of silversides all along the current side pulsating with the current and attacks by dogtooth and bonito tunas, giant tevallies, bluefin jacks etc. There were around 5 small grey sharks trying to clean plus a few large ones cruising around plus a large school of schooling bannerfish and big eye jacks. We found juvenile longfin batfish, Amboin, Maldives and boxer cleaner shrimps. Some divers had a manta flypast and there were two very friendly turtles, one of which woke up from it's snooze, checked out the divers, went for a breath and returned to it's bed!
Night Dive
Super night dive with up to four energetic mantas as they busily scooped up the plankton behind the boat. We enjoyed some really close encounters and for first-time manta divers this was an incredible experience. Also a school of squid and several freeswimming flatworms
Day 2
incredible night dive with manta rays from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
An in-current drift at a new manta site. A huge dogtooth tuna patrolled the outer reef and an eagle ray hovered in the current. We saw 3 mantas near the cleaning station blocks and then WOW another 4 swooped over our heads in a mating chain but the current increased and we drifted on
Dive 2
Back to the cleaning station and this time we had a MANTA SHOW FOR 70 MINUTES as 7-8 different mantas visited the blocks and hovered in the curent and then swooped over our heads enjoying a bubble bath. An amazing close-up experience. Down the reef slope were around 15 Napoleon wrasses of all sizes but including four large blues. A mating aggregation?
Dive 3
A super-pretty thila with black corals, pink blue and yellow coloured sponges, lots of bright pink magnificent anemones and so many glass fish and silversides which pulsed with the currents and the frequent attacks by bonito and dogtooth tunas. There were two octopus, one pulling some amzing shapes and many diferent types of featherstars
Day 3
Mantas swimming past in a mating chain from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Mantas and More! There were two mantas in and out of the cleaning station for the whole dive but there were also many white tip sharks sleeping in the sand, a couple of grey sharks, then lovely coral blocks full of oriental and harlequin sweetlips plus schools of blue striped and humpback snappers and yellow goatfish. We found a pretty porcelain crab and a large blue stripe legged anemone shrimp in a carpet anemone. A shortfin mobula swam past too!
Dive 2
A drift dive through BEAUTIFUL PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL HUNG OVERHANGS AND LEDGES WITH JUST SO MANY COLOURFUL REEF FISH. Also beautiful seafans, nepthia soft coral and sea whips. There were a pair of turtles and many soldierfish, schools of bluestripe snappers, bannerfish and ledges pulsating with orange anthias
Dive 3
An easy drift past schools of crown squirrelfish, goldspot emperors and the cute Indian bannerfish. A LARGE SILVERTIP SHARK SHOT OFF FROM A CLEANING STATION AND SWAM UP THE CHANNEL and we had a FRIENDLY MANTA WHO SWAM UP TO GREET US AT THE END OF THE DIVE. This site is always good for macro and we found a white mouthed moray, a pair OF MATING OCTOPUS, Bruuni shimps cleaning colourful rock cods etc.
Day 4
Such friendly mantas! In the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A SUPERB MANTA SHOW WITH MORE THAN 15 DIFFERENT MANTAS INCLUDING SEVERAL OF OUR FAVOURITE SUPER-FRIENDLY FEMALS WHO GREETED US LIKE OLD FRIENDS AND SWAM AROUND US AND PLAYED IN OUR BUBBLES. THIS DIVE WAS MORE THAN 80 MINUTES OF BLISS. We love mantas and they seem to love us too! We also saw a ZEBRA SHARK!
Snorkelling
After five false starts we managed to swim with a very cute 5m grey and very spotty WHALE SHARK who took us for a tour of the reef around Sun Island!
Dive 2
We had cold mixing waters on this dive with a distinct thermocline below 20m where there were lots of white tip sharks sleeping on the sandy bottom. We found two different species of scorpionfish, Maldives sponge snails, schools of fish and lots of cleaning activity by morays etc. A block full of glassfish and bulls eyes concealed TAWNY NURSE SHARKS and we found three different sharks
Snorkelling
OMG WHAT AN AFTERNOON! TWO WHALE SHARKS AT THE SAME TIME, ONE WHICH LET US FOLOW FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES BEFORE HEADING OUT OVER DEEP WATER THEN A THIRD LARGER ONE WITH A WONKY DORSAL FIN AND FINALLY A SMALL GREY ONE WITH LOTS OF BIG WHITE SPOTS. WE WERE ALL EXHAUSTED UT ELATED AFTER THAT SHOW SO THE TOTAL FOR TODAY WAS 7 DIFFERENT SHARKS, FIVE OF WHICH WE MANAGED TO SNORKEL WITH!!!!!!
Dive 3
Ocean reef where it was a very chilly 25 degrees with an even colder thermocline below 25m so we stayed shallow! There were several white tip sharks resting (as usual!) a small round ribbon tail ray sleeping under a big block and a large PINK WHIP RAY with an exceedingly long tail, also lots of cleaning activity, a pair of giant conch, spider shells etc.
Evening Activity
A round of drinks to toast a successful day and an early night as we were all exhausted!
Day 5
What a day, we snorkelled with 5 different whale shark! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A beautiful little thila covered in pink and green seafans plus pink soft coral growing on the tops of the overhangs with really interesting canyons and ledges. There were grey sharks, white tip sharks a GIANT BARRACUDA, schools of sweetlips, tunas chasing fusiliers and baitfish, bluefin and giant trevallies. There were large brownmarbled and black saddle groupers on the main reef plus a Napoleon wrasse pulling faces.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 2
A really great macro site where we saw at least 6 different blue ribbon eels and several black ones, leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimps in their burrows, large lionfish lying in wait at the entrance to an overhang and out up and down the reef then a green halimeda ghost pipe fish, lysmata and banded boxer shrimps a porcupine fish covered in Bruuni cleaner shrimps and a larg school of convict tangs marauding up and down the reef
Dive 3
A late evening dive at a pretty sheltered reef where there seemed to be unprecedented number of Chromodoris tritos nudibranchs! Plus some mini-lobsters, Maldives sponge snails, a huge purple stonefish, a pair of shorthead anemone shrimps with the family of very feisty Clarke's anemonefish, an unsusual dark pink coloured lemon goby (?) and the featherstars seemed very a nimated and even swimming around
Day 6
Beautiful soft coral hung caves full of reef fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
So much so see! A BUSY CORNER WITH 4 EAGLE RAYS, WHITE TIP SHARKS PLUS LARGE SCHOOLS OF SNAPPERS AND GIANT TREVALLIES AND A LARGE SCHOOL OF BONITO TUNAS WENT THUINDERING PAST. On the outside reef was great macro and we found several beautiful honeycomb morays, a pair of leaf fish, Lysmata shrimps waiting for client fish to clean, peacock mantis shrimps and all the while the giant trveallies kept flying past. We had a rollercoaster drift into the channel at the end of the dive and a double spin around the washing machine. Very exciting!
Ocean crossing and travel back to North Male' atoll where we anchored around lunch time. We made an afternoon visit to Male' island to re-provision and do a little shopping and sightseeing plus to visit the famous Seagull ice-cream café
World Premiere of the trip video!
Day 7
Eagle rays hovering on the corner of the channel. MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
All divers were transferred to the airport for their return flights back to Europe
Day 8
Group photo
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from resorts and international flights and were transferred to Sea Spirit. We up-anchored and travelled west
Dive 1
Check dive on an easy, sheltered site but which delivered plenty of good sightings including a ZEBRA SHARK swimming up the reef, several white tip reef sharks, two glorious flatworms, a tiger cowrie, pink, blue orange and green magnificent anemones and their associated families of Maldives anemonefish and a lovely mixed school of blue stripe snapper and goldspot emperors
Day 1
Diver exploring the beautiful reefs of the maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A thila site in a wide channel with huge schools of fusiliers being chased by large dogtooth tunas whilst the white tip sharks slept on the sand! A large grey shark cruised the current point and then there were many humpback snappers, crown squirrelfish and oriental sweetlips over the coral blocks. At the back of the thila was a school of medium-sized chevron barracudas which pulled swirls and ball shapes for us. A manta flew past.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
AN INCREDIBLE DIVE WITH SO MANY GREY SHARKS CRUISING UP AND DOWN THE REEF AND INTEREACTING WITH EACHOTHER (MATING SEASON?) PLUS 12 BEAUTIFUL SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS IN THE DEPTHS AND JUST SO MANY RED AND MIDNIGHT SNAPPERS, RAINBOW RUNNER ETC AT THE CURRENT POINT. ALSO SEVERAL LARGE NAPOLEONS PLUS MANY LARGE LONGNOSE EMPERORS HUNTNG AS A PACK AND A HGE SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS ALONG THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL
Dive 3
This classic Maldives site always delivers, and extra today was a dense school of silversides all along the current side pulsating with the current and attacks by dogtooth and bonito tunas, giant tevallies, bluefin jacks etc. There were around 5 small grey sharks trying to clean plus a few large ones cruising around plus a large school of schooling bannerfish and big eye jacks. We found juvenile longfin batfish, Amboin, Maldives and boxer cleaner shrimps. Some divers had a manta flypast and there were two very friendly turtles, one of which woke up from it's snooze, checked out the divers, went for a breath and returned to it's bed!
Night Dive
Super night dive with up to four energetic mantas as they busily scooped up the plankton behind the boat. We enjoyed some really close encounters and for first-time manta divers this was an incredible experience. Also a school of squid and several freeswimming flatworms
Day 2
incredible night dive with manta rays from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
An in-current drift at a new manta site. A huge dogtooth tuna patrolled the outer reef and an eagle ray hovered in the current. We saw 3 mantas near the cleaning station blocks and then WOW another 4 swooped over our heads in a mating chain but the current increased and we drifted on
Dive 2
Back to the cleaning station and this time we had a MANTA SHOW FOR 70 MINUTES as 7-8 different mantas visited the blocks and hovered in the curent and then swooped over our heads enjoying a bubble bath. An amazing close-up experience. Down the reef slope were around 15 Napoleon wrasses of all sizes but including four large blues. A mating aggregation?
Dive 3
A super-pretty thila with black corals, pink blue and yellow coloured sponges, lots of bright pink magnificent anemones and so many glass fish and silversides which pulsed with the currents and the frequent attacks by bonito and dogtooth tunas. There were two octopus, one pulling some amzing shapes and many diferent types of featherstars
Day 3
Mantas swimming past in a mating chain from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Mantas and More! There were two mantas in and out of the cleaning station for the whole dive but there were also many white tip sharks sleeping in the sand, a couple of grey sharks, then lovely coral blocks full of oriental and harlequin sweetlips plus schools of blue striped and humpback snappers and yellow goatfish. We found a pretty porcelain crab and a large blue stripe legged anemone shrimp in a carpet anemone. A shortfin mobula swam past too!
Dive 2
A drift dive through BEAUTIFUL PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL HUNG OVERHANGS AND LEDGES WITH JUST SO MANY COLOURFUL REEF FISH. Also beautiful seafans, nepthia soft coral and sea whips. There were a pair of turtles and many soldierfish, schools of bluestripe snappers, bannerfish and ledges pulsating with orange anthias
Dive 3
An easy drift past schools of crown squirrelfish, goldspot emperors and the cute Indian bannerfish. A LARGE SILVERTIP SHARK SHOT OFF FROM A CLEANING STATION AND SWAM UP THE CHANNEL and we had a FRIENDLY MANTA WHO SWAM UP TO GREET US AT THE END OF THE DIVE. This site is always good for macro and we found a white mouthed moray, a pair OF MATING OCTOPUS, Bruuni shimps cleaning colourful rock cods etc.
Day 4
Such friendly mantas! In the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A SUPERB MANTA SHOW WITH MORE THAN 15 DIFFERENT MANTAS INCLUDING SEVERAL OF OUR FAVOURITE SUPER-FRIENDLY FEMALS WHO GREETED US LIKE OLD FRIENDS AND SWAM AROUND US AND PLAYED IN OUR BUBBLES. THIS DIVE WAS MORE THAN 80 MINUTES OF BLISS. We love mantas and they seem to love us too! We also saw a ZEBRA SHARK!
Snorkelling
After five false starts we managed to swim with a very cute 5m grey and very spotty WHALE SHARK who took us for a tour of the reef around Sun Island!
Dive 2
We had cold mixing waters on this dive with a distinct thermocline below 20m where there were lots of white tip sharks sleeping on the sandy bottom. We found two different species of scorpionfish, Maldives sponge snails, schools of fish and lots of cleaning activity by morays etc. A block full of glassfish and bulls eyes concealed TAWNY NURSE SHARKS and we found three different sharks
Snorkelling
OMG WHAT AN AFTERNOON! TWO WHALE SHARKS AT THE SAME TIME, ONE WHICH LET US FOLOW FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES BEFORE HEADING OUT OVER DEEP WATER THEN A THIRD LARGER ONE WITH A WONKY DORSAL FIN AND FINALLY A SMALL GREY ONE WITH LOTS OF BIG WHITE SPOTS. WE WERE ALL EXHAUSTED UT ELATED AFTER THAT SHOW SO THE TOTAL FOR TODAY WAS 7 DIFFERENT SHARKS, FIVE OF WHICH WE MANAGED TO SNORKEL WITH!!!!!!
Dive 3
Ocean reef where it was a very chilly 25 degrees with an even colder thermocline below 25m so we stayed shallow! There were several white tip sharks resting (as usual!) a small round ribbon tail ray sleeping under a big block and a large PINK WHIP RAY with an exceedingly long tail, also lots of cleaning activity, a pair of giant conch, spider shells etc.
Evening Activity
A round of drinks to toast a successful day and an early night as we were all exhausted!
Day 5
What a day, we snorkelled with 5 different whale shark! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A beautiful little thila covered in pink and green seafans plus pink soft coral growing on the tops of the overhangs with really interesting canyons and ledges. There were grey sharks, white tip sharks a GIANT BARRACUDA, schools of sweetlips, tunas chasing fusiliers and baitfish, bluefin and giant trevallies. There were large brownmarbled and black saddle groupers on the main reef plus a Napoleon wrasse pulling faces.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 2
A really great macro site where we saw at least 6 different blue ribbon eels and several black ones, leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimps in their burrows, large lionfish lying in wait at the entrance to an overhang and out up and down the reef then a green halimeda ghost pipe fish, lysmata and banded boxer shrimps a porcupine fish covered in Bruuni cleaner shrimps and a larg school of convict tangs marauding up and down the reef
Dive 3
A late evening dive at a pretty sheltered reef where there seemed to be unprecedented number of Chromodoris tritos nudibranchs! Plus some mini-lobsters, Maldives sponge snails, a huge purple stonefish, a pair of shorthead anemone shrimps with the family of very feisty Clarke's anemonefish, an unsusual dark pink coloured lemon goby (?) and the featherstars seemed very a nimated and even swimming around
Day 6
Beautiful soft coral hung caves full of reef fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
So much so see! A BUSY CORNER WITH 4 EAGLE RAYS, WHITE TIP SHARKS PLUS LARGE SCHOOLS OF SNAPPERS AND GIANT TREVALLIES AND A LARGE SCHOOL OF BONITO TUNAS WENT THUINDERING PAST. On the outside reef was great macro and we found several beautiful honeycomb morays, a pair of leaf fish, Lysmata shrimps waiting for client fish to clean, peacock mantis shrimps and all the while the giant trveallies kept flying past. We had a rollercoaster drift into the channel at the end of the dive and a double spin around the washing machine. Very exciting!
Ocean crossing and travel back to North Male' atoll where we anchored around lunch time. We made an afternoon visit to Male' island to re-provision and do a little shopping and sightseeing plus to visit the famous Seagull ice-cream café
World Premiere of the trip video!
Day 7
Eagle rays hovering on the corner of the channel. MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
All divers were transferred to the airport for their return flights back to Europe
Day 8
Group photo
Sunset Queen SN007 11 Jan 2015 to 18 Jan 2015 Close Encounters (7 day)
Dive 1
Manta Fly By , Greys and Eagle rays down at depth , Turtle , Huge shoal of blue-stripe snappers and Yellow spot snappers , Bat fish ,White mouth Moray .Huge Sting ray .W-tips .
Day 1
Dive 1
Started the dive drifting along the reef to find a Huge sting ray been cleaned , W-tips , White mouth moray , Greys , 3 Eagle rays , So many reef fish , W-tips . Then after the Dive we had a snorkel with 5 Mantas cleaning on the reef top.
Dive 2
5 Grey Sharks , Eagle ray , Huge Tuna , 3 Leaf fish , Ghost pipe fish , Napoleon and Snappers hutning together , W-tips , Large shoal of Big eye jacks , the whole site is like swimming in Fish soup truly stunning !!!!!
Dive 3
Love this site the reef is just bursting with small reef fish we had 5 Greys and quiet a few w-tips , Very pale eagle ray , Large shoal of Big eye Jacks , Napoleon , Hawksbill . 2 Leak fish . Huge Tuna , Large shoal of Mid-night smappers , Ghost Pipe Fish , Many spearing Mantis ,
Day 2
Dive 1
Everyone was really pleased to be going back to this site and all came back saying they had a fab dive with lots to see shame i missed it .
Dive 2
We all spent most of the dive watching the Grey sharks crusing up and down the edge of the reef making very close passes over our heads , 1 young male showed signs of courtship behaviour with a larger a female how kept flicking him off , Very small eagle rays feeding along the sand bottom , Large shoal of big eyes , Bat fish been cleaned.
Dive 3
Very Pleasant dive with many juv Greys along with a couple of larger ones , Sting Ray , Large shoal of Banner fish , Turtle ,Octopus , So many Anemone fish , Tuna Charging the fusilers , Reet top covered in Silver-sides.
Dive 4
Had two Mantas feeding in the lights at the back on Sunset Queen , Guest had a fab time sitting under the boat watching the Mantas some even had a snorkel afterwards.
Day 3
Dive 1
Well it was worth the wait we had Mantas come in for a quick clean and others doing a fly by along the reef , Couple of Greys out along the sand plus a stinf ray , Huge shoal of blue stripe snappers and hump-head snapper on the reef top.
Dive 2
What a fab dive with Mantas and 4 Silver-tips Sharks coming in the clean , Turtles , Large shoal of banner fish & Yellow spot snappers , w-tips.
Snorkelling
Super we had a lovely Whale Shark all to ourselves allowing all the guest to have a fab snorkel.
Dive 3
Started the Dive dropping down with our Whale Shark from ealier on the reef top followed by another two Different ones along on the Dive , Leopard Shark , Plus plenty of small stuff.
Day 4
Dive 1
Love this site the overhangs are stunning full of loevly pink & peach soft coral and Very healthy sea fans , Blue fin and Long-snott Emperor hunting along with a Napoleon . the Edge of the reef was covered ina layer of small fish , W-tps buzzing around , Large sting ray , Tuna , Very pretty coral blocks on top of the Thila.
Dive 2
Always enjoy this site as its got something ofr everyone , W-tips at the start , Huge shoal of Big eye Jacks swirling round , Huge Male Napoleon chasing 3 smaller females around , 4 leaf fish , Transparant shrimps And not forgetting all the lovely soft Coral along the overhangs and Pinnacles.
Dive 3
SHARKS AND LOTS OF THEM , Huge pod of Dolphins passed us while we drifted up the channle , Porcupine Ray ,Razor fish along the sand , Hinge back Shrimps , Couple of Strange Aglajidae doing some sort of courthship with one holding onto the back of the other one.
Dive 4
Great action packed Dive with Nurse Sharks and sting rays swimming around the guest , But the best for me was wacthing the GT’S charging at the Silversides and Black-tips up in the Shallows.
Day 5
Dive 1
5 Eagle rays , Sting ray been cleaned right on the front of the channel , Many Honey-comb morays , Wall paper of Greys Sharks , Whaoo , Silky Shark , Leaf fish , Whip coral Shrimps , Strange apir of mating Nudi’s/
Dive 2
Great critter dive with plenty of Ribbon-Eels , Leaf fish , Spearing Mantis , Honey-comb morays , Common Moray covered in Cleaner Shrimps , Pair Stone fish , then to have 3 Large Nursae Sharks at the end of the Dive.
Dive 3
MOLA MOLA , Greys , Eagle rays , Loads of w-tips , Followed by a very swift drift into the Channel
Evening Activity
Couple of guest popped over to the Local Island for a walk about.
Day 6
Dive 1
So many Greys in the Channel , Eagle Rays , Many w-tips , Leaf Fish , Porcelien Crabs , large shaol of banner fish , Overhang full of Young Fan Coral .Free swimming Moray.
Ocean Crossing
Crossing back to North Male. Once in North Male we all went over to Male for Ice Cream and a little shopping and walk about before heading back to Sunset Queen to finish Packing , Evening watched trip DVD.
Day 7
Day 8
 
Dive 1
Manta Fly By , Greys and Eagle rays down at depth , Turtle , Huge shoal of blue-stripe snappers and Yellow spot snappers , Bat fish ,White mouth Moray .Huge Sting ray .W-tips .
Day 1
Dive 1
Started the dive drifting along the reef to find a Huge sting ray been cleaned , W-tips , White mouth moray , Greys , 3 Eagle rays , So many reef fish , W-tips . Then after the Dive we had a snorkel with 5 Mantas cleaning on the reef top.
Dive 2
5 Grey Sharks , Eagle ray , Huge Tuna , 3 Leaf fish , Ghost pipe fish , Napoleon and Snappers hutning together , W-tips , Large shoal of Big eye jacks , the whole site is like swimming in Fish soup truly stunning !!!!!
Dive 3
Love this site the reef is just bursting with small reef fish we had 5 Greys and quiet a few w-tips , Very pale eagle ray , Large shoal of Big eye Jacks , Napoleon , Hawksbill . 2 Leak fish . Huge Tuna , Large shoal of Mid-night smappers , Ghost Pipe Fish , Many spearing Mantis ,
Day 2
Dive 1
Everyone was really pleased to be going back to this site and all came back saying they had a fab dive with lots to see shame i missed it .
Dive 2
We all spent most of the dive watching the Grey sharks crusing up and down the edge of the reef making very close passes over our heads , 1 young male showed signs of courtship behaviour with a larger a female how kept flicking him off , Very small eagle rays feeding along the sand bottom , Large shoal of big eyes , Bat fish been cleaned.
Dive 3
Very Pleasant dive with many juv Greys along with a couple of larger ones , Sting Ray , Large shoal of Banner fish , Turtle ,Octopus , So many Anemone fish , Tuna Charging the fusilers , Reet top covered in Silver-sides.
Dive 4
Had two Mantas feeding in the lights at the back on Sunset Queen , Guest had a fab time sitting under the boat watching the Mantas some even had a snorkel afterwards.
Day 3
Dive 1
Well it was worth the wait we had Mantas come in for a quick clean and others doing a fly by along the reef , Couple of Greys out along the sand plus a stinf ray , Huge shoal of blue stripe snappers and hump-head snapper on the reef top.
Dive 2
What a fab dive with Mantas and 4 Silver-tips Sharks coming in the clean , Turtles , Large shoal of banner fish & Yellow spot snappers , w-tips.
Snorkelling
Super we had a lovely Whale Shark all to ourselves allowing all the guest to have a fab snorkel.
Dive 3
Started the Dive dropping down with our Whale Shark from ealier on the reef top followed by another two Different ones along on the Dive , Leopard Shark , Plus plenty of small stuff.
Day 4
Dive 1
Love this site the overhangs are stunning full of loevly pink & peach soft coral and Very healthy sea fans , Blue fin and Long-snott Emperor hunting along with a Napoleon . the Edge of the reef was covered ina layer of small fish , W-tps buzzing around , Large sting ray , Tuna , Very pretty coral blocks on top of the Thila.
Dive 2
Always enjoy this site as its got something ofr everyone , W-tips at the start , Huge shoal of Big eye Jacks swirling round , Huge Male Napoleon chasing 3 smaller females around , 4 leaf fish , Transparant shrimps And not forgetting all the lovely soft Coral along the overhangs and Pinnacles.
Dive 3
SHARKS AND LOTS OF THEM , Huge pod of Dolphins passed us while we drifted up the channle , Porcupine Ray ,Razor fish along the sand , Hinge back Shrimps , Couple of Strange Aglajidae doing some sort of courthship with one holding onto the back of the other one.
Dive 4
Great action packed Dive with Nurse Sharks and sting rays swimming around the guest , But the best for me was wacthing the GT’S charging at the Silversides and Black-tips up in the Shallows.
Day 5
Dive 1
5 Eagle rays , Sting ray been cleaned right on the front of the channel , Many Honey-comb morays , Wall paper of Greys Sharks , Whaoo , Silky Shark , Leaf fish , Whip coral Shrimps , Strange apir of mating Nudi’s/
Dive 2
Great critter dive with plenty of Ribbon-Eels , Leaf fish , Spearing Mantis , Honey-comb morays , Common Moray covered in Cleaner Shrimps , Pair Stone fish , then to have 3 Large Nursae Sharks at the end of the Dive.
Dive 3
MOLA MOLA , Greys , Eagle rays , Loads of w-tips , Followed by a very swift drift into the Channel
Evening Activity
Couple of guest popped over to the Local Island for a walk about.
Day 6
Dive 1
So many Greys in the Channel , Eagle Rays , Many w-tips , Leaf Fish , Porcelien Crabs , large shaol of banner fish , Overhang full of Young Fan Coral .Free swimming Moray.
Ocean Crossing
Crossing back to North Male. Once in North Male we all went over to Male for Ice Cream and a little shopping and walk about before heading back to Sunset Queen to finish Packing , Evening watched trip DVD.
Day 7
Day 8
Sunset Queen SN006 4 Jan 2015 to 11 Jan 2015 Close Encounters (7 day)
Dive 1
Dave took 1 guest snorkeling with two Mantas while i took the rest of the group for a very relaxing Check dive , 2 different types of Sting ray , 2 Eagle rays , W-tips , Small Grey shark but the best was having a 3m Female Silver-tip Shark come check us out , Huge shoal of bat fish ,Shoaling blue-stripe snapper.
Day 1
scuba tours diver
Dive 1
Many W-tips swimming around , Small eagle ray , Huge shoal of Hump-head snappers ,Many Stripe leg Lobsters , Scribble Paradoris , Much desired Flabalina , Shoals of Rainbow runners swimming around and a wall of Fusileisr.
Dive 2
15 Eagle rays putting on a great display along with 8 young Silver-tip Sharks , Stunning Burnt Orange Anemones , Huge Shoal of Pyramid Butter-fly fish , Wall of Blue Stripe snappers.
Dive 3
3 Grey Sharks , W-tips , Huge Napoleon , Bat fish , Huge Tuna swimming around , Leaf fish , Very Pale eagle ray , Large shoal of Sweet-lips , 100’s of Big ey e jacks , Plus a free diver kept diving down to join us at 25m !!!!
Day 2
Luna & Manta
Dive 1
Early morning Dive with plenty of Greys Sharks a& W-tips all crusing along the spur , Huge dog-tooth Tuna , 100’s pf Big eye Jacks , Bat fish , Eagle Rays , 2 Leaf fish , Turtle , So many fish at the end of the dive along the reef top .
Dive 2
Spent most of the Dive Hoovering watching the Grey Shark crusie back and fourth along the front of the thila , Lovely big shoal of Big eye’s , Very active W-tips buzzing around the guest , Very small Eagle rays feeding along on the sand , Scorpion fish , Turtle , So many surgeon fisah on the reef top.
Dive 3
Lovely afternoon dive even with poor viz , Greys hanging around the large pinnacle plus many Juv Greys swimming around the deeper pinnacle , Many Tube Anemones , Some many anemone fish , Large shoal of Banner fish , The whole site was covered in silver-sides that were been charged at by Blue-fin.
Day 3
Maldives Manta's
Dive 1
Lovely Soft coral dive with overhangs full of Sea Fans and Pink & Peach soft coral , Huge shoal of Banner fish and Blue-stripe snappers , Turtles , Greys hanging out on the current point , Many Saddle back Groupers,Drift along the reef was fun at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Manta heaven , We had Mantas for the whole dive with 8 at one time .
Dive 3
What another Fab Manta Dive and again for the whole dive along with plenty of Mating activatie with Males closely following females around who used the divers to try and shake them off by swimming right up to us … What a blast !!!
Day 4
MST Divers & mantas
Dive 1
Can’t think of a Better way thean to start with it with a very relaxing Dive with Mantas … We also had Mantas ofr our safety stop how cool is thats !!
Dive 2
The two Non Divers had a snorkel with a Small Whale Shark while the Divers enjoyed a Gentle drift along the out-side reef with eagle rays and Mobula , W-tips , Turtles and a constant free-way of Fuseilers.
Snorkelling
We had the privalege of Snorkleing with a very pretty 3m Whale Shark , we jump in 3 times to swim along side it at one point the little fella hoovered right under Sunset Queen.
Dive 3
Had to be done … we spent the last dive of the day enjoying watching Manta after manta coming in the clean , 1 large female hoovered right over the guest head to use there bubbles.
Day 5
Whale Shark Maldives
Dive 1
What a Perfect dive with fab blue Viz and very small current , It was like diving in an aqurium with so many fish covering the whole site , Very Pretty
Dive 2
Some guset crossed the channel with Dave to wath the Sharks and Sting rays while the rest came with me to enjoy the Thila drifting along the overhangs and pinnacles finding plenty of critters.
Dive 3
SHARKS AND MORE SHARKS , IN ONE VIEW I COUNTED 37 TOGETHER .
Dive 4
One Crazy Night dive with so many Nurse Sharks and GT’S Along with many sting rays and Black-tips sharks.
Day 6
Maldives Grey Sharks
Dive 1
Everyone was more than happy to do the last dive of the trip back with the Shark and with the added bonus of 4 Eagle rays coming right over our heads,.
Daytime Excursion
Couple of guest came into to Male for a walk about while the rest stayed on board the relax and finish packing.
Daytime Excursion
2 guest came over to Hulemale for a walk while i did my weekly run.Once back on Sunset Queen guest finished packing then settled to watch the trip DVD.
Day 7
Grey shark Maldives
 
Dive 1
Dave took 1 guest snorkeling with two Mantas while i took the rest of the group for a very relaxing Check dive , 2 different types of Sting ray , 2 Eagle rays , W-tips , Small Grey shark but the best was having a 3m Female Silver-tip Shark come check us out , Huge shoal of bat fish ,Shoaling blue-stripe snapper.
Day 1
scuba tours diver
Dive 1
Many W-tips swimming around , Small eagle ray , Huge shoal of Hump-head snappers ,Many Stripe leg Lobsters , Scribble Paradoris , Much desired Flabalina , Shoals of Rainbow runners swimming around and a wall of Fusileisr.
Dive 2
15 Eagle rays putting on a great display along with 8 young Silver-tip Sharks , Stunning Burnt Orange Anemones , Huge Shoal of Pyramid Butter-fly fish , Wall of Blue Stripe snappers.
Dive 3
3 Grey Sharks , W-tips , Huge Napoleon , Bat fish , Huge Tuna swimming around , Leaf fish , Very Pale eagle ray , Large shoal of Sweet-lips , 100’s of Big ey e jacks , Plus a free diver kept diving down to join us at 25m !!!!
Day 2
Luna & Manta
Dive 1
Early morning Dive with plenty of Greys Sharks a& W-tips all crusing along the spur , Huge dog-tooth Tuna , 100’s pf Big eye Jacks , Bat fish , Eagle Rays , 2 Leaf fish , Turtle , So many fish at the end of the dive along the reef top .
Dive 2
Spent most of the Dive Hoovering watching the Grey Shark crusie back and fourth along the front of the thila , Lovely big shoal of Big eye’s , Very active W-tips buzzing around the guest , Very small Eagle rays feeding along on the sand , Scorpion fish , Turtle , So many surgeon fisah on the reef top.
Dive 3
Lovely afternoon dive even with poor viz , Greys hanging around the large pinnacle plus many Juv Greys swimming around the deeper pinnacle , Many Tube Anemones , Some many anemone fish , Large shoal of Banner fish , The whole site was covered in silver-sides that were been charged at by Blue-fin.
Day 3
Maldives Manta's
Dive 1
Lovely Soft coral dive with overhangs full of Sea Fans and Pink & Peach soft coral , Huge shoal of Banner fish and Blue-stripe snappers , Turtles , Greys hanging out on the current point , Many Saddle back Groupers,Drift along the reef was fun at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Manta heaven , We had Mantas for the whole dive with 8 at one time .
Dive 3
What another Fab Manta Dive and again for the whole dive along with plenty of Mating activatie with Males closely following females around who used the divers to try and shake them off by swimming right up to us … What a blast !!!
Day 4
MST Divers & mantas
Dive 1
Can’t think of a Better way thean to start with it with a very relaxing Dive with Mantas … We also had Mantas ofr our safety stop how cool is thats !!
Dive 2
The two Non Divers had a snorkel with a Small Whale Shark while the Divers enjoyed a Gentle drift along the out-side reef with eagle rays and Mobula , W-tips , Turtles and a constant free-way of Fuseilers.
Snorkelling
We had the privalege of Snorkleing with a very pretty 3m Whale Shark , we jump in 3 times to swim along side it at one point the little fella hoovered right under Sunset Queen.
Dive 3
Had to be done … we spent the last dive of the day enjoying watching Manta after manta coming in the clean , 1 large female hoovered right over the guest head to use there bubbles.
Day 5
Whale Shark Maldives
Dive 1
What a Perfect dive with fab blue Viz and very small current , It was like diving in an aqurium with so many fish covering the whole site , Very Pretty
Dive 2
Some guset crossed the channel with Dave to wath the Sharks and Sting rays while the rest came with me to enjoy the Thila drifting along the overhangs and pinnacles finding plenty of critters.
Dive 3
SHARKS AND MORE SHARKS , IN ONE VIEW I COUNTED 37 TOGETHER .
Dive 4
One Crazy Night dive with so many Nurse Sharks and GT’S Along with many sting rays and Black-tips sharks.
Day 6
Maldives Grey Sharks
Dive 1
Everyone was more than happy to do the last dive of the trip back with the Shark and with the added bonus of 4 Eagle rays coming right over our heads,.
Daytime Excursion
Couple of guest came into to Male for a walk about while the rest stayed on board the relax and finish packing.
Daytime Excursion
2 guest came over to Hulemale for a walk while i did my weekly run.Once back on Sunset Queen guest finished packing then settled to watch the trip DVD.
Day 7
Grey shark Maldives
Sea Spirit SS455 28 Dec 2014 to 7 Jan 2015 New Year Special (10 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and guest houses and were transferred to Sea Spirit. Due to bad weather in Europe three guests were to be delayed 24 hours.
Dive 1
Check dive 1. Easy drift dive on ocean facing reef where were saw a variety of morays including white mouthed, several honeycomb, blackcheek and giant. We saw both hawksbill and green turtles and the latter actually stayed to have their photos taken :-) There were several blotched porcupinefish and large mappa puffers. It was a fun and easy introduction to the Maldives.
Dive 2
Ocean dift past patches of soft corals and many shallow blocks full of neon fusiliers with rivers of fusileres out in the blue. There were two enormous dogtooth tunas chasing the fusiliers, reef fish of all types amongst the blocks and a large EAGLE RAY foraging on the corner when the current really picked up
Day 1
Beautiful green turtle resting on a ledge from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
SO MANY FISH! SCHOOLS OF BLUESTRIPE SNAPPERS AND ORIENTAL SWEETLIPS AMONGST SOFT CORAL COVERED BLOCKS AND WHITE SEAFANS ON TERRACES A SCHOOL OF MIXED CHEVRON AND FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS, SCHOOLING BANNERFISH, BIG TUNAS, SOLDIERFISH PLUS BIG EYE EMPERORS AND JUST SO MANY ANTHIAS AND GROUPERS. BEAUTIFUL!
Guest Transfer
We collected the divers on the delayed flight and travelled to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Check dive 2. A laid back dive on a wreck and reef. There were many silversides around the wreck, chased by bluefin jacks and small tunas. Large black clearfin lionfish plus Durban dancing shrimps, banded boxer shrimps and many glassfish and cleaners occupied every nook around the wheelhouse. Divers found peacock mantis shrimps, lovely white lacy acabaria framed overhangs and swim throughs, magnificent anemones, a Chromodoris tritos nudi and several Maldives sponge snails
Dive 3
A BOWMOUTH GUITAR SHARK sighting was the highlight of this dive as this unusual are rarely sighted animal swam past the group of divers on this ocean reef. There were so many honeycomb morays on this reef! Many were partnered with giant morays which seemed a little unusual. Other highlights included a school of moorish idols and a pair of multibar pipefish
Day 2
Bowmouth guitar shark from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An ocean reef channel-front site with LOTS OF FUSILIERS BEING CHASED BY LARGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND GIANT TREVALLIES plus Napoleons and lots of white tip sharks, schooling bannerfish, green and hawksbill turtles, and ending with a brisk drift through overhangs with many anthias and soldierfish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
A STRONG CHANNEL CURRENT AND LOTS OF GREY SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT so we hooked in and watched the show. An EAGLE RAY made a few circuits over our heads. We ended the dive with a brisk drift over sand dunes and pretty patch reef
Dive 3
ANOTHER SHARK SHOW with EVEN MORE GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES INCLUDING LARGE PREGNANT FEMALES AND LOTS OF YOUNGSTERS plus white tip sharks and tunas and big eye jacks. We had another brisk drift ntio the channel and flew over sand dunes and reef
Night Dive
AN EXCITING DIVE WITH LOTS OF LARGE TAWNY NURSE SHARKS PLUS ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, PINK WHIPRAYS, BLACK TIP SHARKS AND SOME VERY EXCITING GIANT TREVALLIES
Day 3
A great show of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A scenic channel dive with a dramatic front of channel with rivers of neon fusiliers and a few white tip and grey sharks cruising about. We then enjoyed a long drift into the channel passing sleeping white tip sharks and a large eagle ray foraging. There was a pretty coral garden amongst sandy slopes down current
Dive 2
The dive started with a beautiful ocean facing reef and rivers of fusiliers then a mix of grey sharks and white tip sharks riding the current point on the corner and then drifted into lots of large, soft-coral covered blocks full of oriental and harlequin sweetlips, blue-stripe and humpback snappers. The drift continued past a vertical wall of orange soft coral and we were really flying in the current by then! At the back of the channel the current dropped off and we were able to explore a beautiful coral covered wall with many blue sponges, a glassfish filled cave, several brownmarbled groupers etc. We found a rare, and not-previously-reported-in-the-Maldives Velvet Ghost Pipefish
Dive 3
AN EXCITING CHANNEL DIVE WITH MANY GREY SHARKS AND TUNAS CRUISING THE WALL AND SPECTACULAR YELLOW SOFT CORAL HUNG CAVES AND SWIM-THROUGHS. WE SAW A PAIR OF YELLOFIN TUNAS AND EVEN A MARLIN!!! All along the wall were schools of red and midnight snappers and just every reef fish. WHEN WE WERE TRAVELLING BACK WE MET A LARGE POD OF AROUND 200 SPINNER DOLPHINS WHICH ACCOMPANIED THE DHONI AND WE DROVE UP AND DOWN THE CHANNEL TO LET THEM RIDE THE BOW WAVE
Evening Activity
ASHORE TO REMOTE SANDBANK TO WATCH THE LAST SUNSET OF THE YEAR AND ENJOY A FEW DRINKS. We toasted in the new year after dinner
Day 4
Beautiful soft coral caves visited from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Another exciting dive with grey sharks, big eye jacks, rainbow runners and many mackerels and fusiliers. We found a pair of yellow-green leaf fish and met the GIANT GROUPER WITH ITS ENTOURAGE OF ~30 YELLOW PILOT JACKS. It really was GIANT!
Dive 2
A rapid drift through a channel to the ocean coner via green and mauve soft corals and bouquets of ascidians. The terraces on the corner were hung with pretty blue and pink soft corals. We then anjoyed a gentle drift along an ocean reef wall with morays and schools of snappers and emperors, we found a bronze coloured leaffish and just enjoyed a beautiful top reef with so many porites and table corals
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru atoll
Dive 3
A channel drift amongst coral blocks hoping to see a manta but did see Napoleons, painted sweetlips and orbicular batfish. Some of the coral blocks were full of glassfish with surprised looking groupers! The outside wall has many tarraces with pretty soft corals and seafans and there were just so many magnificent anemones on the reef top with large families of Maldives blackfoot anemonefish. A large ribbontail ray came up the wall to investigate divers!
Day 5
More grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A second dive at this channel corner site. There was a SMALL EAGLE RAY IN THE CHANNEL AND A GROUP OF 6-7 EAGLE RAYS ON THE OUTSIDE REEF. WE saw batfish and Napoleons again but the current was pulling in a little so we had a long slow swim to the corner. There were lovely schools of striped and yellowback fusiliers off the dramatic wall
Dive 2
A very pretty reef with a small wreck surrounded by longfin batfish, soldierfish and juvenile cardinalfish. The reef has lovely coral formations with lots of lacy white acabaria coral, blue sponges, giant clams and the entire reef top is smothered in table corals with dancing chromis and stripey humbugs
Dive 3
Two round ribbontail rays, a feathertail ray, a pink whip ray and even a mangrove whipray plus excellent macro: large lionfish, a robust ghostpipefish, a large peacock flounder, juvenile rockmover wrasse, juvenile razor wrasses, honeycomb morays and a juvenile empress angelfish
Day 6
Round ribbontail ray over terraces cascading down to deep drop off. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A MANTA RAY came to check us all out over the sandy area and we found lots of nice little things again including pinkbar gobies with pistol shrimps, a ghostpipefish, many garden eels, tilefish, and just so many cleaner fish, even some trying to clean divers!
Dive 2
GREAT DIVE WITH 4 MANTAS SEEN: ALONG THE REEF; OVER THE SAND AREA AND AT THE CLEANING STTIONS ALSO 6 EAGLE RAYS TOING AND FROING OVER THE SAND, A SLEEPING FEATHERTAIL RAY AND 2 MILKFISH. IT WAS QUITE EXCITING WONDERING WHERE THE MANTAS WERE GOING TO POP UP FROM NEXT!
Dive 3
A pretty white acabaria trimmed wall with excellent hard corals in the shallows full of every damsel and chromis plus long rivers of fusiliers of at least 4 different species
Day 7
A CURIOUS MANTA RAY WHICH CAME IN TO TAKE A LOOK.MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Busy channel corner WITH MANY FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS AND BIG EYE JACKS MEANDERING AROUND AND MAKING WHORLS AND FIGURES OF 8 PLUS A GEW GREY SHARKS, SCHOOLS OF SILVER AND ORIENTAL SWEETLIPS, COLLARED BUTTERFLYFISH AND TUNAS AND FUSILIERS. THE OUTSIDE REEF CORNER WAS A MASS OF MAGNIFICENT ANEMONES PLUS ORANGE AND EVANS' ANTHIAS WITH CLEANING STATIONS EVERYWHERE. WE FOUND A MANGROVE WHIPRAY SLEEPING ON THE VERY TOP!
Dive 2
The current was still out and the fish were more dispersed than first dive but there was a huge school of big eye jacks in the middle of the channel plus all the sweetlips and groupers etc. hanging around the coral blocks. We drifted onto the ocean reef where there are lots of small and large overhangs and a couple of Napoleons cruising past
Dive 3
A pretty and very colourful reef with just so many red gorgonia with white polyps, blue finger corals and a current point jammed with thousands of pyramid butterflyfish and juvenile fusiliers. We found a glorious flatworm, a thicklip wrasse, and there were many jacks and tunas frightening the small fish
Night Dive
Experimental dive on a vertical wall with many small overhangs with lots of interesting coral formations. We found a cave full of Bruuni shrimps, many langoustines, hingebeak and periclimenes shrimps, a large purple pleurobranch, squids, a ribbon tail ray, many pufferfish, barracuda etc.
Day 8
Schools of barrcudas and jacks at this very busy channel front. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Blue water ocean reef dive with streams of fusiliers on front of double channel. A SILVERTIP SHARK! Two ribbontail and a mangrove whiprays, several spiny lobsters, more pleurobranchs, yellow trunkfish and a stunning reef vista
Dive 2
Surprise small out-current so we crossed the channel and sighted a grey shark, a large school of mackerels, a school of small rainbow runners, sleeping white tip sharks including one with it's mouth open! Tunas, fusliers, many cleaning stations with lysmata and banded coral shrimps and a beautiful, colourful reef with turtles and reef fish. Very chilled
Dive 3
AMAZING DIVE IN STRONG CURRENT WITH LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND ALSO A POD OF DOLPHINS AND EVEN A MANTA! WE LOVE THIS SITE!!! The other divers on the site also provided us entertainment. There was a school of squid over the sand. Timon completed his AOW Navigation dive in the coral garden site nearby
Night Dive
Exciting night dive in strong current tonight. The nurse sharks were very actively foraging and also swimming shallow over our heads and the pink whiprays seemed to be particularly assertive. We kept being mobbed by a school of giant trevallies. Not a dive for the fainthearted.
Day 9
Overhangs and beautiful pink soft corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Super last dive with lots of GREY SHARKS cruising the channel front so we just hooked in and watched the show. There were schools of tunas making the occasional raid and a large eagle ray swam to and fro over our heads. We had an easy drift into the channel and over the sand dunes and patch reef and flew over the sand whee!!!!!
Daytime Excursion
Travel back to Male' atoll arriving early afternoon. Afternoon visit to Male' for ice-cream and sightseeing. The Xmas decorations came down :-(
Final dinner together then Michael departed to airport for night flight
Day 10
Divers making extensive drift over corals and sand from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Remaining guest divers transferred to airport for return flights to Europe and onward travel to resorts
Day 11
Amazing sunset from our lagoon anchorage on MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and guest houses and were transferred to Sea Spirit. Due to bad weather in Europe three guests were to be delayed 24 hours.
Dive 1
Check dive 1. Easy drift dive on ocean facing reef where were saw a variety of morays including white mouthed, several honeycomb, blackcheek and giant. We saw both hawksbill and green turtles and the latter actually stayed to have their photos taken :-) There were several blotched porcupinefish and large mappa puffers. It was a fun and easy introduction to the Maldives.
Dive 2
Ocean dift past patches of soft corals and many shallow blocks full of neon fusiliers with rivers of fusileres out in the blue. There were two enormous dogtooth tunas chasing the fusiliers, reef fish of all types amongst the blocks and a large EAGLE RAY foraging on the corner when the current really picked up
Day 1
Beautiful green turtle resting on a ledge from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
SO MANY FISH! SCHOOLS OF BLUESTRIPE SNAPPERS AND ORIENTAL SWEETLIPS AMONGST SOFT CORAL COVERED BLOCKS AND WHITE SEAFANS ON TERRACES A SCHOOL OF MIXED CHEVRON AND FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS, SCHOOLING BANNERFISH, BIG TUNAS, SOLDIERFISH PLUS BIG EYE EMPERORS AND JUST SO MANY ANTHIAS AND GROUPERS. BEAUTIFUL!
Guest Transfer
We collected the divers on the delayed flight and travelled to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Check dive 2. A laid back dive on a wreck and reef. There were many silversides around the wreck, chased by bluefin jacks and small tunas. Large black clearfin lionfish plus Durban dancing shrimps, banded boxer shrimps and many glassfish and cleaners occupied every nook around the wheelhouse. Divers found peacock mantis shrimps, lovely white lacy acabaria framed overhangs and swim throughs, magnificent anemones, a Chromodoris tritos nudi and several Maldives sponge snails
Dive 3
A BOWMOUTH GUITAR SHARK sighting was the highlight of this dive as this unusual are rarely sighted animal swam past the group of divers on this ocean reef. There were so many honeycomb morays on this reef! Many were partnered with giant morays which seemed a little unusual. Other highlights included a school of moorish idols and a pair of multibar pipefish
Day 2
Bowmouth guitar shark from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An ocean reef channel-front site with LOTS OF FUSILIERS BEING CHASED BY LARGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND GIANT TREVALLIES plus Napoleons and lots of white tip sharks, schooling bannerfish, green and hawksbill turtles, and ending with a brisk drift through overhangs with many anthias and soldierfish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
A STRONG CHANNEL CURRENT AND LOTS OF GREY SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT so we hooked in and watched the show. An EAGLE RAY made a few circuits over our heads. We ended the dive with a brisk drift over sand dunes and pretty patch reef
Dive 3
ANOTHER SHARK SHOW with EVEN MORE GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES INCLUDING LARGE PREGNANT FEMALES AND LOTS OF YOUNGSTERS plus white tip sharks and tunas and big eye jacks. We had another brisk drift ntio the channel and flew over sand dunes and reef
Night Dive
AN EXCITING DIVE WITH LOTS OF LARGE TAWNY NURSE SHARKS PLUS ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, PINK WHIPRAYS, BLACK TIP SHARKS AND SOME VERY EXCITING GIANT TREVALLIES
Day 3
A great show of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A scenic channel dive with a dramatic front of channel with rivers of neon fusiliers and a few white tip and grey sharks cruising about. We then enjoyed a long drift into the channel passing sleeping white tip sharks and a large eagle ray foraging. There was a pretty coral garden amongst sandy slopes down current
Dive 2
The dive started with a beautiful ocean facing reef and rivers of fusiliers then a mix of grey sharks and white tip sharks riding the current point on the corner and then drifted into lots of large, soft-coral covered blocks full of oriental and harlequin sweetlips, blue-stripe and humpback snappers. The drift continued past a vertical wall of orange soft coral and we were really flying in the current by then! At the back of the channel the current dropped off and we were able to explore a beautiful coral covered wall with many blue sponges, a glassfish filled cave, several brownmarbled groupers etc. We found a rare, and not-previously-reported-in-the-Maldives Velvet Ghost Pipefish
Dive 3
AN EXCITING CHANNEL DIVE WITH MANY GREY SHARKS AND TUNAS CRUISING THE WALL AND SPECTACULAR YELLOW SOFT CORAL HUNG CAVES AND SWIM-THROUGHS. WE SAW A PAIR OF YELLOFIN TUNAS AND EVEN A MARLIN!!! All along the wall were schools of red and midnight snappers and just every reef fish. WHEN WE WERE TRAVELLING BACK WE MET A LARGE POD OF AROUND 200 SPINNER DOLPHINS WHICH ACCOMPANIED THE DHONI AND WE DROVE UP AND DOWN THE CHANNEL TO LET THEM RIDE THE BOW WAVE
Evening Activity
ASHORE TO REMOTE SANDBANK TO WATCH THE LAST SUNSET OF THE YEAR AND ENJOY A FEW DRINKS. We toasted in the new year after dinner
Day 4
Beautiful soft coral caves visited from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Another exciting dive with grey sharks, big eye jacks, rainbow runners and many mackerels and fusiliers. We found a pair of yellow-green leaf fish and met the GIANT GROUPER WITH ITS ENTOURAGE OF ~30 YELLOW PILOT JACKS. It really was GIANT!
Dive 2
A rapid drift through a channel to the ocean coner via green and mauve soft corals and bouquets of ascidians. The terraces on the corner were hung with pretty blue and pink soft corals. We then anjoyed a gentle drift along an ocean reef wall with morays and schools of snappers and emperors, we found a bronze coloured leaffish and just enjoyed a beautiful top reef with so many porites and table corals
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru atoll
Dive 3
A channel drift amongst coral blocks hoping to see a manta but did see Napoleons, painted sweetlips and orbicular batfish. Some of the coral blocks were full of glassfish with surprised looking groupers! The outside wall has many tarraces with pretty soft corals and seafans and there were just so many magnificent anemones on the reef top with large families of Maldives blackfoot anemonefish. A large ribbontail ray came up the wall to investigate divers!
Day 5
More grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A second dive at this channel corner site. There was a SMALL EAGLE RAY IN THE CHANNEL AND A GROUP OF 6-7 EAGLE RAYS ON THE OUTSIDE REEF. WE saw batfish and Napoleons again but the current was pulling in a little so we had a long slow swim to the corner. There were lovely schools of striped and yellowback fusiliers off the dramatic wall
Dive 2
A very pretty reef with a small wreck surrounded by longfin batfish, soldierfish and juvenile cardinalfish. The reef has lovely coral formations with lots of lacy white acabaria coral, blue sponges, giant clams and the entire reef top is smothered in table corals with dancing chromis and stripey humbugs
Dive 3
Two round ribbontail rays, a feathertail ray, a pink whip ray and even a mangrove whipray plus excellent macro: large lionfish, a robust ghostpipefish, a large peacock flounder, juvenile rockmover wrasse, juvenile razor wrasses, honeycomb morays and a juvenile empress angelfish
Day 6
Round ribbontail ray over terraces cascading down to deep drop off. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A MANTA RAY came to check us all out over the sandy area and we found lots of nice little things again including pinkbar gobies with pistol shrimps, a ghostpipefish, many garden eels, tilefish, and just so many cleaner fish, even some trying to clean divers!
Dive 2
GREAT DIVE WITH 4 MANTAS SEEN: ALONG THE REEF; OVER THE SAND AREA AND AT THE CLEANING STTIONS ALSO 6 EAGLE RAYS TOING AND FROING OVER THE SAND, A SLEEPING FEATHERTAIL RAY AND 2 MILKFISH. IT WAS QUITE EXCITING WONDERING WHERE THE MANTAS WERE GOING TO POP UP FROM NEXT!
Dive 3
A pretty white acabaria trimmed wall with excellent hard corals in the shallows full of every damsel and chromis plus long rivers of fusiliers of at least 4 different species
Day 7
A CURIOUS MANTA RAY WHICH CAME IN TO TAKE A LOOK.MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Busy channel corner WITH MANY FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS AND BIG EYE JACKS MEANDERING AROUND AND MAKING WHORLS AND FIGURES OF 8 PLUS A GEW GREY SHARKS, SCHOOLS OF SILVER AND ORIENTAL SWEETLIPS, COLLARED BUTTERFLYFISH AND TUNAS AND FUSILIERS. THE OUTSIDE REEF CORNER WAS A MASS OF MAGNIFICENT ANEMONES PLUS ORANGE AND EVANS' ANTHIAS WITH CLEANING STATIONS EVERYWHERE. WE FOUND A MANGROVE WHIPRAY SLEEPING ON THE VERY TOP!
Dive 2
The current was still out and the fish were more dispersed than first dive but there was a huge school of big eye jacks in the middle of the channel plus all the sweetlips and groupers etc. hanging around the coral blocks. We drifted onto the ocean reef where there are lots of small and large overhangs and a couple of Napoleons cruising past
Dive 3
A pretty and very colourful reef with just so many red gorgonia with white polyps, blue finger corals and a current point jammed with thousands of pyramid butterflyfish and juvenile fusiliers. We found a glorious flatworm, a thicklip wrasse, and there were many jacks and tunas frightening the small fish
Night Dive
Experimental dive on a vertical wall with many small overhangs with lots of interesting coral formations. We found a cave full of Bruuni shrimps, many langoustines, hingebeak and periclimenes shrimps, a large purple pleurobranch, squids, a ribbon tail ray, many pufferfish, barracuda etc.
Day 8
Schools of barrcudas and jacks at this very busy channel front. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Blue water ocean reef dive with streams of fusiliers on front of double channel. A SILVERTIP SHARK! Two ribbontail and a mangrove whiprays, several spiny lobsters, more pleurobranchs, yellow trunkfish and a stunning reef vista
Dive 2
Surprise small out-current so we crossed the channel and sighted a grey shark, a large school of mackerels, a school of small rainbow runners, sleeping white tip sharks including one with it's mouth open! Tunas, fusliers, many cleaning stations with lysmata and banded coral shrimps and a beautiful, colourful reef with turtles and reef fish. Very chilled
Dive 3
AMAZING DIVE IN STRONG CURRENT WITH LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND ALSO A POD OF DOLPHINS AND EVEN A MANTA! WE LOVE THIS SITE!!! The other divers on the site also provided us entertainment. There was a school of squid over the sand. Timon completed his AOW Navigation dive in the coral garden site nearby
Night Dive
Exciting night dive in strong current tonight. The nurse sharks were very actively foraging and also swimming shallow over our heads and the pink whiprays seemed to be particularly assertive. We kept being mobbed by a school of giant trevallies. Not a dive for the fainthearted.
Day 9
Overhangs and beautiful pink soft corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Super last dive with lots of GREY SHARKS cruising the channel front so we just hooked in and watched the show. There were schools of tunas making the occasional raid and a large eagle ray swam to and fro over our heads. We had an easy drift into the channel and over the sand dunes and patch reef and flew over the sand whee!!!!!
Daytime Excursion
Travel back to Male' atoll arriving early afternoon. Afternoon visit to Male' for ice-cream and sightseeing. The Xmas decorations came down :-(
Final dinner together then Michael departed to airport for night flight
Day 10
Divers making extensive drift over corals and sand from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Remaining guest divers transferred to airport for return flights to Europe and onward travel to resorts
Day 11
Amazing sunset from our lagoon anchorage on MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS454 21 Dec 2014 to 28 Dec 2014 Christmas Special (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and guest houses and transferred to Sea Spirit. As everyone arrived in the morning we were able to make the inter-atoll crossing to Rasdhoo with good sea conditions
Dive 1
Check dive but quite a brisk drift with many bluefin jacks and giant trevallies hunting along the wall plus several large dogtooth tunas and a school of bonito tunas. We also saw a larg porcupine puffer, a Tyler's sharpnose puffer (lovely spots!) and octopus and schools of blue stripe and humpback snappers
Day 1
School of big eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Exciting and rewarding dive with sightings of GREY SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS AND A HUGE SWIRLING SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS plus bonito tuna school, longnose emperors, several spearing mantis shrimps, a bronze/white leaf fish a field of garden eels, longfin batfish etc.
Ocean Crossing
Inter atoll travel to Ari
Dive 2
An EASY SHARK SHOW WITH MANY CLOSE PASSES BY GREY SHARKS OF VARIOUS SIZES< SOME WITH MATING SCRATCHES. Divers also saw a shortfin mobula ray, Forster's and chevron barracudas schools, a bearded scorpionfish, camouflage groupers posturing at each other and sevveral white tip sharks
Dive 3
Lots of little grey sharks of different sizes! They seemed to congregate by size with 12 of the smallest together then 8 or so medium and then larger ones. Lovely! Also schooling bannerfish, many large giant trevallies chasing the fusiliers, an octopus, friendly turtles, big eye jacks and a really cute baby clownfish
Night Dive
Night dive with hungry manta somersaulting and sweeping past us and giving us a mesmerising show. She was joined by another manta later in the evening
Day 2
A great grey shark show from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Easy drift over canyons and pinnacles with a blue and pink soft coral frosting and then white tips sleeping in the sand, schools of red and midnight snappers, a manta fly by, a peacock mantis shrimp a manta attempting to clean and then ending the dive in a really dense school of blue stripe snappers
Dive 2
Back to the soft coral frosted thila for a second dive in stronger current. There were three giant barracudas off the reef and all surfaces were buzzing with orange anthias and schools of snappers between ledges and canyons. We found a funny little topsy-turvy hawksbill turtle, a large mappa puffer in an overhang, lovely Indian bannerfish and various emperors
Dive 3
Pretty soft coral covered wreck with lots of small seafans and purple sea whips, Durban dancing shrimps, lunar tailed rock cods, a tiny juvenile bi-colour parrotfish, amny blue and purple magnificent anemones but quite a strong current on the thila
Evening Activity
We enjoyed sundowners with a beautiful orange and red sunset
Day 3
Diver enjoying the beautiful soft corals of the maldives from Sea Spirit
Dive 1
HEAVENLY SOFT CORAL COVERED THILA: BLUE PINK, YELLOW AND ORANGE SOFT CORALS PLUS LARGE PINK SEAFANS AND PURPLE MENELLA SEAFANS. Spectacular!!!! There were large schools of painted sweetlips plus harlequin and silver sweetlips and dense schools of blue strip snappers in the overhangs. The reef top had lots of table corals and a vast array of different reef fish.
A POD OF FALSE KILLER WHALES SWAM INTO THE CHANNEL AND AMBLED ABOUT. WE APPROACHED BUT THEY SPOOKED IF WE GOT TOO CLOSE SO WE JUST LET THEM GET ON WITH THEIR FROLICKING AND WATCHED THEM FROM A DISTANCE
Dive 2
A brisk current and lovely blue water washing in from the ocean but eddying inside the atoll so we drifted through the first few soft coral hung caves and then had a slow swim. There were many white tip reef sharks sleeping on the sandy bottom anad various reef fish and snappers in the yellow and blue soft coral overhangs. There were lots of big eye emperors and soldierfish plus scribbled filefish, a mappa puffer, glassfish filled canes, large morays hawksbills turtles etc.
Dive 3
An easy drift along reef slope with many coral blocks and so many humpback snappers scooting around. There were nice dinner-plate sized featherstars, a starry puffer, a Chromodoris glenei nudibranch, phyllidia slugs, nice glassfish filled caves along the wall section and many bright blue magnificent anemones in the shallows
Day 4
Hawksbill turtle allows photographer to approach closesly from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
An easy current on this ocean facing thila. We were hoping for mantas, but none seen this morning. Lots of other fish were visiting the cleaning stations e.g. rainbow runners, tunas and many surgeons and tangs. We also saw two octopus, a scorpionfish and many camouflage groupers and rock cods
Dive 2
HURRAH! A LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH AROUND 6 MANTAS SEEN, UP TO 4 AT A TIME PLUS BIG SCHOOLS OF BLUESTRIPE AND HUMPBACK SNAPPERS, YELLOW GOATFISH ETC.
Dive 3
Super-whirly up and down current making for a difficult drift as the current was bothe strong and vry mixed yp with lots of eddys. There was a big school of red snappers on the corner and then lots of midnight snappers, fusiliers. Rather exciting!
Evening Activity
Ashore to Chaaya Lagoon resort for a lovely dinner to celebrate Christmas. The fairy lights and Christmas decorations really set the scene and we had a wonderful meal
Day 5
A great manta show with up to 6 seen today from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
BUZZING CURRENT POINT!! HUGE SCHOOLS OF BLUE STRIPE SNAPPERS AND NEON FUSILIERS 1000'S SCHOOLING BANNERFISH EVERYTHING BEING CHASED BY DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND GIANT TREVALLIES, SCHOOL OF FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS, GREY SHARKS CRUISING PAST, EAGLE RAY WITH TWO REMORAS, 100 BATFISH SUDDENLY FLEW PAST THE FRIENDLIEST TURTLES. GREAT DIVE!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Easy drift dive with several white tip sharks cruising the current point and two very accommodating eagle rays which cruised past a few times! Lovely overhangs and a nice swim-through plus many anemones and seafans. Generally, a lovely reef with lots of great fish!
Dive 3
Gentle drift on ocean reef corner where we saw several beautiful honeycomb morays, three diferent leaf fish, Lysmata and banded boxer shrimps, a multibar pipefish, white tip sharks plus large dogtooth tunas cruised the current point and off the reef was a very large mixed school of red snappers and midnight snappers plus big eye jacks. The coral blocks were coeverd in pretty pastel nepthia soft coral and just buzzing with anthias and so many rock cods. Another great dive!
Night Dive
A great macro night dive when we saw Maldives sponge snails, a Pseudoceros monostichos flatworm, Periclimenes shrimps in featherstars, squat lobsters, tiny (and huge hairy) hermit crabs, Bruuni shrimps, every kind of hinge beak shrimp, plus a sleeping turtle and a large stonefish.
Day 6
Amazing school of blue stripe snappers around the Fish Head overhangs from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Quite a brisk current along this ocean reef and channel front site. SO MANY FUSILIERS BEING CHASED BY GIANT TREVALLIES AND SCHOOLS OF DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT IN THE SHALLOWS. The reef is also beautiful with lots of colourful soft-coral covered blocks and ledges full of orange anthias and pastel nepthias and several more cruising white tip sharks
Dive 2
Glassfish covered wreck with blue fins jacks flying past, Schultz's pipe fish, Lysmata shrimps and a Bornella anguilla nudibranch (not seen before in the Maldives). The overhangs on the main reef were draped in lacy white acabaria and there were lots of little things to keep us entertained.
Travel back to Male' and anchorage. We made an afternoon visit to Male' for shopping and ice-cream
Day 7
Amazing soft corals with buzzing anthias from Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests to Airport for international flights
Day 8
Sea Spirit with her Xmas lights! Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and guest houses and transferred to Sea Spirit. As everyone arrived in the morning we were able to make the inter-atoll crossing to Rasdhoo with good sea conditions
Dive 1
Check dive but quite a brisk drift with many bluefin jacks and giant trevallies hunting along the wall plus several large dogtooth tunas and a school of bonito tunas. We also saw a larg porcupine puffer, a Tyler's sharpnose puffer (lovely spots!) and octopus and schools of blue stripe and humpback snappers
Day 1
School of big eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Exciting and rewarding dive with sightings of GREY SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS AND A HUGE SWIRLING SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS plus bonito tuna school, longnose emperors, several spearing mantis shrimps, a bronze/white leaf fish a field of garden eels, longfin batfish etc.
Ocean Crossing
Inter atoll travel to Ari
Dive 2
An EASY SHARK SHOW WITH MANY CLOSE PASSES BY GREY SHARKS OF VARIOUS SIZES< SOME WITH MATING SCRATCHES. Divers also saw a shortfin mobula ray, Forster's and chevron barracudas schools, a bearded scorpionfish, camouflage groupers posturing at each other and sevveral white tip sharks
Dive 3
Lots of little grey sharks of different sizes! They seemed to congregate by size with 12 of the smallest together then 8 or so medium and then larger ones. Lovely! Also schooling bannerfish, many large giant trevallies chasing the fusiliers, an octopus, friendly turtles, big eye jacks and a really cute baby clownfish
Night Dive
Night dive with hungry manta somersaulting and sweeping past us and giving us a mesmerising show. She was joined by another manta later in the evening
Day 2
A great grey shark show from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Easy drift over canyons and pinnacles with a blue and pink soft coral frosting and then white tips sleeping in the sand, schools of red and midnight snappers, a manta fly by, a peacock mantis shrimp a manta attempting to clean and then ending the dive in a really dense school of blue stripe snappers
Dive 2
Back to the soft coral frosted thila for a second dive in stronger current. There were three giant barracudas off the reef and all surfaces were buzzing with orange anthias and schools of snappers between ledges and canyons. We found a funny little topsy-turvy hawksbill turtle, a large mappa puffer in an overhang, lovely Indian bannerfish and various emperors
Dive 3
Pretty soft coral covered wreck with lots of small seafans and purple sea whips, Durban dancing shrimps, lunar tailed rock cods, a tiny juvenile bi-colour parrotfish, amny blue and purple magnificent anemones but quite a strong current on the thila
Evening Activity
We enjoyed sundowners with a beautiful orange and red sunset
Day 3
Diver enjoying the beautiful soft corals of the maldives from Sea Spirit
Dive 1
HEAVENLY SOFT CORAL COVERED THILA: BLUE PINK, YELLOW AND ORANGE SOFT CORALS PLUS LARGE PINK SEAFANS AND PURPLE MENELLA SEAFANS. Spectacular!!!! There were large schools of painted sweetlips plus harlequin and silver sweetlips and dense schools of blue strip snappers in the overhangs. The reef top had lots of table corals and a vast array of different reef fish.
A POD OF FALSE KILLER WHALES SWAM INTO THE CHANNEL AND AMBLED ABOUT. WE APPROACHED BUT THEY SPOOKED IF WE GOT TOO CLOSE SO WE JUST LET THEM GET ON WITH THEIR FROLICKING AND WATCHED THEM FROM A DISTANCE
Dive 2
A brisk current and lovely blue water washing in from the ocean but eddying inside the atoll so we drifted through the first few soft coral hung caves and then had a slow swim. There were many white tip reef sharks sleeping on the sandy bottom anad various reef fish and snappers in the yellow and blue soft coral overhangs. There were lots of big eye emperors and soldierfish plus scribbled filefish, a mappa puffer, glassfish filled canes, large morays hawksbills turtles etc.
Dive 3
An easy drift along reef slope with many coral blocks and so many humpback snappers scooting around. There were nice dinner-plate sized featherstars, a starry puffer, a Chromodoris glenei nudibranch, phyllidia slugs, nice glassfish filled caves along the wall section and many bright blue magnificent anemones in the shallows
Day 4
Hawksbill turtle allows photographer to approach closesly from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
An easy current on this ocean facing thila. We were hoping for mantas, but none seen this morning. Lots of other fish were visiting the cleaning stations e.g. rainbow runners, tunas and many surgeons and tangs. We also saw two octopus, a scorpionfish and many camouflage groupers and rock cods
Dive 2
HURRAH! A LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH AROUND 6 MANTAS SEEN, UP TO 4 AT A TIME PLUS BIG SCHOOLS OF BLUESTRIPE AND HUMPBACK SNAPPERS, YELLOW GOATFISH ETC.
Dive 3
Super-whirly up and down current making for a difficult drift as the current was bothe strong and vry mixed yp with lots of eddys. There was a big school of red snappers on the corner and then lots of midnight snappers, fusiliers. Rather exciting!
Evening Activity
Ashore to Chaaya Lagoon resort for a lovely dinner to celebrate Christmas. The fairy lights and Christmas decorations really set the scene and we had a wonderful meal
Day 5
A great manta show with up to 6 seen today from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
BUZZING CURRENT POINT!! HUGE SCHOOLS OF BLUE STRIPE SNAPPERS AND NEON FUSILIERS 1000'S SCHOOLING BANNERFISH EVERYTHING BEING CHASED BY DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND GIANT TREVALLIES, SCHOOL OF FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS, GREY SHARKS CRUISING PAST, EAGLE RAY WITH TWO REMORAS, 100 BATFISH SUDDENLY FLEW PAST THE FRIENDLIEST TURTLES. GREAT DIVE!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Easy drift dive with several white tip sharks cruising the current point and two very accommodating eagle rays which cruised past a few times! Lovely overhangs and a nice swim-through plus many anemones and seafans. Generally, a lovely reef with lots of great fish!
Dive 3
Gentle drift on ocean reef corner where we saw several beautiful honeycomb morays, three diferent leaf fish, Lysmata and banded boxer shrimps, a multibar pipefish, white tip sharks plus large dogtooth tunas cruised the current point and off the reef was a very large mixed school of red snappers and midnight snappers plus big eye jacks. The coral blocks were coeverd in pretty pastel nepthia soft coral and just buzzing with anthias and so many rock cods. Another great dive!
Night Dive
A great macro night dive when we saw Maldives sponge snails, a Pseudoceros monostichos flatworm, Periclimenes shrimps in featherstars, squat lobsters, tiny (and huge hairy) hermit crabs, Bruuni shrimps, every kind of hinge beak shrimp, plus a sleeping turtle and a large stonefish.
Day 6
Amazing school of blue stripe snappers around the Fish Head overhangs from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Quite a brisk current along this ocean reef and channel front site. SO MANY FUSILIERS BEING CHASED BY GIANT TREVALLIES AND SCHOOLS OF DOGTOOTH TUNAS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT IN THE SHALLOWS. The reef is also beautiful with lots of colourful soft-coral covered blocks and ledges full of orange anthias and pastel nepthias and several more cruising white tip sharks
Dive 2
Glassfish covered wreck with blue fins jacks flying past, Schultz's pipe fish, Lysmata shrimps and a Bornella anguilla nudibranch (not seen before in the Maldives). The overhangs on the main reef were draped in lacy white acabaria and there were lots of little things to keep us entertained.
Travel back to Male' and anchorage. We made an afternoon visit to Male' for shopping and ice-cream
Day 7
Amazing soft corals with buzzing anthias from Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests to Airport for international flights
Day 8
Sea Spirit with her Xmas lights! Maldives
Sunset Queen SN004 20 Dec 2014 to 27 Dec 2014 Christmas Special (7 day)
Ocean Crossing
Head for the west side of North Male Atoll, prepare all the dive gear on the way- what a cool place to spend your Christmas holidays !
Day 1
Maldives
Daytime Excursion
Dive 2
Fantastic Dive with 5 Mantas cleaning along the reef top allowing some great very close interaction with them. Half the guests decided to snorkel with them along with Dave, while the rest enjoyed a 90min dive.
Dive 3
Dave took the group for a drift dive along the outer edge of the reef where they found w-tips , eagle ray ,Manta fly by , Many Morays , Burnt orange Anemones.
Day 2
Maldives Manta
Dive 1
3 Mantas , Eagle ray , W-tips , Large feather-tail ray , Honey-comb moray , Turtles , Barracuda , Huge shoal of Rainbow runners , Napoleons , Fab coral Blocks covered in Blue stripe Snappers.
Dive 2
Loads of Fish action with long-nose emperor fish along with Napoleon and Groupers all hunting together and charging around the reef. Grey sharks, 6 Eagle rays plus a pair doing a mating display, many white-tips, 3 leaf fish, a huge shoal of big eye jacks and fab Viz.
Dive 3
This site has gone back to its old days with plenty of action to see; 3 Hawksbill turtles; many juvenile Grey sharks swimming around; White-tip sharks; young Silver-tips; octopus, Sandwich the Eagle ray; large shoals of banner fish and jacks charging at the Fusiliers.
Dive 4
Very beautiful dive with one of the regular female manta rays - she always puts on a great show for the guest .
Day 3
Maldives Manta
Dive 1
Lovely Morning Drift dive along pinnacles full of Soft coral and layers of smaller reef fish finishing the dive swimming with a huge shoal of Blue stripe snappers.
Dive 2
3 mantas, 2 eagle rays, many W-tips, 9 Grey sharks along the front ledge and large shoals of Rainbow runners also feather-tail rays.
Dive 3
Really strong current so no chance to stop and take photo - it was the case of go-with-the-flow and enjoy the current. Huge Manta on the reef top; so many w-tips, Oceanic trigger fish , White mouth Morays, Turtles, Napoleons, very interesting safety stops with up & down currents.
Day 4
Maldives Snappers
Dive 1
OMG !!!! How cool ! We had 4 different Whale sharks all on the dive - and all to ourselves. The reef was covered in a layer of glass fish, which I've never seen before, making it very exciting when the larger whale shark came swimming through them.
Dive 2
How lovely to be able to have this site all to ourselves. Everyone really enjoyed the dive allowing all the photographers plenty of freedom to take some amazing shots.
Dive 3
Very relaxing Bimble Dive , 2 W-tips swimming back and forward along the reef top , large Hawksbill swimming around , Many Lion fish , Pair of Morays fighting , Peacock Mantis sharimps running around , So lovely Anemones.
Evening Activity
We popped over to the local island to do a little bit of last min Christmas Shopping !
Day 5
Maldives Whale Shark
Dive 1
Love this site ! It was quite dark due to lots of rain but the whole dive was stunning with all the soft coral all puffed out to its full glory. Blue fish and snappers charging around the glass fish, Grey sharks, W-tips, huge shoals of Pyramid Butterfly fish, turtle, Juvenile whitetips sleeping under a coral block. Wave after wave of fusiliers. What a stunning Dive !!!
Dive 2
Fab channel crossing with grey sharks, W-tips, eagle ray, a huge shoal of big-eye jacks. We finished the dive drifting along the inside along a lovely coral garden.
Dive 3
What a fab channel dive ! we had so many grey sharks all along the front and a huge shoal of big eye jacks - LOVED IT !!!!
Dive 4
One crazy night dive with many Nurse Shark, sting rays and GTs all charging around, black-tips up in the shallows.
Day 6
Maldives Christmas
Dive 1
Lovely last dive of the trip with an easy current allowing everyone the chance to sit on the atoll front and watch the Grey sharks swimming back and fourth followed by a very relaxing drift into the channel. 3 eagle rays, free-swimming honey comb moray, turtles,large tuna and a lovely coral garden at the end of the Dive.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth Crossing back to North Male.
Daytime Excursion
Some guests came for a walk about around Male before heading back to the boat to finish packing.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transfer all guests to the airport ready for their flights back home and to their resorts.
Day 8
 
Ocean Crossing
Head for the west side of North Male Atoll, prepare all the dive gear on the way- what a cool place to spend your Christmas holidays !
Day 1
Maldives
Daytime Excursion
Dive 2
Fantastic Dive with 5 Mantas cleaning along the reef top allowing some great very close interaction with them. Half the guests decided to snorkel with them along with Dave, while the rest enjoyed a 90min dive.
Dive 3
Dave took the group for a drift dive along the outer edge of the reef where they found w-tips , eagle ray ,Manta fly by , Many Morays , Burnt orange Anemones.
Day 2
Maldives Manta
Dive 1
3 Mantas , Eagle ray , W-tips , Large feather-tail ray , Honey-comb moray , Turtles , Barracuda , Huge shoal of Rainbow runners , Napoleons , Fab coral Blocks covered in Blue stripe Snappers.
Dive 2
Loads of Fish action with long-nose emperor fish along with Napoleon and Groupers all hunting together and charging around the reef. Grey sharks, 6 Eagle rays plus a pair doing a mating display, many white-tips, 3 leaf fish, a huge shoal of big eye jacks and fab Viz.
Dive 3
This site has gone back to its old days with plenty of action to see; 3 Hawksbill turtles; many juvenile Grey sharks swimming around; White-tip sharks; young Silver-tips; octopus, Sandwich the Eagle ray; large shoals of banner fish and jacks charging at the Fusiliers.
Dive 4
Very beautiful dive with one of the regular female manta rays - she always puts on a great show for the guest .
Day 3
Maldives Manta
Dive 1
Lovely Morning Drift dive along pinnacles full of Soft coral and layers of smaller reef fish finishing the dive swimming with a huge shoal of Blue stripe snappers.
Dive 2
3 mantas, 2 eagle rays, many W-tips, 9 Grey sharks along the front ledge and large shoals of Rainbow runners also feather-tail rays.
Dive 3
Really strong current so no chance to stop and take photo - it was the case of go-with-the-flow and enjoy the current. Huge Manta on the reef top; so many w-tips, Oceanic trigger fish , White mouth Morays, Turtles, Napoleons, very interesting safety stops with up & down currents.
Day 4
Maldives Snappers
Dive 1
OMG !!!! How cool ! We had 4 different Whale sharks all on the dive - and all to ourselves. The reef was covered in a layer of glass fish, which I've never seen before, making it very exciting when the larger whale shark came swimming through them.
Dive 2
How lovely to be able to have this site all to ourselves. Everyone really enjoyed the dive allowing all the photographers plenty of freedom to take some amazing shots.
Dive 3
Very relaxing Bimble Dive , 2 W-tips swimming back and forward along the reef top , large Hawksbill swimming around , Many Lion fish , Pair of Morays fighting , Peacock Mantis sharimps running around , So lovely Anemones.
Evening Activity
We popped over to the local island to do a little bit of last min Christmas Shopping !
Day 5
Maldives Whale Shark
Dive 1
Love this site ! It was quite dark due to lots of rain but the whole dive was stunning with all the soft coral all puffed out to its full glory. Blue fish and snappers charging around the glass fish, Grey sharks, W-tips, huge shoals of Pyramid Butterfly fish, turtle, Juvenile whitetips sleeping under a coral block. Wave after wave of fusiliers. What a stunning Dive !!!
Dive 2
Fab channel crossing with grey sharks, W-tips, eagle ray, a huge shoal of big-eye jacks. We finished the dive drifting along the inside along a lovely coral garden.
Dive 3
What a fab channel dive ! we had so many grey sharks all along the front and a huge shoal of big eye jacks - LOVED IT !!!!
Dive 4
One crazy night dive with many Nurse Shark, sting rays and GTs all charging around, black-tips up in the shallows.
Day 6
Maldives Christmas
Dive 1
Lovely last dive of the trip with an easy current allowing everyone the chance to sit on the atoll front and watch the Grey sharks swimming back and fourth followed by a very relaxing drift into the channel. 3 eagle rays, free-swimming honey comb moray, turtles,large tuna and a lovely coral garden at the end of the Dive.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth Crossing back to North Male.
Daytime Excursion
Some guests came for a walk about around Male before heading back to the boat to finish packing.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transfer all guests to the airport ready for their flights back home and to their resorts.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS452 7 Dec 2014 to 14 Dec 2014 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Four arrivals today so in and out of the airport meeting guests. We made an early check dive as dhoni being used for guest collection in the afternoon
Dive 1
Easy drift with lovely schools of blue stripe and red snappers plus fusiliers and mackerels being chased by giant trevallies and large dogtooth tunas. On the reef we found banded coral shrimps and porcelain crabs plus red groupers, bullseye glassfish and magnificent anemones with mixed species clownfish tenants!
Dive 2
Short dive to check weighting for later arrivals. We found a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, several giant and yellowmargin morays plus schools of unicorn and orangespine surgeonfish
Day 1
View across the bow of Sea Sprit Maldives
Dive 1
5 MANTAS! WHAT A GREAT START and a fantastic show! Firstly a very large and pregnant female with a male courtier and then another male came to entertain us then two more as we started to ascend. Also a large mappa puffer and several pinkbar goby and pistol shrimp partnerships plus some juvenile razor wrasses
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll on a very flat sea
Dive 2
~ Four GREY SHARKS plus a SPOT TAIL SHARK (very rare) at the current point. A school of big eye jacks whirled around and a large school of lonfin batfish suddenly shot out of the depths! There were 6 EAGLE RAYS IN FORMATION AND TWO TRIED TO MATE!!! Also large Napoleons, longnose emperors, 2-spot angels, a white leaf fish, pyramid butterflyfish etc.
Dive 3
A stronger current and this time we just stopped, hooked in and watched the shark show with several close passes by GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS plus midnight and red snappers, tunas, 3x white leaf fish together, batfish being cleaned, bluefin jacks etc.
Beautiful sunset into a glassy sea
Day 2
Two friendly mantas from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An early start but no hammers :-( We did see two round ribbontail rays, several grey sharks, white tip sharks and an eagle ray being cleaned plus several spearing mantis shrimps, a sea of garden eels, a baby white tip shark, and a lovely reef with just so many different reef fish so we really enjoyed this favourite site
Snorkelling
We saw several manta rays feeding in a lagoon so hopped in for a short snorkel!
Dive 2
Small thila with grey sharks cruising the drop off and many white tip sharks sleeping or cruising around. There was a large school of big-eye crescent tails in a pale shade of pink and also schools of Forster's and chevron barracudas, plus blue stripe snappers, gold spot emperors, a smallscale scorpionfish, undulate moray and fish everywhere, just hanging out or being cleaned. The little eagle ray passed by too!
Dive 3
A LITTLE SHARK PARTY! With just so many small grey sharks (and a few larger ones too!) plus white tip sharks cruising the reef drop off and three hawksbill turtles, one of which was having a good old scratch. There were just so many fish at the current point: large giant trevallies, schooling bannerfish, surgeons, fusiliers etc. We found a large deveil scorpionfish well disguised on the reef top
Night Dive
Night dive with two manta rays busily somersaulting over and over and whizzing around close to the bottom feeding. It was a beautiful and intimate event
Day 3
Night dive with manta rays on MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
THERE WERE LOTS OF GREY SHARKS cruising around this shark cleaning station site ranging in size from 1m long juveniles to a very large and rotund pregnnt female with an entourage of remoras! We also saw a hawksbill turtle, a large yellowfin grouper, Napoleons, jobfish, tunas, rainbow runners and lots of reef fish
Dive 2
An experimental dive at a new site which was very rewarding and we will revisit this site again! There were a couple of eagle rays on the ocean facing reef, a sleeping round ribbontail ray then coral blocks full of humpback snappers and oriental sweetlips and a MANTA FLEW IN looking for some action, hung around for about 10 minutes and then moved on. The reef wall is colourful with small corals and many reef fish. We found an octopus trying to hide from us at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
A pretty thila with deep blocks separated by a narrow canyon full of large black coral trees with penguin oysters and various sponges and many small colourful rock cods and a schools of ble strip snappers. The shalower reef was also very colourful with yellow acabaria soft corals and sponges and ascidians of all colours plus purple magnificent anemones with their resident clownfish in the shallows
Day 4
A rather pregnant shark with remora entourage from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk drift past overhangs with pink soft coral ceilings and saw white tip sharks and an eagle ray as we drifted past. A MANTA RAY SWAM OVER TO JOIN US on the reef corner but didn't stay for very long. The drift continued all the way to the reef tip past schools of Indian bannerfish and crown squirrelfish and we had quite a bumpy pick up as the ocean was a bit lumpy this morning
Dive 2
Easy drift on ocean reef with many white tip sharks resting on the sandy bottom and moosying around, coral blocks full of blue stripe snappers and yellow goatfish, hawksbill turtle hiding in a cave full of glassfish, a feathertail ray, eagle ray and many guineafowl puffers
Dive 3
Very pretty thila with canyons covered in pink and red menella seafans, many oriental sweetlips, lovely soft corals a pair of bronze/white leaf fish, a rock lobster, glorious flatworm freeswimming, then lots of white tip sharks, a PAIR OF ROUND RIBBONTAILS CHASING PLUS ANOTHER SLEEPING< SEVERAL LARGE BLACK SADDLED CORAL GROUPERS AND SOME ENORMOUS BROWN MaRBLED GROUPERS> WHAT A SITE!
Evening visit to local island
Day 5
Beautiful magnificent anemones MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Interesting wreck with many longfin batfish, red snappers and yellowback fusiliers around the current point and many colourful rock cors plus glassfish in compartments, then white tip sharks over the sand and nice schools of gold spot emperors, sweetlips etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean Crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
5X EAGLE RAYS, A GIANT ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY AND A SURPRISE MANTA RAY plus white tip sharks, harlequin sweetlips and several large groupers plus dense schools of fusliers washing over the coral blocks at the front of the channel.
Dive 3
STRONG CURRENT IN THE CHANNEL SO WE JUST HOOKED IN AND WATCHED THE SHOW OF 20+ GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS OF ALL SIZES CRUISING UP AND DOWN IN FRONT OF US AND ENJOYING THE CURRENT. Easy and fun for us! We then has a brisk drift into the channel. Wheee!
Night Dive
AMAZING NIGHT DIVE WITH 20+ LARGE SIZED NURSE SHARKS PLUS MANY PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS AND EVEN A FEW BLACK-TIP SHARKS PLUS GIANT TREVALLIES. Very up-close and exciting. Wow!!
Day 6
Wreck dive from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Fabulous channel dive with an AMAZING SHOW OF GREY REEF SHARKS along the front. Just so many out there today and not so much current so we could cross easily. There was also a school of bonito tunas plus large giant trevallies and dogtooth tunas corraling the fusiliers and mackerels, an eagle ray and then large schools of red snappers and black and white snappers. We ended up drifting all the way along the outside reef and then has a fast drift into the atoll in the southern channel. Great fun!
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to Male' atoll arriving early afternoon. Afternoon visit into Male' for sightseeing and ice-cream parlour visit
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Divers to airport for international flights to Europe and Asia or onward transfers to resorts
Day 8
Divers having fun! Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Four arrivals today so in and out of the airport meeting guests. We made an early check dive as dhoni being used for guest collection in the afternoon
Dive 1
Easy drift with lovely schools of blue stripe and red snappers plus fusiliers and mackerels being chased by giant trevallies and large dogtooth tunas. On the reef we found banded coral shrimps and porcelain crabs plus red groupers, bullseye glassfish and magnificent anemones with mixed species clownfish tenants!
Dive 2
Short dive to check weighting for later arrivals. We found a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, several giant and yellowmargin morays plus schools of unicorn and orangespine surgeonfish