Trip Reports - Maldives Liveaboards

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Sea Queen SQ468A 21 Sep 2014 to 28 Sep 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Great way to start the trip on a dive with Eagle Rays, 3 Grey Sharks, Barracuda, Napoleons, 2 leaf fish, Green turtle, large shoal of Big Eye Jacks finishing the dive doing our stops surrounded in Pyramid Butterfly Fish.
Day 1
Dive 1
Both Grey sharks and Whitetip sharks coming in real close. An eagle ray followed us along the reef, leaf fish, HUGE Napolean, Big eye jacks and Giant Trevallie's charging around, a large shoal of Sweetlips and Pyramid Butterfly fish.
Dive 2
How lovely!! It looks like Sandwich the Eagle Ray is back and boy has she grown, but still as friendly allowing the guests to be within inches of her. Many Grey sharks now on this site which is fab to see, Whitetip sharks, Turtle, stone fish swimming around, Octopus, Barracuda.
Dive 3
Spent most of the dive sitting watching 3 Female Grey Sharks swimming back and forth coming really close. Lots of anemones in many different shades of pinks, very small juvenile Whitetip Sharks hanging out with us while we watched the Grey sharks, the barracuda and blue fins kept charging at the fusiliers.
Night Dive
Had our regular very friendly Female Manta come feed at the back of MV Sea Queen, so I took the guests for a cheeky night dive with her which is always a delight being able to sit there and watch her come in to feed, swooping right over our heads and doing loop the loops above us.
Day 2
Sandwich the Eagle Ray in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Quite a difficult current wanting to push us onto the edge top, couple of Grey Sharks, many Whitetip sharks, Huge Napoleon with a few smaller ones, Rainbow Runners, Huge Puffer Fish, Large shoal of Indian Butterfly fish.
Dive 2
Had the whole site to ourselves with a very small current allowing you to move around freely.100's and 100's of Blue Stripe Snappers covering the whole site, Turtle, Large group of Batfish, Two small Grey sharks, Blue fin charging around, Huge shoal of Bannerfish hanging off the reef, FABULOUS VISIBILITY.
Dive 3
Lovely late afternoon dive! Both Longfin and Circular Batfish, Juvenile Bluestripe snappers, Longnose hawk fish, Two Sting Rays resting on the bottom. Two VERY pretty swim throughs, the top of the three pinnacles were covered in anemones and layer after layer of Basslets.
Day 3
Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
First time for me on this site and what a lovely site it is! Loads of whitetip sharks, Juvenile Grey sharks, eagle rays, Both Jenkins and Marble sting ray, Barracuda, Huge shoal of yellow goat fish and Blue stripe snappers, very friendly Turtle.
Dive 2
Another first which is always good fun. We loved this dive! Firstly, hanging on the front to watch HUGE Grey sharks swim by, Sting rays, Many Whitetip sharks, so many large groupers and napoleons. Topograpghy was FAB with pinnacles covered in small fish, soft coral and Turtles.
Dive 3
Spent most of the dive on the North Corner, watching the Jacks and Giant Trevallie's charging the fusiliers, two very friendly turtles, some lovely anemones full of Black footed Anemone fish, Juvenile eagle rays, Whitetip Shark.
Day 4
Pink Anenomes in the Maldives, on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
So many Whitetip sharks, 2 huge Grey sharks, Stone fish, Turtle, Large shoal of Humphead snappers and Blue stripe snappers, Sweetlips, Plus a cheeky Snorkel with a 4metre Whale Shark. WOW!
Dive 2
Large shoal of Bigeye jacks, 14 Napoleons all following each other around, whitetip shakrs, 4 leaf fish, Chromodoris Glenei, Oraks Flatworm, Stone fish and a Turtle.
Night Dive
What a crazy night dive! We had Nurse Sharks all over us, jenkins rays and marble rays, so many jacks, quite a lot of Blacktip sharks charging at the bait fish.
Day 5
Nurse Sharks in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Gentle drift dive along the channel, 2 large female grey sharks, whitetip sharks, huge napoleon, Honeycomb moray, rainbow runners, large shoal of yellow spot snappers, Leaf fish, Turtle.
Dive 2
GREAT dive with a wall of fish hanging out on Jack Corner along with 6 eagle rays and whitetip sharks, HUGE Tuna. Turtle, Honeycomb moray, couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
Both grey sharks and whitetip sharks hanging out on the corner. Sting ray, Eagle ray, Giant Trevallie's charging about, Octopus, large shoal of sweetlips and redtail butterfly fish followed by a swift drift into the channel at the end of the dive.
Evening Activity
MOVIE NIGHT!
Day 6
Dive 1
Very pleasant last dive of the trip with a couple of Whitetip sharks, huge Napoleon and a couple of smaller ones, Turtle, Ribbon Eel, 4 Leaf fish, Large Honeycomb Moray, Large shoal of Yellowspot Snappers and Bannerfish, Sting ray, Lovely coral blocks covered in smaller reef fish.
Ocean Crossing
Slow Atoll crossing back to North Male
Daytime Excursion
Guests came along for a Male walkabout before returning to MV Sea Queen to finish packing.
Evening Activity
Watched the trip DVD.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transferred all guests to the airport ready for their flights back to the United Kingdom.
Day 8
Beautiful sunrise off MV Sea Queen, the Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Great way to start the trip on a dive with Eagle Rays, 3 Grey Sharks, Barracuda, Napoleons, 2 leaf fish, Green turtle, large shoal of Big Eye Jacks finishing the dive doing our stops surrounded in Pyramid Butterfly Fish.
Day 1
Dive 1
Both Grey sharks and Whitetip sharks coming in real close. An eagle ray followed us along the reef, leaf fish, HUGE Napolean, Big eye jacks and Giant Trevallie's charging around, a large shoal of Sweetlips and Pyramid Butterfly fish.
Dive 2
How lovely!! It looks like Sandwich the Eagle Ray is back and boy has she grown, but still as friendly allowing the guests to be within inches of her. Many Grey sharks now on this site which is fab to see, Whitetip sharks, Turtle, stone fish swimming around, Octopus, Barracuda.
Dive 3
Spent most of the dive sitting watching 3 Female Grey Sharks swimming back and forth coming really close. Lots of anemones in many different shades of pinks, very small juvenile Whitetip Sharks hanging out with us while we watched the Grey sharks, the barracuda and blue fins kept charging at the fusiliers.
Night Dive
Had our regular very friendly Female Manta come feed at the back of MV Sea Queen, so I took the guests for a cheeky night dive with her which is always a delight being able to sit there and watch her come in to feed, swooping right over our heads and doing loop the loops above us.
Day 2
Sandwich the Eagle Ray in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Quite a difficult current wanting to push us onto the edge top, couple of Grey Sharks, many Whitetip sharks, Huge Napoleon with a few smaller ones, Rainbow Runners, Huge Puffer Fish, Large shoal of Indian Butterfly fish.
Dive 2
Had the whole site to ourselves with a very small current allowing you to move around freely.100's and 100's of Blue Stripe Snappers covering the whole site, Turtle, Large group of Batfish, Two small Grey sharks, Blue fin charging around, Huge shoal of Bannerfish hanging off the reef, FABULOUS VISIBILITY.
Dive 3
Lovely late afternoon dive! Both Longfin and Circular Batfish, Juvenile Bluestripe snappers, Longnose hawk fish, Two Sting Rays resting on the bottom. Two VERY pretty swim throughs, the top of the three pinnacles were covered in anemones and layer after layer of Basslets.
Day 3
Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
First time for me on this site and what a lovely site it is! Loads of whitetip sharks, Juvenile Grey sharks, eagle rays, Both Jenkins and Marble sting ray, Barracuda, Huge shoal of yellow goat fish and Blue stripe snappers, very friendly Turtle.
Dive 2
Another first which is always good fun. We loved this dive! Firstly, hanging on the front to watch HUGE Grey sharks swim by, Sting rays, Many Whitetip sharks, so many large groupers and napoleons. Topograpghy was FAB with pinnacles covered in small fish, soft coral and Turtles.
Dive 3
Spent most of the dive on the North Corner, watching the Jacks and Giant Trevallie's charging the fusiliers, two very friendly turtles, some lovely anemones full of Black footed Anemone fish, Juvenile eagle rays, Whitetip Shark.
Day 4
Pink Anenomes in the Maldives, on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
So many Whitetip sharks, 2 huge Grey sharks, Stone fish, Turtle, Large shoal of Humphead snappers and Blue stripe snappers, Sweetlips, Plus a cheeky Snorkel with a 4metre Whale Shark. WOW!
Dive 2
Large shoal of Bigeye jacks, 14 Napoleons all following each other around, whitetip shakrs, 4 leaf fish, Chromodoris Glenei, Oraks Flatworm, Stone fish and a Turtle.
Night Dive
What a crazy night dive! We had Nurse Sharks all over us, jenkins rays and marble rays, so many jacks, quite a lot of Blacktip sharks charging at the bait fish.
Day 5
Nurse Sharks in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Gentle drift dive along the channel, 2 large female grey sharks, whitetip sharks, huge napoleon, Honeycomb moray, rainbow runners, large shoal of yellow spot snappers, Leaf fish, Turtle.
Dive 2
GREAT dive with a wall of fish hanging out on Jack Corner along with 6 eagle rays and whitetip sharks, HUGE Tuna. Turtle, Honeycomb moray, couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
Both grey sharks and whitetip sharks hanging out on the corner. Sting ray, Eagle ray, Giant Trevallie's charging about, Octopus, large shoal of sweetlips and redtail butterfly fish followed by a swift drift into the channel at the end of the dive.
Evening Activity
MOVIE NIGHT!
Day 6
Dive 1
Very pleasant last dive of the trip with a couple of Whitetip sharks, huge Napoleon and a couple of smaller ones, Turtle, Ribbon Eel, 4 Leaf fish, Large Honeycomb Moray, Large shoal of Yellowspot Snappers and Bannerfish, Sting ray, Lovely coral blocks covered in smaller reef fish.
Ocean Crossing
Slow Atoll crossing back to North Male
Daytime Excursion
Guests came along for a Male walkabout before returning to MV Sea Queen to finish packing.
Evening Activity
Watched the trip DVD.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transferred all guests to the airport ready for their flights back to the United Kingdom.
Day 8
Beautiful sunrise off MV Sea Queen, the Maldives
Sea Queen SQ467 14 Sep 2014 to 21 Sep 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Meet & Greet guests from their international flights and transfer to MV Sea Queen, filled in paperwork and prepared the dive gear ready for a check dive.
Day 1
Morning in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Fish soup is the best way to describe this dive, every inch of the reef was covered in a layer of basslets. Huge shoal of bluestriped snappers, sweetlips, bannerfish, black coral covered in glass fish, HUGE female sting ray feeding, whitetip sharks and a barracuda.
Dive 2
Many whitetip sharks, a large shoal of midnight snappers, mating octopus, small eagle ray, the reef top was stunning and full of yellow spot snappers.
Dive 3
1 Grey shark and a couple of whitetip sharks, leaf fish, We found the same octopus again along with 3 stone fish. Eagle ray and a HUGE shoal of blue fin charging about.
Day 2
Dive 1
No luck with the hammerheads, 2 grey sharks, whitetip sharks, an eagle ray for most of the dive, barracuda, leaf fish, a large shoal of midnight snappers, zillions and zillions of redtooth trigger fish.
Dive 2
Spent the best part of the dive watching the grey sharks coming in closer and closer, and all the time the giant trevallies kept charging the fusiliers making them form a huge wall of fish that kept passing through us. Couple of whitetip sharks, turtle, large shoal of bannerfish.
Dive 3
We jumped in to find an eagle ray feeding, then spent the rest of the dive sitting watching a LARGE female Grey shark swimming back and forth coming closer and closer allowing the guests to get a good look and some GREAT pictures. The end of the dive was spent enjoying the many different coloured anemones followed by 2 fly by's from the eagle ray again.
Night Dive
WONDERFUL 90 minute dive under MV Sea Queen watching 3 Mantas feeding and putting on a fabulous display around us.
Day 3
Eagle ray in the Maldives on Mv Sea Queen.
Dive 1
We dropped down to be met by 2 grey sharks that hung around for the whole dive. The whole site is covered in a layer of bluestriped snappers and fusiliers being charged by the groups of bluefin and Giant Trevallies, HUGE great Barracuda, 3 turtles, batfish, a large shoal of bannerfish.
Dive 2
We were hoping to have a Manta come into to clean but no luck on this occasion.
Dive 3
Lovely Critter dive, 2 hawkbills swimming around each other, peacock mantis. So many anemone fish some with eggs, different types of morays, lion fish. The coral block was covered in glass fish and longnose hawk fish.
Day 4
Grey Shark in the Maldives off Mv Sea Queen.
Dive 1
This is one STUNNING site with loads of life all over it, fab overhangs full of fan coral and sunset coral along with layer after layer of bluestriped snapper.
Snorkelling
WOW!! We had amazing luck snorkeling with 2 Whale Sharks, we even had the sharks swimming round each other twice.
Dive 2
Whitetip sharks, eagle ray, jenkins ray, HUGE napoleon, LOADS of reef fish, 2 leaf fish, scorpion fish, octopus, anenomone fish with eggs, pinnacles covered in golden soft coral and layers of basslets.
Night Dive
What a way to finish! An amazing days diving with HUGE Nurse sharks, blacktip sharks, giant trevallies, marble ray, feathertail ray and a porcupine ray all swimming around us and going crazy after the silversides.
Day 5
Snorkelling with a Whaleshark in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Huge shoal of redsnappers, many whitetip sharks, 2 leaf fish, devil scorpion fish, turtle, Lovely drift over healthy hard coral plus a snorkel with 3 Mantas feeding.
Dive 2
Dropped down to find 2l eagle rays which kept showing up throughout the dive. 3 leaf fish, 4 ribbon eels, spearing mantis, whitetip sharks, 2 HUGE Napoleons, loads of smaller reef fish.
Dive 3
Last dive of the trip was action packed from start to finish. Wall to wall of snappers and surgeon fish hanging in the current along with 2 eagle rays, whitetip sharks. We drifted further along to stop and hang on to watch a wall of fish along with 3 LARGE Grey sharks coming in really close to the guests plus 3 eagle rays one came within inches of us.
Day 6
Wall of Snappers in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen
Guest Transfer
Dropped two guests off at the airport ready for their domestic flights to a resort, the rest of us popped into Male for shopping and Ice-cream.
Day 7
Beautiful view in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Guest Transfer
Dropped the remaining guests to the airport ready for their onward journey home and to resorts.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Meet & Greet guests from their international flights and transfer to MV Sea Queen, filled in paperwork and prepared the dive gear ready for a check dive.
Day 1
Morning in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Fish soup is the best way to describe this dive, every inch of the reef was covered in a layer of basslets. Huge shoal of bluestriped snappers, sweetlips, bannerfish, black coral covered in glass fish, HUGE female sting ray feeding, whitetip sharks and a barracuda.
Dive 2
Many whitetip sharks, a large shoal of midnight snappers, mating octopus, small eagle ray, the reef top was stunning and full of yellow spot snappers.
Dive 3
1 Grey shark and a couple of whitetip sharks, leaf fish, We found the same octopus again along with 3 stone fish. Eagle ray and a HUGE shoal of blue fin charging about.
Day 2
Dive 1
No luck with the hammerheads, 2 grey sharks, whitetip sharks, an eagle ray for most of the dive, barracuda, leaf fish, a large shoal of midnight snappers, zillions and zillions of redtooth trigger fish.
Dive 2
Spent the best part of the dive watching the grey sharks coming in closer and closer, and all the time the giant trevallies kept charging the fusiliers making them form a huge wall of fish that kept passing through us. Couple of whitetip sharks, turtle, large shoal of bannerfish.
Dive 3
We jumped in to find an eagle ray feeding, then spent the rest of the dive sitting watching a LARGE female Grey shark swimming back and forth coming closer and closer allowing the guests to get a good look and some GREAT pictures. The end of the dive was spent enjoying the many different coloured anemones followed by 2 fly by's from the eagle ray again.
Night Dive
WONDERFUL 90 minute dive under MV Sea Queen watching 3 Mantas feeding and putting on a fabulous display around us.
Day 3
Eagle ray in the Maldives on Mv Sea Queen.
Dive 1
We dropped down to be met by 2 grey sharks that hung around for the whole dive. The whole site is covered in a layer of bluestriped snappers and fusiliers being charged by the groups of bluefin and Giant Trevallies, HUGE great Barracuda, 3 turtles, batfish, a large shoal of bannerfish.
Dive 2
We were hoping to have a Manta come into to clean but no luck on this occasion.
Dive 3
Lovely Critter dive, 2 hawkbills swimming around each other, peacock mantis. So many anemone fish some with eggs, different types of morays, lion fish. The coral block was covered in glass fish and longnose hawk fish.
Day 4
Grey Shark in the Maldives off Mv Sea Queen.
Dive 1
This is one STUNNING site with loads of life all over it, fab overhangs full of fan coral and sunset coral along with layer after layer of bluestriped snapper.
Snorkelling
WOW!! We had amazing luck snorkeling with 2 Whale Sharks, we even had the sharks swimming round each other twice.
Dive 2
Whitetip sharks, eagle ray, jenkins ray, HUGE napoleon, LOADS of reef fish, 2 leaf fish, scorpion fish, octopus, anenomone fish with eggs, pinnacles covered in golden soft coral and layers of basslets.
Night Dive
What a way to finish! An amazing days diving with HUGE Nurse sharks, blacktip sharks, giant trevallies, marble ray, feathertail ray and a porcupine ray all swimming around us and going crazy after the silversides.
Day 5
Snorkelling with a Whaleshark in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Huge shoal of redsnappers, many whitetip sharks, 2 leaf fish, devil scorpion fish, turtle, Lovely drift over healthy hard coral plus a snorkel with 3 Mantas feeding.
Dive 2
Dropped down to find 2l eagle rays which kept showing up throughout the dive. 3 leaf fish, 4 ribbon eels, spearing mantis, whitetip sharks, 2 HUGE Napoleons, loads of smaller reef fish.
Dive 3
Last dive of the trip was action packed from start to finish. Wall to wall of snappers and surgeon fish hanging in the current along with 2 eagle rays, whitetip sharks. We drifted further along to stop and hang on to watch a wall of fish along with 3 LARGE Grey sharks coming in really close to the guests plus 3 eagle rays one came within inches of us.
Day 6
Wall of Snappers in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen
Guest Transfer
Dropped two guests off at the airport ready for their domestic flights to a resort, the rest of us popped into Male for shopping and Ice-cream.
Day 7
Beautiful view in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Guest Transfer
Dropped the remaining guests to the airport ready for their onward journey home and to resorts.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS444 31 Aug 2014 to 12 Sep 2014 Equatorial Far South - Huvadhoo/Foammulah/Gan Addu (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived via domestic flight from Male' to Gan, Addu atoll. They transferred to Sea Spirit and we headed off to the north of the atoll
Dive 1
An easy and laid back check dive on this steep ocean reef. We watched a white tip shark cruising the depths, a coupe of green turtles up in the shallows a school of rainbow runners checked us out, there was a small schol of Forster's barracudas. The shallow reef has really beautiful hard corals buzzing with golden chromis and Evan's anthias
Day 1
Divers above stunning hard corals in the maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely blue water at this exposed ocean reef site with beautiful coral blocks full of reef fish and extensive fields of hard corals in the shalllows. There were several large schools of green cheek parrotfish, schools of black and white snappers, big eye and bluefin jacks, goldfinger darts, rufferfish, milkfish, a murex snail and segmented nudis. There was one sole bumphead parrotfish!
Dive 2
HURRAH! 10+ MANTAS WAITING TO GREET US IN QUITE A BRISK CURRENT. What a lovely dive. PLUS A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS AND A FUNNY LITTLE EAGLE RAY.
Dive 3
Southern ocean reef with lots of large coral blocks. In one we found a HUGE TAWNY NURSE SHARK, in another a large green turtle and a white leaf fish. There were several other green and hawksbill turtles, a porcelain crab, many humpback snappers and yellowback fusiliers plus so many green cheek parrotfish again!
Day 2
Beautiful Maldives Mantarays from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Stern tour of British Loyalty wreck via the bomb hole and the engine room then to the propellor and along the deck to the bow. The visibility was fair and we could see to the sandy bottom and the extra propellor. The black corals had many psamanthe shrimps and we found some large Pterolidia nudibranchs plus pipefish and lots of longfin batfish of varying sizes
Dive 2
A lovely show with ~5 manta busying themselves at the cleaning station and another 4 in the channel passing through several times. It was a completely different crowd of mantas to yesterday!
Dive 3
A strong in-flowing current so dived the channel corner where there were several grey sharks and a large school of barred jacks on the channel front, but pinned down deep by the strong current. As we drifted in we saw many Napoleons plus several large black saddled coral groupers, camouflage and masked groupers
Night Dive
A quieter night dive than expected but Steve used his special flourescent lights and got some remarkable results on his video of corals and soft corals at night. Bansi found a huge red hermit crab Dardanus megistos
Day 3
Reef buzzing with golden chromis seen from MV sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Wide channel ocean reef corner with a small in-current, but not much action today with sighting restricted to smaller creatures. We found a spearing mantis shrimp, a juvenile razor wrasse, a Pontonides shrimp on a whip coral, a beautiful juvenile oriental sweetlips and a shy octopus. AFTER THE DIVE WE WERE TREATED TO AN AMAZING SPINNER DOLPHIN SHOW AS ~200 DOLPHNS FROLICKED INSIDE THE CHANNEL LEAPING AND SPINNING AND CHASING THE DHONI
Dive 2
Tuftee the pale manta gave us a nice show whilst she busied herself being cleaned as she swam up the reef and closely inspected the divers. Paulette and Incognito mantas were also there but being a little more discreet. The small eagle ray who thinks she is a manta was there as were a couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
A channel corner drift over large porites massives with many seafans including some impressive black/dark red ones. We found a pair of baby white tip sharks under a block, tunas cruised the channel front and then there were many Napoleons, sweetlips and large groupers around the blocks (i.e. lots of BIG fish!). Inside there are many shallow blocks buzzing with anthias and the regular reef fish and a few hawksbill turtles at the back of the reef, probably hiding from the current!
Day 4
Tawny nurse shark sleeping under overhang from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No mantas at the block so we made a drift dive on the ocean reef sighting a couple of grey sharks along the drop-off and several eagle rays up in the shallows. This is a really beautiful reef with large coral "statues" which are cleaning stations for reef fish. There were schools of black & white snappers, sleek surgeonfish, so many golden chromis, blue tangs etc.
Dive 2
Beautiful ocean reef with huge coral blocks cascading down the reef slope: home to every type of reef fish. TWO MANTAS CRUISED UP AND DOWN THE REEF SEVERAL TIMES, LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STOP OR JUST CHECKING US OUT? Schools ofsnappers and jacks, white tip sharks sleeping in sand, a leaf fish, big eye emperors, so many soldierfish in every nook and cannie of the reef.
Dive 3
Stunning ocean reef site with vertical wall from 12-50+m and a huge overhang. We found a large green turtle (or two) and drifted past walls smothered in purple wire seafans and pink, yellow and purple soft corals. The sunshine and the excellent visibility made for a superb dive as the current wafted us along the wall. We spent the last 10 minutes right up on the reef top enjoying the beautiful hard corals and the millions of Coopers and Evan's anthias, pyramid and Meyer's butterflyfish etc.
Day 5
Diver above beautiful Acropora corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! A SUPERB LAST DIVE WITH THE MANTAS as we watched a courtship display by 4 males to two large females. Up and down and around and around giving us an acrobatics display. Abigail the huge female is now pregnant, but still attractive to the posse of males following her around. AS we drifted along the channel we saw blacktip, white tip and grey reef sharks and the huge school of barred jacks were whirling around and then made a run for the ocean: whoosh!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Strong current so a fast drop and hang-on the current point before we were whisked along the eastern edge of the reef. We watched dogtooth tunas chasing fusiliers, a couple of grey sharks, a schools of rainbow runners which mobbed divers. The northern side was calmer and we were able to explore and enjoy the coral blocks. There were schools of black and white and red snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, lovely orange sea fans and soft coral so this site regularly gets current!
Night Dive
NEW SITE! An experimental night dive on a shallow thila inside the atoll. The corals were extensive and very beautiful. We saw flashlight fish and soldierfish amongst the corals, a pink coloured tapestry shrimp, a stripy reef lobster, pairs of banded coral shrimps and lots of trapezia crabs and squat lobsters hiding in coral heads.
Day 6
Courting mantas being friendly with us and eachother. MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We travelled a little east to this lovely thila with colourful orange and pink seafans and coral blocks full of reef fish along a sandy plateau. The dogtooth tunas were coralling schools of neon and striped fusiliers off the reef. We found spiny lobsters, another pair of green leaf fish, a block with lots of glassfish concealing a large coral grouper being cleaned by Bruuni shrimps, featherstars with elegant squat lobsters etc.
Dive 2
Hurrah an in-current AND A GREAT SHOW OF GREY SHARKS ON THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL. HARD TO COUNT AS THEY KEPT COMING BUT CERTAINLY 50+ ALSO SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS PLUS HUGE SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS, BARRACUDAS, RAINBOW RUNNERS AND THEN A DRIFT ALONG THE REEF PASSING SEVERAL GREEN TURTLES AND A SLEEPING NURSE SHARK!
Dive 3
Similar conditions and all the above again with LOTS OF GREYS SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS AGAIN. The eagle rays swam underneath us too. There were several large Napoleons on the main reef and we managed to find the green turtles and the nurse shark again. At the end of the dive we sighted a male ribbontail ray chasing a very large female.
Evening Activity
Evening/sunset visit to island of Dhiyadhoo where the village is derserted and has become overgrown by the jungle. There is a beautiful beach on either side of the island.The crew collected some fresh coconuts and made drinks for the guests
Day 7
Golden yellow leaf fish seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Stronger in-current and LOTS OF GREY SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT plus large school of big-eye jacks, a sailfish, giant barracudas, a shark with a broken fin (!) eagle rays and a drift into the channel. Then the heavens opened.
Dive 2
No current! We jumped on the front of the channel amd weaved our way along the front where a few grey sharks were meandering around but there was a huge school of mackerel scads plus lots of dogtooth tunas. The reef front is heavily coralised with lots of ledges and we found several black ribbon eels, sleeping green turtles and many jacks
Dive 3
Quite a strong current pinning the sharks on the front so we just hooked in and watched the show as groups of GREY SHARKS PARADED UP AND DOWN IN FRONT OF US, AND BOBBED AROUND IN THE CURRENT. We had a brisk drift in over beautiful fish-covered coral blocks and found yet more green turtles plus orbicular batfish
Day 8
Divers with a huge school of blue stripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A strong in-current so LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AGAIN on the channel front plus white tips bobbing about and eagle rays. Another brisk drift in over the coral blocks and we found a ribbon tail ray
Dive 2
A small in current but hard work to reach the point where there were lots a grey sharks plus resting white tip sharks, just after the corner. Some divers continued across the front. There was a large school of barracudas too. We found black ribbon eels again, turtles, Napoleons, eagle rays etc. This is always a busy channel with lots of things to see!
Dive 3
Pretty coral garden site. TWO FEATHERTAIL RAYS, ONE VERY LARGE AND LIKELY PREGNANT. Lots of pretty coral island with every kind of chromis and damsel including humbugs, indians, white-bellys, fusilier etc. Many sand gobies peering back ar us, Dracula and pinkbar gobies with their pistol shrimps etc.
Two spinner dolphins were fishing via the big lights at the back of the boat
Day 9
Grey sharks cruising sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Strong eddying current on front of channel LOTS OF GREY SHARKS but dispersed so we had to keep moving around and divers ended up all over the channel! Fast and bumpy drift in where we saw lots of green turtles, ZEBRA SHARK, round ribbontail ray, eagle rays, big groupers, harlequin sweetlips and really nice corals.
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted past large coral blocks and onto the techicolour channel front where huge schools of bluestripe and humpback snapper hung out. A squadron of ~8 EAGLE RAYS were waiting on the channel front and a single one swooped around and around on the corner. There were also schools of Raccoon and collared butterflyfish and both black tip and white tip sharks buzzing around. A swarm of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs swept past
Dive 3
Lovely drift dive past overhangs on the channel front and above huge porites blicks full of snappers and groupers. We briefly hooked on the channel front to watch a few grey sharks saunter past and then drifted in. We found a small, very spotty ZEBRA SHARK resting in a sand area. Other divers found a large one on a ledge amongst the coral. We also found Maldives sponge snails, a leaf fish and a lovely green turtle in the middle of a delicate table coral being cleaned!
Several members of crew went night snorkelling inside the very shallow anchorage
Day 10
Large school of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A HUGE SCHOOL OF BONITOS ENGULFED US ON THE CORNER. WITHIN THE SCHOOL WERE APAIR OF EAGLE RAYS AND A FEW GREY SHARKS! WOW! The current was strng so we hooked in and watched the grey sharks and white tips cruising overhead. The drift into the channel was fast and bouncy but Matt maged to find us TWO sleeping ZEBREA sharks and a round ribbontail ray which all took off down current.
Dive 2
An easy current at this thila site. Only a grey shark and some rainbow runners at depth but a school of yellow-back fusiliers greeted us as we descended. More rainbow runners milled around and visited cleaning stations. THIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD MACRO SITE AND TODAY WE MANAGED TO FIND A BLUE RIBBON EEL, 4X LEAF FISH, AMBOIN, BRUUNI AND LYSMATA CLEANING SHRIMPS
Dive 3
Beautiful coral garden and good macro again. A large, glassfish covered, coral block also contained three leaf fish, a small peacock flounder and a couple or morays. There was a beautiful tiny sailfish tang and another 2cm long baby bi-colour parrotfish. Over the ridge we saw a blacktip sharks and schools of fusiliers and black and white snappers
Quick visit to small sandbank for sunset photos. This one disappears at high tide!
Day 11
Zebra sharks are frequently seen in the far south. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Busy current point at thila with schools of various fusiliers, big eye jacks, crescent-tailed big eyes, mackerel scads and a few tunas. The cola blocks were buzzing with Cooper's anthias. The coral at this site is impressive! We found a Nembrotha cristata nudibranch and just enjoyed the beautiful corals and reef fish
Dive 2
Laid-back final dive at thila with glassfish filled overhangs and coral blocks with schools of yellow goatfish and blue stripe snappers. There was a school of Forster's barracudas and a few dogtooth tunas along the reef side and lots of small groupers and morays on the reef. Bruuni shrimp gave some divers a manicure. We also found an upside down Chromodoris tritos nudi. The top reef is very pretty so a nice way to end the trip
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to an isolated sandbank for a little snorkelling and general messing around in the sea!
Day 12
Tiny white sand sandbank. Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for domestic flight to Male'
Day 13
So many fish! Mv Sea Spirit. Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived via domestic flight from Male' to Gan, Addu atoll. They transferred to Sea Spirit and we headed off to the north of the atoll
Dive 1
An easy and laid back check dive on this steep ocean reef. We watched a white tip shark cruising the depths, a coupe of green turtles up in the shallows a school of rainbow runners checked us out, there was a small schol of Forster's barracudas. The shallow reef has really beautiful hard corals buzzing with golden chromis and Evan's anthias
Day 1
Divers above stunning hard corals in the maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely blue water at this exposed ocean reef site with beautiful coral blocks full of reef fish and extensive fields of hard corals in the shalllows. There were several large schools of green cheek parrotfish, schools of black and white snappers, big eye and bluefin jacks, goldfinger darts, rufferfish, milkfish, a murex snail and segmented nudis. There was one sole bumphead parrotfish!
Dive 2
HURRAH! 10+ MANTAS WAITING TO GREET US IN QUITE A BRISK CURRENT. What a lovely dive. PLUS A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS AND A FUNNY LITTLE EAGLE RAY.
Dive 3
Southern ocean reef with lots of large coral blocks. In one we found a HUGE TAWNY NURSE SHARK, in another a large green turtle and a white leaf fish. There were several other green and hawksbill turtles, a porcelain crab, many humpback snappers and yellowback fusiliers plus so many green cheek parrotfish again!
Day 2
Beautiful Maldives Mantarays from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Stern tour of British Loyalty wreck via the bomb hole and the engine room then to the propellor and along the deck to the bow. The visibility was fair and we could see to the sandy bottom and the extra propellor. The black corals had many psamanthe shrimps and we found some large Pterolidia nudibranchs plus pipefish and lots of longfin batfish of varying sizes
Dive 2
A lovely show with ~5 manta busying themselves at the cleaning station and another 4 in the channel passing through several times. It was a completely different crowd of mantas to yesterday!
Dive 3
A strong in-flowing current so dived the channel corner where there were several grey sharks and a large school of barred jacks on the channel front, but pinned down deep by the strong current. As we drifted in we saw many Napoleons plus several large black saddled coral groupers, camouflage and masked groupers
Night Dive
A quieter night dive than expected but Steve used his special flourescent lights and got some remarkable results on his video of corals and soft corals at night. Bansi found a huge red hermit crab Dardanus megistos
Day 3
Reef buzzing with golden chromis seen from MV sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Wide channel ocean reef corner with a small in-current, but not much action today with sighting restricted to smaller creatures. We found a spearing mantis shrimp, a juvenile razor wrasse, a Pontonides shrimp on a whip coral, a beautiful juvenile oriental sweetlips and a shy octopus. AFTER THE DIVE WE WERE TREATED TO AN AMAZING SPINNER DOLPHIN SHOW AS ~200 DOLPHNS FROLICKED INSIDE THE CHANNEL LEAPING AND SPINNING AND CHASING THE DHONI
Dive 2
Tuftee the pale manta gave us a nice show whilst she busied herself being cleaned as she swam up the reef and closely inspected the divers. Paulette and Incognito mantas were also there but being a little more discreet. The small eagle ray who thinks she is a manta was there as were a couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
A channel corner drift over large porites massives with many seafans including some impressive black/dark red ones. We found a pair of baby white tip sharks under a block, tunas cruised the channel front and then there were many Napoleons, sweetlips and large groupers around the blocks (i.e. lots of BIG fish!). Inside there are many shallow blocks buzzing with anthias and the regular reef fish and a few hawksbill turtles at the back of the reef, probably hiding from the current!
Day 4
Tawny nurse shark sleeping under overhang from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No mantas at the block so we made a drift dive on the ocean reef sighting a couple of grey sharks along the drop-off and several eagle rays up in the shallows. This is a really beautiful reef with large coral "statues" which are cleaning stations for reef fish. There were schools of black & white snappers, sleek surgeonfish, so many golden chromis, blue tangs etc.
Dive 2
Beautiful ocean reef with huge coral blocks cascading down the reef slope: home to every type of reef fish. TWO MANTAS CRUISED UP AND DOWN THE REEF SEVERAL TIMES, LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STOP OR JUST CHECKING US OUT? Schools ofsnappers and jacks, white tip sharks sleeping in sand, a leaf fish, big eye emperors, so many soldierfish in every nook and cannie of the reef.
Dive 3
Stunning ocean reef site with vertical wall from 12-50+m and a huge overhang. We found a large green turtle (or two) and drifted past walls smothered in purple wire seafans and pink, yellow and purple soft corals. The sunshine and the excellent visibility made for a superb dive as the current wafted us along the wall. We spent the last 10 minutes right up on the reef top enjoying the beautiful hard corals and the millions of Coopers and Evan's anthias, pyramid and Meyer's butterflyfish etc.
Day 5
Diver above beautiful Acropora corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! A SUPERB LAST DIVE WITH THE MANTAS as we watched a courtship display by 4 males to two large females. Up and down and around and around giving us an acrobatics display. Abigail the huge female is now pregnant, but still attractive to the posse of males following her around. AS we drifted along the channel we saw blacktip, white tip and grey reef sharks and the huge school of barred jacks were whirling around and then made a run for the ocean: whoosh!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Strong current so a fast drop and hang-on the current point before we were whisked along the eastern edge of the reef. We watched dogtooth tunas chasing fusiliers, a couple of grey sharks, a schools of rainbow runners which mobbed divers. The northern side was calmer and we were able to explore and enjoy the coral blocks. There were schools of black and white and red snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, lovely orange sea fans and soft coral so this site regularly gets current!
Night Dive
NEW SITE! An experimental night dive on a shallow thila inside the atoll. The corals were extensive and very beautiful. We saw flashlight fish and soldierfish amongst the corals, a pink coloured tapestry shrimp, a stripy reef lobster, pairs of banded coral shrimps and lots of trapezia crabs and squat lobsters hiding in coral heads.
Day 6
Courting mantas being friendly with us and eachother. MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We travelled a little east to this lovely thila with colourful orange and pink seafans and coral blocks full of reef fish along a sandy plateau. The dogtooth tunas were coralling schools of neon and striped fusiliers off the reef. We found spiny lobsters, another pair of green leaf fish, a block with lots of glassfish concealing a large coral grouper being cleaned by Bruuni shrimps, featherstars with elegant squat lobsters etc.
Dive 2
Hurrah an in-current AND A GREAT SHOW OF GREY SHARKS ON THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL. HARD TO COUNT AS THEY KEPT COMING BUT CERTAINLY 50+ ALSO SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS PLUS HUGE SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS, BARRACUDAS, RAINBOW RUNNERS AND THEN A DRIFT ALONG THE REEF PASSING SEVERAL GREEN TURTLES AND A SLEEPING NURSE SHARK!
Dive 3
Similar conditions and all the above again with LOTS OF GREYS SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS AGAIN. The eagle rays swam underneath us too. There were several large Napoleons on the main reef and we managed to find the green turtles and the nurse shark again. At the end of the dive we sighted a male ribbontail ray chasing a very large female.
Evening Activity
Evening/sunset visit to island of Dhiyadhoo where the village is derserted and has become overgrown by the jungle. There is a beautiful beach on either side of the island.The crew collected some fresh coconuts and made drinks for the guests
Day 7
Golden yellow leaf fish seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Stronger in-current and LOTS OF GREY SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT plus large school of big-eye jacks, a sailfish, giant barracudas, a shark with a broken fin (!) eagle rays and a drift into the channel. Then the heavens opened.
Dive 2
No current! We jumped on the front of the channel amd weaved our way along the front where a few grey sharks were meandering around but there was a huge school of mackerel scads plus lots of dogtooth tunas. The reef front is heavily coralised with lots of ledges and we found several black ribbon eels, sleeping green turtles and many jacks
Dive 3
Quite a strong current pinning the sharks on the front so we just hooked in and watched the show as groups of GREY SHARKS PARADED UP AND DOWN IN FRONT OF US, AND BOBBED AROUND IN THE CURRENT. We had a brisk drift in over beautiful fish-covered coral blocks and found yet more green turtles plus orbicular batfish
Day 8
Divers with a huge school of blue stripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A strong in-current so LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AGAIN on the channel front plus white tips bobbing about and eagle rays. Another brisk drift in over the coral blocks and we found a ribbon tail ray
Dive 2
A small in current but hard work to reach the point where there were lots a grey sharks plus resting white tip sharks, just after the corner. Some divers continued across the front. There was a large school of barracudas too. We found black ribbon eels again, turtles, Napoleons, eagle rays etc. This is always a busy channel with lots of things to see!
Dive 3
Pretty coral garden site. TWO FEATHERTAIL RAYS, ONE VERY LARGE AND LIKELY PREGNANT. Lots of pretty coral island with every kind of chromis and damsel including humbugs, indians, white-bellys, fusilier etc. Many sand gobies peering back ar us, Dracula and pinkbar gobies with their pistol shrimps etc.
Two spinner dolphins were fishing via the big lights at the back of the boat
Day 9
Grey sharks cruising sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Strong eddying current on front of channel LOTS OF GREY SHARKS but dispersed so we had to keep moving around and divers ended up all over the channel! Fast and bumpy drift in where we saw lots of green turtles, ZEBRA SHARK, round ribbontail ray, eagle rays, big groupers, harlequin sweetlips and really nice corals.
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted past large coral blocks and onto the techicolour channel front where huge schools of bluestripe and humpback snapper hung out. A squadron of ~8 EAGLE RAYS were waiting on the channel front and a single one swooped around and around on the corner. There were also schools of Raccoon and collared butterflyfish and both black tip and white tip sharks buzzing around. A swarm of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs swept past
Dive 3
Lovely drift dive past overhangs on the channel front and above huge porites blicks full of snappers and groupers. We briefly hooked on the channel front to watch a few grey sharks saunter past and then drifted in. We found a small, very spotty ZEBRA SHARK resting in a sand area. Other divers found a large one on a ledge amongst the coral. We also found Maldives sponge snails, a leaf fish and a lovely green turtle in the middle of a delicate table coral being cleaned!
Several members of crew went night snorkelling inside the very shallow anchorage
Day 10
Large school of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A HUGE SCHOOL OF BONITOS ENGULFED US ON THE CORNER. WITHIN THE SCHOOL WERE APAIR OF EAGLE RAYS AND A FEW GREY SHARKS! WOW! The current was strng so we hooked in and watched the grey sharks and white tips cruising overhead. The drift into the channel was fast and bouncy but Matt maged to find us TWO sleeping ZEBREA sharks and a round ribbontail ray which all took off down current.
Dive 2
An easy current at this thila site. Only a grey shark and some rainbow runners at depth but a school of yellow-back fusiliers greeted us as we descended. More rainbow runners milled around and visited cleaning stations. THIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD MACRO SITE AND TODAY WE MANAGED TO FIND A BLUE RIBBON EEL, 4X LEAF FISH, AMBOIN, BRUUNI AND LYSMATA CLEANING SHRIMPS
Dive 3
Beautiful coral garden and good macro again. A large, glassfish covered, coral block also contained three leaf fish, a small peacock flounder and a couple or morays. There was a beautiful tiny sailfish tang and another 2cm long baby bi-colour parrotfish. Over the ridge we saw a blacktip sharks and schools of fusiliers and black and white snappers
Quick visit to small sandbank for sunset photos. This one disappears at high tide!
Day 11
Zebra sharks are frequently seen in the far south. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Busy current point at thila with schools of various fusiliers, big eye jacks, crescent-tailed big eyes, mackerel scads and a few tunas. The cola blocks were buzzing with Cooper's anthias. The coral at this site is impressive! We found a Nembrotha cristata nudibranch and just enjoyed the beautiful corals and reef fish
Dive 2
Laid-back final dive at thila with glassfish filled overhangs and coral blocks with schools of yellow goatfish and blue stripe snappers. There was a school of Forster's barracudas and a few dogtooth tunas along the reef side and lots of small groupers and morays on the reef. Bruuni shrimp gave some divers a manicure. We also found an upside down Chromodoris tritos nudi. The top reef is very pretty so a nice way to end the trip
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to an isolated sandbank for a little snorkelling and general messing around in the sea!
Day 12
Tiny white sand sandbank. Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for domestic flight to Male'
Day 13
So many fish! Mv Sea Spirit. Maldives
Sea Queen SQ466 31 Aug 2014 to 12 Sep 2014 Manta & Whaleshark Special (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Met the guests from the international flights and transferred to Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Snorkel on himmafushi reef, bouyancy check.
Day 1
What a view on MV Sea Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
A manta cleaning station, only one manta being cleaned, yellow margin trigger fish, razor fish, glass fish beautiful coral blocks.
Dive 2
Beautiful thila dive, festooned with soft coral, huge gorgonia fan corals, Giant Trevallies, schools of banner fish, oriental sweet lips, white tip reef shark, hawks bill turtle
Dive 3
Strong current, stunning soft corals puffed out, large school of big eye trevally, Giant Trevallie's, green turtle, big school of midnight snappers, cascades of fusiliers, BIG BEAUTIFUL DIVE!
Day 2
The Maldives
Dive 1
Mangrove whiptail ray, White tips, soft corals, big schools of fusiliers, banner fish, jacks hunting.
Dive 2
WOW!! Perfect current bringing in grey reef sharks, white tips, eagle rays, huge school of big eye trevally, napoleons, midnight snappers, big school of red snappers, hawks bill turtles. GREAT DIVE.
Dive 3
Same site, no current on this late afternoon dive but all the fish had come to the reef AMAZING!, eagle rays, grey reef sharks, white tips, huge schools of surgeon fish, big napoleons, dog tooth tunas.
Day 3
Dive 1
Early morning search for the elusive hammerhead, no luck, Manta Ray, Eagle rays, Grey reef shark, white tips, Giant Trevallies, large school of Big eye Trevally.
Dive 2
Grey reef sharks, White tips, Dog tooth Tuna hunting, schools of Big eye, Chevron Barracudas, Nurse shark.
Dive 3
Entire dive spent with Grey reef sharks, White tips, 3 juvenile Silvertip sharks, Giant Trevallies and Dog Tooth Tuna hunting.
Night Dive
Night dive with a beautiful Manta Ray.
Day 4
Dive 1
Blue water drift dive through a channel, many white tips, eaglerays, HUGE Lemon Shark, Grey reef sharks, Marbled rays.
Dive 2
Spectacular scenic dive with overhangs of blue soft corals, napoleons, big eye trevally, blue striped snappers
Dive 3
Fesdu wreck, glorious flatworm, yellow paillae flatworm, harlequin file fish, shultzes pipe fish, batfish, hinge beak shrimp. Very pretty wreck and colourful bulbous anemone covered reef top..
Day 5
Dive 1
Huge napoleon wrasse, White tip, schools of humpback snapper, and blue striped snapper, peacock flounder,
Dive 2
Fabulous soft coral overhangs, grey reef sharks, white tips, eagle ray, chevron barracuda.
Dive 3
Awesome blue water fish soup reef. Huge fan corals, very friendly hawksbill turtle looking into peoples cameras, eagle ray, white tips, schools of humpback and blue lined snapper, blue fin trevally hunting down fusiliers.
Evening Activity
Resort island visit for cocktail evening.
Day 6
Dive 1
Eagle ray, many white tip sharks must have counted 20, humpback snapper, blue striped snapper, dog tooth tuna.
Dive 2
Spent the day looking for whalesharks we found one but it went under the boat and it did not come back :-(
Dive 3
Many white tip sharks, 2 mangrove whiptail rays.
Evening Activity
Guests ashore for shopping.
Day 7
Dive 1
White tips, hawksbill turtles, mantis shrimp, goby and partner shrimp.
Snorkelling
WHALESHARK! WHOOP! WHOOP :-)
Dive 2
Scenic dive with beautiful fan coral canyon.
Dive 3
Critter dive many different types of nudis and flatworm, long nose hawkfish, peacock mantis shrimp.
Evening Activity
Guests ashore for shopping - Whale Shark cuddly toys!
Day 8
Dive 1
Blue water dive to the reef then fabulous soft corals, white tip reef shark, then we saw 2 marlin, torpedo ray, 2 marbled rays. Another great start to the day!
Dive 2
Drift dive, big napoleon, white tips, very friendly turtle, marbled ray.
Dive 3
Drift dive, white tips, 6 leaf fish, humpback snapper, hawksbill turtle, black tip reef shark.
Night Dive
Funniest night dive ever! Guests mobbed by about 60 nurse shark hilarious, jenkins whiptail rays, marbled rays, Giant Trevallies attacking baitfish under the torch light awesome, black tip reef sharks.
Day 9
Dive 1
Honeycomb moray, hawksbill turtle, white tips, 2 leaf fish,Giant trevally, dog tooth tuna.
Snorkelling
Snorkel with 5 Friendly Manta Rays
Dive 2
Very poor visibility, feathertail stingray, marbled ray, big napoleon, white tip reef shark.
Dive 3
Critter hunt, leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimp, ribbon eels, clouded moray, banded pipefish, lion fish, ambion cleaner shrimp and blackcheek moray.
Day 10
Dive 1
High action with grey reef sharks, eaglerays, huge school of red snapper, and big eye trevally on the current point big schools of midnight snapper and surgeon fish.
Dive 2
Giant trevallies, green and hawksbill turtles, honeycomb moray, 3 leaf fish, glorious flatworm, white tip reef shark, napoleon.
Dive 3
Grey reef sharks, white tips, eaglerays, green turtle, schools of big eye trevally and red snappers, midnight snappers, hunting giant trevallies and blue fin jacks AMAZING!
Day 11
Dive 1
Grey reef sharks cleaning on the top reef, many eaglerays, white tips, hawksbill turtles
Dive 2
Green and hawksbill turtles, white tips, 3 eaglerays, anemone crabs, leaf fish, ambion cleaner shrimp beautiful fan corals in overhangs.
Dive 3
WOW!! Shark soup, HUGE school of forsters barracuda, chevron barracuda, hunting Giant Trevallies and dog tooth tuna followed by a high velocity drift down the express amazing waves of fusilier.
Daytime Excursion
Shopping and ice-cream in Hulemale.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Transferred all the guests back to the airport for their international flights.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Met the guests from the international flights and transferred to Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Snorkel on himmafushi reef, bouyancy check.
Day 1
What a view on MV Sea Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
A manta cleaning station, only one manta being cleaned, yellow margin trigger fish, razor fish, glass fish beautiful coral blocks.
Dive 2
Beautiful thila dive, festooned with soft coral, huge gorgonia fan corals, Giant Trevallies, schools of banner fish, oriental sweet lips, white tip reef shark, hawks bill turtle
Dive 3
Strong current, stunning soft corals puffed out, large school of big eye trevally, Giant Trevallie's, green turtle, big school of midnight snappers, cascades of fusiliers, BIG BEAUTIFUL DIVE!
Day 2
The Maldives
Dive 1
Mangrove whiptail ray, White tips, soft corals, big schools of fusiliers, banner fish, jacks hunting.
Dive 2
WOW!! Perfect current bringing in grey reef sharks, white tips, eagle rays, huge school of big eye trevally, napoleons, midnight snappers, big school of red snappers, hawks bill turtles. GREAT DIVE.
Dive 3
Same site, no current on this late afternoon dive but all the fish had come to the reef AMAZING!, eagle rays, grey reef sharks, white tips, huge schools of surgeon fish, big napoleons, dog tooth tunas.
Day 3
Dive 1
Early morning search for the elusive hammerhead, no luck, Manta Ray, Eagle rays, Grey reef shark, white tips, Giant Trevallies, large school of Big eye Trevally.
Dive 2
Grey reef sharks, White tips, Dog tooth Tuna hunting, schools of Big eye, Chevron Barracudas, Nurse shark.
Dive 3
Entire dive spent with Grey reef sharks, White tips, 3 juvenile Silvertip sharks, Giant Trevallies and Dog Tooth Tuna hunting.
Night Dive
Night dive with a beautiful Manta Ray.
Day 4
Dive 1
Blue water drift dive through a channel, many white tips, eaglerays, HUGE Lemon Shark, Grey reef sharks, Marbled rays.
Dive 2
Spectacular scenic dive with overhangs of blue soft corals, napoleons, big eye trevally, blue striped snappers
Dive 3
Fesdu wreck, glorious flatworm, yellow paillae flatworm, harlequin file fish, shultzes pipe fish, batfish, hinge beak shrimp. Very pretty wreck and colourful bulbous anemone covered reef top..
Day 5
Dive 1
Huge napoleon wrasse, White tip, schools of humpback snapper, and blue striped snapper, peacock flounder,
Dive 2
Fabulous soft coral overhangs, grey reef sharks, white tips, eagle ray, chevron barracuda.
Dive 3
Awesome blue water fish soup reef. Huge fan corals, very friendly hawksbill turtle looking into peoples cameras, eagle ray, white tips, schools of humpback and blue lined snapper, blue fin trevally hunting down fusiliers.
Evening Activity
Resort island visit for cocktail evening.
Day 6
Dive 1
Eagle ray, many white tip sharks must have counted 20, humpback snapper, blue striped snapper, dog tooth tuna.
Dive 2
Spent the day looking for whalesharks we found one but it went under the boat and it did not come back :-(
Dive 3
Many white tip sharks, 2 mangrove whiptail rays.
Evening Activity
Guests ashore for shopping.
Day 7
Dive 1
White tips, hawksbill turtles, mantis shrimp, goby and partner shrimp.
Snorkelling
WHALESHARK! WHOOP! WHOOP :-)
Dive 2
Scenic dive with beautiful fan coral canyon.
Dive 3
Critter dive many different types of nudis and flatworm, long nose hawkfish, peacock mantis shrimp.
Evening Activity
Guests ashore for shopping - Whale Shark cuddly toys!
Day 8
Dive 1
Blue water dive to the reef then fabulous soft corals, white tip reef shark, then we saw 2 marlin, torpedo ray, 2 marbled rays. Another great start to the day!
Dive 2
Drift dive, big napoleon, white tips, very friendly turtle, marbled ray.
Dive 3
Drift dive, white tips, 6 leaf fish, humpback snapper, hawksbill turtle, black tip reef shark.
Night Dive
Funniest night dive ever! Guests mobbed by about 60 nurse shark hilarious, jenkins whiptail rays, marbled rays, Giant Trevallies attacking baitfish under the torch light awesome, black tip reef sharks.
Day 9
Dive 1
Honeycomb moray, hawksbill turtle, white tips, 2 leaf fish,Giant trevally, dog tooth tuna.
Snorkelling
Snorkel with 5 Friendly Manta Rays
Dive 2
Very poor visibility, feathertail stingray, marbled ray, big napoleon, white tip reef shark.
Dive 3
Critter hunt, leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimp, ribbon eels, clouded moray, banded pipefish, lion fish, ambion cleaner shrimp and blackcheek moray.
Day 10
Dive 1
High action with grey reef sharks, eaglerays, huge school of red snapper, and big eye trevally on the current point big schools of midnight snapper and surgeon fish.
Dive 2
Giant trevallies, green and hawksbill turtles, honeycomb moray, 3 leaf fish, glorious flatworm, white tip reef shark, napoleon.
Dive 3
Grey reef sharks, white tips, eaglerays, green turtle, schools of big eye trevally and red snappers, midnight snappers, hunting giant trevallies and blue fin jacks AMAZING!
Day 11
Dive 1
Grey reef sharks cleaning on the top reef, many eaglerays, white tips, hawksbill turtles
Dive 2
Green and hawksbill turtles, white tips, 3 eaglerays, anemone crabs, leaf fish, ambion cleaner shrimp beautiful fan corals in overhangs.
Dive 3
WOW!! Shark soup, HUGE school of forsters barracuda, chevron barracuda, hunting Giant Trevallies and dog tooth tuna followed by a high velocity drift down the express amazing waves of fusilier.
Daytime Excursion
Shopping and ice-cream in Hulemale.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Transferred all the guests back to the airport for their international flights.
Day 13
Sea Queen SQ465 24 Aug 2014 to 31 Aug 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Met the group from the morning Emirates flight and transferred to MV Sea Queen.
Ocean Crossing
Fabulous weather today so we headed over to the North/East side of Male.
Dive 1
Strange out-current, so we decided to dive the outside reef allowing everyone an easy first dive drifting along a very healthy reef.
Day 1
Manta's in the Maldives off MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
What a stunning sunrise followed by a fab morning dive with plenty of Shark action and 5 Eagle Rays hanging out in the current, Tuna & Rainbow runners charging about the place, Small Nurse Shark.
Dive 2
LOVE this site it's just like swimming in an aquarium full of fish, couple of Grey Sharks and 2 very friendly Eagle Rays, Bat fish, Midnight snappers, Whitetip sharks, HUGE Shoal of reef fish on the corner for us to hang out with while doing our stops.
Dive 3
Well, we spent most of the dive hanging over the pinnacle watching the 8 Grey Sharks swimming back and forth making some very close passes , Giant Trevallies charging about, Batfish, Turtles, Octopus, Stone fish and Fosters Barracuda.
Dive 4
WOW!! Fab dive with Giant Trevallies and Morays out on the hunt, along with a couple of Whitetip Sharks, A Sting Ray following us around, 2 Turtles, Stone fish, lots of small and interesting stuff.
Night Dive
We had a large female Manta show up quite late at the back of Sea Queen feeding in our lights - it was rude not to go play, we spent an amazing 60 minutes sitting just under Sea Queen watching this lovely lady having a ball scooping up all the plankton and making inch passes right over our heads, how much more can you see in one days diving!!!!!!
Day 2
Female Manta Ray playing at the back of Sea Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
This is a breath taking dive site with overhangs full of blue soft coral and layer after layer of Bluestripe snappers, 2 large Nurse Sharks, Whitetip Sharks, sting ray. A lovely drift at the end over table corals and smaller reef fish.
Dive 2
Stopped and watched all different sizes of 21 Grey sharks swimming around, was lovely to see the older ones mixed with the young grey sharks, huge shoal of Batfish, Chevron Barracuda, Sting Ray, Humphead snappers and Turtles.
Dive 3
4 Mantas, 5 Jenkins Rays, Turtles, Whitetip Sharks, Jacks and Tuna charging the reef fish sending everything crazy, which was great to watch.
Ocean Crossing
We had a lovely sail along the outside reef watching large pods of Dolphins ride next to Sea Queen's Bow.
Day 3
Dive 1
Stopped to watch a group of 6 Mobula come into clean, so many whitetip sharks all along the reef edge, Large Jenkins Ray, Zillions and Zillions of Redtooth Trigger fish, HUGE shoals of bluestriped snappers and sweetlips.
Dive 2
We found Nurse sharks under many rock blocks, whitetip sharks swimming around, Leopard shark, huge shoals of rabbitfish, Strange green parrot fish in huge shoals buzzing around the reef but couldn't find them in the fish book.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing with Marlin jumping, a couple of pods of dolphins too.
Night Dive
What a blast! So many Nurse sharks and Giant Trevallies plus a Feathertail Ray for the complete hour of fun, doing our stops just under the jetty to watch the jacks and blacktips charging around after the bait fish.
Day 4
Dive 1
100’s of Redsnappers, 2 HUGE Sting rays, Whitetip Sharks, many blacktip sharks, 4 Leaf fish, Turtles. The reef top is stunning with lots of small reef fish and fab hard coral.
Dive 2
Strange current but plenty to see even if the visibility was low, huge shoals of surgeon fish and sweetlips, Redtail butterfly fish, HUGE GREEN TURTLE, Whitetip sharks, 1 eagle ray and a honeycomb moray.
Dive 3
FAB critter dive! 6 Leaf fish, 5 ribbon eels, 4 spearing mantis, micro mini anemone fish in a lovely bright pink bubble anemone, Lion fish, pair of playful hawksbill turtles, Scorpion fish and HUGE napoleons.
Daytime Excursion
Local Island walk around .
Day 5
Dive 1
So many Grey Sharks along the channel, whitetip sharks, 11 Eagle rays all in formation, Barracuda, Green Turtles, Large shoals of pelagic fish hanging in the current point. Lovely coral blocks on the reef top covered in sweetlips and red tail butterfly fish.
Dive 2
Spent the whole dive watching 3 Mantas cleaning, making very close passes over the guest heads!!
Dive 3
5 Leaf fish, Ribbon eels, Juvenile hawksbill, Napoleons, Quite a few Honeycomb morays, Giant Trevallies, lovely overhangs full of smaller reef fish and soft coral . We had Dolphins chatting throughout the dive.
Evening Activity
Cake and Drinks for Susan’s 50th Birthday.
Day 6
Dive 1
Grey Sharks being cleaned, more Grey sharks hanging out in the current, 6 eagle rays, Fish soup at Jack Corner, Tuna charging around sending all the fish crazy, Huge Napoleon, Green Turtles ,Hawksbill, Batfish, and Large shoals of Sweetlips.
Ocean Crossing
Smooth transit back to North Male
Daytime Excursion
Popped over to Male for some shopping and sight seeing.
Evening Activity
Lovely evening sitting on the sun deck talking back over the last weeks diving.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transferred all the guests to the Airport for the International flights back home and some for there Resort stays.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Met the group from the morning Emirates flight and transferred to MV Sea Queen.
Ocean Crossing
Fabulous weather today so we headed over to the North/East side of Male.
Dive 1
Strange out-current, so we decided to dive the outside reef allowing everyone an easy first dive drifting along a very healthy reef.
Day 1
Manta's in the Maldives off MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
What a stunning sunrise followed by a fab morning dive with plenty of Shark action and 5 Eagle Rays hanging out in the current, Tuna & Rainbow runners charging about the place, Small Nurse Shark.
Dive 2
LOVE this site it's just like swimming in an aquarium full of fish, couple of Grey Sharks and 2 very friendly Eagle Rays, Bat fish, Midnight snappers, Whitetip sharks, HUGE Shoal of reef fish on the corner for us to hang out with while doing our stops.
Dive 3
Well, we spent most of the dive hanging over the pinnacle watching the 8 Grey Sharks swimming back and forth making some very close passes , Giant Trevallies charging about, Batfish, Turtles, Octopus, Stone fish and Fosters Barracuda.
Dive 4
WOW!! Fab dive with Giant Trevallies and Morays out on the hunt, along with a couple of Whitetip Sharks, A Sting Ray following us around, 2 Turtles, Stone fish, lots of small and interesting stuff.
Night Dive
We had a large female Manta show up quite late at the back of Sea Queen feeding in our lights - it was rude not to go play, we spent an amazing 60 minutes sitting just under Sea Queen watching this lovely lady having a ball scooping up all the plankton and making inch passes right over our heads, how much more can you see in one days diving!!!!!!
Day 2
Female Manta Ray playing at the back of Sea Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
This is a breath taking dive site with overhangs full of blue soft coral and layer after layer of Bluestripe snappers, 2 large Nurse Sharks, Whitetip Sharks, sting ray. A lovely drift at the end over table corals and smaller reef fish.
Dive 2
Stopped and watched all different sizes of 21 Grey sharks swimming around, was lovely to see the older ones mixed with the young grey sharks, huge shoal of Batfish, Chevron Barracuda, Sting Ray, Humphead snappers and Turtles.
Dive 3
4 Mantas, 5 Jenkins Rays, Turtles, Whitetip Sharks, Jacks and Tuna charging the reef fish sending everything crazy, which was great to watch.
Ocean Crossing
We had a lovely sail along the outside reef watching large pods of Dolphins ride next to Sea Queen's Bow.
Day 3
Dive 1
Stopped to watch a group of 6 Mobula come into clean, so many whitetip sharks all along the reef edge, Large Jenkins Ray, Zillions and Zillions of Redtooth Trigger fish, HUGE shoals of bluestriped snappers and sweetlips.
Dive 2
We found Nurse sharks under many rock blocks, whitetip sharks swimming around, Leopard shark, huge shoals of rabbitfish, Strange green parrot fish in huge shoals buzzing around the reef but couldn't find them in the fish book.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing with Marlin jumping, a couple of pods of dolphins too.
Night Dive
What a blast! So many Nurse sharks and Giant Trevallies plus a Feathertail Ray for the complete hour of fun, doing our stops just under the jetty to watch the jacks and blacktips charging around after the bait fish.
Day 4
Dive 1
100’s of Redsnappers, 2 HUGE Sting rays, Whitetip Sharks, many blacktip sharks, 4 Leaf fish, Turtles. The reef top is stunning with lots of small reef fish and fab hard coral.
Dive 2
Strange current but plenty to see even if the visibility was low, huge shoals of surgeon fish and sweetlips, Redtail butterfly fish, HUGE GREEN TURTLE, Whitetip sharks, 1 eagle ray and a honeycomb moray.
Dive 3
FAB critter dive! 6 Leaf fish, 5 ribbon eels, 4 spearing mantis, micro mini anemone fish in a lovely bright pink bubble anemone, Lion fish, pair of playful hawksbill turtles, Scorpion fish and HUGE napoleons.
Daytime Excursion
Local Island walk around .
Day 5
Dive 1
So many Grey Sharks along the channel, whitetip sharks, 11 Eagle rays all in formation, Barracuda, Green Turtles, Large shoals of pelagic fish hanging in the current point. Lovely coral blocks on the reef top covered in sweetlips and red tail butterfly fish.
Dive 2
Spent the whole dive watching 3 Mantas cleaning, making very close passes over the guest heads!!
Dive 3
5 Leaf fish, Ribbon eels, Juvenile hawksbill, Napoleons, Quite a few Honeycomb morays, Giant Trevallies, lovely overhangs full of smaller reef fish and soft coral . We had Dolphins chatting throughout the dive.
Evening Activity
Cake and Drinks for Susan’s 50th Birthday.
Day 6
Dive 1
Grey Sharks being cleaned, more Grey sharks hanging out in the current, 6 eagle rays, Fish soup at Jack Corner, Tuna charging around sending all the fish crazy, Huge Napoleon, Green Turtles ,Hawksbill, Batfish, and Large shoals of Sweetlips.
Ocean Crossing
Smooth transit back to North Male
Daytime Excursion
Popped over to Male for some shopping and sight seeing.
Evening Activity
Lovely evening sitting on the sun deck talking back over the last weeks diving.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transferred all the guests to the Airport for the International flights back home and some for there Resort stays.
Day 8
Sea Queen SQ464 17 Aug 2014 to 24 Aug 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
All guests arrived on time. Once back on MV Sea Queen the guests sorted their dive gear out ready for a check dive, which was a very relaxing drift dive with plenty of pelagic life from White tip sharks, whip tail rays, Marble sting rays, eagle ray. Lots of reef fish and Hawks-bill turtles.
Day 1
Check dive on MV Sea Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
We were hoping to have Mantas come in to be cleaned but, no luck sadly!
Dive 2
Again no luck with the Mantas.
Dive 3
Lovely drift dive along the channel. Many white tip sharks hanging out with the current, 2 Jenkins rays, Barracuda, Leaf fish, Porcelin Crabs, so many honeycomb morays, Napoleons, Hawksbill turtles, Huge rainbow runners charging about along with Giant Trevallies and dog tooth tuna.
Day 2
White Tip Shark in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
WOW! What a dive with Jack corner living up to it's name being full of jacks and snappers, eagle rays, both Grey and white tip sharks, huge Green Turtle. Large shoals of forsters barracuda.
Dive 2
Fab critter dive with 4 leaf fish, Ribbon eels, Porcelain Crabs, Honeycomb morays, large shoal of banner fish and yellow spot snappers, Napoleon hunting. Many different types of shrimps.
Dive 3
Swift drift dive, get down quick, hold on and watch the Grey sharks coming closer and closer, a large female kept swimming right over our heads, leaf fish, humphead snappers, banner fish, rainbow runners, wave after wave of fusiliers.
Day 3
Dive 1
Due to very bad weather and high winds, we ended up doing all 3 dives today on Cocoa Thila to the guests delight. Each dive being different regarding current, direction and what we saw. Everyone came back from all 3 dives buzzing, with some sitting watching huge groups of Grey Sharks coming in to be cleaned, others enjoying the very close encounters with 6 eagle rays, whilst others just enjoyed the trip in all it's glory being full of reef fish.
Day 4
Dive 1
The day started with a quick snorkel with 3 Mantas. Then we enjoyed a dive looking along the deep front ledges full of soft coral and full of reef fish, on our way back to Sea Queen we checked to see if the Manta's were cleanng. Everyone jumped in some snorkelled, others had a 20 minute dive watching the 2 Mantas taking it in turns to be in the best spot on the cleaning station and also doing fly overs right over the guests heads.
Dive 2
Fab in current allowing us to start the dive in the blue drifting over the atoll plate then onto the thila, from start to finish we had both Grey sharks and White Tip Sharks, eagle rays, HUGE Green Turtles, Huge shoals of Sweetlips and Redtail butterfly fish.
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive due to us being able to move as the wind had dropped. So we made a run for it making our way back to North Male. Due to the time of the dive, we decided to just enjoy a gentle drift along the reef top over the very healthy Table coral and Coral blocks, which was lovely with the low lighting and sun setting.
Day 5
Dive 1
The whole of the overhang was full of lovely Blue Soft Coral, it was all puffed out to its full glory and full of Blue stripped snappers, Napoleons, Jacks charging about and plenty of reef fish. We told everyone to keep 80bar so we could check to see if the Manta's were at the cleaning station on our way back, to our luck we had one very friendly Female Manta coming within inches of the guests heads. We could even do our safety stops still watching her. WHAT A TREAT!!!!
Dive 2
The best way to describe this site is "Fish Soup" and a photographers dream followed by a gentle drift along a garden of anemones.
Dive 3
The winds had picked up again so the closet dive to us was HP, which for me is one of the Top Dives of North Male and it didn't disapoint. We had huge shoals of big eye jacks and Red snappers, Eagle rays, Huge Napoleon, Green turtles. But WOW the coral under the overhangs was STUNNING all puffed out in its full display. Truly amazing!!
Day 6
Dive 1
Ok so we took our chances and had one more go at the Manta Cleaning Station, the first 10 minutes was spent messing around in the sand taking group photo's and just having a ball while waiting for the Mantas. As soon as everyone had settled and was waiting a very playful male came in and spent the best part of 40 minutes with us swimming right up to everyone, making it the perfect way to finish the trip. Everyone was all smiles back on Luna along with some very funny photo's and some very close ones of a Manta.
Daytime Excursion
Trip into Male for Shopping and Ice-cream, before heading back to Sea Queen to finish packing.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transfer all guests to the airport ready for there flights back to the UK.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
All guests arrived on time. Once back on MV Sea Queen the guests sorted their dive gear out ready for a check dive, which was a very relaxing drift dive with plenty of pelagic life from White tip sharks, whip tail rays, Marble sting rays, eagle ray. Lots of reef fish and Hawks-bill turtles.
Day 1
Check dive on MV Sea Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
We were hoping to have Mantas come in to be cleaned but, no luck sadly!
Dive 2
Again no luck with the Mantas.
Dive 3
Lovely drift dive along the channel. Many white tip sharks hanging out with the current, 2 Jenkins rays, Barracuda, Leaf fish, Porcelin Crabs, so many honeycomb morays, Napoleons, Hawksbill turtles, Huge rainbow runners charging about along with Giant Trevallies and dog tooth tuna.
Day 2
White Tip Shark in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
WOW! What a dive with Jack corner living up to it's name being full of jacks and snappers, eagle rays, both Grey and white tip sharks, huge Green Turtle. Large shoals of forsters barracuda.
Dive 2
Fab critter dive with 4 leaf fish, Ribbon eels, Porcelain Crabs, Honeycomb morays, large shoal of banner fish and yellow spot snappers, Napoleon hunting. Many different types of shrimps.
Dive 3
Swift drift dive, get down quick, hold on and watch the Grey sharks coming closer and closer, a large female kept swimming right over our heads, leaf fish, humphead snappers, banner fish, rainbow runners, wave after wave of fusiliers.
Day 3
Dive 1
Due to very bad weather and high winds, we ended up doing all 3 dives today on Cocoa Thila to the guests delight. Each dive being different regarding current, direction and what we saw. Everyone came back from all 3 dives buzzing, with some sitting watching huge groups of Grey Sharks coming in to be cleaned, others enjoying the very close encounters with 6 eagle rays, whilst others just enjoyed the trip in all it's glory being full of reef fish.
Day 4
Dive 1
The day started with a quick snorkel with 3 Mantas. Then we enjoyed a dive looking along the deep front ledges full of soft coral and full of reef fish, on our way back to Sea Queen we checked to see if the Manta's were cleanng. Everyone jumped in some snorkelled, others had a 20 minute dive watching the 2 Mantas taking it in turns to be in the best spot on the cleaning station and also doing fly overs right over the guests heads.
Dive 2
Fab in current allowing us to start the dive in the blue drifting over the atoll plate then onto the thila, from start to finish we had both Grey sharks and White Tip Sharks, eagle rays, HUGE Green Turtles, Huge shoals of Sweetlips and Redtail butterfly fish.
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive due to us being able to move as the wind had dropped. So we made a run for it making our way back to North Male. Due to the time of the dive, we decided to just enjoy a gentle drift along the reef top over the very healthy Table coral and Coral blocks, which was lovely with the low lighting and sun setting.
Day 5
Dive 1
The whole of the overhang was full of lovely Blue Soft Coral, it was all puffed out to its full glory and full of Blue stripped snappers, Napoleons, Jacks charging about and plenty of reef fish. We told everyone to keep 80bar so we could check to see if the Manta's were at the cleaning station on our way back, to our luck we had one very friendly Female Manta coming within inches of the guests heads. We could even do our safety stops still watching her. WHAT A TREAT!!!!
Dive 2
The best way to describe this site is "Fish Soup" and a photographers dream followed by a gentle drift along a garden of anemones.
Dive 3
The winds had picked up again so the closet dive to us was HP, which for me is one of the Top Dives of North Male and it didn't disapoint. We had huge shoals of big eye jacks and Red snappers, Eagle rays, Huge Napoleon, Green turtles. But WOW the coral under the overhangs was STUNNING all puffed out in its full display. Truly amazing!!
Day 6
Dive 1
Ok so we took our chances and had one more go at the Manta Cleaning Station, the first 10 minutes was spent messing around in the sand taking group photo's and just having a ball while waiting for the Mantas. As soon as everyone had settled and was waiting a very playful male came in and spent the best part of 40 minutes with us swimming right up to everyone, making it the perfect way to finish the trip. Everyone was all smiles back on Luna along with some very funny photo's and some very close ones of a Manta.
Daytime Excursion
Trip into Male for Shopping and Ice-cream, before heading back to Sea Queen to finish packing.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transfer all guests to the airport ready for there flights back to the UK.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS443 17 Aug 2014 to 29 Aug 2014 Equatorial Far South - Gan Addu/Foammulah/Huvadhoo (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and then travelled via a domestic flight from male' to Kadhedhdhoo in Huvadhoo atoll. We met the arriving guest and transferred to Sea Spirit, waiting outside the airport and travelled to the first sive site located near a pictuesque tropical island!
Dive 1
Easy and pretty check dive on large shallow thila with so many yellowback and neon fusiliers meandering around the reef top and mackerels, dogtooth tunas, many orbicular and longfin batfish off the reef. There were brightly coloured schools of blue-stripe snappers , yellow goatfish and crescent-tailed big eyes. We found Schultz's pipefish, Bruuni cleaner shrimps and just enjoyed the lovely corals
Day 1
Beautiful schools of big eye crescent tails from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Deeper thila with many cleaning stations attracting pelagic fish so many rainbow runners in attendance plus dogtooth tunas, a large male hawksbill turtle who investigated the divers several times! A small grey reef shark, blue ribbon eels, a green leaf fish, Amboin and Lysmata cleaner shrimps etc.
Dive 2
Sprawling ocean reef with lots of coral-covered deep thilas. There were many schools of reef fish plus large snappers including midnight, red and black & whites. There were a few hawksbill turtles plus some medium-sized Napoleons. Just so much coral!
Dive 3
Large thila structure with superb corals and many schools of fish. On the deeper side were many coral blocks filled with glassfish and several red groupers keeping guard, varicose wart slugs, Maldives sponge snails and lots of different damselfish in the acroporas including azur and and blue-green chromis. A squall blew up during the dive so we headed for sheltered anchorage and a change of plans!
Day 2
Divers enjoying a deep thila reef from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! AMAZING SCHOOLS OF BIG-EYE JACKS SWIRLING AROUND THIS THILA DROP-OFF AND SCOOTING UP AND DOWN THE REEF WHILST ENGULFING DIVERS. THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF RED/PINK/SILVER CRESCENT TAILED- BIG EYES ON THE STUNNING TOP REEF PLUS INDIAN AND BROWNMARBLED GROUPERS, NAPOLEON WRASSES AND SOME OF THE VERY BEST HARD CORAL IN THE MALDIVES!
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted along inner reef with large porites blocks full of groupers and many snappers. We found SEVERAL LARGE GREEN TURTLES resting amongst the coral blocks and a couple of large ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS. There was a huge schol of black and white snappers on the channel front and the sweetlips, bluestripe snappers and raccoon butterflyfish on the corner. Beautiful!
Dive 3
We made a channel crossing and there were LOTS OF GREY SHARKS plus an eagle ray, white tip sharks and a huge ribbonrail ray sleeping under a block. We also saw a school of Forsters barracudas,, big eye jacks and the came shallow on the reeftop to many turtles, a huge mappa puffer a spotted puffer in its yellow mating colours etc.
Day 3
Lots of grey reef sharks at drop-off of channel from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We dived the north ocean reef corner where there were rainbow runners, white tip and grey sharks on the outside and then many green turtles on the reef top plus many spotfin squirrelfish and dense schools of Coopers anthias.
Dive 2
South corner of channel dive with just so many green turtles which swam off as soon as approached. A BOWMOUTH GUITARFISH swam across the channel front! There were white tip and grey sharks and a couple of ribbontail rays resting on the reef. We enjoyed the lovely schoools of bluestripe and humpback snappers on the corner again
Dive 3
A late afternoon channel crossing descending into a huge school of jacks then we saw lots of grey sharks but they were all quite deep and went deeper as we dropped down. There were lots of green turtles, different types of snappers, sleek and Thompsons surgeonfish and something was bothering the rudderfish as we drifted in on the north side.
Day 4
A bowmouth guitar fish seen on the front of a channel MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Final dive at this site after the weather held us here for two days! We made a channel crossing and there were many GREY SHARKS ALONG THE CHANNEL FRONT AGAIN also big eye jacks, turtles, barracudas, white tip sharks, black jacks and a pair of rare lined triggerfish!
Dive 2
A SLEEPING ZEBRA SHARK was the highlight of the dive but we also enjoyed the beautiful orange soft coral and seafan surrounded coral blocks with several green turtles, many snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, 30-40 large milk fish just under the surface and just enjoyed the beautiful outside reef.
Dive 3
A channel corner drfit with several huge green turtles (again!) an ENORMOUS tuna, several brownmarbled groupers having a fight, several grey sharks swimming around looking for cleaning stations, a black ribbon eel, nice nepthia soft coral in a variety of colours and a lovely ocean-facing reef wall
Day 5
Huge green turtles, a common sight in the Far South from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We crossed the channel front and some divers saw a large hammerhead shark swim away from the reef then there were lots of grey sharks deep on the north corner, a black ribbon eel, many green and hawksbill turtles, an eagle ray, sweetlips, Napoleons, several large groupers and millions of Coopers and Evans anthias. We saw a pod of dolphins in the channel after the dive
Dive 2
Surprise in-current so changed site to try and get some good shark action and this time saw around 30 GREY SHARKS hanging in the water column of all sizes, plus many big-eye jacks, white tip sharks cruising the reef edge and a nice and easy drift into the channel.
Dive 3
South corner drift past several huge porites blocks full of goldspot emperors and snappers, a couple of ribbon eels and onto the corner where we swam along the beautiful wall smothered in coral and pulsating with fish.
Evening Activity
Evening visit to local village
Day 6
Masses of bannerfish and oriental sweetlips make for colourful reefs from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No current so we had an easy crossing but not enough to pin the sharks down so they were busy at cleaning stations instead. There were also a couple of white tip sharks taking a break and resting in a sandy area. Along the drop off we saw rainbow runners, black jacks, mackerel scads and a large schoool of big eye jacks. The outside reef is stunning and this morning we woke up several resting green turtles!
Dive 2
A small out current so we drifted out of channel, along the front and along the south ocean reef past two large round ribbontail rays, white tip sharks, turtles, swirling big eye jacks, big eye emperors, plus a areef smothered in anthias and chromis with extensive areas of green cylinder porites
Dive 3
A pretty thila with lots of orange and pink seafans and many coral blocks surrounded by sand. In the large pavona coral we found a spiny lobster plus Bruuni shrimp cleaning rock cods
Night Dive
Back to the thila for a night dive where we found a pair of juvenile black and white snappers hiding in staghorn coral, lots of langoustine shrimps plus a furry legged Saron shrimp, a common crab, lots of hermit crabs, conus snails plus a pufferfish with lots of tiny snails crawling over it, yuck!
Beautiful sunset over idyllic Maldives island
Day 7
White tip reef shark at the current point of colourful Mafzoo thila MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at the pretty thila this time with a busy current point with a school of mixed fusiliers swirling around plus several white tip sharks cruising around. Deep over the wall were many large pink seafans and schools of bluestripe and humpback snappers. We also found a green leaf fish, a spiny lobster, a blue spotted trunkfish and so many small fish bouncing around in the coral
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Foammulah atoll passing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Easy drift on NW Ocean reef with really good porites coral cover plus many areas of extensive fire coral. We saw milk fish and giant barracudas in the shallows plus large coral blocks full of reef fish of all varieties plus many pyramid butterflyfish and schools of snappers on the extreme corner
Dive 3
Exploratory dive on SW of extensive southern plateau. There were many cleaning station type blocks but no big stuff taking advantage
Day 8
Yellow leaf fish at the thila top from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Early morning blue-water dive but no hammerheads :-( only sleek surgeonfish, black and white snappers, rainbow runners and big tunas
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Addu atoll
Dive 2
HURRAH!!!! 20 mantas and so much fun with them so close! They were busy just hanging out and also being cleaned and didn't seem too bothered by our presence. There were also two grey sharks and a little eagle ray plus all the usual reef fish hanging around the reef
Dive 3
Outflow from channel so we stayed on the outside reef of this channel corner and visited the coral blocks and then shallow over the extensive hard coral looking for turtles. There were several hawksbill and green turtles plus golden chromis bobbing up and down in the staghorn
Dive 4
Scenic dive to catch the golden sunlight at the end of the day at a shallow thila site where we saw a giant barracuda, a small eagle ray, lots of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs marauding around the reef, black sea urchins, Graeffe's sea cucumbers spawning, giant conch anad scorpion spider shells
Day 9
Lots of manta rays at our favourite southern manta point from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift with ~7 GREY REEF SHARKS around the front of the channel plus a school of barred jacks tucked in on the reef and Napoleons and snappers of various types up in the water column. There were ~20 MANTA RAYS waiting for us with many of our friends including Friendly Bubbler and Tuftee. The grey sharks and the eagle ray seemed to be enjoying the current!
Dive 2
We went straight to the manta point and had around 13 mantas focused on being cleaned this time so a little less intereactive with us but certainly giving us a wonderful and close-up show
Dive 3
Lots of green turtles, plus goldfinger dart pompanos, jobfish and bluefin jacks along this steep ocean reef wall and then a lovely reef top with purple and yellow soft corals plus excellent hard coral and all varieties of reef fish including a leaf fish, longnose filefish and arch eye hawkfish
Day 10
Divers enjoying a beautiful sunset from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
A dramatic ocean reef but just a small current and most fish were focused on being cleaned so we saw lots of blacksaddled and other large groupers out and about plus harlequin sweetlips, unicornfish, emperors etc. plus sleeping white tips. Up in the shallows off the reef was a large school (~100) milkfish
Dive 2
A FABULOUS SHOW WITH ~18 DIFFERENT MANTAS AND JASON AND GALILEO COURTSHIP-CHASING THE BIG FEMALE "FOURMA". THEIR BALLETIC CHASE WAS MESMERISING. The little eagle ray just looked on wishing she could join in the big guys fun!
Dive 3
A stern tour of the British Loyalty wreck descending into the bomb hole and out through the bottom of the hull and then towards the huge propellor and back along the deck where we paid a visit into the (huge!) engine room and a swim through a section of accomodation/storage area. We found blacktail snappers, Burberry print reef pipefish, Phidiana blue/purple nudibranchs and lots of juvenile batfish
Night Dive
At night the shrimps and crabs started to come out and we found Psmanthe and Bruuni shrimps in the black corals, tiny squat lobsters and trapezia crabs in most of the large table corals plus sleeping goatfish and parrotfish and a well camouflaged scorpionfish
Day 11
Courting manta rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful Ocean Reef with meandering reef cascading into the depths and superb hard corals in the shallows.We saw schools of big eye jacks and snappers plus a huge male green turtle, a few white tip sharks buzzing around, a FEATHERTAIL ray, large brownmarbled groupers and a large school of rudderfish. In clear blue water and with sunshine it was all rather idyllic.
Dive 2
Our final visit to manta point and 18 mantas there waiting greet us and play with us. A beautiful way to finish the trip!
Day 12
So many turtles and what an amazing reef! MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests had a relaxing morning onboard and then transferred to Gan airport for the domestic flight back to Male'
Day 13
Fourma and Jason, our super-friendly mantas flypast to say goodbye. Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and then travelled via a domestic flight from male' to Kadhedhdhoo in Huvadhoo atoll. We met the arriving guest and transferred to Sea Spirit, waiting outside the airport and travelled to the first sive site located near a pictuesque tropical island!
Dive 1
Easy and pretty check dive on large shallow thila with so many yellowback and neon fusiliers meandering around the reef top and mackerels, dogtooth tunas, many orbicular and longfin batfish off the reef. There were brightly coloured schools of blue-stripe snappers , yellow goatfish and crescent-tailed big eyes. We found Schultz's pipefish, Bruuni cleaner shrimps and just enjoyed the lovely corals
Day 1
Beautiful schools of big eye crescent tails from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Deeper thila with many cleaning stations attracting pelagic fish so many rainbow runners in attendance plus dogtooth tunas, a large male hawksbill turtle who investigated the divers several times! A small grey reef shark, blue ribbon eels, a green leaf fish, Amboin and Lysmata cleaner shrimps etc.
Dive 2
Sprawling ocean reef with lots of coral-covered deep thilas. There were many schools of reef fish plus large snappers including midnight, red and black & whites. There were a few hawksbill turtles plus some medium-sized Napoleons. Just so much coral!
Dive 3
Large thila structure with superb corals and many schools of fish. On the deeper side were many coral blocks filled with glassfish and several red groupers keeping guard, varicose wart slugs, Maldives sponge snails and lots of different damselfish in the acroporas including azur and and blue-green chromis. A squall blew up during the dive so we headed for sheltered anchorage and a change of plans!
Day 2
Divers enjoying a deep thila reef from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! AMAZING SCHOOLS OF BIG-EYE JACKS SWIRLING AROUND THIS THILA DROP-OFF AND SCOOTING UP AND DOWN THE REEF WHILST ENGULFING DIVERS. THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF RED/PINK/SILVER CRESCENT TAILED- BIG EYES ON THE STUNNING TOP REEF PLUS INDIAN AND BROWNMARBLED GROUPERS, NAPOLEON WRASSES AND SOME OF THE VERY BEST HARD CORAL IN THE MALDIVES!
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted along inner reef with large porites blocks full of groupers and many snappers. We found SEVERAL LARGE GREEN TURTLES resting amongst the coral blocks and a couple of large ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS. There was a huge schol of black and white snappers on the channel front and the sweetlips, bluestripe snappers and raccoon butterflyfish on the corner. Beautiful!
Dive 3
We made a channel crossing and there were LOTS OF GREY SHARKS plus an eagle ray, white tip sharks and a huge ribbonrail ray sleeping under a block. We also saw a school of Forsters barracudas,, big eye jacks and the came shallow on the reeftop to many turtles, a huge mappa puffer a spotted puffer in its yellow mating colours etc.
Day 3
Lots of grey reef sharks at drop-off of channel from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We dived the north ocean reef corner where there were rainbow runners, white tip and grey sharks on the outside and then many green turtles on the reef top plus many spotfin squirrelfish and dense schools of Coopers anthias.
Dive 2
South corner of channel dive with just so many green turtles which swam off as soon as approached. A BOWMOUTH GUITARFISH swam across the channel front! There were white tip and grey sharks and a couple of ribbontail rays resting on the reef. We enjoyed the lovely schoools of bluestripe and humpback snappers on the corner again
Dive 3
A late afternoon channel crossing descending into a huge school of jacks then we saw lots of grey sharks but they were all quite deep and went deeper as we dropped down. There were lots of green turtles, different types of snappers, sleek and Thompsons surgeonfish and something was bothering the rudderfish as we drifted in on the north side.
Day 4
A bowmouth guitar fish seen on the front of a channel MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Final dive at this site after the weather held us here for two days! We made a channel crossing and there were many GREY SHARKS ALONG THE CHANNEL FRONT AGAIN also big eye jacks, turtles, barracudas, white tip sharks, black jacks and a pair of rare lined triggerfish!
Dive 2
A SLEEPING ZEBRA SHARK was the highlight of the dive but we also enjoyed the beautiful orange soft coral and seafan surrounded coral blocks with several green turtles, many snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, 30-40 large milk fish just under the surface and just enjoyed the beautiful outside reef.
Dive 3
A channel corner drfit with several huge green turtles (again!) an ENORMOUS tuna, several brownmarbled groupers having a fight, several grey sharks swimming around looking for cleaning stations, a black ribbon eel, nice nepthia soft coral in a variety of colours and a lovely ocean-facing reef wall
Day 5
Huge green turtles, a common sight in the Far South from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We crossed the channel front and some divers saw a large hammerhead shark swim away from the reef then there were lots of grey sharks deep on the north corner, a black ribbon eel, many green and hawksbill turtles, an eagle ray, sweetlips, Napoleons, several large groupers and millions of Coopers and Evans anthias. We saw a pod of dolphins in the channel after the dive
Dive 2
Surprise in-current so changed site to try and get some good shark action and this time saw around 30 GREY SHARKS hanging in the water column of all sizes, plus many big-eye jacks, white tip sharks cruising the reef edge and a nice and easy drift into the channel.
Dive 3
South corner drift past several huge porites blocks full of goldspot emperors and snappers, a couple of ribbon eels and onto the corner where we swam along the beautiful wall smothered in coral and pulsating with fish.
Evening Activity
Evening visit to local village
Day 6
Masses of bannerfish and oriental sweetlips make for colourful reefs from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No current so we had an easy crossing but not enough to pin the sharks down so they were busy at cleaning stations instead. There were also a couple of white tip sharks taking a break and resting in a sandy area. Along the drop off we saw rainbow runners, black jacks, mackerel scads and a large schoool of big eye jacks. The outside reef is stunning and this morning we woke up several resting green turtles!
Dive 2
A small out current so we drifted out of channel, along the front and along the south ocean reef past two large round ribbontail rays, white tip sharks, turtles, swirling big eye jacks, big eye emperors, plus a areef smothered in anthias and chromis with extensive areas of green cylinder porites
Dive 3
A pretty thila with lots of orange and pink seafans and many coral blocks surrounded by sand. In the large pavona coral we found a spiny lobster plus Bruuni shrimp cleaning rock cods
Night Dive
Back to the thila for a night dive where we found a pair of juvenile black and white snappers hiding in staghorn coral, lots of langoustine shrimps plus a furry legged Saron shrimp, a common crab, lots of hermit crabs, conus snails plus a pufferfish with lots of tiny snails crawling over it, yuck!
Beautiful sunset over idyllic Maldives island
Day 7
White tip reef shark at the current point of colourful Mafzoo thila MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at the pretty thila this time with a busy current point with a school of mixed fusiliers swirling around plus several white tip sharks cruising around. Deep over the wall were many large pink seafans and schools of bluestripe and humpback snappers. We also found a green leaf fish, a spiny lobster, a blue spotted trunkfish and so many small fish bouncing around in the coral
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Foammulah atoll passing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Easy drift on NW Ocean reef with really good porites coral cover plus many areas of extensive fire coral. We saw milk fish and giant barracudas in the shallows plus large coral blocks full of reef fish of all varieties plus many pyramid butterflyfish and schools of snappers on the extreme corner
Dive 3
Exploratory dive on SW of extensive southern plateau. There were many cleaning station type blocks but no big stuff taking advantage
Day 8
Yellow leaf fish at the thila top from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Early morning blue-water dive but no hammerheads :-( only sleek surgeonfish, black and white snappers, rainbow runners and big tunas
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Addu atoll
Dive 2
HURRAH!!!! 20 mantas and so much fun with them so close! They were busy just hanging out and also being cleaned and didn't seem too bothered by our presence. There were also two grey sharks and a little eagle ray plus all the usual reef fish hanging around the reef
Dive 3
Outflow from channel so we stayed on the outside reef of this channel corner and visited the coral blocks and then shallow over the extensive hard coral looking for turtles. There were several hawksbill and green turtles plus golden chromis bobbing up and down in the staghorn
Dive 4
Scenic dive to catch the golden sunlight at the end of the day at a shallow thila site where we saw a giant barracuda, a small eagle ray, lots of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs marauding around the reef, black sea urchins, Graeffe's sea cucumbers spawning, giant conch anad scorpion spider shells
Day 9
Lots of manta rays at our favourite southern manta point from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift with ~7 GREY REEF SHARKS around the front of the channel plus a school of barred jacks tucked in on the reef and Napoleons and snappers of various types up in the water column. There were ~20 MANTA RAYS waiting for us with many of our friends including Friendly Bubbler and Tuftee. The grey sharks and the eagle ray seemed to be enjoying the current!
Dive 2
We went straight to the manta point and had around 13 mantas focused on being cleaned this time so a little less intereactive with us but certainly giving us a wonderful and close-up show
Dive 3
Lots of green turtles, plus goldfinger dart pompanos, jobfish and bluefin jacks along this steep ocean reef wall and then a lovely reef top with purple and yellow soft corals plus excellent hard coral and all varieties of reef fish including a leaf fish, longnose filefish and arch eye hawkfish
Day 10
Divers enjoying a beautiful sunset from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
A dramatic ocean reef but just a small current and most fish were focused on being cleaned so we saw lots of blacksaddled and other large groupers out and about plus harlequin sweetlips, unicornfish, emperors etc. plus sleeping white tips. Up in the shallows off the reef was a large school (~100) milkfish
Dive 2
A FABULOUS SHOW WITH ~18 DIFFERENT MANTAS AND JASON AND GALILEO COURTSHIP-CHASING THE BIG FEMALE "FOURMA". THEIR BALLETIC CHASE WAS MESMERISING. The little eagle ray just looked on wishing she could join in the big guys fun!
Dive 3
A stern tour of the British Loyalty wreck descending into the bomb hole and out through the bottom of the hull and then towards the huge propellor and back along the deck where we paid a visit into the (huge!) engine room and a swim through a section of accomodation/storage area. We found blacktail snappers, Burberry print reef pipefish, Phidiana blue/purple nudibranchs and lots of juvenile batfish
Night Dive
At night the shrimps and crabs started to come out and we found Psmanthe and Bruuni shrimps in the black corals, tiny squat lobsters and trapezia crabs in most of the large table corals plus sleeping goatfish and parrotfish and a well camouflaged scorpionfish
Day 11
Courting manta rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful Ocean Reef with meandering reef cascading into the depths and superb hard corals in the shallows.We saw schools of big eye jacks and snappers plus a huge male green turtle, a few white tip sharks buzzing around, a FEATHERTAIL ray, large brownmarbled groupers and a large school of rudderfish. In clear blue water and with sunshine it was all rather idyllic.
Dive 2
Our final visit to manta point and 18 mantas there waiting greet us and play with us. A beautiful way to finish the trip!
Day 12
So many turtles and what an amazing reef! MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests had a relaxing morning onboard and then transferred to Gan airport for the domestic flight back to Male'
Day 13
Fourma and Jason, our super-friendly mantas flypast to say goodbye. Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Sea Spirit SS441 27 Jul 2014 to 6 Aug 2014 Manta & Whaleshark Special (10 day)
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We up-anchored and travelled into North Male' atoll
Dive 1
Check dive. Drift on ocean facing reef with the current increasing as we drifted. We saw FOUR NAPOLEON WRASSES together, 3x honeycomb morays a MANGROVE WHIPRAY several white tip reef sharks and a block with 12 lobsters plus several schools of fish so a great start!
Day 1
Friendly little hawksbill turtle Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
1+3 MANTA RAYS but rather a strong current making it difficult for them to stop and clean. We were entertained by lemon meringue wrasse and lots of garden eels whilst we waited for mantas. A little hawksbill turtle came to visit us and pretty much approached every diver on his way to the coral blocks
Dive 2
We tried again for mantas but they just seemed very shy today. We had a large lionfish join the group and a cute juvenile razor wrasse swim through. Matt found a peacock flounder and there were many pinkbar gobies with their pairs of pistol shrimps in burrows
Dive 3
Ocean reef with lovely schools of bluestripe snappers on large porites blocks. We found a large RIBBONTAIL RAY sleeping in the sand, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, a pair of yellow/black leaf fish, an eagle ray, several honeycomb morays being cleaned and a friendly hawksbill turtle.
Day 2
Manta rays sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
In-current at channel corner with millions of fusiliers in the water column and dogtooth tunas sweeping through amongst them. We found a mangrove whipray and then about a dozen WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS riding the current on the corner plus a couple of EAGLE RAYS so we stopped to watch. We had a fun drift over the coral blocks and past the overhangs inside the channel
Dive 2
Pretty thila with all the soft corals puffed up and schools of snappers and bannerfish at the current point plus a large school of CHEVRON BARRACUDAS which moved around and enveloped divers as they photographed them. Between the white-polyped seafans were schools of blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips and there were many red soldierfish in the bigger overhangs. This site was very fishy today and had a wonderful vive with all the small fish fluttering in the current.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 3
The wind picked up and stirred up the sea so the visibility was not so good but there was still plenty of life on the little wreck as there were schools of silversides being chased by bonitos and bluefin trevallies plus schools of glassfis being hunted by large lionfish and coral groupers. This site is always good for macro and today we found Durban, short-headed, banded and Bruuni shrimps, a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, many Maldives sponge snails (Matt put a few together to "introduce" them) and the pretty magnifica anemones with large blackfoot anemonefish.
Day 3
Reefs teeming with fish and corals from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef to channel corner drift with nice overhangs and terraces and many soft coral decorated coral blocks. We saw a large grey shark, several white tips a yellow leaf fish plus a pair of white ones, schooling bannerfish, Lysmata shrimps and really pretty overhangs full of reef fish, seafans etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing To Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
Out current on channel corner drift with two hawksbill turtles and many surgeonfish on the channel corner and then excellent macro on the wall (along with the lovely schools of goldspot emperors and humpback snappers): Lysmata shrimps, a white leaf fish, fimbriated morays, various Phyllidia slugs and every type of anthias.
Dive 3
There were LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS BUZZING AROUND in the channel plus a large sleeping ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY. We found a silver and a gold leaf fish together, a tiny Chromodoris fidelis, a white mouthed moray, trapezia crabs and pistol shrimps in Pocillopora coral. This reef is full of feisty (read vicious!) black cheek morals and we saw one bite a passing hawksbill turtle, so its not just us divers they pick on!
Night Dive
WILD NIGHT DIVE WITH A LARGE NURSE SHARK AGGREGATION, SOME SWIMMING IN A SCHOOL IN THE WATER COLUMN AND OTHERS FORAGING ON THE BOTTOM. THERE WERE ALSO PINK WHIP RAYS, RIBBONTAIL RAYS, GIANT TREVALLIES AND SOME BLACKTIP SHARKS TURNED UP WHEN THE RESORT STARTED THROWING FISH-BITS IN. AMAZING!!!!
We celebrated Carolyn and Gareth's wedding anniversary
Day 4
Hungry tawny nurse shark out hunting from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Out current in channel but this time we discovered a group of GREY SHARKS PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT along with ~20 JUVENILE GREY SHARKS AND TWO EAGLE RAYS. We just stopped and watched the show!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Ari atoll
Dive 2
Easy drift along lovely ocean reef. There were THREE EAGLE RAYS TOGETHER, several turtles, a blotched porcupinefish, a yellow pustule flatworm, a tiny octopus, a grouper ate a red-tooth triggerfish! This reef section has lovely hard corals in the shallows with schools of reef fish.
Dive 3
There was a nice current point with big jacks and tunas plus many schooling bannerfish. This site is famous for turtles and there were several around, munching their way through all the disc anemones. There were black coral trees with hundreds of Pericimenes psamanthe shrimps and longnose hawkfish in, and Jan found an ornate ghost pipe fish. We saw a couple of rare bartail morays. Great late afternoon dive!
Day 5
So many grey sharks! Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A wreck with some great creatures! TWO stonefish, one was covered in green algae and very fluffy, a white leaf fish, 2x Chromodoris glenei nudis, a large spearing mantis shrimp. The house reef has good coral growth and divers saw MOBULA RAYS, blacktip sharks and the reeftop was buzzing with cromis and Sargent Majors
Snorkelling
AN HOURS SNORKEL WITH A SWIFTLY SWIMMING WHALE SHARK!!! To keep up we had to swim hard and all the snorkellers ended up being dropped in 5 or 6 times. He swam off without us eventually!
Dive 2
A drift dive on an ocean reef with many white tips, a black tip and a large round ribbon tail ray sighted, but no whale shark. A ledge full of glassfish also contained 2x pink leaf fish, a white and a yellow one! Lovely sweetlips too.
Dive 3
A third drift trying to see a whale shark diving and still no luck but lots of other nice things including a round ribbontail ray in an overhang, blacktip sharks in the shallows, white tip sharks, a Periclimenes imperator shrimp on a sea cucumber, a cave full of glassfish and bullseyes, 2-spot angelfish and a mappa puffer which accompanied the group for the entire dive
Evening Activity
A couple of guest made a visit to a local village in the evening
Day 6
Whale shark seen today! Friendly but fast! Mv Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful thila with large overhangs and tall blocks forming canyons with so many blue stripe snappers. There were grey sharks and white tips at the current point and many fusiliers, pyramid bannerfish and sleek surgeonfish. The deeper part of the thila is smothered with large seafans. We found a short headed shrimp in a carpet anemone plus a very entertaining octopus on the top reef
We patrolled the reefs along the western edge of the atoll looking for feeding mantas but only saw a couple in the shallows and decided to leave the mantas to it and not disturb them further
Dive 2
Pretty and colourful long thila with extensive overhangs on the north and south sides and many, many snappers and goldspots. The caves had lovely seafans and seawhips plus dendronepthia and chironepthia soft corals. The top was a riot of colour and just so many fish. A big squall blew in at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
SILVERTIP SHARKS, GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS AT THE DEEP CURRENT POINT, OVER THE DEEP BLOCKS AND PROBABLY LOOKING FOR CLEANING STATIONS. We saw one grey shark with its mouth open and posing to be cleaned.We then saw a couple of grey sharks sweeping up and down the shallow reef edge near cleaning stations so it must have been that time of day! We also found turtles, octopus, batfish, bannerfish and bannerfish, so quite a show
Night Dive
AMAZING FEEDING MANTA RAY SESSION FOR OVER 60 MINUTES AS WE WATCHED FOUR HUNGRY MANTAS HOOVERING UP THE PLANKTON. A VERY SPECIAL DIVE
Day 7
Pirate invade Sea Spirit! Maldives
Dive 1
ERASMUS IS BACK! Huge giant barracuda was hanging out at the current point near a cleaning station and intimidating the bannerfish (and us!). There were ~5 GREY SHARKS of various sizes cruising the depths plus a large school of longfin batfish. We also found a hawksbill turtle and a small ledge full of Bruuni shrimps busy cleaning rock cods
Dive 2
Thila with colourful overhangs and a charming Anemone City occupied by 1000 maldives anemone fish in hundreds of Magnifica anemones. We found TWO BEAUTIFUL BLACK AND WHITE JORUNNA FUNEBRIS nudis. There were curious harlequib sweetlips and large black coral trees full of oysters and sponges
Dive 3
Pretty Thila but a rather whirly current this afternoon, mixing things up. We found the red "radioactive" anemone, Napoleon, white tips, a Susan's flatworm and batfish. A big squall blwe in during the dive and it was a very rough pick up
Night Dive
TWO MANTAS FEEDING BEHIND SS. Wiggle was extremely friendly tonight!
Day 8
Manta rays in the dark! Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
SHARKY THILA SITE WITH AROUND 5 CURIOUS GREY SHARKS CRUISING THE CURRENT POINT PLUS LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS SKITTING ABOUT OR SLEEPING IN THE SAND. Around the thila there were lovely schools of big-eye crescent tails, bluestripe snappers, Forster's barracudas etc. We found several scorpionfish on the reef top
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Male' atoll
Dive 2
Colourful thila with some overhangs full of glassfish, soldierfish and with ledges with banded coral shrimps and Lysmata cleaner shrimps offering their services. There were sponges of every colour, many anemones, a sleeping turtle, emperors and many different reef fish.
Dive 3
BEAUTIFUL SITE AND SUPERB ANIMALS TODAY WITH 2X LARGE TAWNY NURSE SHARKS HIDING IN A CANYON, EAGLE RAYS AT THE CURRENT POINT ALONG WITH A SCHOOL OF ~7 LARGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS CRUISING ABOUT, A HUGE BLUE NAPOLEON, FAT-LIPPED SILVER SWEETLIPS PLUS ALL THE BEAUTIFUL PINK,ORANGE, YELLOW AND BLUE SOFT CORAL BLOCKS, OVERHANGS AND TERRACES ALL PUFFED UP AND JUST SO COLOURFUL. A SCUBA HEAVEN!
Day 9
Friendly eagle rays in the Maldives as seen from Sea Spirit
Dive 1
LUCKY LAST DIVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL MANTA SHOW FOR OVER AN HOUR. Such a great way to end. One of the mantas was very curious and was copying divers, swimming low in the sand and coming in to check us out very closely. Wonderful!
Travel back to anchorage near Male' and an afternoon visit to the capital for shopping, sightseeing and a visit to the ice-cream parlour
Day 10
Amazing manta action AGAIN from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests to airport in the morning for onward international flights
Day 11
MV Sea Spirit at motor. Maldives
 
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We up-anchored and travelled into North Male' atoll
Dive 1
Check dive. Drift on ocean facing reef with the current increasing as we drifted. We saw FOUR NAPOLEON WRASSES together, 3x honeycomb morays a MANGROVE WHIPRAY several white tip reef sharks and a block with 12 lobsters plus several schools of fish so a great start!
Day 1
Friendly little hawksbill turtle Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
1+3 MANTA RAYS but rather a strong current making it difficult for them to stop and clean. We were entertained by lemon meringue wrasse and lots of garden eels whilst we waited for mantas. A little hawksbill turtle came to visit us and pretty much approached every diver on his way to the coral blocks
Dive 2
We tried again for mantas but they just seemed very shy today. We had a large lionfish join the group and a cute juvenile razor wrasse swim through. Matt found a peacock flounder and there were many pinkbar gobies with their pairs of pistol shrimps in burrows
Dive 3
Ocean reef with lovely schools of bluestripe snappers on large porites blocks. We found a large RIBBONTAIL RAY sleeping in the sand, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, a pair of yellow/black leaf fish, an eagle ray, several honeycomb morays being cleaned and a friendly hawksbill turtle.
Day 2
Manta rays sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
In-current at channel corner with millions of fusiliers in the water column and dogtooth tunas sweeping through amongst them. We found a mangrove whipray and then about a dozen WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS riding the current on the corner plus a couple of EAGLE RAYS so we stopped to watch. We had a fun drift over the coral blocks and past the overhangs inside the channel
Dive 2
Pretty thila with all the soft corals puffed up and schools of snappers and bannerfish at the current point plus a large school of CHEVRON BARRACUDAS which moved around and enveloped divers as they photographed them. Between the white-polyped seafans were schools of blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips and there were many red soldierfish in the bigger overhangs. This site was very fishy today and had a wonderful vive with all the small fish fluttering in the current.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 3
The wind picked up and stirred up the sea so the visibility was not so good but there was still plenty of life on the little wreck as there were schools of silversides being chased by bonitos and bluefin trevallies plus schools of glassfis being hunted by large lionfish and coral groupers. This site is always good for macro and today we found Durban, short-headed, banded and Bruuni shrimps, a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, many Maldives sponge snails (Matt put a few together to "introduce" them) and the pretty magnifica anemones with large blackfoot anemonefish.
Day 3
Reefs teeming with fish and corals from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef to channel corner drift with nice overhangs and terraces and many soft coral decorated coral blocks. We saw a large grey shark, several white tips a yellow leaf fish plus a pair of white ones, schooling bannerfish, Lysmata shrimps and really pretty overhangs full of reef fish, seafans etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing To Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
Out current on channel corner drift with two hawksbill turtles and many surgeonfish on the channel corner and then excellent macro on the wall (along with the lovely schools of goldspot emperors and humpback snappers): Lysmata shrimps, a white leaf fish, fimbriated morays, various Phyllidia slugs and every type of anthias.
Dive 3
There were LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS BUZZING AROUND in the channel plus a large sleeping ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY. We found a silver and a gold leaf fish together, a tiny Chromodoris fidelis, a white mouthed moray, trapezia crabs and pistol shrimps in Pocillopora coral. This reef is full of feisty (read vicious!) black cheek morals and we saw one bite a passing hawksbill turtle, so its not just us divers they pick on!
Night Dive
WILD NIGHT DIVE WITH A LARGE NURSE SHARK AGGREGATION, SOME SWIMMING IN A SCHOOL IN THE WATER COLUMN AND OTHERS FORAGING ON THE BOTTOM. THERE WERE ALSO PINK WHIP RAYS, RIBBONTAIL RAYS, GIANT TREVALLIES AND SOME BLACKTIP SHARKS TURNED UP WHEN THE RESORT STARTED THROWING FISH-BITS IN. AMAZING!!!!
We celebrated Carolyn and Gareth's wedding anniversary
Day 4
Hungry tawny nurse shark out hunting from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Out current in channel but this time we discovered a group of GREY SHARKS PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT along with ~20 JUVENILE GREY SHARKS AND TWO EAGLE RAYS. We just stopped and watched the show!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Ari atoll
Dive 2
Easy drift along lovely ocean reef. There were THREE EAGLE RAYS TOGETHER, several turtles, a blotched porcupinefish, a yellow pustule flatworm, a tiny octopus, a grouper ate a red-tooth triggerfish! This reef section has lovely hard corals in the shallows with schools of reef fish.
Dive 3
There was a nice current point with big jacks and tunas plus many schooling bannerfish. This site is famous for turtles and there were several around, munching their way through all the disc anemones. There were black coral trees with hundreds of Pericimenes psamanthe shrimps and longnose hawkfish in, and Jan found an ornate ghost pipe fish. We saw a couple of rare bartail morays. Great late afternoon dive!
Day 5
So many grey sharks! Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A wreck with some great creatures! TWO stonefish, one was covered in green algae and very fluffy, a white leaf fish, 2x Chromodoris glenei nudis, a large spearing mantis shrimp. The house reef has good coral growth and divers saw MOBULA RAYS, blacktip sharks and the reeftop was buzzing with cromis and Sargent Majors
Snorkelling
AN HOURS SNORKEL WITH A SWIFTLY SWIMMING WHALE SHARK!!! To keep up we had to swim hard and all the snorkellers ended up being dropped in 5 or 6 times. He swam off without us eventually!
Dive 2
A drift dive on an ocean reef with many white tips, a black tip and a large round ribbon tail ray sighted, but no whale shark. A ledge full of glassfish also contained 2x pink leaf fish, a white and a yellow one! Lovely sweetlips too.
Dive 3
A third drift trying to see a whale shark diving and still no luck but lots of other nice things including a round ribbontail ray in an overhang, blacktip sharks in the shallows, white tip sharks, a Periclimenes imperator shrimp on a sea cucumber, a cave full of glassfish and bullseyes, 2-spot angelfish and a mappa puffer which accompanied the group for the entire dive
Evening Activity
A couple of guest made a visit to a local village in the evening
Day 6
Whale shark seen today! Friendly but fast! Mv Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful thila with large overhangs and tall blocks forming canyons with so many blue stripe snappers. There were grey sharks and white tips at the current point and many fusiliers, pyramid bannerfish and sleek surgeonfish. The deeper part of the thila is smothered with large seafans. We found a short headed shrimp in a carpet anemone plus a very entertaining octopus on the top reef
We patrolled the reefs along the western edge of the atoll looking for feeding mantas but only saw a couple in the shallows and decided to leave the mantas to it and not disturb them further
Dive 2
Pretty and colourful long thila with extensive overhangs on the north and south sides and many, many snappers and goldspots. The caves had lovely seafans and seawhips plus dendronepthia and chironepthia soft corals. The top was a riot of colour and just so many fish. A big squall blew in at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
SILVERTIP SHARKS, GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS AT THE DEEP CURRENT POINT, OVER THE DEEP BLOCKS AND PROBABLY LOOKING FOR CLEANING STATIONS. We saw one grey shark with its mouth open and posing to be cleaned.We then saw a couple of grey sharks sweeping up and down the shallow reef edge near cleaning stations so it must have been that time of day! We also found turtles, octopus, batfish, bannerfish and bannerfish, so quite a show
Night Dive
AMAZING FEEDING MANTA RAY SESSION FOR OVER 60 MINUTES AS WE WATCHED FOUR HUNGRY MANTAS HOOVERING UP THE PLANKTON. A VERY SPECIAL DIVE
Day 7
Pirate invade Sea Spirit! Maldives
Dive 1
ERASMUS IS BACK! Huge giant barracuda was hanging out at the current point near a cleaning station and intimidating the bannerfish (and us!). There were ~5 GREY SHARKS of various sizes cruising the depths plus a large school of longfin batfish. We also found a hawksbill turtle and a small ledge full of Bruuni shrimps busy cleaning rock cods
Dive 2
Thila with colourful overhangs and a charming Anemone City occupied by 1000 maldives anemone fish in hundreds of Magnifica anemones. We found TWO BEAUTIFUL BLACK AND WHITE JORUNNA FUNEBRIS nudis. There were curious harlequib sweetlips and large black coral trees full of oysters and sponges
Dive 3
Pretty Thila but a rather whirly current this afternoon, mixing things up. We found the red "radioactive" anemone, Napoleon, white tips, a Susan's flatworm and batfish. A big squall blwe in during the dive and it was a very rough pick up
Night Dive
TWO MANTAS FEEDING BEHIND SS. Wiggle was extremely friendly tonight!
Day 8
Manta rays in the dark! Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
SHARKY THILA SITE WITH AROUND 5 CURIOUS GREY SHARKS CRUISING THE CURRENT POINT PLUS LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS SKITTING ABOUT OR SLEEPING IN THE SAND. Around the thila there were lovely schools of big-eye crescent tails, bluestripe snappers, Forster's barracudas etc. We found several scorpionfish on the reef top
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Male' atoll
Dive 2
Colourful thila with some overhangs full of glassfish, soldierfish and with ledges with banded coral shrimps and Lysmata cleaner shrimps offering their services. There were sponges of every colour, many anemones, a sleeping turtle, emperors and many different reef fish.
Dive 3
BEAUTIFUL SITE AND SUPERB ANIMALS TODAY WITH 2X LARGE TAWNY NURSE SHARKS HIDING IN A CANYON, EAGLE RAYS AT THE CURRENT POINT ALONG WITH A SCHOOL OF ~7 LARGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS CRUISING ABOUT, A HUGE BLUE NAPOLEON, FAT-LIPPED SILVER SWEETLIPS PLUS ALL THE BEAUTIFUL PINK,ORANGE, YELLOW AND BLUE SOFT CORAL BLOCKS, OVERHANGS AND TERRACES ALL PUFFED UP AND JUST SO COLOURFUL. A SCUBA HEAVEN!
Day 9
Friendly eagle rays in the Maldives as seen from Sea Spirit
Dive 1
LUCKY LAST DIVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL MANTA SHOW FOR OVER AN HOUR. Such a great way to end. One of the mantas was very curious and was copying divers, swimming low in the sand and coming in to check us out very closely. Wonderful!
Travel back to anchorage near Male' and an afternoon visit to the capital for shopping, sightseeing and a visit to the ice-cream parlour
Day 10
Amazing manta action AGAIN from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests to airport in the morning for onward international flights
Day 11
MV Sea Spirit at motor. Maldives
Sea Spirit SS440 20 Jul 2014 to 27 Jul 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Arrival of guests to Sea Spirit from international flights, resorts and Male'. Due to an afternoon arrival we made a morning check dive.
Dive 1
A nice and easy check dive with a small drift on an ocean-facing reef. We saw a ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAY, 4x EAGLE RAYS (together), a green turtle, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, white tip sharks, a porcelain crab in a carpet anemone, dogtooth tunas etc. plus lots of lovely reef fish and small acropora corals plus pastel coloured Nepthia soft coral.
Day 1
The SS440 group! on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AN AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW WITH 8 DIFFERENT MANTAS DURING THE DIVE AND ONE STAYING FOR THE WHOLE HOUR! There was also a large lionfish hanging around the divers, a little too closely for comfort plus a spearing mantis shrimp and a juvenile imperial angelfish.
Dive 2
A second hour watching mantas. This time we counted 5 different ones and the lead female was different and kept seeing-off any other manta which tried to also use the cleaning station but she was friendly to divers and kept passing over our heads peering closely at us and enjoying the bubble baths
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll. Although the xea was not rough, there was a considerable swell from the south making for a rolly crossing!
Dive 3
A super-fishy ocean/channel site with many layers of reef and pelagic fish and lots of different groupers including yellow, white spotted and brownmarbled. We found THREE LEAF FISH, 4x spearing mantis shrimps although two shot into their burrows when we got a little too close, spotted and silver garden eels, ~200 longfin batfish in a tight school, undulate morays and longnose and big-eye emperors.
Day 2
Such a great show of manta rays this trip! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A second dive on this ocean reef and this time there were several GREY REEF SHARKS CIRCLING AROUND ON THE REEF TOP throughout the dive. 2-3 white tip reef sharks circled below us and we had to be wary of the feisty blackcheek morays and man-eating Vlaming's surgeonfish which kept trying to eat our bubbles. We found a white leaf fish, a red-and-yellow Lysmata shimp, and there was plenty of big-fish action with dogtooth tunas, barred and golden jacks zooming up and down the reef.
Ocean Crossing
Crossing into North Ari atoll
Dive 2
This thila was VERY SHARKY TODAY WITH ~20 GREY SHARKS BUZZING AROUND ON THE PLATEAU. THEY WERE ALL FEMALE SO WE THOUGHT THIS MIGHT BE A MATING AGGREGATIN OF SOME KIND. We also saw a male chasing a female over the reef top later on and the same female then spent a lot of time following the divers and even following us up to our 5m safety stop which is very unusual shark behaviour! We also saw the very friendly little EAGLE RAY who happily posed for photos and the usual schools of big eye crescent-tails, bluestripe snappers, Forsters and chevron barracudas,
Dive 3
A pretty, soft-coral covered wreck and thila with plenty of purple/orange Chironepthia soft coral, seafans and black corals smothering the wreck and hiding large lionfish, glassfish and many groupers. We found a yellow papillae flatworm, a black-barred shrimp goby guarding it's nest with two sand-moving pistol shrimps, a bluefaced angelfish and there were just so many brightly coloured magnificent anemonefish on the reef top with their entourages of Maldives blackfoot anemonefish
Day 3
Diver on a beautiful fish-filled Maldives reef MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Small current drift at long thila site. We descended onto large cora blocks with schools of blue striped and hump backed snappers. Overhangs were hung with blue soft corals, and filled with soldier fish and many small reef fish. Large snappers hung out in the canyons between the main reef and the pinnacles. We also found a bearded scorpion fish and several white tip sharks.
Dive 2
Glorious overhangs filled with blue, yellow, pink and orange soft coral. Huge seafans and massive schools of blue stripped snapper. Barracuda and big eye jack off the reef and a friendly turtle on top.
Dive 3
Gentle afternoon dive with several juv grey sharks, white tips resting on the sand and one juvenile SILVERTIP SHARK whizzing around following a grey shark,
Night Dive
Over an hour spent in close company with 4 feeding manta rays looping in our bubbles and skimming our heads
Day 4
Diver with grey shark up close on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE THILA SITES AND EASY TODAY WITH JUST ENOUGH CRRENT TO KEEP THE FISH AT THE CURRENT POINT AND GIVE US A WONDERFUL SHOW. The school of bannerfish were tightly clustered and made for a great photo. GREY SHARKS AND A JUVENILE SILVERTIP SHARK buzzed around the drop off. We found a friendly hawksbill turtle and a ledge with so many Bruuni cleaner shrimp busy on coral groupers
Dive 2
Colourful small thila with just about every type of reef fish and smothered in juvenile cardinals plus four or five species of fusilers (including many juveniles) and large lionfish in wait for something small to pass by. We also found an unidentified yellow streaked/brown flatworm
Dive 3
An easy drift looking for whale sharks. We didn't get lucky but we did see a manta, two white-mouthed morays, a clouded moray, an octopus, turtle, eagle ray, white tip sharks and many sweetlips and rudderfish.
Evening Activity
The guests went ashore to local island for some souvenir shopping and to look around
Day 5
Diver with so many fish on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Famous thila with just so many fish! There are beautiful blocks and overhangs forming canyons and filled with large meandering schools of bluestripe snappers. The large pink seafans dress every surface below 20m! Today there were 3 white tip sharks chasing around in the shallows and this was probably pre-mating activity. We ended the dive just hanging out at the current point amongst the myriad of fish.
A pod of spinner dolphins passed by several times as we cruised the ocean looking for ws. At one point approx 200 swam past!
Dive 2
We made a drift dive at this lovely ocean reef site after having spent several hours looking for whale sharks with no luck. WE SAW SEVERAL BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS scurrying about in the shallows or on the bottom, a white mouthed moray, a large pink frilly scorpionfish, a hawksbill turtle and on the top reef which has superb cover of hard corals we saw schools of Captain and ember parrotfish plus a marauding school of bristletooth tangs.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Night Dive
Great macro dive with several Coriocella nigra the rare purple sponge snail, a pair of small Chromodoris geometrica plus a pretty tellow/purple Flabellina nudi. We found a pretty reef lobster, a ling (unusual), bartail and fimbriated morays, lots of beautiful featherstars and a sleeping turtle.
Day 6
Blue soft coral caves with orange seafans from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Superb pink and orange soft coral covered pinnacles at this thila with five GREY SHARKS AND TWO EAGLE RAYS AMONGST THE LARGE SCHOOL OF BLACK AND WHITE PLUS RED SNAPPERS AND BIG EYE JACKS. Just amazing. White tip sharks milled around and there were many jacks, tunas and mackerels around. We ended the dive with the schools of oriental sweetlips and clorrared butterflyfish on the top reef.
Dive 2
Sheltered giri dive with wreck from 18-35m. We scared of a green turtle as we arrived onto the wreck but there were lots of silversides and jackfish action to keep us untertained plus large lionfish out hunting plus Durban and banded coral shrimps in the nooks and crannies. On the main reef we found peacock mantis shrimps, 2x Susan's flatworms, 2x octopus, and a teeny thrashing oriental sweetlips.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to North Male' atoll. Two guests transferred to Bandos resort. It is still Ramadan so we did not make a visit to Male'
Day 7
Diver with collared butterflyfish on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
The remaining guests were transferred to the airport to await their international flights to east Asia.
Day 8
Fun turtles in blue water at Maalhis, Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Arrival of guests to Sea Spirit from international flights, resorts and Male'. Due to an afternoon arrival we made a morning check dive.
Dive 1
A nice and easy check dive with a small drift on an ocean-facing reef. We saw a ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAY, 4x EAGLE RAYS (together), a green turtle, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, white tip sharks, a porcelain crab in a carpet anemone, dogtooth tunas etc. plus lots of lovely reef fish and small acropora corals plus pastel coloured Nepthia soft coral.
Day 1
The SS440 group! on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AN AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW WITH 8 DIFFERENT MANTAS DURING THE DIVE AND ONE STAYING FOR THE WHOLE HOUR! There was also a large lionfish hanging around the divers, a little too closely for comfort plus a spearing mantis shrimp and a juvenile imperial angelfish.
Dive 2
A second hour watching mantas. This time we counted 5 different ones and the lead female was different and kept seeing-off any other manta which tried to also use the cleaning station but she was friendly to divers and kept passing over our heads peering closely at us and enjoying the bubble baths
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll. Although the xea was not rough, there was a considerable swell from the south making for a rolly crossing!
Dive 3
A super-fishy ocean/channel site with many layers of reef and pelagic fish and lots of different groupers including yellow, white spotted and brownmarbled. We found THREE LEAF FISH, 4x spearing mantis shrimps although two shot into their burrows when we got a little too close, spotted and silver garden eels, ~200 longfin batfish in a tight school, undulate morays and longnose and big-eye emperors.
Day 2
Such a great show of manta rays this trip! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A second dive on this ocean reef and this time there were several GREY REEF SHARKS CIRCLING AROUND ON THE REEF TOP throughout the dive. 2-3 white tip reef sharks circled below us and we had to be wary of the feisty blackcheek morays and man-eating Vlaming's surgeonfish which kept trying to eat our bubbles. We found a white leaf fish, a red-and-yellow Lysmata shimp, and there was plenty of big-fish action with dogtooth tunas, barred and golden jacks zooming up and down the reef.
Ocean Crossing
Crossing into North Ari atoll
Dive 2
This thila was VERY SHARKY TODAY WITH ~20 GREY SHARKS BUZZING AROUND ON THE PLATEAU. THEY WERE ALL FEMALE SO WE THOUGHT THIS MIGHT BE A MATING AGGREGATIN OF SOME KIND. We also saw a male chasing a female over the reef top later on and the same female then spent a lot of time following the divers and even following us up to our 5m safety stop which is very unusual shark behaviour! We also saw the very friendly little EAGLE RAY who happily posed for photos and the usual schools of big eye crescent-tails, bluestripe snappers, Forsters and chevron barracudas,
Dive 3
A pretty, soft-coral covered wreck and thila with plenty of purple/orange Chironepthia soft coral, seafans and black corals smothering the wreck and hiding large lionfish, glassfish and many groupers. We found a yellow papillae flatworm, a black-barred shrimp goby guarding it's nest with two sand-moving pistol shrimps, a bluefaced angelfish and there were just so many brightly coloured magnificent anemonefish on the reef top with their entourages of Maldives blackfoot anemonefish
Day 3
Diver on a beautiful fish-filled Maldives reef MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Small current drift at long thila site. We descended onto large cora blocks with schools of blue striped and hump backed snappers. Overhangs were hung with blue soft corals, and filled with soldier fish and many small reef fish. Large snappers hung out in the canyons between the main reef and the pinnacles. We also found a bearded scorpion fish and several white tip sharks.
Dive 2
Glorious overhangs filled with blue, yellow, pink and orange soft coral. Huge seafans and massive schools of blue stripped snapper. Barracuda and big eye jack off the reef and a friendly turtle on top.
Dive 3
Gentle afternoon dive with several juv grey sharks, white tips resting on the sand and one juvenile SILVERTIP SHARK whizzing around following a grey shark,
Night Dive
Over an hour spent in close company with 4 feeding manta rays looping in our bubbles and skimming our heads
Day 4
Diver with grey shark up close on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE THILA SITES AND EASY TODAY WITH JUST ENOUGH CRRENT TO KEEP THE FISH AT THE CURRENT POINT AND GIVE US A WONDERFUL SHOW. The school of bannerfish were tightly clustered and made for a great photo. GREY SHARKS AND A JUVENILE SILVERTIP SHARK buzzed around the drop off. We found a friendly hawksbill turtle and a ledge with so many Bruuni cleaner shrimp busy on coral groupers
Dive 2
Colourful small thila with just about every type of reef fish and smothered in juvenile cardinals plus four or five species of fusilers (including many juveniles) and large lionfish in wait for something small to pass by. We also found an unidentified yellow streaked/brown flatworm
Dive 3
An easy drift looking for whale sharks. We didn't get lucky but we did see a manta, two white-mouthed morays, a clouded moray, an octopus, turtle, eagle ray, white tip sharks and many sweetlips and rudderfish.
Evening Activity
The guests went ashore to local island for some souvenir shopping and to look around
Day 5
Diver with so many fish on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Famous thila with just so many fish! There are beautiful blocks and overhangs forming canyons and filled with large meandering schools of bluestripe snappers. The large pink seafans dress every surface below 20m! Today there were 3 white tip sharks chasing around in the shallows and this was probably pre-mating activity. We ended the dive just hanging out at the current point amongst the myriad of fish.
A pod of spinner dolphins passed by several times as we cruised the ocean looking for ws. At one point approx 200 swam past!
Dive 2
We made a drift dive at this lovely ocean reef site after having spent several hours looking for whale sharks with no luck. WE SAW SEVERAL BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS scurrying about in the shallows or on the bottom, a white mouthed moray, a large pink frilly scorpionfish, a hawksbill turtle and on the top reef which has superb cover of hard corals we saw schools of Captain and ember parrotfish plus a marauding school of bristletooth tangs.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Night Dive
Great macro dive with several Coriocella nigra the rare purple sponge snail, a pair of small Chromodoris geometrica plus a pretty tellow/purple Flabellina nudi. We found a pretty reef lobster, a ling (unusual), bartail and fimbriated morays, lots of beautiful featherstars and a sleeping turtle.
Day 6
Blue soft coral caves with orange seafans from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Superb pink and orange soft coral covered pinnacles at this thila with five GREY SHARKS AND TWO EAGLE RAYS AMONGST THE LARGE SCHOOL OF BLACK AND WHITE PLUS RED SNAPPERS AND BIG EYE JACKS. Just amazing. White tip sharks milled around and there were many jacks, tunas and mackerels around. We ended the dive with the schools of oriental sweetlips and clorrared butterflyfish on the top reef.
Dive 2
Sheltered giri dive with wreck from 18-35m. We scared of a green turtle as we arrived onto the wreck but there were lots of silversides and jackfish action to keep us untertained plus large lionfish out hunting plus Durban and banded coral shrimps in the nooks and crannies. On the main reef we found peacock mantis shrimps, 2x Susan's flatworms, 2x octopus, and a teeny thrashing oriental sweetlips.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to North Male' atoll. Two guests transferred to Bandos resort. It is still Ramadan so we did not make a visit to Male'
Day 7
Diver with collared butterflyfish on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
The remaining guests were transferred to the airport to await their international flights to east Asia.
Day 8
Fun turtles in blue water at Maalhis, Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS439 13 Jul 2014 to 20 Jul 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived both morning and afternoon from international flights and hotels.
Dive 1
A brisk drift for our check dive! We saw sleeping white tip reef sharks, an eagle ray, a sleeping round ribbon tail ray, green and hawksbill turtles, several honeycomb morays, yellow box fish and trapezia and decorator crabs in between the fingers of pavona corals. In the water column the tunas were chasing schools of neon fusliers whoosh!
Day 1
Lionfish in wait for unsuspecting small fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
LOTS OF FISH AT THIS SMALL THILA! Two EAGLE RAYS hanging in the current in the canyon and large schools of black and white snappers, schooling bannerfish plus tunas chasing around. On either side of the thila was a school of FORSTERS BARRACUDAS and oriental and harlequib sweetlips plus many bluestripe snappers close to the reef
Dive 2
AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW with 7-8 different mantas visiting us during the dive in groups of up to 5 at a time. We recognised some of our favourites including Nick and Jam Sandwich. They were very playful, swimming through our bubbles and snaeking up behind when we weren't looking!
Dive 3
Ocean reef corner with many schools of bluestripe snappers plus sweetlips and coral blocks covered in glassfish with large BROWNMARBLED groupers peering out! There were lots of honeycomb and giant morays plus several large blotched porcupinefish, some medium sized Napoleons and some lovely parrotfish
Day 2
Manta ray giving a show to the photographers on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner with fly-bys by a shortfinned MOBULA RAY, a large EAGLE RAY and MANY WHITE TIP SHARKS buzzing around the coral blocks including a very large and pregnant female. There were schools of big eye jacks swirling around plus schools of black and white and midnight snapers. Dogtooth tunas were chasing fusliers in the water column. We drifted into the channel past coral blocks full of reef fish and came across two hawksbill turtles resting on a ledge.
Dive 2
Wonderful MANTA SHOW AS THEY WERE REALLY PLAYING WITH US! We saw lots of males plus beautiful big "Jam Sandwich" again. A really fun 75 minute dive!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
Reef with a small wreck covered in silversides giving us a sparkly show. Lots of large lionfish laid in wait, plus there were areas of dancing Durban shrimps, Bruuni and banded coral shrimps, we found a beautiful Chromodoris geminus nudibranch, an unidentified blue flatworm, a pair of Thuridilla sp. nudis and brownmarbled groupers, clown triggerfish, and large-size blackfoot clownfish, so a nicely varied dive.
Day 3
friendly face the manta ray gave us quite a show today on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Small current at this ocean facing thila but the big animals were out and about and we saw a giant tuna in the westerly canyon and several GREY SHARKS, WHITE TIP SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS cruising about on the reef top. There were lots of oriental sweetlips amongst the pink and orange soft coral covered pinnacles and lots of digfferent reef fish on the top including earmuff blennies and collared butterflyfish.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
Today we had a very busy current point with many schooling bannerfish, longfin batfish and the ubiquitos giant tevallies and fusiliers, making occasional raids and creating baitballs and explosions of fish. Several GREY SHARKS of varying sizes cruised along the front. The southern plateau was smothered in blue stripe snappers. We found several giant clams, large morays being cleaned, caves full of glassfish etc.
Dive 3
This is another famous thila site and today there seemed to be a lot OF WHITE TIP SHARKS CRUISING ABOUT. There were ~4 small grey sharks on one of the deep blocks and we had a fabulous turtle show with two of the most friendly hawksbill turtles. We found a sand-covered stonefish, an octopus pulling spiky shapes, small scale scorpionfish etc.
Day 4
large school of longfin batfish from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A blue water drift along a large thils where we descended into a mass of blue-stripe and humpback snappers huddled around some large coral blocks and then drifted to a spur where grey sharks and eagle rays rode the current point whilst about 20 giant barracudas hung around off the reef. After that we slowly drifted through a series of tall coral pinnacles frosted IN BLUE AND PINK SOFT CORALS with oriental and harlequin sweetlips and then back to the main thila to ascend on the western tip into small ledges wher we found a yellow leaf fish! We were surrounded by friendly long-fin batfish as we ascended.
Dive 2
EXTREMELY PRETTY BLUE AND YELLOW SOFT CORAL HUNG OVERHANGS PLUS LARGE PINNACLES FROSTED IN BLUE! Painted sweetlips (unusual!) drifted about. The canyons on the main reef were smothered in pink and orange soft corals and there were quite a few grey sharks plus white tips sleeping in the sand. We hooked in at the western tip as the current changed direction and just watched the mass of fish and then slowly drifted back across the top enjoying all the beautiful hard coral too.
Dive 3
A colourful reef with large coral blocks decorated with black coral trees containing penguin oysters, pink and white sponges, strange sea-cucumbers etc plus many different sponges across the reef and gardens of green and blue magnifica anemones in the shallows so a very pretty site. We found several bearded scorpionfish and an unidentified red/yellow nembrotha-type nudibranch
Night Dive
Exciting night dive with white tip sharks chasing about on the reef top after fusiliers and other small fish. There were two round ribbon tail rays hoovering up everything in their patch and a few grey sharks made appearances. About 10 large giant trevallies were really terrorising all the reef fish and buzzing the divers closely too. We also found hunting morays and lionfish plus turban snalis, saron shrimps, edible crabs and a giant red hermit crab
Day 5
Beautiful magnifica anemone with blackfoot clownfish peering out from MV sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Another thila where sharks can be seen and were not to be disappointed as there were four or five grey sharks happy to oblige the photographers plus "Spot" our friendly EAGLE RAY who swam around to visit all the divers and make sure they got a good picture. We also founf a pink frilly scorpionfish, schooling big eye jacks, crescent tail big eyes and a school of Forster's barracudas.
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
The first of three dives on this extensive ocean facing reef where anything can come along. Today we saw GREY REEF SHARKS, EAGLE RAYS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS, SLEEPING WHITE TIP SHARKS, SEVERAL MANTIS SHRIMPS in their nest and an ELEGANT SQUAT LOBSTER in a purple featherstar. There are just so many fish on this site and today the current allowed us to finish up in the shallows amongst the excellent acropora coral and schools of pyramid butterflyfish and goldspot emperors. Beautiful!
Dive 3
A rather mixed up current with fuzzy warm water in the shallows and colder clear water below 15m and this was keeping the action in the deeper water. The grey sharks were busy, buzzing up and down the reef and later, being cleaned at the spur as the stood on their tails with their mouths open. There were some very large dogtooth tunas darting into the reef and scattering the red-toothed triggerfish. We found a gold-and-white coloured leaffish, many yellowmargin morays, longnose emperors, two LARGE BLUE NAPOLEONS fighting over a cleaning station etc.
Day 6
Dense school of blue striped snapper from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We love this AMAZING OCEAN REEF! TODAY THE STAR WAS A BEAUTIFUL SPOTTY ZEBRA SHARK which swam all the way across the ocean drop off. We had a busy time with the GREY REEF SHARKS which were buzzing around up and down whilst the white tip sharks were sleeping and the eagle rays quietly hovering. In the early morning light the reef top buzzed with anthias, red-tooth triggerfish, red rock cods, a yellow grouper, several large black saddled coral groupers etc. A lovely dive on which to end this trip.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to North Male atoll in time for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. One guest departed during the evening
Day 7
Large barracudas! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests transferred to airport for international flights and onward transfers
Day 8
Chromodoris geminus, an unusual sighting in the Maldives, from MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived both morning and afternoon from international flights and hotels.
Dive 1
A brisk drift for our check dive! We saw sleeping white tip reef sharks, an eagle ray, a sleeping round ribbon tail ray, green and hawksbill turtles, several honeycomb morays, yellow box fish and trapezia and decorator crabs in between the fingers of pavona corals. In the water column the tunas were chasing schools of neon fusliers whoosh!
Day 1
Lionfish in wait for unsuspecting small fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
LOTS OF FISH AT THIS SMALL THILA! Two EAGLE RAYS hanging in the current in the canyon and large schools of black and white snappers, schooling bannerfish plus tunas chasing around. On either side of the thila was a school of FORSTERS BARRACUDAS and oriental and harlequib sweetlips plus many bluestripe snappers close to the reef
Dive 2
AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW with 7-8 different mantas visiting us during the dive in groups of up to 5 at a time. We recognised some of our favourites including Nick and Jam Sandwich. They were very playful, swimming through our bubbles and snaeking up behind when we weren't looking!
Dive 3
Ocean reef corner with many schools of bluestripe snappers plus sweetlips and coral blocks covered in glassfish with large BROWNMARBLED groupers peering out! There were lots of honeycomb and giant morays plus several large blotched porcupinefish, some medium sized Napoleons and some lovely parrotfish
Day 2
Manta ray giving a show to the photographers on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner with fly-bys by a shortfinned MOBULA RAY, a large EAGLE RAY and MANY WHITE TIP SHARKS buzzing around the coral blocks including a very large and pregnant female. There were schools of big eye jacks swirling around plus schools of black and white and midnight snapers. Dogtooth tunas were chasing fusliers in the water column. We drifted into the channel past coral blocks full of reef fish and came across two hawksbill turtles resting on a ledge.
Dive 2
Wonderful MANTA SHOW AS THEY WERE REALLY PLAYING WITH US! We saw lots of males plus beautiful big "Jam Sandwich" again. A really fun 75 minute dive!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
Reef with a small wreck covered in silversides giving us a sparkly show. Lots of large lionfish laid in wait, plus there were areas of dancing Durban shrimps, Bruuni and banded coral shrimps, we found a beautiful Chromodoris geminus nudibranch, an unidentified blue flatworm, a pair of Thuridilla sp. nudis and brownmarbled groupers, clown triggerfish, and large-size blackfoot clownfish, so a nicely varied dive.
Day 3
friendly face the manta ray gave us quite a show today on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Small current at this ocean facing thila but the big animals were out and about and we saw a giant tuna in the westerly canyon and several GREY SHARKS, WHITE TIP SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS cruising about on the reef top. There were lots of oriental sweetlips amongst the pink and orange soft coral covered pinnacles and lots of digfferent reef fish on the top including earmuff blennies and collared butterflyfish.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
Today we had a very busy current point with many schooling bannerfish, longfin batfish and the ubiquitos giant tevallies and fusiliers, making occasional raids and creating baitballs and explosions of fish. Several GREY SHARKS of varying sizes cruised along the front. The southern plateau was smothered in blue stripe snappers. We found several giant clams, large morays being cleaned, caves full of glassfish etc.
Dive 3
This is another famous thila site and today there seemed to be a lot OF WHITE TIP SHARKS CRUISING ABOUT. There were ~4 small grey sharks on one of the deep blocks and we had a fabulous turtle show with two of the most friendly hawksbill turtles. We found a sand-covered stonefish, an octopus pulling spiky shapes, small scale scorpionfish etc.
Day 4
large school of longfin batfish from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A blue water drift along a large thils where we descended into a mass of blue-stripe and humpback snappers huddled around some large coral blocks and then drifted to a spur where grey sharks and eagle rays rode the current point whilst about 20 giant barracudas hung around off the reef. After that we slowly drifted through a series of tall coral pinnacles frosted IN BLUE AND PINK SOFT CORALS with oriental and harlequin sweetlips and then back to the main thila to ascend on the western tip into small ledges wher we found a yellow leaf fish! We were surrounded by friendly long-fin batfish as we ascended.
Dive 2
EXTREMELY PRETTY BLUE AND YELLOW SOFT CORAL HUNG OVERHANGS PLUS LARGE PINNACLES FROSTED IN BLUE! Painted sweetlips (unusual!) drifted about. The canyons on the main reef were smothered in pink and orange soft corals and there were quite a few grey sharks plus white tips sleeping in the sand. We hooked in at the western tip as the current changed direction and just watched the mass of fish and then slowly drifted back across the top enjoying all the beautiful hard coral too.
Dive 3
A colourful reef with large coral blocks decorated with black coral trees containing penguin oysters, pink and white sponges, strange sea-cucumbers etc plus many different sponges across the reef and gardens of green and blue magnifica anemones in the shallows so a very pretty site. We found several bearded scorpionfish and an unidentified red/yellow nembrotha-type nudibranch
Night Dive
Exciting night dive with white tip sharks chasing about on the reef top after fusiliers and other small fish. There were two round ribbon tail rays hoovering up everything in their patch and a few grey sharks made appearances. About 10 large giant trevallies were really terrorising all the reef fish and buzzing the divers closely too. We also found hunting morays and lionfish plus turban snalis, saron shrimps, edible crabs and a giant red hermit crab
Day 5
Beautiful magnifica anemone with blackfoot clownfish peering out from MV sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Another thila where sharks can be seen and were not to be disappointed as there were four or five grey sharks happy to oblige the photographers plus "Spot" our friendly EAGLE RAY who swam around to visit all the divers and make sure they got a good picture. We also founf a pink frilly scorpionfish, schooling big eye jacks, crescent tail big eyes and a school of Forster's barracudas.
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
The first of three dives on this extensive ocean facing reef where anything can come along. Today we saw GREY REEF SHARKS, EAGLE RAYS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS, SLEEPING WHITE TIP SHARKS, SEVERAL MANTIS SHRIMPS in their nest and an ELEGANT SQUAT LOBSTER in a purple featherstar. There are just so many fish on this site and today the current allowed us to finish up in the shallows amongst the excellent acropora coral and schools of pyramid butterflyfish and goldspot emperors. Beautiful!
Dive 3
A rather mixed up current with fuzzy warm water in the shallows and colder clear water below 15m and this was keeping the action in the deeper water. The grey sharks were busy, buzzing up and down the reef and later, being cleaned at the spur as the stood on their tails with their mouths open. There were some very large dogtooth tunas darting into the reef and scattering the red-toothed triggerfish. We found a gold-and-white coloured leaffish, many yellowmargin morays, longnose emperors, two LARGE BLUE NAPOLEONS fighting over a cleaning station etc.
Day 6
Dense school of blue striped snapper from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We love this AMAZING OCEAN REEF! TODAY THE STAR WAS A BEAUTIFUL SPOTTY ZEBRA SHARK which swam all the way across the ocean drop off. We had a busy time with the GREY REEF SHARKS which were buzzing around up and down whilst the white tip sharks were sleeping and the eagle rays quietly hovering. In the early morning light the reef top buzzed with anthias, red-tooth triggerfish, red rock cods, a yellow grouper, several large black saddled coral groupers etc. A lovely dive on which to end this trip.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to North Male atoll in time for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. One guest departed during the evening
Day 7
Large barracudas! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests transferred to airport for international flights and onward transfers
Day 8
Chromodoris geminus, an unusual sighting in the Maldives, from MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS438 6 Jul 2014 to 13 Jul 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from resorts, guest houses and international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Morning check dive at sheltered ocean reef with particularly nice morays including honeycombs, giants, black cheeks, white mouthed and yellow margin. We sighted most species of angel fish including yellow tailed (unusual!) and our favourite two spot with the blue "lipstick". There were tunas chasing fusiliers, lovely spotted trapezia crabs in many of the acropora corals and interesting blocks full of glassfish so a lovely way to start!
Day 1
Beautiful, moody, sunset in front of MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Pod of SPINNER DOLPHINS numbering 200+ swam into the atoll as we passed out of the channel. There were just so many but paying no attention to us as going in the opposite direction!
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift dive with several hawksbill turtles, a tiny flapping juvenile oriental sweetlips, dogtooth tunas and several medium-sized Napoleon wrasses. There seemed to be lots of peacock rock cods about, maybe staking out their territories?
Dive 2
AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW!!! We saw at least 9 different mantas on and off during the hour and it looked like there was some courtship activity going on as the majority were males and they were fussing after, following and caressing the females! They seemed very curious of us too and we had some wonderful close interactions as they swept through our bubbles. A really special dive
Ocean Crossing
Crossed to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
Late evening dive and a very busy reef with just so many reef fish including ornate and longnose emperors, orange and Evan's anthias, vermillion rock cods, a large school of ~100 longfin batfish, plus SLEEPING WHITE TIP SHARKS AND HUNTING GREY SHARKS (EXCITING!). We also found several spearing mantis shrimps in their buro, a baby Chromodoris fidelis nudibranch an octopus, a maldives sponge snail and several banded coral shrimps. Great dive
Day 2
Dive 1
A second dive at this busy ocean reef site with better visibility this morning and more grey shark action along the ocean drop off and current points. A large school of big-eyes jacks was weaving around makig spirals and figures of eights plus individual jacks were breaking off to be cleaned by bi-color wrasse, there was a school of medium-sized chevron barracudas, pretty starry dragonets buzzing around plus a candy-striped purple/white squat lobster in a featherstar and a white leaf fish.
Ocean Crossing
Crossed into North Ari atoll
Dive 2
Small thila but BIG ACTION with WHITE TIP SHARKS AND GREY SHARKS cruising the drop off plus a very friendly little EAGLE RAY which followed divers around. There were lots of schools of fish including crescent tail big-eyes, blue stripe snappers, neon fusiliers, big eye jacks and Forsters barracudas. We found a Notodoris gardineri nudi, a Susan's flatworm, a pink frilly scorpionfish and lots of other interesting critters.
Dive 3
A lovely current point at this famous thila site. Over the deep blocks were large schools of blue stripe snappers with grey sharks meandering through and white tip sharks resting in the sand. In the shallows was a dense school of bannerfish and so many fusiliers being chased by giant trevallies. There are lovely mature black coral trees full of silversides and cardinals plus reef fish and juvenile batfish. There was a turtle crash on the reef top as two turtles collided. Very entertaining!
Night Dive
Night dive with two of the most friendly MANTA RAYS as they fed on the plankton attracted by our lights
Day 3
Fabulous grey sharks show from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Colourful "FISH TANK" dive with bannerfish and pyramid butterflyfish at the current point plus white tip sharks, a school of longfin batfish, the radioactive pink anemone full of Clarke's anemonefish, a pair of Chromodoris geometrica nudis and colourful sponges whereever we looked.
Dive 2
Another famous thila and another great shark and fish show as we watched GREY SHARKS cruising the current point and dispersing bannerfish and mackerels. We toured the reef past more sharks plus a huge schools of bluestrip snappers which cover the southern plateau. We found the friendly hawksbill turtles and shopped to pap them
Dive 3
Yet more turtles at this little thila. There were also more mature black coral tress which were full of baitfish and juvenile cardinals with red groupers and rock cods lying in wait for unwary small fish. There were many bright blue magnificent anemones plus a jumping red scorpionfish. A squall blew in when we were diving making our return to Sea Spirit somewhat challenging.
Day 4
Amazingly close encounters with these beautiful manta rays from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There was only a small current at the wreck this morning so we could go where we pleased and look for critters hiding in all the nooks and crannies. We found a pair of large STONEFISH. One was covered in fluffy green algae. We found Tamja olivaria and Chromodoris glenei nudibranchs plus a variety of Phyllidia slugs. There was a pair of Indian mobula (M. eregoodootenkee) plus Sgt Majors and Indian bannerfish on the house reef.
We spent several hours searching up and down the ocean reef looking for whale sharks but were not successful today
Dive 2
An easy drift dive, hoping a whale shark might swim past. We did find a baby white tip shark, Maldives sponge snails, an Eagle ray, a large round ribbontail ray and finished the dive nearby the big coral block surrounded by oriental sweetlips, rudderfish, glassfish and bullseyes
Dive 3
This little thila was a riot of colour and fish life. A school of bluefin jacks had created a baitball from a school of fusiliers and watching the attacks was interesting. The reef has a forest of large black coral trees with penguin oysters, large sponge formations, long nose hawkfish etc. On the reef top we found 8 lionfish lurking in wait for unwary juvenile fish, a zebra moray out hunting, earmuff blennies, a devil scorpionfish and everything was covered in baitfish!
Evening Activity
Some guests visited the local village island
Day 5
Amazing reefscape and just so many fish! MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
An ocean-facing thila with a descent through a school of sleek surgeonfish and a hang amongst black and white snappers and longfin batfish. We saw a pair of white tip reef sharks plus a round ribbontail ray on the oceanside and two eagle rays on the leeside plus schools of silver and oriental sweetlips. There were several Amboin shrimps in a carpet anemone amongst lovely overhangs and canyons. We ended the dive hanging above the large poites corals and watching the fish show.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing between Ari and South Male' atolls
Dive 2
Bad visibility but JUST SO MANY FISH. Huge red, midnight and black and white snappers intermingled with big-eye jacks and a few white tips as we descended then orange and pink soft coral covered pinnacles and overhangs and a SLEEPING TAWNY NURSE SHARK. A pink whipray swam past. We saw two male white tip sharks chasing and nipping a female, in courtship and the coral blocks on top of the thils were surrounded by silver, harlequin and oriental sweetlips plus collared butterflyfish etc.
Dive 3
A nice critter dive to end the day! Chromodoris tritos nudis, pairs of banded coral shrimps, pink and green anemones with small transparent periclimenes shrimps, a giant moray being cleaned by a bicolor wrasse, Phidiana indica nudi and Pete the reindeer fish!
We watched the premiere of the trip video in the evening
Day 6
Diver with one of the friendly Maldives turtles
Dive 1
Easy drift on cean front of channels with a pair of MOBULA RAYS, large schools of fusiliers and giant trevallies and tunas, a yellow plus a pair of white leaf fishes, two very different honeycomb morays. Lovely nepthia soft coral covered blocks plus a huge blue Napoleon wrasse. A lovely last dive. The snorkellers found 4 MANTA RAYS IN THE LAGOON!
Travel back towards Male'. Afternoon visit to the capital and one guest departed to hotel. One guest departed to the airport for international flight to Asia.
Day 7
Huge blue napoleon wrasse in South Male' atoll from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Remaining guests transferred to airport for onward flights or transfers to resorts and hotels
Day 8
So many three spot damsels feeding. This is unusual behaviour! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from resorts, guest houses and international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Morning check dive at sheltered ocean reef with particularly nice morays including honeycombs, giants, black cheeks, white mouthed and yellow margin. We sighted most species of angel fish including yellow tailed (unusual!) and our favourite two spot with the blue "lipstick". There were tunas chasing fusiliers, lovely spotted trapezia crabs in many of the acropora corals and interesting blocks full of glassfish so a lovely way to start!
Day 1
Beautiful, moody, sunset in front of MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Pod of SPINNER DOLPHINS numbering 200+ swam into the atoll as we passed out of the channel. There were just so many but paying no attention to us as going in the opposite direction!
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift dive with several hawksbill turtles, a tiny flapping juvenile oriental sweetlips, dogtooth tunas and several medium-sized Napoleon wrasses. There seemed to be lots of peacock rock cods about, maybe staking out their territories?
Dive 2
AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW!!! We saw at least 9 different mantas on and off during the hour and it looked like there was some courtship activity going on as the majority were males and they were fussing after, following and caressing the females! They seemed very curious of us too and we had some wonderful close interactions as they swept through our bubbles. A really special dive
Ocean Crossing
Crossed to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
Late evening dive and a very busy reef with just so many reef fish including ornate and longnose emperors, orange and Evan's anthias, vermillion rock cods, a large school of ~100 longfin batfish, plus SLEEPING WHITE TIP SHARKS AND HUNTING GREY SHARKS (EXCITING!). We also found several spearing mantis shrimps in their buro, a baby Chromodoris fidelis nudibranch an octopus, a maldives sponge snail and several banded coral shrimps. Great dive
Day 2
Dive 1
A second dive at this busy ocean reef site with better visibility this morning and more grey shark action along the ocean drop off and current points. A large school of big-eyes jacks was weaving around makig spirals and figures of eights plus individual jacks were breaking off to be cleaned by bi-color wrasse, there was a school of medium-sized chevron barracudas, pretty starry dragonets buzzing around plus a candy-striped purple/white squat lobster in a featherstar and a white leaf fish.
Ocean Crossing
Crossed into North Ari atoll
Dive 2
Small thila but BIG ACTION with WHITE TIP SHARKS AND GREY SHARKS cruising the drop off plus a very friendly little EAGLE RAY which followed divers around. There were lots of schools of fish including crescent tail big-eyes, blue stripe snappers, neon fusiliers, big eye jacks and Forsters barracudas. We found a Notodoris gardineri nudi, a Susan's flatworm, a pink frilly scorpionfish and lots of other interesting critters.
Dive 3
A lovely current point at this famous thila site. Over the deep blocks were large schools of blue stripe snappers with grey sharks meandering through and white tip sharks resting in the sand. In the shallows was a dense school of bannerfish and so many fusiliers being chased by giant trevallies. There are lovely mature black coral trees full of silversides and cardinals plus reef fish and juvenile batfish. There was a turtle crash on the reef top as two turtles collided. Very entertaining!
Night Dive
Night dive with two of the most friendly MANTA RAYS as they fed on the plankton attracted by our lights
Day 3
Fabulous grey sharks show from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Colourful "FISH TANK" dive with bannerfish and pyramid butterflyfish at the current point plus white tip sharks, a school of longfin batfish, the radioactive pink anemone full of Clarke's anemonefish, a pair of Chromodoris geometrica nudis and colourful sponges whereever we looked.
Dive 2
Another famous thila and another great shark and fish show as we watched GREY SHARKS cruising the current point and dispersing bannerfish and mackerels. We toured the reef past more sharks plus a huge schools of bluestrip snappers which cover the southern plateau. We found the friendly hawksbill turtles and shopped to pap them
Dive 3
Yet more turtles at this little thila. There were also more mature black coral tress which were full of baitfish and juvenile cardinals with red groupers and rock cods lying in wait for unwary small fish. There were many bright blue magnificent anemones plus a jumping red scorpionfish. A squall blew in when we were diving making our return to Sea Spirit somewhat challenging.
Day 4
Amazingly close encounters with these beautiful manta rays from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There was only a small current at the wreck this morning so we could go where we pleased and look for critters hiding in all the nooks and crannies. We found a pair of large STONEFISH. One was covered in fluffy green algae. We found Tamja olivaria and Chromodoris glenei nudibranchs plus a variety of Phyllidia slugs. There was a pair of Indian mobula (M. eregoodootenkee) plus Sgt Majors and Indian bannerfish on the house reef.
We spent several hours searching up and down the ocean reef looking for whale sharks but were not successful today
Dive 2
An easy drift dive, hoping a whale shark might swim past. We did find a baby white tip shark, Maldives sponge snails, an Eagle ray, a large round ribbontail ray and finished the dive nearby the big coral block surrounded by oriental sweetlips, rudderfish, glassfish and bullseyes
Dive 3
This little thila was a riot of colour and fish life. A school of bluefin jacks had created a baitball from a school of fusiliers and watching the attacks was interesting. The reef has a forest of large black coral trees with penguin oysters, large sponge formations, long nose hawkfish etc. On the reef top we found 8 lionfish lurking in wait for unwary juvenile fish, a zebra moray out hunting, earmuff blennies, a devil scorpionfish and everything was covered in baitfish!
Evening Activity
Some guests visited the local village island
Day 5
Amazing reefscape and just so many fish! MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
An ocean-facing thila with a descent through a school of sleek surgeonfish and a hang amongst black and white snappers and longfin batfish. We saw a pair of white tip reef sharks plus a round ribbontail ray on the oceanside and two eagle rays on the leeside plus schools of silver and oriental sweetlips. There were several Amboin shrimps in a carpet anemone amongst lovely overhangs and canyons. We ended the dive hanging above the large poites corals and watching the fish show.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing between Ari and South Male' atolls
Dive 2
Bad visibility but JUST SO MANY FISH. Huge red, midnight and black and white snappers intermingled with big-eye jacks and a few white tips as we descended then orange and pink soft coral covered pinnacles and overhangs and a SLEEPING TAWNY NURSE SHARK. A pink whipray swam past. We saw two male white tip sharks chasing and nipping a female, in courtship and the coral blocks on top of the thils were surrounded by silver, harlequin and oriental sweetlips plus collared butterflyfish etc.
Dive 3
A nice critter dive to end the day! Chromodoris tritos nudis, pairs of banded coral shrimps, pink and green anemones with small transparent periclimenes shrimps, a giant moray being cleaned by a bicolor wrasse, Phidiana indica nudi and Pete the reindeer fish!
We watched the premiere of the trip video in the evening
Day 6
Diver with one of the friendly Maldives turtles
Dive 1
Easy drift on cean front of channels with a pair of MOBULA RAYS, large schools of fusiliers and giant trevallies and tunas, a yellow plus a pair of white leaf fishes, two very different honeycomb morays. Lovely nepthia soft coral covered blocks plus a huge blue Napoleon wrasse. A lovely last dive. The snorkellers found 4 MANTA RAYS IN THE LAGOON!
Travel back towards Male'. Afternoon visit to the capital and one guest departed to hotel. One guest departed to the airport for international flight to Asia.
Day 7
Huge blue napoleon wrasse in South Male' atoll from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Remaining guests transferred to airport for onward flights or transfers to resorts and hotels
Day 8
So many three spot damsels feeding. This is unusual behaviour! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Sea Queen SQ460B 21 Jun 2014 to 2 Jul 2014 Manta & Whaleshark Special (10 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from two flights with second one arriving mid afternoon so we arranged an early check dive for those that had arrived early.
Dive 1
Nice drift on sheltered ocean reef with several hawksbill and green turtles sighted. There was a big blue male Napoleon wrasse with his harem of females, a pair of porcelain crabs in s shorthaired anemone. Dense schools of variable lined and neon fusiliers swept past. The shallow coral blocks had tiny lemon gobies and orange trapezia crabs nestled inside
Day 1
View across to the ocean from MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
Another easy drift on an ocean reef corner. The coral blocks on a gentle slope to sand were full of reef fish: oriental and harlequin sweetlips, white spotted and brownmarbled groupers, crescent tail big eyes etc. We also saw hawksbill turtles, white tip sharks, bullseyes etc.
Dive 2
SUPERB MANTA SHOW AT ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE MANTA POINTS! Old favourite "Winifred" manta was ther with an entourage of up to 6 different mantas and we saw up to 13 during the hour. WOW! The show was non stop but we laughed at the garden eels and the razor wrasse between manta shows.
Dive 3
The wind had really picked up so we selected a very sheltered site for the afternoon dive and made a gentle drift on the ocean reef. We found a pair of honeycomb and giant morays, 7 spiny lobsters together, schools of 2-spot, midnight and blue stripe snappers and a small spotted box puffer. It was a very bouncy journey both ways on the dhoni!
Day 2
Beautiful manta ray at cleaning station coral block MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
Thila with beautiful soft corals and seafans harbouring so many fish. The pastel coloured NEPTHIA SOFT CORALS were all puffed up as were the white-polyped deep water seafans. Large schools of blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips intermingled. The overhangs had red soldierfish and schools of black and white snappers. Every now and then, large dogtooth tunas made raids on the neon fusiliers sending them scattering.
Dive 2
ANOTHER SUPERB MANTA SHOW, LUCKY US! This time it was "Mick" the manta who was putting on the show although Winisfred and entourage passed by a couple of times. He was being very friendly and enjoying the bubble baths. Superb fun!
Dive 3
The wind picked up again so we went for a sheltered site. This reef was full of honeycomb morays! We also saw a large grey/spotted eagle ray, pair of yellow trunkfish, bluestripe and yellow goatfish, unicornfish, turtles etc.
Day 3
Mick the manta ray kept us entertained today from MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH! AND SO MANY! A constant stream of 40+ large adult bumpheads kept streaming over the ocean corner! Surely they were swimming around in a circle, but we just kept seeing them coming over the shallow reef. They wee very flighty for such a big fish! Also Napoleons, round ribbontail rays chasing eachother, white tip sharks, lovely schools of collared butterflyfish and bannerfish and just very fishy in general
Dive 2
Easy wreck and reef site with lots of glassfish around the wheelhouse and being predated by several large lionfish skulking around. We found a lovely spotted yellow boxfish, overhangs hung with pretty white acabaria corals, a large mutant blackfoot anemonefish in her large puple magnificent anemone. Lovely!
Dive 3
Easy out-drift from channel to ocean. We had nice shows of white tips and eagle rays hanging out in the current and some grey sharks spied in the depths. One eagle ray soared overhead! There were lovely coral covered ledges near the corner full of small reef fish and anemones. We found a spearing mantis shrimp in its burrow and a green leaf fish. Vlamings surgeonfish accompanied our ascent.
Day 4
Bumphead parrotfish are rare in the Maldives. Lucky on Sea Queen to see so many
Dive 1
WOW WHAT A FISHY SHOW! GREY SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS CRUISED THE CURRENT POINT WHILST A LARGE SCHOOL OF MIXED FORSTER'S AND CHEVRON BARRACUDAS HUNG OUT INSIDE THE CHANNEL. We kept seeing sharks and eagle rays as we drifted in along the soft coral covered, very colourful, overhangs. We swam onto the reef top in search of the coral blocks covered in silver, oriental and harlequin sweetlips and so many collared butterflyfish. What a great site!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vaavu atoll
Dive 2
Small in-current and AROUND 30 JUVENILE GREY SHARKS huddling aroind the north corner of the channel and then 15 LARGE SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS in the middle of the channel! There was a dense school of big eye jacks plus fusiliers and long nose emperors making for a busy reef. The top reef had just about every reef fish imaginable. Lovely!
Dive 3
An easy channel drift passing sleeping white tip sharks on the channel bottom, a large honeycomb doing an impression of a cobra (!), several white mouthed morays along the reef slope, schools of goldspot emperors and even a manta fly-by!
Night Dive
Tonight we had an EXCEPTIONAL NUMBER OF LARGE NURSE SHARKS congregating so must have been a mating aggregation of 50+ animals. The sheer numbers of sharks were exciting the giant trevallies, black tip sharks and round ribbon tail rays so this was a night dive to emember!
Day 5
large ribbon tail ray resting from MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
Channel drift and on the corner we found a mangrove whipray, a round ribbontail ray being cleaned by small wrasses, another large honeycomb moray, schools of mignight snappers and goldspot emperors. On the reef slope we found Lysmata shrimps busy on client fish plus a pure white leaf fish and a couple of eagle ray fly pasts.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
Super pretty, silverside covered thila. There were so many silversides and juvenile cardinals and fusiliers that the whole reef top pulsated with fish. These baitfish were being chansed by blue-fin jacks and small bonito tunas. This is a great site and we found friendly turtles, large lionfish out hunting, and just so many groupers of different sizes and species.
Dive 3
Another great thila famous for it's friendly turtles and there were plenty of those on the reef top. There are also interesting overhangs with lovely seafans and purple juncella sea whips plus scorpionfish, table corals full of blue chromis and black and white humbug damsels and lovely deep purple magnifica anemones.
Nitrox the dhoni mascot discovered he liked Gin and Tonic. Not a positive move!
Day 6
Friendly hawksbill turtle from MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
Famous thila with huge schools of blue-stripe snappers and humpback snappers meandering amongst large overhangs and deep canyons between coral blocks. The current was strong enough to give a distinct current point and there were just so many fish hanging out there. Matt found two shortheaded anemone shrimps in a short-haired carpet anemone. Just a busy, beautiful reef!
Dive 2
We spent the morning surveying the reef for whale sharks but didn't get lucky and decided to go for a dive to see if they were just hanging out deeper. We didn't see ws but we did see white tip sharks, several eagle rays, a lovely block surrounded by sweetlips, rudderfish and glassfish and we enjoyed a really beautiful reef slope covered in delicate Acropora hard corals and so many orange anthias.
Dive 3
Large thila in Dhigurashu channel with long overhangs along the south side and a couple have collapsed to create some interesting canyons.There were many white tips on the eastern tip plus more than a few Napoleons. A large starry puffer seemed to have swallowed a lot of rocks and had a very extended abdomen and looked very funny.
Evening Activity
The guests visited the local island village. Meanwhile Nirox discovered the radio antennae and boinged up and down for a while and then found the bananas and made a bit of a mess!
Day 7
Diver Katrina with dense school of humpback snappers MV Sea Queen maldives
Dive 1
This wreck site attracts lots of interesting animals and today we found a sleepng TAWNY NURSE SHARK, a RIBBONTAIL RAY, a LEAF FISH, a TAMBJA OLIVARA nudibranch, a large STONEFISH plus all the regular longfin batfish, lionfish, jacks etc. It's always a good dive here!
Dive 2
Classic Maldives site where the shark action has been good of recent, and sure enough there were 3-4 large GREY SHARKS cruising the current point and several smaller grey sharks around the plateau where there is now an enormous school of blue stripe snappers. There were friendly hawksbill turtles, plus a large school of longfin batfish and bannerfish.
Dive 3
Pretty thila with superb blue and green finger sponge formations plus overhangs and coral blocks with fish-filled black corals. This is a great site to look for small stuff and find mantis shrimps, phyllidia slugs, starry gragonets, many different species of damsels amongst the table corals etc. The top is at 4-5m so nice to watch the anemones swaying in the gentle surge.
Night Dive
Outstanding night dive with up to 5 friendly manta rays at the back of SQ at anchorage
Day 8
Dense schools of blue stripe snappers and neon fusiliers on lovely reefs of the Maldives
Dive 1
We had a FUN SHARK SHOW at the current point with GREY SHARKS AND WHITE tips cruising past. One of the WTs was very small and just so cute! We also had Spot the friendly eagle ray come to check us out and hang with us as we watched the sharks. Today there seemed to be an exceptionally large school of crescent tailed big eyes just waiting around. Very nice!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll.
Dive 2
WOW A POD OF DOLPHINS SWAM PAST US UNDERWATER! This favourite site of ours also delivered sightings of EAGLE RAYS, WHITE TIP AND GREY SHARKS, crazy batfish in a giant school of about 200 whooshing over the reef edge up from the depths and then back down again (!?) and we just enjoyed the beautiful reef full of anthias, groupers, snappers, morays etc. We found a lovely peachy/silver leaf fish too.
Dive 3
Another dive at this special site and a different current delivering a different combinations of animals. This time there were large schools of big eye jacks and mackerels being pursued by large dogtooth tuna plus the same sharks cruising up and down. The sand bowl was full of spotted garden ells plus a large ribbon tail ray, several spearing mantis shrimps, orange spot gobies and an elegant squat lobster in a purple feather star.
Day 9
Cute eagle ray from MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
SHARKTASTIC OCEAN REEF DIVE WHERE WE HUNG ONTO THE SPUR AS THE CURRENT FLOWED PAST US AND HAS A CLOSE UP GREY REEF AND WHITE TIP SHARK EXPERIENCE PLUS EAGLE RAYS, RED SNAPPERS AND FIREWORK DISPLAYS OF BIG EYE JACKS. A 30 MINUTE HANG ON SESSION! We then had a drift along the thila just to enjoy the fish show. What a special way to finish. This is an amazing last dive.
Evening Activity
Travel back via ocean crossing towards Male'. It is now Ramadan and our favourite ice-cream restaurant remains shut during the day so we had a chilled out afternoon onboard Sea Queen. We watched the World Premiere of the trip video later in the evening.
Day 10
Shark reef today! Great shark sightings from MV Sea Queen
Guest Transfer
Guests to Airport for onward journeys back to Europe
Day 11
Nitrox the dhoni mascot finds the radio antennae MV Sea Queen
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from two flights with second one arriving mid afternoon so we arranged an early check dive for those that had arrived early.
Dive 1
Nice drift on sheltered ocean reef with several hawksbill and green turtles sighted. There was a big blue male Napoleon wrasse with his harem of females, a pair of porcelain crabs in s shorthaired anemone. Dense schools of variable lined and neon fusiliers swept past. The shallow coral blocks had tiny lemon gobies and orange trapezia crabs nestled inside
Day 1
View across to the ocean from MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
Another easy drift on an ocean reef corner. The coral blocks on a gentle slope to sand were full of reef fish: oriental and harlequin sweetlips, white spotted and brownmarbled groupers, crescent tail big eyes etc. We also saw hawksbill turtles, white tip sharks, bullseyes etc.
Dive 2
SUPERB MANTA SHOW AT ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE MANTA POINTS! Old favourite "Winifred" manta was ther with an entourage of up to 6 different mantas and we saw up to 13 during the hour. WOW! The show was non stop but we laughed at the garden eels and the razor wrasse between manta shows.
Dive 3
The wind had really picked up so we selected a very sheltered site for the afternoon dive and made a gentle drift on the ocean reef. We found a pair of honeycomb and giant morays, 7 spiny lobsters together, schools of 2-spot, midnight and blue stripe snappers and a small spotted box puffer. It was a very bouncy journey both ways on the dhoni!
Day 2
Beautiful manta ray at cleaning station coral block MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
Thila with beautiful soft corals and seafans harbouring so many fish. The pastel coloured NEPTHIA SOFT CORALS were all puffed up as were the white-polyped deep water seafans. Large schools of blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips intermingled. The overhangs had red soldierfish and schools of black and white snappers. Every now and then, large dogtooth tunas made raids on the neon fusiliers sending them scattering.
Dive 2
ANOTHER SUPERB MANTA SHOW, LUCKY US! This time it was "Mick" the manta who was putting on the show although Winisfred and entourage passed by a couple of times. He was being very friendly and enjoying the bubble baths. Superb fun!
Dive 3
The wind picked up again so we went for a sheltered site. This reef was full of honeycomb morays! We also saw a large grey/spotted eagle ray, pair of yellow trunkfish, bluestripe and yellow goatfish, unicornfish, turtles etc.
Day 3
Mick the manta ray kept us entertained today from MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH! AND SO MANY! A constant stream of 40+ large adult bumpheads kept streaming over the ocean corner! Surely they were swimming around in a circle, but we just kept seeing them coming over the shallow reef. They wee very flighty for such a big fish! Also Napoleons, round ribbontail rays chasing eachother, white tip sharks, lovely schools of collared butterflyfish and bannerfish and just very fishy in general
Dive 2
Easy wreck and reef site with lots of glassfish around the wheelhouse and being predated by several large lionfish skulking around. We found a lovely spotted yellow boxfish, overhangs hung with pretty white acabaria corals, a large mutant blackfoot anemonefish in her large puple magnificent anemone. Lovely!
Dive 3
Easy out-drift from channel to ocean. We had nice shows of white tips and eagle rays hanging out in the current and some grey sharks spied in the depths. One eagle ray soared overhead! There were lovely coral covered ledges near the corner full of small reef fish and anemones. We found a spearing mantis shrimp in its burrow and a green leaf fish. Vlamings surgeonfish accompanied our ascent.
Day 4
Bumphead parrotfish are rare in the Maldives. Lucky on Sea Queen to see so many
Dive 1
WOW WHAT A FISHY SHOW! GREY SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS CRUISED THE CURRENT POINT WHILST A LARGE SCHOOL OF MIXED FORSTER'S AND CHEVRON BARRACUDAS HUNG OUT INSIDE THE CHANNEL. We kept seeing sharks and eagle rays as we drifted in along the soft coral covered, very colourful, overhangs. We swam onto the reef top in search of the coral blocks covered in silver, oriental and harlequin sweetlips and so many collared butterflyfish. What a great site!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vaavu atoll
Dive 2
Small in-current and AROUND 30 JUVENILE GREY SHARKS huddling aroind the north corner of the channel and then 15 LARGE SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS in the middle of the channel! There was a dense school of big eye jacks plus fusiliers and long nose emperors making for a busy reef. The top reef had just about every reef fish imaginable. Lovely!
Dive 3
An easy channel drift passing sleeping white tip sharks on the channel bottom, a large honeycomb doing an impression of a cobra (!), several white mouthed morays along the reef slope, schools of goldspot emperors and even a manta fly-by!
Night Dive
Tonight we had an EXCEPTIONAL NUMBER OF LARGE NURSE SHARKS congregating so must have been a mating aggregation of 50+ animals. The sheer numbers of sharks were exciting the giant trevallies, black tip sharks and round ribbon tail rays so this was a night dive to emember!
Day 5
large ribbon tail ray resting from MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
Channel drift and on the corner we found a mangrove whipray, a round ribbontail ray being cleaned by small wrasses, another large honeycomb moray, schools of mignight snappers and goldspot emperors. On the reef slope we found Lysmata shrimps busy on client fish plus a pure white leaf fish and a couple of eagle ray fly pasts.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
Super pretty, silverside covered thila. There were so many silversides and juvenile cardinals and fusiliers that the whole reef top pulsated with fish. These baitfish were being chansed by blue-fin jacks and small bonito tunas. This is a great site and we found friendly turtles, large lionfish out hunting, and just so many groupers of different sizes and species.
Dive 3
Another great thila famous for it's friendly turtles and there were plenty of those on the reef top. There are also interesting overhangs with lovely seafans and purple juncella sea whips plus scorpionfish, table corals full of blue chromis and black and white humbug damsels and lovely deep purple magnifica anemones.
Nitrox the dhoni mascot discovered he liked Gin and Tonic. Not a positive move!
Day 6
Friendly hawksbill turtle from MV Sea Queen Maldives
Dive 1
Famous thila with huge schools of blue-stripe snappers and humpback snappers meandering amongst large overhangs and deep canyons between coral blocks. The current was strong enough to give a distinct current point and there were just so many fish hanging out there. Matt found two shortheaded anemone shrimps in a short-haired carpet anemone. Just a busy, beautiful reef!
Dive 2
We spent the morning surveying the reef for whale sharks but didn't get lucky and decided to go for a dive to see if they were just hanging out deeper. We didn't see ws but we did see white tip sharks, several eagle rays, a lovely block surrounded by sweetlips, rudderfish and glassfish and we enjoyed a really beautiful reef slope covered in delicate Acropora hard corals and so many orange anthias.
Dive 3
Large thila in Dhigurashu channel with long overhangs along the south side and a couple have collapsed to create some interesting canyons.There were many white tips on the eastern tip plus more than a few Napoleons. A large starry puffer seemed to have swallowed a lot of rocks and had a very extended abdomen and looked very funny.
Evening Activity
The guests visited the local island village. Meanwhile Nirox discovered the radio antennae and boinged up and down for a while and then found the bananas and made a bit of a mess!
Day 7
Diver Katrina with dense school of humpback snappers MV Sea Queen maldives
Dive 1
This wreck site attracts lots of interesting animals and today we found a sleepng TAWNY NURSE SHARK, a RIBBONTAIL RAY, a LEAF FISH, a TAMBJA OLIVARA nudibranch, a large STONEFISH plus all the regular longfin batfish, lionfish, jacks etc. It's always a good dive here!
Dive 2
Classic Maldives site where the shark action has been good of recent, and sure enough there were 3-4 large GREY SHARKS cruising the current point and several smaller grey sharks around the plateau where there is now an enormous school of blue stripe snappers. There were friendly hawksbill turtles, plus a large school of longfin batfish and bannerfish.
Dive 3
Pretty thila with superb blue and green finger sponge formations plus overhangs and coral blocks with fish-filled black corals. This is a great site to look for small stuff and find mantis shrimps, phyllidia slugs, starry gragonets, many different species of damsels amongst the table corals etc. The top is at 4-5m so nice to watch the anemones swaying in the gentle surge.
Night Dive
Outstanding night dive with up to 5 friendly manta rays at the back of SQ at anchorage
Day 8
Dense schools of blue stripe snappers and neon fusiliers on lovely reefs of the Maldives
Dive 1
We had a FUN SHARK SHOW at the current point with GREY SHARKS AND WHITE tips cruising past. One of the WTs was very small and just so cute! We also had Spot the friendly eagle ray come to check us out and hang with us as we watched the sharks. Today there seemed to be an exceptionally large school of crescent tailed big eyes just waiting around. Very nice!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll.
Dive 2
WOW A POD OF DOLPHINS SWAM PAST US UNDERWATER! This favourite site of ours also delivered sightings of EAGLE RAYS, WHITE TIP AND GREY SHARKS, crazy batfish in a giant school of about 200 whooshing over the reef edge up from the depths and then back down again (!?) and we just enjoyed the beautiful reef full of anthias, groupers, snappers, morays etc. We found a lovely peachy/silver leaf fish too.
Dive 3
Another dive at this special site and a different current delivering a different combinations of animals. This time there were large schools of big eye jacks and mackerels being pursued by large dogtooth tuna plus the same sharks cruising up and down. The sand bowl was full of spotted garden ells plus a large ribbon tail ray, several spearing mantis shrimps, orange spot gobies and an elegant squat lobster in a purple feather star.
Day 9
Cute eagle ray from MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
SHARKTASTIC OCEAN REEF DIVE WHERE WE HUNG ONTO THE SPUR AS THE CURRENT FLOWED PAST US AND HAS A CLOSE UP GREY REEF AND WHITE TIP SHARK EXPERIENCE PLUS EAGLE RAYS, RED SNAPPERS AND FIREWORK DISPLAYS OF BIG EYE JACKS. A 30 MINUTE HANG ON SESSION! We then had a drift along the thila just to enjoy the fish show. What a special way to finish. This is an amazing last dive.
Evening Activity
Travel back via ocean crossing towards Male'. It is now Ramadan and our favourite ice-cream restaurant remains shut during the day so we had a chilled out afternoon onboard Sea Queen. We watched the World Premiere of the trip video later in the evening.
Day 10
Shark reef today! Great shark sightings from MV Sea Queen
Guest Transfer
Guests to Airport for onward journeys back to Europe
Day 11
Nitrox the dhoni mascot finds the radio antennae MV Sea Queen
Sea Queen SQ460A 15 Jun 2014 to 22 Jun 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
The divers all arrived on the early Emirates flight so we made an early departure and motored towards Rasdhoo atoll, North Ari
Dive 1
Easy check dive on wall site with schools of fusiliers 9 yellowback, neon etc.) streaming past, schools of Indian bannerfish, an octopus, a titan triggerfish resting on the reef at an awkward angle whilst being cleaned, micro gobies on spiral whip corals, many guineafowl puffers, bluestripe snappers, a tiny juvenile bi-color parrotfish etc.
Day 1
Scuba Divers enjoying the sea in the Maldives off MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
This is a favourite site as there is always so much going on and this morning we had GREY SHARKS cruising the drop-off, white tip sharks along the reef edge, a school of large chevron barracudas plus many big eye jacks hanging in the water column, several solo eagle rays and the sand bowl with many spotted garden eels and a couple of spearing mantis shrimps peering out of their nests.
Dive 2
THE GREY SHARKS WERE HANGING OUT AT THE CURRENT POINT GIVING US QUITE A SHOW and a couple came to investigate divers giving us a close "haircut"! There were more eagle rays plus some enormous dogtooth tunas. We had a chance to look for little things and found two white leaf fish, a pair of Lysmata shrimps busily working on a spotted coral grouper, many longfin batfish, plus a Napoleon and a large brown marbled grouper.
Dive 3
GREY SHARKS AGAIN! These were cruising the current point over the deep blocks. We saw "Sandwich" the resident eagle ray, a nervous octopus, a stonefish and several white tip sharks cruising about including a weeny newborn
Dive 4
There was a beautiful manta ray feeding behind Sea Queen at anchorage and everyone made a dive to watch her somersaulting and making fast passes. Such an elegant creature!
Day 2
Grey Shark in the Maldives
Dive 1
Great current point show with just so many fish! The tunas were chasing fusiliers and making the dense schools "EXPLODE" as they scatterred to escape. There were several grey sharks and white tip sharks cruising the reef edge plus the friendly eagle ray called "Spot". Nice schools of crescent tail big-eyes, goldspot emperors, blue stripe snappers etc and a pink frilly scorpionfish
Dive 2
Stunning BLUE SOFT CORAL HUNG overhangs with orange and pink soft corals on every other surface. There were white tip sharks sleeping in the sand and several giant barracudas plus some grey sharks circling around off the reef. There is lovely hard coral on the reef edge with groups of oriental and harlequin sweetlips and everywhere was buzzing with orange anthias. The current had picked up by the end and we were "water skiing" on our SMBs by the end!
Dive 3
Pretty soft coral and seafans covered little wreck full of small groupers plus wrasses, anthias and anemonefish. Shrimp cleaning stations occupie by banded coral shrimps and Bruuni shrimps tending to client fish, Schultz pipefish, a giant brown marbled grouper hiding behind an inaapropriately small seafan(!), a tiny juvenile razor wrasse wafting around on the sand like a little leaf and several black barred gobies with their postol shrimps attending to their burrows. The top of the thila was covered with green magnificent anemones. A good macro dive
Night Dive
A couple of manta rays flitted in and out throughout the evening and we made a dive to watch them somersaulting whilst feeding. Lovely.
Day 3
"Spot" the Eagle ray in the Maldives
Dive 1
FISHORAMA! So many fusiliers being hunted by schools of blue fin and giant trevally. There were also schools of banner fish and surgeons making the current facing side very busy with fish. There were several grey sharks and white tip sharks cruising about, maybe keeping watch on the largest schools of blue stripe snappers ever seen at this site. We found THREE HAWKS-BILL TURTLES TOGETHER ON THE REEF TOP and they were very accommodating for the photographers.
Dive 2
We went looking for mantas but did not get lucky! We did see Orzak's and Susan's flatworms, feisty jewelled damsel fish protecting their algae gardens, phyllidias in green and yellow/black/white colour types, sand gobies and a lovely orange, furry-legged large hermit crab: Dardanus megistos
Dive 3
Shallow thila site with large black coral trees and overhangs. The stars were the 3 hawksbill turtles but we found a large ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH, an octopus out hunting, table corals full of juvenile chromis and the whole reef was covered in small baitfish attracting bonitos and bluefin jacks
Daytime Excursion
Guests went ashore to visit a local island
Day 4
FISHORAMA onboard MV Sea Queen in the Maldives
Dive 1
SO MANY FISH! Classic Maldives thila with lovely schools of bluestripe and humpback snappers meandering through overhangs and canyons with large seafans and colourful seawhips. There was a nice octopus, large bownmarbled groupers, a shortheaded shrimp in a carpet anemone, turtles, white tip sharks and giant trevallies.
Dive 2
Easy drift along ocean reef whilst looking for whale sharks. We saw an eagle ray, hawksbill turtle, nice schools of yellow snappers, rudderfish and oriental sweetlips
Snorkelling
OUR LUNCH WAS DISTURBED BY THE SIGHTING OF A WHALESHARK CRUISING THE SHALLOWS. WE SNORKELLED WITH THE 5m LONG MALE WHALESHARK WHO SEEMED QUITE UNPERTURBED BY HIS ENTOURAGE AND GAVE US SOME GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES!
Dive 3
Drift dive along reef with interesting topography and lots of nice animals: Maldives sponge snail, a juvenile oriental sweetlips, Maldives and Bruuni cleaner shrimps in glassfish filled caves, white spotted groupers, Napoleons, large tunas etc.
Day 5
Close up of a WhaleShark in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
Ocean facing thila with big schools of red snappers, sleek surgeonfish and neon fusiliers in the shallows. Along the western side are overhangs with black coral trees and good seafans. We found a bearded scorpionfish, longnose and pixie hawkfish and many reef fish including a school of big-lipped silver sweetlips. The coral blocks on top are full of small fish like ear-muff blennies and Elspeth found a TAWNY NURSE SHARK under one of the blocks
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' Atoll. We were accompanied by a pod of 30-40 INDO-PACIFIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS
Dive 2
We waited patiently for mantas but another no show. We found a juvenile razor wrasse, lovely purple and green magnifica anemones with blackfoot clownfish and the nearby reef had excellent hard corals and schools of two spot snappers etc.
Dive 3
Exciting drift dive as we were blasted out of the channel in a strong current whizzing through shallow overhangs. It was a little bit more settled on the outside where we could stop and look amongst the coral blocks. We found a pair of leaf fish, one white and the other cream coloured, giant and yellowmargin morays and a few white tip sharks buzzing past. the currents were mixing on the outside with cold and warm water being blown around.
Day 6
Dive 1
Final dive on pink soft coral covered thila with large pinnacles along the north side surrounded by sweetlips, jacks, black & white snappers and all sorts of reef fish and jacks. We saw pairs of, and single eagle rays hanging in the current and white tip sharks scooted about. We ended the dive amongst the shallow coral blocks covered in soldierfish, collared butterflyfish and sweetlips. A very fishy finish.
Daytime Excursion
After the dive, we saw a couple of manta rays feeding in the lagoon nearby Sea Queen but we were moving a bit too fast to make snorkelling with them worthwhile. We then travelled back across South Male atoll towards Male' city and anchorage. During the afternoon we made a visit to Male' for sightseeing, shopping and an ice-cream.
Evening Activity
Evening World Premiere of Matt's Trip Video
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Guests departed to the airport for their international flights back to Europe.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
The divers all arrived on the early Emirates flight so we made an early departure and motored towards Rasdhoo atoll, North Ari
Dive 1
Easy check dive on wall site with schools of fusiliers 9 yellowback, neon etc.) streaming past, schools of Indian bannerfish, an octopus, a titan triggerfish resting on the reef at an awkward angle whilst being cleaned, micro gobies on spiral whip corals, many guineafowl puffers, bluestripe snappers, a tiny juvenile bi-color parrotfish etc.
Day 1
Scuba Divers enjoying the sea in the Maldives off MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
This is a favourite site as there is always so much going on and this morning we had GREY SHARKS cruising the drop-off, white tip sharks along the reef edge, a school of large chevron barracudas plus many big eye jacks hanging in the water column, several solo eagle rays and the sand bowl with many spotted garden eels and a couple of spearing mantis shrimps peering out of their nests.
Dive 2
THE GREY SHARKS WERE HANGING OUT AT THE CURRENT POINT GIVING US QUITE A SHOW and a couple came to investigate divers giving us a close "haircut"! There were more eagle rays plus some enormous dogtooth tunas. We had a chance to look for little things and found two white leaf fish, a pair of Lysmata shrimps busily working on a spotted coral grouper, many longfin batfish, plus a Napoleon and a large brown marbled grouper.
Dive 3
GREY SHARKS AGAIN! These were cruising the current point over the deep blocks. We saw "Sandwich" the resident eagle ray, a nervous octopus, a stonefish and several white tip sharks cruising about including a weeny newborn
Dive 4
There was a beautiful manta ray feeding behind Sea Queen at anchorage and everyone made a dive to watch her somersaulting and making fast passes. Such an elegant creature!
Day 2
Grey Shark in the Maldives
Dive 1
Great current point show with just so many fish! The tunas were chasing fusiliers and making the dense schools "EXPLODE" as they scatterred to escape. There were several grey sharks and white tip sharks cruising the reef edge plus the friendly eagle ray called "Spot". Nice schools of crescent tail big-eyes, goldspot emperors, blue stripe snappers etc and a pink frilly scorpionfish
Dive 2
Stunning BLUE SOFT CORAL HUNG overhangs with orange and pink soft corals on every other surface. There were white tip sharks sleeping in the sand and several giant barracudas plus some grey sharks circling around off the reef. There is lovely hard coral on the reef edge with groups of oriental and harlequin sweetlips and everywhere was buzzing with orange anthias. The current had picked up by the end and we were "water skiing" on our SMBs by the end!
Dive 3
Pretty soft coral and seafans covered little wreck full of small groupers plus wrasses, anthias and anemonefish. Shrimp cleaning stations occupie by banded coral shrimps and Bruuni shrimps tending to client fish, Schultz pipefish, a giant brown marbled grouper hiding behind an inaapropriately small seafan(!), a tiny juvenile razor wrasse wafting around on the sand like a little leaf and several black barred gobies with their postol shrimps attending to their burrows. The top of the thila was covered with green magnificent anemones. A good macro dive
Night Dive
A couple of manta rays flitted in and out throughout the evening and we made a dive to watch them somersaulting whilst feeding. Lovely.
Day 3
"Spot" the Eagle ray in the Maldives
Dive 1
FISHORAMA! So many fusiliers being hunted by schools of blue fin and giant trevally. There were also schools of banner fish and surgeons making the current facing side very busy with fish. There were several grey sharks and white tip sharks cruising about, maybe keeping watch on the largest schools of blue stripe snappers ever seen at this site. We found THREE HAWKS-BILL TURTLES TOGETHER ON THE REEF TOP and they were very accommodating for the photographers.
Dive 2
We went looking for mantas but did not get lucky! We did see Orzak's and Susan's flatworms, feisty jewelled damsel fish protecting their algae gardens, phyllidias in green and yellow/black/white colour types, sand gobies and a lovely orange, furry-legged large hermit crab: Dardanus megistos
Dive 3
Shallow thila site with large black coral trees and overhangs. The stars were the 3 hawksbill turtles but we found a large ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH, an octopus out hunting, table corals full of juvenile chromis and the whole reef was covered in small baitfish attracting bonitos and bluefin jacks
Daytime Excursion
Guests went ashore to visit a local island
Day 4
FISHORAMA onboard MV Sea Queen in the Maldives
Dive 1
SO MANY FISH! Classic Maldives thila with lovely schools of bluestripe and humpback snappers meandering through overhangs and canyons with large seafans and colourful seawhips. There was a nice octopus, large bownmarbled groupers, a shortheaded shrimp in a carpet anemone, turtles, white tip sharks and giant trevallies.
Dive 2
Easy drift along ocean reef whilst looking for whale sharks. We saw an eagle ray, hawksbill turtle, nice schools of yellow snappers, rudderfish and oriental sweetlips
Snorkelling
OUR LUNCH WAS DISTURBED BY THE SIGHTING OF A WHALESHARK CRUISING THE SHALLOWS. WE SNORKELLED WITH THE 5m LONG MALE WHALESHARK WHO SEEMED QUITE UNPERTURBED BY HIS ENTOURAGE AND GAVE US SOME GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES!
Dive 3
Drift dive along reef with interesting topography and lots of nice animals: Maldives sponge snail, a juvenile oriental sweetlips, Maldives and Bruuni cleaner shrimps in glassfish filled caves, white spotted groupers, Napoleons, large tunas etc.
Day 5
Close up of a WhaleShark in the Maldives on MV Sea Queen
Dive 1
Ocean facing thila with big schools of red snappers, sleek surgeonfish and neon fusiliers in the shallows. Along the western side are overhangs with black coral trees and good seafans. We found a bearded scorpionfish, longnose and pixie hawkfish and many reef fish including a school of big-lipped silver sweetlips. The coral blocks on top are full of small fish like ear-muff blennies and Elspeth found a TAWNY NURSE SHARK under one of the blocks
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' Atoll. We were accompanied by a pod of 30-40 INDO-PACIFIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS
Dive 2
We waited patiently for mantas but another no show. We found a juvenile razor wrasse, lovely purple and green magnifica anemones with blackfoot clownfish and the nearby reef had excellent hard corals and schools of two spot snappers etc.
Dive 3
Exciting drift dive as we were blasted out of the channel in a strong current whizzing through shallow overhangs. It was a little bit more settled on the outside where we could stop and look amongst the coral blocks. We found a pair of leaf fish, one white and the other cream coloured, giant and yellowmargin morays and a few white tip sharks buzzing past. the currents were mixing on the outside with cold and warm water being blown around.
Day 6
Dive 1
Final dive on pink soft coral covered thila with large pinnacles along the north side surrounded by sweetlips, jacks, black & white snappers and all sorts of reef fish and jacks. We saw pairs of, and single eagle rays hanging in the current and white tip sharks scooted about. We ended the dive amongst the shallow coral blocks covered in soldierfish, collared butterflyfish and sweetlips. A very fishy finish.
Daytime Excursion
After the dive, we saw a couple of manta rays feeding in the lagoon nearby Sea Queen but we were moving a bit too fast to make snorkelling with them worthwhile. We then travelled back across South Male atoll towards Male' city and anchorage. During the afternoon we made a visit to Male' for sightseeing, shopping and an ice-cream.
Evening Activity
Evening World Premiere of Matt's Trip Video
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Guests departed to the airport for their international flights back to Europe.
Day 8
Sea Queen SQ459 1 Jun 2014 to 11 Jun 2014 Manta & Whaleshark Special (10 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer to Sea Queen from international flights and resorts.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 1
A late dive along steep wall covered with hard corals, guineafowl pufferfish, free-swimming morays, A WHITE TIP SHARK. A good check dive.
Day 1
Dive 1
AN EAGLE RAY drifted beneath us as we descended on the outside reef. Red snapper up in the current, A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS cruising around, a large napoleon wrasse surround by WHITE TIP SHARKS enjoying the current. Big school of bigeye jacks and another EAGLE RAY appeared.
Dive 2
A GREY SHARK passed us on descent, oriental sweetlips on top the reef, WHITE TIP SHARKS, longfin batfish following us along the reef, spearing mantis shrimp, napoleon wrasse hanging in the current.
Dive 3
A great dive on return to the reef. 6 GREY SHARKS parading up and down very close in front of us. We hooked in and spent most of the dive with them. Mostly females with lots of mating scars! Big schools of red snapper, midnight snapper and fusiliers dashing around in the current. Dogtooth tuna, WHITE TIP SHARKS and lots of batfish with us on our safety stop.
Day 2
Dive 1
A fantastic dive to start the day! 5 GREY SHARKS cruising around, a large one as vertical in the water being cleaned! 3 EAGLE RAYS, snapper, fusiliers and hunting tuna all out in the current. Napoleon wrasse, spearing mantis shrimps, batfish and a big shool of chevron barracuda. It was a very hard to leave this site!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
A fishy little thila. A TINY EAGLE RAY drifting around the top, 2 GREY SHARKS down deep, curious BABY WHITE TIP SHARKS, scorpionfish, anemones and table corals covered with chromis.
Dive 3
GREY SHARKS around the cleaning block parading around in the current. WHITETIP SHARKS on the thila and a small EAGLE RAY feeding. Amboin cleaner shrimps, a hawksbill turtle sleeping under a coral block on top and a nosey octopus sat on a rock changing colour which we watched until the end of the dive.
Night Dive
WIGGLE THE FEMALE MANTA turned up at the back of the boat to feed! Guests had an amazing dive with her, she was zooming up and down between us. A real priviledge to have this very special experience.
Day 3
Dive 1
2 round ribbontail rays as we descended onto this long thila. Groups of oriental sweetlips and snapper around porites blocks, GREY SHARKS parading around with WHITE TIP SHARKS, some resting on the reef. Many morays, tuna hunting across the top between fusiliers. Lovely indian bannerfish.
Dive 2
A very pretty thila covered with blue and green finger sponges and orange antheas. Nice hard corals, anemones everywhere, A ZEBRA MORAY, banded boxershrimp, napoleon wrasse.
Dive 3
A great little wreck dive with thila. Lovely visibility, a coral garden all over the wreck, fab hard and soft corals. Peacock mantish shrimp, blue-fin jacks, lionfish. Blue-finger sponges around the thila, the top covered with all types of anemones swaying in the current!
Night Dive
ANOTHER GREAT MANTA DIVE WITH A HUNGRY MALE barrel rolling infront of us and skimming along the sand between us. Very lucky guests!
Day 4
Dive 1
WHAT A GREAT DIVE! AT LEAST 12 GREY SHARKS cruising around, coming very close. Schooling bannerfish, tons of blue-stripe snapper on the current point - like a yellow carpet. A juvenile yellow boxfish, a hawksbill turtle busy eating on top the thila, fusiliers dashing around with blue-fin jacks. It was hard to leave!
Dive 2
Nice coral reef and sand bowls with balls of silversides. Midnight snapper being cleaned but no luck with Mantas today. A octopus, green chromis bobbing around and parrotfish everywhere.
Dive 3
A small thila covered in fish! Silversides covering the top with tuna hunting between them, schooling bannerfish, juvenile yellow boxfish, peacock mantish shrimps scuttling around, heaps of lionfish, a GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH.
Day 5
Dive 1
A great wreck covered in life. Stone fish, spearing mantis shrimp in the sand below, pipefish on the deck, A WHITE LEAF FISH, blue-fin jacks, batfish and silversides. Forsters barracuda on the reef, WHITE TIP SHARK on top the reef.
Snorkelling
2 SEPARATE WHALE SHARKS spotted so we jumped in for a snorkel, the first one very brief before it dived but we swam along with the second for a while!
Dive 2
A steep reef wall with blue-stripe snapper cascading over the top, white-mouth morays and undulated morays, a lobster AND THEN A WHALE SHARK APPEARED COMING TOWARDS US! Amazing, it swam overhead and we all finned like mad to keep up along side. Very happy guests!
Dive 3
Schools of silversides covering this small thila. Hawksbill turtles eating disc anemones, caves and overhangs with gorgonian fans and sea whips, a wall of neon fusiliers surrounding us on top of the thila, very beautiful.
Day 6
Dive 1
Hundreds of blue-stripe snappers all around this thila, humpback snapper groups also. Pretty swim-throughs and overhangs with soft corals, gorgonia fans and soldierfish. A hawksbill turtle busy eating, A MANTA FLY-BY for a couple of guests! Yellowback fusiliers, mackeral and surgeonfish out in the slight current. Fish soup!
Dive 2
Hundreds of blue-stripe snappers all around this thila, humpback snapper groups also. Pretty swim-throughs and overhangs with soft corals, gorgonia fans and soldierfish. A hawksbill turtle busy eating, A MANTA FLY-BY for a couple of guests! Yellowback fusiliers, mackeral and surgeonfish out in the slight current. Fish soup!
Dive 3
A long thila covered in blue finger sponges, fusiliers and surgeonfish on the current point, a juvenile emporer angelfish, goldspot emporers, table corals on top with green chromis.
Day 7
Dive 1
Fish soup around the pinnacles of this long thila. 4 EAGLE RAYS gliding around together, all different colours. Huge school of red snapper and surgeonfish on the current point, a lobster in a hole, devil scorpionfish, oriental sweetlips around porites blocks on top, covered in neon fusiliers.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
A steep reef wall drift covered with orange antheas, caves and overhangs all the way along, 4 EAGLE RAYS TOGETHER, red snapper in the current and napoleon wrasse.
Dive 3
Sandy visibility as we drifted out of the channel over coral gardens. A monster tuna kept appearing next to us! Fusiliers and snapper flitting around in the current.
Night Dive
LOTS OF ACTION WITH MANY NURSE SHARKS OF ALL SIZES, SOME WERE HUGE! Rather spooky looking up and seeing nurse sharks parading around above us in the darkness. Round ribbontail rays and BLACK TIP SHARKS zooming around in the shallows.
Day 8
Dive 1
A steep reef wall with caves and overhangs. A lone barracuda, morays, lionfish and 2 MANTA FLY-BYS!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
Honeycombe morays along the outside reef, peacock mantis shrimp, hawksbill turtle, marten's side-gilled slug, WHITE TIPS SHARKS near the channel front, napoleons and 4 LEAF FISH, 3 white and 1 purple.
Dive 3
A slow drift along the reef, honeycombe moray, banded boxershrimps, fusiliers, blue-stripe snapper groups.
Day 9
Dive 1
A good wreck and reef combo. Very fishy on the wreck, glassfish and sweepers, peacock mantis shrimp, a small bartail moray, moorish idols, schultz pipefish, lionfish.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Daytime Excursion
A trip to male for shopping and a visit to the ice-cream parlour.
Day 10
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer from Sea Queen to onward international flights and resorts
Day 11
 
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer to Sea Queen from international flights and resorts.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 1
A late dive along steep wall covered with hard corals, guineafowl pufferfish, free-swimming morays, A WHITE TIP SHARK. A good check dive.
Day 1
Dive 1
AN EAGLE RAY drifted beneath us as we descended on the outside reef. Red snapper up in the current, A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS cruising around, a large napoleon wrasse surround by WHITE TIP SHARKS enjoying the current. Big school of bigeye jacks and another EAGLE RAY appeared.
Dive 2
A GREY SHARK passed us on descent, oriental sweetlips on top the reef, WHITE TIP SHARKS, longfin batfish following us along the reef, spearing mantis shrimp, napoleon wrasse hanging in the current.
Dive 3
A great dive on return to the reef. 6 GREY SHARKS parading up and down very close in front of us. We hooked in and spent most of the dive with them. Mostly females with lots of mating scars! Big schools of red snapper, midnight snapper and fusiliers dashing around in the current. Dogtooth tuna, WHITE TIP SHARKS and lots of batfish with us on our safety stop.
Day 2
Dive 1
A fantastic dive to start the day! 5 GREY SHARKS cruising around, a large one as vertical in the water being cleaned! 3 EAGLE RAYS, snapper, fusiliers and hunting tuna all out in the current. Napoleon wrasse, spearing mantis shrimps, batfish and a big shool of chevron barracuda. It was a very hard to leave this site!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
A fishy little thila. A TINY EAGLE RAY drifting around the top, 2 GREY SHARKS down deep, curious BABY WHITE TIP SHARKS, scorpionfish, anemones and table corals covered with chromis.
Dive 3
GREY SHARKS around the cleaning block parading around in the current. WHITETIP SHARKS on the thila and a small EAGLE RAY feeding. Amboin cleaner shrimps, a hawksbill turtle sleeping under a coral block on top and a nosey octopus sat on a rock changing colour which we watched until the end of the dive.
Night Dive
WIGGLE THE FEMALE MANTA turned up at the back of the boat to feed! Guests had an amazing dive with her, she was zooming up and down between us. A real priviledge to have this very special experience.
Day 3
Dive 1
2 round ribbontail rays as we descended onto this long thila. Groups of oriental sweetlips and snapper around porites blocks, GREY SHARKS parading around with WHITE TIP SHARKS, some resting on the reef. Many morays, tuna hunting across the top between fusiliers. Lovely indian bannerfish.
Dive 2
A very pretty thila covered with blue and green finger sponges and orange antheas. Nice hard corals, anemones everywhere, A ZEBRA MORAY, banded boxershrimp, napoleon wrasse.
Dive 3
A great little wreck dive with thila. Lovely visibility, a coral garden all over the wreck, fab hard and soft corals. Peacock mantish shrimp, blue-fin jacks, lionfish. Blue-finger sponges around the thila, the top covered with all types of anemones swaying in the current!
Night Dive
ANOTHER GREAT MANTA DIVE WITH A HUNGRY MALE barrel rolling infront of us and skimming along the sand between us. Very lucky guests!
Day 4
Dive 1
WHAT A GREAT DIVE! AT LEAST 12 GREY SHARKS cruising around, coming very close. Schooling bannerfish, tons of blue-stripe snapper on the current point - like a yellow carpet. A juvenile yellow boxfish, a hawksbill turtle busy eating on top the thila, fusiliers dashing around with blue-fin jacks. It was hard to leave!
Dive 2
Nice coral reef and sand bowls with balls of silversides. Midnight snapper being cleaned but no luck with Mantas today. A octopus, green chromis bobbing around and parrotfish everywhere.
Dive 3
A small thila covered in fish! Silversides covering the top with tuna hunting between them, schooling bannerfish, juvenile yellow boxfish, peacock mantish shrimps scuttling around, heaps of lionfish, a GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH.
Day 5
Dive 1
A great wreck covered in life. Stone fish, spearing mantis shrimp in the sand below, pipefish on the deck, A WHITE LEAF FISH, blue-fin jacks, batfish and silversides. Forsters barracuda on the reef, WHITE TIP SHARK on top the reef.
Snorkelling
2 SEPARATE WHALE SHARKS spotted so we jumped in for a snorkel, the first one very brief before it dived but we swam along with the second for a while!
Dive 2
A steep reef wall with blue-stripe snapper cascading over the top, white-mouth morays and undulated morays, a lobster AND THEN A WHALE SHARK APPEARED COMING TOWARDS US! Amazing, it swam overhead and we all finned like mad to keep up along side. Very happy guests!
Dive 3
Schools of silversides covering this small thila. Hawksbill turtles eating disc anemones, caves and overhangs with gorgonian fans and sea whips, a wall of neon fusiliers surrounding us on top of the thila, very beautiful.
Day 6
Dive 1
Hundreds of blue-stripe snappers all around this thila, humpback snapper groups also. Pretty swim-throughs and overhangs with soft corals, gorgonia fans and soldierfish. A hawksbill turtle busy eating, A MANTA FLY-BY for a couple of guests! Yellowback fusiliers, mackeral and surgeonfish out in the slight current. Fish soup!
Dive 2
Hundreds of blue-stripe snappers all around this thila, humpback snapper groups also. Pretty swim-throughs and overhangs with soft corals, gorgonia fans and soldierfish. A hawksbill turtle busy eating, A MANTA FLY-BY for a couple of guests! Yellowback fusiliers, mackeral and surgeonfish out in the slight current. Fish soup!
Dive 3
A long thila covered in blue finger sponges, fusiliers and surgeonfish on the current point, a juvenile emporer angelfish, goldspot emporers, table corals on top with green chromis.
Day 7
Dive 1
Fish soup around the pinnacles of this long thila. 4 EAGLE RAYS gliding around together, all different colours. Huge school of red snapper and surgeonfish on the current point, a lobster in a hole, devil scorpionfish, oriental sweetlips around porites blocks on top, covered in neon fusiliers.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
A steep reef wall drift covered with orange antheas, caves and overhangs all the way along, 4 EAGLE RAYS TOGETHER, red snapper in the current and napoleon wrasse.
Dive 3
Sandy visibility as we drifted out of the channel over coral gardens. A monster tuna kept appearing next to us! Fusiliers and snapper flitting around in the current.
Night Dive
LOTS OF ACTION WITH MANY NURSE SHARKS OF ALL SIZES, SOME WERE HUGE! Rather spooky looking up and seeing nurse sharks parading around above us in the darkness. Round ribbontail rays and BLACK TIP SHARKS zooming around in the shallows.
Day 8
Dive 1
A steep reef wall with caves and overhangs. A lone barracuda, morays, lionfish and 2 MANTA FLY-BYS!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
Honeycombe morays along the outside reef, peacock mantis shrimp, hawksbill turtle, marten's side-gilled slug, WHITE TIPS SHARKS near the channel front, napoleons and 4 LEAF FISH, 3 white and 1 purple.
Dive 3
A slow drift along the reef, honeycombe moray, banded boxershrimps, fusiliers, blue-stripe snapper groups.
Day 9
Dive 1
A good wreck and reef combo. Very fishy on the wreck, glassfish and sweepers, peacock mantis shrimp, a small bartail moray, moorish idols, schultz pipefish, lionfish.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Daytime Excursion
A trip to male for shopping and a visit to the ice-cream parlour.
Day 10
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer from Sea Queen to onward international flights and resorts
Day 11
Sea Queen SQ458 25 May 2014 to 1 Jun 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrive from international flights and transfer to Sea Queen
Dive 1
A relaxing check dive. Very fishy, yellowback fusiliers, bannerfish, oriental sweetlips, a honeycombe moray.
Dive 1
Fish soup on the thila this morning with very little current. A large cave filled with blue-stripe snapper, black & white snapper and oriental sweetlips around coralised pinnacles. Banded boxershrimps and green morays dotted around, fusiliers pouring around us.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
Honeycombe moray city along the reef! 2 green morays & honeycombe moray sharing a hole, WHITE TIP SHARKS resting on the channel floor, a round ribbontail ray, soft corals under ledges with soldierfish, big school of neon fusiliers dashing around.
Dive 3
Low visibility on this outside reef! Good hard and soft corals, groups of blue-stripe snapper and gold-spot emporers, lysmata cleaner shrimp, dogtooth tuna hunting fusiliers and a MANTA FLY-BY near the end of the dive!
Day 2
Dive 1
A slow drift out of the channel along the outside reef. A large napoleon wrasse, A GREEN, 2 WHITE AND A PURPLE LEAF FISH! Hawkbill turtles demolishing soft corals, oriental swetlips around porites blocks and A MANTA FLY-BY at the end of the dive!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
A pretty thila with big schools of blue-stripe and humpback snapper, caves and overhangs with seafans and soldierfish, one cave filled with glassfish. Amboin shrimps in anemones, a suzanne's flatworm.
Day 3
Dive 1
A good wreck and reef combo. Very fishy on the wreck, silversides over the top with blue-fin jacks patrolling the area, batfish, glassfish and sweepers, a stonefish, WHITE LEAF FISH and 2 Miller's nembrotha nudibranchs. Good hard corals on the reef covered with fish, a large school of forsters barracuda, a couple of guests had a visit from dolphins on the surface.
Snorkelling
A FEW GUESTS WERE LUCKY TO SNORKEL WITH A WHALE SHARK before it went deep!
Dive 2
No luck with whale shark! very nice hard corals, juvenile oriental sweetlips, banded boxershrimps,a circular batfish escorted us along the reef, lots of snapper on top with fusiliers.
Dive 3
A fishy small thila covered in disc anemones so a few hawkbill turtles eating lots! A WHITE TIP SHARK coming to check us out, glassfish around sea fans, big overhangs and caves with sea whips and gorgonian fans. Silversides, fusiliers and schooling bannerfish on top.
Dive 1
Great topograhy of coral thilas and sandbowls and very fishy. Garden eels and shrimp gobies, anomenes, midnight snappers being cleaned, oriental sweetlips and glassfish around the cleaning block as we waited for manta. None appeared this morning but some guests had 7 MOBULA gliding slowly past them!
Dive 2
Schooling bannerfish on the current point of the thila, 2 GREY SHARKS down deep, 1 WHITE TIP SHARK, a peacock mantis shrimp, hawksbill turtles on top the thila.
Dive 3
A SMALL EAGLE RAY as we descended on to the thila, A GREY SHARK CAME ALONG, 3 juvenile GREY SHARKS on the cleaning block with blue-stripe snapper and schooling bannerfish. An octopus and lots of anemones around the thila, WHITE TIP SHARKS of all sizes!
Night Dive
3 MANTAS FEEDING AT THE BACK OF THE BOAT - WE HAD AN AMAZING DIVE WITH THEM COMING OVERHEAD FOR BUBBLES.
Dive 1
We descended into hundreds of fusiliers on the small thila. 2 GREY SHARKS down deep coming up shallow, BABY WHITETIPS everywhere, huge school of crescent-tail bigeyes, A SMALL EAGLE RAY drifting around the top of the thila.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
WHITE TIP SHARKS all long this outside reef, 2 LARGE EAGLE RAYS in the current, napoleon wrasse, a small green turtle and a large hawksbill turtle, big school of bigeye jacks, spearing mantis shrimp, shrimp gobies and garden eels covering the sandbowl.
Dive 3
MORE WHITE TIP SHARKS along this reef, A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS staying deep, napoleon wrasse, tuna hunting.
Day 6
Dive 1
A great dive on return to the reef! 5 LARGE EAGLE RAYS drifted past together, 5 GREY SHARKS parading up and down coming close over the reef, bigeye jacks, napoleon wrasse. More single EAGLE RAYS and many WHITE TIP SHARKS as we drifted back. A couple of guests saw a HAMMERHEAD!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Daytime Excursion
A visit to Male for shopping and ice-cream.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer from Sea Queen to onward international flights and resorts.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrive from international flights and transfer to Sea Queen
Dive 1
A relaxing check dive. Very fishy, yellowback fusiliers, bannerfish, oriental sweetlips, a honeycombe moray.
Dive 1
Fish soup on the thila this morning with very little current. A large cave filled with blue-stripe snapper, black & white snapper and oriental sweetlips around coralised pinnacles. Banded boxershrimps and green morays dotted around, fusiliers pouring around us.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
Honeycombe moray city along the reef! 2 green morays & honeycombe moray sharing a hole, WHITE TIP SHARKS resting on the channel floor, a round ribbontail ray, soft corals under ledges with soldierfish, big school of neon fusiliers dashing around.
Dive 3
Low visibility on this outside reef! Good hard and soft corals, groups of blue-stripe snapper and gold-spot emporers, lysmata cleaner shrimp, dogtooth tuna hunting fusiliers and a MANTA FLY-BY near the end of the dive!
Day 2
Dive 1
A slow drift out of the channel along the outside reef. A large napoleon wrasse, A GREEN, 2 WHITE AND A PURPLE LEAF FISH! Hawkbill turtles demolishing soft corals, oriental swetlips around porites blocks and A MANTA FLY-BY at the end of the dive!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
A pretty thila with big schools of blue-stripe and humpback snapper, caves and overhangs with seafans and soldierfish, one cave filled with glassfish. Amboin shrimps in anemones, a suzanne's flatworm.
Day 3
Dive 1
A good wreck and reef combo. Very fishy on the wreck, silversides over the top with blue-fin jacks patrolling the area, batfish, glassfish and sweepers, a stonefish, WHITE LEAF FISH and 2 Miller's nembrotha nudibranchs. Good hard corals on the reef covered with fish, a large school of forsters barracuda, a couple of guests had a visit from dolphins on the surface.
Snorkelling
A FEW GUESTS WERE LUCKY TO SNORKEL WITH A WHALE SHARK before it went deep!
Dive 2
No luck with whale shark! very nice hard corals, juvenile oriental sweetlips, banded boxershrimps,a circular batfish escorted us along the reef, lots of snapper on top with fusiliers.
Dive 3
A fishy small thila covered in disc anemones so a few hawkbill turtles eating lots! A WHITE TIP SHARK coming to check us out, glassfish around sea fans, big overhangs and caves with sea whips and gorgonian fans. Silversides, fusiliers and schooling bannerfish on top.
Dive 1
Great topograhy of coral thilas and sandbowls and very fishy. Garden eels and shrimp gobies, anomenes, midnight snappers being cleaned, oriental sweetlips and glassfish around the cleaning block as we waited for manta. None appeared this morning but some guests had 7 MOBULA gliding slowly past them!
Dive 2
Schooling bannerfish on the current point of the thila, 2 GREY SHARKS down deep, 1 WHITE TIP SHARK, a peacock mantis shrimp, hawksbill turtles on top the thila.
Dive 3
A SMALL EAGLE RAY as we descended on to the thila, A GREY SHARK CAME ALONG, 3 juvenile GREY SHARKS on the cleaning block with blue-stripe snapper and schooling bannerfish. An octopus and lots of anemones around the thila, WHITE TIP SHARKS of all sizes!
Night Dive
3 MANTAS FEEDING AT THE BACK OF THE BOAT - WE HAD AN AMAZING DIVE WITH THEM COMING OVERHEAD FOR BUBBLES.
Dive 1
We descended into hundreds of fusiliers on the small thila. 2 GREY SHARKS down deep coming up shallow, BABY WHITETIPS everywhere, huge school of crescent-tail bigeyes, A SMALL EAGLE RAY drifting around the top of the thila.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Dive 2
WHITE TIP SHARKS all long this outside reef, 2 LARGE EAGLE RAYS in the current, napoleon wrasse, a small green turtle and a large hawksbill turtle, big school of bigeye jacks, spearing mantis shrimp, shrimp gobies and garden eels covering the sandbowl.
Dive 3
MORE WHITE TIP SHARKS along this reef, A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS staying deep, napoleon wrasse, tuna hunting.
Day 6
Dive 1
A great dive on return to the reef! 5 LARGE EAGLE RAYS drifted past together, 5 GREY SHARKS parading up and down coming close over the reef, bigeye jacks, napoleon wrasse. More single EAGLE RAYS and many WHITE TIP SHARKS as we drifted back. A couple of guests saw a HAMMERHEAD!
Ocean Crossing
Atoll Crossing
Daytime Excursion
A visit to Male for shopping and ice-cream.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Guests transfer from Sea Queen to onward international flights and resorts.
Day 8
Sea Queen SQ456 4 May 2014 to 14 May 2014 Manta & Whaleshark Special (10 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrive from international flights and transfer to Sea Queen
Dive 1
A steep reef wall covered with green & undulated morays, banded boxershrimps, anton bruunei cleaner shrimps, schooling bannerfish, 2 chromodoris tritos nudibranchs, BLACK TIP SHARKS and a sleepy octopus. A relaxing check dive.
Day 1
Dive 1
A slow drift along the reef, hawksbill turtles dotted around, MANGROVE WHIP RAY, WHITE TIPS AND A BLACK TIP SHARK on the channel corner, AN EAGLE RAY floating in the current.
Dive 2
Very fishy on the current point of the thila. One-spot and black & white snapper, fusiliers everywhere. Beautiful blue soft corals in caves and overhangs and around pinnacles.
Dive 3
A sheltered channel wall, coral gardens with fusiliers, glassfish, juvenille oriental sweetlips and surgeonfish.
Day 2
Hawksbill turtle in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Fish soup on the current point of this large thila. Nice blue water, big schools of black & white snapper with a napoleon wrasse in the middle of them, thousands of fusiliers darting around above us, dogtooth tuna. Wonderful soft corals of all colours covering the reef floor, around pinnacles and in overhangs.
Dive 2
A drift along the outside reef, 2 EAGLE RAYS together drifted overhead, A MOBULA RAY above, a friendly hawksbill turtle, lots of snapper on the channel corner. Oriental sweetlips around porites blocks with lovely soft corals.
Ocean Crossing
Atoll crossing
Dive 3
Great hard corals along the reef, WHITE TIP SHARK resting in the sand, hawksbill turtles, short-head anemone shrimps, porcelain crab, honeycombe moray and lots of blue-stripe snapper and gold-spot emporers.
Day 3
Blue-stripe snapper as seen by scuba divers on board MV Sea Queen in the Maldives
Dive 1
A small current on the channel corner, A VERY LARGE BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH, a honeycombe and green moray sharing a hole, 2 EAGLE RAYS gliding around, 1 GREY SHARK and 1 WHITE TIP SHARK. Lovely soft corals in overhangs.
Dive 2
Lots of honeycombe morays along the reef, A MOBULA RAY above us and A MANTA FLY-BY! Short-head anemone shrimps, A WHITE LEAF FISH and 4 EAGLE RAY TOGETHER.
Dive 3
A good critter dive! Chromodoris tritos and chromdoris gem nudibranchs, banded pipefish, GREEN & YELLOW LEAF FISH, octopus and a Little moray.
Day 4
Leaf fish in the Maldives seen by scuba divers on holiday on board MV Sea Queen.
Dive 1
Stunning soft corals covering the reef floor and pinnacles along this large thila. 5 EAGLE RAYS on the current point, some were very large! Black & white snapper in the canyon and a massive school of sleek surgeonfish changing from powder blue to black as we drift through. 3 HUGE GREY SHARKS very close to us on top of the thila as we hooked in, along with WHITE TIP SHARKS. A couple more GREY SHARKS on top as we drifted off.