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Sea Spirit SS420 15 Dec 2013 to 22 Dec 2013 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Arrival to Sea Spirit from International flights and guest houses. Travel down to South Male atoll for check dive
Dive 1
Check dive at pretty wreck/reef site. There were lots of cleaner shrimps around the wheel house: Bruuni, lysmata and Durban shrimps, all over the glass fish, plus Schultz pipefish, many juvenile cardinalfish, a school of golden jacks, bluefin jacks, a hawksbill turtle, brown marbled grouper and a Chromodoris tritos nudi
Day 1
Sweetlips at cleaning station MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Rather a wild dive today as the current was very strong and there was little more we could do other than hook in and then drift and then hook in again. The soft corals were all puffed up and there were lots of large tunas and jacks taking advantage of the conditions. In a current shadow at the back of the reef we found a big fat grey reef shark plus a large blue Napoleon, a school of chevron barracudas and most of the snappers!
Dive 2
A small current and quite a contrast with the last dive enabling us to explore the beautiful coral blocks, ledges and overhangs at this ocean reef. The ledges were full of orange and purple-yellow Evans anthias, we found a pair of yellow-green leaf fish, a lovely schooling bannerfish, sleeping white tip sharks and a nice and friendly turtle
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 3
FANTASTIC CHANNEL DIVE WITH MANY GREY REEF SHARKS OF ALL SIZES, WHITE TIP SHARKS AND A SQUADRON OF 17 EAGLE RAYS! Also tunas, schooling big-eye jacks and a red-brown leaf fish during the drift part of the dive.
Night Dive
Parade of the NURSE SHARKS plus BLACK TIP SHARKS, PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS AND BULLY-BOY GIANT TREVALLIES. Totally wild!
Day 2
Eagle rays MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Small current on the channel front and lots of GREY SHARKS again including lots of small ones, plus a few eagle rays, a white mouthed moray, a pair of white leaf fish, lysmata shrimps cleaning black cheek morays, Bruuni shrimps and a white coloured humpback devil scorpionfish.
Dive 2
Lovely ocean reef and channel front with fish covered thilas swarming with fusiliers, white tip sharks, yellow snappers, coral blocks covered with different colours of acabaria soft corals, pyramid butterflyfish, Maldives sponge snails, scorpionfish, leaf fish etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 3
Easy ocean drift along heavily coralised reef slope with many schools of fish in the shallows including goldspot emperors, bluestripe snappers, oriental sweetlips etc. We found a SMALL PAINTED FROGFISH in red/black with white feet! 3x Eagle rays, a green turtle, a pair of porcelain crabs in a carpet anemone, red spotted trapezia crabs, a Mappa pfferfish and a large blotched porcupinefish.
Day 3
Indian bannerfish school MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
SHORTFINNED MOBULAS, A SWIRLING SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS, ROUND RIBBON TAIL TAYS, WHITE TIP SHARKS and large school of blue stripe snapper then a couple more mobula rays. We ascended to DISCOVER A 3M WHALE SHARK FOLLOWING CLOSELY BEHIND SEA SPIRIT SO JUMPED BACK IN TO SNORKEL.
Snorkelling
BUSY MORNING WHEN WE MANAGED TO SNORKEL WITH TWO WHALE SHARKS BEFORE THEY HEADED OUT DEEP, AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!
Dive 2
Pretty ocean reef with lots going on. There were large schools of Indian bannerfish clustered around some coral blocks, several white mouthed morays, up-side down turtles, shrimp and fish cleaning stations, Napoleon wrasse, white tips etc. then the stars of the show turned up with 3x MANTA RAYS SWIMMING OVER TO JOIN US AND THEY STOPPED TO BE CLEANED FOR A FEW MINUTES.
Dive 3
Dreamy thila covered in silversides and glassfish with bonito tuna and blue fin jacks making hunting forays amongst the black coral trees. Really impressive coral and sponge formations, canyons, swim throughs and overhangs providing a very interesting topography. Longnose hawkfish, purple magnifica anemones, many red spotted coral groupers. Beautiful!
Day 4
Whale shark! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We visited this deep thila in search of sharks but the current was very small so it was very quiet and there were only a few white tip sharks plus a sleeping round ribbon rail ray! The small current gave us the opportunity to explore the seafan and black coral covered ridges plus the overhangs full of red soldierfish. There were quite a few large brown marbled groupers sneaking around. The top has many bright blue anemones which were closed up this morning.
Dive 2
This classic thila really delivered today due to baitball action on the top whereby a school of giant trevallies were busy attacking a large baitball of fusiliers and making the ball explode when they chased after it. There were several grey sharks cruising the drop off plus a large pink whipray and a busy round ribbontail ray, several friendly turtles, many many blue stripe snappers, an octopus,morays and even a Chromodoris nudi!
Dive 3
Chilled afternoon dive with several grey sharks and lots of white tip sharks cruising around. We found a large tube worm with an entourage of Amboin shrimps, long fin batfish, more chasing activity by bluefins and giant trevallies of the large school of fusiliers, an octopus out hunting, peacock mantis shrimps etc.
Night Dive
Superb fun with four feeding manta rays at the back of Sea Spirit. What a show and how friendly were they!
Day 5
Dive 1
LOTS OF GREY SHARKS PARADING up and down along the edge of the thila so the photographers got their shots! The super friendly little eagle ray also put in an appearance. There were lots of very small white tip sharks either hiding under coral blocks or out and about on the reef plus perfect anemone and anemonefish photo opportunities with lots of pink, blue and green magnificas with their clownfish entourages. The pesky Vlamings surgeonfish were really following us around today.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Male atoll
Dive 2
Surprise small current at this other deep thila so little action at the current point but there were a few great barracudas around plus sleeping white tips on the sand and large schools of oriental sweetlips plus individual harlequin sweetlips. The coral blocks were all busy cleaning stations with lots of reef fish queueing up plus schools of rudderfish and humpback snappers.
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive at ocean reef. The current picked up a little towards the corner where we were greeted by groups of Longfin batfish which seemed terribly excited to see us. There were a few white tips, a pink-white leaf fish, lots of white mouthed and undulate morays, a cloud moray, anemone shrimps and porcelain crabs so some lovely macro too.
Day 6
Diver with schooling bannerfish, MV SeaSpirit Maldives
Dive 1
Nice drift with lots of big eye jacks, a large school of chevron barracudas and a few grey sharks at the front of the thila and big schools of snappers and sweetlips amongst the coral blocks and another big grey shark cruising around at the back plus a big Napoleon and all the usual reef fish.
Dive 2
We went looking for black tip reef sharks and managed to fins a couple checking us out from the shallows. We had a really good macro dive and found a zebra shark, an octops, Bruuni shrimp (they gave us manicures), many cleaning stations with groupers and cardinals and several large spiny lobsters hiding in varios ledges. Lovely. Those who couldn't dive snorkelled.
Day 7
Big Grey shark, MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests transferred to airport early morning for early flights or onward transfers to resorts.
Day 8
Beautiful pink magnifica anemone, MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Arrival to Sea Spirit from International flights and guest houses. Travel down to South Male atoll for check dive
Dive 1
Check dive at pretty wreck/reef site. There were lots of cleaner shrimps around the wheel house: Bruuni, lysmata and Durban shrimps, all over the glass fish, plus Schultz pipefish, many juvenile cardinalfish, a school of golden jacks, bluefin jacks, a hawksbill turtle, brown marbled grouper and a Chromodoris tritos nudi
Day 1
Sweetlips at cleaning station MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Rather a wild dive today as the current was very strong and there was little more we could do other than hook in and then drift and then hook in again. The soft corals were all puffed up and there were lots of large tunas and jacks taking advantage of the conditions. In a current shadow at the back of the reef we found a big fat grey reef shark plus a large blue Napoleon, a school of chevron barracudas and most of the snappers!
Dive 2
A small current and quite a contrast with the last dive enabling us to explore the beautiful coral blocks, ledges and overhangs at this ocean reef. The ledges were full of orange and purple-yellow Evans anthias, we found a pair of yellow-green leaf fish, a lovely schooling bannerfish, sleeping white tip sharks and a nice and friendly turtle
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 3
FANTASTIC CHANNEL DIVE WITH MANY GREY REEF SHARKS OF ALL SIZES, WHITE TIP SHARKS AND A SQUADRON OF 17 EAGLE RAYS! Also tunas, schooling big-eye jacks and a red-brown leaf fish during the drift part of the dive.
Night Dive
Parade of the NURSE SHARKS plus BLACK TIP SHARKS, PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS AND BULLY-BOY GIANT TREVALLIES. Totally wild!
Day 2
Eagle rays MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Small current on the channel front and lots of GREY SHARKS again including lots of small ones, plus a few eagle rays, a white mouthed moray, a pair of white leaf fish, lysmata shrimps cleaning black cheek morays, Bruuni shrimps and a white coloured humpback devil scorpionfish.
Dive 2
Lovely ocean reef and channel front with fish covered thilas swarming with fusiliers, white tip sharks, yellow snappers, coral blocks covered with different colours of acabaria soft corals, pyramid butterflyfish, Maldives sponge snails, scorpionfish, leaf fish etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 3
Easy ocean drift along heavily coralised reef slope with many schools of fish in the shallows including goldspot emperors, bluestripe snappers, oriental sweetlips etc. We found a SMALL PAINTED FROGFISH in red/black with white feet! 3x Eagle rays, a green turtle, a pair of porcelain crabs in a carpet anemone, red spotted trapezia crabs, a Mappa pfferfish and a large blotched porcupinefish.
Day 3
Indian bannerfish school MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
SHORTFINNED MOBULAS, A SWIRLING SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS, ROUND RIBBON TAIL TAYS, WHITE TIP SHARKS and large school of blue stripe snapper then a couple more mobula rays. We ascended to DISCOVER A 3M WHALE SHARK FOLLOWING CLOSELY BEHIND SEA SPIRIT SO JUMPED BACK IN TO SNORKEL.
Snorkelling
BUSY MORNING WHEN WE MANAGED TO SNORKEL WITH TWO WHALE SHARKS BEFORE THEY HEADED OUT DEEP, AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!
Dive 2
Pretty ocean reef with lots going on. There were large schools of Indian bannerfish clustered around some coral blocks, several white mouthed morays, up-side down turtles, shrimp and fish cleaning stations, Napoleon wrasse, white tips etc. then the stars of the show turned up with 3x MANTA RAYS SWIMMING OVER TO JOIN US AND THEY STOPPED TO BE CLEANED FOR A FEW MINUTES.
Dive 3
Dreamy thila covered in silversides and glassfish with bonito tuna and blue fin jacks making hunting forays amongst the black coral trees. Really impressive coral and sponge formations, canyons, swim throughs and overhangs providing a very interesting topography. Longnose hawkfish, purple magnifica anemones, many red spotted coral groupers. Beautiful!
Day 4
Whale shark! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We visited this deep thila in search of sharks but the current was very small so it was very quiet and there were only a few white tip sharks plus a sleeping round ribbon rail ray! The small current gave us the opportunity to explore the seafan and black coral covered ridges plus the overhangs full of red soldierfish. There were quite a few large brown marbled groupers sneaking around. The top has many bright blue anemones which were closed up this morning.
Dive 2
This classic thila really delivered today due to baitball action on the top whereby a school of giant trevallies were busy attacking a large baitball of fusiliers and making the ball explode when they chased after it. There were several grey sharks cruising the drop off plus a large pink whipray and a busy round ribbontail ray, several friendly turtles, many many blue stripe snappers, an octopus,morays and even a Chromodoris nudi!
Dive 3
Chilled afternoon dive with several grey sharks and lots of white tip sharks cruising around. We found a large tube worm with an entourage of Amboin shrimps, long fin batfish, more chasing activity by bluefins and giant trevallies of the large school of fusiliers, an octopus out hunting, peacock mantis shrimps etc.
Night Dive
Superb fun with four feeding manta rays at the back of Sea Spirit. What a show and how friendly were they!
Day 5
Dive 1
LOTS OF GREY SHARKS PARADING up and down along the edge of the thila so the photographers got their shots! The super friendly little eagle ray also put in an appearance. There were lots of very small white tip sharks either hiding under coral blocks or out and about on the reef plus perfect anemone and anemonefish photo opportunities with lots of pink, blue and green magnificas with their clownfish entourages. The pesky Vlamings surgeonfish were really following us around today.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Male atoll
Dive 2
Surprise small current at this other deep thila so little action at the current point but there were a few great barracudas around plus sleeping white tips on the sand and large schools of oriental sweetlips plus individual harlequin sweetlips. The coral blocks were all busy cleaning stations with lots of reef fish queueing up plus schools of rudderfish and humpback snappers.
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive at ocean reef. The current picked up a little towards the corner where we were greeted by groups of Longfin batfish which seemed terribly excited to see us. There were a few white tips, a pink-white leaf fish, lots of white mouthed and undulate morays, a cloud moray, anemone shrimps and porcelain crabs so some lovely macro too.
Day 6
Diver with schooling bannerfish, MV SeaSpirit Maldives
Dive 1
Nice drift with lots of big eye jacks, a large school of chevron barracudas and a few grey sharks at the front of the thila and big schools of snappers and sweetlips amongst the coral blocks and another big grey shark cruising around at the back plus a big Napoleon and all the usual reef fish.
Dive 2
We went looking for black tip reef sharks and managed to fins a couple checking us out from the shallows. We had a really good macro dive and found a zebra shark, an octops, Bruuni shrimp (they gave us manicures), many cleaning stations with groupers and cardinals and several large spiny lobsters hiding in varios ledges. Lovely. Those who couldn't dive snorkelled.
Day 7
Big Grey shark, MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests transferred to airport early morning for early flights or onward transfers to resorts.
Day 8
Beautiful pink magnifica anemone, MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Sea Spirit SS481 27 Sep 2015 to 4 Oct 2015 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and from hotels in Male' and were transferred to Sea Spirit during the morning. We set up dive kit and went out for a check dive
Dive 1
A small current on an ocean facing reef for our check dive. A BLACKTIP REEF SHARK was flying around in the shallows, a large Napoleon was cruising along the slope we found honeycomb and giant morays, bi-color cleaner wrasses, schools of bannerfish and pyramid butterflyfish and ascended into dense schools of fusiliers
Day 1
Honeycomb moray surrounded by finger corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH 2-3 mantas constantly on the main blocks circling around and sometimes peering closely at divers. The big female 'Clare' was particularly curious. We also found a little smallscale scorponfish, a juvenile razor wrasse, a blue beaded anemone with a tiny Clarke's anemonefish and lots of glassfish in blocks
Dive 2
What a show! 2 MANTAS, WHITE TIP SHARKS in the shallows and sleeping on the bottom, 4 EAGLE RAYS IN FORMATION, a pair of green leaf fish, a black ribbon eel, various morays plus lovely schools of 2-spot and bluestripe snappers along slope and oriental sweetlipsand collared butterflyfish in the shallows
Dive 3
Drift through a long overhangs hung with blue and pink soft coral with a high ceiling full of soldierfish and lots of seafans and seawhips on the floor. The drift continued past a pink soft coral covered wall and a deep overhang and then onto a coral slope with some small coral blocks full of cute humbug damsels and chromis
Day 2
Lovely manta show from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Interesting drift through fairy grottos full of fluffy pink seafans and many seawhips woth large silver and harlequin sweetlips and beautiful blue anemones on the reef slope. Schools of yellowback fusiliers and mackerel scads swam past
Dive 2
A FRIENDLY LARGE MANTA WE CALLED SIKA SWAM UP AND DOWN OVER OUR HEADS AS SHE CLEANED NEXT TO THE REEF AND PLAYED IN OUR BUBBLES. A further two swam over our heads. We really enjoyed this beautiful ocean reef corner with good hard corals, blue finger sponges nd many crinoids in a varietuy of colours and every surface buzzing with anthias and reef fish. We also found a gold leaf fish.
Dive 3
The afternoon dive was abandoned when the dhoni developed mechanical problems. The guests went swimming to the lagoon reef. Later that evening we had a small manta feeding on plankton attracted by lights behind Sea Spirit, she stayed for most of the night and was enchanting to watch
Day 3
Otherworldly shot of SUPER-MOON from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A dramatic ocean reef site with 200 longfin batfish hanging in he water column and white tip sharks on the reef top and along the sand at depth. A large blue napoleon wrasse cruised past divers several times. On the corner were many large coral blocks full of every kind of reef fish but we noted spot-faced surgeon, blueface and two spot angelfish and many tiny juvenile butterflyfish which were like little jewels
Dive 2
OUTSTANDING DIVE WITH A BACHELOR PARTY OF 12 MALE MANTAS HANGING OUT AT THE CLEANING STATION AND SWOOPING AROUND AND PLAYING WITH EACHOTHER. We guess they were getting ready for mating season! We also found a white-tailed MANGROVE WHIPRAY, white tip sharks, spotted groupers, many oriental sweetlips, porcelain crabs and shorthead anemone shrimps in carpet anemones and a friendly hawksbill turtle who was too busy with it's lunch to be very bothered with us!
Dive 3
Easy, then brisk drift along the ocean reef. We saw lots of white tip sharks, an enormous dogtooth tuna plus other tunas chasing schools of neon fusiliers, a manta, a green leaf fish in a block full of glassfish, a small (and a large!) spotted boxfish, eyelash blennies, turtles etc.
Day 4
Amazing bachelor manta show at Lankan from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Stunning PINK, ORANGE, YELLOW and BLUE SOFT CORAL smothered ledges and blockw with many reeaf fish including a Napoleon and a schools of black and white snappers. On the reef top was a school of large chevron barracudas plus an enormous giant trevally.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Small wreck next to reef with lots of white acabaria coral lined overhangs and windows. There were lots of different shrimps around the stern including Durban dancing shrimps and red-and-orange Lysmata shrimps. There were several large lionfish on top of the wheelhouse and a small Bedfords flatwom. To complete the set we also found white-lined and Sisan's flatworms on the reef
Dive 3
Lots of coral blocks and small ledges on ocean facing reef. Large tunas, bluefin jacks and white tip sharks cruised past and there were dense schools od lined and neon fusiliers pulling shapes and flowing both shallow and deep along the reef edge. We found banded coral shrimps, coral beautys and billions of anthias plus lovely morays amongst the coral blocks.
Night Dive
Night dive on giri with steep walls where we found some unidentified flat worms including a velvety black one and a white one with purple/blue margins. The corals were full of trapezia crabs and squat lobsters and there were many featherstars including large dinner-plate like Regal and palm front crinoids. We found an orange/black P. geometrica nudi and lots of different crabs.
Day 5
amazing soft corals plus beautiful reef fish;a riot of colour from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
FISHORAMA at the current point with schools of black and white and red snappers plus many sleek surgeonfish hanging out. EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARK cruised around in the top reef and along the main canyon and further down the thila we saw MANY GREY SHARKS OF DIFFERENT SIZES LOOKING FOR CLEANING STATIONS! Lovely green and hawksbill turtles, schools of oriental and silver sweetlips, Meyers and Indian butterflyfish. Lovely dive!
Dive 2
Coral blocks across an ocean reef fronting two channels smothered in patel coloured nepthia soft corals, colourful featherstars, purple juncella sea whips and just about every kind of reef fish! There were four white tip sharks cruisng about in what appeared to be courtship behaviour and TWO MANTAS swam past along the drop off. We found anemone shrimps, honeycomb morays etc.
Dive 3
CRITTERVILLE DIVE IN THE VALLEY OF THE GOBIES!!! Blue and black ribbon eels, pinkbar and dracula gobies with correspondingly coloured pistol shrimps, spearing mantis shrimp, large scorpionfish, many juvenile cardinals plus many bouncing anthials, wrasses of every species, murex shell, tiger cowrie plus lovely blue finger sponges, crinoids and a white anemone with a porcelain crab.
Evening Activity
Ashore to sandbank to watch the sunset and enjoy Pimms or cold wine and beers. A lovely way to end a fabulous diving day
Day 6
eagle ray soaring above us from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
FANTASTIC LAST DIVE!! WE DESCENDED ONTO MILLIONS OF BIG EYE JACKS CLOSE TO THE REEF AND THEN REALISED THAT THERE WERE LOTS OF GREY SHARKS MIXED IN AMONGST ALL THE FISH PLUS EAGLE RAYS MEANDERING AROUND. SLIGHTLY INTO THE CHANNEL WE FOUND A BLOCK WITH AROUND 20 BABY GREY SHARKS HANGING OUT TOGETHER AND THEN ANOTHER BLOCK WHERE SEVERAL LARGE ADULTS WE STANDING ON THEIR TAILS WITH THEIR MOUTHS OPEN AND BEING CLEANED. THERE WERE SCHOOLS OF FORSTER'S AND CHEVRON BARRACUDAS AND ANOTHER "CARPET" OF BARRED JACKS. The top reef was lovely; we found a really freindly hawksbill turtle busy munching soft coral plus schools of sweetlips, surgeonfish, soldierfish etc. A really classic, but special, Maldives site!
Daytime Excursion
Visit to Guraidhoo local island for some souvenir shopping. The fishermen were busy cleaning their catch and the boat was surrounded by many pink whip rays in the shallows.
We travelled back to Male' and our evening anchorage and the divers had an afternoon at leisure
Day 7
Lots of baby grey sharks seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guests were transferred to the airport early morning for onward transfer to Coco Palm Resort or international flights back to USA.
Day 8
Group photo, relaxing at sandbank from MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and from hotels in Male' and were transferred to Sea Spirit during the morning. We set up dive kit and went out for a check dive
Dive 1
A small current on an ocean facing reef for our check dive. A BLACKTIP REEF SHARK was flying around in the shallows, a large Napoleon was cruising along the slope we found honeycomb and giant morays, bi-color cleaner wrasses, schools of bannerfish and pyramid butterflyfish and ascended into dense schools of fusiliers
Day 1
Honeycomb moray surrounded by finger corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH 2-3 mantas constantly on the main blocks circling around and sometimes peering closely at divers. The big female 'Clare' was particularly curious. We also found a little smallscale scorponfish, a juvenile razor wrasse, a blue beaded anemone with a tiny Clarke's anemonefish and lots of glassfish in blocks
Dive 2
What a show! 2 MANTAS, WHITE TIP SHARKS in the shallows and sleeping on the bottom, 4 EAGLE RAYS IN FORMATION, a pair of green leaf fish, a black ribbon eel, various morays plus lovely schools of 2-spot and bluestripe snappers along slope and oriental sweetlipsand collared butterflyfish in the shallows
Dive 3
Drift through a long overhangs hung with blue and pink soft coral with a high ceiling full of soldierfish and lots of seafans and seawhips on the floor. The drift continued past a pink soft coral covered wall and a deep overhang and then onto a coral slope with some small coral blocks full of cute humbug damsels and chromis
Day 2
Lovely manta show from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Interesting drift through fairy grottos full of fluffy pink seafans and many seawhips woth large silver and harlequin sweetlips and beautiful blue anemones on the reef slope. Schools of yellowback fusiliers and mackerel scads swam past
Dive 2
A FRIENDLY LARGE MANTA WE CALLED SIKA SWAM UP AND DOWN OVER OUR HEADS AS SHE CLEANED NEXT TO THE REEF AND PLAYED IN OUR BUBBLES. A further two swam over our heads. We really enjoyed this beautiful ocean reef corner with good hard corals, blue finger sponges nd many crinoids in a varietuy of colours and every surface buzzing with anthias and reef fish. We also found a gold leaf fish.
Dive 3
The afternoon dive was abandoned when the dhoni developed mechanical problems. The guests went swimming to the lagoon reef. Later that evening we had a small manta feeding on plankton attracted by lights behind Sea Spirit, she stayed for most of the night and was enchanting to watch
Day 3
Otherworldly shot of SUPER-MOON from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A dramatic ocean reef site with 200 longfin batfish hanging in he water column and white tip sharks on the reef top and along the sand at depth. A large blue napoleon wrasse cruised past divers several times. On the corner were many large coral blocks full of every kind of reef fish but we noted spot-faced surgeon, blueface and two spot angelfish and many tiny juvenile butterflyfish which were like little jewels
Dive 2
OUTSTANDING DIVE WITH A BACHELOR PARTY OF 12 MALE MANTAS HANGING OUT AT THE CLEANING STATION AND SWOOPING AROUND AND PLAYING WITH EACHOTHER. We guess they were getting ready for mating season! We also found a white-tailed MANGROVE WHIPRAY, white tip sharks, spotted groupers, many oriental sweetlips, porcelain crabs and shorthead anemone shrimps in carpet anemones and a friendly hawksbill turtle who was too busy with it's lunch to be very bothered with us!
Dive 3
Easy, then brisk drift along the ocean reef. We saw lots of white tip sharks, an enormous dogtooth tuna plus other tunas chasing schools of neon fusiliers, a manta, a green leaf fish in a block full of glassfish, a small (and a large!) spotted boxfish, eyelash blennies, turtles etc.
Day 4
Amazing bachelor manta show at Lankan from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Stunning PINK, ORANGE, YELLOW and BLUE SOFT CORAL smothered ledges and blockw with many reeaf fish including a Napoleon and a schools of black and white snappers. On the reef top was a school of large chevron barracudas plus an enormous giant trevally.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Small wreck next to reef with lots of white acabaria coral lined overhangs and windows. There were lots of different shrimps around the stern including Durban dancing shrimps and red-and-orange Lysmata shrimps. There were several large lionfish on top of the wheelhouse and a small Bedfords flatwom. To complete the set we also found white-lined and Sisan's flatworms on the reef
Dive 3
Lots of coral blocks and small ledges on ocean facing reef. Large tunas, bluefin jacks and white tip sharks cruised past and there were dense schools od lined and neon fusiliers pulling shapes and flowing both shallow and deep along the reef edge. We found banded coral shrimps, coral beautys and billions of anthias plus lovely morays amongst the coral blocks.
Night Dive
Night dive on giri with steep walls where we found some unidentified flat worms including a velvety black one and a white one with purple/blue margins. The corals were full of trapezia crabs and squat lobsters and there were many featherstars including large dinner-plate like Regal and palm front crinoids. We found an orange/black P. geometrica nudi and lots of different crabs.
Day 5
amazing soft corals plus beautiful reef fish;a riot of colour from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
FISHORAMA at the current point with schools of black and white and red snappers plus many sleek surgeonfish hanging out. EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARK cruised around in the top reef and along the main canyon and further down the thila we saw MANY GREY SHARKS OF DIFFERENT SIZES LOOKING FOR CLEANING STATIONS! Lovely green and hawksbill turtles, schools of oriental and silver sweetlips, Meyers and Indian butterflyfish. Lovely dive!
Dive 2
Coral blocks across an ocean reef fronting two channels smothered in patel coloured nepthia soft corals, colourful featherstars, purple juncella sea whips and just about every kind of reef fish! There were four white tip sharks cruisng about in what appeared to be courtship behaviour and TWO MANTAS swam past along the drop off. We found anemone shrimps, honeycomb morays etc.
Dive 3
CRITTERVILLE DIVE IN THE VALLEY OF THE GOBIES!!! Blue and black ribbon eels, pinkbar and dracula gobies with correspondingly coloured pistol shrimps, spearing mantis shrimp, large scorpionfish, many juvenile cardinals plus many bouncing anthials, wrasses of every species, murex shell, tiger cowrie plus lovely blue finger sponges, crinoids and a white anemone with a porcelain crab.
Evening Activity
Ashore to sandbank to watch the sunset and enjoy Pimms or cold wine and beers. A lovely way to end a fabulous diving day
Day 6
eagle ray soaring above us from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
FANTASTIC LAST DIVE!! WE DESCENDED ONTO MILLIONS OF BIG EYE JACKS CLOSE TO THE REEF AND THEN REALISED THAT THERE WERE LOTS OF GREY SHARKS MIXED IN AMONGST ALL THE FISH PLUS EAGLE RAYS MEANDERING AROUND. SLIGHTLY INTO THE CHANNEL WE FOUND A BLOCK WITH AROUND 20 BABY GREY SHARKS HANGING OUT TOGETHER AND THEN ANOTHER BLOCK WHERE SEVERAL LARGE ADULTS WE STANDING ON THEIR TAILS WITH THEIR MOUTHS OPEN AND BEING CLEANED. THERE WERE SCHOOLS OF FORSTER'S AND CHEVRON BARRACUDAS AND ANOTHER "CARPET" OF BARRED JACKS. The top reef was lovely; we found a really freindly hawksbill turtle busy munching soft coral plus schools of sweetlips, surgeonfish, soldierfish etc. A really classic, but special, Maldives site!
Daytime Excursion
Visit to Guraidhoo local island for some souvenir shopping. The fishermen were busy cleaning their catch and the boat was surrounded by many pink whip rays in the shallows.
We travelled back to Male' and our evening anchorage and the divers had an afternoon at leisure
Day 7
Lots of baby grey sharks seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guests were transferred to the airport early morning for onward transfer to Coco Palm Resort or international flights back to USA.
Day 8
Group photo, relaxing at sandbank from MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS546a 22 Oct 2017 to 29 Oct 2017 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
All of the guests arrived in the morning, so once all of the briefings and paperwork were completed we prepared for the check dive.
Dive 1
Lankan – Great first dive. Lots of white tips, a LEOPARD SHARK, hawksbill and green turtles, a school of blue stripped snapper and sweet lips, a mangrove whiptail ray and waves of fusiliers.
Day 1
Dive 1
Aquarium – What a stunning dive with eagle rays, white tips, hawksbill and green turtles and cascading neon fusiliers.
Dive 2
Lankan – What a lovely dive, there were 9 mantas on the cleaning station, however, they were not cleaning, but, displaying courtship behaviour and the males were happily chasing the females.
Dive 3
Rasdhoo Madivaru – Great dive! Lots of grey reef sharks cleaning on the point, as well as, eagle rays, mobula rays, a leaf fish, napoleons and big eye trevally.
Day 2
Dive 1
Rasdhoo Madivaru – Mantas, eagle rays, grey reef sharks, white tips and a huge school of big eye trevally.
Dive 2
Rasdhoo Madivaru – What a top dive! Mantas, grey reef sharks, white tips, black tips and silver tips, napoleons and eagle rays.
Dive 3
Maaya Thila – Baby grey reef sharks, white tips, golden trevally, amberjacks and thousands of barracuda on top of the reef.
Night Dive
Maayafushi Lagoon – Awesome dive! We had 2 mantas come and feed under the lights. We also saw a nurse shark and a marbled ray.
Day 3
Dive 1
Maalos Thila – Fantastic soft corals on the overhangs. Grey reef sharks, white tips, giant barracuda and some spearing mantis shrimp.
Dive 2
Moofushi Kandu – 100+ grey reef sharks and white tips, plus eagle, marbled and feathertail sting rays.
Dive 3
Maamagili Beyru – White tips, feathertail sting ray, some hawksbill turtles and schools of snapper.
Day 4
Dive 1
Dhidhdhoo Reef – White tips, marbled ray, hawksbill turtles, soldier fish and banner fish. During our first dive a WHALE SHARK swam around Sea Spirit for around 15 minutes. We had a non-diver onboard for the week, so it was a real treat for her to have experienced seeing one.
Dive 2
Dhidhdhoo Reef – Hawksbill and green turtles, a baby grey reef shark, marbled rays AND …. A WHALE SHARK!
Dive 3
Alimatha Jetty – Lots of nurse sharks, pink whiptail rays and 2 baby eagle rays, as well as, giant trevally and black tip reef sharks.
Day 5
Dive 1
Hathi Kolhu – Blue and black ribbon eels, 2 leaf fish, some spearing mantis shrimp, a bearded scorpion fish, some ambion cleaner shrimps on a golden flecked moray and 2 eagle rays.
Dive 2
Coco Thila – Fish soup! A squadron of 25 eagle rays, plus grey reef sharks, white tips, some giant trevally hunting, a dog toothed tuna and stunning soft corals and pinnacles.
Dive 3
Medu Kandu – Porcelain crabs, cromodoris glenae nudibranch, napoleons, white tips, some jacks hunting, a school of banner fish, green and hawksbill turtles and a honeycomb moray.
Day 6
Dive 1
Coco Thila – Grey reef sharks, 20 eagle rays, white tips, big eye and giant trevally hunting, fosters barracuda, green and hawksbill turtles and a honeycomb moray.
Dive 2
Manta Rock – Fusiliers, blennies, fire gobies, glass fish, lion fish, a bearded scorpion fish, partner shrimp, goby and a manta, who was feeding on the surface.
Day 7
 
Guest Transfer
All of the guests arrived in the morning, so once all of the briefings and paperwork were completed we prepared for the check dive.
Dive 1
Lankan – Great first dive. Lots of white tips, a LEOPARD SHARK, hawksbill and green turtles, a school of blue stripped snapper and sweet lips, a mangrove whiptail ray and waves of fusiliers.
Day 1
Dive 1
Aquarium – What a stunning dive with eagle rays, white tips, hawksbill and green turtles and cascading neon fusiliers.
Dive 2
Lankan – What a lovely dive, there were 9 mantas on the cleaning station, however, they were not cleaning, but, displaying courtship behaviour and the males were happily chasing the females.
Dive 3
Rasdhoo Madivaru – Great dive! Lots of grey reef sharks cleaning on the point, as well as, eagle rays, mobula rays, a leaf fish, napoleons and big eye trevally.
Day 2
Dive 1
Rasdhoo Madivaru – Mantas, eagle rays, grey reef sharks, white tips and a huge school of big eye trevally.
Dive 2
Rasdhoo Madivaru – What a top dive! Mantas, grey reef sharks, white tips, black tips and silver tips, napoleons and eagle rays.
Dive 3
Maaya Thila – Baby grey reef sharks, white tips, golden trevally, amberjacks and thousands of barracuda on top of the reef.
Night Dive
Maayafushi Lagoon – Awesome dive! We had 2 mantas come and feed under the lights. We also saw a nurse shark and a marbled ray.
Day 3
Dive 1
Maalos Thila – Fantastic soft corals on the overhangs. Grey reef sharks, white tips, giant barracuda and some spearing mantis shrimp.
Dive 2
Moofushi Kandu – 100+ grey reef sharks and white tips, plus eagle, marbled and feathertail sting rays.
Dive 3
Maamagili Beyru – White tips, feathertail sting ray, some hawksbill turtles and schools of snapper.
Day 4
Dive 1
Dhidhdhoo Reef – White tips, marbled ray, hawksbill turtles, soldier fish and banner fish. During our first dive a WHALE SHARK swam around Sea Spirit for around 15 minutes. We had a non-diver onboard for the week, so it was a real treat for her to have experienced seeing one.
Dive 2
Dhidhdhoo Reef – Hawksbill and green turtles, a baby grey reef shark, marbled rays AND …. A WHALE SHARK!
Dive 3
Alimatha Jetty – Lots of nurse sharks, pink whiptail rays and 2 baby eagle rays, as well as, giant trevally and black tip reef sharks.
Day 5
Dive 1
Hathi Kolhu – Blue and black ribbon eels, 2 leaf fish, some spearing mantis shrimp, a bearded scorpion fish, some ambion cleaner shrimps on a golden flecked moray and 2 eagle rays.
Dive 2
Coco Thila – Fish soup! A squadron of 25 eagle rays, plus grey reef sharks, white tips, some giant trevally hunting, a dog toothed tuna and stunning soft corals and pinnacles.
Dive 3
Medu Kandu – Porcelain crabs, cromodoris glenae nudibranch, napoleons, white tips, some jacks hunting, a school of banner fish, green and hawksbill turtles and a honeycomb moray.
Day 6
Dive 1
Coco Thila – Grey reef sharks, 20 eagle rays, white tips, big eye and giant trevally hunting, fosters barracuda, green and hawksbill turtles and a honeycomb moray.
Dive 2
Manta Rock – Fusiliers, blennies, fire gobies, glass fish, lion fish, a bearded scorpion fish, partner shrimp, goby and a manta, who was feeding on the surface.
Day 7
Sea Spirit SS355 13 Nov 2011 to 20 Nov 2011 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Meet guests at the airport and transfer to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check Dive - Mobula ray, dog tooth tuna, honeycombe moray, hawksbill turtle, indian bannerfish, porcelain crab and lots of neon fusiliers
Day 1
Dive 1
Mangrove whip rays, whitetips, hawksbill turtle, napoleon wrasse, porcelain crab and blueline snapper
Dive 2
Midnight snapper and black & white snapper, popcorn shrimp, bubble coral anenome shrimp, anton bruuni cleaner shrimp, cave full of glassfish and a bandit moray
Dive 3
Grey reef sharks, whitetips, blacktip, eaglerays, giant dogtooth tuna, silver jacks, longface emperor and a WHITE LEAF FISH
Day 2
Dive 1
Grey reef sharks, HAMMERHEAD, SILKY SHARK, whitetips, black blotched stingray, eagleray, huge dogtooth tuna and a school of silver jacks
Dive 2
Grey reef sharks, whitetips, hawksbill turtle, dogtooth tuna, schools of bigeye scad, silver jacks, giant trevally, peacock mantis shrimp and an OCTOPUS
Dive 3
Silvertip, grey reef shark, whitetips, hunting trevally, large school of fusiliers, dogtooth tuna
Night Dive
Amazing Night Dive!!
Day 3
Dive 1
Large school of neon fusiliers being hunted on by giant trevally and blueline trevally, hawksbill turtles, chevron barracuda, grey reef & whitetip reef sharks, oates soft coral crab
Dive 2
Stunning reef top covered as far as the eye can see in table corals plus grey reef shark, whitetips, rainbow runner, circular batfish, Maldivian ghost pipefish and 2 funeral jorunna nudibranch's
Dive 3
OCTOPUS, 2 STONE FISH SAT SIDE BY SIDE, marten's side giled slug, longnose hawksfish, oates soft coral crab
Day 4
Dive 1
Jenkins whiprays, 2 black blotched stingrays, 2 WHITE LEAF FISH one was a BABY, school of chevron barracuda plus caves full of fan corals, whip corals and coral trees
Dive 2
Frog fish, STONE FISH, chromodoirs glenei & tambja olivaria nudibranchs, peacock mantis shrimp and lots of lionfish
Dive 3
*SNORKELLING WITH 5 WHALE SHARKS!!!*
Day 5
Dive 1
Fish Soup - School of circular batfish, huge school of blueline snapper on the reef plus humpback snapper, large school of neon fusiliers being hunted by dogtooth tuna, giant trevally and blueline trevally
MANTA RAY, 4 blue & yellow ribbon eels, white mouth moray, spiny lobster, octopus, anton bruni cleaner shrimp
Dive 3
Wreck & Reef Dive - WHITE & GREEN LEAF FISH, 4 oates soft coral crabs, jenkins whipray, clown fish eggs, 2 shorthead anenome shrimp
Day 6
Dive 1
Hawksbill turtles, ocotopus, spawning parrot fish, leaf fish, flabalena nudibranches, schools of long nose butterflys
Daytime Excursion
Sightseeing, Shopping & Ice Cream in Male
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Take guests to the airport for their flight home or onward transfer
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Meet guests at the airport and transfer to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check Dive - Mobula ray, dog tooth tuna, honeycombe moray, hawksbill turtle, indian bannerfish, porcelain crab and lots of neon fusiliers
Day 1
Dive 1
Mangrove whip rays, whitetips, hawksbill turtle, napoleon wrasse, porcelain crab and blueline snapper
Dive 2
Midnight snapper and black & white snapper, popcorn shrimp, bubble coral anenome shrimp, anton bruuni cleaner shrimp, cave full of glassfish and a bandit moray
Dive 3
Grey reef sharks, whitetips, blacktip, eaglerays, giant dogtooth tuna, silver jacks, longface emperor and a WHITE LEAF FISH
Day 2
Dive 1
Grey reef sharks, HAMMERHEAD, SILKY SHARK, whitetips, black blotched stingray, eagleray, huge dogtooth tuna and a school of silver jacks
Dive 2
Grey reef sharks, whitetips, hawksbill turtle, dogtooth tuna, schools of bigeye scad, silver jacks, giant trevally, peacock mantis shrimp and an OCTOPUS
Dive 3
Silvertip, grey reef shark, whitetips, hunting trevally, large school of fusiliers, dogtooth tuna
Night Dive
Amazing Night Dive!!
Day 3
Dive 1
Large school of neon fusiliers being hunted on by giant trevally and blueline trevally, hawksbill turtles, chevron barracuda, grey reef & whitetip reef sharks, oates soft coral crab
Dive 2
Stunning reef top covered as far as the eye can see in table corals plus grey reef shark, whitetips, rainbow runner, circular batfish, Maldivian ghost pipefish and 2 funeral jorunna nudibranch's
Dive 3
OCTOPUS, 2 STONE FISH SAT SIDE BY SIDE, marten's side giled slug, longnose hawksfish, oates soft coral crab
Day 4
Dive 1
Jenkins whiprays, 2 black blotched stingrays, 2 WHITE LEAF FISH one was a BABY, school of chevron barracuda plus caves full of fan corals, whip corals and coral trees
Dive 2
Frog fish, STONE FISH, chromodoirs glenei & tambja olivaria nudibranchs, peacock mantis shrimp and lots of lionfish
Dive 3
*SNORKELLING WITH 5 WHALE SHARKS!!!*
Day 5
Dive 1
Fish Soup - School of circular batfish, huge school of blueline snapper on the reef plus humpback snapper, large school of neon fusiliers being hunted by dogtooth tuna, giant trevally and blueline trevally
MANTA RAY, 4 blue & yellow ribbon eels, white mouth moray, spiny lobster, octopus, anton bruni cleaner shrimp
Dive 3
Wreck & Reef Dive - WHITE & GREEN LEAF FISH, 4 oates soft coral crabs, jenkins whipray, clown fish eggs, 2 shorthead anenome shrimp
Day 6
Dive 1
Hawksbill turtles, ocotopus, spawning parrot fish, leaf fish, flabalena nudibranches, schools of long nose butterflys
Daytime Excursion
Sightseeing, Shopping & Ice Cream in Male
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Take guests to the airport for their flight home or onward transfer
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS547 5 Nov 2017 to 12 Nov 2017 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
All of the guests arrived in the morning, so we boarded the dhoni and transferred to Sea Spirit. Once everyone was settled onboard, we gave an orientation briefing, before completing the paperwork and formalities in preparation for the check dive.
Dive 1
Fish Tank – What an incredible check dive and start to the trip. Hundreds of whiptail, marbled and eagle rays, as well as napoleon, octopus, banner fish, moray and …. A GIANT GUITAR SHARK! It swam with us for around 15 minutes.
Day 1
Dive 1
Aquarium – Fish soup!! White tips, oriental sweet lips, red tail butterfly fish, humpback and midnight snapper, waves of fusiliers and …. A ZEBRA SHARK!
Dive 2
Lankan – What a fantastic dive! 4 mantas cleaning on the station, plus schools of blue striped, midnight and red snapper, yellow and blue fusiliers and a green turtle.
Dive 3
Rasdhoo Madivaru – As well as the beautiful topography, we saw eagle rays, white tips, grey reef sharks cleaning, schools of big eye trevally and another green turtle.
Day 2
Dive 1
Rasdhoo Madivaru – WOW great and a very rare sighting of a small eyed sting ray! We also saw a green turtle, grey reef sharks, white tips, mobula and eagle rays, a big school of big eye trevally and napoleons.
Gangethi Pass – What a super 2km drift dive with white tips all the way, as well as grey reef sharks, napoleons, feather tail and marbled ray and big eye trevally.
Dive 3
Maaya Thila – What a great dive – baby grey reef sharks on the pinnacles, white tips, mating octopus, big eye and golden trevally, amber jacks, fosters barracuda and a lovely hawksbill turtle.
Night Dive
Maayafushi Lagoon – lovely flat calm conditions and 2 very hungry mantas and a marbled ray feeding under the lights of Sea Spirit. Incredible and beautiful at the same time.
Day 3
Dive 1
Maalhoss – What a stunning dive – Vibrant soft corals in blue, yellow and pink on the overhangs, where white tips, grey reef sharks and a hawksbill turtle joined us.
Dive 2
Rangali Madivaru – Fish soup! Grey reef sharks, white tips, a baby silver tip, napoleons and blue fin jacks out hunting and millions of anthias (pink, orange and yellow reef fish).
Dive 3
Sun Island Resort – White tips, grey reef sharks, blue striped snapper and humpback snapper, several hawksbill turtles and blue fin jacks.
Evening Activity
Maamagili – The guests went ashore and enjoyed a stroll.
Day 4
Dive 1
Maamagili Corner – Grey, black tip and white tip reef sharks, marbled ray, blue stripe snapper, dog tooth tuna, giant trevally and a napoleon wrasse.
Dive 2
Lux Island Resort Reef – Went in search of a whale shark, but, sadly no luck.
Dive 3
Alimathaa – A brilliant dive with an abundance of nurse sharks, pink whiptail and eagle rays, giant trevally and black tip reef sharks.
Day 5
Dive 1
Hathi Kolhu – Great dive with plenty of small stuff – a leaf fish, spearing and peacock mantis shrimp, banded boxer shrimp, cleaner shrimp, banded pipe fish, langoustine, pompano, common and clear fin lion fish, golden fleck moray, blue and black ribbon eels and a nurse shark.
Dive 2
Coco Thila – WOW what a spectacular dive – A wall of grey reef sharks, eagle rays, a hawksbill, giant and big eye trevally, dog tooth tuna, rainbow runners and surgeon fish.
Dive 3
Guraidhoo Corner – Green and hawksbill turtles, dog tooth tuna, white tips, banner fish, blue stripe snapper and a chromodoris nudibranch.
Night Dive
Biyadhoo House Reef – Sadly no sharks, however, we enjoyed a relaxing dive and saw banded pipe fish, banded boxer shrimp, moray and blue fin jacks.
Day 6
Dive 1
Coco Thila – OMG clear blue water and sooo many grey reef sharks, eagle rays, white tips, big eye trevally and chevron barracuda!!
Daytime Excursion
All of the guests went to Male for ice cream and souvenir shopping!
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All of the guests were transferred back to Hulhumale by the dhoni to catch their homebound flights.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
All of the guests arrived in the morning, so we boarded the dhoni and transferred to Sea Spirit. Once everyone was settled onboard, we gave an orientation briefing, before completing the paperwork and formalities in preparation for the check dive.
Dive 1
Fish Tank – What an incredible check dive and start to the trip. Hundreds of whiptail, marbled and eagle rays, as well as napoleon, octopus, banner fish, moray and …. A GIANT GUITAR SHARK! It swam with us for around 15 minutes.
Day 1
Dive 1
Aquarium – Fish soup!! White tips, oriental sweet lips, red tail butterfly fish, humpback and midnight snapper, waves of fusiliers and …. A ZEBRA SHARK!
Dive 2
Lankan – What a fantastic dive! 4 mantas cleaning on the station, plus schools of blue striped, midnight and red snapper, yellow and blue fusiliers and a green turtle.
Dive 3
Rasdhoo Madivaru – As well as the beautiful topography, we saw eagle rays, white tips, grey reef sharks cleaning, schools of big eye trevally and another green turtle.
Day 2
Dive 1
Rasdhoo Madivaru – WOW great and a very rare sighting of a small eyed sting ray! We also saw a green turtle, grey reef sharks, white tips, mobula and eagle rays, a big school of big eye trevally and napoleons.
Gangethi Pass – What a super 2km drift dive with white tips all the way, as well as grey reef sharks, napoleons, feather tail and marbled ray and big eye trevally.
Dive 3
Maaya Thila – What a great dive – baby grey reef sharks on the pinnacles, white tips, mating octopus, big eye and golden trevally, amber jacks, fosters barracuda and a lovely hawksbill turtle.
Night Dive
Maayafushi Lagoon – lovely flat calm conditions and 2 very hungry mantas and a marbled ray feeding under the lights of Sea Spirit. Incredible and beautiful at the same time.
Day 3
Dive 1
Maalhoss – What a stunning dive – Vibrant soft corals in blue, yellow and pink on the overhangs, where white tips, grey reef sharks and a hawksbill turtle joined us.
Dive 2
Rangali Madivaru – Fish soup! Grey reef sharks, white tips, a baby silver tip, napoleons and blue fin jacks out hunting and millions of anthias (pink, orange and yellow reef fish).
Dive 3
Sun Island Resort – White tips, grey reef sharks, blue striped snapper and humpback snapper, several hawksbill turtles and blue fin jacks.
Evening Activity
Maamagili – The guests went ashore and enjoyed a stroll.
Day 4
Dive 1
Maamagili Corner – Grey, black tip and white tip reef sharks, marbled ray, blue stripe snapper, dog tooth tuna, giant trevally and a napoleon wrasse.
Dive 2
Lux Island Resort Reef – Went in search of a whale shark, but, sadly no luck.
Dive 3
Alimathaa – A brilliant dive with an abundance of nurse sharks, pink whiptail and eagle rays, giant trevally and black tip reef sharks.
Day 5
Dive 1
Hathi Kolhu – Great dive with plenty of small stuff – a leaf fish, spearing and peacock mantis shrimp, banded boxer shrimp, cleaner shrimp, banded pipe fish, langoustine, pompano, common and clear fin lion fish, golden fleck moray, blue and black ribbon eels and a nurse shark.
Dive 2
Coco Thila – WOW what a spectacular dive – A wall of grey reef sharks, eagle rays, a hawksbill, giant and big eye trevally, dog tooth tuna, rainbow runners and surgeon fish.
Dive 3
Guraidhoo Corner – Green and hawksbill turtles, dog tooth tuna, white tips, banner fish, blue stripe snapper and a chromodoris nudibranch.
Night Dive
Biyadhoo House Reef – Sadly no sharks, however, we enjoyed a relaxing dive and saw banded pipe fish, banded boxer shrimp, moray and blue fin jacks.
Day 6
Dive 1
Coco Thila – OMG clear blue water and sooo many grey reef sharks, eagle rays, white tips, big eye trevally and chevron barracuda!!
Daytime Excursion
All of the guests went to Male for ice cream and souvenir shopping!
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All of the guests were transferred back to Hulhumale by the dhoni to catch their homebound flights.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS447 12 Oct 2014 to 24 Oct 2014 Equatorial Far South - Huvadhoo/Foammulah/Gan Addu (12 day)
Guest Transfer
The divers arrived from domestic flights from Male' to Gan and were transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive on north-facing ocean reef. There were several longfin batfish following the divers around plus milkfish and goldfinger darts in the shallows. The upper reef slope has patches of superb hard corals full of Evan's anthias and several angelfish species including bluefaced and Empress
Day 1
View across Sea Spirit to Maldives island
Dive 1
Changed site as the sea was rough at the NW corner of the atoll. This site has a long, deep cave and we drifted along the wall covered in small purple seafans and large dark red gorgonia seafans. We met an opposing current so turned around and came back along the lovely shallow reef. We saw a couple of green turtles.
Dive 2
Brisk current at this oceaan reef and channel site. We dropped in on the ocean front and quickly drifted into the channel, past grey sharks and white tip sharks. There was one MANTA RAY at the cleaning station and she swam through most of the divers' bubbles but then swam away.
Dive 3
Easy dive with nice reef fish including big eye emperors, brownmarbled and black saddle groupers, a school of rudderfish, oriental sweetlips, soldierfish, giant morays etc. A large Napoleon wrasse paraded by a few times and a few white tip sharks either slept in the sand or swam past looking for some action.
Day 2
Mrs Tuftee the friendly manta briefly said hello. MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Stern tour of Bristish Loyalty WW2 wreck. We descended towards the bomb hole and expored the dame through to the hull then visited the large engine hold where were saw blacktailed snappers. We carried on toward the prop. and then came back along the deck through the covered area which has excellent black coral and sinoise coral growth. There were many longfin batfish (both adults and juveniles) plus Ptereolidia nudibranchs, reef pipefish etc.
Dive 2
The current was running hard through the channel so we jumped well outside, over deep blue water and then rapidly drifted to the channel front where there were several grey sharks plus a white tip, a school of midnight snappers and barred jacks. No mantas this time (the current was very strong) but we found a grey shark hanging out at the cleaning station! The ascent was rather exciting with strong whirlpools
Dive 3
Ocean reef into a channel drift dive which will be remembered for running the gauntlet of yellow margin triggerfish inside the channel. They were extremely feisty and eyeing up the divers ready to attack! The current was running hard on the ocean side too, so we flew along the lovely hard coral-covered reef past fields of cabbage corals and staghorns, then many porites coral inside the channel with large seafans and patched of nepthia soft coral. There were several large groupers, harlequin sweetlips, snappers and small Napoleon wrasses. The coral blocks shallow in the channel shimmerred with Cooper's anthias
Evening presentation on Manta Ecology and Behaviour
Day 3
Big eye emperor with a eautiful eye from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean corner and reef with a rather surgy drift until we were on the outer reef plateau which is a great hard coral garden with many groupers, Napoleons, a large mappa puffer, bristletooth tangs and for some divers, a fly-by by 2 mantas
Dive 2
Another strong current and still no mantas! We were whizzed through the front of the channel, and the grey sharks were high up in the water column. The current was very boingy and we decided this was something of a bungee dive! We saw a grey shark and a blacktip shark whilst we were hooked in
As we drove through the northern sheltered part of the atoll we saw a pod of spinner dolpins apparently practising their jumps and spins. They kept leaping out of the water without swimming anywhere in particular. Very entertaining!
Dive 3
THIS SITE WAS WONDERFUL THIS AFTERNOON WITH A DRAMATIC WALL COVERED IN GORGONIAS AND PURPLE SEAFANS, MANY GREEN TURTLES (SOME WHICH WERE NOT SO SHY OF DIVERS EITHER!) PLUS TWO SLEEPING NURSE SHARKS IN THE BACK OF THE CAVE, A BEARDED SCORPIONFISH, A PHYLLIDIOPSIS SHIRINAE GREEN NUDIBRANCH, A FEW HAWKSBILL TURTLES AND THE REALLY BEAUTIFUL SHALLOW REEF FULL OF ANTHIAS AND DANSELS OF ALL TYPES
Day 4
Exploring the deep caves in the north of Addu atoll Maldives
Dive 1
Bow tour of British Loyalty wreck via the spare propeller on the sea bed and the collapsed tower and the accomodation areas to the winch and solidified anchor chains. We came back along the starboard rail and found "Burberry" patterned reef pipefish, Amboin shimp next to a carpet anemone, a Bruuni shrimp cleaning s rock cod, a devil scorpionfish, a huge mappa puffer etc.
Dive 2
Gentler current so we were able to enjoy the outside reef and watch a few white tip and grey sharks cruising around on the front of the channel plus all the black and white snappers. We drifted in over the coral covered ridge and there were plenty of reef fish plus schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers. The titan triggerfish were also getting feisty!
Dive 3
Ocean reef with interesting topography. We drifted over a ridge of hard corals interespersed with many leather corals and seafans. We saw a large school of big eye jacks plus a sleeping MANGROVE WHIPRAY amongst the coral blocks and patch reef of the coral garden. In the shallows were acres of hard coral especially Echinopora pacificus, looking like extra- large pale pink cabbage roses. We saw a milk fish, many chromis and blue-pectoral finned humbug damsels amongst the acroporas
Day 5
Schools of snappers are common in the Maldives. Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
There was an out current in the channel so we rode the drift to the coral blocks on the front of the channel where the current dropped off allowing us to explore the large porites formations which seemed to have many reef fish cleaning around. There were a couple of Giant barracudas plus a large school of big eye jacks tightly packed. Along the front were sleeping white tip sharks and brownmarbled groupers. The reef top here has superb hard corals and we saw a couple of Napoleon wrasses, powderblue tangs at cleaning stations, many chromis and Evans and Cooper's anthias.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the equator on the way
Dive 2
Lovely thila with large coral blocks on slope interspersed with large orange seafans which continued down the wall to 35m+.There were lots of nice "finds" including two yellow leaf fish, several elegant squat lobsters in the pale mauve and dark purple featherstars, spiny lobsters in a hole, longnose hawkfish posing in seafans, blue tangs being cleaned and pairs of longnose filefish drifting amongst the acroporas
Night Dive
Night dive at the pretty thila with lots of crustacea including freeswimming Bruuni shrimp and large red common crabs or hermit crabs. We also found a Lambis scorpion conch with it's eye peering out at us, small squid, Strombus snail, a yellow leaf fish, tapestry saron shimps and a curious white tip shark following some of the divers
A beautiful Maldives island provided the backdrop for a stunning sunset
Day 6
Huge school of big eye jacks engulfing divers on Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Back to the pretty thila and this time schools of elongate and sleek surgeonfish were hanging out in the water column and large schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers wafted past, occasionally being pursued by large dogtooth tunas. A little yellow leaf fish had joined one of the adults and there were millions of yellow-purple Evan's anthias pulsating in the Pavona coral area whilst a little grey reef shark cruised around
Dive 2
Out-current drift. It was very fuzzy in the channel but there were several white tip sharks resting on the bottom as we drifted past. On the corner were many anthias and schools of fusiliers but we had to work quite hard against an eddy until we picked up the small longshore. On the ridge were hundreds of pyramid butterflyfish plus groupers and other reef fish and a school of dogtooth tunas cruised past. The ocean reef here is lovely with lots of ledges and a steep dropoff. We saw several green turtles and a couple of Napoleon wrasses
Dive 3
Long channel drift through a valley of corals and large coral blocks along the reef slope. We passed a large FEATHERTAIL RAY and then we sighted several hawksbill and green turtles on the channel front. There was a cold, up-welling, layer on the channel front and the coral blocks were covered in different reefish including several soldierfish varieties and bulls eyes.The shallow reef slope was covered in small acroporas, many with spotted trapezia crabs nestling amongst the fingers of coral
Cocktails on top deck as we watched a beautiful yellow ,then gold, then pink, sunset.
Day 7
Large feathertail ray hiding in sand from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk out-current drift passing several green turtles including a GIANT MALE GREEN TURTLE who stared at us wondering what the fuss was about! A few white tip sharks buzzed around on the channel front and then we investigated the ledges on the front where we found a leaf fish, a (rare) white faced moray, Lysmata shrimps cleaning moray and anthias, and several more hawksbill and green turtles passed us by.
Dive 2
TWO ZEBRA SHARKS! ONE LYING INSIDE THE CHANEL AND THE SECOND ON THE CHANNEL FRONT. So cute! There were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current nearby cleaning stations on the channel front, a white tip shark slleping in a coral block, a pair of white leaf fishes, several green turtles, and the whole crest of the reef was smothered in pulsing anthias
Dive 3
Surprise in-current but rather bad visibility. A ZEBRA SHARK was resting on the corner and then there were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current oin the middle of the channel. We had a swim back to the reef slope and then a gentle drift in over huhe porites coral blocks full of reef fish and several large groupers, several turtles, orange soft corals a scholls of big dogtooth tunas and several large jobfish. The reef top is spectacular!
Day 8
Sleeping Zebra shark, such a pretty animal. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An out-current this time which reversed to an in-current half way through the dive! The reef slope is smothered in large orange seafans and orange schleronepthia plus pastel nepthia soft corals. We found a PAIR OF ZEBRA SHARKS sleeping together and they did not get disturbed! Beautiful! There were several large green turtles, schools of midnight and red snappers, bannerfish, a juvenile bi-colour parrotfish and the upper reef was covered in millions of different chromis, damsels and anthias
Dive 2
Pretty thila with many coral blocks full of glassfish and juvenile cardinals, plus black corals and many colour types of acabaria (yellow, white, orange, brown, pink etc.). There were many different coloured magnificent anemones. Large schools of rainbow runners swept past and the NW area of the reef was covered in blue stripe snappers. We found leaf fish, red groupers, Maldives blennoes and many sand perch. Great site.
Dive 3
Laid-back drift dive along long coral ridge extending from coral garden near a sandbank. There were many glassfish filled coral blocks and just so many fusiliers and surgeonfish. The coral garden had table corals with every type of damsels inclusing the super-cute black and white striped humbugs and blue-highlighted indian dascyllus, also several leaf fish, pink-bar gobies etc.
Beautiful remote reef where we watched a stunning pink and orange sunset
Day 9
White tip shark resting in sand from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Remote thila with deep sides and there were several grey sharks cruising the current point plus a spotted eagle ray and many rainbow runners dashing around. This is always a great macro site and we found Amboin shrimps next to a mustard-yellow adhesive anemone, a pink plus two white leaf fishes, a blue ribbon eel, several lysmata shrimp cleaning morals plus all the regular reef fish
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef with extensive thilas covered in hard corals and reef fish. We found a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK and schools of black and white snappers plus ~12 male white tip sharks chasing a female in courtship. We had a fast drift into the channel passing an EAGLE RAY and a very friendly hawksbill turtle. Fun to fly!
Dive 3
A drift over a reef slope past several large coral blocks and with an interesting topography. The eastern end of the reef was smothered in glassfish and juvenile cardinals with many small groupers in attendance. W found a juvenile oriental swetlips, yellow cube-like box fish, indian bannerfish etc. The north side has a huge coral garden with hard corals extending forever. Beautiful!
Evening Activity
Ashore to explore an uninhabited island with a lovely beach and lots of crabs!
Day 10
Diver with green turtle from Mv Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Fishorama thia! Just so many BIG EYE JACKS swirling around and around the reef, surely they get dizzy! Plus the reeftop was covered by hundreds (if not thousands!) of crescent tailed big eyes plus at the current point were fusiliers and mackerel scads and all the fish were terribly excited. The reef tiop is a magnificent coral garden A MONSTER GIANT BARRACUDA cruised over the top to check out what all the fuss was about.
Dive 2
Easy drift on inside of channels with so many GREEN TURTLES! Both sleepy ones and fireworks! There were also two white tip sharks hiding under big coral block . On the channel front was a large school of Forster's barracudas plus a couple of grey sharks and more white tips sleeping in sandy patches or buzzing along the front. There are large schools of bluestripe snappers, humpback snappers, raccoon and collared butterflyfish hovering over the extensive hard corals on the channel corner
Dive 3
The visibility was "atmospheric" on the channel front but there was plenty of ACTION. We saw A GIANT BARRCUDA (A MONSTER!) SEVERAL ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, A GROUP OF CHASE-COURTING WHITE TIP SHARKS, A LARGE SCHOOL OF AGITATED BIG-EYE JACKS, ENORMOUS TUNAS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS AND A LARGE MAPPA PUFFER. wE ENDED THE DIVE AMONGST THE SCHOOLS OF FISH ON THE CORNER PLUS THE USUAL NUMEROUS GREEN TURTLES.
Day 11
So many BIG EYE CRESCENT TAILS they fill the screen. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A STRONG out-current in the channel so we flew along, only just managing to stop to see a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK. There was a nurse shark in the big block but too strong current for most to stop and look. We passed several confused-looking green turtles too! There was a cold clear water counter current on the channel front and several white tip sharks and many midnight snappers. We slowly swam back to the south reef and all the lovely schools of fish and yet more turtles.
Dive 2
Changed site as the current was so strong! We whizzed along the reef admiring (and avoiding) the table corals as we flew past a beautiful coral garden. No stop until we reached the end of the reef and had some back eddys to slow us down. Nice hawksbill turtle, huge starry puffer and lovely blue-green chromis bouncing in the corals, fusiliers etc.
Afternoon visit to remote sandbank for swimming and snorkelling
Day 12
Blue-green chromis buzzing in the water colum from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Guest Transfer
All the divers transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for their domestic flights to Male' and onward international flights
Day 13
Sandbank island with many sooty terns and MC Sea Spirit in the background
 
Guest Transfer
The divers arrived from domestic flights from Male' to Gan and were transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive on north-facing ocean reef. There were several longfin batfish following the divers around plus milkfish and goldfinger darts in the shallows. The upper reef slope has patches of superb hard corals full of Evan's anthias and several angelfish species including bluefaced and Empress
Day 1
View across Sea Spirit to Maldives island
Dive 1
Changed site as the sea was rough at the NW corner of the atoll. This site has a long, deep cave and we drifted along the wall covered in small purple seafans and large dark red gorgonia seafans. We met an opposing current so turned around and came back along the lovely shallow reef. We saw a couple of green turtles.
Dive 2
Brisk current at this oceaan reef and channel site. We dropped in on the ocean front and quickly drifted into the channel, past grey sharks and white tip sharks. There was one MANTA RAY at the cleaning station and she swam through most of the divers' bubbles but then swam away.
Dive 3
Easy dive with nice reef fish including big eye emperors, brownmarbled and black saddle groupers, a school of rudderfish, oriental sweetlips, soldierfish, giant morays etc. A large Napoleon wrasse paraded by a few times and a few white tip sharks either slept in the sand or swam past looking for some action.
Day 2
Mrs Tuftee the friendly manta briefly said hello. MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Stern tour of Bristish Loyalty WW2 wreck. We descended towards the bomb hole and expored the dame through to the hull then visited the large engine hold where were saw blacktailed snappers. We carried on toward the prop. and then came back along the deck through the covered area which has excellent black coral and sinoise coral growth. There were many longfin batfish (both adults and juveniles) plus Ptereolidia nudibranchs, reef pipefish etc.
Dive 2
The current was running hard through the channel so we jumped well outside, over deep blue water and then rapidly drifted to the channel front where there were several grey sharks plus a white tip, a school of midnight snappers and barred jacks. No mantas this time (the current was very strong) but we found a grey shark hanging out at the cleaning station! The ascent was rather exciting with strong whirlpools
Dive 3
Ocean reef into a channel drift dive which will be remembered for running the gauntlet of yellow margin triggerfish inside the channel. They were extremely feisty and eyeing up the divers ready to attack! The current was running hard on the ocean side too, so we flew along the lovely hard coral-covered reef past fields of cabbage corals and staghorns, then many porites coral inside the channel with large seafans and patched of nepthia soft coral. There were several large groupers, harlequin sweetlips, snappers and small Napoleon wrasses. The coral blocks shallow in the channel shimmerred with Cooper's anthias
Evening presentation on Manta Ecology and Behaviour
Day 3
Big eye emperor with a eautiful eye from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean corner and reef with a rather surgy drift until we were on the outer reef plateau which is a great hard coral garden with many groupers, Napoleons, a large mappa puffer, bristletooth tangs and for some divers, a fly-by by 2 mantas
Dive 2
Another strong current and still no mantas! We were whizzed through the front of the channel, and the grey sharks were high up in the water column. The current was very boingy and we decided this was something of a bungee dive! We saw a grey shark and a blacktip shark whilst we were hooked in
As we drove through the northern sheltered part of the atoll we saw a pod of spinner dolpins apparently practising their jumps and spins. They kept leaping out of the water without swimming anywhere in particular. Very entertaining!
Dive 3
THIS SITE WAS WONDERFUL THIS AFTERNOON WITH A DRAMATIC WALL COVERED IN GORGONIAS AND PURPLE SEAFANS, MANY GREEN TURTLES (SOME WHICH WERE NOT SO SHY OF DIVERS EITHER!) PLUS TWO SLEEPING NURSE SHARKS IN THE BACK OF THE CAVE, A BEARDED SCORPIONFISH, A PHYLLIDIOPSIS SHIRINAE GREEN NUDIBRANCH, A FEW HAWKSBILL TURTLES AND THE REALLY BEAUTIFUL SHALLOW REEF FULL OF ANTHIAS AND DANSELS OF ALL TYPES
Day 4
Exploring the deep caves in the north of Addu atoll Maldives
Dive 1
Bow tour of British Loyalty wreck via the spare propeller on the sea bed and the collapsed tower and the accomodation areas to the winch and solidified anchor chains. We came back along the starboard rail and found "Burberry" patterned reef pipefish, Amboin shimp next to a carpet anemone, a Bruuni shrimp cleaning s rock cod, a devil scorpionfish, a huge mappa puffer etc.
Dive 2
Gentler current so we were able to enjoy the outside reef and watch a few white tip and grey sharks cruising around on the front of the channel plus all the black and white snappers. We drifted in over the coral covered ridge and there were plenty of reef fish plus schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers. The titan triggerfish were also getting feisty!
Dive 3
Ocean reef with interesting topography. We drifted over a ridge of hard corals interespersed with many leather corals and seafans. We saw a large school of big eye jacks plus a sleeping MANGROVE WHIPRAY amongst the coral blocks and patch reef of the coral garden. In the shallows were acres of hard coral especially Echinopora pacificus, looking like extra- large pale pink cabbage roses. We saw a milk fish, many chromis and blue-pectoral finned humbug damsels amongst the acroporas
Day 5
Schools of snappers are common in the Maldives. Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
There was an out current in the channel so we rode the drift to the coral blocks on the front of the channel where the current dropped off allowing us to explore the large porites formations which seemed to have many reef fish cleaning around. There were a couple of Giant barracudas plus a large school of big eye jacks tightly packed. Along the front were sleeping white tip sharks and brownmarbled groupers. The reef top here has superb hard corals and we saw a couple of Napoleon wrasses, powderblue tangs at cleaning stations, many chromis and Evans and Cooper's anthias.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the equator on the way
Dive 2
Lovely thila with large coral blocks on slope interspersed with large orange seafans which continued down the wall to 35m+.There were lots of nice "finds" including two yellow leaf fish, several elegant squat lobsters in the pale mauve and dark purple featherstars, spiny lobsters in a hole, longnose hawkfish posing in seafans, blue tangs being cleaned and pairs of longnose filefish drifting amongst the acroporas
Night Dive
Night dive at the pretty thila with lots of crustacea including freeswimming Bruuni shrimp and large red common crabs or hermit crabs. We also found a Lambis scorpion conch with it's eye peering out at us, small squid, Strombus snail, a yellow leaf fish, tapestry saron shimps and a curious white tip shark following some of the divers
A beautiful Maldives island provided the backdrop for a stunning sunset
Day 6
Huge school of big eye jacks engulfing divers on Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Back to the pretty thila and this time schools of elongate and sleek surgeonfish were hanging out in the water column and large schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers wafted past, occasionally being pursued by large dogtooth tunas. A little yellow leaf fish had joined one of the adults and there were millions of yellow-purple Evan's anthias pulsating in the Pavona coral area whilst a little grey reef shark cruised around
Dive 2
Out-current drift. It was very fuzzy in the channel but there were several white tip sharks resting on the bottom as we drifted past. On the corner were many anthias and schools of fusiliers but we had to work quite hard against an eddy until we picked up the small longshore. On the ridge were hundreds of pyramid butterflyfish plus groupers and other reef fish and a school of dogtooth tunas cruised past. The ocean reef here is lovely with lots of ledges and a steep dropoff. We saw several green turtles and a couple of Napoleon wrasses
Dive 3
Long channel drift through a valley of corals and large coral blocks along the reef slope. We passed a large FEATHERTAIL RAY and then we sighted several hawksbill and green turtles on the channel front. There was a cold, up-welling, layer on the channel front and the coral blocks were covered in different reefish including several soldierfish varieties and bulls eyes.The shallow reef slope was covered in small acroporas, many with spotted trapezia crabs nestling amongst the fingers of coral
Cocktails on top deck as we watched a beautiful yellow ,then gold, then pink, sunset.
Day 7
Large feathertail ray hiding in sand from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk out-current drift passing several green turtles including a GIANT MALE GREEN TURTLE who stared at us wondering what the fuss was about! A few white tip sharks buzzed around on the channel front and then we investigated the ledges on the front where we found a leaf fish, a (rare) white faced moray, Lysmata shrimps cleaning moray and anthias, and several more hawksbill and green turtles passed us by.
Dive 2
TWO ZEBRA SHARKS! ONE LYING INSIDE THE CHANEL AND THE SECOND ON THE CHANNEL FRONT. So cute! There were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current nearby cleaning stations on the channel front, a white tip shark slleping in a coral block, a pair of white leaf fishes, several green turtles, and the whole crest of the reef was smothered in pulsing anthias
Dive 3
Surprise in-current but rather bad visibility. A ZEBRA SHARK was resting on the corner and then there were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current oin the middle of the channel. We had a swim back to the reef slope and then a gentle drift in over huhe porites coral blocks full of reef fish and several large groupers, several turtles, orange soft corals a scholls of big dogtooth tunas and several large jobfish. The reef top is spectacular!
Day 8
Sleeping Zebra shark, such a pretty animal. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An out-current this time which reversed to an in-current half way through the dive! The reef slope is smothered in large orange seafans and orange schleronepthia plus pastel nepthia soft corals. We found a PAIR OF ZEBRA SHARKS sleeping together and they did not get disturbed! Beautiful! There were several large green turtles, schools of midnight and red snappers, bannerfish, a juvenile bi-colour parrotfish and the upper reef was covered in millions of different chromis, damsels and anthias
Dive 2
Pretty thila with many coral blocks full of glassfish and juvenile cardinals, plus black corals and many colour types of acabaria (yellow, white, orange, brown, pink etc.). There were many different coloured magnificent anemones. Large schools of rainbow runners swept past and the NW area of the reef was covered in blue stripe snappers. We found leaf fish, red groupers, Maldives blennoes and many sand perch. Great site.
Dive 3
Laid-back drift dive along long coral ridge extending from coral garden near a sandbank. There were many glassfish filled coral blocks and just so many fusiliers and surgeonfish. The coral garden had table corals with every type of damsels inclusing the super-cute black and white striped humbugs and blue-highlighted indian dascyllus, also several leaf fish, pink-bar gobies etc.
Beautiful remote reef where we watched a stunning pink and orange sunset
Day 9
White tip shark resting in sand from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Remote thila with deep sides and there were several grey sharks cruising the current point plus a spotted eagle ray and many rainbow runners dashing around. This is always a great macro site and we found Amboin shrimps next to a mustard-yellow adhesive anemone, a pink plus two white leaf fishes, a blue ribbon eel, several lysmata shrimp cleaning morals plus all the regular reef fish
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef with extensive thilas covered in hard corals and reef fish. We found a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK and schools of black and white snappers plus ~12 male white tip sharks chasing a female in courtship. We had a fast drift into the channel passing an EAGLE RAY and a very friendly hawksbill turtle. Fun to fly!
Dive 3
A drift over a reef slope past several large coral blocks and with an interesting topography. The eastern end of the reef was smothered in glassfish and juvenile cardinals with many small groupers in attendance. W found a juvenile oriental swetlips, yellow cube-like box fish, indian bannerfish etc. The north side has a huge coral garden with hard corals extending forever. Beautiful!
Evening Activity
Ashore to explore an uninhabited island with a lovely beach and lots of crabs!
Day 10
Diver with green turtle from Mv Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Fishorama thia! Just so many BIG EYE JACKS swirling around and around the reef, surely they get dizzy! Plus the reeftop was covered by hundreds (if not thousands!) of crescent tailed big eyes plus at the current point were fusiliers and mackerel scads and all the fish were terribly excited. The reef tiop is a magnificent coral garden A MONSTER GIANT BARRACUDA cruised over the top to check out what all the fuss was about.
Dive 2
Easy drift on inside of channels with so many GREEN TURTLES! Both sleepy ones and fireworks! There were also two white tip sharks hiding under big coral block . On the channel front was a large school of Forster's barracudas plus a couple of grey sharks and more white tips sleeping in sandy patches or buzzing along the front. There are large schools of bluestripe snappers, humpback snappers, raccoon and collared butterflyfish hovering over the extensive hard corals on the channel corner
Dive 3
The visibility was "atmospheric" on the channel front but there was plenty of ACTION. We saw A GIANT BARRCUDA (A MONSTER!) SEVERAL ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, A GROUP OF CHASE-COURTING WHITE TIP SHARKS, A LARGE SCHOOL OF AGITATED BIG-EYE JACKS, ENORMOUS TUNAS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS AND A LARGE MAPPA PUFFER. wE ENDED THE DIVE AMONGST THE SCHOOLS OF FISH ON THE CORNER PLUS THE USUAL NUMEROUS GREEN TURTLES.
Day 11
So many BIG EYE CRESCENT TAILS they fill the screen. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A STRONG out-current in the channel so we flew along, only just managing to stop to see a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK. There was a nurse shark in the big block but too strong current for most to stop and look. We passed several confused-looking green turtles too! There was a cold clear water counter current on the channel front and several white tip sharks and many midnight snappers. We slowly swam back to the south reef and all the lovely schools of fish and yet more turtles.
Dive 2
Changed site as the current was so strong! We whizzed along the reef admiring (and avoiding) the table corals as we flew past a beautiful coral garden. No stop until we reached the end of the reef and had some back eddys to slow us down. Nice hawksbill turtle, huge starry puffer and lovely blue-green chromis bouncing in the corals, fusiliers etc.
Afternoon visit to remote sandbank for swimming and snorkelling
Day 12
Blue-green chromis buzzing in the water colum from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Guest Transfer
All the divers transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for their domestic flights to Male' and onward international flights
Day 13
Sandbank island with many sooty terns and MC Sea Spirit in the background
Sea Spirit SS444 31 Aug 2014 to 12 Sep 2014 Equatorial Far South - Huvadhoo/Foammulah/Gan Addu (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived via domestic flight from Male' to Gan, Addu atoll. They transferred to Sea Spirit and we headed off to the north of the atoll
Dive 1
An easy and laid back check dive on this steep ocean reef. We watched a white tip shark cruising the depths, a couple of green turtles up in the shallows a school of rainbow runners checked us out, there was a small school of Forster's barracudas. The shallow reef has really beautiful hard corals buzzing with golden chromis and Evan's anthias
Day 1
Divers above stunning hard corals in the maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely blue water at this exposed ocean reef site with beautiful coral blocks full of reef fish and extensive fields of hard corals in the shalllows. There were several large schools of green cheek parrotfish, schools of black and white snappers, big eye and bluefin jacks, goldfinger darts, rufferfish, milkfish, a murex snail and segmented nudis. There was one sole bumphead parrotfish!
Dive 2
HURRAH! 10+ MANTAS WAITING TO GREET US IN QUITE A BRISK CURRENT. What a lovely dive. PLUS A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS AND A FUNNY LITTLE EAGLE RAY.
Dive 3
Southern ocean reef with lots of large coral blocks. In one we found a HUGE TAWNY NURSE SHARK, in another a large green turtle and a white leaf fish. There were several other green and hawksbill turtles, a porcelain crab, many humpback snappers and yellowback fusiliers plus so many green cheek parrotfish again!
Day 2
Beautiful Maldives Mantarays from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Stern tour of British Loyalty wreck via the bomb hole and the engine room then to the propellor and along the deck to the bow. The visibility was fair and we could see to the sandy bottom and the extra propellor. The black corals had many psamanthe shrimps and we found some large Pterolidia nudibranchs plus pipefish and lots of longfin batfish of varying sizes
Dive 2
A lovely show with ~5 manta busying themselves at the cleaning station and another 4 in the channel passing through several times. It was a completely different crowd of mantas to yesterday!
Dive 3
A strong in-flowing current so dived the channel corner where there were several grey sharks and a large school of barred jacks on the channel front, but pinned down deep by the strong current. As we drifted in we saw many Napoleons plus several large black saddled coral groupers, camouflage and masked groupers
Night Dive
A quieter night dive than expected but Steve used his special flourescent lights and got some remarkable results on his video of corals and soft corals at night. Bansi found a huge red hermit crab Dardanus megistos
Day 3
Reef buzzing with golden chromis seen from MV sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Wide channel ocean reef corner with a small in-current, but not much action today with sighting restricted to smaller creatures. We found a spearing mantis shrimp, a juvenile razor wrasse, a Pontonides shrimp on a whip coral, a beautiful juvenile oriental sweetlips and a shy octopus. AFTER THE DIVE WE WERE TREATED TO AN AMAZING SPINNER DOLPHIN SHOW AS ~200 DOLPHNS FROLICKED INSIDE THE CHANNEL LEAPING AND SPINNING AND CHASING THE DHONI
Dive 2
Tuftee the pale manta gave us a nice show whilst she busied herself being cleaned as she swam up the reef and closely inspected the divers. Paulette and Incognito mantas were also there but being a little more discreet. The small eagle ray who thinks she is a manta was there as were a couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
A channel corner drift over large porites massives with many seafans including some impressive black/dark red ones. We found a pair of baby white tip sharks under a block, tunas cruised the channel front and then there were many Napoleons, sweetlips and large groupers around the blocks (i.e. lots of BIG fish!). Inside there are many shallow blocks buzzing with anthias and the regular reef fish and a few hawksbill turtles at the back of the reef, probably hiding from the current!
Day 4
Tawny nurse shark sleeping under overhang from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No mantas at the block so we made a drift dive on the ocean reef sighting a couple of grey sharks along the drop-off and several eagle rays up in the shallows. This is a really beautiful reef with large coral "statues" which are cleaning stations for reef fish. There were schools of black & white snappers, sleek surgeonfish, so many golden chromis, blue tangs etc.
Dive 2
Beautiful ocean reef with huge coral blocks cascading down the reef slope: home to every type of reef fish. TWO MANTAS CRUISED UP AND DOWN THE REEF SEVERAL TIMES, LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STOP OR JUST CHECKING US OUT? Schools ofsnappers and jacks, white tip sharks sleeping in sand, a leaf fish, big eye emperors, so many soldierfish in every nook and cannie of the reef.
Dive 3
Stunning ocean reef site with vertical wall from 12-50+m and a huge overhang. We found a large green turtle (or two) and drifted past walls smothered in purple wire seafans and pink, yellow and purple soft corals. The sunshine and the excellent visibility made for a superb dive as the current wafted us along the wall. We spent the last 10 minutes right up on the reef top enjoying the beautiful hard corals and the millions of Coopers and Evan's anthias, pyramid and Meyer's butterflyfish etc.
Day 5
Diver above beautiful Acropora corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! A SUPERB LAST DIVE WITH THE MANTAS as we watched a courtship display by 4 males to two large females. Up and down and around and around giving us an acrobatics display. Abigail the huge female is now pregnant, but still attractive to the posse of males following her around. AS we drifted along the channel we saw blacktip, white tip and grey reef sharks and the huge school of barred jacks were whirling around and then made a run for the ocean: whoosh!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Strong current so a fast drop and hang-on the current point before we were whisked along the eastern edge of the reef. We watched dogtooth tunas chasing fusiliers, a couple of grey sharks, a schools of rainbow runners which mobbed divers. The northern side was calmer and we were able to explore and enjoy the coral blocks. There were schools of black and white and red snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, lovely orange sea fans and soft coral so this site regularly gets current!
Night Dive
NEW SITE! An experimental night dive on a shallow thila inside the atoll. The corals were extensive and very beautiful. We saw flashlight fish and soldierfish amongst the corals, a pink coloured tapestry shrimp, a stripy reef lobster, pairs of banded coral shrimps and lots of trapezia crabs and squat lobsters hiding in coral heads.
Day 6
Courting mantas being friendly with us and eachother. MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We travelled a little east to this lovely thila with colourful orange and pink seafans and coral blocks full of reef fish along a sandy plateau. The dogtooth tunas were coralling schools of neon and striped fusiliers off the reef. We found spiny lobsters, another pair of green leaf fish, a block with lots of glassfish concealing a large coral grouper being cleaned by Bruuni shrimps, featherstars with elegant squat lobsters etc.
Dive 2
Hurrah an in-current AND A GREAT SHOW OF GREY SHARKS ON THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL. HARD TO COUNT AS THEY KEPT COMING BUT CERTAINLY 50+ ALSO SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS PLUS HUGE SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS, BARRACUDAS, RAINBOW RUNNERS AND THEN A DRIFT ALONG THE REEF PASSING SEVERAL GREEN TURTLES AND A SLEEPING NURSE SHARK!
Dive 3
Similar conditions and all the above again with LOTS OF GREYS SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS AGAIN. The eagle rays swam underneath us too. There were several large Napoleons on the main reef and we managed to find the green turtles and the nurse shark again. At the end of the dive we sighted a male ribbontail ray chasing a very large female.
Evening Activity
Evening/sunset visit to island of Dhiyadhoo where the village is derserted and has become overgrown by the jungle. There is a beautiful beach on either side of the island.The crew collected some fresh coconuts and made drinks for the guests
Day 7
Golden yellow leaf fish seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Stronger in-current and LOTS OF GREY SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT plus large school of big-eye jacks, a sailfish, giant barracudas, a shark with a broken fin (!) eagle rays and a drift into the channel. Then the heavens opened.
Dive 2
No current! We jumped on the front of the channel amd weaved our way along the front where a few grey sharks were meandering around but there was a huge school of mackerel scads plus lots of dogtooth tunas. The reef front is heavily coralised with lots of ledges and we found several black ribbon eels, sleeping green turtles and many jacks
Dive 3
Quite a strong current pinning the sharks on the front so we just hooked in and watched the show as groups of GREY SHARKS PARADED UP AND DOWN IN FRONT OF US, AND BOBBED AROUND IN THE CURRENT. We had a brisk drift in over beautiful fish-covered coral blocks and found yet more green turtles plus orbicular batfish
Day 8
Divers with a huge school of blue stripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A strong in-current so LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AGAIN on the channel front plus white tips bobbing about and eagle rays. Another brisk drift in over the coral blocks and we found a ribbon tail ray
Dive 2
A small in current but hard work to reach the point where there were lots a grey sharks plus resting white tip sharks, just after the corner. Some divers continued across the front. There was a large school of barracudas too. We found black ribbon eels again, turtles, Napoleons, eagle rays etc. This is always a busy channel with lots of things to see!
Dive 3
Pretty coral garden site. TWO FEATHERTAIL RAYS, ONE VERY LARGE AND LIKELY PREGNANT. Lots of pretty coral island with every kind of chromis and damsel including humbugs, indians, white-bellys, fusilier etc. Many sand gobies peering back ar us, Dracula and pinkbar gobies with their pistol shrimps etc.
Two spinner dolphins were fishing via the big lights at the back of the boat
Day 9
Grey sharks cruising sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Strong eddying current on front of channel LOTS OF GREY SHARKS but dispersed so we had to keep moving around and divers ended up all over the channel! Fast and bumpy drift in where we saw lots of green turtles, ZEBRA SHARK, round ribbontail ray, eagle rays, big groupers, harlequin sweetlips and really nice corals.
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted past large coral blocks and onto the techicolour channel front where huge schools of bluestripe and humpback snapper hung out. A squadron of ~8 EAGLE RAYS were waiting on the channel front and a single one swooped around and around on the corner. There were also schools of Raccoon and collared butterflyfish and both black tip and white tip sharks buzzing around. A swarm of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs swept past
Dive 3
Lovely drift dive past overhangs on the channel front and above huge porites blicks full of snappers and groupers. We briefly hooked on the channel front to watch a few grey sharks saunter past and then drifted in. We found a small, very spotty ZEBRA SHARK resting in a sand area. Other divers found a large one on a ledge amongst the coral. We also found Maldives sponge snails, a leaf fish and a lovely green turtle in the middle of a delicate table coral being cleaned!
Several members of crew went night snorkelling inside the very shallow anchorage
Day 10
Large school of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A HUGE SCHOOL OF BONITOS ENGULFED US ON THE CORNER. WITHIN THE SCHOOL WERE APAIR OF EAGLE RAYS AND A FEW GREY SHARKS! WOW! The current was strng so we hooked in and watched the grey sharks and white tips cruising overhead. The drift into the channel was fast and bouncy but Matt maged to find us TWO sleeping ZEBREA sharks and a round ribbontail ray which all took off down current.
Dive 2
An easy current at this thila site. Only a grey shark and some rainbow runners at depth but a school of yellow-back fusiliers greeted us as we descended. More rainbow runners milled around and visited cleaning stations. THIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD MACRO SITE AND TODAY WE MANAGED TO FIND A BLUE RIBBON EEL, 4X LEAF FISH, AMBOIN, BRUUNI AND LYSMATA CLEANING SHRIMPS
Dive 3
Beautiful coral garden and good macro again. A large, glassfish covered, coral block also contained three leaf fish, a small peacock flounder and a couple or morays. There was a beautiful tiny sailfish tang and another 2cm long baby bi-colour parrotfish. Over the ridge we saw a blacktip sharks and schools of fusiliers and black and white snappers
Quick visit to small sandbank for sunset photos. This one disappears at high tide!
Day 11
Zebra sharks are frequently seen in the far south. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Busy current point at thila with schools of various fusiliers, big eye jacks, crescent-tailed big eyes, mackerel scads and a few tunas. The cola blocks were buzzing with Cooper's anthias. The coral at this site is impressive! We found a Nembrotha cristata nudibranch and just enjoyed the beautiful corals and reef fish
Dive 2
Laid-back final dive at thila with glassfish filled overhangs and coral blocks with schools of yellow goatfish and blue stripe snappers. There was a school of Forster's barracudas and a few dogtooth tunas along the reef side and lots of small groupers and morays on the reef. Bruuni shrimp gave some divers a manicure. We also found an upside down Chromodoris tritos nudi. The top reef is very pretty so a nice way to end the trip
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to an isolated sandbank for a little snorkelling and general messing around in the sea!
Day 12
Tiny white sand sandbank. Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for domestic flight to Male'
Day 13
So many fish! Mv Sea Spirit. Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived via domestic flight from Male' to Gan, Addu atoll. They transferred to Sea Spirit and we headed off to the north of the atoll
Dive 1
An easy and laid back check dive on this steep ocean reef. We watched a white tip shark cruising the depths, a couple of green turtles up in the shallows a school of rainbow runners checked us out, there was a small school of Forster's barracudas. The shallow reef has really beautiful hard corals buzzing with golden chromis and Evan's anthias
Day 1
Divers above stunning hard corals in the maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely blue water at this exposed ocean reef site with beautiful coral blocks full of reef fish and extensive fields of hard corals in the shalllows. There were several large schools of green cheek parrotfish, schools of black and white snappers, big eye and bluefin jacks, goldfinger darts, rufferfish, milkfish, a murex snail and segmented nudis. There was one sole bumphead parrotfish!
Dive 2
HURRAH! 10+ MANTAS WAITING TO GREET US IN QUITE A BRISK CURRENT. What a lovely dive. PLUS A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS AND A FUNNY LITTLE EAGLE RAY.
Dive 3
Southern ocean reef with lots of large coral blocks. In one we found a HUGE TAWNY NURSE SHARK, in another a large green turtle and a white leaf fish. There were several other green and hawksbill turtles, a porcelain crab, many humpback snappers and yellowback fusiliers plus so many green cheek parrotfish again!
Day 2
Beautiful Maldives Mantarays from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Stern tour of British Loyalty wreck via the bomb hole and the engine room then to the propellor and along the deck to the bow. The visibility was fair and we could see to the sandy bottom and the extra propellor. The black corals had many psamanthe shrimps and we found some large Pterolidia nudibranchs plus pipefish and lots of longfin batfish of varying sizes
Dive 2
A lovely show with ~5 manta busying themselves at the cleaning station and another 4 in the channel passing through several times. It was a completely different crowd of mantas to yesterday!
Dive 3
A strong in-flowing current so dived the channel corner where there were several grey sharks and a large school of barred jacks on the channel front, but pinned down deep by the strong current. As we drifted in we saw many Napoleons plus several large black saddled coral groupers, camouflage and masked groupers
Night Dive
A quieter night dive than expected but Steve used his special flourescent lights and got some remarkable results on his video of corals and soft corals at night. Bansi found a huge red hermit crab Dardanus megistos
Day 3
Reef buzzing with golden chromis seen from MV sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Wide channel ocean reef corner with a small in-current, but not much action today with sighting restricted to smaller creatures. We found a spearing mantis shrimp, a juvenile razor wrasse, a Pontonides shrimp on a whip coral, a beautiful juvenile oriental sweetlips and a shy octopus. AFTER THE DIVE WE WERE TREATED TO AN AMAZING SPINNER DOLPHIN SHOW AS ~200 DOLPHNS FROLICKED INSIDE THE CHANNEL LEAPING AND SPINNING AND CHASING THE DHONI
Dive 2
Tuftee the pale manta gave us a nice show whilst she busied herself being cleaned as she swam up the reef and closely inspected the divers. Paulette and Incognito mantas were also there but being a little more discreet. The small eagle ray who thinks she is a manta was there as were a couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
A channel corner drift over large porites massives with many seafans including some impressive black/dark red ones. We found a pair of baby white tip sharks under a block, tunas cruised the channel front and then there were many Napoleons, sweetlips and large groupers around the blocks (i.e. lots of BIG fish!). Inside there are many shallow blocks buzzing with anthias and the regular reef fish and a few hawksbill turtles at the back of the reef, probably hiding from the current!
Day 4
Tawny nurse shark sleeping under overhang from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No mantas at the block so we made a drift dive on the ocean reef sighting a couple of grey sharks along the drop-off and several eagle rays up in the shallows. This is a really beautiful reef with large coral "statues" which are cleaning stations for reef fish. There were schools of black & white snappers, sleek surgeonfish, so many golden chromis, blue tangs etc.
Dive 2
Beautiful ocean reef with huge coral blocks cascading down the reef slope: home to every type of reef fish. TWO MANTAS CRUISED UP AND DOWN THE REEF SEVERAL TIMES, LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STOP OR JUST CHECKING US OUT? Schools ofsnappers and jacks, white tip sharks sleeping in sand, a leaf fish, big eye emperors, so many soldierfish in every nook and cannie of the reef.
Dive 3
Stunning ocean reef site with vertical wall from 12-50+m and a huge overhang. We found a large green turtle (or two) and drifted past walls smothered in purple wire seafans and pink, yellow and purple soft corals. The sunshine and the excellent visibility made for a superb dive as the current wafted us along the wall. We spent the last 10 minutes right up on the reef top enjoying the beautiful hard corals and the millions of Coopers and Evan's anthias, pyramid and Meyer's butterflyfish etc.
Day 5
Diver above beautiful Acropora corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! A SUPERB LAST DIVE WITH THE MANTAS as we watched a courtship display by 4 males to two large females. Up and down and around and around giving us an acrobatics display. Abigail the huge female is now pregnant, but still attractive to the posse of males following her around. AS we drifted along the channel we saw blacktip, white tip and grey reef sharks and the huge school of barred jacks were whirling around and then made a run for the ocean: whoosh!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Strong current so a fast drop and hang-on the current point before we were whisked along the eastern edge of the reef. We watched dogtooth tunas chasing fusiliers, a couple of grey sharks, a schools of rainbow runners which mobbed divers. The northern side was calmer and we were able to explore and enjoy the coral blocks. There were schools of black and white and red snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, lovely orange sea fans and soft coral so this site regularly gets current!
Night Dive
NEW SITE! An experimental night dive on a shallow thila inside the atoll. The corals were extensive and very beautiful. We saw flashlight fish and soldierfish amongst the corals, a pink coloured tapestry shrimp, a stripy reef lobster, pairs of banded coral shrimps and lots of trapezia crabs and squat lobsters hiding in coral heads.
Day 6
Courting mantas being friendly with us and eachother. MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We travelled a little east to this lovely thila with colourful orange and pink seafans and coral blocks full of reef fish along a sandy plateau. The dogtooth tunas were coralling schools of neon and striped fusiliers off the reef. We found spiny lobsters, another pair of green leaf fish, a block with lots of glassfish concealing a large coral grouper being cleaned by Bruuni shrimps, featherstars with elegant squat lobsters etc.
Dive 2
Hurrah an in-current AND A GREAT SHOW OF GREY SHARKS ON THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL. HARD TO COUNT AS THEY KEPT COMING BUT CERTAINLY 50+ ALSO SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS PLUS HUGE SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS, BARRACUDAS, RAINBOW RUNNERS AND THEN A DRIFT ALONG THE REEF PASSING SEVERAL GREEN TURTLES AND A SLEEPING NURSE SHARK!
Dive 3
Similar conditions and all the above again with LOTS OF GREYS SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS AGAIN. The eagle rays swam underneath us too. There were several large Napoleons on the main reef and we managed to find the green turtles and the nurse shark again. At the end of the dive we sighted a male ribbontail ray chasing a very large female.
Evening Activity
Evening/sunset visit to island of Dhiyadhoo where the village is derserted and has become overgrown by the jungle. There is a beautiful beach on either side of the island.The crew collected some fresh coconuts and made drinks for the guests
Day 7
Golden yellow leaf fish seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Stronger in-current and LOTS OF GREY SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT plus large school of big-eye jacks, a sailfish, giant barracudas, a shark with a broken fin (!) eagle rays and a drift into the channel. Then the heavens opened.
Dive 2
No current! We jumped on the front of the channel amd weaved our way along the front where a few grey sharks were meandering around but there was a huge school of mackerel scads plus lots of dogtooth tunas. The reef front is heavily coralised with lots of ledges and we found several black ribbon eels, sleeping green turtles and many jacks
Dive 3
Quite a strong current pinning the sharks on the front so we just hooked in and watched the show as groups of GREY SHARKS PARADED UP AND DOWN IN FRONT OF US, AND BOBBED AROUND IN THE CURRENT. We had a brisk drift in over beautiful fish-covered coral blocks and found yet more green turtles plus orbicular batfish
Day 8
Divers with a huge school of blue stripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A strong in-current so LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AGAIN on the channel front plus white tips bobbing about and eagle rays. Another brisk drift in over the coral blocks and we found a ribbon tail ray
Dive 2
A small in current but hard work to reach the point where there were lots a grey sharks plus resting white tip sharks, just after the corner. Some divers continued across the front. There was a large school of barracudas too. We found black ribbon eels again, turtles, Napoleons, eagle rays etc. This is always a busy channel with lots of things to see!
Dive 3
Pretty coral garden site. TWO FEATHERTAIL RAYS, ONE VERY LARGE AND LIKELY PREGNANT. Lots of pretty coral island with every kind of chromis and damsel including humbugs, indians, white-bellys, fusilier etc. Many sand gobies peering back ar us, Dracula and pinkbar gobies with their pistol shrimps etc.
Two spinner dolphins were fishing via the big lights at the back of the boat
Day 9
Grey sharks cruising sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Strong eddying current on front of channel LOTS OF GREY SHARKS but dispersed so we had to keep moving around and divers ended up all over the channel! Fast and bumpy drift in where we saw lots of green turtles, ZEBRA SHARK, round ribbontail ray, eagle rays, big groupers, harlequin sweetlips and really nice corals.
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted past large coral blocks and onto the techicolour channel front where huge schools of bluestripe and humpback snapper hung out. A squadron of ~8 EAGLE RAYS were waiting on the channel front and a single one swooped around and around on the corner. There were also schools of Raccoon and collared butterflyfish and both black tip and white tip sharks buzzing around. A swarm of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs swept past
Dive 3
Lovely drift dive past overhangs on the channel front and above huge porites blicks full of snappers and groupers. We briefly hooked on the channel front to watch a few grey sharks saunter past and then drifted in. We found a small, very spotty ZEBRA SHARK resting in a sand area. Other divers found a large one on a ledge amongst the coral. We also found Maldives sponge snails, a leaf fish and a lovely green turtle in the middle of a delicate table coral being cleaned!
Several members of crew went night snorkelling inside the very shallow anchorage
Day 10
Large school of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A HUGE SCHOOL OF BONITOS ENGULFED US ON THE CORNER. WITHIN THE SCHOOL WERE APAIR OF EAGLE RAYS AND A FEW GREY SHARKS! WOW! The current was strng so we hooked in and watched the grey sharks and white tips cruising overhead. The drift into the channel was fast and bouncy but Matt maged to find us TWO sleeping ZEBREA sharks and a round ribbontail ray which all took off down current.
Dive 2
An easy current at this thila site. Only a grey shark and some rainbow runners at depth but a school of yellow-back fusiliers greeted us as we descended. More rainbow runners milled around and visited cleaning stations. THIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD MACRO SITE AND TODAY WE MANAGED TO FIND A BLUE RIBBON EEL, 4X LEAF FISH, AMBOIN, BRUUNI AND LYSMATA CLEANING SHRIMPS
Dive 3
Beautiful coral garden and good macro again. A large, glassfish covered, coral block also contained three leaf fish, a small peacock flounder and a couple or morays. There was a beautiful tiny sailfish tang and another 2cm long baby bi-colour parrotfish. Over the ridge we saw a blacktip sharks and schools of fusiliers and black and white snappers
Quick visit to small sandbank for sunset photos. This one disappears at high tide!
Day 11
Zebra sharks are frequently seen in the far south. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Busy current point at thila with schools of various fusiliers, big eye jacks, crescent-tailed big eyes, mackerel scads and a few tunas. The cola blocks were buzzing with Cooper's anthias. The coral at this site is impressive! We found a Nembrotha cristata nudibranch and just enjoyed the beautiful corals and reef fish
Dive 2
Laid-back final dive at thila with glassfish filled overhangs and coral blocks with schools of yellow goatfish and blue stripe snappers. There was a school of Forster's barracudas and a few dogtooth tunas along the reef side and lots of small groupers and morays on the reef. Bruuni shrimp gave some divers a manicure. We also found an upside down Chromodoris tritos nudi. The top reef is very pretty so a nice way to end the trip
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to an isolated sandbank for a little snorkelling and general messing around in the sea!
Day 12
Tiny white sand sandbank. Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for domestic flight to Male'
Day 13
So many fish! Mv Sea Spirit. Maldives
Sea Spirit SS499 6 Mar 2016 to 18 Mar 2016 Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Male' international airport and transferred to Sea Spirit. We travelled across the atoll to make our check dive
Snorkelling
Short snorkel with two large adult male MANTA RAYS as they cleaned over a shallow reef
Dive 1
An easy drift for our check dive with sleeping white tip sharks, a mixed school of blue stripe snappers and goldspot emperors. There were bright orange, pink and blue coloured magnificent anemones with families of blackfoot clownfish, many pyramid butterflyfish and a carpet anemone with a pair or porcelain crabs and a shorthead shrimp
A beautiful manta greeted us at our check div site on MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Tunas and big jobfish chased rivers of neon fusiliers in the shallows along the entire length of the thila. Spiny lobters peered out from underneath porites coral blocks. We saw white tip and grey sharks plus a school of big eye jacks, a hawksbill turtle and schools of humpback snappers and oriental sweetlips as we drifted along the reef.
Snorkelling
Short snorkel with a female manta!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
A BEAUTIFUL OCEAN REEF WITH WHITE TIP SHRKS, GREY SHARKS AND EVEN BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS CRUISING AROUND. WE DESCENDED OVER THE CURRENT POINT AND AN ENORMOUS SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS WHICH MEANDERED AROUND SHALLOW AND DEEP. WE FOUND A YELLOW LEAF FISH A LARGE AREA OF GARDEN EELS, A SPEARING MANTIS SHRIMP AND THEN 6+2 EAGLE RAYS OVER THE SAND AREA AND THE SHALLOWS
Dive 3
Grey sharks at the current point, blacktips up in the shallows 10 SHORT FIN MOBULA RAYS along the wall, eagle rays, a manta, a pair of pale yellow leaf fish, a GREAT BARRACUDA, schooling mackerel tunas, pyramid butterflyfish, a hawkbill turtle and EVERY KIND OF REEF FISH AND MANY CORAL VARIETIES UP IN THE SHALLOWS. BEAUTIFUL
Day 2
Big eye jacks school from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We descended into a school of swirling jacks with grey sharks at the current point again plus a school of large chevron barracudas. We found spearing mantis shrimps and Hassi garden eels on the sand and eagle rays over the ridge and sand bowl. We drifted along the ocean reef wall covered in scissortail and Pavo chromis plus rudderfish and giant trevallies. What a wonderful way to start the day!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
A colourful thila with a current point at both ends! There were big eye jacks and neon fusiiers at one end and red snappers and schooling bannerfish at the other. We loved the Clarke's anemonefish in the radioactive red bubble anemone, the pink stonefish and the stars of the show were the longfin batfish from a school of 60+ which swam up and down the reef and investigated divers
Dive 3
Not good visibility but so much action! There were large and small grey sharks at the current point and over the 30m deep coral block, lots of white tip sharks cruising the drop off or sleeping in the sand, and golden jacks plus schools iof rainbow runners looking for sharks to rub themselves on. On the top of the thila were two very friendly hawksbill turtles, hunting octopus, a Chromodoris glenei nudibranch, chevron barrcudas etc.
Night Dive
The manta show commenced at 22.15 tonight so it was a late night for divers! We enjoyed watching a new male manta spin and turn as he fed on plankton. It was worth the wait!
Day 3
Grey sharks and Jacks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AN AMAZING MANTA SHOW WITH 13+ DIFFERENT MANTA ALL BUSY BEING CLEANED AND SOME FLYING HIGH THROUGH OUR BUBBLES AND CHECKING US OUT CLOSELY. ALSO LOVELY BLOCKS FULL OF SWEETLIPS AND CARPET ANEMONES WITH FISH AND SHRIMPS
Dive 2
No mantas today but an incredible show of yellow fish including bluestripe snappers, yellow goatfish and oriental sweetlips, also schools of shadow soldierfish, big eye emperors, and humpback snappers . Away from the reef wall were large schools of Forster's barracudas and Bohar snappers. Hidden amongst the coral blocks were several small white tips. The photographers loved this one!
Dive 3
A beautiful sponge and coral covered thila with deep blocks smothered in glassfish and juvenile cardinals. We saw baby tiera batfish, a hawksbill turtle suspended in a black coral tree suspended by his front flippers (!!), purple magnifica anemones and jewel-like ascidians.
The crew went fishing
Day 4
Mantas overhead! from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
ANOTHER LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH 7 DIFFERENT MANTAS BUSY BEING CLEANED AND PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE DIVE. ONE WENT AIRBOURNE WHEN IT BREACHED RIGHT IN FRONT OF US OVER THE CLEANING STATION!!!!! Also grey sharks, white tip sharks, longfin mobula, BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH lovely schools of fish and a spider conch with its eye peering at us from under the shell.
Dive 2
We spent 15 minutes looking for mantas but then went for a drift through the beautiful pink and orange soft coral overhangs full of large seafans and curly and straight sea whips plus bluestripe snappers, soldierfish, angelfish and many butterflyfish making for extremely photogenic conditions and everyone loved this beautiful site
Dive 3
An easy drift on an ocean reef. We found white mouth morays, Lysmata and banded coral shrimps, orange stripe tangs, Indian bannerfish, white tips, baby grey sharks, Napoleons and manta Sansa came to visit us at the end of the dive!
Day 5
Beautiful reef fish are a feature of many dives in the Maldives
Dive 1
THIS SITE IS FAMOUS FOR ITS SUPER-FRIENDLY MANTAS AND WE HAD A LOVELY SHOW WITH MANTAS THROUGHOUT THE 90 MINUTE DIVE. Tick, Vidhey and Harriet potter mantas gave us the best shows but we had close flybys and very close interactions with lots of different animals and it really was a speial dive. WE ALSO HAD A LARGE SILVERTIP SHARK FLY THROUGH THE GROUP LOOKING RATHER AGITATED AND GREY SHARKS BEING CLEANED ON THE REEF SLOPE
Dive 2
We spent the morning looking for whale sharks and had two aborted attempts to snorkel (the ws dived before we could get close) so we went for a dive. No ws, but plenty of lovely actions with TWO LARGE NURSE SHARKS SLPING UNDER CORAL BLOCKS, BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS, A PAIR OF SHORTFIN MOBULAS, WHITE TIP SHARKS SLEEPING IN SAND, SCHOOLS OF BOHAR SNAPPERS, CORAL BLOCKS FULL OF REEF FISH INCLUDING THICKLIP AND BIRD WRASSES ETC.
Dive 3
A small thila with steep walls decorated with large black coral trees and many purple anemones. The site is famous for its friendly hawksbill turtles and sure enough we met several who were very accommodating to the photographers and everyone got their shots! We found AN ELECTRIC TORPEDO RAY resting in one of the overhangs full of sponges and seafans, glassfish-filled caves, etc.
Evening Activity
Ashore to local island for sightseeing and some souvenir shopping before cocktails on deck
Day 6
Tick! Our very friendly manta today on MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Wreck site in blue-blue water and lots of silversprats being chased around by tunas and bluefin jacks. A school of LONGFIN BATFISH wafted past several time, we fund two stonefish up at the bow, one very fluffy and green and the other very pink! We also found a Thecacera picta nudi, lionfish hunting glassfish and some crown of thorns seastars on the main reef
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll with an accompaniment of spinner dolphins from a pod of 100+
Dive 2
We descended onto the channel corner smothered in neon fusiliers and then travelled across the front and found 2+1 eagle rays and a mangrove whipray, plus white tip sharks. We had a strong current drift into the channel and the group separated but most made it to the beautiful coral garden inside the channel which goes on and on with some magnificent coral structures
MELON HEAD WHALES! WE APPROACHED A POD OF AROUND 30 AND HAD A GROUP OF AROUND 8 PASS BY US SEVERAL TIMES CLEARLY CURIOUS OF THE NOISY HUMANS WHOOPING AND WAVING AT THEM. SUCH BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS AND SO LARGE WHEN CLOSE UP, THIS WAS A REALLY MAGICAL EXPERIENCE
Dive 3
An other fast drift this one starting at BLE SOFT CORAL HUNG CAVES with a large school of big eye jacks plus many sleek surgeonfish. We drifted along the ocean reef wall past many small overhngs and then enjoyed the excellent hard coral crown from 5-15m full of anthias and schools of reef fish. We saw several Napoleons, Platax and orbicular batfish, longnose emperors etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru atoll
Day 7
Bow of the Kudhimaa from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A POD OF SPINNER DOLPHINS JOINED THE DHONI AS SHE HEADED OUT TO THE DIVE SITE where we had dramatic overhangs cascading down the channel corner with pink and blue soft corals and a variety of seafans and sea whips with many reef fish including spotted groupers and longnose hawkfish. There were fields of anemones in the shallows full of anemonefish
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Meemu stoll
Dive 2
INCREDIBLE DIVE! ON THE CORNER WERE LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND A SQUADRON OF 17 EAGLE RAYS!!! WE CROSSED THE CHANNEL PASSING MNY MORE GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS ENJOYING THE DRAMATIC YELLOW SOFT CORALS AND MANY FUSILIERS AND MACKEREL SCADS PLUS LARGE SCHOOLS OF BIG EYE JACKS AND FORSTERS BARRACUDAS. ON THE WEST SIDE WERE MANY REEF FISH OVER CORALS BLOKS SO WE STOPPED TO ENJOY BEFORE DRIFTING IN ALONG A LOVELY CORAL-COVERED WALL WITH SCHOOLS OF FISH IN THE SHALLOWS
Dive 3
This time around we had an AMAZING SHARK SHOW in a stronger current so we just hooked in and watched GREY REEF SHARKS, WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS AND EVEN A FEW SILVERTIP SHARKS PLUS SOME EAGLE RAYS CRUISE PAST. We had a fast and bumpy drift into the channel and to a sand slope with pretty coral islands full of reef fish
Evening Activity
Darren and Colin went night-fishing with the crew and came back with a GT and a big jobfish. The rest of us enjoyed cocktails on top deck :-)
Day 8
Lots of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
ANOTHER INCREDIBLE DIVE AT THIS SITE WITH ANOTHER AMAZING SHARKS SHOW WITH LOTS OF GREYS, WHITE TIPS AND SILVERTIP SHARKS PLUS EAGLE RAYS, A SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS, BARRACUDAS, A MANGROVE WHIPRAY AND FANTASTIC SCHOOLS OF REEF FISH FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER SCENIC DRIFT
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
To have some contrast we made a dive on a small thila with steep sides covered in blue finger sponges, orange and green sponges, anemones, black coral trees and Menella seafans with good hard coral grown and an excellent variety of reef fish. This site provided some excellent photographic opportunities. We loved the orange and yellow/purple anthias and the variety of colours of anemones. Tufael the dhoni deckhand had a diving lesson!
Dive 3
A very dramatic reef with yellow soft coral hung terraces and dramatic schools of fish along the front of a shallow channel. The enormous schools of big eye jacks swept up and down and meandered into overhangs and then swept into the depths. There were schools of pale and sleek surgeonfish and many snappers, tunas, butterflyfish etc. A couple of curious Napoleons passed by and a round ribbontail ray hid in an overhang. Over the small channel we saw rainbow runners rubbing themselves on grey reef sharks
Evening Activity
Ashore to sandbank for sundowners
Day 9
Schooling eagle rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another fabulous dive! THE YELLOW SOFT CORAL WAS PLUMPED BY THE CURRENT AND EAG;E RAYS AND GREY REEF SHARKS CRUISED THE CHANNEL FRONT WHILST THE LARGE SCHOOLS OF JACKS AND BOHAR AND BLACK & WHITE SNAPPERS HUNG IN THE WATER COLUMN RIDING THE CURRENT. Tunas and giant trevallies chased schools of fusiliers and mackerel scads. What a show!
We spied a couple of likely beaked whales over deep water but they dived before we could get close :-(
Dive 2
A drift on an ocean reef with deep overhangs and a lovely hard coral crown above 15m. We found a Berthella mertensi nudibranch, a baby white tip shark partially hidden in the coral a PORCUPINE ray and spent the last 15 minutes playing with an amazing school of big eye jacks off the reef
Dive 3
A steep drop-off reef with some overhangs and many orange anthias over corals above 20m with lots of small groupers and morays. Schools of snappers and surgeons hung over coral blocks on the corner and we then drifted over sleeping white tips and shallow reef ending up over a fish covered block of Pavona coral where large brown marbled groupers were lurking
Night Dive
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH MANY TAWNY NURSE SHARKS PLUS PINK WHIP RAYS, JENKINS RAYS A LARGE ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY PLUS BLACK TIP SHARKS AND MANY GIANT TREVALLIES. ALL THE FISH WERE AS EXCITED AS WE WERE!
Day 10
Dive 1
A LOVELY SHARK DIVE WITH MANY GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES CRUISING ALONG THE CHANNEL FRONT PLUS LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS. Tuna and fusiliers filled the water column. We then drifted across white sand dunes and over patch reef occupied by thousands of bannerfish and over corals filled with chromis and all species of damsels. Very scenic!
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef with many sandy bottommed overhangs. We found several honeycomb morays. The shallow reef was filled with all types of reef fish over excellent hard corals including just so many table corals. We saw a pair of glitter giant trevallies, a school of rainbow runners and an eagle ray
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
A lovely drift along an ocean reef with many nepthia soft coral covered small coral blocks with featherstars and anemones and lots of reef fish. We saw THREE LARGE NAPOLEONS, BLUE AND BLACK RIBBON EELS, honeycomb morays, and many schools of fish including humpback snappers, pale surgeonfish and a lovely school of bannerfish. The overhngs inside the channel were very colourful!
Evening Activity
Ashore to local island for sightseeing and some souvenir shopping
Day 11
Stunning yellow soft corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Thila facing the ocean where we descended over large schools of Forster's barracudas and black and white snappers. Grey sharks and eagle rays edged the reef and just inside were around 10 baby grey sharks formaing a little school and whizzing around excitedly. The current was increasing and we drifted along the northern edge of the reef where there were many overhangs filled with corals and small fish. A really beautiful site!
Ocean Crossing
We travelled back towards Male' and our evening anchorage at Hulhumale'. We visited Male', the capital city, for sightseeing and to visit the ice-cream café.
Day 12
Stingray from MV Sea Spirit
Guest Transfer
All guests transferred to the airport for onward international flights to Europe and onward transfers to resorts
Day 13
Sea Spirt, Maldives. What a beauty!
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Male' international airport and transferred to Sea Spirit. We travelled across the atoll to make our check dive
Snorkelling
Short snorkel with two large adult male MANTA RAYS as they cleaned over a shallow reef
Dive 1
An easy drift for our check dive with sleeping white tip sharks, a mixed school of blue stripe snappers and goldspot emperors. There were bright orange, pink and blue coloured magnificent anemones with families of blackfoot clownfish, many pyramid butterflyfish and a carpet anemone with a pair or porcelain crabs and a shorthead shrimp
A beautiful manta greeted us at our check div site on MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Tunas and big jobfish chased rivers of neon fusiliers in the shallows along the entire length of the thila. Spiny lobters peered out from underneath porites coral blocks. We saw white tip and grey sharks plus a school of big eye jacks, a hawksbill turtle and schools of humpback snappers and oriental sweetlips as we drifted along the reef.
Snorkelling
Short snorkel with a female manta!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
A BEAUTIFUL OCEAN REEF WITH WHITE TIP SHRKS, GREY SHARKS AND EVEN BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS CRUISING AROUND. WE DESCENDED OVER THE CURRENT POINT AND AN ENORMOUS SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS WHICH MEANDERED AROUND SHALLOW AND DEEP. WE FOUND A YELLOW LEAF FISH A LARGE AREA OF GARDEN EELS, A SPEARING MANTIS SHRIMP AND THEN 6+2 EAGLE RAYS OVER THE SAND AREA AND THE SHALLOWS
Dive 3
Grey sharks at the current point, blacktips up in the shallows 10 SHORT FIN MOBULA RAYS along the wall, eagle rays, a manta, a pair of pale yellow leaf fish, a GREAT BARRACUDA, schooling mackerel tunas, pyramid butterflyfish, a hawkbill turtle and EVERY KIND OF REEF FISH AND MANY CORAL VARIETIES UP IN THE SHALLOWS. BEAUTIFUL
Day 2
Big eye jacks school from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We descended into a school of swirling jacks with grey sharks at the current point again plus a school of large chevron barracudas. We found spearing mantis shrimps and Hassi garden eels on the sand and eagle rays over the ridge and sand bowl. We drifted along the ocean reef wall covered in scissortail and Pavo chromis plus rudderfish and giant trevallies. What a wonderful way to start the day!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
A colourful thila with a current point at both ends! There were big eye jacks and neon fusiiers at one end and red snappers and schooling bannerfish at the other. We loved the Clarke's anemonefish in the radioactive red bubble anemone, the pink stonefish and the stars of the show were the longfin batfish from a school of 60+ which swam up and down the reef and investigated divers
Dive 3
Not good visibility but so much action! There were large and small grey sharks at the current point and over the 30m deep coral block, lots of white tip sharks cruising the drop off or sleeping in the sand, and golden jacks plus schools iof rainbow runners looking for sharks to rub themselves on. On the top of the thila were two very friendly hawksbill turtles, hunting octopus, a Chromodoris glenei nudibranch, chevron barrcudas etc.
Night Dive
The manta show commenced at 22.15 tonight so it was a late night for divers! We enjoyed watching a new male manta spin and turn as he fed on plankton. It was worth the wait!
Day 3
Grey sharks and Jacks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AN AMAZING MANTA SHOW WITH 13+ DIFFERENT MANTA ALL BUSY BEING CLEANED AND SOME FLYING HIGH THROUGH OUR BUBBLES AND CHECKING US OUT CLOSELY. ALSO LOVELY BLOCKS FULL OF SWEETLIPS AND CARPET ANEMONES WITH FISH AND SHRIMPS
Dive 2
No mantas today but an incredible show of yellow fish including bluestripe snappers, yellow goatfish and oriental sweetlips, also schools of shadow soldierfish, big eye emperors, and humpback snappers . Away from the reef wall were large schools of Forster's barracudas and Bohar snappers. Hidden amongst the coral blocks were several small white tips. The photographers loved this one!
Dive 3
A beautiful sponge and coral covered thila with deep blocks smothered in glassfish and juvenile cardinals. We saw baby tiera batfish, a hawksbill turtle suspended in a black coral tree suspended by his front flippers (!!), purple magnifica anemones and jewel-like ascidians.
The crew went fishing
Day 4
Mantas overhead! from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
ANOTHER LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH 7 DIFFERENT MANTAS BUSY BEING CLEANED AND PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE DIVE. ONE WENT AIRBOURNE WHEN IT BREACHED RIGHT IN FRONT OF US OVER THE CLEANING STATION!!!!! Also grey sharks, white tip sharks, longfin mobula, BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH lovely schools of fish and a spider conch with its eye peering at us from under the shell.
Dive 2
We spent 15 minutes looking for mantas but then went for a drift through the beautiful pink and orange soft coral overhangs full of large seafans and curly and straight sea whips plus bluestripe snappers, soldierfish, angelfish and many butterflyfish making for extremely photogenic conditions and everyone loved this beautiful site
Dive 3
An easy drift on an ocean reef. We found white mouth morays, Lysmata and banded coral shrimps, orange stripe tangs, Indian bannerfish, white tips, baby grey sharks, Napoleons and manta Sansa came to visit us at the end of the dive!
Day 5
Beautiful reef fish are a feature of many dives in the Maldives
Dive 1
THIS SITE IS FAMOUS FOR ITS SUPER-FRIENDLY MANTAS AND WE HAD A LOVELY SHOW WITH MANTAS THROUGHOUT THE 90 MINUTE DIVE. Tick, Vidhey and Harriet potter mantas gave us the best shows but we had close flybys and very close interactions with lots of different animals and it really was a speial dive. WE ALSO HAD A LARGE SILVERTIP SHARK FLY THROUGH THE GROUP LOOKING RATHER AGITATED AND GREY SHARKS BEING CLEANED ON THE REEF SLOPE
Dive 2
We spent the morning looking for whale sharks and had two aborted attempts to snorkel (the ws dived before we could get close) so we went for a dive. No ws, but plenty of lovely actions with TWO LARGE NURSE SHARKS SLPING UNDER CORAL BLOCKS, BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS, A PAIR OF SHORTFIN MOBULAS, WHITE TIP SHARKS SLEEPING IN SAND, SCHOOLS OF BOHAR SNAPPERS, CORAL BLOCKS FULL OF REEF FISH INCLUDING THICKLIP AND BIRD WRASSES ETC.
Dive 3
A small thila with steep walls decorated with large black coral trees and many purple anemones. The site is famous for its friendly hawksbill turtles and sure enough we met several who were very accommodating to the photographers and everyone got their shots! We found AN ELECTRIC TORPEDO RAY resting in one of the overhangs full of sponges and seafans, glassfish-filled caves, etc.
Evening Activity
Ashore to local island for sightseeing and some souvenir shopping before cocktails on deck
Day 6
Tick! Our very friendly manta today on MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Wreck site in blue-blue water and lots of silversprats being chased around by tunas and bluefin jacks. A school of LONGFIN BATFISH wafted past several time, we fund two stonefish up at the bow, one very fluffy and green and the other very pink! We also found a Thecacera picta nudi, lionfish hunting glassfish and some crown of thorns seastars on the main reef
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll with an accompaniment of spinner dolphins from a pod of 100+
Dive 2
We descended onto the channel corner smothered in neon fusiliers and then travelled across the front and found 2+1 eagle rays and a mangrove whipray, plus white tip sharks. We had a strong current drift into the channel and the group separated but most made it to the beautiful coral garden inside the channel which goes on and on with some magnificent coral structures
MELON HEAD WHALES! WE APPROACHED A POD OF AROUND 30 AND HAD A GROUP OF AROUND 8 PASS BY US SEVERAL TIMES CLEARLY CURIOUS OF THE NOISY HUMANS WHOOPING AND WAVING AT THEM. SUCH BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS AND SO LARGE WHEN CLOSE UP, THIS WAS A REALLY MAGICAL EXPERIENCE
Dive 3
An other fast drift this one starting at BLE SOFT CORAL HUNG CAVES with a large school of big eye jacks plus many sleek surgeonfish. We drifted along the ocean reef wall past many small overhngs and then enjoyed the excellent hard coral crown from 5-15m full of anthias and schools of reef fish. We saw several Napoleons, Platax and orbicular batfish, longnose emperors etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru atoll
Day 7
Bow of the Kudhimaa from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A POD OF SPINNER DOLPHINS JOINED THE DHONI AS SHE HEADED OUT TO THE DIVE SITE where we had dramatic overhangs cascading down the channel corner with pink and blue soft corals and a variety of seafans and sea whips with many reef fish including spotted groupers and longnose hawkfish. There were fields of anemones in the shallows full of anemonefish
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Meemu stoll
Dive 2
INCREDIBLE DIVE! ON THE CORNER WERE LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND A SQUADRON OF 17 EAGLE RAYS!!! WE CROSSED THE CHANNEL PASSING MNY MORE GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS ENJOYING THE DRAMATIC YELLOW SOFT CORALS AND MANY FUSILIERS AND MACKEREL SCADS PLUS LARGE SCHOOLS OF BIG EYE JACKS AND FORSTERS BARRACUDAS. ON THE WEST SIDE WERE MANY REEF FISH OVER CORALS BLOKS SO WE STOPPED TO ENJOY BEFORE DRIFTING IN ALONG A LOVELY CORAL-COVERED WALL WITH SCHOOLS OF FISH IN THE SHALLOWS
Dive 3
This time around we had an AMAZING SHARK SHOW in a stronger current so we just hooked in and watched GREY REEF SHARKS, WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS AND EVEN A FEW SILVERTIP SHARKS PLUS SOME EAGLE RAYS CRUISE PAST. We had a fast and bumpy drift into the channel and to a sand slope with pretty coral islands full of reef fish
Evening Activity
Darren and Colin went night-fishing with the crew and came back with a GT and a big jobfish. The rest of us enjoyed cocktails on top deck :-)
Day 8
Lots of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
ANOTHER INCREDIBLE DIVE AT THIS SITE WITH ANOTHER AMAZING SHARKS SHOW WITH LOTS OF GREYS, WHITE TIPS AND SILVERTIP SHARKS PLUS EAGLE RAYS, A SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS, BARRACUDAS, A MANGROVE WHIPRAY AND FANTASTIC SCHOOLS OF REEF FISH FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER SCENIC DRIFT
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
To have some contrast we made a dive on a small thila with steep sides covered in blue finger sponges, orange and green sponges, anemones, black coral trees and Menella seafans with good hard coral grown and an excellent variety of reef fish. This site provided some excellent photographic opportunities. We loved the orange and yellow/purple anthias and the variety of colours of anemones. Tufael the dhoni deckhand had a diving lesson!
Dive 3
A very dramatic reef with yellow soft coral hung terraces and dramatic schools of fish along the front of a shallow channel. The enormous schools of big eye jacks swept up and down and meandered into overhangs and then swept into the depths. There were schools of pale and sleek surgeonfish and many snappers, tunas, butterflyfish etc. A couple of curious Napoleons passed by and a round ribbontail ray hid in an overhang. Over the small channel we saw rainbow runners rubbing themselves on grey reef sharks
Evening Activity
Ashore to sandbank for sundowners
Day 9
Schooling eagle rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another fabulous dive! THE YELLOW SOFT CORAL WAS PLUMPED BY THE CURRENT AND EAG;E RAYS AND GREY REEF SHARKS CRUISED THE CHANNEL FRONT WHILST THE LARGE SCHOOLS OF JACKS AND BOHAR AND BLACK & WHITE SNAPPERS HUNG IN THE WATER COLUMN RIDING THE CURRENT. Tunas and giant trevallies chased schools of fusiliers and mackerel scads. What a show!
We spied a couple of likely beaked whales over deep water but they dived before we could get close :-(
Dive 2
A drift on an ocean reef with deep overhangs and a lovely hard coral crown above 15m. We found a Berthella mertensi nudibranch, a baby white tip shark partially hidden in the coral a PORCUPINE ray and spent the last 15 minutes playing with an amazing school of big eye jacks off the reef
Dive 3
A steep drop-off reef with some overhangs and many orange anthias over corals above 20m with lots of small groupers and morays. Schools of snappers and surgeons hung over coral blocks on the corner and we then drifted over sleeping white tips and shallow reef ending up over a fish covered block of Pavona coral where large brown marbled groupers were lurking
Night Dive
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH MANY TAWNY NURSE SHARKS PLUS PINK WHIP RAYS, JENKINS RAYS A LARGE ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY PLUS BLACK TIP SHARKS AND MANY GIANT TREVALLIES. ALL THE FISH WERE AS EXCITED AS WE WERE!
Day 10
Dive 1
A LOVELY SHARK DIVE WITH MANY GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES CRUISING ALONG THE CHANNEL FRONT PLUS LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS. Tuna and fusiliers filled the water column. We then drifted across white sand dunes and over patch reef occupied by thousands of bannerfish and over corals filled with chromis and all species of damsels. Very scenic!
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef with many sandy bottommed overhangs. We found several honeycomb morays. The shallow reef was filled with all types of reef fish over excellent hard corals including just so many table corals. We saw a pair of glitter giant trevallies, a school of rainbow runners and an eagle ray
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
A lovely drift along an ocean reef with many nepthia soft coral covered small coral blocks with featherstars and anemones and lots of reef fish. We saw THREE LARGE NAPOLEONS, BLUE AND BLACK RIBBON EELS, honeycomb morays, and many schools of fish including humpback snappers, pale surgeonfish and a lovely school of bannerfish. The overhngs inside the channel were very colourful!
Evening Activity
Ashore to local island for sightseeing and some souvenir shopping
Day 11
Stunning yellow soft corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Thila facing the ocean where we descended over large schools of Forster's barracudas and black and white snappers. Grey sharks and eagle rays edged the reef and just inside were around 10 baby grey sharks formaing a little school and whizzing around excitedly. The current was increasing and we drifted along the northern edge of the reef where there were many overhangs filled with corals and small fish. A really beautiful site!
Ocean Crossing
We travelled back towards Male' and our evening anchorage at Hulhumale'. We visited Male', the capital city, for sightseeing and to visit the ice-cream café.
Day 12
Stingray from MV Sea Spirit
Guest Transfer
All guests transferred to the airport for onward international flights to Europe and onward transfers to resorts
Day 13
Sea Spirt, Maldives. What a beauty!
Sea Spirit SS361 15 Jan 2012 to 25 Jan 2012 Manta & Whaleshark Special (10 day)
Guest Transfer
Meet guests at the airport and transfer to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Grey Reef & White Tip Reef Sharks, Octopus, Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Maldivian Ghost Pipefish, Circular Batfish, Sea Star Shrimps, Popcorn & Shorthead Anenome Shrimp & a Glossodoris atromarginata Nudibranch
Evening Activity
2 MANTA RAYS feeding at the back of the boat after dinner
Day 1
Dive 1
Grey Reef & White Tip Reef Sharks, Octopus, Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Schools of Circular Batfish, Big Eyes, Silver Jacks, Large Dogtooth Tuna hunting the Fusiliers & a Hawksbill Turtle
Dive 2
MANTA RAYS - not cleaning but riding the eddy from the sandbank!!!!
Dive 3
WRECK DIVE - every inch of this wreck is covered in coral growth and is a haven for small marine life who have taken up residence there, plus on the reef we found an Electric Ray, a pair of Chromodoris tritos Nudbranchs and swarms of Silversides, Glassfish & Juvenile Fusiliers
Day 2
Dive 1
Schools of Great Barracuda, Blueline Snapper, Humpback Snapper, Black Blotched Stingray, Eagle Rays, Mobula Rays & lots of overhangs with lovely soft corals
Drift Dive with Yellowback Fusiliers buzzing in the current, White Tips, Honeycombe Moray & Yellowfin Tuna
Dive 3
The reef was swarming with Glassfish and Silversides being hunted on by Blueline Trevally, Stonefish, Oates Soft Coral Crab Hawksbill Turtle & Longnose Hawkfish
Day 3
Dive 1
Massive Giant Trevally, White Tips, Unicorn Fish, Black&White Snapper, Red Snapper plus a run of overhangs stuffed full of Fan Corals & Whip Coral, Juvenile White Leafish and a tiny Scorpionfish
Dive 2
KawaKawa Tuna hunting the Silversides, White Tips, Hawksbill Turtle, Octopus, pair of Maldivian Ghost Pipefish & Funeral jorunna Nudibranch
Day 4
Dive 1
2 FEMALE AND 2 MALE MANTA RAYS CLEANING AND BARREL ROLLING, plus Eagle Ray, Oates Soft Coral Crab & White Mouth Morays
Dive 2
8 MANTA RAYS FOR THE WHOLE ENTIRE DIVE!!!
Snorkelling
Snorkelling with a WHALE SHARK!
Dive 3
Whizzing drift dive, turtles, long face emperors, stingray, pilot jacks, big big triggerfish
Day 5
Dive 1
FROG FISH, Tambja amakusana, roboatra arika, Tambja morosa, Chromodoris glenei & Glossodoris hikuerensis Nudibranchs plus a tiny Octopus, Stone Fish, school of Circular Batfish and lots of hunting
Dive 2
Schools of blue lined snapper and hump back snapper, saddled groupers, octopus, trevally, jacks, white tips.
Dive 3
Eagle Ray, Hawksbill Turtles, Zebra Moray, Titon Triggerfish & White Tips
Day 6
Dive 1
White Tips, Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Zebra Moray, Glorious Flatworm, Neon Fusiliers, Oates Soft Coral Crab & Imperial Angelfish
Dive 2
Lots of White Tips buzzing in the current, Dogtooth Tuna, large Schools of Blueline Snapper & Neon Fusiliers, Whip Coral Shrimp, Starry Dragonet & a Juvenile Imperial Angelfish
Dive 3
Spearing Mantis Shrimp, Blue&Yellow Ribbon Eels, White Leafish, Bandit Morays, Honeycombe Morays, Anton Bruuni Cleaner Shrimp, Banded Boxer Shrimp and lots of Glass Fish
Day 7
Dive 1
15+ GREY REEF SHARKS, Eagle Rays, White Tips, Torpedo Ray, Dogtooth Tuna, Midnight & Black/White Snapper, Silver Jacks & a White Whip Coral Shrimp
Dive 2
Green turtle, big napoleon wrasse, streaming fuselliers, oriental sweet lips
Dive 3
Grey Reef, White Tips, Nurse Shark, Large Napoleon Wrasse, Dogtooth Tuna, Spiney Lobster and a school of Blacktail Snapper
Night Dive
Octopus, Ornate Ghost Pipefish, Chromodoris glenei Nudibranch, Glorious Flatworm, Conical Black Coral Crab & Whip Coral Shrimp
Day 8
Dive 1
Lots of Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Dogtooth Tuna and Silver Jacks
Dive 2
Wreck & Reef Dive - Hawksbill Turtle, Green and White Leafish, Oates Soft Coral Crab & lots of different varieties of Shrimp
Dive 3
Drift Dive with Jacks, Snapper, Napoleon Wrasse, Hawksbill Turtle plus a Thercera picta Nudibranch & 6 Ghost Pipefish of which 2 Where Ornate, 2 Maldivian a Slender and a Sea Grass
Night Dive
Shrimps, shrimps and shrimps, variuos crabs, walking feather stars, viper moray, saron shrimp
Day 9
Dive 1
Last Dive with Green turtle, hawksbill turtle, eagle ray, comet fish, fighting titan trigger fish
Daytime Excursion
Shopping, Ice Cream and Sightseeing in Male
Day 10
Guest Transfer
Take guests to the airport for their flight home or onward transfer
Day 11
 
Guest Transfer
Meet guests at the airport and transfer to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Grey Reef & White Tip Reef Sharks, Octopus, Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Maldivian Ghost Pipefish, Circular Batfish, Sea Star Shrimps, Popcorn & Shorthead Anenome Shrimp & a Glossodoris atromarginata Nudibranch
Evening Activity
2 MANTA RAYS feeding at the back of the boat after dinner
Day 1
Dive 1
Grey Reef & White Tip Reef Sharks, Octopus, Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Schools of Circular Batfish, Big Eyes, Silver Jacks, Large Dogtooth Tuna hunting the Fusiliers & a Hawksbill Turtle
Dive 2
MANTA RAYS - not cleaning but riding the eddy from the sandbank!!!!
Dive 3
WRECK DIVE - every inch of this wreck is covered in coral growth and is a haven for small marine life who have taken up residence there, plus on the reef we found an Electric Ray, a pair of Chromodoris tritos Nudbranchs and swarms of Silversides, Glassfish & Juvenile Fusiliers
Day 2
Dive 1
Schools of Great Barracuda, Blueline Snapper, Humpback Snapper, Black Blotched Stingray, Eagle Rays, Mobula Rays & lots of overhangs with lovely soft corals
Drift Dive with Yellowback Fusiliers buzzing in the current, White Tips, Honeycombe Moray & Yellowfin Tuna
Dive 3
The reef was swarming with Glassfish and Silversides being hunted on by Blueline Trevally, Stonefish, Oates Soft Coral Crab Hawksbill Turtle & Longnose Hawkfish
Day 3
Dive 1
Massive Giant Trevally, White Tips, Unicorn Fish, Black&White Snapper, Red Snapper plus a run of overhangs stuffed full of Fan Corals & Whip Coral, Juvenile White Leafish and a tiny Scorpionfish
Dive 2
KawaKawa Tuna hunting the Silversides, White Tips, Hawksbill Turtle, Octopus, pair of Maldivian Ghost Pipefish & Funeral jorunna Nudibranch
Day 4
Dive 1
2 FEMALE AND 2 MALE MANTA RAYS CLEANING AND BARREL ROLLING, plus Eagle Ray, Oates Soft Coral Crab & White Mouth Morays
Dive 2
8 MANTA RAYS FOR THE WHOLE ENTIRE DIVE!!!
Snorkelling
Snorkelling with a WHALE SHARK!
Dive 3
Whizzing drift dive, turtles, long face emperors, stingray, pilot jacks, big big triggerfish
Day 5
Dive 1
FROG FISH, Tambja amakusana, roboatra arika, Tambja morosa, Chromodoris glenei & Glossodoris hikuerensis Nudibranchs plus a tiny Octopus, Stone Fish, school of Circular Batfish and lots of hunting
Dive 2
Schools of blue lined snapper and hump back snapper, saddled groupers, octopus, trevally, jacks, white tips.
Dive 3
Eagle Ray, Hawksbill Turtles, Zebra Moray, Titon Triggerfish & White Tips
Day 6
Dive 1
White Tips, Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Zebra Moray, Glorious Flatworm, Neon Fusiliers, Oates Soft Coral Crab & Imperial Angelfish
Dive 2
Lots of White Tips buzzing in the current, Dogtooth Tuna, large Schools of Blueline Snapper & Neon Fusiliers, Whip Coral Shrimp, Starry Dragonet & a Juvenile Imperial Angelfish
Dive 3
Spearing Mantis Shrimp, Blue&Yellow Ribbon Eels, White Leafish, Bandit Morays, Honeycombe Morays, Anton Bruuni Cleaner Shrimp, Banded Boxer Shrimp and lots of Glass Fish
Day 7
Dive 1
15+ GREY REEF SHARKS, Eagle Rays, White Tips, Torpedo Ray, Dogtooth Tuna, Midnight & Black/White Snapper, Silver Jacks & a White Whip Coral Shrimp
Dive 2
Green turtle, big napoleon wrasse, streaming fuselliers, oriental sweet lips
Dive 3
Grey Reef, White Tips, Nurse Shark, Large Napoleon Wrasse, Dogtooth Tuna, Spiney Lobster and a school of Blacktail Snapper
Night Dive
Octopus, Ornate Ghost Pipefish, Chromodoris glenei Nudibranch, Glorious Flatworm, Conical Black Coral Crab & Whip Coral Shrimp
Day 8
Dive 1
Lots of Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Dogtooth Tuna and Silver Jacks
Dive 2
Wreck & Reef Dive - Hawksbill Turtle, Green and White Leafish, Oates Soft Coral Crab & lots of different varieties of Shrimp
Dive 3
Drift Dive with Jacks, Snapper, Napoleon Wrasse, Hawksbill Turtle plus a Thercera picta Nudibranch & 6 Ghost Pipefish of which 2 Where Ornate, 2 Maldivian a Slender and a Sea Grass
Night Dive
Shrimps, shrimps and shrimps, variuos crabs, walking feather stars, viper moray, saron shrimp
Day 9
Dive 1
Last Dive with Green turtle, hawksbill turtle, eagle ray, comet fish, fighting titan trigger fish
Daytime Excursion
Shopping, Ice Cream and Sightseeing in Male
Day 10
Guest Transfer
Take guests to the airport for their flight home or onward transfer
Day 11
Sea Spirit SS399 10 Mar 2013 to 22 Mar 2013 Male to Remote Far North (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrive from International flight and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Good check dive! Schools of goat fish and blue stripe snappers, coral blocks with anemone fish, white mouthed morays, lovely sea fans with schools of batfish and HAWKSBILL TURTLE swimming along side us. SHORT FINNED MOBULA FLY-BY ABOVE US!
Ocean Crossing
Inter atoll travel to BAA
Day 1
Dive 1
Awoke to dolphins around the boat. A good strong current to start the day! Black octopus, many giant morays, balls of glass fish hanging under coral heads, giant trevally and large BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY sweeping over the sand. A SAILFISH LEAPT OUT OF THE WATER just as we got back on the dhoni!
Ocean Crossing
Inter Atoll travel to RAA
Dive 2
DOLPHINS AGAIN BEFORE THE FIRST DIVE! Forever changing currents on this dive. Lovey Thila with many blue soft corals in overhangs, giant morays, big school of bannerfish cruising around with us. A pair of white eyed morays and spotted box fish. Batfish accompanied us on our safety stop!
Dive 3
Speedy drift dive with lovely overhangs covered with blue and yellow soft corals. Shoals of hanging oriental sweetlips, beautiful long sea whip, scorpion fish and BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY gliding over the coral heads.
Sundowners on the Deck
Day 2
Dive 1
New Site! Nice slow drift with huge shoals of bannerfish and blue striped snapper everywhere we looked. GREY REEF SHARKS hiding in a cave with blotched ribbon tail ray. 2 Morays peeping out of the reef together, many Anemone fish with babies, very cute. Beautiful blue and yellow soft corals in overhangs. An overall very lovely new site.
Dive 2
WOW...MANTA FLY-BY!! Lots of oriental sweetlips, scorpion fish, black spotted puffers. large schools of gold spot emperors and carpets of anemone fish.
Dive 3
Fairly strong drift in places. BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAYS, lovely nudibranchs, SPAWNING GUILDING'S SEA STAR STANDING ON TIP TOE! FEATHERTAIL RAY, huge school of humpback snapper, Napoleon Wrasse and a spawning sea cucumber standing upright!
Evening Activity
Presentation on Manta ecology by Dr Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler
Day 3
Dive 1
WOW...6 MANTA AT THE CLEANING STATION! Very shy but 2 large females stayed for a while, while a couple more swam past to take a look. A HAWKSBILL TURTLE also swam over to us in front of the Mantas…WHAT A SIGHT! PINK WHIPRAY following a female FEATHERTAIL with designs on her!
Dive 2
Stunning coral covered thila with every colour and type of coral and thick with fish! NURSE SHARK nestled under cavern, 2 HAWKSBILL TURTLES, one just sitting in the coral heads. About 15 lobsters in overhang, black cheek moray. Fish soup and fantastic coral everywhere!
Ocean Crossing
crossing to Noonu Atoll
Dive 3
SHARK-TASTIC! Masses of GREY REEF SHARKS at this cleaning station cruising up and down, One with its own little yellow pilot fish swimming just in front of its nose! 3 SPOTTED EAGLE RAY gliding in formation, one with a kinky tail! Beautiful! A Black Octopus made an appearance. Fish everywhere. AN ACTION PACKED DIVE!
In the evening we saw Dolphins while watching an amazing sunset.
Day 4
Dive 1
A VERY SHARKY DIVE AGAIN! HEAPS OF GREY REEF SHARKS, 2 SPOTTED EAGLE RAY gracefully cruising around, BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY, LARGE SCHOOL OF CHEVRON AND FORSTERS BARRACUDA and a group of GIANT BARRACUDA.
Dive 2
2 NURSE SHARKS wedged under the bottom of the Thila. HUGE RIBBONTAIL RAY nestled next to a MANGROVE WHIPRAY. Big schools of yellow goat fish, very friendly batfish accompanied us on the whole dive including safety stop!
Dive 3
Beautifully decorated Thila! Stunning hard and soft corals with fish everywhere. A huge Marbled Grouper sitting underneath overhang, we were engulfed by Bannerfish, very calm dive.
Night Dive
TURTLE-TASTIC! A WONDERFUL NIGHT DIVE! 4 LARGE HAWKSBILL TURTLES tucked up in their caverns, 2 cosying up together. A GIANT MORAY with a lively RIBBONTAIL RAY sharing a overhang, lots of Bruuni shrimp looking back at us with bright eyes! Sleeping black-spotted puffers on ledges and a sleeping Porcupine Puffer in a hole just the right size! PEPPERED MORAY and a lonesome SQUID. Another LARGE RIBBONTAIL RAY swimming around us at the end of the dive.
Day 5
Dive 1
More current today, WHITETIP REEF SHARK looking quite lazy just off the thila, lovely overhangs and caves with free swimming GIANT MORAYS. Groups of oriental sweetlips, big schools of yellowfin goat fish, yellow margin moray, moorish idols and some curious batfish!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Shaviyani Atoll
Dive 2
Very pretty thila. GREY REEF SHARKS cruising around, jacks and blue stripe snappers, pair of black spotted puffers and spotted boxfish being cleaned. Scribbled filefish, 2 NURSE SHARKS resting under cavern.
Dive 3
Many crown of thorns starfish on this thila, starry puffer fish, susan's flat worm, lovey overhangs with blue strip snapper. RIBBONTAIL AND FEATHERTAIL RAYS. Flat anemone shrimp in blue carpet magnifica…suddenly eaten by an anemone fish! Smallscale scorpion fish, juvenile yellow box fish. beautiful carpets of anemone fish.
Evening Activity
Movie night!
Day 6
Dive 1
Dramatic ocean reef with steep drop-off below 50m. Hundreds of schooling fusiliers! A couple of EAGLE RAYS, one with no tail flitting up and down around us. 3 LEGGED HAWKSBILL TURTLE WITH A BACK FLIPPER MISSING! Roundhead parrot fish, WHIPTAIL STINGRAY, fabulous hard corals.
Dive 2
GIANT GUITAR FISH settled in the sand below ..until it spotted us! Medium sized thila with many beautiful overhangs with schools of blue stripe snapper, glassfish hanging in bowls of coral. Minute baby octopus or quid nursery, the tiniest specks but perfectly formed! Porities coral blocks, one covered with teeth marks from a chomping parrot fish.
Dive 3
Experimental dive on island house-reef. Large schools of fusiliers, big NAPOLEON WRASSE, fluorescent blue magnificas with anemone fish families, Many amazing table corals. Dolphins joined us on the journey back to the boat.
Daytime Excursion
Visit to local island of Bilefehi
Day 7
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Haa Dhaalu Atoll
Dive 1
Mantas being very shy today at this site today but quite a current! LARGE NURSE SHARK wrapped around coral heads, it looked a very tight sleeping chamber! HAWKSBILL TURTLE mooching around, many reef fish covering lovely table corals.
Dive 2
Huge schools of bigeye jacks pairing up and blue stripe snapper. The top of the thila is a carpet of magnificas and anemone fish of course! All colours, swaying majestically in the current. Also porcelain crabs and a PINK WHIP RAY, Napoleon wrasse with his girlfriend, clown triggers. Lovely yellow acabaria everywhere.
Dive 3
Tiny but perfect thila, lovely overhangs with many blue stripe snapper. Longnose hawkfish hiding in corals, amazing hard corals everywhere, huge table corals, black spotted puffers, lots to see under corals and overhangs in this site.
Evening Activity
Movie night
Day 8
Dive 1
Had to stay low in fairly strong current. MANY GREY REEF SHARKS, many juveniles cruising to be cleaned. BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY AND FEATHERTAIL RAY hiding in sand. Batfish and cornetfish. Phew, that woke us up!
Ocean Crossing
Inter Atoll crossing to Haa Alifu
Dive 2
ON THE HUNT FOR MANTAS WHEN ONE BREACHED IN FRONT OF THE BOAT FOLLOWED BY A POD OF FEEDING DOLPHINS! AND WHAT A DIVE! 6 MANTA FLY BY! Very fishy, large scorpion fish sitting next to Clouded Moray. Black spotted puffer fish balancing on coral and ledges in overhangs being cleaned. One bright yellow puffer sat in full cleaning glory on its own pedestal of coral! Banded Boxer Shrimps, small trumpet fish well camouflaged in yellow seafan. 4 Cowrie shells wedged into one tiny hole! Something going on there! Absolutely beautiful dive, lots to see!
Dive 3
Drift dive past dramatic overhangs. Large schools of blue stripe snapper and fusiliers. 2 EAGLE RAYS, one hanging out in current next to us then joined by a Napoleon Wrasse. FEATHERTAIL RAY, lots of beautiful hard corals and 3 HAWKSBILL TURTLES chomping around in amongst the coral heads, one very inquisitive coming up close and personal!
Sundowners on the deck on a beautifully calm evening
Day 9
Dive 1
Flat calm sea this morning! Moderate current and many GREY REEF SHARKS cruising around us at this deep thila. At least 9 SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS of all sizes swimming in formation. A RIBBONTAIL RAY resting on the sand near large blocks of Porities with many antheas and a family of Napoleon Wrasse. 2 MANTA FLY-BY above us surrounded by millions of Fusiliers.
Dive 2
Much less current today, but lots of fish and critters around. MANTA FLY-BY with around 7 MANTAS following in file below us. Pair of clouded moray, yellow margin and giant moray. Banded boxer shrimp in a coral block and trumpet fish hiding really well in yellow sea fan. Beautiful yellow soft corals in overhangs and black spotted puffers hanging around for cleaning, the bright yellow one was well on show! A fleeting 'bow of the boat' visit by dolphins!
Dive 3
Wonderful yellow soft corals in overhangs at this drift site. Porcupine puffer fish, black spotted puffers, pair of yellow margin morays sharing a hole! Napoleon wrasses, one quite friendly, a swarm of humpback snappers and fusiliers. Gold spot emperors, lovely coral garden and a visit from a pod of COMMON DOLPHINS!
Night Dive
Huge mass of fish snuggling into the reef at entry point. Enormous Napoleon wrasse asleep in cavern, Saron shrimps, really colourful pink and yellow soft corals in overhangs, sleeping black spotted puffers. Hermit crabs, aniculus maximus (yellow with hairy legs) and dardanelles megistos (red spotted legs)
Day 10
Ocean Crossing
Inter Atoll crossing to Haa Dhaalu
Dive 1
Very pretty thila, very calm, no current. Big schools blue stripe jacks in overhangs, Slender sweepers and glassfish in bowls. Scribbled Filefish in small groups, saddled Sharpnose puffers in pairs, yellow margin and giant morays. Guineafowl puffers being cleaned in overhangs with yellow soft corals. The top of the thila is completely coveredd with all types of coral and mountains of fish.
Dive 2
Lots to see on this lovely thila, all types of coral, gorgonian fans, purple crinoids, black featherstars, overhangs with yellow, pink and purple soft corals. Big groups of yellow snapper, black spotted puffers, dogtooth tuna, a glorious flat worm and nudibranchs including yellow nembrotha with black spots. Undulated moray, hawksbill turtle, camouflaged grouper, bearded scorpion fish.
Dive 3
WOW, AMAZING DIVE..DOLPHINS SWAM PAST US TWICE DURING THE DIVE!! The wreck was smothered with schools of fish: millions fusiliers, rainbow runners mixed with stubnose pomparno which looked beautiful in the sunlight, FEATHERTAIL RAY, gold-spot emporers, sabretooth fang blennie peeping out of a rock, sweetlips, seargent majors. 2 NURSE SHARKS hiding in wreck, school of red snappers. FANTASTIC LAST DIVE OF THE TRIP, WONDERFUL MEMORIES.
Day 11
Daytime Excursion
Visit to UTHEEM, Sultans Palace relics from 16th Century
Daytime Excursion
Visit to MAAFAHI, Agricultural Island. The papaya were delicious!
Evening Activity
Trip movie premier
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Guests to Airport
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrive from International flight and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Good check dive! Schools of goat fish and blue stripe snappers, coral blocks with anemone fish, white mouthed morays, lovely sea fans with schools of batfish and HAWKSBILL TURTLE swimming along side us. SHORT FINNED MOBULA FLY-BY ABOVE US!
Ocean Crossing
Inter atoll travel to BAA
Day 1
Dive 1
Awoke to dolphins around the boat. A good strong current to start the day! Black octopus, many giant morays, balls of glass fish hanging under coral heads, giant trevally and large BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY sweeping over the sand. A SAILFISH LEAPT OUT OF THE WATER just as we got back on the dhoni!
Ocean Crossing
Inter Atoll travel to RAA
Dive 2
DOLPHINS AGAIN BEFORE THE FIRST DIVE! Forever changing currents on this dive. Lovey Thila with many blue soft corals in overhangs, giant morays, big school of bannerfish cruising around with us. A pair of white eyed morays and spotted box fish. Batfish accompanied us on our safety stop!
Dive 3
Speedy drift dive with lovely overhangs covered with blue and yellow soft corals. Shoals of hanging oriental sweetlips, beautiful long sea whip, scorpion fish and BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY gliding over the coral heads.
Sundowners on the Deck
Day 2
Dive 1
New Site! Nice slow drift with huge shoals of bannerfish and blue striped snapper everywhere we looked. GREY REEF SHARKS hiding in a cave with blotched ribbon tail ray. 2 Morays peeping out of the reef together, many Anemone fish with babies, very cute. Beautiful blue and yellow soft corals in overhangs. An overall very lovely new site.
Dive 2
WOW...MANTA FLY-BY!! Lots of oriental sweetlips, scorpion fish, black spotted puffers. large schools of gold spot emperors and carpets of anemone fish.
Dive 3
Fairly strong drift in places. BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAYS, lovely nudibranchs, SPAWNING GUILDING'S SEA STAR STANDING ON TIP TOE! FEATHERTAIL RAY, huge school of humpback snapper, Napoleon Wrasse and a spawning sea cucumber standing upright!
Evening Activity
Presentation on Manta ecology by Dr Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler
Day 3
Dive 1
WOW...6 MANTA AT THE CLEANING STATION! Very shy but 2 large females stayed for a while, while a couple more swam past to take a look. A HAWKSBILL TURTLE also swam over to us in front of the Mantas…WHAT A SIGHT! PINK WHIPRAY following a female FEATHERTAIL with designs on her!
Dive 2
Stunning coral covered thila with every colour and type of coral and thick with fish! NURSE SHARK nestled under cavern, 2 HAWKSBILL TURTLES, one just sitting in the coral heads. About 15 lobsters in overhang, black cheek moray. Fish soup and fantastic coral everywhere!
Ocean Crossing
crossing to Noonu Atoll
Dive 3
SHARK-TASTIC! Masses of GREY REEF SHARKS at this cleaning station cruising up and down, One with its own little yellow pilot fish swimming just in front of its nose! 3 SPOTTED EAGLE RAY gliding in formation, one with a kinky tail! Beautiful! A Black Octopus made an appearance. Fish everywhere. AN ACTION PACKED DIVE!
In the evening we saw Dolphins while watching an amazing sunset.
Day 4
Dive 1
A VERY SHARKY DIVE AGAIN! HEAPS OF GREY REEF SHARKS, 2 SPOTTED EAGLE RAY gracefully cruising around, BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY, LARGE SCHOOL OF CHEVRON AND FORSTERS BARRACUDA and a group of GIANT BARRACUDA.
Dive 2
2 NURSE SHARKS wedged under the bottom of the Thila. HUGE RIBBONTAIL RAY nestled next to a MANGROVE WHIPRAY. Big schools of yellow goat fish, very friendly batfish accompanied us on the whole dive including safety stop!
Dive 3
Beautifully decorated Thila! Stunning hard and soft corals with fish everywhere. A huge Marbled Grouper sitting underneath overhang, we were engulfed by Bannerfish, very calm dive.
Night Dive
TURTLE-TASTIC! A WONDERFUL NIGHT DIVE! 4 LARGE HAWKSBILL TURTLES tucked up in their caverns, 2 cosying up together. A GIANT MORAY with a lively RIBBONTAIL RAY sharing a overhang, lots of Bruuni shrimp looking back at us with bright eyes! Sleeping black-spotted puffers on ledges and a sleeping Porcupine Puffer in a hole just the right size! PEPPERED MORAY and a lonesome SQUID. Another LARGE RIBBONTAIL RAY swimming around us at the end of the dive.
Day 5
Dive 1
More current today, WHITETIP REEF SHARK looking quite lazy just off the thila, lovely overhangs and caves with free swimming GIANT MORAYS. Groups of oriental sweetlips, big schools of yellowfin goat fish, yellow margin moray, moorish idols and some curious batfish!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Shaviyani Atoll
Dive 2
Very pretty thila. GREY REEF SHARKS cruising around, jacks and blue stripe snappers, pair of black spotted puffers and spotted boxfish being cleaned. Scribbled filefish, 2 NURSE SHARKS resting under cavern.
Dive 3
Many crown of thorns starfish on this thila, starry puffer fish, susan's flat worm, lovey overhangs with blue strip snapper. RIBBONTAIL AND FEATHERTAIL RAYS. Flat anemone shrimp in blue carpet magnifica…suddenly eaten by an anemone fish! Smallscale scorpion fish, juvenile yellow box fish. beautiful carpets of anemone fish.
Evening Activity
Movie night!
Day 6
Dive 1
Dramatic ocean reef with steep drop-off below 50m. Hundreds of schooling fusiliers! A couple of EAGLE RAYS, one with no tail flitting up and down around us. 3 LEGGED HAWKSBILL TURTLE WITH A BACK FLIPPER MISSING! Roundhead parrot fish, WHIPTAIL STINGRAY, fabulous hard corals.
Dive 2
GIANT GUITAR FISH settled in the sand below ..until it spotted us! Medium sized thila with many beautiful overhangs with schools of blue stripe snapper, glassfish hanging in bowls of coral. Minute baby octopus or quid nursery, the tiniest specks but perfectly formed! Porities coral blocks, one covered with teeth marks from a chomping parrot fish.
Dive 3
Experimental dive on island house-reef. Large schools of fusiliers, big NAPOLEON WRASSE, fluorescent blue magnificas with anemone fish families, Many amazing table corals. Dolphins joined us on the journey back to the boat.
Daytime Excursion
Visit to local island of Bilefehi
Day 7
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Haa Dhaalu Atoll
Dive 1
Mantas being very shy today at this site today but quite a current! LARGE NURSE SHARK wrapped around coral heads, it looked a very tight sleeping chamber! HAWKSBILL TURTLE mooching around, many reef fish covering lovely table corals.
Dive 2
Huge schools of bigeye jacks pairing up and blue stripe snapper. The top of the thila is a carpet of magnificas and anemone fish of course! All colours, swaying majestically in the current. Also porcelain crabs and a PINK WHIP RAY, Napoleon wrasse with his girlfriend, clown triggers. Lovely yellow acabaria everywhere.
Dive 3
Tiny but perfect thila, lovely overhangs with many blue stripe snapper. Longnose hawkfish hiding in corals, amazing hard corals everywhere, huge table corals, black spotted puffers, lots to see under corals and overhangs in this site.
Evening Activity
Movie night
Day 8
Dive 1
Had to stay low in fairly strong current. MANY GREY REEF SHARKS, many juveniles cruising to be cleaned. BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY AND FEATHERTAIL RAY hiding in sand. Batfish and cornetfish. Phew, that woke us up!
Ocean Crossing
Inter Atoll crossing to Haa Alifu
Dive 2
ON THE HUNT FOR MANTAS WHEN ONE BREACHED IN FRONT OF THE BOAT FOLLOWED BY A POD OF FEEDING DOLPHINS! AND WHAT A DIVE! 6 MANTA FLY BY! Very fishy, large scorpion fish sitting next to Clouded Moray. Black spotted puffer fish balancing on coral and ledges in overhangs being cleaned. One bright yellow puffer sat in full cleaning glory on its own pedestal of coral! Banded Boxer Shrimps, small trumpet fish well camouflaged in yellow seafan. 4 Cowrie shells wedged into one tiny hole! Something going on there! Absolutely beautiful dive, lots to see!
Dive 3
Drift dive past dramatic overhangs. Large schools of blue stripe snapper and fusiliers. 2 EAGLE RAYS, one hanging out in current next to us then joined by a Napoleon Wrasse. FEATHERTAIL RAY, lots of beautiful hard corals and 3 HAWKSBILL TURTLES chomping around in amongst the coral heads, one very inquisitive coming up close and personal!
Sundowners on the deck on a beautifully calm evening
Day 9
Dive 1
Flat calm sea this morning! Moderate current and many GREY REEF SHARKS cruising around us at this deep thila. At least 9 SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS of all sizes swimming in formation. A RIBBONTAIL RAY resting on the sand near large blocks of Porities with many antheas and a family of Napoleon Wrasse. 2 MANTA FLY-BY above us surrounded by millions of Fusiliers.
Dive 2
Much less current today, but lots of fish and critters around. MANTA FLY-BY with around 7 MANTAS following in file below us. Pair of clouded moray, yellow margin and giant moray. Banded boxer shrimp in a coral block and trumpet fish hiding really well in yellow sea fan. Beautiful yellow soft corals in overhangs and black spotted puffers hanging around for cleaning, the bright yellow one was well on show! A fleeting 'bow of the boat' visit by dolphins!
Dive 3
Wonderful yellow soft corals in overhangs at this drift site. Porcupine puffer fish, black spotted puffers, pair of yellow margin morays sharing a hole! Napoleon wrasses, one quite friendly, a swarm of humpback snappers and fusiliers. Gold spot emperors, lovely coral garden and a visit from a pod of COMMON DOLPHINS!
Night Dive
Huge mass of fish snuggling into the reef at entry point. Enormous Napoleon wrasse asleep in cavern, Saron shrimps, really colourful pink and yellow soft corals in overhangs, sleeping black spotted puffers. Hermit crabs, aniculus maximus (yellow with hairy legs) and dardanelles megistos (red spotted legs)
Day 10
Ocean Crossing
Inter Atoll crossing to Haa Dhaalu
Dive 1
Very pretty thila, very calm, no current. Big schools blue stripe jacks in overhangs, Slender sweepers and glassfish in bowls. Scribbled Filefish in small groups, saddled Sharpnose puffers in pairs, yellow margin and giant morays. Guineafowl puffers being cleaned in overhangs with yellow soft corals. The top of the thila is completely coveredd with all types of coral and mountains of fish.
Dive 2
Lots to see on this lovely thila, all types of coral, gorgonian fans, purple crinoids, black featherstars, overhangs with yellow, pink and purple soft corals. Big groups of yellow snapper, black spotted puffers, dogtooth tuna, a glorious flat worm and nudibranchs including yellow nembrotha with black spots. Undulated moray, hawksbill turtle, camouflaged grouper, bearded scorpion fish.
Dive 3
WOW, AMAZING DIVE..DOLPHINS SWAM PAST US TWICE DURING THE DIVE!! The wreck was smothered with schools of fish: millions fusiliers, rainbow runners mixed with stubnose pomparno which looked beautiful in the sunlight, FEATHERTAIL RAY, gold-spot emporers, sabretooth fang blennie peeping out of a rock, sweetlips, seargent majors. 2 NURSE SHARKS hiding in wreck, school of red snappers. FANTASTIC LAST DIVE OF THE TRIP, WONDERFUL MEMORIES.
Day 11
Daytime Excursion
Visit to UTHEEM, Sultans Palace relics from 16th Century
Daytime Excursion
Visit to MAAFAHI, Agricultural Island. The papaya were delicious!
Evening Activity
Trip movie premier
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Guests to Airport
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS525 15 Jan 2017 to 22 Jan 2017 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
This trip was a group charter, so everyone came in together on the one flight, which meant that we could get moving quite early. Once the guests had sorted out their dive gear and safety briefs were done, we headed out for the check dive.
Dive 1
Couple of stingrays, so many different types of morays and some holes having five or six morays chilling out together. 100s of bannerfish and bigeyes. Super visibility and a small current made this the perfect dive of the trip.
Day 1
Dive 1
TIGER SHARK, 2 eagle rays, juvenile leopard shark, many whitetips, grey reef and black-tip shark, marble stingray being cleaned, a constant 'freeway' of fusiliers, coral blocks completely full of reef fish and a green turtle.
Dive 2
THREE MANTAS passing by .. two large silvertip sharks, small whitetips, a huge shoal of batfish, 100s of bluestripe snappers and pyramid butterflyfish, lovey burnt orange anemones and the whole water column was full of redtooth triggerfish.
Dive 3
Very strong current making this a very hard dive but it was worth it when we hooked in to stop and watch the eight grey sharks swimming back and forth.
Evening Activity
Guests went over to the little sand bank to sit and watch the beautiful sunset.
Day 2
Dive 1
Loved this dive!!! We had many grey reef sharks swimming back and forth right in front of us and for most of the dive!! Also a little eagle ray, huge marble ray, many whitetips, a huge Napoleon, shoals of rainbow runners and bigeye jacks.
Dive 2
Lovely little dive with a juv eagle ray hanging out with us for the whole dive while we hooked in to watch the grey reef sharks and w-tips. The tuna charged at the red-tooth trigger fish sending everything right at us making everyone jump.
Dive 3
A super dive as always on this site - with just about everything to see from sharks to critters.
Night Dive
Giant trevally charging about along with a couple of whitetips, small stingray followed us for most of the dive, so many Pleurobranchus grandis all over the top of the thila, two hawksbills and puffer fish resting in the black coral.
Day 3
Dive 1
MANTAS ... FOR A WHOLE HOUR!!!!
Dive 2
Even better than the first dive!!! SO MANY MANTAS ... coming right up to us and this went on for the whole dive. I also found a ghost pipe fish!
Dive 3
Three silvertips coming in to clean, a huge female pregnant MANTA cleaning on the reef top, 20+ dogtooth tuna, a whitemouth moray, spearing mantis shrimp and a hawksbill turtle.
Day 4
Dive 1
A 5m WHALESHARK swam right up to us!!!! Allowing everyone a good chance to see and take photos.
Dive 2
Two more WHALESHARKS with the one at the end of the dive being the same one from this mornings dive - this time swimming quite shallow and right towards us. A couple of us were able to keep up with it and swim along side it for a while.
Night Dive
A super dive with many nurse sharks and stingrays along with giant trevally swimming all around us. Then, in the shallows, we had a couple of black-tip reef sharks rushing around.
Day 5
Dive 1
A super strong current making this a very exciting dive! It was so strong that even some of our regs free-flowed if you turned your head round to look behind you!! But we did have many grey reef sharks and whitetips all hanging out in the current.
Dive 2
Everyone was happy to go back and give the site another go - but this time we decided to dive the other corner which turned out to have a little less current and a lot more fish life, but still plenty of pelagic action and sharks along the front.
Dive 3
Currents still running strong, so we decided to do an easier dive giving everyone space to take photographs. It was lovely to see the little yellow frogfish still hanging around and getting bigger!
Evening Activity
An evening walk around the local island.
Day 6
Dive 1
We started with a gentle drift along the outside reef, building up to quiet a fast drift on the inside of the channel. Everyone enjoyed the ride!!! And we still had plenty of action with sharks and eagle rays - and even a marlin.
Ocean Crossing
Smooth crossing back to North Male and Hulemale.
Evening Activity
After all the dive gear had been washed and laid out to dry, we took a couple of the guests for a walk around Hulemale. Evening chilling and a few drinks with a trip movie to watch after dinner.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All guests had an early transfer to the airport ready for their flights home.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
This trip was a group charter, so everyone came in together on the one flight, which meant that we could get moving quite early. Once the guests had sorted out their dive gear and safety briefs were done, we headed out for the check dive.
Dive 1
Couple of stingrays, so many different types of morays and some holes having five or six morays chilling out together. 100s of bannerfish and bigeyes. Super visibility and a small current made this the perfect dive of the trip.
Day 1
Dive 1
TIGER SHARK, 2 eagle rays, juvenile leopard shark, many whitetips, grey reef and black-tip shark, marble stingray being cleaned, a constant 'freeway' of fusiliers, coral blocks completely full of reef fish and a green turtle.
Dive 2
THREE MANTAS passing by .. two large silvertip sharks, small whitetips, a huge shoal of batfish, 100s of bluestripe snappers and pyramid butterflyfish, lovey burnt orange anemones and the whole water column was full of redtooth triggerfish.
Dive 3
Very strong current making this a very hard dive but it was worth it when we hooked in to stop and watch the eight grey sharks swimming back and forth.
Evening Activity
Guests went over to the little sand bank to sit and watch the beautiful sunset.
Day 2
Dive 1
Loved this dive!!! We had many grey reef sharks swimming back and forth right in front of us and for most of the dive!! Also a little eagle ray, huge marble ray, many whitetips, a huge Napoleon, shoals of rainbow runners and bigeye jacks.
Dive 2
Lovely little dive with a juv eagle ray hanging out with us for the whole dive while we hooked in to watch the grey reef sharks and w-tips. The tuna charged at the red-tooth trigger fish sending everything right at us making everyone jump.
Dive 3
A super dive as always on this site - with just about everything to see from sharks to critters.
Night Dive
Giant trevally charging about along with a couple of whitetips, small stingray followed us for most of the dive, so many Pleurobranchus grandis all over the top of the thila, two hawksbills and puffer fish resting in the black coral.
Day 3
Dive 1
MANTAS ... FOR A WHOLE HOUR!!!!
Dive 2
Even better than the first dive!!! SO MANY MANTAS ... coming right up to us and this went on for the whole dive. I also found a ghost pipe fish!
Dive 3
Three silvertips coming in to clean, a huge female pregnant MANTA cleaning on the reef top, 20+ dogtooth tuna, a whitemouth moray, spearing mantis shrimp and a hawksbill turtle.
Day 4
Dive 1
A 5m WHALESHARK swam right up to us!!!! Allowing everyone a good chance to see and take photos.
Dive 2
Two more WHALESHARKS with the one at the end of the dive being the same one from this mornings dive - this time swimming quite shallow and right towards us. A couple of us were able to keep up with it and swim along side it for a while.
Night Dive
A super dive with many nurse sharks and stingrays along with giant trevally swimming all around us. Then, in the shallows, we had a couple of black-tip reef sharks rushing around.
Day 5
Dive 1
A super strong current making this a very exciting dive! It was so strong that even some of our regs free-flowed if you turned your head round to look behind you!! But we did have many grey reef sharks and whitetips all hanging out in the current.
Dive 2
Everyone was happy to go back and give the site another go - but this time we decided to dive the other corner which turned out to have a little less current and a lot more fish life, but still plenty of pelagic action and sharks along the front.
Dive 3
Currents still running strong, so we decided to do an easier dive giving everyone space to take photographs. It was lovely to see the little yellow frogfish still hanging around and getting bigger!
Evening Activity
An evening walk around the local island.
Day 6
Dive 1
We started with a gentle drift along the outside reef, building up to quiet a fast drift on the inside of the channel. Everyone enjoyed the ride!!! And we still had plenty of action with sharks and eagle rays - and even a marlin.
Ocean Crossing
Smooth crossing back to North Male and Hulemale.
Evening Activity
After all the dive gear had been washed and laid out to dry, we took a couple of the guests for a walk around Hulemale. Evening chilling and a few drinks with a trip movie to watch after dinner.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All guests had an early transfer to the airport ready for their flights home.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS353 23 Oct 2011 to 30 Oct 2011 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Meet guests at airport and transfer to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive on the Kuda Giri wreck & reef, white leaf fish, peacock mantis shrimp, oates soft coral crab, porcelain crab, blueline trevally & lots of neon fusiliers
Day 1
Dive 1
Eagle rays, whitetips, schools of silver jacks & midnight snapper and honeycomb moray
Dive 2
Blue & yellow and black & yellow ribbon eels, yellow leaf fish, shorthead anenome shrimp, popcorn shrimp, anton bruuni cleaner shrimp, banded boxer shrimp, spearing mantis shrimp, spotted mantis shrimp, honeycomb moray & large napoleon wrasse
Pod of spinner dolphins bow-riding during our crossing from one atoll to another
Dive 3
Pair of maldivian ghost pipefish, thercera picta nudibranch, whitetips, hawksbill turtle & a school of indian bannerfish
Day 2
Snorkelling
Snorkelling with a WHALESHARK before breakfast!!!
Dive 1
Fish soup... huge school of blueline snapper & humpback snapper, glossodoris hikuerensis & chromodoirs kuniei nudibranchs, shorthead anenome shrimp & lots of colourful corals
Snorkelling
Snorkelling with 4 MANTA RAYS!!!!
Dive 2
Hunting long face emperors, napoleon wrasse, juvenile bi-colour parrot fish, whitetip sharks
Day 3
Dive 1
GREEN FROG FISH!!! the hold was full of baitfish being hunted on by 10 lionfish!!!! tambja affnis, tambja amakusana & chromodoris glenei nudibranchs
Dive 2
SAND TIGER SHARK (or so we believe!) whitetips, green turtle, hawksbill turtle, school fo humpback snapper, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna and lots of free swimming honeycomb morays
Night Dive
Spotted snake eel, crabs, shrimp & hawkbill turtles
Day 4
Dive 1
LEOPARD SHARK, schools of blueline & humpback snapper, whitetips, hawksbill turtle, dogtooth tuna & hunting blueline trevally
Dive 2
Wreck & reef dive - surrounding the wreck are sand eels along with baitfish, on the wreck we found white leaf fish, shrimp & a chromodoris tritos, on the reef we found oates soft coral crab and a small octopus peering out of a hole!
Dive 3
This thila is covered in so many varieties of soft coral, colours are peach, pink, orange, liliac, plus many whip corals and fan corals too - truly stunning
Day 5
Dive 1
10+ MANTA RAYS & 3 MOBULA RAYS - awesome!!!!!
Dive 2
4 MANTAS cleaning!!!!
Dive 3
Large school of silver jacks, school of black & white snapper, large napoleon wrasse, blueline trevally & a razor fish
Day 6
Dive 1
MANTA cleaning!
Daytime Excursion
Shopping, sightseeing & ice cream in Male
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Guests to airport to meet their international flight or onward transfer
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Meet guests at airport and transfer to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive on the Kuda Giri wreck & reef, white leaf fish, peacock mantis shrimp, oates soft coral crab, porcelain crab, blueline trevally & lots of neon fusiliers
Day 1
Dive 1
Eagle rays, whitetips, schools of silver jacks & midnight snapper and honeycomb moray
Dive 2
Blue & yellow and black & yellow ribbon eels, yellow leaf fish, shorthead anenome shrimp, popcorn shrimp, anton bruuni cleaner shrimp, banded boxer shrimp, spearing mantis shrimp, spotted mantis shrimp, honeycomb moray & large napoleon wrasse
Pod of spinner dolphins bow-riding during our crossing from one atoll to another
Dive 3
Pair of maldivian ghost pipefish, thercera picta nudibranch, whitetips, hawksbill turtle & a school of indian bannerfish
Day 2
Snorkelling
Snorkelling with a WHALESHARK before breakfast!!!
Dive 1
Fish soup... huge school of blueline snapper & humpback snapper, glossodoris hikuerensis & chromodoirs kuniei nudibranchs, shorthead anenome shrimp & lots of colourful corals
Snorkelling
Snorkelling with 4 MANTA RAYS!!!!
Dive 2
Hunting long face emperors, napoleon wrasse, juvenile bi-colour parrot fish, whitetip sharks
Day 3
Dive 1
GREEN FROG FISH!!! the hold was full of baitfish being hunted on by 10 lionfish!!!! tambja affnis, tambja amakusana & chromodoris glenei nudibranchs
Dive 2
SAND TIGER SHARK (or so we believe!) whitetips, green turtle, hawksbill turtle, school fo humpback snapper, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna and lots of free swimming honeycomb morays
Night Dive
Spotted snake eel, crabs, shrimp & hawkbill turtles
Day 4
Dive 1
LEOPARD SHARK, schools of blueline & humpback snapper, whitetips, hawksbill turtle, dogtooth tuna & hunting blueline trevally
Dive 2
Wreck & reef dive - surrounding the wreck are sand eels along with baitfish, on the wreck we found white leaf fish, shrimp & a chromodoris tritos, on the reef we found oates soft coral crab and a small octopus peering out of a hole!
Dive 3
This thila is covered in so many varieties of soft coral, colours are peach, pink, orange, liliac, plus many whip corals and fan corals too - truly stunning
Day 5
Dive 1
10+ MANTA RAYS & 3 MOBULA RAYS - awesome!!!!!
Dive 2
4 MANTAS cleaning!!!!
Dive 3
Large school of silver jacks, school of black & white snapper, large napoleon wrasse, blueline trevally & a razor fish
Day 6
Dive 1
MANTA cleaning!
Daytime Excursion
Shopping, sightseeing & ice cream in Male
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Guests to airport to meet their international flight or onward transfer
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS421 23 Dec 2013 to 4 Jan 2014 Christmas & New Year (12 day)
Guest Transfer
All guests arrived from international flights early morning and transferred to Sea Spirit. We travelled south into South Male' atoll to make the check dive. It was windy and we had a rather rough crossing.
Dive 1
Easy check dive at great little wreck and reef site. There was lots of life around the wreck with bluefin jacks and dogtooth tunas chasing silversides and fusiliers. Behind the wheelhouse were many Lysmata, Bruuni, Durban and banded cleaner shrimps plus a Pseudoceros susanae flatworm. On the main reef we found several peacock mantis shrimps, 3x Chromodoris tritos and lots of sponges and anemones.
Day 1
Sea Spirit with Christmas lights! Maldives
Dive 1
Brisk current on ocean reef so lots of fusiliers, surgeonfish nad giant trevallies on the outside reef plus white tip sharks riding the current on the reef top. There were also a couple of pretty honeycomb morays, a school of bannerfish, a blue trunkfish and a big Napoleon. We had quite afast drift past overhangs buzzing with anthias on the way in.
Dive 2
An ocean reef site with great macro! We found 5-6 blue ribbon eels plus two black ones, 2x leaf fish, honeycomb, fimbriated yellowmargin and black cheek morays, Lysmata shrimps, 3x baby white tips amongst the coral blocks in the reef top and milions of orange and Evan's anthias
Dive 3
Pretty coral covered giri! Off the reef we found a lone block with lots of black coral trees and one was full of Psamanthe shrimps plus several longnose hawkfish, free-swimming clear-fin lionfish, brittle stars on blue finger sponges, and many varieties of featherstars. Bluefaced and 3-spot angelfish, raccoon butterflyfish and some super-photogenic anemones and families of clownfish in the shallows.
Day 2
Beautiful coral reef from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
There were several white tips along the channel corner front plus brown marbled groupers and a round ribbon tail ray. The overhangs on the corner had very nice soft corals. As we drifted into the channel we passed by lots of fish-filled overhangs: yellow snappers, oriental and harlequin sweetlips, big eye emperors etc. In the shallows were a spotted trunkfish and a blotched porcupinefish during a nice drift.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo
This sheltered giri site seemed a little quiet on the north wall today but the southern coral garden was very pretty with schools of blue-stripe and two-spot snappers plus many table corals full of blue-green and azur chromis, humbug damsels,reef pipefish, finger-acropora with small coral crabs etc.
Dive 3
Lots of GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS on the channel corner. THE GREY SHARKS CAME IN ALL SIZES from newborns to big pregnant females and were parading up and down. The current was so hard it was hard to breathe and we got stiff necks hanging off our reef hooks! Three AFRICAN POMPANO passed by making it look easy. We had a brisk drift into the channel over the sand fall and across a coral garden.
Night Dive
AMAZING PARADE OF NURSE SHARKS. POSSIBLY A MATING AGGREGATION? AS THERE WERE AT LEAST 30 TONIGHT AND SWIMMING AROUND UP SHALLOW PUTTING ON QUITE A SHOW. There were also pink whip rays, black tip sharks, ribbon tail rays and the ubiquitious giant trevallies.
Special Christmas dinner: prawn salad followed by roast beef followed by tipsy black forest gateau.
Day 3
Lots of nurse sharks hunting Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Another hook-in and hang dive at the sharky channel and lots of shark action again. The current was not quite as strong as yesterday and the sharks paraded along the top of the chanel a little better. LOTS OF GREY SHARKS plus an eagle ray, tunas, jacks etc. Another fun drift into the channel. Wheee!!
Dive 2
Beautiful small thila with sheer sides covered in red/white Menella sea fans, blue finger sponges and small black coral trees.There were many red rock cods, slender groupers, carpet anemones with shortheaded anemone shrimps, barred soapfish and sevearl giant trevallies chasing the fusiliers in the shallows.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru
Dive 3
Lovely steep ocean reef wall with nice blue soft corals lining the tops of some of the deeper overhangs. There were several grey sharks deep, near the big overhangs section. Plus, nice seafans and sea whips groupers and honeycomb morays in the shallower overhangs near the channel mouth. There is a lovely anemone garden on top of the ridge and many sweetlips and snappers amongst the coral blocks in the shallows. A manta flew past!
Day 4
Honeycomb moray from Sea Spirit Maldives
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Mulaku atoll
Dive 1
Glassfish covered wreck with interesting sponges and hydroids growing all over plus a cargo including several large waterpistols! Many groupers stalked the glassfish. The vertical reef walls have many overhangs with pristine blue and green sponges. We found a pair of C.tritos nudibranchs, various Phyllidia slugs, very blue-finned humbugs (so cute) and really beautiful table corals crowning the reef.
Dive 2
2 MANTA RAYS CAME TO VISIT! One cheeky big female kept creeping up behind divers and checking us out. We also found some honeycomb morays, several very large lionfish, white tip sharks and a round ribbon tail ray, a spearing mantis shrimp, schools of nice reef fish in the shallows. Lovely!
Dive 3
Same site but dives as an ocean reef drift ending inside the channel and finding lots of nice macro on the wall including some starry dragonets, a blue ribbon eel, Berthella mertensi nudi, Maldives cleaner shrimps, more large lionfish, a school of circular batfish plus another ribbontail ray, 2x manta rays and a couple of white tips!
Day 5
Manta Ray! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
There were about 4 manta rays around but they seemed to be a little shy today, maybe the current was a bit too strong to stop and be cleaned? We also saw a feathertail ray, a couple of eagle rays, a pair of robust ghostpipefish and yet more large lionfish!
Dive 2
The current was small when we started the dive but really picked up, running to quite fierce by the end! There were lovely schools of bannerfish and surgeons at the current point but the deep blocks were great, full of black corals trees and lacy white acabaria corals with longnose hawkfish, Petasometra sp. featherstars with at least one elegant squat lobster each, a humpback devil scorpionfish, hawkbill turtle and dense schools of bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
MANY, MANY GREY AND WHITE TIP SHARKS ON THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL. The grey sharks were of all sizes including dozend of very small ones, plus there was a squadron of eagle rays, large schools of both chevron and Forster's barracudas, dogtooth tunas, big eye jacks. WOW!
Pimms at sunset on top deck then THREE MANTA RAYS FEEDING BEHIND SS AT ANCHORAGE ALL NIGHT< PLUS A SMALL POD OF DOLPHINS AT AROUND 9pm.
Day 6
Lots of Grey sharks in strong current MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Back to sharky channel but an out-current so all change! We found two grey sharks inside the channel being mobbed by mackerels then large schools of barracudas on the corner plus schools of midnight snappers and big eye jacks and coral blocks buzzing with anthias and many reef fish on the top reef. There was a friendly turtle and a large Napoleon. There were several large overhangs on the outside reef which were very interesting.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Nilandhoo atoll
Dive 2
No current in channel initially so started far up on ocean reef and drifted slowly along the wall. Nice green, yellow and orange acabaria covered blocks with several white mouthed morays, lots of different reef fish plus schools of red and midnight snappers and large groupers in blocks, pair porcelain crabs etc.
Dive 3
New Site* Sheltered giri in north of atoll with sloping S/E side with large coral blocks mothered with glass fish and groupers and a steeper W/N side with som ineteresting overhangs cut deeply into the reef with white acabaria fringing, nice coral growth and the biggest school of 2-spot snappers seen. Squat lobsters, spiny lobster etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to south Ari atoll arriving in time for dinner
Day 7
Big school of barracudas from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Opposing current at this ocean reef with an E to W shallow and W to E deep! This gave us a current point on the west of the thila where we found a few white tip sharks and a grey shark plus a large school of blue stripe snappers then there were several white tip sharks sleeping in the sand plus oriental sweetlips posing on table corals being cleaned. We found a HALIMEDA GHOST PIPEFISH!
Snorkelling
SNORKEL IN THE SHALLOWS BUT OVER DEEP WATER WITH A 4M WHALE SHARK. He was very cute and kept approaching boats, so maybe a bit confused!
Dive 2
We had several swim pasts by 3/4 MANTA RAYS who seemed to be playing with us and were certainly rather curious. We also found white mouthed and fimbriated morays, a yellow leaf fish, Napoleons, 3x friendly hawksbill turtles, and nice schools of fish.
Dive 3
Tried the site again but no mantas this time. More varieties of morays an angry red bearded scorpionfish which then turned purple, a topsy turtle, big eye emperors, bicolour and ear muff blennies, a big school of Dussomier's surgeonfish, purple anemones etc.
Day 8
Shallow whale shark, just under the surface from Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another go at the ocean reef and rather different conditions with clearer visibility and several large dogtooth tunas out hunting or patrolling the reef. We saw schools of Indian bannerfish, crown sqirrelfish, goldspot emperors, blue stripe snappers plus Napoleons and turtles.
Dive 2
Stunning canyons and overhangs full of pink and orange soft corals plus seafans and sea whips. Dense schools of blue stripe and humpback snappers plus reef bannerfish and oriental sweetlips. We made a tour of the large pinnacle and canyon and then drifted over the main reef as the current increased. On the reef top were several large brown marbled groupers, more turtles and the water column full of fusiliers and mackerels.
Dive 3
Small coral and sponge covered thila. The deep blocks were covered in large black coral trees with sponge formations and penguin and thorny oysters. Dense schools of glassfish covered everything! On the main reef bonitos and bluefin jacks sailed past, attacking the glassfish and silversides and small groupers occupied every crevice. The ascidians, featherstars, anemones and sponges covered everything making the reef very colourful and photogenic.
Night Dive
The ONLY WAY TO SEE THE NEW YEAR IN!! Diving with ~8 different manta rays at the back of Sea Spirit! A very special evening! Late dive followed by a glass of sparkly.
Day 9
Dive 1
Pale blue soft coral covered sheer blocks and overhangs at this deep thila site with big fish including schools of sweetlips, emperors and snappers meandering amongst the blocks. There were some large interesting overhangs with seafans and purple juncella sea whips, a diver found a black and white ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH! also a green leaf fish and a peacock mantis shrimp. There was a strange hole in the reef FULL of glassfish and at the eastern end a huge, dense school of blue striped snappers. Lovely! Back at Sea Spirit a whale shark had been sighted on the surface and Carol had been snorkelling with manta rays!
Dive 2
Pretty deep-top thila where we caught the current change so neither in nor out at the start of the dive. ON the ledges we found a blue ribbon eel and were repeatedly buzzed by rainbow runners. A couple of large dogtooth tunas crusied past. Also: queen coris, retuculate blennies, pixie hawkfish, tomato groupers, 2-spot and bluefaced angelfish, pair of octopus.
Dive 3
Strong current at this small thila but several GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS cruising the current point. When we let go we whizzed around to the back of the reef so we looked around on the top of the reef and found an octopus and a turtle and then swam back to the current point and hooked in for a while longer. Lots of fusiliers buzzing in the current and being chased by jacks.
Night Dive
ANOTHER SUPERB DIVE WITH UP TO 5 SOMERSAULTING MANTA RAYS AT THE BACK OF SEA SPIRIT
Day 10
Beautiful blue and pink soft coral covered walls from Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Another brisk current and an exciting current point with a dense school of neon and yellow-back fusiliers exploding every time they were chased by large dogtooth tunas. Grey sharks and white tip sharks cruised the edge of the reef and a FRIENDLY LITTLE EAGLE RAY posed for photos. Nice turtles, red scorpionfish, mantis shrimps schools of fish, batfish etc.
Dive 2
Strong current and a REALLY SUPERB SHARK SHOW! With lots of big grey sharks hanging out at the spur, riding the current. A few of the large females were very pregnant and looked ready to pop! We hooked in and enjoyed the show. There were also EAGLE RAYS, PAIR OF LEAF FISH (WHITE AND CREAM) AND A HAIRY GHOSTPIPEFISH.
Dive 3
Extremely strong boingy current making for rather unpleasant diving conditions. Not our most memorable dive.
Day 11
Dense school of blue stripe snappers MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A nice moderate conistent current with a LOVELY DISPLAY OF GREY SHARKS parading on the channel front, plus a large school of big-eye jacks, eagle rays etc. We found 2x large spearing mantis shrimps, a pair of elegant squat lobsters, a white leaf fish plus our pet hairy ghost pipefish! Lovely coral, lovely fish, lovely topography. Lovely last dive.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Male atoll. Lunch was spent moored next to Bandos resort, followed by top deck jumping and swimming against the current.
Evening Activity
Later afternoon trip to Male' for ice-cream and a little gift shopping. Evening: World Premiere of trip movie.
Day 12
Grey shark parade from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Transfers to airport for international flights
Day 13
Shark and eagle ray MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
All guests arrived from international flights early morning and transferred to Sea Spirit. We travelled south into South Male' atoll to make the check dive. It was windy and we had a rather rough crossing.
Dive 1
Easy check dive at great little wreck and reef site. There was lots of life around the wreck with bluefin jacks and dogtooth tunas chasing silversides and fusiliers. Behind the wheelhouse were many Lysmata, Bruuni, Durban and banded cleaner shrimps plus a Pseudoceros susanae flatworm. On the main reef we found several peacock mantis shrimps, 3x Chromodoris tritos and lots of sponges and anemones.
Day 1
Sea Spirit with Christmas lights! Maldives
Dive 1
Brisk current on ocean reef so lots of fusiliers, surgeonfish nad giant trevallies on the outside reef plus white tip sharks riding the current on the reef top. There were also a couple of pretty honeycomb morays, a school of bannerfish, a blue trunkfish and a big Napoleon. We had quite afast drift past overhangs buzzing with anthias on the way in.
Dive 2
An ocean reef site with great macro! We found 5-6 blue ribbon eels plus two black ones, 2x leaf fish, honeycomb, fimbriated yellowmargin and black cheek morays, Lysmata shrimps, 3x baby white tips amongst the coral blocks in the reef top and milions of orange and Evan's anthias
Dive 3
Pretty coral covered giri! Off the reef we found a lone block with lots of black coral trees and one was full of Psamanthe shrimps plus several longnose hawkfish, free-swimming clear-fin lionfish, brittle stars on blue finger sponges, and many varieties of featherstars. Bluefaced and 3-spot angelfish, raccoon butterflyfish and some super-photogenic anemones and families of clownfish in the shallows.
Day 2
Beautiful coral reef from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
There were several white tips along the channel corner front plus brown marbled groupers and a round ribbon tail ray. The overhangs on the corner had very nice soft corals. As we drifted into the channel we passed by lots of fish-filled overhangs: yellow snappers, oriental and harlequin sweetlips, big eye emperors etc. In the shallows were a spotted trunkfish and a blotched porcupinefish during a nice drift.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo
This sheltered giri site seemed a little quiet on the north wall today but the southern coral garden was very pretty with schools of blue-stripe and two-spot snappers plus many table corals full of blue-green and azur chromis, humbug damsels,reef pipefish, finger-acropora with small coral crabs etc.
Dive 3
Lots of GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS on the channel corner. THE GREY SHARKS CAME IN ALL SIZES from newborns to big pregnant females and were parading up and down. The current was so hard it was hard to breathe and we got stiff necks hanging off our reef hooks! Three AFRICAN POMPANO passed by making it look easy. We had a brisk drift into the channel over the sand fall and across a coral garden.
Night Dive
AMAZING PARADE OF NURSE SHARKS. POSSIBLY A MATING AGGREGATION? AS THERE WERE AT LEAST 30 TONIGHT AND SWIMMING AROUND UP SHALLOW PUTTING ON QUITE A SHOW. There were also pink whip rays, black tip sharks, ribbon tail rays and the ubiquitious giant trevallies.
Special Christmas dinner: prawn salad followed by roast beef followed by tipsy black forest gateau.
Day 3
Lots of nurse sharks hunting Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Another hook-in and hang dive at the sharky channel and lots of shark action again. The current was not quite as strong as yesterday and the sharks paraded along the top of the chanel a little better. LOTS OF GREY SHARKS plus an eagle ray, tunas, jacks etc. Another fun drift into the channel. Wheee!!
Dive 2
Beautiful small thila with sheer sides covered in red/white Menella sea fans, blue finger sponges and small black coral trees.There were many red rock cods, slender groupers, carpet anemones with shortheaded anemone shrimps, barred soapfish and sevearl giant trevallies chasing the fusiliers in the shallows.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru
Dive 3
Lovely steep ocean reef wall with nice blue soft corals lining the tops of some of the deeper overhangs. There were several grey sharks deep, near the big overhangs section. Plus, nice seafans and sea whips groupers and honeycomb morays in the shallower overhangs near the channel mouth. There is a lovely anemone garden on top of the ridge and many sweetlips and snappers amongst the coral blocks in the shallows. A manta flew past!
Day 4
Honeycomb moray from Sea Spirit Maldives
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Mulaku atoll
Dive 1
Glassfish covered wreck with interesting sponges and hydroids growing all over plus a cargo including several large waterpistols! Many groupers stalked the glassfish. The vertical reef walls have many overhangs with pristine blue and green sponges. We found a pair of C.tritos nudibranchs, various Phyllidia slugs, very blue-finned humbugs (so cute) and really beautiful table corals crowning the reef.
Dive 2
2 MANTA RAYS CAME TO VISIT! One cheeky big female kept creeping up behind divers and checking us out. We also found some honeycomb morays, several very large lionfish, white tip sharks and a round ribbon tail ray, a spearing mantis shrimp, schools of nice reef fish in the shallows. Lovely!
Dive 3
Same site but dives as an ocean reef drift ending inside the channel and finding lots of nice macro on the wall including some starry dragonets, a blue ribbon eel, Berthella mertensi nudi, Maldives cleaner shrimps, more large lionfish, a school of circular batfish plus another ribbontail ray, 2x manta rays and a couple of white tips!
Day 5
Manta Ray! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
There were about 4 manta rays around but they seemed to be a little shy today, maybe the current was a bit too strong to stop and be cleaned? We also saw a feathertail ray, a couple of eagle rays, a pair of robust ghostpipefish and yet more large lionfish!
Dive 2
The current was small when we started the dive but really picked up, running to quite fierce by the end! There were lovely schools of bannerfish and surgeons at the current point but the deep blocks were great, full of black corals trees and lacy white acabaria corals with longnose hawkfish, Petasometra sp. featherstars with at least one elegant squat lobster each, a humpback devil scorpionfish, hawkbill turtle and dense schools of bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
MANY, MANY GREY AND WHITE TIP SHARKS ON THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL. The grey sharks were of all sizes including dozend of very small ones, plus there was a squadron of eagle rays, large schools of both chevron and Forster's barracudas, dogtooth tunas, big eye jacks. WOW!
Pimms at sunset on top deck then THREE MANTA RAYS FEEDING BEHIND SS AT ANCHORAGE ALL NIGHT< PLUS A SMALL POD OF DOLPHINS AT AROUND 9pm.
Day 6
Lots of Grey sharks in strong current MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Back to sharky channel but an out-current so all change! We found two grey sharks inside the channel being mobbed by mackerels then large schools of barracudas on the corner plus schools of midnight snappers and big eye jacks and coral blocks buzzing with anthias and many reef fish on the top reef. There was a friendly turtle and a large Napoleon. There were several large overhangs on the outside reef which were very interesting.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Nilandhoo atoll
Dive 2
No current in channel initially so started far up on ocean reef and drifted slowly along the wall. Nice green, yellow and orange acabaria covered blocks with several white mouthed morays, lots of different reef fish plus schools of red and midnight snappers and large groupers in blocks, pair porcelain crabs etc.
Dive 3
New Site* Sheltered giri in north of atoll with sloping S/E side with large coral blocks mothered with glass fish and groupers and a steeper W/N side with som ineteresting overhangs cut deeply into the reef with white acabaria fringing, nice coral growth and the biggest school of 2-spot snappers seen. Squat lobsters, spiny lobster etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to south Ari atoll arriving in time for dinner
Day 7
Big school of barracudas from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Opposing current at this ocean reef with an E to W shallow and W to E deep! This gave us a current point on the west of the thila where we found a few white tip sharks and a grey shark plus a large school of blue stripe snappers then there were several white tip sharks sleeping in the sand plus oriental sweetlips posing on table corals being cleaned. We found a HALIMEDA GHOST PIPEFISH!
Snorkelling
SNORKEL IN THE SHALLOWS BUT OVER DEEP WATER WITH A 4M WHALE SHARK. He was very cute and kept approaching boats, so maybe a bit confused!
Dive 2
We had several swim pasts by 3/4 MANTA RAYS who seemed to be playing with us and were certainly rather curious. We also found white mouthed and fimbriated morays, a yellow leaf fish, Napoleons, 3x friendly hawksbill turtles, and nice schools of fish.
Dive 3
Tried the site again but no mantas this time. More varieties of morays an angry red bearded scorpionfish which then turned purple, a topsy turtle, big eye emperors, bicolour and ear muff blennies, a big school of Dussomier's surgeonfish, purple anemones etc.
Day 8
Shallow whale shark, just under the surface from Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another go at the ocean reef and rather different conditions with clearer visibility and several large dogtooth tunas out hunting or patrolling the reef. We saw schools of Indian bannerfish, crown sqirrelfish, goldspot emperors, blue stripe snappers plus Napoleons and turtles.
Dive 2
Stunning canyons and overhangs full of pink and orange soft corals plus seafans and sea whips. Dense schools of blue stripe and humpback snappers plus reef bannerfish and oriental sweetlips. We made a tour of the large pinnacle and canyon and then drifted over the main reef as the current increased. On the reef top were several large brown marbled groupers, more turtles and the water column full of fusiliers and mackerels.
Dive 3
Small coral and sponge covered thila. The deep blocks were covered in large black coral trees with sponge formations and penguin and thorny oysters. Dense schools of glassfish covered everything! On the main reef bonitos and bluefin jacks sailed past, attacking the glassfish and silversides and small groupers occupied every crevice. The ascidians, featherstars, anemones and sponges covered everything making the reef very colourful and photogenic.
Night Dive
The ONLY WAY TO SEE THE NEW YEAR IN!! Diving with ~8 different manta rays at the back of Sea Spirit! A very special evening! Late dive followed by a glass of sparkly.
Day 9
Dive 1
Pale blue soft coral covered sheer blocks and overhangs at this deep thila site with big fish including schools of sweetlips, emperors and snappers meandering amongst the blocks. There were some large interesting overhangs with seafans and purple juncella sea whips, a diver found a black and white ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH! also a green leaf fish and a peacock mantis shrimp. There was a strange hole in the reef FULL of glassfish and at the eastern end a huge, dense school of blue striped snappers. Lovely! Back at Sea Spirit a whale shark had been sighted on the surface and Carol had been snorkelling with manta rays!
Dive 2
Pretty deep-top thila where we caught the current change so neither in nor out at the start of the dive. ON the ledges we found a blue ribbon eel and were repeatedly buzzed by rainbow runners. A couple of large dogtooth tunas crusied past. Also: queen coris, retuculate blennies, pixie hawkfish, tomato groupers, 2-spot and bluefaced angelfish, pair of octopus.
Dive 3
Strong current at this small thila but several GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS cruising the current point. When we let go we whizzed around to the back of the reef so we looked around on the top of the reef and found an octopus and a turtle and then swam back to the current point and hooked in for a while longer. Lots of fusiliers buzzing in the current and being chased by jacks.
Night Dive
ANOTHER SUPERB DIVE WITH UP TO 5 SOMERSAULTING MANTA RAYS AT THE BACK OF SEA SPIRIT
Day 10
Beautiful blue and pink soft coral covered walls from Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Another brisk current and an exciting current point with a dense school of neon and yellow-back fusiliers exploding every time they were chased by large dogtooth tunas. Grey sharks and white tip sharks cruised the edge of the reef and a FRIENDLY LITTLE EAGLE RAY posed for photos. Nice turtles, red scorpionfish, mantis shrimps schools of fish, batfish etc.
Dive 2
Strong current and a REALLY SUPERB SHARK SHOW! With lots of big grey sharks hanging out at the spur, riding the current. A few of the large females were very pregnant and looked ready to pop! We hooked in and enjoyed the show. There were also EAGLE RAYS, PAIR OF LEAF FISH (WHITE AND CREAM) AND A HAIRY GHOSTPIPEFISH.
Dive 3
Extremely strong boingy current making for rather unpleasant diving conditions. Not our most memorable dive.
Day 11
Dense school of blue stripe snappers MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A nice moderate conistent current with a LOVELY DISPLAY OF GREY SHARKS parading on the channel front, plus a large school of big-eye jacks, eagle rays etc. We found 2x large spearing mantis shrimps, a pair of elegant squat lobsters, a white leaf fish plus our pet hairy ghost pipefish! Lovely coral, lovely fish, lovely topography. Lovely last dive.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Male atoll. Lunch was spent moored next to Bandos resort, followed by top deck jumping and swimming against the current.
Evening Activity
Later afternoon trip to Male' for ice-cream and a little gift shopping. Evening: World Premiere of trip movie.
Day 12
Grey shark parade from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Transfers to airport for international flights
Day 13
Shark and eagle ray MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS482 4 Oct 2015 to 11 Oct 2015 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights throughout the day. Divers who arrived on morning flights made a check dive.
Dive 1
Easy-drift check dive. We saw several honeycomb morays, a pair of porcelain crabs and a shorthead anemone shrimp in a carpet anemone, a peacock mantis shrimp, many red-spotted trapezia crabs in pocillipora plus several harlequin and oriental sweetlips. Revers of neon and lined fusiliers passed by and bullethead parrotfish crunched their way along the reef.
Day 1
A fimbriated moray, one of the morays commonly seen at today's check dive site from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
ONE MANTA (Meri) passed by several times but didn't stay long each time so we kept busy looking for macro items. There was a lovely blue beaded anemone with a tine Clareke's anemonefish, pinkbar and dracula gobies with respective pistol shrimps, garden eels, several lionfish, morays etc.
Dive 2
SUPER MANTA SHOW as we watched mantas almost from the moment we descended and throughout the dive. We saw 7 different animals including Meri manta who seemed happier with some manta company and between them we had a wonderful performance. We also saw a large crown jellyfish, white spotted groupers amongst the coral blocks, porcelain crabs etc.
Dive 3
A lively afternoon dive as we watched DOZENS OF PINK WHIP RAYS zooming around, up and down the reef and past divers. There were also a couple of round ribbontail rays and a single feathertail ray. A huge blue Napoleon wrasse hung out watching proceedings and every nook and crannie was filled with large morays: honeycomb, fimbriated, giant, undulate etc. We also found a red bubble anemone, a juvenile imerial angelfish (blue/black/white whorls) and a juvenile oriental sweetlips.
Day 2
A friendly manta from MV Sea Soirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There were THREE EAGLE RAYS AT THE CURRENT POINT plus many, many fusiliers and tunas plus schools of big-eye jacks and black and white snappers. The current had pufferd up the BLUE, PINK, ORANGE AND YELLOW SOFT CORAL and the entire site looked very colourful. We managed to tour most of the reef and found a large Mappa puffer, various angelfish and all the usual reef fish along the way
Dive 2
Clear blue water as we descended on this west-facing ocean reef. On the corner was a large school of big eye jacks which looped into the depths and closer to the reef were schools of goldspot emperors and blue stripe snappers. The current picked up and we had a brisk drift flying past a good reef where millions of blunthead wrasses were spawning and there were magnificent anemones in various colours. We saw a few white tip sharks riding the current and we were carried all the way to the inner lagoon
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo
Dive 3
One of our favourite site and lots of great fish action with SEVERAL LARGE GREY SHARKS CRUISING AROUND, A SLEEPING RIBBONTAIL RAY, A PASSING MANTA, A FEATHERTAIL RAY, SEVERAL LARGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS, WHORLING BIG EYE JACKS, several spearing mantis shrimps in their nests, longnose emperors out hunting, Clarke's and blackfoot anemonefish in magnificent anemones and a green leaf fish
Day 3
Beautiful soft corals at this thila site, from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A SMALL-EYE STING RAY was a rare sightin on this spectacular ocean reef, also SEVERAL CIRCLING GREY SHARKS, A COCKATOO WASPFISH, white tips sleeping in the sand and under coral blocks, longfin batfish being cleaned, a moray cleaning station with Lysmat, boxer and Bruuni cleaner shrimps, marauding tunas, a friendly turtle who ambled along with us and every single imaginable species of fish, all in a nice easy current!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing into North Ari Atoll, we took a look around the Gangehi region to see if there were mantas or whale sharks feeding but did not get lucky
Dive 2
Clear blue water again and about 20 WHITE TIP SHARKS resting on the bottom of the channel! We also saw a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK, FEATHERTAIL RAY, eagle ray, goldfinger dart pompano, yet more white tips and enjoyed the varied topography of the channel
Dive 3
We saw lots of baby grey sharks over the deep blocks on this thila and yet more sleeping white tips. Large golden jacks and rainbow runners approached the blocks to be cleaned amongst the lovely black coral bushes. Divers found a pair of octopus mating, chevron and Forster's barracudas, hermit crabs and small lysmata shrimps amongst the coral rubble and enjoyed the bank of bubble anemones full of Clarke's anemonefishes of all sizes
Dive 4
There were white tip shark and large morays out huntinp plus packs of aggressive jacks making all the fish nervous and tucking well into the reef. There are lovely overhangs covered in yellow cup coral tubastrea and home to banded coral shrimps, saron shrimps, hinge beaks etc plus a sleeping hawksbill turtle
Night Dive
OUTSTANDING DIVE WITH 5 HUNGRY MANTAS FEEDING AT THE BACK OF SEA SPIRIT. There was a very small, likely baby, manta amongst the group who was so endearing and it looked like she was still learning the ropes and copying the bigger mantas. It was an incredible show.
Day 4
Night manta dive from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Classic Maldives Thila with great swathes of blue stripe snappers along the south plateau and a large grey shark cruising around. Later there were FOUR GREY SHARKS hunting and/or fighting with some giant trevallies which made for quite a show! We also found schools of chevron and Forster's barracudas, schools of longfin batfish, many HAWKSBILL TURTLES feeding on the top and lots of bannerfish and anthias bouncing in the current
Dive 2
A pretty thila with many black coral trees with penguin oysters, blue finger sponges and creepy gut like sea cucumbers. Shallower were large coral blocks decorated with colourful featherstars with large lionfish, ear-muff blennies, a very friendly turtle, a peacock mantis shrimp and lots of reef fish plus bluefin jack and giant trevallies chasing around above the reef
Dive 3
This was a large thila on the front of a channel with overhangs dropping down to 40+m. There were schools of black and white snappers and big eye jacks on the front. We drifted into the channel past several shallower overhangs with lots of schools of oriental sweelips. Inside were large coral blocks, some filled with glassfish. We found porcelain crabs in an anemone, a green leaf fish, a pale pink scorpionfish etc.
Day 5
Clarke's anemonefish peering out from anemone from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Beautiful small thila with large blocks and canyons smothered in seafans and seawhips with schools of colourful reef fish nestled amongst them. We saw a grey reef shark and really giant barracuda, a white leaf fish, a round ribbontail ray and EN ELECTRIC TORPEDO RAY. We swam to the large thila to find some shallower reef and found a nurse shark in a coral block on the top!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
A great macro dive and today we found lots of ribbon eels, both black and blue ones and intermediate ones which looked purple! We also found scorpionfish, many Maldives cleaner shrimps, Lysmata shrimps (and had to take care about the nasty blackcheek morays lurking in the reef) plus banded boxer and Lysmata shrimps. We also saw a couple of Napoleons, an octopus and had the current reverse completely by the end!
Dive 3
An ocean facing reef with small overhangs and lots of coral blocks full of anthias and a variety of morays. We found a pair of multibar pipefish in one hole. A MANTA swam past and we had several large tunas cruising around. There was a really fat puffer in the corner overhangs plus many lovely orange seafans, a pair of mating yellow trunkfish and lots of pretty reef fish
Day 6
Hawksbill turtle allowing a close portrait photo from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk drift through overhangs and past coral blocks buzzing with anthias and hung with lovely pastel coloured spiky nepthia soft corals. There were lots of colourful soft coral covered blocks on the outside where we found Lysmata and Tapestry shrimps, three friendly hawksbill turtles, honeycomb morays and saw schools of one spine unicornfish, schooling bannerfish, goldspot emperors etc.
Snorkelling
We made a short snorkel with a couple of mantas feeding in the lagoon
Mid-morning we travelled back towards Male' and our evening anchorage. During the afternoon we made an excursion to Male' for sightseeing, shopping and a visit to the ice-cream parlour.
Day 7
Hungry manta feeding in lagoon from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Guest Transfer
Most guests were transferred to the airport for their return flights to Europe. One lucky guest was travelling onwards to a resort and another was staying on Sea Spirit for another 12 nights!
Day 8
View across the deck of Sea Spirit to Niumath the dhiving dhoni
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights throughout the day. Divers who arrived on morning flights made a check dive.
Dive 1
Easy-drift check dive. We saw several honeycomb morays, a pair of porcelain crabs and a shorthead anemone shrimp in a carpet anemone, a peacock mantis shrimp, many red-spotted trapezia crabs in pocillipora plus several harlequin and oriental sweetlips. Revers of neon and lined fusiliers passed by and bullethead parrotfish crunched their way along the reef.
Day 1
A fimbriated moray, one of the morays commonly seen at today's check dive site from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
ONE MANTA (Meri) passed by several times but didn't stay long each time so we kept busy looking for macro items. There was a lovely blue beaded anemone with a tine Clareke's anemonefish, pinkbar and dracula gobies with respective pistol shrimps, garden eels, several lionfish, morays etc.
Dive 2
SUPER MANTA SHOW as we watched mantas almost from the moment we descended and throughout the dive. We saw 7 different animals including Meri manta who seemed happier with some manta company and between them we had a wonderful performance. We also saw a large crown jellyfish, white spotted groupers amongst the coral blocks, porcelain crabs etc.
Dive 3
A lively afternoon dive as we watched DOZENS OF PINK WHIP RAYS zooming around, up and down the reef and past divers. There were also a couple of round ribbontail rays and a single feathertail ray. A huge blue Napoleon wrasse hung out watching proceedings and every nook and crannie was filled with large morays: honeycomb, fimbriated, giant, undulate etc. We also found a red bubble anemone, a juvenile imerial angelfish (blue/black/white whorls) and a juvenile oriental sweetlips.
Day 2
A friendly manta from MV Sea Soirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There were THREE EAGLE RAYS AT THE CURRENT POINT plus many, many fusiliers and tunas plus schools of big-eye jacks and black and white snappers. The current had pufferd up the BLUE, PINK, ORANGE AND YELLOW SOFT CORAL and the entire site looked very colourful. We managed to tour most of the reef and found a large Mappa puffer, various angelfish and all the usual reef fish along the way
Dive 2
Clear blue water as we descended on this west-facing ocean reef. On the corner was a large school of big eye jacks which looped into the depths and closer to the reef were schools of goldspot emperors and blue stripe snappers. The current picked up and we had a brisk drift flying past a good reef where millions of blunthead wrasses were spawning and there were magnificent anemones in various colours. We saw a few white tip sharks riding the current and we were carried all the way to the inner lagoon
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo
Dive 3
One of our favourite site and lots of great fish action with SEVERAL LARGE GREY SHARKS CRUISING AROUND, A SLEEPING RIBBONTAIL RAY, A PASSING MANTA, A FEATHERTAIL RAY, SEVERAL LARGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS, WHORLING BIG EYE JACKS, several spearing mantis shrimps in their nests, longnose emperors out hunting, Clarke's and blackfoot anemonefish in magnificent anemones and a green leaf fish
Day 3
Beautiful soft corals at this thila site, from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A SMALL-EYE STING RAY was a rare sightin on this spectacular ocean reef, also SEVERAL CIRCLING GREY SHARKS, A COCKATOO WASPFISH, white tips sleeping in the sand and under coral blocks, longfin batfish being cleaned, a moray cleaning station with Lysmat, boxer and Bruuni cleaner shrimps, marauding tunas, a friendly turtle who ambled along with us and every single imaginable species of fish, all in a nice easy current!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing into North Ari Atoll, we took a look around the Gangehi region to see if there were mantas or whale sharks feeding but did not get lucky
Dive 2
Clear blue water again and about 20 WHITE TIP SHARKS resting on the bottom of the channel! We also saw a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK, FEATHERTAIL RAY, eagle ray, goldfinger dart pompano, yet more white tips and enjoyed the varied topography of the channel
Dive 3
We saw lots of baby grey sharks over the deep blocks on this thila and yet more sleeping white tips. Large golden jacks and rainbow runners approached the blocks to be cleaned amongst the lovely black coral bushes. Divers found a pair of octopus mating, chevron and Forster's barracudas, hermit crabs and small lysmata shrimps amongst the coral rubble and enjoyed the bank of bubble anemones full of Clarke's anemonefishes of all sizes
Dive 4
There were white tip shark and large morays out huntinp plus packs of aggressive jacks making all the fish nervous and tucking well into the reef. There are lovely overhangs covered in yellow cup coral tubastrea and home to banded coral shrimps, saron shrimps, hinge beaks etc plus a sleeping hawksbill turtle
Night Dive
OUTSTANDING DIVE WITH 5 HUNGRY MANTAS FEEDING AT THE BACK OF SEA SPIRIT. There was a very small, likely baby, manta amongst the group who was so endearing and it looked like she was still learning the ropes and copying the bigger mantas. It was an incredible show.
Day 4
Night manta dive from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Classic Maldives Thila with great swathes of blue stripe snappers along the south plateau and a large grey shark cruising around. Later there were FOUR GREY SHARKS hunting and/or fighting with some giant trevallies which made for quite a show! We also found schools of chevron and Forster's barracudas, schools of longfin batfish, many HAWKSBILL TURTLES feeding on the top and lots of bannerfish and anthias bouncing in the current
Dive 2
A pretty thila with many black coral trees with penguin oysters, blue finger sponges and creepy gut like sea cucumbers. Shallower were large coral blocks decorated with colourful featherstars with large lionfish, ear-muff blennies, a very friendly turtle, a peacock mantis shrimp and lots of reef fish plus bluefin jack and giant trevallies chasing around above the reef
Dive 3
This was a large thila on the front of a channel with overhangs dropping down to 40+m. There were schools of black and white snappers and big eye jacks on the front. We drifted into the channel past several shallower overhangs with lots of schools of oriental sweelips. Inside were large coral blocks, some filled with glassfish. We found porcelain crabs in an anemone, a green leaf fish, a pale pink scorpionfish etc.
Day 5
Clarke's anemonefish peering out from anemone from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Beautiful small thila with large blocks and canyons smothered in seafans and seawhips with schools of colourful reef fish nestled amongst them. We saw a grey reef shark and really giant barracuda, a white leaf fish, a round ribbontail ray and EN ELECTRIC TORPEDO RAY. We swam to the large thila to find some shallower reef and found a nurse shark in a coral block on the top!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
A great macro dive and today we found lots of ribbon eels, both black and blue ones and intermediate ones which looked purple! We also found scorpionfish, many Maldives cleaner shrimps, Lysmata shrimps (and had to take care about the nasty blackcheek morays lurking in the reef) plus banded boxer and Lysmata shrimps. We also saw a couple of Napoleons, an octopus and had the current reverse completely by the end!
Dive 3
An ocean facing reef with small overhangs and lots of coral blocks full of anthias and a variety of morays. We found a pair of multibar pipefish in one hole. A MANTA swam past and we had several large tunas cruising around. There was a really fat puffer in the corner overhangs plus many lovely orange seafans, a pair of mating yellow trunkfish and lots of pretty reef fish
Day 6
Hawksbill turtle allowing a close portrait photo from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk drift through overhangs and past coral blocks buzzing with anthias and hung with lovely pastel coloured spiky nepthia soft corals. There were lots of colourful soft coral covered blocks on the outside where we found Lysmata and Tapestry shrimps, three friendly hawksbill turtles, honeycomb morays and saw schools of one spine unicornfish, schooling bannerfish, goldspot emperors etc.
Snorkelling
We made a short snorkel with a couple of mantas feeding in the lagoon
Mid-morning we travelled back towards Male' and our evening anchorage. During the afternoon we made an excursion to Male' for sightseeing, shopping and a visit to the ice-cream parlour.
Day 7
Hungry manta feeding in lagoon from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Guest Transfer
Most guests were transferred to the airport for their return flights to Europe. One lucky guest was travelling onwards to a resort and another was staying on Sea Spirit for another 12 nights!
Day 8
View across the deck of Sea Spirit to Niumath the dhiving dhoni
Sea Spirit SS546b 29 Oct 2017 to 5 Nov 2017 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
All of the guests arrived in the morning, so we boarded the dhoni and transferred to Sea Spirit. Once everyone was settled onboard, we gave an introductory briefing, before completing the paperwork and formalities in preparation for the check dive.
Dive 1
Alimatha Jetty – Great check dive. Lots of nurse sharks, pink whiptail and eagle ray, black and white tip reef sharks and an octopus.
Day 1
Dive 1
Kudaboli Thila – What a fabulous dive – grey reef sharks, white tips, a porcupine ray, a hawksbill and 4 eagle rays playing in the current.
Dive 2
Mahibadhoo Mantas – We went in search of mantas, however, no luck due to in current.
Dive 3
Lilly Mantas – A manta came to the cleaning station for us to watch and enjoy.
Dive 4
Sun Island – We saw both grey and white tip reef sharks, a hawksbill and a WHALE SHARK. It loved our bubbles and swam with us for a while. Everyone was sooo happy, as they had never seen one before!
Day 2
Dive 1
Sun Island – Grey, black tip and white tip reef sharks, a hawksbill and 2 mangrove whip tail rays.
Snorkelling
We all enjoyed snorkelling with 2 whale sharks!!!
Dive 2
Hollywood – What beautiful gorgonian fan corals on the overhangs. We saw grey and white tip reef sharks, eagle ray, a hawksbill, as well as fosters and chevron barracuda.
Dive 3
Fish Head – What a great dive with excellent vis – 15 grey reef sharks on the south corner, a huge school of blue stripper snapper, 5 hawksbill turtles, a huge school of banner fish and big eye jacks hunting waves of fusiliers.
Day 3
Dive 1
Bat Kan – Lots of grey and white tip reef sharks and napoleons on the current point, as well as dog toothed tuna, who were hunting big eye jacks.
Dive 2
Makaru Thila – A relaxing dive where we were joined by a very friendly juvenile eagle ray, who stayed with us for the entire dive. We also saw grey reef sharks, some baby white tips, who were hiding under the table corals, some mating octopus, batfish and a school of big eye jacks and giant trevally.
Dive 3
Maaya Thila – Lots of grey and white tip reef sharks on the pinnacle, as well as amber jacks and golden trevally, hawksbill turtles, comet fish, hinge back shrimps and magnificent anemones with black foot anemone fish all over them.
Night Dive
Maayafushi Mantas – WOW, we all really enjoyed watching 4 mantas feeding, as well as seeing them at the back of the boat under our lights.
Day 4
Dive 1
Rasdhoo – Grey reef sharks, manta ray, eagle ray, napoleons and a big school of big eye trevally.
Dive 2
Rasdhoo – Eagle rays, white tips, a huge school of big eye jacks AND … a large female grey reef shark, who was closely following by seven males, trying to mate!!
Dive 3
Rasfari North – Lovely clear water – baby eagle rays, white tips, oceanic trigger fish and schools of blue stripe snapper.
Day 5
Dive 1
Lankan – We saw a manta, who was cleaning in the shallows, as well as, a hawksbill, white tips and a friendly octopus, who was being followed by some coral groupers.
Dive 2
Coliseum – Lots of silver tips on the corner, as well as grey and white tip reef sharks, eagle rays, napoleons, marbled ray and a huge school of rainbow runner and batfish.
Dive 3
Kani Corner – Eagle rays, blue stripe snapper, white tips, grey reef sharks, black ribbon eels and huge schools of fusiliers, oriental sweet lips and midnight snapper.
Day 6
Dive 1
Aquarium – Last dive of the trip – eagle rays, white tips, feather tail sting ray, bump head parrot fish and huge schools of fusiliers, sweet lips, hump back snapper and midnight snapper.
Daytime Excursion
All of the guests went to Male for ice cream and souvenir shopping!
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All of the guests were transferred back to Hulhumale by the dhoni to catch their homebound flights.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
All of the guests arrived in the morning, so we boarded the dhoni and transferred to Sea Spirit. Once everyone was settled onboard, we gave an introductory briefing, before completing the paperwork and formalities in preparation for the check dive.
Dive 1
Alimatha Jetty – Great check dive. Lots of nurse sharks, pink whiptail and eagle ray, black and white tip reef sharks and an octopus.
Day 1
Dive 1
Kudaboli Thila – What a fabulous dive – grey reef sharks, white tips, a porcupine ray, a hawksbill and 4 eagle rays playing in the current.
Dive 2
Mahibadhoo Mantas – We went in search of mantas, however, no luck due to in current.
Dive 3
Lilly Mantas – A manta came to the cleaning station for us to watch and enjoy.
Dive 4
Sun Island – We saw both grey and white tip reef sharks, a hawksbill and a WHALE SHARK. It loved our bubbles and swam with us for a while. Everyone was sooo happy, as they had never seen one before!
Day 2
Dive 1
Sun Island – Grey, black tip and white tip reef sharks, a hawksbill and 2 mangrove whip tail rays.
Snorkelling
We all enjoyed snorkelling with 2 whale sharks!!!
Dive 2
Hollywood – What beautiful gorgonian fan corals on the overhangs. We saw grey and white tip reef sharks, eagle ray, a hawksbill, as well as fosters and chevron barracuda.
Dive 3