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Sea Spirit SS497 14 Feb 2016 to 26 Feb 2016 Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights, resorts and guest houses and transferred to Sea Spirit. They set up their dive kit during the early afternoon and made a check dive
Dive 1
Drift dive with current strength increasing towards channel corner but providing a technically easy dive to start with. Along the reef wall we found starry and porcupine puffers, schools of humpback and bluestripe snappers, honeycomb and undulate morays. An eagle ray breached over the top of the wall. Towards the corner the current increased and the quality of the coral improved. There were many larger reef fish out in the water column. WE FOUND A PLAQUE COMMEMORATING THE 30TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY FOR JOHN AND SANDRA IN 2006 AND MATT CLEANED UP THE PLAQUE AND WE POSTED INFO ON FACEBOOK HOPING THAT WE CAN TRACK THEM DOWN. TODAY IS VALENTINES DAY AND IT SEEMED A ROMANTIC GESTURE
Day 1
Large coral block on reef corner investigated by diver from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Fish filled coral blocks along the reef slope and steep canyons with large brownmarbled groupers peering out from ledges. There was a alrge school of bannerfish circulating next to the "washing machine" overhangs plus nice schools of blue stripe snappers. We found a tapestry shrimp, a murex shell, Bruuni shrimp cleaning a spotted rock cod, Napoleons of all sizes etc.
Dive 2
A manta ray fly-by on descent! We then enjoyed a slow drift around this ocean reef corner with overhangs surrounded by a school of large red snappers, tightly packed schooling bannerfish, surgeonfish etc. There were many Lysmata cleaning shrimps in the overhangs and most were guarded by feisty blackcheek morays. We found a leaf fish, a glorious flatworm, a spiny lobster and a very large TAWNY NURSE SHARK sleeping in a shallow coral block
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo
Dive 3
Lovely grey sharks and white tip reef sharks cruised the ocean drop off and the current point at the spur at this site. The patient divers who hooked in to watch the sharks were rewarded with a fly by of a squadron of 12 eagle rays. Along the reef we saw Napoleons, longnose emperors, several spearing mantis shrimps in their nests, a leaf fish, batfish, groupers etc.
Day 2
Bearded scorpionfish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A GOOD SHARK SHOW AT THE SPUR WITH AROUND 6 GREY SHARKS CIRCLING VERY CLOSE TO DIVERS AND BREAKING OFF TO POSE AND BE CLEANED. We also saw Napoleons, a schools of bar and big eye jacks, a leaf fish, an ornate ghost pipe fish, a beautiful small green turtle and many cheeky Vlaming's surgeonfish
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to North Ari atoll
Dive 2
Two medium sized grey sharks plus a very large one cruising the deep edge of this thila and a large school of crescent-tailed big-eyes. On the reef top we found two octopus hunting in a very lively fashion, several baby white tip sharks hiding under the large table corals and many photogenic purple-blue anemones
Dive 3
There were several grey sharks over the deeper coral blocks but the show really started when suddenly the golden jacks and giant trevallies started to hunt sending the schools of fusiliers into a frenzy and all the fish and sharks flying up and down the reef. Wow! We also found several octopus and a couple of hwksbill turtles.
There were no mantas behind SS tonight :-(
Captain Mo was sting by a scorpionfish whilst tying a line into a block (? We are not 100% sure what stung him) and needed medical treatment by the helpful doctor at Maayafushi resort but is recovering well.
Day 3
Dive 1
AMAZING DIVE! BIG SCHOOLS OF RED SNAPPERS AND BIG EYE JACKS AND SEVERAL GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS OVER CORAL BLOCKS WITH MANY REEF FISH THEN SPECTACULAR PINK, BLUE AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL OVERHANGS WITH MANY SEA FANS AND SEA WHIPS, A PAIR OF ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS. A COUPLE OF MANTAS FEEDING ON THE SURFACE, A LARGE ONE ON THE REEF TOP, FOUR DEEP HOVERRING IN THE CURRENT AND THEN SEVERAL MANTAS AT CLEANING STATIONS AT THE END OF THE REEF
Dive 2
We waited for mantas and enjoyed the beautiful schools of oriental sweetlips, blue stripe snappers, yellow goatfish, humpback snappers, soldierfish and reef bannerfish. A couple of mantas swept in and checked out divers but not stopping today. There were lot of baby white tip sharks under blocks on the reef top and found a shortheaded shrimp, a yellow leaf fish etc.
Dive 3
A very pretty thila with an excellent variety of sponges, corals, anemones, ascidians etc. There were overhangs and patches of reef smothered in glassfish plus lunar tailed and black saddled coral groupers and territorial red groupers. A pair of round ribbontail rays came past. The shallows were smothered in dense schools of silver sparts which vibrated with the current and attacks by bonitos and bluefin jacks. We found a Bedford's flatworm, several Lysmata shrimps etc.
Capt. Mo and some guests had a successful evening fishing
Day 4
Green turtle on Maldivian reef from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Two mantas passed by looking for a place to stop, a mangrove whipray, a school of very excited bonito tunas, a school of rainbow runners, white tip reef sharks, two scorpionfish, Napoleons, a lovely school of bluestripe snappers and the whole reef seemed to be vibrating with orange anthias!
Dive 2
No mantas at this famous site so we looked for other things and found a well-disguised stonefish, lots of morays including fimbriated and white mouth morays, pink and white magificent anemones, a hawksbill turtle, etc.
Dive 3
Great dive! A tawny nurse shark in an overhangs and covered in Bruuni shrimp (spa whilst you sleep!), longnose hawkfish in black coral trees, 2x Zebra morays, black coral tree full of Psmanthe shrimps, scorpionfish of various sizes, turtles of all sizes and busy feeding on the disc anemones and a pink stonefish which matches Jules' pink wetsuit!
Day 5
Spectacular sea fans from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A beautiful small thila with seafans smothering the east wall down beyond 35m depth and canyons full of samll green seafans, plus dark red and yelow fans. The current oint was occupied by many bannerfish plus big eye surgeons and millions of fusiliers chased by giant trevallies. We foound several peacock mantis shrimps and just loved all the schools of reef fish, Napoleons and even a few grey sharks! On the shallow reef we found a Napoleon having a fight with two white tips and some emperors over something in a coral block!
Dive 2
The wreck was covered in silver sprats today with bonitos and giant trevallies chasing them around. We found a large stonefish, a pair of Chromodoris glenei nudis, an octopus out hunting etc. On the reef slope were several sleeping white tip sharks are rather too many crown-of-thorns starfish
Dive 3
Lots of baitfish and bonito on the current point but maybe rather too mch current for this small thila! An overhang was full of glassfish with many Lysmata and Bruuni clear shrimps and an enormous moray eel peering out of the cave ceiling. There were several hunting octopus, a big hawksbill turtle, a tiger cardinal mouth-brooding eggs. We came up to a squall followed by an amazing rainbow!
Day 6
A pink stonefish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AN INCREDIBLE MANTA SHOW TODAY WITH 14 DIFFERENT MANTAS INCLUDING DEMELZA, HARRIET POTTER, SCYTHE AND STORM SPIRIT SWOOPING OVER OUT HEADS AND CIRCLING AROUND AT CLEANING STATIONS. A WHALE SHARK ALSO SWAM OVER THE REEF AND THEN BACK TOWARDS THE DIVERS BEFORE HEADING INTO THE DEPTHS. EVERYONE HAD A FAVOURITE ENCOUNTER TODAY!!!!!
Dive 2
7 MANTAS with lots of fly pasts and then stopping to clean. We saw 6 different mantas compared to this morning's dive and some more great photos. We also found white mouth morays, lovely Indian bannerfish clustered around a block, a stonefish etc.
Dive 3
Swathes of baitfish being chased by bonito tunas and bluefin jacks at the current point and steep walls with black coral trees and many longnose hawkfish plus penguin oysters, strange sea cucumbers,. We found several peacock mantis shrimps, a school of golden jacks, coral blocks with earmuff and piano blennies, large lionfish, colourful featherstars and a turtle hiding amongst the coral blocks
Day 7
Amico the friendly manta from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Stunning dive in CLEAR BLUE WATER WITH A HUGE SCHOOL OF BLUE STRIPE SNAPPERS CLOAKING THE DEEPER SLOPES OF THE REEF AT THE CURRENT POINT ND A WALL OF LARGE PINK SEAFANS ALL THE WAY AROUND THE THILA PLUS DARK RED AND YELLOW SEAFAN INTERSPERSED AMONGST THEM. THERE WERE MANY GROUPERS, GIANT TREVALLIES, SLEEPING WHITE TIPS, RAINBOW RUNNERS AND CORAL BLOCKS SMOTHERED IN REEF FISH AND YELLOW ACABARIA SOFT CORALS. A WONDERFUL WAY TO SPEND A SUNDAY MORNING
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
An easy drift from a channel onto the ocean front reef with many snappers and rivers of fusliers inside the channel plus a large sleeping mangrove whipray. Shallow on the wall we found schools of pyramid butterflyfish, Sgt Majors, powder blue tangs and a lovely shorthaired anemone with a shortheaded anemone shrimp
Dive 3
STRONG CURRENT! Jacks and many surgeonfish hung around the corner nearby the blue soft coral decorated terraces. Along the wall we saw a GREY SHARK AND A MANTA hovering in the current, a couple of eagle rays and every type of jacks. A pristine crown of table corals buzzing with anthias and snappers, emperors and damsels extended the entire reef as we flew along in the current., Wheeee!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru. We were greeted by a pod of spinner dolphins as we entered the channel into the atoll. It is a beautiful, isolated location
Day 8
The Madivaru whale shark from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We encountered a smaller current than expected so had a very slow drift along the wall before we reached the series of overhangs hung with pale pink soft coral and with a variety of seafans and lots of reef fish. The spur on the corner was decorated with green magnificent anemones and a million blackfoot anemonefish and coral blocks in the shallows were full of reef fish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Meemu atoll. We saw a mixed pod of pilot whales and false killer whales over the deep water between the atolls
Dive 2
A strange in-out current on channel front but there were several large GREY REEF SHARKS along the channel front, maybe looking for cleaning stations. On the western side was a large school of big eye backs and then coral blocks along the edge of the reef slope packed with different reef fish including silver sweetlips, reef bannerfish, Indian bannerfish etc. We enjoyed an easy drift in. THE REEF SHALLOWS WERE A PERFECT CORAL GARDEN WITH SO MANY BLUE LINED FUSILIERS SWIMMING THROUGH A fantastic end to the dive.
Dive 3
WE CROSSED THE CHANNEL FINDING GREY REEF SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT AND SAW THE BRIGHT YELLOW SOFT CORAL ON THE DEEP OVERHANGS ALONG THE FRONT. THE SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS PLUS A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS AWAITED US ON THE WESTERN SIDE nd we enjoyed another drift onto the channel. WE ALSO SIGHTED A PAIR OF MANGROVE WHIPRAYS AND SOME AFRICAN POMPANO
Day 9
Spectacular blue and yellow soft coral in overhangs from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
WE DESCENDED INTO BEAUTIFUL BLUE AND YELLOW SOFT CORAL HUNG CAVES AND THEN DRIFTED TO THE CORNER WHICH WAS A MASS OF FISH: JACKS, FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS AND MANY GREY SHARKS IN GROUPS OF 8-12 SWIMMING AROUND AND COMING QUITE CLOSE! There were reef fish of all sorts in the shallows over coral blocks and many anemones surrounded by fields of anthias. A truly memorable dive!
Dive 2
Ocean crossing back to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
A pretty thila site with steep sides and many anemones full of blackfoot anemonefish plus Clarkes' and black corals tubastrea and Menella seafans. The blue and green finger sponges grew extensively and into some very dramatic shapes. We found two turtles including a small one in the shallows and enjoyed all the humbug and Indian damsels in the table corals
Dive 3
We made a second dive at the pretty thila whilst we sorted out dhoni problems. There were schooling bannerfish being chased by bluefin jacks and a skittish school of humpback snappers. Over the shallow areas of staghorn coral were many juvenile cardinals being patrolled by red groupers and many magnificent anemones
Day 10
A friendly eagle ray from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A surprise out-current which split the group as some stayed on one side of the channel whilst the others swam across the channel front. We saw white tip and grey sharks, several eagle rays including one particularly curious one and we loved the steep walls covered in orange and Evans' anthias, lysmata shrimps, one-spine unicorn fish, 2-spot angelfish etc.
Dive 2
A CHANNEL CROSSING WITH 5+5 GREY SHARKS PLUS A BIG CHUNKY ONE, MANY WHITE TIP SHARKS SLEEPING OR SWIMMING ALONG THE FRONT. WE DRIFTED INSIDE THE CHANNEL BETWEEN LONG THILAS FORMING SMALL CHANNELS TO BEAUTIFUL CORAL GARDENS WHERE WE SAW A MANGROVE WHIPRAY AND SPECTACULAR TABLE CORAL STRUCTURES FULL OF CHROMIS AND DAMSELS ETC.
Dive 3
6+3+1+1 EAGLE RAYS plus grey sharks along the wall and on the corner and a spectacular wall smothered in anthia with many Lysmata shrmps, banded and Bruuni shrimps, and some deep overhangs with dramatic white sea whips. There were several varieties of lionfish and then as we got to the corner a school of larg mixed snappers and every kind of reef fish. We driften into the channel to an area with a large and ancient Pavona coral colony where we saw several large brown marbled groupers and a wonderful group of oriental sweetlips sheltering under a sun-shade table coral
Night Dive
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH MANY FORAGING TAWNY NURSE SHARKS, PINK AND JENKINS' WHIPRAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS AND MANY GIANT TREVALLIES. THE BLACKTIP SHARKS SEEMED TO BE ENJOYING A SHARK DISCO BATHED IN THE GREEN JETTY LIGHTS AND LIT BY THE TORCHES OF LOTS OF SNORKELLERS!
Day 11
Nurse sharks and whip rays compete and hunt from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely final dive as we enjoyed A SUPERB GREY SHARK SHOW ON THE CHANNEL CORNER WITH GREYS OF ALL SIZES RANGING FOR 45CM NEWBORNS RIGHT UP TO 2M ADULTS PARADED UP AND DOWN THE REEF FRONT. After 25 minutes we drifted into the channel and across sand dunes and a beautiful coral seascape where we saw a cluster of 1000 bannerfish, rivers of fusiiers and table caorals full of damsels. We found a tiny Amboin shrimp next to an adhesive anemone and a sleeping stingray. It was a special dive to end on encompassing many of the highlights of diving in the Maldives in the NE monsoon.
Ocean Crossing
We made the long travel back to Male crossing to South Male, travelling through the atoll and continuing across the deep atoll gap to North Male' atoll and our final anchorage. As noone wanted to visit male' we enjoyed a chilled out afternoon and evening onboard Sea Spirit and toasted the end of the trip with a few beers and cocktails
Guest Transfer
Two guests transferred to airport for return flight
Day 12
Part of the huge school of bannerfish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Remaining guests transferred to airport for return flights and onward transfer to guest houses
Dense schools of fish, a common sight from MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights, resorts and guest houses and transferred to Sea Spirit. They set up their dive kit during the early afternoon and made a check dive
Dive 1
Drift dive with current strength increasing towards channel corner but providing a technically easy dive to start with. Along the reef wall we found starry and porcupine puffers, schools of humpback and bluestripe snappers, honeycomb and undulate morays. An eagle ray breached over the top of the wall. Towards the corner the current increased and the quality of the coral improved. There were many larger reef fish out in the water column. WE FOUND A PLAQUE COMMEMORATING THE 30TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY FOR JOHN AND SANDRA IN 2006 AND MATT CLEANED UP THE PLAQUE AND WE POSTED INFO ON FACEBOOK HOPING THAT WE CAN TRACK THEM DOWN. TODAY IS VALENTINES DAY AND IT SEEMED A ROMANTIC GESTURE
Day 1
Large coral block on reef corner investigated by diver from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Fish filled coral blocks along the reef slope and steep canyons with large brownmarbled groupers peering out from ledges. There was a alrge school of bannerfish circulating next to the "washing machine" overhangs plus nice schools of blue stripe snappers. We found a tapestry shrimp, a murex shell, Bruuni shrimp cleaning a spotted rock cod, Napoleons of all sizes etc.
Dive 2
A manta ray fly-by on descent! We then enjoyed a slow drift around this ocean reef corner with overhangs surrounded by a school of large red snappers, tightly packed schooling bannerfish, surgeonfish etc. There were many Lysmata cleaning shrimps in the overhangs and most were guarded by feisty blackcheek morays. We found a leaf fish, a glorious flatworm, a spiny lobster and a very large TAWNY NURSE SHARK sleeping in a shallow coral block
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo
Dive 3
Lovely grey sharks and white tip reef sharks cruised the ocean drop off and the current point at the spur at this site. The patient divers who hooked in to watch the sharks were rewarded with a fly by of a squadron of 12 eagle rays. Along the reef we saw Napoleons, longnose emperors, several spearing mantis shrimps in their nests, a leaf fish, batfish, groupers etc.
Day 2
Bearded scorpionfish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A GOOD SHARK SHOW AT THE SPUR WITH AROUND 6 GREY SHARKS CIRCLING VERY CLOSE TO DIVERS AND BREAKING OFF TO POSE AND BE CLEANED. We also saw Napoleons, a schools of bar and big eye jacks, a leaf fish, an ornate ghost pipe fish, a beautiful small green turtle and many cheeky Vlaming's surgeonfish
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to North Ari atoll
Dive 2
Two medium sized grey sharks plus a very large one cruising the deep edge of this thila and a large school of crescent-tailed big-eyes. On the reef top we found two octopus hunting in a very lively fashion, several baby white tip sharks hiding under the large table corals and many photogenic purple-blue anemones
Dive 3
There were several grey sharks over the deeper coral blocks but the show really started when suddenly the golden jacks and giant trevallies started to hunt sending the schools of fusiliers into a frenzy and all the fish and sharks flying up and down the reef. Wow! We also found several octopus and a couple of hwksbill turtles.
There were no mantas behind SS tonight :-(
Captain Mo was sting by a scorpionfish whilst tying a line into a block (? We are not 100% sure what stung him) and needed medical treatment by the helpful doctor at Maayafushi resort but is recovering well.
Day 3
Dive 1
AMAZING DIVE! BIG SCHOOLS OF RED SNAPPERS AND BIG EYE JACKS AND SEVERAL GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS OVER CORAL BLOCKS WITH MANY REEF FISH THEN SPECTACULAR PINK, BLUE AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL OVERHANGS WITH MANY SEA FANS AND SEA WHIPS, A PAIR OF ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS. A COUPLE OF MANTAS FEEDING ON THE SURFACE, A LARGE ONE ON THE REEF TOP, FOUR DEEP HOVERRING IN THE CURRENT AND THEN SEVERAL MANTAS AT CLEANING STATIONS AT THE END OF THE REEF
Dive 2
We waited for mantas and enjoyed the beautiful schools of oriental sweetlips, blue stripe snappers, yellow goatfish, humpback snappers, soldierfish and reef bannerfish. A couple of mantas swept in and checked out divers but not stopping today. There were lot of baby white tip sharks under blocks on the reef top and found a shortheaded shrimp, a yellow leaf fish etc.
Dive 3
A very pretty thila with an excellent variety of sponges, corals, anemones, ascidians etc. There were overhangs and patches of reef smothered in glassfish plus lunar tailed and black saddled coral groupers and territorial red groupers. A pair of round ribbontail rays came past. The shallows were smothered in dense schools of silver sparts which vibrated with the current and attacks by bonitos and bluefin jacks. We found a Bedford's flatworm, several Lysmata shrimps etc.
Capt. Mo and some guests had a successful evening fishing
Day 4
Green turtle on Maldivian reef from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Two mantas passed by looking for a place to stop, a mangrove whipray, a school of very excited bonito tunas, a school of rainbow runners, white tip reef sharks, two scorpionfish, Napoleons, a lovely school of bluestripe snappers and the whole reef seemed to be vibrating with orange anthias!
Dive 2
No mantas at this famous site so we looked for other things and found a well-disguised stonefish, lots of morays including fimbriated and white mouth morays, pink and white magificent anemones, a hawksbill turtle, etc.
Dive 3
Great dive! A tawny nurse shark in an overhangs and covered in Bruuni shrimp (spa whilst you sleep!), longnose hawkfish in black coral trees, 2x Zebra morays, black coral tree full of Psmanthe shrimps, scorpionfish of various sizes, turtles of all sizes and busy feeding on the disc anemones and a pink stonefish which matches Jules' pink wetsuit!
Day 5
Spectacular sea fans from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A beautiful small thila with seafans smothering the east wall down beyond 35m depth and canyons full of samll green seafans, plus dark red and yelow fans. The current oint was occupied by many bannerfish plus big eye surgeons and millions of fusiliers chased by giant trevallies. We foound several peacock mantis shrimps and just loved all the schools of reef fish, Napoleons and even a few grey sharks! On the shallow reef we found a Napoleon having a fight with two white tips and some emperors over something in a coral block!
Dive 2
The wreck was covered in silver sprats today with bonitos and giant trevallies chasing them around. We found a large stonefish, a pair of Chromodoris glenei nudis, an octopus out hunting etc. On the reef slope were several sleeping white tip sharks are rather too many crown-of-thorns starfish
Dive 3
Lots of baitfish and bonito on the current point but maybe rather too mch current for this small thila! An overhang was full of glassfish with many Lysmata and Bruuni clear shrimps and an enormous moray eel peering out of the cave ceiling. There were several hunting octopus, a big hawksbill turtle, a tiger cardinal mouth-brooding eggs. We came up to a squall followed by an amazing rainbow!
Day 6
A pink stonefish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AN INCREDIBLE MANTA SHOW TODAY WITH 14 DIFFERENT MANTAS INCLUDING DEMELZA, HARRIET POTTER, SCYTHE AND STORM SPIRIT SWOOPING OVER OUT HEADS AND CIRCLING AROUND AT CLEANING STATIONS. A WHALE SHARK ALSO SWAM OVER THE REEF AND THEN BACK TOWARDS THE DIVERS BEFORE HEADING INTO THE DEPTHS. EVERYONE HAD A FAVOURITE ENCOUNTER TODAY!!!!!
Dive 2
7 MANTAS with lots of fly pasts and then stopping to clean. We saw 6 different mantas compared to this morning's dive and some more great photos. We also found white mouth morays, lovely Indian bannerfish clustered around a block, a stonefish etc.
Dive 3
Swathes of baitfish being chased by bonito tunas and bluefin jacks at the current point and steep walls with black coral trees and many longnose hawkfish plus penguin oysters, strange sea cucumbers,. We found several peacock mantis shrimps, a school of golden jacks, coral blocks with earmuff and piano blennies, large lionfish, colourful featherstars and a turtle hiding amongst the coral blocks
Day 7
Amico the friendly manta from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Stunning dive in CLEAR BLUE WATER WITH A HUGE SCHOOL OF BLUE STRIPE SNAPPERS CLOAKING THE DEEPER SLOPES OF THE REEF AT THE CURRENT POINT ND A WALL OF LARGE PINK SEAFANS ALL THE WAY AROUND THE THILA PLUS DARK RED AND YELLOW SEAFAN INTERSPERSED AMONGST THEM. THERE WERE MANY GROUPERS, GIANT TREVALLIES, SLEEPING WHITE TIPS, RAINBOW RUNNERS AND CORAL BLOCKS SMOTHERED IN REEF FISH AND YELLOW ACABARIA SOFT CORALS. A WONDERFUL WAY TO SPEND A SUNDAY MORNING
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
An easy drift from a channel onto the ocean front reef with many snappers and rivers of fusliers inside the channel plus a large sleeping mangrove whipray. Shallow on the wall we found schools of pyramid butterflyfish, Sgt Majors, powder blue tangs and a lovely shorthaired anemone with a shortheaded anemone shrimp
Dive 3
STRONG CURRENT! Jacks and many surgeonfish hung around the corner nearby the blue soft coral decorated terraces. Along the wall we saw a GREY SHARK AND A MANTA hovering in the current, a couple of eagle rays and every type of jacks. A pristine crown of table corals buzzing with anthias and snappers, emperors and damsels extended the entire reef as we flew along in the current., Wheeee!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru. We were greeted by a pod of spinner dolphins as we entered the channel into the atoll. It is a beautiful, isolated location
Day 8
The Madivaru whale shark from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We encountered a smaller current than expected so had a very slow drift along the wall before we reached the series of overhangs hung with pale pink soft coral and with a variety of seafans and lots of reef fish. The spur on the corner was decorated with green magnificent anemones and a million blackfoot anemonefish and coral blocks in the shallows were full of reef fish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Meemu atoll. We saw a mixed pod of pilot whales and false killer whales over the deep water between the atolls
Dive 2
A strange in-out current on channel front but there were several large GREY REEF SHARKS along the channel front, maybe looking for cleaning stations. On the western side was a large school of big eye backs and then coral blocks along the edge of the reef slope packed with different reef fish including silver sweetlips, reef bannerfish, Indian bannerfish etc. We enjoyed an easy drift in. THE REEF SHALLOWS WERE A PERFECT CORAL GARDEN WITH SO MANY BLUE LINED FUSILIERS SWIMMING THROUGH A fantastic end to the dive.
Dive 3
WE CROSSED THE CHANNEL FINDING GREY REEF SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT AND SAW THE BRIGHT YELLOW SOFT CORAL ON THE DEEP OVERHANGS ALONG THE FRONT. THE SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS PLUS A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS AWAITED US ON THE WESTERN SIDE nd we enjoyed another drift onto the channel. WE ALSO SIGHTED A PAIR OF MANGROVE WHIPRAYS AND SOME AFRICAN POMPANO
Day 9
Spectacular blue and yellow soft coral in overhangs from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
WE DESCENDED INTO BEAUTIFUL BLUE AND YELLOW SOFT CORAL HUNG CAVES AND THEN DRIFTED TO THE CORNER WHICH WAS A MASS OF FISH: JACKS, FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS AND MANY GREY SHARKS IN GROUPS OF 8-12 SWIMMING AROUND AND COMING QUITE CLOSE! There were reef fish of all sorts in the shallows over coral blocks and many anemones surrounded by fields of anthias. A truly memorable dive!
Dive 2
Ocean crossing back to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
A pretty thila site with steep sides and many anemones full of blackfoot anemonefish plus Clarkes' and black corals tubastrea and Menella seafans. The blue and green finger sponges grew extensively and into some very dramatic shapes. We found two turtles including a small one in the shallows and enjoyed all the humbug and Indian damsels in the table corals
Dive 3
We made a second dive at the pretty thila whilst we sorted out dhoni problems. There were schooling bannerfish being chased by bluefin jacks and a skittish school of humpback snappers. Over the shallow areas of staghorn coral were many juvenile cardinals being patrolled by red groupers and many magnificent anemones
Day 10
A friendly eagle ray from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A surprise out-current which split the group as some stayed on one side of the channel whilst the others swam across the channel front. We saw white tip and grey sharks, several eagle rays including one particularly curious one and we loved the steep walls covered in orange and Evans' anthias, lysmata shrimps, one-spine unicorn fish, 2-spot angelfish etc.
Dive 2
A CHANNEL CROSSING WITH 5+5 GREY SHARKS PLUS A BIG CHUNKY ONE, MANY WHITE TIP SHARKS SLEEPING OR SWIMMING ALONG THE FRONT. WE DRIFTED INSIDE THE CHANNEL BETWEEN LONG THILAS FORMING SMALL CHANNELS TO BEAUTIFUL CORAL GARDENS WHERE WE SAW A MANGROVE WHIPRAY AND SPECTACULAR TABLE CORAL STRUCTURES FULL OF CHROMIS AND DAMSELS ETC.
Dive 3
6+3+1+1 EAGLE RAYS plus grey sharks along the wall and on the corner and a spectacular wall smothered in anthia with many Lysmata shrmps, banded and Bruuni shrimps, and some deep overhangs with dramatic white sea whips. There were several varieties of lionfish and then as we got to the corner a school of larg mixed snappers and every kind of reef fish. We driften into the channel to an area with a large and ancient Pavona coral colony where we saw several large brown marbled groupers and a wonderful group of oriental sweetlips sheltering under a sun-shade table coral
Night Dive
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH MANY FORAGING TAWNY NURSE SHARKS, PINK AND JENKINS' WHIPRAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS AND MANY GIANT TREVALLIES. THE BLACKTIP SHARKS SEEMED TO BE ENJOYING A SHARK DISCO BATHED IN THE GREEN JETTY LIGHTS AND LIT BY THE TORCHES OF LOTS OF SNORKELLERS!
Day 11
Nurse sharks and whip rays compete and hunt from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely final dive as we enjoyed A SUPERB GREY SHARK SHOW ON THE CHANNEL CORNER WITH GREYS OF ALL SIZES RANGING FOR 45CM NEWBORNS RIGHT UP TO 2M ADULTS PARADED UP AND DOWN THE REEF FRONT. After 25 minutes we drifted into the channel and across sand dunes and a beautiful coral seascape where we saw a cluster of 1000 bannerfish, rivers of fusiiers and table caorals full of damsels. We found a tiny Amboin shrimp next to an adhesive anemone and a sleeping stingray. It was a special dive to end on encompassing many of the highlights of diving in the Maldives in the NE monsoon.
Ocean Crossing
We made the long travel back to Male crossing to South Male, travelling through the atoll and continuing across the deep atoll gap to North Male' atoll and our final anchorage. As noone wanted to visit male' we enjoyed a chilled out afternoon and evening onboard Sea Spirit and toasted the end of the trip with a few beers and cocktails
Guest Transfer
Two guests transferred to airport for return flight
Day 12
Part of the huge school of bannerfish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Remaining guests transferred to airport for return flights and onward transfer to guest houses
Dense schools of fish, a common sight from MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS496 7 Feb 2016 to 14 Feb 2016 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
This was a group charter and all arrived together on the early arriving Emirates flight. After transfer to Sea Spirit and a safety and general briefing we up-anchored and travelled to Rasdhoo atoll and many of the guests took advantage of the quiet time to have a short sleep. We had lunch and then set up dive equipment ready to make a check dive
Dive 1
Wall dive over steep dropoff with beautiful shallow reef with every hard coral providing options for the dive. We saw a squadron of 7 MOBULA RAYS! (M. eredoodootenkee), 3-4 grey sharks, white tip reef sharks, an eagle ray, a hawksbill turtle, a pair of porcupine puffers, micro-gobies on whip corals etc. In the shallows were millions of silver sprats chased by bluefin tunas and bonito tunas
Day 1
Diver exploring the colourful reefs of the Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Dramatic ocean facing reef site with a large GREY REEF SHARK and several white tip sharks running along the drop off, a school of big-eye jcks, more grey sharks, a huge giant trevally, Napoleon wrasses etc on a beautiful reef buzzing with orange anthias and full of morays and small groupers. we also found a PAIR OF HALIMEDA GHOST PIPEFISH, an ORNATE GPF, a pair of green leaf fish and Debelius (rare!) and Amboinensis Lysmata shrimps
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
There were grey sharks and white tip sharks cruising the deeper reef edge t the current point and schools of crescent-tail big eyes and gold spot emperors plus several large dogtooth tunas. On the reef top were many dark blue and pink magnificent anemones and several white spotted and camouflage groupers plus table corals bouncing with blue chromis
Dive 3
NICE SHARK SHOW AT THE CURRENT POINT NEAR THE 18M BLOCK WITH GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS AND MORE GREY SHARKS OVER THE 30m BLOCK. Also goldens and giant trevallies, hawksbill turtles, schooling bannerfish, an octopus, smallscale scorpionfish etc.
Night Dive
A manta show in the dark! Some very close encounters!
Day 2
Beautiful manta ray seen this week from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A manta visited the reef several times and passed by divers but didn't seem to want to settle and be cleaned properly. Between sightings we enjoyed the schools of reef fish including Indian bennerfish, big eye emperors, Thompsons and pale surgeons plus a large school of humpback snapper which was always on the move. We also saw several white tip sharks and a round ribbontail ray
Dive 2
A good MANTA SHOW with several mantas passing over our heads and slowly circling over the cleaning station. The reef slope was smothered in dense schools of bluestripe snappers, yellow goatfish and humpback snappers. Many adult white tip sharks slept on the sandy slope and we found 5 baby white tip sharks together undr a coral block
Dive 3
An easy drift and we saw turtles, white tip sharks, schools of Indian bannerfish, crown sqirrelfish and goldspot emperors, several white mouthed morays including one free-swimming, many surgeonfish of different species and the whole reef ws buzzing with Evan's and orange anthias
Day 3
Divers enjoying the dense schools of fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AN EXCEPTIONAL DIVE WITH 10 MANTA SEEN. 7 ARRIVED TOGETHER IN A GROUP AND WERE DIVEBOMBING US THEN LATER THEY SETTLED DOWN AND EVERYONE HAD A SPECIAL INTERACTION TODAY. We also saw a larg SILVERTIP SHARK which approached several times trying to find a cleaning station, white tip and grey reef sharks, Napoleons etc.
Snorkelling
WE SNORKELLED WITH A BEAUTIFUL WHALE SHARK AND HAD HIM TO OURSELVES FOR QUITE A WHILE. HE SEEMED CONTENT TO STAY SHALLOW AND SWIM ALONGSIDE US AND WAS JUST SO CUTE.
Dive 2
An easy drift dive where we found a juvenile oriental sweetlips, a pair of porcelain crabs in a beautiful adhesive anemone, spider conches and a tiger cowrie, Maldives sponge snail, ZEBRA SHARK sleeping in sand plus several sleeping white tips and lots of reef fish covering stacked coral blocks
Dive 3
We saw several turtles of varying sizes and enjoyed the current point smothered in silver sprats being chased by tunas and bluefin jacks and making the giant schools of fish pulsate and disperse. Mesmerising! We loved the glassfish-filled table corals, red and spotted groupers, black coral trees, scorpionfish, lionfish etc.
Evening Activity
Guests visited a local village island, met the local school maths teachers and did a little souvenir shopping
Day 4
Fantastic snorkel with whale shark from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE DIVES THIS TRIP ON A SMALL THILA CONSISTING OF SEVERAL LARGE BLOCKS COVERED IN SOFT CORALS AND SEAFANS AND FULL OF FISH. THE DEEPER SLOPS WERE DRAPED IN LARGE PINK SEAFANS AND AROUND WERE GREY SHARKS, TUNAS AND FUSILIERS, BLUEFIN JACKS AND RAINBOW RUNNERS, BANNERFISH AND SLEEK SURGEONFISH. tHE SCHOOLS OF ORIENTAL SWEETLIPS WERE VERY PHOTOGENIC. WE SAW SEVERAL NAPOLEON WRASSES OF VARYING SIZES AND JUST LOVED THE BEAUTIFUL SEASCAPE
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
LOTS OF GREY SHARKS OF SIZES ON THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL WITH AROUND 20 IN VIEW AT ANY ONE TIME. We then enjoyed a long drift into the channel and over sand dunes and beatiful coral patch reef. We also saw white tip sharks a MANTA, and a friendly hawksbill who swam with us
Dive 3
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH MANY TAWNY NURSE SHARKS FORAGING ON THE REEF PLUS BLACK TIP REEF SHARKS IN THE SHALLOWS, PINK WHIP RAYS AND JENKINGS WHIPRAYS SO CLOSE OVER OUR HEADS THEY GAVE US A HAIRCUT, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, GIANT TREVALLIES AND MANY RUDDERFISH
We had three tawny nurse sharks follow us back and swimming around the back of the boat at anchorage for the rest of the evening
Day 5
Shark show on the front of a channel from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A SECOND VISIT TO THE SHARKY CHANNEL AND ANOTHER SUPERB SHARK SHOW WITH LOTS OF GREY REEF SHARKS GLIDING PAST I FRONT OF US. Large dogtooth tunas would chase the fusiliers and the sharks would join in the hunts. A large ribbontail ray glided past in front and we found a sleeping feathertail ray in the sand later on during the drift portion of the dive
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Ocean reef corner with super-blue water and schools of big eye and sleek surgeonfish, red and black-and-white snappers, schooling bannerfish, big eye jacks and many giant trevallies plus a green turtle which went up for air and was then scratching its face in a stiff seafan! a pretty white/yellow leaf fish, honecomb morays etc.
Dive 3
A pretty, sheltered giri site with schools of neon and lined fusiliers. The sloping side had patches of acropora table corals and blue finger sponges, the more dramatic steep side had many sponge and ascidian formations and black coral trees. We found Maldives sponge snails, yellow nudibranch eggs, a Clarke's anemonefish laying eggs, long fin batfish etc.
Day 6
Green turtle scratching its face in sea fan from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful drift dive on ocean reef across two channels. There were many fusiliers in the water column chased by tunas and giant trevallies. LARGE BLUE NAPOLEON WRASSES hung off the reef, we found aturtle, a honeycomb moray, a black ribbon eel, several white tip sharks and enjoyed the colourful coral blocks covered in pastel-coloured nepthia soft corals. The overhangs in the channel were buzzing with fish and plumped soft corals. Some feisty yellow margin triggerfish chased us off the reef at the end of the dive!
Ocean Crossing
After breakfast we made our way back through South Male atoll and made the crossing to North Male and our overnight anchorage.
Daytime Excursion
After breakfast we made our way back through South Male atoll and made the crossing to North Male and our overnight anchorage.
Day 7
Honeycomb moray, a welcome sight on any dive. From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests all transferred to the airport for an early flight to Dubai and onward to the UK
Day 8
Divers enjoying the current from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
This was a group charter and all arrived together on the early arriving Emirates flight. After transfer to Sea Spirit and a safety and general briefing we up-anchored and travelled to Rasdhoo atoll and many of the guests took advantage of the quiet time to have a short sleep. We had lunch and then set up dive equipment ready to make a check dive
Dive 1
Wall dive over steep dropoff with beautiful shallow reef with every hard coral providing options for the dive. We saw a squadron of 7 MOBULA RAYS! (M. eredoodootenkee), 3-4 grey sharks, white tip reef sharks, an eagle ray, a hawksbill turtle, a pair of porcupine puffers, micro-gobies on whip corals etc. In the shallows were millions of silver sprats chased by bluefin tunas and bonito tunas
Day 1
Diver exploring the colourful reefs of the Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Dramatic ocean facing reef site with a large GREY REEF SHARK and several white tip sharks running along the drop off, a school of big-eye jcks, more grey sharks, a huge giant trevally, Napoleon wrasses etc on a beautiful reef buzzing with orange anthias and full of morays and small groupers. we also found a PAIR OF HALIMEDA GHOST PIPEFISH, an ORNATE GPF, a pair of green leaf fish and Debelius (rare!) and Amboinensis Lysmata shrimps
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
There were grey sharks and white tip sharks cruising the deeper reef edge t the current point and schools of crescent-tail big eyes and gold spot emperors plus several large dogtooth tunas. On the reef top were many dark blue and pink magnificent anemones and several white spotted and camouflage groupers plus table corals bouncing with blue chromis
Dive 3
NICE SHARK SHOW AT THE CURRENT POINT NEAR THE 18M BLOCK WITH GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS AND MORE GREY SHARKS OVER THE 30m BLOCK. Also goldens and giant trevallies, hawksbill turtles, schooling bannerfish, an octopus, smallscale scorpionfish etc.
Night Dive
A manta show in the dark! Some very close encounters!
Day 2
Beautiful manta ray seen this week from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A manta visited the reef several times and passed by divers but didn't seem to want to settle and be cleaned properly. Between sightings we enjoyed the schools of reef fish including Indian bennerfish, big eye emperors, Thompsons and pale surgeons plus a large school of humpback snapper which was always on the move. We also saw several white tip sharks and a round ribbontail ray
Dive 2
A good MANTA SHOW with several mantas passing over our heads and slowly circling over the cleaning station. The reef slope was smothered in dense schools of bluestripe snappers, yellow goatfish and humpback snappers. Many adult white tip sharks slept on the sandy slope and we found 5 baby white tip sharks together undr a coral block
Dive 3
An easy drift and we saw turtles, white tip sharks, schools of Indian bannerfish, crown sqirrelfish and goldspot emperors, several white mouthed morays including one free-swimming, many surgeonfish of different species and the whole reef ws buzzing with Evan's and orange anthias
Day 3
Divers enjoying the dense schools of fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AN EXCEPTIONAL DIVE WITH 10 MANTA SEEN. 7 ARRIVED TOGETHER IN A GROUP AND WERE DIVEBOMBING US THEN LATER THEY SETTLED DOWN AND EVERYONE HAD A SPECIAL INTERACTION TODAY. We also saw a larg SILVERTIP SHARK which approached several times trying to find a cleaning station, white tip and grey reef sharks, Napoleons etc.
Snorkelling
WE SNORKELLED WITH A BEAUTIFUL WHALE SHARK AND HAD HIM TO OURSELVES FOR QUITE A WHILE. HE SEEMED CONTENT TO STAY SHALLOW AND SWIM ALONGSIDE US AND WAS JUST SO CUTE.
Dive 2
An easy drift dive where we found a juvenile oriental sweetlips, a pair of porcelain crabs in a beautiful adhesive anemone, spider conches and a tiger cowrie, Maldives sponge snail, ZEBRA SHARK sleeping in sand plus several sleeping white tips and lots of reef fish covering stacked coral blocks
Dive 3
We saw several turtles of varying sizes and enjoyed the current point smothered in silver sprats being chased by tunas and bluefin jacks and making the giant schools of fish pulsate and disperse. Mesmerising! We loved the glassfish-filled table corals, red and spotted groupers, black coral trees, scorpionfish, lionfish etc.
Evening Activity
Guests visited a local village island, met the local school maths teachers and did a little souvenir shopping
Day 4
Fantastic snorkel with whale shark from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE DIVES THIS TRIP ON A SMALL THILA CONSISTING OF SEVERAL LARGE BLOCKS COVERED IN SOFT CORALS AND SEAFANS AND FULL OF FISH. THE DEEPER SLOPS WERE DRAPED IN LARGE PINK SEAFANS AND AROUND WERE GREY SHARKS, TUNAS AND FUSILIERS, BLUEFIN JACKS AND RAINBOW RUNNERS, BANNERFISH AND SLEEK SURGEONFISH. tHE SCHOOLS OF ORIENTAL SWEETLIPS WERE VERY PHOTOGENIC. WE SAW SEVERAL NAPOLEON WRASSES OF VARYING SIZES AND JUST LOVED THE BEAUTIFUL SEASCAPE
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
LOTS OF GREY SHARKS OF SIZES ON THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL WITH AROUND 20 IN VIEW AT ANY ONE TIME. We then enjoyed a long drift into the channel and over sand dunes and beatiful coral patch reef. We also saw white tip sharks a MANTA, and a friendly hawksbill who swam with us
Dive 3
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH MANY TAWNY NURSE SHARKS FORAGING ON THE REEF PLUS BLACK TIP REEF SHARKS IN THE SHALLOWS, PINK WHIP RAYS AND JENKINGS WHIPRAYS SO CLOSE OVER OUR HEADS THEY GAVE US A HAIRCUT, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, GIANT TREVALLIES AND MANY RUDDERFISH
We had three tawny nurse sharks follow us back and swimming around the back of the boat at anchorage for the rest of the evening
Day 5
Shark show on the front of a channel from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A SECOND VISIT TO THE SHARKY CHANNEL AND ANOTHER SUPERB SHARK SHOW WITH LOTS OF GREY REEF SHARKS GLIDING PAST I FRONT OF US. Large dogtooth tunas would chase the fusiliers and the sharks would join in the hunts. A large ribbontail ray glided past in front and we found a sleeping feathertail ray in the sand later on during the drift portion of the dive
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Ocean reef corner with super-blue water and schools of big eye and sleek surgeonfish, red and black-and-white snappers, schooling bannerfish, big eye jacks and many giant trevallies plus a green turtle which went up for air and was then scratching its face in a stiff seafan! a pretty white/yellow leaf fish, honecomb morays etc.
Dive 3
A pretty, sheltered giri site with schools of neon and lined fusiliers. The sloping side had patches of acropora table corals and blue finger sponges, the more dramatic steep side had many sponge and ascidian formations and black coral trees. We found Maldives sponge snails, yellow nudibranch eggs, a Clarke's anemonefish laying eggs, long fin batfish etc.
Day 6
Green turtle scratching its face in sea fan from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful drift dive on ocean reef across two channels. There were many fusiliers in the water column chased by tunas and giant trevallies. LARGE BLUE NAPOLEON WRASSES hung off the reef, we found aturtle, a honeycomb moray, a black ribbon eel, several white tip sharks and enjoyed the colourful coral blocks covered in pastel-coloured nepthia soft corals. The overhangs in the channel were buzzing with fish and plumped soft corals. Some feisty yellow margin triggerfish chased us off the reef at the end of the dive!
Ocean Crossing
After breakfast we made our way back through South Male atoll and made the crossing to North Male and our overnight anchorage.
Daytime Excursion
After breakfast we made our way back through South Male atoll and made the crossing to North Male and our overnight anchorage.
Day 7
Honeycomb moray, a welcome sight on any dive. From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests all transferred to the airport for an early flight to Dubai and onward to the UK
Day 8
Divers enjoying the current from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Sea Spirit SS495 24 Jan 2016 to 5 Feb 2016 Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from four arrivals throughout the day. Morning arrivers made a check dive. After the final pick up we moved a little northwards to our evening anchorage
Dive 1
Easy drift dive at house reef site. A couple of large black tip sharks shot past and in the reef slope we found several giant and yellow margin morays, banded coral shrimps, and enjoyed the overhangs full of glssfish with lunar-tailed rock cods red groupers etc. The shallow were full of large reef fish including rudderfish and surgeons and we ended the dive in a dense school of Sgt Majors
Day 1
Beautiful reefs of the Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A second easy dive as a check dive and again lots of groupers seen including black saddled, red groupers and lunar-tailed. We found a green leaf fish amongst juvenile cardinals and being attached by a spotted rock cod, many Bruuni and Lysmata cleaning shrimps, an octopus, an elegant squat lobster in a featherstar etc.
Dive 2
A wide variety of reef fish were seen at this ocean facing site including a lovely school of bannerfish, pyramid butterflyfish, one-spine unicornfish and so many fusiliers sweeping to and fro. We also found a Susan's and a Bedford's flatworms. On the reef top were many red and black-and-white snappers and a coral block with a nurse shark sleeping inside and a spiny lobster keeping guard
Snorkelling
AS WE ARRIVED TO DIVE WE SAW 5 MANTAS IN THE SHALLOWS SO STOPPED TO SNORKEL. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL SHOW AS THEY WERE INCREDIBLY GRACEFUL.
Dive 3
We then made a dive on the ocean reef with a heavy plankton layer in the shallows and cooler clear water below. We saw schools of bannerfish, bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish, many varieties of morays including a zebra moray, white tip sharks, orange magnifica anemones, porcelain crabs etc.
Day 2
Hawksbill turtle, a favourite inhabitant of the reef from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
An ocean-facing thila site with schools of rainbow runners and big-eye jacks t the eastern current point then a nice drift along the thils where were sa several white tip sharks and grey sharks including a grey shark mobbed by mackerels. Large coral blocks were full of humpback snappers and oriental sweetlips. A large coral block ocean-side was full of glassfish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
GOOD SHARK SHOW WITH AROUND 8 GREY SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT PLUS A SQUADRON OF 6 EAGLE RAYS PLUS BIG EYE JACKS, A SPEARING MANTIS SHRIMP AN ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH, A GOLD LEAF FISH, LONGNOSE EMPERORS, SEVERAL NAPOLEONS AND JUST SO MANY ORANGE ANTHIAS!!!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 3
Lots of grey sharks were seen over the coral blocks including a group of around 6 small ones and some individual adults then another three greys plus several white tips riding along the drop off on the main block. A darling little eagle ray was hanging out and watching the show too! We found two friendly hawksbill turtles and a lovely active octopus on the reef top
Night Dive
A SUPER-SPECIAL NIGHT DIVE WITH THREE HUNGRY MANTAS FEEDING AT THE BACK OF SEA SPIRIT. THEY WERE SO CLOSE AND GAVE US SUCH AN AMAZING SHOW! TONIGHT WE SAW WIGGLE, SQUIGGLE AND CAMPBELL
Day 3
White tip reef sharks from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A visit to a manta cleaning station and there were three mantas in and out throughout the dive visiting the cleaning station block and swimming around and taking a look at divers as they flew over our heads. There were lots of reef fish amongst the coral blocks down the reef slope including Indian bannerfish, big-eye emperors, big jobfish, bluefin and barred jacks
Dive 2
WOW! ONE OF THE BEST EVER DIVES T THIS SITE AS TODAY WE HAD AROUND 18 DIFFERENT MANTAS HANGING AROUND THE CEANING STATION BLOCK AND HOVERING IN A FAIRLY STRONG CURRENT LIKE AIRPLANES WAITING TO LAND AT HEATHROW AIRPORT. THERE WERE AT LEAST 14 AT ANY ONE TIME AND THEY TURNED OFF AND SWAM OVER OUR HEADS. We also saw grey sharks, sleeping white tips, an eagle ray and dense schools of mixed bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfisg, midnight and red snappers etc.
Dive 3
We were lucky a third time with yet more manta sightings as two large female mantas (Cesi and Diana-May) swam past a few times. We also found several white mouthed morays, a PAIR OF HALIMEDA GHOST PIPEFISH, schools of crown squirrelfish, turtles, SILVERTIP and GREY SHARKS being cleaned etc.
Day 4
Some wonderful manta shows today on MV Sea spirit
Dive 1
ANOTHER SUPER MANTA DIVE WITH TWO BIG FEMALE MANTAS SWIMMING UP AND DOWN AND GIVING US A NICE SHOW AND THEN LATER ON ANOTHER 3, THEN 5 THEN 7 MANTAS IN FORMATION SWEEPING UP AND DOWN THE REEF. What a show and a magnificent finale!
Snorkelling
WE SNORKELED WITH A SMALL WHALE SHARK OVER THE SHALLOWS. IT WAS SLOWLY SWIMMING AND TRYING TO FEED BUT THEN WENT DEEPER AS MORE SNORKELERS JOINED IN. EVERYONE MANAGED TO SEE HIM, HE WAS SUCH A LITTLE CUTIE AT ABOUT 4-5M IN LENGTH
Dive 2
We made a dive hoping to see a whle shark whilst underwater but didn't get lucky. WE DID see a GIANT GUITARFISH! A tuny juvenile oriental sweetlips thrashing around, lovely coral blocks full of snappers and goatfish, a carpet anemone with a pair of porcelain crabs, and many trapezia crabs in pavona corals
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 3
Dusk dive at ocean corner. The inside of the channel was rather fuzzy but the outside was buzzing with many fusiliers, large schools of Dussomiers surgeonfish plus juvenile and many adult (female) bicolour parrotfish (gathering to spawn?). The reef shallows were full of chromis and anthias
Day 5
Whale shark stayed shallow so we could snorkel from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A pretty thila with colourful slopes and walls cascading vertically and covered in black corals, seafans and dotted with magnificent and carpet anemones. Bluefin jacks harassed the sweepers and anthias in the shallows. Small overhangs contained Bruuni and banded coral shrimps waiting for fish-clients to clean.
Dive 2
The current was splitting on the corner with a school of big-eye jacks tucked inside the channel. The terraces and overhangs were hung with blue soft coral. We then had a fast drift along a steep wall with samll overhangs. The hard corals on the top reef were magnificent and full of reef fish with schools of gold spot emperors, many surgeons and several Napoleon wrasses
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Mulaku atoll
Dive 3
AN EXCELLENT SHARK SHOW: GREY SHARKS, SILVERTIP SHARKS AND MANY WHITE TIP SHARKS BUZZING IN THE CURRENT. THE SCHOOL OF JUVENILE GREYS ALONE CONSISTED OF 50+ INDIVIDUALS. ALSO AN EAGLE RAY!! We thn had a fast drift into the channel ll the way to the coral garden at the back past two turtles, a large Mappa puffer etc.
Day 6
Diver over beautiful coral reef on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A SECOND VISIT TO THE SHARKY CHANNEL AND VERY DIFFERENT CONDITIONS SO ABLE TO CROSS THE FRONT. THE LARGE SCHOOL OF JUVENILE GREYS BLENDED INTO 20+ LARGE ADULT GREY SHARKS AND THE OCCASIONAL SILVERTIP PLUS MIXED CHEVRON AND FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS AND MANY BIG EYE JACKS. The western corner was buzzing with reef fish: Indian bannerfish, silver and oriental sweetlips, snappers of all sorts, collared butterflyfish etc.
Dive 2
A small deep wreck covered in juvenile cardinals with spotted rock cods and red groupers guarding their herd. Many Bruuni and banded coral shrimps hid in corners. The main reef was decorated with whity lacy acabaria coral and blue finger sponges with superb acropora hard corals in the shallows full of every species of chromis and colourful anthias. We found a couple of turtle and played with he numerous Nemos in their magnificent anemone homes
Dive 3
Challenging visibilty and an odd current so we went looking for unusual small things including juvenile razor wrasses, a pair of seagrass ghost pipefish, a pair of green leaf fish, Amboin shrimps around a clourful carpet anemone, a blue ribbon eel, etc plus two round ribbontail rays and a feathertail ray
Day 7
Incredible variety and numbers of reef fish from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
Lots of mantas appearring out of low visibilty and seemingly playing hide and seek with us. At least 5 different mantas seen! A large ornate ghost pipefish, 2x round ribbontail rays, an eagle ray, large green turtle, blue-line flatworm (P. monostichos) etc.
Dive 2
Beautiful coral ocean reef with rivers of fusiliers, all varieties of chromis in corals, a shorthead shrmp pair in a carpet anemone, many magnificent anemones on the reeftop and so many pyramid butterflyfish
Dive 3
A strong current AND ANOTHER AMAZING SHARK DIVE WITH 100+ DIFFERENT SHARKS OF ALL SIZES. Small groups of silvertips swam together like sparkling dancers, the large school of juvenile greys danced around, up and down. We then had a long drift into the channel to the coral garden at the back. Watch out for the triggerfish which were chasing divers today!
Day 8
So many sharks, this is just a small view of the 100+ skarks seen today from MV Sea Spirit
Ocean Crossing
Early morning crossing to Vattaru and Felidhoo atolls
Dive 1
A dramatic ocean reef with overhangs cascading down to 50m+ FIVE DIFFERENT MANTAS CAME IN AND HOVERED OVER THE SPUR NEAR THE DROP OFF. A group of four swooped around in formation and closely checked divers put. Between manta shows we enjoyed the beautiful pink soft coral and many seafans and whips in the overhangs and just so many green magnificent anemones full of blackfoot clownfish
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef then coral blocks on channel corner and all along the inside of the channel. As we drifted we saw around 6 HAWKSBILL TURTLES and enjoyed the varieties of clathria and many table corals and pavona corals. We also saw 3 EAGLE RAYS IN FORMATION, a huge starry puffer and many spotted puffers
Dive 3
Another dramatic ocean reef corner and long channel drift. The coral blocks were not as colourful but there were large numbers of humpback snappers and goldspot emperors to compensate plus moorish idols, dogtooth tunas and bonito tunas rounding up fusiliers, and many varieties of reef fish in the shallows
Day 9
Another great manta show at thie remote site, from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A MONSTER SILVERTIP SHARK WAS HANGING OUT ON THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL ALONG WITH LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS SO WE HOOKED IN TO WATCH THE SHOW BEFORE DRIFTING IN OVER CORAL BLOCKS COVERED IN ORANGE AND PINK SOFT CORALS AND FULL OF SNAPPERS AND SWEETLIPS. tHE STEEP WALL WAS SMOTHERED IN ORANGE SOFT CORAL AND THE SLOPE WAS HEAVILY CORALISED AND FULL OF REEF FISH. We drifted all the way to the back of the channel where the current ran out and we could more slowly explore the small ledges and glassfish filled caves
Dive 2
A STRONG CURRENT AND A HOOK IN AND HANG TO WATCH A SHOW OF GREY SHARKS AND A VERY PREGNANT WHITE TIP SHARK WHICH KEPT RIDING IN FRONT OF US. We then made a long drift into the channel and over sand dunes and across a coral garden full of damsels, juvenile cardinals and young fusiliers. Beautiful
Dive 3
We tried a differenet channel this afternoon and were rewarded with several grey sharks along the front so we stopped to watch. The ocean facing wall was steep with many deep overhangs and the clarity of water was superb so we could see way below 70m depth. We made a long drift into the channel ober extensive thilas. We saw a grey-coloured spotted eagle ray, a white-tailed mangrove whipray (which took off!) and enjoyed the dramatic sea scape
Night Dive
WILD NIGHT DIVE WITH AROUND 40 TAWNY NURSE SHARKS OF VARIOUS SIZES PLUS SEVERAL BLACKTIP SHARKS, PINK WHIP RAYS, JENKINS WHIPRAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, GIANT TREVALLIES, RUDDERFISH ETC. All the fish were very excited! Two nurse sharks attempted a mating but when other sharks also bundled in they separated! What a show!!!
Day 10
Stunning hard corals, white sand and so many chromis from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A more moderate current at the sharky channel and lots of grey sharks and white tip sharks lined up along the front plus an eagle ray and fusiliers being chased by dogtooth tunas. We enjoyed a fast drift into the channel and continued the drift over sand dunes and a coral garden buzzing with anthias and damsels. Very pretty!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll. It was very windy!
Dive 2
A great macro dive! We found a green and a yellow leaf fish, several blue ribbon eels, many caves with Bruuni and Lysmata cleaning shrimps, several spearing mantis shrimps, Amboin shrimps, 5x bearded scorpionfish plus gold-dart pompano, two large Napoleons and a curious white tip shark plus an eagle ray
Dive 3
Easy and fun dive at pretty reef with steep sides covered in black corals, sponges, ascidians etc. Several juvenile longfin batfish were hanging out near a deep block and longnose hawkfish and glassfish hung over black corals. We found octopus, Maldives sponge snails, Smiths fangblennies(!), cornetfish, orangespine surgeons etc.
Evening Activity
Some guests made a visit to the Captain's island of Guraidhoo
Day 11
Pink soft corals and dramatic overhangs from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Dramatic and exciting last dive. Large dogtooth tunas chased schools of fusiliers as we descended. In front of the small channel were many giant trevallies waiting for disoriented fish to attack and white tip sharks rode the current eddy over the shallpow coral blocks. There were two large blue Napoleons on the reef front plus several smaller ones amongst the coral blocks. A school of bannerfish hung in mid-water and bounced into the reef as the jacks swam plast. There were more white tip sharks on the corner, both deep and shallow. We drifted into the channel and past the shallow overhangs full of purple and lilac nepthia soft coral. A great dive to end with!
Daytime Excursion
We travelled back across South Male' and made the crossing to North Male atoll arriving at anchorage in time for lunch. Some guests made a visit to Male' for shopping and to visit the ice-cream parlour.
Day 12
Dramatic sand-scape from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests transferred to the airport to catch their international flights back to Europe or for onward transfers to guest houses and hotels
Day 13
Stunning coral reef in the Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from four arrivals throughout the day. Morning arrivers made a check dive. After the final pick up we moved a little northwards to our evening anchorage
Dive 1
Easy drift dive at house reef site. A couple of large black tip sharks shot past and in the reef slope we found several giant and yellow margin morays, banded coral shrimps, and enjoyed the overhangs full of glssfish with lunar-tailed rock cods red groupers etc. The shallow were full of large reef fish including rudderfish and surgeons and we ended the dive in a dense school of Sgt Majors
Day 1
Beautiful reefs of the Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A second easy dive as a check dive and again lots of groupers seen including black saddled, red groupers and lunar-tailed. We found a green leaf fish amongst juvenile cardinals and being attached by a spotted rock cod, many Bruuni and Lysmata cleaning shrimps, an octopus, an elegant squat lobster in a featherstar etc.
Dive 2
A wide variety of reef fish were seen at this ocean facing site including a lovely school of bannerfish, pyramid butterflyfish, one-spine unicornfish and so many fusiliers sweeping to and fro. We also found a Susan's and a Bedford's flatworms. On the reef top were many red and black-and-white snappers and a coral block with a nurse shark sleeping inside and a spiny lobster keeping guard
Snorkelling
AS WE ARRIVED TO DIVE WE SAW 5 MANTAS IN THE SHALLOWS SO STOPPED TO SNORKEL. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL SHOW AS THEY WERE INCREDIBLY GRACEFUL.
Dive 3
We then made a dive on the ocean reef with a heavy plankton layer in the shallows and cooler clear water below. We saw schools of bannerfish, bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish, many varieties of morays including a zebra moray, white tip sharks, orange magnifica anemones, porcelain crabs etc.
Day 2
Hawksbill turtle, a favourite inhabitant of the reef from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
An ocean-facing thila site with schools of rainbow runners and big-eye jacks t the eastern current point then a nice drift along the thils where were sa several white tip sharks and grey sharks including a grey shark mobbed by mackerels. Large coral blocks were full of humpback snappers and oriental sweetlips. A large coral block ocean-side was full of glassfish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
GOOD SHARK SHOW WITH AROUND 8 GREY SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT PLUS A SQUADRON OF 6 EAGLE RAYS PLUS BIG EYE JACKS, A SPEARING MANTIS SHRIMP AN ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH, A GOLD LEAF FISH, LONGNOSE EMPERORS, SEVERAL NAPOLEONS AND JUST SO MANY ORANGE ANTHIAS!!!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 3
Lots of grey sharks were seen over the coral blocks including a group of around 6 small ones and some individual adults then another three greys plus several white tips riding along the drop off on the main block. A darling little eagle ray was hanging out and watching the show too! We found two friendly hawksbill turtles and a lovely active octopus on the reef top
Night Dive
A SUPER-SPECIAL NIGHT DIVE WITH THREE HUNGRY MANTAS FEEDING AT THE BACK OF SEA SPIRIT. THEY WERE SO CLOSE AND GAVE US SUCH AN AMAZING SHOW! TONIGHT WE SAW WIGGLE, SQUIGGLE AND CAMPBELL
Day 3
White tip reef sharks from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A visit to a manta cleaning station and there were three mantas in and out throughout the dive visiting the cleaning station block and swimming around and taking a look at divers as they flew over our heads. There were lots of reef fish amongst the coral blocks down the reef slope including Indian bannerfish, big-eye emperors, big jobfish, bluefin and barred jacks
Dive 2
WOW! ONE OF THE BEST EVER DIVES T THIS SITE AS TODAY WE HAD AROUND 18 DIFFERENT MANTAS HANGING AROUND THE CEANING STATION BLOCK AND HOVERING IN A FAIRLY STRONG CURRENT LIKE AIRPLANES WAITING TO LAND AT HEATHROW AIRPORT. THERE WERE AT LEAST 14 AT ANY ONE TIME AND THEY TURNED OFF AND SWAM OVER OUR HEADS. We also saw grey sharks, sleeping white tips, an eagle ray and dense schools of mixed bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfisg, midnight and red snappers etc.
Dive 3
We were lucky a third time with yet more manta sightings as two large female mantas (Cesi and Diana-May) swam past a few times. We also found several white mouthed morays, a PAIR OF HALIMEDA GHOST PIPEFISH, schools of crown squirrelfish, turtles, SILVERTIP and GREY SHARKS being cleaned etc.
Day 4
Some wonderful manta shows today on MV Sea spirit
Dive 1
ANOTHER SUPER MANTA DIVE WITH TWO BIG FEMALE MANTAS SWIMMING UP AND DOWN AND GIVING US A NICE SHOW AND THEN LATER ON ANOTHER 3, THEN 5 THEN 7 MANTAS IN FORMATION SWEEPING UP AND DOWN THE REEF. What a show and a magnificent finale!
Snorkelling
WE SNORKELED WITH A SMALL WHALE SHARK OVER THE SHALLOWS. IT WAS SLOWLY SWIMMING AND TRYING TO FEED BUT THEN WENT DEEPER AS MORE SNORKELERS JOINED IN. EVERYONE MANAGED TO SEE HIM, HE WAS SUCH A LITTLE CUTIE AT ABOUT 4-5M IN LENGTH
Dive 2
We made a dive hoping to see a whle shark whilst underwater but didn't get lucky. WE DID see a GIANT GUITARFISH! A tuny juvenile oriental sweetlips thrashing around, lovely coral blocks full of snappers and goatfish, a carpet anemone with a pair of porcelain crabs, and many trapezia crabs in pavona corals
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 3
Dusk dive at ocean corner. The inside of the channel was rather fuzzy but the outside was buzzing with many fusiliers, large schools of Dussomiers surgeonfish plus juvenile and many adult (female) bicolour parrotfish (gathering to spawn?). The reef shallows were full of chromis and anthias
Day 5
Whale shark stayed shallow so we could snorkel from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A pretty thila with colourful slopes and walls cascading vertically and covered in black corals, seafans and dotted with magnificent and carpet anemones. Bluefin jacks harassed the sweepers and anthias in the shallows. Small overhangs contained Bruuni and banded coral shrimps waiting for fish-clients to clean.
Dive 2
The current was splitting on the corner with a school of big-eye jacks tucked inside the channel. The terraces and overhangs were hung with blue soft coral. We then had a fast drift along a steep wall with samll overhangs. The hard corals on the top reef were magnificent and full of reef fish with schools of gold spot emperors, many surgeons and several Napoleon wrasses
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Mulaku atoll
Dive 3
AN EXCELLENT SHARK SHOW: GREY SHARKS, SILVERTIP SHARKS AND MANY WHITE TIP SHARKS BUZZING IN THE CURRENT. THE SCHOOL OF JUVENILE GREYS ALONE CONSISTED OF 50+ INDIVIDUALS. ALSO AN EAGLE RAY!! We thn had a fast drift into the channel ll the way to the coral garden at the back past two turtles, a large Mappa puffer etc.
Day 6
Diver over beautiful coral reef on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A SECOND VISIT TO THE SHARKY CHANNEL AND VERY DIFFERENT CONDITIONS SO ABLE TO CROSS THE FRONT. THE LARGE SCHOOL OF JUVENILE GREYS BLENDED INTO 20+ LARGE ADULT GREY SHARKS AND THE OCCASIONAL SILVERTIP PLUS MIXED CHEVRON AND FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS AND MANY BIG EYE JACKS. The western corner was buzzing with reef fish: Indian bannerfish, silver and oriental sweetlips, snappers of all sorts, collared butterflyfish etc.
Dive 2
A small deep wreck covered in juvenile cardinals with spotted rock cods and red groupers guarding their herd. Many Bruuni and banded coral shrimps hid in corners. The main reef was decorated with whity lacy acabaria coral and blue finger sponges with superb acropora hard corals in the shallows full of every species of chromis and colourful anthias. We found a couple of turtle and played with he numerous Nemos in their magnificent anemone homes
Dive 3
Challenging visibilty and an odd current so we went looking for unusual small things including juvenile razor wrasses, a pair of seagrass ghost pipefish, a pair of green leaf fish, Amboin shrimps around a clourful carpet anemone, a blue ribbon eel, etc plus two round ribbontail rays and a feathertail ray
Day 7
Incredible variety and numbers of reef fish from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
Lots of mantas appearring out of low visibilty and seemingly playing hide and seek with us. At least 5 different mantas seen! A large ornate ghost pipefish, 2x round ribbontail rays, an eagle ray, large green turtle, blue-line flatworm (P. monostichos) etc.
Dive 2
Beautiful coral ocean reef with rivers of fusiliers, all varieties of chromis in corals, a shorthead shrmp pair in a carpet anemone, many magnificent anemones on the reeftop and so many pyramid butterflyfish
Dive 3
A strong current AND ANOTHER AMAZING SHARK DIVE WITH 100+ DIFFERENT SHARKS OF ALL SIZES. Small groups of silvertips swam together like sparkling dancers, the large school of juvenile greys danced around, up and down. We then had a long drift into the channel to the coral garden at the back. Watch out for the triggerfish which were chasing divers today!
Day 8
So many sharks, this is just a small view of the 100+ skarks seen today from MV Sea Spirit
Ocean Crossing
Early morning crossing to Vattaru and Felidhoo atolls
Dive 1
A dramatic ocean reef with overhangs cascading down to 50m+ FIVE DIFFERENT MANTAS CAME IN AND HOVERED OVER THE SPUR NEAR THE DROP OFF. A group of four swooped around in formation and closely checked divers put. Between manta shows we enjoyed the beautiful pink soft coral and many seafans and whips in the overhangs and just so many green magnificent anemones full of blackfoot clownfish
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef then coral blocks on channel corner and all along the inside of the channel. As we drifted we saw around 6 HAWKSBILL TURTLES and enjoyed the varieties of clathria and many table corals and pavona corals. We also saw 3 EAGLE RAYS IN FORMATION, a huge starry puffer and many spotted puffers
Dive 3
Another dramatic ocean reef corner and long channel drift. The coral blocks were not as colourful but there were large numbers of humpback snappers and goldspot emperors to compensate plus moorish idols, dogtooth tunas and bonito tunas rounding up fusiliers, and many varieties of reef fish in the shallows
Day 9
Another great manta show at thie remote site, from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A MONSTER SILVERTIP SHARK WAS HANGING OUT ON THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL ALONG WITH LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS SO WE HOOKED IN TO WATCH THE SHOW BEFORE DRIFTING IN OVER CORAL BLOCKS COVERED IN ORANGE AND PINK SOFT CORALS AND FULL OF SNAPPERS AND SWEETLIPS. tHE STEEP WALL WAS SMOTHERED IN ORANGE SOFT CORAL AND THE SLOPE WAS HEAVILY CORALISED AND FULL OF REEF FISH. We drifted all the way to the back of the channel where the current ran out and we could more slowly explore the small ledges and glassfish filled caves
Dive 2
A STRONG CURRENT AND A HOOK IN AND HANG TO WATCH A SHOW OF GREY SHARKS AND A VERY PREGNANT WHITE TIP SHARK WHICH KEPT RIDING IN FRONT OF US. We then made a long drift into the channel and over sand dunes and across a coral garden full of damsels, juvenile cardinals and young fusiliers. Beautiful
Dive 3
We tried a differenet channel this afternoon and were rewarded with several grey sharks along the front so we stopped to watch. The ocean facing wall was steep with many deep overhangs and the clarity of water was superb so we could see way below 70m depth. We made a long drift into the channel ober extensive thilas. We saw a grey-coloured spotted eagle ray, a white-tailed mangrove whipray (which took off!) and enjoyed the dramatic sea scape
Night Dive
WILD NIGHT DIVE WITH AROUND 40 TAWNY NURSE SHARKS OF VARIOUS SIZES PLUS SEVERAL BLACKTIP SHARKS, PINK WHIP RAYS, JENKINS WHIPRAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, GIANT TREVALLIES, RUDDERFISH ETC. All the fish were very excited! Two nurse sharks attempted a mating but when other sharks also bundled in they separated! What a show!!!
Day 10
Stunning hard corals, white sand and so many chromis from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A more moderate current at the sharky channel and lots of grey sharks and white tip sharks lined up along the front plus an eagle ray and fusiliers being chased by dogtooth tunas. We enjoyed a fast drift into the channel and continued the drift over sand dunes and a coral garden buzzing with anthias and damsels. Very pretty!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll. It was very windy!
Dive 2
A great macro dive! We found a green and a yellow leaf fish, several blue ribbon eels, many caves with Bruuni and Lysmata cleaning shrimps, several spearing mantis shrimps, Amboin shrimps, 5x bearded scorpionfish plus gold-dart pompano, two large Napoleons and a curious white tip shark plus an eagle ray
Dive 3
Easy and fun dive at pretty reef with steep sides covered in black corals, sponges, ascidians etc. Several juvenile longfin batfish were hanging out near a deep block and longnose hawkfish and glassfish hung over black corals. We found octopus, Maldives sponge snails, Smiths fangblennies(!), cornetfish, orangespine surgeons etc.
Evening Activity
Some guests made a visit to the Captain's island of Guraidhoo
Day 11
Pink soft corals and dramatic overhangs from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Dramatic and exciting last dive. Large dogtooth tunas chased schools of fusiliers as we descended. In front of the small channel were many giant trevallies waiting for disoriented fish to attack and white tip sharks rode the current eddy over the shallpow coral blocks. There were two large blue Napoleons on the reef front plus several smaller ones amongst the coral blocks. A school of bannerfish hung in mid-water and bounced into the reef as the jacks swam plast. There were more white tip sharks on the corner, both deep and shallow. We drifted into the channel and past the shallow overhangs full of purple and lilac nepthia soft coral. A great dive to end with!
Daytime Excursion
We travelled back across South Male' and made the crossing to North Male atoll arriving at anchorage in time for lunch. Some guests made a visit to Male' for shopping and to visit the ice-cream parlour.
Day 12
Dramatic sand-scape from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests transferred to the airport to catch their international flights back to Europe or for onward transfers to guest houses and hotels
Day 13
Stunning coral reef in the Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS494 17 Jan 2016 to 24 Jan 2016 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from International flights, guest houses and resorts and were transferred to Sea Spirit. We travelled across North Male' atoll and made a check dive in the afternoon
Snorkelling
Short snorkel with two LARGE FEMALE MANTA RAYS who were busy being cleaned on the shallow reef next to the dive site. One of the females was pregnant and both seemed tolerant and curious of the snorkellers
Dive 1
Easy check dive at ocean facing reef. We saw a round ribbon tail ray, a white tip shark, a pair of octopus, a lovely mixed school of bluestripe snappers and goldspot emperors and enjoyed the variety of reef fish on the slope of healthy hard corals plus orange and blue magnificent anemones
Day 1
Pair of manta rays seen whilst snorkeling from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Thila dive with chevron barracudas and big eye jacks at the current point and white tip reef sharks plus a grey reef shark along the edge, 1+1+2 SHORT-FIN MOBULAS, a very large Napoleon wrasse, hawksbill turtle, schools of humpback snappers and lots of oriental sweetlips plus the myriad of usual reef fish. We spied a coupkle of mantas after the dive nd went for a short snorkel.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll. We were briefly joined by a pod of spinner dolphins
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef with schools of big-eye and bar jacks and several grey sharks of different sizes parading up and down the drop-off. An eagle ray swam overhead and white tip sharks swam along the top of the reef or slept in the sand basin. We gound garden eels, a large spearing mantis shrimp in its nest, a yellow and a gold cooured leaf fishes, batfish, a honeycomb moray and just so many orange and Carberry anthias buzzed on the reef top
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 3
LOTS OF GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES AND 18-20 ALL TOGETHER OVER THE 24M BLOCK plus a small silvertip shark and lots of white tip sharks either cruising or sleeping. We also saw a large school of big eye jacks several large golden jacks, huge brownmarbled groupers, bannerfish school being chaed by giant trevallies and several friendly turtles
Night Dive
THREE BEAUTIFUL MANTA RAYS PUT ON A WONDERFUL SHOW FOR US AS THEY SOMERSAULTED AND TURNED RIGHT IN FRONT OF US FEEDING ON TINY SHRIMPS ATTRACTED BY THE LIGHTS. AN AMAZING DIVING EXPERIENCE!
Day 2
Pretty Indian bannerfish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There were two mantas at the cleaning station when we arrived but they moved on and left us to watch the schools of Indian bannerfish, oriental sweetlips, bluestripe and humpback snappers etc. We found a carpet anemone with a pair or porcelain crabs and a school of 20 spotted puffers
Dive 2
AMAZING DIVE WITH 14 DIFFERENT MANTAS SIGHTED AT THE CLEANING STATION WITH UP TO 8 PRESENT AT ANY ONE TIME AND THROUGHOUT THE DIVE. There were some regulars including Fly and Stardust and lots of new ones. There were also sense schools of bluestripe snappers, humpack snappers and yellow goatfish. What a dive!
Dive 3
No mantas this afternoon but we did see a large silvertip shark, a hawksbill turtle, several white mouth morays, Indian bannerfish, a teeny bicolour parrotfish, Lysmata and tapestry shrimps
Day 3
Beautiful manta Ziggy seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Still no mantas but several grey sharks including one standing on its tail and being cleaned, 3x silvertip sharks also attempting to clean, a school of bar jacks, several large parading dogtooth tunas, a Chromodoris glenei nudi, and a schools of black and white snappers just as we were ascending
Snorkelling
WE SNORKELED WITH A WHALE SHARK AS IT TURNED AND WENT UP AND DOWN IN THE SHALLOWS, MAYBE CONFUSED BY OR ATTRACTED BY THE SMALL BOATS NEARBY. HE WAS A REAL CUTIE AND PALE GREY IN COLOUR AND INCREDIBLY SPOTTY
Dive 2
No whale shark but lots of sleeping white tips sharks, blocks full of bluestripe and humpback snappers, big eye emperors, goatfish, a tiger cowrie, Maldives sponge snails, a spiking octopus etc.
Dive 3
This site is famous for turtle sightings and it lived up to its reputation including sighting of Tiny Turtle who is growing fast now! A large school of golden jacks engulfed some divers and there were schools of bannerfish, several bearded scorpionfish, a zebra moray etc.
Evening Activity
Visit to local village to see the lovely beach and the Malhoss tree grove
Day 4
Pale grey whale shark seen today from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Silversides and baitfish covered the wreck and small bonito tunas went barrelling into the schools of silversides making the schools pulsate and swirl. We found a large stonefish, several pufferfish and mantis shrimp plus a school of longfin batfish at 90 degrees(!). On the reef slope we saw sleeping white tip sharks, had a male round ribbontail ray circle divers (looking for a mate?) and enjoyed the swallowtail chrmis, powderblue surgeons and lots of different reef fish up in the shallows
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
AN EXCELLENT SHARK SHOW WITH JUST SO MANY GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES INCLUDING 20+ SMALL ONES AND AT LEAST 6 LARGE CHUNKY ADULTS PLUS ALL THE MEDIUM SIZED ONES! There was also a large school of big-eye jacks plus fusiliers and mackerel scads on the ocean front and then dogtooth and schools of bonito tunas inside the channel. Far up inside the channel we were drifted to a very pretty coral garden
Dive 3
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH MANY LARGE TWNY NURSE SHARKS, PINK WHIP RAYS PLUS THE OCCASIONAL ROUND RIBBONTAIL STINGRAY AND BLACK TIP SHARK AS THEY FORAGED ON THE REEF. Gangs of giant trevallies and bluefin jacks swam through too.
Day 5
Tawny nurse sharks are a feature of the special night dive made from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A very different dive to yesterday afternoon's as current was running out of channel and the few sharks were deep on the drop-off. A school of big-eye jacks were just inside the channel. On the south reef we continued to the outer slope smothered in orange and Evans anthias with Lysmata shrimps, black cheek and giant morays, a comet fish, schools of B&W snappers, a wahoo, white tip sharks AND TWO EAGLE RAYS
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
A great macro dive: a yellow-green leaf fish, black and blue colour type ribbon eels, spearing mantis shrimps in their nests, bearded scorpionfish, Lysmata shrimps, the solar-cell Phidiana segmented worm etc.
Daytime Excursion
Short visit to sandbank for a sand-and-lagoon experience
Dive 3
An exciting drift dive with white tip sharks and many giant trevallies along the ocean front plus large schools of lined and neon fusiliers plus mackerels. Deep on the corner were 5 grey reef sharks. All along the front were coral blocks full of reef fish and decorated with pastel coloured Nepthia soft corals. The speed of the drift picked up in the channel and we were whisked over terraces and through overhangs hung with purple and lilac Nepthia coral and just so many buzzy fish
Night Dive
Night dive at sheltered site with dramatic walls covered in yellow cup corals and every colour of sponge and ascidians and a gently sloping side where there seemed to be every variety of featherstar. We found hingebeak and tapestry shrimps, a sleeping turtle, morays out hunting, Maldives and black sponge snails, leather corals spawning etc.
Day 6
Lots of grey sharks seen on the channel fronts from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
SUPERB DIVE TO FINISH ON WITH GOOD SHOWS OF GREY SHARKS AT THE CURRENT POINT AND ON THE REEF TOP SURROUNDING THREE EAGLE RAYS ALL TRYING TO CLEAN! THE PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORALS WERE FULL OF ORANGE ANTHIAS AND THERE WERE REEF FISH OF EVERY TYPE INCLUDING LARGE SCHOOLS OF COLLARED BUTTERFLYFISH AND ORIENTAL SWEETLIPS. A DIVE TO REFLECT THE BEST OF DIVING IN THE MALDIVES!
Daytime Excursion
Travel back to Male'. During the afternoon a visit to Male was made for divers wishing to sightsee and visit the famous ice-cream café'.
Guest Transfer
Guillaume and Clara transferred to the airport in the evening. Rachel and Craig transferred to their hotel after dinner
Day 7
Grey shark at cleaning station from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
The remaining guests transferred via the airport for their international flights to Europe and other onward travel
Day 8
So many reef fish! from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from International flights, guest houses and resorts and were transferred to Sea Spirit. We travelled across North Male' atoll and made a check dive in the afternoon
Snorkelling
Short snorkel with two LARGE FEMALE MANTA RAYS who were busy being cleaned on the shallow reef next to the dive site. One of the females was pregnant and both seemed tolerant and curious of the snorkellers
Dive 1
Easy check dive at ocean facing reef. We saw a round ribbon tail ray, a white tip shark, a pair of octopus, a lovely mixed school of bluestripe snappers and goldspot emperors and enjoyed the variety of reef fish on the slope of healthy hard corals plus orange and blue magnificent anemones
Day 1
Pair of manta rays seen whilst snorkeling from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Thila dive with chevron barracudas and big eye jacks at the current point and white tip reef sharks plus a grey reef shark along the edge, 1+1+2 SHORT-FIN MOBULAS, a very large Napoleon wrasse, hawksbill turtle, schools of humpback snappers and lots of oriental sweetlips plus the myriad of usual reef fish. We spied a coupkle of mantas after the dive nd went for a short snorkel.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll. We were briefly joined by a pod of spinner dolphins
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef with schools of big-eye and bar jacks and several grey sharks of different sizes parading up and down the drop-off. An eagle ray swam overhead and white tip sharks swam along the top of the reef or slept in the sand basin. We gound garden eels, a large spearing mantis shrimp in its nest, a yellow and a gold cooured leaf fishes, batfish, a honeycomb moray and just so many orange and Carberry anthias buzzed on the reef top
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 3
LOTS OF GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES AND 18-20 ALL TOGETHER OVER THE 24M BLOCK plus a small silvertip shark and lots of white tip sharks either cruising or sleeping. We also saw a large school of big eye jacks several large golden jacks, huge brownmarbled groupers, bannerfish school being chaed by giant trevallies and several friendly turtles
Night Dive
THREE BEAUTIFUL MANTA RAYS PUT ON A WONDERFUL SHOW FOR US AS THEY SOMERSAULTED AND TURNED RIGHT IN FRONT OF US FEEDING ON TINY SHRIMPS ATTRACTED BY THE LIGHTS. AN AMAZING DIVING EXPERIENCE!
Day 2
Pretty Indian bannerfish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There were two mantas at the cleaning station when we arrived but they moved on and left us to watch the schools of Indian bannerfish, oriental sweetlips, bluestripe and humpback snappers etc. We found a carpet anemone with a pair or porcelain crabs and a school of 20 spotted puffers
Dive 2
AMAZING DIVE WITH 14 DIFFERENT MANTAS SIGHTED AT THE CLEANING STATION WITH UP TO 8 PRESENT AT ANY ONE TIME AND THROUGHOUT THE DIVE. There were some regulars including Fly and Stardust and lots of new ones. There were also sense schools of bluestripe snappers, humpack snappers and yellow goatfish. What a dive!
Dive 3
No mantas this afternoon but we did see a large silvertip shark, a hawksbill turtle, several white mouth morays, Indian bannerfish, a teeny bicolour parrotfish, Lysmata and tapestry shrimps
Day 3
Beautiful manta Ziggy seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Still no mantas but several grey sharks including one standing on its tail and being cleaned, 3x silvertip sharks also attempting to clean, a school of bar jacks, several large parading dogtooth tunas, a Chromodoris glenei nudi, and a schools of black and white snappers just as we were ascending
Snorkelling
WE SNORKELED WITH A WHALE SHARK AS IT TURNED AND WENT UP AND DOWN IN THE SHALLOWS, MAYBE CONFUSED BY OR ATTRACTED BY THE SMALL BOATS NEARBY. HE WAS A REAL CUTIE AND PALE GREY IN COLOUR AND INCREDIBLY SPOTTY
Dive 2
No whale shark but lots of sleeping white tips sharks, blocks full of bluestripe and humpback snappers, big eye emperors, goatfish, a tiger cowrie, Maldives sponge snails, a spiking octopus etc.
Dive 3
This site is famous for turtle sightings and it lived up to its reputation including sighting of Tiny Turtle who is growing fast now! A large school of golden jacks engulfed some divers and there were schools of bannerfish, several bearded scorpionfish, a zebra moray etc.
Evening Activity
Visit to local village to see the lovely beach and the Malhoss tree grove
Day 4
Pale grey whale shark seen today from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Silversides and baitfish covered the wreck and small bonito tunas went barrelling into the schools of silversides making the schools pulsate and swirl. We found a large stonefish, several pufferfish and mantis shrimp plus a school of longfin batfish at 90 degrees(!). On the reef slope we saw sleeping white tip sharks, had a male round ribbontail ray circle divers (looking for a mate?) and enjoyed the swallowtail chrmis, powderblue surgeons and lots of different reef fish up in the shallows
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
AN EXCELLENT SHARK SHOW WITH JUST SO MANY GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES INCLUDING 20+ SMALL ONES AND AT LEAST 6 LARGE CHUNKY ADULTS PLUS ALL THE MEDIUM SIZED ONES! There was also a large school of big-eye jacks plus fusiliers and mackerel scads on the ocean front and then dogtooth and schools of bonito tunas inside the channel. Far up inside the channel we were drifted to a very pretty coral garden
Dive 3
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH MANY LARGE TWNY NURSE SHARKS, PINK WHIP RAYS PLUS THE OCCASIONAL ROUND RIBBONTAIL STINGRAY AND BLACK TIP SHARK AS THEY FORAGED ON THE REEF. Gangs of giant trevallies and bluefin jacks swam through too.
Day 5
Tawny nurse sharks are a feature of the special night dive made from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A very different dive to yesterday afternoon's as current was running out of channel and the few sharks were deep on the drop-off. A school of big-eye jacks were just inside the channel. On the south reef we continued to the outer slope smothered in orange and Evans anthias with Lysmata shrimps, black cheek and giant morays, a comet fish, schools of B&W snappers, a wahoo, white tip sharks AND TWO EAGLE RAYS
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
A great macro dive: a yellow-green leaf fish, black and blue colour type ribbon eels, spearing mantis shrimps in their nests, bearded scorpionfish, Lysmata shrimps, the solar-cell Phidiana segmented worm etc.
Daytime Excursion
Short visit to sandbank for a sand-and-lagoon experience
Dive 3
An exciting drift dive with white tip sharks and many giant trevallies along the ocean front plus large schools of lined and neon fusiliers plus mackerels. Deep on the corner were 5 grey reef sharks. All along the front were coral blocks full of reef fish and decorated with pastel coloured Nepthia soft corals. The speed of the drift picked up in the channel and we were whisked over terraces and through overhangs hung with purple and lilac Nepthia coral and just so many buzzy fish
Night Dive
Night dive at sheltered site with dramatic walls covered in yellow cup corals and every colour of sponge and ascidians and a gently sloping side where there seemed to be every variety of featherstar. We found hingebeak and tapestry shrimps, a sleeping turtle, morays out hunting, Maldives and black sponge snails, leather corals spawning etc.
Day 6
Lots of grey sharks seen on the channel fronts from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
SUPERB DIVE TO FINISH ON WITH GOOD SHOWS OF GREY SHARKS AT THE CURRENT POINT AND ON THE REEF TOP SURROUNDING THREE EAGLE RAYS ALL TRYING TO CLEAN! THE PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORALS WERE FULL OF ORANGE ANTHIAS AND THERE WERE REEF FISH OF EVERY TYPE INCLUDING LARGE SCHOOLS OF COLLARED BUTTERFLYFISH AND ORIENTAL SWEETLIPS. A DIVE TO REFLECT THE BEST OF DIVING IN THE MALDIVES!
Daytime Excursion
Travel back to Male'. During the afternoon a visit to Male was made for divers wishing to sightsee and visit the famous ice-cream café'.
Guest Transfer
Guillaume and Clara transferred to the airport in the evening. Rachel and Craig transferred to their hotel after dinner
Day 7
Grey shark at cleaning station from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
The remaining guests transferred via the airport for their international flights to Europe and other onward travel
Day 8
So many reef fish! from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Sea Spirit SS493 10 Jan 2016 to 17 Jan 2016 Manta Special (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and hotels throughout the day. Morning arrivers made a late morning check dive and afternoon arrivers made a weighting check in the lagoon at anchorage
Dive 1
Easy and sheltered check dive at inner reef. We found a pair of large morays sharing a cleaning station, several reef pipefish, a devil scorpionfish, bearded scorpionfish, a Napoleon wrasse, a coral block smothered in glassfish with plenty of small groupers in attendance, bubble anemones etc.
Day 1
schools of goldspot emperors from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Another easy dive as a second check dive. We found a white and a yellow leaf fish, a peacock mantis shrimp, lots of rock cods and red groupers guarding the coral blocks smothered in juvenile cardinals,banded coral shrimps, TWO BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS, a large spotted porcupinefish etc.
Dive 2
We were hoping to see mantas at this site but did not get lucky. There were nice schools of goldspot emperors and bluestripe snappers plus pyramid butterflyfish, red soldierfish, an octopus, a hawksbill turtle, spotted pufferfish and rivers of yellowback fusiliers
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 3
LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS OVER THE SE CORAL BLOCK! IT WAS A REALLY GOOD SHOW AND WE STOPPED TO WATCH THEM CRUISING UP AND DOWN AT THE CURRENT POINT. The current was quite strong on the top reef where even more white tip sharks were ruising the drop off. We found a couple of friendly turtles (one with a Murex shell stuck to it!), golden and barred jacks, a scorpion conch, etc.
Night Dive
INCREDIBLE MANTA DIVE WITH 5 HUNGRY MANTAS AS THEY FED BEHIND THE BOAT. IT WAS A VERY SPECIAL EXPERIENCE AS THE MANTAS WERE SO CLOSE AND SEEMED TO BE CHECKING US OUT
Day 2
somersaulting mantas from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
TWO LARGE MANTAS busy at a cleaning station but taking breaks to swim around and check the divers out. The large female had a huge shark bite! They were in and out for the entire hour. We also saw white tip sharks, dogtooth tunas, schools of oriental sweetlips and humpcak snappers, an octopus and many other schools of fish. We saw a third manta as we started to ascend.
Dive 2
A super manta show with 5 different mantas during the dive. These were smaller juveniles and seemed to vary in personality. Two were very curious and approached divers and seemed to enjoy a bubble bath whilst others carefully avoided divers. The site is smothered in dense schools of bluestripe snappers, humpback snappers, yellow goatfish and many different sweetlips so we all had a lovely time.
Dive 3
Pretty scenic reef with deep blocks covered in large black coral trees with penguin oysters, blue and pink sponge formations, many baitfish flitting around and creepy gut-like sea cucumbers. The main reef was very colourful with sheer walls covered in sponges and ascidians and bright purple magnificent anemones up in the shallows. A school of longfin batfish hung out watching divers.
Evening Activity
The lights behind the boat attracted a dense school of baitfish and the crew went fishing. Manta Diver Speciality presentation 1 on manta behaviour and ecology
Day 3
Stardust manta seen from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A female manta swam around the cleaning station for around 25 minutes but was eventually out numbered by divers and swam away. There were several white tip sharks sleeping on the bottom, a school of Forster's barracudas with some chevron barracudas mixed in, a carpet anemone with a large shortheaded shrimp plus all the beautiful schools of fish meandering around the shallower blocks
Dive 2
We looked for mantas at the cleaning stations and did see lots of white tip sharks, dogtooth tunas, rainbow runners and schools of fusiliers, Napoleon wrasses of various sizes plus an unusual anemone with many tiny black-with-white-spots damsels. We had an exciting brisk drift into the channel and some divers saw the two mantas.
Dive 3
No mantas this afternoon but we did enjoy an interesting reef and saw a LARGE SILVERTIP SHARK, a LARGE EAGLE RAY, several white mouthed morays including a free-swimming one out hunting, schools of Indian bannerfish and crown squirrelfish, a scorpionfish and several shrimp cleaning stations guarded by feisty black cheek morays
Evening Activity
Manta Diver Speciality presentation 2 on how to ID mantas
Day 4
Diver in dense schools of blustripe snappers MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
EIGHT BEAUTIFUL AND FRIENDLY MANTAS VISITED US AND THE REEFTOP CLEANING STATIOONS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE 90 MINUTE DIVE. AMONGST THE 8 WERE Vicki, Harriet Potter, Janette, and Amico who lived up to his name and posed for photos and loved being around divers! WE also saw a short finned mobula and a small Napoleon swimming round with a red-tooth triggerfish it her mouth!
We spent the day sailing round South Ari atoll but did not find a whale shark. It was a beautiful day and it was no hardship to be looking
Dive 2
Ocean reef site where we looked hard for a WS but were unlucky today. We found a large spiny lobster, a devil scorpionfish, several large Phyllidia sea slugs, starry and guineafowl puffers
Dive 3
A beautiful fishy site with so many blue stripe snappers amongst the canyons and overhangs but quite a strong current for the site. There were several white tips, a school of large dogtooth tunas and even a grey shark at the current point. We also found a yellow grouper nd drifted past the walls covered in large pink and orange seafans
Evening Activity
Evening visit to local island with an impressive Malhoss (Banyan tree) and nice beaches
Day 5
Amico manta meets Eniko diver from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 1
A small current at this thila in a channel so an easy dive. There were white tip sharks and silver sweetlips around the large overhangs and colourful schools of fish amongst the impressive coral garden in the reef shallows full of purple and yellow Evans' anthias
Dive 2
A very strong current at this channel site and we were hooked in tightly watching a school of 20 JUVENILE GREY SHARKS PLUS LOTS OF ADULT GREYS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS. We then had a fast and bumpy drift into the channel
Night Dive
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH SO MANY TAWNY NURSE SHARKS PLUS PINK WHIP RAYS, BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL STINGRAYS AND MANY GIANT TREVALLYS ALL OUT HUNTING. At one point there were around 40 nurse sharks hanging in the water column! An incredible sight!
Day 6
Lots of juvenile grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A fun and sharky dive to finish as we revisited the sharky channel in more moderate conditions and watched the GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS dancing in the current on the front of the channel and then drifted in across sand dunes and pretty patch reef at the back of the channel where there were many bannerfish and tiny Imperial angelfish
Daytime Excursion
Travel back to Male' and our evening anchorage. Some divers made an afternoon visit to Male' for shopping and a visit to the ice-cream parlour
Day 7
Grey Sharks from MV Sea Spirit
Guest Transfer
Divers departed via the airport for International flights back to Europe or local hotels and resorts
Day 8
Beautiful purple anemones from MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and hotels throughout the day. Morning arrivers made a late morning check dive and afternoon arrivers made a weighting check in the lagoon at anchorage
Dive 1
Easy and sheltered check dive at inner reef. We found a pair of large morays sharing a cleaning station, several reef pipefish, a devil scorpionfish, bearded scorpionfish, a Napoleon wrasse, a coral block smothered in glassfish with plenty of small groupers in attendance, bubble anemones etc.
Day 1
schools of goldspot emperors from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Another easy dive as a second check dive. We found a white and a yellow leaf fish, a peacock mantis shrimp, lots of rock cods and red groupers guarding the coral blocks smothered in juvenile cardinals,banded coral shrimps, TWO BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS, a large spotted porcupinefish etc.
Dive 2
We were hoping to see mantas at this site but did not get lucky. There were nice schools of goldspot emperors and bluestripe snappers plus pyramid butterflyfish, red soldierfish, an octopus, a hawksbill turtle, spotted pufferfish and rivers of yellowback fusiliers
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 3
LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS OVER THE SE CORAL BLOCK! IT WAS A REALLY GOOD SHOW AND WE STOPPED TO WATCH THEM CRUISING UP AND DOWN AT THE CURRENT POINT. The current was quite strong on the top reef where even more white tip sharks were ruising the drop off. We found a couple of friendly turtles (one with a Murex shell stuck to it!), golden and barred jacks, a scorpion conch, etc.
Night Dive
INCREDIBLE MANTA DIVE WITH 5 HUNGRY MANTAS AS THEY FED BEHIND THE BOAT. IT WAS A VERY SPECIAL EXPERIENCE AS THE MANTAS WERE SO CLOSE AND SEEMED TO BE CHECKING US OUT
Day 2
somersaulting mantas from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
TWO LARGE MANTAS busy at a cleaning station but taking breaks to swim around and check the divers out. The large female had a huge shark bite! They were in and out for the entire hour. We also saw white tip sharks, dogtooth tunas, schools of oriental sweetlips and humpcak snappers, an octopus and many other schools of fish. We saw a third manta as we started to ascend.
Dive 2
A super manta show with 5 different mantas during the dive. These were smaller juveniles and seemed to vary in personality. Two were very curious and approached divers and seemed to enjoy a bubble bath whilst others carefully avoided divers. The site is smothered in dense schools of bluestripe snappers, humpback snappers, yellow goatfish and many different sweetlips so we all had a lovely time.
Dive 3
Pretty scenic reef with deep blocks covered in large black coral trees with penguin oysters, blue and pink sponge formations, many baitfish flitting around and creepy gut-like sea cucumbers. The main reef was very colourful with sheer walls covered in sponges and ascidians and bright purple magnificent anemones up in the shallows. A school of longfin batfish hung out watching divers.
Evening Activity
The lights behind the boat attracted a dense school of baitfish and the crew went fishing. Manta Diver Speciality presentation 1 on manta behaviour and ecology
Day 3
Stardust manta seen from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A female manta swam around the cleaning station for around 25 minutes but was eventually out numbered by divers and swam away. There were several white tip sharks sleeping on the bottom, a school of Forster's barracudas with some chevron barracudas mixed in, a carpet anemone with a large shortheaded shrimp plus all the beautiful schools of fish meandering around the shallower blocks
Dive 2
We looked for mantas at the cleaning stations and did see lots of white tip sharks, dogtooth tunas, rainbow runners and schools of fusiliers, Napoleon wrasses of various sizes plus an unusual anemone with many tiny black-with-white-spots damsels. We had an exciting brisk drift into the channel and some divers saw the two mantas.
Dive 3
No mantas this afternoon but we did enjoy an interesting reef and saw a LARGE SILVERTIP SHARK, a LARGE EAGLE RAY, several white mouthed morays including a free-swimming one out hunting, schools of Indian bannerfish and crown squirrelfish, a scorpionfish and several shrimp cleaning stations guarded by feisty black cheek morays
Evening Activity
Manta Diver Speciality presentation 2 on how to ID mantas
Day 4
Diver in dense schools of blustripe snappers MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
EIGHT BEAUTIFUL AND FRIENDLY MANTAS VISITED US AND THE REEFTOP CLEANING STATIOONS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE 90 MINUTE DIVE. AMONGST THE 8 WERE Vicki, Harriet Potter, Janette, and Amico who lived up to his name and posed for photos and loved being around divers! WE also saw a short finned mobula and a small Napoleon swimming round with a red-tooth triggerfish it her mouth!
We spent the day sailing round South Ari atoll but did not find a whale shark. It was a beautiful day and it was no hardship to be looking
Dive 2
Ocean reef site where we looked hard for a WS but were unlucky today. We found a large spiny lobster, a devil scorpionfish, several large Phyllidia sea slugs, starry and guineafowl puffers
Dive 3
A beautiful fishy site with so many blue stripe snappers amongst the canyons and overhangs but quite a strong current for the site. There were several white tips, a school of large dogtooth tunas and even a grey shark at the current point. We also found a yellow grouper nd drifted past the walls covered in large pink and orange seafans
Evening Activity
Evening visit to local island with an impressive Malhoss (Banyan tree) and nice beaches
Day 5
Amico manta meets Eniko diver from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 1
A small current at this thila in a channel so an easy dive. There were white tip sharks and silver sweetlips around the large overhangs and colourful schools of fish amongst the impressive coral garden in the reef shallows full of purple and yellow Evans' anthias
Dive 2
A very strong current at this channel site and we were hooked in tightly watching a school of 20 JUVENILE GREY SHARKS PLUS LOTS OF ADULT GREYS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS. We then had a fast and bumpy drift into the channel
Night Dive
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH SO MANY TAWNY NURSE SHARKS PLUS PINK WHIP RAYS, BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL STINGRAYS AND MANY GIANT TREVALLYS ALL OUT HUNTING. At one point there were around 40 nurse sharks hanging in the water column! An incredible sight!
Day 6
Lots of juvenile grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A fun and sharky dive to finish as we revisited the sharky channel in more moderate conditions and watched the GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS dancing in the current on the front of the channel and then drifted in across sand dunes and pretty patch reef at the back of the channel where there were many bannerfish and tiny Imperial angelfish
Daytime Excursion
Travel back to Male' and our evening anchorage. Some divers made an afternoon visit to Male' for shopping and a visit to the ice-cream parlour
Day 7
Grey Sharks from MV Sea Spirit
Guest Transfer
Divers departed via the airport for International flights back to Europe or local hotels and resorts
Day 8
Beautiful purple anemones from MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS491 27 Dec 2015 to 3 Jan 2016 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Three guests stayed on from Christmas trip. Other guests arrived from internationl flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We set up kit, had lunch, and went for a check dive.
Dive 1
BLACK TIP REEF SHARKS of varying sizes, a round ribbontail ray, 3x leaf fish, pair of elegant squat lobsters in a featherstar, a large spiny lobster, a small yellow spotted box pufferfish, turtle plus lots of different groupers including whit spotted and camouflage
Day 1
One of the three leaf fish we found on the check dive from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
SO MANY FISH! And so many varieties. Schools of black and white snappers, bluestrip snappr, bannerfish, soldierfish, large group of oriental sweetlips, silver swetlips then lovely overhangs with small seafans and blue soft coral. Barracudas, giant trevallies and tunas off the reef
Dive 2
A curious manta came past a few times looking for a cleaning station. There were white tips sleeping on the slope and a large schol of bluestripe snappers plus goldspot emperors just inside the channel corner. We loved the orange anemones plus porcelain crab pairs in carpet anemones and turtle
Dive 3
A lovely school of LONGFIN BATFISH playing around on top of the reef kept us entertained but we also saw white tip sharks scooting round, crown squirrelfish in schools along the reef top, plus pyramid and longnose butterflyfish and one-spine surgeonfish. A manta came to investigate just as divers startd their safety stops
Day 2
Curious manta passing by guests on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean facing deep thila where we saw a giant barracuda (REALLY giant!) a shortfin mobula ray, large Napoleon and a large yellow grouper (the yellow bits were fading). Along the reef were schools of reef fish and saw eagle rays, white tip sharks and found a short-headed shrimp in an anemone
Dive 2
Opposing currents with the shallow current out and a deep cold in-current below 20m. Close to the corner were coral blocks and then ledges full of glassfish plus groupers, morays and many bannerfish and elongate surgeonfish. The reef slope had excellent hard coral growth and a variety of reef fish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 3
Channel corner with A GREAT SHARK SHOW WITH WHITE TIP SHARKS DANCING IN THE CURRENT PLUS AN EAGLE RAYS AND A HOVERING ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY. The water was cold and clear below 20m. Mackerel scads were rubbing themselves against the sharks and all the fish were very excited. We had a brisk drift into the channel. We saw honeycomb moraysand several smoke angelfish (unusual!).
Day 3
Freeswimming honeycomb moray from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Surprise out-current in channel so dived ocean reef. Dramatic overhangs cut into a near-vertical reef down past 35m and were hungs with large seafans and lots of different soft corals, acabaria etc. In shallower pink soft coral lined ledges we saw schools of bluestripe snappers, yellowback fusiliers, baby clown triggerfish, collared butterflyfish, spearing mantis shrimps etc. White tip sharks cruised the drop off and an eagle ray soared above us
Dive 2
Ocean facing reef and a drift into the channel. Thee were lots of white tip sharks on the corner plus a large school of big-eye jacks and dense schools of fusiliers being chased by dogtooth tunas. We found three leaf fish in various colours, 3 spiny lobsters together plus some singles and just enjoyed the lovely fish and corals along this interesting reefscape
Dive 3
Dramatic shark dive with white tips and grey sharks on the corner and some of the larger grey sharks soaring above our heads. A large school of black and white snappers hung in the channel. We saw 2 + 2 eagle rays, tunas, fusiliers and giants trevallies rushing around etc. We had a good drift and saw all the rudderfish at the washing machine but today it was a controlled drift
Night Dive
Great critter night dive when we saw Maldives and black sponge snails, a baby lobster, various crabs, hingebeak shrimps, a tapestry shrimp, a freeswimming undulate moray, a fimbriated and a little moray plus several large hunting giant morays
Day 4
Dense schools of fish in the Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Current point of this ocean-facing thila was busy with many black and white snappers, barracudas and big eye jacks plus GREY SHARKS and white tip sharks riding the current eddy. We saw a SPOT FIN SHARK (rare!). There was a really fast current into the atoll so most divers bailed out and ascended on SMBs
Dive 2
Critter site: we found several blue and a couple of black ribbon eels, a yellow leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimps, Amboin shrimps, scorpionfish of varying sizes, a stonefish, Chromodoris geometrica nudi and lots of lionfish in-hiding
Dive 3
There were rivers of lined and neon fusiliers along the reef and schools of reef fish amongst the coral blocks on the inner sandy slope. We found another spearing mantis shrimp, a juvenile oriental sweetlips, a yellow margin moray with a Lysmata shrimp busy cleaning it, 3x sponge snails together and an Aplysia parvula nudibranch
We toasted the New Year in every hour! Happy New Year everybody!
Day 5
Diver meets shark on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There were lots of snappers and jacks on the channel front and an eagle ray up high in the current on the corner. The grey sharks were a little off the reef, so not so easy to see. A large blue Napoleon cruised up and down checking out who was there and we saw several honecomb morys having an early brush-up at cleaning stations. Despite the small current on the corner we had a very fast and whirly drift into the channel and the washing machine was in fast spin cycle whizzing divers and fish around. Rollercoaster!
Dive 2
Reef with lots of colourful overhangs and swim-throughs with every kind of sponge, ascidian, featherstar, black coral, seafan etc. There were lots of areas of glassfish with red groupers and large lionfish out hunting. We saw a very spotted eagle ray, a group of marauding bluefin jacks, a cometfish etc.
Dive 3
Reef and wreck site with a huge Mappa puffer on the wreck. There wee many nooks and crannies filled with Durban dancing shrimps plus glassfish and Bruuni and Lysmata shrimps. Some impressive soft corals clung to the hull. We found several peacock mantis shrimp, Schultz pipefish, lionfish, spong snauls, nudis, and loved the colourful wall decoated with white acabaria
Day 6
Schools of large black and white snappers on channel front from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Blustery weather sent us back to the wreck where we spent longer this time around as we were on Nitrox. The area around the propeller has lovely Nepthia soft coral growth and there were several big eye emperors and Dussomier's surgeonfish nearby. We found mantis shrimps and pipefish again, lots of Bruuni cleaner shrimps and "nudibranch of the week": a pretty Chrodoris tritos lifting its mantle up and down like a frilly skirt
Daytime Excursion
We travelled back to Male. After lunch some guests made a visit to the capital for sightseeing and an ice-cream
Day 7
Beautiful coral clad overhangs and ledges from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to the airport for international flights and seaplane transfers to resorts
Day 8
SChool of entertaining long fin batfish. The divers' friends from MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Three guests stayed on from Christmas trip. Other guests arrived from internationl flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We set up kit, had lunch, and went for a check dive.
Dive 1
BLACK TIP REEF SHARKS of varying sizes, a round ribbontail ray, 3x leaf fish, pair of elegant squat lobsters in a featherstar, a large spiny lobster, a small yellow spotted box pufferfish, turtle plus lots of different groupers including whit spotted and camouflage
Day 1
One of the three leaf fish we found on the check dive from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
SO MANY FISH! And so many varieties. Schools of black and white snappers, bluestrip snappr, bannerfish, soldierfish, large group of oriental sweetlips, silver swetlips then lovely overhangs with small seafans and blue soft coral. Barracudas, giant trevallies and tunas off the reef
Dive 2
A curious manta came past a few times looking for a cleaning station. There were white tips sleeping on the slope and a large schol of bluestripe snappers plus goldspot emperors just inside the channel corner. We loved the orange anemones plus porcelain crab pairs in carpet anemones and turtle
Dive 3
A lovely school of LONGFIN BATFISH playing around on top of the reef kept us entertained but we also saw white tip sharks scooting round, crown squirrelfish in schools along the reef top, plus pyramid and longnose butterflyfish and one-spine surgeonfish. A manta came to investigate just as divers startd their safety stops
Day 2
Curious manta passing by guests on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean facing deep thila where we saw a giant barracuda (REALLY giant!) a shortfin mobula ray, large Napoleon and a large yellow grouper (the yellow bits were fading). Along the reef were schools of reef fish and saw eagle rays, white tip sharks and found a short-headed shrimp in an anemone
Dive 2
Opposing currents with the shallow current out and a deep cold in-current below 20m. Close to the corner were coral blocks and then ledges full of glassfish plus groupers, morays and many bannerfish and elongate surgeonfish. The reef slope had excellent hard coral growth and a variety of reef fish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 3
Channel corner with A GREAT SHARK SHOW WITH WHITE TIP SHARKS DANCING IN THE CURRENT PLUS AN EAGLE RAYS AND A HOVERING ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY. The water was cold and clear below 20m. Mackerel scads were rubbing themselves against the sharks and all the fish were very excited. We had a brisk drift into the channel. We saw honeycomb moraysand several smoke angelfish (unusual!).
Day 3
Freeswimming honeycomb moray from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Surprise out-current in channel so dived ocean reef. Dramatic overhangs cut into a near-vertical reef down past 35m and were hungs with large seafans and lots of different soft corals, acabaria etc. In shallower pink soft coral lined ledges we saw schools of bluestripe snappers, yellowback fusiliers, baby clown triggerfish, collared butterflyfish, spearing mantis shrimps etc. White tip sharks cruised the drop off and an eagle ray soared above us
Dive 2
Ocean facing reef and a drift into the channel. Thee were lots of white tip sharks on the corner plus a large school of big-eye jacks and dense schools of fusiliers being chased by dogtooth tunas. We found three leaf fish in various colours, 3 spiny lobsters together plus some singles and just enjoyed the lovely fish and corals along this interesting reefscape
Dive 3
Dramatic shark dive with white tips and grey sharks on the corner and some of the larger grey sharks soaring above our heads. A large school of black and white snappers hung in the channel. We saw 2 + 2 eagle rays, tunas, fusiliers and giants trevallies rushing around etc. We had a good drift and saw all the rudderfish at the washing machine but today it was a controlled drift
Night Dive
Great critter night dive when we saw Maldives and black sponge snails, a baby lobster, various crabs, hingebeak shrimps, a tapestry shrimp, a freeswimming undulate moray, a fimbriated and a little moray plus several large hunting giant morays
Day 4
Dense schools of fish in the Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Current point of this ocean-facing thila was busy with many black and white snappers, barracudas and big eye jacks plus GREY SHARKS and white tip sharks riding the current eddy. We saw a SPOT FIN SHARK (rare!). There was a really fast current into the atoll so most divers bailed out and ascended on SMBs
Dive 2
Critter site: we found several blue and a couple of black ribbon eels, a yellow leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimps, Amboin shrimps, scorpionfish of varying sizes, a stonefish, Chromodoris geometrica nudi and lots of lionfish in-hiding
Dive 3
There were rivers of lined and neon fusiliers along the reef and schools of reef fish amongst the coral blocks on the inner sandy slope. We found another spearing mantis shrimp, a juvenile oriental sweetlips, a yellow margin moray with a Lysmata shrimp busy cleaning it, 3x sponge snails together and an Aplysia parvula nudibranch
We toasted the New Year in every hour! Happy New Year everybody!
Day 5
Diver meets shark on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There were lots of snappers and jacks on the channel front and an eagle ray up high in the current on the corner. The grey sharks were a little off the reef, so not so easy to see. A large blue Napoleon cruised up and down checking out who was there and we saw several honecomb morys having an early brush-up at cleaning stations. Despite the small current on the corner we had a very fast and whirly drift into the channel and the washing machine was in fast spin cycle whizzing divers and fish around. Rollercoaster!
Dive 2
Reef with lots of colourful overhangs and swim-throughs with every kind of sponge, ascidian, featherstar, black coral, seafan etc. There were lots of areas of glassfish with red groupers and large lionfish out hunting. We saw a very spotted eagle ray, a group of marauding bluefin jacks, a cometfish etc.
Dive 3
Reef and wreck site with a huge Mappa puffer on the wreck. There wee many nooks and crannies filled with Durban dancing shrimps plus glassfish and Bruuni and Lysmata shrimps. Some impressive soft corals clung to the hull. We found several peacock mantis shrimp, Schultz pipefish, lionfish, spong snauls, nudis, and loved the colourful wall decoated with white acabaria
Day 6
Schools of large black and white snappers on channel front from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Blustery weather sent us back to the wreck where we spent longer this time around as we were on Nitrox. The area around the propeller has lovely Nepthia soft coral growth and there were several big eye emperors and Dussomier's surgeonfish nearby. We found mantis shrimps and pipefish again, lots of Bruuni cleaner shrimps and "nudibranch of the week": a pretty Chrodoris tritos lifting its mantle up and down like a frilly skirt
Daytime Excursion
We travelled back to Male. After lunch some guests made a visit to the capital for sightseeing and an ice-cream
Day 7
Beautiful coral clad overhangs and ledges from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to the airport for international flights and seaplane transfers to resorts
Day 8
SChool of entertaining long fin batfish. The divers' friends from MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS490 20 Dec 2015 to 27 Dec 2015 Christmas Special (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from various international flights and guest huses and resorts. We made a morning check dive as afternoon arrivals too late for dive
Dive 1
Check dive on nearby famous thila site with lovely schools of fish around coral blocks and canyons: humpback, blue stripe, yellow and black-and-white snappers, plus large groupers, vrmillion rock codsetc. We found Bruuni and banded coral shrimps cleaning pufferfish and clown triggers. A small napoleon cruised past whilst several lionfish were out hunting on the reef slope.
Day 1
Beautiful reef fish seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An easy drift for this second check dive and we found lots of white tip reef sharks resting on the bottom. We found a pair of porcelain crabs in carpet anemones, a large blue Napoleon, a school of bonitos, a school of oriental sweetlips, peacock mantis shrimps and schools of various species of snappers
Dive 2
A pretty and colourful reef with schooling bannerfish, elongate surgeonfish and lined fusiliers at the current point and glassfish and soldierfish in the overhangs. There were many banded coral shrimps and many blue and green magnificent anemones in the shallows full of Maldives blackfoot clownfish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Ari atoll
Dive 3
Grey sharks of all sizes cruised the deeper blocks and inquisitive white tip sharks slinked past divers whilst lazy ones slept in the sand. A pair of courting golden jacks spent ages at cleaning stations. We also saw three very friendly hawksbill turtles, a juvenile bicolour parrotfish, octopus, pair of yellow trunkfish, schools of rainbow runners and a little eagle ray
Night Dive
AMAZING NIGHT DIVE WITH UP TO FOUR MANTAS! SOME WERE BUSY HOOVERING UP PLANKTON NEAR THE BOTTOM AND PAYING A LOT OF ATTENTION TO DIVERS WHILST OTHERS WERE BUSY SOMERSAUTING UNDER THE BOATS. WHAT A SHOW!!!!
Day 2
Amazing mantas on night dive from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An ocean reef corner which was a little quiet outside but the area just inside the channel was busy with schools of humpback snappers, oriental sweetlips, Indian bannerfish, big eye emperors plus a large round ribbontail ray, an eagle ray and lots of white tip sharks at the bottom of the channel. We saw a school of around 40 black spotted pufferfish in all colour varieties from bright yellow to blush/black in a courtship aggregation
Dive 2
FANTASTIC MANTA SHOW WITH AROUND 10 MANTAS VISITING CLEANING STATION AND UP TO 5 SEEN TOGETHER. SOME WERE VERY INQUISITIVE AND CLOSELY CHECKED OUT DIVERS AND SWAM THROUGH THEIR BUBBLES WHILST OTHERS KEPT THEIR DISTANCE. THE MAGNIFICENT SCHOOLS OF BLUESTRIPE SNAPPERS AND YELLOW GOATFISH BLOCKED THE VIEW! We also found baby white tips hiding under the big coral blocks and a pair of shorthead shrimps in a carpet anemone
Dive 3
A strong current so it was hard work on the reef and we ended up drifting to the back for shelter but that was where we found the grey sharks too! There was a pair if large adults plus three mid-sized ones, circling the back current-eddy. We also saw a hovering round ribbontail ray (thought it was a manta?), chevron barracudas, longfin batfish, mantis shrimps etc.
Snorkelling
A different lagoon and another manta show. Some intrepid snorkelers got in to get a closer view of the somersaulting mantas!
Day 3
Another great manta ray show from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Blue and pink soft coral frosted pinnacles and overhangs with lots of buzzing anthias and schools of reef fish plus white tip sharks resting on the bottom. We found a Phyllidia occelata seaslug, a pair of a white and a yellow leaf fish and messed around parting the large school of blue stripe snappers
Dive 2
Another great dive with lots of lovely things seen: Spot the friendly little eagle ray (now completely missing a tail!), a friendly turtle, lots of baby white tips under table corals, a SPOT FIN FROG FISH A. nummifer, Chromodoris geminus nudibranch, schools of big eye crescent tails, batfish etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
A beautiful ocean reef with several cruising grey sharks, TWO MANTAS, a white leaf fish,Napoleon, longnose emperos, Pontonides shrimp on a wire coral, school of Moorish idols, Lysmata shrimps guarded by black cheek morays, blueface and two spot angelfish eyc.
Day 4
Closely packed schools of bluestripe snappers, just so mny fish! from Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A second dive at this beautiful site with very different current and conditions. The current point was at the far west point of the reef with several GREY SHARKS cruising about plus a very large school of big eye jacks which meandered around the entire site. Some great macro today: AN ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH, LARGE SPEARING MANTIS SHRIMP WITH AMBOIN AND PERICLIMINES ENTOURAGE, WHITE LEAF FISH, LYSMATA SHIMPS etc. Batfish and Vlamings surgeonfish followed us around.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Male' atoll
Dive 2
3x MANTAS SWAM PAST nice and slowly taking a close look at the divers! A ZEBRA SHARK WAS TRYING TO SLEEP on the reef slope and we kept disturbing her (oops!) The ocean reef was very dramatic with large coral covered spurs and lots of reef fish and nice overhangs with glassfish and soldierfish plus pyramid butterflyfish and a school of powder blues
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to South Male Atoll
Dive 3
Overhangs with acabaria corals in a variety of colours, sea whips and seafans plus soft corals in shades of yellow and blue. There were several large black saddle coral groupers, we foun a HALIMEDA GHOST PIPEFISH and a cobia without its entourage
Day 5
Sleeping zebra shark seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Alternative site when preferred site was blown out in very big seas. We saw a very large Napoleon plus a number of smaller ones, several large brown marbled groupers, an eagle ray, dense schools of bannerfish plus schools of Sgt Majors, jacks and some nice overhangs full of glassfish
Dive 2
Great critter dive: we found ribbon eels in blue and black plus an intermediate, several green/yellow leaf fish, feisty black cheek morays guarding Lysmata shrimps, Bruuni and banded coral shrimps, a walking stonefish, another huge blue Napoleon (they seem to be everywhere this week!) and a school of gold finger dart pompanos
Daytime Excursion
Short visit to sandbank for a quick Christmas photoshoot and to get a proper sand experience
Dive 3
AMAZING EAGLE RAY SHOW AS 15 EAGLE RAYS HUNG IN FORMATION PLUS ANOTHER 3 A LITTLE UP-CURRENT AND LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS UNDER THE REEF LIP IN THE COLDER WATER. W e had a fast and whirly dift into the channel with current in all directions. It was exciting to say the least!
Night Dive
Another critter dive, this time enjoying a night dive on a reef wall covered in colourful sponges and ascidians amongst black corals trees ans lots of table corals. We found a pair of Coriocella nigra black sponge snails ( a rare species in the Maldives), many hinge-beak shrimps, hermit crabs, a freeswimming moray out hunting and another at a shrimp cleaning station,freeswimming featherstars, a P. monostichos flatworm etc.
We celebrated Christmas with a special dinner and Thilak baked a chocolate Yule log for dessert
Day 6
Christmas day visit to sandbank from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Blue water on the ocean wall and good visibility at the stat of the dive at this dramatic ocean reef site. There were schools of fusiliers plus snappers and mackerels on the outside reef. A school of 100's bonitos swept past a few tims and two grey sharks cruised the reef edge. The coral blocks on the reef slope were very colourful and full of reef fish and colourful nepthia soft corals. A large school of elongate surgeonfish swam up and down and we had a lovely friendly turtle pose for photographers just before we ascended
Dive 2
Wreck and reef site with Durban, Lysmata and Bruuni shrimps plus Schultz pipefish and peacock mantis shrimps on the wreck. There were lovely areas of white acabaria coral on the reef wall and we found a Chromodoris tritos nudi, lots of groupers, clownfish, damsels and just about every kind of fish and coral so just a lovely final dive
Daytime Excursion
We travelled back to North Male, arriving near Male city after lunch. Some divers visited the city for sightseeing and a visit to Seagull for an icecream
Day 7
Beautiful soft corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guests departed Sea Spirit and transferred to the airport for onward flights and connections
Day 8
Hawksbill turtle from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from various international flights and guest huses and resorts. We made a morning check dive as afternoon arrivals too late for dive
Dive 1
Check dive on nearby famous thila site with lovely schools of fish around coral blocks and canyons: humpback, blue stripe, yellow and black-and-white snappers, plus large groupers, vrmillion rock codsetc. We found Bruuni and banded coral shrimps cleaning pufferfish and clown triggers. A small napoleon cruised past whilst several lionfish were out hunting on the reef slope.
Day 1
Beautiful reef fish seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An easy drift for this second check dive and we found lots of white tip reef sharks resting on the bottom. We found a pair of porcelain crabs in carpet anemones, a large blue Napoleon, a school of bonitos, a school of oriental sweetlips, peacock mantis shrimps and schools of various species of snappers
Dive 2
A pretty and colourful reef with schooling bannerfish, elongate surgeonfish and lined fusiliers at the current point and glassfish and soldierfish in the overhangs. There were many banded coral shrimps and many blue and green magnificent anemones in the shallows full of Maldives blackfoot clownfish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Ari atoll
Dive 3
Grey sharks of all sizes cruised the deeper blocks and inquisitive white tip sharks slinked past divers whilst lazy ones slept in the sand. A pair of courting golden jacks spent ages at cleaning stations. We also saw three very friendly hawksbill turtles, a juvenile bicolour parrotfish, octopus, pair of yellow trunkfish, schools of rainbow runners and a little eagle ray
Night Dive
AMAZING NIGHT DIVE WITH UP TO FOUR MANTAS! SOME WERE BUSY HOOVERING UP PLANKTON NEAR THE BOTTOM AND PAYING A LOT OF ATTENTION TO DIVERS WHILST OTHERS WERE BUSY SOMERSAUTING UNDER THE BOATS. WHAT A SHOW!!!!
Day 2
Amazing mantas on night dive from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An ocean reef corner which was a little quiet outside but the area just inside the channel was busy with schools of humpback snappers, oriental sweetlips, Indian bannerfish, big eye emperors plus a large round ribbontail ray, an eagle ray and lots of white tip sharks at the bottom of the channel. We saw a school of around 40 black spotted pufferfish in all colour varieties from bright yellow to blush/black in a courtship aggregation
Dive 2
FANTASTIC MANTA SHOW WITH AROUND 10 MANTAS VISITING CLEANING STATION AND UP TO 5 SEEN TOGETHER. SOME WERE VERY INQUISITIVE AND CLOSELY CHECKED OUT DIVERS AND SWAM THROUGH THEIR BUBBLES WHILST OTHERS KEPT THEIR DISTANCE. THE MAGNIFICENT SCHOOLS OF BLUESTRIPE SNAPPERS AND YELLOW GOATFISH BLOCKED THE VIEW! We also found baby white tips hiding under the big coral blocks and a pair of shorthead shrimps in a carpet anemone
Dive 3
A strong current so it was hard work on the reef and we ended up drifting to the back for shelter but that was where we found the grey sharks too! There was a pair if large adults plus three mid-sized ones, circling the back current-eddy. We also saw a hovering round ribbontail ray (thought it was a manta?), chevron barracudas, longfin batfish, mantis shrimps etc.
Snorkelling
A different lagoon and another manta show. Some intrepid snorkelers got in to get a closer view of the somersaulting mantas!
Day 3
Another great manta ray show from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Blue and pink soft coral frosted pinnacles and overhangs with lots of buzzing anthias and schools of reef fish plus white tip sharks resting on the bottom. We found a Phyllidia occelata seaslug, a pair of a white and a yellow leaf fish and messed around parting the large school of blue stripe snappers
Dive 2
Another great dive with lots of lovely things seen: Spot the friendly little eagle ray (now completely missing a tail!), a friendly turtle, lots of baby white tips under table corals, a SPOT FIN FROG FISH A. nummifer, Chromodoris geminus nudibranch, schools of big eye crescent tails, batfish etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
A beautiful ocean reef with several cruising grey sharks, TWO MANTAS, a white leaf fish,Napoleon, longnose emperos, Pontonides shrimp on a wire coral, school of Moorish idols, Lysmata shrimps guarded by black cheek morays, blueface and two spot angelfish eyc.
Day 4
Closely packed schools of bluestripe snappers, just so mny fish! from Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A second dive at this beautiful site with very different current and conditions. The current point was at the far west point of the reef with several GREY SHARKS cruising about plus a very large school of big eye jacks which meandered around the entire site. Some great macro today: AN ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH, LARGE SPEARING MANTIS SHRIMP WITH AMBOIN AND PERICLIMINES ENTOURAGE, WHITE LEAF FISH, LYSMATA SHIMPS etc. Batfish and Vlamings surgeonfish followed us around.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Male' atoll
Dive 2
3x MANTAS SWAM PAST nice and slowly taking a close look at the divers! A ZEBRA SHARK WAS TRYING TO SLEEP on the reef slope and we kept disturbing her (oops!) The ocean reef was very dramatic with large coral covered spurs and lots of reef fish and nice overhangs with glassfish and soldierfish plus pyramid butterflyfish and a school of powder blues
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to South Male Atoll
Dive 3
Overhangs with acabaria corals in a variety of colours, sea whips and seafans plus soft corals in shades of yellow and blue. There were several large black saddle coral groupers, we foun a HALIMEDA GHOST PIPEFISH and a cobia without its entourage
Day 5
Sleeping zebra shark seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Alternative site when preferred site was blown out in very big seas. We saw a very large Napoleon plus a number of smaller ones, several large brown marbled groupers, an eagle ray, dense schools of bannerfish plus schools of Sgt Majors, jacks and some nice overhangs full of glassfish
Dive 2
Great critter dive: we found ribbon eels in blue and black plus an intermediate, several green/yellow leaf fish, feisty black cheek morays guarding Lysmata shrimps, Bruuni and banded coral shrimps, a walking stonefish, another huge blue Napoleon (they seem to be everywhere this week!) and a school of gold finger dart pompanos
Daytime Excursion
Short visit to sandbank for a quick Christmas photoshoot and to get a proper sand experience
Dive 3
AMAZING EAGLE RAY SHOW AS 15 EAGLE RAYS HUNG IN FORMATION PLUS ANOTHER 3 A LITTLE UP-CURRENT AND LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS UNDER THE REEF LIP IN THE COLDER WATER. W e had a fast and whirly dift into the channel with current in all directions. It was exciting to say the least!
Night Dive
Another critter dive, this time enjoying a night dive on a reef wall covered in colourful sponges and ascidians amongst black corals trees ans lots of table corals. We found a pair of Coriocella nigra black sponge snails ( a rare species in the Maldives), many hinge-beak shrimps, hermit crabs, a freeswimming moray out hunting and another at a shrimp cleaning station,freeswimming featherstars, a P. monostichos flatworm etc.
We celebrated Christmas with a special dinner and Thilak baked a chocolate Yule log for dessert
Day 6
Christmas day visit to sandbank from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Blue water on the ocean wall and good visibility at the stat of the dive at this dramatic ocean reef site. There were schools of fusiliers plus snappers and mackerels on the outside reef. A school of 100's bonitos swept past a few tims and two grey sharks cruised the reef edge. The coral blocks on the reef slope were very colourful and full of reef fish and colourful nepthia soft corals. A large school of elongate surgeonfish swam up and down and we had a lovely friendly turtle pose for photographers just before we ascended
Dive 2
Wreck and reef site with Durban, Lysmata and Bruuni shrimps plus Schultz pipefish and peacock mantis shrimps on the wreck. There were lovely areas of white acabaria coral on the reef wall and we found a Chromodoris tritos nudi, lots of groupers, clownfish, damsels and just about every kind of fish and coral so just a lovely final dive
Daytime Excursion
We travelled back to North Male, arriving near Male city after lunch. Some divers visited the city for sightseeing and a visit to Seagull for an icecream
Day 7
Beautiful soft corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guests departed Sea Spirit and transferred to the airport for onward flights and connections
Day 8
Hawksbill turtle from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Sea Spirit SS488 29 Nov 2015 to 11 Dec 2015 Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from early Emirates flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We travelled to South Male' atoll and had lunch and then made a check dive
Dive 1
Wreck with nearby shallow giri-reef. There were Lysmata, Bruuni and Durban shrimps behind the wheel house plus a pair of entwined Schultz pipefish.On the bow we found a cheeky peaock mantis shrimp. The walls of the reef were covered in white lacy acabaria coral with camouflage groupers, magnificent anemones with blackfoot clownfish, Maldives sponge snails and lots of different reef fish
Day 1
Oriental sweetlips, a favourite of divers on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
In-current at large ocean-facing thila with schools of red snappers and big eye jacks plus GREY SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS. Large schools if Forster's barracudas difted in and out of sight. We drifted slowly along the ledges with pink soft corals and seafans and sighted a glorious flatworm, turtles, oriental and silver sweetlips etc.
Dive 2
A brisk current on the ocean reef with several sleeping white tip sharks down in the sand. This site is regarded for the macro opportunities and we found blue and black ribbon eels, a green leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimps, plus chevron barracudas and lots of oceanic triggers nesting inside the channel
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 3
There were lots of GREY SHARKS on the channel front and of all sizes ranging from 60 cm right up to 150cm adults. There were schools of fusiliers and mackerels with large dogtooth tunas chasing the schools around. WE enjoyed a long drift over the sand dunes to shallow patch reef before we ascended
Dive 6
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH MANY HUNGRY NURSE SHARKS PLUS PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, BLACK TIP REEF SHARKS AND MANY BLUEFIN AND GIANT TREVELLY CHASING AFTER SWARMS OF SILVERSIDES WHICH KEPT BUZZING THROUGH
Day 2
One of several grey sharks sighted today on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Wide channel separated by several deep thila where we saw EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS circling around on the front. The sharks were of all sizes and it was nice to see so many juveniles. A school of Forster's barracudas drifted in and out of sight: they just disappear in a couple of metres difference in distance! The tunas were out chasing the mackerels again. We ascended shallow onto a wall with lots of red and black and white snappers, spiny lobsters, gold spot emperors etc.
Dive 2
A HAMMERHEAD SHARK AND A WAHOO WERE SIGHTED ON THE WALL then white tip sharks and many snappers on the corner. Along the channel front were larg blocks covered in soft coral and full of sweetlips and various snappers. We then drifted along a wall covered in golden yellow and orange soft coral and looked into letter-box overhangs. Some of the larger overhangs were full of soldierfish. The shallow reef was in excellent condition with a wide variety of corals and reef fish
Dive 3
There were spinner dolphins in the lagoon as we set off for the dive and shortly after we descended we heard the whistles and clicks and some divers were lucky enough to see the large pod of dolphins swim past! This site is a marvellous vertical wall with many overhangs full of sea whips, soft corls, seafans etc. There were several Napoleons including one very large blue male, black jacks, bluefin jacks, leaf fish, mantis shrimps, elegant squat lobsters in self-coloured featherstars an eagle ray, collared butterflyfish, an unidentified species of flatworm and Don found his own leaf fish!
Day 3
Beautiful fish-filled table corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
This morning we enjoyed the beautiful YELLOW SOFT CORAL CAVES and slowly investigated all the overhangs along the front of the channel. We found 4 leaf fish and longnose hawkfish in the black coral trees. A few grey sharks, white tips and an Eagle ray cruised past and there were lots of big eye jacks and bluefin jacks out hunting. The reef top is covered in corals and anemones and just so many fish!
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef corner with overhangs and terraces cascading down the reef with blue soft corals nd lovely white seafans. There were 6 Napoleon wrasses out and about including two large males and some nosey females. We found a pair of white leaf fish (there seem to be a lot around) and had to mind out for black sheek morays guarding Lysmata and Bruuni shrmps busy cleaning reef fish. The shallow reef had a variety of large coral structures and there seemed to be parrotfish spawning or making courtship dances. There were dozen of green Captain parrotfish, bicolors, bulletheads and roundheads
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru. The weather started to deteriorate and was getting windy
Dive 3
Sea conditions were bordeline to make a dive. We tried to dive inside the channel where we saw large harlequin sweetlips and green anemons plus blueface angelfish etc. but then the current started running out to the ocean where it was extremely rough so we had to abandon the dive to make a safe ascent
Evening Activity
The crew tried fish off the back of Sea Spirit but a cheeky blacktip shark bit the catch off the line before it could be landed!
Day 4
Beautiful yellow soft coral caves from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
The wind had gone northerly making the ocean facing reef more sheltered so we were able to dive despite the very windy conditions. It was rather stirred up limiting underwater visibility but the caves were pretty and there were several unusual species of soft corals seen. We drifted eastward and saw several eagle rays and Napoleons, and in the reef we found Amboin shrimps, boxer shrimps, a glorious flatworm etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing back to Feldhoo
Dive 2
A pretty shallow thila with steep walls with Menella seafans and black coral trees with colourful sponges and penguin oysters. Some of the large blue finger structures had micro gobies balancing on the branches. The shallow patch reef was full of small reef fish being chased by giant trevallies and bluefin jacks plus bannerfish and fusiliers off the reef. So many anthias, plus lovely anemones and a friendly turtle
Dive 3
A dramatic ocean reef and channel front with fusiliers and mackerels being chased by large dogtooth tunas. The coral blocks on the corner were full of reef fish. We drifted into the channel and found several Chromodoris tritos nudis and sighted A GIANT SPOTTED EAGLE RAY WITH A 2m+ wingspan!
We saw a sea snake, several jellyfish and many juvenile fish behind Sea Spirit at anchorage
White leaf fish at Rakeedhoo from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There was a small out-current in the channel and all the action was on the corner: soldierfish, fusiliers, humpback snappers all over the block plus a whit leaf fish balancing on blue finger sponge. Along the reef we saw eagle rays, many pyramid butterflyfish, one-spine surgeonfish, spiny lobsters and enjoyed the beautiful coral in the shallows
Dive 2
LOTS OF GREY SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT WITH SOME STANDING ON THEIR TAILS TO BE CLEANED PLUS A LARGE BLUE NAPOLEON. A large flounder flumped along the channel front. The reef wall was full of cleaner shrimps and morays including a honeycomb and several yellow margins. There was another white leafie
Dive 3
A GOOD SHARK SHOW ON THE CHANNEL FRONT WITH MANY GREY REEF SHAKS OF ALL SIZES AND UP TO 12 AT A TIME, PLUS WHITE TIPS AND TUNAS AND A LARGE WHIRLING SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS. We found lovely shrimps and reef fish as the sharks continued their cruising
Crew went fishing behind Sea Spirit and attracted several pink whip rays
Day 6
More beautiful soft coral caves from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Ari atoll
Dive 1
So many fish! Schools of elongate surgeonfish and yellowback fusiliers greeted our descent then longfin batfish, lined fusiliers and dense schools of mackerels formed carpets of fish high in the water column. Closer to the reef were black and white snappers,oriental and silver sweetlips. We found several scorpionfish of different sizes
Dive 2
A MAGNIFICENT SQUADRON OF SHORTFIN MOBULA RAYS WERE THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS DIVE. WE ALSO SAW 2 AND 1 LATER. On the reef top were schools of crescent tail big eyes and yelllow goatfish and goldspot emperors amongst the good hard corals. Also 2-spot angelfish, octopus, blotched porcupinefish etc
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive but so overcast it felt like a dusk dive! We found large mappa puffer, multibar pipefish, champagne and purple leaf fish, Semon's anemone and loved the large group of oriental sweetlips
Daytime Excursion
Tracy and Bob visited the local island village as they were unable to dive today. They were very unlucky with the weather today as it remained overcast for most of the day so we couldn't really look for whale sharks :(
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Two guests departed via a domestic flight back to Male to catch their intrnational flight back to Europe
Dive 1
Two big morays under the wreck plus a spearing mantis shrimp. There were two stonefish and one was jumping around! We found rock cods and red groupers hunting glassfish and juvenile cardinals, a scribbled filefish eating a crown jellyfish and several crown of thorn starfish
Snorkelling
A WHALE SHARK WAS SPOTTED AND SOME DIVERS GOT IN TO SNORKEL THEN ANOTHER WAS SEEN EVEN CLOSER TO SEA SPIRIT SO THE REST OF THE SNORKELLERS WENT WITH THAT ONE. WE SPENT THE NEXT 40 MINUTES BEING DROPPED IN FRONT OF FAIRLY FAST-SWIMMING WHALE SHARKS. EVENTUALLY IT DESCENDED SO WE RETIRED!
Dive 2
We made a dive nearby and whilst watching white tip sharks and feathertail rays on the bottom had a WHALE SHARK SWIM THROUGH THE GROUP AND THEN SWIM SHALLOW!!!! Further along the reef were lovely schools of humpback and bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish plus tiny scorpionfish and a pair of porcelain crabs
Dive 3
Not so lucky as to also see mantas today but we did see lots of white tip sharks and even a grey, hawksbill turtles and loved the Indian bannerfish
Day 8
Whale shark seen this trip whilst diving from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Grey sharks and a mixed school of Forster's and chevron barracudas were sighted around the current point of this large shallow thila. The northern reef has beautiful overhangs full of pink and orange soft corals plus Menella seafans with a myriad of reef fish. The top is now covered in a variety of large corals with lots more reef fish, so just a lovely dive!
Dive 2
WE HAD A LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH UP TO FOUR, BUT MAINLY TWO VERY FRIENDLY AND CURIOUS MANTAS WHO WERE CLOSELY CHECKING OUT DIVERS AND SWIMMING THROUGH EXHALED BUBBLE STREAMS. There were also many white tip and grey sharks plus eagle days and really dense schools of bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish engulfing the divers. On the reeftop blocks we found a few baby white tip sharks!
Dive 3
A great site to see hawksbill turtles and we found at least four today. There are many black coral trees and they seemed to be full of Psmanthe shrimps plus juvenile fish. Also spotteds: comet fish, a peacock mantis shrimp, rock cods being cleaned by Bruuni shrimps and schooling bannerfish being harssed by giant trevallies
Evening Activity
Some divers visited the nearby local island
Day 8
Dive 1
Beautiful little thila with deep canyons and tall coral blocks smothered in seafans and pink soft corals with schools of oriental sweetlips, soldierfish and other reeaf fish around the blocks and grey sharks off the reef. We loved the Clarke's anemonefish in the bubble anemone
Dive 2
There were HUGE schools of bluestripe snappers all over the reef and southern slopes with lots of grey sharks in the depths and a couple of larger ones with remora entourages meandering around the current point. Off the reef we saw chevron barracudas and many batfish. We found a furry hermit crab, a small friendly turtle a giant grouper and a lovely pair of camouflage groupers
Dive 3
A REALLY GOOD SHARK SHOW WITH GREYS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS ALL ALONG THE CURRENT POINT ALONG THE SHALLOW EDGE OF THE REEF AND THE 18M BLOCK AND ANOTHER 8 SMALL GREY SHARKS WITH SOME BIGGER COUSINS OVER THE 30M BLOCK. THERE WERE TWO FUNNY TURTLES MUNCHING AWAY AT SPONGES PLUS GIANT TREVALLIES ANF LARGE BLUEFINS HARASSING THE FUSILIERS
Night Dive
SUPERB NIGHT DIVE WITH FOUR MANTA GETTING SO CLOSE WE WERE BEING BUMPED AND WE HAD OUR TOURCHES AND CAMERAS BUMPED OUT OF OUR HANDS!
Day 10
So many fish! Huge schools of bluestripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Yet more grey sharks cruising the depth, again with remora entourages plus white tips sleeping in the sand and baby ones resting under table corals on the top of the reef. Some white tip sharks were chasing eachother in what apearred to be mating beahviour! There seemed to be a lot of Maldives sponge snails around and one was really motoring (as much as they can motor!). We also found a lovely hunting octopus
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
Super grey sharks show with loads of grey sharks plus white tips and even some eagle rays swimming around at the current point! Other eagle rays were cruising along the wall and a huge school of big eye jacks meandered up and down. There were also large schools of sleek, Dussomiers and elongate surgeons. It was just incredibly fishy!!!!
Dive 3
More current this time and sharks and eagle rays were waiting for us at the spur again. We also found a pair of leaf fish and a huge toothy tuna swam past eyeing us up (he was much bigger than us!). We had another shark show just inside the channel as several grey sharks and a barracuda rode the current over a ridge. Wow!!!
Day 11
Dive 1
ANOTHER AMAZING DIVE AT THIS FAVOURITE SITE OF OURS. A MANTA RAY WAS SIGHTED DOWN THE REEF AND HUGE SCHOOLS OF BIG EYE JACKS FORMED FIGURES OF 8 AND CIRCLES ALONG THE REEF EDGE. THERE WERE SEVERAL EAGLE RAYS OVER THE SAND AND SOME LUCKY DIVERS FOUND A ZEBRA SHARK SLEEPING ON THE BOTTOM
Daytime Excursion
Soon after breakfast some divers visited the nearby local island of Rasdhoo to shop. We then made the return ocean crossing back to Male' atoll and others visited the capital island for shopping and sightseeing during the afternoon
Day 12
Beautiful spotted eagle rays sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to the airport for their return flights to Dubai and onwards to Europe
Day 13
Divers enjoying the schools of fish from MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from early Emirates flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We travelled to South Male' atoll and had lunch and then made a check dive
Dive 1
Wreck with nearby shallow giri-reef. There were Lysmata, Bruuni and Durban shrimps behind the wheel house plus a pair of entwined Schultz pipefish.On the bow we found a cheeky peaock mantis shrimp. The walls of the reef were covered in white lacy acabaria coral with camouflage groupers, magnificent anemones with blackfoot clownfish, Maldives sponge snails and lots of different reef fish
Day 1
Oriental sweetlips, a favourite of divers on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
In-current at large ocean-facing thila with schools of red snappers and big eye jacks plus GREY SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS. Large schools if Forster's barracudas difted in and out of sight. We drifted slowly along the ledges with pink soft corals and seafans and sighted a glorious flatworm, turtles, oriental and silver sweetlips etc.
Dive 2
A brisk current on the ocean reef with several sleeping white tip sharks down in the sand. This site is regarded for the macro opportunities and we found blue and black ribbon eels, a green leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimps, plus chevron barracudas and lots of oceanic triggers nesting inside the channel
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 3
There were lots of GREY SHARKS on the channel front and of all sizes ranging from 60 cm right up to 150cm adults. There were schools of fusiliers and mackerels with large dogtooth tunas chasing the schools around. WE enjoyed a long drift over the sand dunes to shallow patch reef before we ascended
Dive 6
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH MANY HUNGRY NURSE SHARKS PLUS PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, BLACK TIP REEF SHARKS AND MANY BLUEFIN AND GIANT TREVELLY CHASING AFTER SWARMS OF SILVERSIDES WHICH KEPT BUZZING THROUGH
Day 2
One of several grey sharks sighted today on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Wide channel separated by several deep thila where we saw EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS circling around on the front. The sharks were of all sizes and it was nice to see so many juveniles. A school of Forster's barracudas drifted in and out of sight: they just disappear in a couple of metres difference in distance! The tunas were out chasing the mackerels again. We ascended shallow onto a wall with lots of red and black and white snappers, spiny lobsters, gold spot emperors etc.
Dive 2
A HAMMERHEAD SHARK AND A WAHOO WERE SIGHTED ON THE WALL then white tip sharks and many snappers on the corner. Along the channel front were larg blocks covered in soft coral and full of sweetlips and various snappers. We then drifted along a wall covered in golden yellow and orange soft coral and looked into letter-box overhangs. Some of the larger overhangs were full of soldierfish. The shallow reef was in excellent condition with a wide variety of corals and reef fish
Dive 3
There were spinner dolphins in the lagoon as we set off for the dive and shortly after we descended we heard the whistles and clicks and some divers were lucky enough to see the large pod of dolphins swim past! This site is a marvellous vertical wall with many overhangs full of sea whips, soft corls, seafans etc. There were several Napoleons including one very large blue male, black jacks, bluefin jacks, leaf fish, mantis shrimps, elegant squat lobsters in self-coloured featherstars an eagle ray, collared butterflyfish, an unidentified species of flatworm and Don found his own leaf fish!
Day 3
Beautiful fish-filled table corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
This morning we enjoyed the beautiful YELLOW SOFT CORAL CAVES and slowly investigated all the overhangs along the front of the channel. We found 4 leaf fish and longnose hawkfish in the black coral trees. A few grey sharks, white tips and an Eagle ray cruised past and there were lots of big eye jacks and bluefin jacks out hunting. The reef top is covered in corals and anemones and just so many fish!
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef corner with overhangs and terraces cascading down the reef with blue soft corals nd lovely white seafans. There were 6 Napoleon wrasses out and about including two large males and some nosey females. We found a pair of white leaf fish (there seem to be a lot around) and had to mind out for black sheek morays guarding Lysmata and Bruuni shrmps busy cleaning reef fish. The shallow reef had a variety of large coral structures and there seemed to be parrotfish spawning or making courtship dances. There were dozen of green Captain parrotfish, bicolors, bulletheads and roundheads
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru. The weather started to deteriorate and was getting windy
Dive 3
Sea conditions were bordeline to make a dive. We tried to dive inside the channel where we saw large harlequin sweetlips and green anemons plus blueface angelfish etc. but then the current started running out to the ocean where it was extremely rough so we had to abandon the dive to make a safe ascent
Evening Activity
The crew tried fish off the back of Sea Spirit but a cheeky blacktip shark bit the catch off the line before it could be landed!
Day 4
Beautiful yellow soft coral caves from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
The wind had gone northerly making the ocean facing reef more sheltered so we were able to dive despite the very windy conditions. It was rather stirred up limiting underwater visibility but the caves were pretty and there were several unusual species of soft corals seen. We drifted eastward and saw several eagle rays and Napoleons, and in the reef we found Amboin shrimps, boxer shrimps, a glorious flatworm etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing back to Feldhoo
Dive 2
A pretty shallow thila with steep walls with Menella seafans and black coral trees with colourful sponges and penguin oysters. Some of the large blue finger structures had micro gobies balancing on the branches. The shallow patch reef was full of small reef fish being chased by giant trevallies and bluefin jacks plus bannerfish and fusiliers off the reef. So many anthias, plus lovely anemones and a friendly turtle
Dive 3
A dramatic ocean reef and channel front with fusiliers and mackerels being chased by large dogtooth tunas. The coral blocks on the corner were full of reef fish. We drifted into the channel and found several Chromodoris tritos nudis and sighted A GIANT SPOTTED EAGLE RAY WITH A 2m+ wingspan!
We saw a sea snake, several jellyfish and many juvenile fish behind Sea Spirit at anchorage
White leaf fish at Rakeedhoo from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There was a small out-current in the channel and all the action was on the corner: soldierfish, fusiliers, humpback snappers all over the block plus a whit leaf fish balancing on blue finger sponge. Along the reef we saw eagle rays, many pyramid butterflyfish, one-spine surgeonfish, spiny lobsters and enjoyed the beautiful coral in the shallows
Dive 2
LOTS OF GREY SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT WITH SOME STANDING ON THEIR TAILS TO BE CLEANED PLUS A LARGE BLUE NAPOLEON. A large flounder flumped along the channel front. The reef wall was full of cleaner shrimps and morays including a honeycomb and several yellow margins. There was another white leafie
Dive 3
A GOOD SHARK SHOW ON THE CHANNEL FRONT WITH MANY GREY REEF SHAKS OF ALL SIZES AND UP TO 12 AT A TIME, PLUS WHITE TIPS AND TUNAS AND A LARGE WHIRLING SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS. We found lovely shrimps and reef fish as the sharks continued their cruising
Crew went fishing behind Sea Spirit and attracted several pink whip rays
Day 6
More beautiful soft coral caves from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Ari atoll
Dive 1
So many fish! Schools of elongate surgeonfish and yellowback fusiliers greeted our descent then longfin batfish, lined fusiliers and dense schools of mackerels formed carpets of fish high in the water column. Closer to the reef were black and white snappers,oriental and silver sweetlips. We found several scorpionfish of different sizes
Dive 2
A MAGNIFICENT SQUADRON OF SHORTFIN MOBULA RAYS WERE THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS DIVE. WE ALSO SAW 2 AND 1 LATER. On the reef top were schools of crescent tail big eyes and yelllow goatfish and goldspot emperors amongst the good hard corals. Also 2-spot angelfish, octopus, blotched porcupinefish etc
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive but so overcast it felt like a dusk dive! We found large mappa puffer, multibar pipefish, champagne and purple leaf fish, Semon's anemone and loved the large group of oriental sweetlips
Daytime Excursion
Tracy and Bob visited the local island village as they were unable to dive today. They were very unlucky with the weather today as it remained overcast for most of the day so we couldn't really look for whale sharks :(
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Two guests departed via a domestic flight back to Male to catch their intrnational flight back to Europe
Dive 1
Two big morays under the wreck plus a spearing mantis shrimp. There were two stonefish and one was jumping around! We found rock cods and red groupers hunting glassfish and juvenile cardinals, a scribbled filefish eating a crown jellyfish and several crown of thorn starfish
Snorkelling
A WHALE SHARK WAS SPOTTED AND SOME DIVERS GOT IN TO SNORKEL THEN ANOTHER WAS SEEN EVEN CLOSER TO SEA SPIRIT SO THE REST OF THE SNORKELLERS WENT WITH THAT ONE. WE SPENT THE NEXT 40 MINUTES BEING DROPPED IN FRONT OF FAIRLY FAST-SWIMMING WHALE SHARKS. EVENTUALLY IT DESCENDED SO WE RETIRED!
Dive 2
We made a dive nearby and whilst watching white tip sharks and feathertail rays on the bottom had a WHALE SHARK SWIM THROUGH THE GROUP AND THEN SWIM SHALLOW!!!! Further along the reef were lovely schools of humpback and bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish plus tiny scorpionfish and a pair of porcelain crabs
Dive 3
Not so lucky as to also see mantas today but we did see lots of white tip sharks and even a grey, hawksbill turtles and loved the Indian bannerfish
Day 8
Whale shark seen this trip whilst diving from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Grey sharks and a mixed school of Forster's and chevron barracudas were sighted around the current point of this large shallow thila. The northern reef has beautiful overhangs full of pink and orange soft corals plus Menella seafans with a myriad of reef fish. The top is now covered in a variety of large corals with lots more reef fish, so just a lovely dive!
Dive 2
WE HAD A LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH UP TO FOUR, BUT MAINLY TWO VERY FRIENDLY AND CURIOUS MANTAS WHO WERE CLOSELY CHECKING OUT DIVERS AND SWIMMING THROUGH EXHALED BUBBLE STREAMS. There were also many white tip and grey sharks plus eagle days and really dense schools of bluestripe snappers and yellow goatfish engulfing the divers. On the reeftop blocks we found a few baby white tip sharks!
Dive 3
A great site to see hawksbill turtles and we found at least four today. There are many black coral trees and they seemed to be full of Psmanthe shrimps plus juvenile fish. Also spotteds: comet fish, a peacock mantis shrimp, rock cods being cleaned by Bruuni shrimps and schooling bannerfish being harssed by giant trevallies
Evening Activity
Some divers visited the nearby local island
Day 8
Dive 1
Beautiful little thila with deep canyons and tall coral blocks smothered in seafans and pink soft corals with schools of oriental sweetlips, soldierfish and other reeaf fish around the blocks and grey sharks off the reef. We loved the Clarke's anemonefish in the bubble anemone
Dive 2
There were HUGE schools of bluestripe snappers all over the reef and southern slopes with lots of grey sharks in the depths and a couple of larger ones with remora entourages meandering around the current point. Off the reef we saw chevron barracudas and many batfish. We found a furry hermit crab, a small friendly turtle a giant grouper and a lovely pair of camouflage groupers
Dive 3
A REALLY GOOD SHARK SHOW WITH GREYS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS ALL ALONG THE CURRENT POINT ALONG THE SHALLOW EDGE OF THE REEF AND THE 18M BLOCK AND ANOTHER 8 SMALL GREY SHARKS WITH SOME BIGGER COUSINS OVER THE 30M BLOCK. THERE WERE TWO FUNNY TURTLES MUNCHING AWAY AT SPONGES PLUS GIANT TREVALLIES ANF LARGE BLUEFINS HARASSING THE FUSILIERS
Night Dive
SUPERB NIGHT DIVE WITH FOUR MANTA GETTING SO CLOSE WE WERE BEING BUMPED AND WE HAD OUR TOURCHES AND CAMERAS BUMPED OUT OF OUR HANDS!
Day 10
So many fish! Huge schools of bluestripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Yet more grey sharks cruising the depth, again with remora entourages plus white tips sleeping in the sand and baby ones resting under table corals on the top of the reef. Some white tip sharks were chasing eachother in what apearred to be mating beahviour! There seemed to be a lot of Maldives sponge snails around and one was really motoring (as much as they can motor!). We also found a lovely hunting octopus
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
Super grey sharks show with loads of grey sharks plus white tips and even some eagle rays swimming around at the current point! Other eagle rays were cruising along the wall and a huge school of big eye jacks meandered up and down. There were also large schools of sleek, Dussomiers and elongate surgeons. It was just incredibly fishy!!!!
Dive 3
More current this time and sharks and eagle rays were waiting for us at the spur again. We also found a pair of leaf fish and a huge toothy tuna swam past eyeing us up (he was much bigger than us!). We had another shark show just inside the channel as several grey sharks and a barracuda rode the current over a ridge. Wow!!!
Day 11
Dive 1
ANOTHER AMAZING DIVE AT THIS FAVOURITE SITE OF OURS. A MANTA RAY WAS SIGHTED DOWN THE REEF AND HUGE SCHOOLS OF BIG EYE JACKS FORMED FIGURES OF 8 AND CIRCLES ALONG THE REEF EDGE. THERE WERE SEVERAL EAGLE RAYS OVER THE SAND AND SOME LUCKY DIVERS FOUND A ZEBRA SHARK SLEEPING ON THE BOTTOM
Daytime Excursion
Soon after breakfast some divers visited the nearby local island of Rasdhoo to shop. We then made the return ocean crossing back to Male' atoll and others visited the capital island for shopping and sightseeing during the afternoon
Day 12
Beautiful spotted eagle rays sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to the airport for their return flights to Dubai and onwards to Europe
Day 13
Divers enjoying the schools of fish from MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS487 18 Nov 2015 to 27 Nov 2015 Central Atolls & Beyond (9 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from early Emirates flight and transferred to Sea Spirit. We set up dive kit and travelled a little north into North Male' atoll to make the check dive
Dive 1
Easy drift on ocean reef with lots of white tip sheaks buzzing around the reef slope or resting on the sand. Dogtooth tunas chased schools of fusiliers and mackerels in the water column and schools of oriental and harlequin sweetlips plus blue stripe snappers clung to the reef slope. On shallow coral blocks were large blue magnificent anemones with families of blackfoot clownfish
Day 1
Blue stripe snappers over porites corals a common sight from MV Sea Spirit,Maldives
Dive 1
Stunning blue, yellow, pink and orange soft coral on reef slopes and overhangs creating an amazing reefscape of colour with schools of black and white snappers, big eye jacks, silver sweetlips etc. in canyons and at current points. There was a pregnant eagle ray sighted on the top plus scholls of large chevron barracudas and a large blue Napoleon.
Dive 2
A FEW MANTAS PASSED BY AND ONE STOPPED TO BE CLEANED JUST AS WE WERE PLANNING TO ASCEND! We enjoyed the schools of sweetlips and snappers along the reef and there still seemed to be lots of white tip sharks despite the small current, also Dussomiers surgeonfish and porcelain crabs in carpet anemones
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
Great critter dive on wreck with Lysmata, Bruuni, banded and Durban shrimps on the wreck plus a Chromodoris glenei nudi and several Maldives sponge snails. A hawsbill turtle met us as she was leaving the wreck and then was seen several times on the reef. There were beautiful white acabaria lined overhangs and ledges and lots of reef fish including baby chromis and humbugs amongst the sponges, featherstars and coral formations
Day 2
A beautiful manta ray sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
FIVE EAGLE RAYS IN FORMATION ON THE CURRENT POINT ALONG WITH LARGE SCHOOLS OF BLACK AND WHITE SNAPPERS AND BIG EYE JACKS. LOTS OF GREY SHARKS CRUISED AROUND ON THE REEF TOP plus the reef was smothered in sumptuous pink and orange soft coral and buzzing with anthias and so many different reef fish. On top we saw silver and oriental sweetlips plus collared butterflyfish and a large school of Forster's barracudas
Daytime Excursion
Short visit to sandbank. Some made the swim over and Mandy made her first snorkel ever!
Dive 2
Ocean corner with interesting macro including several blue and black ribbon eels, a green leaf fish, Bruuni and Lysmata cleaning shrimps guarded by feisty blackcheek morays, larg lionfish waiting to pounc on small fish passing and many colourful orange and Evans' anthias
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 3
A Grey shark show on the front of the channel with 6-8 small grey sharks cruising around on the channel front and dogtooth tunas scterring schools of fusliers. We made a drift into the channel and found a honeycomb moray, schools of bluestripe snappers and goldspot emperors etc.
Night Dive
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH LOTS OF HUNGRY NURSE SHARKS PLUS PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, BLACK TIP SHARKS AND JACKS BECOMING VERY EXCITED
Day 3
Eagle rays in formation from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Soft coral hung caves and blocks in shades of pale pink and orange with white deep water seafans. There were lots of white tip sharks buzzing around the plateau, several Napoleons, and Mappa and porcupine puffers seen on the reef slope. We found a large Phyllidia slug and had a MANTA RAY swim past
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
Millions of blue stripe snappers meandered around large overhangs and canyons lined with large seafans in all colours with large brown marbled groupers peering our of improbably small holes. There were also schools of humpback snappers, schooling bannerfish, a yellow grouper, a starry puffer and a grey shark
Dive 3
Easy drift on an ocean reef with schools of big eye crescent-tails, a large blue crown jellyfish, 2x eagle rays and lots of ref fish along the table and finger corals on the reef slope full of pyramid butterflyfish and scissortail chromis
Day 4
Divers exploring sea fan filled overhangs from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A NURSE SHARK WAS SLEEPING UNDR THE WRECK and nearby a STONEFISH half-buried in the sand, a spearing mantis shrimp and a Notodoris gardinieri nudi. On the deck we found a further THREE STONEFISH and a BLACK FROGFISH plus a Chromodiris glenei nudi. Lovely lionfish and glassfish etc.
Snorkelling
EVENTUALLY! A SUCCESSFUL SNORKEL WITH A WHALE SHARK SWIMMING QUICKLY OVER THE REEF SHALLOWS SO WE WERE WORKING HARD TO KEEP UP WITH IT!!!!
Dive 2
WE DESCENDED JUST IN TIME TO MEET THE WHALE SHARK SWIMMING TOWARDS US AND THEN SWAM ALONGSIDE HIM FOR A FEW MINUTES. AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE! We also saw turtles and sleeping white tip sharks
Dive 3
2 +2 MANTAS! OUR LUCK CONTINUES. They were all a little shy but it was lovely to see them and we recognised Vicki manta. There were lovely schools of Indian bannerfish, and crown squirrelfish plus pink anemones, white mouthed morays etc.
Sundowners to celebrate a great day's diving!
Day 5
Whale shark whilst we were diving! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful pink and orange soft corals plus large sea fans and sea whips with schools of blue stripe snappers, Indian and schooling bannerfish sheltering from the brisk current. There were lots of WHITE TIP SHARKS riding the current, an eagle ray and several turtles
Dive 2
A CURIOUS YOUNG MANTA WAS AT THE CLEANING STATION AS WE DESCENDED BUT SWAM OFF AND RETURNED LATER TO GIVE US A LITTLE SHOW. THERE WERE LOTS OF GREY SHARKS BUZZING AROUND THE SAND SLOPE PLUS A SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS. The reef slope was smothered with schools of mixed blue stripe snappers and yellow goatfish, humpback and red snappers, oriental sweetlips etc.
Dive 3
Pretty thila with deep blocks covered in unusual pink sponge formations and many large black coral trees with spinoise featherstars. There were many bright purple magnificent anemones and colourful rock cods on the shallow ridge plus circular and longfin batfish
We were visited by Barti, Travolta and an unidentified manta several times whilst we were at our overnight anchorage in a shallow lagoon
Day 6
Whale tails! Sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Long thila with many blue soft coral frosted overhangs and pinnacles. We saw eagle rays, white tip and grey sharks, a giant barracuda, schools of red snappers and two large schools of bluestripe snappers at the far east point iof the thila
Dive 2
Easy drift along channel with many white tip sharks sleeping in the sand, a sleeping round ribbontail ray, harlequin and silver sweetlips, large black saddled coral groupers, eagle rays x3, bluefaced angelfish etc.
Dive 3
Lots of grey sharks at the current point plus white tip sharks and a small silvertip shark, a small eagle ray with a long tail swept past and made us feel rather inadequate. Giant trevallies were intimidating all the smaller fish and had the schooling bannerfish pinned to the 18m block. We found three turtles one of which was having a good scrath under a rock to remov barnacles on his shell
Night Dive
FANTASTIC NIGHT DIVE WITH FOUR HUNGRY MANTA RAYS FEEDING AT THE BACK OF SEA SPIRIT. IT WAS A VERY CLOSE-UP EXPERIENCE.
Day 7
Mantas seen feeding during night dive from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A nice shark show as 8 female grey sharks cruised the current point. W also saw eagle rays and tunas off the curent point and then schools of big-eye crescent tails and gold spot emperors as we drifted around the thila. We also found camouflage groupers, a pink scorpionfish, Thysanozoan nigropapillosum flatworm and a peacock mantis shrimp
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
WE DESCENDED CLOSE TO A LARGE SCHOOL OF EAGLE RAYS AND SWAM WITH THEM FOR A WHILE AND THEN STOPPED TO WATCH THE SHOW AS 10 GREY REEF SHARKS CIRCLED AT THE SPUR. What a show. We also saw a large meandering school of big eye jacks, spearing mantis shrimps, longnose emperors and enjoyd the reef smothered in reef fish over the corals.
Daytime Excursion
Sandbank visit for non-divers to swim and enjoy the beautiful white sand beach
Dive 3
Huge dogtooth tunas were patrolling the reef with grey sharks and white tip sharks whizzing along the drop off. There were many longfin batfish and schools of big eye jacks, many different groupers and emperors out hunting, a large and a small Napoleon and an eagle ray foraging in the sand
Amazing full moon rising through the pink-and-blue-lit clouds of a colourful sunset
Day 8
Grey sharks show from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Lovely final dive wit GREY SHARKS circling at the current point and a huge school of big eye jacks hanging over the depths. Napoleons and large groupers cruised around the reef crest. We just stopped to watch the show for 20 minutes. We drifted along the reef wall spying grey sharks and white tips plus many batfish along the way. Vlamings surgeonfish played in our bubbles. There were so many reef fish up in the shallows. A lovely dive to end on.
Daytime Excursion
Visit to Rasdhoo local island for a little shopping and sightseeing before travel back towards Male
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing back to Male atoll with lunch on the way. The afternoon was spent at leisure as divers did not want to visit Male' city
Day 9
School of big jacks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests transferred to airport for international flights back to UK or onward to Sri Lanka for continuing adventures. Two guest transferred to a local guest house for the weekend.
Day 10
Dense school of blue stripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit, Malvives
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from early Emirates flight and transferred to Sea Spirit. We set up dive kit and travelled a little north into North Male' atoll to make the check dive
Dive 1
Easy drift on ocean reef with lots of white tip sheaks buzzing around the reef slope or resting on the sand. Dogtooth tunas chased schools of fusiliers and mackerels in the water column and schools of oriental and harlequin sweetlips plus blue stripe snappers clung to the reef slope. On shallow coral blocks were large blue magnificent anemones with families of blackfoot clownfish
Day 1
Blue stripe snappers over porites corals a common sight from MV Sea Spirit,Maldives
Dive 1
Stunning blue, yellow, pink and orange soft coral on reef slopes and overhangs creating an amazing reefscape of colour with schools of black and white snappers, big eye jacks, silver sweetlips etc. in canyons and at current points. There was a pregnant eagle ray sighted on the top plus scholls of large chevron barracudas and a large blue Napoleon.
Dive 2
A FEW MANTAS PASSED BY AND ONE STOPPED TO BE CLEANED JUST AS WE WERE PLANNING TO ASCEND! We enjoyed the schools of sweetlips and snappers along the reef and there still seemed to be lots of white tip sharks despite the small current, also Dussomiers surgeonfish and porcelain crabs in carpet anemones
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
Great critter dive on wreck with Lysmata, Bruuni, banded and Durban shrimps on the wreck plus a Chromodoris glenei nudi and several Maldives sponge snails. A hawsbill turtle met us as she was leaving the wreck and then was seen several times on the reef. There were beautiful white acabaria lined overhangs and ledges and lots of reef fish including baby chromis and humbugs amongst the sponges, featherstars and coral formations
Day 2
A beautiful manta ray sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
FIVE EAGLE RAYS IN FORMATION ON THE CURRENT POINT ALONG WITH LARGE SCHOOLS OF BLACK AND WHITE SNAPPERS AND BIG EYE JACKS. LOTS OF GREY SHARKS CRUISED AROUND ON THE REEF TOP plus the reef was smothered in sumptuous pink and orange soft coral and buzzing with anthias and so many different reef fish. On top we saw silver and oriental sweetlips plus collared butterflyfish and a large school of Forster's barracudas
Daytime Excursion
Short visit to sandbank. Some made the swim over and Mandy made her first snorkel ever!
Dive 2
Ocean corner with interesting macro including several blue and black ribbon eels, a green leaf fish, Bruuni and Lysmata cleaning shrimps guarded by feisty blackcheek morays, larg lionfish waiting to pounc on small fish passing and many colourful orange and Evans' anthias
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 3
A Grey shark show on the front of the channel with 6-8 small grey sharks cruising around on the channel front and dogtooth tunas scterring schools of fusliers. We made a drift into the channel and found a honeycomb moray, schools of bluestripe snappers and goldspot emperors etc.
Night Dive
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH LOTS OF HUNGRY NURSE SHARKS PLUS PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, BLACK TIP SHARKS AND JACKS BECOMING VERY EXCITED
Day 3
Eagle rays in formation from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Soft coral hung caves and blocks in shades of pale pink and orange with white deep water seafans. There were lots of white tip sharks buzzing around the plateau, several Napoleons, and Mappa and porcupine puffers seen on the reef slope. We found a large Phyllidia slug and had a MANTA RAY swim past
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
Millions of blue stripe snappers meandered around large overhangs and canyons lined with large seafans in all colours with large brown marbled groupers peering our of improbably small holes. There were also schools of humpback snappers, schooling bannerfish, a yellow grouper, a starry puffer and a grey shark
Dive 3
Easy drift on an ocean reef with schools of big eye crescent-tails, a large blue crown jellyfish, 2x eagle rays and lots of ref fish along the table and finger corals on the reef slope full of pyramid butterflyfish and scissortail chromis
Day 4
Divers exploring sea fan filled overhangs from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A NURSE SHARK WAS SLEEPING UNDR THE WRECK and nearby a STONEFISH half-buried in the sand, a spearing mantis shrimp and a Notodoris gardinieri nudi. On the deck we found a further THREE STONEFISH and a BLACK FROGFISH plus a Chromodiris glenei nudi. Lovely lionfish and glassfish etc.
Snorkelling
EVENTUALLY! A SUCCESSFUL SNORKEL WITH A WHALE SHARK SWIMMING QUICKLY OVER THE REEF SHALLOWS SO WE WERE WORKING HARD TO KEEP UP WITH IT!!!!
Dive 2
WE DESCENDED JUST IN TIME TO MEET THE WHALE SHARK SWIMMING TOWARDS US AND THEN SWAM ALONGSIDE HIM FOR A FEW MINUTES. AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE! We also saw turtles and sleeping white tip sharks
Dive 3
2 +2 MANTAS! OUR LUCK CONTINUES. They were all a little shy but it was lovely to see them and we recognised Vicki manta. There were lovely schools of Indian bannerfish, and crown squirrelfish plus pink anemones, white mouthed morays etc.
Sundowners to celebrate a great day's diving!
Day 5
Whale shark whilst we were diving! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful pink and orange soft corals plus large sea fans and sea whips with schools of blue stripe snappers, Indian and schooling bannerfish sheltering from the brisk current. There were lots of WHITE TIP SHARKS riding the current, an eagle ray and several turtles
Dive 2
A CURIOUS YOUNG MANTA WAS AT THE CLEANING STATION AS WE DESCENDED BUT SWAM OFF AND RETURNED LATER TO GIVE US A LITTLE SHOW. THERE WERE LOTS OF GREY SHARKS BUZZING AROUND THE SAND SLOPE PLUS A SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS. The reef slope was smothered with schools of mixed blue stripe snappers and yellow goatfish, humpback and red snappers, oriental sweetlips etc.
Dive 3
Pretty thila with deep blocks covered in unusual pink sponge formations and many large black coral trees with spinoise featherstars. There were many bright purple magnificent anemones and colourful rock cods on the shallow ridge plus circular and longfin batfish
We were visited by Barti, Travolta and an unidentified manta several times whilst we were at our overnight anchorage in a shallow lagoon
Day 6
Whale tails! Sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Long thila with many blue soft coral frosted overhangs and pinnacles. We saw eagle rays, white tip and grey sharks, a giant barracuda, schools of red snappers and two large schools of bluestripe snappers at the far east point iof the thila
Dive 2
Easy drift along channel with many white tip sharks sleeping in the sand, a sleeping round ribbontail ray, harlequin and silver sweetlips, large black saddled coral groupers, eagle rays x3, bluefaced angelfish etc.
Dive 3
Lots of grey sharks at the current point plus white tip sharks and a small silvertip shark, a small eagle ray with a long tail swept past and made us feel rather inadequate. Giant trevallies were intimidating all the smaller fish and had the schooling bannerfish pinned to the 18m block. We found three turtles one of which was having a good scrath under a rock to remov barnacles on his shell
Night Dive
FANTASTIC NIGHT DIVE WITH FOUR HUNGRY MANTA RAYS FEEDING AT THE BACK OF SEA SPIRIT. IT WAS A VERY CLOSE-UP EXPERIENCE.
Day 7
Mantas seen feeding during night dive from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A nice shark show as 8 female grey sharks cruised the current point. W also saw eagle rays and tunas off the curent point and then schools of big-eye crescent tails and gold spot emperors as we drifted around the thila. We also found camouflage groupers, a pink scorpionfish, Thysanozoan nigropapillosum flatworm and a peacock mantis shrimp
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
WE DESCENDED CLOSE TO A LARGE SCHOOL OF EAGLE RAYS AND SWAM WITH THEM FOR A WHILE AND THEN STOPPED TO WATCH THE SHOW AS 10 GREY REEF SHARKS CIRCLED AT THE SPUR. What a show. We also saw a large meandering school of big eye jacks, spearing mantis shrimps, longnose emperors and enjoyd the reef smothered in reef fish over the corals.
Daytime Excursion
Sandbank visit for non-divers to swim and enjoy the beautiful white sand beach
Dive 3
Huge dogtooth tunas were patrolling the reef with grey sharks and white tip sharks whizzing along the drop off. There were many longfin batfish and schools of big eye jacks, many different groupers and emperors out hunting, a large and a small Napoleon and an eagle ray foraging in the sand
Amazing full moon rising through the pink-and-blue-lit clouds of a colourful sunset
Day 8
Grey sharks show from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Lovely final dive wit GREY SHARKS circling at the current point and a huge school of big eye jacks hanging over the depths. Napoleons and large groupers cruised around the reef crest. We just stopped to watch the show for 20 minutes. We drifted along the reef wall spying grey sharks and white tips plus many batfish along the way. Vlamings surgeonfish played in our bubbles. There were so many reef fish up in the shallows. A lovely dive to end on.
Daytime Excursion
Visit to Rasdhoo local island for a little shopping and sightseeing before travel back towards Male
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing back to Male atoll with lunch on the way. The afternoon was spent at leisure as divers did not want to visit Male' city
Day 9
School of big jacks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests transferred to airport for international flights back to UK or onward to Sri Lanka for continuing adventures. Two guest transferred to a local guest house for the weekend.
Day 10
Dense school of blue stripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit, Malvives
Sea Spirit SS486 8 Nov 2015 to 17 Nov 2015 Central Atolls & Beyond (9 day)
Guest Transfer
All divers arrived from Emirates flight which was delayed due to another plane breakdown so everyone was extra tired. They transferred to Sea Spirit, we had lunch and then travelled a little north and set up kit for the check dive
Dive 1
Easy drift with current strengthening to corner. There were rivers of neon fusiliers in the water column being cahsed by dogtooth tunas and lots of WHITE TIP SHARKS along the reef, buzzing around in the current. Coral blocks on the reef slope were full of reef fish including harlequin and oriental sweetlips, clown triggerfish, two-spot angelfish and many groupers. A great hammerhead was sighted down on the reef slope at an angle of 45 degrees being cleaned!
Day 1
Beautiful corals and sponges seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful PINK, ORANGE, BLUE and YELLOW SOFT CORAL covered overhangs and terraces. The coral being particularly vibrant as puffed up in the current. A school of black and white snappers hung off the reef and a couple of Napoleon wrasse swam past. Also green turtles, lovely green anemones, lots of small groupers
Dive 2
The mantas were being rather elusive and all we managed was a quick glimpse of one at the cleaning stations and a swim past later in the dive. We just enjoyed the beautiful reef slope smpthered in small corals plus blue finger sponges, many different featherstars and everything smothered in orange anthias with spotted rock cods, a spiny lobster, a pair of giant morays sharing a hole and pyramid butterflyfish along the reef
Dive 3
A fast drift from the ocean corner into the channel passing by colourful coral blocks and then through large overhangs hung with small purple seafans, Juncella sea whips and many larger Menella seafans and other multicoloured soft corals with blue and yellow schleronepthia hanging from the ceiling of the overhangs. We saw porcupine and mappa pufferfish a Pseudoceros bedfordi flatworm, octopus etc.
Day 2
Feathertail ray! One of several seen this trip on MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Another attempt to find mantas but unlucky again. The seasons are cahnging and the mantas must be on the move! Instead we made a nice drift through the overhangs and towards the ocean corner. We saw several white tip sharks, a spotted eagle ray, spearing and peacock mantis shrimps, rainbow runners and a friendly little hawsbill turtle
Dive 2
An easy drift sighting lots of white tip sharks and an enormous blue Napoleon wrasse who was with us at the start and end of the dive but todays stars were TWO LARGE MANTA RAYS WHO STOPPED TO BE CLEANED AND THEN HOVERED OVER OUR BUBBLE STREAMS plus a third one who passed by a couple f times but was more nervous. We also saw honeycomb morays, two hawksbill turtles and schools of oriental sweetlips
Guest Transfer
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
Great little wreck covered in hard and soft corals and black coral trees occupied by juvenile fish and several longnose hawkfish! At the back of the wheelhouse were several shrimp cleaning stations manned by Lysmata, Bruuni and banded coral shrimps whilst lots of Durban dancing shrimps peered out of crevices. The west facing wall of the main reef is covered in lacy white acabaria coral with many scorpionfish, soldierfish, groupers, fire and dart gobies and reef fish of every sort
Day 3
Lovely manta show from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Current too strong for the thila so we dived the ocean reef fronting two channels. There were lots of fusiliers whooshing about in the mixed up waters and white tip sharks cruising the drop off whilst a large ribbontail ray slept in a deeper overhang. The reef slope was spotted with colourful nepthia-covered coral blocks full of ref fish and we found a yeelow-green leaf fish amongst the anthias, small surgeonfish, earmuff blennies etc on the blocks. Also apair of short-finned mobula rays, sleek surgeonfish changing colours, honeycomb morays and a few turtles
Dive 2
Great macro dive site where we found several blue and black ribbon eels, several spearing mantis shrimps peering out of their burrows, large cleanfin lionfish in ambush poses, a green leaf fish, several scorpionfish and everywhere we saw cleaner shrimps we found feisty black cheek morays guarding nearby crevices. We also saw an eagle ray and several Napoleons
Dive 3
Beautiful ocean-facing wall with many honeycomb morays in patches of reef full of colourful corals and featherstars hiding anthias and all types of reef fish. As we approached the corner the current increased and there was a distinct frission with giant trevallies and tunas chasing fusiliers and then schools of snappers and bluefin jacks. We flew over the corner past a hovering eagle ray and past (literally!) millions of convict tangs spawning on the reef top, like something on National Geographic!
Night Dive
Super night dive where we enjoyed a colourful wall encrusted with yellow cup corals and many black coral trees full of small critters. We found a pair of spotted snake eels, Flabellina exoptata nudibranch, Saron shrmps hermit and arrowhead crabs, an undulate moray, many small squat lobsters on the colourful sponges, trapezia crabs, sleeping reef fish etc etc.
Day 4
Beautiful spotted eagle ray seen from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Fast drift inside channel sighting 6-7 GREY SHARKS CIRCLING AROUND CLEANING STATION and including two very large greys and a few white tip sharks too. We drifted through colourful overhangs with orange seafans,soft corals and buzzing with anthias and many soldierfish and emperors sheltering in the caves. The ocean reef was in techicolour in clear water with colourful coral blocks full of reef fish and soft corals
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo (Vaavu) atoll
Dive 2
Brisk drift past deep overhangs on ocean-facing wall. The shallows were smothered in schools of lined and neon fusiliers, pyramid butterflyfish plus scissortail chromis and Evans anthias above staghorn and table corals
Dive 3
Shark Corner! There were several GREY SHARKS CRUISING AROUND THE CHANNEL FRONT plus a gold leaf fish, honeycomb moray, dogtooth and skipjack tunas, schools of blue stripe snappers and gold spot emperors, a juvenile bicolor parrotfish etc.
We had to make for a sheltered anchorage as a big weather system came in and blew up the sea
Day 5
Blackfoot anemonefish in magnificent anemone from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk current channel drift but in reduced visibility after last nights storm. There was a school of Forster's barracudas and a couple of grey sharks cruising around. The northern wall has areas of good coral growth with many different reef fish plus a Pseudoceros bedfordi flatworm and a spiny lobster
Dive 2
An out-current drift but there were WHITE TIP AND GREY SHARKS on the front of the channel at cleaning stations plus an enormous school of BIG EYE JACKS in the middle of the channel whooshing around. On the reef wall were many shrimp claening stations with Lysmata, banded and Bruuni shrimps all offerring manicure services but watch out for the black cheek morays!
Dive 3
AN EXCITING CHANNEL CROSSING WHERE WE WATCHED LOTS OF GREY SHARKS TAKING PART IN RAIDS ON THE SCHOOLS OF FUSILIERS AND MACKERELS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT ALONG WITH GIANT TREVALLIES, BIG EYE JACKS AND DOGTOOTH TUNAS! The reef wall was full of reef fish and the corals in the shallows were amazing
Night Dive
WILD NIGHT DIVE WITH 40+ LARGE NURSE SHARKS AND PINK WHIP RAYS AND JENKINS RAYS, ROUND RIBBONRAIL RAYS PLUS MANY BLUEFIN JACKS AND GIANT TREVALLIES EXCITED BY ALL THE BAITFISH PRESENT. A few black tip reef sharks zoomed around in the shallow. We didn't know where to look!
Day 6
Just how many nurse sharks? From Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Two resting round ribbontail rays (one making a strange mound as it slept) a fearhertail ray, a cruising grey shark and several white tip sharks were sighted adjacent to the beautiful and brightly coloured soft coral hung overhangs and caves on this long thila. We found a yellow leaf fish amongst dense glassfish in a coral block in the shallows.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
GREY SHARKS cruising edge of reef and large schools of fusiliers and mackerels being chased by dogtooth tunas. Schools of longfin batfish and schooling bannerfish hung at the current point. The slope on the south pleatea was smothered in bluestripe snappers forming a yellow carpet at around 30m. A GIANT GUITARFISH swam past. A mixed school of chevron and Forster's barracudas was seen off the reef
Dive 3
Grey sharks of all sizes seen at the current point including some really tiny newborns, plus a small spotted eagle ray. Golden jacks, rainbow runners, longnose hawkfish in black coral trees, octopus, turtle, dracula goby and shrimp etc.
Night Dive
Beautiful night dive with several super-friendly mantas as they fed on plankton attracted by the lights at the back of Sea Spirit. Up to 5 different animals seen, So close, so fun!!
Day 7
Lots of grey sharks seen today from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Lovely grey reef sharks cruising the edge of the reef plus schools of big-eye crescent-tails, goldspot emperors and longfin batfish. WE found an octopus out foraging, baby white tip sharks hiding under table corals, two ugly larg stonefish :( and lots of beautiful blue anemones with families of blackfoot clownfish
Dive 2
We looked in the nearby lagoons but all we found was a solitary manta so moved on. This was a very fast drift into a channel, flying past lots of white tip sharks resting on the bottom and three ribbontail rays resting on ledges or in overhangs. There were black saddle groupers, harlequin sweetlips and orangspine surgeons along the reef but the dive was quite an experience. We drifted nearly 1 nautical mile!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS WERE WHIZZING AROUND THE SPUR AND SEVERAL SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS HUNG JUST OFF THE REEF. A large school of big eye jacks meandered around the top of the thila, which was smothered in all kinds of reef fish and lots of Carberry anthias. A large blue Napoleon was being cleaned over some coral blocks. We drifted over a ridge where lots of large red snappers and another grey shark were riding the current and flew into the channel. Fabulous!
Day 8
Beautiful manta seen during our night dive from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Final dive revisiting yesterday afternoon's exciting ocean site. We dropped directly onto the thila and enjoyed a shark show at the western ridge. Again, there were many big eye jacks meandering around and several spotted eagle rays along the reef. Close to the main reef we had another shark show, plus a giant barracuda, a hawksbill turtle, Napoleon wrasse and ended up in the shallows amongst the corals filled with reef fish, pyramid butterflyfish, more eagle rays and a black tip shark! Wow!!!!
Daytime Excursion
Visit to sandbank for a photo shoot
Ocean Crossing
We travelled back to Male' arriving mid-afternoon
Day 9
Idyllic beach on sandbank for guests on Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to airport for onward travel to Sri Lanka and part two of their adventure
Day 10
Beautiful schools of fish. So evocative of the Maldives. From MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
All divers arrived from Emirates flight which was delayed due to another plane breakdown so everyone was extra tired. They transferred to Sea Spirit, we had lunch and then travelled a little north and set up kit for the check dive
Dive 1
Easy drift with current strengthening to corner. There were rivers of neon fusiliers in the water column being cahsed by dogtooth tunas and lots of WHITE TIP SHARKS along the reef, buzzing around in the current. Coral blocks on the reef slope were full of reef fish including harlequin and oriental sweetlips, clown triggerfish, two-spot angelfish and many groupers. A great hammerhead was sighted down on the reef slope at an angle of 45 degrees being cleaned!
Day 1
Beautiful corals and sponges seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful PINK, ORANGE, BLUE and YELLOW SOFT CORAL covered overhangs and terraces. The coral being particularly vibrant as puffed up in the current. A school of black and white snappers hung off the reef and a couple of Napoleon wrasse swam past. Also green turtles, lovely green anemones, lots of small groupers
Dive 2
The mantas were being rather elusive and all we managed was a quick glimpse of one at the cleaning stations and a swim past later in the dive. We just enjoyed the beautiful reef slope smpthered in small corals plus blue finger sponges, many different featherstars and everything smothered in orange anthias with spotted rock cods, a spiny lobster, a pair of giant morays sharing a hole and pyramid butterflyfish along the reef
Dive 3
A fast drift from the ocean corner into the channel passing by colourful coral blocks and then through large overhangs hung with small purple seafans, Juncella sea whips and many larger Menella seafans and other multicoloured soft corals with blue and yellow schleronepthia hanging from the ceiling of the overhangs. We saw porcupine and mappa pufferfish a Pseudoceros bedfordi flatworm, octopus etc.
Day 2
Feathertail ray! One of several seen this trip on MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Another attempt to find mantas but unlucky again. The seasons are cahnging and the mantas must be on the move! Instead we made a nice drift through the overhangs and towards the ocean corner. We saw several white tip sharks, a spotted eagle ray, spearing and peacock mantis shrimps, rainbow runners and a friendly little hawsbill turtle
Dive 2
An easy drift sighting lots of white tip sharks and an enormous blue Napoleon wrasse who was with us at the start and end of the dive but todays stars were TWO LARGE MANTA RAYS WHO STOPPED TO BE CLEANED AND THEN HOVERED OVER OUR BUBBLE STREAMS plus a third one who passed by a couple f times but was more nervous. We also saw honeycomb morays, two hawksbill turtles and schools of oriental sweetlips
Guest Transfer
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
Great little wreck covered in hard and soft corals and black coral trees occupied by juvenile fish and several longnose hawkfish! At the back of the wheelhouse were several shrimp cleaning stations manned by Lysmata, Bruuni and banded coral shrimps whilst lots of Durban dancing shrimps peered out of crevices. The west facing wall of the main reef is covered in lacy white acabaria coral with many scorpionfish, soldierfish, groupers, fire and dart gobies and reef fish of every sort
Day 3
Lovely manta show from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Current too strong for the thila so we dived the ocean reef fronting two channels. There were lots of fusiliers whooshing about in the mixed up waters and white tip sharks cruising the drop off whilst a large ribbontail ray slept in a deeper overhang. The reef slope was spotted with colourful nepthia-covered coral blocks full of ref fish and we found a yeelow-green leaf fish amongst the anthias, small surgeonfish, earmuff blennies etc on the blocks. Also apair of short-finned mobula rays, sleek surgeonfish changing colours, honeycomb morays and a few turtles
Dive 2
Great macro dive site where we found several blue and black ribbon eels, several spearing mantis shrimps peering out of their burrows, large cleanfin lionfish in ambush poses, a green leaf fish, several scorpionfish and everywhere we saw cleaner shrimps we found feisty black cheek morays guarding nearby crevices. We also saw an eagle ray and several Napoleons
Dive 3
Beautiful ocean-facing wall with many honeycomb morays in patches of reef full of colourful corals and featherstars hiding anthias and all types of reef fish. As we approached the corner the current increased and there was a distinct frission with giant trevallies and tunas chasing fusiliers and then schools of snappers and bluefin jacks. We flew over the corner past a hovering eagle ray and past (literally!) millions of convict tangs spawning on the reef top, like something on National Geographic!
Night Dive
Super night dive where we enjoyed a colourful wall encrusted with yellow cup corals and many black coral trees full of small critters. We found a pair of spotted snake eels, Flabellina exoptata nudibranch, Saron shrmps hermit and arrowhead crabs, an undulate moray, many small squat lobsters on the colourful sponges, trapezia crabs, sleeping reef fish etc etc.
Day 4
Beautiful spotted eagle ray seen from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Fast drift inside channel sighting 6-7 GREY SHARKS CIRCLING AROUND CLEANING STATION and including two very large greys and a few white tip sharks too. We drifted through colourful overhangs with orange seafans,soft corals and buzzing with anthias and many soldierfish and emperors sheltering in the caves. The ocean reef was in techicolour in clear water with colourful coral blocks full of reef fish and soft corals
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo (Vaavu) atoll
Dive 2
Brisk drift past deep overhangs on ocean-facing wall. The shallows were smothered in schools of lined and neon fusiliers, pyramid butterflyfish plus scissortail chromis and Evans anthias above staghorn and table corals
Dive 3
Shark Corner! There were several GREY SHARKS CRUISING AROUND THE CHANNEL FRONT plus a gold leaf fish, honeycomb moray, dogtooth and skipjack tunas, schools of blue stripe snappers and gold spot emperors, a juvenile bicolor parrotfish etc.
We had to make for a sheltered anchorage as a big weather system came in and blew up the sea
Day 5
Blackfoot anemonefish in magnificent anemone from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk current channel drift but in reduced visibility after last nights storm. There was a school of Forster's barracudas and a couple of grey sharks cruising around. The northern wall has areas of good coral growth with many different reef fish plus a Pseudoceros bedfordi flatworm and a spiny lobster
Dive 2
An out-current drift but there were WHITE TIP AND GREY SHARKS on the front of the channel at cleaning stations plus an enormous school of BIG EYE JACKS in the middle of the channel whooshing around. On the reef wall were many shrimp claening stations with Lysmata, banded and Bruuni shrimps all offerring manicure services but watch out for the black cheek morays!
Dive 3
AN EXCITING CHANNEL CROSSING WHERE WE WATCHED LOTS OF GREY SHARKS TAKING PART IN RAIDS ON THE SCHOOLS OF FUSILIERS AND MACKERELS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT ALONG WITH GIANT TREVALLIES, BIG EYE JACKS AND DOGTOOTH TUNAS! The reef wall was full of reef fish and the corals in the shallows were amazing
Night Dive
WILD NIGHT DIVE WITH 40+ LARGE NURSE SHARKS AND PINK WHIP RAYS AND JENKINS RAYS, ROUND RIBBONRAIL RAYS PLUS MANY BLUEFIN JACKS AND GIANT TREVALLIES EXCITED BY ALL THE BAITFISH PRESENT. A few black tip reef sharks zoomed around in the shallow. We didn't know where to look!
Day 6
Just how many nurse sharks? From Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Two resting round ribbontail rays (one making a strange mound as it slept) a fearhertail ray, a cruising grey shark and several white tip sharks were sighted adjacent to the beautiful and brightly coloured soft coral hung overhangs and caves on this long thila. We found a yellow leaf fish amongst dense glassfish in a coral block in the shallows.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
GREY SHARKS cruising edge of reef and large schools of fusiliers and mackerels being chased by dogtooth tunas. Schools of longfin batfish and schooling bannerfish hung at the current point. The slope on the south pleatea was smothered in bluestripe snappers forming a yellow carpet at around 30m. A GIANT GUITARFISH swam past. A mixed school of chevron and Forster's barracudas was seen off the reef
Dive 3
Grey sharks of all sizes seen at the current point including some really tiny newborns, plus a small spotted eagle ray. Golden jacks, rainbow runners, longnose hawkfish in black coral trees, octopus, turtle, dracula goby and shrimp etc.
Night Dive
Beautiful night dive with several super-friendly mantas as they fed on plankton attracted by the lights at the back of Sea Spirit. Up to 5 different animals seen, So close, so fun!!
Day 7
Lots of grey sharks seen today from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Lovely grey reef sharks cruising the edge of the reef plus schools of big-eye crescent-tails, goldspot emperors and longfin batfish. WE found an octopus out foraging, baby white tip sharks hiding under table corals, two ugly larg stonefish :( and lots of beautiful blue anemones with families of blackfoot clownfish
Dive 2
We looked in the nearby lagoons but all we found was a solitary manta so moved on. This was a very fast drift into a channel, flying past lots of white tip sharks resting on the bottom and three ribbontail rays resting on ledges or in overhangs. There were black saddle groupers, harlequin sweetlips and orangspine surgeons along the reef but the dive was quite an experience. We drifted nearly 1 nautical mile!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS WERE WHIZZING AROUND THE SPUR AND SEVERAL SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS HUNG JUST OFF THE REEF. A large school of big eye jacks meandered around the top of the thila, which was smothered in all kinds of reef fish and lots of Carberry anthias. A large blue Napoleon was being cleaned over some coral blocks. We drifted over a ridge where lots of large red snappers and another grey shark were riding the current and flew into the channel. Fabulous!
Day 8
Beautiful manta seen during our night dive from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Final dive revisiting yesterday afternoon's exciting ocean site. We dropped directly onto the thila and enjoyed a shark show at the western ridge. Again, there were many big eye jacks meandering around and several spotted eagle rays along the reef. Close to the main reef we had another shark show, plus a giant barracuda, a hawksbill turtle, Napoleon wrasse and ended up in the shallows amongst the corals filled with reef fish, pyramid butterflyfish, more eagle rays and a black tip shark! Wow!!!!
Daytime Excursion
Visit to sandbank for a photo shoot
Ocean Crossing
We travelled back to Male' arriving mid-afternoon
Day 9
Idyllic beach on sandbank for guests on Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to airport for onward travel to Sri Lanka and part two of their adventure
Day 10
Beautiful schools of fish. So evocative of the Maldives. From MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS485 1 Nov 2015 to 8 Nov 2015 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Group arrived to Male' international airport and transferred to Sea Spirit. The divers set up their kit and relaxed before lunch.
Dive 1
Check dive. An easy drift on an ocean reef. We saw honeycomb, giant and yellow margin morays, a white tip shark, green turtles, saw longnose butterflyfish, bicolour parrotfish, trapezia crabs and white spotted groupers. A MANTA AND A MOBULA PASSED BY
Day 1
Group of oriental sweetlips from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We saw an EAGLE RAY as we descended and then saw lot of white tip reef sharks as we drifted along the reef, plus oriental and harlequin sweetlips and schools of blue stripe snappers and soldierfish hovering over coral blocks. Off the reef large dogtooth tunas were chasing fusiliers and we also saw another eagle ray, a green turtle, a devil scorpionfish and loved the striking colour of the blue anemones
Dive 2
TWO LOVELY MANTAS, NANCY AND NEMO, PUT ON A WONDERFUL SHOW FOR US WHICH HAD US ALL ENTRACED. We also saw white tip reef sharks, tunas, porcelain crabs catching pankton sat in carpet anemones and just so many different varieties of reef fish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
Lovely wreck with many black coral trees and multicoloured nepthia and schleronepthia soft corals along the hull. The area behind the wheelhouse was full of glassfish and we found many Lysmata and Bruuni cleaner shrimps happy to give us manicures! We also found Durban shrimps, Schultz and reef pipefish, white acabaria lined overhangs, scorpionfish and reef fish of all types. Very pretty.
Day 2
Nany and Nemo mantas put on a display for MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Great critter dive! Blue and black ribbon eels, 2x green leaf fish, several spearing mantis shrimps, a large stonefish and even a pufferfish sat on a ribbon eel (!) Two eagle rays were seen off the reef and a nosey white tips kept cruising about checking out the divers. The whole reef crest was smothered in orange anthias.
Ocean crossing to South Ari atoll
Dive 2
There were no mantas today despite our patience. We saw many pink bar gobies with their stripey Randall's pistol shrimp housekeepers, fields of garden eels, Phyllidia slugs and feisty jewelled damselfish snapping at divers who got too close to their gardens.
Dive 3
TURTLE TOWN at this shallow thila with at least 5 friendly and photogenic hawksbill turtles, lovely blue magnifica anemones, a stonefish, black coral trees full of cardinalfish and Psmanthe shrimps, penguin and zig-zag oysters etc. the reef top was full of fish and very colourful. Our non-divers enjoyed a snorkel in the shallows
Day 3
Photogenic turtle from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A colourful wreck with many longfin batfish and bluefin jacks at the bow plus glassfish and juvenile cardinals all over the deck. We found a large stonefish, several large clearfin lionfish and a Chromodoris glenei nudibranch on the wreck and then swm over to the island reef where we found a large crown jellyfish being eaten by saddleback butterflyfish. The reef slope was smothered in blue-green and scissortail chromic. Very pretty.
Dive 2
Ocean reef site with slope down to sand where were saw several white tip sharks sleeping on the bottom. Schools of bluestripe and jumpback snapers plus yellow goatfish meandered between coral blocks on the slope and we also found a scorpionfish, a tiny oriental sweetlips thrashing around and many unicorn fish in the shallows
Snorkelling
No luck with the hunt for whale sharks today but we managed to briefly snorkel with THREE MANTAS FEEDING IN A SHALLOW LAGOON. A pod of spinner dolphins were also resting in the shallows nearby
Dive 3
FISHORAMA THILA!!! THE REEF WAS SMOTHERED IN SCHOOLS OF BLUESTRIPE SNAPPERS AND HUMPBACK SNAPPERS WITH HUNDREDS OF LARGE PINK SEAFANS LINING THE DEEPER SLOPES OF THE REEF. The shallower walls of the overhangs and canyons were covered with small green seafans, brightly coloured featherstars and multi coloured soft corals. WE saw two large brown marbled groupers disappear into a very small overhang. The reef top wa covered in pink anemones and blackfoot clownfish and bubbles filtered through from the overhangs through the top of the reef giving a jacuzzi effect
Night Dive
Easy night dive around shallow coral block in sheltered lagoon. Divers found a large hermit crab, a swimming but unidentified red nudibranch (maybe a glorious flatworm), a moray out hunting and many shrimps and corals with their polyps open and feeding
Day 4
Colourful large lionfish on the wreck, dived from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A beautiful seafan and soft coral covered small thila with deep canyons. There were lots of bannerfish and pyramid butterflyfish at the current point and a large grey shark cruised around just off the reef. We found a white leaf fish and then a large round ribbontail ray resting whilst it was being cleaned. A few white tips cruised the reef edge and many different anemones decorated the top.
Dive 2
Large jacks, schools of fusiliers and many bannerfish made the current point very busy. We saw chevron and Forster's barracudas deep on the drop off but the reef was special for the millions of blue stripe snappers smothering the southern plateau and the very tame hawksbill turtles which lined up for a photo shoot
Dive 3
Golden and barred jack buzzed around the deep coral blocks covered in black coral trees and glassfish. A group of FOUR GREYSHARKS buzzed around and then we sighted a juvenile SILVERTIP SHARK plus several resting white tip sharks. We found some very cheeky turtles on the top who literally pushed us out of the way! Also octopus, Bedford's flatworm, bubble anemones with Clarke's anemonefish
Night Dive
AMAZING DIVE WITH UP TO FOUR MANTAS ZOOMING PAST AND FEDING AND LSO PLAYING I OUR BUBBLES. THEY WERE SO CLOSE!! Just the best dive!!!
Day 5
Blue Stripe snappers at the Fish Head from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
GOOD GREY SHARK SHOW with 3+1 cruising around in he deeper water and two along the reef edge giving us an easy show to watch. There were several baby white tip sharks hiding under table corals plus large ones joining in the shark parade. We found a large green Phyllidia slug, many beautiful pink and blue anemones and two octopus which entertained us by pulling shapes and hugging the anemones!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
ANOTHER GREAT SHARK SHOW WITH LOTS OF SHARKS CRUISING AROUND THE SPUR AND SEVERAL MORE ALONG THE REEF EDGE. THOUSANDS OF BIG-EYE JACKS WHIRLED AROUND UP TO THE SHALLOWS AND THEN BACK DOWN TO THE DEPTHS. Also long nose emperors, a starry dragonet, a huge Napoleon, large lunar-tailed rock cod, and then, just as we were about to ascend, A SQUADRON OF 10 EAGLE RAYS IN FORMATION ALONG THE RIDGE
Daytime Excursion
Non-divers visited the sandbank
Dive 3
Experimental dive on ocean reef forming a series of thilas along the drop. We saw a PORCUPINE RAY, BLACK TIP REEF SHARK, lots of white tip sharks, a round ribbontail ray, a school of 30 longfin batfish and a large green turtle along with two giant sweetlips on a shallow thila inside the channel. Worth the look!
Day 6
Squadron of eagle rays sighted today from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Final dive on the beautiful and dramatic ocean reef. The grey sharks and white tips were cruising the drop off and some were being harassed by big-eye jacks and rainbown runners. A school of longfin batfish suddenly swam out of the depths, later we saw them huddled together on the reef being cleaned. We found the large spearing mantis shrimps in their nests and glassfish smothering groupers in overhangs. A baby white tip shark was STILL resting in the same hole as yesterday. WE ended the dive up in the shallows amongst the rivers of lined and neon fusiliers, butterflyfish and chromis. Stunning!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing back towards Male' ariving around lunch time
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to Male' for sightseeing and shopping and a visit to Seagull ice-cream café
Day 7
grey shark cruising the drop off from MV Sea Spirit,Maldives
Guest Transfer
The group transferred back to the airport for their onward travel to Angaga Resort and their second week of adventures
Day 8
Aquatic Element Dive Club on Sea Spirit. What a wonderful Maldives adventure we enjoyed together
 
Guest Transfer
Group arrived to Male' international airport and transferred to Sea Spirit. The divers set up their kit and relaxed before lunch.
Dive 1
Check dive. An easy drift on an ocean reef. We saw honeycomb, giant and yellow margin morays, a white tip shark, green turtles, saw longnose butterflyfish, bicolour parrotfish, trapezia crabs and white spotted groupers. A MANTA AND A MOBULA PASSED BY
Day 1
Group of oriental sweetlips from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We saw an EAGLE RAY as we descended and then saw lot of white tip reef sharks as we drifted along the reef, plus oriental and harlequin sweetlips and schools of blue stripe snappers and soldierfish hovering over coral blocks. Off the reef large dogtooth tunas were chasing fusiliers and we also saw another eagle ray, a green turtle, a devil scorpionfish and loved the striking colour of the blue anemones
Dive 2
TWO LOVELY MANTAS, NANCY AND NEMO, PUT ON A WONDERFUL SHOW FOR US WHICH HAD US ALL ENTRACED. We also saw white tip reef sharks, tunas, porcelain crabs catching pankton sat in carpet anemones and just so many different varieties of reef fish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
Lovely wreck with many black coral trees and multicoloured nepthia and schleronepthia soft corals along the hull. The area behind the wheelhouse was full of glassfish and we found many Lysmata and Bruuni cleaner shrimps happy to give us manicures! We also found Durban shrimps, Schultz and reef pipefish, white acabaria lined overhangs, scorpionfish and reef fish of all types. Very pretty.
Day 2
Nany and Nemo mantas put on a display for MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Great critter dive! Blue and black ribbon eels, 2x green leaf fish, several spearing mantis shrimps, a large stonefish and even a pufferfish sat on a ribbon eel (!) Two eagle rays were seen off the reef and a nosey white tips kept cruising about checking out the divers. The whole reef crest was smothered in orange anthias.
Ocean crossing to South Ari atoll
Dive 2
There were no mantas today despite our patience. We saw many pink bar gobies with their stripey Randall's pistol shrimp housekeepers, fields of garden eels, Phyllidia slugs and feisty jewelled damselfish snapping at divers who got too close to their gardens.
Dive 3
TURTLE TOWN at this shallow thila with at least 5 friendly and photogenic hawksbill turtles, lovely blue magnifica anemones, a stonefish, black coral trees full of cardinalfish and Psmanthe shrimps, penguin and zig-zag oysters etc. the reef top was full of fish and very colourful. Our non-divers enjoyed a snorkel in the shallows
Day 3
Photogenic turtle from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A colourful wreck with many longfin batfish and bluefin jacks at the bow plus glassfish and juvenile cardinals all over the deck. We found a large stonefish, several large clearfin lionfish and a Chromodoris glenei nudibranch on the wreck and then swm over to the island reef where we found a large crown jellyfish being eaten by saddleback butterflyfish. The reef slope was smothered in blue-green and scissortail chromic. Very pretty.
Dive 2
Ocean reef site with slope down to sand where were saw several white tip sharks sleeping on the bottom. Schools of bluestripe and jumpback snapers plus yellow goatfish meandered between coral blocks on the slope and we also found a scorpionfish, a tiny oriental sweetlips thrashing around and many unicorn fish in the shallows
Snorkelling
No luck with the hunt for whale sharks today but we managed to briefly snorkel with THREE MANTAS FEEDING IN A SHALLOW LAGOON. A pod of spinner dolphins were also resting in the shallows nearby
Dive 3
FISHORAMA THILA!!! THE REEF WAS SMOTHERED IN SCHOOLS OF BLUESTRIPE SNAPPERS AND HUMPBACK SNAPPERS WITH HUNDREDS OF LARGE PINK SEAFANS LINING THE DEEPER SLOPES OF THE REEF. The shallower walls of the overhangs and canyons were covered with small green seafans, brightly coloured featherstars and multi coloured soft corals. WE saw two large brown marbled groupers disappear into a very small overhang. The reef top wa covered in pink anemones and blackfoot clownfish and bubbles filtered through from the overhangs through the top of the reef giving a jacuzzi effect
Night Dive
Easy night dive around shallow coral block in sheltered lagoon. Divers found a large hermit crab, a swimming but unidentified red nudibranch (maybe a glorious flatworm), a moray out hunting and many shrimps and corals with their polyps open and feeding
Day 4
Colourful large lionfish on the wreck, dived from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A beautiful seafan and soft coral covered small thila with deep canyons. There were lots of bannerfish and pyramid butterflyfish at the current point and a large grey shark cruised around just off the reef. We found a white leaf fish and then a large round ribbontail ray resting whilst it was being cleaned. A few white tips cruised the reef edge and many different anemones decorated the top.
Dive 2
Large jacks, schools of fusiliers and many bannerfish made the current point very busy. We saw chevron and Forster's barracudas deep on the drop off but the reef was special for the millions of blue stripe snappers smothering the southern plateau and the very tame hawksbill turtles which lined up for a photo shoot
Dive 3
Golden and barred jack buzzed around the deep coral blocks covered in black coral trees and glassfish. A group of FOUR GREYSHARKS buzzed around and then we sighted a juvenile SILVERTIP SHARK plus several resting white tip sharks. We found some very cheeky turtles on the top who literally pushed us out of the way! Also octopus, Bedford's flatworm, bubble anemones with Clarke's anemonefish
Night Dive
AMAZING DIVE WITH UP TO FOUR MANTAS ZOOMING PAST AND FEDING AND LSO PLAYING I OUR BUBBLES. THEY WERE SO CLOSE!! Just the best dive!!!
Day 5
Blue Stripe snappers at the Fish Head from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
GOOD GREY SHARK SHOW with 3+1 cruising around in he deeper water and two along the reef edge giving us an easy show to watch. There were several baby white tip sharks hiding under table corals plus large ones joining in the shark parade. We found a large green Phyllidia slug, many beautiful pink and blue anemones and two octopus which entertained us by pulling shapes and hugging the anemones!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
ANOTHER GREAT SHARK SHOW WITH LOTS OF SHARKS CRUISING AROUND THE SPUR AND SEVERAL MORE ALONG THE REEF EDGE. THOUSANDS OF BIG-EYE JACKS WHIRLED AROUND UP TO THE SHALLOWS AND THEN BACK DOWN TO THE DEPTHS. Also long nose emperors, a starry dragonet, a huge Napoleon, large lunar-tailed rock cod, and then, just as we were about to ascend, A SQUADRON OF 10 EAGLE RAYS IN FORMATION ALONG THE RIDGE
Daytime Excursion
Non-divers visited the sandbank
Dive 3
Experimental dive on ocean reef forming a series of thilas along the drop. We saw a PORCUPINE RAY, BLACK TIP REEF SHARK, lots of white tip sharks, a round ribbontail ray, a school of 30 longfin batfish and a large green turtle along with two giant sweetlips on a shallow thila inside the channel. Worth the look!
Day 6
Squadron of eagle rays sighted today from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Final dive on the beautiful and dramatic ocean reef. The grey sharks and white tips were cruising the drop off and some were being harassed by big-eye jacks and rainbown runners. A school of longfin batfish suddenly swam out of the depths, later we saw them huddled together on the reef being cleaned. We found the large spearing mantis shrimps in their nests and glassfish smothering groupers in overhangs. A baby white tip shark was STILL resting in the same hole as yesterday. WE ended the dive up in the shallows amongst the rivers of lined and neon fusiliers, butterflyfish and chromis. Stunning!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing back towards Male' ariving around lunch time
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to Male' for sightseeing and shopping and a visit to Seagull ice-cream café
Day 7
grey shark cruising the drop off from MV Sea Spirit,Maldives
Guest Transfer
The group transferred back to the airport for their onward travel to Angaga Resort and their second week of adventures
Day 8
Aquatic Element Dive Club on Sea Spirit. What a wonderful Maldives adventure we enjoyed together
Sea Spirit SS484 25 Oct 2015 to 1 Nov 2015 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and local guest houses and were transferred to Sea Spirit. We made a check dive after lunch.
Dive 1
Easy drift to settle everyone in. We saw several large morays of different species, large blue magnificent anemones with families of blackfoot clownfish, schools of pyramid butterflyfish, pairs of Indian bannerfish, a smallscale scorpionfish and many red-spotted trapezia crabs inside the finger corals
Day 1
Double the fun! Pair of honeycomb morays from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
No mantas this morning, probably because we saw a GREAT HAMMERHEAD SHARK! We found lots of nice macro items instead, including pinkbar gobies with their yellow/red striped symbiotic pistol shrimps, garden seels, an unidentified Armina sp. nudi, a juvenile reindeer rockmover wrasse and a juvenile razor wrasse, blueface angelfish, lionfish etc.
Dive 2
THERE WERE 4+ MANTA RAYS BEING CLEANED ALONG THE REEF EDGE AND ONE WAS QUITE CURIOUS AND FRIENDLY TO DIVERS. We also found a devil stonefish, a box puffer, a large Mappa puffer and enjoyed a lovely drift through overhangs with pink seafans and enjoyed the millions of orange anthias buzzing over the coral blocks with soft corals and blue finger sponges
Dive 3
A reverse direction easy drift over the coral blocks buzzing with anthias and past rivers of fusiliers being chased by dogtooth tunas. We drifted through the upper ledges of the overhangs lined with blue and yellow puffy soft corals and pink and orange acabaria. We saw clown triggerfish, small Napoleons, a starry puffer and all the corals were buzzing with blue damsels, humbus, Indian dascyllus etc. Lovely!!
Day 2
Beautiful manta on the second dive from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another brisk drift and a couple of MANTA RAYS PASSED BY. There were schools of oriental sweetlips and collared butterflyfish on the corner amongst the large blocks, a spotted trunkfish and wrassed and angelfish of many species
Dive 2
Two eagle rays, white tips and two green turtles plus a pair of green leaf fish and a black ribbon eel along this ocean reef. This site is also famous for the different schools of fish including two spot snappers, bluestripe snappers (lots!), red snappers, rudderfish, sweetlips and even longfin batfish
Dive 3
SO MANY PINK WHIP RAYS BUZZING AROUND!! ALSO FEATHERTAIL RAY, MANGROVE WHIPRAY, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY, LARGE HONEYCOMB AND GIANT MORAYS SHARING HOLES WITH UNDULATE, FIMBIATED AND EVEN WHITE EYE MORAYS. Busy busy.
Day 3
Pink whipray parade seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
SEVERAL FRIENDLY MANTAS WHO PUT ON QUITE A SHOW THIS MORNING WITH SEVERAL MALES TOGETHER AT ONE POINT AND ONE WHICH JUMPED OUT OF THE WATER IN FRONT OF US! Also brownmarbled groupers, white tip sharks, a mangrove whipray feeding, and a shortfin mobula ray.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Great little wreck with lots of shrimp cleaning stations with Lysmata, Bruuni and banded coral shrimps waiting for fish to clean. Along the edges of doors ands were many Durban dancing shrimps and we found peacock mantis shrimps, large clearfin lionfish, Schultz pipefish etc. On the maion reef we found Chromodoris tritos nudis, scorpionfish, many clownfish (some being very photogenic!) and enjoyed the acabaria lined overhangs and walls
Dive 3
An exciting corner to channel div with grey sharks and white tip sharks plus eagle rays and dense schools of fusiliers chased by tunas and lots of jacks. The tunas chased the fusiliers straight at us and they exploded onto the reef!! There were nice honeycomb morays, many different shrimps and soft coral covered blocks. The drift into the channel was fast and bumpy and even the fish were getting all mixed up in the washing machine!
Night Dive
A night critter dive: hermit crabs, squat lobsters, stonefish, open yellow cup corals, spotted snake eel, Coriocella nigra sponge snail, Flabellina exoptata nudibranch, sleeping clownfish and just so many featherstars of different types
Day 4
One of this morning's frindly mantas ffrom MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Dramatic ocean facing thila with big steps down to ocean front with many fish including schools of rainbow runners, chevron and Forster's barracudas and GREY SHARKS cruising around. One school of larger chevron barracudas has two juvenile grey sharks mixed in. Along the edge of the thila we saw white tip sharks and Napoleon wrsses and enjoyed the colourful coral and fish filled ledges. We finished the dive on the top of the thila amingst large schools of collared butterflyfish and silver and oriental sweetlips.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
Brisk drift from channel to ocean wall smothered in orange and Evans' anthias with many shrimp cleaning stations populated by Lysmata, Bruuni and banded shrimps and some divers received a manicure so long as they were attentive of the feisty blackcheek moray hiding behind the shrimps! We also saw grey sharks and even a couple of mantas! The reff slope and top are beautiful: really healthy growing table and boulder corals
Dive 3
GREY SHARK AND WHITE TIP SHARK SHOW ON CHANNEL FRONT. A few dogtooth tunas were chasing schools of fusiliers and mackerels around too. We found an octopus and a gold leaf fish whist we waited. We had a nice drift into the channel and ended up drifting over sand dunes where the razor wrasses hid in the sand
Night Dive
AMAZING NIGHT DIVE WITH MANY LARGE NURSE SHARKS AND SEVERAL BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS PLUS PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, Jenkins whip rays and even a porcupine ray tonight. The jacks and trevallies were busy chasing baitfish and everything was excited!!!!
Day 5
Grey reef sharks and many snappers on the current point, MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Out current in a complicated channel so started with a drift along a shallow channel where we saw a huge mappa pufferfish and an emperor orangefin swimming around with a large starfish in its mouth. There was a large school of Forster's barracudas which we swam into a couple of times, a very large sleeping round ribbontail ray and a couple of large grey reef shark. We ended up on the ocean reef where we saw a shortfin mobula, many shrimps, morays, reef fish of all sorts and a pair of HALIMEDA GHOST PIPEFISH
Dive 2
Blue water and a brisk current but lovely to watch white tip sharks and large red snappers riding the current and then a fast drift through overhangs hung with pale pink soft corals and white deepwater seafans. We found a couple of turtles down current and a lovely coral garden in the shallows
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
Critter dive. We found several blue ribbon eels including a pair peering out of the same hole, black (juvenile) ribbon eels, Lysmata nad Bruuni shrimps, several large spearing mantis shrimps in their burrows, smallscale scorpuionfish, octopus etc, and enjoyed a pretty reef buzzing with anthias
Evening Activity
Ashore to isolated sandbank for sundowners. The sunset was magnificent tonight
Day 6
Anthias buzzing above beautiful corals in the Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
GREAT LAST DIVE WITH LOTS OF GREY SHARKS CRUISING THE OCEAN DROP OFF, MANY SNAPPERS AND JACKS, A GROUP PG JUVENILE GREY SHARKS, A MIXED SCHOOL OF FORSTERS AND CHEVRON BARRACUDAS, BEAUTIFUL SOFT CORALS ON THE OVERHANGS AND MILLIONS OF ANTHIAS PLUS ANGELFISH, BUTTERFLYFISH, SCHOOLS OF SURGEONS AND TWO SLEEPING GREEN TURTLES. JUST STUNNING!
Daytime Excursion
Travel back towards Male', arriving around lunch time. Afternoon visit to Male' cancelled due to rain so guests just relaxed. The sun came out later.
Day 7
Enjoying sundowners on the sandbank from MV Sea Spirit
Guest Transfer
All guests to airport for international flights or onward travel to resorts
Day 8
Magnificent Maldives sunset from the sandbank, MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and local guest houses and were transferred to Sea Spirit. We made a check dive after lunch.
Dive 1
Easy drift to settle everyone in. We saw several large morays of different species, large blue magnificent anemones with families of blackfoot clownfish, schools of pyramid butterflyfish, pairs of Indian bannerfish, a smallscale scorpionfish and many red-spotted trapezia crabs inside the finger corals
Day 1
Double the fun! Pair of honeycomb morays from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
No mantas this morning, probably because we saw a GREAT HAMMERHEAD SHARK! We found lots of nice macro items instead, including pinkbar gobies with their yellow/red striped symbiotic pistol shrimps, garden seels, an unidentified Armina sp. nudi, a juvenile reindeer rockmover wrasse and a juvenile razor wrasse, blueface angelfish, lionfish etc.
Dive 2
THERE WERE 4+ MANTA RAYS BEING CLEANED ALONG THE REEF EDGE AND ONE WAS QUITE CURIOUS AND FRIENDLY TO DIVERS. We also found a devil stonefish, a box puffer, a large Mappa puffer and enjoyed a lovely drift through overhangs with pink seafans and enjoyed the millions of orange anthias buzzing over the coral blocks with soft corals and blue finger sponges
Dive 3
A reverse direction easy drift over the coral blocks buzzing with anthias and past rivers of fusiliers being chased by dogtooth tunas. We drifted through the upper ledges of the overhangs lined with blue and yellow puffy soft corals and pink and orange acabaria. We saw clown triggerfish, small Napoleons, a starry puffer and all the corals were buzzing with blue damsels, humbus, Indian dascyllus etc. Lovely!!
Day 2
Beautiful manta on the second dive from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another brisk drift and a couple of MANTA RAYS PASSED BY. There were schools of oriental sweetlips and collared butterflyfish on the corner amongst the large blocks, a spotted trunkfish and wrassed and angelfish of many species
Dive 2
Two eagle rays, white tips and two green turtles plus a pair of green leaf fish and a black ribbon eel along this ocean reef. This site is also famous for the different schools of fish including two spot snappers, bluestripe snappers (lots!), red snappers, rudderfish, sweetlips and even longfin batfish
Dive 3
SO MANY PINK WHIP RAYS BUZZING AROUND!! ALSO FEATHERTAIL RAY, MANGROVE WHIPRAY, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY, LARGE HONEYCOMB AND GIANT MORAYS SHARING HOLES WITH UNDULATE, FIMBIATED AND EVEN WHITE EYE MORAYS. Busy busy.
Day 3
Pink whipray parade seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
SEVERAL FRIENDLY MANTAS WHO PUT ON QUITE A SHOW THIS MORNING WITH SEVERAL MALES TOGETHER AT ONE POINT AND ONE WHICH JUMPED OUT OF THE WATER IN FRONT OF US! Also brownmarbled groupers, white tip sharks, a mangrove whipray feeding, and a shortfin mobula ray.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Great little wreck with lots of shrimp cleaning stations with Lysmata, Bruuni and banded coral shrimps waiting for fish to clean. Along the edges of doors ands were many Durban dancing shrimps and we found peacock mantis shrimps, large clearfin lionfish, Schultz pipefish etc. On the maion reef we found Chromodoris tritos nudis, scorpionfish, many clownfish (some being very photogenic!) and enjoyed the acabaria lined overhangs and walls
Dive 3
An exciting corner to channel div with grey sharks and white tip sharks plus eagle rays and dense schools of fusiliers chased by tunas and lots of jacks. The tunas chased the fusiliers straight at us and they exploded onto the reef!! There were nice honeycomb morays, many different shrimps and soft coral covered blocks. The drift into the channel was fast and bumpy and even the fish were getting all mixed up in the washing machine!
Night Dive
A night critter dive: hermit crabs, squat lobsters, stonefish, open yellow cup corals, spotted snake eel, Coriocella nigra sponge snail, Flabellina exoptata nudibranch, sleeping clownfish and just so many featherstars of different types
Day 4
One of this morning's frindly mantas ffrom MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Dramatic ocean facing thila with big steps down to ocean front with many fish including schools of rainbow runners, chevron and Forster's barracudas and GREY SHARKS cruising around. One school of larger chevron barracudas has two juvenile grey sharks mixed in. Along the edge of the thila we saw white tip sharks and Napoleon wrsses and enjoyed the colourful coral and fish filled ledges. We finished the dive on the top of the thila amingst large schools of collared butterflyfish and silver and oriental sweetlips.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
Brisk drift from channel to ocean wall smothered in orange and Evans' anthias with many shrimp cleaning stations populated by Lysmata, Bruuni and banded shrimps and some divers received a manicure so long as they were attentive of the feisty blackcheek moray hiding behind the shrimps! We also saw grey sharks and even a couple of mantas! The reff slope and top are beautiful: really healthy growing table and boulder corals
Dive 3
GREY SHARK AND WHITE TIP SHARK SHOW ON CHANNEL FRONT. A few dogtooth tunas were chasing schools of fusiliers and mackerels around too. We found an octopus and a gold leaf fish whist we waited. We had a nice drift into the channel and ended up drifting over sand dunes where the razor wrasses hid in the sand
Night Dive
AMAZING NIGHT DIVE WITH MANY LARGE NURSE SHARKS AND SEVERAL BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS PLUS PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, Jenkins whip rays and even a porcupine ray tonight. The jacks and trevallies were busy chasing baitfish and everything was excited!!!!
Day 5
Grey reef sharks and many snappers on the current point, MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Out current in a complicated channel so started with a drift along a shallow channel where we saw a huge mappa pufferfish and an emperor orangefin swimming around with a large starfish in its mouth. There was a large school of Forster's barracudas which we swam into a couple of times, a very large sleeping round ribbontail ray and a couple of large grey reef shark. We ended up on the ocean reef where we saw a shortfin mobula, many shrimps, morays, reef fish of all sorts and a pair of HALIMEDA GHOST PIPEFISH
Dive 2
Blue water and a brisk current but lovely to watch white tip sharks and large red snappers riding the current and then a fast drift through overhangs hung with pale pink soft corals and white deepwater seafans. We found a couple of turtles down current and a lovely coral garden in the shallows
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
Critter dive. We found several blue ribbon eels including a pair peering out of the same hole, black (juvenile) ribbon eels, Lysmata nad Bruuni shrimps, several large spearing mantis shrimps in their burrows, smallscale scorpuionfish, octopus etc, and enjoyed a pretty reef buzzing with anthias
Evening Activity
Ashore to isolated sandbank for sundowners. The sunset was magnificent tonight
Day 6
Anthias buzzing above beautiful corals in the Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
GREAT LAST DIVE WITH LOTS OF GREY SHARKS CRUISING THE OCEAN DROP OFF, MANY SNAPPERS AND JACKS, A GROUP PG JUVENILE GREY SHARKS, A MIXED SCHOOL OF FORSTERS AND CHEVRON BARRACUDAS, BEAUTIFUL SOFT CORALS ON THE OVERHANGS AND MILLIONS OF ANTHIAS PLUS ANGELFISH, BUTTERFLYFISH, SCHOOLS OF SURGEONS AND TWO SLEEPING GREEN TURTLES. JUST STUNNING!
Daytime Excursion
Travel back towards Male', arriving around lunch time. Afternoon visit to Male' cancelled due to rain so guests just relaxed. The sun came out later.
Day 7
Enjoying sundowners on the sandbank from MV Sea Spirit
Guest Transfer
All guests to airport for international flights or onward travel to resorts
Day 8
Magnificent Maldives sunset from the sandbank, MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS483 11 Oct 2015 to 23 Oct 2015 Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and local hotels for transfer via airport to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
An easy drift for our check dive with several white tip reef sharks plus a grey shark and a blacktip reef shark. There were several large Naopleon wrasses and a huge brownmarbled grouper lurking in a shallow coral block. We loved the large schools of oriental sweetlips, and blocks full of bulls-eyes, schooling blue stripe snappers and soldierfish. We found a small trumpetfish pretending to be black coral and a friendly turtle or two
Day 1
Amazing sunset from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
The spinner dolphins were conducting jumping practice as we approached the dive site and although we did not see any mantas, we had a great macro dive instead! We found a pair of yellow-phase black barred gobies with their pistol shrimp housekeepers plus many pinkbar and Dracula goby pairs, there were large schols of silver sprats being chased by bonitos, a tiny Clarke's anemonefish in a blue anemone, a juvenile oriental sweetlips, an unidentified flatworm and a juvenile razor wrasse etc.
Dive 2
We saw eagle rays and white tips along the drop off and a pair of GREEN LEAF FISH, many Bruuni shrimps and a BLACK RIBBON EEL amongst the coral blocks. On the reef top was a lovely green turtle, a school of 100+ longfin batfish, honeycomb and giant morays and reef fish of all types including collared butterflyfish, Indian bannerfish, crown squirrelfish, smoke angelfish etc. etc.
Dive 3
An experimental dive on a different section of reef where we found extensive long and deep ledges full of beautiful soft corals, seafans, whips, crinoids etc. and in really pristine condition. We found a sleeping round ribontail ray, a carpet of feeding tubeworms, zooanthids, Bruuni shrimp cleaning station, several large Mappa puffers and yellow boxfish in courtship activity (biting eachother!)
Day 2
Fishorama yellowback fusiliers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AMAZING SHOW WITH 18 DIFFERENT MANTAS AS WE WATCHED THEM BEING CLEANED. THEY WERE SWIMMING VERY CLOSE PAAST US AND CHECKING US OUT AND ENJOYING BUBBLE BATHS. TERRIFIC!
Dive 2
THE MANTAS WERE STILL THERE SO WE WENT AGAIN. 9 DIFFERENT ONES THIS TIME (AND ALL NEW COMPARED TO THE EARLY SESSION). We also saw sleeping white tip sharks, an octopus, a scorpionfish and enjoyed all the chromis and humbug damsels bounding around in all the table corals
Dive 3
A corner-channel drift over many coral blocks and into large overhangs covered in pink seafans and with yellow and blue soft coral in the ceilings. There were beautiful anemones, crinoids and sponges in every colour. We found a leaf fish, many different puffers, a tiny yellow boxfish, a few white tip sharks but the corals were the stars this afternoon
Day 3
manta show!!! So many mantas seen today from Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We had a few mantas pass through but they weren't stopping for long this morning so drifted onto the outer reef and had a lovely show with Arraya the manta right on top of our heads! She loved the bubbles. The coral blocks were full of anthias of all species plus blue finger sponges in wonderful shapes. There was a large school of collared butterflyfish in one of the shallow blocks
Dive 2
Fishorama Thila! Schools of snappers and jacks hng in the water column and there were large schools of oriental sweetlips plus bluestripe and humpback snappers on the reef. We found a baby white tip shark in a block and there were plenty of adults scotting around. WE FOUND A NURSE SHARK in a shallow block but it was very exposed. The spectacular overhangs along the side of the thila were full of large seafans and blue stripe snappers
Dive 3
A very strong current so not a very comfortable dive and even too strong for the sharks as there were only a couple of white tips around. There were also many fusiliers, sweetlips and humpback snappers on the lee of the current.
Day 4
Arraya the beautiful manta came to call! MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
A more moderate current and a lovely dive watching a large grey shark cruising up and down and up to 8 EAGLE RAYS plus fusiliers and large tunas and jacks. The coral blocks were full of snappers and butterflyfish but then we found rather too many crown of thorns sea stars on the main reef which had caused a lot of damage
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
We saw an EAGLE RAY AS WE DESCENDED and then saw several GREY SHARKS along the steep ocean drop off.. This site is always great for the variety of reef fish which today included, bluefaced and two spot angelfish, humback surgeonfish, a lemon-yellow leaf fish, a stonefish, millions of blue-green chromis and then some BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS UP IN THE SHALLOWS
Dive 3
Lots of active grey sharks plus a large school of longfin batfish and feisty Vlamings surgeonfish divebombing our bubbles, some VERY large tunas, a pair of eagle rays, Lysmata and banded coral shrimps hiding a blackcheek moray, etc.
Evening Activity
A beautiful sunset this evening so we enjoyed sundowners on top deck
Day 5
Grey sharks cruising past. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We went off the reef looking for big stuff but only found a school of 200 longfin batfish (nice!) and there was little current so the grey sharks were just cruising around. The schools of big-eye jacks kept whirling past. We found several large spearing mantis shrimps, a white and a yellow leaf fish and then an eagle ray on the reef top!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing into North Ari Atoll. We took a look in the northern lagoons but no action so we went diving
Dive 2
Split-group dive. Group A saw lots of white tips, grey sharks over the big coral blocks, a round ribbontail ray and many big eye jacks and then a fast drift through the overhangs and canyons where they saw lobsters, a turtle and an ER Group B had a more sedate drift (in the same channel!) found TWO ZEBRA SHARKS, lots of nestring triggerfish including yellowmargin and blue and enjoyed an extended drift through canyons and overhangs
Dive 3
A small current at this site famous for grey shark sightings so the sharks were a little deep and mainly off the reef. We did see Spot the friendly eagle ray who joined us to get her photograph taken. We found two large red-coloured stonefish, several peacock mantis shrimps, a school of Forster's barracudas, beautiful pink, blue and purple anemones with families of blackfoot clownfish, baby white tip sharks hiding under table corals etc.
Night Dive
Magical night dive with Wiggle, Spookie, Donkeyo, Spinner and Lina mantas as the hungrily fed underneath the boat. Some divers were down for nearly 2 hours
Day 6
Cute Zebra sharks this morning from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
THERE WAS A BEAUTIFUL LARGE GREY SHARK AT THE CURRENT POINT WITH SEVERAL LARGE REMORAS TRAILING FROM HER PECTORAL FINS LIKE A MEDIEAVAL PRINCESS ' TRAILING SLEEVES. There were three other grey sharks plus many batfish and a HUGE school of blue stripe snappers which smothered the southern plateau of the site. Two hawksbill turtles were fighting over a crown jellyfish. So many pyramid butterflyfish, schooling bannerfish, jacks and fusiliers, 2x Chromodirs glenei etc. etc.
Dive 2
MILLIONS OF YELLOWBACK AND NEON FUSILIERS AT THE CURRENT POINT and later, two nurse sharks on the top coral block with their tails crossed (aah! Sweet). Many overhangs all around the thila with lots of seafans, tubastrea and black coral trees etc. A really colourful site.
Dive 3
WHALESHARK! It was rather deep but we managed to keep up with it for a few minutes. Characteristic from it's bent dorsal fin! We also found a tiny juvenile oriental sweetlips, a green turtle, a pair of porcelain crabs et. The shallows were full of goatfish and rudderfish over pristine table corals with pyramid butterflyfish and the sunlight dappling over the reef. Perfect!
Evening Activity
Some guests made a short excursion ashore to visit a local village and for shopping
Day 7
Hungry mantas behind MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
FISH EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!!! ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE SITES AND TODAY JUST PERFECT WITH A NICE CURRENT TO KEEP ALL THE BLUESTRIP SNAPPERS IN TIDY SCHOOLS AND TO PUFF UP THE SPLENDID SOFT CORALS. Spectacular! Millions of fusiliers and snapers, black saddle, brown barbled and a yellow fin grouper, every type of fish, seafans, sea whips, Nepthia and schleonepthia soft corals, crinoids, anemones etc.A lovely photgenic mantis shrimp, Amboin shrimps and good old Maldives sponge snails!
Dive 2
We looked hard for a whale shark but when we didn't get lucky, we went for a drift. We DID see lots of sleeping white tip sharks, a group of 4 tiger cowries with eggs, several sleeping hawksbill turtles, a giant spider conch and a large triton shell
Snorkelling
As soon as we sat down for lunch a WHALE SHARK WAS SPOTTED so we went in to snorkel with a cute 5-6m long male shark. Half an hour later a second one was sighted but we lost it before we had a chance to get in 30 minutes later a 3rd one was seen and we got in again! This was probably the same one as the one we saw yesterday afternoon. By the time we came up we all needed a rest!
Dive 3
Another easy drift dive. We saw an eagle ray, turtles, a comet fish, a large octopus and the top reef was really beautiful with magnificent table corals andschools of big eye crescent tails, gold spot emperors and a very large school of blue tangs marauding through the eggs of the Sargent Majors.
Day 8
Whaleshark! 3 seen today from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Wreck site with schools of batfish and surgeonfish at the bow then a BLACK FROGFISH fishing with its lure extended next to two large fluffy stonefish. Lots of other lovely critters including a tiny smallscale scorpionfish, a giant moray posing in a tyre, many coral groupers amongst the glassfish, large lionfish hunting and lurking in quiet corners and an albino bristletooth tang
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vaavu atoll (Felidhoo)
Dive 2
Squadron of 24 EAGLE RAYS on the front of the channel amongst millions of fusiliers and some white tip sharks. We then had a gentle drift over fantastic coral formations in a narrow channel and then over a coral garden where we also saw a sleeping feathertail ray
Dive 3
WILD NIGHT DIVE WITH AROUND 40 HUNGRY NURSE SHARKS PLUS SEVERAL BLACK TIP REEF SHARKS, PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS AND MANY JACKS AND GIANT TREVALLIES CHASING SCHOOLS OF SILVERSIDES
Nurse shark party behind Sea Spirit as about 20 nurse shark decided to continue their revelries behind the boat!
Day 9
Nurse shark extravaganza from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A small current on the channel front so we crossed the front but only a few large Napoleon wrasses and a few grey sharks round today. We saw several crown jellyfish and an eagle ray up in te water column. On the reef we found a black ribbon eel, a leaf fish, honeycomb morays and the whole reef was smothered in orange and Evan's anthias down to 15m with lots of Lysmata cleaner shrimps
Dive 2
Beautiful yellow soft coral hung caves then lots of long overhangs with every type of seafan sponge, crinoid etc. and very colourful. We found several longnose hawkfish in every black coral tree and there were many different species of wrasse and butterflyfish. Wonderful
Dive 3
We dived the ocean wall approaching from the east and finishing shallow on the top of the thila. The overhangs were stacked and full of sea whips and seafans with soldierfish and even jacks inside. We found two elegant squat lobsters in a featherstar, a yellow leaffish, a Chromodiris glenei nudi and many spearing mantis shrimps hiding in their nests
Day 10
Beautiful yellow soft coral caves from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
On the way to the site a pod of spinner dolphins accompanied the dhoni! THE YELLOW SOFT CORAL CAVES WERE STUNNING TODAY WITH THE CORAL FULLY PLUMPED IN THE LIGHT CURRENT. Tunas and jacks chased fusiliers and mackerels on the wall. We found leaf fish, a Chromodoris tritos nudi, different elegant squat lobsters, and found the school of jacks hanging out in the channel. It was really beautiful today
Dive 2
There are lots of deep overhangs on this dramatic ocean reef. We found octopus and several honeycomb morays, leaf fish, thicklip and Maori wrasses, spiny lobsters, Orzak's flatworm, stonefish and scorpionfish. The reeftop was covered in yellow and purple Evan's anthias
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
The ledges and coral blocks were smothered with orange anthias and so many Bruuni, Lysmata and banded coral shrimps busy cleaning fish and hiding blackcheek morays. We also saw several beautiful honeycomb morays, a yellow leaffish, a friendly Napoleon wrasse who was busy hunting on the reef and ignored us watching him.
Night Dive
A great critter night dive. We found a large sleeping starry puffer and several parrotfish, a Phidian nudi, a decorator crab covered in zooanthids, arrowhead crabs, several types of hingebeak shrimps, a spotted snake eel, several undulate morays and an enormous pink stonefish
Day 11
Thousands of blue tangs create a Maldives rush hour from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
EN EXCEPTIONAL DIVE TO END ON WITH SCHOOLS OF BLACK AND WHITE SNAPPERS, SILVER SWEETLIPS AND BIG EYE JACKS AT THE CURRENT POINT AND THEN MANY GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES ALONG THE REEF INCLUDING SEVERAL LARGE PREGNANT FEMALES AND AROUND 20 JUVENILES TOGETHER. SOME OF THE GROUP FOLLOWED A SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS BACK TO THE CURRENT POINT. A REAL WOW DIVE!
We motored back towards Male' getting back in time for lunch. An excursion to Male' was offered during the afternoon but most guests remained onboard and just relaxed.
Guest Transfer
One guest transferred to airport for travel back to Europe after dinner
Day 12
Eagle ray show from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Remaining guests transferred to airport for travel back to USA and Europe
Day 13
Lots of grey sharks seen on our last dive on MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and local hotels for transfer via airport to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
An easy drift for our check dive with several white tip reef sharks plus a grey shark and a blacktip reef shark. There were several large Naopleon wrasses and a huge brownmarbled grouper lurking in a shallow coral block. We loved the large schools of oriental sweetlips, and blocks full of bulls-eyes, schooling blue stripe snappers and soldierfish. We found a small trumpetfish pretending to be black coral and a friendly turtle or two
Day 1
Amazing sunset from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
The spinner dolphins were conducting jumping practice as we approached the dive site and although we did not see any mantas, we had a great macro dive instead! We found a pair of yellow-phase black barred gobies with their pistol shrimp housekeepers plus many pinkbar and Dracula goby pairs, there were large schols of silver sprats being chased by bonitos, a tiny Clarke's anemonefish in a blue anemone, a juvenile oriental sweetlips, an unidentified flatworm and a juvenile razor wrasse etc.
Dive 2
We saw eagle rays and white tips along the drop off and a pair of GREEN LEAF FISH, many Bruuni shrimps and a BLACK RIBBON EEL amongst the coral blocks. On the reef top was a lovely green turtle, a school of 100+ longfin batfish, honeycomb and giant morays and reef fish of all types including collared butterflyfish, Indian bannerfish, crown squirrelfish, smoke angelfish etc. etc.
Dive 3
An experimental dive on a different section of reef where we found extensive long and deep ledges full of beautiful soft corals, seafans, whips, crinoids etc. and in really pristine condition. We found a sleeping round ribontail ray, a carpet of feeding tubeworms, zooanthids, Bruuni shrimp cleaning station, several large Mappa puffers and yellow boxfish in courtship activity (biting eachother!)
Day 2
Fishorama yellowback fusiliers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AMAZING SHOW WITH 18 DIFFERENT MANTAS AS WE WATCHED THEM BEING CLEANED. THEY WERE SWIMMING VERY CLOSE PAAST US AND CHECKING US OUT AND ENJOYING BUBBLE BATHS. TERRIFIC!
Dive 2
THE MANTAS WERE STILL THERE SO WE WENT AGAIN. 9 DIFFERENT ONES THIS TIME (AND ALL NEW COMPARED TO THE EARLY SESSION). We also saw sleeping white tip sharks, an octopus, a scorpionfish and enjoyed all the chromis and humbug damsels bounding around in all the table corals
Dive 3
A corner-channel drift over many coral blocks and into large overhangs covered in pink seafans and with yellow and blue soft coral in the ceilings. There were beautiful anemones, crinoids and sponges in every colour. We found a leaf fish, many different puffers, a tiny yellow boxfish, a few white tip sharks but the corals were the stars this afternoon
Day 3
manta show!!! So many mantas seen today from Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We had a few mantas pass through but they weren't stopping for long this morning so drifted onto the outer reef and had a lovely show with Arraya the manta right on top of our heads! She loved the bubbles. The coral blocks were full of anthias of all species plus blue finger sponges in wonderful shapes. There was a large school of collared butterflyfish in one of the shallow blocks
Dive 2
Fishorama Thila! Schools of snappers and jacks hng in the water column and there were large schools of oriental sweetlips plus bluestripe and humpback snappers on the reef. We found a baby white tip shark in a block and there were plenty of adults scotting around. WE FOUND A NURSE SHARK in a shallow block but it was very exposed. The spectacular overhangs along the side of the thila were full of large seafans and blue stripe snappers
Dive 3
A very strong current so not a very comfortable dive and even too strong for the sharks as there were only a couple of white tips around. There were also many fusiliers, sweetlips and humpback snappers on the lee of the current.
Day 4
Arraya the beautiful manta came to call! MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
A more moderate current and a lovely dive watching a large grey shark cruising up and down and up to 8 EAGLE RAYS plus fusiliers and large tunas and jacks. The coral blocks were full of snappers and butterflyfish but then we found rather too many crown of thorns sea stars on the main reef which had caused a lot of damage
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
We saw an EAGLE RAY AS WE DESCENDED and then saw several GREY SHARKS along the steep ocean drop off.. This site is always great for the variety of reef fish which today included, bluefaced and two spot angelfish, humback surgeonfish, a lemon-yellow leaf fish, a stonefish, millions of blue-green chromis and then some BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS UP IN THE SHALLOWS
Dive 3
Lots of active grey sharks plus a large school of longfin batfish and feisty Vlamings surgeonfish divebombing our bubbles, some VERY large tunas, a pair of eagle rays, Lysmata and banded coral shrimps hiding a blackcheek moray, etc.
Evening Activity
A beautiful sunset this evening so we enjoyed sundowners on top deck
Day 5
Grey sharks cruising past. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We went off the reef looking for big stuff but only found a school of 200 longfin batfish (nice!) and there was little current so the grey sharks were just cruising around. The schools of big-eye jacks kept whirling past. We found several large spearing mantis shrimps, a white and a yellow leaf fish and then an eagle ray on the reef top!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing into North Ari Atoll. We took a look in the northern lagoons but no action so we went diving
Dive 2
Split-group dive. Group A saw lots of white tips, grey sharks over the big coral blocks, a round ribbontail ray and many big eye jacks and then a fast drift through the overhangs and canyons where they saw lobsters, a turtle and an ER Group B had a more sedate drift (in the same channel!) found TWO ZEBRA SHARKS, lots of nestring triggerfish including yellowmargin and blue and enjoyed an extended drift through canyons and overhangs
Dive 3
A small current at this site famous for grey shark sightings so the sharks were a little deep and mainly off the reef. We did see Spot the friendly eagle ray who joined us to get her photograph taken. We found two large red-coloured stonefish, several peacock mantis shrimps, a school of Forster's barracudas, beautiful pink, blue and purple anemones with families of blackfoot clownfish, baby white tip sharks hiding under table corals etc.
Night Dive
Magical night dive with Wiggle, Spookie, Donkeyo, Spinner and Lina mantas as the hungrily fed underneath the boat. Some divers were down for nearly 2 hours
Day 6
Cute Zebra sharks this morning from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
THERE WAS A BEAUTIFUL LARGE GREY SHARK AT THE CURRENT POINT WITH SEVERAL LARGE REMORAS TRAILING FROM HER PECTORAL FINS LIKE A MEDIEAVAL PRINCESS ' TRAILING SLEEVES. There were three other grey sharks plus many batfish and a HUGE school of blue stripe snappers which smothered the southern plateau of the site. Two hawksbill turtles were fighting over a crown jellyfish. So many pyramid butterflyfish, schooling bannerfish, jacks and fusiliers, 2x Chromodirs glenei etc. etc.
Dive 2
MILLIONS OF YELLOWBACK AND NEON FUSILIERS AT THE CURRENT POINT and later, two nurse sharks on the top coral block with their tails crossed (aah! Sweet). Many overhangs all around the thila with lots of seafans, tubastrea and black coral trees etc. A really colourful site.
Dive 3
WHALESHARK! It was rather deep but we managed to keep up with it for a few minutes. Characteristic from it's bent dorsal fin! We also found a tiny juvenile oriental sweetlips, a green turtle, a pair of porcelain crabs et. The shallows were full of goatfish and rudderfish over pristine table corals with pyramid butterflyfish and the sunlight dappling over the reef. Perfect!
Evening Activity
Some guests made a short excursion ashore to visit a local village and for shopping
Day 7
Hungry mantas behind MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
FISH EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!!! ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE SITES AND TODAY JUST PERFECT WITH A NICE CURRENT TO KEEP ALL THE BLUESTRIP SNAPPERS IN TIDY SCHOOLS AND TO PUFF UP THE SPLENDID SOFT CORALS. Spectacular! Millions of fusiliers and snapers, black saddle, brown barbled and a yellow fin grouper, every type of fish, seafans, sea whips, Nepthia and schleonepthia soft corals, crinoids, anemones etc.A lovely photgenic mantis shrimp, Amboin shrimps and good old Maldives sponge snails!
Dive 2
We looked hard for a whale shark but when we didn't get lucky, we went for a drift. We DID see lots of sleeping white tip sharks, a group of 4 tiger cowries with eggs, several sleeping hawksbill turtles, a giant spider conch and a large triton shell
Snorkelling
As soon as we sat down for lunch a WHALE SHARK WAS SPOTTED so we went in to snorkel with a cute 5-6m long male shark. Half an hour later a second one was sighted but we lost it before we had a chance to get in 30 minutes later a 3rd one was seen and we got in again! This was probably the same one as the one we saw yesterday afternoon. By the time we came up we all needed a rest!
Dive 3
Another easy drift dive. We saw an eagle ray, turtles, a comet fish, a large octopus and the top reef was really beautiful with magnificent table corals andschools of big eye crescent tails, gold spot emperors and a very large school of blue tangs marauding through the eggs of the Sargent Majors.
Day 8
Whaleshark! 3 seen today from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Wreck site with schools of batfish and surgeonfish at the bow then a BLACK FROGFISH fishing with its lure extended next to two large fluffy stonefish. Lots of other lovely critters including a tiny smallscale scorpionfish, a giant moray posing in a tyre, many coral groupers amongst the glassfish, large lionfish hunting and lurking in quiet corners and an albino bristletooth tang
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vaavu atoll (Felidhoo)
Dive 2
Squadron of 24 EAGLE RAYS on the front of the channel amongst millions of fusiliers and some white tip sharks. We then had a gentle drift over fantastic coral formations in a narrow channel and then over a coral garden where we also saw a sleeping feathertail ray
Dive 3
WILD NIGHT DIVE WITH AROUND 40 HUNGRY NURSE SHARKS PLUS SEVERAL BLACK TIP REEF SHARKS, PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS AND MANY JACKS AND GIANT TREVALLIES CHASING SCHOOLS OF SILVERSIDES
Nurse shark party behind Sea Spirit as about 20 nurse shark decided to continue their revelries behind the boat!
Day 9
Nurse shark extravaganza from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A small current on the channel front so we crossed the front but only a few large Napoleon wrasses and a few grey sharks round today. We saw several crown jellyfish and an eagle ray up in te water column. On the reef we found a black ribbon eel, a leaf fish, honeycomb morays and the whole reef was smothered in orange and Evan's anthias down to 15m with lots of Lysmata cleaner shrimps
Dive 2
Beautiful yellow soft coral hung caves then lots of long overhangs with every type of seafan sponge, crinoid etc. and very colourful. We found several longnose hawkfish in every black coral tree and there were many different species of wrasse and butterflyfish. Wonderful
Dive 3
We dived the ocean wall approaching from the east and finishing shallow on the top of the thila. The overhangs were stacked and full of sea whips and seafans with soldierfish and even jacks inside. We found two elegant squat lobsters in a featherstar, a yellow leaffish, a Chromodiris glenei nudi and many spearing mantis shrimps hiding in their nests
Day 10
Beautiful yellow soft coral caves from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
On the way to the site a pod of spinner dolphins accompanied the dhoni! THE YELLOW SOFT CORAL CAVES WERE STUNNING TODAY WITH THE CORAL FULLY PLUMPED IN THE LIGHT CURRENT. Tunas and jacks chased fusiliers and mackerels on the wall. We found leaf fish, a Chromodoris tritos nudi, different elegant squat lobsters, and found the school of jacks hanging out in the channel. It was really beautiful today
Dive 2
There are lots of deep overhangs on this dramatic ocean reef. We found octopus and several honeycomb morays, leaf fish, thicklip and Maori wrasses, spiny lobsters, Orzak's flatworm, stonefish and scorpionfish. The reeftop was covered in yellow and purple Evan's anthias
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
The ledges and coral blocks were smothered with orange anthias and so many Bruuni, Lysmata and banded coral shrimps busy cleaning fish and hiding blackcheek morays. We also saw several beautiful honeycomb morays, a yellow leaffish, a friendly Napoleon wrasse who was busy hunting on the reef and ignored us watching him.
Night Dive
A great critter night dive. We found a large sleeping starry puffer and several parrotfish, a Phidian nudi, a decorator crab covered in zooanthids, arrowhead crabs, several types of hingebeak shrimps, a spotted snake eel, several undulate morays and an enormous pink stonefish
Day 11
Thousands of blue tangs create a Maldives rush hour from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
EN EXCEPTIONAL DIVE TO END ON WITH SCHOOLS OF BLACK AND WHITE SNAPPERS, SILVER SWEETLIPS AND BIG EYE JACKS AT THE CURRENT POINT AND THEN MANY GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES ALONG THE REEF INCLUDING SEVERAL LARGE PREGNANT FEMALES AND AROUND 20 JUVENILES TOGETHER. SOME OF THE GROUP FOLLOWED A SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS BACK TO THE CURRENT POINT. A REAL WOW DIVE!
We motored back towards Male' getting back in time for lunch. An excursion to Male' was offered during the afternoon but most guests remained onboard and just relaxed.
Guest Transfer
One guest transferred to airport for travel back to Europe after dinner
Day 12
Eagle ray show from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Remaining guests transferred to a