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SN001 23 Nov 2014 to 30 Nov 2014 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Guests transferred from International flights to MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Can you believe the luck of two guests!! Who dropped in the water right in front of a small Manta barrel rolling at the surface within the 1st minute of the dive, Great Hawksbills, Many Tuna, Whitetip Sharks, 100’s and 100’s of convict tangs along the reef top.
Day 1
Scuba diving on the MV Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
Spent the whole dive with Mantas coming and going with 3 together at the end. 1 large female being closely followed by 2 males.
Dive 2
This was a lovely dive with Eagle Rays throughout the dive. Huge shoals of Bluestripe Snappers and Humphead Snappers, Very friendly Green Turtle, Leaf fish, Huge shoals of Reef Fish hanging out around the coral blocks on the reef top, Whitetip Sharks, Huge shoal of Batfish.
Day 2
Manta in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Well, what can i say but Fish Soup! The whole site was buzzing with life and all the guests loved it .
Dive 2
Lovely blue water, Eagle Rays and Grey sharks swimming around off the deep Spur, 3 Leaf Fish, Huge Tuna, Batfish, Napoleons, a large shoal of Bigeye jacks, Whitetip Sharks .
Dive 3
Another FAB Fishy dive with great visibility and a small in-current.
Day 3
Green Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Early morning dive but with no luck finding Hammerhead Sharks. It was great watching the reef life wake up and start getting very active with plenty of smaller fish being chased around. Grey Sharks, Eagle Rays, Tuna, Whitetip Sharks, Blacktip Sharks. The last part of the dive along the shallow reef top was lovely.
Dive 2
Large shoal of Bigeye Jacks down along the sand, Batfish being cleaned, Small Whitetip Sharks swimming around , Octopus, Juvenile Whitetip Sharks resting under the table coral. A couple of us stayed on the front of the thila to watch the 3 Grey Sharks coming in closer and closer.
Dive 3
Very pleasant late afternoon dive. Juvenile Grey Sharks charging around the deep pinnacles while the adult Grey Sharks hung out on the South West Pinnacle, Hawksbills, Octopus, Bannerfish hanging out in the current, Tuna charging at the fusiliers.
Night Dive
WOW WOW WOW WOW!! We had 4 female Mantas stay with us for the whole dive which was totally amazing to watch.
Day 4
WOW, night diving with MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
I absolutely LOVE this site, with its overhangs full of lovely blue soft coral and wall to wall Bluestripe Snappers. We finished the dive drifting over all the great table corals along the top.
Dive 2
Great drift dive with great blue water, Whitetip Sharks for the whole dive. Grey Shaks, Silvertip Sharks, Eagle Rays, Jenkins Rays, HUGE shoals of Bluestripe Snappers plus a young male Manta which came in for a clean.
Dive 3
One Manta Fly by plus Two Eagle Rays, Grey and Whitetip Sharks, Hawksbills, Octopus. But WOW, the whole water column was full of small Redtooth Triggerfish.
Day 5
Scuba Diving in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
We had the most friendly WHALE SHARK ALL TO OURSELVES and it was very clear water that even the non-diver had a snorkel with it.
Dive 2
Gentle drift along the reef with Whitetip Sharks after Whitetip Sharks. 5 Nurse Sharks, 1 Eagle Ray, Large shoal of Yellowspot Snappers and Bluestripe Snappers, White mouth Moray, Strange White Porcelain Crabs, Octopus.
Dive 3
We flew along the reef but WOW, the pinnacles were stunning with all that lovely orange and pink soft coral all puffed out to its full glory. Some of the guests followed Dave to cross the channel where they had Greysharks and Whitetip Sharks, Eagle Rays, Huge shoal of Bigeye Jacks, Jenkins Ray and Marble Rays, 2 Leaf Fish.
Night Dive
Had a very EXCITING night dive with Nurse Sharks all over us and 2 different types of Rays, Giant Trevallies charging around.
Day 6
Shark in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Couple of Whitetip Sharks, Huge shoal of Bigeye Jacks, many Honeycomb Morays, Very funny Hawksbill Turtles, Tuna. The reef top was lovely as it was full of Basslets and Glass Fish.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing back to Male. Some of the guests had fun in the spa on the Sundeck while all the dive gear was washed and hung out to dry.
Day 7
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Guest Transfer
All guests to the airport ready for the flights home or transfers to resorts.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Guests transferred from International flights to MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Can you believe the luck of two guests!! Who dropped in the water right in front of a small Manta barrel rolling at the surface within the 1st minute of the dive, Great Hawksbills, Many Tuna, Whitetip Sharks, 100’s and 100’s of convict tangs along the reef top.
Day 1
Scuba diving on the MV Sunset Queen, the Maldives
Dive 1
Spent the whole dive with Mantas coming and going with 3 together at the end. 1 large female being closely followed by 2 males.
Dive 2
This was a lovely dive with Eagle Rays throughout the dive. Huge shoals of Bluestripe Snappers and Humphead Snappers, Very friendly Green Turtle, Leaf fish, Huge shoals of Reef Fish hanging out around the coral blocks on the reef top, Whitetip Sharks, Huge shoal of Batfish.
Day 2
Manta in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Well, what can i say but Fish Soup! The whole site was buzzing with life and all the guests loved it .
Dive 2
Lovely blue water, Eagle Rays and Grey sharks swimming around off the deep Spur, 3 Leaf Fish, Huge Tuna, Batfish, Napoleons, a large shoal of Bigeye jacks, Whitetip Sharks .
Dive 3
Another FAB Fishy dive with great visibility and a small in-current.
Day 3
Green Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Early morning dive but with no luck finding Hammerhead Sharks. It was great watching the reef life wake up and start getting very active with plenty of smaller fish being chased around. Grey Sharks, Eagle Rays, Tuna, Whitetip Sharks, Blacktip Sharks. The last part of the dive along the shallow reef top was lovely.
Dive 2
Large shoal of Bigeye Jacks down along the sand, Batfish being cleaned, Small Whitetip Sharks swimming around , Octopus, Juvenile Whitetip Sharks resting under the table coral. A couple of us stayed on the front of the thila to watch the 3 Grey Sharks coming in closer and closer.
Dive 3
Very pleasant late afternoon dive. Juvenile Grey Sharks charging around the deep pinnacles while the adult Grey Sharks hung out on the South West Pinnacle, Hawksbills, Octopus, Bannerfish hanging out in the current, Tuna charging at the fusiliers.
Night Dive
WOW WOW WOW WOW!! We had 4 female Mantas stay with us for the whole dive which was totally amazing to watch.
Day 4
WOW, night diving with MV Sunset Queen
Dive 1
I absolutely LOVE this site, with its overhangs full of lovely blue soft coral and wall to wall Bluestripe Snappers. We finished the dive drifting over all the great table corals along the top.
Dive 2
Great drift dive with great blue water, Whitetip Sharks for the whole dive. Grey Shaks, Silvertip Sharks, Eagle Rays, Jenkins Rays, HUGE shoals of Bluestripe Snappers plus a young male Manta which came in for a clean.
Dive 3
One Manta Fly by plus Two Eagle Rays, Grey and Whitetip Sharks, Hawksbills, Octopus. But WOW, the whole water column was full of small Redtooth Triggerfish.
Day 5
Scuba Diving in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
We had the most friendly WHALE SHARK ALL TO OURSELVES and it was very clear water that even the non-diver had a snorkel with it.
Dive 2
Gentle drift along the reef with Whitetip Sharks after Whitetip Sharks. 5 Nurse Sharks, 1 Eagle Ray, Large shoal of Yellowspot Snappers and Bluestripe Snappers, White mouth Moray, Strange White Porcelain Crabs, Octopus.
Dive 3
We flew along the reef but WOW, the pinnacles were stunning with all that lovely orange and pink soft coral all puffed out to its full glory. Some of the guests followed Dave to cross the channel where they had Greysharks and Whitetip Sharks, Eagle Rays, Huge shoal of Bigeye Jacks, Jenkins Ray and Marble Rays, 2 Leaf Fish.
Night Dive
Had a very EXCITING night dive with Nurse Sharks all over us and 2 different types of Rays, Giant Trevallies charging around.
Day 6
Shark in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen.
Dive 1
Couple of Whitetip Sharks, Huge shoal of Bigeye Jacks, many Honeycomb Morays, Very funny Hawksbill Turtles, Tuna. The reef top was lovely as it was full of Basslets and Glass Fish.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing back to Male. Some of the guests had fun in the spa on the Sundeck while all the dive gear was washed and hung out to dry.
Day 7
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sunset Queen
Guest Transfer
All guests to the airport ready for the flights home or transfers to resorts.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS449 9 Nov 2014 to 21 Nov 2014 Manta Research Expedition - Nov 14 (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Male' International airport and transferred to Sea Spirit early morning
Dive 1
Check dive at ocean reef and an auspicious start with TWO MANTA RAYS passing by several times, a PINK WHIPRAY, MANGROVE WHIPRAY, SCHOOL OF MOBULAS, white spotted grouper, a hawksbill turtle etc. Lovely!
Day 1
Dense schools of snappers and other reef fish from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
AN AWESOME DIVE WITH 13 MANTA RAYS AND UP TO 8 AT ANY ONE TIME BUSILY BEING CLEANED AT THE CORAL BLOCKS. They were quite curious of us and swam over and past us having a really good look at us! There were also many spotted and silver garden eels, a very large lionfish, many pinkbar gobies with their pistol shrimps, tiger cowries etc.
Dive 2
An out-current in the channel so we dived the ocean reef and went looking for critters as well as larger things. We found a large STONEFISH buried in the sand with just it's face peering out, a pair of yellow leaf fish, several banded coral shrimps and lysmata shrimps, large and small Napoleon wrasses, EAGLE RAYS, octopus, a large tuna scatterring fusiliers, white tip sharks, mobulas, collared butterflyfish and Sgt Majors laying eggs.
Dive 3
A very fishy site with schools of goldspot emperors, bluestripe, humpback and yellow snapers on the reef plus a large school ofblack and white snappers off the reef. A FEATHERTAIL STINGRAY swam past, we found a porcelain crab in a carpet anemone with a green leaf fish nearby, a manta fly-by, a GREEN TURTLE, many harlequin and oriental sweetlips and a large school of marauding convict tangs
Day 2
Two mantas interacting at a cleaning station from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
An ocean reef corner where we saw two ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, a MOBULA JAPONICA (Spine-tail devil ray), several white tip sharks, a nurse shark, bannerfish, harlequin sweetlips and a glorious flatworm.
Dive 2
A very strong and whily current at this ocean-facing thila so we hooked in on the current point and watched the sharks, eagle ray and giant trevallies struggling in the current! There were streams and streams of spot-tail fusiliers. We found a nurse shark in a block and then had a long drift ascent. Wheeeee!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
Such a great dive site where just about anything can be seen and delivered several cruising grey sharks plus white tip sharks, some ENORMOUS toothsome dogtooth tunas, two gold/white leaf fish, several undulate morays, lysmata shrimps, 3x spearing mantis shrimps, a very friendly turtle, very friendly longfin batfish, a Napoleon wrasse being cleaned, giant trevally chasing red-tooth triggerfish and so much more!
Day 3
A sleeping tawny nurse shark from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at this superb ocean reef site with several grey sharks and white tips, schooling big-eye jacks, mackerel scads, rainbow runners, tunas etc. We found 4 spearing mantis shrimps this time and a purple/white elegant squat lobster in a featherstar.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
There were FOUR GREY SHARKS CRUISING the dropoff for the majority of the dive plus several white tips, Forsters and chevron barracudas, bluestripe snappers, goldspot emperors, big-eye crescent tails etc. We found a baby white tip under a table coral and a Bruuni shrimp busy cleaning s sabre squirrelfish
Dive 3
We were delighted to find so many juvenile grey sharks at this classic Maldives thila site. They were cruising the coral pinnacles and not afraid of divers. The white tip s ahrks were also out in good numbers and we found friendly hawksbill turtles, a pair of large ugly stonefish, many schooling bannerfish, several tiny cute Clarke's anemonefish in bubble anemones and a long school of bonito (skipjack) tunas passed by
No mantas in the lagoon tonight :-(
Day 4
Diver drifting over gorgonia corals in the Maldives
Dive 1
Another classic Maldives thila with GREY SHARKS cruising the drop off and large schools of fusiliers being coralled and forming baitballs chased by giant trevallies and bluefin jacks. There was a large schools of longfin batfish and a scholl of ~30 remoras looking for a new host kept trying to cling onto divers! The hawksbill turtles on the reeftop were friendly and photogenic. The school of bluestripe snappers seems to have exploded in number and covers the whole southern reef!
Dive 2
Blue and pink SOFT CORAL COVERED pinnacles and overhangs with reef fish buzzing over the tops of the pinnacles and swarms of anthias bouncing out of the reef. We found a peacock mantis shrimp, several types of morays and many bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
Pretty seafans and soft corals covered this 'gingerbread' wreck hiding many small groupers and lionfish. The thila was a mass of bubble and magnificent anemones with families of Clarke's and Maldives anemonefish and then we had a manta fly-by on the main reef
Night Dive
There were FIVE FRIENDLY AND FUN MANTA RAYS througout the evening at the back of Sea Spirit. Our dive was up-close and personal and extremely fun.
Day 5
Amazing night dive with manta rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
STUNNING BLUE, YELLOW, PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL COVERED PINNACLES AND OVERHANGS with several grey sharks of all sizes mooching around and many white tip reef sharks sleeping in the sand. An enormous school of blue stripe snappers were congregated in one overhang and there was a large school of painted sweetlips plus a pair of giant barracudas, Indian bannerfish etc.
Dive 2
LOTS OF WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS over the deep sand area, some sleeping and some swimming about. The big coral blocks were covered in snappers, sweetlips, emperors and goatfish. We watched an octopus and swirling big eye jacks and then went for a long drift into the channel. Towards the inside the reef wall is full of small overhangs and we met a gang of Napoleons ranging from 30cm juveniles to two huge male blue adults.
Dive 3
Beautiful overhangs full of pastel pink, yellow and mauve soft corals, seafans, seawhips and multicoloured ascidians and featherstars. We also saw several grey sharks, an egle ray, large tunas, many soldierfish, indian bannerfish, and lots of pyramid and saddleback butterflyfish on the reef top
Day 6
Beautiful soft coral hung overhangs from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A slow drift through PINK AND ORANGE OFT CORAL HUNG canyons and overhangs. The varieties and qualities of the corals were excellent. We saw a large mappa puffer, a spearing mantis shrimp in it's nest, white tip sharks, tunas, emperors etc.
Dive 2
A really chilled dive on this ocean-facing reef. We saw a PAIR OR EAGLE RAYS AND TWO LARGE PREGNANT ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS in the sand then schools of Indian bannerfish, crown quirrelfish and goldspot emperors plus a white mouthed moray and a very friendly turtle. Ther was a pair of courting octopus and we saw he male hand over his present to the female!
Snorkelling
Just as we were seating for lunch we saw a WHALE SHARK SWIM UNDERNEATH SEA SPIRIT SO WE PUT OUR FINS AND SNORKELS ON AND SWAM WITH HIM FOR THE NEXT 45 MINUTES BY WHICH TIME EVERYONE WAS EXHAUSTED AND HUNGRY!!!
Dive 3
Easy drift dive on ocean reef. We saw a SHORT FINNED MOBULA RAY, turtle, pink scorpionfish, a sponge snail, several guineafowl puffrs and a man-eating (7cm long) jewelled dameselfish bit Yvonne :-(
A stunning sunset over the south of the atoll and later, a pair of pink whiprays and a busy tuna under the boat at anchorage!
Day 7
A friendly but fast whale shark seen from MV Sea Spirit
A classic Maldives thila, smothered in bluestripe snappers and beautiful pink seafans covering the deeper walls below 20m. There were several large brownmarbled groupers out and about plus a few white tips, a peacock mantis shrimp, an octopus, a pair of shortheaded shrimps in an adhesive anemone and a round ribbontail ray on top of the reef who stayed in the same place for the whole dive enjoying a clean by two bluestreak cleaner wrasses.
Dive 2
WOW, WHAT A MANTA SHOW! With 8 different mantas coming to visit the cleaning station and swooping over our heads and showing off to eachother. For those that were also looking around, we saw many garden eels plus gobies and pistol shrimps, sand perches and gobies mouth-filtering the sand.
Dive 3
This is a famous site to see turtles and sure enough, we found around four friendly hawksbills. There were black coral trees full of sweepers plus sponge formations and penguin oysters. We also saw some white tip sharks, blue fin jacks chasing fusiliers, schooling bannerfish and lots of different morays
Day 8
Beautiful manta show on MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
A wreck with lots of nice animals! We found a stonefish, a Chromodoris glenei nudi, piano blennies peering out of holes, a spearing mantis shrimp, a school of ~200 Forster's barracudas and a pod of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins passed by. After the dive we attempted to snorkel with them but they swam underneath us so we only got the briefest glimpse as they went past!
Dive 2
ANOTHER AMAZING MANTA SHOW, this time 10 different mantas and one with three very pesky remoras! Another female with an ardent male suitor who followed her wherever she went.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
There were large schools of silversides all along the westernface of the reef and they were being herded by dogtooth and bonito tunas and giant trevallies. Large schools of surgeonfish and fusiliers were also hanging out on the wall. We also found a group of 5 Chromodoris tritos, a yellow leaf fish, an octopus, a large yellow grouper, and found lovely bright-purple magnifica anemones on the reef slope.
Day 9
Divers with a large school of bluestripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Turbulent currents in the channels and even the ocean reef was stirred up with mixed currents and we did not get a straightforward drift. WE saw several Napoleon wrasses, a green turtle, a white leaf fish and lots of nepthia soft coral covered blocks full of anthias and small groupers
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
More mixed up currents at this channel site. There were many oceanic triggerfish on the channel front plus schools of black and white snappers and a solitary grey shark! The outer reef wall was punctuated with many small overhangs full of soldierfish and the reef wall was buzzing with anthias and small reef fish. Three MANTA RAYS SWAM PAST!
Dive 3
Brisk, then slow drift on channel corner site. We descended into an enormous school of red snappers and then past a few white tips. The current on the front was pushing against us so we slowly swam along the wall and drifted back. There were humpback, black and white and midnight snappers, black cheek morays with Lysmata cleaning shrimps, a white mouthed moray and THREE MANTA RAYS SWAM PAST AGAIN!
Night Dive
EXCITING DIVE WITH ~40 TAWNY NURSE SHARKS FORAGING AND AGGREGATING INTO A LARGE SCHOOL, ALSO PINK WHIPRAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS AND MANY GIANT TREVALLIES
Day 10
Dive 1
Channel drift with white tips and a few grey sharks plus a large mixed school of snappers and big eye jacks at the current point.The outside reef makes a lovely wall full of orange anthias with banded coral shrimps, Bruuni cleaners, two yellow leaf fish and reef fish of all types in the shallows
Dive 2
Great macro site with several BLUE AND BLACK RIBBON EELS, a spearing plus a peacock mantis shrimp, octopus, many lionfish in ambush mode, and a lovely reef wall with anthias and patches of glassfish in overhangs
Dive 3
AWESOME DIVE! WE SAW EVERYTHING! Several honeycomb morays, huge dogtooth tunas cruising the wall chasing fusiliers, giant trevallies, white tip sharks, green and hawksbill turtles, EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS on the current corner, leaf fish, leopard flounder, so many soldierfish and snappers. WOW!
Day 11
White tip reef shark with large school of big eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner with lovely coral blocks full of groupers, anthias and beautiful pastel coloured nepthia soft corals. We saw several hawksbill turtles and one was very friendly. White tips, tunas and jacks cruised the wall. We found a pair of porcelain crabs in a carpet anemone. Just lovely!
Travel back towards Male' and our evening anchorage. A relaxing afternoon onboard as noone wanted to visit Male'
Day 12
Honeycomb morays are common at east side of atoll sites. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests to airport or to Male' for international flights or stays in hotels
Day 13
Beautiful flat sea conditions this trip on Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Male' International airport and transferred to Sea Spirit early morning
Dive 1
Check dive at ocean reef and an auspicious start with TWO MANTA RAYS passing by several times, a PINK WHIPRAY, MANGROVE WHIPRAY, SCHOOL OF MOBULAS, white spotted grouper, a hawksbill turtle etc. Lovely!
Day 1
Dense schools of snappers and other reef fish from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
AN AWESOME DIVE WITH 13 MANTA RAYS AND UP TO 8 AT ANY ONE TIME BUSILY BEING CLEANED AT THE CORAL BLOCKS. They were quite curious of us and swam over and past us having a really good look at us! There were also many spotted and silver garden eels, a very large lionfish, many pinkbar gobies with their pistol shrimps, tiger cowries etc.
Dive 2
An out-current in the channel so we dived the ocean reef and went looking for critters as well as larger things. We found a large STONEFISH buried in the sand with just it's face peering out, a pair of yellow leaf fish, several banded coral shrimps and lysmata shrimps, large and small Napoleon wrasses, EAGLE RAYS, octopus, a large tuna scatterring fusiliers, white tip sharks, mobulas, collared butterflyfish and Sgt Majors laying eggs.
Dive 3
A very fishy site with schools of goldspot emperors, bluestripe, humpback and yellow snapers on the reef plus a large school ofblack and white snappers off the reef. A FEATHERTAIL STINGRAY swam past, we found a porcelain crab in a carpet anemone with a green leaf fish nearby, a manta fly-by, a GREEN TURTLE, many harlequin and oriental sweetlips and a large school of marauding convict tangs
Day 2
Two mantas interacting at a cleaning station from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
An ocean reef corner where we saw two ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, a MOBULA JAPONICA (Spine-tail devil ray), several white tip sharks, a nurse shark, bannerfish, harlequin sweetlips and a glorious flatworm.
Dive 2
A very strong and whily current at this ocean-facing thila so we hooked in on the current point and watched the sharks, eagle ray and giant trevallies struggling in the current! There were streams and streams of spot-tail fusiliers. We found a nurse shark in a block and then had a long drift ascent. Wheeeee!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
Such a great dive site where just about anything can be seen and delivered several cruising grey sharks plus white tip sharks, some ENORMOUS toothsome dogtooth tunas, two gold/white leaf fish, several undulate morays, lysmata shrimps, 3x spearing mantis shrimps, a very friendly turtle, very friendly longfin batfish, a Napoleon wrasse being cleaned, giant trevally chasing red-tooth triggerfish and so much more!
Day 3
A sleeping tawny nurse shark from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at this superb ocean reef site with several grey sharks and white tips, schooling big-eye jacks, mackerel scads, rainbow runners, tunas etc. We found 4 spearing mantis shrimps this time and a purple/white elegant squat lobster in a featherstar.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
There were FOUR GREY SHARKS CRUISING the dropoff for the majority of the dive plus several white tips, Forsters and chevron barracudas, bluestripe snappers, goldspot emperors, big-eye crescent tails etc. We found a baby white tip under a table coral and a Bruuni shrimp busy cleaning s sabre squirrelfish
Dive 3
We were delighted to find so many juvenile grey sharks at this classic Maldives thila site. They were cruising the coral pinnacles and not afraid of divers. The white tip s ahrks were also out in good numbers and we found friendly hawksbill turtles, a pair of large ugly stonefish, many schooling bannerfish, several tiny cute Clarke's anemonefish in bubble anemones and a long school of bonito (skipjack) tunas passed by
No mantas in the lagoon tonight :-(
Day 4
Diver drifting over gorgonia corals in the Maldives
Dive 1
Another classic Maldives thila with GREY SHARKS cruising the drop off and large schools of fusiliers being coralled and forming baitballs chased by giant trevallies and bluefin jacks. There was a large schools of longfin batfish and a scholl of ~30 remoras looking for a new host kept trying to cling onto divers! The hawksbill turtles on the reeftop were friendly and photogenic. The school of bluestripe snappers seems to have exploded in number and covers the whole southern reef!
Dive 2
Blue and pink SOFT CORAL COVERED pinnacles and overhangs with reef fish buzzing over the tops of the pinnacles and swarms of anthias bouncing out of the reef. We found a peacock mantis shrimp, several types of morays and many bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
Pretty seafans and soft corals covered this 'gingerbread' wreck hiding many small groupers and lionfish. The thila was a mass of bubble and magnificent anemones with families of Clarke's and Maldives anemonefish and then we had a manta fly-by on the main reef
Night Dive
There were FIVE FRIENDLY AND FUN MANTA RAYS througout the evening at the back of Sea Spirit. Our dive was up-close and personal and extremely fun.
Day 5
Amazing night dive with manta rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
STUNNING BLUE, YELLOW, PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL COVERED PINNACLES AND OVERHANGS with several grey sharks of all sizes mooching around and many white tip reef sharks sleeping in the sand. An enormous school of blue stripe snappers were congregated in one overhang and there was a large school of painted sweetlips plus a pair of giant barracudas, Indian bannerfish etc.
Dive 2
LOTS OF WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS over the deep sand area, some sleeping and some swimming about. The big coral blocks were covered in snappers, sweetlips, emperors and goatfish. We watched an octopus and swirling big eye jacks and then went for a long drift into the channel. Towards the inside the reef wall is full of small overhangs and we met a gang of Napoleons ranging from 30cm juveniles to two huge male blue adults.
Dive 3
Beautiful overhangs full of pastel pink, yellow and mauve soft corals, seafans, seawhips and multicoloured ascidians and featherstars. We also saw several grey sharks, an egle ray, large tunas, many soldierfish, indian bannerfish, and lots of pyramid and saddleback butterflyfish on the reef top
Day 6
Beautiful soft coral hung overhangs from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A slow drift through PINK AND ORANGE OFT CORAL HUNG canyons and overhangs. The varieties and qualities of the corals were excellent. We saw a large mappa puffer, a spearing mantis shrimp in it's nest, white tip sharks, tunas, emperors etc.
Dive 2
A really chilled dive on this ocean-facing reef. We saw a PAIR OR EAGLE RAYS AND TWO LARGE PREGNANT ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS in the sand then schools of Indian bannerfish, crown quirrelfish and goldspot emperors plus a white mouthed moray and a very friendly turtle. Ther was a pair of courting octopus and we saw he male hand over his present to the female!
Snorkelling
Just as we were seating for lunch we saw a WHALE SHARK SWIM UNDERNEATH SEA SPIRIT SO WE PUT OUR FINS AND SNORKELS ON AND SWAM WITH HIM FOR THE NEXT 45 MINUTES BY WHICH TIME EVERYONE WAS EXHAUSTED AND HUNGRY!!!
Dive 3
Easy drift dive on ocean reef. We saw a SHORT FINNED MOBULA RAY, turtle, pink scorpionfish, a sponge snail, several guineafowl puffrs and a man-eating (7cm long) jewelled dameselfish bit Yvonne :-(
A stunning sunset over the south of the atoll and later, a pair of pink whiprays and a busy tuna under the boat at anchorage!
Day 7
A friendly but fast whale shark seen from MV Sea Spirit
A classic Maldives thila, smothered in bluestripe snappers and beautiful pink seafans covering the deeper walls below 20m. There were several large brownmarbled groupers out and about plus a few white tips, a peacock mantis shrimp, an octopus, a pair of shortheaded shrimps in an adhesive anemone and a round ribbontail ray on top of the reef who stayed in the same place for the whole dive enjoying a clean by two bluestreak cleaner wrasses.
Dive 2
WOW, WHAT A MANTA SHOW! With 8 different mantas coming to visit the cleaning station and swooping over our heads and showing off to eachother. For those that were also looking around, we saw many garden eels plus gobies and pistol shrimps, sand perches and gobies mouth-filtering the sand.
Dive 3
This is a famous site to see turtles and sure enough, we found around four friendly hawksbills. There were black coral trees full of sweepers plus sponge formations and penguin oysters. We also saw some white tip sharks, blue fin jacks chasing fusiliers, schooling bannerfish and lots of different morays
Day 8
Beautiful manta show on MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
A wreck with lots of nice animals! We found a stonefish, a Chromodoris glenei nudi, piano blennies peering out of holes, a spearing mantis shrimp, a school of ~200 Forster's barracudas and a pod of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins passed by. After the dive we attempted to snorkel with them but they swam underneath us so we only got the briefest glimpse as they went past!
Dive 2
ANOTHER AMAZING MANTA SHOW, this time 10 different mantas and one with three very pesky remoras! Another female with an ardent male suitor who followed her wherever she went.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
There were large schools of silversides all along the westernface of the reef and they were being herded by dogtooth and bonito tunas and giant trevallies. Large schools of surgeonfish and fusiliers were also hanging out on the wall. We also found a group of 5 Chromodoris tritos, a yellow leaf fish, an octopus, a large yellow grouper, and found lovely bright-purple magnifica anemones on the reef slope.
Day 9
Divers with a large school of bluestripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Turbulent currents in the channels and even the ocean reef was stirred up with mixed currents and we did not get a straightforward drift. WE saw several Napoleon wrasses, a green turtle, a white leaf fish and lots of nepthia soft coral covered blocks full of anthias and small groupers
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
More mixed up currents at this channel site. There were many oceanic triggerfish on the channel front plus schools of black and white snappers and a solitary grey shark! The outer reef wall was punctuated with many small overhangs full of soldierfish and the reef wall was buzzing with anthias and small reef fish. Three MANTA RAYS SWAM PAST!
Dive 3
Brisk, then slow drift on channel corner site. We descended into an enormous school of red snappers and then past a few white tips. The current on the front was pushing against us so we slowly swam along the wall and drifted back. There were humpback, black and white and midnight snappers, black cheek morays with Lysmata cleaning shrimps, a white mouthed moray and THREE MANTA RAYS SWAM PAST AGAIN!
Night Dive
EXCITING DIVE WITH ~40 TAWNY NURSE SHARKS FORAGING AND AGGREGATING INTO A LARGE SCHOOL, ALSO PINK WHIPRAYS, ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS AND MANY GIANT TREVALLIES
Day 10
Dive 1
Channel drift with white tips and a few grey sharks plus a large mixed school of snappers and big eye jacks at the current point.The outside reef makes a lovely wall full of orange anthias with banded coral shrimps, Bruuni cleaners, two yellow leaf fish and reef fish of all types in the shallows
Dive 2
Great macro site with several BLUE AND BLACK RIBBON EELS, a spearing plus a peacock mantis shrimp, octopus, many lionfish in ambush mode, and a lovely reef wall with anthias and patches of glassfish in overhangs
Dive 3
AWESOME DIVE! WE SAW EVERYTHING! Several honeycomb morays, huge dogtooth tunas cruising the wall chasing fusiliers, giant trevallies, white tip sharks, green and hawksbill turtles, EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS on the current corner, leaf fish, leopard flounder, so many soldierfish and snappers. WOW!
Day 11
White tip reef shark with large school of big eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner with lovely coral blocks full of groupers, anthias and beautiful pastel coloured nepthia soft corals. We saw several hawksbill turtles and one was very friendly. White tips, tunas and jacks cruised the wall. We found a pair of porcelain crabs in a carpet anemone. Just lovely!
Travel back towards Male' and our evening anchorage. A relaxing afternoon onboard as noone wanted to visit Male'
Day 12
Honeycomb morays are common at east side of atoll sites. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests to airport or to Male' for international flights or stays in hotels
Day 13
Beautiful flat sea conditions this trip on Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Sea Spirit SS448b 2 Nov 2014 to 9 Nov 2014 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Once the guests were back on MV Sea Spirit, we filled in paperwork followed by preparing the dive gear.
Dive 1
Lovely check dive with many white tip sharks, hawksbill turtle, 4 pairs of porcelain crabs, so many morays, pair of whiptail rays. A pair of Octopus putting on a fab mating display, freeway of fusiliers throughout the dive.
Day 1
Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Best way to describe this dive was fish soup, every inch was covered in Glass fish being charged at by Bluefin, Tuna, large shoal of Chevron Barracuda, Sting ray, Eagle ray, Peacock mantis shrimps plus fab coral and anemones.
Dive 2
3 Mantas, a pair of Green Turtles swimming around each other, so many Peacock Mantis Shrimps, Eagle ray, Whitetip sharks, a huge shoal of Bluestripe Snappers, Tuna, Large shoal of Batfish, the corner was covered in a layer of Basslets and Anthias.
Dive 3
WOW 26+ Mobula!! Eagle ray, Sting ray, Whitetip Sharks. The corner was full of Sweetlips and Redtail Butterflyfish, huge shoal of Midnight snappers. Green Turtle.
Day 2
Scuba Diving in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely pale female being followed by 2 males which was then joined by another male further on, Eagle rays, Octopus, Sue's Flatworm, 2 very friendly Green Turtles, Large group of batfish, Whitetip sharks, Tuna charging at the Fusilier. It was FAB on the reef top with so many reef fish all hanging around allowing us to mix right in with them then finishing with another Manta while doing our stops.
Dive 2
Lovely gentle drift along a very healthy reef with interesting overhangs, pair of Mimic File fish doing a strange mating dance, so many lovely anemones, Scorpion fish, 1 Manta, Whitetip sharks, Freeway of Fusiliers, Longnose Hawk Fish, Whip coral shrimps.
Dive 3
This whole site is a rainbow of soft coral and covered in a layer of Basslets. The anemones on the reef top were amazing and full of anemones fish some protecting eggs, Eagle ray, Large shoal of Bannerfish.
Night Dive
Having a gentle current was good, as all the Jewel Anemones were puffed out in there full glory, Large Whip Coral Shrimp and Goby, Glossodoris and a Phidiana Militaris. My FIRST sighting of a Y-Patterned Moray!!
Day 3
Shark in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
WOW! A huge current making it a hard dive but WOW so much life, a constant freeway of fusiliers, large shoal of Oceanic Triggerfish. In the channel between the pinnacles and the thila it was full of Bigeye Jacks and Midnight Snappers, both Grey sharks and Whitetip Sharks. HUGE shoals of Sweetlips and Bluestripe snappers around the coral blocks, Batfish, Honeycomb Moray.
Dive 2
Dropped down to find a squadron of 27 Eagle rays, Grey sharks going crazy chasing a Giant Trevally around which was so funny to watch. Whitetip sharks, Rainbow Runners, Zillions and zillions of redtooth Triggerfish.
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive meaning we had all the fish close to the reef. You could see it was either be hunted or be the hunter so all the fish seemed on edge, Whitetip Sharks, 3 Leaffish, Large shoal of Batfish some joining us for our stops and a large shoal of Bigeye Jacks.
Day 4
Wow. Sharks in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Early morning dive, so this time all the fish were busy being cleaned which allowed us to get some great photos as we were able to get really close. Couple of Grey Sharks, HUGE Shoal of Bigeye jacks, Batfish as always following us around, Whitetip Sharks, Mobula, Eagle rays, 3 Leaf fish, a Huge Napoleon hunting with a couple of Groupers. It was fish soup on the reef top corner.
Dive 2
Tuna charging the fusiliers sending everything crazy and darting straight towards us, Grey sharks cruising along the top of the reef, Huge shoal of Big Eye's , Batfish, Huge Scorpion fish, Zebra Moray, baby Whitetip Sharks resting under the Table Coral's,Peacock Mantis Shrimp.
Dive 3
Lovely relaxing dive. We stopped to watch the Grey sharks swimming around the deep pinnacles, Whitetip Sharks both at depth and on the top of the Thila. Turtles, Octopus, Stone fish, Mantis Shrimp, Large shoal of Bannerfish, Bluefin and Tuna charging the fusiliers, loads of Surgeon fish enjoying our bubbles while we did our stops.
Day 5
Amazing dive in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Fab dive and great visibility! We had a large shoal of remora come and meet us as we dropped down to the thila. Large shoal of batfish, Huge Shoal of young Amberjacks came buzzing around us, 2 Grey sharks swimming along the reef top, Very cute small Eagle ray, 4 Hawksbills - the two smaller ones seemed to be playing together. The whole site was covered in Bluestripe snappers, Giant Trevallies charging at the fusiliers chasing a huge bait ball.
Dive 2
This is a very pretty and relaxing dive allowing the guests to get there heads down and have a good look around for critters. Very playful Octopus, pair of Banded Pipefish, Longnose hawkfish, Large shoal of Painted Surgeon fish and Juvenile Bluestripe snappers. So many different types of shrimps, Fab coral garden on the top of the thila with so many anemones.
Day 6
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sea spirit.
Dive 1
Snorkel with 5 Mantas before the dive. Then we had the most AMAZING current dive with a wall of Red Snappers on Jack Corner, Large Grey Shark's, Eagle rays hanging alongside the guests. Huge shoal of Surgeon fish then we let go and flew along the Thila. Another BONUS snorkel on the way back to the boat with 2 Manta Rays .... Not a bad way to finish the trip!!!!!!
Daytime Excursion
We popped into Male for shopping and Ice-cream then back to MV Sea Spirit to finish packing and sort through the many FAB Trip Photo's ready for sharing between the guests.
Day 7
Amazing scuba diving in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Guest Transfer
Transferred guests back to Male Airport for their International Flights.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Once the guests were back on MV Sea Spirit, we filled in paperwork followed by preparing the dive gear.
Dive 1
Lovely check dive with many white tip sharks, hawksbill turtle, 4 pairs of porcelain crabs, so many morays, pair of whiptail rays. A pair of Octopus putting on a fab mating display, freeway of fusiliers throughout the dive.
Day 1
Turtle in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Best way to describe this dive was fish soup, every inch was covered in Glass fish being charged at by Bluefin, Tuna, large shoal of Chevron Barracuda, Sting ray, Eagle ray, Peacock mantis shrimps plus fab coral and anemones.
Dive 2
3 Mantas, a pair of Green Turtles swimming around each other, so many Peacock Mantis Shrimps, Eagle ray, Whitetip sharks, a huge shoal of Bluestripe Snappers, Tuna, Large shoal of Batfish, the corner was covered in a layer of Basslets and Anthias.
Dive 3
WOW 26+ Mobula!! Eagle ray, Sting ray, Whitetip Sharks. The corner was full of Sweetlips and Redtail Butterflyfish, huge shoal of Midnight snappers. Green Turtle.
Day 2
Scuba Diving in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely pale female being followed by 2 males which was then joined by another male further on, Eagle rays, Octopus, Sue's Flatworm, 2 very friendly Green Turtles, Large group of batfish, Whitetip sharks, Tuna charging at the Fusilier. It was FAB on the reef top with so many reef fish all hanging around allowing us to mix right in with them then finishing with another Manta while doing our stops.
Dive 2
Lovely gentle drift along a very healthy reef with interesting overhangs, pair of Mimic File fish doing a strange mating dance, so many lovely anemones, Scorpion fish, 1 Manta, Whitetip sharks, Freeway of Fusiliers, Longnose Hawk Fish, Whip coral shrimps.
Dive 3
This whole site is a rainbow of soft coral and covered in a layer of Basslets. The anemones on the reef top were amazing and full of anemones fish some protecting eggs, Eagle ray, Large shoal of Bannerfish.
Night Dive
Having a gentle current was good, as all the Jewel Anemones were puffed out in there full glory, Large Whip Coral Shrimp and Goby, Glossodoris and a Phidiana Militaris. My FIRST sighting of a Y-Patterned Moray!!
Day 3
Shark in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
WOW! A huge current making it a hard dive but WOW so much life, a constant freeway of fusiliers, large shoal of Oceanic Triggerfish. In the channel between the pinnacles and the thila it was full of Bigeye Jacks and Midnight Snappers, both Grey sharks and Whitetip Sharks. HUGE shoals of Sweetlips and Bluestripe snappers around the coral blocks, Batfish, Honeycomb Moray.
Dive 2
Dropped down to find a squadron of 27 Eagle rays, Grey sharks going crazy chasing a Giant Trevally around which was so funny to watch. Whitetip sharks, Rainbow Runners, Zillions and zillions of redtooth Triggerfish.
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive meaning we had all the fish close to the reef. You could see it was either be hunted or be the hunter so all the fish seemed on edge, Whitetip Sharks, 3 Leaffish, Large shoal of Batfish some joining us for our stops and a large shoal of Bigeye Jacks.
Day 4
Wow. Sharks in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Early morning dive, so this time all the fish were busy being cleaned which allowed us to get some great photos as we were able to get really close. Couple of Grey Sharks, HUGE Shoal of Bigeye jacks, Batfish as always following us around, Whitetip Sharks, Mobula, Eagle rays, 3 Leaf fish, a Huge Napoleon hunting with a couple of Groupers. It was fish soup on the reef top corner.
Dive 2
Tuna charging the fusiliers sending everything crazy and darting straight towards us, Grey sharks cruising along the top of the reef, Huge shoal of Big Eye's , Batfish, Huge Scorpion fish, Zebra Moray, baby Whitetip Sharks resting under the Table Coral's,Peacock Mantis Shrimp.
Dive 3
Lovely relaxing dive. We stopped to watch the Grey sharks swimming around the deep pinnacles, Whitetip Sharks both at depth and on the top of the Thila. Turtles, Octopus, Stone fish, Mantis Shrimp, Large shoal of Bannerfish, Bluefin and Tuna charging the fusiliers, loads of Surgeon fish enjoying our bubbles while we did our stops.
Day 5
Amazing dive in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Fab dive and great visibility! We had a large shoal of remora come and meet us as we dropped down to the thila. Large shoal of batfish, Huge Shoal of young Amberjacks came buzzing around us, 2 Grey sharks swimming along the reef top, Very cute small Eagle ray, 4 Hawksbills - the two smaller ones seemed to be playing together. The whole site was covered in Bluestripe snappers, Giant Trevallies charging at the fusiliers chasing a huge bait ball.
Dive 2
This is a very pretty and relaxing dive allowing the guests to get there heads down and have a good look around for critters. Very playful Octopus, pair of Banded Pipefish, Longnose hawkfish, Large shoal of Painted Surgeon fish and Juvenile Bluestripe snappers. So many different types of shrimps, Fab coral garden on the top of the thila with so many anemones.
Day 6
Fish Soup in the Maldives on MV Sea spirit.
Dive 1
Snorkel with 5 Mantas before the dive. Then we had the most AMAZING current dive with a wall of Red Snappers on Jack Corner, Large Grey Shark's, Eagle rays hanging alongside the guests. Huge shoal of Surgeon fish then we let go and flew along the Thila. Another BONUS snorkel on the way back to the boat with 2 Manta Rays .... Not a bad way to finish the trip!!!!!!
Daytime Excursion
We popped into Male for shopping and Ice-cream then back to MV Sea Spirit to finish packing and sort through the many FAB Trip Photo's ready for sharing between the guests.
Day 7
Amazing scuba diving in the Maldives on MV Sea Spirit.
Guest Transfer
Transferred guests back to Male Airport for their International Flights.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS447 12 Oct 2014 to 24 Oct 2014 Equatorial Far South - Huvadhoo/Foammulah/Gan Addu (12 day)
Guest Transfer
The divers arrived from domestic flights from Male' to Gan and were transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive on north-facing ocean reef. There were several longfin batfish following the divers around plus milkfish and goldfinger darts in the shallows. The upper reef slope has patches of superb hard corals full of Evan's anthias and several angelfish species including bluefaced and Empress
Day 1
View across Sea Spirit to Maldives island
Dive 1
Changed site as the sea was rough at the NW corner of the atoll. This site has a long, deep cave and we drifted along the wall covered in small purple seafans and large dark red gorgonia seafans. We met an opposing current so turned around and came back along the lovely shallow reef. We saw a couple of green turtles.
Dive 2
Brisk current at this oceaan reef and channel site. We dropped in on the ocean front and quickly drifted into the channel, past grey sharks and white tip sharks. There was one MANTA RAY at the cleaning station and she swam through most of the divers' bubbles but then swam away.
Dive 3
Easy dive with nice reef fish including big eye emperors, brownmarbled and black saddle groupers, a school of rudderfish, oriental sweetlips, soldierfish, giant morays etc. A large Napoleon wrasse paraded by a few times and a few white tip sharks either slept in the sand or swam past looking for some action.
Day 2
Mrs Tuftee the friendly manta briefly said hello. MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Stern tour of Bristish Loyalty WW2 wreck. We descended towards the bomb hole and expored the dame through to the hull then visited the large engine hold where were saw blacktailed snappers. We carried on toward the prop. and then came back along the deck through the covered area which has excellent black coral and sinoise coral growth. There were many longfin batfish (both adults and juveniles) plus Ptereolidia nudibranchs, reef pipefish etc.
Dive 2
The current was running hard through the channel so we jumped well outside, over deep blue water and then rapidly drifted to the channel front where there were several grey sharks plus a white tip, a school of midnight snappers and barred jacks. No mantas this time (the current was very strong) but we found a grey shark hanging out at the cleaning station! The ascent was rather exciting with strong whirlpools
Dive 3
Ocean reef into a channel drift dive which will be remembered for running the gauntlet of yellow margin triggerfish inside the channel. They were extremely feisty and eyeing up the divers ready to attack! The current was running hard on the ocean side too, so we flew along the lovely hard coral-covered reef past fields of cabbage corals and staghorns, then many porites coral inside the channel with large seafans and patched of nepthia soft coral. There were several large groupers, harlequin sweetlips, snappers and small Napoleon wrasses. The coral blocks shallow in the channel shimmerred with Cooper's anthias
Evening presentation on Manta Ecology and Behaviour
Day 3
Big eye emperor with a eautiful eye from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean corner and reef with a rather surgy drift until we were on the outer reef plateau which is a great hard coral garden with many groupers, Napoleons, a large mappa puffer, bristletooth tangs and for some divers, a fly-by by 2 mantas
Dive 2
Another strong current and still no mantas! We were whizzed through the front of the channel, and the grey sharks were high up in the water column. The current was very boingy and we decided this was something of a bungee dive! We saw a grey shark and a blacktip shark whilst we were hooked in
As we drove through the northern sheltered part of the atoll we saw a pod of spinner dolpins apparently practising their jumps and spins. They kept leaping out of the water without swimming anywhere in particular. Very entertaining!
Dive 3
THIS SITE WAS WONDERFUL THIS AFTERNOON WITH A DRAMATIC WALL COVERED IN GORGONIAS AND PURPLE SEAFANS, MANY GREEN TURTLES (SOME WHICH WERE NOT SO SHY OF DIVERS EITHER!) PLUS TWO SLEEPING NURSE SHARKS IN THE BACK OF THE CAVE, A BEARDED SCORPIONFISH, A PHYLLIDIOPSIS SHIRINAE GREEN NUDIBRANCH, A FEW HAWKSBILL TURTLES AND THE REALLY BEAUTIFUL SHALLOW REEF FULL OF ANTHIAS AND DANSELS OF ALL TYPES
Day 4
Exploring the deep caves in the north of Addu atoll Maldives
Dive 1
Bow tour of British Loyalty wreck via the spare propeller on the sea bed and the collapsed tower and the accomodation areas to the winch and solidified anchor chains. We came back along the starboard rail and found "Burberry" patterned reef pipefish, Amboin shimp next to a carpet anemone, a Bruuni shrimp cleaning s rock cod, a devil scorpionfish, a huge mappa puffer etc.
Dive 2
Gentler current so we were able to enjoy the outside reef and watch a few white tip and grey sharks cruising around on the front of the channel plus all the black and white snappers. We drifted in over the coral covered ridge and there were plenty of reef fish plus schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers. The titan triggerfish were also getting feisty!
Dive 3
Ocean reef with interesting topography. We drifted over a ridge of hard corals interespersed with many leather corals and seafans. We saw a large school of big eye jacks plus a sleeping MANGROVE WHIPRAY amongst the coral blocks and patch reef of the coral garden. In the shallows were acres of hard coral especially Echinopora pacificus, looking like extra- large pale pink cabbage roses. We saw a milk fish, many chromis and blue-pectoral finned humbug damsels amongst the acroporas
Day 5
Schools of snappers are common in the Maldives. Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
There was an out current in the channel so we rode the drift to the coral blocks on the front of the channel where the current dropped off allowing us to explore the large porites formations which seemed to have many reef fish cleaning around. There were a couple of Giant barracudas plus a large school of big eye jacks tightly packed. Along the front were sleeping white tip sharks and brownmarbled groupers. The reef top here has superb hard corals and we saw a couple of Napoleon wrasses, powderblue tangs at cleaning stations, many chromis and Evans and Cooper's anthias.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the equator on the way
Dive 2
Lovely thila with large coral blocks on slope interspersed with large orange seafans which continued down the wall to 35m+.There were lots of nice "finds" including two yellow leaf fish, several elegant squat lobsters in the pale mauve and dark purple featherstars, spiny lobsters in a hole, longnose hawkfish posing in seafans, blue tangs being cleaned and pairs of longnose filefish drifting amongst the acroporas
Night Dive
Night dive at the pretty thila with lots of crustacea including freeswimming Bruuni shrimp and large red common crabs or hermit crabs. We also found a Lambis scorpion conch with it's eye peering out at us, small squid, Strombus snail, a yellow leaf fish, tapestry saron shimps and a curious white tip shark following some of the divers
A beautiful Maldives island provided the backdrop for a stunning sunset
Day 6
Huge school of big eye jacks engulfing divers on Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Back to the pretty thila and this time schools of elongate and sleek surgeonfish were hanging out in the water column and large schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers wafted past, occasionally being pursued by large dogtooth tunas. A little yellow leaf fish had joined one of the adults and there were millions of yellow-purple Evan's anthias pulsating in the Pavona coral area whilst a little grey reef shark cruised around
Dive 2
Out-current drift. It was very fuzzy in the channel but there were several white tip sharks resting on the bottom as we drifted past. On the corner were many anthias and schools of fusiliers but we had to work quite hard against an eddy until we picked up the small longshore. On the ridge were hundreds of pyramid butterflyfish plus groupers and other reef fish and a school of dogtooth tunas cruised past. The ocean reef here is lovely with lots of ledges and a steep dropoff. We saw several green turtles and a couple of Napoleon wrasses
Dive 3
Long channel drift through a valley of corals and large coral blocks along the reef slope. We passed a large FEATHERTAIL RAY and then we sighted several hawksbill and green turtles on the channel front. There was a cold, up-welling, layer on the channel front and the coral blocks were covered in different reefish including several soldierfish varieties and bulls eyes.The shallow reef slope was covered in small acroporas, many with spotted trapezia crabs nestling amongst the fingers of coral
Cocktails on top deck as we watched a beautiful yellow ,then gold, then pink, sunset.
Day 7
Large feathertail ray hiding in sand from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk out-current drift passing several green turtles including a GIANT MALE GREEN TURTLE who stared at us wondering what the fuss was about! A few white tip sharks buzzed around on the channel front and then we investigated the ledges on the front where we found a leaf fish, a (rare) white faced moray, Lysmata shrimps cleaning moray and anthias, and several more hawksbill and green turtles passed us by.
Dive 2
TWO ZEBRA SHARKS! ONE LYING INSIDE THE CHANEL AND THE SECOND ON THE CHANNEL FRONT. So cute! There were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current nearby cleaning stations on the channel front, a white tip shark slleping in a coral block, a pair of white leaf fishes, several green turtles, and the whole crest of the reef was smothered in pulsing anthias
Dive 3
Surprise in-current but rather bad visibility. A ZEBRA SHARK was resting on the corner and then there were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current oin the middle of the channel. We had a swim back to the reef slope and then a gentle drift in over huhe porites coral blocks full of reef fish and several large groupers, several turtles, orange soft corals a scholls of big dogtooth tunas and several large jobfish. The reef top is spectacular!
Day 8
Sleeping Zebra shark, such a pretty animal. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An out-current this time which reversed to an in-current half way through the dive! The reef slope is smothered in large orange seafans and orange schleronepthia plus pastel nepthia soft corals. We found a PAIR OF ZEBRA SHARKS sleeping together and they did not get disturbed! Beautiful! There were several large green turtles, schools of midnight and red snappers, bannerfish, a juvenile bi-colour parrotfish and the upper reef was covered in millions of different chromis, damsels and anthias
Dive 2
Pretty thila with many coral blocks full of glassfish and juvenile cardinals, plus black corals and many colour types of acabaria (yellow, white, orange, brown, pink etc.). There were many different coloured magnificent anemones. Large schools of rainbow runners swept past and the NW area of the reef was covered in blue stripe snappers. We found leaf fish, red groupers, Maldives blennoes and many sand perch. Great site.
Dive 3
Laid-back drift dive along long coral ridge extending from coral garden near a sandbank. There were many glassfish filled coral blocks and just so many fusiliers and surgeonfish. The coral garden had table corals with every type of damsels inclusing the super-cute black and white striped humbugs and blue-highlighted indian dascyllus, also several leaf fish, pink-bar gobies etc.
Beautiful remote reef where we watched a stunning pink and orange sunset
Day 9
White tip shark resting in sand from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Remote thila with deep sides and there were several grey sharks cruising the current point plus a spotted eagle ray and many rainbow runners dashing around. This is always a great macro site and we found Amboin shrimps next to a mustard-yellow adhesive anemone, a pink plus two white leaf fishes, a blue ribbon eel, several lysmata shrimp cleaning morals plus all the regular reef fish
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef with extensive thilas covered in hard corals and reef fish. We found a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK and schools of black and white snappers plus ~12 male white tip sharks chasing a female in courtship. We had a fast drift into the channel passing an EAGLE RAY and a very friendly hawksbill turtle. Fun to fly!
Dive 3
A drift over a reef slope past several large coral blocks and with an interesting topography. The eastern end of the reef was smothered in glassfish and juvenile cardinals with many small groupers in attendance. W found a juvenile oriental swetlips, yellow cube-like box fish, indian bannerfish etc. The north side has a huge coral garden with hard corals extending forever. Beautiful!
Evening Activity
Ashore to explore an uninhabited island with a lovely beach and lots of crabs!
Day 10
Diver with green turtle from Mv Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Fishorama thia! Just so many BIG EYE JACKS swirling around and around the reef, surely they get dizzy! Plus the reeftop was covered by hundreds (if not thousands!) of crescent tailed big eyes plus at the current point were fusiliers and mackerel scads and all the fish were terribly excited. The reef tiop is a magnificent coral garden A MONSTER GIANT BARRACUDA cruised over the top to check out what all the fuss was about.
Dive 2
Easy drift on inside of channels with so many GREEN TURTLES! Both sleepy ones and fireworks! There were also two white tip sharks hiding under big coral block . On the channel front was a large school of Forster's barracudas plus a couple of grey sharks and more white tips sleeping in sandy patches or buzzing along the front. There are large schools of bluestripe snappers, humpback snappers, raccoon and collared butterflyfish hovering over the extensive hard corals on the channel corner
Dive 3
The visibility was "atmospheric" on the channel front but there was plenty of ACTION. We saw A GIANT BARRCUDA (A MONSTER!) SEVERAL ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, A GROUP OF CHASE-COURTING WHITE TIP SHARKS, A LARGE SCHOOL OF AGITATED BIG-EYE JACKS, ENORMOUS TUNAS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS AND A LARGE MAPPA PUFFER. wE ENDED THE DIVE AMONGST THE SCHOOLS OF FISH ON THE CORNER PLUS THE USUAL NUMEROUS GREEN TURTLES.
Day 11
So many BIG EYE CRESCENT TAILS they fill the screen. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A STRONG out-current in the channel so we flew along, only just managing to stop to see a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK. There was a nurse shark in the big block but too strong current for most to stop and look. We passed several confused-looking green turtles too! There was a cold clear water counter current on the channel front and several white tip sharks and many midnight snappers. We slowly swam back to the south reef and all the lovely schools of fish and yet more turtles.
Dive 2
Changed site as the current was so strong! We whizzed along the reef admiring (and avoiding) the table corals as we flew past a beautiful coral garden. No stop until we reached the end of the reef and had some back eddys to slow us down. Nice hawksbill turtle, huge starry puffer and lovely blue-green chromis bouncing in the corals, fusiliers etc.
Afternoon visit to remote sandbank for swimming and snorkelling
Day 12
Blue-green chromis buzzing in the water colum from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Guest Transfer
All the divers transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for their domestic flights to Male' and onward international flights
Day 13
Sandbank island with many sooty terns and MC Sea Spirit in the background
 
Guest Transfer
The divers arrived from domestic flights from Male' to Gan and were transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive on north-facing ocean reef. There were several longfin batfish following the divers around plus milkfish and goldfinger darts in the shallows. The upper reef slope has patches of superb hard corals full of Evan's anthias and several angelfish species including bluefaced and Empress
Day 1
View across Sea Spirit to Maldives island
Dive 1
Changed site as the sea was rough at the NW corner of the atoll. This site has a long, deep cave and we drifted along the wall covered in small purple seafans and large dark red gorgonia seafans. We met an opposing current so turned around and came back along the lovely shallow reef. We saw a couple of green turtles.
Dive 2
Brisk current at this oceaan reef and channel site. We dropped in on the ocean front and quickly drifted into the channel, past grey sharks and white tip sharks. There was one MANTA RAY at the cleaning station and she swam through most of the divers' bubbles but then swam away.
Dive 3
Easy dive with nice reef fish including big eye emperors, brownmarbled and black saddle groupers, a school of rudderfish, oriental sweetlips, soldierfish, giant morays etc. A large Napoleon wrasse paraded by a few times and a few white tip sharks either slept in the sand or swam past looking for some action.
Day 2
Mrs Tuftee the friendly manta briefly said hello. MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Stern tour of Bristish Loyalty WW2 wreck. We descended towards the bomb hole and expored the dame through to the hull then visited the large engine hold where were saw blacktailed snappers. We carried on toward the prop. and then came back along the deck through the covered area which has excellent black coral and sinoise coral growth. There were many longfin batfish (both adults and juveniles) plus Ptereolidia nudibranchs, reef pipefish etc.
Dive 2
The current was running hard through the channel so we jumped well outside, over deep blue water and then rapidly drifted to the channel front where there were several grey sharks plus a white tip, a school of midnight snappers and barred jacks. No mantas this time (the current was very strong) but we found a grey shark hanging out at the cleaning station! The ascent was rather exciting with strong whirlpools
Dive 3
Ocean reef into a channel drift dive which will be remembered for running the gauntlet of yellow margin triggerfish inside the channel. They were extremely feisty and eyeing up the divers ready to attack! The current was running hard on the ocean side too, so we flew along the lovely hard coral-covered reef past fields of cabbage corals and staghorns, then many porites coral inside the channel with large seafans and patched of nepthia soft coral. There were several large groupers, harlequin sweetlips, snappers and small Napoleon wrasses. The coral blocks shallow in the channel shimmerred with Cooper's anthias
Evening presentation on Manta Ecology and Behaviour
Day 3
Big eye emperor with a eautiful eye from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean corner and reef with a rather surgy drift until we were on the outer reef plateau which is a great hard coral garden with many groupers, Napoleons, a large mappa puffer, bristletooth tangs and for some divers, a fly-by by 2 mantas
Dive 2
Another strong current and still no mantas! We were whizzed through the front of the channel, and the grey sharks were high up in the water column. The current was very boingy and we decided this was something of a bungee dive! We saw a grey shark and a blacktip shark whilst we were hooked in
As we drove through the northern sheltered part of the atoll we saw a pod of spinner dolpins apparently practising their jumps and spins. They kept leaping out of the water without swimming anywhere in particular. Very entertaining!
Dive 3
THIS SITE WAS WONDERFUL THIS AFTERNOON WITH A DRAMATIC WALL COVERED IN GORGONIAS AND PURPLE SEAFANS, MANY GREEN TURTLES (SOME WHICH WERE NOT SO SHY OF DIVERS EITHER!) PLUS TWO SLEEPING NURSE SHARKS IN THE BACK OF THE CAVE, A BEARDED SCORPIONFISH, A PHYLLIDIOPSIS SHIRINAE GREEN NUDIBRANCH, A FEW HAWKSBILL TURTLES AND THE REALLY BEAUTIFUL SHALLOW REEF FULL OF ANTHIAS AND DANSELS OF ALL TYPES
Day 4
Exploring the deep caves in the north of Addu atoll Maldives
Dive 1
Bow tour of British Loyalty wreck via the spare propeller on the sea bed and the collapsed tower and the accomodation areas to the winch and solidified anchor chains. We came back along the starboard rail and found "Burberry" patterned reef pipefish, Amboin shimp next to a carpet anemone, a Bruuni shrimp cleaning s rock cod, a devil scorpionfish, a huge mappa puffer etc.
Dive 2
Gentler current so we were able to enjoy the outside reef and watch a few white tip and grey sharks cruising around on the front of the channel plus all the black and white snappers. We drifted in over the coral covered ridge and there were plenty of reef fish plus schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers. The titan triggerfish were also getting feisty!
Dive 3
Ocean reef with interesting topography. We drifted over a ridge of hard corals interespersed with many leather corals and seafans. We saw a large school of big eye jacks plus a sleeping MANGROVE WHIPRAY amongst the coral blocks and patch reef of the coral garden. In the shallows were acres of hard coral especially Echinopora pacificus, looking like extra- large pale pink cabbage roses. We saw a milk fish, many chromis and blue-pectoral finned humbug damsels amongst the acroporas
Day 5
Schools of snappers are common in the Maldives. Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
There was an out current in the channel so we rode the drift to the coral blocks on the front of the channel where the current dropped off allowing us to explore the large porites formations which seemed to have many reef fish cleaning around. There were a couple of Giant barracudas plus a large school of big eye jacks tightly packed. Along the front were sleeping white tip sharks and brownmarbled groupers. The reef top here has superb hard corals and we saw a couple of Napoleon wrasses, powderblue tangs at cleaning stations, many chromis and Evans and Cooper's anthias.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the equator on the way
Dive 2
Lovely thila with large coral blocks on slope interspersed with large orange seafans which continued down the wall to 35m+.There were lots of nice "finds" including two yellow leaf fish, several elegant squat lobsters in the pale mauve and dark purple featherstars, spiny lobsters in a hole, longnose hawkfish posing in seafans, blue tangs being cleaned and pairs of longnose filefish drifting amongst the acroporas
Night Dive
Night dive at the pretty thila with lots of crustacea including freeswimming Bruuni shrimp and large red common crabs or hermit crabs. We also found a Lambis scorpion conch with it's eye peering out at us, small squid, Strombus snail, a yellow leaf fish, tapestry saron shimps and a curious white tip shark following some of the divers
A beautiful Maldives island provided the backdrop for a stunning sunset
Day 6
Huge school of big eye jacks engulfing divers on Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Back to the pretty thila and this time schools of elongate and sleek surgeonfish were hanging out in the water column and large schools of neon and yellowback fusiliers wafted past, occasionally being pursued by large dogtooth tunas. A little yellow leaf fish had joined one of the adults and there were millions of yellow-purple Evan's anthias pulsating in the Pavona coral area whilst a little grey reef shark cruised around
Dive 2
Out-current drift. It was very fuzzy in the channel but there were several white tip sharks resting on the bottom as we drifted past. On the corner were many anthias and schools of fusiliers but we had to work quite hard against an eddy until we picked up the small longshore. On the ridge were hundreds of pyramid butterflyfish plus groupers and other reef fish and a school of dogtooth tunas cruised past. The ocean reef here is lovely with lots of ledges and a steep dropoff. We saw several green turtles and a couple of Napoleon wrasses
Dive 3
Long channel drift through a valley of corals and large coral blocks along the reef slope. We passed a large FEATHERTAIL RAY and then we sighted several hawksbill and green turtles on the channel front. There was a cold, up-welling, layer on the channel front and the coral blocks were covered in different reefish including several soldierfish varieties and bulls eyes.The shallow reef slope was covered in small acroporas, many with spotted trapezia crabs nestling amongst the fingers of coral
Cocktails on top deck as we watched a beautiful yellow ,then gold, then pink, sunset.
Day 7
Large feathertail ray hiding in sand from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk out-current drift passing several green turtles including a GIANT MALE GREEN TURTLE who stared at us wondering what the fuss was about! A few white tip sharks buzzed around on the channel front and then we investigated the ledges on the front where we found a leaf fish, a (rare) white faced moray, Lysmata shrimps cleaning moray and anthias, and several more hawksbill and green turtles passed us by.
Dive 2
TWO ZEBRA SHARKS! ONE LYING INSIDE THE CHANEL AND THE SECOND ON THE CHANNEL FRONT. So cute! There were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current nearby cleaning stations on the channel front, a white tip shark slleping in a coral block, a pair of white leaf fishes, several green turtles, and the whole crest of the reef was smothered in pulsing anthias
Dive 3
Surprise in-current but rather bad visibility. A ZEBRA SHARK was resting on the corner and then there were SEVERAL GREY SHARKS riding the current oin the middle of the channel. We had a swim back to the reef slope and then a gentle drift in over huhe porites coral blocks full of reef fish and several large groupers, several turtles, orange soft corals a scholls of big dogtooth tunas and several large jobfish. The reef top is spectacular!
Day 8
Sleeping Zebra shark, such a pretty animal. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
An out-current this time which reversed to an in-current half way through the dive! The reef slope is smothered in large orange seafans and orange schleronepthia plus pastel nepthia soft corals. We found a PAIR OF ZEBRA SHARKS sleeping together and they did not get disturbed! Beautiful! There were several large green turtles, schools of midnight and red snappers, bannerfish, a juvenile bi-colour parrotfish and the upper reef was covered in millions of different chromis, damsels and anthias
Dive 2
Pretty thila with many coral blocks full of glassfish and juvenile cardinals, plus black corals and many colour types of acabaria (yellow, white, orange, brown, pink etc.). There were many different coloured magnificent anemones. Large schools of rainbow runners swept past and the NW area of the reef was covered in blue stripe snappers. We found leaf fish, red groupers, Maldives blennoes and many sand perch. Great site.
Dive 3
Laid-back drift dive along long coral ridge extending from coral garden near a sandbank. There were many glassfish filled coral blocks and just so many fusiliers and surgeonfish. The coral garden had table corals with every type of damsels inclusing the super-cute black and white striped humbugs and blue-highlighted indian dascyllus, also several leaf fish, pink-bar gobies etc.
Beautiful remote reef where we watched a stunning pink and orange sunset
Day 9
White tip shark resting in sand from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Remote thila with deep sides and there were several grey sharks cruising the current point plus a spotted eagle ray and many rainbow runners dashing around. This is always a great macro site and we found Amboin shrimps next to a mustard-yellow adhesive anemone, a pink plus two white leaf fishes, a blue ribbon eel, several lysmata shrimp cleaning morals plus all the regular reef fish
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef with extensive thilas covered in hard corals and reef fish. We found a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK and schools of black and white snappers plus ~12 male white tip sharks chasing a female in courtship. We had a fast drift into the channel passing an EAGLE RAY and a very friendly hawksbill turtle. Fun to fly!
Dive 3
A drift over a reef slope past several large coral blocks and with an interesting topography. The eastern end of the reef was smothered in glassfish and juvenile cardinals with many small groupers in attendance. W found a juvenile oriental swetlips, yellow cube-like box fish, indian bannerfish etc. The north side has a huge coral garden with hard corals extending forever. Beautiful!
Evening Activity
Ashore to explore an uninhabited island with a lovely beach and lots of crabs!
Day 10
Diver with green turtle from Mv Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Fishorama thia! Just so many BIG EYE JACKS swirling around and around the reef, surely they get dizzy! Plus the reeftop was covered by hundreds (if not thousands!) of crescent tailed big eyes plus at the current point were fusiliers and mackerel scads and all the fish were terribly excited. The reef tiop is a magnificent coral garden A MONSTER GIANT BARRACUDA cruised over the top to check out what all the fuss was about.
Dive 2
Easy drift on inside of channels with so many GREEN TURTLES! Both sleepy ones and fireworks! There were also two white tip sharks hiding under big coral block . On the channel front was a large school of Forster's barracudas plus a couple of grey sharks and more white tips sleeping in sandy patches or buzzing along the front. There are large schools of bluestripe snappers, humpback snappers, raccoon and collared butterflyfish hovering over the extensive hard corals on the channel corner
Dive 3
The visibility was "atmospheric" on the channel front but there was plenty of ACTION. We saw A GIANT BARRCUDA (A MONSTER!) SEVERAL ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, A GROUP OF CHASE-COURTING WHITE TIP SHARKS, A LARGE SCHOOL OF AGITATED BIG-EYE JACKS, ENORMOUS TUNAS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS AND A LARGE MAPPA PUFFER. wE ENDED THE DIVE AMONGST THE SCHOOLS OF FISH ON THE CORNER PLUS THE USUAL NUMEROUS GREEN TURTLES.
Day 11
So many BIG EYE CRESCENT TAILS they fill the screen. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A STRONG out-current in the channel so we flew along, only just managing to stop to see a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK. There was a nurse shark in the big block but too strong current for most to stop and look. We passed several confused-looking green turtles too! There was a cold clear water counter current on the channel front and several white tip sharks and many midnight snappers. We slowly swam back to the south reef and all the lovely schools of fish and yet more turtles.
Dive 2
Changed site as the current was so strong! We whizzed along the reef admiring (and avoiding) the table corals as we flew past a beautiful coral garden. No stop until we reached the end of the reef and had some back eddys to slow us down. Nice hawksbill turtle, huge starry puffer and lovely blue-green chromis bouncing in the corals, fusiliers etc.
Afternoon visit to remote sandbank for swimming and snorkelling
Day 12
Blue-green chromis buzzing in the water colum from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Guest Transfer
All the divers transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for their domestic flights to Male' and onward international flights
Day 13
Sandbank island with many sooty terns and MC Sea Spirit in the background
Sea Spirit SS446 28 Sep 2014 to 10 Oct 2014 Equatorial Far South - Huvadhoo/Foammulah/Gan Addu (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and then travelled via a domestic flight from male' to Kadhedhdhoo in Huvadhoo atoll. We met the arriving guest and transferred to Sea Spirit, waiting outside the airport nearby a reef which we used for the check dive
Dive 1
Easy check dive on large shallow giri with many yellowback and neon fusiliers meandering around the reef top and a coral slope down to coral blocks in sand slope. We found several Maldives sponge snails, a tiger cowrie, yellow soapfish, longnose filefish, milk fish, yellow gobies in table corals. The star was a HUGE spotted pufferfish.
Guest Transfer
Second late evening pick up of arriving guests to Kadhedhdhoo airport
Day 1
Giant pufferfish seen during the check dive on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Pretty coral garden site with the deeper blocks full of glassfish and juvenile tiger cardinals. We saw at least three species of goatfish, a beuatiful little yellow spotted boxfish, dogtooth tunas, and gaafish chasing schools of baitfish over lovely large coral blocks in the shallows
Dive 2
Out-current drift in channel where were saw several ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, a ZEBRA SHARK,SEVERAL LARGE GREEN TURTLES, BLACK RIBBON EELS, white tip and BLACKTIP sharks and on the outside were buzzed by black jacks and we just enjoyed the lovely reef buzzing with Coopers and Evan's anthias
Dive 3
Back to the great channel for more ribbontail rays, lovely green turtles, then three GREY SHARKS hanging out at cleaning stations on the channel front. There were groupers of all sizes amongst the beautiful coral blocks and nepthia and schleronepthia soft corals of all colours plus a smallscale scorpionfish, a cheeky black cheek moray and two spider conch shells with large hairy hermit crabs
Day 2
Round ribbontail ray from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We dived the north ocean reef corner in rather a strong current. On the channel front were white tip and grey sharks and then a single LARGE MOBULA (Mobula kuhli) which soared above our heads and just hung in the current. WE continued onto the outside where there were many green turtles on the reef top plus many spotfin squirrelfish and dense schools of Coopers anthias.
Dive 2
We enjoyed the beautiful orange soft coral and seafan surrounded coral blocks with several green turtles, many snappers and some more friendly hawksbill turtles. There were several grey sharks plus another blacktip shark on the channel front, probably on cleaning stations. The outside reef is good for macro and we found banded and Bruuni cleaner shrimps, and a green leaf fish. There was also a lovely mappa puffer.
Dive 3
Steady out current and we found white tips and a ZEBRA SHARK in the channel and then several GREY SHARKS at cleaning stations on the front plus three male white tip sharks chasing a female shark. There was also an eagle ray plus lots of lovely black saddle coral groupers and white spotted groupers amongst the blocks and table corals.
Evening Activity
A couple of guests went ashore to visit the local village
Day 3
Beautiful large green turtle from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A fairly brisk drift along the orange soft coral decorated channel wall with lots of pink and orange sea fans. We found round ribbontail rays, hawksbill turtles, white tip sharks plus enjoyed huge porites blocks covered in bluestripe snappers and gold spot emperors. On the ocean reef are many large magnifica anemones in a variety of colours with their beautiful residents: the Maldives clownfish.
Dawn had remained on Sea Spirit and as they were travelling through the channel on the way to anchorage saw a little WHALE SHARK!!!
Dive 2
We descended stright onto two EAGLE RAYS and two ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS! We drifted and found another huge, pregnant, ribbontail ray, and then found two NURSE SHARKS hiding under a big coral block. There were a few wite tips cruising about the chanel front and just so many blue stripe snappers, humpbacks, racoon butterflyfish and several hawksbill turtles up in the shallows
Dive 3
Channel drift on the north side of the channel, the visibility was a little challenging and although there were many barracudas, they were hard to see. A large porites block was smothered in soldierfish and goldspots plus a few oriental sweetlips. We found quite a few very large green turtles up in the shallows.
Day 4
Sleeping Zebra Shark, MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Smaller current with some pressure ocean-side and mixed water with some cold water on the front. The Forster's barracudas were schooling on the front and there was also a school of black and white snappers, but otherwise rather quiet. On the s-corner the schools of blue stripes had massed, forming a huge school and the powder blue tangs were making courtship dances!
Dive 2
Laid back reef dive over deep coral blocks and an ocean facing reef slope. It was a little quiet today but we found a yelow papillae flatworm, a small anemone shrimp (P. inornatus)and the reef top was busy with anthias plus midnight snappers and many rudderfish over lovely hard corals
Dive 3
WOW! AMAZING SCHOOLS OF BIG-EYE JACKS SWIRLING AROUND THIS THILA DROP-OFF AND SCOOTING UP AND DOWN THE REEF WHILST ENGULFING DIVERS. THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF RED/PINK/SILVER CRESCENT TAILED- BIG EYES ON THE STUNNING TOP REEF PLUS INDIAN AND BROWNMARBLED GROUPERS, AN EAGLE RAY, GIANT BARRACUDAS, NAPOLEON WRASSES AND SOME OF THE VERY BEST HARD CORAL IN THE MALDIVES!
Evening Activity
Visit to uninhabited island whilst a rather ominous cloud blew in. A few hours later we experienced a bad squall and had to move anchorage.
Day 5
Big eye crescent tals at Y-thila from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Eagle rays and round ribbontail rays in the channel then large schools of Forster's barracudas, chevrons, big eye jacks and black and white snappers on the channel front plus a couple of sleepy white tips and a black tip. Shallow,on the corner, were raccoon and collared butterflyfish
We passed by a huge school of spinner dolphins. There were mothers with calves and lots swam over to ride the bow wave of Sea Spirit. Beautiful!
Dive 2
Rather a brisk longshore current so dive was not as planned! We ended up drifting quickly along the chnannel front and then along the ocean facing reef. We saw a few grey sharks, green turtles and many guineafowl puffers plus a few porcupinefish.
Dive 3
Such a pretty site with so mant magnificent anemones in so many colours. There were 4 spearing mantis shrimps over deeper blocks and really lovely coral. The photographers loved this one!
Day 6
Maldives anemone fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Out- current drift with beautiful coral blocks, seafans and soft corals, we passed a few sleeping white tips and green turtles. On the atoll edge were large coral blocks full of reef fish and another overhang with a sleeping turtle. A very beautiful reef.
Dive 2
A small out current so we drifted out of channel, along the front and along the south ocean reef past two large round ribbontail rays, white tip sharks, turtles, swirling big eye jacks, big eye emperors, plus a areef smothered in anthias and chromis with extensive areas of green cylinder porites
Snorkelling
1000+ MELON HEADED WHALES IN A GIANT SUPER-POD WITH A FEW INDOPACIFIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS AROUND THE MAIN SCHOOL. THEY WERE CHILLING OUT AND WHEN WE DROVE THE DHONI TOWARDS THEM THEY PORPOISED OVER AND RODE THE BOW WAVE, BUT SO MANY-THERE WERE AT LEAST 50 ANIMALS UNDER THE BOW. WE TRIED A SNORKEL AND GOT A GOOD VIEW BUT THEN WERE JONED BY SEVERAL SILKY SHARKS SO WE GOT OUT. WE MANAGED A DHONI SNORKEL-TOW TOO. A TOTALLY AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dive 3
A pretty thila with lots of orange and pink seafans and many coral blocks surrounded by sand. In the large pavona coral we found a very large STONEFISH, a few spiny lobsters plus Bruuni shrimp cleaning rock cods, two yellow leaf fish, elegant squat lobsters in the featherstars, several groupers
Night Dive
Back to the thila for a night dive where we found a spiny lobster out and about, lots of langoustine shrimps plus a furry legged Saron shrimp, a large hermit crab in a turban shell with two anemones decoring the shell, an unidentified white with blue-stripes flatworm, a pair of Coriocella nigra sponge snails mating, conus snails plus several large scorpion conches and a pink smallscale scorpionfish
Beautiful sunset over idyllc Maldives island
Day 7
Melon headed whales. An awesone experience from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at the pretty thila this time with a busy current point with a school of mixed fusiliers and mackerels with a grey shark and a couple of large dogtooth tunas in pursuit. Deep over the wall were many large pink seafans and schools of bluestripe snappers plus a couple of juvenile longfin batfish. We also found a yellow and a green leaf fish, spiny lobsters, the stonefish, a baby bi-colour parrotfish and so many small fish bouncing around in the coral plus shools of Sgt Majors buzzing up and down the reef
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Addu atoll passing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
A very small current along this ocean reef and the fish all seemed a little dozy! WE saw a couple of greys sharks and white tip charks cruising around plus so much beautiful coral so we just enjoyed a chilled dive. Up in the shalows we found schools of rudderfish, midnight snappers and Napoleon wrasses cruising about
Dive 3
Scenic dive to catch the golden sunlight at the end of the day at a shallow thila site where we saw a lots of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs marauding around the reef, black sea urchins, Graeffe's sea cucumbers spawning, giant conch anad scorpion spider shells, featherstars opening and going walkabout etc.
Movie night: A Life Aquatic
Day 8
Divers explore beautiful coral reef from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
HURRAH!!!! 7 beautiful mantas were already at the cleaning station and so much fun with them so close! They were busy just hanging out and also being cleaned and didn't seem too bothered by our presence. There were also a little eagle ray who looked like he thought he was a manta plus all the usual reef fish hanging around the reef
Dive 2
Stern tour of the British Loyalty wreck via the bomb hole and the main engine hold, to the propeller and then back along the deck to the bow where were found several large Ptereolidia nudibranchs, reef pipefish, Psmanthe shrimps and many little lemon gobies in the table corals
Dive 3
An easy drift over coral blocks with sweetlips, soldierfish and snappers. We found an anemone shrimp in a carpet anemone, several green turtles, a FEATHERTAIL RAY etc.
Presentation on manta ray ecology and behaviour
Day 9
The beautiful manta rays of Addu atoll from Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
11 Beautiful MANTA RAYS TODAY and oh, so close and fun! Jason and Von mantas were happily bubble bathing above divers but most were just happy hanging out and playing with divers. A very memorable dive ;-)
Dive 2
This exposed ocean reef was FISHORAMA TODAY with large schools of big eye jacks and red and black and white snappers plus a feathertail ray, white tips etc. At the ridge we saw several GIANT BARRACUDAS, THEN SEVERAL EAGLE RAYS THEN MANY GREY SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT! WOW!
Dive 3
Several green turtles, plus goldfinger dart pompanos, jobfish and bluefin jacks along this steep ocean reef wall and then a lovely reef top with purple and yellow soft corals plus excellent hard coral and all varieties of reef fish including a leaf fish, longnose filefish and arch eye hawkfish
Day 10
So many grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift with 3-4 GREY REEF SHARKS around the front of the channel plus a school of barred jacks tucked in on the reef and some white tip sharks plus Napoleons and snappers of various types up in the water column. There were 3 MANTA RAYS waiting for us with many of our friends including Curly tail and Mrs T. They were exceedingly friendly with us today!
Dive 2
Only Mrs T manta to play with but she was just so very friendly and checked out each of the divers in turn and had a bubble batch and intermittently was cleaning too. Also the spotty little eagle ray and a white tip
Dive 3
Shelterd site with coral blocks full of maldives cleaner shrimps and juvenile cardinals down a sand slope then dense coral with schools of 2-spot and blue-stripe snappers etc. Schools of rufferfish and black and white snappers plus many reef fish in the shallow coral garden too!
Night Dive
At night the shrimps and crabs started to come out and we found a large decorator crab, Psmanthe and Bruuni shrimps in the black corals, tiny squat lobsters and trapezia crabs in most of the large table corals plus sleeping goatfish and parrotfish and a well camouflaged scorpionfish. The polyps of the soft corals were extended and there were featherstars opening up and moving.
Day 11
Mrs T was superfiendly today and very curious,from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Just one manta for the whole dive but so lovely to see. We also saw a blacktip, grey shark and white tip sharks plus he little eagle ray
Dive 2
A SILVERTIP SHARK circled several times as we drifted along the front of this channel corner site. There were several large dogtooth tunas plus a grey shark and then a drift in over the channel bottom, covered in large coral formations. We found a few turtles and there were lots of nice reef fish plus a long segmented worm.
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to Gan and Feydhoo islands to visit the WW2 memorial and walk along the causeway.
Day 12
A silvertip shark entertained us on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests had a relaxing morning onboard and then transferred to Gan airport for the domestic flight back to Male'
Day 13
Beautiful sunset over MV Sea Spirit at Hithadhoo island in Huvadhoo
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and then travelled via a domestic flight from male' to Kadhedhdhoo in Huvadhoo atoll. We met the arriving guest and transferred to Sea Spirit, waiting outside the airport nearby a reef which we used for the check dive
Dive 1
Easy check dive on large shallow giri with many yellowback and neon fusiliers meandering around the reef top and a coral slope down to coral blocks in sand slope. We found several Maldives sponge snails, a tiger cowrie, yellow soapfish, longnose filefish, milk fish, yellow gobies in table corals. The star was a HUGE spotted pufferfish.
Guest Transfer
Second late evening pick up of arriving guests to Kadhedhdhoo airport
Day 1
Giant pufferfish seen during the check dive on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Pretty coral garden site with the deeper blocks full of glassfish and juvenile tiger cardinals. We saw at least three species of goatfish, a beuatiful little yellow spotted boxfish, dogtooth tunas, and gaafish chasing schools of baitfish over lovely large coral blocks in the shallows
Dive 2
Out-current drift in channel where were saw several ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS, a ZEBRA SHARK,SEVERAL LARGE GREEN TURTLES, BLACK RIBBON EELS, white tip and BLACKTIP sharks and on the outside were buzzed by black jacks and we just enjoyed the lovely reef buzzing with Coopers and Evan's anthias
Dive 3
Back to the great channel for more ribbontail rays, lovely green turtles, then three GREY SHARKS hanging out at cleaning stations on the channel front. There were groupers of all sizes amongst the beautiful coral blocks and nepthia and schleronepthia soft corals of all colours plus a smallscale scorpionfish, a cheeky black cheek moray and two spider conch shells with large hairy hermit crabs
Day 2
Round ribbontail ray from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We dived the north ocean reef corner in rather a strong current. On the channel front were white tip and grey sharks and then a single LARGE MOBULA (Mobula kuhli) which soared above our heads and just hung in the current. WE continued onto the outside where there were many green turtles on the reef top plus many spotfin squirrelfish and dense schools of Coopers anthias.
Dive 2
We enjoyed the beautiful orange soft coral and seafan surrounded coral blocks with several green turtles, many snappers and some more friendly hawksbill turtles. There were several grey sharks plus another blacktip shark on the channel front, probably on cleaning stations. The outside reef is good for macro and we found banded and Bruuni cleaner shrimps, and a green leaf fish. There was also a lovely mappa puffer.
Dive 3
Steady out current and we found white tips and a ZEBRA SHARK in the channel and then several GREY SHARKS at cleaning stations on the front plus three male white tip sharks chasing a female shark. There was also an eagle ray plus lots of lovely black saddle coral groupers and white spotted groupers amongst the blocks and table corals.
Evening Activity
A couple of guests went ashore to visit the local village
Day 3
Beautiful large green turtle from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A fairly brisk drift along the orange soft coral decorated channel wall with lots of pink and orange sea fans. We found round ribbontail rays, hawksbill turtles, white tip sharks plus enjoyed huge porites blocks covered in bluestripe snappers and gold spot emperors. On the ocean reef are many large magnifica anemones in a variety of colours with their beautiful residents: the Maldives clownfish.
Dawn had remained on Sea Spirit and as they were travelling through the channel on the way to anchorage saw a little WHALE SHARK!!!
Dive 2
We descended stright onto two EAGLE RAYS and two ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS! We drifted and found another huge, pregnant, ribbontail ray, and then found two NURSE SHARKS hiding under a big coral block. There were a few wite tips cruising about the chanel front and just so many blue stripe snappers, humpbacks, racoon butterflyfish and several hawksbill turtles up in the shallows
Dive 3
Channel drift on the north side of the channel, the visibility was a little challenging and although there were many barracudas, they were hard to see. A large porites block was smothered in soldierfish and goldspots plus a few oriental sweetlips. We found quite a few very large green turtles up in the shallows.
Day 4
Sleeping Zebra Shark, MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Smaller current with some pressure ocean-side and mixed water with some cold water on the front. The Forster's barracudas were schooling on the front and there was also a school of black and white snappers, but otherwise rather quiet. On the s-corner the schools of blue stripes had massed, forming a huge school and the powder blue tangs were making courtship dances!
Dive 2
Laid back reef dive over deep coral blocks and an ocean facing reef slope. It was a little quiet today but we found a yelow papillae flatworm, a small anemone shrimp (P. inornatus)and the reef top was busy with anthias plus midnight snappers and many rudderfish over lovely hard corals
Dive 3
WOW! AMAZING SCHOOLS OF BIG-EYE JACKS SWIRLING AROUND THIS THILA DROP-OFF AND SCOOTING UP AND DOWN THE REEF WHILST ENGULFING DIVERS. THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF RED/PINK/SILVER CRESCENT TAILED- BIG EYES ON THE STUNNING TOP REEF PLUS INDIAN AND BROWNMARBLED GROUPERS, AN EAGLE RAY, GIANT BARRACUDAS, NAPOLEON WRASSES AND SOME OF THE VERY BEST HARD CORAL IN THE MALDIVES!
Evening Activity
Visit to uninhabited island whilst a rather ominous cloud blew in. A few hours later we experienced a bad squall and had to move anchorage.
Day 5
Big eye crescent tals at Y-thila from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Eagle rays and round ribbontail rays in the channel then large schools of Forster's barracudas, chevrons, big eye jacks and black and white snappers on the channel front plus a couple of sleepy white tips and a black tip. Shallow,on the corner, were raccoon and collared butterflyfish
We passed by a huge school of spinner dolphins. There were mothers with calves and lots swam over to ride the bow wave of Sea Spirit. Beautiful!
Dive 2
Rather a brisk longshore current so dive was not as planned! We ended up drifting quickly along the chnannel front and then along the ocean facing reef. We saw a few grey sharks, green turtles and many guineafowl puffers plus a few porcupinefish.
Dive 3
Such a pretty site with so mant magnificent anemones in so many colours. There were 4 spearing mantis shrimps over deeper blocks and really lovely coral. The photographers loved this one!
Day 6
Maldives anemone fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Out- current drift with beautiful coral blocks, seafans and soft corals, we passed a few sleeping white tips and green turtles. On the atoll edge were large coral blocks full of reef fish and another overhang with a sleeping turtle. A very beautiful reef.
Dive 2
A small out current so we drifted out of channel, along the front and along the south ocean reef past two large round ribbontail rays, white tip sharks, turtles, swirling big eye jacks, big eye emperors, plus a areef smothered in anthias and chromis with extensive areas of green cylinder porites
Snorkelling
1000+ MELON HEADED WHALES IN A GIANT SUPER-POD WITH A FEW INDOPACIFIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS AROUND THE MAIN SCHOOL. THEY WERE CHILLING OUT AND WHEN WE DROVE THE DHONI TOWARDS THEM THEY PORPOISED OVER AND RODE THE BOW WAVE, BUT SO MANY-THERE WERE AT LEAST 50 ANIMALS UNDER THE BOW. WE TRIED A SNORKEL AND GOT A GOOD VIEW BUT THEN WERE JONED BY SEVERAL SILKY SHARKS SO WE GOT OUT. WE MANAGED A DHONI SNORKEL-TOW TOO. A TOTALLY AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dive 3
A pretty thila with lots of orange and pink seafans and many coral blocks surrounded by sand. In the large pavona coral we found a very large STONEFISH, a few spiny lobsters plus Bruuni shrimp cleaning rock cods, two yellow leaf fish, elegant squat lobsters in the featherstars, several groupers
Night Dive
Back to the thila for a night dive where we found a spiny lobster out and about, lots of langoustine shrimps plus a furry legged Saron shrimp, a large hermit crab in a turban shell with two anemones decoring the shell, an unidentified white with blue-stripes flatworm, a pair of Coriocella nigra sponge snails mating, conus snails plus several large scorpion conches and a pink smallscale scorpionfish
Beautiful sunset over idyllc Maldives island
Day 7
Melon headed whales. An awesone experience from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at the pretty thila this time with a busy current point with a school of mixed fusiliers and mackerels with a grey shark and a couple of large dogtooth tunas in pursuit. Deep over the wall were many large pink seafans and schools of bluestripe snappers plus a couple of juvenile longfin batfish. We also found a yellow and a green leaf fish, spiny lobsters, the stonefish, a baby bi-colour parrotfish and so many small fish bouncing around in the coral plus shools of Sgt Majors buzzing up and down the reef
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Addu atoll passing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
A very small current along this ocean reef and the fish all seemed a little dozy! WE saw a couple of greys sharks and white tip charks cruising around plus so much beautiful coral so we just enjoyed a chilled dive. Up in the shalows we found schools of rudderfish, midnight snappers and Napoleon wrasses cruising about
Dive 3
Scenic dive to catch the golden sunlight at the end of the day at a shallow thila site where we saw a lots of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs marauding around the reef, black sea urchins, Graeffe's sea cucumbers spawning, giant conch anad scorpion spider shells, featherstars opening and going walkabout etc.
Movie night: A Life Aquatic
Day 8
Divers explore beautiful coral reef from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
HURRAH!!!! 7 beautiful mantas were already at the cleaning station and so much fun with them so close! They were busy just hanging out and also being cleaned and didn't seem too bothered by our presence. There were also a little eagle ray who looked like he thought he was a manta plus all the usual reef fish hanging around the reef
Dive 2
Stern tour of the British Loyalty wreck via the bomb hole and the main engine hold, to the propeller and then back along the deck to the bow where were found several large Ptereolidia nudibranchs, reef pipefish, Psmanthe shrimps and many little lemon gobies in the table corals
Dive 3
An easy drift over coral blocks with sweetlips, soldierfish and snappers. We found an anemone shrimp in a carpet anemone, several green turtles, a FEATHERTAIL RAY etc.
Presentation on manta ray ecology and behaviour
Day 9
The beautiful manta rays of Addu atoll from Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
11 Beautiful MANTA RAYS TODAY and oh, so close and fun! Jason and Von mantas were happily bubble bathing above divers but most were just happy hanging out and playing with divers. A very memorable dive ;-)
Dive 2
This exposed ocean reef was FISHORAMA TODAY with large schools of big eye jacks and red and black and white snappers plus a feathertail ray, white tips etc. At the ridge we saw several GIANT BARRACUDAS, THEN SEVERAL EAGLE RAYS THEN MANY GREY SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT! WOW!
Dive 3
Several green turtles, plus goldfinger dart pompanos, jobfish and bluefin jacks along this steep ocean reef wall and then a lovely reef top with purple and yellow soft corals plus excellent hard coral and all varieties of reef fish including a leaf fish, longnose filefish and arch eye hawkfish
Day 10
So many grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift with 3-4 GREY REEF SHARKS around the front of the channel plus a school of barred jacks tucked in on the reef and some white tip sharks plus Napoleons and snappers of various types up in the water column. There were 3 MANTA RAYS waiting for us with many of our friends including Curly tail and Mrs T. They were exceedingly friendly with us today!
Dive 2
Only Mrs T manta to play with but she was just so very friendly and checked out each of the divers in turn and had a bubble batch and intermittently was cleaning too. Also the spotty little eagle ray and a white tip
Dive 3
Shelterd site with coral blocks full of maldives cleaner shrimps and juvenile cardinals down a sand slope then dense coral with schools of 2-spot and blue-stripe snappers etc. Schools of rufferfish and black and white snappers plus many reef fish in the shallow coral garden too!
Night Dive
At night the shrimps and crabs started to come out and we found a large decorator crab, Psmanthe and Bruuni shrimps in the black corals, tiny squat lobsters and trapezia crabs in most of the large table corals plus sleeping goatfish and parrotfish and a well camouflaged scorpionfish. The polyps of the soft corals were extended and there were featherstars opening up and moving.
Day 11
Mrs T was superfiendly today and very curious,from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Just one manta for the whole dive but so lovely to see. We also saw a blacktip, grey shark and white tip sharks plus he little eagle ray
Dive 2
A SILVERTIP SHARK circled several times as we drifted along the front of this channel corner site. There were several large dogtooth tunas plus a grey shark and then a drift in over the channel bottom, covered in large coral formations. We found a few turtles and there were lots of nice reef fish plus a long segmented worm.
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to Gan and Feydhoo islands to visit the WW2 memorial and walk along the causeway.
Day 12
A silvertip shark entertained us on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests had a relaxing morning onboard and then transferred to Gan airport for the domestic flight back to Male'
Day 13
Beautiful sunset over MV Sea Spirit at Hithadhoo island in Huvadhoo
Sea Spirit SS444 31 Aug 2014 to 12 Sep 2014 Equatorial Far South - Huvadhoo/Foammulah/Gan Addu (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived via domestic flight from Male' to Gan, Addu atoll. They transferred to Sea Spirit and we headed off to the north of the atoll
Dive 1
An easy and laid back check dive on this steep ocean reef. We watched a white tip shark cruising the depths, a couple of green turtles up in the shallows a school of rainbow runners checked us out, there was a small school of Forster's barracudas. The shallow reef has really beautiful hard corals buzzing with golden chromis and Evan's anthias
Day 1
Divers above stunning hard corals in the maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely blue water at this exposed ocean reef site with beautiful coral blocks full of reef fish and extensive fields of hard corals in the shalllows. There were several large schools of green cheek parrotfish, schools of black and white snappers, big eye and bluefin jacks, goldfinger darts, rufferfish, milkfish, a murex snail and segmented nudis. There was one sole bumphead parrotfish!
Dive 2
HURRAH! 10+ MANTAS WAITING TO GREET US IN QUITE A BRISK CURRENT. What a lovely dive. PLUS A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS AND A FUNNY LITTLE EAGLE RAY.
Dive 3
Southern ocean reef with lots of large coral blocks. In one we found a HUGE TAWNY NURSE SHARK, in another a large green turtle and a white leaf fish. There were several other green and hawksbill turtles, a porcelain crab, many humpback snappers and yellowback fusiliers plus so many green cheek parrotfish again!
Day 2
Beautiful Maldives Mantarays from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Stern tour of British Loyalty wreck via the bomb hole and the engine room then to the propellor and along the deck to the bow. The visibility was fair and we could see to the sandy bottom and the extra propellor. The black corals had many psamanthe shrimps and we found some large Pterolidia nudibranchs plus pipefish and lots of longfin batfish of varying sizes
Dive 2
A lovely show with ~5 manta busying themselves at the cleaning station and another 4 in the channel passing through several times. It was a completely different crowd of mantas to yesterday!
Dive 3
A strong in-flowing current so dived the channel corner where there were several grey sharks and a large school of barred jacks on the channel front, but pinned down deep by the strong current. As we drifted in we saw many Napoleons plus several large black saddled coral groupers, camouflage and masked groupers
Night Dive
A quieter night dive than expected but Steve used his special flourescent lights and got some remarkable results on his video of corals and soft corals at night. Bansi found a huge red hermit crab Dardanus megistos
Day 3
Reef buzzing with golden chromis seen from MV sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Wide channel ocean reef corner with a small in-current, but not much action today with sighting restricted to smaller creatures. We found a spearing mantis shrimp, a juvenile razor wrasse, a Pontonides shrimp on a whip coral, a beautiful juvenile oriental sweetlips and a shy octopus. AFTER THE DIVE WE WERE TREATED TO AN AMAZING SPINNER DOLPHIN SHOW AS ~200 DOLPHNS FROLICKED INSIDE THE CHANNEL LEAPING AND SPINNING AND CHASING THE DHONI
Dive 2
Tuftee the pale manta gave us a nice show whilst she busied herself being cleaned as she swam up the reef and closely inspected the divers. Paulette and Incognito mantas were also there but being a little more discreet. The small eagle ray who thinks she is a manta was there as were a couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
A channel corner drift over large porites massives with many seafans including some impressive black/dark red ones. We found a pair of baby white tip sharks under a block, tunas cruised the channel front and then there were many Napoleons, sweetlips and large groupers around the blocks (i.e. lots of BIG fish!). Inside there are many shallow blocks buzzing with anthias and the regular reef fish and a few hawksbill turtles at the back of the reef, probably hiding from the current!
Day 4
Tawny nurse shark sleeping under overhang from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No mantas at the block so we made a drift dive on the ocean reef sighting a couple of grey sharks along the drop-off and several eagle rays up in the shallows. This is a really beautiful reef with large coral "statues" which are cleaning stations for reef fish. There were schools of black & white snappers, sleek surgeonfish, so many golden chromis, blue tangs etc.
Dive 2
Beautiful ocean reef with huge coral blocks cascading down the reef slope: home to every type of reef fish. TWO MANTAS CRUISED UP AND DOWN THE REEF SEVERAL TIMES, LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STOP OR JUST CHECKING US OUT? Schools ofsnappers and jacks, white tip sharks sleeping in sand, a leaf fish, big eye emperors, so many soldierfish in every nook and cannie of the reef.
Dive 3
Stunning ocean reef site with vertical wall from 12-50+m and a huge overhang. We found a large green turtle (or two) and drifted past walls smothered in purple wire seafans and pink, yellow and purple soft corals. The sunshine and the excellent visibility made for a superb dive as the current wafted us along the wall. We spent the last 10 minutes right up on the reef top enjoying the beautiful hard corals and the millions of Coopers and Evan's anthias, pyramid and Meyer's butterflyfish etc.
Day 5
Diver above beautiful Acropora corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! A SUPERB LAST DIVE WITH THE MANTAS as we watched a courtship display by 4 males to two large females. Up and down and around and around giving us an acrobatics display. Abigail the huge female is now pregnant, but still attractive to the posse of males following her around. AS we drifted along the channel we saw blacktip, white tip and grey reef sharks and the huge school of barred jacks were whirling around and then made a run for the ocean: whoosh!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Strong current so a fast drop and hang-on the current point before we were whisked along the eastern edge of the reef. We watched dogtooth tunas chasing fusiliers, a couple of grey sharks, a schools of rainbow runners which mobbed divers. The northern side was calmer and we were able to explore and enjoy the coral blocks. There were schools of black and white and red snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, lovely orange sea fans and soft coral so this site regularly gets current!
Night Dive
NEW SITE! An experimental night dive on a shallow thila inside the atoll. The corals were extensive and very beautiful. We saw flashlight fish and soldierfish amongst the corals, a pink coloured tapestry shrimp, a stripy reef lobster, pairs of banded coral shrimps and lots of trapezia crabs and squat lobsters hiding in coral heads.
Day 6
Courting mantas being friendly with us and eachother. MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We travelled a little east to this lovely thila with colourful orange and pink seafans and coral blocks full of reef fish along a sandy plateau. The dogtooth tunas were coralling schools of neon and striped fusiliers off the reef. We found spiny lobsters, another pair of green leaf fish, a block with lots of glassfish concealing a large coral grouper being cleaned by Bruuni shrimps, featherstars with elegant squat lobsters etc.
Dive 2
Hurrah an in-current AND A GREAT SHOW OF GREY SHARKS ON THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL. HARD TO COUNT AS THEY KEPT COMING BUT CERTAINLY 50+ ALSO SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS PLUS HUGE SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS, BARRACUDAS, RAINBOW RUNNERS AND THEN A DRIFT ALONG THE REEF PASSING SEVERAL GREEN TURTLES AND A SLEEPING NURSE SHARK!
Dive 3
Similar conditions and all the above again with LOTS OF GREYS SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS AGAIN. The eagle rays swam underneath us too. There were several large Napoleons on the main reef and we managed to find the green turtles and the nurse shark again. At the end of the dive we sighted a male ribbontail ray chasing a very large female.
Evening Activity
Evening/sunset visit to island of Dhiyadhoo where the village is derserted and has become overgrown by the jungle. There is a beautiful beach on either side of the island.The crew collected some fresh coconuts and made drinks for the guests
Day 7
Golden yellow leaf fish seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Stronger in-current and LOTS OF GREY SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT plus large school of big-eye jacks, a sailfish, giant barracudas, a shark with a broken fin (!) eagle rays and a drift into the channel. Then the heavens opened.
Dive 2
No current! We jumped on the front of the channel amd weaved our way along the front where a few grey sharks were meandering around but there was a huge school of mackerel scads plus lots of dogtooth tunas. The reef front is heavily coralised with lots of ledges and we found several black ribbon eels, sleeping green turtles and many jacks
Dive 3
Quite a strong current pinning the sharks on the front so we just hooked in and watched the show as groups of GREY SHARKS PARADED UP AND DOWN IN FRONT OF US, AND BOBBED AROUND IN THE CURRENT. We had a brisk drift in over beautiful fish-covered coral blocks and found yet more green turtles plus orbicular batfish
Day 8
Divers with a huge school of blue stripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A strong in-current so LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AGAIN on the channel front plus white tips bobbing about and eagle rays. Another brisk drift in over the coral blocks and we found a ribbon tail ray
Dive 2
A small in current but hard work to reach the point where there were lots a grey sharks plus resting white tip sharks, just after the corner. Some divers continued across the front. There was a large school of barracudas too. We found black ribbon eels again, turtles, Napoleons, eagle rays etc. This is always a busy channel with lots of things to see!
Dive 3
Pretty coral garden site. TWO FEATHERTAIL RAYS, ONE VERY LARGE AND LIKELY PREGNANT. Lots of pretty coral island with every kind of chromis and damsel including humbugs, indians, white-bellys, fusilier etc. Many sand gobies peering back ar us, Dracula and pinkbar gobies with their pistol shrimps etc.
Two spinner dolphins were fishing via the big lights at the back of the boat
Day 9
Grey sharks cruising sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Strong eddying current on front of channel LOTS OF GREY SHARKS but dispersed so we had to keep moving around and divers ended up all over the channel! Fast and bumpy drift in where we saw lots of green turtles, ZEBRA SHARK, round ribbontail ray, eagle rays, big groupers, harlequin sweetlips and really nice corals.
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted past large coral blocks and onto the techicolour channel front where huge schools of bluestripe and humpback snapper hung out. A squadron of ~8 EAGLE RAYS were waiting on the channel front and a single one swooped around and around on the corner. There were also schools of Raccoon and collared butterflyfish and both black tip and white tip sharks buzzing around. A swarm of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs swept past
Dive 3
Lovely drift dive past overhangs on the channel front and above huge porites blicks full of snappers and groupers. We briefly hooked on the channel front to watch a few grey sharks saunter past and then drifted in. We found a small, very spotty ZEBRA SHARK resting in a sand area. Other divers found a large one on a ledge amongst the coral. We also found Maldives sponge snails, a leaf fish and a lovely green turtle in the middle of a delicate table coral being cleaned!
Several members of crew went night snorkelling inside the very shallow anchorage
Day 10
Large school of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A HUGE SCHOOL OF BONITOS ENGULFED US ON THE CORNER. WITHIN THE SCHOOL WERE APAIR OF EAGLE RAYS AND A FEW GREY SHARKS! WOW! The current was strng so we hooked in and watched the grey sharks and white tips cruising overhead. The drift into the channel was fast and bouncy but Matt maged to find us TWO sleeping ZEBREA sharks and a round ribbontail ray which all took off down current.
Dive 2
An easy current at this thila site. Only a grey shark and some rainbow runners at depth but a school of yellow-back fusiliers greeted us as we descended. More rainbow runners milled around and visited cleaning stations. THIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD MACRO SITE AND TODAY WE MANAGED TO FIND A BLUE RIBBON EEL, 4X LEAF FISH, AMBOIN, BRUUNI AND LYSMATA CLEANING SHRIMPS
Dive 3
Beautiful coral garden and good macro again. A large, glassfish covered, coral block also contained three leaf fish, a small peacock flounder and a couple or morays. There was a beautiful tiny sailfish tang and another 2cm long baby bi-colour parrotfish. Over the ridge we saw a blacktip sharks and schools of fusiliers and black and white snappers
Quick visit to small sandbank for sunset photos. This one disappears at high tide!
Day 11
Zebra sharks are frequently seen in the far south. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Busy current point at thila with schools of various fusiliers, big eye jacks, crescent-tailed big eyes, mackerel scads and a few tunas. The cola blocks were buzzing with Cooper's anthias. The coral at this site is impressive! We found a Nembrotha cristata nudibranch and just enjoyed the beautiful corals and reef fish
Dive 2
Laid-back final dive at thila with glassfish filled overhangs and coral blocks with schools of yellow goatfish and blue stripe snappers. There was a school of Forster's barracudas and a few dogtooth tunas along the reef side and lots of small groupers and morays on the reef. Bruuni shrimp gave some divers a manicure. We also found an upside down Chromodoris tritos nudi. The top reef is very pretty so a nice way to end the trip
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to an isolated sandbank for a little snorkelling and general messing around in the sea!
Day 12
Tiny white sand sandbank. Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for domestic flight to Male'
Day 13
So many fish! Mv Sea Spirit. Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived via domestic flight from Male' to Gan, Addu atoll. They transferred to Sea Spirit and we headed off to the north of the atoll
Dive 1
An easy and laid back check dive on this steep ocean reef. We watched a white tip shark cruising the depths, a couple of green turtles up in the shallows a school of rainbow runners checked us out, there was a small school of Forster's barracudas. The shallow reef has really beautiful hard corals buzzing with golden chromis and Evan's anthias
Day 1
Divers above stunning hard corals in the maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Lovely blue water at this exposed ocean reef site with beautiful coral blocks full of reef fish and extensive fields of hard corals in the shalllows. There were several large schools of green cheek parrotfish, schools of black and white snappers, big eye and bluefin jacks, goldfinger darts, rufferfish, milkfish, a murex snail and segmented nudis. There was one sole bumphead parrotfish!
Dive 2
HURRAH! 10+ MANTAS WAITING TO GREET US IN QUITE A BRISK CURRENT. What a lovely dive. PLUS A COUPLE OF GREY SHARKS AND A FUNNY LITTLE EAGLE RAY.
Dive 3
Southern ocean reef with lots of large coral blocks. In one we found a HUGE TAWNY NURSE SHARK, in another a large green turtle and a white leaf fish. There were several other green and hawksbill turtles, a porcelain crab, many humpback snappers and yellowback fusiliers plus so many green cheek parrotfish again!
Day 2
Beautiful Maldives Mantarays from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Stern tour of British Loyalty wreck via the bomb hole and the engine room then to the propellor and along the deck to the bow. The visibility was fair and we could see to the sandy bottom and the extra propellor. The black corals had many psamanthe shrimps and we found some large Pterolidia nudibranchs plus pipefish and lots of longfin batfish of varying sizes
Dive 2
A lovely show with ~5 manta busying themselves at the cleaning station and another 4 in the channel passing through several times. It was a completely different crowd of mantas to yesterday!
Dive 3
A strong in-flowing current so dived the channel corner where there were several grey sharks and a large school of barred jacks on the channel front, but pinned down deep by the strong current. As we drifted in we saw many Napoleons plus several large black saddled coral groupers, camouflage and masked groupers
Night Dive
A quieter night dive than expected but Steve used his special flourescent lights and got some remarkable results on his video of corals and soft corals at night. Bansi found a huge red hermit crab Dardanus megistos
Day 3
Reef buzzing with golden chromis seen from MV sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Wide channel ocean reef corner with a small in-current, but not much action today with sighting restricted to smaller creatures. We found a spearing mantis shrimp, a juvenile razor wrasse, a Pontonides shrimp on a whip coral, a beautiful juvenile oriental sweetlips and a shy octopus. AFTER THE DIVE WE WERE TREATED TO AN AMAZING SPINNER DOLPHIN SHOW AS ~200 DOLPHNS FROLICKED INSIDE THE CHANNEL LEAPING AND SPINNING AND CHASING THE DHONI
Dive 2
Tuftee the pale manta gave us a nice show whilst she busied herself being cleaned as she swam up the reef and closely inspected the divers. Paulette and Incognito mantas were also there but being a little more discreet. The small eagle ray who thinks she is a manta was there as were a couple of grey sharks.
Dive 3
A channel corner drift over large porites massives with many seafans including some impressive black/dark red ones. We found a pair of baby white tip sharks under a block, tunas cruised the channel front and then there were many Napoleons, sweetlips and large groupers around the blocks (i.e. lots of BIG fish!). Inside there are many shallow blocks buzzing with anthias and the regular reef fish and a few hawksbill turtles at the back of the reef, probably hiding from the current!
Day 4
Tawny nurse shark sleeping under overhang from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No mantas at the block so we made a drift dive on the ocean reef sighting a couple of grey sharks along the drop-off and several eagle rays up in the shallows. This is a really beautiful reef with large coral "statues" which are cleaning stations for reef fish. There were schools of black & white snappers, sleek surgeonfish, so many golden chromis, blue tangs etc.
Dive 2
Beautiful ocean reef with huge coral blocks cascading down the reef slope: home to every type of reef fish. TWO MANTAS CRUISED UP AND DOWN THE REEF SEVERAL TIMES, LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STOP OR JUST CHECKING US OUT? Schools ofsnappers and jacks, white tip sharks sleeping in sand, a leaf fish, big eye emperors, so many soldierfish in every nook and cannie of the reef.
Dive 3
Stunning ocean reef site with vertical wall from 12-50+m and a huge overhang. We found a large green turtle (or two) and drifted past walls smothered in purple wire seafans and pink, yellow and purple soft corals. The sunshine and the excellent visibility made for a superb dive as the current wafted us along the wall. We spent the last 10 minutes right up on the reef top enjoying the beautiful hard corals and the millions of Coopers and Evan's anthias, pyramid and Meyer's butterflyfish etc.
Day 5
Diver above beautiful Acropora corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! A SUPERB LAST DIVE WITH THE MANTAS as we watched a courtship display by 4 males to two large females. Up and down and around and around giving us an acrobatics display. Abigail the huge female is now pregnant, but still attractive to the posse of males following her around. AS we drifted along the channel we saw blacktip, white tip and grey reef sharks and the huge school of barred jacks were whirling around and then made a run for the ocean: whoosh!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Huvadhoo atoll crossing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Strong current so a fast drop and hang-on the current point before we were whisked along the eastern edge of the reef. We watched dogtooth tunas chasing fusiliers, a couple of grey sharks, a schools of rainbow runners which mobbed divers. The northern side was calmer and we were able to explore and enjoy the coral blocks. There were schools of black and white and red snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, lovely orange sea fans and soft coral so this site regularly gets current!
Night Dive
NEW SITE! An experimental night dive on a shallow thila inside the atoll. The corals were extensive and very beautiful. We saw flashlight fish and soldierfish amongst the corals, a pink coloured tapestry shrimp, a stripy reef lobster, pairs of banded coral shrimps and lots of trapezia crabs and squat lobsters hiding in coral heads.
Day 6
Courting mantas being friendly with us and eachother. MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We travelled a little east to this lovely thila with colourful orange and pink seafans and coral blocks full of reef fish along a sandy plateau. The dogtooth tunas were coralling schools of neon and striped fusiliers off the reef. We found spiny lobsters, another pair of green leaf fish, a block with lots of glassfish concealing a large coral grouper being cleaned by Bruuni shrimps, featherstars with elegant squat lobsters etc.
Dive 2
Hurrah an in-current AND A GREAT SHOW OF GREY SHARKS ON THE FRONT OF THE CHANNEL. HARD TO COUNT AS THEY KEPT COMING BUT CERTAINLY 50+ ALSO SQUADRON OF EAGLE RAYS PLUS HUGE SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS, BARRACUDAS, RAINBOW RUNNERS AND THEN A DRIFT ALONG THE REEF PASSING SEVERAL GREEN TURTLES AND A SLEEPING NURSE SHARK!
Dive 3
Similar conditions and all the above again with LOTS OF GREYS SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS AGAIN. The eagle rays swam underneath us too. There were several large Napoleons on the main reef and we managed to find the green turtles and the nurse shark again. At the end of the dive we sighted a male ribbontail ray chasing a very large female.
Evening Activity
Evening/sunset visit to island of Dhiyadhoo where the village is derserted and has become overgrown by the jungle. There is a beautiful beach on either side of the island.The crew collected some fresh coconuts and made drinks for the guests
Day 7
Golden yellow leaf fish seen from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Stronger in-current and LOTS OF GREY SHARKS ON THE CHANNEL FRONT plus large school of big-eye jacks, a sailfish, giant barracudas, a shark with a broken fin (!) eagle rays and a drift into the channel. Then the heavens opened.
Dive 2
No current! We jumped on the front of the channel amd weaved our way along the front where a few grey sharks were meandering around but there was a huge school of mackerel scads plus lots of dogtooth tunas. The reef front is heavily coralised with lots of ledges and we found several black ribbon eels, sleeping green turtles and many jacks
Dive 3
Quite a strong current pinning the sharks on the front so we just hooked in and watched the show as groups of GREY SHARKS PARADED UP AND DOWN IN FRONT OF US, AND BOBBED AROUND IN THE CURRENT. We had a brisk drift in over beautiful fish-covered coral blocks and found yet more green turtles plus orbicular batfish
Day 8
Divers with a huge school of blue stripe snappers from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A strong in-current so LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AGAIN on the channel front plus white tips bobbing about and eagle rays. Another brisk drift in over the coral blocks and we found a ribbon tail ray
Dive 2
A small in current but hard work to reach the point where there were lots a grey sharks plus resting white tip sharks, just after the corner. Some divers continued across the front. There was a large school of barracudas too. We found black ribbon eels again, turtles, Napoleons, eagle rays etc. This is always a busy channel with lots of things to see!
Dive 3
Pretty coral garden site. TWO FEATHERTAIL RAYS, ONE VERY LARGE AND LIKELY PREGNANT. Lots of pretty coral island with every kind of chromis and damsel including humbugs, indians, white-bellys, fusilier etc. Many sand gobies peering back ar us, Dracula and pinkbar gobies with their pistol shrimps etc.
Two spinner dolphins were fishing via the big lights at the back of the boat
Day 9
Grey sharks cruising sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Strong eddying current on front of channel LOTS OF GREY SHARKS but dispersed so we had to keep moving around and divers ended up all over the channel! Fast and bumpy drift in where we saw lots of green turtles, ZEBRA SHARK, round ribbontail ray, eagle rays, big groupers, harlequin sweetlips and really nice corals.
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted past large coral blocks and onto the techicolour channel front where huge schools of bluestripe and humpback snapper hung out. A squadron of ~8 EAGLE RAYS were waiting on the channel front and a single one swooped around and around on the corner. There were also schools of Raccoon and collared butterflyfish and both black tip and white tip sharks buzzing around. A swarm of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs swept past
Dive 3
Lovely drift dive past overhangs on the channel front and above huge porites blicks full of snappers and groupers. We briefly hooked on the channel front to watch a few grey sharks saunter past and then drifted in. We found a small, very spotty ZEBRA SHARK resting in a sand area. Other divers found a large one on a ledge amongst the coral. We also found Maldives sponge snails, a leaf fish and a lovely green turtle in the middle of a delicate table coral being cleaned!
Several members of crew went night snorkelling inside the very shallow anchorage
Day 10
Large school of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A HUGE SCHOOL OF BONITOS ENGULFED US ON THE CORNER. WITHIN THE SCHOOL WERE APAIR OF EAGLE RAYS AND A FEW GREY SHARKS! WOW! The current was strng so we hooked in and watched the grey sharks and white tips cruising overhead. The drift into the channel was fast and bouncy but Matt maged to find us TWO sleeping ZEBREA sharks and a round ribbontail ray which all took off down current.
Dive 2
An easy current at this thila site. Only a grey shark and some rainbow runners at depth but a school of yellow-back fusiliers greeted us as we descended. More rainbow runners milled around and visited cleaning stations. THIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD MACRO SITE AND TODAY WE MANAGED TO FIND A BLUE RIBBON EEL, 4X LEAF FISH, AMBOIN, BRUUNI AND LYSMATA CLEANING SHRIMPS
Dive 3
Beautiful coral garden and good macro again. A large, glassfish covered, coral block also contained three leaf fish, a small peacock flounder and a couple or morays. There was a beautiful tiny sailfish tang and another 2cm long baby bi-colour parrotfish. Over the ridge we saw a blacktip sharks and schools of fusiliers and black and white snappers
Quick visit to small sandbank for sunset photos. This one disappears at high tide!
Day 11
Zebra sharks are frequently seen in the far south. Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Busy current point at thila with schools of various fusiliers, big eye jacks, crescent-tailed big eyes, mackerel scads and a few tunas. The cola blocks were buzzing with Cooper's anthias. The coral at this site is impressive! We found a Nembrotha cristata nudibranch and just enjoyed the beautiful corals and reef fish
Dive 2
Laid-back final dive at thila with glassfish filled overhangs and coral blocks with schools of yellow goatfish and blue stripe snappers. There was a school of Forster's barracudas and a few dogtooth tunas along the reef side and lots of small groupers and morays on the reef. Bruuni shrimp gave some divers a manicure. We also found an upside down Chromodoris tritos nudi. The top reef is very pretty so a nice way to end the trip
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to an isolated sandbank for a little snorkelling and general messing around in the sea!
Day 12
Tiny white sand sandbank. Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests were transferred to Kaadhedhdhoo airport for domestic flight to Male'
Day 13
So many fish! Mv Sea Spirit. Maldives
Sea Spirit SS443 17 Aug 2014 to 29 Aug 2014 Equatorial Far South - Gan Addu/Foammulah/Huvadhoo (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and then travelled via a domestic flight from male' to Kadhedhdhoo in Huvadhoo atoll. We met the arriving guest and transferred to Sea Spirit, waiting outside the airport and travelled to the first sive site located near a pictuesque tropical island!
Dive 1
Easy and pretty check dive on large shallow thila with so many yellowback and neon fusiliers meandering around the reef top and mackerels, dogtooth tunas, many orbicular and longfin batfish off the reef. There were brightly coloured schools of blue-stripe snappers , yellow goatfish and crescent-tailed big eyes. We found Schultz's pipefish, Bruuni cleaner shrimps and just enjoyed the lovely corals
Day 1
Beautiful schools of big eye crescent tails from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Deeper thila with many cleaning stations attracting pelagic fish so many rainbow runners in attendance plus dogtooth tunas, a large male hawksbill turtle who investigated the divers several times! A small grey reef shark, blue ribbon eels, a green leaf fish, Amboin and Lysmata cleaner shrimps etc.
Dive 2
Sprawling ocean reef with lots of coral-covered deep thilas. There were many schools of reef fish plus large snappers including midnight, red and black & whites. There were a few hawksbill turtles plus some medium-sized Napoleons. Just so much coral!
Dive 3
Large thila structure with superb corals and many schools of fish. On the deeper side were many coral blocks filled with glassfish and several red groupers keeping guard, varicose wart slugs, Maldives sponge snails and lots of different damselfish in the acroporas including azur and and blue-green chromis. A squall blew up during the dive so we headed for sheltered anchorage and a change of plans!
Day 2
Divers enjoying a deep thila reef from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! AMAZING SCHOOLS OF BIG-EYE JACKS SWIRLING AROUND THIS THILA DROP-OFF AND SCOOTING UP AND DOWN THE REEF WHILST ENGULFING DIVERS. THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF RED/PINK/SILVER CRESCENT TAILED- BIG EYES ON THE STUNNING TOP REEF PLUS INDIAN AND BROWNMARBLED GROUPERS, NAPOLEON WRASSES AND SOME OF THE VERY BEST HARD CORAL IN THE MALDIVES!
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted along inner reef with large porites blocks full of groupers and many snappers. We found SEVERAL LARGE GREEN TURTLES resting amongst the coral blocks and a couple of large ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS. There was a huge schol of black and white snappers on the channel front and the sweetlips, bluestripe snappers and raccoon butterflyfish on the corner. Beautiful!
Dive 3
We made a channel crossing and there were LOTS OF GREY SHARKS plus an eagle ray, white tip sharks and a huge ribbonrail ray sleeping under a block. We also saw a school of Forsters barracudas,, big eye jacks and the came shallow on the reeftop to many turtles, a huge mappa puffer a spotted puffer in its yellow mating colours etc.
Day 3
Lots of grey reef sharks at drop-off of channel from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We dived the north ocean reef corner where there were rainbow runners, white tip and grey sharks on the outside and then many green turtles on the reef top plus many spotfin squirrelfish and dense schools of Coopers anthias.
Dive 2
South corner of channel dive with just so many green turtles which swam off as soon as approached. A BOWMOUTH GUITARFISH swam across the channel front! There were white tip and grey sharks and a couple of ribbontail rays resting on the reef. We enjoyed the lovely schoools of bluestripe and humpback snappers on the corner again
Dive 3
A late afternoon channel crossing descending into a huge school of jacks then we saw lots of grey sharks but they were all quite deep and went deeper as we dropped down. There were lots of green turtles, different types of snappers, sleek and Thompsons surgeonfish and something was bothering the rudderfish as we drifted in on the north side.
Day 4
A bowmouth guitar fish seen on the front of a channel MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Final dive at this site after the weather held us here for two days! We made a channel crossing and there were many GREY SHARKS ALONG THE CHANNEL FRONT AGAIN also big eye jacks, turtles, barracudas, white tip sharks, black jacks and a pair of rare lined triggerfish!
Dive 2
A SLEEPING ZEBRA SHARK was the highlight of the dive but we also enjoyed the beautiful orange soft coral and seafan surrounded coral blocks with several green turtles, many snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, 30-40 large milk fish just under the surface and just enjoyed the beautiful outside reef.
Dive 3
A channel corner drfit with several huge green turtles (again!) an ENORMOUS tuna, several brownmarbled groupers having a fight, several grey sharks swimming around looking for cleaning stations, a black ribbon eel, nice nepthia soft coral in a variety of colours and a lovely ocean-facing reef wall
Day 5
Huge green turtles, a common sight in the Far South from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We crossed the channel front and some divers saw a large hammerhead shark swim away from the reef then there were lots of grey sharks deep on the north corner, a black ribbon eel, many green and hawksbill turtles, an eagle ray, sweetlips, Napoleons, several large groupers and millions of Coopers and Evans anthias. We saw a pod of dolphins in the channel after the dive
Dive 2
Surprise in-current so changed site to try and get some good shark action and this time saw around 30 GREY SHARKS hanging in the water column of all sizes, plus many big-eye jacks, white tip sharks cruising the reef edge and a nice and easy drift into the channel.
Dive 3
South corner drift past several huge porites blocks full of goldspot emperors and snappers, a couple of ribbon eels and onto the corner where we swam along the beautiful wall smothered in coral and pulsating with fish.
Evening Activity
Evening visit to local village
Day 6
Masses of bannerfish and oriental sweetlips make for colourful reefs from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No current so we had an easy crossing but not enough to pin the sharks down so they were busy at cleaning stations instead. There were also a couple of white tip sharks taking a break and resting in a sandy area. Along the drop off we saw rainbow runners, black jacks, mackerel scads and a large schoool of big eye jacks. The outside reef is stunning and this morning we woke up several resting green turtles!
Dive 2
A small out current so we drifted out of channel, along the front and along the south ocean reef past two large round ribbontail rays, white tip sharks, turtles, swirling big eye jacks, big eye emperors, plus a areef smothered in anthias and chromis with extensive areas of green cylinder porites
Dive 3
A pretty thila with lots of orange and pink seafans and many coral blocks surrounded by sand. In the large pavona coral we found a spiny lobster plus Bruuni shrimp cleaning rock cods
Night Dive
Back to the thila for a night dive where we found a pair of juvenile black and white snappers hiding in staghorn coral, lots of langoustine shrimps plus a furry legged Saron shrimp, a common crab, lots of hermit crabs, conus snails plus a pufferfish with lots of tiny snails crawling over it, yuck!
Beautiful sunset over idyllic Maldives island
Day 7
White tip reef shark at the current point of colourful Mafzoo thila MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at the pretty thila this time with a busy current point with a school of mixed fusiliers swirling around plus several white tip sharks cruising around. Deep over the wall were many large pink seafans and schools of bluestripe and humpback snappers. We also found a green leaf fish, a spiny lobster, a blue spotted trunkfish and so many small fish bouncing around in the coral
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Foammulah atoll passing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Easy drift on NW Ocean reef with really good porites coral cover plus many areas of extensive fire coral. We saw milk fish and giant barracudas in the shallows plus large coral blocks full of reef fish of all varieties plus many pyramid butterflyfish and schools of snappers on the extreme corner
Dive 3
Exploratory dive on SW of extensive southern plateau. There were many cleaning station type blocks but no big stuff taking advantage
Day 8
Yellow leaf fish at the thila top from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Early morning blue-water dive but no hammerheads :-( only sleek surgeonfish, black and white snappers, rainbow runners and big tunas
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Addu atoll
Dive 2
HURRAH!!!! 20 mantas and so much fun with them so close! They were busy just hanging out and also being cleaned and didn't seem too bothered by our presence. There were also two grey sharks and a little eagle ray plus all the usual reef fish hanging around the reef
Dive 3
Outflow from channel so we stayed on the outside reef of this channel corner and visited the coral blocks and then shallow over the extensive hard coral looking for turtles. There were several hawksbill and green turtles plus golden chromis bobbing up and down in the staghorn
Dive 4
Scenic dive to catch the golden sunlight at the end of the day at a shallow thila site where we saw a giant barracuda, a small eagle ray, lots of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs marauding around the reef, black sea urchins, Graeffe's sea cucumbers spawning, giant conch anad scorpion spider shells
Day 9
Lots of manta rays at our favourite southern manta point from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift with ~7 GREY REEF SHARKS around the front of the channel plus a school of barred jacks tucked in on the reef and Napoleons and snappers of various types up in the water column. There were ~20 MANTA RAYS waiting for us with many of our friends including Friendly Bubbler and Tuftee. The grey sharks and the eagle ray seemed to be enjoying the current!
Dive 2
We went straight to the manta point and had around 13 mantas focused on being cleaned this time so a little less intereactive with us but certainly giving us a wonderful and close-up show
Dive 3
Lots of green turtles, plus goldfinger dart pompanos, jobfish and bluefin jacks along this steep ocean reef wall and then a lovely reef top with purple and yellow soft corals plus excellent hard coral and all varieties of reef fish including a leaf fish, longnose filefish and arch eye hawkfish
Day 10
Divers enjoying a beautiful sunset from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
A dramatic ocean reef but just a small current and most fish were focused on being cleaned so we saw lots of blacksaddled and other large groupers out and about plus harlequin sweetlips, unicornfish, emperors etc. plus sleeping white tips. Up in the shallows off the reef was a large school (~100) milkfish
Dive 2
A FABULOUS SHOW WITH ~18 DIFFERENT MANTAS AND JASON AND GALILEO COURTSHIP-CHASING THE BIG FEMALE "FOURMA". THEIR BALLETIC CHASE WAS MESMERISING. The little eagle ray just looked on wishing she could join in the big guys fun!
Dive 3
A stern tour of the British Loyalty wreck descending into the bomb hole and out through the bottom of the hull and then towards the huge propellor and back along the deck where we paid a visit into the (huge!) engine room and a swim through a section of accomodation/storage area. We found blacktail snappers, Burberry print reef pipefish, Phidiana blue/purple nudibranchs and lots of juvenile batfish
Night Dive
At night the shrimps and crabs started to come out and we found Psmanthe and Bruuni shrimps in the black corals, tiny squat lobsters and trapezia crabs in most of the large table corals plus sleeping goatfish and parrotfish and a well camouflaged scorpionfish
Day 11
Courting manta rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful Ocean Reef with meandering reef cascading into the depths and superb hard corals in the shallows.We saw schools of big eye jacks and snappers plus a huge male green turtle, a few white tip sharks buzzing around, a FEATHERTAIL ray, large brownmarbled groupers and a large school of rudderfish. In clear blue water and with sunshine it was all rather idyllic.
Dive 2
Our final visit to manta point and 18 mantas there waiting greet us and play with us. A beautiful way to finish the trip!
Day 12
So many turtles and what an amazing reef! MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests had a relaxing morning onboard and then transferred to Gan airport for the domestic flight back to Male'
Day 13
Fourma and Jason, our super-friendly mantas flypast to say goodbye. Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights and then travelled via a domestic flight from male' to Kadhedhdhoo in Huvadhoo atoll. We met the arriving guest and transferred to Sea Spirit, waiting outside the airport and travelled to the first sive site located near a pictuesque tropical island!
Dive 1
Easy and pretty check dive on large shallow thila with so many yellowback and neon fusiliers meandering around the reef top and mackerels, dogtooth tunas, many orbicular and longfin batfish off the reef. There were brightly coloured schools of blue-stripe snappers , yellow goatfish and crescent-tailed big eyes. We found Schultz's pipefish, Bruuni cleaner shrimps and just enjoyed the lovely corals
Day 1
Beautiful schools of big eye crescent tails from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Deeper thila with many cleaning stations attracting pelagic fish so many rainbow runners in attendance plus dogtooth tunas, a large male hawksbill turtle who investigated the divers several times! A small grey reef shark, blue ribbon eels, a green leaf fish, Amboin and Lysmata cleaner shrimps etc.
Dive 2
Sprawling ocean reef with lots of coral-covered deep thilas. There were many schools of reef fish plus large snappers including midnight, red and black & whites. There were a few hawksbill turtles plus some medium-sized Napoleons. Just so much coral!
Dive 3
Large thila structure with superb corals and many schools of fish. On the deeper side were many coral blocks filled with glassfish and several red groupers keeping guard, varicose wart slugs, Maldives sponge snails and lots of different damselfish in the acroporas including azur and and blue-green chromis. A squall blew up during the dive so we headed for sheltered anchorage and a change of plans!
Day 2
Divers enjoying a deep thila reef from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
WOW! AMAZING SCHOOLS OF BIG-EYE JACKS SWIRLING AROUND THIS THILA DROP-OFF AND SCOOTING UP AND DOWN THE REEF WHILST ENGULFING DIVERS. THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF RED/PINK/SILVER CRESCENT TAILED- BIG EYES ON THE STUNNING TOP REEF PLUS INDIAN AND BROWNMARBLED GROUPERS, NAPOLEON WRASSES AND SOME OF THE VERY BEST HARD CORAL IN THE MALDIVES!
Dive 2
Out-current in channel so drifted along inner reef with large porites blocks full of groupers and many snappers. We found SEVERAL LARGE GREEN TURTLES resting amongst the coral blocks and a couple of large ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS. There was a huge schol of black and white snappers on the channel front and the sweetlips, bluestripe snappers and raccoon butterflyfish on the corner. Beautiful!
Dive 3
We made a channel crossing and there were LOTS OF GREY SHARKS plus an eagle ray, white tip sharks and a huge ribbonrail ray sleeping under a block. We also saw a school of Forsters barracudas,, big eye jacks and the came shallow on the reeftop to many turtles, a huge mappa puffer a spotted puffer in its yellow mating colours etc.
Day 3
Lots of grey reef sharks at drop-off of channel from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We dived the north ocean reef corner where there were rainbow runners, white tip and grey sharks on the outside and then many green turtles on the reef top plus many spotfin squirrelfish and dense schools of Coopers anthias.
Dive 2
South corner of channel dive with just so many green turtles which swam off as soon as approached. A BOWMOUTH GUITARFISH swam across the channel front! There were white tip and grey sharks and a couple of ribbontail rays resting on the reef. We enjoyed the lovely schoools of bluestripe and humpback snappers on the corner again
Dive 3
A late afternoon channel crossing descending into a huge school of jacks then we saw lots of grey sharks but they were all quite deep and went deeper as we dropped down. There were lots of green turtles, different types of snappers, sleek and Thompsons surgeonfish and something was bothering the rudderfish as we drifted in on the north side.
Day 4
A bowmouth guitar fish seen on the front of a channel MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Final dive at this site after the weather held us here for two days! We made a channel crossing and there were many GREY SHARKS ALONG THE CHANNEL FRONT AGAIN also big eye jacks, turtles, barracudas, white tip sharks, black jacks and a pair of rare lined triggerfish!
Dive 2
A SLEEPING ZEBRA SHARK was the highlight of the dive but we also enjoyed the beautiful orange soft coral and seafan surrounded coral blocks with several green turtles, many snappers, a pair of green leaf fish, 30-40 large milk fish just under the surface and just enjoyed the beautiful outside reef.
Dive 3
A channel corner drfit with several huge green turtles (again!) an ENORMOUS tuna, several brownmarbled groupers having a fight, several grey sharks swimming around looking for cleaning stations, a black ribbon eel, nice nepthia soft coral in a variety of colours and a lovely ocean-facing reef wall
Day 5
Huge green turtles, a common sight in the Far South from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
We crossed the channel front and some divers saw a large hammerhead shark swim away from the reef then there were lots of grey sharks deep on the north corner, a black ribbon eel, many green and hawksbill turtles, an eagle ray, sweetlips, Napoleons, several large groupers and millions of Coopers and Evans anthias. We saw a pod of dolphins in the channel after the dive
Dive 2
Surprise in-current so changed site to try and get some good shark action and this time saw around 30 GREY SHARKS hanging in the water column of all sizes, plus many big-eye jacks, white tip sharks cruising the reef edge and a nice and easy drift into the channel.
Dive 3
South corner drift past several huge porites blocks full of goldspot emperors and snappers, a couple of ribbon eels and onto the corner where we swam along the beautiful wall smothered in coral and pulsating with fish.
Evening Activity
Evening visit to local village
Day 6
Masses of bannerfish and oriental sweetlips make for colourful reefs from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
No current so we had an easy crossing but not enough to pin the sharks down so they were busy at cleaning stations instead. There were also a couple of white tip sharks taking a break and resting in a sandy area. Along the drop off we saw rainbow runners, black jacks, mackerel scads and a large schoool of big eye jacks. The outside reef is stunning and this morning we woke up several resting green turtles!
Dive 2
A small out current so we drifted out of channel, along the front and along the south ocean reef past two large round ribbontail rays, white tip sharks, turtles, swirling big eye jacks, big eye emperors, plus a areef smothered in anthias and chromis with extensive areas of green cylinder porites
Dive 3
A pretty thila with lots of orange and pink seafans and many coral blocks surrounded by sand. In the large pavona coral we found a spiny lobster plus Bruuni shrimp cleaning rock cods
Night Dive
Back to the thila for a night dive where we found a pair of juvenile black and white snappers hiding in staghorn coral, lots of langoustine shrimps plus a furry legged Saron shrimp, a common crab, lots of hermit crabs, conus snails plus a pufferfish with lots of tiny snails crawling over it, yuck!
Beautiful sunset over idyllic Maldives island
Day 7
White tip reef shark at the current point of colourful Mafzoo thila MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another dive at the pretty thila this time with a busy current point with a school of mixed fusiliers swirling around plus several white tip sharks cruising around. Deep over the wall were many large pink seafans and schools of bluestripe and humpback snappers. We also found a green leaf fish, a spiny lobster, a blue spotted trunkfish and so many small fish bouncing around in the coral
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Foammulah atoll passing the Equator on the way
Dive 2
Easy drift on NW Ocean reef with really good porites coral cover plus many areas of extensive fire coral. We saw milk fish and giant barracudas in the shallows plus large coral blocks full of reef fish of all varieties plus many pyramid butterflyfish and schools of snappers on the extreme corner
Dive 3
Exploratory dive on SW of extensive southern plateau. There were many cleaning station type blocks but no big stuff taking advantage
Day 8
Yellow leaf fish at the thila top from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Early morning blue-water dive but no hammerheads :-( only sleek surgeonfish, black and white snappers, rainbow runners and big tunas
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Addu atoll
Dive 2
HURRAH!!!! 20 mantas and so much fun with them so close! They were busy just hanging out and also being cleaned and didn't seem too bothered by our presence. There were also two grey sharks and a little eagle ray plus all the usual reef fish hanging around the reef
Dive 3
Outflow from channel so we stayed on the outside reef of this channel corner and visited the coral blocks and then shallow over the extensive hard coral looking for turtles. There were several hawksbill and green turtles plus golden chromis bobbing up and down in the staghorn
Dive 4
Scenic dive to catch the golden sunlight at the end of the day at a shallow thila site where we saw a giant barracuda, a small eagle ray, lots of blue tangs and bristletooth tangs marauding around the reef, black sea urchins, Graeffe's sea cucumbers spawning, giant conch anad scorpion spider shells
Day 9
Lots of manta rays at our favourite southern manta point from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift with ~7 GREY REEF SHARKS around the front of the channel plus a school of barred jacks tucked in on the reef and Napoleons and snappers of various types up in the water column. There were ~20 MANTA RAYS waiting for us with many of our friends including Friendly Bubbler and Tuftee. The grey sharks and the eagle ray seemed to be enjoying the current!
Dive 2
We went straight to the manta point and had around 13 mantas focused on being cleaned this time so a little less intereactive with us but certainly giving us a wonderful and close-up show
Dive 3
Lots of green turtles, plus goldfinger dart pompanos, jobfish and bluefin jacks along this steep ocean reef wall and then a lovely reef top with purple and yellow soft corals plus excellent hard coral and all varieties of reef fish including a leaf fish, longnose filefish and arch eye hawkfish
Day 10
Divers enjoying a beautiful sunset from MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives
Dive 1
A dramatic ocean reef but just a small current and most fish were focused on being cleaned so we saw lots of blacksaddled and other large groupers out and about plus harlequin sweetlips, unicornfish, emperors etc. plus sleeping white tips. Up in the shallows off the reef was a large school (~100) milkfish
Dive 2
A FABULOUS SHOW WITH ~18 DIFFERENT MANTAS AND JASON AND GALILEO COURTSHIP-CHASING THE BIG FEMALE "FOURMA". THEIR BALLETIC CHASE WAS MESMERISING. The little eagle ray just looked on wishing she could join in the big guys fun!
Dive 3
A stern tour of the British Loyalty wreck descending into the bomb hole and out through the bottom of the hull and then towards the huge propellor and back along the deck where we paid a visit into the (huge!) engine room and a swim through a section of accomodation/storage area. We found blacktail snappers, Burberry print reef pipefish, Phidiana blue/purple nudibranchs and lots of juvenile batfish
Night Dive
At night the shrimps and crabs started to come out and we found Psmanthe and Bruuni shrimps in the black corals, tiny squat lobsters and trapezia crabs in most of the large table corals plus sleeping goatfish and parrotfish and a well camouflaged scorpionfish
Day 11
Courting manta rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful Ocean Reef with meandering reef cascading into the depths and superb hard corals in the shallows.We saw schools of big eye jacks and snappers plus a huge male green turtle, a few white tip sharks buzzing around, a FEATHERTAIL ray, large brownmarbled groupers and a large school of rudderfish. In clear blue water and with sunshine it was all rather idyllic.
Dive 2
Our final visit to manta point and 18 mantas there waiting greet us and play with us. A beautiful way to finish the trip!
Day 12
So many turtles and what an amazing reef! MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests had a relaxing morning onboard and then transferred to Gan airport for the domestic flight back to Male'
Day 13
Fourma and Jason, our super-friendly mantas flypast to say goodbye. Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Sea Spirit SS441 27 Jul 2014 to 6 Aug 2014 Manta & Whaleshark Special (10 day)
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We up-anchored and travelled into North Male' atoll
Dive 1
Check dive. Drift on ocean facing reef with the current increasing as we drifted. We saw FOUR NAPOLEON WRASSES together, 3x honeycomb morays a MANGROVE WHIPRAY several white tip reef sharks and a block with 12 lobsters plus several schools of fish so a great start!
Day 1
Friendly little hawksbill turtle Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
1+3 MANTA RAYS but rather a strong current making it difficult for them to stop and clean. We were entertained by lemon meringue wrasse and lots of garden eels whilst we waited for mantas. A little hawksbill turtle came to visit us and pretty much approached every diver on his way to the coral blocks
Dive 2
We tried again for mantas but they just seemed very shy today. We had a large lionfish join the group and a cute juvenile razor wrasse swim through. Matt found a peacock flounder and there were many pinkbar gobies with their pairs of pistol shrimps in burrows
Dive 3
Ocean reef with lovely schools of bluestripe snappers on large porites blocks. We found a large RIBBONTAIL RAY sleeping in the sand, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, a pair of yellow/black leaf fish, an eagle ray, several honeycomb morays being cleaned and a friendly hawksbill turtle.
Day 2
Manta rays sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
In-current at channel corner with millions of fusiliers in the water column and dogtooth tunas sweeping through amongst them. We found a mangrove whipray and then about a dozen WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS riding the current on the corner plus a couple of EAGLE RAYS so we stopped to watch. We had a fun drift over the coral blocks and past the overhangs inside the channel
Dive 2
Pretty thila with all the soft corals puffed up and schools of snappers and bannerfish at the current point plus a large school of CHEVRON BARRACUDAS which moved around and enveloped divers as they photographed them. Between the white-polyped seafans were schools of blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips and there were many red soldierfish in the bigger overhangs. This site was very fishy today and had a wonderful vive with all the small fish fluttering in the current.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 3
The wind picked up and stirred up the sea so the visibility was not so good but there was still plenty of life on the little wreck as there were schools of silversides being chased by bonitos and bluefin trevallies plus schools of glassfis being hunted by large lionfish and coral groupers. This site is always good for macro and today we found Durban, short-headed, banded and Bruuni shrimps, a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, many Maldives sponge snails (Matt put a few together to "introduce" them) and the pretty magnifica anemones with large blackfoot anemonefish.
Day 3
Reefs teeming with fish and corals from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef to channel corner drift with nice overhangs and terraces and many soft coral decorated coral blocks. We saw a large grey shark, several white tips a yellow leaf fish plus a pair of white ones, schooling bannerfish, Lysmata shrimps and really pretty overhangs full of reef fish, seafans etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing To Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
Out current on channel corner drift with two hawksbill turtles and many surgeonfish on the channel corner and then excellent macro on the wall (along with the lovely schools of goldspot emperors and humpback snappers): Lysmata shrimps, a white leaf fish, fimbriated morays, various Phyllidia slugs and every type of anthias.
Dive 3
There were LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS BUZZING AROUND in the channel plus a large sleeping ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY. We found a silver and a gold leaf fish together, a tiny Chromodoris fidelis, a white mouthed moray, trapezia crabs and pistol shrimps in Pocillopora coral. This reef is full of feisty (read vicious!) black cheek morals and we saw one bite a passing hawksbill turtle, so its not just us divers they pick on!
Night Dive
WILD NIGHT DIVE WITH A LARGE NURSE SHARK AGGREGATION, SOME SWIMMING IN A SCHOOL IN THE WATER COLUMN AND OTHERS FORAGING ON THE BOTTOM. THERE WERE ALSO PINK WHIP RAYS, RIBBONTAIL RAYS, GIANT TREVALLIES AND SOME BLACKTIP SHARKS TURNED UP WHEN THE RESORT STARTED THROWING FISH-BITS IN. AMAZING!!!!
We celebrated Carolyn and Gareth's wedding anniversary
Day 4
Hungry tawny nurse shark out hunting from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Out current in channel but this time we discovered a group of GREY SHARKS PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT along with ~20 JUVENILE GREY SHARKS AND TWO EAGLE RAYS. We just stopped and watched the show!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Ari atoll
Dive 2
Easy drift along lovely ocean reef. There were THREE EAGLE RAYS TOGETHER, several turtles, a blotched porcupinefish, a yellow pustule flatworm, a tiny octopus, a grouper ate a red-tooth triggerfish! This reef section has lovely hard corals in the shallows with schools of reef fish.
Dive 3
There was a nice current point with big jacks and tunas plus many schooling bannerfish. This site is famous for turtles and there were several around, munching their way through all the disc anemones. There were black coral trees with hundreds of Pericimenes psamanthe shrimps and longnose hawkfish in, and Jan found an ornate ghost pipe fish. We saw a couple of rare bartail morays. Great late afternoon dive!
Day 5
So many grey sharks! Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A wreck with some great creatures! TWO stonefish, one was covered in green algae and very fluffy, a white leaf fish, 2x Chromodoris glenei nudis, a large spearing mantis shrimp. The house reef has good coral growth and divers saw MOBULA RAYS, blacktip sharks and the reeftop was buzzing with cromis and Sargent Majors
Snorkelling
AN HOURS SNORKEL WITH A SWIFTLY SWIMMING WHALE SHARK!!! To keep up we had to swim hard and all the snorkellers ended up being dropped in 5 or 6 times. He swam off without us eventually!
Dive 2
A drift dive on an ocean reef with many white tips, a black tip and a large round ribbon tail ray sighted, but no whale shark. A ledge full of glassfish also contained 2x pink leaf fish, a white and a yellow one! Lovely sweetlips too.
Dive 3
A third drift trying to see a whale shark diving and still no luck but lots of other nice things including a round ribbontail ray in an overhang, blacktip sharks in the shallows, white tip sharks, a Periclimenes imperator shrimp on a sea cucumber, a cave full of glassfish and bullseyes, 2-spot angelfish and a mappa puffer which accompanied the group for the entire dive
Evening Activity
A couple of guest made a visit to a local village in the evening
Day 6
Whale shark seen today! Friendly but fast! Mv Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful thila with large overhangs and tall blocks forming canyons with so many blue stripe snappers. There were grey sharks and white tips at the current point and many fusiliers, pyramid bannerfish and sleek surgeonfish. The deeper part of the thila is smothered with large seafans. We found a short headed shrimp in a carpet anemone plus a very entertaining octopus on the top reef
We patrolled the reefs along the western edge of the atoll looking for feeding mantas but only saw a couple in the shallows and decided to leave the mantas to it and not disturb them further
Dive 2
Pretty and colourful long thila with extensive overhangs on the north and south sides and many, many snappers and goldspots. The caves had lovely seafans and seawhips plus dendronepthia and chironepthia soft corals. The top was a riot of colour and just so many fish. A big squall blew in at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
SILVERTIP SHARKS, GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS AT THE DEEP CURRENT POINT, OVER THE DEEP BLOCKS AND PROBABLY LOOKING FOR CLEANING STATIONS. We saw one grey shark with its mouth open and posing to be cleaned.We then saw a couple of grey sharks sweeping up and down the shallow reef edge near cleaning stations so it must have been that time of day! We also found turtles, octopus, batfish, bannerfish and bannerfish, so quite a show
Night Dive
AMAZING FEEDING MANTA RAY SESSION FOR OVER 60 MINUTES AS WE WATCHED FOUR HUNGRY MANTAS HOOVERING UP THE PLANKTON. A VERY SPECIAL DIVE
Day 7
Pirate invade Sea Spirit! Maldives
Dive 1
ERASMUS IS BACK! Huge giant barracuda was hanging out at the current point near a cleaning station and intimidating the bannerfish (and us!). There were ~5 GREY SHARKS of various sizes cruising the depths plus a large school of longfin batfish. We also found a hawksbill turtle and a small ledge full of Bruuni shrimps busy cleaning rock cods
Dive 2
Thila with colourful overhangs and a charming Anemone City occupied by 1000 maldives anemone fish in hundreds of Magnifica anemones. We found TWO BEAUTIFUL BLACK AND WHITE JORUNNA FUNEBRIS nudis. There were curious harlequib sweetlips and large black coral trees full of oysters and sponges
Dive 3
Pretty Thila but a rather whirly current this afternoon, mixing things up. We found the red "radioactive" anemone, Napoleon, white tips, a Susan's flatworm and batfish. A big squall blwe in during the dive and it was a very rough pick up
Night Dive
TWO MANTAS FEEDING BEHIND SS. Wiggle was extremely friendly tonight!
Day 8
Manta rays in the dark! Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
SHARKY THILA SITE WITH AROUND 5 CURIOUS GREY SHARKS CRUISING THE CURRENT POINT PLUS LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS SKITTING ABOUT OR SLEEPING IN THE SAND. Around the thila there were lovely schools of big-eye crescent tails, bluestripe snappers, Forster's barracudas etc. We found several scorpionfish on the reef top
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Male' atoll
Dive 2
Colourful thila with some overhangs full of glassfish, soldierfish and with ledges with banded coral shrimps and Lysmata cleaner shrimps offering their services. There were sponges of every colour, many anemones, a sleeping turtle, emperors and many different reef fish.
Dive 3
BEAUTIFUL SITE AND SUPERB ANIMALS TODAY WITH 2X LARGE TAWNY NURSE SHARKS HIDING IN A CANYON, EAGLE RAYS AT THE CURRENT POINT ALONG WITH A SCHOOL OF ~7 LARGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS CRUISING ABOUT, A HUGE BLUE NAPOLEON, FAT-LIPPED SILVER SWEETLIPS PLUS ALL THE BEAUTIFUL PINK,ORANGE, YELLOW AND BLUE SOFT CORAL BLOCKS, OVERHANGS AND TERRACES ALL PUFFED UP AND JUST SO COLOURFUL. A SCUBA HEAVEN!
Day 9
Friendly eagle rays in the Maldives as seen from Sea Spirit
Dive 1
LUCKY LAST DIVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL MANTA SHOW FOR OVER AN HOUR. Such a great way to end. One of the mantas was very curious and was copying divers, swimming low in the sand and coming in to check us out very closely. Wonderful!
Travel back to anchorage near Male' and an afternoon visit to the capital for shopping, sightseeing and a visit to the ice-cream parlour
Day 10
Amazing manta action AGAIN from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests to airport in the morning for onward international flights
Day 11
MV Sea Spirit at motor. Maldives
 
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit. We up-anchored and travelled into North Male' atoll
Dive 1
Check dive. Drift on ocean facing reef with the current increasing as we drifted. We saw FOUR NAPOLEON WRASSES together, 3x honeycomb morays a MANGROVE WHIPRAY several white tip reef sharks and a block with 12 lobsters plus several schools of fish so a great start!
Day 1
Friendly little hawksbill turtle Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
1+3 MANTA RAYS but rather a strong current making it difficult for them to stop and clean. We were entertained by lemon meringue wrasse and lots of garden eels whilst we waited for mantas. A little hawksbill turtle came to visit us and pretty much approached every diver on his way to the coral blocks
Dive 2
We tried again for mantas but they just seemed very shy today. We had a large lionfish join the group and a cute juvenile razor wrasse swim through. Matt found a peacock flounder and there were many pinkbar gobies with their pairs of pistol shrimps in burrows
Dive 3
Ocean reef with lovely schools of bluestripe snappers on large porites blocks. We found a large RIBBONTAIL RAY sleeping in the sand, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, a pair of yellow/black leaf fish, an eagle ray, several honeycomb morays being cleaned and a friendly hawksbill turtle.
Day 2
Manta rays sighted from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
In-current at channel corner with millions of fusiliers in the water column and dogtooth tunas sweeping through amongst them. We found a mangrove whipray and then about a dozen WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS riding the current on the corner plus a couple of EAGLE RAYS so we stopped to watch. We had a fun drift over the coral blocks and past the overhangs inside the channel
Dive 2
Pretty thila with all the soft corals puffed up and schools of snappers and bannerfish at the current point plus a large school of CHEVRON BARRACUDAS which moved around and enveloped divers as they photographed them. Between the white-polyped seafans were schools of blue stripe snappers and oriental sweetlips and there were many red soldierfish in the bigger overhangs. This site was very fishy today and had a wonderful vive with all the small fish fluttering in the current.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 3
The wind picked up and stirred up the sea so the visibility was not so good but there was still plenty of life on the little wreck as there were schools of silversides being chased by bonitos and bluefin trevallies plus schools of glassfis being hunted by large lionfish and coral groupers. This site is always good for macro and today we found Durban, short-headed, banded and Bruuni shrimps, a Chromodoris tritos nudibranch, many Maldives sponge snails (Matt put a few together to "introduce" them) and the pretty magnifica anemones with large blackfoot anemonefish.
Day 3
Reefs teeming with fish and corals from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef to channel corner drift with nice overhangs and terraces and many soft coral decorated coral blocks. We saw a large grey shark, several white tips a yellow leaf fish plus a pair of white ones, schooling bannerfish, Lysmata shrimps and really pretty overhangs full of reef fish, seafans etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing To Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
Out current on channel corner drift with two hawksbill turtles and many surgeonfish on the channel corner and then excellent macro on the wall (along with the lovely schools of goldspot emperors and humpback snappers): Lysmata shrimps, a white leaf fish, fimbriated morays, various Phyllidia slugs and every type of anthias.
Dive 3
There were LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS BUZZING AROUND in the channel plus a large sleeping ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY. We found a silver and a gold leaf fish together, a tiny Chromodoris fidelis, a white mouthed moray, trapezia crabs and pistol shrimps in Pocillopora coral. This reef is full of feisty (read vicious!) black cheek morals and we saw one bite a passing hawksbill turtle, so its not just us divers they pick on!
Night Dive
WILD NIGHT DIVE WITH A LARGE NURSE SHARK AGGREGATION, SOME SWIMMING IN A SCHOOL IN THE WATER COLUMN AND OTHERS FORAGING ON THE BOTTOM. THERE WERE ALSO PINK WHIP RAYS, RIBBONTAIL RAYS, GIANT TREVALLIES AND SOME BLACKTIP SHARKS TURNED UP WHEN THE RESORT STARTED THROWING FISH-BITS IN. AMAZING!!!!
We celebrated Carolyn and Gareth's wedding anniversary
Day 4
Hungry tawny nurse shark out hunting from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Out current in channel but this time we discovered a group of GREY SHARKS PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS RIDING THE CURRENT along with ~20 JUVENILE GREY SHARKS AND TWO EAGLE RAYS. We just stopped and watched the show!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Ari atoll
Dive 2
Easy drift along lovely ocean reef. There were THREE EAGLE RAYS TOGETHER, several turtles, a blotched porcupinefish, a yellow pustule flatworm, a tiny octopus, a grouper ate a red-tooth triggerfish! This reef section has lovely hard corals in the shallows with schools of reef fish.
Dive 3
There was a nice current point with big jacks and tunas plus many schooling bannerfish. This site is famous for turtles and there were several around, munching their way through all the disc anemones. There were black coral trees with hundreds of Pericimenes psamanthe shrimps and longnose hawkfish in, and Jan found an ornate ghost pipe fish. We saw a couple of rare bartail morays. Great late afternoon dive!
Day 5
So many grey sharks! Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A wreck with some great creatures! TWO stonefish, one was covered in green algae and very fluffy, a white leaf fish, 2x Chromodoris glenei nudis, a large spearing mantis shrimp. The house reef has good coral growth and divers saw MOBULA RAYS, blacktip sharks and the reeftop was buzzing with cromis and Sargent Majors
Snorkelling
AN HOURS SNORKEL WITH A SWIFTLY SWIMMING WHALE SHARK!!! To keep up we had to swim hard and all the snorkellers ended up being dropped in 5 or 6 times. He swam off without us eventually!
Dive 2
A drift dive on an ocean reef with many white tips, a black tip and a large round ribbon tail ray sighted, but no whale shark. A ledge full of glassfish also contained 2x pink leaf fish, a white and a yellow one! Lovely sweetlips too.
Dive 3
A third drift trying to see a whale shark diving and still no luck but lots of other nice things including a round ribbontail ray in an overhang, blacktip sharks in the shallows, white tip sharks, a Periclimenes imperator shrimp on a sea cucumber, a cave full of glassfish and bullseyes, 2-spot angelfish and a mappa puffer which accompanied the group for the entire dive
Evening Activity
A couple of guest made a visit to a local village in the evening
Day 6
Whale shark seen today! Friendly but fast! Mv Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful thila with large overhangs and tall blocks forming canyons with so many blue stripe snappers. There were grey sharks and white tips at the current point and many fusiliers, pyramid bannerfish and sleek surgeonfish. The deeper part of the thila is smothered with large seafans. We found a short headed shrimp in a carpet anemone plus a very entertaining octopus on the top reef
We patrolled the reefs along the western edge of the atoll looking for feeding mantas but only saw a couple in the shallows and decided to leave the mantas to it and not disturb them further
Dive 2
Pretty and colourful long thila with extensive overhangs on the north and south sides and many, many snappers and goldspots. The caves had lovely seafans and seawhips plus dendronepthia and chironepthia soft corals. The top was a riot of colour and just so many fish. A big squall blew in at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
SILVERTIP SHARKS, GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS AT THE DEEP CURRENT POINT, OVER THE DEEP BLOCKS AND PROBABLY LOOKING FOR CLEANING STATIONS. We saw one grey shark with its mouth open and posing to be cleaned.We then saw a couple of grey sharks sweeping up and down the shallow reef edge near cleaning stations so it must have been that time of day! We also found turtles, octopus, batfish, bannerfish and bannerfish, so quite a show
Night Dive
AMAZING FEEDING MANTA RAY SESSION FOR OVER 60 MINUTES AS WE WATCHED FOUR HUNGRY MANTAS HOOVERING UP THE PLANKTON. A VERY SPECIAL DIVE
Day 7
Pirate invade Sea Spirit! Maldives
Dive 1
ERASMUS IS BACK! Huge giant barracuda was hanging out at the current point near a cleaning station and intimidating the bannerfish (and us!). There were ~5 GREY SHARKS of various sizes cruising the depths plus a large school of longfin batfish. We also found a hawksbill turtle and a small ledge full of Bruuni shrimps busy cleaning rock cods
Dive 2
Thila with colourful overhangs and a charming Anemone City occupied by 1000 maldives anemone fish in hundreds of Magnifica anemones. We found TWO BEAUTIFUL BLACK AND WHITE JORUNNA FUNEBRIS nudis. There were curious harlequib sweetlips and large black coral trees full of oysters and sponges
Dive 3
Pretty Thila but a rather whirly current this afternoon, mixing things up. We found the red "radioactive" anemone, Napoleon, white tips, a Susan's flatworm and batfish. A big squall blwe in during the dive and it was a very rough pick up
Night Dive
TWO MANTAS FEEDING BEHIND SS. Wiggle was extremely friendly tonight!
Day 8
Manta rays in the dark! Mv Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
SHARKY THILA SITE WITH AROUND 5 CURIOUS GREY SHARKS CRUISING THE CURRENT POINT PLUS LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS SKITTING ABOUT OR SLEEPING IN THE SAND. Around the thila there were lovely schools of big-eye crescent tails, bluestripe snappers, Forster's barracudas etc. We found several scorpionfish on the reef top
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to North Male' atoll
Dive 2
Colourful thila with some overhangs full of glassfish, soldierfish and with ledges with banded coral shrimps and Lysmata cleaner shrimps offering their services. There were sponges of every colour, many anemones, a sleeping turtle, emperors and many different reef fish.
Dive 3
BEAUTIFUL SITE AND SUPERB ANIMALS TODAY WITH 2X LARGE TAWNY NURSE SHARKS HIDING IN A CANYON, EAGLE RAYS AT THE CURRENT POINT ALONG WITH A SCHOOL OF ~7 LARGE DOGTOOTH TUNAS CRUISING ABOUT, A HUGE BLUE NAPOLEON, FAT-LIPPED SILVER SWEETLIPS PLUS ALL THE BEAUTIFUL PINK,ORANGE, YELLOW AND BLUE SOFT CORAL BLOCKS, OVERHANGS AND TERRACES ALL PUFFED UP AND JUST SO COLOURFUL. A SCUBA HEAVEN!
Day 9
Friendly eagle rays in the Maldives as seen from Sea Spirit
Dive 1
LUCKY LAST DIVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL MANTA SHOW FOR OVER AN HOUR. Such a great way to end. One of the mantas was very curious and was copying divers, swimming low in the sand and coming in to check us out very closely. Wonderful!
Travel back to anchorage near Male' and an afternoon visit to the capital for shopping, sightseeing and a visit to the ice-cream parlour
Day 10
Amazing manta action AGAIN from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guests to airport in the morning for onward international flights
Day 11
MV Sea Spirit at motor. Maldives
Sea Spirit SS440 20 Jul 2014 to 27 Jul 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Arrival of guests to Sea Spirit from international flights, resorts and Male'. Due to an afternoon arrival we made a morning check dive.
Dive 1
A nice and easy check dive with a small drift on an ocean-facing reef. We saw a ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAY, 4x EAGLE RAYS (together), a green turtle, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, white tip sharks, a porcelain crab in a carpet anemone, dogtooth tunas etc. plus lots of lovely reef fish and small acropora corals plus pastel coloured Nepthia soft coral.
Day 1
The SS440 group! on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AN AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW WITH 8 DIFFERENT MANTAS DURING THE DIVE AND ONE STAYING FOR THE WHOLE HOUR! There was also a large lionfish hanging around the divers, a little too closely for comfort plus a spearing mantis shrimp and a juvenile imperial angelfish.
Dive 2
A second hour watching mantas. This time we counted 5 different ones and the lead female was different and kept seeing-off any other manta which tried to also use the cleaning station but she was friendly to divers and kept passing over our heads peering closely at us and enjoying the bubble baths
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll. Although the xea was not rough, there was a considerable swell from the south making for a rolly crossing!
Dive 3
A super-fishy ocean/channel site with many layers of reef and pelagic fish and lots of different groupers including yellow, white spotted and brownmarbled. We found THREE LEAF FISH, 4x spearing mantis shrimps although two shot into their burrows when we got a little too close, spotted and silver garden eels, ~200 longfin batfish in a tight school, undulate morays and longnose and big-eye emperors.
Day 2
Such a great show of manta rays this trip! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A second dive on this ocean reef and this time there were several GREY REEF SHARKS CIRCLING AROUND ON THE REEF TOP throughout the dive. 2-3 white tip reef sharks circled below us and we had to be wary of the feisty blackcheek morays and man-eating Vlaming's surgeonfish which kept trying to eat our bubbles. We found a white leaf fish, a red-and-yellow Lysmata shimp, and there was plenty of big-fish action with dogtooth tunas, barred and golden jacks zooming up and down the reef.
Ocean Crossing
Crossing into North Ari atoll
Dive 2
This thila was VERY SHARKY TODAY WITH ~20 GREY SHARKS BUZZING AROUND ON THE PLATEAU. THEY WERE ALL FEMALE SO WE THOUGHT THIS MIGHT BE A MATING AGGREGATIN OF SOME KIND. We also saw a male chasing a female over the reef top later on and the same female then spent a lot of time following the divers and even following us up to our 5m safety stop which is very unusual shark behaviour! We also saw the very friendly little EAGLE RAY who happily posed for photos and the usual schools of big eye crescent-tails, bluestripe snappers, Forsters and chevron barracudas,
Dive 3
A pretty, soft-coral covered wreck and thila with plenty of purple/orange Chironepthia soft coral, seafans and black corals smothering the wreck and hiding large lionfish, glassfish and many groupers. We found a yellow papillae flatworm, a black-barred shrimp goby guarding it's nest with two sand-moving pistol shrimps, a bluefaced angelfish and there were just so many brightly coloured magnificent anemonefish on the reef top with their entourages of Maldives blackfoot anemonefish
Day 3
Diver on a beautiful fish-filled Maldives reef MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Small current drift at long thila site. We descended onto large cora blocks with schools of blue striped and hump backed snappers. Overhangs were hung with blue soft corals, and filled with soldier fish and many small reef fish. Large snappers hung out in the canyons between the main reef and the pinnacles. We also found a bearded scorpion fish and several white tip sharks.
Dive 2
Glorious overhangs filled with blue, yellow, pink and orange soft coral. Huge seafans and massive schools of blue stripped snapper. Barracuda and big eye jack off the reef and a friendly turtle on top.
Dive 3
Gentle afternoon dive with several juv grey sharks, white tips resting on the sand and one juvenile SILVERTIP SHARK whizzing around following a grey shark,
Night Dive
Over an hour spent in close company with 4 feeding manta rays looping in our bubbles and skimming our heads
Day 4
Diver with grey shark up close on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE THILA SITES AND EASY TODAY WITH JUST ENOUGH CRRENT TO KEEP THE FISH AT THE CURRENT POINT AND GIVE US A WONDERFUL SHOW. The school of bannerfish were tightly clustered and made for a great photo. GREY SHARKS AND A JUVENILE SILVERTIP SHARK buzzed around the drop off. We found a friendly hawksbill turtle and a ledge with so many Bruuni cleaner shrimp busy on coral groupers
Dive 2
Colourful small thila with just about every type of reef fish and smothered in juvenile cardinals plus four or five species of fusilers (including many juveniles) and large lionfish in wait for something small to pass by. We also found an unidentified yellow streaked/brown flatworm
Dive 3
An easy drift looking for whale sharks. We didn't get lucky but we did see a manta, two white-mouthed morays, a clouded moray, an octopus, turtle, eagle ray, white tip sharks and many sweetlips and rudderfish.
Evening Activity
The guests went ashore to local island for some souvenir shopping and to look around
Day 5
Diver with so many fish on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Famous thila with just so many fish! There are beautiful blocks and overhangs forming canyons and filled with large meandering schools of bluestripe snappers. The large pink seafans dress every surface below 20m! Today there were 3 white tip sharks chasing around in the shallows and this was probably pre-mating activity. We ended the dive just hanging out at the current point amongst the myriad of fish.
A pod of spinner dolphins passed by several times as we cruised the ocean looking for ws. At one point approx 200 swam past!
Dive 2
We made a drift dive at this lovely ocean reef site after having spent several hours looking for whale sharks with no luck. WE SAW SEVERAL BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS scurrying about in the shallows or on the bottom, a white mouthed moray, a large pink frilly scorpionfish, a hawksbill turtle and on the top reef which has superb cover of hard corals we saw schools of Captain and ember parrotfish plus a marauding school of bristletooth tangs.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Night Dive
Great macro dive with several Coriocella nigra the rare purple sponge snail, a pair of small Chromodoris geometrica plus a pretty tellow/purple Flabellina nudi. We found a pretty reef lobster, a ling (unusual), bartail and fimbriated morays, lots of beautiful featherstars and a sleeping turtle.
Day 6
Blue soft coral caves with orange seafans from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Superb pink and orange soft coral covered pinnacles at this thila with five GREY SHARKS AND TWO EAGLE RAYS AMONGST THE LARGE SCHOOL OF BLACK AND WHITE PLUS RED SNAPPERS AND BIG EYE JACKS. Just amazing. White tip sharks milled around and there were many jacks, tunas and mackerels around. We ended the dive with the schools of oriental sweetlips and clorrared butterflyfish on the top reef.
Dive 2
Sheltered giri dive with wreck from 18-35m. We scared of a green turtle as we arrived onto the wreck but there were lots of silversides and jackfish action to keep us untertained plus large lionfish out hunting plus Durban and banded coral shrimps in the nooks and crannies. On the main reef we found peacock mantis shrimps, 2x Susan's flatworms, 2x octopus, and a teeny thrashing oriental sweetlips.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to North Male' atoll. Two guests transferred to Bandos resort. It is still Ramadan so we did not make a visit to Male'
Day 7
Diver with collared butterflyfish on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
The remaining guests were transferred to the airport to await their international flights to east Asia.
Day 8
Fun turtles in blue water at Maalhis, Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Arrival of guests to Sea Spirit from international flights, resorts and Male'. Due to an afternoon arrival we made a morning check dive.
Dive 1
A nice and easy check dive with a small drift on an ocean-facing reef. We saw a ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAY, 4x EAGLE RAYS (together), a green turtle, a free-swimming honeycomb moray, white tip sharks, a porcelain crab in a carpet anemone, dogtooth tunas etc. plus lots of lovely reef fish and small acropora corals plus pastel coloured Nepthia soft coral.
Day 1
The SS440 group! on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AN AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW WITH 8 DIFFERENT MANTAS DURING THE DIVE AND ONE STAYING FOR THE WHOLE HOUR! There was also a large lionfish hanging around the divers, a little too closely for comfort plus a spearing mantis shrimp and a juvenile imperial angelfish.
Dive 2
A second hour watching mantas. This time we counted 5 different ones and the lead female was different and kept seeing-off any other manta which tried to also use the cleaning station but she was friendly to divers and kept passing over our heads peering closely at us and enjoying the bubble baths
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll. Although the xea was not rough, there was a considerable swell from the south making for a rolly crossing!
Dive 3
A super-fishy ocean/channel site with many layers of reef and pelagic fish and lots of different groupers including yellow, white spotted and brownmarbled. We found THREE LEAF FISH, 4x spearing mantis shrimps although two shot into their burrows when we got a little too close, spotted and silver garden eels, ~200 longfin batfish in a tight school, undulate morays and longnose and big-eye emperors.
Day 2
Such a great show of manta rays this trip! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A second dive on this ocean reef and this time there were several GREY REEF SHARKS CIRCLING AROUND ON THE REEF TOP throughout the dive. 2-3 white tip reef sharks circled below us and we had to be wary of the feisty blackcheek morays and man-eating Vlaming's surgeonfish which kept trying to eat our bubbles. We found a white leaf fish, a red-and-yellow Lysmata shimp, and there was plenty of big-fish action with dogtooth tunas, barred and golden jacks zooming up and down the reef.
Ocean Crossing
Crossing into North Ari atoll
Dive 2
This thila was VERY SHARKY TODAY WITH ~20 GREY SHARKS BUZZING AROUND ON THE PLATEAU. THEY WERE ALL FEMALE SO WE THOUGHT THIS MIGHT BE A MATING AGGREGATIN OF SOME KIND. We also saw a male chasing a female over the reef top later on and the same female then spent a lot of time following the divers and even following us up to our 5m safety stop which is very unusual shark behaviour! We also saw the very friendly little EAGLE RAY who happily posed for photos and the usual schools of big eye crescent-tails, bluestripe snappers, Forsters and chevron barracudas,
Dive 3
A pretty, soft-coral covered wreck and thila with plenty of purple/orange Chironepthia soft coral, seafans and black corals smothering the wreck and hiding large lionfish, glassfish and many groupers. We found a yellow papillae flatworm, a black-barred shrimp goby guarding it's nest with two sand-moving pistol shrimps, a bluefaced angelfish and there were just so many brightly coloured magnificent anemonefish on the reef top with their entourages of Maldives blackfoot anemonefish
Day 3
Diver on a beautiful fish-filled Maldives reef MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Small current drift at long thila site. We descended onto large cora blocks with schools of blue striped and hump backed snappers. Overhangs were hung with blue soft corals, and filled with soldier fish and many small reef fish. Large snappers hung out in the canyons between the main reef and the pinnacles. We also found a bearded scorpion fish and several white tip sharks.
Dive 2
Glorious overhangs filled with blue, yellow, pink and orange soft coral. Huge seafans and massive schools of blue stripped snapper. Barracuda and big eye jack off the reef and a friendly turtle on top.
Dive 3
Gentle afternoon dive with several juv grey sharks, white tips resting on the sand and one juvenile SILVERTIP SHARK whizzing around following a grey shark,
Night Dive
Over an hour spent in close company with 4 feeding manta rays looping in our bubbles and skimming our heads
Day 4
Diver with grey shark up close on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE THILA SITES AND EASY TODAY WITH JUST ENOUGH CRRENT TO KEEP THE FISH AT THE CURRENT POINT AND GIVE US A WONDERFUL SHOW. The school of bannerfish were tightly clustered and made for a great photo. GREY SHARKS AND A JUVENILE SILVERTIP SHARK buzzed around the drop off. We found a friendly hawksbill turtle and a ledge with so many Bruuni cleaner shrimp busy on coral groupers
Dive 2
Colourful small thila with just about every type of reef fish and smothered in juvenile cardinals plus four or five species of fusilers (including many juveniles) and large lionfish in wait for something small to pass by. We also found an unidentified yellow streaked/brown flatworm
Dive 3
An easy drift looking for whale sharks. We didn't get lucky but we did see a manta, two white-mouthed morays, a clouded moray, an octopus, turtle, eagle ray, white tip sharks and many sweetlips and rudderfish.
Evening Activity
The guests went ashore to local island for some souvenir shopping and to look around
Day 5
Diver with so many fish on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Famous thila with just so many fish! There are beautiful blocks and overhangs forming canyons and filled with large meandering schools of bluestripe snappers. The large pink seafans dress every surface below 20m! Today there were 3 white tip sharks chasing around in the shallows and this was probably pre-mating activity. We ended the dive just hanging out at the current point amongst the myriad of fish.
A pod of spinner dolphins passed by several times as we cruised the ocean looking for ws. At one point approx 200 swam past!
Dive 2
We made a drift dive at this lovely ocean reef site after having spent several hours looking for whale sharks with no luck. WE SAW SEVERAL BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS scurrying about in the shallows or on the bottom, a white mouthed moray, a large pink frilly scorpionfish, a hawksbill turtle and on the top reef which has superb cover of hard corals we saw schools of Captain and ember parrotfish plus a marauding school of bristletooth tangs.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Night Dive
Great macro dive with several Coriocella nigra the rare purple sponge snail, a pair of small Chromodoris geometrica plus a pretty tellow/purple Flabellina nudi. We found a pretty reef lobster, a ling (unusual), bartail and fimbriated morays, lots of beautiful featherstars and a sleeping turtle.
Day 6
Blue soft coral caves with orange seafans from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Superb pink and orange soft coral covered pinnacles at this thila with five GREY SHARKS AND TWO EAGLE RAYS AMONGST THE LARGE SCHOOL OF BLACK AND WHITE PLUS RED SNAPPERS AND BIG EYE JACKS. Just amazing. White tip sharks milled around and there were many jacks, tunas and mackerels around. We ended the dive with the schools of oriental sweetlips and clorrared butterflyfish on the top reef.
Dive 2
Sheltered giri dive with wreck from 18-35m. We scared of a green turtle as we arrived onto the wreck but there were lots of silversides and jackfish action to keep us untertained plus large lionfish out hunting plus Durban and banded coral shrimps in the nooks and crannies. On the main reef we found peacock mantis shrimps, 2x Susan's flatworms, 2x octopus, and a teeny thrashing oriental sweetlips.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to North Male' atoll. Two guests transferred to Bandos resort. It is still Ramadan so we did not make a visit to Male'
Day 7
Diver with collared butterflyfish on MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
The remaining guests were transferred to the airport to await their international flights to east Asia.
Day 8
Fun turtles in blue water at Maalhis, Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS439 13 Jul 2014 to 20 Jul 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived both morning and afternoon from international flights and hotels.
Dive 1
A brisk drift for our check dive! We saw sleeping white tip reef sharks, an eagle ray, a sleeping round ribbon tail ray, green and hawksbill turtles, several honeycomb morays, yellow box fish and trapezia and decorator crabs in between the fingers of pavona corals. In the water column the tunas were chasing schools of neon fusliers whoosh!
Day 1
Lionfish in wait for unsuspecting small fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
LOTS OF FISH AT THIS SMALL THILA! Two EAGLE RAYS hanging in the current in the canyon and large schools of black and white snappers, schooling bannerfish plus tunas chasing around. On either side of the thila was a school of FORSTERS BARRACUDAS and oriental and harlequib sweetlips plus many bluestripe snappers close to the reef
Dive 2
AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW with 7-8 different mantas visiting us during the dive in groups of up to 5 at a time. We recognised some of our favourites including Nick and Jam Sandwich. They were very playful, swimming through our bubbles and snaeking up behind when we weren't looking!
Dive 3
Ocean reef corner with many schools of bluestripe snappers plus sweetlips and coral blocks covered in glassfish with large BROWNMARBLED groupers peering out! There were lots of honeycomb and giant morays plus several large blotched porcupinefish, some medium sized Napoleons and some lovely parrotfish
Day 2
Manta ray giving a show to the photographers on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner with fly-bys by a shortfinned MOBULA RAY, a large EAGLE RAY and MANY WHITE TIP SHARKS buzzing around the coral blocks including a very large and pregnant female. There were schools of big eye jacks swirling around plus schools of black and white and midnight snapers. Dogtooth tunas were chasing fusliers in the water column. We drifted into the channel past coral blocks full of reef fish and came across two hawksbill turtles resting on a ledge.
Dive 2
Wonderful MANTA SHOW AS THEY WERE REALLY PLAYING WITH US! We saw lots of males plus beautiful big "Jam Sandwich" again. A really fun 75 minute dive!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
Reef with a small wreck covered in silversides giving us a sparkly show. Lots of large lionfish laid in wait, plus there were areas of dancing Durban shrimps, Bruuni and banded coral shrimps, we found a beautiful Chromodoris geminus nudibranch, an unidentified blue flatworm, a pair of Thuridilla sp. nudis and brownmarbled groupers, clown triggerfish, and large-size blackfoot clownfish, so a nicely varied dive.
Day 3
friendly face the manta ray gave us quite a show today on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Small current at this ocean facing thila but the big animals were out and about and we saw a giant tuna in the westerly canyon and several GREY SHARKS, WHITE TIP SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS cruising about on the reef top. There were lots of oriental sweetlips amongst the pink and orange soft coral covered pinnacles and lots of digfferent reef fish on the top including earmuff blennies and collared butterflyfish.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
Today we had a very busy current point with many schooling bannerfish, longfin batfish and the ubiquitos giant tevallies and fusiliers, making occasional raids and creating baitballs and explosions of fish. Several GREY SHARKS of varying sizes cruised along the front. The southern plateau was smothered in blue stripe snappers. We found several giant clams, large morays being cleaned, caves full of glassfish etc.
Dive 3
This is another famous thila site and today there seemed to be a lot OF WHITE TIP SHARKS CRUISING ABOUT. There were ~4 small grey sharks on one of the deep blocks and we had a fabulous turtle show with two of the most friendly hawksbill turtles. We found a sand-covered stonefish, an octopus pulling spiky shapes, small scale scorpionfish etc.
Day 4
large school of longfin batfish from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A blue water drift along a large thils where we descended into a mass of blue-stripe and humpback snappers huddled around some large coral blocks and then drifted to a spur where grey sharks and eagle rays rode the current point whilst about 20 giant barracudas hung around off the reef. After that we slowly drifted through a series of tall coral pinnacles frosted IN BLUE AND PINK SOFT CORALS with oriental and harlequin sweetlips and then back to the main thila to ascend on the western tip into small ledges wher we found a yellow leaf fish! We were surrounded by friendly long-fin batfish as we ascended.
Dive 2
EXTREMELY PRETTY BLUE AND YELLOW SOFT CORAL HUNG OVERHANGS PLUS LARGE PINNACLES FROSTED IN BLUE! Painted sweetlips (unusual!) drifted about. The canyons on the main reef were smothered in pink and orange soft corals and there were quite a few grey sharks plus white tips sleeping in the sand. We hooked in at the western tip as the current changed direction and just watched the mass of fish and then slowly drifted back across the top enjoying all the beautiful hard coral too.
Dive 3
A colourful reef with large coral blocks decorated with black coral trees containing penguin oysters, pink and white sponges, strange sea-cucumbers etc plus many different sponges across the reef and gardens of green and blue magnifica anemones in the shallows so a very pretty site. We found several bearded scorpionfish and an unidentified red/yellow nembrotha-type nudibranch
Night Dive
Exciting night dive with white tip sharks chasing about on the reef top after fusiliers and other small fish. There were two round ribbon tail rays hoovering up everything in their patch and a few grey sharks made appearances. About 10 large giant trevallies were really terrorising all the reef fish and buzzing the divers closely too. We also found hunting morays and lionfish plus turban snalis, saron shrimps, edible crabs and a giant red hermit crab
Day 5
Beautiful magnifica anemone with blackfoot clownfish peering out from MV sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Another thila where sharks can be seen and were not to be disappointed as there were four or five grey sharks happy to oblige the photographers plus "Spot" our friendly EAGLE RAY who swam around to visit all the divers and make sure they got a good picture. We also founf a pink frilly scorpionfish, schooling big eye jacks, crescent tail big eyes and a school of Forster's barracudas.
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
The first of three dives on this extensive ocean facing reef where anything can come along. Today we saw GREY REEF SHARKS, EAGLE RAYS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS, SLEEPING WHITE TIP SHARKS, SEVERAL MANTIS SHRIMPS in their nest and an ELEGANT SQUAT LOBSTER in a purple featherstar. There are just so many fish on this site and today the current allowed us to finish up in the shallows amongst the excellent acropora coral and schools of pyramid butterflyfish and goldspot emperors. Beautiful!
Dive 3
A rather mixed up current with fuzzy warm water in the shallows and colder clear water below 15m and this was keeping the action in the deeper water. The grey sharks were busy, buzzing up and down the reef and later, being cleaned at the spur as the stood on their tails with their mouths open. There were some very large dogtooth tunas darting into the reef and scattering the red-toothed triggerfish. We found a gold-and-white coloured leaffish, many yellowmargin morays, longnose emperors, two LARGE BLUE NAPOLEONS fighting over a cleaning station etc.
Day 6
Dense school of blue striped snapper from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We love this AMAZING OCEAN REEF! TODAY THE STAR WAS A BEAUTIFUL SPOTTY ZEBRA SHARK which swam all the way across the ocean drop off. We had a busy time with the GREY REEF SHARKS which were buzzing around up and down whilst the white tip sharks were sleeping and the eagle rays quietly hovering. In the early morning light the reef top buzzed with anthias, red-tooth triggerfish, red rock cods, a yellow grouper, several large black saddled coral groupers etc. A lovely dive on which to end this trip.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to North Male atoll in time for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. One guest departed during the evening
Day 7
Large barracudas! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests transferred to airport for international flights and onward transfers
Day 8
Chromodoris geminus, an unusual sighting in the Maldives, from MV Sea Spirit
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived both morning and afternoon from international flights and hotels.
Dive 1
A brisk drift for our check dive! We saw sleeping white tip reef sharks, an eagle ray, a sleeping round ribbon tail ray, green and hawksbill turtles, several honeycomb morays, yellow box fish and trapezia and decorator crabs in between the fingers of pavona corals. In the water column the tunas were chasing schools of neon fusliers whoosh!
Day 1
Lionfish in wait for unsuspecting small fish from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
LOTS OF FISH AT THIS SMALL THILA! Two EAGLE RAYS hanging in the current in the canyon and large schools of black and white snappers, schooling bannerfish plus tunas chasing around. On either side of the thila was a school of FORSTERS BARRACUDAS and oriental and harlequib sweetlips plus many bluestripe snappers close to the reef
Dive 2
AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW with 7-8 different mantas visiting us during the dive in groups of up to 5 at a time. We recognised some of our favourites including Nick and Jam Sandwich. They were very playful, swimming through our bubbles and snaeking up behind when we weren't looking!
Dive 3
Ocean reef corner with many schools of bluestripe snappers plus sweetlips and coral blocks covered in glassfish with large BROWNMARBLED groupers peering out! There were lots of honeycomb and giant morays plus several large blotched porcupinefish, some medium sized Napoleons and some lovely parrotfish
Day 2
Manta ray giving a show to the photographers on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Ocean reef corner with fly-bys by a shortfinned MOBULA RAY, a large EAGLE RAY and MANY WHITE TIP SHARKS buzzing around the coral blocks including a very large and pregnant female. There were schools of big eye jacks swirling around plus schools of black and white and midnight snapers. Dogtooth tunas were chasing fusliers in the water column. We drifted into the channel past coral blocks full of reef fish and came across two hawksbill turtles resting on a ledge.
Dive 2
Wonderful MANTA SHOW AS THEY WERE REALLY PLAYING WITH US! We saw lots of males plus beautiful big "Jam Sandwich" again. A really fun 75 minute dive!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
Reef with a small wreck covered in silversides giving us a sparkly show. Lots of large lionfish laid in wait, plus there were areas of dancing Durban shrimps, Bruuni and banded coral shrimps, we found a beautiful Chromodoris geminus nudibranch, an unidentified blue flatworm, a pair of Thuridilla sp. nudis and brownmarbled groupers, clown triggerfish, and large-size blackfoot clownfish, so a nicely varied dive.
Day 3
friendly face the manta ray gave us quite a show today on MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Small current at this ocean facing thila but the big animals were out and about and we saw a giant tuna in the westerly canyon and several GREY SHARKS, WHITE TIP SHARKS AND EAGLE RAYS cruising about on the reef top. There were lots of oriental sweetlips amongst the pink and orange soft coral covered pinnacles and lots of digfferent reef fish on the top including earmuff blennies and collared butterflyfish.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
Today we had a very busy current point with many schooling bannerfish, longfin batfish and the ubiquitos giant tevallies and fusiliers, making occasional raids and creating baitballs and explosions of fish. Several GREY SHARKS of varying sizes cruised along the front. The southern plateau was smothered in blue stripe snappers. We found several giant clams, large morays being cleaned, caves full of glassfish etc.
Dive 3
This is another famous thila site and today there seemed to be a lot OF WHITE TIP SHARKS CRUISING ABOUT. There were ~4 small grey sharks on one of the deep blocks and we had a fabulous turtle show with two of the most friendly hawksbill turtles. We found a sand-covered stonefish, an octopus pulling spiky shapes, small scale scorpionfish etc.
Day 4
large school of longfin batfish from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A blue water drift along a large thils where we descended into a mass of blue-stripe and humpback snappers huddled around some large coral blocks and then drifted to a spur where grey sharks and eagle rays rode the current point whilst about 20 giant barracudas hung around off the reef. After that we slowly drifted through a series of tall coral pinnacles frosted IN BLUE AND PINK SOFT CORALS with oriental and harlequin sweetlips and then back to the main thila to ascend on the western tip into small ledges wher we found a yellow leaf fish! We were surrounded by friendly long-fin batfish as we ascended.
Dive 2
EXTREMELY PRETTY BLUE AND YELLOW SOFT CORAL HUNG OVERHANGS PLUS LARGE PINNACLES FROSTED IN BLUE! Painted sweetlips (unusual!) drifted about. The canyons on the main reef were smothered in pink and orange soft corals and there were quite a few grey sharks plus white tips sleeping in the sand. We hooked in at the western tip as the current changed direction and just watched the mass of fish and then slowly drifted back across the top enjoying all the beautiful hard coral too.
Dive 3
A colourful reef with large coral blocks decorated with black coral trees containing penguin oysters, pink and white sponges, strange sea-cucumbers etc plus many different sponges across the reef and gardens of green and blue magnifica anemones in the shallows so a very pretty site. We found several bearded scorpionfish and an unidentified red/yellow nembrotha-type nudibranch
Night Dive
Exciting night dive with white tip sharks chasing about on the reef top after fusiliers and other small fish. There were two round ribbon tail rays hoovering up everything in their patch and a few grey sharks made appearances. About 10 large giant trevallies were really terrorising all the reef fish and buzzing the divers closely too. We also found hunting morays and lionfish plus turban snalis, saron shrimps, edible crabs and a giant red hermit crab
Day 5
Beautiful magnifica anemone with blackfoot clownfish peering out from MV sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Another thila where sharks can be seen and were not to be disappointed as there were four or five grey sharks happy to oblige the photographers plus "Spot" our friendly EAGLE RAY who swam around to visit all the divers and make sure they got a good picture. We also founf a pink frilly scorpionfish, schooling big eye jacks, crescent tail big eyes and a school of Forster's barracudas.
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
The first of three dives on this extensive ocean facing reef where anything can come along. Today we saw GREY REEF SHARKS, EAGLE RAYS, A SCHOOL OF CHEVRON BARRACUDAS, SLEEPING WHITE TIP SHARKS, SEVERAL MANTIS SHRIMPS in their nest and an ELEGANT SQUAT LOBSTER in a purple featherstar. There are just so many fish on this site and today the current allowed us to finish up in the shallows amongst the excellent acropora coral and schools of pyramid butterflyfish and goldspot emperors. Beautiful!
Dive 3
A rather mixed up current with fuzzy warm water in the shallows and colder clear water below 15m and this was keeping the action in the deeper water. The grey sharks were busy, buzzing up and down the reef and later, being cleaned at the spur as the stood on their tails with their mouths open. There were some very large dogtooth tunas darting into the reef and scattering the red-toothed triggerfish. We found a gold-and-white coloured leaffish, many yellowmargin morays, longnose emperors, two LARGE BLUE NAPOLEONS fighting over a cleaning station etc.
Day 6
Dense school of blue striped snapper from MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
We love this AMAZING OCEAN REEF! TODAY THE STAR WAS A BEAUTIFUL SPOTTY ZEBRA SHARK which swam all the way across the ocean drop off. We had a busy time with the GREY REEF SHARKS which were buzzing around up and down whilst the white tip sharks were sleeping and the eagle rays quietly hovering. In the early morning light the reef top buzzed with anthias, red-tooth triggerfish, red rock cods, a yellow grouper, several large black saddled coral groupers etc. A lovely dive on which to end this trip.
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to North Male atoll in time for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. One guest departed during the evening
Day 7
Large barracudas! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
All guests transferred to airport for international flights and onward transfers
Day 8
Chromodoris geminus, an unusual sighting in the Maldives, from MV Sea Spirit
Sea Spirit SS438 6 Jul 2014 to 13 Jul 2014 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from resorts, guest houses and international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Morning check dive at sheltered ocean reef with particularly nice morays including honeycombs, giants, black cheeks, white mouthed and yellow margin. We sighted most species of angel fish including yellow tailed (unusual!) and our favourite two spot with the blue "lipstick". There were tunas chasing fusiliers, lovely spotted trapezia crabs in many of the acropora corals and interesting blocks full of glassfish so a lovely way to start!
Day 1
Beautiful, moody, sunset in front of MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Pod of SPINNER DOLPHINS numbering 200+ swam into the atoll as we passed out of the channel. There were just so many but paying no attention to us as going in the opposite direction!
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift dive with several hawksbill turtles, a tiny flapping juvenile oriental sweetlips, dogtooth tunas and several medium-sized Napoleon wrasses. There seemed to be lots of peacock rock cods about, maybe staking out their territories?
Dive 2
AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW!!! We saw at least 9 different mantas on and off during the hour and it looked like there was some courtship activity going on as the majority were males and they were fussing after, following and caressing the females! They seemed very curious of us too and we had some wonderful close interactions as they swept through our bubbles. A really special dive
Ocean Crossing
Crossed to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
Late evening dive and a very busy reef with just so many reef fish including ornate and longnose emperors, orange and Evan's anthias, vermillion rock cods, a large school of ~100 longfin batfish, plus SLEEPING WHITE TIP SHARKS AND HUNTING GREY SHARKS (EXCITING!). We also found several spearing mantis shrimps in their buro, a baby Chromodoris fidelis nudibranch an octopus, a maldives sponge snail and several banded coral shrimps. Great dive
Day 2
Dive 1
A second dive at this busy ocean reef site with better visibility this morning and more grey shark action along the ocean drop off and current points. A large school of big-eyes jacks was weaving around makig spirals and figures of eights plus individual jacks were breaking off to be cleaned by bi-color wrasse, there was a school of medium-sized chevron barracudas, pretty starry dragonets buzzing around plus a candy-striped purple/white squat lobster in a featherstar and a white leaf fish.
Ocean Crossing
Crossed into North Ari atoll
Dive 2
Small thila but BIG ACTION with WHITE TIP SHARKS AND GREY SHARKS cruising the drop off plus a very friendly little EAGLE RAY which followed divers around. There were lots of schools of fish including crescent tail big-eyes, blue stripe snappers, neon fusiliers, big eye jacks and Forsters barracudas. We found a Notodoris gardineri nudi, a Susan's flatworm, a pink frilly scorpionfish and lots of other interesting critters.
Dive 3
A lovely current point at this famous thila site. Over the deep blocks were large schools of blue stripe snappers with grey sharks meandering through and white tip sharks resting in the sand. In the shallows was a dense school of bannerfish and so many fusiliers being chased by giant trevallies. There are lovely mature black coral trees full of silversides and cardinals plus reef fish and juvenile batfish. There was a turtle crash on the reef top as two turtles collided. Very entertaining!
Night Dive
Night dive with two of the most friendly MANTA RAYS as they fed on the plankton attracted by our lights
Day 3
Fabulous grey sharks show from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Colourful "FISH TANK" dive with bannerfish and pyramid butterflyfish at the current point plus white tip sharks, a school of longfin batfish, the radioactive pink anemone full of Clarke's anemonefish, a pair of Chromodoris geometrica nudis and colourful sponges whereever we looked.
Dive 2
Another famous thila and another great shark and fish show as we watched GREY SHARKS cruising the current point and dispersing bannerfish and mackerels. We toured the reef past more sharks plus a huge schools of bluestrip snappers which cover the southern plateau. We found the friendly hawksbill turtles and shopped to pap them
Dive 3
Yet more turtles at this little thila. There were also more mature black coral tress which were full of baitfish and juvenile cardinals with red groupers and rock cods lying in wait for unwary small fish. There were many bright blue magnificent anemones plus a jumping red scorpionfish. A squall blew in when we were diving making our return to Sea Spirit somewhat challenging.
Day 4
Amazingly close encounters with these beautiful manta rays from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There was only a small current at the wreck this morning so we could go where we pleased and look for critters hiding in all the nooks and crannies. We found a pair of large STONEFISH. One was covered in fluffy green algae. We found Tamja olivaria and Chromodoris glenei nudibranchs plus a variety of Phyllidia slugs. There was a pair of Indian mobula (M. eregoodootenkee) plus Sgt Majors and Indian bannerfish on the house reef.
We spent several hours searching up and down the ocean reef looking for whale sharks but were not successful today
Dive 2
An easy drift dive, hoping a whale shark might swim past. We did find a baby white tip shark, Maldives sponge snails, an Eagle ray, a large round ribbontail ray and finished the dive nearby the big coral block surrounded by oriental sweetlips, rudderfish, glassfish and bullseyes
Dive 3
This little thila was a riot of colour and fish life. A school of bluefin jacks had created a baitball from a school of fusiliers and watching the attacks was interesting. The reef has a forest of large black coral trees with penguin oysters, large sponge formations, long nose hawkfish etc. On the reef top we found 8 lionfish lurking in wait for unwary juvenile fish, a zebra moray out hunting, earmuff blennies, a devil scorpionfish and everything was covered in baitfish!
Evening Activity
Some guests visited the local village island
Day 5
Amazing reefscape and just so many fish! MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
An ocean-facing thila with a descent through a school of sleek surgeonfish and a hang amongst black and white snappers and longfin batfish. We saw a pair of white tip reef sharks plus a round ribbontail ray on the oceanside and two eagle rays on the leeside plus schools of silver and oriental sweetlips. There were several Amboin shrimps in a carpet anemone amongst lovely overhangs and canyons. We ended the dive hanging above the large poites corals and watching the fish show.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing between Ari and South Male' atolls
Dive 2
Bad visibility but JUST SO MANY FISH. Huge red, midnight and black and white snappers intermingled with big-eye jacks and a few white tips as we descended then orange and pink soft coral covered pinnacles and overhangs and a SLEEPING TAWNY NURSE SHARK. A pink whipray swam past. We saw two male white tip sharks chasing and nipping a female, in courtship and the coral blocks on top of the thils were surrounded by silver, harlequin and oriental sweetlips plus collared butterflyfish etc.
Dive 3
A nice critter dive to end the day! Chromodoris tritos nudis, pairs of banded coral shrimps, pink and green anemones with small transparent periclimenes shrimps, a giant moray being cleaned by a bicolor wrasse, Phidiana indica nudi and Pete the reindeer fish!
We watched the premiere of the trip video in the evening
Day 6
Diver with one of the friendly Maldives turtles
Dive 1
Easy drift on cean front of channels with a pair of MOBULA RAYS, large schools of fusiliers and giant trevallies and tunas, a yellow plus a pair of white leaf fishes, two very different honeycomb morays. Lovely nepthia soft coral covered blocks plus a huge blue Napoleon wrasse. A lovely last dive. The snorkellers found 4 MANTA RAYS IN THE LAGOON!
Travel back towards Male'. Afternoon visit to the capital and one guest departed to hotel. One guest departed to the airport for international flight to Asia.
Day 7
Huge blue napoleon wrasse in South Male' atoll from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Remaining guests transferred to airport for onward flights or transfers to resorts and hotels
Day 8
So many three spot damsels feeding. This is unusual behaviour! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from resorts, guest houses and international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Morning check dive at sheltered ocean reef with particularly nice morays including honeycombs, giants, black cheeks, white mouthed and yellow margin. We sighted most species of angel fish including yellow tailed (unusual!) and our favourite two spot with the blue "lipstick". There were tunas chasing fusiliers, lovely spotted trapezia crabs in many of the acropora corals and interesting blocks full of glassfish so a lovely way to start!
Day 1
Beautiful, moody, sunset in front of MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Pod of SPINNER DOLPHINS numbering 200+ swam into the atoll as we passed out of the channel. There were just so many but paying no attention to us as going in the opposite direction!
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift dive with several hawksbill turtles, a tiny flapping juvenile oriental sweetlips, dogtooth tunas and several medium-sized Napoleon wrasses. There seemed to be lots of peacock rock cods about, maybe staking out their territories?
Dive 2
AMAZING MANTA RAY SHOW!!! We saw at least 9 different mantas on and off during the hour and it looked like there was some courtship activity going on as the majority were males and they were fussing after, following and caressing the females! They seemed very curious of us too and we had some wonderful close interactions as they swept through our bubbles. A really special dive
Ocean Crossing
Crossed to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 3
Late evening dive and a very busy reef with just so many reef fish including ornate and longnose emperors, orange and Evan's anthias, vermillion rock cods, a large school of ~100 longfin batfish, plus SLEEPING WHITE TIP SHARKS AND HUNTING GREY SHARKS (EXCITING!). We also found several spearing mantis shrimps in their buro, a baby Chromodoris fidelis nudibranch an octopus, a maldives sponge snail and several banded coral shrimps. Great dive
Day 2
Dive 1
A second dive at this busy ocean reef site with better visibility this morning and more grey shark action along the ocean drop off and current points. A large school of big-eyes jacks was weaving around makig spirals and figures of eights plus individual jacks were breaking off to be cleaned by bi-color wrasse, there was a school of medium-sized chevron barracudas, pretty starry dragonets buzzing around plus a candy-striped purple/white squat lobster in a featherstar and a white leaf fish.
Ocean Crossing
Crossed into North Ari atoll
Dive 2
Small thila but BIG ACTION with WHITE TIP SHARKS AND GREY SHARKS cruising the drop off plus a very friendly little EAGLE RAY which followed divers around. There were lots of schools of fish including crescent tail big-eyes, blue stripe snappers, neon fusiliers, big eye jacks and Forsters barracudas. We found a Notodoris gardineri nudi, a Susan's flatworm, a pink frilly scorpionfish and lots of other interesting critters.
Dive 3
A lovely current point at this famous thila site. Over the deep blocks were large schools of blue stripe snappers with grey sharks meandering through and white tip sharks resting in the sand. In the shallows was a dense school of bannerfish and so many fusiliers being chased by giant trevallies. There are lovely mature black coral trees full of silversides and cardinals plus reef fish and juvenile batfish. There was a turtle crash on the reef top as two turtles collided. Very entertaining!
Night Dive
Night dive with two of the most friendly MANTA RAYS as they fed on the plankton attracted by our lights
Day 3
Fabulous grey sharks show from MV Sea Spirit, maldives
Dive 1
Colourful "FISH TANK" dive with bannerfish and pyramid butterflyfish at the current point plus white tip sharks, a school of longfin batfish, the radioactive pink anemone full of Clarke's anemonefish, a pair of Chromodoris geometrica nudis and colourful sponges whereever we looked.
Dive 2
Another famous thila and another great shark and fish show as we watched GREY SHARKS cruising the current point and dispersing bannerfish and mackerels. We toured the reef past more sharks plus a huge schools of bluestrip snappers which cover the southern plateau. We found the friendly hawksbill turtles and shopped to pap them
Dive 3
Yet more turtles at this little thila. There were also more mature black coral tress which were full of baitfish and juvenile cardinals with red groupers and rock cods lying in wait for unwary small fish. There were many bright blue magnificent anemones plus a jumping red scorpionfish. A squall blew in when we were diving making our return to Sea Spirit somewhat challenging.
Day 4
Amazingly close encounters with these beautiful manta rays from Mv Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
There was only a small current at the wreck this morning so we could go where we pleased and look for critters hiding in all the nooks and crannies. We found a pair of large STONEFISH. One was covered in fluffy green algae. We found Tamja olivaria and Chromodoris glenei nudibranchs plus a variety of Phyllidia slugs. There was a pair of Indian mobula (M. eregoodootenkee) plus Sgt Majors and Indian bannerfish on the house reef.
We spent several hours searching up and down the ocean reef looking for whale sharks but were not successful today
Dive 2
An easy drift dive, hoping a whale shark might swim past. We did find a baby white tip shark, Maldives sponge snails, an Eagle ray, a large round ribbontail ray and finished the dive nearby the big coral block surrounded by oriental sweetlips, rudderfish, glassfish and bullseyes
Dive 3
This little thila was a riot of colour and fish life. A school of bluefin jacks had created a baitball from a school of fusiliers and watching the attacks was interesting. The reef has a forest of large black coral trees with penguin oysters, large sponge formations, long nose hawkfish etc. On the reef top we found 8 lionfish lurking in wait for unwary juvenile fish, a zebra moray out hunting, earmuff blennies, a devil scorpionfish and everything was covered in baitfish!
Evening Activity
Some guests visited the local village island
Day 5
Amazing reefscape and just so many fish! MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
An ocean-facing thila with a descent through a school of sleek surgeonfish and a hang amongst black and white snappers and longfin batfish. We saw a pair of white tip reef sharks plus a round ribbontail ray on the oceanside and two eagle rays on the leeside plus schools of silver and oriental sweetlips. There were several Amboin shrimps in a carpet anemone amongst lovely overhangs and canyons. We ended the dive hanging above the large poites corals and watching the fish show.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing between Ari and South Male' atolls
Dive 2
Bad visibility but JUST SO MANY FISH. Huge red, midnight and black and white snappers intermingled with big-eye jacks and a few white tips as we descended then orange and pink soft coral covered pinnacles and overhangs and a SLEEPING TAWNY NURSE SHARK. A pink whipray swam past. We saw two male white tip sharks chasing and nipping a female, in courtship and the coral blocks on top of the thils were surrounded by silver, harlequin and oriental sweetlips plus collared butterflyfish etc.
Dive 3
A nice critter dive to end the day! Chromodoris tritos nudis, pairs of banded coral shrimps, pink and green anemones with small transparent periclimenes shrimps, a giant moray being cleaned by a bicolor wrasse, Phidiana indica nudi and Pete the reindeer fish!
We watched the premiere of the trip video in the evening
Day 6
Diver with one of the friendly Maldives turtles
Dive 1
Easy drift on cean front of channels with a pair of MOBULA RAYS, large schools of fusiliers and giant trevallies and tunas, a yellow plus a pair of white leaf fishes, two very different honeycomb morays. Lovely nepthia soft coral covered blocks plus a huge blue Napoleon wrasse. A lovely last dive. The snorkellers found 4 MANTA RAYS IN THE LAGOON!
Travel back towards Male'. Afternoon visit to the capital and one guest departed to hotel. One guest departed to the airport for international flight to Asia.
Day 7
Huge blue napoleon wrasse in South Male' atoll from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Remaining guests transferred to airport for onward flights or transfers to resorts and hotels
Day 8
So many three spot damsels feeding. This is unusual behaviour! From MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Sea Spirit SS431 30 Mar 2014 to 11 Apr 2014 Male to Remote Far North (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights to Male' airport and were transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Easy check dive at nearby house reef. We found a pair of Schultz's pipefish, a couple of medium sized BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS checked out divers, an octopus played hide and seek, there were several lunar-tailed rock cods displaying to eachother, banded boxer shrimps advertised their cleaning services, there were several spiny lobsters and the shallow wall had excellent hard coral s full of anthias and blue chromis.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Baa atoll overnight in excellent sea conditions.
Day 1
Sea Spirit in Raa atoll on her way north in the Maldives
Dive 1
A large thila site with a steep wall on the eastern side full of overhangs with black coral trees, spiral whip-corals and green tubastrea where we found scorpionfish, lionfish imitating featherstars, octopus, long-nose hawkfish, glassfish etc. At the northern pinnacles were many juvenile batfish plus surgeonfish and emperors.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Raa atoll
Dive 2
Pretty overhangs with some blue soft coral, typical of the atoll, and lots of black coral trees and a reeftop covered in green magnificent anemones. Lots of schooling bannerfish and coral blocks buzzing with anthias and chromis.
Dive 3
Dreamy blue and yellow soft coral hung overhangs running for 100's of metres. A MONSTER NURSE SHARK, schools of bluestripe snappers, red snappers, bulls eyes, soldierfish, sea whips with micro-gobies, a starry dragonet and many different varieties of groupers
Day 2
Beautiful soft corals, a feature of the Far North of the Maldives
Dive 1
Easy drift at large thila with schools of big-eye jacks and blue stripe snappers at current point plus rainbow runners and many red snapper schools along the edge. We drifted through overhangs full of blue and yellow soft coral and found ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS a NURSE SHARK, grey shark, white-mouthed moray, mobula rays and even manta rays passing by. Really good seafans, spiral whip corals and nepthia soft coral.
Dive 2
A MANTA CLEANING STATION and during this dive we had 5-6 different mantas come and pay a visit including one big female who stopped by for the majority of the dive. Also nice schools of gold-spot emperors, oriental sweetlips and humpback snappers
Dive 3
2-3 mantas came and went but did not stop for a photo shoot so we made do with the schools of fish plus smaller stuff in the coral blocks like juvenile lionfish, a juvenile bi-colour parrotfish, a pair of porcelain crabs, and boxer shrimps.
Evening Activity
Evening visit to small uninhabited island before sunset. Evening presentation on Manta ecology and behaviour.
Day 3
A great MANTA site from Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
The cleaning station was much busier this morning and we had at least 9 DIFFERENT MANTA RAYS COME AND VISIT! There were two females at different sites throughout the session and aothers coming and going, with some mantas being curious of divers and other avaoiding us. We also saw a friendly eagle ray and a big Napoleon wrasse watching proceedings.
Dive 2
Beautiful coral thila in blue and yellow colour scheme with particularly bright yellow acabaria coral. There were many large golden jacks at the current point which mobbed divers, silver sweetlips, collared butterflyfish, white spotted groupers many spiny lobsters and schoolong bannerfish. Just exceedinly beautiful and one of the most colourful sites in the mid-north.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Noon atoll
Dive 3
Small thila next to big giri with a school of big-eye jacks on the thila as we descended plus many big-eye emperors, two sleeping ribbontail rays, a tiny turtle, lovely pastel nepthia soft coral, pink and green soft corals, blue stripe snappers, a Pseudoceros susanae flatworm, rainbow runners, longnose emperors and great pink anemones!
Day 4
Dive 1
GREY SHARK CLEANING STATION and 5-6 grey sharks cruising the current point, a large PINK FROGFISH guarding an overhang, lovely juvenile and adult batfish in tight schools, TWO GIANT GUITARFISH! The smaller male came flying through the divers very exceitedly! Chevron and Forster's barracudas, octopus etc. Wow what a dive!!!!
Dive 2
Another dive at this great site with pretty much all of the above and grey sharks balancing on their tails to be cleaned and big eye jacks mobbing the cruising sharks, several juvenile ribbontail rays, an enormous giant barracuda and the enormous schools of batfish on ascent.
Ocean Crossing
We motored into Shaviyani atoll
Dive 3
A STUNNING CATHEDRAL-LIKE CAVE HUNG WITH YELLOW AND BLUE SOFT CORALS then multi-level overhang with more soft corals plus seafans, purple gorgonias, sea whips and many reef fish and lots of small fish like cardinals, gobies, dragonets etc. There was a very large starry puffer which looked like it had swallowed something large and heavy resting on the reef.
Night Dive
The soft corals and the tubastrea polyps were all fully extended plus the reds, yellows and oranges of all the sponges and corals made for a riot of colour at this beautiful overhang site. The cave with all the yellow soft coral looked otherworldly by torchlight. We found a yellow/orange spiny lobster, a Jorunna funebris nudi, arrowhead and decorator crabs, sleeping bi-colour parrotfish, etc.
Day 5
Grey sharks at cleaning station site in far North of Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
BUZZY SMALL THILA WITH MANY (20++) GREY REEF SHARKS AND A LARGE SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS AT THE CURRENT POINT AND LOVELY CANYONS AND BLOCKS, A NURSE SHARK AND GOLDEN JACKS. WOW!!
Dive 2
3x GUITARFISH whizzing around, a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK, EAGLE RAYS with one trying to dislodge a pesky remora, round ribbon tail rays, dense schools of Bengali snappers, fusiliers, bluefin jacks and lovely yellow acabaria soft coral plus purple juncella sea whips and large seafans
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Maamakunudu Atoll
Dive 3
Experimental dive on eastern ocean reef consisting a hard coral slope to sand with reef fish and many fusiliers. Amberjacks, giant trevallies, dogtooth tunas and milk fish cruised the wall and a manta flew past. The top reef was a beautiful coral garden at 6-7m depth
Baby manta (and we mean very small!) behind SS at anchorage
Day 6
Giant guitar fish at a far north thila from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
OCEAN REEF WITH JUST SO MANY SNAPPERS. There were large coral blocks on the sjope and these were surrounded by 100's of black and white, red, yellow, blue-stripe snappers plus gold spot emperorr, pyramid butterflyfish, but there were also rather a few yellow margin triggerfish casing the joint!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Haa Dhaalu atoll
Dive 2
Beautiful magnificent anemone covered thila with Kasmira blue-stripe snappers and Bengali snappers in the canyon and schooling big eye jacks whiling around in one of the overhangs. A school of golden jacks enveloped divers on the current point. Lots of beautiful sea whips and seafans on this gorgeous thila.
Dive 3
SUPER-PRETTY CORAL COVERED SMALL THILA WITH DEEP OVERHANGS. Berthella mertensi side gilled slug, Orzak's flatworm, humbug damsels with blue pectoral fins (cute!) yellow gobies , spotted trapezia crabs, Bruuni shrimps etc. The nearby housereef was a beautiful coral gardens in the shallows with acropora and pavona hard corals and many crinois with schools of big eye crescent-tails and butterflyfish.
Evening Activity
We celebrated Keith's Birthday with a few drinks on top deck as the sun went down. It was a beautiful evening.
Day 7
Diver enveloped by big eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
GREY SHARKS CRUISED this ridge-reef looking for cleaning stations and snook up behind divers! There was a HUGE school of overfiendly batfish which followed divers around nipping at our ankles!!!! Also big eye jacks, barracudas, a ZEBRA SHARK, octopus and lots of dark-red crescent-tailed big eyes plus a couple of eagle rays
Dive 2
A second dive at this site with more of the above. The two eagle rays slowly cruised up and down the reef and the big eye jacks made nice shapes, whirling around.
Travel into Haa Alifu atoll then alternating between the two northernmost atolls at diffferent sites for the next 5 days.
Dive 3
Island housereef with caves along eastern side and an area of big rocks creating a canyon with lots of snappers congregating around them plus a school of black and white snappers off the reef. After the overhangs the reef top is a great coral gardens with many blocks full of anthias, damsels and many cleanerfish. There were several hawksbill turtles including one having its shell cleaned by a dozen pyramid butterflyfish.
Day 8
Zebra shark MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful BLUE SOFT CORALS plus schools of batfish, sleeping round ribbontail rays, EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS at reef indent then more rays as we swam to the shallower reef plus rivers of yellowback fusiliers, collared butterflyfish and schools of snappers around large shallow coral blocks . We also found a pale pink smallscale scorpionfish in a grey-pink leather coral.
Dive 2
BEAUTIFUL GOLDEN-ORANGE SOFT CORAL OVERHANGS AND WALLS with schools of blue-stripe snappers, purple crinoids and an eagle ray swimming past. Further up the reef is a coral-covered canyoun with rainbow-coloured soft corals. Just a stunning site but the current was rather hard work this morning!
Dive 3
Easy shallow reef site with lots of cleaning station blocks attracting many reef fish plus a few hawksbill turtles. We found a PAIR OF ORNATE GHOSTPIPEFISH, pyramid and Meyer's butterflyfish and some divers saw a manta feeing at the bottom of the reef!
Day 9
Yellow and blue soft coral overhangs explored by divers MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Before the dive a small pod of false killer whales cruised past and afterwards a pod of bottlenose dolphins were around the reef!
Dive 1
Gentle drift on northern ocean reef where there were nice blocks full of yeef fish and a small overhang hung with yellow soft coral and a halimeda floor. There were so many shrimps: red and orange Lysmatas, Bruuni, banded boxers, plus another ornate ghostpipefish, mantis shrimps, various morays and towards the end of the dive a manta ray swam past checking us all out!
Dive 2
BLUE WATER AND JUST SO MANY FISH AROUND THIS SHALLOW WRECK! We saw schools of red, black & white, blue-stripe and humpback snappers, goldfinger darts, rainbow runners, big eye emperors, large brownmarbled groupers, yellow-tail abudefdufs a huge barracude and head dolphin squeaks but they kept their distance.
Dive 3
YELLOW SOFT CORAL OVERHANGS WITH SCHOOLS OF SNAPPERS AT EITHER END OF THE REEF and a dramatic wall in the mid-section with overhang ceilings hung with bright yellow soft corals. A large school of big-eye jacks hung off the reef and the current was strong enough to make the drift a little exciting in parts! We saw Napoleons, large ribbon tail ray and lots of different reef fish.
Night Dive
PINK SOFT CORAL CAVES FOR THIS NIGHT DIVE! Also some lilac and blue soft coral intermingled for some contrast and exceedingly pretty by torchlight. We found both Nigra and Hiby sponge snails and it looked like the Hibys were mating tonight, saron shrimps, undulate moray, a large Tiger cowrie with its spiky mantle covering the shell, a beautiful candy striped elegant squat lobster in a crinoid etc.
Day 10
Divers at propeller of Captain Pentalis wreck
Dive 1
Small and pretty thila with many neon fusiliers at the current point being chased by dogtooth tunas. There were substatial overhangs with schools of blue-stripe snappers plus big-eye emperors and jobfish. On the reef top we found a large STONEFISH plus sharpnose puffers, juvenile Imperial angelfish, and baby octopus
Dive 2
Drift dive through long overhangs and canyons covered in PINK SOFT CORALS. We found a sleeping NURSE SHARK, an eagle rays soared over the divers and a smallscale scorpionfish was well hidden on the top reef. We found a group of group of spotted pufferfish in their mating colours and folowing eachother around, so apparently a mating congregation!
Dive 3
Beautiful Ocean reef outside island with coral blocks over a gentle slope and huge schools of just about everything including 2-spot snappers on the reef and rivers of neon and yellow-back fusiliers. There were green and hawksbill turtles on the reef and tunas and milkfish in mid-water. The reef slope had many varieties of hard and soft corals and the Pavona corals had red spotted trapezia crabs inside.
Day 11
Friendly schools of batfish became a familiar sight in the far North, from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Daytime Excursion
Morning excursion to Maafahi agricultural island
Afternoon at leisure. Two guests departed via Hanimadhoo regional airport for internal flight to Male' and onward international flights.
Day 12
View of Sea Spirit and diving tender Niumath, Maldives
Very early morning flight from Hanimadhoo airport to Male' and onward international flights
Day 13
Barbie the giant frogfish, MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Divers arrived from international flights to Male' airport and were transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Easy check dive at nearby house reef. We found a pair of Schultz's pipefish, a couple of medium sized BLACK-TIP REEF SHARKS checked out divers, an octopus played hide and seek, there were several lunar-tailed rock cods displaying to eachother, banded boxer shrimps advertised their cleaning services, there were several spiny lobsters and the shallow wall had excellent hard coral s full of anthias and blue chromis.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Baa atoll overnight in excellent sea conditions.
Day 1
Sea Spirit in Raa atoll on her way north in the Maldives
Dive 1
A large thila site with a steep wall on the eastern side full of overhangs with black coral trees, spiral whip-corals and green tubastrea where we found scorpionfish, lionfish imitating featherstars, octopus, long-nose hawkfish, glassfish etc. At the northern pinnacles were many juvenile batfish plus surgeonfish and emperors.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Raa atoll
Dive 2
Pretty overhangs with some blue soft coral, typical of the atoll, and lots of black coral trees and a reeftop covered in green magnificent anemones. Lots of schooling bannerfish and coral blocks buzzing with anthias and chromis.
Dive 3
Dreamy blue and yellow soft coral hung overhangs running for 100's of metres. A MONSTER NURSE SHARK, schools of bluestripe snappers, red snappers, bulls eyes, soldierfish, sea whips with micro-gobies, a starry dragonet and many different varieties of groupers
Day 2
Beautiful soft corals, a feature of the Far North of the Maldives
Dive 1
Easy drift at large thila with schools of big-eye jacks and blue stripe snappers at current point plus rainbow runners and many red snapper schools along the edge. We drifted through overhangs full of blue and yellow soft coral and found ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS a NURSE SHARK, grey shark, white-mouthed moray, mobula rays and even manta rays passing by. Really good seafans, spiral whip corals and nepthia soft coral.
Dive 2
A MANTA CLEANING STATION and during this dive we had 5-6 different mantas come and pay a visit including one big female who stopped by for the majority of the dive. Also nice schools of gold-spot emperors, oriental sweetlips and humpback snappers
Dive 3
2-3 mantas came and went but did not stop for a photo shoot so we made do with the schools of fish plus smaller stuff in the coral blocks like juvenile lionfish, a juvenile bi-colour parrotfish, a pair of porcelain crabs, and boxer shrimps.
Evening Activity
Evening visit to small uninhabited island before sunset. Evening presentation on Manta ecology and behaviour.
Day 3
A great MANTA site from Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
The cleaning station was much busier this morning and we had at least 9 DIFFERENT MANTA RAYS COME AND VISIT! There were two females at different sites throughout the session and aothers coming and going, with some mantas being curious of divers and other avaoiding us. We also saw a friendly eagle ray and a big Napoleon wrasse watching proceedings.
Dive 2
Beautiful coral thila in blue and yellow colour scheme with particularly bright yellow acabaria coral. There were many large golden jacks at the current point which mobbed divers, silver sweetlips, collared butterflyfish, white spotted groupers many spiny lobsters and schoolong bannerfish. Just exceedinly beautiful and one of the most colourful sites in the mid-north.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Noon atoll
Dive 3
Small thila next to big giri with a school of big-eye jacks on the thila as we descended plus many big-eye emperors, two sleeping ribbontail rays, a tiny turtle, lovely pastel nepthia soft coral, pink and green soft corals, blue stripe snappers, a Pseudoceros susanae flatworm, rainbow runners, longnose emperors and great pink anemones!
Day 4
Dive 1
GREY SHARK CLEANING STATION and 5-6 grey sharks cruising the current point, a large PINK FROGFISH guarding an overhang, lovely juvenile and adult batfish in tight schools, TWO GIANT GUITARFISH! The smaller male came flying through the divers very exceitedly! Chevron and Forster's barracudas, octopus etc. Wow what a dive!!!!
Dive 2
Another dive at this great site with pretty much all of the above and grey sharks balancing on their tails to be cleaned and big eye jacks mobbing the cruising sharks, several juvenile ribbontail rays, an enormous giant barracuda and the enormous schools of batfish on ascent.
Ocean Crossing
We motored into Shaviyani atoll
Dive 3
A STUNNING CATHEDRAL-LIKE CAVE HUNG WITH YELLOW AND BLUE SOFT CORALS then multi-level overhang with more soft corals plus seafans, purple gorgonias, sea whips and many reef fish and lots of small fish like cardinals, gobies, dragonets etc. There was a very large starry puffer which looked like it had swallowed something large and heavy resting on the reef.
Night Dive
The soft corals and the tubastrea polyps were all fully extended plus the reds, yellows and oranges of all the sponges and corals made for a riot of colour at this beautiful overhang site. The cave with all the yellow soft coral looked otherworldly by torchlight. We found a yellow/orange spiny lobster, a Jorunna funebris nudi, arrowhead and decorator crabs, sleeping bi-colour parrotfish, etc.
Day 5
Grey sharks at cleaning station site in far North of Maldives from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
BUZZY SMALL THILA WITH MANY (20++) GREY REEF SHARKS AND A LARGE SCHOOL OF BIG-EYE JACKS AT THE CURRENT POINT AND LOVELY CANYONS AND BLOCKS, A NURSE SHARK AND GOLDEN JACKS. WOW!!
Dive 2
3x GUITARFISH whizzing around, a sleeping ZEBRA SHARK, EAGLE RAYS with one trying to dislodge a pesky remora, round ribbon tail rays, dense schools of Bengali snappers, fusiliers, bluefin jacks and lovely yellow acabaria soft coral plus purple juncella sea whips and large seafans
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Maamakunudu Atoll
Dive 3
Experimental dive on eastern ocean reef consisting a hard coral slope to sand with reef fish and many fusiliers. Amberjacks, giant trevallies, dogtooth tunas and milk fish cruised the wall and a manta flew past. The top reef was a beautiful coral garden at 6-7m depth
Baby manta (and we mean very small!) behind SS at anchorage
Day 6
Giant guitar fish at a far north thila from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
OCEAN REEF WITH JUST SO MANY SNAPPERS. There were large coral blocks on the sjope and these were surrounded by 100's of black and white, red, yellow, blue-stripe snappers plus gold spot emperorr, pyramid butterflyfish, but there were also rather a few yellow margin triggerfish casing the joint!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Haa Dhaalu atoll
Dive 2
Beautiful magnificent anemone covered thila with Kasmira blue-stripe snappers and Bengali snappers in the canyon and schooling big eye jacks whiling around in one of the overhangs. A school of golden jacks enveloped divers on the current point. Lots of beautiful sea whips and seafans on this gorgeous thila.
Dive 3
SUPER-PRETTY CORAL COVERED SMALL THILA WITH DEEP OVERHANGS. Berthella mertensi side gilled slug, Orzak's flatworm, humbug damsels with blue pectoral fins (cute!) yellow gobies , spotted trapezia crabs, Bruuni shrimps etc. The nearby housereef was a beautiful coral gardens in the shallows with acropora and pavona hard corals and many crinois with schools of big eye crescent-tails and butterflyfish.
Evening Activity
We celebrated Keith's Birthday with a few drinks on top deck as the sun went down. It was a beautiful evening.
Day 7
Diver enveloped by big eye jacks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
GREY SHARKS CRUISED this ridge-reef looking for cleaning stations and snook up behind divers! There was a HUGE school of overfiendly batfish which followed divers around nipping at our ankles!!!! Also big eye jacks, barracudas, a ZEBRA SHARK, octopus and lots of dark-red crescent-tailed big eyes plus a couple of eagle rays
Dive 2
A second dive at this site with more of the above. The two eagle rays slowly cruised up and down the reef and the big eye jacks made nice shapes, whirling around.
Travel into Haa Alifu atoll then alternating between the two northernmost atolls at diffferent sites for the next 5 days.
Dive 3
Island housereef with caves along eastern side and an area of big rocks creating a canyon with lots of snappers congregating around them plus a school of black and white snappers off the reef. After the overhangs the reef top is a great coral gardens with many blocks full of anthias, damsels and many cleanerfish. There were several hawksbill turtles including one having its shell cleaned by a dozen pyramid butterflyfish.
Day 8
Zebra shark MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful BLUE SOFT CORALS plus schools of batfish, sleeping round ribbontail rays, EAGLE RAYS AND GREY SHARKS at reef indent then more rays as we swam to the shallower reef plus rivers of yellowback fusiliers, collared butterflyfish and schools of snappers around large shallow coral blocks . We also found a pale pink smallscale scorpionfish in a grey-pink leather coral.
Dive 2
BEAUTIFUL GOLDEN-ORANGE SOFT CORAL OVERHANGS AND WALLS with schools of blue-stripe snappers, purple crinoids and an eagle ray swimming past. Further up the reef is a coral-covered canyoun with rainbow-coloured soft corals. Just a stunning site but the current was rather hard work this morning!
Dive 3
Easy shallow reef site with lots of cleaning station blocks attracting many reef fish plus a few hawksbill turtles. We found a PAIR OF ORNATE GHOSTPIPEFISH, pyramid and Meyer's butterflyfish and some divers saw a manta feeing at the bottom of the reef!
Day 9
Yellow and blue soft coral overhangs explored by divers MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Before the dive a small pod of false killer whales cruised past and afterwards a pod of bottlenose dolphins were around the reef!
Dive 1
Gentle drift on northern ocean reef where there were nice blocks full of yeef fish and a small overhang hung with yellow soft coral and a halimeda floor. There were so many shrimps: red and orange Lysmatas, Bruuni, banded boxers, plus another ornate ghostpipefish, mantis shrimps, various morays and towards the end of the dive a manta ray swam past checking us all out!
Dive 2
BLUE WATER AND JUST SO MANY FISH AROUND THIS SHALLOW WRECK! We saw schools of red, black & white, blue-stripe and humpback snappers, goldfinger darts, rainbow runners, big eye emperors, large brownmarbled groupers, yellow-tail abudefdufs a huge barracude and head dolphin squeaks but they kept their distance.
Dive 3
YELLOW SOFT CORAL OVERHANGS WITH SCHOOLS OF SNAPPERS AT EITHER END OF THE REEF and a dramatic wall in the mid-section with overhang ceilings hung with bright yellow soft corals. A large school of big-eye jacks hung off the reef and the current was strong enough to make the drift a little exciting in parts! We saw Napoleons, large ribbon tail ray and lots of different reef fish.
Night Dive
PINK SOFT CORAL CAVES FOR THIS NIGHT DIVE! Also some lilac and blue soft coral intermingled for some contrast and exceedingly pretty by torchlight. We found both Nigra and Hiby sponge snails and it looked like the Hibys were mating tonight, saron shrimps, undulate moray, a large Tiger cowrie with its spiky mantle covering the shell, a beautiful candy striped elegant squat lobster in a crinoid etc.
Day 10
Divers at propeller of Captain Pentalis wreck
Dive 1
Small and pretty thila with many neon fusiliers at the current point being chased by dogtooth tunas. There were substatial overhangs with schools of blue-stripe snappers plus big-eye emperors and jobfish. On the reef top we found a large STONEFISH plus sharpnose puffers, juvenile Imperial angelfish, and baby octopus
Dive 2
Drift dive through long overhangs and canyons covered in PINK SOFT CORALS. We found a sleeping NURSE SHARK, an eagle rays soared over the divers and a smallscale scorpionfish was well hidden on the top reef. We found a group of group of spotted pufferfish in their mating colours and folowing eachother around, so apparently a mating congregation!
Dive 3
Beautiful Ocean reef outside island with coral blocks over a gentle slope and huge schools of just about everything including 2-spot snappers on the reef and rivers of neon and yellow-back fusiliers. There were green and hawksbill turtles on the reef and tunas and milkfish in mid-water. The reef slope had many varieties of hard and soft corals and the Pavona corals had red spotted trapezia crabs inside.
Day 11
Friendly schools of batfish became a familiar sight in the far North, from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Daytime Excursion
Morning excursion to Maafahi agricultural island
Afternoon at leisure. Two guests departed via Hanimadhoo regional airport for internal flight to Male' and onward international flights.
Day 12
View of Sea Spirit and diving tender Niumath, Maldives
Very early morning flight from Hanimadhoo airport to Male' and onward international flights
Day 13
Barbie the giant frogfish, MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Sea Spirit SS430 23 Mar 2014 to 30 Mar 2014 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Arrival to Sea Spirit from International flights and guest houses. We travelled down to South Male atoll for the check dive
Dive 1
Easy and fun check dive on a wreck and pretty reef. We found Chromodoris geometrica and C. tritos nudibranchs, Maldives sponge snails, a freaky blackfoot anemonefish with only a partial collar stripe, large Napoleons many slender and white spotted groupers, a posing octopus etc.
Day 1
Indian bannerfish Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful ocean reef dift with many giant trevallies chasing schools of fusliers, white tip sharks, several large blue Napoleon wrasses, an Eagle ray, turtles, honeycomb morays, a gold coloured leaf fish, and a great drift through lovely soft coral filled overhangs.
Dive 2
This really is a super macro site! We found blue and black coloured RIBBON EELS, several leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimps, a dark coloured Halimeda ghost pipefish, Susan's and glorious flatworms, Lysmata, Bruuni and boxer shrimps plus a FEEDING MANTA LOOPING THE LOOP!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo
Dive 3
FABULOUS SHARKY CHANNEL DIVE WITH 20-30 GREY REEF SHARKS PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS at channel front. The sharks were of all sizes and the little ones stayed in a tight school which the big pregnant females swam up and down the front. We also saw tunas, big barracudas and giant trevallies
Night Dive
Nurse sharks, pink whiprays, ribbon tail rays and many giant trevallies! What a night dive!
Day 2
Dive in the blue, MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
30+ GREY REEF SHARKS! Including a really lovely school of juveniles. There were white tip sharks bearing mating scars and a few eagle rays, one of which crashed into a grey shark, whoops! We had a lovely drift into the channel over the sand dunes, across the sand fall with all the bannerfish and across the patch coral.
Dive 2
Drift through thilas on a channel front where we found two white-tailed mangrove whip-rays, an eagle ray, large coral blocks with oriental and harlequin sweetlips. The whole reef was covered in rivers of neon fusiliers
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Ari
Dive 3
Great little thila site with at least three hawksbill turtles in the shallows, an ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH in one of the black coral trees, a HUGE FEMALE ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY, schools of surgeonfish and bannerfish and very colourful coral blocks in the shallows full of reef fish.
Day 3
So many Grey reef sharks! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Wreck and reef site with alarge school of batfish over the wreck as we descended, a large stonefish on the deck, spearing mantis shrimp in it's nest, lots of juvenile longfin batfish and lionfish around the glassfish too. On the reef we saw sleeping white tips, Forster's barracudas, blacktip reef shark and nice schools of goldspot emperors and crescent taled big-eyes.
Snorkelling
MORNING SNORKEL SESSION WITH THREE WHALE SHARKS!!!! We had a good exercise session as all three were swimming into the current!
Dive 2
We made a dive along the southern ocean reef and had TWO MORE WHALE SHARKS swim past whilst we were diving, one near the start and one during the safety stop! We also saw white tip sharks, round ribbontail rays, turtles, oriental sweetlips and lots of nice reef fish. What a dive!!!!
Dive 3
Easy drift dive but no mantas this afternoon. We did find a couple of medium sized SILVERTIP SHARKS! white mouthed morays, schools of crown squirrelfish and Indian bannerfish, schools of goldspot emperors and blue-stripe snappers and just enjoyed the drift.
Day 4
Whale shark! One of three! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A FABULOUS MANTA RAY SHOW over 70 minutes with various manta rays visiting the reef to be cleaned and posing for the photographers. Some were exceedingly friendly and everyone had a special moment. There was also a super-friendly turtle!
Dive 2
Another great manta ray show, this time the mantas were mainly juveniles and were a bit more nervous of divers but they kept flying in and checking us out carefully so grea fun! We also saw several eagle rays, grey sharks, sleeping white tips and really big schools of snappers and goatfish.
Dive 3
Classic thila site with grey sharks and white tip shark cruising the current point and drop off and several smaller grey sharks around the reef. We found a pair of octopus, stonefish, several longfin batfish, giant trevallies, bannerfish and lots of fusiliers.
Night Dive
Manta rays behind Sea Spirit at anchorage! One was busy feeding in the shallows from 7pm onwards so we could enjoy the show without even getting wet!
Day 5
Manta rays having fun. MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
There was a carpet of neon fusiliers on the surface above the thila when we arrived and theses continued throughout the water column, occasioanlly being raided by large dogtooth tunas, causing a fish explosion! Grey sharks and baby white tips cruised along the reef edge. There was a funny little eagle ray who spent the entire hour checking out different divers and was very sweet. We found octopus, peacock mantis shrimps, smallscale scorpionfish etc.
Ocean Crossing
Bumpy ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
There was a very strong current which sent us flying eastwards up the wall, missing the main reef. We saw grey sharks, white tips, eagle rays and schools of pyramid butterflyfish, bristletooth tangs and many, many anthias but we abandoned after 30 mins as most divers used their air very fast.
Dive 3
We jumped directly onto the thila but the current was still very strong and mixed up, splitting into the channel and along the wall. There was a large school of big eye jacks over the sand with the garden eels, grey sharks, longnose emperors, several slender and black saddled coral groupers etc.
Day 6
Friendly Turtle MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A chilled current and a lovely last dive! The schools of big eyes was over the western tip of the thila and shraks cruised the drop off. We found the spearing mantis shrimps in their nests, Amboin and Periclimenes shrimps too, the purple and the candy-striped squat lobsters, a huge blue Napoleon was being cleaned in a cave full of glassfish, a grey shark was mobbed by the big-eye jacks and there were reef fish of every type, which were just mesmerising. A special typical-Maldives reef.
We cruised back toward our Hulhumale anchorage during the morning and then made a visit to Male' to enjoy ice-cream and a bit of sightseeing.
Day 7
Little eagle ray MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Guest Transfer
Guest transferred to airport for return international flights and onward transfers to resorts/guest houses
Day 8
Clarke's anemonefish MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
 
Guest Transfer
Arrival to Sea Spirit from International flights and guest houses. We travelled down to South Male atoll for the check dive
Dive 1
Easy and fun check dive on a wreck and pretty reef. We found Chromodoris geometrica and C. tritos nudibranchs, Maldives sponge snails, a freaky blackfoot anemonefish with only a partial collar stripe, large Napoleons many slender and white spotted groupers, a posing octopus etc.
Day 1
Indian bannerfish Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
Beautiful ocean reef dift with many giant trevallies chasing schools of fusliers, white tip sharks, several large blue Napoleon wrasses, an Eagle ray, turtles, honeycomb morays, a gold coloured leaf fish, and a great drift through lovely soft coral filled overhangs.
Dive 2
This really is a super macro site! We found blue and black coloured RIBBON EELS, several leaf fish, spearing mantis shrimps, a dark coloured Halimeda ghost pipefish, Susan's and glorious flatworms, Lysmata, Bruuni and boxer shrimps plus a FEEDING MANTA LOOPING THE LOOP!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo
Dive 3
FABULOUS SHARKY CHANNEL DIVE WITH 20-30 GREY REEF SHARKS PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS at channel front. The sharks were of all sizes and the little ones stayed in a tight school which the big pregnant females swam up and down the front. We also saw tunas, big barracudas and giant trevallies
Night Dive
Nurse sharks, pink whiprays, ribbon tail rays and many giant trevallies! What a night dive!
Day 2
Dive in the blue, MV Sea Spirit maldives
Dive 1
30+ GREY REEF SHARKS! Including a really lovely school of juveniles. There were white tip sharks bearing mating scars and a few eagle rays, one of which crashed into a grey shark, whoops! We had a lovely drift into the channel over the sand dunes, across the sand fall with all the bannerfish and across the patch coral.
Dive 2
Drift through thilas on a channel front where we found two white-tailed mangrove whip-rays, an eagle ray, large coral blocks with oriental and harlequin sweetlips. The whole reef was covered in rivers of neon fusiliers
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Ari
Dive 3
Great little thila site with at least three hawksbill turtles in the shallows, an ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH in one of the black coral trees, a HUGE FEMALE ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY, schools of surgeonfish and bannerfish and very colourful coral blocks in the shallows full of reef fish.
Day 3
So many Grey reef sharks! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Wreck and reef site with alarge school of batfish over the wreck as we descended, a large stonefish on the deck, spearing mantis shrimp in it's nest, lots of juvenile longfin batfish and lionfish around the glassfish too. On the reef we saw sleeping white tips, Forster's barracudas, blacktip reef shark and nice schools of goldspot emperors and crescent taled big-eyes.
Snorkelling
MORNING SNORKEL SESSION WITH THREE WHALE SHARKS!!!! We had a good exercise session as all three were swimming into the current!
Dive 2
We made a dive along the southern ocean reef and had TWO MORE WHALE SHARKS swim past whilst we were diving, one near the start and one during the safety stop! We also saw white tip sharks, round ribbontail rays, turtles, oriental sweetlips and lots of nice reef fish. What a dive!!!!
Dive 3
Easy drift dive but no mantas this afternoon. We did find a couple of medium sized SILVERTIP SHARKS! white mouthed morays, schools of crown squirrelfish and Indian bannerfish, schools of goldspot emperors and blue-stripe snappers and just enjoyed the drift.
Day 4
Whale shark! One of three! MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
A FABULOUS MANTA RAY SHOW over 70 minutes with various manta rays visiting the reef to be cleaned and posing for the photographers. Some were exceedingly friendly and everyone had a special moment. There was also a super-friendly turtle!
Dive 2
Another great manta ray show, this time the mantas were mainly juveniles and were a bit more nervous of divers but they kept flying in and checking us out carefully so grea fun! We also saw several eagle rays, grey sharks, sleeping white tips and really big schools of snappers and goatfish.