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Sea Spirit SS404 12 May 2013 to 22 May 2013 Manta & Whaleshark Special (10 day)
Guest Transfer
Arrival from international flight and transfer to Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Check dive. Big swell and surf topside so hard to find sheltered reef. Underwater we had a big surge so we made an abbreviated dive. We saw a pair of ginormous tunas, schools of large rainbow runners and mackerel scads, a bearded scorpionfish, white tip reef shark, long nose butterflyfish, giant and yellowmargin morays and a Phyllidia occelata seaslug.
Day 1
Dive 1
BEAUTIFUL PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL COVERED BLOCKS AND TERRACES. The overhangs were festooned with blue and yellow soft corals. Over the reef were black and white snappers and a wonderful swirling school of big-eye jacks. Two EAGLE RAYS soared over the western current point amongst huge schools of fusiliers. On the reef a lovely blotched porcupinefish and a mappa puffer.
MANTA RAY feeding by making somersaults and pass-bys behind Sea Spirit for around two hours after dinner.
Day 2
Dive 1
Ocean corner dive with several Napoleons, a white tip shark, a tight scholl of black and white snappers, a large dogtooth tuna, a spotted boxfish, a spotted porcupinefish, a hawksbill turtle, a freeswimming honeycomb moray and a pair of shortheaded shrimps in a carpet anemone.
Dive 2
Several GREEN TURTLES sleeping in the reef and amonsgst the fish-filled coral blocks, a white tip resting in the sand, two EAGLE RAYS along the top reef, schools of oriental sweetlips waiting in turn to be cleaned, collared butterflyfish school, racoon butterflyfish, black saddled coral groupers, honeycomb morays etc. Beautiful!
Dive 3
Easy ocean drift with two very friendly hawksbill turtles: one doing handstands! Bicolour parrotfish, rivers of fusiliers, orange and green magnifica anemones, blocks with lots of sweepers and boomerang triggerfish posturing at eachother and making a little mating dance.
Day 3
Dive 1
There were several hawksbill turtles just as we descended and one had a really perfect, beautiful shell. Longnose emperors were hunting up and down the reef and rivers of yellowback, neon and lunar fusiliers swept past as we drifted along the wall. In one area there were large schools of yellow goatfish, blue-stripe and humpback snappers, spiny lobsters and lots of other reef fish amongst orange acabaria clad coral blocks. Lovely!
Ocean Crossing
Travel to South Male atoll
Dive 2
Reef and wreck site. There were longnose and pixie hawkfish amongst black coral trees along the sides of the wreck and Bruuni cleaning shrimp attending to spotted red rock cods on the rear deck. Also peacock mantis shrimps and lionfish. On the main reef we found a Susans' flatworm, Maldives sponge snails, reef pipefish, orange magnifica anemones with bright orangev Maldives anemonefish and lots of white acabaria framed windows full of red soldierfish.
Dive 3
Easy channel drift with several GREEN TURTLES and then a huge blue Napoleon in a cave. One overhang was full of seawhips and soldierfish. WE also saw black saddled coral groupers and brown marbled groupers, unicorn fish, white tip sharks and enjoyed the coral blocks full of reef fish and anthias. We came up to a big squall on the surface.
Day 4
Dive 1
Lovely easy ocean dift dive on channel fronts. There were two huge Napoleons (they are very common this trip!), several dogtooth tunas, a funny topsy-turvy hawksbill turtles, a white leaf fish, a school of bannerfish, a school of baby goatfish, a giant grouper which disappearred into a tiny hole under a coral block but we did find it peering out- two huge eyes!! Lovely fish-filled coral blocks.
Dive 2
MANTA RAY ACTION! 5 different manta rays visited the cleaning station during our 40 minute wait then we had 3-4 mantas close to the shallow reef either being ceaned or feeding. The reef is also very pretty with table corals full of humbug and Indian damsels, blue-green chromis and lots of butterflyfish and anemones.
Dive 3
A brisk and bouncy channel dift today! We saw white tip sharks, giant trevallies, blue fin jacks and a long overhang full of orange seafans. On the corner were lots of coralised blocks full of reef fish with a yellow leaf fish, rock cods, indian bannerfish, racoon butterflyfish, orange spined and pesky Vlaming's surgeonfish.
Sundowners on the front deck and an evening presentation on manta ray ecology and behaviour.
Day 5
Dive 1
A small current on this beautiful pink and orange soft coral covered thila and lots of big-fish action. EAGLE RAYS (A SQUADRON OF 7 TOGETHER AT ONE POINT), WHITE TIP AN GREY SHARKS cruised the canyoun and large schools of snappers and big eye jacks swirled around on the current point. On the top reef were GRREN AND HAWKSBILL TURTLES and lovely schools of oriental, harlequin and silver sweetlips.
Dive 2
Ocean corner site and lots of great macro. We found two black (juvenile) and three blue/yellow RIBBON EELS, 6 leaf fish, including three close together, Bruuni shrimps cleaning rock cods, peacock mantis shrimps, scorpionfish, pair of mating octopus, a pair of a big blue Napoleon with a female and a couple of friendly hawksbill turtles next to a very pretty shallow reef.
Daytime Excursion
Ashore to pretty sandbank for a stroll and snorkel
Dive 3
Great macro dive again! A tiny flic-flacing juvenile oriental sweetlips, 10 tiny juvenile (and hence spotty!) yellowmargin triggerfish, Durban dancing shrimps, an overhang full of juvenile cardinal and glassfish, blue finger sponges forming strange hand shapes and many coral islets full of chromis, anthias, damsels etc. and patrolled by red groupers.
Drinks on Sea Queen as both groups of guests had a get together
Day 6
Dive 1
Back to the soft coral thila and today we had lots of white tip sharks roaming about on the top of the reef plus eagle rays cruising up and down the canyon whlst huge schools of fish hung out on the current point: snappers, jacks and many fusiliers. More green turtles on top of the reef. We had a quick snorkel with a feeding manta after the dive.
Dive 2
We went back to the cleaning station but no mantas today. We enjoyed the pretty shalow coral reef afterwards. Lots of pink and orange anemones and millions of feeding fusiliers.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 3
Easy drift with lots of white tips on the channel front plus a cheeky MANTA which buzzed birthday girl Judy! Along the ocean reef were large schools of humpback snappers and goldspot emperors. The reef is beautiful and along with all the lovely reef fish and gard corals we found a pair of white leaf fish plus a yellow and two green ones, banded coral shrimp and Lysmata shrimp cleaning stations guarded by feisty black cheek morays and more friendly white mouthed, yellow margin and giant morays.
Night Dive
AWESOME NIGHT DIVE with 20-30 NURSE SHARK of all sizes either fighting to get at their food or crusing along the reef edge. Some were 3m+ monsters and quite intimidating. Also huge ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS, PINK WHIP RAYS AND GIANT TREVALLIES. The divers on Sea Queen and Sea Spirit made a joint dive.
Day 7
Dive 1
Channel drift onto ocean corner where lots of white tip sharks were resting in the sand. A large school of black & white snappers were feeding in the channel and a large honecomb moray was at a cleaning station. A MANTA RAY swam up from the depths. A GREY SHARK was pirouetting along the ocean reef wall. We found lots of blackcheek morays with Lysmata shrimps and the whole reef was smothered with purple/yellow Evan's anthias and orange anthias.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing back to South Male atoll
Dive 2
Another go to look for mantas but they were still avoiding us :-( The pretty coral garden was full of Indian and humbug damsels and a big block was full of glass fish. A turtle said hello.
Dive 3
Channel drift with lots of white tip sharks inside the channel plus a big Napoleon and several honeycomb and giant morays sharing cleaning stations. We also found an ENORMOUS FLUFFY STONEFISH, a freeswimming honeycomb and a round ribbontailed ray. A turtle swatted away the paparazzi!
Day 8
Dive 1
Easy channel drift and dramatic ocean reef site. There were a couple of white tips on the plateau and then a large Napoleon with his two girlfriends on the ocean reef. The many terraces and overhangs were full of soldierfish and crown squirrelfish plus three spot yellow angelfish, all sorts of morays and millions of anthias again.
Dive 2
Really great wreck dive! The holds are full of interesting items, today we found a cassette radio, a make up box, beer bottles and photo albums. We made a tour of the accommodation block including the crew restaurant and the bathrooms and found the cigarette stash. The wreck is surrounded by schools of fusiliers and surgeonfish plus a Tambja morosa nudi on the wheelhouse front plus a Phillidiana sp..
Dive 3
Wow! 8 different MANTA RAYS and lots of our old friends like Winifred and Mick who were very friendly, swimming through our bubbles and checking us out closely. A whole hour of manta fun! Everyone came up smiling.
Day 9
Dive 1
Magical final dive at beautiful blue soft coral covered pinnacles smothered in fish. Schools of 100's of bannerfish shimmerred in the current and sweetlips and emperors were everywhere. The run of overhangs are full of orange seafans and red and white sea whips and the coral blocks on top were decorated with every variety of pastel coloured nepthia soft coral. We found a lovely green turtle and a blue peacock mantis shrimp.
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to Male for shopping, sightseeing and visit to ice-cream parlour.
Day 10
Guest Transfer
Guests to airport for international flight.
Day 11
 
Guest Transfer
Arrival from international flight and transfer to Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Check dive. Big swell and surf topside so hard to find sheltered reef. Underwater we had a big surge so we made an abbreviated dive. We saw a pair of ginormous tunas, schools of large rainbow runners and mackerel scads, a bearded scorpionfish, white tip reef shark, long nose butterflyfish, giant and yellowmargin morays and a Phyllidia occelata seaslug.
Day 1
Dive 1
BEAUTIFUL PINK AND ORANGE SOFT CORAL COVERED BLOCKS AND TERRACES. The overhangs were festooned with blue and yellow soft corals. Over the reef were black and white snappers and a wonderful swirling school of big-eye jacks. Two EAGLE RAYS soared over the western current point amongst huge schools of fusiliers. On the reef a lovely blotched porcupinefish and a mappa puffer.
MANTA RAY feeding by making somersaults and pass-bys behind Sea Spirit for around two hours after dinner.
Day 2
Dive 1
Ocean corner dive with several Napoleons, a white tip shark, a tight scholl of black and white snappers, a large dogtooth tuna, a spotted boxfish, a spotted porcupinefish, a hawksbill turtle, a freeswimming honeycomb moray and a pair of shortheaded shrimps in a carpet anemone.
Dive 2
Several GREEN TURTLES sleeping in the reef and amonsgst the fish-filled coral blocks, a white tip resting in the sand, two EAGLE RAYS along the top reef, schools of oriental sweetlips waiting in turn to be cleaned, collared butterflyfish school, racoon butterflyfish, black saddled coral groupers, honeycomb morays etc. Beautiful!
Dive 3
Easy ocean drift with two very friendly hawksbill turtles: one doing handstands! Bicolour parrotfish, rivers of fusiliers, orange and green magnifica anemones, blocks with lots of sweepers and boomerang triggerfish posturing at eachother and making a little mating dance.
Day 3
Dive 1
There were several hawksbill turtles just as we descended and one had a really perfect, beautiful shell. Longnose emperors were hunting up and down the reef and rivers of yellowback, neon and lunar fusiliers swept past as we drifted along the wall. In one area there were large schools of yellow goatfish, blue-stripe and humpback snappers, spiny lobsters and lots of other reef fish amongst orange acabaria clad coral blocks. Lovely!
Ocean Crossing
Travel to South Male atoll
Dive 2
Reef and wreck site. There were longnose and pixie hawkfish amongst black coral trees along the sides of the wreck and Bruuni cleaning shrimp attending to spotted red rock cods on the rear deck. Also peacock mantis shrimps and lionfish. On the main reef we found a Susans' flatworm, Maldives sponge snails, reef pipefish, orange magnifica anemones with bright orangev Maldives anemonefish and lots of white acabaria framed windows full of red soldierfish.
Dive 3
Easy channel drift with several GREEN TURTLES and then a huge blue Napoleon in a cave. One overhang was full of seawhips and soldierfish. WE also saw black saddled coral groupers and brown marbled groupers, unicorn fish, white tip sharks and enjoyed the coral blocks full of reef fish and anthias. We came up to a big squall on the surface.
Day 4
Dive 1
Lovely easy ocean dift dive on channel fronts. There were two huge Napoleons (they are very common this trip!), several dogtooth tunas, a funny topsy-turvy hawksbill turtles, a white leaf fish, a school of bannerfish, a school of baby goatfish, a giant grouper which disappearred into a tiny hole under a coral block but we did find it peering out- two huge eyes!! Lovely fish-filled coral blocks.
Dive 2
MANTA RAY ACTION! 5 different manta rays visited the cleaning station during our 40 minute wait then we had 3-4 mantas close to the shallow reef either being ceaned or feeding. The reef is also very pretty with table corals full of humbug and Indian damsels, blue-green chromis and lots of butterflyfish and anemones.
Dive 3
A brisk and bouncy channel dift today! We saw white tip sharks, giant trevallies, blue fin jacks and a long overhang full of orange seafans. On the corner were lots of coralised blocks full of reef fish with a yellow leaf fish, rock cods, indian bannerfish, racoon butterflyfish, orange spined and pesky Vlaming's surgeonfish.
Sundowners on the front deck and an evening presentation on manta ray ecology and behaviour.
Day 5
Dive 1
A small current on this beautiful pink and orange soft coral covered thila and lots of big-fish action. EAGLE RAYS (A SQUADRON OF 7 TOGETHER AT ONE POINT), WHITE TIP AN GREY SHARKS cruised the canyoun and large schools of snappers and big eye jacks swirled around on the current point. On the top reef were GRREN AND HAWKSBILL TURTLES and lovely schools of oriental, harlequin and silver sweetlips.
Dive 2
Ocean corner site and lots of great macro. We found two black (juvenile) and three blue/yellow RIBBON EELS, 6 leaf fish, including three close together, Bruuni shrimps cleaning rock cods, peacock mantis shrimps, scorpionfish, pair of mating octopus, a pair of a big blue Napoleon with a female and a couple of friendly hawksbill turtles next to a very pretty shallow reef.
Daytime Excursion
Ashore to pretty sandbank for a stroll and snorkel
Dive 3
Great macro dive again! A tiny flic-flacing juvenile oriental sweetlips, 10 tiny juvenile (and hence spotty!) yellowmargin triggerfish, Durban dancing shrimps, an overhang full of juvenile cardinal and glassfish, blue finger sponges forming strange hand shapes and many coral islets full of chromis, anthias, damsels etc. and patrolled by red groupers.
Drinks on Sea Queen as both groups of guests had a get together
Day 6
Dive 1
Back to the soft coral thila and today we had lots of white tip sharks roaming about on the top of the reef plus eagle rays cruising up and down the canyon whlst huge schools of fish hung out on the current point: snappers, jacks and many fusiliers. More green turtles on top of the reef. We had a quick snorkel with a feeding manta after the dive.
Dive 2
We went back to the cleaning station but no mantas today. We enjoyed the pretty shalow coral reef afterwards. Lots of pink and orange anemones and millions of feeding fusiliers.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 3
Easy drift with lots of white tips on the channel front plus a cheeky MANTA which buzzed birthday girl Judy! Along the ocean reef were large schools of humpback snappers and goldspot emperors. The reef is beautiful and along with all the lovely reef fish and gard corals we found a pair of white leaf fish plus a yellow and two green ones, banded coral shrimp and Lysmata shrimp cleaning stations guarded by feisty black cheek morays and more friendly white mouthed, yellow margin and giant morays.
Night Dive
AWESOME NIGHT DIVE with 20-30 NURSE SHARK of all sizes either fighting to get at their food or crusing along the reef edge. Some were 3m+ monsters and quite intimidating. Also huge ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS, PINK WHIP RAYS AND GIANT TREVALLIES. The divers on Sea Queen and Sea Spirit made a joint dive.
Day 7
Dive 1
Channel drift onto ocean corner where lots of white tip sharks were resting in the sand. A large school of black & white snappers were feeding in the channel and a large honecomb moray was at a cleaning station. A MANTA RAY swam up from the depths. A GREY SHARK was pirouetting along the ocean reef wall. We found lots of blackcheek morays with Lysmata shrimps and the whole reef was smothered with purple/yellow Evan's anthias and orange anthias.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing back to South Male atoll
Dive 2
Another go to look for mantas but they were still avoiding us :-( The pretty coral garden was full of Indian and humbug damsels and a big block was full of glass fish. A turtle said hello.
Dive 3
Channel drift with lots of white tip sharks inside the channel plus a big Napoleon and several honeycomb and giant morays sharing cleaning stations. We also found an ENORMOUS FLUFFY STONEFISH, a freeswimming honeycomb and a round ribbontailed ray. A turtle swatted away the paparazzi!
Day 8
Dive 1
Easy channel drift and dramatic ocean reef site. There were a couple of white tips on the plateau and then a large Napoleon with his two girlfriends on the ocean reef. The many terraces and overhangs were full of soldierfish and crown squirrelfish plus three spot yellow angelfish, all sorts of morays and millions of anthias again.
Dive 2
Really great wreck dive! The holds are full of interesting items, today we found a cassette radio, a make up box, beer bottles and photo albums. We made a tour of the accommodation block including the crew restaurant and the bathrooms and found the cigarette stash. The wreck is surrounded by schools of fusiliers and surgeonfish plus a Tambja morosa nudi on the wheelhouse front plus a Phillidiana sp..
Dive 3
Wow! 8 different MANTA RAYS and lots of our old friends like Winifred and Mick who were very friendly, swimming through our bubbles and checking us out closely. A whole hour of manta fun! Everyone came up smiling.
Day 9
Dive 1
Magical final dive at beautiful blue soft coral covered pinnacles smothered in fish. Schools of 100's of bannerfish shimmerred in the current and sweetlips and emperors were everywhere. The run of overhangs are full of orange seafans and red and white sea whips and the coral blocks on top were decorated with every variety of pastel coloured nepthia soft coral. We found a lovely green turtle and a blue peacock mantis shrimp.
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to Male for shopping, sightseeing and visit to ice-cream parlour.
Day 10
Guest Transfer
Guests to airport for international flight.
Day 11
Sea Spirit SS403 5 May 2013 to 12 May 2013 Close Encounters (7 day)
Guest Transfer
Arrival to Sea Spirit from International flights and resorts
Dive 1
Check dive. Lots of pretty honeycomb morays, a pair of blacktip groupers posturing/displaying, a tiger cowrie, camouflage groupers in nepthia covered coral blocks, a pair of green leaf fish, a porcelain crab, schools of blue-stripe snappers and sleek surgeonfish.
We helped celebrate Chris and Vicky's honeymoon with a cake
Day 1
Dive 1
A stripy ZEBRA SHARK sleeping on the bottom, 4+ WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS either resting on the bottom or out and about, GREEN AND HAWKSBILL TURTLES, fire gobies, a spotted porcupinefish, sweepers and groupers in coral blocks plus all the carpet anemones checked had porcelain crabs in.
Between sites we came across around 30 PILOT WHALES slowly cruising outside the atoll. They were friendly enough to swim over and swim alongside Sea Spirit for a while. Amazing!
Dive 2
The huge BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH were shallow on the top reef at the start of the dive. We had a MANTA RAY fly by and there were 2+3 EAGLE RAYS in the channel. The big blocks had brownmarbled groupers, humpback snappers, and bicolour parrotfish. One of the overhangs was full of soldierfish.
Dive 3
This site was very fishy with schools of bannerfish, red and midnight snappers, goldspot and big-eye emperors, spotted groupers, bluefaced angelfish etc. We found a larger SPOTTY ZEBRA SHARK resting in the sand which woke up and swam around but resettled close by. There were several GREEN TURTLES hiding on the top reef and napoleon wrasses being cleaned.
We found a pelagic sea moth Pegasis volitans swimming around on the surface behind SS at anchorage.
Day 2
Dive 1
Wow this was beautiful today. Blue, yellow, pink and orange soft corals smothered the terraces, coral blocks and terraces and schools of black and white snappers and big-eye jacks swam around the plateau and canyon. Three short finned MOBULA RAYS swam overhead. The large mappa puffer was out and about rather than hiding in the main overhang where we normally find it. Also several Napoleons, a pinkbar goby with two pistol shrimps making nest renovations and several dogtooth tunas chasing the fusiliers.
Dive 2
A small current at this thila site with several ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS either sleeping half-hidden in the sand or swimming around and one was hoverring over a cleaning station. There were lots of reef fish around the thila and a huge school of snappers feeding in the current above it. The white tip sharks were sleeping in the sand. We also saw a non-spotted eagle ray and a glorius flatworm.
Dive 3
This site has lovely blue, yellow, pink and orange soft coral overhangs set in a steep wall. In the ceiling there were lots of soldierfish and a giant moray. The caves had lovely seawhips and seafans. The wall is highly coralised and very beautiful. There was a teeny hawksbill turtle and a hiding octopus.
Night Dive
Back to the wall for a lovely, colourful night dive. The yellos and reds really showed up by torchlight and the hanging soft corals looked quite magical. A sleepy turtle divebombed a diver, there were thre large Napoleons being cleaned by Bruuni shrimps as they slept and lots of furry-legged saron shrimps, squat lobsters and trapezia crabs amongst the hard corals plus large hermit crabs.
Day 3
Dive 1
WHEE! The current built to strong at this dramatic thila today. There were several EAGLE RAYS plus WHITE TIP SHARKS at the current point then a fairly quick drift through the amazing overhangs full of large pink seafans with thousands of bluestripe snappers swirling around. The pinnacles were full of fish. The blocks along the sides of the thila had sweetlips humpback and more blue stripe snappers and the biiger blocks in the current shadow were critter condos for groupers etc. A hawksbill turtle surfed the current!
Dive 2
Easy ocean drift with white tip and black tip sharks, spotted and blotched porcupinefish plus coral blocks full of groupers and other reef fish plus a tiny Susan's flatworm. A mangrove whipray was woken up and zoomed off. There was also a lovely green turtle taking a nap.
Ocean Crossing
Inter-atoll crossing
Dive 3
Great wreck-and-reef dive. A large blue Napoleon was at a cleaning station below the bow of the wreck. There are lots of black corals along the hull and we found a longnose hawkfish and a juvenile trumpetfish in hiding. Schultz pipefish, lionfish and Durban shrimps were found around the stern. The main reef is also fascinating with lots of coral ledges full of fish inclusing a red spotted rock cod being cleaned by Bruuni shrimp.
Movie night
Day 4
Dive 1
Easy out-current drift past honeycomb and giant morays and a hawksbill turtle and then a slow drift on the vertical ocean wall with beautiful coralised ledges buzzing with pink and orange anthias. EAGLE RAYS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS cruised the drop off and Napoleons wandered up and down checking us out. We found a white, a green and a yellow leaf fish plus a pair of Pterolidia segmented worms.
Dive 2
AWESOME DIVE! Gentle drift across channel front with swathes of fusiliers being coralled by giant trevallies and dogtooth tunas with white tip sharks along the front, lots of morays plus bannerfish and sleek surgeonfish. A brisk drift through multilevel overhangs full of anthias plus white tip sharks swimming hard and a MANTA swimming up the channel which checked us out and another manta during the safety stop. Adrenalin hit!
Dive 3
SHARKTASTIC! Lots of little GREY SHARKS on the channel corner plus LARGER GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS along the channel front. A squadron of 12 EAGLE RAYS IN FORMATION and then a MANTA SWAM UP FROM THE DEPTHS. WOW! Lots of honeycomb morays inclusing two freeswimming, an octopus and lovely reeeffish on top of ocean corner.
Night Dive
NURSE SHARK PARTY NIGHT DIVE with half a dozen very large nurse sharks fighting over their feed and playing football with it and giant trevallies and very large round ribbon tail rays trying to get in on the act. Tonight was definitely the night of the nurse sharks and later we had 30+ (a mating aggregation?) cruising up and down the reef like shark wallpaper!
Day 5
Dive 1
Easy drift from channel to ocean reef. We followed three short finned MOBULA out of the channel then white tip sharks sleeping on the channel front and eagle rays plus big-eye jacks and snappers in the channel. On the wall we found Lysmata shrimps busy cleaning morays and rock cods, an octopus, spiny lobsters, a green and a yellow-white leaf fishes, another eagle ray and a large blue Napoleon. Beautiful schools of fish along the reef crest.
Dive 2
Soft coral filled overhangs and pinnacles at the west end of the thila. Every surface was covered with pink and orange soft corals. There was a large green turtle sleeping on a ledge and large silver and oriental sweetlips in the ledges waiting to be cleaned. Lovely seafan and tubastrea trees too. On the top we found a peacock flounder, another green turtle in hiding and the coral block surrounded by dozens of oriental sweetlips and collared butterflyfish.
Dive 3
Great macro dive. We found a super-fun octopus which was pulling all kinds of shapes as it went abut hunting on the reef top, pixie and longnose hawkfish in the black corals along with penguin and thorny oysters, a Chromodoris tritos nudi, reef pipefish, banded coral shrimps, a spearing mantis shrimp in its nest plus the blue-green chromis were "kissing" (read-fighting).
Sundowners on deck with a beautiful chiled sunset
Day 6
Dive 1
Dramatic last dive on ocean front of thila. Lots of GREY SHARKS were cruising the edge amongst the large schools of big-eye jacks and FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS. A posse of small greys were chasing something and were buzzing around whilst a large grey shark was cruising about the cleaning station. The top of the reef has lovely coral with lots of reef fish and anemones etc. We found an unusual jellyfish being attacked by a scribbled filefish!
Return journey to North Male atoll. Afternoon visit to Male for shopping and ice-cream.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Guests departed via airport for onward transfers to resorts, hotels and international flights
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Arrival to Sea Spirit from International flights and resorts
Dive 1
Check dive. Lots of pretty honeycomb morays, a pair of blacktip groupers posturing/displaying, a tiger cowrie, camouflage groupers in nepthia covered coral blocks, a pair of green leaf fish, a porcelain crab, schools of blue-stripe snappers and sleek surgeonfish.
We helped celebrate Chris and Vicky's honeymoon with a cake
Day 1
Dive 1
A stripy ZEBRA SHARK sleeping on the bottom, 4+ WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS either resting on the bottom or out and about, GREEN AND HAWKSBILL TURTLES, fire gobies, a spotted porcupinefish, sweepers and groupers in coral blocks plus all the carpet anemones checked had porcelain crabs in.
Between sites we came across around 30 PILOT WHALES slowly cruising outside the atoll. They were friendly enough to swim over and swim alongside Sea Spirit for a while. Amazing!
Dive 2
The huge BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH were shallow on the top reef at the start of the dive. We had a MANTA RAY fly by and there were 2+3 EAGLE RAYS in the channel. The big blocks had brownmarbled groupers, humpback snappers, and bicolour parrotfish. One of the overhangs was full of soldierfish.
Dive 3
This site was very fishy with schools of bannerfish, red and midnight snappers, goldspot and big-eye emperors, spotted groupers, bluefaced angelfish etc. We found a larger SPOTTY ZEBRA SHARK resting in the sand which woke up and swam around but resettled close by. There were several GREEN TURTLES hiding on the top reef and napoleon wrasses being cleaned.
We found a pelagic sea moth Pegasis volitans swimming around on the surface behind SS at anchorage.
Day 2
Dive 1
Wow this was beautiful today. Blue, yellow, pink and orange soft corals smothered the terraces, coral blocks and terraces and schools of black and white snappers and big-eye jacks swam around the plateau and canyon. Three short finned MOBULA RAYS swam overhead. The large mappa puffer was out and about rather than hiding in the main overhang where we normally find it. Also several Napoleons, a pinkbar goby with two pistol shrimps making nest renovations and several dogtooth tunas chasing the fusiliers.
Dive 2
A small current at this thila site with several ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS either sleeping half-hidden in the sand or swimming around and one was hoverring over a cleaning station. There were lots of reef fish around the thila and a huge school of snappers feeding in the current above it. The white tip sharks were sleeping in the sand. We also saw a non-spotted eagle ray and a glorius flatworm.
Dive 3
This site has lovely blue, yellow, pink and orange soft coral overhangs set in a steep wall. In the ceiling there were lots of soldierfish and a giant moray. The caves had lovely seawhips and seafans. The wall is highly coralised and very beautiful. There was a teeny hawksbill turtle and a hiding octopus.
Night Dive
Back to the wall for a lovely, colourful night dive. The yellos and reds really showed up by torchlight and the hanging soft corals looked quite magical. A sleepy turtle divebombed a diver, there were thre large Napoleons being cleaned by Bruuni shrimps as they slept and lots of furry-legged saron shrimps, squat lobsters and trapezia crabs amongst the hard corals plus large hermit crabs.
Day 3
Dive 1
WHEE! The current built to strong at this dramatic thila today. There were several EAGLE RAYS plus WHITE TIP SHARKS at the current point then a fairly quick drift through the amazing overhangs full of large pink seafans with thousands of bluestripe snappers swirling around. The pinnacles were full of fish. The blocks along the sides of the thila had sweetlips humpback and more blue stripe snappers and the biiger blocks in the current shadow were critter condos for groupers etc. A hawksbill turtle surfed the current!
Dive 2
Easy ocean drift with white tip and black tip sharks, spotted and blotched porcupinefish plus coral blocks full of groupers and other reef fish plus a tiny Susan's flatworm. A mangrove whipray was woken up and zoomed off. There was also a lovely green turtle taking a nap.
Ocean Crossing
Inter-atoll crossing
Dive 3
Great wreck-and-reef dive. A large blue Napoleon was at a cleaning station below the bow of the wreck. There are lots of black corals along the hull and we found a longnose hawkfish and a juvenile trumpetfish in hiding. Schultz pipefish, lionfish and Durban shrimps were found around the stern. The main reef is also fascinating with lots of coral ledges full of fish inclusing a red spotted rock cod being cleaned by Bruuni shrimp.
Movie night
Day 4
Dive 1
Easy out-current drift past honeycomb and giant morays and a hawksbill turtle and then a slow drift on the vertical ocean wall with beautiful coralised ledges buzzing with pink and orange anthias. EAGLE RAYS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS cruised the drop off and Napoleons wandered up and down checking us out. We found a white, a green and a yellow leaf fish plus a pair of Pterolidia segmented worms.
Dive 2
AWESOME DIVE! Gentle drift across channel front with swathes of fusiliers being coralled by giant trevallies and dogtooth tunas with white tip sharks along the front, lots of morays plus bannerfish and sleek surgeonfish. A brisk drift through multilevel overhangs full of anthias plus white tip sharks swimming hard and a MANTA swimming up the channel which checked us out and another manta during the safety stop. Adrenalin hit!
Dive 3
SHARKTASTIC! Lots of little GREY SHARKS on the channel corner plus LARGER GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS along the channel front. A squadron of 12 EAGLE RAYS IN FORMATION and then a MANTA SWAM UP FROM THE DEPTHS. WOW! Lots of honeycomb morays inclusing two freeswimming, an octopus and lovely reeeffish on top of ocean corner.
Night Dive
NURSE SHARK PARTY NIGHT DIVE with half a dozen very large nurse sharks fighting over their feed and playing football with it and giant trevallies and very large round ribbon tail rays trying to get in on the act. Tonight was definitely the night of the nurse sharks and later we had 30+ (a mating aggregation?) cruising up and down the reef like shark wallpaper!
Day 5
Dive 1
Easy drift from channel to ocean reef. We followed three short finned MOBULA out of the channel then white tip sharks sleeping on the channel front and eagle rays plus big-eye jacks and snappers in the channel. On the wall we found Lysmata shrimps busy cleaning morays and rock cods, an octopus, spiny lobsters, a green and a yellow-white leaf fishes, another eagle ray and a large blue Napoleon. Beautiful schools of fish along the reef crest.
Dive 2
Soft coral filled overhangs and pinnacles at the west end of the thila. Every surface was covered with pink and orange soft corals. There was a large green turtle sleeping on a ledge and large silver and oriental sweetlips in the ledges waiting to be cleaned. Lovely seafan and tubastrea trees too. On the top we found a peacock flounder, another green turtle in hiding and the coral block surrounded by dozens of oriental sweetlips and collared butterflyfish.
Dive 3
Great macro dive. We found a super-fun octopus which was pulling all kinds of shapes as it went abut hunting on the reef top, pixie and longnose hawkfish in the black corals along with penguin and thorny oysters, a Chromodoris tritos nudi, reef pipefish, banded coral shrimps, a spearing mantis shrimp in its nest plus the blue-green chromis were "kissing" (read-fighting).
Sundowners on deck with a beautiful chiled sunset
Day 6
Dive 1
Dramatic last dive on ocean front of thila. Lots of GREY SHARKS were cruising the edge amongst the large schools of big-eye jacks and FORSTER'S BARRACUDAS. A posse of small greys were chasing something and were buzzing around whilst a large grey shark was cruising about the cleaning station. The top of the reef has lovely coral with lots of reef fish and anemones etc. We found an unusual jellyfish being attacked by a scribbled filefish!
Return journey to North Male atoll. Afternoon visit to Male for shopping and ice-cream.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Guests departed via airport for onward transfers to resorts, hotels and international flights
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS402B 28 Apr 2013 to 5 May 2013 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Arrival to Sea Spirit from International flights and resorts
Dive 1
A late afternoon check dive. We found a large STONEFISH, a pair of Chromodoris tritos nudis, a school of young tunas which swam past several times, a Bruuni cleaning shrimp which gave a manicure, tiger cardinals, spotted coral groupers. There were many regal featherstars in a variety of colour walking around and looking like they were preparing to spawn.
Day 1
Dive 1
Fish City! At the current point was a huge school of neon fusiliers being herded around by giant trevallies, plus black & white, red and bluestriped snappers, bannerfish, and a large school of oriental sweetlips. The deepwater seafans had their white polyps extended and looked like white cotton-candy. There are lovely nepthia soft corals, pink seafans and smaller green hand-sized seafans on all the canyon walls.
Guest Transfer
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
White tip sharks, giant trevallies and tunas cruised the reef edge at this dramatic ocean reef. A HUGE school of bonitos swam past and there was even a MANTA fly-past. A large mappa puffer and a porcupine puffer were being cleaned over the garden eels sand area. Some of the midnight snappers were "barking".
Dive 3
At the deep spur a large school of big eye jacks whirled around below 40m. A MANTA came to check us out when we were looking at a pair of green leaf fish! We also saw longfin batfish hanging sideways, 2x large spearing mantis shrimps and a large blue Napoleon being cleaned whilst it rested in a cave.
Day 2
Dive 1
Lovely swirling school of big eye jacks at spur below 40m depth. Grey sharks and white tips cruising the reef edge. Spearing mantis shrimps, pair yellow leaf fish, garden eels and an evil blackcheek moray!
Dive 2
A cute, friendly EAGLE RAY liked having her photograph taken. There were several grey sharks cruising off the reef and many baby white tips either cruising around or hiding under table corals. There were schools of big eye crescent tails, barracudas, mackeral scads and large dogtooth tunas coralling neon fusiliers
Dive 3
Grey sharks and a macro dive! Shortheaded shrimps, porcelain crabs, comet fish, octopus, blue magnificas with Maldives anemonefish and baby three spot damselfish entourages, plus black coral trees with longnose hawkfish.
Night Dive
Busy sharky night dive with white tip and grey sharks whizzing around chasing fish, round ribbon tail rays, morays, giant trevallies and red snappers all out hunting. In small crevices we found plumed, banded coral and furry-legged saron shrimps.
Night Dive
WOW, one, then two MANTA RAYS behind SS at anchorage. What a show!
Day 3
Dive 1
This thila was very sharky today with around 7 GREY SHARKS of various sizes cruising up and down the reef and three SILVERTIPS joining in the fun! One of the grey sharks was standing on its tail to be cleaned. There were photogenic schools of blue stripe snappers and gold spot emperors plus friendly hawksbill turtles, batfish and chevron barracudas.
Dive 2
The batfish were the stars at this thila as the formed groups in the shallows. The beautiful back coral trees were full of juvenile fish and schools of snappers swept around the pink organ sponges and penguin oysters. The yellow acabaria here is very pretty. There were Bruuni shrimp busy cleaning goupers and morays, some divers saw a short-finned mobula ray.
Dive 3
We went in search of mantas and found grey sharks! The seasons are certainly in transition. Two manta rays did pass us by but didn't hang around for long. There were hawksbill turtles, crown squirrelfish, indian bannerfish, ledges full of Cooper's and Evan's anthias, two-spot angelfish and a couple of grey sharks
Day 4
Dive 1
Easy drift with lots of white tip reef sharks on top of the reef. There was a pair of yellow leaf fish. A white mouthed moray, banded coral shrimps with yellowmargin moray.
Dive 2
Schools of surgeonfish, fusiliers and red snappers on the ocean side. A highlight was a pair of mating octopus who were "playing" together for ages. Love was in the air as there was a pair of Maldives sponge snails too. Lovely oriental and harlequin sweetlips, a porcelain crab, tiger cardinals and a large yellow grouper.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 3
Batfish, black saddled coral groupers, glorious flatworm, a comet fish, a purple "tribble", lovely blue magnifica anemones, a Mertensi anemone.
Day 5
Dive 1
There were giant trevallies and tunas chasing fusiliers on the ocean reef and white tips asleep on the front of the channel and swimming up and down on the outside. There was a foraging octopus, honeycomb morays and several schools of snappers and sweetlips.
Dive 2
5-6 EAGLE RAYS cruising the current point plus grey sharks in the depths. There were big eye jacks, black and white snappers and many schools of oriental and silver sweetlips. The overhangs and terraces were smothered in pink and orange soft corals. A large coral block on the top was surrounded by large schools beautiful oriental sweetlips and collared butterflyfish.
Dive 3
An out-current in the channel and quite a quick drift past ledges and overhangs with buzzing anthias. A couple of white tips were soaring over the reef top. The overhangs had lovely orange seafans. Also a pretty yellow leaf fish and lovely blue-faced angelfish.
Night Dive
Multibar pipefish, 2x glorious flatworms, morays hunting, a sleeping starry mappa and turtles swimming up and down for a breath of air.
Day 6
Dive 1
6+ EAGLE RAYS happily posing for photographers and gliding up and down the channel. Great schools of sweetlips, snappers and jacks. A Napoleon with emperor fish entourage. Beautiful soft corals, hard corals and just so many fish. Pash was attacked by a titan trigger :-( Great last dive
Daytime Excursion
Travel back to Male. Afternoon visit for sightseeing and shopping
Day 7
Transfer to airport for international flights
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Arrival to Sea Spirit from International flights and resorts
Dive 1
A late afternoon check dive. We found a large STONEFISH, a pair of Chromodoris tritos nudis, a school of young tunas which swam past several times, a Bruuni cleaning shrimp which gave a manicure, tiger cardinals, spotted coral groupers. There were many regal featherstars in a variety of colour walking around and looking like they were preparing to spawn.
Day 1
Dive 1
Fish City! At the current point was a huge school of neon fusiliers being herded around by giant trevallies, plus black & white, red and bluestriped snappers, bannerfish, and a large school of oriental sweetlips. The deepwater seafans had their white polyps extended and looked like white cotton-candy. There are lovely nepthia soft corals, pink seafans and smaller green hand-sized seafans on all the canyon walls.
Guest Transfer
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
White tip sharks, giant trevallies and tunas cruised the reef edge at this dramatic ocean reef. A HUGE school of bonitos swam past and there was even a MANTA fly-past. A large mappa puffer and a porcupine puffer were being cleaned over the garden eels sand area. Some of the midnight snappers were "barking".
Dive 3
At the deep spur a large school of big eye jacks whirled around below 40m. A MANTA came to check us out when we were looking at a pair of green leaf fish! We also saw longfin batfish hanging sideways, 2x large spearing mantis shrimps and a large blue Napoleon being cleaned whilst it rested in a cave.
Day 2
Dive 1
Lovely swirling school of big eye jacks at spur below 40m depth. Grey sharks and white tips cruising the reef edge. Spearing mantis shrimps, pair yellow leaf fish, garden eels and an evil blackcheek moray!
Dive 2
A cute, friendly EAGLE RAY liked having her photograph taken. There were several grey sharks cruising off the reef and many baby white tips either cruising around or hiding under table corals. There were schools of big eye crescent tails, barracudas, mackeral scads and large dogtooth tunas coralling neon fusiliers
Dive 3
Grey sharks and a macro dive! Shortheaded shrimps, porcelain crabs, comet fish, octopus, blue magnificas with Maldives anemonefish and baby three spot damselfish entourages, plus black coral trees with longnose hawkfish.
Night Dive
Busy sharky night dive with white tip and grey sharks whizzing around chasing fish, round ribbon tail rays, morays, giant trevallies and red snappers all out hunting. In small crevices we found plumed, banded coral and furry-legged saron shrimps.
Night Dive
WOW, one, then two MANTA RAYS behind SS at anchorage. What a show!
Day 3
Dive 1
This thila was very sharky today with around 7 GREY SHARKS of various sizes cruising up and down the reef and three SILVERTIPS joining in the fun! One of the grey sharks was standing on its tail to be cleaned. There were photogenic schools of blue stripe snappers and gold spot emperors plus friendly hawksbill turtles, batfish and chevron barracudas.
Dive 2
The batfish were the stars at this thila as the formed groups in the shallows. The beautiful back coral trees were full of juvenile fish and schools of snappers swept around the pink organ sponges and penguin oysters. The yellow acabaria here is very pretty. There were Bruuni shrimp busy cleaning goupers and morays, some divers saw a short-finned mobula ray.
Dive 3
We went in search of mantas and found grey sharks! The seasons are certainly in transition. Two manta rays did pass us by but didn't hang around for long. There were hawksbill turtles, crown squirrelfish, indian bannerfish, ledges full of Cooper's and Evan's anthias, two-spot angelfish and a couple of grey sharks
Day 4
Dive 1
Easy drift with lots of white tip reef sharks on top of the reef. There was a pair of yellow leaf fish. A white mouthed moray, banded coral shrimps with yellowmargin moray.
Dive 2
Schools of surgeonfish, fusiliers and red snappers on the ocean side. A highlight was a pair of mating octopus who were "playing" together for ages. Love was in the air as there was a pair of Maldives sponge snails too. Lovely oriental and harlequin sweetlips, a porcelain crab, tiger cardinals and a large yellow grouper.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male atoll
Dive 3
Batfish, black saddled coral groupers, glorious flatworm, a comet fish, a purple "tribble", lovely blue magnifica anemones, a Mertensi anemone.
Day 5
Dive 1
There were giant trevallies and tunas chasing fusiliers on the ocean reef and white tips asleep on the front of the channel and swimming up and down on the outside. There was a foraging octopus, honeycomb morays and several schools of snappers and sweetlips.
Dive 2
5-6 EAGLE RAYS cruising the current point plus grey sharks in the depths. There were big eye jacks, black and white snappers and many schools of oriental and silver sweetlips. The overhangs and terraces were smothered in pink and orange soft corals. A large coral block on the top was surrounded by large schools beautiful oriental sweetlips and collared butterflyfish.
Dive 3
An out-current in the channel and quite a quick drift past ledges and overhangs with buzzing anthias. A couple of white tips were soaring over the reef top. The overhangs had lovely orange seafans. Also a pretty yellow leaf fish and lovely blue-faced angelfish.
Night Dive
Multibar pipefish, 2x glorious flatworms, morays hunting, a sleeping starry mappa and turtles swimming up and down for a breath of air.
Day 6
Dive 1
6+ EAGLE RAYS happily posing for photographers and gliding up and down the channel. Great schools of sweetlips, snappers and jacks. A Napoleon with emperor fish entourage. Beautiful soft corals, hard corals and just so many fish. Pash was attacked by a titan trigger :-( Great last dive
Daytime Excursion
Travel back to Male. Afternoon visit for sightseeing and shopping
Day 7
Transfer to airport for international flights
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS402A 21 Apr 2013 to 28 Apr 2013 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Arrival to Sea Spirit from International flights and resorts
Dive 1
Easy check dive. We descended into a mass of blue striped snappers and a sleeping round ribbontail ray. Along the reef we saw schools of bannerfish and sleek surgeonfish. This site has really nice reef fish including black saddled coral groupers, a blotched porcupinefish, nice spotted groupers, many morays plus a pair of Schultz's pipefish and feisty blackfoot anemonefish in orange magnifica anemones
Ocean Crossing
Travel to South Male atoll
Day 1
Dive 1
Wreck dive near a reef so we started by descending onto the wreck which had lots of Bruuni and banded boxer cleaner shrimps on the stern plus lionfish on the wheelhouse and bluefin and giant trevallies chasing fusiliers. We found a P. gloriosa flatworm in a swim-through, and scorpionfish and peacock mantis shrimps on the reef. There are many white acabaria-framed windows. Such a pretty site.
Dive 2
A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE TODAY with a strong current across the front of the channel pinning down huge schools of fusiliers which were being chased by giant trevallies plus WHITE TIP SHARKS, Napoleons, honeycomb morays, bannerfish, harlequin and oriental sweetlips etc. The ride through the overhangs was very bouncy with millions of anthias buzzing in the current and a hawksbill turtle riding the flow. WHEEEE!
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 3
EASY HOOK-IN AND HANG with 10+ LITTLE GREY SHARKS plus a few medium sized ones parading up and down the channel corner. Very cute! We drifted into the channel past a few honeycomb and giant morays into a pretty coral garden surrounded by white sand dunes.
Night Dive
WILD NIGHT DIVE with NURSE SHARKS, PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS and lots of ENORMOUS GIANT TREVALLIES battling out in the hunt for food.
Day 2
Dive 1
SUPER SHARKY TODAY with two groups of 20+ GREY SHARKS plus single LARGE GREY SHARKS so 50 SHARKS today plus EAGLE RAYS and big eye jacks on channel front. Then a wall with 2x white/yellow leaf fish, black & white, red and humpback snappers, black cheek and white mouthed morays plus sand gobies and the upper reef buzzing with Evan's and Cooper's anthias. What a dive!
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Ari atoll
Dive 2
Easy ocean drift with many guineafowl puffers, a pair of sailfin tangs, many anthias, several great barracudas and schools of sleek unicornfish and neon fusiliers.
Dive 3
Gentle drift looking for "lost wreck". There was a lovely school of bluestriped snapper near a barge covered in hard corals and a school of big eye jacks. On the reef slope were many red seafans and purple sea whips plus an area of fluffy white deepwater seafans. A couple of yellow box pufferfish and several Maldives sponge snails
Amazing red sunset over sundowners on deck
Day 3
Dive 1
Great wreck dive and today there was a stiff current making it a little difficult to move around outside the wreck! There were batfish and bluefin jacks out hunting, a huge spearing mantis shrimp, a Chromodoris glenei nudibranch plus milk fish, black tip reef shark and crescent tail big eyes plus all the regular reef fish on the beautiful hard coral house reef.
Snorkelling
WHALE SHARK! After a couple of false starts we managed to snorkel with a small male whale shark. He was very cute!
Dive 2
Sandy area next to thila with lots of WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS plus a ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY lazing around whilst a grey shark and a school of blue striped snappers hung out on the deeper side of the reef. On the main reef we saw a pair of hawksbill turtles and a MANGROVE WHIP RAY.
Dive 3
MANTA! A lovely male manta swept up and down the reef three times checking us out! Also Napoleons, white mouthed morays, bearded scorpionfish, ledges full of anthias a gobies, feisty ankle-biting jewelled damselfish plus mantis shrimps, and schools of crown squirrelfish, indian bannerfish and goldspot emperors
Day 4
Dive 1
11 DIFFERENT MANTAS GIVING US THE FULL SHOW CONTINOUSLY FOR 90 MINUTES! There were 3-4 at a time swimming through our bubbles, being cleaned and making acrobatic displays. We also saw a leaf fish, lovely Napoleons etc.
Dive 2
Lovely drift through PINK, ORANGE AND BLUE SOFT CORAL overhangs and canyons full of snappers and bannerfish plus white tip sharks riding the current points at the big blocks. In the sandy coral garden areas we found four small peacock flounders playing hide and seek.
Dive 3
At the current point of this thila were giant trevallies chasing fusliers plus white tip sharks on the reef top. Making a circuit we found longnose hawkfish in the black coral trees, a pair of shortheaded shrimps in a carpet anemone, an octopus pulling shapes and colour changing, a hawksbill turtle, a teeny Clarke's anemonefish and yet more flounders.
Night Dive
Night dive to watch grey sharks, white tip sharks ribbontail rays giant trevallies, morays and red snappers out hunting. All the other fish were on the menu! There were lots of beautiful furry-legged tapestry shrimps hiding in the Pavona coral.
Day 5
Dive 1
There were THREE GREY SHARKS crusing the edge of the reef thoughout the dive but the stars today were the giant DOGTOOTH TUNAS which kept making raids on the huge schools of fusiliers and making them explode towards the reef. Wow! Also scorpionfish, several baby white tip sharks hiding under table corals, many crescent tail big eyes, sandy patches with pinkbar gobies and same coloured pistol shrimps and eyelash and fang blennies peering out of small holes in the coral.
Dive 2
Easy current at this beautiful reef so a chance to swim all the way around the reef and check out all the nooks and crannies. Funny yellow with blue lips two-spot angelfish, longnose emperors, axelspot hogfish, McCoskers and ornate wrasses, fly-bys by dogtooth tunas, black and white pairings of big-eye jacks, a large Mappa puffer resting on the bottom and pulling faces; plus really superb hard corals. A great site.
Dive 3
More current this time with grey and white tip reef sharks crusing the wall, three spotted eagle rays, large red snappers hanging out at current point, spearing mantis shrimps in their nests, reef bannerfish at cleaning station block with giant clams buried in the reef and jewelled damselfish tending their hydroid and algae farms. We came back to the shallow reef which had millions of silversides glittering in the evening sun.
Day 6
Dive 1
A different current again, which sent us up the wall on a one-way travellator moving very quickly! We saw grey sharks, eagle rays, white tips and tunas plus schools of snappers and fusliers. The sparkling silversides were all along the shallow reef and the corals on the top reef are truly spectacular. A lovely way to end a terrific trip
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to Male atoll. Mid-ocean we were accompanied by a large school of common dolphins.
Sundowners with an amazing sky with a rainbow, a pink sunset, huge cloud formations and a lightning storm after sunset (but no rain!).
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Early morning transfer to airport for international departures.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Arrival to Sea Spirit from International flights and resorts
Dive 1
Easy check dive. We descended into a mass of blue striped snappers and a sleeping round ribbontail ray. Along the reef we saw schools of bannerfish and sleek surgeonfish. This site has really nice reef fish including black saddled coral groupers, a blotched porcupinefish, nice spotted groupers, many morays plus a pair of Schultz's pipefish and feisty blackfoot anemonefish in orange magnifica anemones
Ocean Crossing
Travel to South Male atoll
Day 1
Dive 1
Wreck dive near a reef so we started by descending onto the wreck which had lots of Bruuni and banded boxer cleaner shrimps on the stern plus lionfish on the wheelhouse and bluefin and giant trevallies chasing fusiliers. We found a P. gloriosa flatworm in a swim-through, and scorpionfish and peacock mantis shrimps on the reef. There are many white acabaria-framed windows. Such a pretty site.
Dive 2
A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE TODAY with a strong current across the front of the channel pinning down huge schools of fusiliers which were being chased by giant trevallies plus WHITE TIP SHARKS, Napoleons, honeycomb morays, bannerfish, harlequin and oriental sweetlips etc. The ride through the overhangs was very bouncy with millions of anthias buzzing in the current and a hawksbill turtle riding the flow. WHEEEE!
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 3
EASY HOOK-IN AND HANG with 10+ LITTLE GREY SHARKS plus a few medium sized ones parading up and down the channel corner. Very cute! We drifted into the channel past a few honeycomb and giant morays into a pretty coral garden surrounded by white sand dunes.
Night Dive
WILD NIGHT DIVE with NURSE SHARKS, PINK WHIP RAYS, ROUND RIBBON TAIL RAYS and lots of ENORMOUS GIANT TREVALLIES battling out in the hunt for food.
Day 2
Dive 1
SUPER SHARKY TODAY with two groups of 20+ GREY SHARKS plus single LARGE GREY SHARKS so 50 SHARKS today plus EAGLE RAYS and big eye jacks on channel front. Then a wall with 2x white/yellow leaf fish, black & white, red and humpback snappers, black cheek and white mouthed morays plus sand gobies and the upper reef buzzing with Evan's and Cooper's anthias. What a dive!
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Ari atoll
Dive 2
Easy ocean drift with many guineafowl puffers, a pair of sailfin tangs, many anthias, several great barracudas and schools of sleek unicornfish and neon fusiliers.
Dive 3
Gentle drift looking for "lost wreck". There was a lovely school of bluestriped snapper near a barge covered in hard corals and a school of big eye jacks. On the reef slope were many red seafans and purple sea whips plus an area of fluffy white deepwater seafans. A couple of yellow box pufferfish and several Maldives sponge snails
Amazing red sunset over sundowners on deck
Day 3
Dive 1
Great wreck dive and today there was a stiff current making it a little difficult to move around outside the wreck! There were batfish and bluefin jacks out hunting, a huge spearing mantis shrimp, a Chromodoris glenei nudibranch plus milk fish, black tip reef shark and crescent tail big eyes plus all the regular reef fish on the beautiful hard coral house reef.
Snorkelling
WHALE SHARK! After a couple of false starts we managed to snorkel with a small male whale shark. He was very cute!
Dive 2
Sandy area next to thila with lots of WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS plus a ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY lazing around whilst a grey shark and a school of blue striped snappers hung out on the deeper side of the reef. On the main reef we saw a pair of hawksbill turtles and a MANGROVE WHIP RAY.
Dive 3
MANTA! A lovely male manta swept up and down the reef three times checking us out! Also Napoleons, white mouthed morays, bearded scorpionfish, ledges full of anthias a gobies, feisty ankle-biting jewelled damselfish plus mantis shrimps, and schools of crown squirrelfish, indian bannerfish and goldspot emperors
Day 4
Dive 1
11 DIFFERENT MANTAS GIVING US THE FULL SHOW CONTINOUSLY FOR 90 MINUTES! There were 3-4 at a time swimming through our bubbles, being cleaned and making acrobatic displays. We also saw a leaf fish, lovely Napoleons etc.
Dive 2
Lovely drift through PINK, ORANGE AND BLUE SOFT CORAL overhangs and canyons full of snappers and bannerfish plus white tip sharks riding the current points at the big blocks. In the sandy coral garden areas we found four small peacock flounders playing hide and seek.
Dive 3
At the current point of this thila were giant trevallies chasing fusliers plus white tip sharks on the reef top. Making a circuit we found longnose hawkfish in the black coral trees, a pair of shortheaded shrimps in a carpet anemone, an octopus pulling shapes and colour changing, a hawksbill turtle, a teeny Clarke's anemonefish and yet more flounders.
Night Dive
Night dive to watch grey sharks, white tip sharks ribbontail rays giant trevallies, morays and red snappers out hunting. All the other fish were on the menu! There were lots of beautiful furry-legged tapestry shrimps hiding in the Pavona coral.
Day 5
Dive 1
There were THREE GREY SHARKS crusing the edge of the reef thoughout the dive but the stars today were the giant DOGTOOTH TUNAS which kept making raids on the huge schools of fusiliers and making them explode towards the reef. Wow! Also scorpionfish, several baby white tip sharks hiding under table corals, many crescent tail big eyes, sandy patches with pinkbar gobies and same coloured pistol shrimps and eyelash and fang blennies peering out of small holes in the coral.
Dive 2
Easy current at this beautiful reef so a chance to swim all the way around the reef and check out all the nooks and crannies. Funny yellow with blue lips two-spot angelfish, longnose emperors, axelspot hogfish, McCoskers and ornate wrasses, fly-bys by dogtooth tunas, black and white pairings of big-eye jacks, a large Mappa puffer resting on the bottom and pulling faces; plus really superb hard corals. A great site.
Dive 3
More current this time with grey and white tip reef sharks crusing the wall, three spotted eagle rays, large red snappers hanging out at current point, spearing mantis shrimps in their nests, reef bannerfish at cleaning station block with giant clams buried in the reef and jewelled damselfish tending their hydroid and algae farms. We came back to the shallow reef which had millions of silversides glittering in the evening sun.
Day 6
Dive 1
A different current again, which sent us up the wall on a one-way travellator moving very quickly! We saw grey sharks, eagle rays, white tips and tunas plus schools of snappers and fusliers. The sparkling silversides were all along the shallow reef and the corals on the top reef are truly spectacular. A lovely way to end a terrific trip
Ocean Crossing
Travel back to Male atoll. Mid-ocean we were accompanied by a large school of common dolphins.
Sundowners with an amazing sky with a rainbow, a pink sunset, huge cloud formations and a lightning storm after sunset (but no rain!).
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Early morning transfer to airport for international departures.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS401 7 Apr 2013 to 19 Apr 2013 Remote Far North (ending in Baa Atoll) (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Sea Spirit from internal flights from Male international airport to Hanimadhoo to join Far North safari starting in Haa Dhaalu atoll
Dive 1
Great check dive at superb, sheltered, hard coral site. Giant morays, magnifica anemones with blackfoot anemone fish, goldspot emperors, blue-stripe and humpback snapper schools, and thousands of blue-green chromis bouncing in the table corals. All the usual reef fish plus schools of fusiliers. Welcome to the Maldives!
Day 1
Ocean Crossing
Early morning travel into Haa Alifu atoll
Dive 1
North atoll ocean reef (next stop India!). A calm drift along the wall today. We had a few large Napoleons swim past and the wall was pepperred with morays: fimbriated, undulate, yellow-margin, giant and cloud. Many banded coral shrimps and Bruuni cleaning shrimps. At the end of the dive FOUR MANTA RAYS SWAM AROUND the deep cleaning stations, one passed us twice looking for a cleaning spot. Fabulous!
Dive 2
Drift along house reef wall with overhangs festooned in pale yellow soft coral. Very pretty! There were large schools of blue-stripe and humpback snappers plus a blotched ribbontail ray sleeping in a n overhang. We found a 3m TAWNY NURSE SHARK in another overhang
Dive 3
Drift along reef with lots of overhangs, many with sandy floors and one with a ribbontail ray. Also several guineafowl puffers, crescent tail big eyes, canyons full of snappers and many juvenile fish, especially in the shallow coral garden.
Day 2
Dive 1
Descended to edge of reef where the overhangs were festooned with blue and yellow soft corals and we were mobbed by about 40 juvenile batfish. They followed us around for a while. Several GREY SHARKS swept up and down, blotched ribbon tail rays slept on the sand or in the overhangs. An enormous school of small big-eye jacks kept sweeping past. A FEMALE RIBBONTAIL RAY WAS PURSUED BY 10 MALES IN A RATHER FRANTIC MATING PROCESSION!
Dive 2
MULTICOLOURED SOFT CORAL CAVES AND CANYONS. SURELY THIS MUST BE HEAVEN? Also a hawksbill turtle, goldspot emperors, blue-stripe snappers, black-saddled coral groupers, school of dogtooth tunas, big-eye jacks, rainbow runners plus beautiful hard corals and reef fish on the top. All heaven, no hell.
Dive 3
Pretty, small thila with lots of overhangs full of black corals and seafana nd the whole top smothered in anthias buzzing in the current. Nice peacock mantis shrimps a Berthella martensi and a Phyllidia occelata nudibranchs, an unusual white black coral (oxymoron!), purple Menella seafans and then a swim to the house reef of the nearby island for amazing shallow table corals and reef fish.
Night Dive
Re-visit to small thila as a night dive. There were lots of shrimps and crabs out tonight. A black coral tree was full of Periclimenes psamanthe shrimps and we saw scarlet crabs scuttle off into the coral. The carrot corals, sea whips and seafans had the coral polyps out feeding.
Pink whiprays were swimming around behind the boat for several hours at night anchorage and a dolphin went fishing around the boat at dinner time!
Day 3
Dive 1
SHARKY SITE. Today we had 16+ grey sharks in all sizes parading up and down in front of us. Thee were at least 4 big mommas, a group of 7 juveniles, a sneaky male and 4 little ones (aah, little cuties) which kept passing us. Also Forster's barracudas, rainbow runners, big eye jacks, a large Napoleon, crescent tail big eyes and several big turtles.
AMAZING DOLPHIN SHOW! HUGE POD OF 2-300 INDIVIDUALS WITH MANY BREAKING OFF TO RIDE THE BOW WAVE OF SEA SPIRIT AS CAPT MOHAMMED DROVE AROUND ENTERTAINING US/THEM
Dive 2
Slightly fuzzy viz at this deep thila but current point buzzing with big-eye jacks, bannerfish and an enormous school of neon fusiliers. Also grey shark and white tip sharks. In a canyon and in the overhangs were large schools of blue-stripe snappers (both Kasmiri and Madras) and a huge Napoleon. Lovely purple featherstars and yellow acabaria corals.
Dive 3
Fish soup! Outside atoll dive. Schools of blue-stripe snappers, gold-spot emperors, two-spot snappers, a MANGROVE WHIPRAY, spiny lobsters, hawksbill turtles, bearded scorpionfish, dogtooth tunas and zillions of fusiliers
Day 4
Dive 1
Super-fishy current point with two EAGLE RAYS, big eye jacks, bluefin jacks and giant trevallies plus more schools of bluestripe snappers and several Napoleons. Two round ribbontail rays, two-headed morays (two morays next to eachother) and an Orzaks flatworm. A very large mangrove jack, Napoleon and several giant trevallies were fighting to get at cleaning stations under a ledge-resulting in much big-fish posturing. The top is smothered with magnifica anemones of different colours.
Dive 2
Fabulous gold, pink, green and blue soft corals plus purple crinoids and large black coral trees. This site is a photographers delight! All the usual snappers and jacks. The top is covered with table corals and coral blocks with butterflyfish and surgeons. Mantis shrimps, Murex and frog shells plus trapezia crabs and hermit crabs amongst the hard corals.
Dive 3
Shallow dive to the cleaning stations area of this house reef. One MANTA was busy being cleaned but was nervous when we approached her. Lots of schools of reef fish plus enormous bownmarbled groupers in an anthias-covered coral block.
Sundowners on deck to watch a very pink sunset.
Day 5
Dive 1
This deep ridge site was a little more currenty than a couple of days ago but this fluffed all the blue soft coral up and we descended into an enormous school of big-eye jacks. The ribbontailed ray was sleeping in the same overhang as before. The batfish accompanies us everywhere, including up to our safety stops. Also several Napoleons and large schools of black & white and red snappers.
Dive 2
Easy drift and we saw 3 MANTAS. One manta snook up behind us whist we were investigating coral blocks looking at the spearing mantis shrimps and glassfish. In the yellow soft coral overhang was a block with dozens of Bruuni cleaning shrimp, several were busy cleaning a moray. Nice hard coral on top and many fusiliers, pyramid butterflyfish and big eye emperors.
Dive 3
Fishtastic wreck with schools of red, black & white, blue-striped and humpback snappers, big-eye jacks, yellow-tailed Sgt. Majors, collared butterflyfish, big-eye and goldspot emperors. Also brownmarbled groupers peering out of the propellor tube, a sleeping round ribbontail ray, two friendly hawksbill turtles and a spiny lobster. Two common dolphins swam past above the group.
Day 6
Dive 1
Spectacular pink and gold coloured soft coral canyons and overhangs. Enough current for a brisk drift. We also saw a cute little eagle ray and a much larger one, a PINK WHIPRAY, and all the canyons were swarming with schools of blue-stripe and humpback snappers. The top of the thila had nice soft and hard corals. At the end of the dive some divers were buzzed by a large wahoo!
Pod of FALSE KILLER WHALES basking on the surface of the ocean near the second site. They spyhopped us but kept their distance.
Dive 2
This thila is just FULL OF FISH: a ginormous dogtooth tuna, eagle ray, rainbow runners, big-eye-jack, chevron barracudas and millions of fusliers at the current point and then schools of blue-stripe snappers black and white snappers, goldspot emperors etc. all over the thila plus honeycomb morays, black saddled groupers and every type of reef fish on top. Really nice nepthia and acabaria soft corals too!
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Shaviyani atoll
Dive 3
Stunning blue and yellow soft coral caves with a swim through to a cathedral-like overhang festooned with yellow soft coral and trimmed with delicate hydroids. We saw an eagle ray, a couple of white tips, longnose hawkfish, critter condos full of soldierfish and cardinals including a tiger cardinal with its mouth full of eggs, a giant triton, murex shells etc
Night Dive
Night dive at the same caves site. The "cathedral" looked very dramatic by torchlight. The orange and pinks really came through making this a super-colourful dramatic site. Every nook had reticulated hinge-beak shrimps plus Bruuni and banded coral shrimps. A strange bristle worm was seen free swimming.
We celebrated Graham's birthday with a cake.
Day 7
Dive 1
Pretty blue soft coral frosted overhangs with coral blocks with many sabre squirrelfish, a friendly octopus, an overhang full of glassfish and Durban, Bruuni and banded shrimps and feisty blackcheek morays plus a freeswimming featherstar.
Dive 2
Dramatic small, deep thila. As we descended a large school of big-eye jacks came whirling out from an overhang and then swirled around at the current point. There were several GREY SHARKS and a couple of eagle rays. An eagle ray was busy feeding in the sand and managed to entangle itself in a twisty whip coral. There were schools of Forsters and chevron barracudas plus three giant barracudas. There were nice overhangs with swim throughs.
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Noonu atoll
Smallish current but there were still LOTS OF GREY SHARKS (20+), large pregnant females, mid-sized and juveniles all riding the current point and then breaking off to be cleaned as they stood on their tails. This is a superb spectacle. Also eagle rays, barrcudas, big-eye jacks, cobia, round ribbon tail rays (two chasing eachother), octopus pulling shapes, mantis shrimps, batfish etc. A really super dive!
Day 8
Dive 1
Back to the sharky thila and this time we watched lots of cleaning activity as the GREY SHARKS stood on their tails and allowed the cleaner fish into their mouths. 15-20 grey sharks circled at the current point. Also round ribbon tail rays being cleaned, spiny lobsters, starry puffers etc. Another superb dive.
Dive 2
Small, beautiful thila with large overhangs with a large NURSE SHARK and ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY. The ceiling was festooned with large silvery-white nepthia soft corals and all the way around were pink seafans and pink/green schelonepthia soft coral plus unusual red-spotted zooanthids. We saw two white tip sharks and a porcupine puffer resting plus all the usual reef fish and crustacea.
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Raa atoll
Dive 3
Beautiful orange soft coral smothered caves with lovely seafans and seawhips decorating the edge of the sandy floors. This afternoon there were many brown marbled groupers scuttling into (tiny!) holes and the occasional green turtle going up for air. We saw axelspot hogfish, queen coris, harlequin sweetlips, enormous schools of neon fusiliers and just enjoyed the scene.
We anchored in local island harbour and enjoyed the kids playing football and rounders on the harbourfront.
Day 9
Dive 1
Magical dive! We went back to the orange soft coral caves which create a magnificent cascade down this steep ocean reef. We could see orange soft coral caves tumbing down to 50m+ in depth at the spur. Today there were lots of green turtles sleeping in the caves and our visit woke them up. We also found a FEATHERTAIL RAY, a fast-asleep round ribbontail ray and a MANGROVE WHIPRAY minus it's tail!
Dive 2
This is our favourite thila in this atoll and it lived up to our expectation today with a current point buzzing with hundreds of bannerfish and the overhangs full of beautiful orange gorgonias. A NURSE SHARK swam into one of the caves and settled down to rest. Amongst the canyons we found a fat starry puffer and 14 spiny lobsters (some quite brave and walked out to fight us!). The top is covered in yellow acabaria and good acroporas.
Dive 3
Surprise brisk in-current although we did disturb a manta at the main cleaning station as we descended! We drifted past the schools of snappers and emperors. We found a bearded scorpionfish, saw small and large Napoleons, turtles, garden eels in the sand bays pinkbar goby with pistol shrimps, reticulated blennies etc. We found another manta being cleaned further up the reef.
Day 10
Dive 1
WOW 17+ MANTA RAYS this time. Up to 9 at a time on the cleaning station plus 1+2+3s along the reef edge in either direction. They seemed to be socialising with eachother in the bigger groups and then breaking away to do their cleaning, proper. We had great private shows as there was so much activity.
Dive 2
This time 13+ DIFFERENT MANTAS with more actual cleaning activity going on and the mantas were very approachable. They split into two areas and we didn't know which area to stay and watch at! A superb show. We can't wait until next year to come back here!
Dive 3
Easy final dive drifting through dreamy yellow and blue soft coral caves. 3 MANTAS swam past! We found lots of different groupers including the ubiquitous large brownmarbled groupers leering out of the coral, just big eyes and a bigger mouth. We also found a cute baby midnight snapper, all fins and tail; unusual checkered snappers Lutjanus decussatus, an unknown black-with-white-edge Pseudoceros flatworm, tumpetfish hiding in sea whips and a slightly disconcerted looking turtle. It was a lovely dive to end on.
Day 11
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Baa atoll
Day at rest. We passed through some beautiful lagoons in Baa atoll and visited the local island of Dharavandhoo where we visited the school. There is a magnificent banyan tree there. We celebrated the trip with sundowners on top deck. What a trip!
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Internal flight from Dharavandhoo island to Male to catch international flights.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Sea Spirit from internal flights from Male international airport to Hanimadhoo to join Far North safari starting in Haa Dhaalu atoll
Dive 1
Great check dive at superb, sheltered, hard coral site. Giant morays, magnifica anemones with blackfoot anemone fish, goldspot emperors, blue-stripe and humpback snapper schools, and thousands of blue-green chromis bouncing in the table corals. All the usual reef fish plus schools of fusiliers. Welcome to the Maldives!
Day 1
Ocean Crossing
Early morning travel into Haa Alifu atoll
Dive 1
North atoll ocean reef (next stop India!). A calm drift along the wall today. We had a few large Napoleons swim past and the wall was pepperred with morays: fimbriated, undulate, yellow-margin, giant and cloud. Many banded coral shrimps and Bruuni cleaning shrimps. At the end of the dive FOUR MANTA RAYS SWAM AROUND the deep cleaning stations, one passed us twice looking for a cleaning spot. Fabulous!
Dive 2
Drift along house reef wall with overhangs festooned in pale yellow soft coral. Very pretty! There were large schools of blue-stripe and humpback snappers plus a blotched ribbontail ray sleeping in a n overhang. We found a 3m TAWNY NURSE SHARK in another overhang
Dive 3
Drift along reef with lots of overhangs, many with sandy floors and one with a ribbontail ray. Also several guineafowl puffers, crescent tail big eyes, canyons full of snappers and many juvenile fish, especially in the shallow coral garden.
Day 2
Dive 1
Descended to edge of reef where the overhangs were festooned with blue and yellow soft corals and we were mobbed by about 40 juvenile batfish. They followed us around for a while. Several GREY SHARKS swept up and down, blotched ribbon tail rays slept on the sand or in the overhangs. An enormous school of small big-eye jacks kept sweeping past. A FEMALE RIBBONTAIL RAY WAS PURSUED BY 10 MALES IN A RATHER FRANTIC MATING PROCESSION!
Dive 2
MULTICOLOURED SOFT CORAL CAVES AND CANYONS. SURELY THIS MUST BE HEAVEN? Also a hawksbill turtle, goldspot emperors, blue-stripe snappers, black-saddled coral groupers, school of dogtooth tunas, big-eye jacks, rainbow runners plus beautiful hard corals and reef fish on the top. All heaven, no hell.
Dive 3
Pretty, small thila with lots of overhangs full of black corals and seafana nd the whole top smothered in anthias buzzing in the current. Nice peacock mantis shrimps a Berthella martensi and a Phyllidia occelata nudibranchs, an unusual white black coral (oxymoron!), purple Menella seafans and then a swim to the house reef of the nearby island for amazing shallow table corals and reef fish.
Night Dive
Re-visit to small thila as a night dive. There were lots of shrimps and crabs out tonight. A black coral tree was full of Periclimenes psamanthe shrimps and we saw scarlet crabs scuttle off into the coral. The carrot corals, sea whips and seafans had the coral polyps out feeding.
Pink whiprays were swimming around behind the boat for several hours at night anchorage and a dolphin went fishing around the boat at dinner time!
Day 3
Dive 1
SHARKY SITE. Today we had 16+ grey sharks in all sizes parading up and down in front of us. Thee were at least 4 big mommas, a group of 7 juveniles, a sneaky male and 4 little ones (aah, little cuties) which kept passing us. Also Forster's barracudas, rainbow runners, big eye jacks, a large Napoleon, crescent tail big eyes and several big turtles.
AMAZING DOLPHIN SHOW! HUGE POD OF 2-300 INDIVIDUALS WITH MANY BREAKING OFF TO RIDE THE BOW WAVE OF SEA SPIRIT AS CAPT MOHAMMED DROVE AROUND ENTERTAINING US/THEM
Dive 2
Slightly fuzzy viz at this deep thila but current point buzzing with big-eye jacks, bannerfish and an enormous school of neon fusiliers. Also grey shark and white tip sharks. In a canyon and in the overhangs were large schools of blue-stripe snappers (both Kasmiri and Madras) and a huge Napoleon. Lovely purple featherstars and yellow acabaria corals.
Dive 3
Fish soup! Outside atoll dive. Schools of blue-stripe snappers, gold-spot emperors, two-spot snappers, a MANGROVE WHIPRAY, spiny lobsters, hawksbill turtles, bearded scorpionfish, dogtooth tunas and zillions of fusiliers
Day 4
Dive 1
Super-fishy current point with two EAGLE RAYS, big eye jacks, bluefin jacks and giant trevallies plus more schools of bluestripe snappers and several Napoleons. Two round ribbontail rays, two-headed morays (two morays next to eachother) and an Orzaks flatworm. A very large mangrove jack, Napoleon and several giant trevallies were fighting to get at cleaning stations under a ledge-resulting in much big-fish posturing. The top is smothered with magnifica anemones of different colours.
Dive 2
Fabulous gold, pink, green and blue soft corals plus purple crinoids and large black coral trees. This site is a photographers delight! All the usual snappers and jacks. The top is covered with table corals and coral blocks with butterflyfish and surgeons. Mantis shrimps, Murex and frog shells plus trapezia crabs and hermit crabs amongst the hard corals.
Dive 3
Shallow dive to the cleaning stations area of this house reef. One MANTA was busy being cleaned but was nervous when we approached her. Lots of schools of reef fish plus enormous bownmarbled groupers in an anthias-covered coral block.
Sundowners on deck to watch a very pink sunset.
Day 5
Dive 1
This deep ridge site was a little more currenty than a couple of days ago but this fluffed all the blue soft coral up and we descended into an enormous school of big-eye jacks. The ribbontailed ray was sleeping in the same overhang as before. The batfish accompanies us everywhere, including up to our safety stops. Also several Napoleons and large schools of black & white and red snappers.
Dive 2
Easy drift and we saw 3 MANTAS. One manta snook up behind us whist we were investigating coral blocks looking at the spearing mantis shrimps and glassfish. In the yellow soft coral overhang was a block with dozens of Bruuni cleaning shrimp, several were busy cleaning a moray. Nice hard coral on top and many fusiliers, pyramid butterflyfish and big eye emperors.
Dive 3
Fishtastic wreck with schools of red, black & white, blue-striped and humpback snappers, big-eye jacks, yellow-tailed Sgt. Majors, collared butterflyfish, big-eye and goldspot emperors. Also brownmarbled groupers peering out of the propellor tube, a sleeping round ribbontail ray, two friendly hawksbill turtles and a spiny lobster. Two common dolphins swam past above the group.
Day 6
Dive 1
Spectacular pink and gold coloured soft coral canyons and overhangs. Enough current for a brisk drift. We also saw a cute little eagle ray and a much larger one, a PINK WHIPRAY, and all the canyons were swarming with schools of blue-stripe and humpback snappers. The top of the thila had nice soft and hard corals. At the end of the dive some divers were buzzed by a large wahoo!
Pod of FALSE KILLER WHALES basking on the surface of the ocean near the second site. They spyhopped us but kept their distance.
Dive 2
This thila is just FULL OF FISH: a ginormous dogtooth tuna, eagle ray, rainbow runners, big-eye-jack, chevron barracudas and millions of fusliers at the current point and then schools of blue-stripe snappers black and white snappers, goldspot emperors etc. all over the thila plus honeycomb morays, black saddled groupers and every type of reef fish on top. Really nice nepthia and acabaria soft corals too!
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Shaviyani atoll
Dive 3
Stunning blue and yellow soft coral caves with a swim through to a cathedral-like overhang festooned with yellow soft coral and trimmed with delicate hydroids. We saw an eagle ray, a couple of white tips, longnose hawkfish, critter condos full of soldierfish and cardinals including a tiger cardinal with its mouth full of eggs, a giant triton, murex shells etc
Night Dive
Night dive at the same caves site. The "cathedral" looked very dramatic by torchlight. The orange and pinks really came through making this a super-colourful dramatic site. Every nook had reticulated hinge-beak shrimps plus Bruuni and banded coral shrimps. A strange bristle worm was seen free swimming.
We celebrated Graham's birthday with a cake.
Day 7
Dive 1
Pretty blue soft coral frosted overhangs with coral blocks with many sabre squirrelfish, a friendly octopus, an overhang full of glassfish and Durban, Bruuni and banded shrimps and feisty blackcheek morays plus a freeswimming featherstar.
Dive 2
Dramatic small, deep thila. As we descended a large school of big-eye jacks came whirling out from an overhang and then swirled around at the current point. There were several GREY SHARKS and a couple of eagle rays. An eagle ray was busy feeding in the sand and managed to entangle itself in a twisty whip coral. There were schools of Forsters and chevron barracudas plus three giant barracudas. There were nice overhangs with swim throughs.
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Noonu atoll
Smallish current but there were still LOTS OF GREY SHARKS (20+), large pregnant females, mid-sized and juveniles all riding the current point and then breaking off to be cleaned as they stood on their tails. This is a superb spectacle. Also eagle rays, barrcudas, big-eye jacks, cobia, round ribbon tail rays (two chasing eachother), octopus pulling shapes, mantis shrimps, batfish etc. A really super dive!
Day 8
Dive 1
Back to the sharky thila and this time we watched lots of cleaning activity as the GREY SHARKS stood on their tails and allowed the cleaner fish into their mouths. 15-20 grey sharks circled at the current point. Also round ribbon tail rays being cleaned, spiny lobsters, starry puffers etc. Another superb dive.
Dive 2
Small, beautiful thila with large overhangs with a large NURSE SHARK and ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY. The ceiling was festooned with large silvery-white nepthia soft corals and all the way around were pink seafans and pink/green schelonepthia soft coral plus unusual red-spotted zooanthids. We saw two white tip sharks and a porcupine puffer resting plus all the usual reef fish and crustacea.
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Raa atoll
Dive 3
Beautiful orange soft coral smothered caves with lovely seafans and seawhips decorating the edge of the sandy floors. This afternoon there were many brown marbled groupers scuttling into (tiny!) holes and the occasional green turtle going up for air. We saw axelspot hogfish, queen coris, harlequin sweetlips, enormous schools of neon fusiliers and just enjoyed the scene.
We anchored in local island harbour and enjoyed the kids playing football and rounders on the harbourfront.
Day 9
Dive 1
Magical dive! We went back to the orange soft coral caves which create a magnificent cascade down this steep ocean reef. We could see orange soft coral caves tumbing down to 50m+ in depth at the spur. Today there were lots of green turtles sleeping in the caves and our visit woke them up. We also found a FEATHERTAIL RAY, a fast-asleep round ribbontail ray and a MANGROVE WHIPRAY minus it's tail!
Dive 2
This is our favourite thila in this atoll and it lived up to our expectation today with a current point buzzing with hundreds of bannerfish and the overhangs full of beautiful orange gorgonias. A NURSE SHARK swam into one of the caves and settled down to rest. Amongst the canyons we found a fat starry puffer and 14 spiny lobsters (some quite brave and walked out to fight us!). The top is covered in yellow acabaria and good acroporas.
Dive 3
Surprise brisk in-current although we did disturb a manta at the main cleaning station as we descended! We drifted past the schools of snappers and emperors. We found a bearded scorpionfish, saw small and large Napoleons, turtles, garden eels in the sand bays pinkbar goby with pistol shrimps, reticulated blennies etc. We found another manta being cleaned further up the reef.
Day 10
Dive 1
WOW 17+ MANTA RAYS this time. Up to 9 at a time on the cleaning station plus 1+2+3s along the reef edge in either direction. They seemed to be socialising with eachother in the bigger groups and then breaking away to do their cleaning, proper. We had great private shows as there was so much activity.
Dive 2
This time 13+ DIFFERENT MANTAS with more actual cleaning activity going on and the mantas were very approachable. They split into two areas and we didn't know which area to stay and watch at! A superb show. We can't wait until next year to come back here!
Dive 3
Easy final dive drifting through dreamy yellow and blue soft coral caves. 3 MANTAS swam past! We found lots of different groupers including the ubiquitous large brownmarbled groupers leering out of the coral, just big eyes and a bigger mouth. We also found a cute baby midnight snapper, all fins and tail; unusual checkered snappers Lutjanus decussatus, an unknown black-with-white-edge Pseudoceros flatworm, tumpetfish hiding in sea whips and a slightly disconcerted looking turtle. It was a lovely dive to end on.
Day 11
Ocean Crossing
Travel to Baa atoll
Day at rest. We passed through some beautiful lagoons in Baa atoll and visited the local island of Dharavandhoo where we visited the school. There is a magnificent banyan tree there. We celebrated the trip with sundowners on top deck. What a trip!
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Internal flight from Dharavandhoo island to Male to catch international flights.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS400 24 Mar 2013 to 5 Apr 2013 Remote Far North (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrive from International flight and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Calm very slow drift dive along this gently sloping reef. Hundreds of neon and yellowback fusiliers, dogtooth tuna cruising around, 2 HAWKSBILL TURTLES gliding over the top of the reef, oriental sweetlips including juvenille, large schools of 2-spot emporer and gold spot snapper hanging in groups, also humback snapper and blue-striped snapper everywhere. Good relaxing check dive.
Day 1
Dive 1
Lovely calm reef dive, clouded morays, undulated and yellowmargin morayshiding in holes along the reef between corals. Large red bearded scorpion fish, trumpet fish in yellow seafan in overhang along with black spotted puffer. MANTA FLY-BY right over the top of us really close and looking very relaxed! TURTLE in the distance between coral heads, redbearded scorpion fish , firegobies. much to see on this dive.
Dive 2
new site, slight drift on this sloping reef. Cobia, blackcheek morays, yellowmargin and giant morays. Napoleon wrasse, large pregnant BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY, 2 MANGROVE WHIP RAY on top of the reef together. black spotted pufferfish, sweetlips, redtail butterfly fish in large groups, long trail of squid as we did our safety stop.
Dive 3
Shallow coral garden leading into a shallow channel. Hundreds of garden eels, gobies, yellowmargin morays, HAWKSBILL TURTLE checking us all out! Lots of hard corals and reef fish, large schools of fusiliers. MANTA FEEDING ON THE SURFACE during safety stop and many more on the surface as we got back onto the boat. Quite a current through the channel!
Day 2
Dive 1
New site. Very calm small thila, 2 honeycomb morays together, octopus hanging onto coral head, big schools blue-striped snapper, goldspot emperors, many anemones in fluorescent blue magnificas, Notodoris gardineri nudibranch (bright yellow with black spots) lobster, imperial angel fish. many hard corals and featherstars.
Dive 2
Slight current along this deep reef. GREY REEF SHARKS, 3 EAGLE RAY, dracula shrimp goby, huge schools fusiliers, goldspot emporers, humback snapper and batfish. Batfish stayed with us wherever we went! Napoleon wrasse as we drifted back over coral heads.
Dive 3
WOW WHAT A DIVE! a good current to get us moving down the reef! Overhangs with lovely blue and yellow soft corals, blackspotted pufferfish, groups of glassfish hanging in caverns. HAWKSBILL TURTLES, one swiiming with us for a while! MANTA FLY-BY and then we watched a MANTA circling a cleaning station for 10 mins. large HAWKSBILL TURLTLE sat in coral heads being cleaned by big group of pyramid butterflyfish. on safety stop another LARGE FEMALE MANTA visited cleaning station a few mtrs away, also another smaller female but was chased off! hence a very long safety stop... WONDERFUL!
Day 3
Dive 1
Slight current along this deep reef. GREY REEF SHARKS cruising along cleaning channel. Beautiful blue and yellow soft corals in overhangs, BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAYS, lobster, huge schools of fusiliers, oceanic triggerfish, scribbled filefish. opposite current today!
Dive 2
Lovely soft corals, many blue-striped snappers, blackspotted puffers, spotted boxfish, large marbled grouper, 2 EAGLE RAY. Many hard corals on top of thila, morays and very fishy!
Dive 3
Very fishy dive! Very slow drift down to wreck. EAGLE RAY and very large mapa pufferfish bobbing around. Big schools gold spot emporers, humpback and yellow snapper. Scribbled filefish, large dogtooth tuna, HAWKSBILL TURTLE, huge porcupine pufferfish hiding in wreck.
Night Dive
A calm night dive. Saron shrimps in overhangs, pink corals, Camposcia retusa decorator crab, sleeping parrotfish, hermit crab - Dardanus lagopodes (blue knuckles), maldives sponge snails - purple Coricella hibyae and dark purple Coriocella nigra.
Day 4
Dive 1
This dive woke us up! brisk current long this group of thilas….WHEEE! Stunning orange and pink soft corals looking beautifully on display in the current. HAWKSBILL TURTLE sitting quietly in sandy canyon, blackspotted pufferfish, schools of blue-striped snapper.
Dive 2
Big school of jacks on edge of thila, bluestripe snappers hanging in canyon underneath, quite a strong current over the top of the thila, many anemones and a hiding lionfish. We hooked in and watched GREY REEF SHARK and EAGLE RAY at the current point. one very large NAPOLEON WRASSE eating its catch then joined by smaller napoleon, lots of nice hard corals.
Dive 3
TURTLE FIREWORKS! HAWKSBILL TURTLES FLYNG ALL OVER THE PLACE! Calm turned to fast drift along the reef. Huge schools of fusiliers, RIBBONTAIL RAYS being cleaned on coral heads, lobster, stunning groups of batfish and anemones.
Day 5
Dive 1
Drift, hook-in and enjoy the show! Fairly strong current across top of this thila, honeycombe morays, large brown marbled groupers hiding under huge prorites coral heads, groups of goldspot emporers, sweetlips, school of jacks hanging out in the channel, carpets of fusiliers covering the thila. a good wake-up dive!
Ocean Crossing
inter atoll crossing to Shaviyani
Dive 2
Slow drift around this large thila, the top is covered in hard corals, stunning blue soft corals around overhangs, school of barracuda, BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY, large groups of blue-striped snappers, sabretooth blennies, bluefin jacks, hundreds of neon fusiliers sweeping around coral heads.
Dive 3
Slow drift along the reef edge, stunning overhangs, very cathedal like with blue and yellow soft corals covering the whole thing, yellow spotted boxfish, puffers, beautiful seafans and whipcorals, bearded scorpionfish, zillions of fusiliers surrounded us making whirlpools of patterns, very hypnotic and stunning colours.
Day 6
Dive 1
A gentle current along this reef wall, stunning blue soft corals in large caverns, nudibranchs and sea sponges, 2 EAGLE RAY hanging in the current, glassfish with cleaner shrimp, yellowmargin morays, top of the reef covered in all types of hard coral.
Ocean Crossing
inter atoll crossing to Noonu
Dive 2
A relaxing dive around a small thila, large brown marbled groupers hiding underneath, large free-swimming green moray around coral heads, WHITETIP REEF SHARKS resting on the sand for cleaning, very fishy and masses of hard corals, seafans and groups of bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
SHARK-TASTIC! Many GREY REEF SHARKS (20-30) plus a couple WHITETIP SHARKS surrounded by jacks cleaning on sharks skin! EAGLE RAY, RIBBONTAIL RAYS, sociable batfish, yellowmargin moray, HAWKSBILL TURTLE having a rest on the coral, great dive to end the day.
Day 7
Dive 1
WOW…A GOLD STAR AWARD DIVE!! GREY REEF SHARKS everywhere, cruising around really close, RIBBONTAIL RAYS floating over the reef, EAGLE RAY, HAWKSBILL TURTLES floating in the current, even a ZEBRA SHARK setted below a overhang with its remoras and pilot fish waiting patiently for movement. One turtle even came in for a clean from Matt! fabulous way to start the day!
Ocean Crossing
inter atoll crossing to RAA
Dive 2
Gentle drift around very pretty thila, blue soft corals in overhangs, lobster, large school of bannerfish, cusion starfish, anemones, HAWKSBILL TURTLE, all types of hard and soft corals covering thila, very fishy and lots to see.
Dive 3
MANTAS, MANTAS, MANTAS!!! Spent the whole dive entranced by mantas on the cleaning stations, all sizes, one with large chunk missing at the tail end! Not shy today, some very curious of the bubbly things below, hovering overhead….fantastic!
Day 8
Dive 1
MANTA EXTRAVAGANZA!!! 20 + MANTAS visiting cleaning stations from all directions, which way to look first?! Came in really close and eyeing us all up! Mix of male and female, a couple with mating scars, one was completely covered with lice. mesmerising as if watching ballet. What an amazing way to start the day! oh, we did spot a HAWKSBILL TURTLE AND RIBBONTAIL RAY also.
Dive 2
MORE MANTAS, AMAZING… we couldn't resist, we had to go back! Very sociable and some eyeball to eyeball, up cose and personal visits! Exremely graceful whirling around each other on the cleaning station. RIBBONTAIL RAY and EAGLE RAY FLY-BY!
Dive 3
A slow drift along this deep reef wall. fabulous blue and orange soft corals covering overhangs and swim-throughs. HAWKSBILL and GREEN TURTLES appearing from caves, honeycomb moray, mapa and starry pufferfish, groups of bannerfish, huge school of humpback snapper between lovely table corals. very pretty site indeed.
Evening Activity
Presentation on Manta ecology by Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler
Day 9
Dive 1
A steep reef with a deep wall drop-off, large GREEN TURTLES in overhangs some sat between coral heads, others whizzing around. Lobster, MANGROVE WHIPRAYS, yellow pallilae flatworm, large schools fusiliers.
Ocean Crossing
inter atoll crossing to Shaviani
Dive 2
A pretty thila with a good current point for GREY REEF SHARKS, EAGLERAYS, large schools of jacks and bluestripe snappers. Black and white jorunna nudibranch, blackcheek morays, anemones and many hard corals ontop of the thila.
Dive 3
experimental dive! looking for critters along gently sloping reef, yellowmargin morays, lionfish, glassfish and big schools fusiliers, martin's side-gilled slugs, many lovely yellow table corals.
Day 10
Ocean Crossing
inter atoll crossing to Haa Dhaalu
Dive 1
MANTA FLY-BY, one during the dive and another below us on safety stop. Quite a drift along corals, EAGLE RAY drifting by, baby lionfish, glassfish and sweepers in coral heads, many reef fish and corals to hunt around in.
Dive 2
Parade of fatty girls….sharks not guests! GREY REEF SHARKS (25+) AND A WHITETIP parading up and down the current points, appearing out of nowhere. A couple of EAGLE RAYS and napoleon wrasse, fairly strong current so it was a case of keep low on the reef, hook-in and watch the show!
Dive 3
very pretty thila covered in hard and soft corals, schools of blue-striped snappers in overhangs, black coral trees, seafans, nudibranchs, GREY REEF SHARK having a snooze on the sand nearby. Anemones, groups of red-tailed butterfly fish and crescent-tailed bigeye glistening silver to red in the light. stunning table corals completely covering the top of the reef.
Night Dive
School of forsters barracuda as we started to descend , crescent tailed bigeye, flashlight fish, trapezia coral crab, spot lobster, lots of critters!
Day 11
Ocean Crossing
day of leisure and journey back to Hanimaadhoo
Evening Activity
Sundowners on the deck
Day 12
Guest Transfer
guest transfer to airport for onward journey
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrive from International flight and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Calm very slow drift dive along this gently sloping reef. Hundreds of neon and yellowback fusiliers, dogtooth tuna cruising around, 2 HAWKSBILL TURTLES gliding over the top of the reef, oriental sweetlips including juvenille, large schools of 2-spot emporer and gold spot snapper hanging in groups, also humback snapper and blue-striped snapper everywhere. Good relaxing check dive.
Day 1
Dive 1
Lovely calm reef dive, clouded morays, undulated and yellowmargin morayshiding in holes along the reef between corals. Large red bearded scorpion fish, trumpet fish in yellow seafan in overhang along with black spotted puffer. MANTA FLY-BY right over the top of us really close and looking very relaxed! TURTLE in the distance between coral heads, redbearded scorpion fish , firegobies. much to see on this dive.
Dive 2
new site, slight drift on this sloping reef. Cobia, blackcheek morays, yellowmargin and giant morays. Napoleon wrasse, large pregnant BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY, 2 MANGROVE WHIP RAY on top of the reef together. black spotted pufferfish, sweetlips, redtail butterfly fish in large groups, long trail of squid as we did our safety stop.
Dive 3
Shallow coral garden leading into a shallow channel. Hundreds of garden eels, gobies, yellowmargin morays, HAWKSBILL TURTLE checking us all out! Lots of hard corals and reef fish, large schools of fusiliers. MANTA FEEDING ON THE SURFACE during safety stop and many more on the surface as we got back onto the boat. Quite a current through the channel!
Day 2
Dive 1
New site. Very calm small thila, 2 honeycomb morays together, octopus hanging onto coral head, big schools blue-striped snapper, goldspot emperors, many anemones in fluorescent blue magnificas, Notodoris gardineri nudibranch (bright yellow with black spots) lobster, imperial angel fish. many hard corals and featherstars.
Dive 2
Slight current along this deep reef. GREY REEF SHARKS, 3 EAGLE RAY, dracula shrimp goby, huge schools fusiliers, goldspot emporers, humback snapper and batfish. Batfish stayed with us wherever we went! Napoleon wrasse as we drifted back over coral heads.
Dive 3
WOW WHAT A DIVE! a good current to get us moving down the reef! Overhangs with lovely blue and yellow soft corals, blackspotted pufferfish, groups of glassfish hanging in caverns. HAWKSBILL TURTLES, one swiiming with us for a while! MANTA FLY-BY and then we watched a MANTA circling a cleaning station for 10 mins. large HAWKSBILL TURLTLE sat in coral heads being cleaned by big group of pyramid butterflyfish. on safety stop another LARGE FEMALE MANTA visited cleaning station a few mtrs away, also another smaller female but was chased off! hence a very long safety stop... WONDERFUL!
Day 3
Dive 1
Slight current along this deep reef. GREY REEF SHARKS cruising along cleaning channel. Beautiful blue and yellow soft corals in overhangs, BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAYS, lobster, huge schools of fusiliers, oceanic triggerfish, scribbled filefish. opposite current today!
Dive 2
Lovely soft corals, many blue-striped snappers, blackspotted puffers, spotted boxfish, large marbled grouper, 2 EAGLE RAY. Many hard corals on top of thila, morays and very fishy!
Dive 3
Very fishy dive! Very slow drift down to wreck. EAGLE RAY and very large mapa pufferfish bobbing around. Big schools gold spot emporers, humpback and yellow snapper. Scribbled filefish, large dogtooth tuna, HAWKSBILL TURTLE, huge porcupine pufferfish hiding in wreck.
Night Dive
A calm night dive. Saron shrimps in overhangs, pink corals, Camposcia retusa decorator crab, sleeping parrotfish, hermit crab - Dardanus lagopodes (blue knuckles), maldives sponge snails - purple Coricella hibyae and dark purple Coriocella nigra.
Day 4
Dive 1
This dive woke us up! brisk current long this group of thilas….WHEEE! Stunning orange and pink soft corals looking beautifully on display in the current. HAWKSBILL TURTLE sitting quietly in sandy canyon, blackspotted pufferfish, schools of blue-striped snapper.
Dive 2
Big school of jacks on edge of thila, bluestripe snappers hanging in canyon underneath, quite a strong current over the top of the thila, many anemones and a hiding lionfish. We hooked in and watched GREY REEF SHARK and EAGLE RAY at the current point. one very large NAPOLEON WRASSE eating its catch then joined by smaller napoleon, lots of nice hard corals.
Dive 3
TURTLE FIREWORKS! HAWKSBILL TURTLES FLYNG ALL OVER THE PLACE! Calm turned to fast drift along the reef. Huge schools of fusiliers, RIBBONTAIL RAYS being cleaned on coral heads, lobster, stunning groups of batfish and anemones.
Day 5
Dive 1
Drift, hook-in and enjoy the show! Fairly strong current across top of this thila, honeycombe morays, large brown marbled groupers hiding under huge prorites coral heads, groups of goldspot emporers, sweetlips, school of jacks hanging out in the channel, carpets of fusiliers covering the thila. a good wake-up dive!
Ocean Crossing
inter atoll crossing to Shaviyani
Dive 2
Slow drift around this large thila, the top is covered in hard corals, stunning blue soft corals around overhangs, school of barracuda, BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY, large groups of blue-striped snappers, sabretooth blennies, bluefin jacks, hundreds of neon fusiliers sweeping around coral heads.
Dive 3
Slow drift along the reef edge, stunning overhangs, very cathedal like with blue and yellow soft corals covering the whole thing, yellow spotted boxfish, puffers, beautiful seafans and whipcorals, bearded scorpionfish, zillions of fusiliers surrounded us making whirlpools of patterns, very hypnotic and stunning colours.
Day 6
Dive 1
A gentle current along this reef wall, stunning blue soft corals in large caverns, nudibranchs and sea sponges, 2 EAGLE RAY hanging in the current, glassfish with cleaner shrimp, yellowmargin morays, top of the reef covered in all types of hard coral.
Ocean Crossing
inter atoll crossing to Noonu
Dive 2
A relaxing dive around a small thila, large brown marbled groupers hiding underneath, large free-swimming green moray around coral heads, WHITETIP REEF SHARKS resting on the sand for cleaning, very fishy and masses of hard corals, seafans and groups of bluestripe snappers.
Dive 3
SHARK-TASTIC! Many GREY REEF SHARKS (20-30) plus a couple WHITETIP SHARKS surrounded by jacks cleaning on sharks skin! EAGLE RAY, RIBBONTAIL RAYS, sociable batfish, yellowmargin moray, HAWKSBILL TURTLE having a rest on the coral, great dive to end the day.
Day 7
Dive 1
WOW…A GOLD STAR AWARD DIVE!! GREY REEF SHARKS everywhere, cruising around really close, RIBBONTAIL RAYS floating over the reef, EAGLE RAY, HAWKSBILL TURTLES floating in the current, even a ZEBRA SHARK setted below a overhang with its remoras and pilot fish waiting patiently for movement. One turtle even came in for a clean from Matt! fabulous way to start the day!
Ocean Crossing
inter atoll crossing to RAA
Dive 2
Gentle drift around very pretty thila, blue soft corals in overhangs, lobster, large school of bannerfish, cusion starfish, anemones, HAWKSBILL TURTLE, all types of hard and soft corals covering thila, very fishy and lots to see.
Dive 3
MANTAS, MANTAS, MANTAS!!! Spent the whole dive entranced by mantas on the cleaning stations, all sizes, one with large chunk missing at the tail end! Not shy today, some very curious of the bubbly things below, hovering overhead….fantastic!
Day 8
Dive 1
MANTA EXTRAVAGANZA!!! 20 + MANTAS visiting cleaning stations from all directions, which way to look first?! Came in really close and eyeing us all up! Mix of male and female, a couple with mating scars, one was completely covered with lice. mesmerising as if watching ballet. What an amazing way to start the day! oh, we did spot a HAWKSBILL TURTLE AND RIBBONTAIL RAY also.
Dive 2
MORE MANTAS, AMAZING… we couldn't resist, we had to go back! Very sociable and some eyeball to eyeball, up cose and personal visits! Exremely graceful whirling around each other on the cleaning station. RIBBONTAIL RAY and EAGLE RAY FLY-BY!
Dive 3
A slow drift along this deep reef wall. fabulous blue and orange soft corals covering overhangs and swim-throughs. HAWKSBILL and GREEN TURTLES appearing from caves, honeycomb moray, mapa and starry pufferfish, groups of bannerfish, huge school of humpback snapper between lovely table corals. very pretty site indeed.
Evening Activity
Presentation on Manta ecology by Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler
Day 9
Dive 1
A steep reef with a deep wall drop-off, large GREEN TURTLES in overhangs some sat between coral heads, others whizzing around. Lobster, MANGROVE WHIPRAYS, yellow pallilae flatworm, large schools fusiliers.
Ocean Crossing
inter atoll crossing to Shaviani
Dive 2
A pretty thila with a good current point for GREY REEF SHARKS, EAGLERAYS, large schools of jacks and bluestripe snappers. Black and white jorunna nudibranch, blackcheek morays, anemones and many hard corals ontop of the thila.
Dive 3
experimental dive! looking for critters along gently sloping reef, yellowmargin morays, lionfish, glassfish and big schools fusiliers, martin's side-gilled slugs, many lovely yellow table corals.
Day 10
Ocean Crossing
inter atoll crossing to Haa Dhaalu
Dive 1
MANTA FLY-BY, one during the dive and another below us on safety stop. Quite a drift along corals, EAGLE RAY drifting by, baby lionfish, glassfish and sweepers in coral heads, many reef fish and corals to hunt around in.
Dive 2
Parade of fatty girls….sharks not guests! GREY REEF SHARKS (25+) AND A WHITETIP parading up and down the current points, appearing out of nowhere. A couple of EAGLE RAYS and napoleon wrasse, fairly strong current so it was a case of keep low on the reef, hook-in and watch the show!
Dive 3
very pretty thila covered in hard and soft corals, schools of blue-striped snappers in overhangs, black coral trees, seafans, nudibranchs, GREY REEF SHARK having a snooze on the sand nearby. Anemones, groups of red-tailed butterfly fish and crescent-tailed bigeye glistening silver to red in the light. stunning table corals completely covering the top of the reef.
Night Dive
School of forsters barracuda as we started to descend , crescent tailed bigeye, flashlight fish, trapezia coral crab, spot lobster, lots of critters!
Day 11
Ocean Crossing
day of leisure and journey back to Hanimaadhoo
Evening Activity
Sundowners on the deck
Day 12
Guest Transfer
guest transfer to airport for onward journey
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS399 10 Mar 2013 to 22 Mar 2013 Male to Remote Far North (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrive from International flight and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Good check dive! Schools of goat fish and blue stripe snappers, coral blocks with anemone fish, white mouthed morays, lovely sea fans with schools of batfish and HAWKSBILL TURTLE swimming along side us. SHORT FINNED MOBULA FLY-BY ABOVE US!
Ocean Crossing
Inter atoll travel to BAA
Day 1
Dive 1
Awoke to dolphins around the boat. A good strong current to start the day! Black octopus, many giant morays, balls of glass fish hanging under coral heads, giant trevally and large BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY sweeping over the sand. A SAILFISH LEAPT OUT OF THE WATER just as we got back on the dhoni!
Ocean Crossing
Inter Atoll travel to RAA
Dive 2
DOLPHINS AGAIN BEFORE THE FIRST DIVE! Forever changing currents on this dive. Lovey Thila with many blue soft corals in overhangs, giant morays, big school of bannerfish cruising around with us. A pair of white eyed morays and spotted box fish. Batfish accompanied us on our safety stop!
Dive 3
Speedy drift dive with lovely overhangs covered with blue and yellow soft corals. Shoals of hanging oriental sweetlips, beautiful long sea whip, scorpion fish and BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY gliding over the coral heads.
Sundowners on the Deck
Day 2
Dive 1
New Site! Nice slow drift with huge shoals of bannerfish and blue striped snapper everywhere we looked. GREY REEF SHARKS hiding in a cave with blotched ribbon tail ray. 2 Morays peeping out of the reef together, many Anemone fish with babies, very cute. Beautiful blue and yellow soft corals in overhangs. An overall very lovely new site.
Dive 2
WOW...MANTA FLY-BY!! Lots of oriental sweetlips, scorpion fish, black spotted puffers. large schools of gold spot emperors and carpets of anemone fish.
Dive 3
Fairly strong drift in places. BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAYS, lovely nudibranchs, SPAWNING GUILDING'S SEA STAR STANDING ON TIP TOE! FEATHERTAIL RAY, huge school of humpback snapper, Napoleon Wrasse and a spawning sea cucumber standing upright!
Evening Activity
Presentation on Manta ecology by Dr Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler
Day 3
Dive 1
WOW...6 MANTA AT THE CLEANING STATION! Very shy but 2 large females stayed for a while, while a couple more swam past to take a look. A HAWKSBILL TURTLE also swam over to us in front of the Mantas…WHAT A SIGHT! PINK WHIPRAY following a female FEATHERTAIL with designs on her!
Dive 2
Stunning coral covered thila with every colour and type of coral and thick with fish! NURSE SHARK nestled under cavern, 2 HAWKSBILL TURTLES, one just sitting in the coral heads. About 15 lobsters in overhang, black cheek moray. Fish soup and fantastic coral everywhere!
Ocean Crossing
crossing to Noonu Atoll
Dive 3
SHARK-TASTIC! Masses of GREY REEF SHARKS at this cleaning station cruising up and down, One with its own little yellow pilot fish swimming just in front of its nose! 3 SPOTTED EAGLE RAY gliding in formation, one with a kinky tail! Beautiful! A Black Octopus made an appearance. Fish everywhere. AN ACTION PACKED DIVE!
In the evening we saw Dolphins while watching an amazing sunset.
Day 4
Dive 1
A VERY SHARKY DIVE AGAIN! HEAPS OF GREY REEF SHARKS, 2 SPOTTED EAGLE RAY gracefully cruising around, BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY, LARGE SCHOOL OF CHEVRON AND FORSTERS BARRACUDA and a group of GIANT BARRACUDA.
Dive 2
2 NURSE SHARKS wedged under the bottom of the Thila. HUGE RIBBONTAIL RAY nestled next to a MANGROVE WHIPRAY. Big schools of yellow goat fish, very friendly batfish accompanied us on the whole dive including safety stop!
Dive 3
Beautifully decorated Thila! Stunning hard and soft corals with fish everywhere. A huge Marbled Grouper sitting underneath overhang, we were engulfed by Bannerfish, very calm dive.
Night Dive
TURTLE-TASTIC! A WONDERFUL NIGHT DIVE! 4 LARGE HAWKSBILL TURTLES tucked up in their caverns, 2 cosying up together. A GIANT MORAY with a lively RIBBONTAIL RAY sharing a overhang, lots of Bruuni shrimp looking back at us with bright eyes! Sleeping black-spotted puffers on ledges and a sleeping Porcupine Puffer in a hole just the right size! PEPPERED MORAY and a lonesome SQUID. Another LARGE RIBBONTAIL RAY swimming around us at the end of the dive.
Day 5
Dive 1
More current today, WHITETIP REEF SHARK looking quite lazy just off the thila, lovely overhangs and caves with free swimming GIANT MORAYS. Groups of oriental sweetlips, big schools of yellowfin goat fish, yellow margin moray, moorish idols and some curious batfish!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Shaviyani Atoll
Dive 2
Very pretty thila. GREY REEF SHARKS cruising around, jacks and blue stripe snappers, pair of black spotted puffers and spotted boxfish being cleaned. Scribbled filefish, 2 NURSE SHARKS resting under cavern.
Dive 3
Many crown of thorns starfish on this thila, starry puffer fish, susan's flat worm, lovey overhangs with blue strip snapper. RIBBONTAIL AND FEATHERTAIL RAYS. Flat anemone shrimp in blue carpet magnifica…suddenly eaten by an anemone fish! Smallscale scorpion fish, juvenile yellow box fish. beautiful carpets of anemone fish.
Evening Activity
Movie night!
Day 6
Dive 1
Dramatic ocean reef with steep drop-off below 50m. Hundreds of schooling fusiliers! A couple of EAGLE RAYS, one with no tail flitting up and down around us. 3 LEGGED HAWKSBILL TURTLE WITH A BACK FLIPPER MISSING! Roundhead parrot fish, WHIPTAIL STINGRAY, fabulous hard corals.
Dive 2
GIANT GUITAR FISH settled in the sand below ..until it spotted us! Medium sized thila with many beautiful overhangs with schools of blue stripe snapper, glassfish hanging in bowls of coral. Minute baby octopus or quid nursery, the tiniest specks but perfectly formed! Porities coral blocks, one covered with teeth marks from a chomping parrot fish.
Dive 3
Experimental dive on island house-reef. Large schools of fusiliers, big NAPOLEON WRASSE, fluorescent blue magnificas with anemone fish families, Many amazing table corals. Dolphins joined us on the journey back to the boat.
Daytime Excursion
Visit to local island of Bilefehi
Day 7
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Haa Dhaalu Atoll
Dive 1
Mantas being very shy today at this site today but quite a current! LARGE NURSE SHARK wrapped around coral heads, it looked a very tight sleeping chamber! HAWKSBILL TURTLE mooching around, many reef fish covering lovely table corals.
Dive 2
Huge schools of bigeye jacks pairing up and blue stripe snapper. The top of the thila is a carpet of magnificas and anemone fish of course! All colours, swaying majestically in the current. Also porcelain crabs and a PINK WHIP RAY, Napoleon wrasse with his girlfriend, clown triggers. Lovely yellow acabaria everywhere.
Dive 3
Tiny but perfect thila, lovely overhangs with many blue stripe snapper. Longnose hawkfish hiding in corals, amazing hard corals everywhere, huge table corals, black spotted puffers, lots to see under corals and overhangs in this site.
Evening Activity
Movie night
Day 8
Dive 1
Had to stay low in fairly strong current. MANY GREY REEF SHARKS, many juveniles cruising to be cleaned. BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY AND FEATHERTAIL RAY hiding in sand. Batfish and cornetfish. Phew, that woke us up!
Ocean Crossing
Inter Atoll crossing to Haa Alifu
Dive 2
ON THE HUNT FOR MANTAS WHEN ONE BREACHED IN FRONT OF THE BOAT FOLLOWED BY A POD OF FEEDING DOLPHINS! AND WHAT A DIVE! 6 MANTA FLY BY! Very fishy, large scorpion fish sitting next to Clouded Moray. Black spotted puffer fish balancing on coral and ledges in overhangs being cleaned. One bright yellow puffer sat in full cleaning glory on its own pedestal of coral! Banded Boxer Shrimps, small trumpet fish well camouflaged in yellow seafan. 4 Cowrie shells wedged into one tiny hole! Something going on there! Absolutely beautiful dive, lots to see!
Dive 3
Drift dive past dramatic overhangs. Large schools of blue stripe snapper and fusiliers. 2 EAGLE RAYS, one hanging out in current next to us then joined by a Napoleon Wrasse. FEATHERTAIL RAY, lots of beautiful hard corals and 3 HAWKSBILL TURTLES chomping around in amongst the coral heads, one very inquisitive coming up close and personal!
Sundowners on the deck on a beautifully calm evening
Day 9
Dive 1
Flat calm sea this morning! Moderate current and many GREY REEF SHARKS cruising around us at this deep thila. At least 9 SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS of all sizes swimming in formation. A RIBBONTAIL RAY resting on the sand near large blocks of Porities with many antheas and a family of Napoleon Wrasse. 2 MANTA FLY-BY above us surrounded by millions of Fusiliers.
Dive 2
Much less current today, but lots of fish and critters around. MANTA FLY-BY with around 7 MANTAS following in file below us. Pair of clouded moray, yellow margin and giant moray. Banded boxer shrimp in a coral block and trumpet fish hiding really well in yellow sea fan. Beautiful yellow soft corals in overhangs and black spotted puffers hanging around for cleaning, the bright yellow one was well on show! A fleeting 'bow of the boat' visit by dolphins!
Dive 3
Wonderful yellow soft corals in overhangs at this drift site. Porcupine puffer fish, black spotted puffers, pair of yellow margin morays sharing a hole! Napoleon wrasses, one quite friendly, a swarm of humpback snappers and fusiliers. Gold spot emperors, lovely coral garden and a visit from a pod of COMMON DOLPHINS!
Night Dive
Huge mass of fish snuggling into the reef at entry point. Enormous Napoleon wrasse asleep in cavern, Saron shrimps, really colourful pink and yellow soft corals in overhangs, sleeping black spotted puffers. Hermit crabs, aniculus maximus (yellow with hairy legs) and dardanelles megistos (red spotted legs)
Day 10
Ocean Crossing
Inter Atoll crossing to Haa Dhaalu
Dive 1
Very pretty thila, very calm, no current. Big schools blue stripe jacks in overhangs, Slender sweepers and glassfish in bowls. Scribbled Filefish in small groups, saddled Sharpnose puffers in pairs, yellow margin and giant morays. Guineafowl puffers being cleaned in overhangs with yellow soft corals. The top of the thila is completely coveredd with all types of coral and mountains of fish.
Dive 2
Lots to see on this lovely thila, all types of coral, gorgonian fans, purple crinoids, black featherstars, overhangs with yellow, pink and purple soft corals. Big groups of yellow snapper, black spotted puffers, dogtooth tuna, a glorious flat worm and nudibranchs including yellow nembrotha with black spots. Undulated moray, hawksbill turtle, camouflaged grouper, bearded scorpion fish.
Dive 3
WOW, AMAZING DIVE..DOLPHINS SWAM PAST US TWICE DURING THE DIVE!! The wreck was smothered with schools of fish: millions fusiliers, rainbow runners mixed with stubnose pomparno which looked beautiful in the sunlight, FEATHERTAIL RAY, gold-spot emporers, sabretooth fang blennie peeping out of a rock, sweetlips, seargent majors. 2 NURSE SHARKS hiding in wreck, school of red snappers. FANTASTIC LAST DIVE OF THE TRIP, WONDERFUL MEMORIES.
Day 11
Daytime Excursion
Visit to UTHEEM, Sultans Palace relics from 16th Century
Daytime Excursion
Visit to MAAFAHI, Agricultural Island. The papaya were delicious!
Evening Activity
Trip movie premier
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Guests to Airport
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrive from International flight and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Good check dive! Schools of goat fish and blue stripe snappers, coral blocks with anemone fish, white mouthed morays, lovely sea fans with schools of batfish and HAWKSBILL TURTLE swimming along side us. SHORT FINNED MOBULA FLY-BY ABOVE US!
Ocean Crossing
Inter atoll travel to BAA
Day 1
Dive 1
Awoke to dolphins around the boat. A good strong current to start the day! Black octopus, many giant morays, balls of glass fish hanging under coral heads, giant trevally and large BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY sweeping over the sand. A SAILFISH LEAPT OUT OF THE WATER just as we got back on the dhoni!
Ocean Crossing
Inter Atoll travel to RAA
Dive 2
DOLPHINS AGAIN BEFORE THE FIRST DIVE! Forever changing currents on this dive. Lovey Thila with many blue soft corals in overhangs, giant morays, big school of bannerfish cruising around with us. A pair of white eyed morays and spotted box fish. Batfish accompanied us on our safety stop!
Dive 3
Speedy drift dive with lovely overhangs covered with blue and yellow soft corals. Shoals of hanging oriental sweetlips, beautiful long sea whip, scorpion fish and BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY gliding over the coral heads.
Sundowners on the Deck
Day 2
Dive 1
New Site! Nice slow drift with huge shoals of bannerfish and blue striped snapper everywhere we looked. GREY REEF SHARKS hiding in a cave with blotched ribbon tail ray. 2 Morays peeping out of the reef together, many Anemone fish with babies, very cute. Beautiful blue and yellow soft corals in overhangs. An overall very lovely new site.
Dive 2
WOW...MANTA FLY-BY!! Lots of oriental sweetlips, scorpion fish, black spotted puffers. large schools of gold spot emperors and carpets of anemone fish.
Dive 3
Fairly strong drift in places. BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAYS, lovely nudibranchs, SPAWNING GUILDING'S SEA STAR STANDING ON TIP TOE! FEATHERTAIL RAY, huge school of humpback snapper, Napoleon Wrasse and a spawning sea cucumber standing upright!
Evening Activity
Presentation on Manta ecology by Dr Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler
Day 3
Dive 1
WOW...6 MANTA AT THE CLEANING STATION! Very shy but 2 large females stayed for a while, while a couple more swam past to take a look. A HAWKSBILL TURTLE also swam over to us in front of the Mantas…WHAT A SIGHT! PINK WHIPRAY following a female FEATHERTAIL with designs on her!
Dive 2
Stunning coral covered thila with every colour and type of coral and thick with fish! NURSE SHARK nestled under cavern, 2 HAWKSBILL TURTLES, one just sitting in the coral heads. About 15 lobsters in overhang, black cheek moray. Fish soup and fantastic coral everywhere!
Ocean Crossing
crossing to Noonu Atoll
Dive 3
SHARK-TASTIC! Masses of GREY REEF SHARKS at this cleaning station cruising up and down, One with its own little yellow pilot fish swimming just in front of its nose! 3 SPOTTED EAGLE RAY gliding in formation, one with a kinky tail! Beautiful! A Black Octopus made an appearance. Fish everywhere. AN ACTION PACKED DIVE!
In the evening we saw Dolphins while watching an amazing sunset.
Day 4
Dive 1
A VERY SHARKY DIVE AGAIN! HEAPS OF GREY REEF SHARKS, 2 SPOTTED EAGLE RAY gracefully cruising around, BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY, LARGE SCHOOL OF CHEVRON AND FORSTERS BARRACUDA and a group of GIANT BARRACUDA.
Dive 2
2 NURSE SHARKS wedged under the bottom of the Thila. HUGE RIBBONTAIL RAY nestled next to a MANGROVE WHIPRAY. Big schools of yellow goat fish, very friendly batfish accompanied us on the whole dive including safety stop!
Dive 3
Beautifully decorated Thila! Stunning hard and soft corals with fish everywhere. A huge Marbled Grouper sitting underneath overhang, we were engulfed by Bannerfish, very calm dive.
Night Dive
TURTLE-TASTIC! A WONDERFUL NIGHT DIVE! 4 LARGE HAWKSBILL TURTLES tucked up in their caverns, 2 cosying up together. A GIANT MORAY with a lively RIBBONTAIL RAY sharing a overhang, lots of Bruuni shrimp looking back at us with bright eyes! Sleeping black-spotted puffers on ledges and a sleeping Porcupine Puffer in a hole just the right size! PEPPERED MORAY and a lonesome SQUID. Another LARGE RIBBONTAIL RAY swimming around us at the end of the dive.
Day 5
Dive 1
More current today, WHITETIP REEF SHARK looking quite lazy just off the thila, lovely overhangs and caves with free swimming GIANT MORAYS. Groups of oriental sweetlips, big schools of yellowfin goat fish, yellow margin moray, moorish idols and some curious batfish!
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Shaviyani Atoll
Dive 2
Very pretty thila. GREY REEF SHARKS cruising around, jacks and blue stripe snappers, pair of black spotted puffers and spotted boxfish being cleaned. Scribbled filefish, 2 NURSE SHARKS resting under cavern.
Dive 3
Many crown of thorns starfish on this thila, starry puffer fish, susan's flat worm, lovey overhangs with blue strip snapper. RIBBONTAIL AND FEATHERTAIL RAYS. Flat anemone shrimp in blue carpet magnifica…suddenly eaten by an anemone fish! Smallscale scorpion fish, juvenile yellow box fish. beautiful carpets of anemone fish.
Evening Activity
Movie night!
Day 6
Dive 1
Dramatic ocean reef with steep drop-off below 50m. Hundreds of schooling fusiliers! A couple of EAGLE RAYS, one with no tail flitting up and down around us. 3 LEGGED HAWKSBILL TURTLE WITH A BACK FLIPPER MISSING! Roundhead parrot fish, WHIPTAIL STINGRAY, fabulous hard corals.
Dive 2
GIANT GUITAR FISH settled in the sand below ..until it spotted us! Medium sized thila with many beautiful overhangs with schools of blue stripe snapper, glassfish hanging in bowls of coral. Minute baby octopus or quid nursery, the tiniest specks but perfectly formed! Porities coral blocks, one covered with teeth marks from a chomping parrot fish.
Dive 3
Experimental dive on island house-reef. Large schools of fusiliers, big NAPOLEON WRASSE, fluorescent blue magnificas with anemone fish families, Many amazing table corals. Dolphins joined us on the journey back to the boat.
Daytime Excursion
Visit to local island of Bilefehi
Day 7
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Haa Dhaalu Atoll
Dive 1
Mantas being very shy today at this site today but quite a current! LARGE NURSE SHARK wrapped around coral heads, it looked a very tight sleeping chamber! HAWKSBILL TURTLE mooching around, many reef fish covering lovely table corals.
Dive 2
Huge schools of bigeye jacks pairing up and blue stripe snapper. The top of the thila is a carpet of magnificas and anemone fish of course! All colours, swaying majestically in the current. Also porcelain crabs and a PINK WHIP RAY, Napoleon wrasse with his girlfriend, clown triggers. Lovely yellow acabaria everywhere.
Dive 3
Tiny but perfect thila, lovely overhangs with many blue stripe snapper. Longnose hawkfish hiding in corals, amazing hard corals everywhere, huge table corals, black spotted puffers, lots to see under corals and overhangs in this site.
Evening Activity
Movie night
Day 8
Dive 1
Had to stay low in fairly strong current. MANY GREY REEF SHARKS, many juveniles cruising to be cleaned. BLOTCHED RIBBONTAIL RAY AND FEATHERTAIL RAY hiding in sand. Batfish and cornetfish. Phew, that woke us up!
Ocean Crossing
Inter Atoll crossing to Haa Alifu
Dive 2
ON THE HUNT FOR MANTAS WHEN ONE BREACHED IN FRONT OF THE BOAT FOLLOWED BY A POD OF FEEDING DOLPHINS! AND WHAT A DIVE! 6 MANTA FLY BY! Very fishy, large scorpion fish sitting next to Clouded Moray. Black spotted puffer fish balancing on coral and ledges in overhangs being cleaned. One bright yellow puffer sat in full cleaning glory on its own pedestal of coral! Banded Boxer Shrimps, small trumpet fish well camouflaged in yellow seafan. 4 Cowrie shells wedged into one tiny hole! Something going on there! Absolutely beautiful dive, lots to see!
Dive 3
Drift dive past dramatic overhangs. Large schools of blue stripe snapper and fusiliers. 2 EAGLE RAYS, one hanging out in current next to us then joined by a Napoleon Wrasse. FEATHERTAIL RAY, lots of beautiful hard corals and 3 HAWKSBILL TURTLES chomping around in amongst the coral heads, one very inquisitive coming up close and personal!
Sundowners on the deck on a beautifully calm evening
Day 9
Dive 1
Flat calm sea this morning! Moderate current and many GREY REEF SHARKS cruising around us at this deep thila. At least 9 SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS of all sizes swimming in formation. A RIBBONTAIL RAY resting on the sand near large blocks of Porities with many antheas and a family of Napoleon Wrasse. 2 MANTA FLY-BY above us surrounded by millions of Fusiliers.
Dive 2
Much less current today, but lots of fish and critters around. MANTA FLY-BY with around 7 MANTAS following in file below us. Pair of clouded moray, yellow margin and giant moray. Banded boxer shrimp in a coral block and trumpet fish hiding really well in yellow sea fan. Beautiful yellow soft corals in overhangs and black spotted puffers hanging around for cleaning, the bright yellow one was well on show! A fleeting 'bow of the boat' visit by dolphins!
Dive 3
Wonderful yellow soft corals in overhangs at this drift site. Porcupine puffer fish, black spotted puffers, pair of yellow margin morays sharing a hole! Napoleon wrasses, one quite friendly, a swarm of humpback snappers and fusiliers. Gold spot emperors, lovely coral garden and a visit from a pod of COMMON DOLPHINS!
Night Dive
Huge mass of fish snuggling into the reef at entry point. Enormous Napoleon wrasse asleep in cavern, Saron shrimps, really colourful pink and yellow soft corals in overhangs, sleeping black spotted puffers. Hermit crabs, aniculus maximus (yellow with hairy legs) and dardanelles megistos (red spotted legs)
Day 10
Ocean Crossing
Inter Atoll crossing to Haa Dhaalu
Dive 1
Very pretty thila, very calm, no current. Big schools blue stripe jacks in overhangs, Slender sweepers and glassfish in bowls. Scribbled Filefish in small groups, saddled Sharpnose puffers in pairs, yellow margin and giant morays. Guineafowl puffers being cleaned in overhangs with yellow soft corals. The top of the thila is completely coveredd with all types of coral and mountains of fish.
Dive 2
Lots to see on this lovely thila, all types of coral, gorgonian fans, purple crinoids, black featherstars, overhangs with yellow, pink and purple soft corals. Big groups of yellow snapper, black spotted puffers, dogtooth tuna, a glorious flat worm and nudibranchs including yellow nembrotha with black spots. Undulated moray, hawksbill turtle, camouflaged grouper, bearded scorpion fish.
Dive 3
WOW, AMAZING DIVE..DOLPHINS SWAM PAST US TWICE DURING THE DIVE!! The wreck was smothered with schools of fish: millions fusiliers, rainbow runners mixed with stubnose pomparno which looked beautiful in the sunlight, FEATHERTAIL RAY, gold-spot emporers, sabretooth fang blennie peeping out of a rock, sweetlips, seargent majors. 2 NURSE SHARKS hiding in wreck, school of red snappers. FANTASTIC LAST DIVE OF THE TRIP, WONDERFUL MEMORIES.
Day 11
Daytime Excursion
Visit to UTHEEM, Sultans Palace relics from 16th Century
Daytime Excursion
Visit to MAAFAHI, Agricultural Island. The papaya were delicious!
Evening Activity
Trip movie premier
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Guests to Airport
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS398 24 Feb 2013 to 8 Mar 2013 Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Nice easy check dive! Schools of Forster's barracudas and blue stripe snappers, coral blocks with spotted rock cods plus lunar tailed, red and camouflage groupers, spiny lobsters and black-tip sharks in the shallows.
Day 1
Dive 1
Moderate drift past dramatic overhangs, nice seafans and acabaria corals. A few dogtooth tunas passed us by. The top reef had good coral growth with lots of pyramid butterflyfish and lots of lunar and neon fusiliers.
Ocean Crossing
Inter-atoll crossing to Ari
Dive 2
The current increased significantly during the dive and we had to hook in and hang by the end! There was a large school of long fin batfish off the reef plus grey sharks, white tip sharks a large napoleon and a couple of eagle rays plus tunas and bannerfish. In a small ledge were a pair of banded pipefish behind a pair of banded boxer shrimps, how cool: co-ordinating stripes!
Dive 3
SHARKTASTIC! 10+ GREY SHARKS UP CLOSE and riding the current point, with several white tip sharks along shallower reef edge. A MANTA swam past! Also pair of bearded scorpionfish a devil scorpionfish and a couple of posing octopus.
Night Dive
Fun, sharky night dive with white tip and grey sharks out on the prowl for an unwary fish. Three ribbon tail rays hoovered up the reef top around the divers. There were some large red snappers and giant trevallies also out hunting and scatterring the blanket of fusiliers over the reef. We also found a large purple sea hare, large and small coral crabs, basket stars and featherstars open and filtering and furry-legged saron shrimps.
Day 2
Dive 1
Lovely start to dive drifting through large schools of humpback and blue striped snappers. We then saw lots of large giant barracudas, some of which were very curious and came in very close. The overhands were full of orange and blue soft corals and were quite stunning as they were all puffed up, plus yellow and purple nepthia soft corals on the reef slopes. There were several white tips, 3x eagle rays, glassfish filled overhangs with morays and groupers etc. Great site.
Dive 2
We were on a manta hunt but we only managed a few manta fly bys. To make up for it we had great reef fish and some super macro! There were schools of goldspot emperors and blue-stripe snappers large enough to envelop us (pyjama fish), big tunas, a red spotted Nebrotha kubaryana and two green N. cristata, two shortheaded shrimps in a carpet anemone and Napoleon having a fight with a white tip and a big grouper.
Dive 3
Brisk drift past lovely coral blocks with yellow acabaria and millions of bluestripe snappers plus seafans and purple-blue ascidians Some blocks were full of glassfish and groupers. We found a yellow spotted black flatworm, rivers of fusiliers and then reached the section of caves. Lots of groupers disappearred into holes. Some divers saw eagle rays.
Evening Activity
Ashore for a candelit dinner on the beach
Day 3
Dive 1
At least FOUR MANTA RAYS this morning. They swooped up and down the reef and a couple settled down and cleaned for several minutes. Beautiful! We also saw white tips, Napoleons, Indian bannerfish and the nasty black cheek morays bit one of us!
Snorkelling
A WHALE SHARK spotted on top reef so scramble to get everyone in. Fins and boots went flying! We snorkelled with the whaleshark for about 15 minutes and then we found a second one nearby so off we went again. After a short break a third on was spotted and we had a short snorkel with that one too! Phew! Exhausted!
Dive 2
No mantas this time around but great macro whist we waited. There was a pair of yellow-green leaf fish, the school of squirrelfish, white mouthed morays, giant morays, sweetlips on the reef top being cleaned amongst the orange anthias buzzing over holes in the reef full of lysmata shrimps.
Dive 3
We planned this as a search for a wreck on a long reef. We didn't find the wreck we went looking for but did find an old barge which had coralised nicely. Further up the reef was the BIGGEST school of young big eye jacks. There were also large schools of snappers and circular batfish.
Day 4
Dive 1
Great wreck and reef dive. A blotched ribbon tailed ray was sleeping under the hull and longfin batfish were hanging out at the stern current point. Lots of large lionfish were out hunting in the nooks and crannies where glassfish were hiding. On the main reef we saw turtles white tip sharks and schools of crescent tailed big eyes and goldspots. Peacock and spearing mantis shrimps in the coral
Ocean Crossing
Inter-atoll crossing to Felidhoo
Dive 2
Dramatic ocean reef corner starting dive on outside reef with gentle drift in. The outside reef and corner has magnificent coral blocks and hard coral structures with lots of yellow, orange and brown acabaria. The corner had hundreds of midnight and black and white snappers with millions of neon fusiliers weaving amongst the corals. Inside there was a coral garden with lots of garden eels plus table corals full of humbug damsels and blue-green chromis.
Dive 3
Beautiful shallow thila with black coral trees dark red gorgonia and blue finger-sponge formations on the slopes and great neon fusilier baitball at the current point rounded up by giant trevallies and bluefin jacks. There were many large purple magnifica anemones with families of orange Maldives anemone fish
Day 5
Dive 1
Ocean reef site with steep outer wall with magnificent blue soft coral terraces. A lovely school of BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH paraded past. We saw white tip sharks, lots and lots of giant trevallies, sargeant majors and many different reef species up in the shallows where the hard corals were really superb. The most MAHOOSIVE tunas cruised past!
Ocean Crossing
Inter-atoll crossing to Meemu
Dive 2
Small glassfish covered wreck with friendly longfin batfish in residence. There was a beautiful purple-pink unidentified Flabellina sp. nudibranch, tiger cardinals, large blue, orange black and cream coloured sponge formations plus magnificient acropora, pocillopora and pavona corals full of damsels and chromis in the shallows.
Dive 2
This is our current favourite macro/mantas site at the moment. We had a couple of MANTA RAY fly-bys and then we watched one (Clarisse!) somersault feeding in the shallows for several minutes. Wow! There were several green and brown leaf fish, two black ornate ghost pipe fish, 2x peacock flounders, Lysmata and Durban dancing shrimps.
Day 6
Dive 1
Back to the manta point for an AMAZING SHOW with a full hour of manta rays flying up and down the channel and visiting the cleaning station. It was very special. We also saw blotched ribbon tail rays and feathertail rays
Dive 2
Only a few manta ray fly-bys this time around so we went to look for macro again and found a pair of robust ghost pipefish plus 3x black ornate gpf, leaf fish, honeycomb morays, ribbontail rays in the sand and sea whips with tiny gobies whizzing up and down on rails.
Ocean Crossing
Inter-atoll crossing to Thaa
Dive 3
Beautiful hard coral site with sheer north face with dramatic overhangs and a slope to the south with ahard coral garden with large staghorn coral islands. There were many 2-spot snapper schools, long-nose filefish, damsels of every type and big families of anemonefish.
Day 7
Dive 1
Strong current over front of channel with lots of fusiliers off the reef. On the front we saw an eagle ray, a giant tuna and a couple of grey sharks and white tips. Towards the western side of the channel front was a huge school of big-eye jacks plus asome striped jacks. We driftred in over a large thila with potites blocks full of silver and harlequin sweetlips, collared butterflyfish and other reef fish.
Ocean Crossing
Inter-atoll crossing to Meemu
Dive 2
As we started to head back we were passing the manta point so we took a look. We only a had a few manta ray fly-bys today and they wouldn't settle so we went to check out the macro and found the usual ghost pipefishes, honeycomb morays and leaf fishes. There was also a tiny razor wrasse weaving around like a piece of weed. A MANGROVE WHIPRAY took off as we approached it!
Dive 3
The thila had an exciting current point with millions of bannerfish hanging out between 15 and 25m plus dense schools of fusiliers up in the shallows being chased by giant trevallies. We found 3x (white, beige and yellow) leaf fishes, longnose hawkfish in the black coral trees and bright purple/pink anemones. The schools of bluestripe snappers and humpback snappers enveloped us. Lovely!
Day 8
Dive 1
Our favourite shark channel of the moment and today we had an excellent shark show GREY SHARKS, WHITE TIPS and even SILVERTIP SHARKS all hung along the front of the channel riding the current. The greys and silvertips up in the water column and the white tips just above the reef. A few large tunas an eagle ray and great barracudas cruised past. We had a nice drft into the channel and enjoyed the excellent reef fish up in the shallows.
Dive 2
So good we did it again! Unexpectedy it was an even stronger current and there were even more sharks tucked in on the front of the channel, at least 40! A squadron of eagle rays cruised past and then split up and giant barracudas checked us out from within the channel. To ascend we just drift in and came up on SMBs as it was a bit too strong and whirly to drift down the sides. There were lots of whirlpools and it was quite an adventure.
Ocean Crossing
Inter-atoll crossing between Mulaku and Felidhoo
Dive 3
New Site! Experimental dive at sheltered inner reef after all the excitement earlier. The reef had really interesting topography with a steep side with excellent overhangs and swim throughs and a slope elsewhere whch descended to deep large blocks full of black corals and glassfish, so well worth a dive. The walls were covered with yellow and purple rice-crispie ascidians and it was all very dramatic and colourful.
Day 9
Dive 1
Another dramatic ocean-channel front with eagle rays, grey sharks and white tip sharks on the front but just inside the channel the real show starts with large orange and pink soft coral covered blocks full of snappers and sweetlips blending into a steep wall of yellow-orange soft coral which runs for several hundred metres. With the sun rising in the east and shining directly onto the wall, it looked stunning this morning.
Dive 2
It has been a great season at this channel and the mini-grey sharks were out there in large numbers to greet us again. There were at least 20 of them zooming up and down in front of us. The slightly bigger sharks were out on the front of the channel but the current was so strong we just hooked in and watched the shark show. Large dogtooth tunas and great barracudas also watched the show. We then had a long drift into the atoll. We flew over the sand fall and watched stingrays and sleeping sharks from above.
Dive 3
A gentle chillled out dive at a sheltered site to give everyone some respite from the strong currents. Nice black coral trees with penguin oysters, octopus, turtles etc.
Night Dive
Wild night dive with huge nurse sharks, totally manic GIANT giant trevallies (these guys are over a metre long and must weigh 50kg) blotched ribbon-tail rays and pink whiprays. They were all in feeding mode and were pushing us out of the way as they hunted. Very exciting and a bit scary!
Day 10
Dive 1
Great shark dive again with all the mini-grey sharks (and there must have been 30+ today) and more medium sized grey sharks than yesterday. At one point all the sharks spooked and we must have had 50-odd different sharks come piling into the channel from the front seeking refuge. No idea what spooked them but it certainly made a great show for us. We had another lovely drift over the sand dunes and patch reef.
Dive 2
A complete change of pace as we searched for ribbon eels, cleaning shrimps and leaf fishes in small overhangs and ledges. We found blue/yellow and black ribbon eels, green, white and cream leaf fished, spearing mantis shrimps, scorpionfish and a friendly turtle. On the reef top we saw a school of gold finger darts, Napoleons and a couple of short finned mobula rays!
Dive 3
The current in the channels was very strong so we opted for this sheltered reef and had a very enjoyable dive discovering lots of lovely creatures on a very pretty reef. We found four Chromodoris tritos together, shy octopus, yawning scorpionfish, Schultz pipefish, longnose hawkfish, a tight school of longfin batfish etc. A really lovely dive
Evening Activity
Visit to local village for sightseeing and some gift shopping.
Day 11
Dive 1
Very exciting ocean reef dive. Millions of neon fusiliers hung off the reef and tunas and trevallies paraded by. There were lots of honeycomb morays along the reef today. Along the slope were schools of fish, in particular the bannerfish and sleek unicornfish. White tips and grey sharks cruised the current points and we had a brisk drift into the channel through millions of orange anthias and ledges full of reef fish at the end. Fabulous last dive!
Travel back to Male Afternoon excursion to Male for shopping and sightseeing.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
All guests to airport for international flights.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Nice easy check dive! Schools of Forster's barracudas and blue stripe snappers, coral blocks with spotted rock cods plus lunar tailed, red and camouflage groupers, spiny lobsters and black-tip sharks in the shallows.
Day 1
Dive 1
Moderate drift past dramatic overhangs, nice seafans and acabaria corals. A few dogtooth tunas passed us by. The top reef had good coral growth with lots of pyramid butterflyfish and lots of lunar and neon fusiliers.
Ocean Crossing
Inter-atoll crossing to Ari
Dive 2
The current increased significantly during the dive and we had to hook in and hang by the end! There was a large school of long fin batfish off the reef plus grey sharks, white tip sharks a large napoleon and a couple of eagle rays plus tunas and bannerfish. In a small ledge were a pair of banded pipefish behind a pair of banded boxer shrimps, how cool: co-ordinating stripes!
Dive 3
SHARKTASTIC! 10+ GREY SHARKS UP CLOSE and riding the current point, with several white tip sharks along shallower reef edge. A MANTA swam past! Also pair of bearded scorpionfish a devil scorpionfish and a couple of posing octopus.
Night Dive
Fun, sharky night dive with white tip and grey sharks out on the prowl for an unwary fish. Three ribbon tail rays hoovered up the reef top around the divers. There were some large red snappers and giant trevallies also out hunting and scatterring the blanket of fusiliers over the reef. We also found a large purple sea hare, large and small coral crabs, basket stars and featherstars open and filtering and furry-legged saron shrimps.
Day 2
Dive 1
Lovely start to dive drifting through large schools of humpback and blue striped snappers. We then saw lots of large giant barracudas, some of which were very curious and came in very close. The overhands were full of orange and blue soft corals and were quite stunning as they were all puffed up, plus yellow and purple nepthia soft corals on the reef slopes. There were several white tips, 3x eagle rays, glassfish filled overhangs with morays and groupers etc. Great site.
Dive 2
We were on a manta hunt but we only managed a few manta fly bys. To make up for it we had great reef fish and some super macro! There were schools of goldspot emperors and blue-stripe snappers large enough to envelop us (pyjama fish), big tunas, a red spotted Nebrotha kubaryana and two green N. cristata, two shortheaded shrimps in a carpet anemone and Napoleon having a fight with a white tip and a big grouper.
Dive 3
Brisk drift past lovely coral blocks with yellow acabaria and millions of bluestripe snappers plus seafans and purple-blue ascidians Some blocks were full of glassfish and groupers. We found a yellow spotted black flatworm, rivers of fusiliers and then reached the section of caves. Lots of groupers disappearred into holes. Some divers saw eagle rays.
Evening Activity
Ashore for a candelit dinner on the beach
Day 3
Dive 1
At least FOUR MANTA RAYS this morning. They swooped up and down the reef and a couple settled down and cleaned for several minutes. Beautiful! We also saw white tips, Napoleons, Indian bannerfish and the nasty black cheek morays bit one of us!
Snorkelling
A WHALE SHARK spotted on top reef so scramble to get everyone in. Fins and boots went flying! We snorkelled with the whaleshark for about 15 minutes and then we found a second one nearby so off we went again. After a short break a third on was spotted and we had a short snorkel with that one too! Phew! Exhausted!
Dive 2
No mantas this time around but great macro whist we waited. There was a pair of yellow-green leaf fish, the school of squirrelfish, white mouthed morays, giant morays, sweetlips on the reef top being cleaned amongst the orange anthias buzzing over holes in the reef full of lysmata shrimps.
Dive 3
We planned this as a search for a wreck on a long reef. We didn't find the wreck we went looking for but did find an old barge which had coralised nicely. Further up the reef was the BIGGEST school of young big eye jacks. There were also large schools of snappers and circular batfish.
Day 4
Dive 1
Great wreck and reef dive. A blotched ribbon tailed ray was sleeping under the hull and longfin batfish were hanging out at the stern current point. Lots of large lionfish were out hunting in the nooks and crannies where glassfish were hiding. On the main reef we saw turtles white tip sharks and schools of crescent tailed big eyes and goldspots. Peacock and spearing mantis shrimps in the coral
Ocean Crossing
Inter-atoll crossing to Felidhoo
Dive 2
Dramatic ocean reef corner starting dive on outside reef with gentle drift in. The outside reef and corner has magnificent coral blocks and hard coral structures with lots of yellow, orange and brown acabaria. The corner had hundreds of midnight and black and white snappers with millions of neon fusiliers weaving amongst the corals. Inside there was a coral garden with lots of garden eels plus table corals full of humbug damsels and blue-green chromis.
Dive 3
Beautiful shallow thila with black coral trees dark red gorgonia and blue finger-sponge formations on the slopes and great neon fusilier baitball at the current point rounded up by giant trevallies and bluefin jacks. There were many large purple magnifica anemones with families of orange Maldives anemone fish
Day 5
Dive 1
Ocean reef site with steep outer wall with magnificent blue soft coral terraces. A lovely school of BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH paraded past. We saw white tip sharks, lots and lots of giant trevallies, sargeant majors and many different reef species up in the shallows where the hard corals were really superb. The most MAHOOSIVE tunas cruised past!
Ocean Crossing
Inter-atoll crossing to Meemu
Dive 2
Small glassfish covered wreck with friendly longfin batfish in residence. There was a beautiful purple-pink unidentified Flabellina sp. nudibranch, tiger cardinals, large blue, orange black and cream coloured sponge formations plus magnificient acropora, pocillopora and pavona corals full of damsels and chromis in the shallows.
Dive 2
This is our current favourite macro/mantas site at the moment. We had a couple of MANTA RAY fly-bys and then we watched one (Clarisse!) somersault feeding in the shallows for several minutes. Wow! There were several green and brown leaf fish, two black ornate ghost pipe fish, 2x peacock flounders, Lysmata and Durban dancing shrimps.
Day 6
Dive 1
Back to the manta point for an AMAZING SHOW with a full hour of manta rays flying up and down the channel and visiting the cleaning station. It was very special. We also saw blotched ribbon tail rays and feathertail rays
Dive 2
Only a few manta ray fly-bys this time around so we went to look for macro again and found a pair of robust ghost pipefish plus 3x black ornate gpf, leaf fish, honeycomb morays, ribbontail rays in the sand and sea whips with tiny gobies whizzing up and down on rails.
Ocean Crossing
Inter-atoll crossing to Thaa
Dive 3
Beautiful hard coral site with sheer north face with dramatic overhangs and a slope to the south with ahard coral garden with large staghorn coral islands. There were many 2-spot snapper schools, long-nose filefish, damsels of every type and big families of anemonefish.
Day 7
Dive 1
Strong current over front of channel with lots of fusiliers off the reef. On the front we saw an eagle ray, a giant tuna and a couple of grey sharks and white tips. Towards the western side of the channel front was a huge school of big-eye jacks plus asome striped jacks. We driftred in over a large thila with potites blocks full of silver and harlequin sweetlips, collared butterflyfish and other reef fish.
Ocean Crossing
Inter-atoll crossing to Meemu
Dive 2
As we started to head back we were passing the manta point so we took a look. We only a had a few manta ray fly-bys today and they wouldn't settle so we went to check out the macro and found the usual ghost pipefishes, honeycomb morays and leaf fishes. There was also a tiny razor wrasse weaving around like a piece of weed. A MANGROVE WHIPRAY took off as we approached it!
Dive 3
The thila had an exciting current point with millions of bannerfish hanging out between 15 and 25m plus dense schools of fusiliers up in the shallows being chased by giant trevallies. We found 3x (white, beige and yellow) leaf fishes, longnose hawkfish in the black coral trees and bright purple/pink anemones. The schools of bluestripe snappers and humpback snappers enveloped us. Lovely!
Day 8
Dive 1
Our favourite shark channel of the moment and today we had an excellent shark show GREY SHARKS, WHITE TIPS and even SILVERTIP SHARKS all hung along the front of the channel riding the current. The greys and silvertips up in the water column and the white tips just above the reef. A few large tunas an eagle ray and great barracudas cruised past. We had a nice drft into the channel and enjoyed the excellent reef fish up in the shallows.
Dive 2
So good we did it again! Unexpectedy it was an even stronger current and there were even more sharks tucked in on the front of the channel, at least 40! A squadron of eagle rays cruised past and then split up and giant barracudas checked us out from within the channel. To ascend we just drift in and came up on SMBs as it was a bit too strong and whirly to drift down the sides. There were lots of whirlpools and it was quite an adventure.
Ocean Crossing
Inter-atoll crossing between Mulaku and Felidhoo
Dive 3
New Site! Experimental dive at sheltered inner reef after all the excitement earlier. The reef had really interesting topography with a steep side with excellent overhangs and swim throughs and a slope elsewhere whch descended to deep large blocks full of black corals and glassfish, so well worth a dive. The walls were covered with yellow and purple rice-crispie ascidians and it was all very dramatic and colourful.
Day 9
Dive 1
Another dramatic ocean-channel front with eagle rays, grey sharks and white tip sharks on the front but just inside the channel the real show starts with large orange and pink soft coral covered blocks full of snappers and sweetlips blending into a steep wall of yellow-orange soft coral which runs for several hundred metres. With the sun rising in the east and shining directly onto the wall, it looked stunning this morning.
Dive 2
It has been a great season at this channel and the mini-grey sharks were out there in large numbers to greet us again. There were at least 20 of them zooming up and down in front of us. The slightly bigger sharks were out on the front of the channel but the current was so strong we just hooked in and watched the shark show. Large dogtooth tunas and great barracudas also watched the show. We then had a long drift into the atoll. We flew over the sand fall and watched stingrays and sleeping sharks from above.
Dive 3
A gentle chillled out dive at a sheltered site to give everyone some respite from the strong currents. Nice black coral trees with penguin oysters, octopus, turtles etc.
Night Dive
Wild night dive with huge nurse sharks, totally manic GIANT giant trevallies (these guys are over a metre long and must weigh 50kg) blotched ribbon-tail rays and pink whiprays. They were all in feeding mode and were pushing us out of the way as they hunted. Very exciting and a bit scary!
Day 10
Dive 1
Great shark dive again with all the mini-grey sharks (and there must have been 30+ today) and more medium sized grey sharks than yesterday. At one point all the sharks spooked and we must have had 50-odd different sharks come piling into the channel from the front seeking refuge. No idea what spooked them but it certainly made a great show for us. We had another lovely drift over the sand dunes and patch reef.
Dive 2
A complete change of pace as we searched for ribbon eels, cleaning shrimps and leaf fishes in small overhangs and ledges. We found blue/yellow and black ribbon eels, green, white and cream leaf fished, spearing mantis shrimps, scorpionfish and a friendly turtle. On the reef top we saw a school of gold finger darts, Napoleons and a couple of short finned mobula rays!
Dive 3
The current in the channels was very strong so we opted for this sheltered reef and had a very enjoyable dive discovering lots of lovely creatures on a very pretty reef. We found four Chromodoris tritos together, shy octopus, yawning scorpionfish, Schultz pipefish, longnose hawkfish, a tight school of longfin batfish etc. A really lovely dive
Evening Activity
Visit to local village for sightseeing and some gift shopping.
Day 11
Dive 1
Very exciting ocean reef dive. Millions of neon fusiliers hung off the reef and tunas and trevallies paraded by. There were lots of honeycomb morays along the reef today. Along the slope were schools of fish, in particular the bannerfish and sleek unicornfish. White tips and grey sharks cruised the current points and we had a brisk drift into the channel through millions of orange anthias and ledges full of reef fish at the end. Fabulous last dive!
Travel back to Male Afternoon excursion to Male for shopping and sightseeing.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
All guests to airport for international flights.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS397 17 Feb 2013 to 24 Feb 2013 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive: wreck and reef. There were the usual Buuni shrimp amongst all the glass fish on the strn of the wreck plus large lionfish hunting on the wheelhouse. A large Napoleon hung off the wreck. There were blue fin jacks and giant trevallies hunting around the giri and the NW ledges were full of reef fish, groupers hunting and great corals.
Tony's Birthday was celebrated with a cake!
Day 1
Dive 1
Millions of fusiliers being chased by giant trevallies plus GREY SHARKS and WHITE TIP sharks on the front of the channel. We also saw severa pretty honeycomb morays, a green leaf fish, a large school of bannerfish, GREEN and HAWKSBILL TURTLES, and lots aof lovely soft coral.We had a fast fly into the channel!
Dive 2
This is a great macro site. After a fleeting view of a manta ray on the top of the reef we found 5x leaf fish, 3x blue ribbon eels, 1x black ribbon eel, spearing mantis shrimps, honeycomb morays, bearded scorpionfish all amongst milions of orange anthias buzzing along the reef edge, plus good patch coral and bommies with a few napoleons on top.
Dive 3
Lots and lots of BABY GREY SHARKS swimming around at the current point and there for most of the dive. A few bigger ones came to check us out too along with some white tip sharks. As we drifted into the channel we passes honeycomb morays, an octopus, schools of red and blue stripe snappers and gold spot emperors. There was a nurse shark in one of the overhangs.
Night Dive
Wild night dive with lots of nurse sharks parading up and down the reef plus blacktip sharks, marbled stingrays, pink whiprays and scary-big giant trevallies all getting up-close and personal.
Day 2
Dive 1
Channel crossing with lots of GREY SHARKS being mobbed by schools of mackerels along the front. At one point there was a school of around 20 juvenile grey sharks- little cuties! Two large EAGLE RAYS soared beneath us. The ocean reef wall was full of orange and purle/yellow Evan's anthias with black saddled coral groupers, cleaning stations with Lysmata and banded boxer shrimps, a pair of white leaf fish and a friendly hawksbill turtle.
Dive 2
Split STRONG current on ocean front so we caught the longshore current and FLEW along the wall WHEEEEE! This is a very steep and dramatic reef with deep overhangs and good hard corals above 12m. We saw several Napoleons, hawksbill turtles, many, many surgeonfish (mainly Vlaming's and sleek). We ended up at the next channel corner which had beautiful coral blocks full of reef fish. Fun!,
Ocean Crossing
Short ocean crossing between Felidhoo and Mulaku atolls
Dive 3
Very small current and rather fuzzy viz but LOTS of sharks on channel front. There were mainly GREY SHARKS of all sizes plus a couple of SILVERTIP SHARKS and some WHITE TIPS. A MANGROVE WHIP RAY was sleeping on a ledge.There were large schools of Forster's barracusa plus a few giant barracudas checking us out and large schools of big eye jacks and mackerels. Quite stunning! As we drifted in we came across several large grey sharks hanging out by the big overhangs. In the reef wall were found some spiny lobsters, leaf fish, morays etc.
Day 3
Dive 1
Gorgeous blue finger-sponge covered giri with steep walls and a pretty, glassfish covered wreck. There was a school of friendly longfin batfish, rock cods in every nook and the top had really pristine acropora corals full of chromis and humbug damsels. We found a tiger cardinal mouth-brooding eggs and an elegant squat lobster in a purple featherstar.
Dive 2
FOUR DIFFERENT MANTAS were seen hanging out over the plateau and near the cleaning station. One was rubbing her belly in the sand! There is a lovely eel garden and we also found a giant sweetlips being cleaned, leaf fish, Lysmata shrimps, honeycomb morays and lots of fish in the shallow blocks.
Dive 3
This time we jumped in the channel and drifted to the outside wall. We found a black ornate ghost pipefish, green and brown leaf fishes, Durban and Lysmata shrimps and a sandslope full of garden eels.
Evening Activity
Sundowners on top deck to watch a magnificent sunset and a presentation on manta ray ecology after dinner
Day 4
Dive 1
12+ MANTAS THIS MORNING and really good fun as they flew up and down the channel checking us out and taking turns to visit the cleaning station! Our favourites Kokamina and Jumper mantas were the main performers today! We spent the whole dive at the cleaning station and had a crazy mappa pffer work his way around the divers and it tried to bite most of us! We also had a mangrove whipray scoot up the channel and a blotched ribbon tail ray slept on a ledge throughout the whole show.
Dive 2
Lots of manta fly-bys, but maybe the current was a little too mixed up for them to stop and be cleaned. On the plateau we found the black ghost pipe fish, several leaf fish, a spearing mantis shrimp in its burrow, two ribbon tail rays and around 6 eagle rays whirling around plus the little eagle ray who was still trying to feed since the early dive.
Dive 3
NEW SITE! This was a bail out dive when the current at the thila we intended to dive was too strong to make it a comfortable dive. This wall site was very dramatic with beautiful patches on white acabaria clinging to the steep wall and lots of small overhangs at around 15m plus nice coral blocks and excellent hard coral coverage in the shallows. We saw white tip sharks, striped jacks, black corals with large penguin oysters and sponge formations dense glassfish in caves, schools of two-spot snapers etc. Definitely worth diving again.
Day 5
Dive 1
Very small current but a lovely SHARKY AND FISHY DIVE! The grey sharks were being mobbed by mackerels and fusiliers and large sharks would appear with an entourage or appear from a school of fish. There were lots and lots of barracudas too and the Forsters and Chevrons formed mixed schools. We hung around on the channel front watching the fish and sharks and then drifted in slowly amongst the coral pinnacles full of reef fish including a large school of silver sweetlips. the drift was fun and we enjoyed the shallow sandy bays which had a snow-scene effect this morning.
Dive 2
This is such a pretty thila site. A white/black red ghost pipe fish was hiding in some dark-red gorgonias, blue-faced angelfish just would not come out for a photo, a pair of small octopuses were more accomodating. Giant trevallies and tunas chasing the schools of fusiliers hanging in midwater. The whole northern and southern reef slopes are covered in blue, pink and orange sponge formations plus black coral trees and the shallow top is an acropora garden with blue and green anemones. Beautiful!
Dive 3
STRONG current this afternoon so a hook-in on the corner to watch the white tip parade on the corner then a fairly brisk drift into the channel. A golden yellow leaf fish balanced precariously on a table coral, schools of humpback snapper dispersed as we arrived. There was an indignant black-cheek moray. CONGRATULATIONS CAROLYN who completed her AOW this afternoon!
Night Dive
TOTALLY WILD TONIGHT!! There were giant trevallies, a dozen large tawny nurse sharks black tip sharks, ribbon tail stingrays and pink whips rays all fighting over the fish thrown in by the resort. Two of us got bitten- by the same two spot damselfish! Scary things damselfish!
Day 6
Dive 1
Lots more GREY SHARKS on this fun channel crossing. There were a few adults and there were lots of little ones too. There was a very large school of black and white snappers on the corner and then the coral blocks had some lovely groupers and reef fish and lots of giant morays just chilling out. We drifted over millions of fusiliers rushing up the channel. Lovely last dive.
Ocean Crossing
Double-atoll ocean crossing as we made our way back to Male.
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to Male for those who wanted to do some sightseeing and shopping.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All guest to airport for onward transfers to resorts and international flights.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive: wreck and reef. There were the usual Buuni shrimp amongst all the glass fish on the strn of the wreck plus large lionfish hunting on the wheelhouse. A large Napoleon hung off the wreck. There were blue fin jacks and giant trevallies hunting around the giri and the NW ledges were full of reef fish, groupers hunting and great corals.
Tony's Birthday was celebrated with a cake!
Day 1
Dive 1
Millions of fusiliers being chased by giant trevallies plus GREY SHARKS and WHITE TIP sharks on the front of the channel. We also saw severa pretty honeycomb morays, a green leaf fish, a large school of bannerfish, GREEN and HAWKSBILL TURTLES, and lots aof lovely soft coral.We had a fast fly into the channel!
Dive 2
This is a great macro site. After a fleeting view of a manta ray on the top of the reef we found 5x leaf fish, 3x blue ribbon eels, 1x black ribbon eel, spearing mantis shrimps, honeycomb morays, bearded scorpionfish all amongst milions of orange anthias buzzing along the reef edge, plus good patch coral and bommies with a few napoleons on top.
Dive 3
Lots and lots of BABY GREY SHARKS swimming around at the current point and there for most of the dive. A few bigger ones came to check us out too along with some white tip sharks. As we drifted into the channel we passes honeycomb morays, an octopus, schools of red and blue stripe snappers and gold spot emperors. There was a nurse shark in one of the overhangs.
Night Dive
Wild night dive with lots of nurse sharks parading up and down the reef plus blacktip sharks, marbled stingrays, pink whiprays and scary-big giant trevallies all getting up-close and personal.
Day 2
Dive 1
Channel crossing with lots of GREY SHARKS being mobbed by schools of mackerels along the front. At one point there was a school of around 20 juvenile grey sharks- little cuties! Two large EAGLE RAYS soared beneath us. The ocean reef wall was full of orange and purle/yellow Evan's anthias with black saddled coral groupers, cleaning stations with Lysmata and banded boxer shrimps, a pair of white leaf fish and a friendly hawksbill turtle.
Dive 2
Split STRONG current on ocean front so we caught the longshore current and FLEW along the wall WHEEEEE! This is a very steep and dramatic reef with deep overhangs and good hard corals above 12m. We saw several Napoleons, hawksbill turtles, many, many surgeonfish (mainly Vlaming's and sleek). We ended up at the next channel corner which had beautiful coral blocks full of reef fish. Fun!,
Ocean Crossing
Short ocean crossing between Felidhoo and Mulaku atolls
Dive 3
Very small current and rather fuzzy viz but LOTS of sharks on channel front. There were mainly GREY SHARKS of all sizes plus a couple of SILVERTIP SHARKS and some WHITE TIPS. A MANGROVE WHIP RAY was sleeping on a ledge.There were large schools of Forster's barracusa plus a few giant barracudas checking us out and large schools of big eye jacks and mackerels. Quite stunning! As we drifted in we came across several large grey sharks hanging out by the big overhangs. In the reef wall were found some spiny lobsters, leaf fish, morays etc.
Day 3
Dive 1
Gorgeous blue finger-sponge covered giri with steep walls and a pretty, glassfish covered wreck. There was a school of friendly longfin batfish, rock cods in every nook and the top had really pristine acropora corals full of chromis and humbug damsels. We found a tiger cardinal mouth-brooding eggs and an elegant squat lobster in a purple featherstar.
Dive 2
FOUR DIFFERENT MANTAS were seen hanging out over the plateau and near the cleaning station. One was rubbing her belly in the sand! There is a lovely eel garden and we also found a giant sweetlips being cleaned, leaf fish, Lysmata shrimps, honeycomb morays and lots of fish in the shallow blocks.
Dive 3
This time we jumped in the channel and drifted to the outside wall. We found a black ornate ghost pipefish, green and brown leaf fishes, Durban and Lysmata shrimps and a sandslope full of garden eels.
Evening Activity
Sundowners on top deck to watch a magnificent sunset and a presentation on manta ray ecology after dinner
Day 4
Dive 1
12+ MANTAS THIS MORNING and really good fun as they flew up and down the channel checking us out and taking turns to visit the cleaning station! Our favourites Kokamina and Jumper mantas were the main performers today! We spent the whole dive at the cleaning station and had a crazy mappa pffer work his way around the divers and it tried to bite most of us! We also had a mangrove whipray scoot up the channel and a blotched ribbon tail ray slept on a ledge throughout the whole show.
Dive 2
Lots of manta fly-bys, but maybe the current was a little too mixed up for them to stop and be cleaned. On the plateau we found the black ghost pipe fish, several leaf fish, a spearing mantis shrimp in its burrow, two ribbon tail rays and around 6 eagle rays whirling around plus the little eagle ray who was still trying to feed since the early dive.
Dive 3
NEW SITE! This was a bail out dive when the current at the thila we intended to dive was too strong to make it a comfortable dive. This wall site was very dramatic with beautiful patches on white acabaria clinging to the steep wall and lots of small overhangs at around 15m plus nice coral blocks and excellent hard coral coverage in the shallows. We saw white tip sharks, striped jacks, black corals with large penguin oysters and sponge formations dense glassfish in caves, schools of two-spot snapers etc. Definitely worth diving again.
Day 5
Dive 1
Very small current but a lovely SHARKY AND FISHY DIVE! The grey sharks were being mobbed by mackerels and fusiliers and large sharks would appear with an entourage or appear from a school of fish. There were lots and lots of barracudas too and the Forsters and Chevrons formed mixed schools. We hung around on the channel front watching the fish and sharks and then drifted in slowly amongst the coral pinnacles full of reef fish including a large school of silver sweetlips. the drift was fun and we enjoyed the shallow sandy bays which had a snow-scene effect this morning.
Dive 2
This is such a pretty thila site. A white/black red ghost pipe fish was hiding in some dark-red gorgonias, blue-faced angelfish just would not come out for a photo, a pair of small octopuses were more accomodating. Giant trevallies and tunas chasing the schools of fusiliers hanging in midwater. The whole northern and southern reef slopes are covered in blue, pink and orange sponge formations plus black coral trees and the shallow top is an acropora garden with blue and green anemones. Beautiful!
Dive 3
STRONG current this afternoon so a hook-in on the corner to watch the white tip parade on the corner then a fairly brisk drift into the channel. A golden yellow leaf fish balanced precariously on a table coral, schools of humpback snapper dispersed as we arrived. There was an indignant black-cheek moray. CONGRATULATIONS CAROLYN who completed her AOW this afternoon!
Night Dive
TOTALLY WILD TONIGHT!! There were giant trevallies, a dozen large tawny nurse sharks black tip sharks, ribbon tail stingrays and pink whips rays all fighting over the fish thrown in by the resort. Two of us got bitten- by the same two spot damselfish! Scary things damselfish!
Day 6
Dive 1
Lots more GREY SHARKS on this fun channel crossing. There were a few adults and there were lots of little ones too. There was a very large school of black and white snappers on the corner and then the coral blocks had some lovely groupers and reef fish and lots of giant morays just chilling out. We drifted over millions of fusiliers rushing up the channel. Lovely last dive.
Ocean Crossing
Double-atoll ocean crossing as we made our way back to Male.
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to Male for those who wanted to do some sightseeing and shopping.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All guest to airport for onward transfers to resorts and international flights.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS396 3 Feb 2013 to 15 Feb 2013 Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
International arrivals and transfer to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive. There was a turtle on the wreck and nice Bruuni cleaner shrimps around the stern plus large red groupers being cleaned. 4x Chromodoris tritos together, P. gloriosa, a large brown marbled grouper, lots of anthias buzzing over the corals, a pair of short headed anemone shrimp in a carpet anemone, lots of coralimorphs. Very pretty and a great dive to kick off with.
Day 1
Dive 1
Dramatic ocean reef with millions of neon fusiliers flying up and down the reef chased by dogtooth tunas and giant trevallies. There was a large GREEN TURTLE in a black coral, lots of WHITE TIP AND SEVERAL GREY sharks on the channel fronts. We saw several honeycomb morays along the reef.
Dive 2
We saw THREE MANTA RAYS feeding on the surface before the dive but they scooted off before we had a chance to jump in and snorkel. The dive was a great one for CRITTERS: 4x BLUE and 2x BLACK RIBBON EELS, 6x LEAF FISH (various colours) 2x SPEARING MANTIS SHRIMPS, scorpionfish, lionfish, 100 goldfinger darts, an eagle ray and THREE MOBULA RAYS TO FINISH!!
Dive 3
A YELLOW ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH in an black coral tree full of psamanthe shrimps, a C. glenei flapping its skirts, spiking octopus, turtles hiding from the current, baby long-nose ahwkfish, crescent tailed big-eyes, eagle rays over sand being chased by rainbow runners.
Dive 4
FABULOUS PARADE OF THE NURSE SHARKS! Also blotched ribbon tailed rays, pink whip rays, giant trevallies and black tip sharks.
Day 2
Dive 1
Spectacular SHARK and SCENIC dive. SO MANY grey sharks on the front of the channel. One school of 20 on the coner and another 20 coralled across the channel by another group of diver- thanks! All sizes of sharks from pocket sized juveniles to big fat mommas. We then enjoyed a lovely drift over sand dunes and a sand fall. We passed a couple of freeswimming honeycomb morays.
Dive 2
We found the PINK/LILAC FROGFISH in one of the blue finger coral formations. The big eye jacks were swirling around and there was a huge baitball of neon fusiliers coralled by giant trevallies and bluefin jacks. There were great hard corals and blue magnifica anemones buzzing with chromis, damsels and anemonefish.
Dive 3
Super-strong current this afternoon we could do little except hang on but the shark show was fabulous! LOTS OF GREY SHARKS, 8x SILVERTIP SHARKS, WHITE TIPS. We had a very fast drift into the channel and boinged around in the whirlpools.
Day 3
Dive 1
Less current on the channel front and LOTS OF GREY SHARKS, SOME BEING CLEANED, mouth open on the channel front. There were lots of SILVERTIP SHARKS, sleeping white tips, EAGLE RAYS and large schools of big eye jacks and mackerels. It was nice to be able to stop and watch animal behaviour.
Dive 2
Pretty glassfish covered wreck with lots of colourful rock cods. On the lovely blue sponge covered reef we saw H. tasselata and C.tritos nudis, a purple elegant squat lobster, sinoise corals, many different sponges, hard corals, zooanthids, leather and soft corals!
Dive 3
2x MANTA RAYS! 3x BLACK-SPECKLED ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH, 3x YELLOW LEAF FISH, a yellow black and a gren leaf fish, longnose emperors, baby blue palette surgeonfish, Dracula and dawn gobies with same-coloured partner shrimps, Durban banded boxer, Bruuni and Lysmata shrimps, several honeycomb morays and a juvenile razor wrasse. Wow!
Day 4
Dive 1
15+ MANTAS ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! They were up and down the channel like aeroplanes at Heathrow. One was pregnant too. Also black blotched ribbon tail rays, baby eagle ray, dawn gobies and lots of juvenile damsels and chromis in table corals.
Dive 2
The current reversed so we stayed outside the channel and re-visited "macro-land" with the ghost pipefish, leaf fish and morays. We also found another ribbon-tail ray, and a feathertail ray. In the meantime we watched 10 DIFFERENT MANTAS swimming up and down the channel to and away from the cleaning stations. Fabulous.
Ocean Crossing
Inter-atoll crossing. Just north of Thaa we encountered a large pod of PILOT WHALES cruising slowly. They spy hopped us. Lots of oohs and aahs!
Dive 3
Very confusing ocean reef drift when the current suddenly reversed and whooshed along in the opposite direction. Very strong current in either direction so not much chance for fish watching but there were large schools of red snappers, black jacks, several Napoleons, hawksbill turtles and impressively large sea fans.
At around 10pm a 6m WHALE SHARK came to visit and swam around a few times allowing everyone to take photographs. He hung around for about half an hour.
Day 5
5.45 am and a NEW WHALE SHARK came to visit. He was a bit more curious and hung around through sunrise until after 7 am. We had a chance to snorkel with this guy. What a lot of remoras!
Dive 1
NEW SITE* This was a shallow thila with a steep northern side and sand/coral slope to the south. The overhangs were quite impressive and the entire reef above 12m has spectacular coral growth. There were pristine black corals full of glassfish, penguin oysters, plumed shrimps, schools of two-spot snappers, longnose hawkfish and very nice soft corals and seafans.
Dive 2
Fast long-shore current to the corner then a cold water up-welling on the front of the channel but only a few white tips for all our efforts! Inside the channel there were some coral blocks up in the shallows where we found several leaf fish, an Orzak's flatworm and some Pterolidia segmented worms.
Inter-atoll crossing to S. Nilandhe.
Dive 3
Another hooting current which limited us to an ocean reef drift. The wall was covered on pretty yello/brown/green acabaria and clathria with several large seafans and more rare menella forms. We saw three hawksbill turtles, big tunas, rivers of different fusilier varieties, a blue-faced angelfish, circular batfish and a particularly large Phyllidia varrucosa
Day 6
Dive 1
Surprise strong out-current in channel so unable to make planned channel crossing. The thila tops had superb hard corals and reef fish but the current was so strong it made hanging on rather difficult: there were schools of yellow snappers, harlequin and oriental sweetlips, white tip sharks and hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
Drift dive looking for mantas. We found lots of cleaners on lots of coral blocks but today only the reef fish were being cleaned. There were huge numbers og hump-back snappers, red snappers and blue stripe snappers, paired fore gobies, pastel dendronepthia soft corals and some white tip sharks. This site has potential!
Inter atoll crossing to N. Nilandhe
Snorkelling
On the way to the dive site we saw some manta rays feeding on the surface so we hopped in to snorkel and ended up staying for 45 minutes as they were feeding up on the surface and not bothered by us being there. Great fun.
Dive 3
This is a manta cleaning station site but by the time we finished with the feeding mantas it was getting a little late so we just made a short orientation dive. A manta did fly past! A very large red octopus shot ink at us and we also found a feathertail ray, a large blue/yellow trunkfish and a pair of porcelain crabs in a carpet anemone.
Day 7
Dive 1
Indian Mobula ray! (Mobula eregoodootenkee) up in the channel at the start and end of the dive, 2x blotched ribbontail rays, white tip sharks sleeping in the sand, cleaning station block with bannerfish and big-eye emperors. A large school of bonito tunas shot past a fe wtimes pursued by a large dogtooth tuna!
Inter-atoll crossing to Ari
Dive 2
Easy, small current drift. This is a lovely reef slope even when a whale shark does not come along and, along with all the usual reef fish, we saw octopus, millions of yellow/purple Evan's anthias, a Chromodoris geometrica, and good hard coral growth in the shallows. We had mobula and manta ray fly-pasts.
Dive 3
Great moray reef whilst we looked for mantas: white-mouthed, undulate, fimbriated, yellow margin, black-cheek and giant. Most of the reef is smothered with orange anthias and amonsgt them were two yellow/green leaf fish, and lunar tailed rock cods were out hunting. Some divers saw a manta as they were ascending.
Evening Activity
Chinese New Year and we watched the firework display at Conrad Rangali resort. Superb!
Day 8
Dive 1
MARVELLOUS MANTA DIVE! There was a group of two females with three males which were flying up and down the reef and dive bombing us. They were definetly paying more attention to the divers than to the cleaning station and we do wonder what they were up to? Maybe looking for a bubble bath? fantastic for us and great photos!
Dive 2
Small current at this beautiful soft-coral canyon site so we just investigated the deep section full of reef bannerfish and blue stripe snappers. The overhangs are truly spectacular, hung with orange and pink soft corals and full of seafans and seawhips. We also saw a feathertail ray, a giant barracuda and Thysanozoan nigropapillosum spotty flatworm.
Dive 3
Brisk drift dive past coral blocks with lovely yellow clathria corals plus nepthia soft corals and orange seafans. There were many areas of glassfish with lots of groupers. At the western end of the reef were really nice, deep overhangs with large seafans and sea whips.
Evening Activity
Ashore for a candlelit dinner on the beach.
Day 9
Dive 1
Lovely drift through pink and orange soft coral overhangs and terraces with many seafans, seawhips etc. We found a blotched ribbontail ray and a pink whip ray sleeping in the sand at the start and a school of bonito hung around overhead during the drift over the plateau. We ended the dive with two beautiful manta rays who were busy cleaning. Great dive.
Dive 2
Very pretty thila with both the shallow and deep block sections covered in glassfish and baitfish with bluefin trevallies whooshing past. The school of longfin batfish hung out quite shallow and made circuits of the reef and kept us entertained. One overhang was full of well-fed large lionfish, still busy hunting glassfish. We found two bar-tail morays. The top has many dark blue/purple anemones and these kept the photographers busy.
Dive 3
WOW, fin-bendingly fast and furious drift this afternoon! The current started off quite moderately as we passed by coral blocks along a sandy channel but by 30 minutes it was really pulling and zoomed us past sharp corners and overhangs and making us a little dizzy. There were large schools of red and midnight snappers high on the reef and white tip snad grey sharks deeper. No time to stop!
There was a manta ray feeding behind the boat at night anchorage. We also saw a banded sea snake and were intruiged by the blue phosphorescece which was probably from jellyfish.
Day 10
Dive 1
Barracudaland! LOTS OF GIANT BARRACUDAS along edge of thila, first a couple and then a school of around 15. Further up was a nice school of CHEVRON BARRACUDAS- GREAT! This thila is famous for the huge school of blue-stripe snappers and the pale blue soft coral covered overhangs and pinnacles. The corals were all puffed up this morning.
Dive 2
SEVERAL GREY SHARKS CRUISING THE CURRENT POINT kept us entertained for much of the dive but there were also dogtooth tunas and giant trevallies coralling the baitball of neon fusliers and would explode into action every now and then. There seems to be a new batch of baby white tip sharks under the table corals on the top and the mid sized ones were out and about. Nice bearded scorpionfish hiding on the reef and ledges.
Dive 3
Grey sharks and white tip sharks were cruising the block in the fairly strong current. There were six juvenile grey sharks over the deep block. More jacks chasing fusilier baitballs and a really tiny spotted crab Lissocarcinus orbicularis on a sea cucumber. The juvenile batfish are particularly photogenic at this site.
Dive 4
A small hungry manta turned up late in the evening and stayed at the back of Sea Spirit for a couple of hours hoovering up the plankton.
Day 11
Dive 1
25+ SHORT-FINNED MOBULA RAYS as a fantastic finale to a great trip. The grey sharks were cruising the reef and the fusilier chasing continued off the reef. The action just goes on.
Ocean Crossing
Return travel to Male atoll. Afternoon visit to Male for shopping and ice-cream
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Guests to airport for international departures.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
International arrivals and transfer to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive. There was a turtle on the wreck and nice Bruuni cleaner shrimps around the stern plus large red groupers being cleaned. 4x Chromodoris tritos together, P. gloriosa, a large brown marbled grouper, lots of anthias buzzing over the corals, a pair of short headed anemone shrimp in a carpet anemone, lots of coralimorphs. Very pretty and a great dive to kick off with.
Day 1
Dive 1
Dramatic ocean reef with millions of neon fusiliers flying up and down the reef chased by dogtooth tunas and giant trevallies. There was a large GREEN TURTLE in a black coral, lots of WHITE TIP AND SEVERAL GREY sharks on the channel fronts. We saw several honeycomb morays along the reef.
Dive 2
We saw THREE MANTA RAYS feeding on the surface before the dive but they scooted off before we had a chance to jump in and snorkel. The dive was a great one for CRITTERS: 4x BLUE and 2x BLACK RIBBON EELS, 6x LEAF FISH (various colours) 2x SPEARING MANTIS SHRIMPS, scorpionfish, lionfish, 100 goldfinger darts, an eagle ray and THREE MOBULA RAYS TO FINISH!!
Dive 3
A YELLOW ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH in an black coral tree full of psamanthe shrimps, a C. glenei flapping its skirts, spiking octopus, turtles hiding from the current, baby long-nose ahwkfish, crescent tailed big-eyes, eagle rays over sand being chased by rainbow runners.
Dive 4
FABULOUS PARADE OF THE NURSE SHARKS! Also blotched ribbon tailed rays, pink whip rays, giant trevallies and black tip sharks.
Day 2
Dive 1
Spectacular SHARK and SCENIC dive. SO MANY grey sharks on the front of the channel. One school of 20 on the coner and another 20 coralled across the channel by another group of diver- thanks! All sizes of sharks from pocket sized juveniles to big fat mommas. We then enjoyed a lovely drift over sand dunes and a sand fall. We passed a couple of freeswimming honeycomb morays.
Dive 2
We found the PINK/LILAC FROGFISH in one of the blue finger coral formations. The big eye jacks were swirling around and there was a huge baitball of neon fusiliers coralled by giant trevallies and bluefin jacks. There were great hard corals and blue magnifica anemones buzzing with chromis, damsels and anemonefish.
Dive 3
Super-strong current this afternoon we could do little except hang on but the shark show was fabulous! LOTS OF GREY SHARKS, 8x SILVERTIP SHARKS, WHITE TIPS. We had a very fast drift into the channel and boinged around in the whirlpools.
Day 3
Dive 1
Less current on the channel front and LOTS OF GREY SHARKS, SOME BEING CLEANED, mouth open on the channel front. There were lots of SILVERTIP SHARKS, sleeping white tips, EAGLE RAYS and large schools of big eye jacks and mackerels. It was nice to be able to stop and watch animal behaviour.
Dive 2
Pretty glassfish covered wreck with lots of colourful rock cods. On the lovely blue sponge covered reef we saw H. tasselata and C.tritos nudis, a purple elegant squat lobster, sinoise corals, many different sponges, hard corals, zooanthids, leather and soft corals!
Dive 3
2x MANTA RAYS! 3x BLACK-SPECKLED ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH, 3x YELLOW LEAF FISH, a yellow black and a gren leaf fish, longnose emperors, baby blue palette surgeonfish, Dracula and dawn gobies with same-coloured partner shrimps, Durban banded boxer, Bruuni and Lysmata shrimps, several honeycomb morays and a juvenile razor wrasse. Wow!
Day 4
Dive 1
15+ MANTAS ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! They were up and down the channel like aeroplanes at Heathrow. One was pregnant too. Also black blotched ribbon tail rays, baby eagle ray, dawn gobies and lots of juvenile damsels and chromis in table corals.
Dive 2
The current reversed so we stayed outside the channel and re-visited "macro-land" with the ghost pipefish, leaf fish and morays. We also found another ribbon-tail ray, and a feathertail ray. In the meantime we watched 10 DIFFERENT MANTAS swimming up and down the channel to and away from the cleaning stations. Fabulous.
Ocean Crossing
Inter-atoll crossing. Just north of Thaa we encountered a large pod of PILOT WHALES cruising slowly. They spy hopped us. Lots of oohs and aahs!
Dive 3
Very confusing ocean reef drift when the current suddenly reversed and whooshed along in the opposite direction. Very strong current in either direction so not much chance for fish watching but there were large schools of red snappers, black jacks, several Napoleons, hawksbill turtles and impressively large sea fans.
At around 10pm a 6m WHALE SHARK came to visit and swam around a few times allowing everyone to take photographs. He hung around for about half an hour.
Day 5
5.45 am and a NEW WHALE SHARK came to visit. He was a bit more curious and hung around through sunrise until after 7 am. We had a chance to snorkel with this guy. What a lot of remoras!
Dive 1
NEW SITE* This was a shallow thila with a steep northern side and sand/coral slope to the south. The overhangs were quite impressive and the entire reef above 12m has spectacular coral growth. There were pristine black corals full of glassfish, penguin oysters, plumed shrimps, schools of two-spot snappers, longnose hawkfish and very nice soft corals and seafans.
Dive 2
Fast long-shore current to the corner then a cold water up-welling on the front of the channel but only a few white tips for all our efforts! Inside the channel there were some coral blocks up in the shallows where we found several leaf fish, an Orzak's flatworm and some Pterolidia segmented worms.
Inter-atoll crossing to S. Nilandhe.
Dive 3
Another hooting current which limited us to an ocean reef drift. The wall was covered on pretty yello/brown/green acabaria and clathria with several large seafans and more rare menella forms. We saw three hawksbill turtles, big tunas, rivers of different fusilier varieties, a blue-faced angelfish, circular batfish and a particularly large Phyllidia varrucosa
Day 6
Dive 1
Surprise strong out-current in channel so unable to make planned channel crossing. The thila tops had superb hard corals and reef fish but the current was so strong it made hanging on rather difficult: there were schools of yellow snappers, harlequin and oriental sweetlips, white tip sharks and hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
Drift dive looking for mantas. We found lots of cleaners on lots of coral blocks but today only the reef fish were being cleaned. There were huge numbers og hump-back snappers, red snappers and blue stripe snappers, paired fore gobies, pastel dendronepthia soft corals and some white tip sharks. This site has potential!
Inter atoll crossing to N. Nilandhe
Snorkelling
On the way to the dive site we saw some manta rays feeding on the surface so we hopped in to snorkel and ended up staying for 45 minutes as they were feeding up on the surface and not bothered by us being there. Great fun.
Dive 3
This is a manta cleaning station site but by the time we finished with the feeding mantas it was getting a little late so we just made a short orientation dive. A manta did fly past! A very large red octopus shot ink at us and we also found a feathertail ray, a large blue/yellow trunkfish and a pair of porcelain crabs in a carpet anemone.
Day 7
Dive 1
Indian Mobula ray! (Mobula eregoodootenkee) up in the channel at the start and end of the dive, 2x blotched ribbontail rays, white tip sharks sleeping in the sand, cleaning station block with bannerfish and big-eye emperors. A large school of bonito tunas shot past a fe wtimes pursued by a large dogtooth tuna!
Inter-atoll crossing to Ari
Dive 2
Easy, small current drift. This is a lovely reef slope even when a whale shark does not come along and, along with all the usual reef fish, we saw octopus, millions of yellow/purple Evan's anthias, a Chromodoris geometrica, and good hard coral growth in the shallows. We had mobula and manta ray fly-pasts.
Dive 3
Great moray reef whilst we looked for mantas: white-mouthed, undulate, fimbriated, yellow margin, black-cheek and giant. Most of the reef is smothered with orange anthias and amonsgt them were two yellow/green leaf fish, and lunar tailed rock cods were out hunting. Some divers saw a manta as they were ascending.
Evening Activity
Chinese New Year and we watched the firework display at Conrad Rangali resort. Superb!
Day 8
Dive 1
MARVELLOUS MANTA DIVE! There was a group of two females with three males which were flying up and down the reef and dive bombing us. They were definetly paying more attention to the divers than to the cleaning station and we do wonder what they were up to? Maybe looking for a bubble bath? fantastic for us and great photos!
Dive 2
Small current at this beautiful soft-coral canyon site so we just investigated the deep section full of reef bannerfish and blue stripe snappers. The overhangs are truly spectacular, hung with orange and pink soft corals and full of seafans and seawhips. We also saw a feathertail ray, a giant barracuda and Thysanozoan nigropapillosum spotty flatworm.
Dive 3
Brisk drift dive past coral blocks with lovely yellow clathria corals plus nepthia soft corals and orange seafans. There were many areas of glassfish with lots of groupers. At the western end of the reef were really nice, deep overhangs with large seafans and sea whips.
Evening Activity
Ashore for a candlelit dinner on the beach.
Day 9
Dive 1
Lovely drift through pink and orange soft coral overhangs and terraces with many seafans, seawhips etc. We found a blotched ribbontail ray and a pink whip ray sleeping in the sand at the start and a school of bonito hung around overhead during the drift over the plateau. We ended the dive with two beautiful manta rays who were busy cleaning. Great dive.
Dive 2
Very pretty thila with both the shallow and deep block sections covered in glassfish and baitfish with bluefin trevallies whooshing past. The school of longfin batfish hung out quite shallow and made circuits of the reef and kept us entertained. One overhang was full of well-fed large lionfish, still busy hunting glassfish. We found two bar-tail morays. The top has many dark blue/purple anemones and these kept the photographers busy.
Dive 3
WOW, fin-bendingly fast and furious drift this afternoon! The current started off quite moderately as we passed by coral blocks along a sandy channel but by 30 minutes it was really pulling and zoomed us past sharp corners and overhangs and making us a little dizzy. There were large schools of red and midnight snappers high on the reef and white tip snad grey sharks deeper. No time to stop!
There was a manta ray feeding behind the boat at night anchorage. We also saw a banded sea snake and were intruiged by the blue phosphorescece which was probably from jellyfish.
Day 10
Dive 1
Barracudaland! LOTS OF GIANT BARRACUDAS along edge of thila, first a couple and then a school of around 15. Further up was a nice school of CHEVRON BARRACUDAS- GREAT! This thila is famous for the huge school of blue-stripe snappers and the pale blue soft coral covered overhangs and pinnacles. The corals were all puffed up this morning.
Dive 2
SEVERAL GREY SHARKS CRUISING THE CURRENT POINT kept us entertained for much of the dive but there were also dogtooth tunas and giant trevallies coralling the baitball of neon fusliers and would explode into action every now and then. There seems to be a new batch of baby white tip sharks under the table corals on the top and the mid sized ones were out and about. Nice bearded scorpionfish hiding on the reef and ledges.
Dive 3
Grey sharks and white tip sharks were cruising the block in the fairly strong current. There were six juvenile grey sharks over the deep block. More jacks chasing fusilier baitballs and a really tiny spotted crab Lissocarcinus orbicularis on a sea cucumber. The juvenile batfish are particularly photogenic at this site.
Dive 4
A small hungry manta turned up late in the evening and stayed at the back of Sea Spirit for a couple of hours hoovering up the plankton.
Day 11
Dive 1
25+ SHORT-FINNED MOBULA RAYS as a fantastic finale to a great trip. The grey sharks were cruising the reef and the fusilier chasing continued off the reef. The action just goes on.
Ocean Crossing
Return travel to Male atoll. Afternoon visit to Male for shopping and ice-cream
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Guests to airport for international departures.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS395b 27 Jan 2013 to 3 Feb 2013 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive: wreck and reef. Quite a brisk current so we tied in. On the stern of the wreck were many shrimp cleaning stations with Bruuni shrimp busy cleaning spotted rock cods etc. A couple of lionfish were hunting around the wheelhouse. There were several hawksbill turtles, one down on the wreck and a couple around the reef. We found the lovely glassfish block with several red groupers in residence.
Day 1
Dive 1
Pretty, sheltered inner reef with lots of groupers: crescent tail, red, spotted rock cods, slender etc. We also found the curious Maldives sponge snail, a beautifil blue faced angelfish, white tip sharks, bluefin and striped jacks. The overhangs had lovely blue finger sponges and unusual green brianarium corals
Before 2nd dive Matt and A-M rescued a loggerhead turtle from a floating pile of ropes and nets!
Dive 2
Dramatic ocean reef site with slow drift across the front of two channels with a great vista of blue water. The star today was a 4m MARLIN which came into the reef chasing a school of mackerels and was followed by a large dogtooth tuna Wow! There were several pretty honeycomb morays and along the reef were schools of humpback and bluestripe snappers, many oriental sweetlips and a sleeping green turtle.
On the way back from the dive we were surrounded by hundreds of spinner dolphins which kept following the dhoni. Lovely
Dive 3
Great critter dive! Spiking octopus pulling shapes and playing statues, red-blotched bearded scorpionfish, spotted rock cods being cleaned by Bruuni cleaners. Also schools of goldspot emperors, lots of longfin batfish, blue sponges and a green devil scorpionfish
Night Dive
Good critted night dive with lots of glorious flatworms including one freeswimming, an Orzak's and an unidentified black/purple flatworm, C. Hibyae and C. nigra- our squidgy purple friend, a pair of banded boxer shrimps, various shrimps and small lobsters and spotted coral crabs.
Day 2
Dive 1
Another great critter dive: SIX yellow/blue ribbon eels, a brown/red, a green/brown and a white leaf fishes, hunting lionfish, lysmata shrimps, honeycomb morays, Bruuni shrimps, a spearing mantis shrimp and TWO MANTAS soared over some of the divers!
Dive 2
No current on channel front so we jumped in on the outside, went across the front and finished outside. This site has AMAZING coral structures with acabaria in all colours and today there was lots of fish action in the channel with large schools of Bohar and black and white snappers hanging above the reef in the water flow. On the coral blocks were harlequin and oriental sweetlips, collared butterflyfish, morays etc. We found a pretty green leaf fish delicately balanced on a table coral with his yellow friend nearby in a staghorn coral!
Ocean Crossing
Short ocean crossing between Felidhoo and Vattaru atolls
Dive 3
Very strong ocean current conflicting with channel current so we drift dived the wall. The current was very fast and we fair flew past dramatic overhangs hung with pink soft corals and past millions of sea-whips: a sure-sign that the site is currrenty! Along the wall were lots of fast fish. On the channel corner we met the out-flow and it slowed us down so we could investigate the ledges. We found some large groupers being cleaned by shrimps and a garden of blue magnifica anemones.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Mulaku atoll
Day 3
Dive 1
Low viz but we still enjoyed this gorgeous blue finger-sponge covered giri with steep walls and a pretty, glassfish covered wreck. A large MANGROVE WHIPRAY was asleep on the wreck! There was a school of friendly longfin batfish, rock cods in every nook and the top had really pristine acropora corals full of chromis and humbug damsels.
Dive 2
The visibilty was poor in the channel but we saw 6 mantas in total during the dive. There were a couple in the channel near the cleaning stations then we were visited whilst looking for small stuff on the plateau and finally had two swim past on the ocean wall. The plateau was its usual delight of small stuff. Today we found a PAIR OR ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH, THREE LEAF FISH, more Bruuni, lysmata and Durban shrimp than we could count, a blotched ribbon tail ray in the sand and a spearing mantis shrimp
Dive 3
Ocean reef section of the same site: napoleons, longnose hawkfish, 3 leaf fish together, more honeycomb morays a slope of garden eels, a feathertail ray and a blotched ribbon tail ray. There were millions of anthias buzzing over the shallow reef.
Day 4
Dive 1
5 MANTAS. The large female (Kokamina) was there for most of the dive and was very photogenic and seemed to like a bubble bath. We didn't move away from the cleaning station area! We also saw a blotched ribbontail ray.
Dive 2
12 MANTAS this time. Another big bossy female (Giant) was busy guarding the cleaning station and none of the other mantas were able to get near it as she kept seeing them off. A couple hung around the shallow cleaning station but many swam past hence the high count. We went to check out the plateau again and found the THREE green leaf fish and the ornate ghost pipe-fish pair. We also found a pair of seagrass ROBUST GHOST PIPEFISH!
Dive 3
The baitball of neon fusiliers being coralled by the giant trevallies was very exciting. There was a large mixed school of bluestripe snappers (Kasmira and Madra) plus yellow goatfish which was fun to swim through. There was also a dense school of humpback snappers and millions of bannerfish. This site is memorable for all the purple magnificas too.
Day 5
Dive 1
SO MANY GREY SHARKS and SILVERTIP SHARKS! There must have been at least 40 sharks on the front of this channel. The current was quite strong so we just hung on the front and watched the show.
Dive 2
Second go at this very sharky site and again lots of grey shark, silvertip sharks and this time the white tip sharks were much closer, on the reef front. The current was alittle more controllable so we enjoyed a fun drift into the channel.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll. It was a little rough.
Night Dive
WILD NIGHT DIVE TONIGHT!! 30+ NURSE SHARKS cruising up and down the reef and sailing over our heads plus blacktip sharks, stingrays, pink whips rays and the crazy giant trevallies. Suddenly the resort started throwing fish in and the sharks went mad in the shallows. Crazy!
Day 6
Dive 1
Fun shark corner dive to end with. There was a wide range of sizes of GREY REEF SHARKS with big pregnanat mommas and very little "pocket" sized grey sharks with really big fins. We then drifted in over the amazing sand landscape, sand dunes, a sand fall and lovely patch coral. Great way to finish!
Ocean Crossing
Double-atoll ocean crossing as we made our way back to Male.
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to Male for those who wanted to do some sightseeing and shopping.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All guest to airport for onward international flights.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive: wreck and reef. Quite a brisk current so we tied in. On the stern of the wreck were many shrimp cleaning stations with Bruuni shrimp busy cleaning spotted rock cods etc. A couple of lionfish were hunting around the wheelhouse. There were several hawksbill turtles, one down on the wreck and a couple around the reef. We found the lovely glassfish block with several red groupers in residence.
Day 1
Dive 1
Pretty, sheltered inner reef with lots of groupers: crescent tail, red, spotted rock cods, slender etc. We also found the curious Maldives sponge snail, a beautifil blue faced angelfish, white tip sharks, bluefin and striped jacks. The overhangs had lovely blue finger sponges and unusual green brianarium corals
Before 2nd dive Matt and A-M rescued a loggerhead turtle from a floating pile of ropes and nets!
Dive 2
Dramatic ocean reef site with slow drift across the front of two channels with a great vista of blue water. The star today was a 4m MARLIN which came into the reef chasing a school of mackerels and was followed by a large dogtooth tuna Wow! There were several pretty honeycomb morays and along the reef were schools of humpback and bluestripe snappers, many oriental sweetlips and a sleeping green turtle.
On the way back from the dive we were surrounded by hundreds of spinner dolphins which kept following the dhoni. Lovely
Dive 3
Great critter dive! Spiking octopus pulling shapes and playing statues, red-blotched bearded scorpionfish, spotted rock cods being cleaned by Bruuni cleaners. Also schools of goldspot emperors, lots of longfin batfish, blue sponges and a green devil scorpionfish
Night Dive
Good critted night dive with lots of glorious flatworms including one freeswimming, an Orzak's and an unidentified black/purple flatworm, C. Hibyae and C. nigra- our squidgy purple friend, a pair of banded boxer shrimps, various shrimps and small lobsters and spotted coral crabs.
Day 2
Dive 1
Another great critter dive: SIX yellow/blue ribbon eels, a brown/red, a green/brown and a white leaf fishes, hunting lionfish, lysmata shrimps, honeycomb morays, Bruuni shrimps, a spearing mantis shrimp and TWO MANTAS soared over some of the divers!
Dive 2
No current on channel front so we jumped in on the outside, went across the front and finished outside. This site has AMAZING coral structures with acabaria in all colours and today there was lots of fish action in the channel with large schools of Bohar and black and white snappers hanging above the reef in the water flow. On the coral blocks were harlequin and oriental sweetlips, collared butterflyfish, morays etc. We found a pretty green leaf fish delicately balanced on a table coral with his yellow friend nearby in a staghorn coral!
Ocean Crossing
Short ocean crossing between Felidhoo and Vattaru atolls
Dive 3
Very strong ocean current conflicting with channel current so we drift dived the wall. The current was very fast and we fair flew past dramatic overhangs hung with pink soft corals and past millions of sea-whips: a sure-sign that the site is currrenty! Along the wall were lots of fast fish. On the channel corner we met the out-flow and it slowed us down so we could investigate the ledges. We found some large groupers being cleaned by shrimps and a garden of blue magnifica anemones.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Mulaku atoll
Day 3
Dive 1
Low viz but we still enjoyed this gorgeous blue finger-sponge covered giri with steep walls and a pretty, glassfish covered wreck. A large MANGROVE WHIPRAY was asleep on the wreck! There was a school of friendly longfin batfish, rock cods in every nook and the top had really pristine acropora corals full of chromis and humbug damsels.
Dive 2
The visibilty was poor in the channel but we saw 6 mantas in total during the dive. There were a couple in the channel near the cleaning stations then we were visited whilst looking for small stuff on the plateau and finally had two swim past on the ocean wall. The plateau was its usual delight of small stuff. Today we found a PAIR OR ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH, THREE LEAF FISH, more Bruuni, lysmata and Durban shrimp than we could count, a blotched ribbon tail ray in the sand and a spearing mantis shrimp
Dive 3
Ocean reef section of the same site: napoleons, longnose hawkfish, 3 leaf fish together, more honeycomb morays a slope of garden eels, a feathertail ray and a blotched ribbon tail ray. There were millions of anthias buzzing over the shallow reef.
Day 4
Dive 1
5 MANTAS. The large female (Kokamina) was there for most of the dive and was very photogenic and seemed to like a bubble bath. We didn't move away from the cleaning station area! We also saw a blotched ribbontail ray.
Dive 2
12 MANTAS this time. Another big bossy female (Giant) was busy guarding the cleaning station and none of the other mantas were able to get near it as she kept seeing them off. A couple hung around the shallow cleaning station but many swam past hence the high count. We went to check out the plateau again and found the THREE green leaf fish and the ornate ghost pipe-fish pair. We also found a pair of seagrass ROBUST GHOST PIPEFISH!
Dive 3
The baitball of neon fusiliers being coralled by the giant trevallies was very exciting. There was a large mixed school of bluestripe snappers (Kasmira and Madra) plus yellow goatfish which was fun to swim through. There was also a dense school of humpback snappers and millions of bannerfish. This site is memorable for all the purple magnificas too.
Day 5
Dive 1
SO MANY GREY SHARKS and SILVERTIP SHARKS! There must have been at least 40 sharks on the front of this channel. The current was quite strong so we just hung on the front and watched the show.
Dive 2
Second go at this very sharky site and again lots of grey shark, silvertip sharks and this time the white tip sharks were much closer, on the reef front. The current was alittle more controllable so we enjoyed a fun drift into the channel.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll. It was a little rough.
Night Dive
WILD NIGHT DIVE TONIGHT!! 30+ NURSE SHARKS cruising up and down the reef and sailing over our heads plus blacktip sharks, stingrays, pink whips rays and the crazy giant trevallies. Suddenly the resort started throwing fish in and the sharks went mad in the shallows. Crazy!
Day 6
Dive 1
Fun shark corner dive to end with. There was a wide range of sizes of GREY REEF SHARKS with big pregnanat mommas and very little "pocket" sized grey sharks with really big fins. We then drifted in over the amazing sand landscape, sand dunes, a sand fall and lovely patch coral. Great way to finish!
Ocean Crossing
Double-atoll ocean crossing as we made our way back to Male.
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon visit to Male for those who wanted to do some sightseeing and shopping.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All guest to airport for onward international flights.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS394 13 Jan 2013 to 20 Jan 2013 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and from resorts and were transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive: wreck and reef. On the stern of the wreck were many shrimp cleaning stations with Bruuni shrimp busy cleaning spotted rock cods etc. A couple of lionfish were hunting around the wheelhouse. We found a Susan's and a previously unidentified flatworm. There were blue fin jacks and giant trevallies hunting around the giri and the NW ledges were full of reef fish and great corals.
Day 1
Dive 1
Dramatic ocean reef site with slow drift across the front of two channels with a great vista of blue water, lots of fusiliers and jacks and occasional GREY and WHITE TIP SHARKS passing through. An EAGLE RAY swam through a swirl of fusiliers. There were several pretty honeycomb morays and along the reef the coral blocks had puffed up nepthia soft corals and so many reef fish at cleaning stations etc.
Dive 2
Pretty coral garden on south of giri where a friendly turtle joined the group and swam along with us until it was attacked by a couple of Clarke's anemonefish a good couple of metres away from their protective anemone, it was funny but we felt a bit sorry for the turtle! The steeper wall on the north side was smothered with rivers of fusiliers. We also saw striped jacks, sleeping white tip sharks, glassfish blocks with red and coral groupers keeping guard plus schools of Kasmira and Madras snappers.
Dive 3
SHARKTASTIC! Busy current corner where we just hooked in and watched the shark show! There were at least 15 GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES plus 5+ WHITE TIP SHARKS riding the current for as long as we were there. An eagle ray soared overhead. We then had a brisk drift into the channel. We saw a pink whipray, honeycomb moray, hawksbill turtle and pretty flower tubeworms.
Night Dive
Wild night dive with lots of nurse sharks parading up and down the reef plus blacktip sharks, marbled stingrays, pink whiprays and scary-big giant trevallies all getting up-close and personal.
Day 2
Dive 1
Back to the shark channel. Not as many sharks as yesterday but still a good show of grey sharks and white tips. There was a nurse shark sleeing in the cave behind the current point and we went for a long drift over the coral garden at the back of the channel which took us past sand dunes and drift and is just a little different!
Dive 2
Out current in channel but in-current on channel front pushing water in below 20m so not a straightforward drift! Thi site has AMAZING coral structures with acabaria in all colours and today there was lot of fish action in the chaneel with large schools of Bohar and black and white snappers hanging above the reef in the water flow. On the coral blocks were harlequin and orintal sweetlips, collared butterflyfish, morays etc. We found a sleeping wahite-tailed mangrove whipray which shot off when it woke up and a pretty green leaf fish delicately balanced on a table coral.
Ocean Crossing
Short ocean crossing between Felidhoo and Vattaru atolls
Dive 3
Very strong ocean current conflicting with channel current so we drift dived the wall. The current was very fast and we fair flew past dramatic overhangs hung with pink soft corals and past millions of sea-whips: a sure-sign that the site is currrenty! Along the wall were lots of fast fish and a few grey sharks deep. On the channel corner we met the out-flow and it slowed us down so we could investigate the ledges. We found a Napoleon being cleaned by shrimps whilst it slept and a garden of blue magnifica anemones.
It was Philip and Lise's 25th wedding anniversary and we celebrated at sundown.
Day 3
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Mulaku
Dive 1
Gorgeous blue finger-sponge covered giri with steep walls and a pretty, glassfish covered wreck. A couple of white tip sharks stood sentinel near the wreck. There was a school of friendly longfin batfish, rock cods in every nook and the top had really pristine acropora corals full of chromis and humbug damsels.
Dive 2
GREAT MANTA DIVE! 10 mantas came to visit the cleaning station whilst we waited nearby. They flew over our heads and up and down the channel. Really lovely. We also found acute little juvenile reindeer wrasse.
Dive 3
We dived the ocean reef this time and had 2 MANTAS shallow and 2 deep, also a large SEBRA SHARK freeswimming along the reef slope, a FEATHERTAIL RAY, 4-5 LEAF FISH, 2x blue and one black RIBBON EELS, lysmata cleaning shrimp, a green turtle, honecomb morays etc. we love this site!
It was Philip and Lise's 25th wedding anniversary and we celebrated at sundown.
Day 4
Dive 1
12+ MANTAS IN A STRONGER CURRENT. This time it was like being at Heathrow airport with mantas taking off and landing to visit the cleaning station, using the channel as the runway. Really fun! There were also a pair of ornate ghost pipe fish, two marbled stingrays and a blacktip shark.
Dive 2
Lots of manta fly-bys, but maybe the current was a little too strong for them to stop and be cleaned so we went for a drift onto the plateau where we found another manta, rockmover wrasses, a semi-juvenile razor wrasse, honeycomb morays, an eel garden and an octopus.
Dive 3
THOUSANDS OF BANNERFISH PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS at the current point of this little thila. This is an exceptionally rich site with lovely overhangs and schools of fish plus a coral block where we found a yellow leaf fish and a pair of Chromodoris glenei nudis. There were blue/purple magnifica anemones scatterred around. We found two turtles, one was really little; and a juvenile bicolour parrotfish.
Lise's birthday was celebrated with a cake.
Day 5
Dive 1
SO MANY GREY SHARKS! There must have been at least 50 sharks on the front of this channel. There was a group of around 30 in the middle plus the others more scatterred along the front. Some of them were standing on their tails with their mouths open and being cleaned by cleaner wrasses. There were TWO SILVERTIP SHARKS amongst the greys but they scooted off quickly. We also saw 2x eagle rays and lots of white tip sharks
Dive 2
A LILAC FROGFISH, blue-faced angelfish, cave full of Bruuni cleaner shrimps, a turtle, giant trevallies and tunas chasing the schools of fusiliers hanging in midwater. The whole northern and southern reef slopes are covered in blue, pink and orange sponge formations plus black coral trees and the shallow top is an acropora garden. Beautiful!
Dive 3
Ocean reef drift into shallow channel. There were large schools of humpback and black and white snappers near the corner, a large blue Napoleon off the reef and the reef slope had lots of little ledges with millions of fairy and Evan's anthias, black cheek morays and many Lysmata shrimp cleaning stations. During the drift we saw black tip and white tip sharks and found a huge pavona coral colony with lots of oriental and harlequin sweetlips in residence.
Night Dive
TOTALLY WILD TONIGHT!! So many nurse sharks cruising up and down the reef and sailing over our heads plus blacktip sharks, stingrays, pink whips rays and the crazy giant trevallies. Suddenly the resort started throwing fish in and the sharks went mad in the shallows. Crazy!
15 Nurse sharks turned up at the back of Sea Spirit during dinner and stayed for the rest of the evening. They were having quite a party out there! The guests enjoyed the show.
Day 6
Dive 1
Lots more GREY SHARKS on this fun channel crossing. One was very heavily pregnant and there were lots of little ones too. There was a very large school of black and white snappers on the corner and then the coral blocks had some lovely groupers and reef fish including a cute juvenile oriental sweetlips. We drifted over millions of fusiliers rushing up the channel and found a large PORCUPINE RAY trying to hide in a sandy patch. Fabulous last dive.
Ocean Crossing
Double-atoll ocean crossing as we made our way back to Male.
Afternoon visit to Male for those who wanted to do some sightseeing and shopping.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All guest to airport for onward transfers to resorts and international flights.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and from resorts and were transferred to Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Check dive: wreck and reef. On the stern of the wreck were many shrimp cleaning stations with Bruuni shrimp busy cleaning spotted rock cods etc. A couple of lionfish were hunting around the wheelhouse. We found a Susan's and a previously unidentified flatworm. There were blue fin jacks and giant trevallies hunting around the giri and the NW ledges were full of reef fish and great corals.
Day 1
Dive 1
Dramatic ocean reef site with slow drift across the front of two channels with a great vista of blue water, lots of fusiliers and jacks and occasional GREY and WHITE TIP SHARKS passing through. An EAGLE RAY swam through a swirl of fusiliers. There were several pretty honeycomb morays and along the reef the coral blocks had puffed up nepthia soft corals and so many reef fish at cleaning stations etc.
Dive 2
Pretty coral garden on south of giri where a friendly turtle joined the group and swam along with us until it was attacked by a couple of Clarke's anemonefish a good couple of metres away from their protective anemone, it was funny but we felt a bit sorry for the turtle! The steeper wall on the north side was smothered with rivers of fusiliers. We also saw striped jacks, sleeping white tip sharks, glassfish blocks with red and coral groupers keeping guard plus schools of Kasmira and Madras snappers.
Dive 3
SHARKTASTIC! Busy current corner where we just hooked in and watched the shark show! There were at least 15 GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES plus 5+ WHITE TIP SHARKS riding the current for as long as we were there. An eagle ray soared overhead. We then had a brisk drift into the channel. We saw a pink whipray, honeycomb moray, hawksbill turtle and pretty flower tubeworms.
Night Dive
Wild night dive with lots of nurse sharks parading up and down the reef plus blacktip sharks, marbled stingrays, pink whiprays and scary-big giant trevallies all getting up-close and personal.
Day 2
Dive 1
Back to the shark channel. Not as many sharks as yesterday but still a good show of grey sharks and white tips. There was a nurse shark sleeing in the cave behind the current point and we went for a long drift over the coral garden at the back of the channel which took us past sand dunes and drift and is just a little different!
Dive 2
Out current in channel but in-current on channel front pushing water in below 20m so not a straightforward drift! Thi site has AMAZING coral structures with acabaria in all colours and today there was lot of fish action in the chaneel with large schools of Bohar and black and white snappers hanging above the reef in the water flow. On the coral blocks were harlequin and orintal sweetlips, collared butterflyfish, morays etc. We found a sleeping wahite-tailed mangrove whipray which shot off when it woke up and a pretty green leaf fish delicately balanced on a table coral.
Ocean Crossing
Short ocean crossing between Felidhoo and Vattaru atolls
Dive 3
Very strong ocean current conflicting with channel current so we drift dived the wall. The current was very fast and we fair flew past dramatic overhangs hung with pink soft corals and past millions of sea-whips: a sure-sign that the site is currrenty! Along the wall were lots of fast fish and a few grey sharks deep. On the channel corner we met the out-flow and it slowed us down so we could investigate the ledges. We found a Napoleon being cleaned by shrimps whilst it slept and a garden of blue magnifica anemones.
It was Philip and Lise's 25th wedding anniversary and we celebrated at sundown.
Day 3
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Mulaku
Dive 1
Gorgeous blue finger-sponge covered giri with steep walls and a pretty, glassfish covered wreck. A couple of white tip sharks stood sentinel near the wreck. There was a school of friendly longfin batfish, rock cods in every nook and the top had really pristine acropora corals full of chromis and humbug damsels.
Dive 2
GREAT MANTA DIVE! 10 mantas came to visit the cleaning station whilst we waited nearby. They flew over our heads and up and down the channel. Really lovely. We also found acute little juvenile reindeer wrasse.
Dive 3
We dived the ocean reef this time and had 2 MANTAS shallow and 2 deep, also a large SEBRA SHARK freeswimming along the reef slope, a FEATHERTAIL RAY, 4-5 LEAF FISH, 2x blue and one black RIBBON EELS, lysmata cleaning shrimp, a green turtle, honecomb morays etc. we love this site!
It was Philip and Lise's 25th wedding anniversary and we celebrated at sundown.
Day 4
Dive 1
12+ MANTAS IN A STRONGER CURRENT. This time it was like being at Heathrow airport with mantas taking off and landing to visit the cleaning station, using the channel as the runway. Really fun! There were also a pair of ornate ghost pipe fish, two marbled stingrays and a blacktip shark.
Dive 2
Lots of manta fly-bys, but maybe the current was a little too strong for them to stop and be cleaned so we went for a drift onto the plateau where we found another manta, rockmover wrasses, a semi-juvenile razor wrasse, honeycomb morays, an eel garden and an octopus.
Dive 3
THOUSANDS OF BANNERFISH PLUS WHITE TIP SHARKS at the current point of this little thila. This is an exceptionally rich site with lovely overhangs and schools of fish plus a coral block where we found a yellow leaf fish and a pair of Chromodoris glenei nudis. There were blue/purple magnifica anemones scatterred around. We found two turtles, one was really little; and a juvenile bicolour parrotfish.
Lise's birthday was celebrated with a cake.
Day 5
Dive 1
SO MANY GREY SHARKS! There must have been at least 50 sharks on the front of this channel. There was a group of around 30 in the middle plus the others more scatterred along the front. Some of them were standing on their tails with their mouths open and being cleaned by cleaner wrasses. There were TWO SILVERTIP SHARKS amongst the greys but they scooted off quickly. We also saw 2x eagle rays and lots of white tip sharks
Dive 2
A LILAC FROGFISH, blue-faced angelfish, cave full of Bruuni cleaner shrimps, a turtle, giant trevallies and tunas chasing the schools of fusiliers hanging in midwater. The whole northern and southern reef slopes are covered in blue, pink and orange sponge formations plus black coral trees and the shallow top is an acropora garden. Beautiful!
Dive 3
Ocean reef drift into shallow channel. There were large schools of humpback and black and white snappers near the corner, a large blue Napoleon off the reef and the reef slope had lots of little ledges with millions of fairy and Evan's anthias, black cheek morays and many Lysmata shrimp cleaning stations. During the drift we saw black tip and white tip sharks and found a huge pavona coral colony with lots of oriental and harlequin sweetlips in residence.
Night Dive
TOTALLY WILD TONIGHT!! So many nurse sharks cruising up and down the reef and sailing over our heads plus blacktip sharks, stingrays, pink whips rays and the crazy giant trevallies. Suddenly the resort started throwing fish in and the sharks went mad in the shallows. Crazy!
15 Nurse sharks turned up at the back of Sea Spirit during dinner and stayed for the rest of the evening. They were having quite a party out there! The guests enjoyed the show.
Day 6
Dive 1
Lots more GREY SHARKS on this fun channel crossing. One was very heavily pregnant and there were lots of little ones too. There was a very large school of black and white snappers on the corner and then the coral blocks had some lovely groupers and reef fish including a cute juvenile oriental sweetlips. We drifted over millions of fusiliers rushing up the channel and found a large PORCUPINE RAY trying to hide in a sandy patch. Fabulous last dive.
Ocean Crossing
Double-atoll ocean crossing as we made our way back to Male.
Afternoon visit to Male for those who wanted to do some sightseeing and shopping.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
All guest to airport for onward transfers to resorts and international flights.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS393 6 Jan 2013 to 13 Jan 2013 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Sea Spirit from international flights and hotels in Male. We travelled a little south to South Male atoll for the check dive.
Dive 1
Check dive for the majority of the group and Open Water dive #1 for Vilmer! There were lots of giant trevallies and blue fin jacks chasing fusliers all the way around the reef. This is also a great critter dive and we found peacock mantis shrimps, bright orange \Maldives anemone fish in magnifica anemones, thorny and penguin oysters, plus we were stalked by black saddle coral groupers.
Day 1
Scuba Diving Maldives
Dive 1
We split the site to meet the needs of the divers. Thila site delivered eagle rays, schools of midnight and Bohar snappers plus big eye jacks with large dogtooth tunas patrolling the reef edge. The overhangs were decked with beautiful pink and orange soft corals. We also saw hawksbill turtles, white tip sharks, and lovely seafans and curly whip corals with micro gobies.
Dive 2
Split site again. On the ocean reef we found 3 blue/yellow ribbon eels, brown and red leaf fish, giant morays, Napoleons, peacock mantis shrimps. At the coral garden site were beautiful hard coral structures packed full of schools of snappers and groupers plus humbug, indian and chromis damsels bouncing in the table corals. The boys practiced they bouyancy skills.
Snorkelling
Mermaid Maria went for a snorkel around the sandbank and Jan joined her after his dive.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean Crossing To Ari Atoll
Dive 3
Fun dive for all at our favourite turtle site. We found Charlie the friendly hawksbill on the very top of the reef having a munch on the disc anemones. There was the usual fish-fighting at the current point with jacks chasing fusiliers . The reef slopes are covered with beautiful purple magnifica anemones. We had a scorpionfish turn red and jump around!
Daytime Excursion
Local village visit.
Day 2
maldives liveaboards
Dive 1
This a is a great reef/wreck combo! Today we saw marbled stingrays, white tip and blacktip sharks, eagle rays, a black frogfish, an ornate ghost pipe fish, a fluffy green stonefish (!). The reefs had lots of schools of fish amongst the good hard coral growth: goldspot emperors, crescent tail big eyes, Forsters barracudas etc.
Snorkelling
A whale shark was spotted on the shallow reef, by the time we jumped in to snorkel it was a little deep and we watched it descend into deeper water so decided to go diving!
Dive 2
We drifted along reef edge and YES a WHALE SHARK swam towards us, coming from the opposite direction WOW! High fives all around. This was a different one to the one sighted earlier. We also saw a large school of blue fin trevallies foraging, black spotted puffers having a meeting, and a beautiful glassfish cave full of groupers and sweetlips.
Snorkelling
Back on the surface and members of our group snorkelled with a different WHALE SHARK a little further up the reef. What a morning!
Dive 3
Drift dive from channel to ocean facing reef. Strong current inside channel but less so outside. Today we saw lots of morays: giant, yellow margin, black cheek fimbriated and white mouthed. There were a couple of leaf fish, white tip sharks and a manta briefly flew past.
Day 3
Whale Shark
Dive 1
Easy drift this morning. We saw white tip sharks, big tunas, white mouthed morays, a turtle and were stalked by a black saddle coral grouper.
Dive 2
Nice current which pushed us through the beautiful pink and orange soft coral overhangs and canyons. These were full of bluestripe snappers and indian bannerfish plus beautiful sea fans and sea whips. A stunning site.
Dive 3
Strong current at this thila/wreck site so hard to spend long on the thila and everyone ended up on the main reef. The strong current feeds the soft corals which were beautiful. The wreck was all soft coral and glassfish, so pretty. We found an unusual green Phyllidia.
Night Dive
Two MANTAS under the boat all evening. Magical
Day 4
Manta Scuba Diving
Dive 1
Dramatic thila drift past blue soft coral covered overhangs and pinnacles. There were several white tip reef sharks riding the current at the front of the thila, rainbow runners flew up and down the reef looking for something big to rub themselves on, there were four large chevron barracudas, and for some contrast, a yellow spotted black pseudobiceros. The eastern shallow part of the reef is just smothered with enormous schools of humpback and Kasmira snappers.
Dive 2
A small current at this thila today but there was still a huge school of fusiliers at the west of the thila with giant trevallies and blue fin jacks patrolling the baitball. There was a distressed looking grey shark trailing a fishing line. particularly memorable from this dive were a school of swirling big-eye jacks plus a posing octopus, a glassfish cave and hundreds of bannerfish.
Dive 3
Split site so boys could complete their navigation exercise without too much current. Vilmer completed his final OW skills and is now PADI JUNIOR OPEN WATER qualified. Congrats. Emanuel completed his AOW navigation elective dive. The other divers went to a favourite thila site to look for grey sharks. There were at least three cruising the side of the thila and were quite friendly today, especially the little one! There were also lots of small white tips, Eddie the eagle ray and generally the whole site was just boiling with fish as there was a little current!
Night Dive
Wild night dive with feeding grey and white tip sharks, three marbled stingrays, ferocious morays (!), an eagle ray out foraging plus large Bohar snappers and giant trevallies pestering divers. We were lucky to get out alive ;-)
Day 5
Maldives Liveaboards
Dive 1
Back to the sharky thila and there were 3-4 GREY SHARKS cruising the edge of the reef and checking us out closely. Great fun! The dogtooth tunas were putting on an amazing show turning striped and attacking the fusiliers and sending thousands of fish flying up and down, wow!
Dive 2
Beautiful fishy thila and today was exceptional due to hundreds of longfin batfish hanging around in large schools of several hundred plus individuals and small groups chasing up and down the reef. Also: grey sharks, white tips, layers of anthias, threespot damsels and mackerel scads, bannerfish and really, really good sponges and coral formations. Emanuel completed his final AOW qualification dive.
Dive 3
Big ocean reef site with ENORMOUS dogtooth tunas patrolling up and down and making us feel small. At one point a tuna caught a fish and the explosion brought in GREY SHARKS AND A SILVERTIP SHARK! We loved the eel garden and there were two spaering mantis shrimps peering out of their holes.
Day 6
Batfish Scuba Maldives
Dive 1
A fast drift up the ocean wall as the current was too strong to make the thila. Great fun, passing several grey and white tip sharks, a small and a very large eagle ray, too many morays to count, rainbow runners, swirling jacks etc. Right at the end of the dive we had a good sized BLACKTIP shark check us out.
Dive 2
Final dive on a pretty and colourful sponge-and-coral covered thila with great reef fish. The friendly female Napoleon followed the divers around and everywhere were different species of groupers with some large brown marbled ones particularly evident. The pixie hawkfish are so cute! Also a large mappa puffer and so many multicoloured magnifica anemones.
Guest Transfer
2 passengers transferred to airport for onward transfer to Helengeli resort
Day 7
Scuba Maldives
Guest Transfer
Remaining guests transferred to airport for onward transfer to Bandos resort.
Day 8
maldives liveaboards
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Sea Spirit from international flights and hotels in Male. We travelled a little south to South Male atoll for the check dive.
Dive 1
Check dive for the majority of the group and Open Water dive #1 for Vilmer! There were lots of giant trevallies and blue fin jacks chasing fusliers all the way around the reef. This is also a great critter dive and we found peacock mantis shrimps, bright orange \Maldives anemone fish in magnifica anemones, thorny and penguin oysters, plus we were stalked by black saddle coral groupers.
Day 1
Scuba Diving Maldives
Dive 1
We split the site to meet the needs of the divers. Thila site delivered eagle rays, schools of midnight and Bohar snappers plus big eye jacks with large dogtooth tunas patrolling the reef edge. The overhangs were decked with beautiful pink and orange soft corals. We also saw hawksbill turtles, white tip sharks, and lovely seafans and curly whip corals with micro gobies.
Dive 2
Split site again. On the ocean reef we found 3 blue/yellow ribbon eels, brown and red leaf fish, giant morays, Napoleons, peacock mantis shrimps. At the coral garden site were beautiful hard coral structures packed full of schools of snappers and groupers plus humbug, indian and chromis damsels bouncing in the table corals. The boys practiced they bouyancy skills.
Snorkelling
Mermaid Maria went for a snorkel around the sandbank and Jan joined her after his dive.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean Crossing To Ari Atoll
Dive 3
Fun dive for all at our favourite turtle site. We found Charlie the friendly hawksbill on the very top of the reef having a munch on the disc anemones. There was the usual fish-fighting at the current point with jacks chasing fusiliers . The reef slopes are covered with beautiful purple magnifica anemones. We had a scorpionfish turn red and jump around!
Daytime Excursion
Local village visit.
Day 2
maldives liveaboards
Dive 1
This a is a great reef/wreck combo! Today we saw marbled stingrays, white tip and blacktip sharks, eagle rays, a black frogfish, an ornate ghost pipe fish, a fluffy green stonefish (!). The reefs had lots of schools of fish amongst the good hard coral growth: goldspot emperors, crescent tail big eyes, Forsters barracudas etc.
Snorkelling
A whale shark was spotted on the shallow reef, by the time we jumped in to snorkel it was a little deep and we watched it descend into deeper water so decided to go diving!
Dive 2
We drifted along reef edge and YES a WHALE SHARK swam towards us, coming from the opposite direction WOW! High fives all around. This was a different one to the one sighted earlier. We also saw a large school of blue fin trevallies foraging, black spotted puffers having a meeting, and a beautiful glassfish cave full of groupers and sweetlips.
Snorkelling
Back on the surface and members of our group snorkelled with a different WHALE SHARK a little further up the reef. What a morning!
Dive 3
Drift dive from channel to ocean facing reef. Strong current inside channel but less so outside. Today we saw lots of morays: giant, yellow margin, black cheek fimbriated and white mouthed. There were a couple of leaf fish, white tip sharks and a manta briefly flew past.
Day 3
Whale Shark
Dive 1
Easy drift this morning. We saw white tip sharks, big tunas, white mouthed morays, a turtle and were stalked by a black saddle coral grouper.
Dive 2
Nice current which pushed us through the beautiful pink and orange soft coral overhangs and canyons. These were full of bluestripe snappers and indian bannerfish plus beautiful sea fans and sea whips. A stunning site.
Dive 3
Strong current at this thila/wreck site so hard to spend long on the thila and everyone ended up on the main reef. The strong current feeds the soft corals which were beautiful. The wreck was all soft coral and glassfish, so pretty. We found an unusual green Phyllidia.
Night Dive
Two MANTAS under the boat all evening. Magical
Day 4
Manta Scuba Diving
Dive 1
Dramatic thila drift past blue soft coral covered overhangs and pinnacles. There were several white tip reef sharks riding the current at the front of the thila, rainbow runners flew up and down the reef looking for something big to rub themselves on, there were four large chevron barracudas, and for some contrast, a yellow spotted black pseudobiceros. The eastern shallow part of the reef is just smothered with enormous schools of humpback and Kasmira snappers.
Dive 2
A small current at this thila today but there was still a huge school of fusiliers at the west of the thila with giant trevallies and blue fin jacks patrolling the baitball. There was a distressed looking grey shark trailing a fishing line. particularly memorable from this dive were a school of swirling big-eye jacks plus a posing octopus, a glassfish cave and hundreds of bannerfish.
Dive 3
Split site so boys could complete their navigation exercise without too much current. Vilmer completed his final OW skills and is now PADI JUNIOR OPEN WATER qualified. Congrats. Emanuel completed his AOW navigation elective dive. The other divers went to a favourite thila site to look for grey sharks. There were at least three cruising the side of the thila and were quite friendly today, especially the little one! There were also lots of small white tips, Eddie the eagle ray and generally the whole site was just boiling with fish as there was a little current!
Night Dive
Wild night dive with feeding grey and white tip sharks, three marbled stingrays, ferocious morays (!), an eagle ray out foraging plus large Bohar snappers and giant trevallies pestering divers. We were lucky to get out alive ;-)
Day 5
Maldives Liveaboards
Dive 1
Back to the sharky thila and there were 3-4 GREY SHARKS cruising the edge of the reef and checking us out closely. Great fun! The dogtooth tunas were putting on an amazing show turning striped and attacking the fusiliers and sending thousands of fish flying up and down, wow!
Dive 2
Beautiful fishy thila and today was exceptional due to hundreds of longfin batfish hanging around in large schools of several hundred plus individuals and small groups chasing up and down the reef. Also: grey sharks, white tips, layers of anthias, threespot damsels and mackerel scads, bannerfish and really, really good sponges and coral formations. Emanuel completed his final AOW qualification dive.
Dive 3
Big ocean reef site with ENORMOUS dogtooth tunas patrolling up and down and making us feel small. At one point a tuna caught a fish and the explosion brought in GREY SHARKS AND A SILVERTIP SHARK! We loved the eel garden and there were two spaering mantis shrimps peering out of their holes.
Day 6
Batfish Scuba Maldives
Dive 1
A fast drift up the ocean wall as the current was too strong to make the thila. Great fun, passing several grey and white tip sharks, a small and a very large eagle ray, too many morays to count, rainbow runners, swirling jacks etc. Right at the end of the dive we had a good sized BLACKTIP shark check us out.
Dive 2
Final dive on a pretty and colourful sponge-and-coral covered thila with great reef fish. The friendly female Napoleon followed the divers around and everywhere were different species of groupers with some large brown marbled ones particularly evident. The pixie hawkfish are so cute! Also a large mappa puffer and so many multicoloured magnifica anemones.
Guest Transfer
2 passengers transferred to airport for onward transfer to Helengeli resort
Day 7
Scuba Maldives
Guest Transfer
Remaining guests transferred to airport for onward transfer to Bandos resort.
Day 8
maldives liveaboards
Sea Spirit SS389 28 Dec 2012 to 6 Jan 2013 New Year Special (9 day)
Guest Transfer
International arrival and transfer to Sea Spirit. Travel to South Male atoll. Afternoon visit to sandbank for sunbathing, swimming and beachcombing.
Dive 1
Check dive. There was a very friendly hawksbill turtle, pretty magnifica and carpet anemones with blackfoot and large feisty Clarke's anemonefish, powderblue surgeonfish, a nosey remora looking for a new host. Open Water dive #1.
Day 1
Dive 1
Ocean reef drift dive. There were many rivers of neon fusiliers along the reef, both shallow and deep. We saw several honeycomb morays, a juvenile oriental sweetlips, large dogtooth tunas, a porcelain crab in a carpet anemone, two female Napoleons, a tiny spiny lobster, a large green Phyllidia, white tip sharks ad a spotted coral crab.
AMAZING SPINNER DOLPHIN SHOW ON THE WAY TO THE DIVE SITE! There must have been hundreds of dolphins surrounding the dhoni.
Dive 2
Inside-atoll reef site. We saw a large male Napoleon, bearded scorpionfish of different sizes, one of which yawned and changed colour to bright red instantaneously, big eye and gold-spot emperors, lizard fish,blue finger sponges, white acabaria and green brianarium soft corals. Open Water dive #2.
Dive 3
There were lots of pretty table corals at this sheltered lagoon site which were full of humbug, three spot and blue-green damsels (chromis). On the deeper thila section were large schools of blue-stripe and humpback snappers. The Open Water group practised cartwheels in the sand (not a PADI skill). Open Water dive #3
Some of the group went snorkelling from the island
Day 2
Dive 1
Drift around ocean corner into channel. We saw eagle rays, a feather tail ray, several giant trevallies, white tip sharks ad a huge tuna on the outside. There were pretty overhangs full of reef fish on the inside plus a large Napoleon and lots of snappers of different species.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll. It was a lovely day and we had great conditions.
Dive 2
TURTLETASTIC fun dive for everyone! This dive was at pretty, shallow thila site with interesting swim throughs in the overhangs and beautiful black coral bushes. There were lots of purple magnifica anemones, Phyllidias, scorpionfish, and of course, some very friendly hawksbill turtles!
Dive 3
The Open Water made their #4 dive and completed their skills. Eight year old Tuva blew some bubbles on a mini-B set. We couldn't get her out of the water later. The makings of a mermaid! We saw some Dussomier's surgeonfish whilst we were making our navigation exercises.
Visit to local village at island.
Day 3
NEW YEARS EVE
Dive 1
Fabulous wreck dive! We saw a NURSE SHARK, MARBLED STINGRAY, SPEARING MANTIS SHRIMP, BLACK FROGFISH,ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH,SCHULTZ PIPEFISH , BRUUNI CLEANING SHRIMP,STONEFISH, WHITE TIP SHARK,HAWKSBILL TURTLE, 2X EAGLE RAYS, FORSTERS BARRACUDAS,BLAC TIP SHARK, LONGNOSE FILEFISH. FAB!
Snorkelling
WOW SNORKEL with LITTLE WHALE SHARK, he was so cute! He wore us out!
Dive 2
Drift dive with lots of Napoleons, yellow margin morays etc. There were lots of ledges packed with anthias and lionfish.