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Max's Maldives Adventure day 5

Max's Maldives Adventure day 5

  We started off doing another manta dive in the same spot that we were at for the last dive yesterday.  It was more manta, octopi getting intimate, schools of fish, and rays but better viz and every bit as awesome.   The second dive was on this really cool coral wall.  We jumped into a ripping current and followed the guide to the wall where we were protected.  There was beautiful fan corals that hadn’t been touched (no storms in the Maldives to break them up) as well as countless other types with all the colors that you could...

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Max's Maldives Adventure Day 3

Max's Maldives Adventure Day 3

Today was shark palooza!!!  Also high current drift dive palooza!!!!  Ok, that doesn’t really work but you get the point.)  We did 4 dives and all of them were exceptionally cool.  Many of the dives in the Maldives have some current; this brings in fresh nutrients and food, which in turn attracts the much sought after pelagics.  And as we learned January has some of the strongest currents… On the 1st dive we dropped into blue water and drifted over to the wall.  From there the current was ripping and sent us flying down the wall.  There are different amounts...

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Max's Maldives Adventure Day Two

Max's Maldives Adventure Day Two

We woke up the next day, had breakfast at the hotel and got picked up by the dive boat that The Manthiri uses. Just as a warning, expect to wake up at 2 am thinking it’s time to get up; it’s not, your body is just lying to you. Anyways, back to The Manthiri. We got on the boat and were greeted by the crew and a refreshing coconut (drinking coconut water straight out of the coconut is very popular here; it’s our equivalent to having a beer at lunch). We got the tour of the boat and were briefed...

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Max's Maldives Adventures

Max's Maldives Adventures

Maldives Adventure So I am in the Maldives! I am diving with the Manthiri Liveaboard scouting out the trip that ECD is running next March (and having some fun on the side) and figured I would write a (semi)daily blog to let everyone know how it is! The Maldives is known for the beautiful reefs, colorful fish and - coolest of all - their majestic whale sharks. If you want to read through everything you can find my daily postings below, or, you can just go directly to the source and check out all my pictures (I'll be updating this...

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My First Boat Dive

My First Boat Dive

In August I was given the opportunity to go to Los Angeles for a couple of weeks. As a newly certified open water diver I was excited to get the opportunity to dive in a new ocean. I live in Massachusetts and had only dove locally. I also had only done shore dives. While my open water certification class gave me the skills to dive off a boat, I hadn’t gone on any trips yet. The local dive shops in LA only offered boat dives so if I wanted to experience the Pacific I needed to book a charter. I...

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