It’s that time again. Reminiscing about Maldives trips past and the emotions they can still conjure up. This week we bring you a contest entry by Ken from England. He reminds us that the group you dive with can really make the whole experience. He also had great sightings on every dive – read about the many sharks he encountered on his liveaboard trip in the Maldives.
Shark Mania Relived
By Ken, England
My non-diving wife Karen and I visited the Maldives to experience the wonderful climate, friendly people and unbelievable underwater life in this fantastic corner of the world.
We were met at Male airport by our dive guide for the week and soon transported to Stingray along with our fellow travellers who turned out to be the most friendly and varied bunch of international people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. We had Russian, Spanish, American, Czech, German and us Brits along with our local crew and guides all getting along famously both on board and underwater sharing and appreciating the most amazing experiences.
Watching the trip fill up online, anticipating who was going to be aboard, whether the trip would fill up, wondering which sites we would dive were all part of the build up adding to the excitement. We did not need to worry as the crew took us to the action and creatures we wanted to see on EVERY dive. Mantas and sharks on the first dive, manta feeding station with the magnificent creatures an arms length away on the second dive, and so it continued. Whale sharks, guitar sharks, leopard sharks, turtles, reef, black-tip, white-tip sharks galore! The night dive on Maaya Thila was a special moment, as were the evenings watching the Mantas feed off the back of the Stingray boat after another wonderful supper prepared by our super efficient crew. There was also wondering who the squid, caught by our Russian friend Nick, was going to soak with ink as he hauled them aboard. Two extra special moments stand out.
Firstly, the evening spent on the uninhibited island having a barbecue with our new friends the crew who worked so hard to make the evening memorable with the food and the decorations in the sand. Secondly, the last dive! We had visited Rasdhoo for a dive and to go on the island to visit during the day. In the morning we were to have a very early dive. As we kitted up everyone was tense with anticipation. We dropped into the perpetually warm waters at dawn and descended to the twilight at 30m. After about 10 minutes, just as predicted by the guides, there, out of the gloom swam not one, not two but three huge Hammerheads 10m below us. We descended to get a better look and they circled back to do the same, before cruising on into the Blue. An absolutely unforgettable moment which will live with me forever !
Our group broke up later that morning with some heading home, others off to resorts and the crew off to meet their next guests (if they had half the fun and saw half as much as we did then they also will have had a great trip ). We have kept in touch and swapped photos and memories since via email etc. I would go back to the Maldives and dive with Deco and his crew in a heartbeat. I am already saving for my next trip in case I don’t win this excellent competition and it will of course be with Maldives dive travel who delivered on everything promised and a heck of a lot more.
Creatures of Rasdhoo Atoll – video:
The above article puts Ken in the running for one of several prices up for grabs – including a one-week liveaboard trip on one of our boats! Share your Maldives experience with us, whether it includes diving or not. Didn’t book with us? No problem. We’re passionate about the Maldives and we want to hear from anyone that enjoys it as much as we do. For contest details and entry form click here.