Dive Adventures

in the Maldives

By: Calum Cameron

Dive adventures in the Maldives

Having come back from a “live aboard” trip on the MV Orion in the Maldives in November 2013 booked through, I jumped at the chance to get back there again.

A friend, Simon Long, well known in the UAE for tec diving and instructing was very impressed when I told him of my adventures with manta’s, sharks and turtles. We booked up to go again through Scuba Travel in February with another friend Steve Northey.  I had just completed my Tec training and was ready for some easier “scooby doo” diving

So-we were looking forward to a live aboard experience on board the Monsoon until the owner cancelled the trip about 3 weeks before departure.

We then were given a number of choices one of which was to be shore based trip from an island called Komandoo. We were sceptical but agreed.

It was a great surprise the island was beautiful, typical of what you would expect to see on a paradise Island.

We were taken care of by Pro-Divers, based on the island. Pro Dive are a great team who helped us out no end with kit configuration and breakages to Simon’s integrated weight pockets. The main team run by Rosa, Joseph, Marius and Rene could not have been more helpful and so the fun began.

We dived from a very large dive boat (called a Dhoni) in the Maldives. Always on 32% nitrox after our certification was checked thoroughly by the professional team on the first day.

Around 15 dives were conducted by Simon and I. Unfortunately Steve was suffering badly from a head cold and couldn’t dive, he made up for the misery by going to the bar and being massaged on a daily basis.

The dive to highlight was Turtle Airport, a location also known locally as the “caves” where numerous turtles come to rest up and sleep as well as anything else a turtle may want to do with itself. 

It was amazing, we really didn’t know where to point the cameras as they were taking off all around us.  Simon and I conducted a rescue mission on a turtle which had got itself stuck in some kind of underwater plant with its front flipper. I managed to free him only for the daft begger to swim away and come back again. He did allow us some great close up video moments and plenty of photos.

Our last dive was a cracker, we decided to hire a couple of Appolo Diver Propulsion Vehicles (DPV) for fun and were greeted with an entire school of white tip sharks which we played with for a while following them up and down the reef at 30m, an absolutely amazing last dive. 

The island facilities on Komandoo were incredible, great food, cocktails and staff who attended to our every wish. One issue which became quickly apparent was that this was an island for couples and it was clear early on that most of the guests thought that we were some sort of gay love triangle, we assured them many, many time we were most certainly NOT! We were simply there for the diving, and what diving it was too!!

Scuba in the UK could not have arranged or planned the trip better, thanks a lot guys, we know the original boat cancellation was well beyond your control, and that you pulled out all the stops to give us a great trip.