The Sheephaven club members who were part of a Donegal contingent of divers to the Maldives returned home last week, with stories of warm tropical waters and abundant exotic marine flora and fauna.
The Maldives, a nation state of islands, are situated in the Indian Ocean and requires a Emirates Airline flight departing from Dublin with a three-hour stop in Dubai, before arriving in the international airport of Male, flying out on Friday and returning the following Saturday.
The dive party spent the week on board the luxurious liveaboard yacht the ‘MY Maldives Explorer’, which is 33 metres long, 10 metres wide and powered by a 500hp Hyundai engine. Typical of such liveaboards, she has three decks of cabins, plus an additional sundeck and is equipped to accommodate 16 passengers in seven cabins.
On this trip the passengers were made up of a mixture of Austrians, Germans and Irish. The daily diving routine involved up to three dives per day to no deeper than 30 metres per dive, with a return to surface limit of no less than 50 bar air remaining or no greater than an hour’s diving.
Over the week a total of 17 dives were conducted using a day boat, the ‘Shore Line’, from which all air or gas mixes were supplied – most of the dive party paid the extra charge of diving on Nitrox. Over the week the divers were cared for by a 22-strong crew, with reports of excellent hospitality and great food.
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