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This is a collection of my blog entries and experiences with diving.
You can find all the pictures I've taken here, and read below for recountings of my more recent trips:

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2021/10/29 Diving in Maldives on Carpe Novo
π 2021-10-29 01:01 in Diving
This was my first time going to Maldives, for a combination of reasons like it's just about as far as you can make something be from where I live in California (more convenient for people in Europe), I'm also troubled by the country's politics and laws, and the place is pretty crowded but most of the boats seem to offer similar dive sites on similar schedules, causing more crowding. Still, it was time to go and try, so I picked one of the higher end boats, Carpe Novo.

  • Picture Gallery of better pictures and videos (371 from 25 dives over 9 days): https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZSX9K9MmYHFZLjaH9
  • Picture Gallery of best pictures and videos (123 from 25 dives over 9 days): https://photos.app.goo.gl/BramBX1HSac9pGto9
  • I first did some land based diving with Ocean Junkies as soon as I arrived (2 dives in the afternoon after arriving and 2 more dives the next morning before going on the liveaboard). Those dives were actually surprisingly good:




    so many eels in a hole
    so many eels in a hole

    The next morning, I went back with Ocean Junkies for 2 more dives, and they were quite good too:



    got lucky to see a tiger shark so close to town
    got lucky to see a tiger shark so close to town




    I then went to Carpe Novo, we were supposed to get a checkout dive that day, but it never happened, so in the end we started diving the next day:










    We did a couple of dusk/night dives:





    we got to see a whale shark in passing
    we got to see a whale shark in passing

    rally realy small octopus
    rally realy small octopus






    this was really special, we saw 2 octopus having sex
    this was really special, we saw 2 octopus having sex


    poor shark went for a tasty lure
    poor shark went for a tasty lure



    beautiful jelly fish
    beautiful jelly fish


    We definitely got to see a lot of eagle rays:







    We also got to see a fair amount of nurse sharks, they are so cute. I found this one:







    One of the highlights was this dive where we saw 8 or 9 mantas that stayed with us for the whole dive:






    We got lucky with octopuses, plenty to see, one even went feeding for us












    And that was it for the dives, 9 days, unfortunately not a lot of dives for that amount of time (only 25 dives), but apparently in Maldives, it's hard to get more for a variety of reasons (3 dives/day seems standard, and it's not allowed to boat at night if the weather isn't good, and it wasn't).
    We had a fair amount of rain, and bad visibilty and low light most days, but all in all, we still had a good time and saw things.

    We saw some nice islands from the boat:




    'till next time:




    If I come back, they recommended a south trip the 10 day trip coming back in April-May, or a north only trip (which they don't currently offer).

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