Four days on board of the Emperor Orion and it is about time to address the actual essence: the dives. As we mentioned already the Emperor boats are really focussed primarily on divers. The people we met on board are all enthusiastic and even after 4 days of diving the mentioning of perhaps doing 4 dives tomorrow, makes them all applauding. On the boat as well as on the dive dhoni people tell about what they have seen, where they went before, which equipment to use . . . in short . . . diving, diving and diving.
So you can imagine our joy when we saw on Muli Corner something in the distance that looked like a small (4 meter or so) whaleshark cruising behind us. But . . . coming closer it was clear . . . it was instead a BIG bull-shark. Everybody very exited so much that some even forgot to point their cameras, but luckily we have some footage of this Sunday never to forget. I guess that the guides, plus myself are "worth" over 20.000 dives together here in Maldives and . . . it was a first for all of us. You might not get the size well, but I can tell you that the remoras were probably about 80 to 90 cm!
The briefings of the dives are given in the restaurant on board of the Orion, with the help of drawings on the big screen, and are very are well done. A nice mix is found between being detailed, touching the important subjects (safety and respecting nature) without ever overdoing it. They are to the point while always acknowledging that the conditions might change the dive plan.
Underwater we see a similar approach. This week the divers are all experienced and though nicely guided to the correct spots are left free to wander in buddy pairs around. Great approach and it is clear that the guides offer extra value without restricting (where not necessary).
Enough mentioned, perhaps better to enjoy the nice slide show above. Put it on full screen and enjoy.
See you tomorrow
Be safe, but ... dive!