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Experience the Maldives: January 2018

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MALDIVES:  January 17-26, 2018 on the Manthiri Luxury Liveaboard

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With Instructors Carlos Barrios and Susan Williams

The Maldives Islands are scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean off the coast of India. These gem-like islands depict the rare vision of a tropical paradise. Palm fringed islands with sparkling white beaches, turquoise lagoons, clear warm waters and coral reefs teeming with abundant varieties of marine flora and fauna, fascinates visitors as it has for thousands of years.

turtle mark potterThe 85 feet long by 25 feet wide Manthiri is custom designed for the optimal dive experience but also for comfort. The vessel’s exceptionally wide beam minimizes rocking motion and spacious cabins for twelve guests. Cabin configurations consist of four cabins with two twin beds and two cabins with one queen-size bed.

From the crew of the Manthiri Liveaboard, “Our guests will tell you: perhaps nowhere else is sea life as richly abundant and dazzling as it is in Maldives. More than one thousand tiny islands are scattered like gems across our crystalline waters. Long protected from commercial fishing, our seas offer unrivalled marine life and spectacular diving among the shallows and deep reefs — and no one knows those waters better than the team on Manthiri. Possessing expert knowledge of local marine life and of Maldives’ most remote and pristine dive sites, no other liveaboard in Maldives furnishes the topflight dive experience of Manthiri. Our highly trained eleven-person crew will provide for your every need aboard our serene and spacious yacht and custom-built dive tender.”

There are 3 distinctly different types of diving: inside the atolls, outside the atolls and inside the channels or passes, which is where the currents are strongest and you’ll find the greatest congregation of fish life. Most intriguing are the cleaning stations, found around every corner and under every ledge. Groupers, Snappers, Surgeonfish, Eels, Parrotfish, and Giant Napoleon Wrasse park casually in corners, while armies of wrasse, shrimp and other assorted cleaners pick at debris in their open gills and cavernous mouths.

The big attraction is the schools of fish that patrol the reefs in colorful packs: Humpback and Black and White Snappers, Trevally Jacks, Barracuda, Batfish, Unicornfish, Yellowback Fusiliers and Harlequin Sweetlips. The reef’s larger inhabitants, including sharks, rays and occasionally even Whale Sharks, are often seen cruising in the blue.

Manthiri Package Includes:fish school

  • 9 nights aboard the Manthiri Maldives
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Male
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks daily
  • Tea, coffee, juice, bottled water, and non-alcoholic fizzy drinks 
  • 3-4 dives per day; Tanks, weights & weight belt
  • $6/night/person bed tax
  • 12% Goods and Service Tax

Optional Dubai Pre Cruise Package Includes:

  • 3 nights at the Rove Downtown
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Dubai
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Full day Dubai city tour including visit to Burj al Arabinterior
  • 1/2 day Sundowner Dune Desert Safari including camel ride and falconry display

Package Does not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Departure Tax
  • Nitrox ($185USD)
  • Crew Gratuities
  • Personal dive gear
  • Meals and beverages not specified
  • Trip & Dive Insurance (highly recommended)

Manthiri Pricing:

  • Price $4699*/person (*Check/Cash Price: $4540/Person)mantas

**DUBAI ADD ON**

  • January 14 – 17, 2018
  • Price $750/person

Payment Schedule:

  • $1000 non-refundable deposit due to confirm
  • $2000 interim payment due Sept. 1
  • Final payment due Nov. 1

For more information and to book your adventure, please contact Angela Woerner.
angela@jacksdivinglocker.com or 808-329-7585

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