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  1. west of north male has manta as well. in the boduhithi region there is a mantapoint in just 3 meters depth with lots of rays ... they do also snorkeling and discover dives there ... i dove it already ... not bad. also i saw them in december on boduhithi thila ... thats about 45 mins to 1 hour from banyan tree by dhoni and even faster by speedboat ... so should be alright pakman ...


    have fun there.

  2. i think you should also write some emails to the diveshops there ... velidu for exemple is not really on the west, but quite in the middle and on the tip of the atoll ... so not toooo far to the west ...


    so just ask the centers, how regularly they go to the spots, you wanna see. i think velidu is not too bad. neither is kandholudu ... my sister wanted to come here in summer and had a offer for 2200 euro for two weeks ... ok, that was low season ... but still ... 900 a night sounds quite expensive ... thats almost like here in W Retreat ... i think you can get it cheaper.

  3. HI LASSE,




    i dont know filitheyo. but i would prefer maayafushi over helengeli. because ari atoll is much nicer than north male. just next to maayafushi you have maaya thila, which is good for sharks and schooling fish (batfish, jacks, banner, barracuda ...). i'd contact maayafushi dive base and also ask how regularly they go on the channels on the west of the ari atoll (thats where you will find softcoral and manta)


    greets, serge

  4. i got a fisheye as first lens for my 30D ... now i also have the 60mm and 100mm macros ...


    but i startet with the 10-17 tokina fisheye ... i use that one as my land lens as well ... quite extreme to use the FE on land but also very funny. under water it is definately to prefer over the two lenses you mentioned. for UW use you either want macro or wideangle. at least to start with.


    if fisheye is too extreme what about the ef 10-22? that one you could use on land as well.

  5. hi arjen,


    my camera is insured with a insurance from www.kameraversicherung.de ... it covers also for flooding, theft, dropping, stupidness ... just not for nuclear accidents and terrorism if i remember right. and it covers worldwide.


    check it out,



  6. apparently there will be a aggressor maldives running from 2008 on. then there is the four season explorers ... don't know so much about the different boats but there is many others ... just make sure it's one with nitrox ... very usefull in the channels and on the deeper thilas.


    i work here: www.downunderandwave.com ... it is on the W Retreat. we have a very good housereef and i personally take care of photographers. but it is a little bit pricy (actually a lot ...). other places would be: madoogali, meerofenfushi, athuruga, Moofushi, Thundufushi, Mirihi, Hilton, Angaga, Nika. never been there but geographicly good ... mabe do a little goolge session :)


    check also this thread: http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showt...amp;hl=maldives



    greets, serge

  7. hi lasse,


    jan/feb is 100% perfect. it is the best time of the year. 1 week resort and one week liveaboard is a nice combination. try to get something on the west side of an atoll, because this is the side where the mantarays will be.


    i know the spots here in different atolls and am quite confident to say, that ari atoll is the nicest one. so you cant do anything wrong with ari. but make sure, that you don't end up on the eastern side ... there will be no mantas ... and when they do daytrips once a week, the boats will be packed.


    have a nice trip & feel free to ask questions,



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