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Possible routings to MLE and costs:

JFK-AUH-MLE (EY) -- 45/67.5/90 AA
JFK-DOH-MLE (QR) -- 45/67.5/90 AA
JFK-FRA-SIN-MLE (SQ) -- East Coast: (Including 15% off booking online) 46,750/91,375/116,875; West Coast: 89,250/144,500/229,500
JFK-DXB-MLE (EK) -- 42.5/82.5/150 AS
JFK-IST-MLE (TK) -- 42.5/70/90 UA (United routing allows a stopover in TLV)
JFK-VIE-MLE (OS) -- 42.5/80 UA
JFK-LGW-MLE (BA) -- 45/90/135 BA
JFK-ICN-CMB-MLE (KE) -- 60/107.5/137.5 KE
JFK-HKG-MLE (CX) -- 57.5/85/112.5 AA
JFK-HKG-MLE (CX) -- 50/70 AS
TLV-IST-MLE (TK)-- 20/35 UA
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #1710 on: January 29, 2015, 09:26:53 AM »
How much cert. do you need to experience great diving in the maldives? Is it possible to go on your own - safely if you have just open water and / or open water + advanced? Do you recommend going on excursions or diving around the hotel (we are staying at hyatt - but I saw some other excursions/ not sure if it's worth looking into..)

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Personally, I wouldn't go by myself in a new locale. Moreover, PADI themselves do not recommend it.

Even so, you'll be able to do wonderful diving there even as a standard open water diver. Mrs. AJK and I are advanced open water, can go down to 30 meters, but that's not necessary in MLE.

You'll be pushing the fish out of your way, as you can see more fish in ten mins of diving there than you could see in ten years in other places.
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #1711 on: January 29, 2015, 09:31:39 AM »
Personally, I wouldn't go by myself in a new locale. Moreover, PADI themselves do not recommend it.

Even so, you'll be able to do wonderful diving there even as a standard open water diver. Mrs. AJK and I are advanced open water, can go down to 30 meters, but that's not necessary in MLE.

You'll be pushing the fish out of your way, as you can see more fish in ten mins of diving there than you could see in ten years in other places.

So you went with a Guide? Did you dive near the hotel? Did you do any excursions? We'll be there 4 nights, as I understand it, if a guide shows you your site and explains all the information then it is safe to go with a certified buddy. I imagine, we will go with a guide several times, and then will feel comfortable enough to go on our own where the guide took us.

FYI - From the PADI website

What do I earn at the end [of an open water cert]?

"You will receive your permanent PADI Open Water Diver certification card, granting you the freedom to explore the aquatic realm worldwide.  You are certified to a maximum depth of 18 meters/60 feet and can conduct dives independently with a certified buddy or under the supervision of a PADI professional." source <http://www.coconuttreedivers.com/courses/open-water-diver.html>

also you say MLE, but we will not be in MLE, we'll be in the islands...
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #1712 on: January 29, 2015, 11:41:35 AM »
Went with a guide, yes. Did a number of dives, some near my hotel and some not.

Correct, once you go WITH a guide for a dive or two, then PADI says it's OK to go on your own. You didn't say that.
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #1713 on: January 29, 2015, 10:19:26 PM »

The Maldives have such amazing corals on top, that even without the fancy dive cert you will be blown away

+1. Visibility by the Hyatt was incredible and you could easily see >40 ft away. Here are some pics taken while snorkeling (these were taken elsewhere but visibility and coral were similar)




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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #1714 on: January 30, 2015, 05:53:20 AM »
Went with a guide, yes. Did a number of dives, some near my hotel and some not.

Correct, once you go WITH a guide for a dive or two, then PADI says it's OK to go on your own. You didn't say that.
I thought it was implied that going on our own was of course after we were familiar with the site.
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #1715 on: January 30, 2015, 05:54:38 AM »
+1. Visibility by the Hyatt was incredible and you could easily see >40 ft away. Here are some pics taken while snorkeling (these were taken elsewhere but visibility and coral were similar)




Looks like you could use a red filter!! I got one for my last dive in thailand and it made all the difference.

Where were these taken then? Did u go out diving in other places as well? Excursion type things?
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #1716 on: January 30, 2015, 06:00:03 AM »
I know were going off top here , but look at the colors from my last dive when I used a red filter (this just a screenshot of a video on my phone).

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #1717 on: January 30, 2015, 06:02:09 AM »

Looks like you could use a red filter!! I got one for my last dive in thailand and it made all the difference.

Where were these taken then? Did u go out diving in other places as well? Excursion type things?

Lol yeah. Wasn't really expecting a whole lot out of my phone underwater.

Yeah these were taken on the reef exploration trip. The house reef was just as good I just don't have any good pics

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #1718 on: January 30, 2015, 06:34:37 AM »
Lol yeah. Wasn't really expecting a whole lot out of my phone underwater.

Yeah these were taken on the reef exploration trip. The house reef was just as good I just don't have any good pics

so was the reef exploration trip worth it?
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #1719 on: January 30, 2015, 08:15:51 AM »
Lol yeah. Wasn't really expecting a whole lot out of my phone underwater.

Yeah these were taken on the reef exploration trip. The house reef was just as good I just don't have any good pics
were there turtles at the house reef?

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #1720 on: February 07, 2015, 02:53:36 PM »
Jeez, doesn't TA realize that their #1 hotel is a speedboat ride and not seaplane ride??
But in seriousness, it was an amazing place, not that I have anything to compare it to.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels-cTop-g1

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #1721 on: February 07, 2015, 03:40:40 PM »
Jeez, doesn't TA realize that their #1 hotel is a speedboat ride and not seaplane ride??
But in seriousness, it was an amazing place, not that I have anything to compare it to.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels-cTop-g1
how much did it cost you?

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #1722 on: February 07, 2015, 03:57:03 PM »
how much did it cost you?
Ended up being free.
Was booked into the Conrad pre-deval, they had to close during the summer for renovations, and they ended up refunding the points.

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #1723 on: February 07, 2015, 10:51:35 PM »
Jeez, doesn't TA realize that their #1 hotel is a speedboat ride and not seaplane ride??
But in seriousness, it was an amazing place, not that I have anything to compare it to.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels-cTop-g1

You can't trust TripAdvisor for rankings in a place like the Maldives

Most people who go to the cheaper resorts there are taking a once in a lifetime trip and will gush on and on about how great it was to anyone who will listen

Only thing I would trust them for is pictures and specifics about the resort

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #1724 on: February 08, 2015, 02:28:44 AM »
Most people who go to the cheaper resorts
What are the prices at Gili vs an 'expensive' resort?