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Trip Video - Maldives Deep South onboard MV Adora March 2019

Discussion in 'Maldives' started by geo88, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    We encountered some spectacular coral formations on only a couple of the southern dive sites and not until the end of the dives.
     
  2. geo88

    geo88 Angel Fish

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    I won’t say coral formation in Maldives are spectacular since I being better but it is slowly recovering from the coral bleaching due to El Niño few years ago.

    To be honest, I don’t go Maldives for any coral. I go for the pelagic only. Coral in Maldives don’t interest me at all.

    If you really want to see spectacular and colorful coral, you will have to go to Raja Ampat. But then there won’t be as much sharks there as compared to the Maldives.
     
  3. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    I said on only 2 sites, and they were spectacular. My intention was to back up your claim that coral isn't a big selling feature on the south itinerary but that it could still be encountered and pleasantly surprise a diver.

    I've been to Raja Ampat 3 times as well as numerous other Indonesian areas.

    While I'm no expert, I still feel confident on being able to class some coral formations.
     
  4. geo88

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    I only being to Maldives Deep South one time so I am not sure if I have dived in that 2 sites I mentioned. There are just too many good sites in the south and our preference are pelagic priority. Mind sharing what is the name of that site so that I can check back my dive logs. I am pretty sure I did not see spectacular coral formation on my trip.

    I am not going to argue with you in my thread as I am no expert in coral too.

    My personal preference are hard and soft coral which is colorful with deep contrast. I find that Maldives coral formation are mostly white or black which don’t interest me a lot.
     
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  5. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    I'm sorry, no log, so can't help and unless the channel dive spit you out early, as happened to me, you'd have missed it anyway.
     
  6. geo88

    geo88 Angel Fish

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    Yup No issue. Most people who goes to Maldives South for diving are definitely not going feel pain about it. Bonus if see it, if not, no big deal.
     
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  7. ronscuba

    ronscuba Loggerhead Turtle

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    How was the Nauticam WWL lens handling underwater ? Was it negative buoyancy ?
     
  8. geo88

    geo88 Angel Fish

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    Hi,

    The WWL is heavy and definitely negative buoyancy.
    I bought the Bouyancy Collar nauticam to bring it to near neutral buoy. Most expensive piece of foam I ever bought at $50 but it did its job well! lol
     
  9. aviator8

    aviator8 Photographer

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    Nice video and variety of subjects. Can you share some of the setting to shot with? I will be shooting with this same camera on my next trip.
     
  10. geo88

    geo88 Angel Fish

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    Hi,

    I shoot in aperture priority mode for the video. I just adjust the aperture to get the image I want and Shutter speed will be auto adjusted by the camera. I normally adjust the aperture to maintain the shutterspeed above 1/50s. For still photo, I shoot in manual mode.
     

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