Egypt:  The week on board Mistral started in style at Ras Katy with a turtle and feather ray being the first big sightings of the trip.  A large school of bat fish impressed at the Dunraven and there were several free swimming morays seen during the week – always great to see just how big they really are.  But it was the Thistlegorm that got this group’s thumbs up, with one atmospheric dive following the other.  No matter how many times you dive this wreck, there really is always something new to find.

Maldives:  If your dive log could do with pepping up then you could not make a better choice than the Maldives at the moment.  Hot off the press from Orion – 6 nice and friendly mantas at Rangali Manta Point in Ari, one whale shark, one frog fish, the wreck at Machafushi was literally covered with thousands of silversides and a beautiful dive at kuda Rah in south Male’. Finishing up the day with a great channel dive at Miyaru Kandu…about 30 eagle rays and 20 or so grey reef sharks and some big yellowfin tuna and barracudas. Not a bad day of diving and adventure on Orion for sure!

Indonesia:  We take a look at Raja Ampat this week from the decks on Indo Siren – the award winning Newcomer of the Year 2011.  Underwater photographer and ScubaZoo legend Christian Loader was on board and there were plenty of photo opps to keep him happy.  There were majestic mantas swooping over everyone’s heads at our favorite manta cleaning station, Manta Sandy, and some very friendly mantas feeding and being cleaned above the appropriately named seamount, Blue Magic.  Several sightings of tasseled wobbegongs were especially appreciated by the experienced group as many of them had never seen one.  And then there was all the wonderful and weird macro that Indonesia is so famous for!  What a great week.