Get to know our new Cruise Directors on M/Y Blue Voyager
We are excited to introduce you to two new members of the Blue O Two team, our new Cruise Directors for our M/Y Blue Voyager vessel in the Maldives, Cris and Nunu. We caught up with them to find out about their diving history, how their new life on board M/Y Blue Voyager is and why they wanted to join the Blue O Two team.
What first inspired you to get into diving?
We have both been diving since we were teenagers, as we have such a passion for the ocean and every type of marine life. Both of our first dives were in the Caribbean and we have been in love with diving ever since!
Have you got a favourite marine critter? You can name more than one.
Definitely Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Batfish and Whale Sharks for me (Cris), whilst Nunu loves spotting Juvenile Angel Fish and Tiger sharks.
Where would you like to dive that you haven’t had a chance to yet?
For me (Cris) I would love to dive Costa Rica and Mozambique, whilst Nunu has Socorro, French Polynesia and Indonesia on her diving bucket list.
What has been your most memorable dive so far?
For me (Nunu) it has to be my first dive in Fesdu Lagoon, as I was surrounded by tonnes of Manta Rays. For Cris her favourite is a dive at Isdhoo during April this year, as she had never seen so many fish in her entire diving life.
What interested you into joining Blue O Two?
For me (Cris) I was wanting to work on a liveaboard for a couple of years and I am ecstatic I am now working for a reputable diving company. Nunu was already working for Blue O Two for a few years with the Red Sea team.
What are your responsibilities as cruise directors?
Customer service is our priority, so we make sure that all the logistic and daily schedules are run in a safe and organised way. We also carry out general office management for the boat.
What is your favourite dive site in the Maldives?
We both have a few! We love Favahumla for its Pelagics, Fesdu for the many Mantas and Fotteyo for the abundance of sharks that you can spot.
Run us through a typical day on board the M/Y Blue Voyager
Our day starts at 6AM, when we wake up and get ready for the day ahead. At 6:30AM we start the first dive for our guests, which begins with a briefing before we go into the water. This lasts for around an hour and then we tuck into breakfast. The second dive begins at around 10AM, with the last dive commencing at 4PM after lunch. If there isn’t a night dive scheduled, we relax at the bar and have dinner with the guests before we go to bed and start it all over again tomorrow. Eat, sleep, dive and repeat.
Eagle Ray photo – © Rian Onderwater