Meet our new Cruise Directors on M/V Blue Spirit
We are excited to introduce you to another duo that have recently joined the Blue O Two team, Roy and Maggie, our new Cruise Directors on board our second Maldives vessel, M/V Blue Spirit. We caught up with them to find out about their diving history, life on board M/V Blue Spirit and their favourite dive sites.
What first inspired you to get into diving?
We both started diving when we were 16 years old. Like most divers, we will never forget our first dives and the instant addiction that it sparked in us. In total, we have nearly 60 years of diving experience between us.
What has been your most memorable dive so far?
That is a really tough question, as there are so many dives that have stuck with us throughout the years. You always remember your first Whale Shark encounter, or when you witness hundreds of Hammerheads passing by. But when you have four open water students holding onto you, whilst you have only one reef hook, it is definitely an exhilarating dive to remember.
What is your favourite dive site in the Maldives?
We are still exploring, so it’s hard to tell, as there are over 400 dive sites that we need to get familiar with. Recently, we dived around the middle atolls and have fallen in love with their channel dives, they are amazing. There are so many pelagic species that you can encounter, such as Sharks, Eagle Rays, Tuna, Jacks and Turtles.
Have you got a favourite marine critter? You can name more than one.
All pelagic marine life are incredible, but we both love a good muck dive as well, especially when we encounter a few Nudibranchs. When you get to dive as much as we do though, all marine species are just as interesting as each other.
Where would you like to dive that you haven’t had a chance to yet?
There are so many places that we haven’t been to yet, but high on our to-do list is Japan, the Galapagos Islands and French Polynesia.
Run us through a typical day on board the M/V Blue Spirit
A typical day starts at 6AM, when we wake up and complete our first dive briefing of the day. We then hop on the Dhoni, our sister ship equipped with our dive gear and compressors, with our guests to start the first dive. We then enjoy breakfast with the guests and prepare for our second dive at 11AM. After this, we have lunch on the bow of the ship, where we are surrounded by some incredible views. Depending on the weather, we normally start our journey towards our last dive site of the day. After this dive is done and dusted, the guests tuck into some freshly prepared snacks and if there is no night dive, we all gather around the bar and relax with a drink or two. During dinner, we all chat about the different types of marine life we’ve managed to spot during that day. Finally, it is time for bed where we start it all again tomorrow.
Boat photo – © Lisa Allison
Nudibranch photo – © Sophie Grisard