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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet/Maldives Aggressor in
Maldives/N & S Male & Ari Atolls

December, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Pat Wikstrom, NC, US
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Report Number 7499
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas; Belize; Bikini Atoll; Bonaire; California; Cancun; Cayman Brac;
Little Cayman; Cocos Isl; Costa Rica; Cozumel; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican
Republic; Florida- (springs,  keys); Galapagos; Indonesia; Massachusetts;
N.C;  Palau; Puerto Rico; Red Sea; Roatan; Saba; Socorro; South Africa; St.
Kitts; Thailand; Truk; Turks & Caicos; TVA lakes; Yap; Yucatan Caves;
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110ft max, come back with 500psi,   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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decent camera table on stern of mothership, separate camera rinse barrel on
Dhoni ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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3 stars
Service and Attitude
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4 stars  

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Value for $$
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Maldives Aggressor ----Dec 1st  8th  2013

Of the 22 liveaboards Ive done this was one of the three most beautiful.
At 115 ft. long this twin masted iron hull motor sailor sure looked
magnificent when they unfurled the sails during a couple of crossings.
Bright white paint and polished stainless steel dressed the exposed
surfaces; interior spaces are constructed of Mahogany and other hardwoods.
The common/public spaces are expansive and very comfortable, partially
because all our dive gear follows us around puppy dog style in the wooden
50ft long Dhoni. All diving was conducted from the Dhoni which is well laid
out and easily able to accommodate the 19 divers on my trip. Nitrox was
consistently pumped at 32% with 3000psi fills.

The passengers were a mixed group of Americans, Canadians, one Japanese
couple, and one Swiss national. Ages ranged from 21 to well over 60,
experience levels ranged from just certified to thousands of dives. The
weather was beautiful with bathtub warm water. Visibility ranged from a low
of about 30ft to somewhere between 65 to 70ft. Dive sites were a mixture of
wall ledges for the sharks and gorgeous shallow reefs for the mostly
rejuvenated coral with a whale shark snorkel and a wreck thrown in. Just
about all the dives were drifts and current ranged from nice and gentle to
ripping.  Several planned sites were abandoned as too challenging after
the dive staff checked the current, luckily they always had a plan B or
even once a third option that was not too far away.  Some divers felt they
should have figured out a way to break us into two groups so that those
with the skills could take on the current. But with the single diver
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By philip nicozisis in FL, US at Jan 20, 2014 20:56 EST  
I was on this liveaboard with Pat, and agree with his detail storytelling
of our trip. Brought back great memories. I plan to go on the Aggressor
liveaboard in Palau on August 24 please join
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