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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet/Bandos Island Resort in
Maldives/S Male and S Ari Atolls

March, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Janice Smith, MI, US
Reviewer   (3 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
"Maldives March 2015"
Report Number 8170 has 6 Helpful votes
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Fiji, Sulawesi, Australia, Cocos, Galapagos, Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There
Jet Blue / Emirates
(DTW-BOS-DBX-MLE)  No issues,
just a long flight and long
layover in Dubai

Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives lead by multiple guides, but not required to stay with the guide.
No dives over Nitrox limit or 100 ft. Most dives drift.  Safety sausage
with reel was needed.  Reef hook needed for some dives as current in some
areas strong (current = more sharks)     
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Dedicated camera table and rinse tank on dhoni and dedicated table on main
boat with towels.  Al ...
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5 stars
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Value for $$
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3 stars   
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Maldives has been on my bucket list for some time.  I am so glad I made it.
 First lets talk about Diving.  I met the Aggressor crew  at the Male
airport on Sunday.   The professionalism I have experienced before with
other Aggressor trips, was evident from the beginning.   They helped us
wiht our luggage to their their Dive boat (Dhoni) and took us to the main
boat, a large 115+ ft sailing vessel.   They checked us into our rooms and
helped us get our dive gear assembled to make sure we had everything
needed.  We had a safety briefing and tasty dinner on board.  Next morning,
we started the daily routine of 6:00 am wake up, coffee/light breakfast if
desired, 6:30 dive briefing, first dive, return to boat for breakfast,
10:30 dive briefing, second dive, lunch, 2:30 dive briefing, third dive;
5:00 or 6:00 dive briefing/final dive.   We did 4 dives a dive with
exception of last two days where we did 3 and 2 to return on time
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By rskuhn at Apr 01, 2015 14:26 EST  
How many guests were on board?  Where were they from?  How was your room?
By shanish at Apr 04, 2015 16:35 EST  
I am going in to weeks. what type of camera did you bring? Would you
recommend bringing  one? I have to shop for one quickly. Thanks for your
review. I am  looking forward more now than ever.
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