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

Aggressor Fleet/Bandos Island Resort: "Maldives March 2015", Mar, 2015,

by Janice Smith, MI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 8170 has 7 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Fiji, Sulawesi, Australia, Cocos, Galapagos, Caribbean
Closest Airport Male Getting There Jet Blue / Emirates (DTW-BOS-DBX-MLE) No issues, just a long flight and long layover in Dubai

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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)
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Dedicated camera table and rinse tank on dhoni and dedicated table on main boat with towels. Al ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Robert S Kuhn in IL, US at Apr 01, 2015 14:26 EST  
How many guests were on board? Where were they from? How was your room?
By Hal Shanis in PA, US 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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