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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet/Maldives Aggressor in

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by bob kopki, VA, US
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Report Number 5414
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
palau, yap, sea of cortez, hawaii, little cayman,
turks & caicos, bahamas, most of caribbean, cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 ft max ( Maldives local restriction)
no deco diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera table on main ship & dive vessel. Charging table on main ship
fresh water rinse barrels on dive vessel.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
The Maldives Aggressor is a wonderful 117 ft spacious steel hulled diving
sailing ship.We had 20 divers on board and there was plenty of room for all
to spread out. The ship is only one year old so all facilities are new and
in great condition.Diving is conducted from a separate 40 ft diving Dhoni,
a traditonal local vessel outfitted for diving, which worked well as a
diving tender. Feb and March are dry months on the Maldives & we has
sunny skies & flat seas the whole time.

Generally, 4 dives per day were conducted. I had read some prior reports
about coral bleaching damage in the Maldives, and was concerned about this.
However the majority of the reefs we dove were in great shape with
magnificient hard & soft coral. There were a few sites where the old
bleaching damage was evident.The variety & abundance of tropical fish
was just fantastic. There were many local Indian Ocean tropicals that I had
not seen elsewhere that were just wonderful, with fantastic colors.Also,
fish common in the Caribbean, like groupers & surgeonfish, had
brilliant new colors in the Maldives. We did two Manta dives at cleaning
stations & got up close to 4 mantas at a time. There were also 3 dives
at sites frequented by sharks & we saw several white tips, grey reef
sharks, black tips, and a few large Napoleon Wrasses.We were unsuccessful
at locating a whale shark on our trip. Supposedly, they are plentiful at
other times of the year.

Visibility was a disappointment, averaging 30-50 ft. Currents were
generally moderate, but on one or two dives they were quite strong in
sections and made it difficult to enjoy those areas. 

The crew was very friendly & most accommodating, led by the personable
ship Manager Belinda. Food was plentiful, but just average quality overall.
Breakfasts were varied & great. But lunch & dinner quality was hit
& miss. Some were great, others fell short on quality. The cook had a
tendency to overcook meats & fish. Lots of fruit & veggies on
board, plus fruit drinks. No charge for alcoholic beverages.

It's a long trip to get to the Maldives. For me, a 7 hr flight to London,an
overnight layover, and then a 10 hr direct flight from London to Male.

I'd go back in a heartbeat. Recommend the dry months of Feb & March.
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