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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Ken Mostello, MA, US
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Report Number 5728
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Truk Lagoon, North Sulawesi, Bora Bora, Caribbean, Sea of Cortez, Socorro
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hour maximum dive, maximum 100 feet, no solo diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dive guides were not terribly helpful on briefing U/W photographers on
photo opportunities before each dive.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
3 stars    
The Maldives Aggressor boat is professionally operated and certainly up to
the standards of other boats in the Aggressor fleet.  The food on the boat
was outstanding and the crew went out of their way to provide top notch

The weather was unusually poor during our ten day cruise which resulted in
choppy seas and disappointing visibility but otherwise did not impact the
diving too severely.  We had numerous manta encounters at Manta Point on
Male Atoll, but no whale sharks during the trip.  We also spotted eagle
rays and manta rays on several occasions.  Turtles were fairly common and
there were a few sightings of napolean wrasses.  There were several dives
where we encountered gray reef, white tip, and black tip sharks.  Macro
subjects, though, were few in number.

The dive guides were professional and did provide appropriate safety
briefings.  However, briefings generally lacked any useful descriptive
information on what to expect to see during the dive.  

One serious disappointment was the lack of respect shown by some divers
toward the reef.  Divers wore gloves when told explicitly not to do so. 
Much worse were divers putting their gloved hands on coral heads, breaking
pieces of coral, and using pokers to prod fish out of their holes.  Despite
repeated complaints to the Aggressor staff, no serious effort was made by
them to enforce their own rules.

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