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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Maldives

Aggressor Fleet, Oct, 2010,

by Ken Mostello, MA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5728.

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

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1 hour maximum dive, maximum 100 feet, no solo diving
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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 service.

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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