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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet/Maldives Aggressor in

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by robert kopki, VA, US
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Report Number 6494
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Yap, Sea of Cortez, Hawaii,
Throughout the Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 ft MAX.....local law, no reason to
go deeper  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Fresh water wash tank for cameras on dive vessel.
Camera table on dive vessel & mother ship.
Charging stations in AFT area of mother ship & in main salon.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
This was my third trip on the Maldives Aggressor, so they must be doing
something right, and they are.

The entire crew is very customer service oriented & they will do
whatever possible to make your voyage as pleasant as possible. The food was
reasonably good for liveaboard food, although the cook had a tendency to
overcook meat & fish. His pastas were amazingly good, especially since
he was from Sri Lanka. Lots of fruits & veggies available with meals,
as well as fruit drinks. Breakfast & lunch were always great as well as
the deserts.

All diving was done from a 40+ ft diving Dhoni, a separate boat used
only for diving. This boat was well equipped as a diving vessel. 
The standard routine was 4 dives per day, starting at 7AM. Dives were
selected to present a wide mix of terrains and areas to see a variety of
species...large and small. They tried like heck to find us a whale shark,
going to all the right places, but luck was not on our side this week.
Apparently they saw 3 WS's on the previous voyage. We did see a wide
variety of Maldives marine life from the macro, to swarms of the amazing
tropicals there, to sharks, rays and some really huge giant trevallys and
nurse sharks. There were some areas where there had to be literally
thousands of schooling fish around us, truly amazing.In general, the coral
was very healthy,beautiful,and impressive. Although, a few areas still had
some evidence of the bleaching damage from 12 years ago. We encountered
moderate current in a few areas, but it was not the norm.

It came down to the next to the last day of diving and we had not seen a
Manta at any of the normal cleaning stations. The Manager knew that we all
wanted to see mantas. So he called his divemaster buddies & found out
that the Mantas were still regularly seen back at the Male Atoll,7 hours
away. To accommodate the divers, he turned the boat around & we sailed
overnight to get to Male Atoll for our last day of diving. We had two great
Manta dives to conclude our voyage. Pretty good customer service !

I'd go back in a heartbeat, although it is a very long trip from the USA.
Saying that, half the people on the boat were Americans.

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