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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet/Bandos Island in

August, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by David Schwab, AE, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6658
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Norway, UK, Egypt, Med, Thailand, Burma
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
30   to 31    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits; time limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boat crews handled camera equipment with great care; separate bucket to
wash down equipment.  Aggressor had a nice table and charging station.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Flight on Condor Frankfurt to Male' was relatively inexpensive.  Pick up at
the airport went smoothly.  I stayed at the Bandos Resort for four days
before boarding the Maldives Aggressor.  Bandos is very close to Male' and
the airport.  Very clean, lots to do, good service.  Don't sign up for the
meal plan . . . choose a la carte.  Good dive centre; first place I have
dived where they really did a serious check out dive . . . on that dive (a
shore dive) we saw a squadron of Mantas (6 or 7)!  Too bad I was giving my
camera housing a check out dive, too, and left the camera on shore.  Timely
pick up by Aggressor in their dhoni. Aggressor boat is roomy and
comfortable; I am not a fan of top bunks, but I survived; large
shower/toilet area.  My cabin was amidships; I was told cabins in the bow
were not as comfortable.  Crew was the best; two hosts always providing
service . . . drinks, snacks, etc.  Excellent dive briefings; dhoni crew
very professional.  Meals were good and plentiful; some chicken a bit dry,
but fish & red meat were good.  Presentation would make Gordon Ramsay
proud of this chef.  Nice variety of dive sites; a couple had strong
currents; on a couple of dives we waited patiently for Mantas that did not
appear.  On a night dive most divers surfaced to find the dhoni gone . . .
had we misunderstood the dive plan?  We were on the surface for about 30
minutes before we were picked up.  I liked diving from a dhoni . . . all
the dive equipment remained on the dhoni; the crew carefully moved cameras
back to the main boat.  After the last dive the crew took care of cleaning
and drying equipment.  This boat does not have a hot tub . . . probably no
room for it.  Air and water temps were pretty constant at 30-31 degrees C. 
Very comfortable weather; very FEW insects (I expected mosquitoes). 
Overall, this was a worthwhile trip . . . a very hospitable crew (mostly
Maldivian) . . . super diving conditions . . . very comfortable boat.  I
recommend it with a few days at a resort before and/or after (Aggressor can
made arrangements for you).
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