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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Maldives

Aggressor Fleet: "Maldives Disappointment", Feb, 2015,

by Mike Szathmary, OH, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8150 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Caribbean, North America
Closest Airport Male Getting There Marathon flights

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute dive time; 45 minutes for night dives.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Plenty of room on both the dhoni and the mother ship for cameras. Gopro was by far the most widely used set up. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
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Comments Most of the reviews I have read about the Maldives Aggressor, and Aggressor fleet in general, have trended positive. I was traveling with my daughter and our experience on this trip does not echo that.

The travel: As with other destinations half-way across the world, the travel time to the Maldives is quite long, 30-36 hours with some really long layovers. We flew Emirates from JFK on one of the new Airbus 380s, and it is quite a nice ride. We booked the travel through the Aggressor travel desk and the first red flag was raised here. They totally botched the billing and trying to get it worked out was harder than it should have been. Dealing with them was not as customer friendly as it should have been.

The country: The Maldives is somewhat of a paradox. Couple the stunning beauty of some of the outlying areas with the attitude and politics. They do not allow anyone to bring any type of liquor into the country due to religious reasons but ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Robert S Kuhn in IL, US at Mar 17, 2015 10:37 EST  
Thanks for your report and honesty. We crossed off the Maldives for similar reasons in other reports, timing seems important for quality diving.
By peter bernstein in FL, US at Mar 17, 2015 11:59 EST  
I totally agree with this report- it would take us up tp 4 hours to do a complete dive as the dohni would have to put put out to the dive sight-the dm then would get in the water to see if it was the dive sight, the we'd put put aroundto pick up the DM then back to the dive sight and drop off 24 divers-on pick up the reverse happened-very frustrating-the local crew was new-as is the custom-they work a couple of trips then quit until their money runs out the get rehired by some other dive boat-still a fan of the Aggressor fleet but not the operagion in the Maldives
By carl berenson in WA, US at Sep 27, 2015 13:01 EST  
thanks for the feedback. it matches my suspicion of the destination as not being diverse enough, expensive, hard to get to, and now i see, terrible dive service, dangerous, and poor attitudes. we are sticking to the tried and true in indonesia. so far, so good. thanks for your report.
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