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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in

February, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Szathmary, OH, US
Reviewer   (3 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Maldives Disappointment"
Report Number 8150 has 2 Helpful votes
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Caribbean, North America
Closest Airport
Getting There
Marathon flights

Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minute dive time; 45 minutes for night dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Plenty of room on both the dhoni and the mother ship for cameras.  Gopro
was by far the most widely used set up. ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Dive Operation
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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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

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  ...
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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
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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