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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in

August, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Elizabeth Russell, PA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"Decent diving but a problematic boat"
Report Number 9007
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Indonesia, Fiji, Thailand,
Egypt, Galapagos, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Chuuk, Central America
Closest Airport
Male International
Getting There
Doha, Qatar on Qatar Airways
had great service

Dive Conditions

choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deeper than 98 feet and surface with 500 psi (these not enforced)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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Shore Facilities  
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Camera table and rinse tank on dhoni and mother ship.
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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We spent the week of July 31-August 7, 2016 on the Maldives Aggressor and
it did not live up to our expectations. The boat had many issues, which
made the trip very uncomfortable for all on board. On Tuesday, one of the
generators quit working and the crew switched to the alternate generator.
This generator also broke down, leaving the boat with emergency battery
power only. One of the winches that bring up the anchor was broken and the
other was unable to work without the generator. Basically, the boat was
dead in the water, unable to move because the it was anchored. Most of the
passengers were out on a night dive when the generator failed and all the
flashlights were on the dhoni for the dive. The crew lit candles, which we
felt was a safety hazard. My buddy and I, who skipped the night dive,
rounded up flashlights and provided them to the crew, who were using their
phones to light the engine room and diagnose the problem. No power means no
air conditioning, no water-making capabilities, no tank-filling ability,
and no way to move the boat in case of an emergency. The crew moved the
bedding onto the deck for passengers who wante ...
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By lyndad2 at Aug 13, 2016 19:13 EST  
Wow!  What I difference from my experience in Nov. 2013.  Hope you got some
$$$ compensation.  I'm not a photographer, but I would think it was the
responsibility of the owner of the camera to make sure the housing was
secure. After all, many of these camera geeks spend ALL their spare time
working on their cameras, photoshopping, downloading, etc. (not very
sociable).  I wouldn't get in the water without checking my gear again if
someone else set it up.
By chunk at Aug 15, 2016 11:54 EST  
I would welcome a dive where no cameras or only a Go pro were allowed. 
Camera buffs tend to line up and hold the dive up underwater all trying to
get a picture of the same thing while thus who are just there for the dive,
get to look at photographers backs and fins.  I am sorry tis person lost
their equipment
By schwinnfin at Aug 23, 2016 21:40 EST  
The owner of the camera was a casual photographer. We were told that the
crew would only move the cameras if the owners said they wanted them on the
boat but they put every camera on the dhoni every dive.
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