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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Maldives

Aggressor Fleet: "Decent diving but a problematic boat", Aug, 2016,

by Elizabeth Russell, PA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9007 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Weather sunny Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 81 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deeper than 98 feet and surface with 500 psi (these not enforced)
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Camera table and rinse tank on dhoni and mother ship. ... 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 2 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 $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments We spent the week of July 31-August 7, 2016 on the Maldives Aggressor and it did not live up to our expectations. The boat had many issues, which made the trip very uncomfortable for all on board. On Tuesday, one of the generators quit working and the crew switched to the alternate generator. This generator also broke down, leaving the boat with emergency battery power only. One of the winches that bring up the anchor was broken and the other was unable to work without the generator. Basically, the boat was dead in the water, unable to move because the it was anchored. Most of the passengers were out on a night dive when the generator failed and all the flashlights were on the dhoni for the dive. The crew lit candles, which we felt was a safety hazard. My buddy and I, who skipped the night dive, rounded up flashlights and provided them to the crew, who were using their phones to light the engine room and diagnose the problem. No power means no air conditioning, no water-making capabilities, no tank-filling ability, and no way to move the boat in case of an emergency. The crew moved the bedding onto the deck for passengers who wante ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By lyndad2 at Aug 13, 2016 19:13 EST  
Wow! What I difference from my experience in Nov. 2013. Hope you got some $$$ 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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