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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet/Maldives Aggressor in
Maldives/N & S Male & Ari Atolls

Aggressor Fleet/Maldives Aggressor, Dec, 2013,

by Pat Wikstrom, NC, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7499.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Maldives Aggressor ----Dec 1st – 8th 2013

Of the 22 liveaboards I’ve done this was one of the three most beautiful. At 115 ft. long this twin masted iron hull motor sailor sure looked magnificent when they unfurled the sails during a couple of crossings. Bright white paint and polished stainless steel dressed the exposed surfaces; interior spaces are constructed of Mahogany and other hardwoods. The common/public spaces are expansive and very comfortable, partially because all our dive gear follows us around puppy dog style in the wooden 50ft long Dhoni. All diving was conducted from the Dhoni which is well laid out and easily able to accommodate the 19 divers on my trip. Nitrox was consistently pumped at 32% with 3000psi fills.

The passengers were a mixed group of Americans, Canadians, one Japanese couple, and one Swiss national. Ages ranged from 21 to well over 60, experience levels ranged from “just certified” to “thousands of dives”. The weather was beautiful with bathtub warm water. Visibility ranged from a low of about 30ft to somewhere between 65 to 70ft. Dive sites were a mixture of wall ledges for the sharks and gorgeous shallow reefs for the mostly rejuvenated coral with a whale shark snorkel and a wreck thrown in. Just about all the dives were drifts and current ranged from nice and gentle to “ripping”. Several planned sites were abandoned as “too challenging” after the dive staff checked the current, luckily they always had a plan B or even once a third option that was not too far away. Some divers felt they should have figured out a way to break us into two groups so that those with the skills could take on the current. But with the single diver support vess ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas; Belize; Bikini Atoll; Bonaire; California; Cancun; Cayman Brac; Little Cayman; Cocos Isl; Costa Rica; Cozumel; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Florida- (springs, keys); Galapagos; Indonesia; Massachusetts; N.C; Palau; Puerto Rico; Red Sea; Roatan; Saba; Socorro; South Africa; St. Kitts; Thailand; Truk; Turks & Caicos; TVA lakes; Yap; Yucatan Caves;
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-70 Ft/ 9-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 110ft max, come back with 500psi,
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 decent camera table on stern of mothership, separate camera rinse barrel on Dhoni ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By philip nicozisisin FL, US at Jan 20, 2014 20:56 EST  
I was on this liveaboard with Pat, and agree with his detail storytelling of our trip. Brought back great memories. I plan to go on the Aggressor liveaboard in Palau on August 24 please join
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