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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Maldives/South Pinnacles

Aggressor Fleet: "Best of the Maldives on the Aggressor II", Dec, 2018,

by Gregg Backemeyer, FL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 10805.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was my third Aggressor boat and the best yet. Although the Paula Aggressor with chef Shay was the best food ever. While the outside needs a scraping and paint (who cares?) the interior was big and very nice. It would seem to have been refurnished on the inside pretty recently. The salon was spacious and was adjoined by the dining area. And adequate A/C in the salon and cabins. The cabins were very nice with side by side beds, a big shower for a boat and a separate water closet with the sink/vanity in between. I will say the mattresses were a bit like concrete but Iím OK with a firm bed. Lots of drawers, a closet with some hangers and ample storage under the bunks for our bags. Hair dryer and robes included (which I donít use, but hey). I was in a deluxe cabin on the upper deck and it was worth the little extra. Change of linens/towels 1/2 way through the trip was the standard.

The food was very good and the chef quite proud of his creations. We had a beach BBQ and party, including volleyball, the 2nd to last night. The food was awesome as was the island and ambience. Eggs to order after the 2nd dive (continental available at daybreak), buffet style, an excellent hot lunch buffet style, and a sit-down dinner. Great soups at lunch and dinner. Snacks occasionally in the afternoon after the last dive. Free beer and wine available for evenings. Iíve had better food on liveaboards but not by much. The last (Saturday) afternoon included a walking tour of Male followed by dinner at a roof top restaurant. No booze. This is a predominantly Muslin country so your alcohol consumption is only beer and wine on the boat.

The diving was very good. This is not Indonesia but well worth experiencing. Iíll give you THE TIP right now - THE BEST DIVING IS THE FAR S0UTH PINNACLES IN FEB/MAR. Lots of pelagic activity then but also currents.
But our diving was good. They have a large dive Dhoni with is self contained and all diving is conducted from it. The coral, hard and soft, was thick and the tropical fish abundant. The pinnacles were awesome. We snorkeled one location and did have 1 whale shark. 2 night dives and both were good but the last one was pretty cool as it was a manta cleaning station with lots of activity and a wild ending. The other was a pier with lots of nurse sharks and a little manta activity. The 2nd night dive was kind of wild - the boat was anchored a bit aways and there was surface current! It was a crazy scene getting people on the boat. I came by down the port side of the boat where there is no ladder and had to grab hold of the back of the dive/swim platform. Of course there was hot chocolate after. We did 19 dives on the 7 day/night trip. We started and ended in Male.
The water temp was a consistent 83 Fahrenheit ALL THE TIME. No thermoclines to speak of. I took my 3mm suit but wore my full suit LavaCore every dive. Donít forget your reef hook and snorkel. Theyíll provide dive lights at no charge. I took my Nautilus radio but didnít really need it (like I did in Socorro and other places with huge swells). I would suggest you wear 1.5mm gloves every dive. I didnít wear a beanie at all even though I took it.

Pick up at 3:30pm on Sunday at the airport and off the boat at 8:00am the following Sunday. They pick up/drop off right at the airport with the Dhoni. The airport is right at the harbor.

The staff was quite good and I always felt safe on the boat and in the water. The DMs were more than capable and knew the dive sites well. The cruise director Tony was friendly and did a good job with the dive briefings. He also created an excellent trip video which was available for $65.

Overall I would recommend the Maldives and the Aggressor II as a trip to do! I recommend avoiding the north reefs and sticking to the south itineraries.
Websites Aggressor Fleet   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving French Polynesia, Mexico, Caribbean, Guadalupe Island, Socorro Island, South Florida, California, ABC Islands, Honduras, Hawaii, Panama, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, BVIs, AVIs, Bermuda, Dominican Republic, Solomon Islands, Galapagos Islands, Palau, Indonesia (Raja Ampat), Maldives, et al
Closest Airport Male Getting There I flew MIA through CDG (Paris) to Male, Maldives on Air France. Other than layovers in Paris not too bad.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 83-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-100 Ft/ 8-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All dives were lead by a DM which was OK. Many of the sites had current and we used reef hooks. The DMs were very helpful and safety oriented.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The boat had both 110V and 220V at charging locations. Adequate space for all.
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