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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Maldives

Aggressor Fleet, Jan, 2009,

by Mike Traylor, TX, USA (Contributor Contributor 13 reports). Report 4636.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cayman Islands, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Bonaire, Costa Rica, Bahamas, Belize, Monterey Bay, Cozumel, Palau.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas surge, currents
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 90 feet max. depth, 45 min. bottom time up to 60 min. if shallow max. depth.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No dedicated rinse bucket on dhonis and No dry table or forced air blowers on the boat.

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The boat was the "Sachika"(topclassdiving.com), a last minute substitute for the new Aggressor boat (not yet ready). Well-appointed, but catering to Italians, and with Italian dive-masters, who were not up to what I've experienced with Aggressor in the past. The food was monotonous and hot dishes were usually served cold. The only free drinks were water, tea, and coffee.
The cabins were large with the largest heads I've seen, but the showers were always cold and complaints were greeted with advice to turn the knobs another way.
The diving can be very exciting, but currents were often the stongest I have ever encountered and this is not diving for the casual or inexperienced diver. Visibilty was often poor. The coral is not as pretty as many Pacific locales. The dive masters did not pay enough attention to diver safety and one seemed to have less English skill than he thought. No safety or evacuation briefing when we boarded the boat. The dhonis used to reach the dive sites are difficult to board at the end of a dive and crowded.
It is unlikely that an American would wind up on this boat unless the Aggresssor Fleet continues to use it as a substitute, but I suggest asking if you're booking an Aggressor trip in the Maldives in the near future.


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