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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet/Maldives Aggressor in
Maldives

Aggressor Fleet/Maldives Aggressor, Mar, 2012,

by robert kopki, VA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 6494.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Yap, Sea of Cortez, Hawaii,
Throughout the Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 ft MAX.....local law, no reason to
go deeper
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Fresh water wash tank for cameras on dive vessel.
Camera table on dive vessel & mother ship.
Charging stations in AFT area of mother ship & in main salon.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my third trip on the Maldives Aggressor, so they must be doing something right, and they are.

The entire crew is very customer service oriented & they will do whatever possible to make your voyage as pleasant as possible. The food was reasonably good for liveaboard food, although the cook had a tendency to overcook meat & fish. His pastas were amazingly good, especially since he was from Sri Lanka. Lots of fruits & veggies available with meals, as well as fruit drinks. Breakfast & lunch were always great as well as the deserts.

All diving was done from a 40+ ft diving Dhoni, a separate boat used
only for diving. This boat was well equipped as a diving vessel.
The standard routine was 4 dives per day, starting at 7AM. Dives were selected to present a wide mix of terrains and areas to see a variety of species...large and small. They tried like heck to find us a whale shark, going to all the right places, but luck was not on our side this week. Apparently they saw 3 WS's on the previous voyage. We did see a wide variety of Maldives marine life from the macro, to swarms of the amazing tropicals there, to sharks, rays and some really huge giant trevallys and nurse sharks. There were some areas where there had to be literally thousands of schooling fish around us, truly amazing.In general, the coral was very healthy,beautiful,and impressive. Although, a few areas still had some evidence of the bleaching damage from 12 years ago. We encountered moderate current in a few areas, but it was not the norm.

It came down to the next to the last day of diving and we had not seen a Manta at any of the normal cleaning stations. The Manager knew that we all wanted to see mantas. So he called his divemaster buddies & found out that the Mantas were still regularly seen back at the Male Atoll,7 hours away. To accommodate the divers, he turned the boat around & we sailed overnight to get to Male Atoll for our last day of diving. We had two great Manta dives to conclude our voyage. Pretty good customer service !

I'd go back in a heartbeat, although it is a very long trip from the USA. Saying that, half the people on the boat were Americans.

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