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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Maldives

Aggressor Fleet, Nov, 2013,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 48 reports with 20 Helpful votes). Report 7404.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I had a great time. The crew did a superb job all-around, especially considering there was a full boat (20 guests). Two of the DMs were native Maldiveans, who really knew the water and selected dive sites based on current conditions. There was a lot of plankton in the water, limiting visibility to 50-60 feet, but this brought in the big fish (trevally, Napoleon wrasse, large snappers) and we saw TWO whale sharks, one during the surface interval between dives 1 and 2 (we snorkeled) and during the 2nd dive. Amazing. You really have to watch your depth, since the whale shark underwater was first sighted about 90 feet, and gradually went down beyond 100 feet. Coral shows a lot of bleaching, but there were still tons of fish--I saw just about everything in the guide to fishes in the Maldives. Food was tasty and plentiful--lots of local fish (yum--I can eat steak anywhere). Omelets/eggs cooked to order every day except last. I'm a deck walker, and I got in my daily laps around the boat on the walkway surrounding the captain's bridge. Nice sundeck with pads available to put on the wooden deck chairs. Large area on bow area with tables and chairs--dinner was served there one night and cocktails on the last night. Indoor lounge/dining area was comfortable, even with 20 guests hanging around during the day. Soft drinks/beer in fridge available 24/7. Wine available after last dive upon request (stocked behind bar). Individually controlled AC in cabins and large shower/toilet area. Despite wind and heavy rain during a few nights, the boat didn't rock at all at anchor, so I slept well. Dhoni crew especially helpful--truly valet service; they are well-coordinated and efficient in getting everyone suited up and in the water fast. Barely had time to sit down on bench after dive before I was handed a fresh towel and water. I'd definitely recommend spending extra days before/and or after the week on the boat.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean (especially Aruba), all over Hawaii, Palau, Mexico-Yucatan area
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 79-84°F / 26-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-60 Ft/ 15-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Maldivean law limits dives to 100 feet (30 meters) and 60 minutes. Guides must enforce these regs, so please expect to be warned if you exceed them.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I wasn't lusing a camera, but the crew was careful in handling camera equipment to divers in water. Separate rinse bucket on dhoni. Large camera table and charging outlets on main boat.
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