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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Maldives

Aggressor Fleet, Apr, 2013,

by Mary Marshall, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7425.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The crew was one of the best we've ever had in many Aggressor trips around the world! Everyone on the crew was outstanding and they all went out of their way to make our week the best it could be. They were friendly, sincere, and dedicated. When any problems arose, above or underwater, the crew acted quickly to help us solve them. Wasif was a particularly fine dive guide. The captain, Mahmood, was wonderful. The chef and attendants were excellent - Hassan, in particular.

As with our experience the previous week on the MV Orion, many of the dives were deep, murky channel dives with lots of current. But, because most of the divers were North American and preferred shallower wall and reef diving, there were usually more shallow profiles available, and those provided some beautiful reef life. We also had a couple of wonderful, if short, dives with a whale shark.

We have one big complaint about the boat - this was not the fault of the crew: only very heavy STEEL tanks were available; all aluminum tanks were apparently out being serviced (despite the fact that there was no charter for a week or two before ours). The first two dives, we were way too heavily weighted and had a lot of difficulty underwater. I took out weights the next dive, and still was very negative and unable to attain neutral buoyancy (usually no problem for me). I skipped the final two dives the first day because I was so exhausted from fighting with the heaviness underwater. Finally, I removed all weights from my BCD, AND put on an extra neoprene vest to add buoyancy. I was then able to feel neutral underwater, but I still had problems with the steel tank: every time I shifted even slightly to one side underwater to look at something, the tank shifted on my back and pulled me off balance to the side. Many other people had this same problem with the tanks shifting underwater, even the dive guides, so it wasn't just my BCD. These tanks seriously impacted our enjoyment of the diving.

I weigh 120 pounds. There were some other small women among the divers. The larger, heavier divers could manage the steel tanks better because they were plenty buoyant and had to wear additional weights. WHY couldn't the owner have at least retained some aluminum tanks for the smaller guests? Or serviced the tanks on an unscheduled week? Even the larger divers had trouble with the tanks shifting. We've never had a problem like this on an Aggressor, or any, liveaboard.
Websites Aggressor Fleet   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Multiple Caribbean locations, Fiji, Galapagos, multiple Hawaii locations,
Socorro, Palau, Red Sea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Had to stay with group on deep channel dives, could be more on our own on shallower dives.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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