Maldives Aggressor II - Best of Maldives

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The Maldives Islands lie Southwest of India. Scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the gem-like islands of the Maldives depict the rare vision of a tropical paradise. With a year round water temperature of 27-30ºC the diving is most plesant. The big attractions, for us divers, are the schools of fish that patrol the reefs in colorful packs and the reef's larger inhabitants, including sharks, rays and occasionally even Whale Sharks, are often seen cruising in the blue.

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Day 1: Arrival and boarding from 12pm – 4pm. Departure for night anchorage 5 pm
Day 2 - 6: Eat, Sleep, Dive, Repeat.
Day  7: Diving  in  the  morning  and  return  to  port  after  lunch.  A cocktail party is held at 6 pm and dinner following onboard the yacht.
Day 8: Departure 8:00 a.m. to airport.

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Diving the MaldivesThe Maldives Islands lie Southwest of India. Scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the gem-like islands of the Maldives depict the rare vision of a tropical paradise. Palm fringed islands with sparkling white beaches, turquoise lagoons, clear warm waters and coral reefs teeming with abundant varieties of marine flora and fauna, fascinates visitors as it has for thousands of years.

There are three distinctly different types of diving: inside the atolls, outside the atolls and inside the channels or passes, which is where the currents are strongest and you'll find the greatest congregation of fish life. Most intriguing are the cleaning stations, found around every corner and under every ledge. Groupers, Snappers, Surgeonfish, Eels, Parrotfish, even Giant Napoleon Wrasse park casually in corners, oblivious to all, (including cameras) while armies of wrasse, shrimp and other assorted cleaners pick at debris in their open gills and cavernous mouths. The big attraction, however, are the schools of fish that patrol the reefs in colorful packs: Humpback and Black and White Snappers, Trevally Jacks, Barracuda, Batfish, Unicornfish, Yellowback Fusiliers and Harlequin Sweetlips almost comical in design. The reef's larger inhabitants, including sharks, rays and occasionally even Whale Sharks, are often seen cruising in the blue. 
 
Every Sunday evening, the luxurious Maldives Aggressor leaves the lagoon in Male for a week of hassle-free diving to North Male, South Male, Felidoo Atolls or Ari Atoll.

Male Atoll
Lankan Beyru (Manta Point) The main attraction of the site are manta rays coming to the cleaning station during the southwest monsoon. The divesite is relatively easy to access, with small currents and is very often considered as a good dive to start the week. The cleaning station itself is a large coral block covered with anemones and full of fish life. It is also very common to come across whitetip reef sharks, turtles and napoleons.
Rasfari CornerLarge and shallow plateaus (10 - 20 ft) on the west side of the atoll, right next to the wide lagoon of Rasfari. It is covered with hard corals and hosts a cleaning station during the northeast monsoon. The most common way to do the dive here is to start on top of the reef, which is protected from the currents and after spending some time with the mantas continue the dive towards the wall that drops down to about 75 feet. The wall is nicely covered with hard corals, rich with fish life and popular with turtles.

South Male Atoll
Kandooma Thila - Definitely number one in the ranking of the best dive sites in South Male atoll. Long thila, located in the middle of the channel, offers spectacular conditions to observe grey reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays, big schools of jacks and snappers both with incoming and outgoing current. North side of the pinnacle is nicely covered with soft corals with the top of the reef being home to many reef fish and green turtles. This area can have lots of current.
Rasdhoo Madivaru - Channel dive between Rasdhoo island and Madivaru offering a spectacular ridge facing the ocean to observe grey reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays and large dogtooth tunas. More pelagics are visible during strong incoming currents, the use of current hooks is advisable. The ridge dropping down to 150 feet on the outside, expands to a sandy bottom inside the channel where it is common to see stingrays. If dived during the first rays of the sun, with incoming current and a bit of luck it is possible to encounter hammerhead sharks. In this case the dive starts in the blue. Depending on the air consumption guests will dive on the ridge and then drift into the channel.

North Ari Atoll
Maaya ThilaThe thila (a pinnacle) is about 240 ft wide in diameter and is considered one of the best night dives in the Maldives. Top reef at 15 feet makes it easy to access even with current. The upcurrent side is always very active and busy with fusiliers and snappers. Big jack fish, whitetip reef sharks, stingrays and moray eels can be spotted easily. Some overhangs around the thila provide shelter for turtles. Even though it has a reputation for a night dive it is also quite popular during the day. A few separated coral blocks south of the thila create a tunnel and are full of beautiful coral bushes. With the right current this is a place to spot grey reef sharks as well.
Fish Head - One of the major attractions of the atoll, cannot be missed. Due to its exposure to the currents it offers rich presence of fauna and flora. Big schools of jacks and fusiliers on the upcurrent side as well as difficult to count amount of blue striped snappers hiding from strong currents inside the overhangs all around the thila are the highlights of the place. It is also popular with grey reef sharks, schools of barracudas and dogtooth tunas in the blue as well as turtles and moray eels on the top reef. With strong currents negative entry is recommended and current hooks should be ready to use.
Bathalaamaagaa Kanthila. Long coral ridge in the middle of a channel, extended from the outer reef and sloping gradually down to 25 meters and deeper offering good conditions for observing grey reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays and napoleons as well as schools of jacks and fusiliers. The dive site is active during both incoming and outgoing currents but might be more challenging during outgoing currents of northeast monsoon. Negative entry required and divers are recommended to hide below the depth of the top reef to to protect from the current. Current hooks strongly recommended.

South Ari Atoll
Moofushi Kandu (Manta Point) Drift dive with a chance to see manta rays hovering over the cleaning stations at a depth of around 40-75 feet. If mantas are spotted it is recommended to use current hooks and stay around the cleaning station for a longer time. The dive site is quite popular during the northeast monsoon. Whitetip reef sharks are common visitors around the deeper part of the cleaning station with blue striped snappers and fusiliers being permanent residents.
Kudarah ThilaThe thila is a part of the Marine Protected Area and is often considered the most beautiful site of the atoll with exceptional diving conditions. Overhangs rich in sea fans and the top reef nicely covered with healthy soft corals are the highlights. It is also known for big schools of blue striped and midnight snappers, fusiliers and jacks. It is worth it to have a dive light and look inside small caves where often you will find large grouper hiding.
Kudhimaa Wreck The Kudhimaa Wreck is a 150 feet long cargo ship lying on a sandy bottom at around 90 feet. It was sunk in 1998 and already offers beautiful coral growth and a large variety of species living on it. Nurse sharks, batfish, stone fish, lion fish and moray eels are permanent residents and can be spotted around the wreck. There are a few entrances allowing to penetrate the cargo hall as well as the wheelhouse. The site is nicely protected from the current.
Maamigili Beyru (Whaleshark search) Located on the southern tip of Ari atoll within the Marine Protected Area of South Ari atoll. Shallow and very easy dive which might turn into a very exciting one as it is known as the best location in the Maldives for spotting Whale Sharks.  Whale Sharks can be seen cruising along the reef all year round. Once spotted from the surface, divers enter the water, go down and start swimming along with them. 

Vaavu Atoll
Miyaru KanduOne of the channel dives that you don’t want to miss. With strong incoming current the list of possible encounters is impressive. Mainly grey reef sharks but also whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays, napoleons and tunas are quite common and with the visibility reaching 120 feet during the northeast monsoon it can be the highlight of the trip.
Alimatha House ReefThis is considered one of the best night dives in the Maldives. Every night there is a show performed by a big number of nurse sharks, stingrays and massive jacks. Definitely not to be missed.

The dive schedule is dependent on tides, currents and prevailing weather conditions

Viktig Informasjon

Package includes;

  • Accommodations aboard the yacht
  • Up to 5 dives  per day (2 on the last day), night dives when available
  • Compressed air tanks, weights & belts
  • Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are complimentary while onboard. 
  • Linens are changed mid-week and fresh towels are placed in each stateroom as needed.
  • Breakfast (cooked to order), buffet lunch and an elegant meal at dinner with tableside service are served in addition to fresh mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks.
  • Filled tanks, weights and weight belts are included. 
  • DAN Europe dive insurance (only apply when purchasing flights from DYKKEbazaar/DIVEplanet or for members of the Norwegian Dive Federation)

Not included:
  • Airfare (DYKKEbazaar can assist with flights if required)
  • Insurance
  • Equipment rentals
  • Certification or specialty courses
  • Hotel stays/day rooms
  • Crew gratuity
  • Taxes and Fees (see below)
  • NITROX
  • Airport and/or Hotel transfers on day of charter

Other important information:
Rates: are quoted on a share basis in standard twin shared cabins; therefore you will be roomed with other persons of the same gender. If you would like a private room, the cost is 65% surcharge and will guarantee you a private stateroom.
Surcharge: for upgrade to Deluxe ($100 01jan18-06jan19 & $140 06jan19-03jan21) and to Suite ($700 01jan18-06jan19 & $770 06jan19-03jan21)

Destination good for: Incredible healthy reefs are home to brightly colored Anthias, Leafish, soft corals and Napoleon Wrasses. Big animals include: Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, schooling Gray Reef Sharks and Hawksbill Turtles. All doves from skiff (dhoni)
Water Temperature: 27-30ºC. 3mm wet suit recommended
Taxes & Fees: Each guest must pay a Port Fee of $290, which includes government bed tax, tourist tax and other fees at the end of the charter when settling your bill and a 12% GST tax on onboard purchases. These may be paid by Visa, MasterCard, US dollars, Travelers Checks or Rufiyaa. There is a 3% fee on purchases made onboard when using credit cards. 
Arrival/Boarding/Departure: Y
ou are encouraged to either get a day room at one of the local hotels or wait at the Coffee Club located just outside the arrivals hall, where the staff will greet you at 3:30pm and transfer you by  water  taxi  to  the  yacht at  4  pm.
The Maldives Aggressor II anchors in the Hulhumale Lagoon, which is a 15-minute boat ride from the airport
Facts about the Maldives Aggressor - click here
See dive map for this destinationclick here

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