Maldives Aggressor II - Best of Maldives with Baa & Hanifaru

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Although the Maldives are known around the world for the spectacular beaches and azure waters that typify the tropical idyll, its life under the water's surface is now a lot more respected by scuba divers in the know. The Maldive Islands offer gret coral reefs, but it is the abundance of marine life through the entire archipelago that sets it aside from other dive locations around the world.

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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.


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. 

Baa atoll
With the diverse marine life around its reefs, thilas (submerged islands), overhangs and swim throughs, Baa Atoll deserves its UNESCO status. On either side of the thila are large rocks where schooling black jacks hunt fusiliers.

To the south-east of the atoll is Nelivaru Haa and part of the atoll’s protected reef, is the Horubadhoo Thila, Advanced divers can explore Dhonfanu Thila and its swim throughs, at a depth of 39-52 feet (12-16 meters). You'll ascend to its exit at 59 feet (18 meters). The top of the reef is found at 46 feet (14 meters) and drops off to 98 feet (30 meters). Amongst the caves and overhangs, you’ll also find stingrays, big groupers, friendly batfish or a school of oriental sweet lips. Located at 82 feet (25 meters) is the base of a narrow swim through lined with black coral. The thila is covered in different hard and soft corals, lots of macro life and large pelagic. This entire reef becomes a cleaning station during manta season, and while they hover to be cleaned, you’ll be able to observe them closely. Shoals of glassy fish also swim around the coral. The thila starts at 26 feet (8 meters), and as you descend you may see manta rays. Depending on the light and density of the shoal, it can be a spectacular sight. The topography around this site is unique.

The popular whale shark spots may be full of ravenous snorkelers, but Baa Atoll’s dive sites are well chartered and offer lots of diverse diving and marine life. Star shaped canyons are found in the middle and overhangs, which are covered in hard and soft corals, are found on the reef’s walls. The coral appears through them, distorted, as though you’re wearing glasses with the wrong prescription. The south-west monsoon (May to November) sees manta rays using the thila as a cleaning station. Expect to see lots of other fish: redtoothed triggers, black pyramid butterflyfish, parrotfish, angelfish and starry rabbitfish. Amongst the reef’s overhangs are yellow-lined snapper, soldierfish and cleaning wrasses. 

Hanifaru atoll
Hanifaru in Baa Atoll, is an uninhabited island of the Maldives with a small, enclosed, underwater bay approximately the size of a football field, locally known as ‘Vandhumaafaru Adi’. This small area coupled with the rich plankton-filled soup has altered the natural feeding habits of these graceful creatures whose wingspan can reach up to 3. These stately creatures are observed bumping into each other as the veritable feeding frenzy unfolds.

Observing the manta feeding freezy in Hanifaru Bay is a spectacle to behold. During mass feeding, of 50 or more mantas, the head of the line catches the tail and the chain spins into a vortex. There can be no doubt, witnessing this spectacle can be considered an once in a lifetime experience.

If the number increases to over 100 mantas they spiral out, the chain breaks down and chaos feeding ensues.5m. Tourists flock to this confined soup bowl, to observe mantas ‘cyclone feeding’. Guy Stevens, a British marine biologist and director of the Manta Trust, shares his experiences, “Just after high tide you’ll see a few manta rays turn up, then poof, a whole group will move in, and you’ll get as many as 200 feeding for 2 to 4 hours in a bay no bigger than a soccer field”. Mantas are usually observed feeding in a sedate, patterned behavior which includes barrel rolling and swimming near the surface to funnel their microscopic meal via their cephalic lobes into their wide mouths which is filtered and the water is then passed back out through their gills,

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)
  • Airport and/or Hotel transfers on day of charter

Other important information:
Rates: are quoted on a share basis in Deluxe 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 ($200)  and to Suite ($1000 26feb18-24nov18, $1100 17feb19-18nov20)
Park fees:  
Each guest must pay a Port & Park Fee of $350, 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 on-board purchases 
Destination good for: Lots of pelagic fauna, reef sharks, whale sharks, oceanic mantas, tiger sharks and hammerheads.
Best time for this departure: Between May and November each year, during the South West Monsoon, a lunar tide also occurs which results in a massive build up of plankton in the bay. This high concentration draws in hundreds of filter feeders and it is not unusual to see up to 200 manta rays accompanied by whale sharks
Water Temperature: 27-30ºC. 3mm wet suit recommended
Taxes & Fees: Each guest must pay a Port Fee of $290 USD (7 nights) or $310 (10 nights) 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: Guests will fly to Malé International Airport and from there, (if on the Laamu/Gan or GAN to Malé itinerary) will take a domestic flight prior or post charter week.
Domestic Flight / Itinerary examples: Guests who will need to fly in or out of Laamu (Kadhdhoo (KDO) or GAN (Gan Interntional Airport (GAN) will take a domestic flight with Maldivian Aero. Flights are not included and can be booked by DYKKEbazaar or DIVEPlanet.
We strongly recommend to arrive at least one day prior to the charter start date and to stay in either a hotel or resort in the Malé area or, our Aggressor Adventure department has many other wonderful choices of places to stay on other islands for extended stays. 
All guests must be onboard by 5 pm on all itineraries so the yacht can depart for its first night anchorage with the first dive the following morning. Malé International Airport: If your trip embarks from Malé and you arrive early in the morning, you 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 3:30 pm 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. All Other Domestic Airports:  All other itineraries include domestic flights prior or post charter weeks. It is encouraged that all guests arrive on flights after 12 pm noon. Guests will be met at the domestic airport by an Aggressor Fleet representative between 12 pm and 4 pm. All guests will be transferred by water taxi and must be onboard the yacht by 5pm. It is recommended that guests take the latest domestic flight from Malé to arrive by 4 pm.
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