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Maldives Aggressor II

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 The Maldives Aggressor II has an overall length of 41-meters (135-feet) and carries up to 22 divers. Her varied itineraries cover Central, South and deep South Atolls.


ON BOARD MALDIVES AGGRESSOR II


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ACCOMMODATION ... AMENITIES ... DIVING ... WHAT'S INCLUDED


  • CABIN TYPES
    2 upper deck DOUBLE/TWIN staterooms

    1 king bed or 2 twin beds & picture windows
    2 upper deck DOUBLE staterooms
    queen bed & picture windows 
    1 main deck DOUBLE stateroom
    queen bed & panorama windows
    6 lower deck TWIN staterooms
    twin beds (side by side) & port windows 
    All cabins have en-suite bathrooms, individual climate control, flat screen monitor with media player and hair dryers.

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    DIVING
    up to 3 dives per day all from the dive dhoni

    12 liter alu tanks
    (DIN & INT valves)
    15 liter alu tanks
    (trquest in advance - possible extra cost)
    scuba gear rental
    (by advance request)
    nitrox
    water temperature: 78 - 82F, 25 - 28C  ...  3mm wetsuit recommended


  • WHAT'S INCLUDED
    accommodation & diving

    meals, snacks, water, tea & coffee
    glass of wine with dinner
    compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
    airport transfers


  • WHAT'S EXTRA
    international & domestic airfare

    alcoholic beverages
    scuba rental gear
    (by advance request)
    15 liter tanks & nitrox
    environmental tax
    fuel surcharge on some trips


SLEEK STYING, CONTEMPORARY DECOR


Maldives Aggressor was purpose-built with a modern design and 4 decks of space for divers.  On the top deck, you'll find a group of sun loungers, a large covered lounge area with comfortable seating  ... as well as a Jacuzzi.  Just below that, on the upper deck (bridge deck) is another huge exterior lounge which is mostly covered but still offers the option of catching some rays.  Two of the large cabins, with picture windows, are located on this levelL. The main deck houses the spacious salon, an indoor dining area and a very large master suite with queen bed & panorama windows. This deck is home to a third & smaller exterior salon with cushioned seating and small tables.  On the lower deck are 6 twin cabins.

As is typical in the Maldives, all dives will be made from a custom-built diving dhoni (60 feet in length) that is very easy to dive from. It has ample space for divers, their equipment, photography equipment, hot water, a full bathroom and 5 compressors.

Your chef prepares breakfast, lunch and an elegant meal at dinner with tableside service in addition to fresh mid-morning and afternoon snacks. Beverages included are: fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, tea, coffee, and local beer and wines.

Depending on which cruise you choose, a visit to an inhabited island with a 'palm hike' and a barbecue on a desert island may be offered.  If your itinerary ends in Malé, (last diving day), a complimentary walking tour will be offered in the city and dinner is ashore that night at a waterfront restaurant.  It is approximately $35 pp and is the only meal not included in the price of your trip.

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DECK PLAN

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 SPECIFICATIONS

Port: Male, Maldives

Built and maintained to the specifications of the local regulatory agencies and the regulations of the country of the flag.

Length:  135 foot (41 meters)
Beam: 28 foot ( 8.5 meters)
Passengers: 22
Crew:  16

The Maldives has been an Aggressor destination since 2009.

PROFESSIONAL CREWS

Captains and staff are professionally licensed as required by the laws of the country in which the yacht operates and complies with and the appropriate flag state regulations and/or SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) standards. All yachts are required to follow Aggressor Fleet® Standard Operations Procedures (SOP). Dive instructors and divemasters are trained and certified by international recognized certification agencies. Each receives proficiency training and annual inspections to review safety aspects.

MACHINERY

Generator(s) 110-208 ac voltage capable of supplying the yachts needs
SCUBA air compressors with cascade storage
Nitrox membrane system with cascade storage
Watermaker with ample storage
Support dinghies with outboard motors for shore excursions and scuba diving

NAVIGATION

Radar
Magnetic Compass
Depth sounders
Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

COMMUNICATIONS

Multiple VHF radios
Long Range Single Side Band Radio
Satellite Phone (where necessary)
Satellite Email (where necessary)

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Hang bar for safety stops (where necessary)
Complete First Aid Kit and medical supplies
D.A.N. Oxygen System with 100% demand regulator
Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
Fire and Smoke Detection Systems
Fire extinguishers and Fire Fighting Equipment
EPIRB – Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
Life rafts & rescue craft
Life jackets equipped with lights and whistles for all passengers and crew
Full Complement of Safety and Rescue Equipment
Emergency flares


ITINERARIES


Maldives Aggressor concentrates on the classic diving of the Central Atolls with trips to the South and Deep South early each year (later January through mid-April.

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The final itinerary is, of course, always dependent upon weather, sea conditions and where the best animal sightings are at any particular time of year

Best of the Maldives tours offer 7 and 10-night trips with 3 to 4 different classic routes that include the areas of: North Male, South Male, North Ari, South Ari, Vaavu and Rasdhoo ... and sometimes Baa Atoll.  You'll have spectacular channel-drift dives, wrecks, pinnacles and world famous night dives.  These routes begin and end in Male, the capital of the Maldives and run year-round. 

Deep South & Southern Hemisphere itineraries are generally scheduled January through April and include 7-night charters which include mostly pelagic fauna. Reef sharks, whale sharks, oceanic mantas, tiger sharks, eagle rays and hammerheads but also some beautiful overhangs with soft corals, schools of reef fish & macro critters.  Depending on the itinerary you choose, you will most likely visit 2 of the following atolls : Vaavu, Meemu, Laamu, Thaa, Huvadhoo, Foammulah and Addu

CENTRAL ATOLLS will generally include 2 to 3 of the following, depending on the itinerary you choose:

North Ari Atoll: find caves & overhangs here are home to home to a variety of fish … from dog-toothed tuna, napoleons, trevallies and barracuda to parrotfish, butterflyfish, blue face angelfish, batfish and lionfish. You’ll encounter grey reef sharks and white-tip sharks … while on the top of the reef, countless fusiliers dart around and those lovely, ever-present-in-the-Maldives blue-stripped snappers move in waves. Lovely soft corals and gorgonian fans add color … and there’s a nice little wreck …. a fishing trawler with coral growth and loads of fish and critters to add interest.

South Ari Atoll: popular for its population of whale sharks. In season you’re likely to have the opportunity to snorkel with one or more. But, whale sharks aren’t all there is. You’ll find caves and overhangs, more sharks … plus fusiliers, angelfish, tuna & jacks, large sea fans, soft corals and an abundance of other marine life.

North Male Atoll: one of the finest sites in the Maldives for sighting those majestic mantas. A cleaning station here can be very busy between May and December, with cleaner wrasse anxious to get to work on their oversized friends as they sail in. It’s a bit like a busy barber shop!

South Male Atoll: a challenging thila dive here offers some lovely corals and schools of pelagic fish … plus eagle rays and sharks. Another small wreck features some good macro options.

Vaavu (Felidhe): there’s a popular channel dive here with nurse sharks as well as black tip and white tip reef sharks. A possible night dive at a jetty offers up loads of nurse sharks & sting rays. Another dive, loved by photographers in particular, is alive with soft corals in lovely hues and includes a nice variety of reef fish.

Rasdhoo Atoll: a popular reef dive which is usually also very sharky if you’re there early in the day … although the hammerheads tend to be around most of the time. Big schools of pelagic fish are commons as well as the ever-present snappers, fusiliers & batfish.

Baa Atoll: known even to non-divers, Hanifaru Bay is a UNESCO reserve designed to protect the exceptional marine life that congregates within its remarkable shores. The funnel-like bay and reef have a tidal, current action that traps plankton and other nutrients at certain times. Mantas, whale sharks and other animals arrive for a feeding frenzy unlike any other we know of. At times there can be more than 100 mantas taking part in this huge feast. In the neighborhood are other dives where you’ll find hard & soft corals and a sampling of the other Maldives characters: the turtles, the snappers, the sting rays, the sharks … and even a critter or two.

SOUTHERN ATOLLS: 

Vaavu (Felidhe): there’s a popular channel dive here with nurse sharks as well as black tip and white tip reef sharks. A possible night dive at a jetty offers up loads of nurse sharks & sting rays. Another dive, loved by photographers in particular, is alive with soft corals in lovely hues and includes a nice variety of reef fish.

Thaa Atoll: known for both mantas and eagle rays and plenty of pelagic fish, there’s also a nice channel dive which often includes a few sharks, including occasionally some silvertips.

Foammulah: if you’re looking for sharky dives, you need look no further. Tiger sharks, thresher sharks, hammerheads and silky sharks can be found in this region … plus oceanic mantas. The currents can be wild, so, it’s strictly for advanced divers. If you’re in that category, this is thrilling stuff! There’s also a beautiful wall dive with more of the same characters and schools of pelagic fish.

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TRAVEL & CRUISE LOGISTICS


Most itineraries leave from the Hulhumale Lagoon, which is a 15-minute boat ride from the Male International airport. Guests will be met at the airport by a crew member and transferred by water taxi (complimentary) to the yacht at 4 pm.  Cruise start check in is Sunday from 3.30pm  ... (or from 11:00 am weekdays on some itineraries) and all guest must be on board by 5pm.  After boarding, the yacht departs for its night anchorage to prepare for diving the next morning.  Depending on the itinerary, the checkout will be either on Sunday or during the week at 8 am.   If your cruise ends in Male, transportation is provided back to the Male International Airport after breakfast.

For the Southern Hemisphere Itineraries, guests will either board the boat in Male and end in Addu or board in Addu and end in Male. On both outbound and inbound routes a one way domestic flight will be required at GAN International Airport located in Addu Atoll (GAN). There are several daily flights to and from the Malé International Airport / Addu Atoll (GAN).

 


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