Maldives Aggressor Liveaboard Review

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Expensive, and Luxury!


Maldives Aggressor powers through the waves! A shot from the bow.

Maldives Aggressor dive boat review

Unlike some of the purpose built safari boats you may find cruising the atolls, the MV Maldives Aggressor is a 115 ft. long yacht. With a 26 ft. beam and 9 ft. draft. Diesel powered and able to cruise at 12 knots, it looks and feels more like a real sea-going experience as opposed to some of the more boutique liveaboards available elsewhere. Safety has not been compromised however and the vessel is built to Lloyd’s Registry and American Bureau of Shipping Standards.

Able to hold a maximum of 20 passengers / divers, the cabins on board are the more traditional bunks – called ‘staterooms’ – available in deluxe, twin and value configurations dependent on your budget. You can check here the MV Maldives Aggressor schedule.

Don’t think for a minute you are compromising though. This is still a luxury liveaboard. Each stateroom has en-suite bathroom with shower, as well as its own air conditioning.

Also available on board are computer and underwater camera charging stations over and above the power points available in the staterooms (110v power at camera charging stations – for use of 110v in other areas, we suggest you bring USA 110 to 220 twin pin socket adaptors).

Boat Layout

Other facilities on board this amazing yacht include a spacious saloon area for chilling out in and also, a large flatscreen TV, where you can enjoy briefings and presentations from the dive staff on board. This doubles as somewhere where you can watch movies, read books or listen to music from the selection on board.

layout of the maldives aggressor boat

Layout of the Maldives Aggressor boat

There is an ample sundeck onboard the vessel which is partially covered and has a seated chaise lounge area complete with a ‘wet bar’. Please bear in mind, of course, that when you take a drink you become a sunbather for the rest of the day!

Please be aware of local alcohol laws in the Maldives – be sure to check if you have special requirements. Alcoholic beverages are available by special permit to international tourists traveling to the Maldives. A limited selection of beer and wine is offered at dinner. Scotch, rum, gin and vodka can be purchased by the bottle but must be ordered at least 7 days prior to departure date. The menu is a fantastic combination of western and local flavours with the facilities to adapt to any special dietary requirements.

Getting down to the nitty-gritty of scuba diving, the boat is fully equipped with 2 scuba compressors with cascade storage and, very importantly for those making multiple dives and wanting to stay fresh and extend bottom time, a nitrox membrane system. We would always recommend nitrox on repetitive dives,which is well worth paying the additional fee.

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Dive director, Belinda, giving a presentation on board the Maldives Aggressor.

All diving from the Aggressor boat is done from one of the Dhonis – the local boats – which track you from the surface. Please be aware that currents are prevalent in the Maldives and therefore a reasonable level of experience and ability to cope with currents is advised. Please also note the dive computers are mandatory on this safari for each scuba diver – as is a surface marker buoy and surface signalling device in the event of an emergency. The local depth limit, for those with the appropriate qualifications, 98ft/30m. The Maldives Aggressor fleet sensibly follows local safety regulations.

Overall this is a well organized and set-up Maldives dive safari.

With regard to budget, prices range from USD2,295 to USD2,895 depending on your cabin choice and season.

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Note: some destinations may not be listed below, please enquire for more details.

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  1. There were 20 of us on the MV Maldives Agressor but the boat crews were always happy assisting us. I met them first in the Male airport where they greeted us and advised us of our schedule to transfer on the boat on the same day. We had a lovely dinner where everybody got introduced to the crew. To my delight, dinner was great and I had a very sound sleep after.

    My room on board MV Maldives Agressor was air conditioned and had a private bathroom. They also provided the hair dryer. We woke up early at 6 am for a light breakfast and we had a briefing before our first dive.

    Each day we had four dives. We went around with a large dhoni that also carried our oxygen tanks. The crew was always assistive in taking care of our equipments. On board, we had a camera rinsing stations, chargers and a camera table for our convenience.

    On some occasions, we had to use a reef anchor due to strong currents but it was no biggie. We were always excited to discover what we could find underwater. There were groupers, tuna, giant trevallies, turtles, wrasse, manta rays, frogfish, moray eels, bat fishes and sharks.

    One of my favorite dive spot was the Broken Rock that looked like a rock split in half if you look at it on a map. We had to enter the canyon one by one. It was covered by soft corals and there were beautiful fan corals too.

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