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. 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 III leaves the lagoon in Male for a week of hassle-free diving to North Male, South Male, Felidoo Atolls or Ari Atoll.
Diving begins Monday morning and ends Saturday afternoon when the Aggressor returns to port. Monday through Friday there are 3 - 4 dives offered each day and night diving most nights. Saturday a half-day of diving is offered. The dive schedule is dependent on tides, currents and prevailing weather conditions.
Getting There, Passports & Visa Documentation:
The Maldives lie 370 miles southwest of Sri Lanka. Scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Male (MLE) International Airport is located on Hulhule Island.
Many major airlines fly into Male (MLE): Singapore, Emirates, Sri Lankan, Delta and Qatar Airways. There are many connecting flights from the US, the UK and Europe. Recommended Hotels: Bandos Island Resort, Dsala Boutique Hotel (Male), Traders Hotel (Malé). Day room recommended on the day of departure at the Hulhule Island Hotel.
Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. US citizens require a passport that must be valid for 6 months from date of entry. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper visa to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement.
Guests will be met by a crewmember in uniform at the Male (MLE) International Airport and transferred by water taxi together as a group to the yacht at 4 pm. The Maldives Aggressor anchors in Male lagoon, which is 15 minutes from the airport. That evening the yacht departs for its night anchorage to prepare for diving Monday morning. After a full week of diving, the Maldives Aggressor returns back to port Saturday afternoon after lunch. Checkout is Sunday morning at 7 am. Transportation is provided back to the Male International Airport Sunday morning.
Taxes & Fees:
The Maldives Government charges a bed tax of $8 US per person per day and a tourist tax of $190 per person (7 night trips) which is collected at the end of the week when you settle your tab. (MasterCard/Visa, US dollars, Travelers Checks or Rufiyaa are accepted, personal checks are not accepted). (there is a 3% fee for purchases made onboard when using credit cards and traveler’s checks)