Maldives Aggressor II
This luxury yacht offers multiple action- packed itineraries in the Indian Ocean
The Maldives, an island nation southwest of India, is best known for abundant pelagic life, from whale sharks and oceanic mantas to Napoleon wrasse and hammerheads. Many of the dives are in channels connecting an inner atoll lagoon to the ocean. The incoming and outgoing tides attract legions of hunters eager to take advantage of a surge that pushes a buffet of life in their direction. The opportunists include big schools of barracuda, giant trevally jacks, snappers and more. Beyond the rush and the big stuff, these islands are home to reefs teeming with the tiny — macro life such as nudibranchs and ghost pipefish are daily finds in this Indian Ocean outpost.
Altogether, this destination contains 1,190 islands, far more than any vessel could visit in a week. Because of this, Maldives Aggressor II splits its time between three areas and a total of eight itineraries.
In the area known as “Best of the Maldives,” which includes North Male, South Male, North Ari Atoll, South Ari Atoll, Rasd- hoo and beyond, guests can choose between three separate itineraries that focus on different islands within the region. Highlights of this area include drift dives alongside sharks, and dives on wrecks and pinnacles.
Diving in the “Southern Hemisphere” area is largely devoted to channel diving. Here, the rewards are many: oceanic mantas, whitetip reef sharks, gray reef sharks, and Napoleon wrasse, as well as massive schools of tunas and jacks.
The third area, referred to as “Far South” and “Deep South,” is visited in February and March, and targets some exceptional spots, like Whaleshark Point, and a night dive at Alimatha House Reef, where stingrays and jacks feed in an action-packed frenzy that makes for adrenaline-filled viewing.
Enjoy spacious comfort aboard Maldives Aggressor II while exploring the islands of the Maldives — and keep your snorkel gear ready for encounters with whale sharks.