Mal­dives Ag­gres­sor II

This lux­ury yacht of­fers mul­ti­ple ac­tion- packed itin­er­ar­ies in the In­dian Ocean

Scuba Diving - - Train - By Brooke Mor­ton

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.

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