Join Cathy on the Maldives Aggressor from October 3-13, 2021
Like jewels in a crown, the atolls of the Maldives will make a stunning backdrop to this exciting tour around the best dive sites the Maldives has to offer. Join Cathy for this exciting trip aboard the beautiful Maldives Aggressor.
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. The Maldives are a tropical destination for liveaboard scuba diving with a year-round sea breeze.
The 'Best of the Maldives' offers a 10-night voyage that includes the areas of: Male Atoll, North Ari Atoll, South Ari Atoll, Vaavu Atoll and Meemu Atoll. The diving includes spectacular channel-drift dives, wrecks, pinnacles and world famous night dives. Guests will embark and dismark from Male. This is a year round itinerary, with October being a prime time for weather and marine life. Guests may dive up to 27 dives on a 10-night itinerary.
Sample Dive Sites:
Photograph the amazing fish, manta and shark action, dive with schools of fish over healthy reefs in the around the palm fringed islands with sparkling white beaches and turquoise lagoons. You will love diving in an ocean the way it was designed to be with a group of like-minded divers and Cathy along to make sure we ALL have a good time and get beautiful photos to show off at home. AND we ALL leave our politics behind. No Politics or religion will even be mentioned during this trip!! No hint, no comment, no jokes.
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 ft
The Maldives has been an Aggressor destination since 2009
There are 3 wonderfully comfortable and luxurious types of staterooms available:
A comfortable stateroom with a queen bed (for couples only) with a private head and shower and panoramic window. All with individual climate control, monitor with media player and hair dryer.
Stateroom 8 and 9 have two twin beds with the option to create a king bed. Stateroom 10 and 11 have a queen bed (for couples only) with a private head and shower and picture window. All with individual climate control, monitor with media player and hair dryer.
A comfortable stateroom with two twin beds. Private head and shower, porthole windows, individual climate control, monitor with media player and hair dryer.
Relax in the shade on the sun deck, or on cushioned lounges in the sun, or even in a Jacuzzi!
The photo center has a digital video and stills photo editing computer.
The Dhoni Boat
Much of the diving in the Maldives is drift diving. Due to this all dives will be made from a beautiful 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:
Every day starts with a cooked to order breakfast are complimentary while onboard.
About The Maldives
There are three distinctly different types of scuba diving at the Maldives: 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.
There are two distinct monsoon seasons. The northeast monsoon is from December to April and offers fair weather with significant currents. The southeast monsoon is from May to October with more wind and less current. The Maldives liveaboard scuba diving itineraries have been designed to offer the best diving according to the different seasons which is why there are so many different itineraries.
The big attraction in the Maldives for scuba diving are the schools of fish that patrol the reefs in colourful 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. Manta Rays can be seen year round with the best time for feeding station encounters from May - November. Whale Sharks are also seen year round with the most encounters in April, May, October and November.
There are several daily flights to and from the Malé International Airport prior to embarking or post disembarking depending on which itinerary you choose from. For more information, see itineraries listed above.
Getting ThereThe Maldives lie 370 miles southwest of Sri Lanka scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The Male (MLE) International Airport is located on Hulhule Island. Many major airlines fly into Malé (MLE): Singapore, Emirates, Sri Lankan, Delta and Qatar Airways. There are many connecting flights from the US, the UK and Europe. WE WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND ARRIVING AT LEAST A DAY BEFORE THE AGGRESSOR LEAVES. CATHY WILL BE STAYING AT KURUMBA ISLAND RESORT.
Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. US citizens are required to have a passport valid for 6 months from date of entry. It is YOUR responsibility to ensure you have the proper visa for travel to and from the Maldives. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement.
Guests will be met at Male airport by a crew member of the Maldives Aggressor II wearing an Aggressor polo shirt and hat at 3:30 pm and then transferred by water taxi (complimentary) to the yacht at 4 pm.
All guests must be onboard by 5 pm on all itineraries so the yacht can depart for its first night anchorage with the first dive the following morning.
Malé International Airport: If your trip embarks from Malé and you arrive early in the morning, you are encouraged to either get a day room at one of the local hotels or wait at the Coffee Club located just outside the arrivals hall, where the staff will greet you at 4pm and transfer you by water taxi to the yacht. The Maldives Aggressor II anchors in the Hulhumale Lagoon, which is a 15-minute boat ride from the airport.
On the last day disembarkation is at 8.00am.
Photography trips with Cathy Church
The best reason to join Cathy on a dive trip is because she brings along EXTRA back-up camera gear in case YOU have a breakdown! The best insurance policy ever! She will contact each guest in advance to find out exactly what you are bringing, and will ask you to send a photo of the assembled system (unless she has already known your system from earlier classes and trips). She can then plan her back-up systems accordingly.
Cathy will be available throughout this trip to answer questions, help with problems, critique as needed to troubleshoot or just to admire your photos. If you have topics in particular that you would like Cathy to do a presentation on, Cathy is quite happy to do that on the boat.
Mostly, Cathy is there to make sure that you are getting the care you need, the dives you want, and the services above and underwater that you are expecting. Cathy is also there in case another guest is making you feel uncomfortable or is disrupting your ability to enjoy the trip. Fortunately, Cathy has been called upon to do this only about three times in her more than 50 trips, but Cathy has nipped several issues in the bud before anyone even knew about it.
Cost for this Maldives Aggressor trip is:
US$4450.00 pp for double occupancy in a Twin cabin (single supplement is an additional US$4450.00)
US$4650.00 pp for double occupancy in a Deluxe cabin (single supplement is an additional US$4650.00)
Included: Transfers are included to/from Male airport to the Maldives Aggressor
Accommodations aboard the yacht (per person, based on double occupancy)
Diving, compressed air tanks, weights & weight belts
All meals and snacks, non alcoholic beverages, and local beer/wine
We STRONGLY recommend adequate travel insurance
Diver insurance is mandatory
Each guest must pay a Port & Ramp Park Fee of US$350 per person, which includes government bed tax, tourist tax and other fees at the end of the charter when settling your bill and a 12% GST tax on on board purchases These may be paid by Visa, MasterCard, US dollars, or Rufiyaa. There is a 3.5% fee on purchases made onboard when using credit cards. Sorry, no personal cheques.
On the last evening, there may be a complimentary walking tour of Male. Dinner at a waterfront restaurant may be included for $35 per person.
PLEASE NOTE WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND ARRIVING A DAY EARLIER. CATHY WILL BE STAYING AT THE KURUMBA RESORT THE NIGHT BEFORE THE TRIP, A BEAUTIFUL ISLAND RESORT ONLY 10 MINUTE BOAT RIDE FROM MALE AIRPORT.
To reserve please send a cheque for the deposit if US$1500.00 per person, either direct to us in Grand Cayman at: Cathy Church's Photo Centre, Sunset House, 390 South Church Street, George Town Grand Cayman KY1-1106, Cayman Islands, or call us toll free (from US/Canada/UK) on 1 (607) 330-3504 with your credit card details. Please note, credit card payments incur a 2.5% additional fee.
Initial deposit US$1500.00 per person
2nd deposit 50% by 21st October, 2020
Final payment by 3rd June, 2021
Cancellation before 20th October 2020 - US$1500
From 21st Oct to 22nd February 2021 - 50% deposit forfeited
From 23 February 2021 to 2nd June 2021 - 80% deposit forfeited
After 3rd June 2021 - 100% forfeited