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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Cayman Islands

September, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Ellen Smith, MN, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 6693
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Utila (Aggressor), Belize, Bonaire, & Hawaii.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
85   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Requested to surface with 500psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Great camera table set up, separate rinse tank, and crew helped with any
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
My dive buddy and I originally booked the Turks and Caicos Aggressor, but
were contacted 3 weeks prior and asked to choose another destination within
the Caribbean because we were the only passengers on the Turks boat. The
staff at the Atlanta office helped us rebook our flights and get a new
hotel reservation. We ended up not having to pay any penalties, which kept
us happy. We arrived in Grand Cayman the day before and were glad to have a
day to recover before heading to the boat. We reached the boat at 3pm on
Saturday and were greeted by Captain Lauren and crew. We set up our gear
right away before taking our suitcases down. In addition to Captain Lauren,
the crew was Sarah, Garrett, Mark, Michael and Chef Alan.  This is the
"second" crew as the main Captain and cook were on their break
week. Not a problem for us, we adored Captain Lauren and Chef Alan. Both
were top notch! The rest of the crew varied.....Mark (instructor) was prone
to snarky comments and seemed rather bored. He led two different dives, one
of which was more like a race. Sarah was very helpful and nice, but aborted
a night dive because of her ears and most of the divers got slightly lost
as a result. (though we all found our way back, many did not enjoy the
experience) Garrett is a young fellow who seemed to be doing every
imaginable job on the boat---he led the shark dive, feeding them with
lionfish. Michael was a "trial" crew member, we found him
refreshingly excited to be on the boat. Captain Lauren led the best dive of
the week and was a joy to dive with---she loves her job, that much is
clear! Chef Alan did a wonderful job of keeping us well fed. The main
problem here: we all gained weight!!
As for the diving, we all enjoyed Stingray City and Little Cayman is
amazing. Don't skip any of the sites on Little, they are all great. The
dawn divers were rewarded with an eagle ray. The soft corals are
fabulous---the small critters abundant. The sheer beauty of the wall and
the majesty of the huge barrel coral were breathtaking. One could play with
the grouper and "call" the sharks by banging on the wall. (they
must be expecting lionfish) I spent all my extra time at the end of my
dives happily under the boat checking out the jawfish or redlipped
blennies.  Every dive was over an hour, with my longest being 90 minutes.
The Tibbetts wreck on Cayman Brac was fabulous but I could have skipped the
Kittiwake wreck on Grand Cayman. It has no life growing on it, but should
be interesting in 20 years. The final dive at Devil's Grotto on Grand
Cayman could have been skipped---the reef is in sad shape and compared to
what we saw on Little Cayman. However, the boat did need to get back to the
All in all, we were very lucky as there was residual hurricane weather in
the area the week before we arrived and they were expecting a bit more from
a different weather system the week we left. Our weather was beautiful and
the water was warm enough that even with the long dives, I didn't need any
exposure suit or hood. I would recommend this trip---but I would also
considering staying on Little Cayman in the future (with a quick stop at
Stingray City!).
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