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Dive Review of Aggressor IV in
Cayman Islands

Aggressor IV, May, 2004,

by Robin C. Russell, WA, USA . Report 1340.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Galapagos, Belize, Italy, Barbados, Bali, Mexico, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Seattle
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Be honest and always report depth and time. Otherwise no restrictions.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I am a beginner and did not take advantage of the fabulous facilities except slightly. Steve was magic with the camera. We enjoyed evening videos of that days dive. The complimentary and purchased DVD's were well worth the money. If you want to learn or improve your advanced skills this is definitely the place to do it.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My friends and I lucked out BIG TIME. This trip could not have been more perfect! I was traveling with two other's; my sister-in-law and her long time childhood friend - we are all in our 40's. I have the most diving experience so they were a little nervous - one made more dives than I did! Just as the Aggressor says - Eat, Sleep and Dive which we did for 5 and 1/2 days. I did 23 dives out of a total possible of 26 (sat out 3 of the night dives).The big question when diving the Caymans on a liveaboard is: "will we be able to make the crossing to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman" as the seas can be rough. Within two days we were diving the famous Bloody Bay Wall and the Russian wreck the Tibbetts. Another concern was: "would every dive site be covered with other divers and boats" - absolutely never a problem. EVERY DIVE WITHOUT EXCEPTION WAS PERFECT! The seas were calm, the visibility crystal clear, the marine life and corals plentiful and the crew and ship unbelievably amazing. I took my chances and had the fleet assign me a roommate and we got along great (she gave me the bottom bunk). We became dive buddie's and got our Level II certification (thanks John!). My average dive was 45 min., 80 ft (I did several deep dives for certification) and even did the scooters - too much fun! Captain Tom ran a fun, organized and safe ship and all of the passengers got along famously such that we gave the crew going away gifts at the going away Crew Party. We were spoiled with a French trained guest diver chef Marie who made magic in a small boat galley. Warm towels, treats, hot tub, freshwater shower greeted us after every dive. Top deck barbeques (prime rib one night!) and service by the hardworking dive guides/cabin stewards/galley crew (all one and the same) never stopped. Having already mentioned the others - thank you also to Dave and Nick - two of the most hard working, dedicated and fun dive guides you will ever meet. For you "can't get away from business types" AT&T Wireless works perfect and not nearly as expensive as every other type of communication I researched. I will definitely go on another Aggressor trip and hopefully to the Caymans with Captain Tom again.
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