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Dive Review of Aggressor in
Cayman Islands/Aggressor IV

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Allan Freilich, NY, US
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 6540
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
new york city, belize, honduras, st lucia, cozumel, california etc
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large camera table for service and charging, compressed air.  Camera handed
down to you after jumping into the water.  Always careful with large rigs.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
This is my fourth Aggressor trip starting back in 1989, my 2nd on The
Cayman Aggressor.  My buddies and I were looking to finally get to Little
Cayman, but alas, weather, weather.
We had forty knot winds throughout the trip and Captain Alan Roberts, an
over 35 year veteran, did a fantastic job running around Grand Cayman
keeping us out of the bad weather.  In fact, we only lost one night dive,
and luckily so; we were just about to get into the water when I and others
noticed that the boat had swung around its mooring and a squall was
coming-it could have been a very serious night dive, but we saw it and the
Captain cancelled the dive.  Whew!

The crew, as usual, was exemplary in their service and attention to
everyone's needs.  One of my buddies took a wreck diving course with
instructor Mark, a former Royal Navy diver.  His course was no joke.  Reels
and lines, closed eyes, into holds, jammed reels; he faced quite alot on
the Kittiwake, even though the wreck is totally safe.
We had cabin 7 which was the best one I've been in.  
The main salon has been updated since our last trip with new computers and
fresh tables, and dining equipment.

Even though I had my reg checked and serviced before leaving, the octopus
free flowed before i hit the water before the first dive.  Mark the
divemaster was right there to switch out the reg (couldn't service the
Poseidon-seems few can :)so I didn't miss the dive.  Excellent service and
always with a smile.
It seems that on the last few trips fewer folks are carrying big camera
rigs-by far my Nauticam D700 was the largest beast with the giant wide
angle dome. The captain labelled it 'the volkswagen'.
Meals as usual were varied and plentyfull, and now lionfish is on the
menu-Captain Alan is amazing at spearing these critters and attempting to
feed them to local barricuda and grouper-sometimes they take it, sometimes
not. The remainder came on board for snacks or dinners.
My two buddies and I felt that Cayman is showing signs of being fished
out-very few larger fish-maybe due to the lionfish decimating all of the
smaller ones, but not sure.  We've noticed this in all of the Carribean
islands we've been to in the last few years, including Curacao and
If you want easy diving with potential 5 dives a day, with no work
whatsover, liveaboard is the way to go, and for repeat Aggressor visitors,
they keep records of dietary restrictions, which I think is a nice touch.
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