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Dive Review of CAYMAN AGGRESSOR in
Cayman Islands

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by GILDA & WARREN SPRUNG, TX, USA
Report Number 2493
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   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
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
This was our 6th dive trip to Cayman and our 1st liveaboard there. We
covered Grand, Little, and Brac during the weeks diving.

Turtles and fairly large groupers are abundant as is the overall fish life.
 Saw 3 sharks on a dawn dive.  Good Caribbean diving...but read on--

This was our 9th live aboard experience; the first on an Aggressor.  We
have been diving all over the world on with many different live aboard
operators.  This was our only unsatisfactory live-aboard. The boat was
seriously undermanned (Captain + four crew) and not in tune with the guests
or their needs.  Four of the staff members were wonderful  Tom, Boris,
Yanis (the wonderful cook), and Kat.  But the overall synergy between the
crew was lacking which added up to not being in tune with the divers. There
was not always a Dive Master in the water, which we have become accustomed
to on other live aboard operations. If they were in the water, the only one
that asked if we wanted a guided tour was Tom. The accommodations were
lacking in that my husband and I had to crawl over each other to get out of
bed.  The rooms were cleaned daily, but the dive deck lacked the
cleanliness and the clean water rinses that we have become accustomed to. I
know that each person wants different things, but on other operations once
asked for something, we never had to ask again. This was not the case on
this boat.  The food was very good, but the overall experience was very
lacking in quality.  More like a class "C" operation with class
"A" pricing.
Captain Sam seemed to have the idea that his job was to entertain us with
his not so wonderful wit.  Dive briefings he gave always had the same
theme:  how lucky we are to be at this world-class dive site that only he
understood. This guy is a total narcissist.  He gave his crew no latitude
to make decisions and we discovered late into the week that he was firing
Boris, a most amiable and helpful hand from Austria.
When Captain Sam informed us to only use the wetsuit rinse barrel if we
peed in them.  I asked if the barrel would have "Sink-the-Stink".
 He replied, No, it was too expensive!  There was no bucket to rinse mask
defog and when asked to supply one he reluctantly did so, only to leave it
really dirty and never filled up.  The camera rinse station, to my
knowledge, never got changed the entire week.  We had no rinse facility for
our tank mounted scuba gear, yet the boat sun deck got a fresh water rinse
every morning.  The exception was the dive station area that was frequently
covered with dead Coconut Bugs.
The Captain also told us that the only way we could enter any of the
carpeted areas of the boat after a dive was to first change into dry
clothes. We not allowed into the salon or to return to our rooms after a
post dive shower simply by toweling ourselves dry.  And the only places to
change into dry clothes were the dive deck restroom (very dirty & nasty
as the marine head constantly overflowed) or the very cramped camera dark
room on the dive deck.  
During the trip Captain Sam asked me about my anchor-chain bracelet.  I
told him who'd made it and that if he'd email me (I then gave him my
business card) I'd put him in touch with the jeweler who'd made it for me. 
He asked me the price, and when I told him (pricey), he threw my card back
at me!
Have I mentioned the reaction of the guests when we were informed into the
week that there was no more red wine?
Also: The $10.00 per person shore tour on Little Cayman was more of a
promotional thing for the dive operations and not anything that we had
control of  why would I want to go see a research station that is under
construction and their proudest moment was explaining how their composting
toilets would work!  And the Captain almost keel hauled those who did not
go on the tour!  The only interesting things were the Iguanas

This was truly a class "D" operation as run by Captain Sam. 
Fortunately the wonderful efforts by Tom, Kat, Boris, & Yanis raised it
to a "C".
We will not book any future trips on an Aggressor Fleet boat.

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