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Dive Review of Cayman Aggressor IV in
Cayman Islands

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Maki Thomas Livesay, WA, USA
Report Number 2529
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Turks & Caicos, Maui, Oahu, Bermuda, Seattle
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110ft depth limit, dive with a buddy, report depth and time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera table a little cramped...only one computer if you need to download,
but very helpful crew.  Rentals also available.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
The Cayman Aggressor IV (CAIV) is a 110-foot custom dive yacht carrying 18
passengers.  The boat was captained by Sam, with first mate Matt who also
served as the videographer.  Boris, from Hamburg, Germany, was the
photographer, who, along with Denise (from Manchester, England), were the
instructors.  Jolene JoJo was head of housekeeping and Yanis, from
Belize, was the chef.  The cabin was small but very clean, and had good
storage space and a little porthole.  After the Captains briefing, we were
introduced to the crew and learned that we would be making the crossing to
Little Cayman!  

The crew rings the dive bell and briefs each dive site before the big
pool is opened.  The Doc Polson checkout dive was a wreck of an old
communication wire-laying boat down to 51ft.  The second morning dive was
at Stingray City, where the swarm of friendly Southern stingrays
literally attacked us for ballyhoo fish.  We moved over to Babylon for the
afternoon dive down to 72ft.  There were canyons with brilliant red cup
sponges, gorgonians and black coral opening up to a sheer vertical wall. 
We even saw a few conch trails.  Immediately after dinner and banana
splits, we rocked and rolled for 7 hours over to Little Cayman.

We awoke Monday morning to gorgeous weather for the morning dive at Randys
Gazebo.  It was an awesome wall dive down to 100ft, with swim thrus, lots
of large grouper, barracuda and a green moray eel.  Dozens of fish swimming
straight down the wall (arent they supposed to be perpendicular?!?!), and
pretty sponges, sea feathers and corals.  We did our afternoon dive at
Meadows (90 ft).  After dinner, I did my first-ever night dive.  Didnt see
much except a few shrimp, and bioluminescence.  

On Tuesday, we dove Marilyns Cut.  It was a great dive with a black tip
reef shark sighting out into the abyss a minute under.  There were
lobsters, a sleeping nurse shark, and lots of blennies and parrotfish (105
ft).  After lunch, we dove Nancys Cup of Tea.  After dinner, saw a video
preview of tomorrows site, the Russian Brigadier Frigate Patrol Vessel
356, part of the old Soviet fleet stationed in Cuba during the Cold War.

On Wednesday, everyone was excited to dive the 330-foot long wreck off
Cayman Brac (80 ft).  Apparently, Aggressor franchise owner Wayne Hasson
negotiated with the Cuban government on behalf of the Caymanians, and added
the four guns for $5K a piece.  We saw brown garden eels, French angelfish,
schools of yellowtail snapper and even a few stingrays.  After lunch, we
went back to Little Cayman for the rest of the day at Three Fathoms, a very
steep wall with narrow canyons and coral.  We had grilled steaks up on the
sundeck for dinner, and were treated to a beautiful sunset and the
fluorescent green flash.  On the night dive (64 ft), we went over the wall
into the pitch black abyss.  Only 1 ft seas tonight on the way back to
Grand Caymanmuuuch better.

Thursday morning, we dove Round Rock.  The afternoon dive was at Bonnies
Arch (69ft).  The pretty site was named after a freediver who was lost
there during a practice dive.  That night, we watched our video of the
week and slideshow.  

On Friday, we dove Big Tunnels (65 ft).  The last dive was near the cruise
ships at Devils Grotto (only 33ft).  Id done 21 dives (of the 25 offered
dives) over 6 days.  Afterwards, we had a rinsing party, and the crew
threw a cocktail party.  Awards were given out and lots of laughs shared. 
Some of the crew even came along with us for dinner, which was a lot of
fun.  All in all, it was an absolutely amazing vacationgreat crew, fun
guests, beautiful and interesting diving!

Random Notes:  Email access onboard is only through a local ISP, so no
internet or Yahoo! access.  They do have washers and dryers if you have one
or two things you HAVE to clean.  Dont throw bathroom tissue into the
heads (when you get back on land after a week, this will be really funny as
you look for a trash bin near the toilet).  After diving, shower and dry
off on the sundeck, then change into dry suits/clothes.  Signs said divers
were required to unpack batteries from dive lights for flights out of Grand
Cayman.  The Video of the Week / DVD was well worth the $65.  The ships
boutique only opened once, so buy all you want then (they only had souvenir
itemsno batteries or underwater cameras). Make sure to take eardrops as
multi-day diving takes its toll.  Take lots of cash for the Friday dinner,
drinks and taxi ridesUS$ are widely accepted but you may get change in
Caymanian dollars.  The main post office is close to the Georgetown tourist
dock, but is only open on weekdaysthe Cayman Islands are known for their
pretty stamps.  The small airport has a few duty free shops (plenty of
alcohol/cigars), and a PO box, too, for last minute postcardstry the meat
patties at the bar.  Take lots of t-shirts, shorts and swim suits.
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