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Dive Review of Cayman Aggressor IV in
Cayman Islands

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jan & Michael Lewis, VA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 5111
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Belize, Hawaii, Turks & Caicos, Bonaire, Aruba, Bermuda
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100-110 ft, 60 minutes, no deco, don't harass marine life, no gloves
(Cayman rule)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
January 17-24, 2009
Michael and I,  and our 16 year old niece, Shannon, spent a wonderful week
on-board the Cayman Aggressor IV.  Bottom line up-front, it was a fantastic
trip.  The crew was one of the best we've experienced on liveaboards.  The
boat was almost completely full and the other passengers were lovely.  We
were a bit concerned at first because our niece was doing her Open Water
Certification, and we worried that the more experienced and
"mature" guests might not appreciate a new diver, but everyone
was completely supportive and excited for her.  Shannon became the star of
the boat, and I now understand how celebrities feel about paparazzi,
because everyone took photos or videos of her as she completed her
training, and quickly became a phenomenal  diver.  Her dive instructor,
Henri, formerly of the South African Navy, was one of the best, most
experienced  divemasters we've ever met, and more importantly he was an
outstanding instructor, in addition to being the second Captain.  The rest
of the  international crew was Captain Jon, Corey, Ashley, Muri  and Savio,
the wonderful chef.  The other guests were all American except for a couple
from the UK, and the visiting Captain of the Turks and Caicos Aggressor. 
We've been visiting Grand Cayman for many years, and many sites are
becoming much less healthy due to overfishing and coral bleaching. 
Bonnie's Arch was a wonderful exception and a great afternoon and night
dive site.  There was lots of life with healthy corals and sponges,
including plate coral and sea fans, plus mature and juvenile reef fish at
this site.  There were Queen and French Angelfish, Parrotfish, Lobster, a
large nurse shark, decorator and larger crabs, and a brown spotted eel to
name a few sightings.  A few other nice sites on Grand Cayman were Eagle
Ray Rock, yes we saw Eagle Rays,  and Pedro's Cave where we saw a huge
Green Moray Eel and a brown spotted eel.  We  then made the 8 hour crossing
to Little Cayman.  As with our previous visit to this liveaboard there was
no hesitation from the crew about doing so.  The crossings were pretty
rough but the boat was made to withstand it.  January is always pretty
windy in Cayman. If you get sea sick, be prepared.  Bonine is our drug of
choice. Capt. Jon warned us that the weather might not be great on Little
Cayman and he was right. We weren't able to do many dives on Blood Bay
Wall, but he kept trying to get us there, and succeeded a couple of times. 
We still had wonderful dives.  On Little Cayman we dove Randy's Gazebo, a
beautiful wall featuring green sea turtles, big crabs and lobster, large
yellow rays and colorful coral and sponges, as well as,  huge barrel coral
and a nice arch at the gazebo.  Black Hole was also a great dive with a
monster lobster, nurse shark, starfish and various crabs and shrimp on the
night dive.  Unfortunately we saw a juvenile Lionfish at Black Hole, and
thankfully that was the only one we saw for the entire trip.  After a rough
crossing back to Grand Cayman, we awoke to  another beautiful wall,
Lighthouse Wall, which is just off-shore from our favorite restaurant on
the island. There were lots of fish including a tiny, baby drum, plus
parrotfish and creole wrasse and healthy corals and sponges.  Our last dive
sites were the Oro Verde wreck where we saw several eels and a nice
anemone, and Devil's Grotto which is horribly silted over, and mostly
disappointing, but had some new formations of staghorn and pillar coral. 
We were very happy that none of the guests wanted to go to Stingray City so
we didn't waste a dive for what amounts to an underwater zoo.  
	The crew was very safety conscious, and did all of the normal briefings to
include the emergency evacuation drill.  There was always a divemaster in
the water, and they were always available to lead dives.  They did
wonderful dive briefings, and knew the sites very well.  They worked
extremely hard to ensure all of us had a great dive experience,  and were
particularly accommodating to a few folks with bad knees and backs who
couldn't gear up completely and get down the stairs to the dive deck. The
cabins were all clean and  in good shape, as was the entire boat.  Savio
kept us and the crew well-fed with delicious meals, and between meal
snacks, and  made wonderful vegetarian entrees for the 2 vegetarians
on-board.  He also ensured that my extremely serious peanut allergy was
accommodated, and that I had no worries about my meals.  He made a
wonderful Indian meal that unfortunately most of us were unable to enjoy
during our first crossing.  There were hearty breakfast choices, including
fresh fruit, soup and salad plus an entree at lunch, and wonderful dinners.
 He is definitely one of best chefs we've ever experienced on our
liveaboard trips.  Wine and beer were provided, but no diving once you've
had a drink.  Henri compiled the week's video which is a wonderful reminder
of all the great things we saw, and all the terrific people we got to know
during our week on the Cayman Aggressor IV. We had a wonderful, relaxing
dive trip and can't wait to return!
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