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Dive Review of Cayman Aggressor IV in
Cayman Islands

Cayman Aggressor IV, Mar, 2011,

by George Lock Jr, PA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 5975.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire, Cayman Brac, Florida Keys, Little Cayman, North Atlantic, North Carolina, Palau, Roatan, Tobago, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 4
Water Visibility 50 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No solo diving.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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 Large permamanent rinse/soak tank on board for photo equipment.
Large camera table with two sources of compressed air.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I was part of a group of 14 on board March 19-26, 2011. There were four others aboard, too, which meant the boat was operating at full capacity. The crew was fabulous, among the best I've encountered in many years of liveaboard diving. All of them were truly enthusiastic, engaged, and eager to ensure that the divers were getting the best experiences possible.

We boarded the boat at Grand Cayman on Saturday, and began diving off Seven Mile Beach Sunday morning. Because of the wind, we stayed on the west side of Grand Cayman on Monday and Tuesday morning as well. The forecast called for rough but diminishing seas the remainder of the week, so we headed to across the open water for the 90 mile/9 hour trip to Little Cayman on Tuesday afternoon in 5-7 foot seas (fully cognizant of what we were heading into). More than a few belatedly regretted their enjoyment and consumption of the lunch of curried goat, but, on arrival, few regretted making the crossing.

We dove Wednesday and Thursday on the walls at Bloody Bay and Jackson Bight on the north side of Little Cayman, and those sites remain among the best in the Caribbean. Thursday evening we made the return trip under very calm seas to Grand Cayman and made two more dives there on Friday morning.

Therefore, accommodating the crossings to/from Little Cayman, one was able to make 20 day dives and 3 night dives during the trip.

The boat had been recently refurbished. Considering the size of the boat, most of the cabins are adequate. With the exception of cabins 8 and 9, each cabin has a private head/shower. I personally wouldnt book cabins 8 or 9 they are smaller than the other cabins, and the shared head/shower is only as tolerable as the least among the 4 people sharing it. Hot water was plentiful at good pressure in the cabins throughout the week. The hot dive deck showers have become common on liveaboards, and they are highly valued on the Cayman Aggressor IV, too. Hot towels on the dive deck were always available.

In summary, the crew was exceptional; the boat was good; the diving at Grand Cayman was decent and that at Little Cayman was excellent.
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