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Dive Review of Cayman Aggressor in
Cayman Islands

March, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Parks, LA, USA
Report Number 429
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Belize. Cozumel, Bay Islands Honduras, Saba, St. Kitts, Statia, Bonaire,
Los Roques, Fiji, PNG, Indonesia, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Palau, and
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Avoid going into deco and respect recreational depth limits.  Buddyless
diving permitted   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Spacious Camera Table. E6 processing. Dedicated camera rinse tank.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
The daily schedule was typical of a liveaboard.  Breakfast, Site/Dive
briefing, Dive #1, Snack, Dive #2, Lunch (boat moves to new site during
lunch), Site/Dive briefing, Dive #3, Snack, Dive #4, Dinner, Night Dive. 
The boat would then move or move early in the morning.  Some guests logged
25 dives on this charter.

There are no guarantees that this boat will make the crossing from Grand
Cayman to Little Cayman.  Rough seas will keep the boat around Grand
Cayman.  Captain Tom mentioned that winter time was the worst as
northwestern fronts frequently come through.  Our charter made the crossing
although we did encounter some five to six foot seas while visiting Little
Cayman and Cayman Brac.  Was told that Summer weather usually brings about
calmer seas and excellent visibility.

Visibility varied from the worst of approx. fifty feet on a couple of dives
to over one hundred feet.  Most dives had some sort of suspended sediment
that was stirred up by some of the wind and rough seas that we encountered.
 Captain Tom did his best to put us on the best sites available, given the
conditions and wind direction that were present at any given time.  

Bloody Bay Wall at Little Cayman is certainly some of the best diving in
the Caribbean.  Spur and Groove formations scattered throughout the walls
provide many swim thru tunnels, chimneys, and underwater (some are rather
large) canyons that lead to the steep wall drop offs.  Although I do not
carry a camera, the healthy Coral combined with spectacular wall allow for
some breathtaking wide angle photos.   Most dive sites begin and end in the
shallows so that multi-level diving is the norm (get a computer if you do
not have one) and even your safety stops are enjoyably scenic.

Some of the larger species I saw included lots of Hawksbill Turtles,
Spotted Eagle Rays, Gray Caribbean Reef Sharks, Tarpon, Barracuda, Nassau
Groupers, and Southern Stingrays.  Other typical fish included Parrotfish,
Spade Fish, African Pompano, Trumpet Fish, Needle Fish, Sergeant Majors,
Blue Chromis, Squid, and Spotted Drum to name a few.  Little critters
included Pederson Cleaning Shrimp, Red Banded Shrimp, Lettuce Leaf Slugs,
and gobies.  The health of the corals was good overall and no coral
bleaching was noted.  In a few places, storm damage was evident in the
shallows which is typical of the hurricane belt.

Unlimited Nitrox available ($100US).  Visa and MC accepted for any on-board
purchases and crew gratuities. Hot tub on sun deck.  Two Showers on dive
deck. Limited dive gear available for rent should your gear not make it
with you. Camera rental (including a digital camera) and video camera
rental were available. 

Guests who are sensitive to noise from the generators and engine room in
general should avoid Cabin #9.  Cabins 8 & 9 share a head.  I was in
cabin 8 and was never bothered by the noise (although you certainly noticed
it), and the sharing of the head was not a problem.  There are decent
reading lamps over your pillow in the bunks.

Try to get a center dive locker and hang your scuba/swimwear over the
center dive lockers as water from the hot tub on the deck above will spill
over to the deck below.

Overall: Great Crew/Good Boat
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