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Dive Review of Cayman Aggressor in
Cayman Islands

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Marta Arensberg, WA, United States
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Report Number 5168
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Kona, Palau, Fiji, Belize, Papau New Guinea, Kauai, Cayman Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
84   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Buddy diving required.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
I'm just a point & shoot myself.  But other uwp onboard were happy with
the ample opportunities for shots on each dive.  No complaints about lack
of fish, corals, etc.
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    
This was my second Cayman Aggressor trip (first was Sept 06), and again it
was spectacular.  I noticed that the reef was even healthier than three
years ago - and it was in fine shape back then!  We enjoyed an abundance of
fish, critters, corals and sponges.

The Cayman Aggressor is in fine shape, with no maintenance breakdowns
during the week.  Interior furnishings are in good shape too, with no
fading or stains.  The crew keeps the boat in excellent shape.  The cabins
are very clean, spacious enough for sleeping and changing clothes, with
plenty of storage in closets and drawers, and under bed storage for
luggage.  The crew made up the beds, cleaned the cabin and changed out
towels every morning.  The dive deck is spacious and well laid out, and
sports a good size camera table.

Meals were a pleasure to anticipate.  Chef Jonathan was very inventive,
making some great tasting dressings, marinades and sauces for different
meals.  Menus were posted in the AM, and if you wanted a different entree
(vegetarian, fish instead of beef, etc.), Jonathan would happily offer one
or two other choices that he would prepare just for you, and they were very
tasty substitutions.  Portions were plentiful, so large that I asked for
half portions on several occasions, as I am a light eater.  Jonathan would
offer to save any of my left over dinner for me to have after the night
dive.  And he offered dessert after the night dive, too.  One evening I
didn't feel like having sweets, so he fixed me an egg sandwich at 10 PM! 
Now that was special service.

Capt. Henri has a very smart crew - Emma, Samantha, and Kory.   They are
each very enthusiastic about the underwater world and it shows in their
informative briefings.  They frequently stayed up after the night dive and
chatted with us about what we had seen during the day.  Samantha was the
videographer, and Kory the still photographer.  They were always willing to
help me (rookie u/w photographer) to try and improve my results.  The last
day we were rewarded with a nice DVD from Kory, and a wonderful video
(available for purchase) from Samantha.  With all that the crew does each
day, I wonder where they find the time to put these together for us.

Diving was fabulous.  We did the usual check out dive on Doc Polson, and
popped over to Sting Ray City for dive #2, then two afternoon dives at
Babylon.  Then it was time to cross over to Little Cayman - and the
crossing was extremely smooth.  Monday through Thursday we visited Bus Top
(commonly missed named Bus Stop), Marilyn's Cut, The Meadows, The Mixing
Bowl (also known as Three Fathom Wall), the Tibbetts Destroyer (off Cayman
Brac), Lea Lea Lookout, Nancy's Cup of Tea, Randy's Gazebo, and back on
Grand Cayman, Devils Grotto.  The return trip from Little Cayman was not so
nice, as we rocked and rolled our way home through a storm with rough seas,
lightning, and rain.

We saw it all:  Trumpet fish, Garden Eels, Parrot fish, Grouper, Octopus,
Snapper, Sting Rays, Turtles, Caribbean Spiny Lobster (some really
massively huge ones), Red Snapping Shrimp, Lettuce Sea Slugs, Nurse Sharks,
French Angel Fish, big Channel Clinging Crab, Spotted Drum Fish, Trunk
fish, Damsel fish, Bermuda Chub, Cow Fish, Scorpion fish, Eel, several
Nudibranchs, Anemones, Sponges and Corals.  Lots of colorful fish, critters
and sea life.

The Cayman Aggressor is blessed with a perfect location, and an upbeat and
happy crew who work well together and love to interact with the guests.  It
just doesn't get much better than this group.  The eight other divers
onboard were a pleasure to spend a week with.  As I travel alone, it is
always fun to meet up with a congenial mix.

We finished off the week with a party up top deck in the last hour of the
Caribbean sunshine, while the sun set on another wonderful dive week in the
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