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Dive Review of Cayman Aggressor in
Cayman Islands

Cayman Aggressor, Sep, 2009,

by Marta Arensberg, WA, United States (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 5168.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Buddy diving required.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 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 $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 Caymans.
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