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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Fiji and Tuvalu

May, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Cheryl S, TN, US (2 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 7596
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Tahiti, Great Barrier Reed, Coral Sea, Carribean
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
25   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth of 100", return to boat with 500PSI, dive with buddy.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Large Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Comments
Separate rinse tank on deck for cameras only but not strictly enforced, and
occasionally other divers put masks into camera tank.  Crew was
accomodating in handin ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
5 stars
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

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Beginners
2 stars   
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Comments  
All in all a fairly positive experience but not without significant issues.
The crew was very good.  Joji, the Capitan and Moses, the Dive Master
worked hard to make sure the dives were as good as possible.  Peni, Chef,
and Eddie, Steward, worked at putting very good food on the table and keep
up with all of our comfort needs. Samuel and Vincent, the Engineers, worked
behind the scenes to make sure all went smoothly.  It seems that each of
the crew has too many jobs.  Kudos to the crew for a great job and being
friendly and fun.
 
Many of the dive sites were so-so.  We expected the diving t
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By lyndad2 at May 20, 2014 21:03 EST  
Did you express your complaints to Aggressor Fleet in your post-trip
customer review?  I have booked for Nov 1-8, 2014, and sent an email
regarding your complaints and expressing my concern that the francisee's
performance (over the last 2 years of reviews in Undercurrent) has damaged
the Aggressor/Dancer fleet repututaion.  I'm seriously considering
cancelling before the 120-day deadline, even though that would mean a 20%
cancellation fee.  Bummer!
By csher at May 21, 2014 08:43 EST  
Hi. Yes we did express our issues and concerns in the post trip customer
survey, have not heard anything back from them.  We know the nitrox issue
was unavailable the week before our trip, and saw no evidence of it being
fixed when he boat was back in port after our trip and before the next
trip.  Owner did come on the boat Saturday morning while we waited for our
ride, apologized for the lack of hot water.  The crew did do great job
though, with what they had to work with. Seems like the owner is cutting
corners or save money on maintanence issues.  If you do go, the first
indication of the effort to save money/cut costs is where the boat docks in
Suva...at a very run down port.  Also, theysteered us to staying at Novatel
night before since we were arriving a day early.  novatel is right next to
the boat dock, we found the Novetel folks totally unwilling to let us into
a room even a minute before the 2PM check in time. Diving was great but GBR
and Coral Sea even better,
By Doubler at May 21, 2014 11:56 EST  
Lack of Nitrox has been reported in the past on this boat. The Friday
afternoon return to port is SOP for Aggressor. Same  in Belize, Caymans and
HI operations. Usually kick you off the boat at 0800 Saturday morning.
By lyndad2 at Aug 07, 2014 15:24 EST  
When I didn't get a response to my email to the Aggressor office (see my
earlier post), I called and found my contact wasn't working for them any
longer.  I made up an excuse for cancelling (other Aggressor trips: Palau,
Maldives and Kona were topnotch), then booked on the Nai'a, even though I
forfeited $400 and the Nai'a cost about $1000 more.  I already had booked
flights, so I'm committed to go (bucket list).  Thanks, Cheryl, for the
heads up.  BTW, I booked 5 nights at Uprising Resort at under $500 through
Travelocity, then a day room at Raffles between the boat and Sat. evening
flight. Glad I didn't choose Novatel!
By lyndad2 at Aug 07, 2014 15:27 EST  
Oh yea, 8 am departure on last day and arrival in port mid-day before is
pretty much standard for liveaboards.
By jspierce at Oct 14, 2014 17:32 EST  
You will LOVE the Nai'a.  Been on it twice and the boat, crew and diving
are all absolutely top notch.
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