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Dive Review of Fiji Aggressor in
Fiji and Tuvalu

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Bill & Jeanne Downey, PA, US
Report Number 2328
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Tahiti, Bahamas, Caribbean, Cozumel, Indonesia, Sipadan, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
84   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limited by 30% Nitrox. One hour time limit.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
The Fiji Aggressor is 101 feet long with a crew of six, and since there
were only six of us aboard, short of the normal 10 passengers, we felt very
coddled. We arrived about noon at the Trade Winds Hotel near Suva on Viti
Levu, after being transferred from Wananavu Resort in the North. Our taxi
was met by the Aggressor crew and our luggage transferred to the boat while
we hung around the hotel lobby waiting for our 1:00 boarding time. Shortly
after boarding, we began the 7.5 hour trek, which wasnt too rough, to the
first dive site.

The boat didnt feel cramped with six guests. There are five cabins, all
with private bath and individual air conditioners, four below decks with
double beds and upper bunks and one on the main deck, with a larger
bathroom and one large bed. The large dining table accommodates all guests;
there is a cozy lounge area with comfortable couches and chairs perfect for
napping or watching a movie or the days video on the television. The top
deck consisted of the Captains quarters, the bridge, and the docking area
for the skiff. Finding a place for sun-bathing was toughthere was a
cushioned bench on the back, and the bow was available, but that area was
splashed when moving and wasnt very comfortable..

Tanks and gear are kept down on the back dive platform for the week, along
with fins, mask, etc., and tanks are filled there. Wet suits are hung up on
the main deck. After donning our wet suits we climbed down the steps,
geared up and did a giant stride into the water. This was extremely
convenient; the only drawback is that the gear was constantly in the sun
and in salt water. Nitrox was available at $100 for the week. There was a
small camera area on the back deck, which would be crowded if everyone had
a camera, and a charging area just inside the dining area. We also
commandeered the top of a low storage cabinet.

Five dives were offered most days. The schedule for this was pre-breakfast
at 6:30am, consisting of cereal, yogurt, and toast, dive at 7:30am, hot or
cold breakfast at 9:00am, dive at 10:30am, a hot lunch at noon, dive at
1:30pm, snack, dive at 4:30pm, dinner at 6:00pm, and night dive at 7:30pm.
One day we tried four dives, ending with a dusk dive before dinner, but
there wasnt much action so we switched back to the five dive a day routine
with night diving. There wasnt a choice of food for dinner, but they did
easily accommodate our non-meat eater with plenty of fish.

A few dives were made from the zodiac, but most were conveniently made off
the main boat. Since it was summer in Fiji, visibility was 50-100 feet, but
a wonderfully warm 84 degrees. We did some wall dives, where we saw some
sharks, manta rays, devil rays, and schooling jacks and barracuda, but
mostly pinnacle diving. Some pinnacles seemed to have more critters than
others, such as nudibranchs, crabs, ghost pipe fish, soft coral, shrimp,
and a great variety of fish. Night diving was good with tiny soft coral
crabs and shrimp, and many sponge and decorator crabs.

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