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Dive Review of Tahiti Aggressor in
French Polynesia

November, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Richard J. Troberman, WA, USA
Contributor   (12 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 487
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii; Bahamas; Cayman Islands; Turks & Caicos; Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
In the passes, follow the guides (Pierre).  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
The Tahiti Aggressor (formerly the Fiji Aggressor) began service in Tahiti
in late September, 2002. It is a relatively stable 106 foot catamaran that
takes up to 16 divers.  All diving is done from a skiff that is
hydraulically lowered into the water from the back of the dive deck. Each
diver has a station on the skiff where all the dive equipment is stored.
The tanks are refilled in place on the skiff. The Tuamotu atolls are famous
for pass flying, and this trip was no exception. After a checkout dive in
Rangiroa (where we met the boat) we began the all night crossing to
Fakarava.  The crossing through open water was rough, and seasickness
medication is a must for most people.  NOTE:  Due to weather, this was only
the second time in five weeks that the boat was able to make the crossing
to Fakarava, but the diving was well worth the effort.  A pass diving
specialty course was given on the way to Fakarava, and each diver was
equipped with a Dive Alert, a reef hook, and a safety sausage, and each
buddy team was also provided with an EPIRB signalling device.  Prior to
each dive Pierre, the French divemaster, gave a briefing.  The most
important information from Pierre for the pass diving was "Follow
me," but this was not as easy as it sounds. There can be up to seven
different currents in a pass at the same time, depending on one's location.
Many divers had a hard time staying behind Pierre due to the ripping
currents.  We encountered scores of sharks on every dive, as well as huge
schools of surgeonfish and paddletails.  On two of the dives at Fakarava,
we were joined by a friendly dolphin that swam with us and allowed the
divers to scratch its belly.  In addition to the pass diving, we did reef
dives and corner dives away from the current.  Flame angels were
everywhere, as were Napoleon wrasse, the occasional Mantas, a stonefish,
and a huge variety of reef fish. Two fresh waters showers are located on
the dive deck, and fresh towels were provided after every dive. We were
fortunate to have Doms as our cook. Doms is a part owner in a resort and
restaurant in Tahiti, and fills in on the Aggressor periodically to satisfy
his diving urges. The food was excellent and plentiful, and Doms was always
creative with the leftovers.  Diving on the Tahiti Aggressor was an
experience not to be missed.
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