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Dive Review of Tahiti Aggressor in
French Polynesia

Tahiti Aggressor, Dec, 2002,

by Bill & Jeanne Downey, PA, USA . Report 489.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Australia, Micronesia, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 0 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your computer, 130'depth limit, one hour.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The Tahiti Aggressor is a great way to dive the area around Rangiroa, which has the best diving in French Polynesia. The boat is a catamaran, so there's lots of space, but watch out for cabin #9, which used to be the darkroom--cramped, no windows. They're supposed to give a discount for staying in this room.

This is pass diving; the current was really ripping sometimes, but overall the currents was not as strong as we expected. Everyone is issued a safety sausage and airhorn. The coral is healthy but very low due to the current. There were only one or two dives we did not see sharks. Lots of fish life, not so many invertebrates. A few mantas, dolphins underwater several times, saw a huge hammerhead cruising beneath us at 150'.

Arrive in Papeete a day early and walk or take "Le Truck" into town to see the waterfront and especially the local fish market. Wonderful batik fabrics in the stores. Bring something for seasickness, as some of the crossing are long, and a catamaran is not very stable in open ocean. We would definitely do this trip again.
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