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Dive Review of Tahiti Aggressor in
French Polynesia

Tahiti Aggressor, Nov, 2003,

by John J. Duggan, TX, USA ( 2 reports). Report 854.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving On Aggressors: Galapagos 4 time, Red Sea 1, Honduran Bay Islands 4, Belize 2, Turks & Caicos 1, Kona 1, Truk 2, Palau 1.
Other live-aboards Tropical Princess - Biak Indonesia, Aqua One - Thailand, Blackbeards Cruise - Bimini, Oceanus - Cuba.
Other dive destinations: Cozumel, Cayman, Panama, Florida, Okinawa, et al.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth and no deco. Most tours were guidedd so less chance of extnding dive.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Diving great. Dive guides tended to end dive when some divers low on air caused minor irritation. Guides spent too much time videoing and not attending to group. Two situations occurred: one tank out of pack, one regulator failure that they were not even aware of when they occurred.Overall though I would rate is very good. they delivered the goods on things to see and got us to the dive sites safely. Fills were adequate and nitrox was as advertised.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Food, Worst I have ever had on any live aboard. Some weather problems encountered but other than light, did not really effect the diving adversely. Skipper of boat got bends so lost half day of diving. Anyone can get bends, but we had two doctors aboard and it took demands by the pax to get him to see one. Then found out all medical supplies were out of date so could not administer IV's.All of my group had been on many aggressors so really disappointed by trip. Supposed day room and breakfaston 1st day at hotel fell through on Fakarava as they said they did not expect us. Cleanliness of boat rated very poor by all ten of my group. Last day we went to dinner on shore as with most aggressors. Had to hitch ride when transport failed to arrive.Upon return to dock, boat had moved out to mooring and we had to wait until a crew member came along and called boat on cell phone to pick us up. Tour arranged and prepaid for on Papeete fell though as tour group said no arrangements made. Two people were not picked up for their prepaid transport to the airport and had to take a taxi for about $40. Things happen, especially at the out of the way places but this trip showed a lack of cooordination throughout. Would not recommend until changes made.
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