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Dive Review of Aggressor in
Honduras/Utila and Roatan

Aggressor, Feb, 2011,

by Ed Noga, OH, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5927.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over the world. Especially in the Great Lakes, Lake Erie being my home lake.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The usual, come back with 500 lbs. Sometimes asked to be back in an hour. They didn't baby anyone.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Huge table, and the crew handled the cameras extremely well.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We went at the end of January, and just to get away from the godawful weather of the Midwest was reason enough to take this relatively inexpensive trip.
The trip was schedule to start from and hang out around Utila, but the weather drove us over to Roatan for much of the diving. I was at Roatan two years ago, and the Aggressor is able to go to a lot of sites that the local operators don't, so it's better diving.
But be advised, like other Caribbean Islands, the big fish are mostly on the populace's dinner plates, and the lionfish are trying to gobble up the fry and little ones. So, pretty reefs, lots of macro, not much else, with a couple of exceptions.
The sea mounts had more fish (and lots of lionfish), but are far out and hard to get to. We did one dive there and bailed. We hit a spot where they feed sharks, which I'd done two years ago (boring!). This time, swimming with the hungry fellows, was much more fun and scared the crap out of some of the divers. Ha!
Of note is that the local dive operators hold lionfish rodeos. On some reefs around Roatan there were almost no lionfish, so perhaps there is hope with human intervention.
The boat is first-class, a beautiful craft. The only negative was a poor design for the air conditioning vent in the rooms--it blows on the upper bunk. Everyone stuffs a pillow in front of it.
I'm a cold water diver and pretty oblivious to temperature, but I'd recommend a 5 mil at least for this time of year, especially when you're doing five dives a day. The night dives vary, some excellent, others a bit disappointing. No whale sharks...March would have been a better time for that.
The best of the trip: The crew. I've traveled the world and I never encountered a better crew, friendly, knowledgeable, professional. Nestor, the captain and frequent dive leader, sets the pace, being funny, totally helpful and knows his stuff. And the food--magnificent. We wanted to take the cooks home with us. Every meal was excellent, healthy and filling, and yet I lost a couple of pounds! They also made us a tasty lionfish appetizer.
This is a very nice getaway. I would return for the escape from winter, and for the fabulous crew and boat. If you're a macro-maniac, go for sure. Not great fish life or aggressive diving, but as my dive buddy Dave always says, "How bad can it be?"
Not bad at all, really.
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