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Dive Review of Bay Islands Aggressor in

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Rickie Sterne/Chrisanda Button, ARK, USA
Report Number 564
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Bahamas, Belize, and Sea or Cortez by liveaboard, and Beaver
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 ft or MOD with nitrox and 500 PSI  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
[NoWe are not photographers
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
[In a nutshell, the boat was nice, but the diving was disappointing. 
First, the boat. The Bay Islands Aggressor was refurbished last year, and
the job must have been well done.  We found conditions on the boat much
better than those reported in the Chapbook 2 years ago.  The boat was
clean, and we saw only one insect all week.  Since all 20 divers wre
Southerners, we were neither surprised nor outraged. The dive deck is
spacious and well organized.  Both air and Nitrox fills are done with tanks
in place in the gear stations.  Each diver has a covered locker under his
gear station.  There are 2 fresh water showers on the dive dack, and clean
warm towels were offered us after each dive. The cabins are,of course,
small, but comfortable.  Showers are full-sized with plenty of hot water. 
I appreciated the hair dryer in the cabin.  Our bags were stored outside
the cabins.  As usual, couples who could share the bottom bunk had more
space than single divers.  There was a lot of mechanical noise on this
boat.  There was a salon with 2 comfortable sofas on the lower deck.  The
main deck offered a hot tub and the dining area.  There was a partially
covered sun deck up top.  A few more chaise lounges would have been nice,
since our whole group gravitated there between dives.  There were movies in
the salon for those energetic enough to sit upright.  The food was very
good and apparently endless in supply.  Jurgen was a creative chef who made
staples like tomato soup special with his seasonings.  All the divers, from
the meat-and-potato-trenchermen to the California cuisine crowd, were happy
with the meals.  Sweet snacks were offered, right on the dive deck if you
liked, between morning dives and savory snacks between afternoon dives. 
Fish and shellfish were each served twice.  The Captain's Dinner featured
beef prime rib and lobster tails.  Vegetables were especially well
prepared, and salads were not just shredded iceberg.  Ah! the desserts! 
Nuts, fruits, chips, and popcorn were always available, and the boat served
Honduran coffee.  Cokes, wine, and beer wre free.  The first drink of the
day marked your last dive of the day.  Now for the diving.  We have only
been diving three years and are far from jaded.  The condition of the reefs
in the Bay Islands and the paucity of the sea life were disturbing.  As we
were driven to the airport at the end of the week, we saw nine large
trawlers docked in Roatan.  Does their presence explain why some reef tops
looked as if they had been tilled? There was high wind most of the week we
were in Honduras, and the windy conditions limited the access of our large
boat to sites around Roatan.  The captain did manage to take us to Utila
and Cayos Cochinos despite the winds.  Cocos seamount off Cayos Cochinos
was the best site we visited.  We also enjoyed Tavaina's Wall and Caribe
Point off Roatan.  The Aggressor boat swings on its mooring line, creating
a pseudo-current under the boat.  Getting back to the boat required
considerable exertion, including a last desparate lunge from the hang chain
to the ladder.  Service on the dive deck was good.  We were the only two
divers who chose to do the last dive of the week.  Although the boat was
going to return to port as soon as the dive deck was closed, neither the
captain nor the two divemasters acted as if it were an imposition to keep
the boat on the dive site for just the two of us.  No one in our group
wants to return to the Bay Islands.  The reason lies in the condition of
the reefs, not in the Bay Islands Aggressor.  Oh, one big advantage of the
liveaboard:what no see'ums?  The Aggressor encourages the use of Nitrox for
safety reasons, and charges only $100 per week for unlimited Mitrox fills.
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