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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Tony Flaris, FL, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3267
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Pompano Florida, West Palm, BVI, Bimini, Belize, Honduras (Coco View),
Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth Limit of 110' feet.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
2 stars    
Give and Take

There were 13 passengers aboard the Utila Aggressor for 5 1/2 days of
diving with 7 days total. 3 O/W Instructors, 2 Dive Masters and most of the
rest were Advanced O/W except for 1 or 2.

The Boat
The Boat is the former Turks and Caicos Agggressor and should be sunk as a
new wreck site.  She is showing her age with problems ranging from AC
temperature control with some rooms freezing cold while others were saunas,
leaking pipes flooding our cabin along with broken ice machine (located
upstairs), coupled with a broken gear box (running on one engine for most
of the week) and last but not least generator problems which plagued us the
whole week.  Hot water was a hit and miss and sometimes water itself was a
rarity which was occasionally turned off for some unknown reasons.  The
shower heads on the dive decks were the only ones that had adequate
pressure with the ones in the cabin being a mere mist.  The stairs leading
down to the dive platform were awkward, along with the stairs leading down
to the cabins.  Both sets had narrow steps at a steep angle.  The cabins
were small and the shower and head combo unit was separated by a shower
curtain. Our cabin had a double bunk on the bottom with a single bunk on
top,  which caused multiple head injuries due to the limited space between
bunks and ceiling.

The Crew
Captain Eddie, First Mate Nestor and Abe as Instructor/Dive Master were our
crew for the week as well as Galley Staff Candy and Marna.

Food was plentiful and of local flavor.  Snacks were always available
including hot cookies and hot chocolate for the night dives.  Special
Dietary needs were met and the service was terrific which included dinners
being served to your table.  Lunches were buffet sytle and continental
breakfast at 6:30 and hot breakfast made to order at 7:00 am except Friday
morning (continental only).

Weather was 15-20 knots for 3 days of the trip causing many sites to have
limited visibility.  Entries and exits were challenging as well as some
strong currents and surge on many dives.  Captain struggled to find
accomadating sites during the beginning of the week and for the most part
he succeeded.  But as mechanical problems developed many sites were choosen
for accessibilty to parts and repair resulting in low visibilty sites and
sites frequented by day boats.  When the wind layed down near the end of
the trip, the boat was plaqued by many mechnical problems which were never
clarified or acknowledge leaving us to speculate, wonder and guess.  Many
questions were answered with blank stares.  The lack of information
contributed to some stress on the boat and while schedules were made daily,
many times they were modified without much consent to the passengers. 
While we were told it was our boat for the week, never did it feel this
way.  Several dive briefings had incorrect depths of the mooring anchor.

Whale Shark Encounter
Due to several local boats, the crew was able to locate 2 whale sharks and
was able to get us in the water several times for a snorkel encounter with
Whale Sharks.  This included long open water swims and rides on the dingy
to drop divers on cue.  The crew worked hard and succeeded at enabling the
divers to have several up close experiences.  The shark sized in the 20 to
25 foot range and were truely remarkable.  Unfortunately the next day
without aid from local boats there were no sitings.  I felt it would have
been benifical for the crew to share their knowledge about the feasibility
for a encounter on the next day rather than asking the divers to choose
between diving and whale shark encounters.  Most of the divers did not want
impose and never was there a vote or a show of hands.  Hind site being
20/20, I would have insisted we stay the course and spend more time on the
whale shark encounter versus dive sites with low visibility. 

Nitrox was avaliable onbord using a membrane system.  The cost was 100.00
dollars US for the week.  There waere only 2 days where the Nitrox was at
or near 32 percent.  The first several days were 27 or 28 percent.

Give and Take  
The Captain said it once and whether or not he was referring to our trip it
seemed to apply.  The crew was friendly but most of the time aloof.  Very
rarely did you feel they cared about the enjoyment of the divers, but
rather were more concerned with their own problems.  When they were made
aware of problems, they appeared to be ignored.  

In comparsions to other liveaboards we found the Utila Aggressor far below
the standards of other liveaboards.  AquaCat and Peter Hughes Belize are
far superior.       
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