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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Wellington Lee, DC, US
Reviewer   (6 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6035
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida, North Carolina, Bahamas, Cozumel, Cocos, Sipadan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Self monitor NDL and Nitrox Depth Limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Diving was conducted from large tenders:  Camera Table, rinse bucket
Mothership: Large camera table, charging booth
I came back with my best shots ever on my d80/ikelite/ds125
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
I went on back to back week long trips on a "Dive the World"
special rate.  June is NOT the best time to go, the first week it rained
almost every day and at times the normally incredible visibility was
reduced to 30 feet or less.  This has to do with a reverse in the direction
of the currents going though the channels between the atolls.  When it's
coming into the atoll system the vis is good, when it's going out, it's
bad.  There were undoubtedbly large pelagics, we just couldn't see them. 
Inside tip is August through October is the best time.

At times the currents were some of the strongest I have ever encountered. 

Week 2 the weather was great.  We had numerous Manta sightings and fairly
close encounters several days in a row.  MASSIVE swarming schools of reef
fish, white tips.  Saw one blacktip shark from far away during the whole
trip. (shark finning was banned only recently) Napoleon Wrasse.  Giant

The coral and macro life was not on the same level of diversity as in
Sipadan. That said, the reefs were in great shape dense and beautiful
covered in soft corals, anenomes, large hard corals, sea fans, clams.  I
spotted a tiny pink frogfish on a night dive.

The boat is a large, pretty luxurious sailboat. All dives were conducted
from the tender "Dhoni" boats.  The dive crew and staff were
absolutely top notch.

Very hard to get hard alcohol and bacon.  If you desire either, try and
call ahead.  A good value, but for the distance I would consider
indo/malaysia instead.

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