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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Micronesia/Palau, Yap

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Jorge J. More, IL, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6485
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Key Largo, Socorro, Galapagos, Thailand, Coral Sea, Cozumel, Cayman
Islands, Bahamas, Bermudas, Belize.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
84   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive times were restricted to 1 hour.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
Diving in Palau is nothing short of fantastic. Palau is in the same ball
park as the Galapagos and Socorro.

The trip to Palau via Honolulu, then Guam, then Palau is long. Connection
time in Guam is short (35 minutes) and this can be a concern. I missed the
Guam to Palau flight so they sent me to Manila and then Palau.  Instead of
a 1+ hour flight, it became a 6 hour ordeal. The diving gear got lost.
There is not a daily flight between Guam and Palau so do not count on
getting your luggage the next day. I allowed 2 full days in Palau, and got
my gear at the end of the second day.

The Aggressor crew picked me up at the hotel on Sunday afternoon. We had 
dinner, slept on  the ship, and sailed early on Monday. Diving took place
on Monday to Saturday, with 4-5 dives per day and two on Saturday. 

The schedule is breakfast, dive, snack, dive, lunch, dive, snack, dive,
dinner, night dive. After each dive you get a warm towel and a snack.

All the dives are good, many are outstanding, and some are unforgettable,
like Siaes Tunnel,   Blue Corner,  Peleliu Corner,  and Blue Holes. The
quantity and diversity of the marine life is simply amazing.  I was
impressed by the schools of butterflyfish, angelfish, bannerfish, and
humbugs,  but there many others. The  more memorable ones are the Clown and
Picasso Triggerfish, the Humphead Parrotfish, and the Napoleon Wrasse.

Diving is not for beginners since there are stiff currents. Several of the
dives require a reef hook. The technique is simple but requires attention.
Once you do it, it is simple and a lot of fun.  You get a great view and
you do not destroy the coral.  I was diving with a 3mm wetsuit but added a
hooded vest after a while. Underwater time was usually a bit over an hour.

The diving setup was new to me. All the diving equipment is on the skiff
and never leaves; all tanks are filled on the skiff. Divers get on the
skiff which is then lowered to the sea. The skiff is on a cradle so the
process is safe. You then do backflips. After the dive you board the skiff
via the ladder; this is the only time that you carry your tanks. It was all
very easy.

On one of the days you have the choice between a dive and a tour of the
Peleliu battleground. I highly recommend this tour. If you do not know
about  the battle of Peleliu (operation Stalemate II), Wikepedia has a good
summary. This was one of the bloodiest battles of WW II, with 10,000
Japanese and 2,000 Americans killed.

The crew  was outstanding. There is a constant rotation of duties, so it
looks like all crew members have a wide range of skills.  I liked the fact
that the captain shared in all duties. I saw him serving dinner, washing
dishes,  pouring drinks.

Meals were excellent. Beer and wine were complimentary.  I appreciated, in
particular, the treats after the dives. Yum.

The weather was not perfect, but it was good enough. I did not mind that it
was raining buckets during the tour of the Rock Islands. This trip, with
this crew, was just fantastic.
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