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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet/Sea Passion Hotel in
Micronesia/Palau

Aggressor Fleet/Sea Passion Hotel, Oct, 2011,

by Peter Sterman, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 6343.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Various Caribean islands, Cozumel, Galapagos, Great Barrier Reef, French Polynesis, Hawaii, Vanuatu, S. California, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 77 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions minimal restrictions, but caution provided during briefings (currents, when to hook into reef, etc.)
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments roomy dive table on dive deck, with air hoses and dry, small towers following dives; crew handled cameras putting on and off the skill pre and post dive, and handing to divers in the water.

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

Accommodations 4 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 $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Long trip to Palau (longer trip home!). Good accomodations at the Sea Passion for first three days - room was large, large balcony, AC worked well, shower sucked though - either hot or cold water it seemed (had to dance around a bit), and water pressure poor. Breakfast included, and more than adequate. First day with Sam's Tours - did full day kayaking excursion - terrific (was good that it was rainy and overcast, otherwise would have been very hot). Palau Aggressor, was great boat (although didn't quite like the bunk bed set-up, as opposed to having twin beds like other liveaboards). AC in room was OK, but a bit warm sometimes, and bed mattress a bit thin. Food was terrific (chef trained at the CIA in NY)!!! Included wine really pretty poor (maybe not stored well?) - usually a red wine drinker, but switched to beer for the trip (local beer, Red Rooster, was pretty good).

Diving - lots of wall dives, beautiful coral, lots of tropicals. Sharks at Blue Corner and Ulong Channel - not a lot (not like Galapagos), but crusing by were Greys, Black Tips, and White Tips. Large and curious Napolean Wrasse were always fun. Only one Manta (German Channel - where visibility and life was a bit disappointing). Turtle Cove was one of the favorites - great drop through a chimney down to 70 feet then cruise along the wall.

Sometimes the group was too crowded together (instead of splitting up into separately-led divermaster groups) - had to deliberately keep away from the crowd (one, especially was intent on destroying reefs, others more interested in taking pictures, than being polite and aware of other divers).

Divermasters were great, all staff were terrific - the crew always pitched in whenever necessary - taking your plates, serving beer or food, assisting with gear/cameras, etc. Been on four liveaboards, and the crew was the most outstanding on this one.
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