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Dive Review of Aggressor and Traders Ridge in
Micronesia/Palau and Yap

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Lin Gitterman, ON, canada
Reviewer   (5 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3991
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bali, Belize, St. Lucia, Little Cayman, Roatan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes on the Aggressor. 
To 500 psi at Traders  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The Aggressor has buckets on the skiff and large tubs on the boat. There is
a dedicated photography area. Well set up. 
No set up at Traders except for bucket on the dive boat. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
We flew Continental from Toronto through Newark to Honolulu with one
overnight at The Best Western (would FOR SURE stay elsewhere next time) and
then on to Palau with the first night at Palau Pacific Resort. Very nice
resort to help with the jet lag! Aggressor picked us up on time as promised
and took us to the boat and we were immediately shown our room which was
very spacious and clean with a good sized window. Gear briefing was done
immediately and was friendly and professional. Rules of the dives and the
boat were outlined to everyone and all staff was introduced. The boat was
well run and all staff except for Leta (kitchen help and chambermaid) and
Chad (chef) were divers who took turns diving with the guests. There were 8
staff and in total.Three dive guides were on every dive and dives are
generally for 60 minutes or 500 psi. Mike, the Captain, runs a very
comfortable, easy ship. Food was good, healthy and plentiful although the
between dive snacks could have used a bit of an upgrade. This is really a
quality operation and the dive team are great.I was a bit concerned about
hook in because we had never done it before and the dive guide actually
held my hand to the hook in! My computer flooded on day one and Mike gave
me one of theirs to use - not "rent", to use free of charge.  We
saw sharks on most dives, a few people saw a whaleshark and there was lots
of small stuff. Some current which was fun to ride with and the hook in was
a great experience. I really can't say enough about Mike and his whole
team. After the week finished we felt like we were leaving good friends.
The only thing we were not crazy about was the land trip to Peleliu - it
was not very well organized but this is the fault of the land tour person
not the Aggressor. Jelly fish lake is an unbelievable experience. 
Traders Ridge in Yap was next. Really pretty resort with wonderful rooms, a
nice pool and again, a great dive operation. Mike Kuiper is the
instructor/guide and he knows where the mantas are and, once you find them,
he knows where they are going. He was very friendly, very helpful and found
some really interesting stuff for us. Food-wise - it's best to eat
elsewhere. There are two restaurants at Traders with the food coming out of
the same kitchen. The cafe food is fine but the "high end" food
is not - we ate there twice, hoping the second time would be better, and it
was not. When we spoke to management about it they were very nice but,
basically, unless they are there to check the food and the service, things
seem to fall apart a bit. One morning we waited 20 minutes for tea and
toast and we were the only people in the place! There are three other
places to eat and Oasis is very good and much more reasonably priced. 
We would not hesitate to recommend the Palau Aggressor or Traders Ridge to
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