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Dive Review of Palau Aggressor II in

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, NY, USA
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Report Number 1968
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Cayman, Belize, V.I., Roatan, Fiji, PNG, Chuuk, Fernando de
Noronha, Palau x4
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow the leader except on wrecks. Nominal max=110 ft, but exceeded it
when necessary (Iro wreck, Siae's tunnel) without hassle.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Big camera table on Aggressor and protected camera area on skiff.  Crew
will hand down/up camera.  Digital download computer facilities and E6
available.  Camera-only rinse tank.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
Our week on Palau Aggressor II had only 5 divers!  Less ethical operators
might cancel a charter with so few guests as being insufficiently
profitable, but not Aggressor!  Five divers was glorious, twelve would be
O.K., but a full ship of 18 would be pretty crowded.  Dive deck is big and
has tank holders and under-seat storage, but gear stays on the skiff from
which diving is done.  Two showers on the dive deck, and fresh towels after
every dive.  The skiff is roomy and comfortable, but only one (good size)
ladder for exits.
The crew of five (down from usual seven) was attentive and diligent.
We had no nitrox  broken part, no spare.  Four or five dives a day in
Palau on air pushes no-deco limits, and some divers skipped dives because
of accumulated nitrogen readings (not into deco) on their computers.  (We,
using Cochran Gemini computers, did all twenty-four dives in 5½ days
without approaching deco.)  I hope they stock up on parts.  
Every divers BC gets an emergency radio beacon attached for the week, and
they loan Dive-Alert, sausage, reef hook, and cutter (in case the reef hook
gets stuck) for those who dont have them.
Only three night dives are permitted, although there is time for five.  The
dive day is pretty full, since there is a 5 to 20 minute skiff ride to and
from dive sites, meaning 2-3 hr of travel time added to dive time.  Some of
the travel is through the beautiful Palau lagoon, but some is on the open
Palau has made a substantial recovery from the damage of the 1998 El
Nino-related bleaching event.  Most dives have 1 hour bottom time.
Cabins are large enough for the week of diving, but not for two people
trying to pack!  Lower double bunk holds two comfortably and there is
enough clearance under the top bunk to prevent head bumping.  Food was
spicier that most of us liked.
What to do on the last day after the morning dives on a live-aboard, beyond
washing gear, is often a problem.  The last day (Saturday) after two dives
and lunch, Aggressors bus took us into town and ferried everyone where
they wanted to go all afternoon, which is very generous and a nice touch. 
Dinner is not included, but the bus took us to a restaurant of our choice
and waited to return us to the ship!
Palau Aggressor II is comfortable and the crew is committed to diving and
comfort.  Best way to dive Palau!
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