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Dive Review of Palau Aggressor II in

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Margaret Schouten, CA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3788
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Thailand, Fiji, Galapagos, Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Only dive within your recreational limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 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  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
The only thing we wish we had known before we left home was to clear our
schedule for the week after our booked week on the Aggressor, so that when
we learned there were cabins available due to cancellations for the week
subsequent to ours we could have stayed on the boat!

The entire experience was nothing short of amazing.  Captain Mike and
Amanda run a top-notch ship that should set the standard for the entire
Aggressor fleet.  Their passion and enthusiasm for diving, safety, and
preservation of the marine life is abundantly evident, and sets the tone
for the rest of the crew.  I would be hard pressed to imagine a more
skilled and professional crew than what we found on this trip.

The diving was the best we have experienced to date; a wonderland of
sharks, large schools of fish, gorgeous walls, healthy and brilliant hard
and soft corals, and interesting little critters too.  Our first dive
presented more to see than many dive trips have in an entire week.  My
husband and I found ourselves surfacing at the end of the first dive with
mouths hanging open in astonishment, as we said, "when are we coming
back??"  I found myself assuming the first dive or two of the day
would be good, and then it would be just dropping us in the water somewhere
to check off dives 3 and 4, as it often is the case with other operators. 
To my amazement, dive after dive, day after day, was as spectacular as our
first dive.

The accommodations were fabulous; spacious and well designed with plenty of
space to settle in for the week.  The dive deck was undoubtedly designed
specifically for divers, with every detail accounted for.  Accessing our
gear, suiting up and travel to and from the dive sites could not have been
made any easier.  Dive briefings were thorough and relevant, and dives were
always planned mindful of the currents to maximize our diving experience.

My husband and I were not Nitrox certified when we arrived, and had never
really given the idea any thought.  Fortunately, the crew recommended right
away that we begin the Nitrox course on board and suggested that we would
find ourselves frustrated with our bottom times in comparison to the other
divers.  Fortunately, we heeded their advice, and are so grateful we did. 
Every dive was a full 60 minutes, and according to our air computers I
would have been in deco by my second day of diving.  If you are not already
Nitrox certified, I would highly recommend either getting certified before
going or planning to do so on board.  The crew are very helpful with the
course and it is painless to get through during the week.

And then there was the food.  Scott prepared nothing short of gourmet meals
three times a day, with fabulous snacks in between.  Fresh fish, pastas,
homemade desserts; definitely do not plan on losing any weight during the

In short, Captain Mike and Amanda run a first rate ship that will likely be
very hard to ever top.  Their hospitality really put the finishing touches
on an already perfect week, and we will always have fond memories of our
trip.  We would highly recommend this trip, and only hope we can return
while they are still running the ship!!
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