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Dive Review of Palau Aggressor II in

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Chiara Reading, NJ, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3789
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas,Turks & Caicos,Fiji,Galapagos,Saba, St.Kitts, Costa Rica,
Florida, Bonaire, Curaçao, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
THe number one concern was safety.  We were asked to stay with in
recreational dive limits.  We were provided with at least 2 DM in the water
during all dives.    
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
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
They had plenty of room on the dive deck for all of our photo gear &
plenty of charging stations.  Capt Mike, Amanda, & Matt were all
available to answer questions & provide guidance for those of us
fumbling with new equipment. Hector & Dexter made sure our equipment
was handled safely & rinsed thoroughly after each ride on the skiff.
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
This was one of the best overall experiences I have ever had on vacation. 
Sure it didn't hurt that the weather was beautiful & the diving
encounters amazing. The hook in diving was thrilling & the shark
encounters were too numerous to count.  We even saw a shark with his mouth
& gills wide open being cleaned.  The Manta encounters were consistent
& majestic.  I even had a 5-minute encounter with a Neopolian Wrasse
that was more like a Golden Retriever than any fish I'd ever encountered!!
But what made the experience really special was the quality of the crew
& a top-notch boat.  

Captain Mike & Amanda have put together one of the best service teams I
have ever had the pleasure of being around. This was a team of
professionals who loved what they were doing & went out of their way to
provide a great experience for all.

Scott served up incredible meals. The variety was impressive & should
please even the pickiest palate.  He was quick to accommodate just about
all requests. 

A newer member of the team was Lyn.  She helped Scott in the galley &
helped keep our cabins clean & cozy all week.  She also provided
massage onboard  I was in heaven!!

Matt serves as DM, skiff driver, AV guy & general funny man.  Great
guy, quick with a smile & always ready to assist. Also puts on a mean
slide show.

Hector has been with the Palau Aggressor for 10+ years.  He is very
knowledgeable about all things underwater & has an incredible
relationship with Aba the Neopolian Wrasse that is truly special.  I have
never seen a fish demand a hug before!!

Dexter rounds out the crew.  He seems to be a gentle soul with deep
knowledge of the reefs of Palau...He even has a dive site named for him! 

The boat was well maintained.  Plenty of room on the dive deck.  The boat
was extremely stable & the rooms comfortable.  The hot tub was actually
hot!  The salon was incredibly well appointed.  A Computer was available to
download pictures & email accounts were available for those who had to
stay connected to the outside world.

It is my sincerest hope that I am able to dive with this team again.  I
would travel to any destination to vacation with a crew run by Capt Mike
& Amanda!

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