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Dive Review of Palau Aggressor II/Sea Passion Hotel in

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Barada, CA, US
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Report Number 5952
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Bora Bora, Cozumel, Cayman Islands, Belize, Bonaire, Mexico, Hawaiian
Islands, California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes, not really enforced.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or  
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  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Long and grueling flights from San Francisco, to Honolulu, to Guam to Yap
to Palau.  Arriving at 1:00 in the morning we bussed to the Sea Passion
hotel.  They were very efficient and had envelopes for all the guests so we
could go right to bed.  Very large rooms with more than enough air
conditioning and very comfortable beds.  Extremely clean.  We had a view of
the beach and water.  A breakfast buffet was included and scrumptious.  We
werent going to be picked up by the Aggressor staff until 5:00 pm so we
walked over to Sams Tours and perused the dive shop and got a beer.

The Aggressor staff picked us up promptly that afternoon and we boarded the
Aggressor shortly thereafter.  They gave us a room briefing and took our
bags to be unloaded.  We had dinner on the boat and left for the dive sites
early the next morning.  

On the Aggressor, diving was from a skiff that loads hydraulically at the
stern.  You set up your dive gear on a tank and they load it on the skiff,
not to be handled again until the end of the week.  They fill the tanks
right on the skiff after each dive.  All you have to do to dive is get in
your wet suit (if you wear one) and listen to the dive briefing and board
the skiff.  They put the skiff in the water and motor to the dive site 
usually from 5 to 15 minutes.  The skiff is covered and unless it is
raining (a possibility) very dry.  

The first two dives were wreck dives inside the reef.  Very low visibility
and unless you wanted to see wrecks, not very interesting.  The rest of the
week was outstanding!  My wife said it best:  After this, the rest of our
diving will seem like a desert.

Beautiful hard and soft corals, lots of fish life, from small stuff, to
schools of jacks and barracuda, to huge sharks and Napoleon Wrasse.  My
favorite dive was at German channel.  We started deep with huge schools of
fish and many sharks.  After a while, we started our drift through the
channel over beautiful coral, huge clams and lots of fish.  We hooked in at
Blue Corner with lots of current and watched the show.  Our last dive (on
my birthday) was at Ulong Gardens and Channel.  Sensory overload at the
start of the dive and ended up drifting through the channel.

We ended the week with a snorkel at Jellyfish Lake.  A must do activity,
but not one I would go out of the way to do again.  The crew cocktail party
and slideshow was very nice, then out to dinner at the Taj for Indian food

The service and food on the Aggressor was first class!  Everyone on the
staff pitched in to make our stay perfect.  I would go on the Palau
Aggressor anytime.  My group is lobbying me to set up a trip for next year
for 2 weeks on the Aggressor.
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