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Dive Review of Palau Aggressor II/Sea Passion Hotel in
Micronesia/Palau

Palau Aggressor II/Sea Passion Hotel, Mar, 2011,

by Robert Barada, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports). Report 5952.

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

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 10 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes, not really enforced.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 delicious.

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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