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Dive Review of Palau Aggressor II in

April, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Dennis Johnson, NY, USA
Report Number 76
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Truk, Palau, Fiji, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Thailand/Burma, Bonaire,
Turks & Caicos, Cozumel, Anguilla, St. Tropez/Port Grimaud France,
Hawaii, New York/New Jersey Wreck Valley, Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway. 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No decompression diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Daily E-6, large camera table and dedicated rinse buckets. Most of the crew
careful with equipment. Photopro (Doug) very helpful with advise and
accomodating to all requests. Doug also went the extra mile taking lots of
pics of all the guests for his end of the week slide show - he then gave
away all the slides of the respective guests - very nice touch! Light boxes
and mounting supplies provided free.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Palau Aggressor II (April 21-28 2002): 
This was the second trip on the Palau Agressor II (my first trip was in Feb
of 1997). A few good surprises and a few bad. First of all the "coral
bleaching" problem isn't as bad as I was lead to expect and Jellyfish
lake had literally millions more jellyfish than it did first time around.
The diving was even better than I remembered - Blue Corner, Blue Hole,
Peleliu Corner absolutely fantastic. Diving from the Aggressor skiff is as
easy as it gets. The skiff drivers were there whenever/wherever you
surfaced (EPIRBs were issues to all diver pairs just in case one of us got

On the bad side, the Aggressor itself according to the crew has not been in
drydock for at least 7 years (it hadn't been renovated since my first
trip!) and while it's kept very clean and organized the entire boat is
starting to show serious wear and tear. The bilge pumps periodically ran
(loudly) due to leaks in the hull and the fridge in the galley was totally
dead by the end of the week. However the rooms were still OK with good AC
and plumbing. My only real complaint was a general indifference by the crew
(especially toward the end of the week after the tab was settled) and the
lack of ability to keep to a schedule during the day - to get 4/5 dives a
day in, I always felt like things were rushed and on the verge of not
happening. In fact, at the end of the week on the last day we were so
behind schedule that we never made it to town as planned and didn't even
get to eat dinner before needing to get to the airport to leave the island.
Overall the crew "did there jobs" for the most part but there
wasn't any real stand-out service (except Doug the Photopro and Rick a new
divemaster who seemed to really care about the guests). This was the second
week for my group on back to back aggressor trips (Truk Agressor was week
1) and while the Truk boat/crew totally spoiled us, the Palau boat/crew
left something to be desired - as they say "there is a choice in
airlines and liveaboards today". If Palau is in my future dive plans,
I may try one of the other options. 
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