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Dive Review of Palau Aggressor in

April, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Greg Regnier, IL, USA
Report Number 1203
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Eastern Mediterranean, Red Sea, Carribean, Galapagos, Hawaii, Central U.S.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives were with the group off a skiff that took us to the dive sites
and then picked us up. We all went in together, but would end the dive as
our air management allowed.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
The Palau Aggressor is a great boat. The crew, extremely helpful, friendly
and fun. The cuisine, superb, given the limitations of local availability
of ingredients.

The boat is a 110' catamaran, recently overhauled and very comfortable. The
gueat accomodations are roomy and pleasant. Sleeping configurations are a
queen sized bunk on the lower tier a full sized bunk on the upper tier.

It's difficult for me to go into superlatives based on my experience in
Palau. The diving is good. We had a full boat, which is an excellent
indication of the popularity of Palau, but it can also be a drawback when
there are 16 divers in the water, being shepherded to a dive site. The
sites themselves are interesting, riding the currents at Blue Corner and
diving into Blue Holes makes for a nice dive, but by the third time at Blue
Corner, I had had enough of hooking in and watching the sharks. One
worthwhile diversion at Blue Corner is "Sweety" the Napoleon
Wrasse that frequented the area.

Some of the guests encountered a Spotted Eagle Ray and I, and a few others
spotted a large Hammerhead Shark, but other than this there were no large
animal encounters. There were a lot of turtles, lion fish, and fish in
general, which was good to see, and the coral was very healthy, but with
the currents it was difficult to just settle-in and watch.

Photographers may find other inticements. Doug, the ship's photographer and
dive instructor, certainly had a wonderful collection of excellent
underwater and above water shots. The uniqueness of the scenery and the
sunsets are very condusive to bringing out the artist in any photographer.

All in all, I'm happy that I made this trip. The quality of the boat and
crew made it very comfortable. However, I would have to think hard about
making this trip again.
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