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Dive Review of Palau Aggressor in
Micronesia/Palau

Palau Aggressor, Apr, 2004,

by Greg Regnier, IL, USA . Report 1203.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 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 N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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