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Dive Review of Palau Aggressor in
Micronesia/Palau

Palau Aggressor, Jan, 2007,

by Brian Verbonac, ON, Canada (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 3506.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Red Sea, Micronesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No limitations after check out dive other than common sense.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large..well padded area with power hook-ups for chargers...close to dive deck and dive skiff.

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 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We travelled half way around the world...or at least the trip seemed that long..and found a dive operation,boat,crew,dive masters second to none with the overall level of service the standard by which other boats should be measured. Every member on the boat works as part of a team and makes you feel like one of the family.

Safety ....exemplary..briefings are on time,relevant and accurate.. divers are equiped with GPS units...two dive masters are on all dives but let you dive your dive...cannot find fault with any aspect of this part of the operation.

This boat has a large dive skiff that operates at the back of the main boat and is raised hydraulically from the water level up to the back of boat. All dive gear is kept and stored on the skiff and all refills are via long hoses from the compressor. After you're set up.. the only item[s] you have to remove from the skiff are your camera and wet suit. Your spot on the skiff is yours for the week. Amazing comfort and convenience.

I've left the actual diving for last...after all of the treatment described above...one could almost be content with an average diving experience but that is not the case here. When you read about Palau being one of the best dive destinations-believe it !! This part of the world has everything...walls,sharks,corals,sharks, small fish,large fish,sharks,drift dives,turtles,barracuda,did I mention sharks,WWII landing area with submerged vehicles and shells. The list of things to see never ends. Hooking in on the Blue Corner and Pelilu Corner are not to be missed. We were on a night dive to Matts Wall and believe it or not...there is a resident star fish that has to be four feet across !!

Additional subjects that require mentioning include the food.. hot, plentiful and varied..Excellent cooks who enjoy their work. Cinemaphotography is provided by dive master who manages to capture many varied situations throughtout the week for presentation at weeks end....not to be missed.

If you can make it to this part of the world...you won't be disappointed and you'll end up with thrills and memories to last a lifetime.

A special thanks to Captain Mike and Amanda..you two run a fantastic ship and we'll never forget your hospitality,enthusiam and total professionalism.
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