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Dive Review of Palau Aggressor in

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Marta Arensberg, WA, USA
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Report Number 3740
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Kona and Kauai, Hawaii; Cayman Islands.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 ft maximum, 60 minutes +/- per dive, min 500lbs in tank at end of dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
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 $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
The Good:  It was GOOD that I decided to do two weeks
"back-to-back", as the travel time and cost of air travel to
Palau was considerable.  Each week was different from the other, including
some of the dive sites.  3/4's of the crew changed between the two weeks
(due to vacations, etc.), and each were excellent in their own way. The
weather the first week was gray, choppy, and with occassional showers;
while the second week was blue sky, blue water, and calm seas.  I was able
to log 44 dives during the two weeks (11 days of total diving), missing
only three dives the first week, and one the second week.  The food was
excellent both weeks, thanks to Chef Scott.  The accommodations were
spotless and kept that way all week, and watching the crew clean the ENTIRE
boat on Sunday between groups wore me out!  We had several great channel
dives, some reef hook-in dives to watch the reef sharks (plenty of action
from those guys), several gorgeous wall dives, and some really nice finds
on a few night dives.  All of the crew, both weeks, were very friendly and
most were helpful on locating critters on the dives.

The Bad:  On one dive, two divers in our group, who were taking u/w photos,
pinned a small turtle against a wall, allowing it no escape.  They kept
their lenses less than 18 inches from this little guy for over five mins of
filming.  I couldn't watch this intrusive behavior continue, so I motioned
to one of the divemasters to stop them.  The divemaster did nothing, just
shrugged his shoulder at me.  How infuriating!  And after the dive, no one
mentioned what had happened to me.  Also, on one night dive I was buddied
with one of the divemasters, and he ditched me...just left me alone and
returned to the skiff, without any communication before he left.  I let him
know I was miffed, when I returned with another couple I found, who I then
finished the dive with.

What do I wish I had known before I left home: Nothing much, except that it
is a really, really long way to travel for only a one week trip, and I was
SO Happy that I had stretched it into two weeks.     
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