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Dive Review of Palau Aggressor in

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Janet Hays, VA, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 4413
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire, Cayman, Channel Islands, Cocos, Cozumel, Fiji,
Florida Keys, Galapagos, Malpelo, Yap
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
71   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Photographers were given complete leeway to dive as they wished.  With an
unbelievable three guides on every dive, including the Captain himself on a
number of occasions, it was very easy to forge ahead, linger behind, or
vary your pace while still feeling extremely safe  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
I don't have room to share all the details, but among the many species
which were gloriously represented by a wide variety of healthy individuals
during this non-stop visual delight, I noted Angelfish, Anthias,
Bannerfish, Barracuda, Boxfish, Butterflyfish, Clams, Clownfish,
Cornetfish, Coris, Crabs, Cushionstars, Damselfish, Dartfish, Dascyllus,
Eagle rays, Fuseliers, Goatfish, Groupers, Lobsters, Mackeral, Morays,
Nudibranchs, Parrotfish, Scorpionfish, Sharks, Snapper, Soldierfish,
Spadefish, Squirrelfish, Surgeonfish, Tang, Triggerfish, Trumpetfish, Tuna,
Turtles, Tuskfish, Unicornfish, Christmas tree worms and  Wrasse.  

Some of the highlights which must be mentioned include:
 1) Getting to pet the nearly 5' Wrasse that had clearly befriended our
crew members quite some time ago 
2) being photographed with my husband behind one of a dozen 6' clams
3) touching the velvety stingless jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake  
4) learning to master the reef hook so that we could have a prolong viewing
of schools of Sharks, tuna, jacks during pelagic lunchtime
5) Chatting with my fellow divers inside Chandelier Caves 

In closing, let me say that as an instructor, many times I am asked, what's
you're favorite dive site in the world.  I usually say it depends, and give
an answer of several paragraphs; but if someone were to phrase the question
as follows: If I could go on only one dive trip in the world, where should
I go - I would have to say that with the range of dives on this itinerary
including wall dives, blue holes, caverns, wrecks, coral reefs and the
snorkeling in Jellyfish Lake, this would be THE trip to make.  It is
however, NOT for a beginning diver.  For this trip my computer shows an
AVERAGE depth of 75 feet; add that to the strong currents, to the point of
feeling like I was rappelling underwater in Ulong Channel - one NEEDS to
have made a variety of dives to be fully prepared for and appreciate this

On board, another unique quality feature was the way that all of the crew
including the captain took turns serving all the guests the beverages,
seconds, desserts, and clearing the tables.  Of the seven other liveaboard
trips we've made, I recall none where I had so much comfortable access to
ALL the professionals on board to be able to ask all of my questions all of
the time, and absolutely never having time to fret about anything because
there was ALWAYS SOMEBODY around that could either help me immediately or
unhesitatingly took responsibility for ensuring that a satisfactory
solution to my needs were provided by someone else on board!!!

In straining my mind to see if there were any negatives, I can only recall
that with our cabin being next to the clothes dryers, it did take the crew
three tries to get the temperature in our cabin down to a level that we
could be comfortable sleeping at night.  For the land hikes including the
tour of Pelilieu, I had packed satisfactory hiking shoes, but my sunblock
shirt was way too hot.  A tank top with repeated applications of the
sunblock lotion would have been more satisfactory.  
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