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Dive Review of Palau Aggressor in

October, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean; Galapagos, Socorros, PNG, GBR, Solomons, Vanuatu,
Fiji, Indonesia, Palau, Yap, Korsae, Chuuk  
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No Deco; 1 hour dives to keep with dive schedule.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The Palau Aggressor has very good camera facilities with large rinse tanks,
large camera table, compressed air, camera towels, battery charging. 
Palau offers more wide-angle opportunities than macro. 
Crew handled camera gear efficiently and carefully.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
On this trip, the weather was mild and sunny with mostly calm seas; there
was an occasional rain shower.

The marine life consisted mostly of larger species -- sharks, turtle,
schooling fish and mantas. The manta encounter was limited to just 2
animals briefly at German Channel.Had a very close encounter with a big
bull shark at Ulong Channel -- very cool. Snorkeling Jellyfish Lake is a
surreal experience being surrounded by millions of mastigias
jellyfish.There is limited macro-photography opportunities.

The Palau Aggressor is a spacious boat that can accommodate 18 divers.
There were 17 divers on this trip. Dive stations are setup on the skiff,
which is cradled at the stern of the Palau Aggressor (PA). All diving is
done from the skiff. Dive briefings were thorough and timely; the dive
operations were efficient and fairly hassle-free. The dive deck had
sufficient gear/camera rinse tanks and fresh water showers. The dive guides
knew the dive sites and the dive conditions. They did a minimal amount of
marine life IDing. My cabin (#9) was spacious, comfortable and clean but
lacked a window.

The food prepared by Chef Marc was superb -- great variety, generous
portions and very, very tasty. My rare steak was actually served rare.
Wine and beer are included. The beer is local Red Rooster, which is very
good. Try the amber and the wheat.

While diving Peleliu Island, we had the opportunity to tour the WWII battle
sites. A very worthwhile excursion.

The crew of the PA was very helpful and friendly. However, this trip did
get off to a rather bumpy start. I was advised the day before boarding that
the PA had 17 divers whereas the Tropic Dancer (TD) had only 6 divers. I
immediately requested a transfer to the TD for obvious reasons but was
advised that this was not feasible at such a late date.

This matter is particularly disturbing because when I initially booked this
trip several months in advance I inquired about the # of divers on each
boat. At that time, I was told that a dive club had booked 9 divers on the
PA and the TD had no bookings. I agreed to be booked on the PA but
requested to be notified of the PA booked more divers and the TD was going
out with minimal divers. I was never notified in this regard. I would have
moved to the TD if given the opportunity.

In summary, except for the booking SNAFU, my trip on the PA was enjoyable
with good diving. I would probably do this trip again on either the PA or
TD but it would not be a priority.

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