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Dive Review of Truk Agressor II in

March, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by John and Sandra Quick, MI, USA
Report Number 679
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos, Bonaire, Belize, Roatan,
Florida Keys and assorted
other spots in the Caribbean. 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stuck to recommended profiles so we could maximize the number of dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
What fun!  We would have done this years ago if we knew how much fun a live
aboard could be.  Captain Niall, first mate Tom,
and photo pro Ed were stars as were the rest of the crew.  Everything
seemed to go so smoothly, the crew worked non stop to 
keep everyone happy.  Where all the warm towels and snacks materialized
from we will never know but they were always there.
The accommodations were adequate and clean but space for storing stuff was
almost non existant.  Made it tough for us as we 
did have a bit of clothing and souveniers with us as this was a multi
destination trip.  The crew stored our big bag which was a 
great help.  Food was a good as could be expected given the remote locale. 
Tom was once a beverage/food director on a cruise
ship so he helped in the kitchen with some tasty results.  The public
spaces were cozy and comfortable.  As non photographers we
enjoyed fellow passengers (and Ed) sharing slides and video with us in the

The diving was awesome.  Can't stress enough about the historical
significance of this locale.  Operation Hailstorm in  Feb of 1944
 was a big coup for the US Navy.  Though there are few combatants on the
bottom of Truk Lagoon there are approximately 60 
(every book gives a different number) merchants on the bottom and several
aircraft.  The shallow wrecks (150 and above) are, per
those who have been here before, showing the effects of dive pressure.  We
were happy.  Many identifiable fittings (guns, bridges,
masts, kingposts,
gangways, ladders, props, etc.).  Lots of cargo and other stuff to look at
such as a tank on deck of one vessel, trucks in the
hold of another, Japanese zeros in the hold of a vessel, etc.  Sake bottles
and ammunition galore.  We aren't big wreck divers 
but were very comfortable following Niall or Ed through compartments and
into holds.

Lots of gorgeous tropicals.  Many of the  masts, fittings, guns, etc are
beautifully encrusted with soft corals.  The anemones alone 
were worth the price of admission(oh, and of course the clownfish in them)
.  Saw quite a few sharks.  Toward the end of the week 
there was a shark dive.  If you've done the Bahamas, Walkers Cay thing you
know the drill.  We would have skipped it for another
wreck dive.  

Definately a trip of a life time. Though we have nothing to compare it to
as far as live aboards we are sure that the crew of the Truk
Aggressor II has set a high standard .  Overall experience rates a A from
us!  We salute Niall and crew!        
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