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Dive Review of Thailand Aggressor in
Thailand/Andaman Sea

September, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Jim Garren, FL, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Don't waste your money!"
Report Number 8378 has 2 Helpful votes
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii,Bahamas,Caymans,Roatan,Belize,Turks and Caicos, Australia, Red Sea,
Closest Airport
Hat Yai
Getting There
Palm Beach to Atlanta, Atlanta
to Tokyo, Tokyo to Bangkok,
Bangkok to Hat Yai

Dive Conditions

calm, surge, currents  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 35    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
one hour dive time, depth based on nitrox mix, no diving after drinking
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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camera table was crowded with 6 guests, boat can accommodate 16
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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3 stars
Service and Attitude
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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2 stars   
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Yes, we read the other reviews in Undercurrent but some mitigating factors
convinced us to toss the dice and try this location.   The short version is
that we threw snake eyes, of our ten live-aboard trips to date (seven with
Aggressor) this one definitely comes in dead last. Fortunately we did not
pay full pop for the live-aboard or airfare thanks to a previous voucher
from Aggressor over a snafu with our Galapagos trip and lots of frequent
flyer miles accumulated by my wife on business travel.  
We did have to endure nearly 30 hours of flight time/layovers flying from
south Florida to Hat Yai south of Bangkok and a two hour mini-bus ride from
there to the dock.  First impression was not the best on arrival, it
happened to be low tide and Aggressor personnel on the boat didnt have a
clue how to load passengers and gear under those conditions.  Im not sure
if this is a new docking location or what but we did eventually get the 6
divers and their gear on board.   ...
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By mariaoc at Oct 01, 2015 10:43 EST  
Thanks for posting this.  It is incredible the bad service Aggressor
continues to provide related to this boat.  This boat was the Star Dancer
in Papua New Guinea first docked at Kimbe Bay and then at Alotau, Milne Bay
from where it moved to Thailand with a new name and, allegedly, new
ownership who was going to completely revamp the entire boat before putting
it into service in Thailand.  We will NEVER book with Aggressor again, even
if offered for free.  A trip report was issued on our experience with this
By jkgarren at Oct 01, 2015 12:26 EST  
Sorry to hear you had a bad experience here too, I did read other such
reports but was hoping we would get lucky, didn't happen.  I can only hope
others will heed our advice and save themselves a lousy vacation, I had
good feelings about Aggressor prior to this disaster but other live-aboard
boats will get a second look before booking with them again.
By Koffee at Oct 11, 2015 14:25 EST  
Am planning a trip to Thailand to visit in-laws and thought this boat would
be a great way to spend a week while my wife visits with her family.  Based
on this review and others, there's no way that will happen now.  I've done
the Cayman Aggressor and was generally satisfied and would have expected
this trip to be even better.  I guess not.
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