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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Turks and Caicos

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Joest, Kehl, DE
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6557
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
26   to 27    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
inside the rules for recreational diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Turks and Caicos Aggressor

April/May 2012 Followed the advice of friends who knew I love drop offs and
walls and went to the Turks and Caicos, Provo. Spent 4 days mostly on the
beach as besides watersports and shopping  there is not much to see or
visit on the island. Stayed at Turtle Cove Inn, only 15 min from the
airport, a nice but modest place at the Marina. Right next  is a bar, so I
had the full sound in my room nearly every night. They don´t serve
any meals there,  you have to look around for something solid. On the next
corner I found Green Beans, ideal for breakfast and light snacks and
salads. For Dinner I mostly went to Tiki Hut, a nice partly open air place
right at the Marina, where you can enjoy beautiful sunsets. Main course ran
about 20  30 $, delicious meals, fish, local specialties, ribs, steak,
pasta etc.
It was my first booking with Aggressor Fleet. Even before the start of my
trip I was impressed of their internet check with each customer. They ask
you for all information on your travel schedule, special requirements, dive
experience, insurance etc. So I was not surprised to get my first message
on arrival, pick up would be on Sat. at around 3 p.m. for the boat.
Together came 12 US guys from a dive and fan club called Doghouse Divers,
one Spanish girl and me. The boot was not fully booked, so I was lucky to
get a single cabin and even the shared bathroom with the next cabin was my
own. Amanda the Captain and Rob the Engineer did the welcome and info
thing. Both were fantastic and thorough  in the way they handled things,
especially the emergency procedures were expertly explained. Dive briefings
for me were an amazing surprise in superb rhetoric and always mixed with
some nice local story or events. The boat was just great, I guess I
don´t have to emphasize all amenities, but honestly I didn´t
expect less on an Aggressor. Jacuzzi, hot towels, snacks after each dive
are just natural for them,. The whole package I would describe as an A
team on an A boat. Amanda and Rob you would find in every job there is
on the boat. The captain was even seen in the kitchen doing dishes or
serving lunch. I bow to that! Food with Poncho as chef was a mouth watering
delicious five star treat. He sometimes even prepared some special gluten
free dish for me, woooouuuh. Sad to see, he is leaving the Aggressor going
back home to Mexico, Cabo San Lucas on some other boat.
You could do 5 dives a day, I choose to only do 3, as I love to go deep and
my computer would start to complain after 3. It was nice for me to feel no
pressure on me only doing 3. Most times they let me run on rather long
reins. My dive buddy was not that experienced and stayed shallow. I guess I
choose the wrong buddy there or vice versa. We always put the boat to some
buoy right next to the wall. So you just jumped of the mother boat and
followed the reef. Water was around 26 degrees C, vis more than 50 m. We
had sharks, turtles and eagle rays nearly on every dive. Two times we had a
bunch of dolphins joining us on the dive, a lovely experience.  Fish life
on the reef was rather poor, I definitely expected more. This however seems
to be a problem of most places in the Caribbean I feel, if you are used to
Red Sea, Maldives, Indonesia. Most dives down to the reef  reached 40 feet
or more, so no chance of a nice safety stop in a shallow coral garden here.
 The walls were beautiful, I enjoyed the many crevices, chimneys, overhangs
where you always had the chance to find something special. On the edge of
the wall you had a colourful mixture of sponges and coral.
Two days we had problems with the flushing system of the heads. So at the
end, Amanda offered Nitrox for free, to compensate for that trouble. There
is a  45 $ hotel/tourist tax to pay on the boat, similar to that on the
island places. Weather was good, partly clouded with sometimes fresh
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