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Dive Review of Turks & Caicos Aggressor II in
Turks and Caicos

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Marshall Welch, WA, USA
Report Number 2954
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Hawaii, Southern California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 110    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 feet is the official max. depth; that was fine with me.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
This week the boat hosted the Jim Church School of Underwater Photography-
taught by Mike Haber and Mike Mesgleski. The course is wonderful. I was a
returning student, and look forward to joining them again. 

This boat and crew vigorously supports photographers and video. Dedicated
camera rinse tank, spacious camera table with shelves beneath. The captain,
second captain, and photo pro are each by themselves capable of supporting
serious photographers/videographers. They had two Nikon D-70 cameras in
housings available for rentals. I think this may be unique to this boat.
Make your reservations early, though- they were already taken by the time I
got interested in one. They also have digital point and shoots with
external strobes available for rent. The video pro made a fantastic DVD,
available for sale, from scenes she shot during the week.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Great dive sites- dived NW Point sites, then West Caicos and French Caye
and then back to the others in reverse order. Numerous reef sharks; nurse
sharks on most dives. Some saw a squadron of seven spotted eagle rays, and
one or two of these were spotted about every day.  

Fantastic crew- skilled, talented, pleasant, and eager to help in any way
they can. Since almost everyone is shooting digital now, on-board E-6
processing is being phased out. They were kind enough to mix a batch of
chemicals and develop my film during the week. However, I think they said
that as soon as the chemicals they already have run out they are
discontinuing on-board E-6 processing. 

If you are sensitive to cold (air conditioning) you may want to bring along
a lightweight fleece jacket or pullover- the air conditioning works quite
well and the salon can get cool. They also sell sweatshirts on the boat. 

Regarding the Providenciales airport- not much good food is available in
the airport lounge. Hot dogs was about it. Make sure you are well fed
before arriving at the airport, or bring along some good food. 
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