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

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Greg , UT, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5831
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cayman islands, Bahama's, Cozumel, Belize, Palua, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The only restrictions were the basic recreational dive profiles rather on
Nitrox or air. Don't go below 110 or 130ft, come back up with 500#'s, &
safety stop.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
I didn't take any pictures but the overall setup was very good for the
people who did. They had a area for just cameras along with a dedicated
rinse tank.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
   We did this trip the week of 11/13 thru 11/20 and had a great time. We
live in Utah so we flew out SLC on Delta to Atlanta then TCI. All flights
both coming and going were fine. Something to think about when booking your
flights, and I know it has a lot to do with which airline you use, is to
try and get the earliest flight out on Saturday. They kick you off the boat
at 8:00 am and depending on what time your flight is, the taxi picks you up
about 3 hours before your departure. So in our case we had 3 1/2 hrs to
kill before we left for the airport. We were at the Turtle Cove Marina and
there isn't a whole lot to do. I know one of the guests was on AA and they
had a flight out at 7:30am. Just something to keep in mind.
   The Aggressor will have one of the taxi companies pick you up if you
come in on Saturday, and take you to wherever the boat is, usually the
Turtle Cove. This time they were anchored in Sapodilla Bay because of
possible issues with water conditions Sunday morning with getting out of
Turtle Cove. They usually aren't ready for people till about 3:00pm, we
arrived a little after 1:00pm so the taxi took us to the Tiki Hut which is
at Turtle Cove and we sat around and relaxed with a couple cool ones
waiting for the taxi to take us to the boat.
    The boat left early Sunday morning for the trip to French Cay. We had
the option to do 5 dives a day, 2 in the AM, 2 in the PM, & the night
dive after dinner. We dove 2 days at different sites at French Cay, 2 days
at West Caicos, then the last day and half moved to Northwest Point on
Provo. The diving at French Cay & West Caicos was great. For the most
part they were wall dives with the walls starting at about 50' and going to
the abyss. Most of the time the boat was right over the wall, but depending
on how much the boat had swung we may have had to swim a little to get to
the wall. At each new site the crew gave a detailed dive briefing. There
was always at least one of the divemasters in the water with us and
sometimes 2 or 3. For those of us that are navigationally challenged the
wall diving made it pretty easy. There was a couple of sites where we were
over the sand before the wall. So if you do have a hard time finding your
way just follow one of the crew. I'd recommend following the crew anyway
because they can find the little stuff. We had a little bit of everything
on these dives both big and little stuff. Saw sharks on almost every
dive,usually more then 2. Eagle rays on 3 or 4 of the sites, Turtles, and
on one site at West Caicos a few of us saw a Manta Ray which you don't see
a lot of in the Carribean, at least we haven't heard or seen much of. And
for those of us who like the little stuff we weren't disapointed either.
The diving was great for whatever your taste. Some of the guests asked the
Captain if it was possible to do any of the night dives before dinner so
she agreed and on 2 of the days we did a dive before breakfast at 7:00am.
It was just starting to get light and I really enjoyed these dives, plus it
didn't hurt my feelings to do the night dive before dinner. The only
negative about these changes was we were back in the water right after
lunch, but that was more my fault; I just shouldn't have made a pig out of
myself at lunch.
    The food was great, I gained 8 lb's during the week and I dove almost
all of the dives. Breakfast was the normal stuff, the chef did make eggs to
order. Lunch was a buffet with 3 entrees usually, a soup, salad, and a
snack. Dinner was a sit down affair with one of the crew serving. And the
the usual snacks between the AM & PM dives.
    The boat is designed for 18 guests but there was only 12 on this trip
which made it really nice on the dive deck, everyone had plenty of room.
Even with 18 it may've been a little tighter but I don't think it would've
been that bad. The only complaint I had about the boat, and this is why
only 4 stars instead of 5 was the AC. I know the staff went out of their
way to make it right but most of the nights the AC didn't kick on at all in
our cabin, after the first night I mentioned this to the Captain she said
she'd tweak it but gave us a fan to use just in case, which I'm glad she
did because we had to use it most of the nights. When the AC worked it was
more than enough. But I'd much rather be on the cooler side then warmer.
I'm sure other guests were more than happy to have it warmer. But the crew
did the best they could, or that's what it seemed like to me.
    Overall I highly recommend T&C aggressor 2, We did this trip last
year and it was so good we decided to come back. And it was even better
this time. The crew went out of the way to make it really great trip.
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