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

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Janet Czapski, MI, USA
Report Number 785
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Fiji, PNG, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Cabo San Lucas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi left in tank at end of dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 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 was a Mauricio Handler Photo was very well done.  The is
the first time digital SLR's were included in the course so there were 2 of
us using Nikon D100's as well as Mauricio.  It was a learning experience
for us but the course specifics were excellent for both film & digital
users and we were able to learn from each other as well as from Mauricio. 
The camera table set-up was a little crowded but we were a very equipment
intensive group!  The photo pro was extremely busy with 2-hour E-6
turnaround for the course, but performed wonderfully!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Hurricane Isobel was threatening at the beginning of the trip.  Captain
Piers was extremely safety conscious and did not depart the marina until
Sunday morning when he was convinced the hurricane had detoured north
sufficiently to allow a safe trip.

Our diving conditions were somewhat affected by the proximity of the
hurricane effect; visibility was diminished somewhat, currents were up and
our choices of safe diving sites was more limited.  However, we spent a
significant amount of time at French Cay diving with the sharks on every
dive so the ambient lighting and close-up opportunities as part of the
photo course were fantastic!  Macro was in somewhat short supply at the
dive sites we visited and the sites that provided more macro were in areas
that were more significantly affected by the hurricane so we were unable to
get to them.

Overall the crew did a fabulous job of coordinating the needs of the photo
students as well as providing safe diving conditions, wonderful
accommodations on a new vessel & great food.  The nightly slideshow
provided by the photo students were fabulous!  I'd do the photo course
again in a minute and would love to do another trip on the same boat
without the intensity of the photo course!
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