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

December, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Bob & Leone Woods, CA, USA
Report Number 881
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Honduras, Caymans, Mexico, Fiji, Tonga, Costa Rica, Fr. Polynesia,
Hawaii, Indonesia, Maldives, Panama
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco, dive with a buddy, come back with 500 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
My wife and I spent 7 days on the live-aboard Turks & Caicos Aggressor
II from December 20 to 27, 2003.  We reported aboard Saturday afternoon
12/20; the boat was supposed to get underway Sunday morning, but because of
a bad storm coming through we didnt get underway until Monday, and did our
first dive west of Provo late Monday morning.  We lost a day and a half of
diving because of this, but the owner-captain (Piers van der Walt) was
absolutely right to delay getting underway, and the passage around the
northwest part of the island was rough enough that some people were too
sick to dive Monday anyway.  Chalk one up for Caribbean winter weather.

The diving was typical T&C  good vis, reef tops at about 40 to 60 feet
with walls dropping away sharply, and nice 80 to 83 degree water.  Good
healthy coral, both hard & soft, and plenty of sponges.  As always we
saw plenty of sharks, a goodly number of turtles, and the usually cast of
reef fish (filefish, queen triggers, various kinds of angels, friendly
stingrays, moray and garden eels, a spotted drum and a scorpionfish). 
Spent some fun time watching a pair of jawfish work up their nerve to come
out of their holes to check us out, only to dash back in again, over and
over.  Surprisingly, we only saw a couple of eagle rays, for which this
area is famous.  Others reported seeing more, though, so maybe it was just

The Aggressor II is a brand new boat, launched in March of 03, and is very
comfortable and well appointed.  It follows the standard Aggressor
(monohull) formula in terms of living quarters below, salon and dive area
on the main deck, and sun deck, hot tub, and bar on the upper level.  Very
well set up for diving and camera work, with diving from the platform aft
of the dive deck.  Unaccountably, there is no drinking water available on
the main deck level (without going into the galley, which we usually
avoid); you have to either go up to the bar or down to your cabin to get a
glass of water.  Overall, though, it is a very nice boat to be aboard.

That said, however, we had a distinct sense that the service aboard
suffered from a lack of attention to detail.  Menus, which were to be
posted daily, never made it up until after lunch, and then only until
Wednesday; Wednesdays menu was still up when we left the boat the
following Saturday.  Yogurt was to be available as one of the standard
breakfast choices, but there were only a few aboard, and they were gone by
Tuesday.  Food in general was borderline; we had the feeling the chef was
just a crew member whose turn it was to cook.  There was rarely any fruit
available for snacks, and the vegetables served with most meals were canned
or frozen.  Weve always been spoiled in the past with a real turkey dinner
on live-aboards at Christmas or Thanksgiving, but this time we had one of
those frozen rolled turkey breast logs you get at Safeway.

The final blow came at departure time.  Per standard Aggressor formula, you
are on your own for dinner Friday night.  When we returned from dinner for
our last night on the boat, since no shoes are allowed aboard, we deposited
ours as instructed in the basket by the gangway.  But the basket was left
out on the dock, it rained overnight, and we found Saturday morning that we
would be making the trip home in wet shoes.  The captains attitude was
Oh, gee, too bad   but he didnt have to wear wet shoes for the next 15
hours or so as those of us returning to California did.  Wet shoes in
planes and airports make for a miserable way to end a trip.
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