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

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Rickie Sterne/Chrisanda Button, Arkansas, USA
Report Number 1461
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Bay Islands, Belize, Cozumel, Tortola, Sea of Cortez, Great
Barrier Reef and Coral Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 feet; return to the boat with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Christopher, the photo pro, was not just a guy who operated the E6
processing machine.  He'll be in the nest generation of famous underwater
photographers.  The boat offered a computer with big screen TV for digital
photographers to view their shots as well as the usual processing.  With
all 11 photographers onboard shooting digital, there ws some competition
for the charging station.
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 $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
     The diving off uninhabitied French Cay and West Caicos is some of the
best Caribbean diving we have done.  The walls of NW Provo were beautiful,
but the shallows were sand-choked with some algal growth.  Hard corals,
octocorals, and sponges were in good condidtion and profuse along the walls
and over the shallows.  We saw one or two reef sharks on almost every dive.
 A single eagle ray soared along the wall at G Spot.  Stingrays were common
on the sandy areas at the tops of the walls.  T&C seem to be unusually
well supplied with queen triggerfish, cowfish, and indigo hamlets.  There
were two remarkable turtle encounters.  On a late afternoon dive we watched
what we believed to be a courtship dance between two whitespotted filefish.
 Night dives brought out many crustaceans. We saw a number of speckled
morays and an acre or so of garden eels.  Night dives were especially
     The T&C Aggressor II is a beautifully appointed two-yer-old boat. 
Piers has captained the Aggressor boats in the Turks and Caicos for a
decade, and he runs a very smooth operation. The cabins are small, of
course, but they are well organized and comfortable.  The fluffy terrycloth
robes helped compensate for the usual too-cold air conditioning. The large
sundeck, half open and half covered, features a wet bar offering water,
juices, sodas, beer, and wine.  Most divers dozed away their surface
intervals here.  The dive deck on this boat is hands down the best we have
encountered on any liveaboard.  Large gear stations and easy tank fills of
air and nitrox start each dive well.  Getting back on board is
exceptionally easy via the stable ladders with well-placed rungs.  Two warm
showers and warm towels were great apres-dive.  Not to mention the the hot
cocoa after night dives.  The crew were superb.  They acted as if they
really enjoyed their jobs and cared that we were enjoying our vacation. 
When the hairdryer in our cabin malfunctioned, one of the crew members lent
me his for the week. Chef Bob kept great meals and snacks pouring out of
his tiny galley, and accomodated both picky eaters and people with dietary
restrictions (not to mention those of us who get very hungry when diving)
     Annette at the Aggressor office on Provo and Joe, the Aggressor's taxi
driver, were extremely helpful when our luggage was delayed
     On the other hand, the Aggressor home office in Louisiana was
unhelpful.  Sadly, our usual travel agent, Tony Smith, died after we booked
the trip.  His files were picked up by Caradonna Caribbean Travel.  But the
Louisiana folks somehow forgot that they had received all sorts of
information about us and money from the new agent.  They were sending
letters to a defunct agency asking for more money.  We discovered the
problem inadvertantly when I emailed Aggressor because I hadn't received
luggage tags.  Cami at Caradonna was great _ and very frustrated that
people at the Louisiana office apparently don't communicate with each
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