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Dive Review of Turks and Caicos Aggressor in
Turks and Caicos

February, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Cavanaugh, MD, USA
Report Number 1192
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Belize,Bequia, Bonaire, Cozumel, Dominica, Little Cayman, St Croix, St.
Vincent, Tortola
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Great camera table and help available from boat photographer and captain.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
This was my first liveaboard so I can not compare it to others.

The boat was recently had a complete overhaul.  So needless to say it was
beautiful. My only complaint would be that the AC was too cold.

The food was excellent, but it is standard American fare.  No local food. 
The chef did an excellent job though

The dive masters seemed to be more interested in doing their underwater
video that they sell at the end of the trip and their underwater photo
album then trying to point out interesting critters.

I did 5 dives per day.  2 morning dives at the same location, boat moved
during lunch, 2 more afternoon dives at a new location. And a night dive
after dinner at the afternoon location.

The dive sites at West Caicos were in pretty rought shape.  On some sites
the majority of the coral was dead and or diseased.  One or two sites there
were so so.  The dive site the Anchor was dececent.

French Cay was much more impressive. Coral was in very good shape, very
healthy reef, excellent growth.  When the reef is healthy there are lots of
fish to go with it.  Quite nice.  If all of the dives were done at French
Cay I would have been much more impressed with the trip.  Just remember,
that they only make it to French Cay in good weather.

The amphitheater on provo was a good location with lots of macro activity
on the cage

There were a couple of things that happened on this trip that I found very

First was the lack of moorings for the Dive ships at French Cay.  The
Aggressor droped its anchor more than one time into coral and large
sponges.  Needless to say there was significant damage to the area where
the anchor and chain dragged over night.  The area can not sustain this
type of damage.

Second was the filling of NON Nitrox tanks with Nitrox.  

I tried to calibrate the O2 meter on a friends tank.  He was a new diver
and NOT nitrox certified.  The reading was way off on my nitrox filled
tank.  I repeated the calibration on another tank and got the correct
reading on my tank.  I then went to recheck my friends tank. Yup, it was
full of nitrox! 

I notified the dive masters, who then drained and refilled the tank.  It
did not seem to bother them that this happened. I don't know how many times
this happened on the boat, but it could be a deadly mistake.  But it did
happen at least 2 times as I told my story to someone else on the boat
after the trip and the same thing happened to them.

I have made many deep dives on air and it has never occured to me to test
the air before the dive but I think we may have hit the point where air and
nitrox divers need to both test their tanks.

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