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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Cayman Islands

Aggressor Fleet, Nov, 2011,

by Cynthia L. Cook, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 6335.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Belize, Honduras, Bonaire, Costa Rica, Turks Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Computers are required. We could dive our own profile but Captain Alan" was very rigid about times in and out of the water.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 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 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Great setup with dry table, plugs and dedicated rinse tank.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My husband and I have dived on different Aggressors and always enjoyed the relaxed attitude of enjoy diving, eat well and enjoy your vacation. The crew on the Cayman Aggressor was tense with an obvious undercurrent of dissension. I later found out the dissension was real. Unlike our other experiences on the Aggressor, this one was very very rigid - more like scuba "bootcamp." Captain Alan was never willing to be flexible on any of his schedules (diving or dining) even though the weather was perfect. We wanted to dive a twilight dive at the Wreck but his response was "I don't do twilight dives at the Wreck" even though at least 10 of us wanted to get up before light to dive it - a twilight dive was never achieved. Alan also made it very clear through his actions that breakfast would not be served a minute past 7:00 a.m. - he literally picked up all breakfast items in front of us the one morning we were 10 minutes after 7 a.m. and proved his point the next morning when we were up before 7:00 a.m. by literally making the comment "so you decided to get up in time to have breakfast" unbelievable. Basically all mealtimes were treated by him in this manner. The food served was good but not unique in any manner. It was obvious that the cook was bored with serving the same meal every Mon, Tues, Wed, etc week after week. The crew talked very little although they were always very nice. The Captain, Alan, was literly rude - we concluded he is due for an extended vacation. There were issues after issues among all of us related to his attitude. Regarding the diving, I had been told by several people who had not been to the Caymans in some time that it was the best diving in the Caribbean - we did not find that to be true. Very little marine life as compared to any of the other places we have dived. Very sparse small creatures.Some said it was due to the Lionfish but they were far fewer than in other locations recently. The diving accommodations are great on the Cayman Aggressor but I would recommend spending the extra $$ and get the master suite - it was a big improvement over the standard. Good shade on this Aggressor unlike the Belize AGG. that has no shade. We will not dive again on the Cayman AGG as long as Alan is in charge. I also hope that the lack of marine life was a fluke. I booked through the Aggressor reservations in May and Cayman Air canceled our return flight in mid-August. Cayman said they would refund the entire of those tickets of appx. $560. I relied upon the AGG reservation to process that refund - as of November 18 - we are STILL waiting for the refund from Cayman Air - the AGG reservationist has done everything she can. So beware of Cayman Air - since the original credit charge was well over 60 days at the time the flight was cancelled even the C/card company could not offer any recourse. To end on an up-note - we have always met great people on the Aggressor that we will keep in touch with and we all agreed we had loads of fun and dived some of the easiest diving you can possibly do. I wholly recommend an Aggressor dive experience - it's the ultimate experience with maximum diving with very litle effort for the cost - at leaast for us.
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