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Dive Review of Aggressor in
Cayman Islands/Aggressor IV

Aggressor, Apr, 2012,

by Allan Freilich, NY, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 6540.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is my fourth Aggressor trip starting back in 1989, my 2nd on The Cayman Aggressor. My buddies and I were looking to finally get to Little Cayman, but alas, weather, weather.
We had forty knot winds throughout the trip and Captain Alan Roberts, an over 35 year veteran, did a fantastic job running around Grand Cayman keeping us out of the bad weather. In fact, we only lost one night dive, and luckily so; we were just about to get into the water when I and others noticed that the boat had swung around its mooring and a squall was coming-it could have been a very serious night dive, but we saw it and the Captain cancelled the dive. Whew!

The crew, as usual, was exemplary in their service and attention to everyone's needs. One of my buddies took a wreck diving course with instructor Mark, a former Royal Navy diver. His course was no joke. Reels and lines, closed eyes, into holds, jammed reels; he faced quite alot on the Kittiwake, even though the wreck is totally safe.
We had cabin 7 which was the best one I've been in.
The main salon has been updated since our last trip with new computers and fresh tables, and dining equipment.

Even though I had my reg checked and serviced before leaving, the octopus free flowed before i hit the water before the first dive. Mark the divemaster was right there to switch out the reg (couldn't service the Poseidon-seems few can :)so I didn't miss the dive. Excellent service and always with a smile.
It seems that on the last few trips fewer folks are carrying big camera rigs-by far my Nauticam D700 was the largest beast with the giant wide angle dome. The captain labelled it 'the volkswagen'.
Meals as usual were varied and plentyfull, and now lionfish is on the menu-Captain Alan is amazing at spearing these critters and attempting to feed them to local barricuda and grouper-sometimes they take it, sometimes not. The remainder came on board for snacks or dinners.
My two buddies and I felt that Cayman is showing signs of being fished out-very few larger fish-maybe due to the lionfish decimating all of the smaller ones, but not sure. We've noticed this in all of the Carribean islands we've been to in the last few years, including Curacao and Bonaire.
If you want easy diving with potential 5 dives a day, with no work whatsover, liveaboard is the way to go, and for repeat Aggressor visitors, they keep records of dietary restrictions, which I think is a nice touch.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving new york city, belize, honduras, st lucia, cozumel, california etc
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large camera table for service and charging, compressed air. Camera handed down to you after jumping into the water. Always careful with large rigs.
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