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Aggressor : "Jardines Aggressor II", Oct, 2017,

by DAVID C SCOTT, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 9826 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Convert $ to euros before you go. The greenback gets a 15% smackdown right off the bat in the conversion to the CUC which a turista must use.

This boat was recently refitted and has been in operation since June 2017. 133' 4 decks. two balcony rooms 10 smaller double berth all with private bath. 24 max pax, we had half that many on this Oct 1 2017 trip. She makes about 9knts underway, about a 6 hr chug from Jucharo, the hailing port, to the preserve. No cell or wifi, so no news or communication with the outside world when you are at sea. Sat phones are forbidden in Cuba.

Sat weather to the chart plotters is the only suggestion I had to improve my experience, I like to know about predicted weather and tropical systems and hurricanes and such whilst on a boat, I'm funny that way. Wx was called in each day from their base to the boat on vhf, something I found to be kinda silly when you can get the sat info real time for about $300. Irma smacked me good in FL and I was concerned about Nate, most of the group was from the Keys and had the same thoughts.

The boat, crew, food are exceptional. You are treated and fed as royalty down to the hot towel after each dive and mint on the pillow.

Two dive tenders, about 22' with twin yamaha 150. Very experienced skippers and dive masters. We had 6 divers on each tender and I'm glad there were not much more. Excellent dive ladders on both side of the tenders. dive sites are on mooring balls usually about 10 minutes from the boat.

They set up for 4 dives a day and do a night dive twice in a week.
The boat moves a few times to get to different locations along the 75 mile preserve.

That's all you need to know, no need to get into ponderous detail about what you will see (but don't expect too much elkhorn, that's right, there is really still some elkhorn coral alive somewhere) the diving is hands down the best I have seen in the Caribbean and we have seen a pretty fair bit of it.

In addition the the lush reef, the various forms were great, long deep fissure type cuts were common on the shallower dives, they had a relief of about 50 feet and maybe 10 feet wide, great spots.

It is apparent that the sharks at the big shark dive sites maybe have been chummed up for a decade or so. They get very close and deeper schools are about 20 in size.

You will see a hell of a lot of sharks and not those little pea-head ones you see almost everywhere else. Some of these guys are in the 8 to 10' range and the Silky sharks you will see at the surface as you backroll onto them are just as large. The reef and macro are every bit as mesmerizing as the big pelagic stuff.

This is starting to look like ponderous detail. The Tour and lunch of Camaguey on the return trip is about the only opportunity for any type of cultural experience.

The trip will run you about $4.5Kpp out of Miami. Add a grand more if you want the big room with the balcony. plus a 10% tip which you will gladly fork over after this level of care. The week is photographed and videoed above and below the water and you are given an incredibly professional DVD compendium of the past week. That happens on the night of the last dive day and that was greatly enjoyed by our group.







Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving most of the Caribbean, a good portion of the central and western pacific
Closest Airport Camaguey Getting There AA MIA $280+$25 for 50lbs RT

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 85-87°F / 29-31°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-140 Ft/ 18-43 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The dives were conducted professionally. There are some "rules" which are just good common sense when diving remotely.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments excellent
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