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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Fiji and Tuvalu

Aggressor Fleet, May, 2014,

by Cheryl S, TN, US ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7596.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Tahiti, Great Barrier Reed, Coral Sea, Carribean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth of 100", return to boat with 500PSI, dive with buddy.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Separate rinse tank on deck for cameras only but not strictly enforced, and occasionally other divers put masks into camera tank. Crew was accomodating in handin ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
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Comments All in all a fairly positive experience but not without significant issues. The crew was very good. Joji, the Capitan and Moses, the Dive Master worked hard to make sure the dives were as good as possible. Peni, Chef, and Eddie, Steward, worked at putting very good food on the table and keep up with all of our comfort needs. Samuel and Vincent, the Engineers, worked behind the scenes to make sure all went smoothly. It seems that each of the crew has too many jobs. Kudos to the crew for a great job and being friendly and fun.

Many of the dive sites were so-so. We expected the diving t ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By Ms Lynda Durfeein VA, US at May 20, 2014 21:03 EST  
Did you express your complaints to Aggressor Fleet in your post-trip customer review? I have booked for Nov 1-8, 2014, and sent an email regarding your complaints and expressing my concern that the francisee's performance (over the last 2 years of reviews in Undercurrent) has damaged the Aggressor/Dancer fleet repututaion. I'm seriously considering cancelling before the 120-day deadline, even though that would mean a 20% cancellation fee. Bummer!
By report author: Cheryl S in TN, US at May 21, 2014 08:43 EST  
Hi. Yes we did express our issues and concerns in the post trip customer survey, have not heard anything back from them. We know the nitrox issue was unavailable the week before our trip, and saw no evidence of it being fixed when he boat was back in port after our trip and before the next trip. Owner did come on the boat Saturday morning while we waited for our ride, apologized for the lack of hot water. The crew did do great job though, with what they had to work with. Seems like the owner is cutting corners or save money on maintanence issues. If you do go, the first indication of the effort to save money/cut costs is where the boat docks in a very run down port. Also, theysteered us to staying at Novatel night before since we were arriving a day early. novatel is right next to the boat dock, we found the Novetel folks totally unwilling to let us into a room even a minute before the 2PM check in time. Diving was great but GBR and Coral Sea even better,
By James B. Rogersin WA, US at May 21, 2014 11:56 EST  
Lack of Nitrox has been reported in the past on this boat. The Friday afternoon return to port is SOP for Aggressor. Same in Belize, Caymans and HI operations. Usually kick you off the boat at 0800 Saturday morning.
By Ms Lynda Durfeein VA, US at Aug 07, 2014 15:24 EST  
When I didn't get a response to my email to the Aggressor office (see my earlier post), I called and found my contact wasn't working for them any longer. I made up an excuse for cancelling (other Aggressor trips: Palau, Maldives and Kona were topnotch), then booked on the Nai'a, even though I forfeited $400 and the Nai'a cost about $1000 more. I already had booked flights, so I'm committed to go (bucket list). Thanks, Cheryl, for the heads up. BTW, I booked 5 nights at Uprising Resort at under $500 through Travelocity, then a day room at Raffles between the boat and Sat. evening flight. Glad I didn't choose Novatel!
By Ms Lynda Durfeein VA, US at Aug 07, 2014 15:27 EST  
Oh yea, 8 am departure on last day and arrival in port mid-day before is pretty much standard for liveaboards.
By John Piercein CO, US at Oct 14, 2014 17:32 EST  
You will LOVE the Nai'a. Been on it twice and the boat, crew and diving are all absolutely top notch.
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