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Dive Review of Fiji Aggressor in
Fiji and Tuvalu

Fiji Aggressor, Feb, 2006,

by Bill & Jeanne Downey, PA, US . Report 2328.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Tahiti, Bahamas, Caribbean, Cozumel, Indonesia, Sipadan, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 84 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limited by 30% Nitrox. One hour time limit.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Fiji Aggressor is 101 feet long with a crew of six, and since there were only six of us aboard, short of the normal 10 passengers, we felt very coddled. We arrived about noon at the Trade Winds Hotel near Suva on Viti Levu, after being transferred from Wananavu Resort in the North. Our taxi was met by the Aggressor crew and our luggage transferred to the boat while we hung around the hotel lobby waiting for our 1:00 boarding time. Shortly after boarding, we began the 7.5 hour trek, which wasnt too rough, to the first dive site.

The boat didnt feel cramped with six guests. There are five cabins, all with private bath and individual air conditioners, four below decks with double beds and upper bunks and one on the main deck, with a larger bathroom and one large bed. The large dining table accommodates all guests; there is a cozy lounge area with comfortable couches and chairs perfect for napping or watching a movie or the days video on the television. The top deck consisted of the Captains quarters, the bridge, and the docking area for the skiff. Finding a place for sun-bathing was toughthere was a cushioned bench on the back, and the bow was available, but that area was splashed when moving and wasnt very comfortable..

Tanks and gear are kept down on the back dive platform for the week, along with fins, mask, etc., and tanks are filled there. Wet suits are hung up on the main deck. After donning our wet suits we climbed down the steps, geared up and did a giant stride into the water. This was extremely convenient; the only drawback is that the gear was constantly in the sun and in salt water. Nitrox was available at $100 for the week. There was a small camera area on the back deck, which would be crowded if everyone had a camera, and a charging area just inside the dining area. We also commandeered the top of a low storage cabinet.

Five dives were offered most days. The schedule for this was pre-breakfast at 6:30am, consisting of cereal, yogurt, and toast, dive at 7:30am, hot or cold breakfast at 9:00am, dive at 10:30am, a hot lunch at noon, dive at 1:30pm, snack, dive at 4:30pm, dinner at 6:00pm, and night dive at 7:30pm. One day we tried four dives, ending with a dusk dive before dinner, but there wasnt much action so we switched back to the five dive a day routine with night diving. There wasnt a choice of food for dinner, but they did easily accommodate our non-meat eater with plenty of fish.

A few dives were made from the zodiac, but most were conveniently made off the main boat. Since it was summer in Fiji, visibility was 50-100 feet, but a wonderfully warm 84 degrees. We did some wall dives, where we saw some sharks, manta rays, devil rays, and schooling jacks and barracuda, but mostly pinnacle diving. Some pinnacles seemed to have more critters than others, such as nudibranchs, crabs, ghost pipe fish, soft coral, shrimp, and a great variety of fish. Night diving was good with tiny soft coral crabs and shrimp, and many sponge and decorator crabs.

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