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Dive Review of Tahiti Aggressor in
French Polynesia

Tahiti Aggressor, Aug, 2003,

by Linda Dunn, Ca, US . Report 623.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

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

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments First trip on Aggressor, the only live-aboard in Tahiti. Rangiroa is beautiful, and it's a good thing since due to a blown engine we never left the lagoon. The boat is supposed to move to several other locations but couldn't since they couldn't get the part to repair it for days. This would be fine if we had another week or two, but we didn't and a couple of divers left and went home. We stayed. The dive crew did their best to entertain us, doing the same dives for a week. Food and lodgings were top-notch. But the disappointment was in not leaving Rangiroa. Aggressor offered us $1,000 each vouchers, for future trips, but with restrictions. What we did see was sharks, lots of them, on nearly every dive, and dolphins on at least half the 20 dives. Turtles, schools of jacks and snappers, eels, hard coral, no soft corals. Visibility in Rangiroa is very good, currents strong, so they hand out sausages and EPIRBS (but only one per buddy team - and to the men, I noticed, more than the women). The boat is so comfortable that the week of doing the same dives wasn't as bad as it could have been. We talked to a group of divers from Madrid who dived the week after we left and they said the captain didn't want to leave Rangiroa their week either, due to weather, but they insisted, so he finally did, but not to the places advertised.
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