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Dive Review of Aggressor Roatan in

Aggressor Roatan: "Great boat, good diving in Roatan", Jan, 2019,

by Karen Woods, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 10827 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was a very nice boat, a bit newer than most Aggressor’s I have been on. Staff were excellent and attentive to our needs. Food was outstanding with few exceptions as is usually the case for Aggressor trips. Weather was windy, frequently cloudy, and 75 degrees on surface making for cold exit from water. Suggest having a windbreaker or other jacket for dive deck. 2 Warm water showers with soap on dive deck were most appreciated. The water temp was 79-80 which felt very cold after repetitive diving. I wore 5mm core by layering thermocline farmer john with a 3mm merino lined hooded vest and 1-2mm thermocline long sleeve vest on top. Still cold as were most of the divers. If you are cold natured I suggest a 5mm suit and hood for this temp water. The men were not bothered by the cold as much as the women and dive masters wore only neoprene vests and seemed ok but they were not doing 4-5 dives daily.
One feature I love about the last 2 Aggressor boats (this one included) I have been on is wash/rinse bucket with detergent for wetsuits after every dive. No stinky wetsuits on this boat!
The coral was bleached in many areas, a common finding in the Caribbean these days and particularly widespread on the sites we visited. However, due to weather and current we were not able to visit all the best sites. Coral bleaching is the reason for my “good” not “great” diving title above. Still many fish and small critters, particularly about 6 seahorse seen during the week. Several turtles, eel, nudis, a few wrecks, batfish, flying gunard, Mantis shrimp, snake eel, guitar rays, octopus. Fabulous shark dive with feeding. Attracted about 10-15 large reef sharks by my count at one point. Divers sit in circle on sand at about 70 feet. Bait bucket centrally and finally opened after about 10 minutes of sharks circling the bucket. Great video and photos here. Multiple wall dives and 2 sites were particularly good for walls, coral and fish, Mary’s Place and Ted’s Point. Lion fish hunting allowed and spears provided if desired. Made for delicious ceviche later.
There is always one dive master in water, often with 15 divers. On occasion 2 dive leaders were with us. They make a big point of stating you are on your own and they are not responsible for you under water. For me and my buddy this was fine as other than navigating back to the boat we did not need supervision. For this reason, this may not be the best trip for a novice but the experienced divers loved it. Only rule was back on boat with 500 psi. On one dive the single dive master took off leaving about 10 divers alone on a limited visibility dive. This was disconcerting but we all stuck together and managed to find our way back to the boat.
Accommodations were standard Aggressor but seemed like a bit more storage in room than other boats. One large drawer with 2 compartments, numerous wall hooks for hanging and a 1/2 size “closet” with hangers or just a large space to store stuff and large space under sink for storage and medicine chest with 4 shelves for small stuff. Plenty of room for both of us since few clothes are needed on a Liveaboard. We were told we could actually flush toilet paper in room toilet. A first for any Liveaboard I have been on and was really nice not to have to think about this every time I sat down on the toilet!
Soap and shampoo in shower but no conditioner so ladies may want to bring their own. Mattress and pillow were very firm. Upper bunk with very low overhead clearance but padded ceiling if you bump your head. Some might find it claustrophobic.
Dining room very comfortable but AC had a very strong fan and vents blew cold air that made everyone uncomfortable to the point we jockeyed for spots away from the vents and some brought blankets to cover up with. Staff were not amenable to turning down the blower or raising the temperature. Suggest bringing a long sleeve warm shirt and long leggings or sweats to dine.
My only other real issue was lack of a promised “complete photo center with a digital video and still photo editing computers” (see above). Also minor issue was no mask rinse bucket.
Final highlight of trip was the boat owner, Alan, came on board when we docked and spent the afternoon with us and livened up the final cocktail party. He was genuinely interested in feedback and clearly committed to make this boat a wonderful, safe and exciting experience for all. Nice ending to a good trip.
Websites Aggressor Roatan   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Curacao, Maldives, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Utilla, Belize, Solomon Islands, Saba
Closest Airport Roatan Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions On boat with 500psi, otherwise dive your own profile
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [Excellent set up for cameras. Large camera table and charger station on dive deck. Cameras handled in and out of water carefully by staff. Know before you go info states “a complete photo center with a digital video and still photo editing computers.”. This is absolutely not the case. An issue for me because my rental camera from home required WiFi to transfer/save and delete photo/video or connection to a computer for transfer. We were not allowed to use the single onboard computer. Fortunately in many locations I was able to pick up WiFi signal from shore. If that were not the case I would have no way to view photos or open space on the camera. Fortunately Gabi, the lead purser on the trip, allowed me to access her personal phone WiFi hotspot and we worked it out. I would have brought a laptop to transfer photos with cord connection had I known the photo center did not exist. This is the only reason for the 4 star boat facilities rating. Otherwise 5 star.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Kurt Nelson in MI, US at Jan 22, 2019 19:27 EST  
yes very helpful. My wife and I will be on board their in May. this wil be are 3rd aggressor trip. and we have been on several other liveaboards with other companys. i find it disconcerting to not have dive masters in the water and available as guides. we have nearly 300 dives, and i'm on vacation i want to enjoy my trip not worry about where the boat is.
By Kurt Nelson in MI, US at Jan 22, 2019 19:28 EST  
hope they fix there issues
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