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Dive Review of Bay Islands Aggressor in

Bay Islands Aggressor, Jun, 2003,

by Rickie Sterne/Chrisanda Button, ARK, USA . Report 564.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 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 3 stars
Comments [In a nutshell, the boat was nice, but the diving was disappointing. First, the boat. The Bay Islands Aggressor was refurbished last year, and the job must have been well done. We found conditions on the boat much better than those reported in the Chapbook 2 years ago. The boat was clean, and we saw only one insect all week. Since all 20 divers wre Southerners, we were neither surprised nor outraged. The dive deck is spacious and well organized. Both air and Nitrox fills are done with tanks in place in the gear stations. Each diver has a covered locker under his gear station. There are 2 fresh water showers on the dive dack, and clean warm towels were offered us after each dive. The cabins are,of course, small, but comfortable. Showers are full-sized with plenty of hot water. I appreciated the hair dryer in the cabin. Our bags were stored outside the cabins. As usual, couples who could share the bottom bunk had more space than single divers. There was a lot of mechanical noise on this boat. There was a salon with 2 comfortable sofas on the lower deck. The main deck offered a hot tub and the dining area. There was a partially covered sun deck up top. A few more chaise lounges would have been nice, since our whole group gravitated there between dives. There were movies in the salon for those energetic enough to sit upright. The food was very good and apparently endless in supply. Jurgen was a creative chef who made staples like tomato soup special with his seasonings. All the divers, from the meat-and-potato-trenchermen to the California cuisine crowd, were happy with the meals. Sweet snacks were offered, right on the dive deck if you liked, between morning dives and savory snacks between afternoon dives. Fish and shellfish were each served twice. The Captain's Dinner featured beef prime rib and lobster tails. Vegetables were especially well prepared, and salads were not just shredded iceberg. Ah! the desserts! Nuts, fruits, chips, and popcorn were always available, and the boat served Honduran coffee. Cokes, wine, and beer wre free. The first drink of the day marked your last dive of the day. Now for the diving. We have only been diving three years and are far from jaded. The condition of the reefs in the Bay Islands and the paucity of the sea life were disturbing. As we were driven to the airport at the end of the week, we saw nine large trawlers docked in Roatan. Does their presence explain why some reef tops looked as if they had been tilled? There was high wind most of the week we were in Honduras, and the windy conditions limited the access of our large boat to sites around Roatan. The captain did manage to take us to Utila and Cayos Cochinos despite the winds. Cocos seamount off Cayos Cochinos was the best site we visited. We also enjoyed Tavaina's Wall and Caribe Point off Roatan. The Aggressor boat swings on its mooring line, creating a pseudo-current under the boat. Getting back to the boat required considerable exertion, including a last desparate lunge from the hang chain to the ladder. Service on the dive deck was good. We were the only two divers who chose to do the last dive of the week. Although the boat was going to return to port as soon as the dive deck was closed, neither the captain nor the two divemasters acted as if it were an imposition to keep the boat on the dive site for just the two of us. No one in our group wants to return to the Bay Islands. The reason lies in the condition of the reefs, not in the Bay Islands Aggressor. Oh, one big advantage of the liveaboard:what no see'ums? The Aggressor encourages the use of Nitrox for safety reasons, and charges only $100 per week for unlimited Mitrox fills.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Bahamas, Belize, and Sea or Cortez by liveaboard, and Beaver Lake[Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 ft or MOD with nitrox and 500 PSI
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 [NoWe are not photographers
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