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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Indonesia/Pulah Weh (Sabang)

Aggressor Fleet: "Pulah Weh (Sabang) W. Sumatra, Indonesia new to me", Jul, 2014,

by Roberta Finke, NY, US ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7989.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This dive trip was the first time the Thailand Aggressor was in Indonesian waters. Crew was
Thai except for cruise director (Brazilian married to American) and a couple of local
Indonesian dive masters from the dive/snorkle holiday resort on Pulah Weh. The Thai dive
crew had only been in the area one week before the first charter started. I was on Charter 1, 2, and 3 (back-to-back). Currents strong, every direction. Dive plan had to change many
times once we got to the dive site as it was difficult to anticipate currents using the tide
tables. Many dead fish were seen (red tooth triggers in particular, one large puffer floating
on the surface). Many moray eels of different species, many schools of red tooth triggers,
jacks, snappers, baracudas (saw impressive barracuda cleaning station). When currents were
mild to moderately strong, diving was excellent at certain dive sites (Batee Tokong, which I
dubbed "Moray Condo" was a series of rock walls full of moray eels and reef octopus with
schooling fish off the reef- really special from the shallows to depths of about 85'; another
Gapang jetty - with stawberry colored anemone, baby bat fish, pipe fish; the Canyon- outstanding dive through rock canyons). Only 3 members of crew spoke English each week
(one other spoke enough to bring coffee, eggs, etc.) Dinghy drivers were excellent.
Websites Aggressor Fleet   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving multiple areas in the Carribean and Pacific over 23 years, some NE cold water diving: Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Red Sea, Thailand, Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Saba, Palau, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Galapagos, Saba, Cocos, Galapagos........
Closest Airport Banda Aceh Getting There to Bali or Kulah Lumpur then fly to Banda Aceh (may involve a stop en route) then ferry to where Aggressor is
moored, or taxi-ferry to Banda Aceh; schedule changed a couple of times.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas surge, currents
Water Temp 78-84°F / 26-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 1st week we were only 3 divers, 2nd week we were just 2; 3rd week
5 divers. We always had a dive master with us- issue of solo diving never
came up. No depth limits or dive times were imposed we just agreed before and during the dives.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Dive deck had large camera table. Charging stations very adequate (this was not a full
charter; with many photographers it would not be comfortable). Photo pro on board was
very knowlegeable, but his English was very limited.
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