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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet/Raja Ampat Aggressor in

Aggressor Fleet/Raja Ampat Aggressor: "Raja Ampat Aggressor - Derawan to Raja Ampat Ship Movement", Oct, 2017,

by Brian Morrow, GA, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 9887.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was a seasonal ship transfer itinerary to move from the Derawan Islands to Raja Ampat region. Our trip started in Bitung Harbor, Lembeh Strait and ended in Sorong. Only 3.5 days was in Raja area. The other time was spent as follows, 1 day in Lembeh, 1 day in N. Sulawesi/Bankga area and the other five nights between Bangka and Raja, mostly around Halmanera.

There are minimal dive sites that the crew dives along the way and only twice a year so they are not really familiar with them (excluding Raja) Most of the sites we in strong currents, probably at least 2 knots, which made safety stops difficult much less trying to photograph anything.

Even in Raja, where there are lots of dive sites we tended to go for the tide change (currents) to see fish and predators which is fine once in a while but I didn't care to do as much as we ended up doing.

The crew on this ship was the best we have every had on a liveaboard. Everywhere you turned they were there to help you out, gearing up, unzipping a wet suit, hanging wet suits, etc. Everyone pitched in...they were the best.

I was surprised by the inconsistency in the food. Some meals, such as the first and last dinners (tuna and filet) were outstanding yet others (pork chops, duck (two nights) was so overcooked and dry as to be near inedible. Breakfast is cooked to order after first dive and there is an Indonesian breakfast choice each day. Lunch is a buffet service and dinner plated.

I found the ship to be very comfortable. Our room had a double on the bottom and a twin bunk on top that served as a "closet" with an ensuite bath. The common area was large and served as the dining room.

Each diver is assigned a space with a bin to keep personal items in under the bench. You are also assigned a dive group and rotate daily as to whether you are first, second or third to leave. The divemasters are also changed daily so you get to have each one for a day or two. Diving is conducted via zodiac and you back roll into the water. There is a three step ladder climb to get back into the zodiac.

There is now a new airport terminal in Sorong which is a huge upgrade and serves all the Raja trips.

We would travel on the Raja Ampat Aggressor again given the opportunity but would want to do just the Raja Ampat area.
Websites Aggressor Fleet   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean, Sea of Cortez, PNG, Solomons, Palau, Yap, Raja Ampat, Ambon, Moorea, Bora Bora, Hawaii
Closest Airport Manado Getting There Jakarta or Singapore to Manado

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Buddy diving, sixty minutes but we generally stayed with the guide.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse tanks on the mother ship, cameras handled carefully by the zodiac driver. Lot's of 220 and 110 charging stations in the lounge area and camera tables with compressed air on the dive deck.
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