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Dive Review of Aggressor in
Indonesia/Sulawesi

Aggressor, Aug, 2006,

by Ralph Baker, NV, usa (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 3480.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving South pacific, Caribbean, southern California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 77 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes bottom time
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 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments From July to October the winds blow through Lembeh strait. This means chop and you may not be able to dive there. When the winds blow they dive the Manado area. There is some muck there also, but nothing like Lembeh. I got 3 days in the strait. The Captian took advantage of a 3 day lull in the wind. Lembeh is a terrific place for those wierd and strange critters that live in the muck. Lembeh would be very boring if the critters were not out. The guides were very good at finding them and unless you have done this type of diving before, you need to stick close to a guide. There are two guides for every dingy, with four to six in a dingy. Boyancy is very important. You swim close to the bottom and can't stir up the sand(mud), otherwise you will be very very unpoplular. Also you must wait your turn and give eveyone a chance to see the fish. That was a benefit from very small groups. I dove with four other divers in my dingy (two were photographers). I saw rhinopias, wasp scorpion fish, devil's stingers, pegasus fish, mandarin fish, blue ring, long legged and reef octopi, pigmy and regular size sea horses, sea snakes, snake blennies, pipe fish, squat lobster, harlequin shrimp and so many other things which I have no idea what they are called. Macro is the name of this type of photography.
The best dive is the first morning dive at 7:30a.m. because that is before all the day boats show up from the local resorts. Also the last afternoon dive is good because in July it is already starting to get dark at 4:30p.m. The night dives weren't that great, except for the Manado area. Snake eels came out and swam across the sand, lion fish would feed in your light. That was fun!
For the last night/day at the dock, almost everybody took advantage of the massage at the local resort. They all raved that it was the best massage they had. I took the option of the eight hour round trip to see the specualted tarsiers (Tincoco is the local name) at the national park on the Lembeh side of the island. That was terrific. There is a group of about seven that live in a crack in a tree. It is a short but hot and mosquito infested hike to get there. I arrived just before dark and the tarsiers were starting to wake up. They are very small and would fit in your hand if you could get them to sit there. I was also surrounded by a family group of yaqi. I was told I was very lucky to even see these tailess monkies. It was a lot of fun, but admittedly a very long day.
The boat was great. However, I had room number five and it needed some maintenance. The shower had a constant drip but I just shut the bathroom door and couldn't hear it. There was a wet spot where condensation dripped on the floor. Also storage space is adequate, but it is all under the bed with a small opening. I had my own room, but if I had shared the room, it would have been a hassle moving luggage around to get to my stuff in the back.
As a travel tip. There is an Ambassador Transit Hotel in the transit lounge in Singapore. You don't have to go through customs to get to it. You rent your room in six hour blocks of time. It is a great place to sleep in a bed, and take a shower while you wait for your connecting flight.


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