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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Micronesia/Palau

Aggressor Fleet, Apr, 2011,

by Laurel Fulton, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 6057.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Australia, Truk, Cocos, Galapagos, Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes, Rec. limits
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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 Large photo table- excellent.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Fantastic two week trip on the Aggressor with only 9 divers on board. Stayed at the Cliffside Hotel on the travel agents advice, a bit dated and far out of town, not on the water. I think the Sea Passion is a nicer hotel, has a snorkeling area - would choose that next time. Long travel time getting there, DEN-SFO-HNL-Guam-Palau,- no problems though. Stopover in Yap with security check where half the plane has to get off while they inspect the seats, get a seat on the right side if you can since both times the left side had to get off while we just had to switch sides for inspection. Hotel had airport pickup, arrived in middle of the night, had to wait for later passengers. Arrived day before, left night of final day at 1:45 am. Took cab to town to visit museum and to shop at the jail for a story board- well worth it if you want a unique souvenir of the trip! Currency is US dollar, English language and US postal service used here. Next door to airport is a luxury waiting lounge with Wifi, recliners, bar and snacks. Well worth $15 if you have a few hours to wait for flight after checking bags, just walk over from terminal, on the left as you walk out.

Two weeks on the boat flew by- can't imagine doing only one! Crew was fantastic, Captain Drew is the best, photo pro Johnny and DM's Ike, Jason and Marc were all great. Nice layout on the boat, hydraulic skiff lift is wonderful. We did an exploratory trip out to Velasco Reef and had some great dives, felt like pioneers- got to see a whale shark ascending on one! Soft and hard coral was incredible, diverse and healthy. Abundant fish,turtles, anenomes and clownfish, giant clams, nudibranchs. Really felt like we got to see the best of the area and revisited several favorite sites including Blue Corner several times. Being the first divers at Blue Corner in the mornings is fantastic! On one afternoon at Blue Corner we literally got overrun by a Chinese dive group, chaotic for a few minutes but since they all were wearing bandanas we got sorted out and moved away from them, annoying lack of manners. Generally cloudy and rainy weather- reef would have been more beautiful with more sunlight, but still great. Some issues with visibility due to run off at some sites. Several firsts for me, giant cuttlefish posing for photos may have been the best, manta cleaning station, several nudibranchs I've never seen, GIANT giant clams, rare fish....hard to pick. Jellyfish Lake was fun, Rock Island tour and Peleliu Island all worth seeing. Snorkeled over to the Survivor beach and explored one afternoon-I'm a fan. Highly recommend this trip- do 2 weeks if you can. Two weeks of 4+ dives a day was exhausting but excellent. All dives from skiff, dive time of 60 minutes.

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