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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in

Aggressor Fleet, Jul, 2013,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 49 reports with 24 Helpful votes). Report 7032.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was the Tropic Dancer operating as the Palau Aggressor, since the Aggressor was on the "outside" at the dock and only one boat was going out that week. Therefore, we had the Aggressor hot tub and the Dancer wake up coffee, hard liquor (after diving, of course), and fluffy bathrobes. Capt. Ike, DM Hector and stewardess Loly were onboard and remembered me from my Aggressor trip in Sep. 2010. DMs Steve, Jim and Adam were outstanding, and Ike and Hector also were DMs on many dives. Chef Andy also dove with us, as well as providing outstanding meals, including gourmet dinner entrees. If you go, pace yourself for the Thursday night prime rib dinner! Diving was even better than my 2010 trip, if that were possible. Managed to dive Blue Corner twice, and a day at Peleliu. Most of the guests (including me) went on the WWII battle tour, which wasn't available in 2010 because there were only four of us guests that time. I don't bother with cameras, but am constantly on the look out for fish to ID and add to my list. I added more to my list on EVERY dive, including the blueback pygmy angelfish in Siaes Tunnel. However, we only saw one manta at German channel, but there was plenty of other fish to see. At Ulong Channel, there were dozens of large marble groupers AND titan triggerfish--so many that I was more afraid of being attacked by a titan than the sharks we saw when hooked in at the end of the channel. The titans were apparently in nesting season. Went back to the channel from the other end (two GIANT clams) on the late afternoon dive. I wish I had booked TWO weeks, but I think I would have had to add at least 4-5 lbs of weights to make up for the body weight I would have put on otherwise. I got to swim to Survivor Palau/Micronesia beach and back between am dives (Ulong Island). In the pm, the skiff dropped off divers on the beach for the surface interval if that wanted to explore. After the 4th dive at Pelelieu, we rode the skiff to meet the mother ship which had already moved to Ulong. We were thrilled to see dozens of spinner dolphins in the water, which put on quite a show for us. The guests depart the boat at 8 am on Sunday, and most of us were flying back early Monday morning, so we got day rooms at the Cliffside for about $115. Clean, very comfortable, and shuttle and daypass to Palau Pacific Resort was included in the rate. I'll definitely go back. I stopped over in Hawaii both ways (using frequent flier miles for two separate RTs); it breaks up the travel and the time zone adjustment. As there were strong currents and reef hooks required on many dives, this is NOT a trip for beginners. Good bouyancy and air consumption is a must. I only did one night dive, but three were available. No one saw the giant cuttlefish I saw on a night dive in 2010; otherwise, I would have been bummed, but having wine with gourmet dinners (and not having to shower and dry my hair AGAIN) took precedence.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Hawaii (all islands), Aruba, Turks & Caicos, St. Maarten, Saba, Statia, St. Kitts, Curacao, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco. Everyone was on NITROX 32, so depth limit was 110 feet.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 I was one of the few (of 13) without a camera. However, large camera table, separate rinse buckets, chargers, etc.
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