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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Micronesia/Palau

Aggressor Fleet, Jun, 2013,

by Brian Morrow, GA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 7080.

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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 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Sunday to Saturday itinerary. We flew in from Yap the night before and we picked up from the hotel (Cliffside) a little past 4 for the trip to the ship. First night is unpacking and gearing up followed by dinner and briefing.

Diving is done off skiff which is raised and lowered from the back of the Aggressor. You leave all your gear on the skiff and the tanks are filled in place. Skiff rides were relatively short with the longest ones being when the mother ship was moving into a new location. All dive briefings were detailed and the dive guides very good and attentive. We dove Blue Corner three times and also Peleliu Corner, Orange Beach, Fern Wall, Big Drop Off, Ulong Channel, Sias Tunnel, and the Helmet wreck to name a few.

We skipped a dive at Peleliu in order to go on the tour of the WWII battlesites and museum...well worth the $ in my opinion. We also missed some of the normally scheduled diving in Peleliu due to the fact that the harbor needed to be cleared at 4 pm so that live ordinance from WWII could be blown up safely. Each afternoon between 4 and 5 you would hear a large explosion and black smoke billowing from Peleliu.

There is also a trip to Jellyfish Lake which is a must do and the crew also provides a nice tour of the Rock Islands on the way into port...a nice touch. Ben, the photo pro, also provided everyone a disc of the photos he took that week and a listing of all the dive sites along with your depth and time.

Accomodations on the ship were fine, a little tight in the room but you don't spend much time there. Common areas were comfortable with only 10 passengers on board.

Certainly one of the highlights of the week was the food served by Chef Cam, by far the best food we have ever had on a liveaboard. The local Palau beer on tap was very good with an Amber, Stout, Wheat and Light option all available.

All in all this was a very enjoyable way to tour the dive sites of Palau.
Websites Aggressor Fleet   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, French Polynesia, PNG, Sea of Cortez, Solomon Islands, Yap
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco, one hour but not strictly enforced
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large camera table with electrical strips and air. Table more than adequate for the 10 passengers on board but could be cramped with a full load.
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