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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in

Aggressor Fleet, Sep, 2013,

by Kevin McCarter, IL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7150.

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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 $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments First time on a liveaboard. Was a bit apprehensive about living accommodations, food, etc. I am now completely "sold" on liveaboards. The Palau Aggressor is a very well designed boat with an incredibly accommodating crew. It has a dive skiff that is lowered in/out of the water when it's dive time. You keep your gear on that skiff and don't have to handle it at all. They keep refilling the same tank after every dive and wash the gear every night.

Dive schedule is 4-5 dives per day. We did all but two dives. (Missed one to do Pelelieu land tour which was great; highly recommended).

This is probably not a good place for divers w/ less than 50 dives, but it's awesome for experience divers. Hooking into the reef is really easy and the crew is helpful--but the first time can make you a little uneasy. Don't be, though.

The diving in Palau is, by far, the best diving we've ever done. We saw every kind of critter imagineable in very clear water for the most part. Manta (4), hundreds of sharks, schools of barracuda, bait balls, octupus, cuttlefish, napoleon wrasse, etc. There are a couple of sites where the current brings tons of plankton (and the ENTIRE food chain) where the viz is a little lower--but that's what brings sharks, manta, etc.

The crew is very, very accommodating and incredibly hard working. Captain Ike and his crew have their processes down pat and place a premium on safety.

It's a long trip (25 hours from Chicago) but well worth it. I plan to dive on the Aggressor in other locations, particularly T&C. Lots of benefits to that including lots more diving, better access to more dive sites than a land based and the ability to avoid the crowds from land based boats. For me, you just can't beat it. Cabins are small, but serviceable and you only sleep there anyway. Loved this site and the Palau Aggressor.
Websites Aggressor Fleet   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, Turks & Caicos, Hawaii, Bahamas, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-200 Ft/ 15-61 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions One hour to meet 4-5 dives/day schedule
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Huge camera table w/ two levels for chargers. Crew handled camers in/out of the dive skiff and in/out of the skiff to the water.
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