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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet/Cliffside in
Micronesia/Palau

Aggressor Fleet/Cliffside: "Palau in the rainy season", Jul, 2014,

by Mark Reckman, OH, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 7831.

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

Accommodations 5 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 $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Started with three days of land based diving, then a week of live aboard. Both are great, but liveaboard gives you twice as many dives. July is rainy season and we had cloudy skies and choppy seas. But, we also had small groups, lots of room on the boats and more privacy on the reefs. The hotels are not full and there was no waiting in stores and restaurants. I like the off season. Note that the choppy seas are outside of the fringe reef and most of the ride to the sites is inside the reef where the seas were calm. When you are close to the site, you slip thru the reef into the chop and then drop into the water. Once under, the choppy surface is irrelevant. The live aboards all stay inside the reef, so there was no discomfort. The wildlife is tremendous - the best I have ever seen. The water Bourne nutrients that support the fish and coral limits the viz to maybe 40 or 50 feet - sometimes better. Big fish everywhere. Tremendous coral. Claims the size of a sofa chair. Anemone the size of a throw rug. The diversity of fish is 10 x that of the Carib.
Websites Aggressor Fleet   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over Carrib., South Amer. and Micronesia
Closest Airport Palau Getting There Various

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-50 Ft/ 12-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Back on the boat with 500 psi. No deco diving.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Limited viz makes wide angle shots tough. Bring lots of light. Think macro.
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