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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in

Aggressor Fleet: "Great Liveaboard!", Feb, 2015,

by Adair New, MN, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 8141.

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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 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We have taken three live aboard dive trips; Palau Aggressor was by far our best experience. The boat is well-designed: comfortable staterooms (& lots of hot water!); easy, roomy dive-deck setup, w/camera table; ample common areas. Diving is from a skiff that you just step into & it is then mechanically lowered into the water (same on reverse); super easy!
Food was also the best we've had on a live aboard so far. Extensive buffet breakfast with a daily hot special like pancakes or french toast, & always eggs to order. Lunch is a buffet with two main protein choices, ample sides, & usually soup to start. Dinner is plated and served at the table -- starter, entree, dessert. We liked everything! Cookies, fruit, drinks available 24/7. All alcohol is included.
But the highlight is the crew; they were amazing! Everyone chips in on whatever needs doing; just by watching you would never have known who the captain is. They really seem to enjoy working with each other, & that creates a very positive, happy environment. Dive guides allowed freedom to dive as we felt comfortable, but were aware of everyone & quick to help as needed. This was my first "hook-in" diving (with reef hook for strong currents); I was a little nervous, and Ernan was right beside me at hook-in time -- showed me the good type of places to hook, made sure I was OK. Crew was always around & easy to find. Every time we approached any staff with a concern, question, etc., it was answered immediately. And only ONE mention of tipping was made the whole trip!! And with no "suggestions" as to percentage (though the printed material in our cabin did include that information, which I think is a nice, unobtrusive way to do it). And when I discussed with the captain (Zach) our need to give the tip later than usual, after an ATM run, he actually stressed that the tip could be given at any time OR NOT AT ALL. Never expected those words to come out of a captain's mouth, as those of you with liveaboard experience will understand! I'd give them a 5++ if possible.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Mostly the Caribbean; also Galapagos, Hawaii, other sites in Micronesia
Closest Airport Koror, Palau Getting There Both Delta (Tokyo) and United (Guam) fly to Palau

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Aggressor limits depth to 110 feet, no deco diving. Maximum dive time one hour.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments As stated above, a dedicated camera table on the dive deck with chamois & air hoses. Dedicated rinse tank. Camera table on the skiff. Staff carried cameras on & off the skiff, handed them to divers in the water if desired. Cameras for rent -- great because mine malfunctioned!
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