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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Micronesia/Palau

Aggressor Fleet: "Excellent diving and crew, good accomodations, bad food", Jul, 2017,

by William H Johnston, CA, US ( 1 report). Report 9869.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, PNG, Sipadan, Thailand, Caribbean
Closest Airport Koror Getting There Asiana Airlines via Seoul, Korea; ANA via Tokyo with no difficulties

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions I'm a conservative diver and encountered no problems with restrictions.
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 For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The brand new point-and-shoot camera that I brought to document invertebrates flooded on the fir ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 1 stars
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Comments I had been on the Tropic Dancer twice and found it bullet proof: excellent diving and crew, adequate accommodations with a single supplement, and good food with much variety for a picky eater such as myself. Because it is a lot of travel getting there for one week of diving, this time I decided to book back-to-back weeks.

After I booked the trip, the Tropic Dancer was renamed the Rock Island Aggressor. When I arrived on the Rock Island Aggressor, I was told that the second week would be on the Palau Aggressor and I would have to move, which was accomplished easily with excellent help from the crew.

I first dived in Palau in l991 as a beginner, and returned for a land based trip ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Dan Gowen in FL, US at Oct 14, 2017 05:59 EST  
I wonder why overall rating is 5 when the food was so bad. Umm!
By William H Johnston in CA, US at Oct 14, 2017 10:13 EST  
The lousy food is reflected in the Value for $$ rating of 3 stars, which would have been 4 or 5 stars had the food been the same as on my previous 2 trips on the Tropic Dancer. I don't go on dive trips for the food, but for the diving, and that was 5 star on this trip, as it has always been for me in Palau. That's why I keep going back. Next time, I will try another boat.
By Ryan Black in MI, US at Oct 14, 2017 11:35 EST  
Sorry to hear about your camera! What kind was it? Hopefully you had accident protection insurance for it!
By Dan Gowen in FL, US at Oct 14, 2017 11:46 EST  
Understand and agree on the main purpose,nth at said, food is next for me. I was just there on a land-based trip at Sam's Tours. I noticed a Schooner live aboard called the Siren, I believe. Looks interesting. Koror is the airport, I believe.
By William H Johnston in CA, US at Oct 14, 2017 12:23 EST  
As I said, I am a picky eater so the food on the Aggressor boats might be to your liking. However, on other boats they listen to what you say on the guest information form and provision accordingly to accommodate the food preferences of their clients. The Siren Fleet has a dismal safety record, so I wouldn't consider it. I rode to the Koror airport in the hotel van with 3 people who had been on the Ocean Hunter III and were very pleased with their experience, especially the food.
By William H Johnston in CA, US at Oct 14, 2017 12:29 EST  
The camera that flooded was a Nikon Coolpix AW130, which was under warranty so Nikon replaced it without question. I tested the new one in a bucket of water when I received it, and it didn't flood, so am hopeful that it will be okay on my upcoming trip to Raja Ampat. After I bought the AW130, Nikon brought out a new version called the W300. It looks the same as the AW130, but has slightly different dimensions and some added features.
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