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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in

Aggressor Fleet: "excellent diving in Palau and Truk", Jan, 2017,

by Alison Scheflow, FL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9471.

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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 $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Arrived a few days early and stayed at Palau Pacific Resort in order to ensure that we were oriented to the new time and day as we were 15 hours and a day ahead of home time. We adjusted easily as we arrived at night, exhausted and were able to sleep overnight. PPR is a beautiful resort with a beach and pool, breakfast buffet was included. We left on Sunday to be taxi'd to the dock where we were picked up by Aggressor staff and taken to the boat by their very stable skiff. The skiff is lifted hydraulically onto the back of the Catamaran and divers step off onto the level of the dive deck. The rooms are on the same level forward. Dive deck is spacious with a large camera table in the center with outlets for charging camera and flashlight batteries, compressed air to blow-dry the cameras, and storage for your accessories. There are two tanks port and starboard, one for wetsuits and one for cameras. Two hot showers are also on the dive deck, port and starboard. There are hangers for wet suits and deck boxes for extra gear also. You put your BCD on a tank in your assigned seat on the skiff and that is where it remains for the entirety of the week. Tanks are filled with long hoses from the compressor. Nitrox is analyzed from the tank the first day and recorded, and then on subsequent dives the analyzer is read from the compressor.
On arrival we had a boat briefing and tour and introductions. Every evening the Captain gave a briefing about the next days activities. The Aggressor's motto is "eat, sleep, dive" and that is exactly what you do. It was great. The usual routine was a 0615 dive site briefing, get in the skiff, dive, come back, have breakfast and break, second dive, lunch, third dive, snack, fourth dive, dinner, and on Tuesday-Thursday a night dive was offered. The briefings were thorough and included time to site, depth, direction of dive (depending on tides), time of dive (usually around 45-60 minutes, depending on air consumption) and what to expect to see. Blue Corner and German Channel are two sites where you use reef hooks to hook in and sail in the current while watching for Mantas, Sharks and whatever else may come by. We saw plenty of blacktip and whitetip sharks and reef sharks, but no Mantas on two different tries. Fish life is abundant, colorful and diverse. Coral is very healthy. Dive masters were great at pointing out the small critters such as Disco Clams and nudibranchs.
On deck the food was always good and plentiful. I don't eat meat and was graciously accommodated at every meal. Local draft beer and wine is on board and included.
Overall it was a great experience, our first live-aboard and now we know why many people swear by them.
Websites Aggressor Fleet   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving 25+ islands in Caribbean, Bahamas & Florida, Bonaire, Curacao, Tobago, Honduras, Cabo and La Paz
Closest Airport koror Getting There united flights from FLL to IAH, to Honolulu, to Guam to Palau; 26 hours

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 4
Water Visibility 70-100 Ft/ 21-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no deco, follow your own profile, no need to be right up there with everyone else. First person low on air goes up with a dive master and buddy. The rest stay in the water until time is up, about 60 minutes. Skiff comes and picks up divers.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments two dedicated rinse tanks for cameras on dive deck. Crew gave lessons on using iMovie one evening and were available to help with questions about photo editing, etc. Salon area was open for reviewing your photos.
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