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Dive Review of Palau Aggressor II in
Micronesia/Palau

Palau Aggressor II, Mar, 2004,

by Steven Goldstein, CA, USA . Report 1028.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Red Sea, Palau (1989), Bonaire, Barbados, Curacao, Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen, Jamaica, Moorea, Puerto Vallarta, Santorini, Raratonga
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 175 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Limited to 5 dives/day on Nitrox-130 foot depth limit requested to be respected
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

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 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments dive deck photo table adequate for about half the divers taking pix. Would be tight if whole boat was photographing

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Palau remains my favorite dive location worldwide. Aggressor provides a dependable, if somewhat structured, week of excellent liveaboard diving in this splendid region. Crew, particularly Captain Jeff and divemaster/photographer Doug were extraordinarily friendly, helpful and fun to be with. Local crew members were terrific sources of information and equally friendly. The food was a little disappointing because of the lack of fresh fish available the week we were there. Kitchen did very well with what they had and you never get a chance to be hungry. Warm towels on the dive deck when you get out of the water. Skiff is raised and lowered hydraulically at rear dive deck so access is the best of any liveaboard I have done. Don't bother taking sweats for cool evenings if you go in the spring. . .it never got cool.

Palau is a long way away and merits sticking around or tagging on another location since you have to fly so far to get there, but don't miss this place. The Aggressor trip is a bit pricey but worth every penny of it.
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