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Dive Review of Palau Aggressor II in
Micronesia/Palau

Palau Aggressor II, Dec, 2007,

by Chiara Reading, NJ, USA ( 1 report). Report 3789.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Fiji, Galapagos, Saba, St.Kitts, Costa Rica, Florida, Bonaire, Curaçao, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions THe number one concern was safety. We were asked to stay with in recreational dive limits. We were provided with at least 2 DM in the water during all dives.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments They had plenty of room on the dive deck for all of our photo gear & plenty of charging stations. Capt Mike, Amanda, & Matt were all available to answer questions & provide guidance for those of us fumbling with new equipment. Hector & Dexter made sure our equipment was handled safely & rinsed thoroughly after each ride on the skiff.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was one of the best overall experiences I have ever had on vacation. Sure it didn't hurt that the weather was beautiful & the diving encounters amazing. The hook in diving was thrilling & the shark encounters were too numerous to count. We even saw a shark with his mouth & gills wide open being cleaned. The Manta encounters were consistent & majestic. I even had a 5-minute encounter with a Neopolian Wrasse that was more like a Golden Retriever than any fish I'd ever encountered!! But what made the experience really special was the quality of the crew & a top-notch boat.

Captain Mike & Amanda have put together one of the best service teams I have ever had the pleasure of being around. This was a team of professionals who loved what they were doing & went out of their way to provide a great experience for all.

Scott served up incredible meals. The variety was impressive & should please even the pickiest palate. He was quick to accommodate just about all requests.

A newer member of the team was Lyn. She helped Scott in the galley & helped keep our cabins clean & cozy all week. She also provided massage onboard I was in heaven!!

Matt serves as DM, skiff driver, AV guy & general funny man. Great guy, quick with a smile & always ready to assist. Also puts on a mean slide show.

Hector has been with the Palau Aggressor for 10+ years. He is very knowledgeable about all things underwater & has an incredible relationship with Aba the Neopolian Wrasse that is truly special. I have never seen a fish demand a hug before!!

Dexter rounds out the crew. He seems to be a gentle soul with deep knowledge of the reefs of Palau...He even has a dive site named for him!

The boat was well maintained. Plenty of room on the dive deck. The boat was extremely stable & the rooms comfortable. The hot tub was actually hot! The salon was incredibly well appointed. A Computer was available to download pictures & email accounts were available for those who had to stay connected to the outside world.

It is my sincerest hope that I am able to dive with this team again. I would travel to any destination to vacation with a crew run by Capt Mike & Amanda!


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