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Dive Review of Palau Aggressor in
Micronesia/Palau

Palau Aggressor, Mar, 2008,

by Janet Hays, VA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 4413.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire, Cayman, Channel Islands, Cocos, Cozumel, Fiji, Florida Keys, Galapagos, Malpelo, Yap
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 71 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Photographers were given complete leeway to dive as they wished. With an unbelievable three guides on every dive, including the Captain himself on a number of occasions, it was very easy to forge ahead, linger behind, or vary your pace while still feeling extremely safe
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 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 4 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I don't have room to share all the details, but among the many species which were gloriously represented by a wide variety of healthy individuals during this non-stop visual delight, I noted Angelfish, Anthias, Bannerfish, Barracuda, Boxfish, Butterflyfish, Clams, Clownfish, Cornetfish, Coris, Crabs, Cushionstars, Damselfish, Dartfish, Dascyllus, Eagle rays, Fuseliers, Goatfish, Groupers, Lobsters, Mackeral, Morays, Nudibranchs, Parrotfish, Scorpionfish, Sharks, Snapper, Soldierfish, Spadefish, Squirrelfish, Surgeonfish, Tang, Triggerfish, Trumpetfish, Tuna, Turtles, Tuskfish, Unicornfish, Christmas tree worms and Wrasse.

Some of the highlights which must be mentioned include:
1) Getting to pet the nearly 5' Wrasse that had clearly befriended our crew members quite some time ago
2) being photographed with my husband behind one of a dozen 6' clams
3) touching the velvety stingless jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake
4) learning to master the reef hook so that we could have a prolong viewing of schools of Sharks, tuna, jacks during pelagic lunchtime
5) Chatting with my fellow divers inside Chandelier Caves

In closing, let me say that as an instructor, many times I am asked, what's you're favorite dive site in the world. I usually say it depends, and give an answer of several paragraphs; but if someone were to phrase the question as follows: If I could go on only one dive trip in the world, where should I go - I would have to say that with the range of dives on this itinerary including wall dives, blue holes, caverns, wrecks, coral reefs and the snorkeling in Jellyfish Lake, this would be THE trip to make. It is however, NOT for a beginning diver. For this trip my computer shows an AVERAGE depth of 75 feet; add that to the strong currents, to the point of feeling like I was rappelling underwater in Ulong Channel - one NEEDS to have made a variety of dives to be fully prepared for and appreciate this trip.

On board, another unique quality feature was the way that all of the crew including the captain took turns serving all the guests the beverages, seconds, desserts, and clearing the tables. Of the seven other liveaboard trips we've made, I recall none where I had so much comfortable access to ALL the professionals on board to be able to ask all of my questions all of the time, and absolutely never having time to fret about anything because there was ALWAYS SOMEBODY around that could either help me immediately or unhesitatingly took responsibility for ensuring that a satisfactory solution to my needs were provided by someone else on board!!!

In straining my mind to see if there were any negatives, I can only recall that with our cabin being next to the clothes dryers, it did take the crew three tries to get the temperature in our cabin down to a level that we could be comfortable sleeping at night. For the land hikes including the tour of Pelilieu, I had packed satisfactory hiking shoes, but my sunblock shirt was way too hot. A tank top with repeated applications of the sunblock lotion would have been more satisfactory.
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