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Dive Review of Palau Aggressor in
Micronesia/Palau

Palau Aggressor, Mar, 2009,

by Linda Gettmann, WA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4786.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Thailand, Fiji, Caribbean, Mexico, Red Sea, Florida, Central America, Papua New Guinea, et.al.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They guided each dive, so everyone was pretty much in sight of each other, but not bunched up. Dives were 60 min. and if someone had to come up early, one of the leaders went up with them. Very good divemasters.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
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 4 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 Have a large camera table with shelf underneath and floor space to store cases. Knowledgeable crew about photography, pointed out photo ops if asked, found critters for you.

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 This Palau Aggressor trip was one of our best liveaboard experiences in 21 years. The boat is large, comfortable, and well cared for. The crew is attentive, knowledgeable, and fun to be with. Everyone did their job with gusto and efficiency, it was a pleasure to be on board. Food was great, we had the "alternate" cook but he did a fantastic job. Rooms are kept neat and clean, fresh towels every day. Plenty of hot water and we even had a load of laundry done during the week by the crew. The dive sites are not for beginners, the currents are swift and unpredictable. We dove mostly at 60-80 feet. Some sites were ripping so we used a reef hook provided by the boat to hook in and watch the fish action. Lots of sharks on every dive, as well as turtles on every dive. The reefs are in great shape, no signs of overfishing or pollution here. Lots of fish of all sizes and many big Napolean wrasse. We saw mantas on the surface one day, as well as dolphins, and one eagle ray underwater. The crew is very safety conscious, we all had safety sausages and dive alert horns. A great way to do Palau, much better than staying on shore and doing the long boat rides out and back to the dive sites everyday as we did on our first trip 15 years ago. This Aggressor is a great liveaboard and Palau is a great diving destination.
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