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Dive Review of Truk Aggressor II in

Truk Aggressor II, Apr, 2002,

by Dennis Johnson, NY, USA . Report 75.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Truk Aggressor (April 14-21, 2002):
This was the absolute best overall liveaboard experience I have ever had. Capt. Tom Kleefeld and his crew (Brian, Ed, Junior, Lolo, Hope, Johny and Rickson) from the time we were picked up at the Blue Lagoon Resort to being dropped at the airport to leave went above and beyond what I could have even hoped to expect.

On board Capt. Tom was thorough and clear on boat operation, schedules and safety. He and the crew worked together like a well-oiled machine. Everything from choosing dive sites, dive briefings, guiding dives to the diver check-out/check-in board was done according to plan. All diving was done from the mother ship. The meals were excellent all the time with delicious and varied menus - from fresh sushi to a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings and fresh bread made every day. Fantastic snacks were always ready after every dive. Brian the photo pro was very helpful with tips and recommendations (as well as processing film often and quickly). Slide shows were given every night by different crewmembers. The local Chuukese crew (Lolo, Junior, Rickson, Johny, Hope) were always around, very friendly and helpful - guiding dives, cooking great food, working the dive deck, etc. Even at the end of the week, Capt. Tom drove the group to the airport getting us there 10 minutes before the crowds from the other boats to allow us to check in first. He then came back an hour later (with cold drinks nonetheless) to make sure the plane was on time and that we would be off the island OK - simply amazing!

Four people in my group had the new "quad cabin" on the upper deck behind the wheelhouse... really nice with lots of room and big windows. The only thing that was slightly wanting was the size of the cabins, however so little time was spent below deck it really didn't matter. I also heard that one of the forward cabins has a "bad smell", but I never investigated. The other live aboards in the lagoon were significantly bigger, but I can't imagine better crew and/or service - it more than made up for the 'small' 100+ foot boat.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Truk, Palau, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Thailand/Burma, Bonaire, Cozumel, St. Tropez/Port Grimaud
France, Hawaii, New York/New Jersey Wreck Valley, Anguilla.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-100 Ft/ 6-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No decomperession diving
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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 Daily (or more frequent) E-6, large camera table and dedicated rinse buckets. Crew very careful with equipment. photopro (Brian) very helpful with advise and accomodating to all requests. Light boxes and mounting supplies provided free. Dive guides were "very" helpful in finding and leading to interesting parts of the wrecks inside and out.
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