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Dive Review of Aggressor in

Aggressor: "Diving on the Thailand Aggressor", Mar, 2017,

by Jim Tompkins, NC, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 9518 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The transfer to Tap Lama Pier from Phuket airport takes awhile. Whem you get to Tap Lama Pier you are transported by RIB to the boat.

Diving in the Similan Islands, you are diving on piles of large granite boulders that were stacked up by glacial retreat. There is little coral on these sites, but numerous swim throughs and a lot of small fish life with occasional sharks and I saw a single manta. Kon Bon and Kon Tachao are piles of limestone boulders with numerous small fish and macro life. Ricelieu Rock has more coral and is named for the abundant purple soft coral that is suppose to look like a cardinal's cape.

The crew was great. The food was good. They tended to make local food instead of trying to imitate American cuisine. The menu was posted so you could inform the chef if you wanted something else. They seemed to readily accommodate persons with significant dietary restrictions.

Cabin 5's air conditioner worked well and had twin beds instead of bunk beds which I appreciated since I tend to get the top bunk.

We only had nine divers. Eight of the divers were from a US Dive Club so there was plenty of room on the RIB dive tenders. They had four in one tender and five in the other. You transfer from the mother ship to the tender with your gear on minus your fins which are in the boat. They carried a divers gear to the RIB if they were not comfortable wearing it.

WE flew from Phuket to Bangkok and did some touring which we enjoyed. Flights inside Thailand appear to be inexpensive. We paid $46 each to fly from Phuket to Bangkok on Thai Smile Airlines that used an A320. Be aware that Bangkok traffic is very heavy and it can take you significant amounts of time to travel from point to point.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Carribbean, Palau, Yap, Tahiti, Fiji, Chuck, Maldives, Raja Ampa
Closest Airport Phuket Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dove with the group in your tender with Divemaster
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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