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Dive Review of Thailand Aggressor in
Thailand/Andaman Sea

Thailand Aggressor: "Don't waste your money!", Sep, 2015,

by Jim Garren, FL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 8378 has 3 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Bahamas, Caymans, Roatan, Belize, Turks and Caicos, Australia, Red Sea, Maldives, Galapagos
Closest Airport Hat Yai Getting There Palm Beach to Atlanta, Atlanta to Tokyo, Tokyo to Bangkok, Bangkok to Hat Yai

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge, currents
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 35 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions one hour dive time, depth based on nitrox mix, no diving after drinking alcohol
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments camera table was crowded with 6 guests, boat can accommodate 16 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
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Comments Yes, we read the other reviews in Undercurrent but some mitigating factors convinced us to toss the dice and try this location. The short version is that we threw snake eyes, of our ten live-aboard trips to date (seven with Aggressor) this one definitely comes in dead last. Fortunately we did not pay full pop for the live-aboard or airfare thanks to a previous voucher from Aggressor over a snafu with our Galapagos trip and lots of frequent flyer miles accumulated by my wife on business travel.
We did have to endure nearly 30 hours of flight time/layovers flying from south Florida to Hat Yai south of Bangkok and a two hour mini-bus ride from there to the dock. First impression was not the best on arrival, it happened to be low tide and Aggressor personnel on the boat didnít have a clue how to load passengers and gear under those conditions. Iím not sure if this is a new docking location or what but we did eventually get the 6 divers and their gear on board. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By mariaocin , at Oct 01, 2015 10:43 EST  
Thanks for posting this. It is incredible the bad service Aggressor continues to provide related to this boat. This boat was the Star Dancer in Papua New Guinea first docked at Kimbe Bay and then at Alotau, Milne Bay from where it moved to Thailand with a new name and, allegedly, new ownership who was going to completely revamp the entire boat before putting it into service in Thailand. We will NEVER book with Aggressor again, even if offered for free. A trip report was issued on our experience with this boat.
By report author: Jim Garren in FL, US at Oct 01, 2015 12:26 EST  
Sorry to hear you had a bad experience here too, I did read other such reports but was hoping we would get lucky, didn't happen. I can only hope others will heed our advice and save themselves a lousy vacation, I had good feelings about Aggressor prior to this disaster but other live-aboard boats will get a second look before booking with them again.
By Koffeein , at Oct 11, 2015 14:25 EST  
Am planning a trip to Thailand to visit in-laws and thought this boat would be a great way to spend a week while my wife visits with her family. Based on this review and others, there's no way that will happen now. I've done the Cayman Aggressor and was generally satisfied and would have expected this trip to be even better. I guess not.
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