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Dive Review of Turks & Caicos Aggressor II in
Turks and Caicos

Turks & Caicos Aggressor II, Nov, 2010,

by Greg , UT, US ( 2 reports). Report 5831.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cayman islands, Bahama's, Cozumel, Belize, Palua, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas surge
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The only restrictions were the basic recreational dive profiles rather on Nitrox or air. Don't go below 110 or 130ft, come back up with 500#'s, & safety stop.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 I didn't take any pictures but the overall setup was very good for the people who did. They had a area for just cameras along with a dedicated rinse tank.

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 $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We did this trip the week of 11/13 thru 11/20 and had a great time. We live in Utah so we flew out SLC on Delta to Atlanta then TCI. All flights both coming and going were fine. Something to think about when booking your flights, and I know it has a lot to do with which airline you use, is to try and get the earliest flight out on Saturday. They kick you off the boat at 8:00 am and depending on what time your flight is, the taxi picks you up about 3 hours before your departure. So in our case we had 3 1/2 hrs to kill before we left for the airport. We were at the Turtle Cove Marina and there isn't a whole lot to do. I know one of the guests was on AA and they had a flight out at 7:30am. Just something to keep in mind.
The Aggressor will have one of the taxi companies pick you up if you come in on Saturday, and take you to wherever the boat is, usually the Turtle Cove. This time they were anchored in Sapodilla Bay because of possible issues with water conditions Sunday morning with getting out of Turtle Cove. They usually aren't ready for people till about 3:00pm, we arrived a little after 1:00pm so the taxi took us to the Tiki Hut which is at Turtle Cove and we sat around and relaxed with a couple cool ones waiting for the taxi to take us to the boat.
The boat left early Sunday morning for the trip to French Cay. We had the option to do 5 dives a day, 2 in the AM, 2 in the PM, & the night dive after dinner. We dove 2 days at different sites at French Cay, 2 days at West Caicos, then the last day and half moved to Northwest Point on Provo. The diving at French Cay & West Caicos was great. For the most part they were wall dives with the walls starting at about 50' and going to the abyss. Most of the time the boat was right over the wall, but depending on how much the boat had swung we may have had to swim a little to get to the wall. At each new site the crew gave a detailed dive briefing. There was always at least one of the divemasters in the water with us and sometimes 2 or 3. For those of us that are navigationally challenged the wall diving made it pretty easy. There was a couple of sites where we were over the sand before the wall. So if you do have a hard time finding your way just follow one of the crew. I'd recommend following the crew anyway because they can find the little stuff. We had a little bit of everything on these dives both big and little stuff. Saw sharks on almost every dive,usually more then 2. Eagle rays on 3 or 4 of the sites, Turtles, and on one site at West Caicos a few of us saw a Manta Ray which you don't see a lot of in the Carribean, at least we haven't heard or seen much of. And for those of us who like the little stuff we weren't disapointed either. The diving was great for whatever your taste. Some of the guests asked the Captain if it was possible to do any of the night dives before dinner so she agreed and on 2 of the days we did a dive before breakfast at 7:00am. It was just starting to get light and I really enjoyed these dives, plus it didn't hurt my feelings to do the night dive before dinner. The only negative about these changes was we were back in the water right after lunch, but that was more my fault; I just shouldn't have made a pig out of myself at lunch.
The food was great, I gained 8 lb's during the week and I dove almost all of the dives. Breakfast was the normal stuff, the chef did make eggs to order. Lunch was a buffet with 3 entrees usually, a soup, salad, and a snack. Dinner was a sit down affair with one of the crew serving. And the the usual snacks between the AM & PM dives.
The boat is designed for 18 guests but there was only 12 on this trip which made it really nice on the dive deck, everyone had plenty of room. Even with 18 it may've been a little tighter but I don't think it would've been that bad. The only complaint I had about the boat, and this is why only 4 stars instead of 5 was the AC. I know the staff went out of their way to make it right but most of the nights the AC didn't kick on at all in our cabin, after the first night I mentioned this to the Captain she said she'd tweak it but gave us a fan to use just in case, which I'm glad she did because we had to use it most of the nights. When the AC worked it was more than enough. But I'd much rather be on the cooler side then warmer. I'm sure other guests were more than happy to have it warmer. But the crew did the best they could, or that's what it seemed like to me.
Overall I highly recommend T&C aggressor 2, We did this trip last year and it was so good we decided to come back. And it was even better this time. The crew went out of the way to make it really great trip.
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