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

Turks & Caicos Aggressor II, Sep, 2003,

by Janet Czapski, MI, USA . Report 785.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Hurricane Isobel was threatening at the beginning of the trip. Captain Piers was extremely safety conscious and did not depart the marina until Sunday morning when he was convinced the hurricane had detoured north sufficiently to allow a safe trip.

Our diving conditions were somewhat affected by the proximity of the hurricane effect; visibility was diminished somewhat, currents were up and our choices of safe diving sites was more limited. However, we spent a significant amount of time at French Cay diving with the sharks on every dive so the ambient lighting and close-up opportunities as part of the photo course were fantastic! Macro was in somewhat short supply at the dive sites we visited and the sites that provided more macro were in areas that were more significantly affected by the hurricane so we were unable to get to them.

Overall the crew did a fabulous job of coordinating the needs of the photo students as well as providing safe diving conditions, wonderful accommodations on a new vessel & great food. The nightly slideshow provided by the photo students were fabulous! I'd do the photo course again in a minute and would love to do another trip on the same boat without the intensity of the photo course!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Fiji, PNG, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Cabo San Lucas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 psi left in tank at end of dive
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 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 This was a Mauricio Handler Photo was very well done. The is the first time digital SLR's were included in the course so there were 2 of us using Nikon D100's as well as Mauricio. It was a learning experience for us but the course specifics were excellent for both film & digital users and we were able to learn from each other as well as from Mauricio. The camera table set-up was a little crowded but we were a very equipment intensive group! The photo pro was extremely busy with 2-hour E-6 turnaround for the course, but performed wonderfully!
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