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The Palau Aggressor II and The Palau Rock Islands Aggressor (formerly the Tropic Dancer vessel) both offer the ‘Best of Palau’ itinerary. The Aggressor Fleet have been taking guests to explore the underwater world here for over 23 years. This experience shows in the quality of diving you will experience. Each vessel welcomes 18 guests across their nine cabins, served by six crew members ready to ensure you have a great time.
Palau is located at the westernmost edge of Micronesia, 900 miles southwest of Guam, 400 miles south of Yap and east of The Philippines. The warm tropical waters provide beautiful dive sites packed with life and, above water, The Rock Islands display tropical rainforests and picture-perfect lagoons complete with stunning white sandy beaches.
The sister ships are virtually identical and offer Sunday to Sunday 7 day cruises designed to deliver the very best of Palau's underwater sights. Expect to visit Blue Corner, German Channel, Blue Holes and Ulong as well as many more stunning dive sites. Sharks, rays and pristine reefs with chaotic and colourful reef activity are what you will be treated to if you choose to board one of these vessels for your next scuba diving vacation.
The staterooms offered on each vessel have few variations. On the Rock Island Aggressor, the eight Deluxe Staterooms feature a lower queen sized bed with a single overhead bunk. There’s one Double Stateroom which has bunk style double beds. On the Palau Aggressor II, the Deluxe Staterooms are the same as on the Rock Island Aggressor; the Double Stateroom, however, features a lower double bed with single overhead bunk.
Regardless of which vessel you choose, each cabin is en-suite with individual climate controls, a hairdryer, and storage. Linens and towels are changed as requested and most have a window to provide natural light. Please discuss your requirements with your scuba diving travel agent to secure the most suitable cabin for your trip.
The food on your liveaboard is almost as important as your diving and the Aggressor fleet always aim to please. Expect your breakfast eggs cooked to order with fruits, oatmeal, cereals, breakfast bread and other goodies designed to give you a sustaining start to the days diving. Lunch is buffet style with a range of dishes both hot and cold to suit a variety of tastes. In the evening a 3 course dinner is served to your table with a choice of mouth-watering dishes to satiate the largest dive fueled appetite. Each vessel features an open air grill too, so expect a barbequed feast during your trip. If the wait between meals seems like just too long, you are invited to enjoy both mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks that could be anything from nachos or hummus to scones or cream puffs.
If you have a special dietary requirement, please do make sure that you consult with your scuba diving travel agent to find out what can be provided. Due to the remote location, not all diets can be accommodated so do check first so that you can be adequately prepared.
A range of soft drinks including fruit juices, soft drinks, water and iced tea are always available for you and included in your tariff. Tea and coffee are also included and after diving is finished for the day, you can enjoy complimentary local beer and wine. You are welcome to bring your own liquor to enjoy onboard.
Both vessels offer the same layout and the same space for you to enjoy your scuba diving vacation. They feature a spacious and comfortable salon for relaxing in complete with bar, dining area, and sofas. Here you will find the small library, fish books and photo and video centre. This is the social hub of each vessel where you can make new friends and share epic dive stories. The crew often share marine life identification presentations to ensure you get the most out of your diving. Games and movies are also onboard, and you can bring your own to help you relax after the days diving.
The sundeck on each vessel which has shade too and is equipped with comfortable chaise lounges and deck chairs. Here you can relax in comfort as time slips by before the next dive. Snorkeling is available in the surface interval with trips to some lovely beaches possible too.
Should you need to keep in touch with those landlubbers you left behind, email and private calls are available by satellite for an extra charge.
Each vessel has its own 35ft long high-speed outboard skiff which can carry 18 divers. All diving is made from this boat which returns to the main vessel after each dive. The skiff allows speedy access to dive sites and has been designed to make entry and exits as easy as possible. The dive deck on the mother ship offers plenty of space for kitting up and storage of your gear too.
Swift currents feature on many of the dive sites visited so you be sure that you are both experienced and comfortable in these conditions. A full dive briefing is provided before each dive so that you can plan and conduct your dive with your buddy. If you don’t have a buddy, you can dive with a crew member. As a guest, you shouldn’t expect that your diving is guided. However, there will be a crew member in the water and on certain dives they may guide you to certain points of interest. If you are not comfortable with conducting your own dive, it is suggested that you take one of the offered specialty courses to increase your comfort level.
Make sure you bring adequate signalling devices and do note that dive computers are mandatory. Each vessel carries a range of spare equipment should yours fail but if you need to hire gear, make sure you arrange this at the time of booking. Tanks, fills, weights and weight belts are included in your tariff but gear hire is not. All dive cylinders have international fittings but there are DIN adapters onboard. Nitrox is available onboard, be sure to request this with your scuba diving travel agent at the time of booking.
If you’re a photographer, you’ll enjoy having a dedicated PC to use to download your memories. If you want to give it a try, there’s camera equipment available to rent and an onboard pro to offer you tips to improve your skills. Whatever you use you can take advantage of a safe table area for storing your gear and adequate charging points too.
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