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Tahiti Aggressor

 

The good news is that the Fiji Aggressor has moved to Tahiti to become the Tahiti Aggressor. From September 2002 she has been based in Rangiroa, in the Tuamotu Archipelago. From here she ventures out on 7-night cruises to Apataki, Toau, Kaukura & Fakarava Atolls, famous for the channels that run between the open sea and the inner lagoons. Here, numerous sharks are attracted in by the chance of an easy meal, as large schools of fish hitch a ride on the incoming tide and sweep into the lagoon to feed. All divers need to do is wait in the channel and watch the action.

The Tahiti Aggressor is a 106ft catamaran with a 30ft beam that accommodates 16 passengers in 8 cabins. Being sistership to the Palau Aggressor she is identical in almost every way. Powered by two 1050hp jet drives, they force her through the water at a speed of 20kts. With only a 4ft draft she can negotiate the tightest spots in the Tuamotu's intricate reef systems. Being a catamaran she offers fabulous stability and exceedingly spacious accommodation. She is, after all, almost twice as wide as the average boat of her length would be! Even more amazing is her tender, the Tahiti Aggressor II½. As the main vessel is used very much as a mother ship, divers are transported to the dive site by a 30ft tender that is lowered to and raised from the water to main deck level by means of a hydraulic ramp - you merely step into and out of the main boat before and after your dive without even getting your feet wet!! This is of course essential for divers who are afraid of getting damp! The tender is so well powered that it can run at 50kts. Tanks remain on the tender to be filled by whips from the compressor banks, so all you need do is done your wet suit and clamber in. They'll even do the dive for you if you think it is too much like hard work!

Even with the dive deck being essentially on the tender there is still a large dive deck on the mother ship, with camera table, rinse tanks and freshwater showers. The 8 deluxe cabins are also located on the main deck, a corridor running down the transom between the hulls, the cabins located over each hull. The deluxe cabins are identical, with double bed below and single bunks above, basin in the cabin and en suite bathroom. Each cabin has a large panoramic window to admire the view of the wonderful Rock Islands and is air-conditioned. The double cabin is also located on the main deck but accessed directly from the dive deck. It has a double bed below and single bunk above and en suite bathroom, but has no window. A modest discount is offered for this cabin.

A stairway takes you from the dive area to the upper deck, where there is a shaded bar and hot tub at the stern, the air-conditioned saloon and dining area amidships. Here can be found comfy sofas, tables & chairs, TV, video & music centre. The galley is adjacent to the saloon - breakfast & dinner are usually served indoors, but lunch is often served al fresco on the sun deck. The sun deck is partially covered, and there is ample space for all the guests to relax between dives.

The Tahiti Aggressor is certified by the Handicapped Scuba Association as a handicapped-accessible live-aboard. She has shower stalls with seat, low gunwales and retractable ladders.

The Tahiti Aggressor offers a 7-night cruise every Saturday from Rangiroa to Fakarava, offering the reverse itinerary the following week. After the 1-hour flight to Rangiroa or Fakarava on Saturday guests board the vessel in the afternoon. The boat returns to dock on the following Friday afternoon and guests disembark on Saturday morning.

Additional accommodation can be arranged on Rangiroa or Fakarava before or after the cruise or one of the main other islands in the Tahiti group. Please contact us for details.

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