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
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.