Cayman Aggressor - Channel Crossing

Discussion in 'Liveaboards and Charter Boats' started by glimmertwins, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. glimmertwins

    glimmertwins Angel Fish

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    I'm considering a trip in March or April on the Cayman Aggressor, and we like to find out more about the "crossing" from Grand to Little Cayman. I understand that sometimes conditions do not allow for the crossing and you have to spend the entire trip on GC. I'm trying to evaluate if this risk is worth taking. Any input would be great. Thanks
     
  2. diversteve

    diversteve Administrator Staff Member

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  3. Brodydog

    Brodydog Barracuda

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    We were there in April 2012 and were not able to make the crossing. Highly disappointing as this was our first trip there. We will not be doing the Cayman Aggressor again for that reason.
     
  4. parrotheaddiver

    parrotheaddiver Loggerhead Turtle

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    I have been on it twice and have made the crossing twice...but then I went June...even then the crossing was very rough what is not tied down lands on the floor....the crew wants to make the crossing as badly as the passengers and will go if they can do it safely....it is about a 7hr crossing...you pay your money you take your chances...
     
  5. KathyV

    KathyV Manta Ray

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    We were on the Cayman Aggressor in late Oct 2008 and we spent almost the entire week diving the Bloody Bay Wall off of Little Cayman and it was wonderful. However, we spent the following week on Grand Cayman and the weather was rainy and rough and we only went out diving one time and we saw the Aggressor moored at local dive sites during the week. Clearly they were unable to make the crossing and were trying to provide the best diving options available.

    Shortly after we departed for home Hurricane Paloma hit the Caymans. The out islands got blasted really hard and Cayman Brac was practically destroyed - so we were very, very lucky.

    Since you are planning to go in the Spring you are much less likely to be hit by a hurricane; but the weather is always a variable factor. We just got back from a 2-week Caribbean dive trip and the weather was great; but I feel really bad for the poor people in the Philippines right now and I am sure glad that we didn't plan a trip to that area!

    Being on a livaboard gives you more options to circumvent the weather than on a land-based dive vacation. We were on the Turks and Caicos Aggressor just last week and the Captain made the decision to head to French Cay early in the trip because of the weather reports. We had a great trip and terrific diving but when we got back to Provo we heard that they had rough seas and 4 foot rollers - so we are glad that we were on the boat and not trying to dive from a shore-based operation!

    No matter what you decide, you should always consider buying comprehensive travel insurance!
     
  6. Hintermann

    Hintermann Manta Ray

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    I am going on the Cayman Aggressor this January and have accepted that there is 50% possibility that they may not be able to do the crossing due to weather conditions. Bearing that in mind, I took a friend's advice and booked 3 further days of diving on Little Cayman through the LCDR.
     
  7. BigJimDiver

    BigJimDiver Angel Fish

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    I went with my son Easter week 2011, while I did a fair amount of research I didn't realize the frequency with which they were unable to cross. Fortunately we made the crossing, but if I remember correctly they hadn't for the prior 2 or 3 weeks. and while it was supposed to be 2-3' seas ended up being 3-4'. A ginger capsule and a Bonine after dinner and I slept until breakfast. Diving Little Cayman was awesome, the sites we hit on GC were OK but not close to Bloody Bay Wall. I would have been very very disappointed if we were unable to make the crossing. When we go back I think we will just go to LCBR. Access tot eh wall is easy enough from the island that the Liveaboard approach, while always a great way to go, is not as advantageous as in other locales. The Kittiwake was a nice dive, but I would have preferred diving Little Cayman and Brac the entire 6.5 days, then give up the 1.5 days on GC.
     
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  8. coldwaterlloyd

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    We are going in July for a ten day , I figure there should be a window to get over with the ten day trip .
    First trip to Caymans so I am hoping to see all three Islands . Fingers crossed but I will take what I get ...
     
  9. BUDMANOK

    BUDMANOK Barracuda

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    I've never been on the Agressor but have seen them while diving GC. A comment was made on the last trip about a lack of mooring balls that will handle a boat of that size limiting the number of sites that they are able to dive on GC. (True??) Looking at the Captains log they seem to go to the same ones each week.

    If they can't make the crossing to LC then are there enough sites available for a weeks worth of diving?
     
  10. Cohugore

    Cohugore Garibaldi

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    My honest opinion....
    The Cayman Aggressor will spend the majority of it's time at Little Cayman, on the Bloody Bay wall, which is where one will find the best diving in the Caribbean. Save some money and enjoy Little Cayman with 3 dives a day, three very good meals a day, a very nice, large, modern room, and the very best service, by staying at Little Cayman Beach Resort. It's a much better value for the money, and you don't have to be concerned with crossing 80 miles of rough seas.
     
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  11. Damselfish

    Damselfish Orca

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    The late October week we were on the Cayman Aggressor we made the crossing, but they said they hadn't for several weeks before. And I know they didn't make it the week after as we were still on island and saw them around. The nice thing about being on the Aggressor was, we spent more time on sites a bit further away from LCBR that they don't seem to get to much, plus of course we were doing 5 a day instead of 3. For example, LCBR used to do night dives at The Meadows when Molly the Manta was around, but that was night only and once she was gone I'm not sure we ever went to that site again from land. We did it a few times from the Aggressor and it's a really great site. Don't have my log handy but I remember generally getting to spend more time at better places there.

    Obviously flying to little Cayman is a more reliable way of getting there. (Although as it's been discussed on similar threads, if the weather is snotty enough to prevent the Aggressor from getting to Little Cayman, it may also be snotty enough to prevent the dayboats on little Cayman from getting around to Bloody Bay wall.) So while there's always a chance of the Aggressor not making the crossing, you do get something extra if you win the gamble - some different and IMO better sites, and of course more dives than land based. Not that I don't like LCBR, been there at least 6 times, but there were advantages to a being on a liveaboard there. Even if you're stuck on GC, there is some advantage to the liveaboard. The usual - on average more dives on better sites than land based, even with the best land ops. And if the weather is a problem they can stay on whatever side of the island is best at the time. You might also see the liveaboard as a good value for Cayman.

    (For the record I don't get seasick and enjoy that sort of crossing like a fun amusement park ride, so that part doesn't play into the equation for me.)
     
  12. Doubler

    Doubler Loggerhead Turtle

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    If the same sort of boats can make the 24 hour crossing from Cabo to Socorro the CA could make the crossing from GC to LC if they wanted too. They don't want to, probably saves them a ton in fuel costs and helps the bottom line. Just my 2 cents.
     
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  13. Damselfish

    Damselfish Orca

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    I really didn't get the sense they don't want to, I got the sense they were really trying. Possibly a matter of expectations and opportunity. People go on a Socorro liveaboard expecting a serious crossing for sure - and if they didn't cross what would they do instead? Anyone who has done their research about the Cayman Aggressor will be prepared for a crossing that might be rough, or might not happen. Possibly the ops idea of what will be safe or ok for most customers is a little conservative - maybe it's partly a Cayman thing. And if they don't cross, there is still really good diving to be done, so a bit less incentive to cross no matter what.

    We did the crossing to LC during the day which kind of ticked me off. The reason given was when done at night, people don't get any sleep and many don't dive the next day. I don't really buy that plus it's illogical - instead he was guaranteeing NO ONE dove THAT day. (The cynical side of me says the captain wanted to sleep rather than cross at night. But then, there were a lot of things that particular captain did that bugged me.)
     
  14. Brodydog

    Brodydog Barracuda

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    Was that Captain Alan? I would have been very ticked also to have crossed during the day. Did you loose a whole day of diving?
     
  15. Damselfish

    Damselfish Orca

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    I think so. We may have gotten in 1 or 2 dives, I forget if we dove in the am then crossed, or crossed then got in something late. Definitely missed at least some dives.
     
  16. BDSC

    BDSC Great White

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    Excellent advice! The best diving in the Caymans is along Little Cayman. Why spend more money to go on the CA knowing you may not even make it to Little Cayman. The Caymans is one place I would not do a liveaboard.
     
  17. DiverAmy

    DiverAmy DIR Practitioner

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    I've been on the boat three times, January, end of May/June, and July and made the crossing all three times, though on the July trip it was super rough!
     

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