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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet/Kona Aggressor in
Hawaii/Big Island/Kona Coast

Aggressor Fleet/Kona Aggressor, Jan, 2009,

by Michael Anderson, CA, CA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4638.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Truk Lagoon, Fiji, Philippines, Mexico, Gulf of Mexico, Southern California, Oregon Coast
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 73 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions There were always at least one DM in the water, usually two and you could dive your own profile as long as you had a buddy.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large dry-table for equipment and plentiful outlets for charging lights and electronics. Many large cameras and light kits in use, so camera facilities were maxed, but no complaints. CEO Wayne Brown and Wayne Hasson both brought impressive camera setups. Mr. Brown packed an impressive Green Force light rig that turned night to day.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I only wish I had brought a 5mm+ hood instead of the 1mm hood I usually pack to places like The Philippines. Hawaii is not as warm of diving as The South Pacific. I used a 3mm wetsuit until Day 2, when I got chilly. I then added a 1.5mm Aeroskin California diveskin under my 3mm and it did the trick. A large catamaran, the Kona Aggressor II rides smoothly, even at top speed. The dive deck was the best I have seen in Aggressor Fleet so far, with a large fold down deck with a capacity of 8-10 divers. The crew, led by Captain Dustin, was top-notch. Patty, runs a great operation and keeps everyone comfortable between dives. We had the second-string cook, but his cuisine was incredible. DM's Jeff Sandman and Perry were total professionals. Aggressor Fleet Owner and CEO Wayne Brown and his righthand man, Founder Wayne Hasson, were both onboard and were great guys. Mr. Brown wanted to know everyone's opinions of the fleet, good and bad. He seemed open to criticism and suggestions. He said his priority is customer service and getting repeat customers. Mr Hasson loaned-out his personal cameras and taught people how to use them. I was impressed and will be back on another Aggressor.
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