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Dive Review of Aggressor in
Hawaii/Kona Coast

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Joshua Boger, MA, USA
Report Number 2831
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Turks & Caicos, Belize,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Few if any dives off Kona Coast require or benefit from diving below 100
feet.  Most dives were 60-80 feet maximum depth by choice.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Captain is superb video and photo pro.  Camera table is large and well
placed with numerous power outlets.  Storage below camera table is ample.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This Aggressor meets or exceeds the expected standards for the Fleet.  The
crew was very well oiled machine and overall a very pleasant and happy
bunch.  The Captain (Scott) is one of the best we have encountered, running
a tight ship (re the crew) but creating a friendly and open atmosphere.  In
addition, he is an expert photo pro, both still and video.  The rest of the
crew was great, very responsive and happy (that's important) to help out in
anything.  Several folks on board were taking various courses (rom Nitrox
to Advanced OW) and the training was seriously done but fun, it seemed. 
The cook, The Other Scott, was the most versatile and creative I have
encountered on any live aboard: every dinner had multiple main courses,
including at least one and usually two truly interesting vegetarian dishes
along with two or sometimes three or four different meat main courses.  I
do not know how he pulled it off.  Diving was easy but interesting.  The
further south of Kona we went the better the diving, but even just off the
harbor entrance was good.  Of course, the must do hi-lite dive was the
manta night dive, and we were entertained on our dive by nine huge mantas
doing seemingly choreographed ballet in the lights used to attract their
tiny food.  Compared to Fiji, the coral colors are muted but that was
balanced by the fascinating underwater architecture created by the lava
flows, inclding many interesting and safe lava tubes and small caverns. 
Between dive sites we happened upon a huge pod of pilot whales (50+) and
the captain quickly stopped the boat and we (including the captain) jumped
in to snorkel for aqlmost an hor with the whales.  Hawaii is an eel
paradise and two or three different species were a part of almost every
dive.  Nudibranchs were a little less plentiful than Fiji, but were
rewarding when found.  Sharks, mostly reef sharks (but one large
hammerhead) were around almost every day but distinctly shier than their
fellows in Fiji or in Turks & Caicos.   
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