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Dive Review of Aggressor in
Hawaii/Kona Coast

Aggressor, Aug, 2005,

by Joshua Boger, MA, USA . Report 2831.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Turks & Caicos, Belize, Bermuda
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 77 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales >2
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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