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Dive Review of Kona Aggresor in

May, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Toni Imwold, HI, USA
Report Number 1841
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Oahu, Chuuk, Maui
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 feet and return with 500PSI  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There were only 6 divers during this week and we all brought our own
cameras.  The crew never talked to us about onboard facilities available to
us.  We brought our own laptop so we really didn't need anything from the
boat.  Everyone was aked to share pictures for the CD that the crew made at
the end of the trip.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
I have only been diving for one year and this was my second liveaboard.  My
first was on the Truk Odyssey in Aug. 2004.  I live on Oahu and most of my
diving has been on this island, all of it boat dives off of our own boat. 
I am famaliar with the fish and coral that I expected to see and I
definitely saw more then I expected.  On the manta ray night dive there
were 12 mantas that night!!  The size of the turtles are smaller then on
Oahu but we did see a few, a huge conger eel, several reef sharks, black
coral, dragon wrasses, pyramid butterfly, garden eels, bicolar anthias,
peacock groper, Thompson's butterfly and many more.  
  During one of our moves to another dive site we saw 4 pods of pilot
whales, 3 pods of 17 and 1 pod of 22.
  The Kona Aggressor had just been refurbished so everything was shiny and
new.  The cabins are small, we slept on the bottom bunk and used the top
bunk as storage.  The crew will store your luggage in the hull of the boat
so you do not have to keep it in your cabin.  There were only 6 divers on
this trip, the smallest the crew has every had.  There are 6 crew
members-the captain, chef, and 4 guides.  All are dive instructors except
for Robert the chef but he is learning.  All crew members (except Robert)
took turns leading the dives and giving the dive briefs.  This was
interesting because each crew member has a certain creature they wanted to
find on each dive.  Pam-nudi's, Jonatha-eels and Jeff-anthias (had to swim
a mile to look at those).
  Food was excellent and very plentiful, beverages were a bit lacking,
water, lemonade and soda on tap (and they ran out of Coke syrup) and the
ice machine was broken for 24 hours.
  At times I felt like the crew was there more to get their own dives in
instead of tending to the needs of the passengers.  Two people slipped on
the dive deck, at different times, but no crew assisted the divers in
getting back up!!!  Also when we returned from a dive all they were really
interested in was what was your depth and final PSI.  We weren't given much
assistance in taking off gear, like fins.  Deck towels weren't washed they
would just throw them in the drier.
  All in all I really enjoyed the week, there is a lot to see in Hawaiian
waters.  The water is calm and 90% of the time sunny and vis is great!!  
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