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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor II in
Hawaii/Big Island west coast

Kona Aggressor II, Jan, 2010,

by Randall Preissig, Texas, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 30 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 5354.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Cayman, Bonaire, Red Sea, Sipadan, Truk, Palau, Australia, Tahiti, Galapagos, Cocos, others
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 68 to 70 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Above 110 feet
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales > 2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 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 Aggressor ships are well know to be very photographer friendly.

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

Accommodations 5 stars 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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments First, this was the BEST food I've ever had on a liveaboard boat. The food was better than the cruise ship I just got off of! Doug prepared perfectly cooked ribeye steaks, filets, fresh fish, berries, etc., etc. I didn't gain a pound, as Doug kept the sauces ungreasy, etc. There was always food left over despite some very heavy eaters. A highlight of any Kona Aggressor trip is the Manta night dive--sometimes two. We also saw mantas during the day. I don't know why they don't advertise this more--it's still quite a thrill after my 3 Kona Aggressor Trips. Plenty of other critters--long armed octopi, frog fish, leaf fish, a whale shark sighting(not by me), etc. A big bonus was Humpback whale season, usually mid-December to mid-Marc. We saw LOTS of whales--all from the boat. You could hear them sing on many dives. We also had a close encounter with a pod of pilot whales, again while on boat. I saw one of the largest turtles I've ever seen on one dive. Extremely friendly crew.
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