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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor II in
Hawaii/Kona Coast, Hawaii

January, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Randall S Preissig, TX, US
Sr. Contributor   (29 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Raja Amphat, Komodo, Thailand, Sipadan, Tahiti, Palau, Australia,
Fiji, Cocos, Galapagos, Caymans, Bonaire, Cozumel, Etc. 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Sport diving limits of less than 110 feet and please try to hold dives to
60 minutes so we can squeeze in 5 dives a day.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Aggressor pioneered liveaboard dive photography and continues to lead the
way. ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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3 stars   
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This was my 7th trip on the KA II.  Why?  Excellent Pacific diving with
"guaranteed" Mantas and a week crammed full of
"blackwater" pelagic night diving, humpback whales(Jan-Mar)and
other rare encounters.  Kona is easy to get to, can be combined with a land
vacation to HI and is very reasonably priced compared to other Pacific
dives.  An ...
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By jjjrs5 at Jan 25, 2014 13:05 EST  
Service and Attitude, Large fish, and Overall Rating for UW Photographers
should have been rated 5 stars(best).  Sorry for the typo/R. Preissig
By lyndad2 at Feb 04, 2014 22:36 EST  
Randall, I dove on the KA II Jan 18-25, and while we had rough water and
missed 1/2 day of diving on Wed (swell of the decade), the crew was
fantastic, as was the food.  I second all your comments.  Saw a whale shark
on the surface on Sunday, and most everyone jumped into to snorkel with the
shark.  I'd go back again.  Note that the ladders are at a shallow angle,
which can be difficult getting up in rough seas without risking slamming
your head on the steps.  Procedure is to hang on bar between ladders, just
below swim deck, take off fins, then make your way to one of the ladders. 
I mention this for those who might have physical limitations.  You really
need a 5 mm wetsuit if you're diving Hawaii in the winter.  Hawaii diving
is expensive ($125 plus tip and transportation for a 2-tank boat trip), so
you really get your money's worth by going on the KA II.  We only had 7
guests my week.
By tdwyer at Jun 27, 2014 18:37 EST  
Any heavy currents and drift diving?Thanks
By lyndad2 at Jun 27, 2014 19:18 EST  
I recall we dove from the anchored boat on every dive.  No big currents,
though rough on surface (unusually high winter swell).  I don't recall any
heavy current off any of the islands.  If there is a noticeable
"drift", guides usually adjust start of dive to go with the flow
(such as Molokini backwall off Maui).  There was a noticeable surge on the
Manta night dive (which I skipped, and saw 3 or 4 Mantas right at the
boat); those who did the dive reported they had a hard time staying in
place on the bottom.
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