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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor II in

September, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Keith & Ellen Irwin, CA, USA
Report Number 225
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
120 feet and dive with a buddy  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated dive table and 2 rinse tanks.  Onboard processing.  Video player
on board.  Captain Gui is a photo pro and very willing to share his
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
This is easy diving with a great crew and superb food and service.  The
boat is an 87' catamaran with five en-suite cabins off the large salon and
a quad cabin on the top deck.  All had queen size beds below and a single
bunk above.  A sink, vacu-flush head (no smells), and a shower are in each
stateroom. A/C is controlled by individual thermostats and was quite

The food was fabulous.  Christine is a graduate of the San Francisco
Culinary Academy and Brian came from the Culinary Institute of America in
New York.  Both had wonderful creations but were very willing to adapt to
meet individual needs.  

You hook up your own gear for the first dive.  After that, your tank is
immediately refilled after every dive. Fins stay on the dive deck and other
gear can go in a locker under your bench.   Nitrox is available at $100 for
the week.  

Water is the warmest this time of year.  I dove mostly with a polartec skin
but used a 3 mil wetsuit at night.  Others dove in a t-shirt and swimsuit. 
I'd take a wetsuit just in case.

The very competent and friendly staff will leave you alone or go with you
on the dive.  At least one divemaster is in the water and another on the
dive deck.  The diving is typically shallow.  I never exceeded 65 feet
except at Au Au crater where we went to 100 feet to see a Lion Fish.  The
number of little critters far exceeds Caribbean diving.  Also saw lots of
eels and a number of turtles.  Lots of opportunities for macro
photographers.  But the bottom is mostly lava formations covered with hard
corals.  No soft corals and few sponges. Not a lot of color.

With two exceptions, we saw few large critters.  At the Maze, we spotted
two very large tarpon cruising the drop off.  And on the last night we were
treated to a spectacular show by four Mantas who cavorted about for over an
hour scooping plankton and other small critters attracted by the lights on
the boat and the under water video cameras.  It was breath taking. 
Porpoises often followed the boat but we didn't see any while diving.

For a relaxed dive vacation, this is a great option.  Those looking for
more challenging diving or greater variety of corals and sponges might be
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