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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor II in

July, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Kristin W Weck Farrag, IL, US
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Report Number 6260
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Indonesia, Philippines, Fiji, Turks & Caicos, Honduras, Caymans,
Belize, Utila, Cozumel, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, & Red Sea.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
no deco  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boat set-up has plenty of plugs & dry space for regular camera set-ups,
but only enough space for 2 big rigs.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
1 stars    
This was our 10th Aggressor trip so we had high expectations.  The boat
itself is comfortable, however, if you are wanting fresh clean water to
hydrate yourself, you will not find it on this boat!  When I mentioned it,
the crew said the water jug just needed a filter change.  Interestingly, I
drank salty water the entire week.  I find this really unacceptable.  When
I asked other people on this boat if they noticed it, they said yes, and
drank soda instead - this is no way to hydrate properly!

I had also asked months before the trip if the boat would be able to
accommodate a special diet.  I was assured several times that a special
diet is no problem.  I gave them an outline of what I could have and they
said just talk to the chef when I arrive.  So, when I arrived I spoke to
the chef.  It didn't matter because that chef quit the next day. So, when
the relief chef started I explained everything a 2nd time.  It didn't
matter - food showed up on my plate I was not able to eat.  I then
explained everything a 3rd time to the Captain, and a 4th time when the 3rd
chef showed up.  After the 3rd day, I just gave up ate what I could &
left the rest.  So, I spent most of the week hungry, but not able to eat
anything they had - all starchy, grainy, sugary stuff.  My diet is simple -
lean meats & fresh green vegeys.  What I got was potatoes, rice, pasta
& fatty greasy meats. Ick!  I just think the Aggressor office should
not tell people they can accommodate a special diet, if the people on the
boat are not willing to follow through.

Aside from the food and water issues, we saw no cohesion with this crew. 
They were all individually professional and helpful, but did not work well
as a team.  Lots of communication issues - no one could really answer
questions or you would ask the same question of two people and get 2
different answers.  It just did not seem as if it was a happy crew.

There were some really fun and interesting people to dive with on this trip
and that made the trip worthwhile.  However, Hawaii just does not have
underwater life that would cause me to repeat the trip.  Had we not
received a discounted price (Aggressor promo), we probably would not have
made the ttrip at all.  Very disappointed in Aggressor!
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