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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor II in

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Don Bellew, AZ, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6512
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau , Cozumel, Belize, Sea of Cortez, Rum Cay , Cocos Island, Jamaica,
Cayman islands, Bahamas, Florida Keys , Florida caves
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy  
Water Temp
72   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox compressor crapped out mid week and an repairman was flown to Kona
from Honolulu.  Nitrox  blends down to 21% for two days but no adjustment
to $100 fee offered  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Approx 8' table but only available on one side and divemaster used about 3'
of available surface for his gear.  Wiring was questionable for AC Chargers
and divemaster took a couple of Zaps plugging in with wet hands and feet.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
4 stars   
1 stars    
Staff was friendly and most helpful.  Manta night dive was a unique
experience for about a half hour one night.  Other than that the trip was a
major disappointment.  Dive quides dwelt on the variety of macro critters
because they were the only fish available.  Fishlife  was practically none
existent by caribbean and South Pacific standards.  No coral, no sea fans
no anemones.  Capt would move the boat to a different site then do two
dives there.  Often divers didn't do the the second dive on a site because
the first dive was boring and  uninteresting.  Wish I had known there were
no fish before we left home.
Food was good but chef served overly large portions and acted hurt  if
everyone didn't clean their plates.    I have been on three other Aggressor
boats (Pacific & Caribbean) and  diving quality far exceeded KONA. 
This place is almost as fished out as Jamaica.
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By George M Constantino in AK, US at Feb 27, 2013 08:57 EST  
Thanks Don for a candid report!
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