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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor II in
Hawaii/Kona

Kona Aggressor II, Apr, 2012,

by Don Bellew, AZ, US ( 2 reports). Report 6512.

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

Weather windy, rainy Seas surge
Water Temp 72 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments 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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