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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor II in

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Eric Ault, IL, U.S.A.
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Report Number 2409
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean & the Galapagos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
Water Temp
74   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational or Nitrox Limits   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
We had an enjoyable week aboard the Kona Aggressor II.  This was our first
trip to Hawaii and we enjoyed seeing all of the Pacific and endemic
Hawaiian fish for the first time.  We were especially lucky when about 15
mantas showed up for the Manta Ray night dive at a site near the Kona
Airport.  The week before the mantas failed to show according to the crew. 
In my book this dive ranks right up there with swimming eye to eye with
whale sharks last summer in the Galapagos. Spectacular! Some of us were
lucky enough to swim with some spinner dolphins at Manuka Bay.  They didnt
exactly play with us, but did come close enough for easy viewing and some
pictures.  Other sightings included various eels including a dragon moray,
flatworms and nudibranchs including Spanish Dancers.  Wore a 5/3 wetsuit
with hooded vest.  Most days did five dives and this kept me warm right
through the final dive.  The boat holds 14 but we had only 9 for the week. 
It might be a bit crowded when full.  As it was, the camera table was
packed even though several people werent shooting.  Never seen so much
camera gear for so few photographers.  Most of the rooms open off the salon
which might be a problem if anyone is inclined to party.  We all went to
bed early so no problem.  Captain Scott was new to this boat but not to
Aggressors Pacific fleet.  Got the impression that previous captains had
let some maintenance slide and Scott was to put things right.  That being
said, everything worked while we were on the boat.  Dive masters Savannah,
Auvie and Brandi were great and very good at finding the unusual. 
Aggressor Pacific veteran captain Brian was aboard for the week and is a
great story teller.  Chef Jonathan kept us well fed though some of his
cuisine was a bit too highly spiced for this old stomach (terminal
heartburn on one dive!).  Only complaint was the insect population on the
boat.  This is the tropics and you always expect to see a few bugs around,
but this was the most Ive seen in nine liveaboard trips.  The crew did put
a trap in our cabin which helped some.   
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