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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor II in

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Russ Battisto, MN, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3615
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Mainly the Caribbean (many times to Cozumel), Fiji, Africa, Bahamas.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
77   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Bottom limit on this Aggressor was 110ft.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
As with most liveaboards, the camera table is well suited, equipped  and
big enough to handle all of the activity.  Clean conditions and helpful
staff made my photo & video setup and cleanup experiences very
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Flew in the night before and stayed at the King Kam's Kona Beach Hotel near
the pier.  Next time we'll research alternatives as the hotel is in need of
a remodel job.  Clean though so not a BAD experience just felt we could do
better.  Stayed there because of the proximity but turns out the Aggressor
van will pick you up from any of the nearby hotels in Kailua, Kona.  The
boat was wonderful although they were experiencing engine problems (running
with only one). And no nitrox available on this trip but the profiles were
easy enough that it wasn't a huge issue.  Very little current if any and
some moderate surge near shore which made picture taking a challenge at
times.  The crew tried to make up for the equipment failure and for the
most part did although you could tell they were frustrated at times because
of their limitations.  Great crew and excellent food made the trip well
worth it.  The diving was easy and fun.  At first I was surprised at the
lack of BIG coral until I realized that the lava flows we were diving on
were only about 50 years old which in coral time is nothing.  There is a
lack of big fish which hints at overfishing in the area.  But the little
stuff was plentiful and colorful against the lava or black sand.  Dolpins
were around as well as Eagle Rays and the Mantas.  The highlight was the
Manta Ray Night Dive.  Two words, sensory overload!  My only complaint
would be the lack of dive sites we went to.  Again, the engine problems
limited us so we stayed at the same site for the 2 morning dives and went
to another site for the 2 afternoon dives AND the night dive.  This tended
to make me less interested in doing both the 2nd afternoon and/or the night
dive as it would be 3 times on the same site.  In our previous liveaboard
experiences, we moved to many more sites for a much wider variety of
diving.  Not a normal problem I'll wager if we had both engines.  Rooms
were clean and nice.  Mary & I got lucky and had the quad to ourselves
upstairs behind the bridge.  Very nice!  Weather cooperated and water temp
was tolerable but I did switch from my shorty to my 5mm in the
afternoon/night dives.
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