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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor II in
Hawaii

Kona Aggressor II, Jul, 2011,

by elizabeth idell, AL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 6367.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Honduras, Mexico, T & C, Dominica, Tobago, CoCos Island, Socorro, Galapagos, British Columbia, Washington State, Gulf of Mexico, Sea of Cortez, Red Sea, etc
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Normal recreational limits and special safety constraints. All within reason.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or Mantas 1 or
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments We had such good photo pro and video pro help it is hard to knock Brandi and John. Everyone was so helpful. When I "complained" the table was too tall, they gave me a stool!

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is my second trip aboard the Kona Aggressor. I had a bad experience the first time with crew problems too extensive to detail. The only reason I went back was because I knew the diving would be good for relatively inexperienced divers who had never been on a liveaboard before. I was right. The water, conditions, boat stability, food, and everything else were phenomenal. Of 12 passengers 5 at least had special diets. The chief had a couple of hiccups but really could not have done better.
Last time I was on this boat there was a hot tub. A completely useless tool on a Hawaii liveaboard. The space where it was is now a sun deck. Much better use of space. Brandi did a naturalist talk and presentation every evening. These were a true high point.
Diving was much better than last time as well. We started with the manta night dive, just in case we needed to repeat it. It's hard to smile for over an hour underwater. My friends had never seen a manta before and were in awe to have 7 of them swimming all around us. We really didn't want to get out of the water.
Everything from mating Spanish Dancers to a deep water migration dive (by special request) seemed to be planned for our enjoyment. Both the manta dive and the night migration dive were a huge surprise to me. So glad we did those.
Even when we had a non-dive related emergency there was every effort made to meet the needs of all the guests. The emergency happened while divers were on a night dive and the boat recall (911 placard & banging on the bottom of the boat) system worked well.
Animals: well, Hawaii has an abundance of butterfly fish, invertebrates, and eels. They also have a fair amount of green sea turtles. The reefs are young though and so don't expect the carribean colors. With that said, I won't complain, I love what is there.
Glad to say I have completely changed my mind about this boat. The crew was the best. I will go back.
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