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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor II in

July, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by elizabeth idell, AL, US
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6367
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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

Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Normal recreational limits and special safety constraints. All within
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or  
1 or  
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
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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