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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor in
Hawaii/Big Island of Hawaii

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Mel Butler, CA, United States
Report Number 2682
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
South Pacific, Caribbean, Hawaii, Cocos, etc.[Unspecified]
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
74   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with group, surface in an hour or less. Return to ship (no zodiacs or
skiffs except for emergencies). One or usually two divemasters with each
dive.  Good predive briefings  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Excellent camera rinse tanks (2). Excellent camera tables.  Could have been
more 120 outlets with many photographers. Good camera support from crew. 
Crew handed in and took back cameras very carefully.  Good video to review
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
I had day-dived Kona area several times in the past.  I noted that Kona
Aggressor is only dive boat going south of Kona, so I thought there would
be lots to see.  I was disappointed with the quantity of reef fish.  They
are there but not in the numbers I expected: we were told reef fish are
being caught for aquariums.  We dove from the southern tip progressively
north up past Kona, ending up with the last night as the MANTA DIVE, and
turtles on the last morning. 
     We saw two mantas on the afternoon dive that circled around us several
times and then, the highlight of my trip was the night manta dive with
about six mantas coming at you from all directions to eat the plankton
collected by our lights.  This happened to be my 1000th dive so I was
ecstatic!  If you want to see mantas, this is the place to go!
     The ship was clean and neat.  Staterooms, with bathrooms, are all on
the main deck with picture windows.  The crew and the alternate captain,
Brian, were outstanding and fun.  The new chef served delicious meals and
snacks.  This was a fun dive trip.
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