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

Kona Aggressor, Jun, 2006,

by Mel Butler, CA, United States . Report 2682.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving South Pacific, Caribbean, Hawaii, Cocos, etc.[Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 74 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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 photos.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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