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Dive Review of Kona Agressor II in

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jay Newby, AL, USA
Report Number 1894
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire(my favorite!), Grand Cayman, BVI, Turks and Caicos, Kona, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive computer, within limits of sport diving or nitrox limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Rob the boat captain is a professional photographer with his own website
(  I was blown away with the quality of the diving on
the Aggressor compared to what I had seen on Kona land-based operations. 
Great macro subjects (for Hawaii) with many different kinds of cool
nudibrachs.  The manta dive was really awesome and we saw dolphins and
sharks on other dives as well as other mantas and eagle rays.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
This was my third time on a liveaboard and second time diving in Kona.  The
crew is extremely knowledgeable and Aggressor freindly. Our first day
concluded with the Manta Ray night dive where 4 of these big animals showed
up and devoured the plankton from the lights.  Another boat nearby set a
milk crate full of flashlights on the bottom and all the divers had lights
too.  I used the modeling light from my Ikelight DS125 twin strobes which
emite a powerful light.  I was told I constantly had a cloud of plankton
above my head, which means the Mantas where constantly swooping down inches
above my head and occasionally bumping me.  A true religous experience. 
Throughout the week the diving just seemed to get better and better.  I
have not been to Palau or any other Pacific location so I do not have
anything to compare it too, other than the Caribbean where I do most of my
diving.  But for the money, and the close distance to home and ease in
getting there, the Kona Aggressor is hard to beat. The food was also just
awesome. Every meal was a special occasion with Robert the chef cooking his
ass off for the divers.  Rob the boat captain said that they have the best
food on any liveaboard due to the availabilty of fresh veggies and meat
from the islands and the crew catches fresh fish too!  I very much enjoyed
the macro subject matter and the crew's knowledge of the ocean's critters
both small and large.  During week, we saw other mantas, eagle rays,
dolphins, a white tip on a night dive and a  large hammer head (some people
saw him on second dive too). On one afternoon a pod of dolpins showed up
and played with us for over an half hour.  Most of us jumped in with
snorkel gear and were able to get up real close to them. Some of the
dolphins were real playful, and some where busy making baby dolhins! 
Another religous experience! Rob Clayton the boat captain is a professional
shutterbug shooting a Canon Rebel in an Aquatica housing.  He has a website
which is  He was a big help to me as I just went to the
darkside (Nikon D70 in Aquatica housing) from shooting Nikonos V.  LiveDive
operates 4 Aggressor franchises in the Pacific; Kona, Palua, Fiji and Truk.
 They are moving the Truk boat to Indonesia in Dec. 2005 due to low volume
of business. From what I have seen, they run a topnotch operation and have
the advantage of moving their crew from boat to boat to reduce burnout. 
All the crew where hardcore passionate divers, with many being into
photography as well.  I rate this boat and the operation as 5 stars and
will come back again though next year the wife and I plan to do the Palau
and Indonesia Aggressor boats as they are running a special; dive one week
on one boat and dive the other boat for half price.  

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