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Dive Review of Kona Aggresor in

Kona Aggresor, May, 2005,

by Toni Imwold, HI, USA . Report 1841.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I have only been diving for one year and this was my second liveaboard. My first was on the Truk Odyssey in Aug. 2004. I live on Oahu and most of my diving has been on this island, all of it boat dives off of our own boat. I am famaliar with the fish and coral that I expected to see and I definitely saw more then I expected. On the manta ray night dive there were 12 mantas that night!! The size of the turtles are smaller then on Oahu but we did see a few, a huge conger eel, several reef sharks, black coral, dragon wrasses, pyramid butterfly, garden eels, bicolar anthias, peacock groper, Thompson's butterfly and many more.
During one of our moves to another dive site we saw 4 pods of pilot whales, 3 pods of 17 and 1 pod of 22.
The Kona Aggressor had just been refurbished so everything was shiny and new. The cabins are small, we slept on the bottom bunk and used the top bunk as storage. The crew will store your luggage in the hull of the boat so you do not have to keep it in your cabin. There were only 6 divers on this trip, the smallest the crew has every had. There are 6 crew members-the captain, chef, and 4 guides. All are dive instructors except for Robert the chef but he is learning. All crew members (except Robert) took turns leading the dives and giving the dive briefs. This was interesting because each crew member has a certain creature they wanted to find on each dive. Pam-nudi's, Jonatha-eels and Jeff-anthias (had to swim a mile to look at those).
Food was excellent and very plentiful, beverages were a bit lacking, water, lemonade and soda on tap (and they ran out of Coke syrup) and the ice machine was broken for 24 hours.
At times I felt like the crew was there more to get their own dives in instead of tending to the needs of the passengers. Two people slipped on the dive deck, at different times, but no crew assisted the divers in getting back up!!! Also when we returned from a dive all they were really interested in was what was your depth and final PSI. We weren't given much assistance in taking off gear, like fins. Deck towels weren't washed they would just throw them in the drier.
All in all I really enjoyed the week, there is a lot to see in Hawaiian waters. The water is calm and 90% of the time sunny and vis is great!!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Oahu, Chuuk, Maui
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 75-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 110 feet and return with 500PSI
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales >2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There were only 6 divers during this week and we all brought our own cameras. The crew never talked to us about onboard facilities available to us. We brought our own laptop so we really didn't need anything from the boat. Everyone was aked to share pictures for the CD that the crew made at the end of the trip.
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