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

Kona Aggressor II, Jan, 2013,

by Randall S Preissig, TX, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 32 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 6883.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my fifth trip on the Kona Aggressor. Obviously I like it, and for good reason. The manta dive(s) alone are worth the trip. We saw 15-20 mantas on the famous manta night dive near the airport. We all saw and photographed them for as long as we wanted. We saw dolphins while on the boat several times and had several humpback whale encounters. I got some very good tail slapping, etc. pictures from the boat. I usually go to Kona in Jan/Feb just for the whales. We saw additional Mantas on other dives as well as several turtles, a huge Conger eel, several other eels, horn helmet snail eating an urchin, nudibranchs, pregnant pipefish, eagle ray, leaf fish, sleeping parrot fish in mucous, pregnant whitetip sharks swimming in a cave, dragon wrasse, peacock razor wrasse, triton shell, schools of barracuda, and more. A highlight for me was my first pelagic dive: you hang at 10-25 feet under the boat miles away from shore at night under lights and see what goes by--unique. You can see anything from jellyfish to oceanic sharks.
The crew was competent and eager to optimize our experience.
Please note that my "star" ratings above are comparing this trip to the absolute best diving in the world(Raja Amphat, Galapagos, etc).
I think the Kona Aggressor trip may be the most underrated trip I've ever been on. If you're ever in Hawaii, think of extending your vacation--I "guarantee" you'll have an incredible Manta experience and that you'll be surprised at how many "new" things you'll see.
Websites Kona Aggressor II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Raja Amphat, Komodo, Thailand, Sipadan, Tahiti, Palau, Australia, Fiji, Cocos, Galapagos, Caymans, Bonaire, Cozumel, Etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas surge
Water Temp 74-76°F / 23-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Sport Diving limits, 100 feet, one hour, buddy or group
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales > 2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Aggressor set the standard for UW photography facilities years ago and is still at the top of the heap. Dry table with towels, air gun, some back-up parts and help when you need them.
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