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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor II in
Hawaii/Kona Coast, Hawaii

Kona Aggressor II, Jan, 2014,

by Randall S Preissig, TX, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 32 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 7504.

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 sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 77 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Sport diving limits of less than 110 feet and please try to hold dives to 60 minutes so we can squeeze in 5 dives a day.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Aggressor pioneered liveaboard dive photography and continues to lead the way. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments This was my 7th trip on the KA II. Why? Excellent Pacific diving with "guaranteed" Mantas and a week crammed full of "blackwater" pelagic night diving, humpback whales(Jan-Mar)and other rare encounters. Kona is easy to get to, can be combined with a land vacation to HI and is very reasonably priced compared to other Pacific dives. An ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By report author: Randall S Preissig in TX, US at Jan 25, 2014 13:05 EST  
Service and Attitude, Large fish, and Overall Rating for UW Photographers should have been rated 5 stars(best). Sorry for the typo/R. Preissig
By lyndad2in , at Feb 04, 2014 22:36 EST  
Randall, I dove on the KA II Jan 18-25, and while we had rough water and missed 1/2 day of diving on Wed (swell of the decade), the crew was fantastic, as was the food. I second all your comments. Saw a whale shark on the surface on Sunday, and most everyone jumped into to snorkel with the shark. I'd go back again. Note that the ladders are at a shallow angle, which can be difficult getting up in rough seas without risking slamming your head on the steps. Procedure is to hang on bar between ladders, just below swim deck, take off fins, then make your way to one of the ladders. I mention this for those who might have physical limitations. You really need a 5 mm wetsuit if you're diving Hawaii in the winter. Hawaii diving is expensive ($125 plus tip and transportation for a 2-tank boat trip), so you really get your money's worth by going on the KA II. We only had 7 guests my week.
By tdwyerin , at Jun 27, 2014 18:37 EST  
Any heavy currents and drift diving?Thanks
By lyndad2in , at Jun 27, 2014 19:18 EST  
I recall we dove from the anchored boat on every dive. No big currents, though rough on surface (unusually high winter swell). I don't recall any heavy current off any of the islands. If there is a noticeable "drift", guides usually adjust start of dive to go with the flow (such as Molokini backwall off Maui). There was a noticeable surge on the Manta night dive (which I skipped, and saw 3 or 4 Mantas right at the boat); those who did the dive reported they had a hard time staying in place on the bottom.
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