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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor II in
Hawaii/Kona Coast

Kona Aggressor II: "Kona Aggressor II - good boat, mediocre dive sites", Jun, 2017,

by Sue J Estey, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 9957 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was our first time visiting the Big Island of Hawaii, where we have long wanted to go and see the volcanoes. And to dive. We chose the Kona Aggressor II because we enjoy the ease of live aboard diving - the commute to each dive site is the walk from cabin to dive deck.

This is the first time we have seen underwater boat moorings - a crew member was required to dive in order to secure the mooring line.

The captain and crew for our week worked well together and most of the crew was very helpful. Many of the divers requested assistance in carrying their equipment down to the dive platform, so crew had more work than usual.

The dive area has plenty of hangers for wetsuits and dive skins, and each diver's station includes a large storage compartment below the lid of the bench.

Nitrox values as measured varied from fill to fill and from one meter to the other. I don't know if the values varied because of the meters or if the actual nitrox mix varied (seems unlikely).

Unfortunately, the coral in this area has been heavily damaged, not sure if it is due to storms, warming seas, or divers - most that we saw was broken and/or dead. It was as if the remaining fish were surviving in a bombed-out city.
Night dives included visiting caves along the shoreline, a dive under the boat looking for plankton, and a manta dive featuring bright lights on the bottom and dozens of divers and snorkelers watching about 8 mantas swooping in to feed.

Our chef was outstanding; the food amazing and delicious. He cheerfully accommodated the dietary requirements for several of the divers.

Our cabin was comfortable, as was the salon.
Thank goodness, we had time after our week of diving to tour the island, visit the volcanoes, and drive some back roads through jungle-like forest. The above-water island seems to be in better shape than the underwater landscape.
Websites Kona Aggressor II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving California coast, eastern Indonesia, Fiji, Micronesia, Florida coast, caves and springs, Baja California, Curacao, Easter Island, Bonaire, Cozumel...
Closest Airport Kona International Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 79-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-70 Ft/ 9-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We were encouraged to return to the boat within one hour.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The boat has a table close to the dive deck where photo equipment can be charged and kept ready for diving.
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