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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor II in
Hawaii/Kona Live Aboard

Kona Aggressor II: "Good time in Kona", May, 2018,

by John kirkenir, NJ, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 10400 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
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 5 stars
Comments Spent a great week with my wife diving with a group from our local dive shop. There were 14 divers on the boat. We couldnít get on the boat until after 5:30. There was a canoe race event on the pier so the dock was not available until then. We got on the boat and stowed our luggage and set up our gear for the one and only time all week. Liveaboard diving is by far the easiest way to go. Tanks are filled in place between dives. The crew was really amazing. Every week they get a new group and need to be motivated to provide a once and a lifetime experience and they really deliver. The diving was very good. The first day of diving (Sunday) was capped with Manta madness. This is truly one of the top dives Iíve ever done. The site isnít very impressive (itís been truly dived out with dozens of divers going there every day but at night when the boats get together off the shore of the Sheraton hotel the Mantaís come in and feed on plankton in the lights that the boats put on the bottom and float on the surface for snorkelors. The Manta Rays some as big as 12 ft across come right in. Truly awesome.
The visibility all week was very good Iíd say 60 to 80 ft on average, Water temperature was an average of 75 degrees. So a little chilly in our shorty wetsuits. Most of the rest of the divers were in full 3-5 mm suits.
The diving in Hawaii was on old lava flows. We were nowhere near the active flows on our visit. The active eruptions though did cause a lot of Vog (volcanic fog) that did make most days cloudy and gave people a cough. A minor inconvenience though for some really amazing diving. One dive we had a pod of dolphins swimming in circles overhead. Very cool. We saw plenty of turtles, some Spotted Eagle Rays, frog fish, eels etc. We only saw two little white tip sharks in a cave one day.
There are lots of swim throughs and big structure to explore around.
Really a good time. We could do 5 dives a day (2 before lunch, 2 after lunch and one night dive). The one night we did a dive called Pelagic Magic. Essentially the boat goes a few miles offshore and drifts in 3,000 ft of water. The divers hang on lines suspended around the boat and shine lights looking for plankton and the creatures that eat them. All kinds of little glowing creatures floated by. Not my favorite dive but interesting.

The rooms are small and the bathroom and shower tight but clean and comfortable. Rooms are for sleeping and otherwise not much time is spent there.

We did one dive on Friday then we tied up to the dock and spent the rest of the day roaming around town. The crew then hosted a farewell cocktail party we looked at pictures and then everyone went off on their own for dinner.
Saturday morning though we had to get off the boat at 7am due to another Canoe race day and the boat needed to vacate the pier. The only issue with this was that with a 1pm flight there was not much to do. The town doesnít open stores and such until around 10 and the airport doesnít really open until then either. So we just sat around reading all morning.

Websites Kona Aggressor II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Bahamas, Florida, curaçao, Bermuda, North Carolina, Aruba, Curacao, Antigua, Dominican Republic
Closest Airport Kona Getting There Airport 15 minutes

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 74-76°F / 23-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-100 Ft/ 12-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1 Hour Dive, 500 psi return to boat,
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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