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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor II in
Hawaii/Kona

Kona Aggressor II: "Worst trip ever on Kona Aggressor", Jun, 2017,

by Susan Molchan, MD, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 10007 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 1 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments My 3 buddies and I from FLorida all have 1500+ dives over decades of diving and multiples trips on liveaboards. Two of the crew members of this boat set a very unpleasant tome with their bad attitudes, to include cursing, in front of and even at guests. They clearly made the passengers and the rest of the crew uncomfortable, Two of my friends are in their 60s and I'm close--we don't walk our tanks down the ladders on these boats, and take out tanks off in the water. Everywhere we've gone, crew are always very accomadating. These guys complained about it as if they had never had to do this before for anyone.
The captain was one of those with the poor attitude and we felt the dive sits were limited --we could have move to more of them and seen more of a variety and their is not a lot of coral or variety in the areas we went to. The blackwater dive was disappointing and again we had the feeling he didn't bother to take us out to where we should be. Also thought it was tacky when a divemaster grabbed a puffer to make him expand.
We enjoyed the manta dive, but said next time we'll stay in one of the hotels right offshore from it and do it.
The crew was good at finding frogfish and we enjoyed the usual array of Pacific tropicals. A few nudibranchs, even 1 tiger shark that I spotted overhead hightailing it away from us.
Dive briefings were skimpy and although my buddies and I were happy to be diving on own own, we were often concerned about a woman from Japan who had come alone and seemed to be a much less experienced diver than us. She was often off my herself, and deeper than everyone else, or surfacing in the middle of a dive, diving rather erratically. The divemasters generally ignored her.
We also thought it was tacky when a divemaster grabbed a puffer to have it expand. (Also upsetting)
The food was very good and the cook accomadating.
One of my friends wrote to the Waynes--Aggressor owners--and in return received basically a form letter in return though saying that they will be "counseling" the involved crew.
Websites Kona Aggressor II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Fiji, Maldives, Galapagos, Palau, Yap, all over Caribbean & FLorida, NC
Closest Airport Kona Int'l Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 76-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions It was pretty free-gloating but officially 1 hour, 100 feet I think[Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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