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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor II in
Hawaii/Kona

Kona Aggressor II, Jul, 2011,

by Kristin W Weck Farrag, IL, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports). Report 6260.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Indonesia, Philippines, Fiji, Turks & Caicos, Honduras, Caymans, Belize, Utila, Cozumel, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, & Red Sea.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 77 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no deco
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Boat set-up has plenty of plugs & dry space for regular camera set-ups, but only enough space for 2 big rigs.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments This was our 10th Aggressor trip so we had high expectations. The boat itself is comfortable, however, if you are wanting fresh clean water to hydrate yourself, you will not find it on this boat! When I mentioned it, the crew said the water jug just needed a filter change. Interestingly, I drank salty water the entire week. I find this really unacceptable. When I asked other people on this boat if they noticed it, they said yes, and drank soda instead - this is no way to hydrate properly!

I had also asked months before the trip if the boat would be able to accommodate a special diet. I was assured several times that a special diet is no problem. I gave them an outline of what I could have and they said just talk to the chef when I arrive. So, when I arrived I spoke to the chef. It didn't matter because that chef quit the next day. So, when the relief chef started I explained everything a 2nd time. It didn't matter - food showed up on my plate I was not able to eat. I then explained everything a 3rd time to the Captain, and a 4th time when the 3rd chef showed up. After the 3rd day, I just gave up ate what I could & left the rest. So, I spent most of the week hungry, but not able to eat anything they had - all starchy, grainy, sugary stuff. My diet is simple - lean meats & fresh green vegeys. What I got was potatoes, rice, pasta & fatty greasy meats. Ick! I just think the Aggressor office should not tell people they can accommodate a special diet, if the people on the boat are not willing to follow through.

Aside from the food and water issues, we saw no cohesion with this crew. They were all individually professional and helpful, but did not work well as a team. Lots of communication issues - no one could really answer questions or you would ask the same question of two people and get 2 different answers. It just did not seem as if it was a happy crew.

There were some really fun and interesting people to dive with on this trip and that made the trip worthwhile. However, Hawaii just does not have underwater life that would cause me to repeat the trip. Had we not received a discounted price (Aggressor promo), we probably would not have made the ttrip at all. Very disappointed in Aggressor!
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