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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor II/Marriott Courtyard King Kamehameha in

Kona Aggressor II/Marriott Courtyard King Kamehameha, Mar, 2014,

by Wayne and Stephanie Batzer, HI, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7547 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Living in Hawaii (Oahu) we had often thought of the Aggressor but opted for shore diving and day trips. We are now convinced that the Kona Aggressor is the way to go to maximize enjoyment of Hawaii diving! All crew members were helpful, professional and made the trip great fun. Attractions include the large number of colorful endemic fish (especially when viewed against the background of lava rock and hard coral), mantas (during day and night dives), and the strange critters of the pelagic magic night dive. Many dive sites offer dramatic swim throughs and caverns. We swam with dolphins and pilot whales and frequently heard humpback whales underwater. The night dives can be cold especially as the fifth dive of the day. We used 5mm wetsuits for day dives and 7mm for night. Accommodations are quite comfortable and well maintained. Chef Chris provided a fantastic variety of food and special dietary needs (let staff know in advance) were readily accommodated. Captain James is a great dive guide and provided a very nice DVD. Crew Karl (alternate Captain), Matt, Mindy and David were all terrific and knowledgeable guides and ever present for any concern (we are convinced they have doubles on board). We plan on a return trip soon! If you are staying in Kona the renovated King Kamehameha Hotel (now run by Marriott) is pleasant and adjoins the pier used by the Aggressor. Great shore diving is available nearby and there are a number of excellent dive operations in Kona.
Websites Kona Aggressor II   Marriott Courtyard King Kamehameha

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All Hawaiian islands, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Yap, Guam, Northern Marianas, Philippines, New Zealand, Florida, BVI
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 75-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-150 Ft/ 15-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth 110 feet. OK to dive away from guide with partner. No "solo" diving but OK solo following guide. Guide is back to boat at 45 minutes and in water at least one hour. Five days of five dives per day and two dives on sixth day.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Large camera area on dive deck with many electrical outlets (dive deck and in lounge). Two large tanks only for cameras. Crew hands camera down if requested.
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By thomas j dwyer in HI, US at Jun 27, 2014 18:35 EST  
By report author: Wayne and Stephanie Batzer in HI, US at Jun 27, 2014 20:46 EST  
Most dives no to mild current. On dives with more current guides swam into current for start of dive with return aided by current. All dives are from the large boat but a small boat is readily available if current or other problem prevents easy return.
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