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Dive Review of Kona Aggressor in
Hawaii/Big Island

Kona Aggressor: "Exceeded our expectations!", Dec, 2014,

by Jeanne Downey, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 42 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 8083 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caribbean, Micronesia, Cocos, Bikini, Truk, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas surge
Water Temp 79 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions One hour suggested time limit.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Two rinse bins, large table on back deck, probably good for 3 or 4 large rigs; mostly small set-ups our week. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments My husband and I spent a week in a Kona condo, then boarded the Kona Aggressor for a week of diving, mostly at sites the day boats can’t get to.

Swells were forecast to pick up, so we did the manta night dive the first night. What a blast! We started our dive about 20 minutes after the day boats, so the mantas were already on site; it was lit up like the movie The Abyss, with so many lights. We picked our spots, held on dearly in the surge, and shined our lights straight up. We were advised before the dive to take off snorkels and it quickly became clear why—the mantas practically bush the top of your head as they swirl by to scoop up the plankton. If you lie on your back, it’s really crazy; everybody got smacked once or twice by accident as they mantas nearly collided. We headed back to our boat after everyone else had left, and some of the mantas followed us. Awesome dive!

The schedule was five dives each day (except two on the final day), starting with breakfast at a reasonable 7am (coffee, toast, and cereal were available earlier), dive, snack, dive, buffet lunch, dive, snack, dive, sit-down dinner, night dive. Food w ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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