Kona Aggressor II Liveaboard Reviews & Specials - Bluewater Dive Travel

Kona Aggressor II

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Destination: USA

Itinerary: West and south sides of Kona (7 Nights) | From $419++/night

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The Kona Aggressor II offers luxury accommodation for divers seeking the underwater adventures of the tropical Pacific.

 

Location

The Kona Aggressor II operates out of downtown Kailua-Kona and will dock Saturday afternoon at the Kailua Pier at 5 pm.

 

Dive Overview

Hawaiian waters boast colorful underwater sights; the Kona Aggressor places divers over ideal dive sites and accommodates their every need.

[See: Kona Dive Travel Guide]

 

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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Kona Aggressor Accommodation Details

The Kona Aggressor II sleeps 14 guests in privacy and comfort. Accommodations include 5 double staterooms and 1 roomy quad stateroom on the upper deck. Each stateroom has ensuite private toilet and shower.

 

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Deluxe (LEFT) and Quad (RIGHT) Staterooms  

 

Kona Aggressor II Cabin Details

  • Deluxe Stateroom (#1, 2, 3, 4, 5) 
  • Double bed (lower) and single bed (upper) bunk-style, private head and shower, hairdryer, port window, individual climate control and monitor with media player.
  • Quad Stateroom #6
  • Full-sized beds (upper and lower) and two single beds (upper and lower) bunk-style, private bathroom, hairdryer, individual climate control and monitor with media player.

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General Facilities

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Kona Aggressor II Boat Features

  • Spacious salon
  • 50 feet of sun deck with shading
  • Chaise lounges and deck chairs
  • Bar
  • Grill
  • AC
  • En-suite bathrooms & showers
  • Hot tub

 

Kona Aggressor II Dive Facilities

  • Freshwater rinse showers
  • Camera tables
  • Nitrox
  • Diving specialty courses
  • Full line of Aqualung rental gear including regulators, BCs, dive computers, and nightlights

 

Food & Drinks Aboard Kona Aggressor II

The menu onboard is varied and plentiful, with a variety of American feasts, barbecues and local cuisine. The Aggressor’s selection includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, coffee, and a limited selection of local beer and wine, which are complimentary. Due to local regulations; the bar will be closed when diving and when the boat is tied to the Kailua Pier. 

 

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Kona Aggressor II Liveaboard Deck Plan

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Schedule, Rates & Availability

Kona Aggressor II Schedule & Rates

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Prices are in USD, per person and are based on the lowest priced cabin. There are no taxes or fees.

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions and Full Rates by Cabin Type]

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Kona Aggressor II Rates

Date

Quad

Deluxe

January 6, 2018 - January 5, 2019

$2,835

$3,035

January 5, 2019 - January 4, 2020

$2,935

$3,135

January 4, 2020 - January 2, 2021

$3,035

$3,235

January 2, 2021 - January 1, 2022

$3,035

$3,235

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Inclusions

  • Accommodations aboard the yacht
  • All meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, local beer and wine
  • Diving
  • Compressed air tanks, weights & belts

 

Exclusions

  • Airfare (international and domestic)
  • Insurance
  • Equipment rentals
  • Nitrox fills
  • Certification or specialty courses
  • Hotel stays/day rooms
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Crew gratuity
  • Airport Transfers

 

RATES & AVAILABILITY

For more information on other departure dates, rates, and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Destinations

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Kona Dive Overview

  • More than 20% of the Hawaiian reef fishes are found nowhere else in the world, including countless Butterflyfish and Angelfish. Other marine species include: Hawaiian Lionfish, Dolphin, Turtles, Mantas, Frogfish and Eels. Humpback Whales migrate through Hawaii November through February
  • All dives from mothership
  • Water temperature: 72 - 80F, 22 - 26C
  • 3-5mm wetsuit recommended
  • 7-night charter: up to 27 dives

 

Itinerary Overview

Throughout the week you will dive the west and south sides of Kona. The yacht departs the Kailua-Kona Pier Saturday evening with diving beginning Sunday morning. Guests will dive all week and return to port Friday afternoon. That evening, the crew hosts a sunset cocktail party at 5 p.m. followed by dinner ashore. Saturday morning, guests check out at 8:00 am.

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[See: Kona Dive Travel Guide]

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Boat Specifications

  • Length: 80 ft.
  • Beam: 28
  • Passengers: 14
  • Crew: 6

 

Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC-10
  • Local Currency: USD (US Dollar)
  • Language Spoken: English
  • Electricity: 120v
  • Payment Onboard: Cash, MasterCard and Visa

 

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Reviews (3)

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Whenever I think of Hawaii I think of the wonderful times aboard the Kona Aggressor. We made our third trip with the Kona Aggressor II, (KA II), in January, 2014. We had gone on the first boat 4 times in the 1990s. And everyone can appreciate how easy it is getting to Kona.

The KA II accommodates 14 divers, 10 in the five couples staterooms and four in the quad. The layout of this 80 ft catamaran lends itself to convenience. All the couples rooms,(5), dining, lounge and dive deck are on the same level. So one can literally fall out of bed, grab a bite, and hit the water when the pool is open. The quad on the upper deck requires a trek down one deck.

The diving over the years has always been good and this year was no exception. Good to excellent viz and usually great weather. What can change which dive site we dive is the direction and intensity of the swells. Also, running into various whale and shark species can change the itinerary. A whale shark that wants to stick around the boat or a large pod of playful dolphins or breaching humpbacks, ( during the season) can change the itinerary in an instant.

There are five crew members and all but the chef alternate guiding divers to where special critters have last been encountered. This is good as it ensures that there are wonderful treats awaiting the divers between the dives. More importantly it also gives divers the greatest advantage to see as many of the special critters that Hawaii has to offer. Divers have the option of following along with a crew member familiar with the site. Detail maps of each site are explained before each dive as the divemaster announces his plan for that particular dive.

Thanks specifically to the efforts of the divemaster, (the captain on both these encounters on this particular charter), I saw two creatures I had never seen, a decoy scorpinfish and leather coral that is soft and changes color when you touch it. The Decoy is unique as when the dorsal is raised an image of a smaller fish appears. Also, I had previously witnessed Triton Trumpets attacking Crown of Thorns which makes for great "slow" motion video. But I had never seen a Helmut Shell make a bee line for and "jump" on a collector urchin.

It seems that diving in Kona couldn't be easier. Of course starting with the KA II offering access to hundreds of sites up and down the coast is a great start. Since the islands have risen from very deep water, moorings are close to shore and close to the dive site. Keeping the deep water to one side helps with navigation when looking for the boat and/or the divemaster. And I have never witnessed any current of any consequence.

Two extremely popular dives have divers returning time and time again. The experience of mantas feeding on plankton at night is a world famous dive and has been for years. All you need is light and it seems the mantas show up to feed on the plankton. We lost count at 16 mantas this last time. Actually fewer mantas makes for better photography as they literally trip over each other and get in the way of that perfect shot of an incoming wide open mouth or a barrel roll over your head. Since this is such a well known and popular dive one can not be surprised at the number of dive boats and snorklers and divers that arrive for the show. Now is when the value of being on the KA II becomes even more appreciated. Instead of jumping in with the crowd we have a leisurely dinner. After dinner when the crowd has diminished we suit up and head over to see the mantas. It is not unusual for a couple of the mantas to show up at the boat's stern taking advantage of the boats lights to attract their dinner. They also followed us back to the KA II when we left.
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The Pelagic Magic dive is unique as you are guaranteed to see aliens from the deep you have never seen or imagined as you drift in deep water. These creatures as well as larvae and juveniles of both common and uncommon species avoid the sunlight and rise at night to feed, complete with their own lights which are intense enough not to be washed out by our lights. As with most liveaboards photography is very popular. Getting good pictures while drifting in deep water, at night, hanging on a line, and trying to photograph exciting, spectacular new creatures can be somewhat of a challenge. I never seem to get tired of these experiences.

On a normal weekly charter you are offered five dives per day for five days, including five night dives, and two dives on the day of returning to port. That is a total of 27 dives which will keep you busy as one needs to stop and take advantage of all the chefs offerings. And then there is the needed sleep. The couples cabins of course have private head and shower with plenty of hot water and the standard double bed below and single bed above seems to accommodate most everyone.

Experiencing the diving on the KA II is definitely the most comfortable and rewarding way to see the best and the most of the Kona coast. I have always been impressed with the experienced crews and the value they bring to the liveaboard experience. Although we have dove on many liveaboards around the world, the quality of the Kona Aggressor II experience keeps calling us back.

Visited on 01/2014 - Submitted on 02/12/2014
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Kona, known for it's flat water, is a great destination. The Aggressor is super easy because they meet at the pier next to the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel. I actually walked to meet the boat with my giant Pelican camera case and gear bag.
Once on board the Kona Aggressor II is spacious. My cabin was plenty roomy with a double bed and a twin bunk. The cabins also have a large window, which can be rare on a liveaboard. The hot water for the showers was always plentiful, something that is important to me.
The food was tasty, we even had fresh fish some nights . A special meal was presented on deck the night of the manta ray dive. (more on that later) We dined alfresco while watching the other dive boats come to see the mantas. There were plenty of snacks to be had but dessert was sometimes a bit Costco-ish.

The dive deck was well organized with two fresh water showers on the swim deck and large camera freshwater rinse bins. We all had personal gear storage under our seats. Big hot towels always awaited our return! The camera area was spacious with plenty of power outlets and air hoses for drying camera equipment.

The diving was wonderful. Kona's water is known for being clean and flat. During my week on board we had excellent visibility everyday. The dive briefs were well done with maps and critter briefs. We had divemasters in the water on every dive but were allowed to take a leisurely pace. The max number of guests on the boat being 14 made for uncrowded dives.
We dove lava formations and saw tons of marine life. I was looking for small stuff to shoot with my new macro lens and was not disappointed. I saw Wire Coral Gobys a plenty and even wire coral crabs (very small!), flat worms, nudi's, sea roses, christmas tree worms and even the worlds smallest peacock flounder. I found a huge Commerson's Frog Fish, octopus and plenty of other critters.
The Manta Night Dive is a must do. We ate dinner on the upper deck and watched as all the other dive and snorkel boats came in for the Manta's. After we ate and prepared to dive, the other boats were ready to leave so we went out armed with our lights and cameras. The crowds left and we had the Manta's to ourselves. Well played Aggressor!

Visited on 08/2012 - Submitted on 02/13/2014
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KONA AGGRESSOR REVIEW

This was my second trip aboard the Kona Aggressor and it meets the high standards that the Aggressor fleet has become known for. My previous trips with Aggressor includes Cayman, Palau, Turks and Caicos, as well as the short lived Socorro Islands Aggressor( diving was great but boat was so-so).

KONA MARINE LIFE

The diving in Hawaii was spectacular and included turtles, sharks, spotted eagle rays, we even saw one dragon eel found by the Captain. Overall we had the opportunity to do 27 dives with the normal dive times being about an hour but this was not generally enforced, but more of a guideline. The high light of the trip was the spectacular manta ray night dive which included at least 8 Manta rays but seemed like more. This is arguably the finest night dive in the world at least in the opinion of the group I traveled with. Manta Rays normally show up 90-95 percent of the time from most reports I have seen, but I can recall one friend telling me that Mantas did not show on his trip. Also, if you love small critters the Kona Aggressor is perfect and the crew on the boat was great about finding lots of nudibranchs.

The boat was well run and was obviously well taken care of, and I noticed the boat seemed to have been upgraded since my previous visit three years earlier. The dive deck may seem small but it is laid out much better than previously. I suppose my only complaint was that the camera table was not as ergonomical (only one side was easily accessible) or as large as the tables I have become used to.

The rooms were comfortable but most people don't go on a liveaboard expecting spacious rooms and the Kona Aggressor is no exception in this regard. The crew was friendly and were enthusiastic about providing for their guests and they were very patient with our group. The Captain was accommodating if a dive was fantastic and we wanted to repeat it, he did his best to make it so. I have never had a bad experience with the food on the aggressor fleet and left the boat several pounds heavier. We enjoyed BBQ, fresh fish, and the customary Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday night. I highly recommend the Kona Aggressor.

Visited on 08/2013 - Submitted on 02/25/2014

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