Operating out of Kailua-Kona on the west coast of the Big Island, the Kona Aggressor is an 80-foot yacht that has the capacity for just 14 passengers. She offers week-long itineraries along the western coast of the island, visiting famous dive sites like Paradise Pinnacle, The Hive and Rob’s Reef, and accessing sites well beyond the reach of day operators.
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Dive alongside reef fishes found nowhere else in the world while soaking up the views of lava flows in the background for an unforgettable Hawaiian scuba diving vacation. Humpback whales migrate through these waters between November and February while turtles, mantas and eels are frequent sightings for both divers and snorkelers on this Hawaiian liveaboard.
There are 11 staterooms on board the Kona Aggressor, each of which are equipped with American plug outlets for charging electrical devices.
Deluxe Stateroom (#1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
There are five Deluxe Staterooms on board that feature a lower double bed and upper bunk-style single bed. They come with a private bathroom, port window and individual climate control, as well as a monitor with media player and hairdryer.
Quad Stateroom (#6)
There’s one Quad Stateroom on board the Kona Aggressor with two sets of bunk beds. It also features a private bathroom, porthole window and individual climate control, as well as a monitor with media player and hairdryer.
The Kona Aggressor offers a plentiful menu that includes American feasts, barbecues and local Hawaiian cuisine. Awaken to cereals, juices, fresh fruits and hot entrees, with lunches served after the morning dives in a buffet-style and consisting of hot soups, salads, entrees and homemade bread.
Dinners usually feature seafood, beef or chicken dishes accompanied by salads, vegetables and a homemade dessert. If you have special dietary requirements, please let the Kona Aggressor know at the time of booking and they will do their best to provide alternative meals.
Fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, tea, coffee and a limited selection of local beers and wines are complimentary on board the Kona Aggressor. Due to local regulations, the bar will be closed during dives and when the boat is moored at the Kailua Pier. Once you consume alcohol, you will not be able to dive again until the next day.
The Kona Aggressor features a cozy salon and dining area, as well as a small library of exchange books and fish identification books for your reference. Guests are invited to bring their own DVDs and CDs, as well as magazines to share with others on board. There’s a partially-covered sundeck with chaise lounges on the top that’s complete with a hot tub where you can relax in between dives, as well as boasting a Moon Deck Bar and shaded grill area.
Hawaii’s Big Island is renowned for its spectacular underwater landscapes, which include lava tubes, bommies and huge craters. Divers will be treated to a myriad of tropical fish species (including a number of endemics), as well as turtles, mantas, frogfish and Spanish dancer nudibranchs.
Water temperatures in Hawaii average around 72-80°F (22-26°C), with most divers comfortable in a 3-5mm wetsuit and hood. All diving is done from the mother ship, with up to five dives offered each day, including night dives. There are convenient boarding ladders for easy exits and entries, as well as fresh water showers on the diving deck to rinse off and ample storage space for equipment in personal lockers.
Divers can opt to pick a buddy of their choice or dive with one of the crew members, which are selected for their individual talents. Every dive begins with a comprehensive briefing from one of the crew and dives should be planned as no decompression dives and within your certification limits. The crew will be on hand to offer surface support and in the water for critter spotting but guests are reminded that they do not offer direct supervision of divers.
The Kona Aggressor provides tanks, weight belts and weights, with a full line of Aqualung rental gear available with prior notification. Dive computers are mandatory for each diver and safety sausages or Dive Alert devices are highly recommended. Several diving specialty courses are offered on board, including Nitrox, Advanced Open Water and UW Photography, and Nitrox is available for a surcharge.
The Kona Aggressor offers a large camera table and a strobe charging station for underwater photographers and the Photo Pro is available for free coaching when using the vessel’s photo equipment rentals.
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