Kona Aggressor II

Overview:

The Big Island’s volcanic underwater topography is a diver’s wonderland. Lava tubes, bommies, arches and huge craters like “Au Au Crater,” create a spectacular backdrop for Hawaii’s many indigenous species of butterfly fish. Photographers will delight in the many patient subjects like Spanish Dancers, turtles, mantas and frogfish. The standard Kona Aggressor II scuba itinerary is Saturday-to-Saturday with five and one-half days of diving.

Accommodations:

The Kona Aggressor II sleeps 14 guests in privacy and comfort. She is an 80-foot catamaran, built and powered for comfort, safety, and stability and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. Accommodations include 5 double staterooms and 1 roomy quad stateroom on the upper deck. Each stateroom has en-suite private toilet and shower.

Each stateroom has extra storage and individual climate controls. She has a beautiful spacious salon, 50 feet of sun deck with shading, chaise lounges and deck chairs, bar and grill. Her diving amenities include freshwater rinse showers, camera tables, and nitrox. The sun deck features a “moon deck bar” with seating, lounge and deck chairs, stereo and CD player, shaded wet bar and grill. The Kona Aggressor has safes in every stateroom to store your valuables.

Dining:

The menu onboard is varied and plentiful, with a variety of American feasts, barbecues and local cuisine. If you have any special dietary requirements, please be sure to inform the boat upon arrival. You will awaken to fresh fruits, hot entrees, cereals and juices. Lunches are buffet-style, featuring hot soups, salads and sandwiches and/or entrees. Dinners are served each evening and include salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert.

Sample Itinerary:

  • Saturday: Guests arriving at Keahole Airport in the afternoon are transferred to the Kailua Pier and luggage is taken aboard the boat. Boarding is available after 5:30 p.m. At 6:00 p.m., the vessel departs for its first anchorage while the onboard chef serves a delicious dinner. Afterwards, the Captain gives a detailed welcome aboard and safety briefing.
  • Sunday: Dive briefing! Beginning Sunday morning, guests may enjoy up to five dives each day. All dives are conveniently made from the mothership. Excellent snorkeling is available for non-diving passengers. While you are diving, the chef prepares delicious snacks and scrumptious meals, served on schedule. Night dives are offered throughout the week, conditions permitting.
  • Monday – Thursday: Diving continues along the Big Island’s western coast at favorites like Paradise Pinnacle, Tubestria Tunnel, The Hive, Turtle Pinnacle and Amphitheater. The Kona Aggressor II ventures far from the reach of day operator to beautiful South Point, the southernmost tip of Hawaii.
  • Friday: After diving, the Kona Aggressor II returns to Kailua-Kona at approximately 1:00 p.m. Guests may shop or sightsee in Kona. The Captain and crew host an evening cocktail party at 5:00 p.m. The crew will arrange transportation to a local restaurant.
  • Saturday Checkout: Checkout time is 8:00 a.m. Guests are transferred to the airport. Please schedule airline departures after 9:30 a.m.

The Diving:

You will be diving in water that averages 72-80 F with thermoclines. Most guests make as many as 5 dives each day, so some sort of protection is needed. A 3-5mm wetsuit and hood is recommended year round. All diving is from the mother ship.

The yacht offers up to five dives per day (2 on the last day) including night dives.

Visit a submerged volcano crater, natural lava arches, and a plethora of Garden Eels in Kona, Hawaii.

Dive Sites Include:

  • Garden Eel Cove: Hawaii’s endemic Garden Eels highlight the daytime dives. This is the site of the Kona Aggressor’s world famous manta night dive!
  • Aquarium: This site showcases the variety of marine life found along the Kona coast. Schooling fish, octopus, eels and pelagics are seen here.
  • Kalokos Arches: Three natural lava arches on a downhill slope at 50 ft. Turtles frequently seen, Spotted Eagle Rays, good spot for nudibranches.
  • Turtle Pinnacle: A fun dive with several turtles, some are quite large. It is an actual turtle cleaning station. A small pinnacle at 55 ft. marks the spot. This is great opportunity for photographers because the turtles are motionless during their cleaning. Keep an eye out for schooling Barracuda.
  • Meadows: Shallow, gently sloping bottom. Lava tubes and arches around 30 ft. finger coral at 80 ft. where white sand flats dominate. Look for White-tip Sharks, Frogfish, nudibranches under ledges, Mantas, Crocodile Eels, and Red-stripe Pipe Fish.
  • Paradise Pinnacle: Large bommie rising from90-35 ft. out of black sand. Garden Eels, Cleaner Shrimp, Crocodile Eels, Turkey Fish and Hairy Hermit Crabs.
  • Au Au Crater: A submerged volcano crater with 3 sides intact, the ocean side wall has fallen. The walls range from 30-70 ft. and 50-200 ft., very dramatic topography with a Cleaner Shrimp station, Turkey Fish and nudibranches. Good spot for pelagics such as Oceanic White-tip Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, and large Jacks.
  • The Hive: A large bommie 30-70 ft. covered with agile Chromis resembling a swarm of bees. Cleaner Shrimp station, Leaf Scorpions and Titan Scorpions.
  • The Maze: One of 2 sites of Miloli’i, oldest traditional fishing village in Hawaii. Lava ridges and bommies twist and turn to create the walls of a “maze.” Tinker’s Butterfly Fish, Bandit Angels, Eagle Rays and Peacock Groupers.
  • Tubastrea Tunnel: Also off of Miloli’i Village. lave fingers extend from shore to form a peninsula of canyons and ridges and swim throughs. The feature tunnel is covered with beautiful Tubastrea Coral. There are resident Frog Fish. Keep an eye out for sharks.
The Kona Aggressor II moors above the dive site. The spacious dive deck allows for effortless diving.

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