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Posted 15 September 2018 - 03:47 PM

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Location: Kona Agressor - Heavenly Islands of Hawaii
Dates:      Aug 31 - Sep 7 2019

Hello Hawaii trip goers!


We will use this topic to manage all the questions asked about this trip. Please check back frequently to see what others have asked and how we have replied. This will be the ONLY ongoing TRIP FAQ for this trip so you'll only have to look in one place and can quickly see what has been added since the last time you checked.   :thankyou:


Hawaii TRIP FAQ:


ARRIVAL (Saturday to Saturday)
 Guests will fly into the Kona International Airport (KOA) on Saturday. Transfers are not included in the cost of your charter. Due to strict DOT and TSA regulations, the Kona Aggressor II staff are not allowed to pick guests up at the airport. Commercial vehicles other than taxicabs are forbidden to stop at the airport curbside at arrival areas. There are taxi's readily available at the curb in front of all baggage claim area's. The Kona Aggressor II operates out of the downtown pier in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. This is a 20-minute drive from the airport. For guests arriving prior to the 5 PM boarding time, please call the yacht cell number to make arrangements with the Captain for early baggage drop off.  You will need to call the Captain (on page one) who will have a crewmember meet you at the end of the pier to take your luggage to the yacht so you can shop and sightsee until boarding time. At the end of the charter, the Captain can assist with helping you organize transportation to the airport or hotel if you are extending your stay. 


C-CARDS & DIVE THE WORLD CLUB Remember to bring your c-card or proof of certification. The divemaster requires proof of certification before the first dive.  If you are a repeat guest, you are automatically enrolled in the Dive the World Club and will receive onboard discounts.  Your membership is indicated on the Captain’s rooming list.


HEALTH The Kona Aggressor II has a first aid kit onboard, including oxygen. You may want to bring motion sickness medication if you feel you will need it. We suggest you bring over-the-counter motion sickness medication or consult your doctor about prescription brands, such as the transdermal patch or Scopace tablets. Currents and winds may cause moderate movement of the yacht at times. We recommend a complete physical before your trip. 
There is no smoking allowed inside the boat or on the dive deck. Smoking is only permitted on the sun deck.
The nearest recompression chamber is in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. This facility is located approximately six hours from the Kailua-Kona dock.
The Kona Aggressor II and their staff are unable to accept any medication brought onboard for safe keeping including those that require refrigeration. Should a guest have a medication requiring temperature control, they will need to travel with a travel cooling case or small storage cooler with several blue ice packets. The crew will be happy to store and recharge the blue ice but are unable to accept possession of or responsibility for the proper care and storage of medication. This should be kept in your stateroom.


FOOD 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 these are noted when completing the GIS. 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. Once onboard, please speak to the chef about any special needs. Certain special dietary and beverage requests may not be available due to the remote nature of this location.


BEVERAGES 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. Drinking and diving do not mix. Once you consume alcohol, you become a sunbather until the next day.


CLOTHING Please plan to travel light, as on all live-aboard dive yachts, space is limited. We recommend that you pack your gear in soft luggage such as a duffel bag for easy stowage and to add to your comfort in your cabin. Clothing should be lightweight, comfortable sportswear; sunscreen and swimsuits are a must. A light sweater or jacket is ideal for evenings. Dress is always casual and informal. Additional items you may want to bring are sunglasses, hat and walking shoes for your time on shore.


ENTERTAINMENT There is a variety of nightly entertainment, including diving, fish identification presentations, movies, games and more. If you have a favorite movie, digital presentation or a video to share, we encourage you to bring it along. The crew especially loves new releases of DVD's, movies, CD’s, recent magazines and books.  A small library of books for exchange is maintained onboard as well as fish identification books for reference.
CELEBRATING A SPECIAL OCCASION Whether it’s your anniversary, birthday, honeymoon, wedding or you are celebrating a 100th dive, please let us know so the crew can celebrate your occasion. Kindly advise the Aggressor Adventures Reservations Office prior to traveling so the crew is notified in advance.


DIVING CONDITIONS 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.


DIVING The crew of the Kona Aggressor II, with their unique combination of talents, offers the ultimate in service. While onboard, you may pick a buddy of your choice or dive with one of the crewmembers. The yacht offers up to five dives per day (2 on the last day) including night dives. There is ample storage space for your diving equipment in your personal locker. The Kona Aggressor II provides 80 cubic ft. tanks, weight belts and weights.
The stern and platform areas are very spacious. A large 20-foot x 6-foot swim step spans both hulls and it comfortably accommodates all divers.  The boarding ladders were designed for convenience to allow divers easy exits and entries. Enjoy the fresh water showers on the back deck after your dives.
All diving onboard the Kona Aggressor II should be within the limits and standards of the training agency that certified you. All dives should be planned no decompression dives.


DIVING SUPERVISION You’ve chosen a liveaboard vacation for the diving freedom that it offers.   While in the water, you and your buddy are in charge.  Every dive starts with a dive briefing from the yacht staff. However, as a certified diver, you and your buddy are responsible for planning and conducting your own dives within the limitations set forth by the briefing.   The staff will be on the dive deck providing surface support for divers.  The yacht will also have staff in the water offering support, u/w photography and videography, and critter spotting services as well.   On some dive sites a staff member will offer to lead a group and assist them in locating specific points of interest.   However, they do not offer direct supervision of dives.  If you start out with a group, as long as you and your buddy remain in contact with each other and are ok – you may follow your own dive plan.  Divers who desire more personal attention and structured/supervised dives should consider taking one of the yachts numerous specialty courses.   An underlying skill featured in all of specialty training is planning, executing, and debriefing after your dive in order to build a more confident diver.


DIVE GEAR SUGGESTIONS We suggest you pack the following: mask, fins, snorkel, regulator with pressure gauge, depth gauge, buoyancy compensator, dive computer, dive light, mirror, safety sausage, Dive Alert and/or other safety devices. Dive computers are mandatory for each guest. Each piece of gear should be marked with waterproof paint or tape.


CONSERVATION LAWS The Kona Aggressor II does not permit collecting, spear fishing, spear guns or “Hawaiian slings” onboard.


RENTAL DIVE EQUIPMENT A full line of Aqualung rental gear is available aboard including regulators, BCs, dive computers, and night-lights.  If any of your dive equipment fails while onboard, the crew will loan you equipment free of charge.


SHIPS BOUTIQUE & CREDIT CARDS There is a mini-boutique onboard, which sells a selection of logo clothing including t-shirts, caps, and miscellaneous items. We highly recommend you bring extra batteries and/or CD’s for photos. One day during the week, the crew will have a ‘boutique day’. The Kona Aggressor II accepts cash, MasterCard and Visa. No personal checks or travelers checks.

FRIDAY  Friday, the Captain or assistant will collect payment for purchases made throughout the week. Friday afternoon, the Kona Aggressor II returns to Kailua-Kona at approximately 1:00 p.m. This is your opportunity to shop and sightsee in downtown Kailua-Kona. A sunset cocktail party will be hosted Friday evening at 5 pm. Dinner is not served on board this evening. This is the only meal not provided with the cruise. The crew can recommend a restaurant and/or luau, and can arrange transportation.


GRATUITIES Crew gratuities are not included in the charter. We believe gratuities should be voluntary and based upon the quality of service the crew has provided. When settling your account on Friday, the Captain will have an envelope for gratuities that will be divided equally among the crew. Payment can be made by cash or credit card.


CHECKOUT Checkout time is at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Transfers are not included with your cruise, however, the crew can help assist you in arranging transportation to the Kona International Airport (KOA) or a local hotel if you are planning to extend your vacation in Kona.

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