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Kona Dive Sites

Diving Details:
  • More than 20% of the Hawaiian reef fishes are found nowhere else in the world, including countless Butterfly fish 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
Matt - Captain/Instructor
Matt was born and raised in Southern California and started SCUBA diving in high school in the mid 80’s, originally certified by the YMCA. After High School, he joined the NAVY working as a jet engine mechanic on A6 Intruders onboard the USS Nimitz. He is a Gulf War Veteran serving two tours in the first Persian Gulf War. After the NAVY, Matt attended the California Culinary Institute in San Francisco. He worked as a chef for almost 20 years before following his heart back to the sea. Matt got his PADI instructor certification in 2006 and started working on the KONA AGGRESSOR II™ before being transferred to the PALAU AGGRESSOR II™. After working in Palau for a couple years he spent some time working on private yachts and has now rejoined the Aggressor Fleet.
Captain Randy

- Instructor/Captain

Randy began working on the Cayman Aggressor way back in 2000 after spending some years on the island at a local dive shop. Following a few years on the Cayman boat a move was made to the Cocos Aggressor with a newly acquired captains license. A year or so and a few 1000 hammerheads later an opportunity arose to work on the Kona Aggressor and then Tahiti to run the Aggressor that island-hopped around the atolls of the Tuamotus. He then worked 3 years on a private yacht and then to the Philippines to spend a few years on a liveaboard there before coming back to the Aggressor fleet to work in Palau and the Rock Islands and then once again back east to Kona. Happy to be back in the waters of the Big Island and looking forward to showing you guys all the cool critters and sites we have to offer.

Rachel Aponte

- Captain / Instructor

I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and then moved to Florida as a teenager. I took a semester of scuba in college and was hooked. Following graduation, my sense of adventure lured me to Alaska where I worked four summers traveling throughout the inside passage.  I solidified my love for the sea and earned my captains license. In the winters I furthered my professional diving career and travelled extensively. Now my home is on the Big Island and I am grateful to be combining my passions of scuba, boats and exploration while working my dream job on the Kona Aggressor II. I’m excited to hear about all of your adventures and share this piece of paradise with you!

Jeremy - 
Engineer / Instructor

My name is Jeremy. I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. One summer while traveling Central America I discovered scuba diving. I was instantly hooked. I spent my next few years returning to the Caribbean to dive as much as possible and ended up becoming a dive instructor. Now I have landed my dream job,working as a Instructor/Engineer with the Kona Aggressor II here in beautiful Kona, Hawaii. Look Forward to blowing bubbles with you soon. Mahalo.
Ryan Johnson

Ryan (RJ)
- Instructor

RJ was born and raised in the Washington DC area and became a certified diver at the tender age of 12. After diving for more than half his life he moved to Key Largo in 2017 to turn his passion into a career as a divemaster and instructor. He joined the Aggressor crew at the start of 2018 and would love to share some epic shark and manta encounters with you!
Chef Kevin

- Chef/Dive Master
My name is Cameron Smay. I was born in San Diego, CA and then moved to Kona, Hawaii at the age of 18. I love living in Kona. I have been working for the Aggressor Fleet since 2011 and love every minute of it. I first started as a Chef on the Rock Islands Aggressor as well as the Palau Aggressor II. I recently moved back to Hawaii where I serve as a Divemaster and Chef on the Kona Aggressor II. I love meeting people from all over the world and share in their enthusiasm of diving. I look forward to many more years of diving, cooking, and taking care of my guests that come on board our vessel. Happy Diving!!!!

- Instructor/Video Pro
Growing up on the Jersey Shore, Morgan has salt water in her veins. After spending over a decade as a Designer/Artist in NYC, her personal motto of “yolo” led her around the globe pursuing her passion of adventure travel and a career in diving. She trained in different countries across SE Asia and the Caribbean, her path ultimately leading to Hawaii. After spending a year in Kauai, she has found her new home aboard the Kona Aggressor where she gets to share her love of the ocean with people all day every day and it's a dream come true.