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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 the yacht.

  • 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.
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!
Mike Vaidulas

- Captain / Instructor

Hi, I am Mike. I was born in Massachusetts, and I will always have that accent. Being from New England, water was always a big part of my life. I began to really appreciate SCUBA in the early 90's while I was living on St. Croix, USVI where I became a PADI instructor.
In 1997 I earned my Merchant Marine Credentials for Captain and became a Master Instructor for PADI and an Instructor Trainer for EFR in 2011. I have now found my dream job as part of the crew aboard the Kona Aggressor II™. I am exceptionally happy to be part of this operation. I look forward to sharing some great dives, beautiful scenery, and incredible sunsets with all of you.
Shea Markwell

Shea Markwell (Captain/Instructor/Chef)

I was born in Kansas, but raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I have been a cook and chef  since I was 7 years old, though I started professionally when I was 17. I have run Restaurants, and owned a Catering Business for 10 years. When I was 14 I started Diving and in 2012 started working on the Bahamas Aggressor as a chef. Since then I have progressed through Divemaster, Instructor, I’m a licensed captain, and Cruise Director on the Palau Aggressor II. I am happy to be back stateside on the Kona Aggressor II and look forward to showing you all that Kona has to offer.

Yoav Cuthbertson

Yoav Cuthbertson (Captain/Instructor)

Yoav grew up in Ft Lauderdale Fl and began diving in his early teens. Originally certified when he was 15 he then went on to FSU and was involved in the dive program there. After graduating he joined the military and traveled extensively for a number of years. He then decided to become a dive professional full time and has been fortunate enough to work and dive in the Bahamas, Maui, Kauai and now the Big Island. To round out his experience Yoav also holds a 100ton captains license. His passion for the ocean, the marine life and sharing those amazing experiences is what drives him on a daily basis. He feels truly blessed to be a part of the Aggressor family, doing what he loves, and looks forward to sharing even more amazing experiences with our guests.

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.

- 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.