Kona Aggressor II Captains Log January 17-24, 2015
Air Temp. 70-80 F
Water Temp. 75 F
2nd Captain Karl
Instructor Mindy, Morgan
Dewayne, Cathie, Eric, Dave, Connie, B, Becky, Di, Joy, Linda, Carla
Sunday – Blue Hole, Long Caye Wall
Monday – Sandy Slope, Front Porch
Tuesday – Long Caye Ridge, Painted Wall
Wednesday – Shark Point, Inspiration
Thursday – The Elbow
Friday – The Elbow, Black Beauty
Saturday – Black Beauty, Blue Hole
Saturday January 17
This week we welcomed aboard a boat full of Americans and one guest from France on the Kona Aggressor II. We headed out to the mooring for some dinner, briefings, and an awesome dolphin swim with some bottlenose right off the stern. What a way to start the trip!
Sunday January 18
Sunday we started off with a checkout dive at Meadows. Some favorites there were an octopus, a dragon wrasse, a white mouth moray, and a pair of spotted boxfish. Next we checked out Amphitheater. We saw a couple of green sea turtles, some yellowtail coris, and heard humpback whales singing in the distance. Afterwards we went to the Sheraton for a dive. We saw a big school of racoon butterflies as well as the rare reticulated butterfly.
Monday January 19
Monday morning we did a pair of dives at Kalokos Arches. Some highlights there were an extremely rare male Whitleys boxfish, a peacock razor wrasse, an octopus, and a variety of sea urchins. We spent the afternoon and night at Garden Eel Cove. During the afternoon we already had some mantas cruising around so we knew we were in for a treat on the night dive. On the night dive we had 4 or 5 different manta rays soaring through the water column all around us!
Tuesday January 20
Tuesday morning we started off the day at Lions Den. We saw a leaf scorpionfish, a gold lace nudibranch, a stout moray, and a short nose wrasse. Next we went to The Hive. Down the slope we saw a Hawaiian conger eel hiding under a rock. We saw a wire coral shrimp near the archway. Then on the way back to the boat we saw a scalloped hammerhead shark cruising through the shallows! After lunch we headed down to Manuka Bay to tuck away from a big swell that was arriving. Some highlights there were some endemic domino damsels, a peacock razor wrasse, a couple of octopus, and a leaf scorpion.
Wednesday January 21
Wednesday morning we were able to get some diving in at Land of Oz before the biggest part of the swell arrived. Some favorites there were a fried egg nudi, a stripe belly puffer, a dwarf moray, and a Hawaiian knifefish. After lunch we tucked away again in Manuka Bay. Some highlights this time were a dragon moray, some bi-color anthias, an undulated moray, and some barracuda.
Thursday January 22
Thursday morning we awoke to find that a pod of spinner dolphins had joined us in Manuka Bay. We stuck around all morning and alternated between diving and swimming with the dolphins! They were super friendly and swam right up to the divers and snorkelers all morning. After wearing ourselves out on dolphins we spent the afternoon watching humpback whales as we headed back towards Kona. There were humpbacks everywhere putting on shows for us.
Friday January 23
Friday morning we finished off our week of diving with a couple of dives at Turtle Pinnacle. We saw some endemic red-stripe pipefish, a yellow margin moray, a gray snapper, and some short nose wrasse. Afterwards we had a bbq up on the sundeck and then a relaxing afternoon.
Saturday January 24
Saturday we returned to the pier and said our farewells to our guests. We would like to congratulate Eric on being our sole Iron Diver this week. We would also like to congratulate Linda and Carla who got engaged on our boat and then tied the knot first thing Monday after getting off the boat! We wish you all the happiness in the world! A big mahalo to everyone for making this such a fun and special week.
A hui hou,