Log Date: Saturday, Feb 14, 2015
Entry By: Captain Karl
Kona Aggressor II Captains Log:
Feb 14th-21st 2015
Entry: Captain Karl
Air Temp. 80-85f
Water Temp. 75=77f
Recommended Wetsuit 5mm-7mm
Crew: Captain Karl, 2nd Captain Cliff, Chef Mike, Instructors Mikki, Brian and John.
Guest: Lotte, William, Randy, Melanie, Lee-Ann, Joe, Kristy, Caitilin, Trissa, Jim, Phillip, Brian, Woody and Marc.
Sunday Driftwood and Meadows.
Monday Dome and Robs Reef.
Tuesday Au Au Crater, Paradise Pinnacle, Amphitheater and Manta Ville.
Wednesday Aquarium, Hoovers and Garden Eel Cove.
Thursday Turtle Pinnacle, Kalokos Arches.
Friday Old Airport and the Wreck of the Predator.
Saturday February 14th
This week we welcomed aboard a Group from Georgia, Denmark and Ireland on the Kona Aggressor ll. We picked everyone up from the Kona Pier Saturday evening and headed out to the mooring for dinner and a briefing. We came up with a plan for the week and headed to bed so we could be bright eyed and bushy tailed in the mourning!
Sunday February 15th
Driftwood was the location of the first two dives of the week.After some weight checks the group was off and checking out the caves and the Lava tube. What was remembered most was Yellow Margin Moray, Strawberry Nudibranch, Spiny Lobster and a Speckled Scorpion Fish. Next, We headed to Meadows for the last two dives were our guest saw Ornate Wrasse, Juvenile Yellow Tail Corris, Mus while having whales sing to the group off in the distance.
Monday February 16th
The Kona Aggressor headed back south after spending the night on our mooring to the Dome for our first two dives. After a couple of wild rides in the Dome and all guest were back aboard the Kona Aggressor ll. What the guest remembered most was Spotted Box Fish, Puffers and there favorite a Frog Fish! The next and final stop of the day was Robs Reef where did our last three dives of the day. The talk on the dive deck afterwards was of seeing a Long nose Butterfly Fish (Black Phase), Sleepy Sponge Crab, Decoy Scorpion Fish, Undulated Moray, Yellow Margin Moray, Red Stripe Pipe Fish, Ghost Shrimp and a Peacock Razor Wrasse.
Tuesday February 17th
After a good night sleep we headed to Au Au Crater for our first two dives. On our first two dives we saw schools of Racoon Butterfly Fish, Tear Drop Butterfly Fish, Strawberry Nudibranch, Green Turtle and some were lucky enough to see part of a large pod of Spinner Dolphins. Next, We headed to Paradise Pinnacle for the remaining dives before heading back to our mooring. After circling around the Pinnacle the guest found a Peacock Razor Wrasse in the sand to play with and a Spanish Dancer Egg Mass, Turtle and a Rare Long fin Anthia were the highlight of the dives.
Wednesday February 18th
The Kona Aggressor ll continued its way north after spending the night on our Kona Mooring to Aquarium for the first two dives of the day. During both dives our guest heard Whale song from migrating Hump Backs. While looking at Fried Egg Nudibranch, Long Spine Puffers, White Mouth Moray, White Spotted Toby and Eagle Rays. In between dives we saw Hump Backs and Bottle Nose Dolphins !!! Next, We headed to Hoovers for the third dive of the day. The talk on the dive deck after the dive was of Whale song, a Spotted Boxfish and a swim with a Green Turtle. Garden Eel cove was the spot for our night dive and our guest saw Frank the Undulated Moray, Squid and got a great show from the Mantas.
Thursday February 19th
After spending the night on the mooring in Kona it was back north to Turtle Pinnacle for the first two dives of the day. We had a Humpback Whale escort to the dives site with some breaching after our first dive. On the dive some highlights were a Horned Helmet Eating a Collector Urchin, Flame Wrasse, Spotted Boxfish, Stout Moray, Gold Lace NudiBranch and a select few got a glimpse of a Tiger Shark! Before leaving a good portion of the group swam with Spinner Dolphins before
and after dive one. Next, We headed further north to Kalokos Arches for the remaining dives. Some of the highlights were Peacock Grouper hunting with a White Mouth Moray, Divided Flatworm, Giant Moray, Flame Wrasse and a White Tip Reef Shark.
Friday February 20th
The location of our dive was Old Airports where our guest got to see Rock Mover Wrasse, a large school of Hellers Barracuda, while listening to Humpback Whales singing in the background and a Hammer Head Shark at the end to top things off. Next, We headed over to the wreck of the Predator while Humpbacks were Breaching off Shore and right behind our group after entering the water for their dive. They were also lucky enough to catch the Submarine while diving with Blue Fin Trevally and Mus.
Saturday February 21st
In the morning the crew said their farewells to the guest. We are sad to see this group go as they were a pleasure to serve. Congratulations to our Iron Divers this week (Lotte, William, Marc, Woody, Phil and Brian).
Captain Karl and the crew!