Log Date: Saturday, Mar 07, 2015
Entry By: Captain Karl
Entry Captain Karl
Air Temp. 80-85f
Water Temp. 75-77f
Recommended Wetsuit 5mm-7mm
Crew Captain Karl, 2nd Captain Cliff, Chef Matt, Instructors Jon and Jesse, Steward Mike.
Guest Kate, Allyson, Keri, Allen, Angelo, Steve, Kelly, Kat, Danny, Linda, George, and Bill.
Kalokos Arches and Garden Eel Cove.
Driftwood. Amphitheater, Dome, Lions Den and the Hive.
Peles Playground, Catacombs and Manuka Bay.
Land of Oz, Thompsons Reef, Au Au Crater and Robs Reef.
Paradise Pinnacle, Amphitheater, Manta Ville and Pelagic Magic.
Saturday March 7th
This week we welcomed aboard a Group from Canada and USA 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 morning!
Sunday March 8th
Early in the morning the Kona Aggressor ll headed north to Kalokos Arches for our first two dives. Everyone did great during their check out dives and saw a Yellow Tail Corris,(all stages), Dragon Wrasse, Flame Wrasse, Red Stripe Pipe Fish, Tiger Snake Moray, Giant Moray, Zebra Moray, Spotted Boxfish, Fried Egg Nudibranch, Horned Helmet eat a Collector Urchin, and Spinner Dolphins! Garden Eel Cove for the last three dives of the day. During the first two dives the highlights were listening to whale song while watching Garden Eels in the sand and White Sided Razor Wrasse dart about the sand and a White Tip Reef Shark! During the night dive they got a great show put on by the Mantas and a guest visit by Frank the Undulated Moray Eel.
Monday March 9th
The Kona Aggressor ll headed south to Amphitheater for the first dive of the day. Our guest really enjoyed the Lava Tubes and seeing a White Mouth Moray, Yellow Margin Moray, and watch a Rock Mover Wrasse flip Rocks over. Next, We headed further south to the Dome where our guest recalled seeing Peacock Razor Wrasse, Yellow Margin Moray, Hellers Barracuda, Dragon Wrasse, and a White Tip Reef Shark! While we enjoyed a delicious meal made by our chef Matt we continued south to Lions Den. The talk on the dive deck after was of a spotted Boxfish, Yellow Margin Moray, Snowflake Moray, and Hawksbill Turtle. The last and final stop of the day was the Hive and our guest got to see Turtles, Decoy Scorpion Fish, Stout Moray, and a Spotted Puffer to name a few. On the night dive things got started with a Cusk Eel, Spiny Lobster, Red Reef Lobster, and a pair of Conger Eels on the hunt!
Tuesday March 10th
Early in the morning the Kona Aggressor ll headed further south to Peles Playground for the first two dives of the day. Our guest recalled seeing Yellow Margin Morays, Leaf Scorpion Fish, and a Turtle just to mention a few. During lunch we headed south to Catacombs and were lucky to find two big Comersons Frog Fish, Spotted Puffers, and a Giant Porcupine Puffer Fish. The final stop of the day was Manuka Bay. On dive four our guests remembered seeing Great Barracudas, Hellers Barracuda, and a Dragon Moray! On the night dive the highlights were Yellow Headed Moray, Tiger Snake Moray, Jeweled Anemone Crab, Convex Crab, and Dragon Moray!
Wednesday March 11th
Wednesday morning we began our journey back towards Kona to Land of Oz for our first dive. What our guest recalled was Yellow Headed Moray, Spotted Boxfish, Octopus, and a Turtle. Next, we headed to Thompsons Reef and our divers got to see Giant Porcupine Fish, Spotted Puffer, and a White Tip Reef Shark. During lunch the Kona Aggressor II continued north to Au Au Crater where our guest saw a Gold Laced Nudibranch, Day Octopus, and a Dragon Wrasse. We moved one last time for the day to Robs Reef and the guest really enjoyed going into the cave a finding a Hawaiian Conger Eel!
Thursday March 12th
Paradise Pinnacle was to be the location of our first two dives of the day. The talk on the dive deck after was of Peacock Razor Wrasse, Short Nose Wrasse, Red Stripe Pipe Fish, Long Nose Hawkfish, Day Octopus, and a Long Fin Anthia. Next, we continued north to Meadows for dive three and saw Cowries in the Lava Tube with Regal Slipper Lobster and outside a Scrawled File Fish and Octopus. Manta Ville was the location for our last two dives. There were Mantas on both dives and on the night dive we had a nice private show!
Friday March 13th
Old Airport was the location for our last few dives of the trip. Our guest saw a Gold Laced Nudibranch, Great Barracuda, Fine Scale Trigger Fish, Red Spotted Nudibranch, Tiger Flatworm, Bourdailes Shrimp, and an Eagle Ray!
Saturday March 14th
We dropped our guest off at the pier in Kona and said our farewells to our new friends this week. Congratulation to our Iron Divers Bill, Kat, Linda, Kelly and Steve. Thanks again for joining us this week aboard the Kona Aggressor ll. We hope to see you again soon!
Captain Karl and crew