Captains Log: March 14th-21st
Entry: Captain Karl
Air Temp. 80-85f
Water Temp. 75-77f
Recommended: Wetsuit 5mm-7mm
Crew: Captain Karl, 2nd Captain Jon, Chef Matt, Instructors Dave and Jesse, Steward Alan.
Guest:Jan, Lubos, Jan, Renata, Jan, Sarka, Ivan, Zdena, Nora, Arianne, Dennis, Frank, Brian and Herve.
Kalokos Arches and Garden Eel Cove.
Driftwood, Ridges, Lions Den and the Hive.
Peles Playground and Manuka Bay.
Manuka Bay, Land of Oz, Au Au Crater and Robs Reef.
Paradise Pinnacle, Meadows, Manta Ville and Pelagic Magic.
Saturday March 14th
This week we welcomed aboard a Group from the Czech Republic, Germany, Canada, and the 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 mourning!
Sunday March 15th
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, Dragon Wrasse, Horned Helmet eat a Collector Urchin, Dwarf Moray, Blue Fin Trevally, Gold Laced Nudibranch, and White Mouth Moray. Garden Eel Cove was our site 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, White Sided Razor Wrasse, Hawaiian Knife Fish, Reticulated Butter Fly Fish, Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse setting up a Cleaning Station, and a Giant Porcupine Fish. During the night dive they got a great show put on by the Mantas!
Monday March 16th
The Kona Aggressor ll headed south to Driftwood for the first dive of the day. Our guest really enjoyed the Lava Tube 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 Ridges, where our guest recalled seeing a Titan Scorpion Fish, Yellow Margin Moray and lots of Puffer fish while swimming in between the ridges. 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 Green Lion Fish, Leaf Scorpion Fish, and a Hammer Head Shark! Our last dive spot for the day was the Hive and our guest got to see a Giant Porcupine Puffer Fish, Dwarf Moray, Zebra Moray, Red Lion Fish, and a Lobster. On the night dive the highlights were a Spanish Dancer with an Imperial shrimp on his back, Decoy Scorpion Fish, and Slipper and Regal slipper Lobster just to name a few.
Tuesday March 19th
At first light we headed south to Peles Playground for our two dives. The talk on the dive deck after was of a Long Handed Lobster, Tom Smiths Nudibranch, Spanish Dancer Egg Mass, White Mouth Moray, Blue Fin Trevally, and Parrot Fish fighting over territory! Next, we headed south to Manuka Bay for the last dives of the day. During the day dive it was it was a Pleasing Flatworm and a Zebra Moray that the guest remembered most. On the night dive a couple of the high lights were a Slender Tail Moray, Sculptured and Regal Slipper Lobster, and a Tiger Snake Moray.
Wednesday March 20th
The guest decided to try something a little different and do the first dive at Manuka Bay. They were glad they did as a huge pod of Spinner Dolphins that showed up and a bunch of guests got in for a swim with them before the dive and some even saw them during the dive! After the Kona Aggressor II started her trip back north to Land of Oz for our second dive. The talk on the dive deck after was of Domino Damsels making chirping sounds at the edge of the reef, a Banded Lobster hiding way back in a hole, and two curious Turtles! Next, we headed north to Au Au Crater for our third dive. Where the highlights were Dragon Wrasse, Red Lion Fish, Spotted Puffer, and Red Stripe Pipe Fish. The final stop of the day for the Kona Aggressor ll was Robs Reef. Some of our guest ventured into the cave on the dive and that was the favorite part of the dive. While for others it was finding a Starry Octopus on the night dive.
Thursday March 21st
At first light the Kona Aggressor ll headed over to Paradise Pinnacle for our first two dives.During the dives our guest saw Red Lion Fish, Spotted Boxfish, Long Nose Hawkfish, Flounder, and a Hammer Head Shark! After the dives we had a lovely lunch on our way north to Meadows. Our guest really enjoyed the lava tube. They were lucky enough to see Milk Fish, Stripe Belly Puffer, and a Turtle during the dive. Manta ville was the next dive spot and the high lights were a Divided Flatworm, White Mouth Moray and a Manta! For the night dive our guest choose to do the Pelagic Magic dive for our last night dive for the week. Our guest really enjoyed watching the largest migration on the planet and all the alien looking creatures from the depths.
Friday March 22nd
The location of our last two dives was old Old Airport and during their dives they had Humpbacks serenade them. Then they observed Milk Fish swimming off the drop off and on the second dive the highlights were a huge Yellow Margin and a tiny Dwarf Moray.
Saturday March 21st
We droped our guest off at the pier in Kona and said our farewells to our new Multinational friends this week. Congratulation to our Iron Divers Nora, Arianne, Frank, and Brian. Thanks again for joining us this week we had a lot of fun with you aboard the Kona Aggressor ll. We hope to see you again soon!
Captain Karl and crew