Log Date: Saturday, Jan 09, 2016
Entry By: Kona Aggressor Crew
Kona Aggressor II
Captain’s Log * January 9 – January 16, 2016
Sr. Captain Cliff
1st Captain Jeremy
2nd Captain Jess
Gene, Karen, Tracy, Stephen, Jim, J.R., Mike, Tina, Koko, Scott, Joe
Sunday - Kalokos Arches, Garden Eel Cove
Monday – Shark Fin Rock, The Dome
Tuesday – Paradise Pinnacle, Pele’s Playground, Manuka Bay
Wednesday – Stony Mesas, Catacombs, The Hive
Thursday – Au Au Crater, Amphitheatre, Mantaville
Friday – Turtle Pinnacle
Air Temperature – High: 82 degrees, Low: 70 degrees
Water Temperature – 77 degrees
Saturday evening we welcomed aboard guests from the United States, Canada, and Germany. Once everyone was safely on board the guests had the opportunity to introducing themselves during dinner and drinks. After dinner the captain gave a boat safety briefing, and talked about our travel and dive plans for the week. Following the briefing, the guests were welcomed by some of our local marine life as two bottle nose dolphins hunted near the boat.
Sunday morning we headed north from Kona and stopped by Kalokos Arches for our checkout dives. The group was comfortable in the water and soon started exploring the dive site. Highlights on these dives were Thread fin Butterflyfish and several nudibranchs. During lunch we continued north to Garden Eel Cove. During the afternoon dives we came across a congregation of endemic Gold-ring Surgeonfish and a pair of Scrawled Filefish. Our first night dive for the week was the always exciting manta night dive! The conditions were not ideal as there was a significant swell from the northwest, and unfortunately the mantas were a no-show. Despite the challenges, the guests came back to the boat smiling and laughing at the experience and were eager to try again later in the week.
Monday we woke up and began heading south to Shark Fin Rock for a couple of dives where the guests saw a rare Whitley’s Boxfish and several Moorish Idols. During lunch, we moved the boat to Meadows for an early afternoon dive where the guests saw their first Devil Scorpionfish of the week. Following the dive, we continued south to The Dome for two more dives. During the night dive the divers encountered a Hawaiian Conger Eel and a Scrawled Filefish.
Tuesday while on the way to Paradise Pinnacle for our first dive of the day, we came across a group of False Killer Whales that rode in the stern wake of the boat as we moved along. Our second dive site was Pele’s Playground where the divers saw several Skipjack Tuna and an Amberjack chasing bait fish in the deeper water. During lunch it was south to Manuka Bay for three more dives where we saw Great Barracuda as well as several species of eels.
Wednesday after another amazing sunrise, we moved the boat a short distance to Stony Mesas where the divers got to see a Dwarf Moray Eel and Goldlace Nudibranch together. Then it was north to Catacombs where a Commerson’s Frogfish was sighted. We finished our day with dives at The Hive which is always a crowd pleaser. The night dive was thrilling as the divers enjoyed five different species of lobster, Decoy Scorpionfish, and a Spanish Dancer Nudibranch.
Thursday we continued north to Au Au Crater for a couple of dives which featured Long-handed Lobster and a White Margin Nudibranch. For the early afternoon dive, it was off to Amphitheater where the divers marveled at our numerous endemic species of damselfish. We ended the day with two dives at Mantaville. This time the Manta Rays did not disappoint as the divers had up to five rays gliding through their lights during the entire dive.
Friday the Kona Aggressor II headed out towards our final dives at Turtle Pinnacle. Some of the highlights below were Trumpetfish and Coronet fish, along with large schools of Raccoon Butterfly fish! After our dives we enjoyed a BBQ style lunch on the sun deck as we made our way back to the port. That evening we celebrated our Iron Divers of the week! Everyone enjoyed the cocktail party on the sun deck while watching a beautiful sunset sink below the horizon. During the evening guest went on land for dinner and live entertainment!
Saturday we say goodbye to our new friends. We wish everyone safe travels and a big Mahalo and A Hui Hou from the crew. We hope to see everyone back onboard the Kona Aggressor II for another great week of diving!
Kona Aggressor Crew