Air Temp. 75-85 F
Water Temp. 77-79 F
Captain Colby Hawkins
2nd Captain Greg Dooley
Engineer: Ernie Stanley
Instructor: David Jackson
Chef: Toby Reichart
Alyssa, Lauren, Doretta, Lyman, Dean, Amelie, Ronald, Cynthia & Yuji
Sunday – Dome, Lions Den
Monday – Rob’s Reef, Au Au Crater, The Hive
Tuesday – Stoney Mesa, Manuka Bay
Wednesday – Paradise Pinnacle, Captain Cook’s Bay, Mantaville
Thursday – Amphitheater, Shark Fin Rock, Garden Eel Cove
Friday – Turtle Pinnacle, Aquarium
Saturday April 30th
Another cozy group of 9 from the US, Canada and Japan. We started our evening with a delicious swordfish dinner made by Toby before we started our introductions and getting to know each other. We all had some pieces of ourselves to share and talk about other boats and trips around the world. We were fortunately then given a calm nights sleep on our local mooring while our guest got their sea legs adjusted for the week.
Sunday May 1st
A calm morning to head down south to our first dive site, The Dome! We saw 3 white tip reef sharks, porcupine puffers & snowflake eels. The visibility was close to 80ft and we started off our week with two great dives. For the afternoon we headed to the Lion’s Den... Here we saw
conger eels, octopus, A spotted eagle ray and slipper lobsters on the night dive! For dinner we had lamb chops with mixed greens and locally grown purple mash potatoes. Yum!
Monday May 2nd
A Short drive only a few hundred yards a way to an awesome site called Rob’s Reef. Here there is a large 100ft cave that goes into the Cliffside. The sun made the lighting great for photos and video and we had two great morning dives. Here we saw a scorpion fish, white mouthed morays and a green sea turtle. For dinner we had fresh ono fish with carrots and kale. A healthy yet very satisfying choice!
Tuesday May 3rd
Stoney Mesa! A site with rock structures that are very maze-like. Lots of overhangs and places to shine your flashlight into. The current was a little strong but this multi level dive site had to go places to drift into. In the afternoon we hopped over to Manuka Bay. Our place to hide from the wind and swell. To our pleasant surprise we had a whole pod of energetic dolphins around the boat when we got to the site and when divers jumped in. Lauren and Cynthia got some topside photos while Yuji and Brian chased after the pod and got some underwater shots. These guys are too fast to chase but they kept coming back to the boat to scope us out! They put on an acrobatic show for us doing flips and spins out of the water. It was very fun to watch.
Wednesday May 4th
After a decent nights sleep in Manuka Bay we made our way back north to Paradise Pinnacle. Waiting for us at the bottom was a white tipped reef shark, some black coral and some rare long-nosed hawkfish. Then it was time to move up north for our stop into Captain Cook’s Bay for a wall dive in calm waters. We don’t have a mooring here so we had to do a live drop. Our divers were like navy divers jumping off the dive platform all together as they were positioned onto outer edge of the wall. For dinner we had steaks on the grill with a sweet mushroom sauce and freshly steamed brussels sprouts.
Thursday May 5th
It’s Cinco De Mayo and we’ve got two anniversaries to celebrate between Cynthia and Ron, Dean And Amelie... We kicked off this morning with some lava tube adventure at our local site called Amphitheater. Our group did a fantastic job of staying together and going through the tubes with Dave and Brian.
At lunch it was off to Shark Fin Rock. A nice calm afternoon dive with some bright red octopus and mini underwater rock mountains. For the 4:30 dive we scoped out our Manta site at Garden Eel Cove. We had Mantas in the daylight which gave us a good sign that the night dive was going to be good. Sure enough it was incredible! With 18 boats joined together and over 60 divers in the water we 17 Mantas! Almost like a rock concert underwater starring giant mantas. Everyone was amazed and it was surely the highlight of the trip!
Friday May 6th
At breakfast Ernie was behind the galley and Brian played a killer highlight video he had been working on all week. Everyone wanted a copy showcasing our week of Mantas, Dolphins, Sharks, Turtles, Eels, Octopus, Scorpion fish and many others. We had clear skies and good visibility for our dives at Turtle Pinnacle and the Aquarium. Burgers on the grill at lunch and then some relax time back at the pier before our farewell toast. What a great week and a great group. We really had fun and glad they did too!
Until Next Time!
-The Kona Aggressor II Captain and Crew