Kona Aggressor II
May 28 June 4 2016
Air Temp- 80F, 26C to 85F, 29C
Water Temp 77F, 25C to 80F, 26C
Wet Suit Recommendation 3-5 mil full wet suit
Captain & crew
1st Captain Ernie Stanley
2nd Captain Gregory Dooley
Instructor DM video Brent Gondreau
Instructor DM David Jackson
Instructor Jeremy Dick
Chef Mike Bahadali
Land of Oz, Catacomb, Manuka Bay, Black Coral Forest, Rainbow Reef, Ladders, Pahue Bay, The Hive, Robs Reef, Lions Den, Manta Ville, Amphitheater, Dome, Driftwood, Pelagic Magic, Turtle Pinnacle, Shark Fin.
Noted fish Sightings
Spotted Eagle Rays, Giant Porcupine fish, Moray eels, Zebra Moray. Dwarf Moray, Whitemouth Moray, Dragon Moray, Hawaiian Dascyllus, Big Long nose Butter fly fish, Spotted box Fish, Barracuda, Green turtle, Peacock Grouper, Slender Lizard Fish, Moorish Idol, Parrot Fish of many kinds. White Tip Sharks, Surgeon Fishes, Slipper lobsters, Day Octopus, Lionfish and many Varieties of Nudibranch. We can’t forget the manta show, which was outstanding
10 Guests arrive Monica, Matthew, Kristin, Ruth, John, Brad, Summer, Nona, Joe & Alex. Captain and crew welcome the guests with a big ALOHA!!!! Captain Ernie starts with the Aloha briefing. After the briefing the guests work on gear and get settled into there prestigious rooms. Mike blows the conch shell indicating it’s time for dinner. Chef Mike has prepared a fabulous dinner. Dinner with wine and a cold Pia (beer) just makes the life on a live aboard that much better. The guests are ready to retire to their fabulous staterooms for some well-deserved rest after traveling.
The Kona Aggressor heads south to there farthest dive sites. Todays dive sites will be Land of OZ. After a hardy breakfast and Captain Ernie’s deck briefing. The guests suit up for some Hawaiian style diving. Land of Oz will be are first dive site.
LOZ has beautiful rock and ledge formation with a swim through that leads you to an opening on the surface. After brief buoyancy check the divers head down to explore their new undersea world. Catacomb is the next destination for diving. There’s a green Turtle swimming through, Crown of thorns creeping along, Achilles Tang, Dragon Wrasse, Rock Mover Wrasse to name a few. The divers retreat back to the Kona aggressor where Chef Mike has prepared lunch. The next dive takes us to Manuka Bay. Manuka Bay is well known for its Camp Area. Manuka bay dive site with its large rock formations and wall makes for a beautiful site. Manuka Bay will also be our night dive today. Divers suit up for the night dive at Manuka Bay. The darkness brings out octopus, spiny lobsters & Crabs.
Aloha, What a beautiful morning. We have moved the Kona Aggressor to Black Forest for the morning dives. Black Forest is a dive ranging in depth from 15ft(3m) to 120ft(40M), with coral formations that looks like a massive coral columns. The Black Forest site has many pinnacles to swim to and look for Nudibranchs. Dive creature sightings for today consist of slipper lobster, Hawkish, Horned Helmet, Damsel Fish, eels and an octopus. The Second dive of the day is Rainbow Reef. Rainbow Reef is one the reefs that has a variety of colorful corals. We could stay at Rainbow Reef for the entire day and never see the entire reef, but there are other sites to see. We’re off to Ladders, a dive site named after the shear wall and the ladders that used to be there to climb the wall. Ladders is well sheltered dive site that’s great for staying overnight. Ladders with its large rock formation are great place for nudibranchs. We find egg eating Nudibranch and a green turtle swimming by and a lobster at night out for a stroll. The divers return after an awesome night dive to find the crew with hot chocolate and a warm towel waiting for them.
We have now moved to Pahue Bay dive site. The Pahue Bay is a 30ft(10m) to a drop off of 100ft(30m) plus a beach that you can swim to and hang out. The divers have many fish and creature sighting to tell about. The eels are the top story, from Dwarf moray eel to pencil eels to Moray eels. We also see big stonefish moving rocks around the bottom. When the divers return Chef Mike has prepared lunch and off we go to the Hive. The Hive is a site with caverns and swim through and a wall where there’s an eagle ray passing by. We also see domino damselfish, flatworms, blue stripe butterfly fish, long nose butterfly fish and Hawaiian Sergeants. The next dive site brings us to the Robb’s Reef; depths 50ft(16m) to an 80ft(24m) drop off. Robb’s Reef is a site with a large coral head and pinnacles that look fingers shooting out of the bottom. Divers return and off we go to Lions Den. Lions Den has a river rock bed were the lion fish hang out. Lions Den has many nudibranchs on it, Egg eating Nudibranch, Varicose Phyllidia and Sphinx Phyllidia to name a few. Since we are close lets head over to Manta Ville. Manta Ville is one of the older spots in Kona to see the Mantas. The dive and snorkel boats show up and its time to watch the show. The divers are entertained by several mantas. Mantas loop and turn on a dime the aerobatics of the manta are awesome
The crew gets up early to get Kona Aggressor off the mooring and on its way to Amphitheater. The divers will be exploring an area that is known for its Lava tubes that seem to go on forever. Amphitheater has large areas of long finger corals reaching depths of 60ft (20m) to 20ft(6m). As you descend into the crevices and cracks the coral come alive with shrimp and lobsters. As they ascend to top of the there’s a zebra eel lurking along the coral. The divers return to KAII for lunch and to relax as we move to the Dome. It’s time to dive, ring the bell. The divers suit up to another fabulous dive. The Dome has always been a favorite for the divers.
It’s time to head to the Driftwood. This dive is for thrill seekers. 80-foot swim thru, arches, small swim thru that bend around corners and end at15ft from the surface. The dive site is 30ft(10m) to 70ft (22m). Deep with beautiful canyons steep walls. Drift Wood is known for its fabulous arches, at 60ft the arch takes you out to sea, what a view. There’s a little mini wall to scale that takes you to 80ft. there you can see, Lemon Butterfly, Dragon wrasse, Amber Jack and blue lined Snapper. The divers return to a marvelous dinner. Kona Aggressor leaves the mooring to head out to sea for Pelagic Magic. We set up the Kona Aggressor with lines for the divers to hang from and watch the magic in 3,000ft of water. It’s hard to describe the creatures you encounter on pelagic magic. The divers describe the dive as WOW never seen such interesting vertebrate’s. Time has past and the divers return to Kona Aggressor
As the divers near the end of there diving we still have 2 more fabulous dives to go. Lets finish this week with dives at the Turtle Pinnacle and Shark Fin. The
Turtle Pinnacle is a shallow 30ft (10m) to 50ft(16m) site with a large Pinnacle that starts at 30 ft. at the top and continues down to 65ft at the bottom. There are nudibranches, Sergeant Majors, Frogfish relaxing on the bottom. Next we move to Shark Fin Rock. Shark Fin is 20ft(7m) and the bottom is at 60ft(20m), There’s a white tip that lives near by, that comes out to see the divers. If you had to finish a week of diving with a great site Shark Fin is it. The divers return to the Kona Aggressor for an all out barbecue Kona Aggressor style. Hats off to Chef Mike for a beautiful week of meals. The guests now have the task of cleaning, packing there gear and farewells.
We would like to congratulate Nona are Iron diver this week, and Monica our new enriched air diver congratulations. As we say farewell to our diver friends, we say hello to new and anxious divers
From the Captain Ernie And The Crew Happy Fishes!
Captain Ernie Stanley