September 24th-October 01, 2016
Air Temp. 78-88 F
Water Temp. 80-82 F
Captain/Instructor: Matthew Herwig
Captain/Engineer: Cliff Muse
Instructor: Brian Forman
Instructor: Brent Goudreau
Dive master: Cam Smay
Chef: Kevin Bennett
Kevin, Stephen, Arba, Susan, Harold, Mariellen, Timothy, Heesuk, Andrea, Wensi, Jeff, James,
Brett, and Matt
Sunday – Kalokos Arches, Garden Eel Cove
Monday – Aquarium, The Dome
Tuesday – Lion’s Den, Au Au Crater
Wednesday – Pele’s Playground, Manuka Bay
Thursday –Paradise Pinnacle, Meadows, Pelagic Dive
Friday – Turtle Pinnacle
Saturday September 24th – We greeted our visitors on board the Kona Aggressor II on another picture
Perfect postcard day in Kona, Hawaii. There was much excited talk about the upcoming charter, and
Everyone shared about their latest dive trip and what they were looking forward to seeing on this trip.
Requests were made by the guests to view Whale Sharks, Whales, and Octopus. We will see if King
Neptune is cooperative on this charter. Chef Kevin once again produced a wonderful bounty of BBQ
Chicken, Sausage, Ribs, Homemade Macaroni Salad, and Corn on the Cob. Our visitors retired early as
It had been a full travel day and dreamed of all the sea creatures to be seen soon, as Bottle Nose
Dolphins circled the boat at our mooring playfully.
Sunday September 25th – Our morning started bright and clear, with a great view of the Island of
Maui to the North protruding above the purple and pink clouds. Our first destination was to Kalakos
Were warm and clear with visibility to 60 Feet plus, and water temperatures upwards of 83 degrees.
Upon returning from both dives, the divers happily reported seeing White Mouth Moray Eels, two different types of rare Nudibranch the Varicos Phyllidia, and Pustulase Phyllidia, Porcupine Puffer Fish,
Scorpion Fish, Frog Fish, and many Octopi.
In addition, two guests, Jeff and James began work on their Nitrox certification with Instructor Brent
And were eager to try out their new skills as Enriched Air Divers on the Manta Dive tonight.
After a wonderful lunch of gourmet sandwiches, Soup and Salad from Chef Kevin, we moved further
North to Garden Eel Cove for the afternoon and Night Dive. The midafternoon dives produced viewings
Of an Eagle Ray, Banded Coral Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, and Razor Wrasse. Upon exiting the water for
Dinner, the guests were greeted with the smell of fresh grilled Mahi Mahi and couldn’t wait to see what
Else Chef Kevin had made for dinner. Our Manta Ray night dive at Eel Cove began with a sighting of
The rare and endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal, one of two mammals endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, the other being the Horay Bat. Since there are only about 1100 Monk Seals left in the wild habitat of
The Hawaiian Islands, we feel pretty privileged to see the Monk Seal. We were able to view a huge
Manta Ray gliding by a couple of times and we concluded our dive with a sighting of an Undulated Eel.
Monday September 26th – We left Eel Garden Cove in the predawn hours headed South towards the
Aquarium dive site. We arrived at the dive site to find crystal clear waters with a visibility of 70 Feet
plus and warm water temperatures of 82 degrees. Six minutes into the first dive of the morning and we
spotted a Spotted Eagle Ray headed South along the wall of the drop off at 50 feet of depth. We then
Proceeded north and saw many Oceanic Trigger Fish, Sergeant Fish, and Surgeon fish. Many other
Smaller creatures were seen along with Flat Rock Crabs, assorted NudiBranchs, and Yellow Margin
Eels. After another wonderful lunch from Chef Kevin, we moored at the Dome. We arrived to warm
clear waters and dove in right away. Our divers were greeted by Oceanic Barracuda, Fire Darts, and
Dragon Wrasse. Chef Kevin grilled marinated pork tenderloins, and we all eagerly awaited the desert
Of fruit layered puff pastries. Our night dive started with viewings of Green Sea Turtles, Lobsters, Zebra
Eels, and Cowrys. All the divers agreed that it was truly a wonderful day of diving and went off to
Sleep with dreams of the adventure tomorrow.
Tuesday September 27th – The waning crescent moon was setting over the western Southern Pacific
Ocean in the predawn hours that we left our mooring at the Dome and headed South to our next dive
Spot at the Lion’s Den. A great start today, as the Lion’s Den offers many opportunities to explore
Deep water caves, swim through, and caves. Our divers were eager to see the endemic Lion Fish
Of Hawaii, a non-evasive predator fish. We were able to find the Lion Fish on our dives along with
Oceanic Barracuda, Oceanic Trigger Fish, and many Parrot Fish. We were also treated by a special surprise of an appearance of three Bottle Nose Dolphins. They came up quite close to our divers, swam
And played around for about 20 minutes with us. What a terrific experience.
Our next adventure began at Au Au Crater, a fantastic underwater blown out crater South of Lion’s Den. The crater starts at a depth of 40 feet and drops down 150+ feet to a sandy bottom. Divers reported seeing both on the late afternoon and evening dives Spotted Eagle Rays, Convict Tangs Stocky Hawk fish, Slipper Lobsters, and Hawaiian Lobsters.
Wednesday September 28th – We awoke to beautiful clear skies and calm winds and set course for
Never Never Land with a huge monolith pinnacle right in the middle of the dive site. . Soon we were diving with swarms of Pyramid Butterfly Fish and Parrot Fish. Our divers encountered Viper Morays, Gold Lace Nudi, and Decoy Scorpion Fish on the two morning dives. The highlight was a great sighting of a White Tip Reef Shark and Eagle Rays. We had a fantastic lunch of grilled pork ribs and fresh salad and many other delicious foods. We then moved to our late afternoon and night dive site of Manuka Bay. Crystal clear waters and visibility of 50 foot + awaited us at Manuka Bay, as our excited divers reported back seeing Peacock Flounders, Bandit Angelfish, Balls Pipefish, and many, many cowries of all types and shapes. We closed the day out with a beautiful South Pacific Sunset and a warm clear night dive.
Thursday September29th – We left Manuka Bay early in the morning and headed for Paradise Pinnacle. There was much excited talk on the dive deck regarding the upcoming dive and Pelagic Night Dive. Our day began with viewings of Frog Fish and an Eagle Ray at Paradise Pinnacle. We also saw Peacock Flounders, Lobsters and Slipper Lobsters. We headed next for the Meadows dive site where we were greeted by Dragon Eels. Along with the Dragon Eels we saw fantastic structures underwater along with many of Hawaii’s State Fish the Humuhumunhkunukuapua’a. We next traveled 2 miles out to sea for our Pelagic Dive. The Divers were thrilled at all the tiny sea creatures under our boat as we drifted over the top. Reports of large schools of hunting squid were also mentioned.
Friday September 30th - Our Day began leaving from our mooring in Kona Harbor and traveling North
Towards our last dive spot of the week Turtle Pinnacle. We saved the best sight for the last as the divers
were able to see Hawksbill Turtles, Dragon Wrasse, Frog Fish, Eagle Rays, Zebra Eels, and many Crown of Thorns, Viper Eels, and Octopus. Our divers were certainly not disappointed by the variety of sea life available to see at this dive site. We ended our dives for the trip very successfully and happily, and lunched in the salon with a Mexican Food Buffet provided by Chef/Instructor Brent. We had Chicken Mole, Pork Carnitas, Beef Tacos, homemade guacamole and salsa, and all the fixings. What a great feast!
We all had such a great time on this charter of course we did not want it to end, but Saturday was soon
And we made our Alohas to our very happily satisfied guests.
Until Next Time...
The Kona Aggressor II Captain and crew