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Kona Aggressor II Captain’s Log
May 13th – May 19th, 2017
Air temperature: 70- 80 °F
Water Temperature: 75°F
Visibility: 50 -100+ ft.
Captain Matt Herwig
2nd Captain: Brian Foreman
Instructor: Brian & Simone (Trainee)
Divemasters: Cameron Smay & Celia Corbin
Chef: Kevin Bennett
Guests: Tim, John, Bob, Kenny, Yuliya, Dymitri, Mike, Tim, Peter, Jerry, Don
Sunday: Turtle Pinnacle, Garden Eel Cove
Monday: Aquarium, Mantaville
Tuesday: The Dome, Au Au Crater
Wednesday: Land of Oz, Pohue Bay
Thursday: Catacombs, Never-Never Land, Paradise Pinnacle, Driftwood, and Pelagic Ma
Friday: Shark Fin Rock
Saturday, May 13, 2017 – Aloha from the Kona Aggressor II. Today we welcomed 10 guests aboard in the late afternoon. We have a large Californian group this week along. There’s father and son from Santa Monica, a San Jose couple celebrating their 13th anniversary this week, another from Pacific Palisades, some solo travelers from Oregon and Florida, and one guest who came all the way from Belgium to spend a week with us. Let’s not forget our Canadian friend, Mandy, who is spending her third consecutive week with us!
We had a few travelers with some flight delays. Two were fortunately able to get transferred to a different plane making it to our welcome party. We’ll have to pick up though in the morning after our first dive.
Chef Kevin grilled a delicious BBQ with all the traditional American fixings to welcome our guests the evening. Everyone left just enough room for a Chocolate Mousse Cake right before retiring to bed.
Sunday, May 14th, 2017 – We were welcomed this morning with tropical showers and a half rainbow peering over the horizon before our first dive at Turtle Pinnacle.
Our couple from San Jose saw their first dragon wrasse and loved its cute motions. We also found a variety of moray eel with several being more active than usual swimming around. The visibility and conditions were excellent today.
Later in the afternoon, we started our first day of daily trivia for a chance to win prizes at the end of the week. We’re tied between three guests (Mike, John, and Tim). Will we have others on the scoreboard tomorrow or will these three continue to take the lead?
Chef Kevin prepared a delectably light and yet flavorful mahi-mahi topped with a mango coulis, coconut rice, and a side of asparagus.
The weather felt a bit brisk and cold into the evening, so we made sure the guests were warmed up with some of our “special” hot chocolate after the dive.
Monday, May 15th, 2017 – We woke up to sunny, warm skies and made our way to Aquarium for our first morning dive. A slight current picked up but the visibility and lighting were perfect. It was a bit of a workout getting to the “shoot ‘em up” and the tube, but a lot of fun to swim through if you get the surge timing right. We found a day octopus, fried egg nudibranch, and a dwarf moray during the dive.
Heavy clouds and rain picked up in the late afternoon at Mantaville, just in time for our dive. We promised the guests there would be no rain underwater, but only adventurous iron diver contestants decided to go for it.
The dive was well worth it with a half dozen mantas swimming from different directions and a curious and possibly territorial damselfish swimming up close to our masks. The dive ended with a cool gold lace nudibranch. This dive sort of made up for our no-show manta dive at Garden Eel Cove and was quite fun!
Chef Kevin prepared a flank steak with tangy chimichurri sauce and grilled veggies. We continued our daily trivia with Tim and John up another point and our Mandy scoring a point and making the scoreboard.
The manta night dive was a huge success with some guests claiming it was their best dive of the trip so far. The rain tapered down and everyone finished the evening with Kevin’s Key Lime pie and hot chocolate.
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 – Our first dive began at The Dome today and underwater life was abundant. We found two Commerson’s frogfish, a green turtle, a dragon wrasse, a Spanish dancer’s eggs, a rockfish, and lots of nudibranchs.
It was warm and sunny for lunch that we decided to have it on our upper deck and enjoy the bit of sunshine and shy winds.
The rain picked up again mid-afternoon but that didn’t stop our guests from diving and discovering new things underwater; a couple of our guests spotted a nice sized Titan Scorpion fish.
After every storm, there’s always a rainbow to be found and we happened to find two!
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 – We headed farther south to Land of Oz for our first two dives. Our guests really enjoyed the warm and sunny morning helping improve the already great diving conditions and visibility.
After our second dive at Land of Oz, there were about 20 Spinner dolphins hanging near our boat for a good fifteen to twenty minutes. Some of our guests were able to find them during their safety stop while others were able to snorkel with and around them. Everyone was ecstatic when they returned.
In the afternoon, we headed even farther south to Pohue Bay. There was a bit of south swell heading to the bay, but it was perfect underwater. Our guests really enjoyed the coral baumies and abundance of sea life. We never had to leave far from the boat there was so much to see including some turtles, spiny tail lobsters, various nudibranch, crabs, and coral banded shrimp.
Chef Kevin prepared a healthy salmon dinner with a Waldorf salad and some broccoli.
Thursday, May 18th, 2017 – It was a busy Thursday with four dive sites and our pelagic dive! Throughout the day we spotted a green turtle, ghost shrimp, slipper lobster, a very small frogfish, spotted linckio, and various types of nudibranchs and flatworms.
The trivia was a close game with several tying, but Tim came into the lead winning our weekly trivia by two points. He happily accepted his prize for the fish ID book.
Chef Kevin prepared a filet mignon with sides of twice baked potatoes and carrots along with veggie lasagna. It didn’t stop there with a caramel crème brulee for dessert.
After dinner everyone got ready for the pelagic dive and expressed their amazement at all the fun pelagic sea life they were able to find underwater.
It’s our last official dive day for our guests this week. We had some sharp and witty personalities this week keeping us on our toes and laughing. Thanks to everyone for making this a fun and memorable charter.