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Log Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Entry By: Kona Aggressor Crew



 



Kona Aggressor II Captain’s Log

May 27th – June 2nd, 2017 Air temperature: 70- 80 °F Water Temperature: 75°F Visibility: 50 -100+ ft.

Crew:
Captain Matt Herwig
2nd Captain: Todd McConnell
Divemasters: Cameron Smay & Celia Corbin Chef: Kevin Bennett

Guests: Mike, Kathy, John, Lydia, Mack, Michelle, Sara, Brittney, Rob, Dianne, Matt, Darren, Brian, Aaron

Dive Sites:
Sunday: Kolokos Arches, Garden Eel Cove
Monday: Aquarium, Shark Fin Cove, Mantaville Tuesday: Driftwood, Paradise Pinnacle, Au Au Crater Wednesday: Land of Oz, Catacombs, Manuka Bay Thursday: Neverland, Rob’s Reef, Amphitheatre Friday: Turtle Pinnacle

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 – Aloha from the Kona Aggressor II. Today we welcomed a group of 14 Floridian guests from the Orlando Reef Dive Club. There’s always a great group dynamic when we have guests who already know each other. Two will be celebrating their 100th dive with us this week.

Chef Kevin grilled a delicious BBQ with all the traditional American staples to welcome our guests the evening. Everyone left just enough room for a Chocolate Mousse Cake right before retiring to bed.

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 – We feel summer getting closer with warm and sunny skies. It was so nice out that we decided to have lunch on the upper deck. Chef Kevin made his house favorite pastrami sandwiches with a homemade vegetable soup.

Because of the large south swell we cruised north to Garden Eel Cove for the afternoon. Our guests spotted a large school of goatfish, explored the endemic Hawaiian garden eels, spotted a peacock flounder camouflaged on a rock, and a variety of nudibranchs.

Chef Kevin prepared a delectably light and yet flavorful grilled salmon with wok-fried vegetables and mashed cauliflower for dinner.

Despite the reports with very few manta sightings at Garden Eel Cove lately, we decided to play our luck and go on the night dive anyway. We did get one sighting of a manta passing through that our guests seemed okay with. We’ll try again at Mantaville tomorrow.

Monday, May 29th, 2017 – We woke up to sunny, warm skies and made our way to Aquarium for our first morning dive. Afterward, we headed more south to Shark Fin Cove. The current was ripping more than usual leaving us with a short and yet adventurous dive.

The conditions were much calmer at Mantaville in the afternoon, though that big south swell made it really surgey. Everyone was happy that the mantas showed up and stuck around long enough to play with for the night dive.

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 – It’s another beautiful day. We started the morning at Driftwood. The conditions were better than previous days and our guests really enjoyed the lava tube and ghost shrimp and slipper lobster that was found in it. We made our way farther south in the afternoon to Paradise Pinnacle and then stayed the night at Au Au Crater. Au Au Crater is always a favorite for night dives because of the crazy amount of critters we usually find.

Chef Kevin prepared a wonderful mahi dinner with coconut rice and asparagus. Our guests commented that Floridians are picky when it comes to Key Lime Pie but he didn’t disappoint! We ended the evening with a movie and popcorn.

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 – Today we made our way to Land of Oz and spotted several octopus, two being right under the boat! There were many damselfish swimming around too.

Afterward, we headed to Catacombs. This may be some of our guest’s favorite dive of the week. Lots of really cool swim-throughs for them to explore and excellent diving conditions with much calmer than usual surge.

Chef Kevin prepared pork tenderloin with a vegetable medley and garlic mashed potatoes. Many couldn’t pass up the brownie sundaes for dessert!

Those who decided not to go on the night dive had popcorn and a movie night.

Thursday, June 1st, 2017 – We started heading back north for our last full day of diving. It was a fun morning visiting Never-never Land and swimming around the landmark rock. Later in the afternoon, we cruised on over to Rob’s Reef which some of our guests liked to claim was named after our guest, Rob.☺

The weather has been in our favor all week with calm conditions since early in the week. We had fun showing our guests more of the lava tubes that Amphitheatre has to offer.

Chef Kevin made his perfectly prepared filet mignon for dinner – a perfect meal for our pelagic dive.

Friday, June 2nd, 2017 – It’s our last day of diving with these guests this week at Turtle Pinnacle. The morning started off with quite a thrill when one of our divemasters ran into a tiger shark when mooring up the line. The tiger shark didn’t stick around long enough for our two dives, but we had fun exploring the drop off and the pinnacle for eels and nudibranchs. Our guests also spotted a tiny yellow frogfish and a leaf scorpion fish on these dives. It was a great way to end the week!