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Kona Aggressor II Captain’s Log
August 12, 2017th – August 18th, 2017 Air temperature: 82-84 °F
Guests: Kari, Kirsten, Seiko, Nobuhiko, Ushesh, Stevan, Dean, Barb, Gillian, Oliver, Wayne, Stephanie
Saturday, August 12th, 2017 – Aloha from the Kona Aggressor II. Today we welcomed 12 guests aboard visiting from all over the world. We have a couple from New Zealand but residing in Switzerland, another couple from Japan, one traveling solo from Switzerland, a Californian, some from the East Coast, and a returning couple visiting from our backyard in Oahu. It’s going to be fun getting to know everyone and hearing more about their dive stories.
Chef Kevin prepared an enjoyable Hawaiian buffet with mango BBQ pork ribs, teriyaki chicken, and smoked beef sausage. It wouldn’t be complete without his cilantro lime kale coleslaw and baked beans. After dinner, we finished off the evening with a delightful cheesecake with tropical fruit.
Sunday, August 13th, 2017 –
We spent our first two dives at Kalokos Arches exploring the many arches at this dive site. Over the course of two dives we found two milletseed butterflyfish (endemic to Hawaii), varicose philllydias, rockmover wrasse and some common reef fish.
Later at Garden Eel Cove we had some really playful dolphins with one throwing a sea cucumber around and catching it. We found the dolphin’s partner in crime laying on it’s back in the sand. It was peculiar behavior we’re not used to seeing around here, but hilarious.
Chef Kevin made a delicate poke complimented by sushi rolls for starters and then Cornish hens with coconut rice and mixed vegetables for dinner. We completed the evening with a chocolate mousse cake and special hot chocolate after our manta night dive.
Monday, August 14th, 2017 –
We started a great morning at the Aquarium. The conditions were perfect to swim through the “suck ‘em up” and the lava tube. Over the course of two dives we spotted eagle rays, a white tip shark, several octopus, a black leaf scorpion fish, pyramid butterflyfish, gold lace nudibranchs, Whitley’s boxfish, and fried egg nudibranchs. Great morning!
In the afternoon we headed south to The Dome. Our guests really enjoyed the ‘dome’ and the blue dragon nudibranchs inside it. A green turtle even made an appearance.
The night dive was fantastic with two Spanish dancer sightings, a repeat appearance of the Commerson’s frogfish, and some octopus.
Chef Kevin grilled up a pineapple salad for starters and swordfish with a tropical salsa for dinner. For dessert, we enjoyed a rich macadamia nut brownie sundae.
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 –
underwater canyons and over the lava fingers.
We ended up going to Rob’s Reef for our second dive. There was a sleepy sponge crab, conger eel, and slipper lobsters. At the end of the dive, there were a pod of dolphins.
The afternoon and evening ended at The Hive. We found three frogfish, a green turtle, two giant eagle rays, many spiny-tailed lobsters, Spanish dancer eggs, and even a couple of boxfish spawning.
Chef Kevin prepared a flank steak with veggies and an apple crumble a la mode for dessert.
Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 –
The hot morning and lightly cloudy skies brought us a nice dive at Pele’s Playground today. We were fighting a light current initially, but that eventually tapered off at the end of our dive. Over the course of two dives at Pele’s we found bandit angelfish, green turtle, and some Tinkers butterflyfish.
We cruised over to Manuka Bay in the afternoon and went diving through all the lava fingers. Lots of barracuda here today along with a horned helmet, some bi-color anthias in the deep, garden eels, a marlinspike auger, and hunting morays.
Chef Kevin grilled salmon with a lemon caper sauce, vegetables, and pasta for dinner. We then had key lime pie for dessert.
Thursday, August 17th, 2017 –
We began our first dive at Catacombs. Our guests absolutely loved it and commented on how beautiful the site was. We spotted a devil wrasse, Titan scorpionfish, and even barracuda.
For our second dive, we drove to Thompson’s Reef known for Thompson’s butterflyfish. We don’t come here very often so it was nice exploring unfamiliar territory.
We enjoyed an awesome Greek-themed lunch with grilled lamb, cous cous, Greek salad, and Mediterranean soup.
After lunch we spent the rest of the day at Au Au Crater. Our guests really enjoyed the volcano crater. We spotted a Titan scorpionfish, wire coral gobies, a variety of nudibranchs, and a handful of juvenile peacock razor wrasse.
Then we had the much-anticipated pelagic dive. We loved how enthusiastic everyone was after the dive. We completed the evening to some Bailey’s hot chocolate for our guests.
Friday, August 18th, 2017 –
It’s our last day with our guests. It’s been a fun week and we finished our last two dives at Turtle Pinnacle. There were many pods of dolphin south of our hookup, but none were close enough for us to get a good look underwater. Instead, we found a giant green turtle with barnacles attached, another smaller green turtle, four spotted eagle rays, and one red-stripe pipefish. Great group this week and hope to see them again!