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Log Date: Saturday, Jun 23, 2018
Entry By: Kona Aggressor Crew









 

Kona Aggressor II Captain’s Log

June 23 – June 29, 2018

Air Temperature: 72 – 90 Fahrenheit

Water Temperature: 76 – 79 Fahrenheit

Visibility: 25’ – 100’

Wetsuit Recommendation: 3mm – 5mm

 

Crew:

Captain: Randy

Second Captain: Mike

Instructors: Rachel

Instructor: RJ

Chef: Cam Smay

Steward: Jen Hudson

 

Dive Sites

Sunday: Aquarium, Garden Eel Cove

Monday: Kaloko Arches, Amphitheater, The Dome

Tuesday: Paradise Pinnacle, Rob’s Reef, The Hive

Wednesday: Never Neverland, Land Of Oz, Manuka Bay

Thursday: Catacombs, Pele’s Playground, Driftwood, Pelagic Magic

Friday: Turtle Pinnacle

Saturday 23 June:

Kona Aggressor II welcomes aboard 13 new guests this week. After everyone is introduced to their new home for the week, Captain Randy formally introduces the guests to their crew, and the yacht. Our guests are familiarized with the yacht, it’s safety features, and it’s amenities. Their first dinner aboard was a Grilled Swordfish with a Tropical Salsa. Dessert featured a Mango Cheesecake.

Sunday 24 June: The day started with a Dive Deck Briefing. Our eager divers first dive was at Aquarium. Later we dove at Garden Eel Cove. Over the course of the day, Golden Lace Nudibranch, Varicose Nudi, Viper Moray, Milkfish, White Tip Shark, Flowery Founder, & Panther Flounder were seen and photographed by our guests.

Our Morning snack of Coconut Cameroons set us up for a day of fun.

Monday 25 June: We dove at Kaloko Arches, Amphitheater, and Dome today. Curious guests were starting to identify some of the endemic species Hawaii has to offer. Noticeable standouts identified were: Stout Moray, Triton Trumpet, Turtles, Yellow Tail Coris, White Mouth Moray, Commerson Frogfish, Giant Moray, Manta, & more White Tip Sharks.

Tuna Poke for an Afternoon snack really hit the mark!

Tuesday 26 June: Black Coral, Long Nose Hawkfish, Ghost Shrimp, and Red Stripe Pipefish at Paradise Pinnacle provided the photographers in the group some amazing photo opportunities. Some other critters seen were, Tiger Cowry, Regal Slipper Lobster, and Day Octopus.

Tuesday’s night dive at The Hive, our guests were greeted by dozens of shrimp, and Slipper Lobster, Spiny Lobster, Red Reef Lobster, Cusk Eels, Hawaiian Conger Eels, and a beautiful Spanish Dancer.

Morning started with Macadamia Nut Pancakes with a Coconut Crème Anglaise.

Wednesday 27 June: As we made our way South along the gorgeous Hawaiian coastline stopping for dives along the way, we saw, Whitley’s Boxfish, Ornate Butterflyfish, Leaf Scorpionfish, Threadfin Butterflies, White Tip Sharks, Undulated Moray, and a Sleepy Sponge Crab.

Dinner consisted of Greek Salad, Herb Roasted Game Hen, Quinoa Salad, Roasted Vegetables, finished off with an Apple Crumble.

Thursday 28 June: Today we headed back North along the coast. Sea Turtles, White Tip Sharks, and mating Parrotfish provided underwater entertainment. The ever-popular Pelagic Magic Night Dive, was once again a real crowd pleaser.

Dinner, Prime Rib with Red Wine Jus followed a Roasted Cauliflower Soup.

Friday 29 June: Today the group savored the ever-present beauty of the Hawaiian reef and common marine life one last time at Turtle Pinnacle.

Lunch of Cheeseburgers in Paradise, followed later with a Cocktail Party consisting of Beer, Wine, Selection of Cheeses & Crackers. The guests and crew reminisced the adventures this week produced