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Kona Aggressor II Captains Log January 3-10, 2015
Air Temp. 70-80 F
*Water Temp. 75 F
* Visibility 30-80 Ft
2nd Captain Karl
Instructor Mindy, Morgan, Liz
Wayne, Stephanie, Rachel, Eric, Mike, Laura, Spencer, Kristi, Bradley, Chris, Brian
Sunday – Aquarium, Garden Eel Cove
Monday – Amphitheater, Lions Den, The Hive
Tuesday – Peles Playground, Manuka Bay
Wednesday – Manuka Bay, Land of Oz, Au Au Crater, Robs Reef
Thursday – Paradise Pinnacle, The Dome, Sheraton, Pelagic Magic
Friday – Kalokos Arches
Saturday January 3
This week we welcomed aboard a boat full of Americans on the Kona
Aggressor II. We picked everyone up from Kona Pier Saturday evening and headed
out to the mooring for dinner and a briefing. We came up with a plan for the week
and headed to bed so we could be bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning!
Sunday January 4
Sunday we started off with a couple of checkout dives at Aquarium. We saw an octopus, zebra moray, fried egg nudi, devil scorpion fish, and a school of pyramid butterflies. After lunch we headed over to Garden Eel Cove, home of the Kona manta ray night dive. During the afternoon dives we already had a manta sighting. We also saw an undulated moray, some blue fin trevallies, and some oval butterflies. On the night dive, we got a nice show put on by a couple of manta rays swimming all around us.
Monday January 5
Monday we headed to Amphitheater for a couple of dives. Some highlights there were a very friendly turtle, a porcupine pufferfish, and an octopus. During lunch we headed down to Lions Den for a dive. We saw 3 leaf scorpionfish, a devil scorpion, and an undulated moray. We went to The Hive for an afternoon and a night dive. We got to see a green sea turtle, a cusk eels, and even an endemic conger eel hunting at night time!
Tuesday January 6
We started off at Peles Playground Tuesday morning. Some favorites there were long handed lobsters, wire coral shrimp, tear drop butterfly, an endemic titan scorpion fish, a stout moray, and a reticulated butterfly. During lunch we headed south to Manuka Bay. We saw a few barracuda, some bi-color anthias, garden eels, a flame angelfish, a leaf scorpion, and yet another conger eel having a meal.
Wednesday January 7
We started off the day with another dive at Manuka Bay. The highlight was definitely a nice long encounter with a spotted eagle ray. We also saw a flagtail tilefish and an endemic gold lace nudi. Next we did a dive at Land of Oz. We saw a dwarf moray and an octopus. Next we did a dive at Au Au Crater. Some favorites there were an endemic bandit angelfish, a Tinkers butterfly, and a peacock razor wrasse. At Robs Reef we saw some slipper lobster, another conger eel, a rare Henshaws snake eel, and a manta ray on the night dive!
Thursday January 8
We started off Thursday morning at Paradise Pinnacle. We saw a Tinkers butterfly, long nose hawkfish, a sleepy sponge crab, a conger eel, a turtle, a Hawaiian long fin anthia, and some dolphins. After lunch we headed to the Dome. We saw a Commersons frogfish, a dragon wrasse, and a peacock razor wrasse. Next we stopped by the Sheraton, where we got to snorkel with a manta before the dive. The night dive was a Pelagic Magic drift dive in the deep. We saw a great assortment of plankton as well as a juvenile African pompano, and a pod of spinner dolphins.
Friday January 9
Friday morning we finished off our week of diving with a couple dives at Kalokos Arches. Some favorites were a Tritons trumpet shell, an octopus, a very rare male Whitleys boxfish, some flame wrasse, and a peacock razor wrasse. Next we had a bbq on the sundeck. Later we let our guests wander around Kona and enjoy the local restaurants for dinner.
Saturday January 10
Saturday we headed to the pier to let our divers feel dry land under their feet again. First we congratulated Stephanie, Wayne, Bradley, Chris, and Mike for becoming Iron Divers! A job well done! Wayne logged dive #1200 during the week as well, most impressive!
We cant wait to see you guys again!
A hui hou,