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Air Temp. 70-80 F
Water Temp. 75 F
Second Captain Karl
Instructor Mindy, Morgan
Liya, Eileen, Eileen, Rick, Liz, Al, Daffy, Patricia, Joe
Sunday – Amphitheater, Meadows
Monday – Aquarium, Garden Eel Cove
Tuesday – The Dome, Au Au Crater, The Hive
Wednesday – Peles Playground, Catacombs, Manuka Bay
Thursday –Land of Oz, Paradise Pinnacle, Pelagic Magic
Friday – Turtle Pinnacle
Saturday Jan 24
This week we welcomed aboard a boat full of Americans and one Australian on the Kona Aggressor II. We headed out to our home mooring for a delicious dinner, some briefings, and some sleep before our busy week of diving.
Sunday Jan 25
Sunday we started off with a pair of checkout dives at Amphitheater. Everyone looked good in the water and the swell was showing signs of dropping. Some fish sightings included endemic red-stripe pipefish, a fried egg nudi, and a white mouth moray. After lunch we headed to Meadows for a pair of dives. We saw a tiger cowry, a dragon wrasse, an octopus, and a flame angel.
Monday Jan 26
Monday morning we headed to Aquarium for a couple of dives. We could hear the humpbacks singing loudly underwater. We saw an octopus, a devil scorpion, a zebra moray, and a rock mover wrasse. Next we headed to Garden Eel Cove, home of the world famous manta ray night dive. On the night dive we had a few fly-bys at the campfire. When we got closer to the boat we found 2 mantas that were feeding like crazy. They hung out right under the boat and did back flips and barrel rolls right in front of the divers!
Tuesday Jan 27
Tuesday morning we started off at The Dome. There were 3 frog fish out in the open! There was also a peacock razor wrasse, a giant puffer, and chocolate dipped damsels everywhere. After lunch we stopped by Au Au Crater for a dive. We saw an elusive Tinkers butterfly hanging out down deep on the wall. Next we headed to the Hive for the last afternoon and night dive. We saw an endemic Hawaiian Conger Eel, a Spanish dancer, and a school of racoon butterflies.
Wednesday Jan 28
Wednesday morning we did a pair of dives at Peles Playground. The highlight there was a couple of hammerheads! One was out in the blue and another came right into the reef and swam past the divers. It was a great start to the morning. Next we headed to Catacombs for a dive. It was a little surgy to get into the lava tubes, but we still saw a lot of great fish out on the reef. The highlight was a pair of rare reticulated butterflies. Next we headed to Manuka Bay. We saw an octopus, a conger eel, a leaf scorpion, some pipefish, and a yellow margin moray.
Thursday Jan 29
Thursday morning we headed to Land of Oz for a couple of dives. Some favorites there were peacock razor wrasse, a few octopus, a flame angel, a strawberry nudi, and a short nose wrasse. After lunch we headed to Paradise Pinnacle for a pair of dives. We saw some longnose hawkfish, an endemic Hawaiian long fin anthia, a red Hawaiian lionfish, a conger eel, and a flag tail tlefish. After dinner we stopped a few miles off shore for a Pelagic Magic drift dive. We clung to lines near the surface and watched as plankton migrated to the surface. There was a nice variety of plankton rising up to the oxygen rich water near the surface.
Friday Jan 30
Friday morning we stopped by Turtle Pinnacle for our last two dives of the trip. We spotted an octopus, a turtle, some endemic psychedelic wrasse, a wire coral shrimp, some endemic red-stripe pipefish, and a bandit angelfish. It was a great ending to a wonderful week of diving! Afterwards we fired up the bbq and had lunch on the sundeck.
Saturday Jan 31
Saturday we returned to the pier and said our farewells to our guests. We would like to congratulate Rick, Patricia, and Joe for becoming Iron Divers by completing every dive this week! Also a very happy birthday to Eileen! A big mahalo to everyone for making this such a fun week!
A hui hou,