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Entry by Captain Karl
Air Temp. 80-85f
Water Temp. 75-77f
Recommended Wetsuit 5mm-7mm
Crew: Captain Karl, Second Captain Jon, Chef Matt, Instructors Jesse and Dave, Steward Alan.
Guest: Jon, Wende, Karen, Alexandra, Don, Bob, Roni, Patrick, Liza, Max and Megan.
Kalokos Arches and Garden Eel Cove.
Amphitheater, Lions Den and the Hive.
Au Au Crater, Ridges and Manta Ville.
Dome and Robs Reef.
Paradise Pinnacle, Driftwood, Meadows and Pelagic Magic.
Saturday March 21st
This week we welcomed aboard a group from all over America on the Kona Aggressor ll. We picked everyone up from the 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 mourning!
Sunday March 22nd
Early in the morning the Kona Aggressor ll headed north to Kalokos Arches for our first two dives. Everyone did great during their check out dives and saw a Zebra Moray, Dragon Wrasse, Octopus, Short Nose Wrasse, Divided Flatworm, and White Mouth Moray. Next, we headed to Garden Eel Cove for the last three dives of the day. During the first two dives the highlights were listening to whale song while watching an Octopus and a visit By some Spinner Dolphins! During the night dive they got to see Yellow Margin Moray hunting, a Regal Slipper Lobster, Scrawled File Fish, and some Bottle Nose dolphins that saw us off on our way back to the Kona Mooring where we spent the night.
Monday March 23rd
The Kona Aggressor ll headed south to Amphitheater for the first dives of the day. Our guest really enjoyed the Lava Tube and seeing a Fried Egg Nudibranch, Rock Mover Wrasse, and an Eagle Ray! Next, we headed further south while we enjoyed a delicious meal made by our Chef Matt we continued to Lions Den. The talk on the dive deck after was of a Green Lion Fish, Leaf Scorpion Fish, and a Turtle! Our last dive spot for the day was the Hive and our guest got to see a Giant Porcupine Puffer Fish, Yellow Headed Moray, Crabs, Red Lion Fish, and a Slipper Lobster. On the night dive the highlights were a Spanish Dancer, Decoy Scorpion Fish, and Slipper and Regal slipper Lobster just to name a few.
Tuesday March 24th
At First Light we headed to Au Au Crater for the first two dives of the day. This was everyones favorite dive this week, with its vertical walls volcanic black sand channels. our guest saw Red Lion Fish, Red striped Pipe Fish, Titan Scorpion Fish, Gold Laced Nudibranch, Long Handed Lobster, and a Leaf Scorpion Fish. Next, we headed north to Ridges for the third dive. Our guest liked swimming through the many channels that make up the ridges. Finding Puffer fish after Puffer fish and a Fried Egg Nudibranch here and there. After we headed yet further north to Manta Ville where we finished our day up. Our guest got to see Mantas on both the fourth dive and night dive with a great show put on by three mantas!
Wednesday March 25th
After a good night sleep next to the Sheraton we headed back south to the Dome. Our guest had a couple of great dives here with two Frog Fish, Two Octopus, male Whitleys Boxfish, Peacock Razor Wrasse, and a larger Gray Snapper. Next, we headed south to Robs Reef for the last three dives of the day. The gang lucked out again with Turtles, Hellers Barracudas, Moray Eels, and a Henshaw Snake Eel. On the night dive they saw tons of Decoy Scorpion Fish, Sculptured Slipper Lobster, Marbled Shrimp, 7-11 Crab, Splendid Pebble Crab, Hawaiian Conger Eel and a Sleepy Sponge Crab.
Thursday March 26th
The Kona Aggressor began her final way back north to Paradise Pinnacle for the first two dives. The highlights were Hawaiian Red Lion Fish, Red Stripe Pipe Fish, Yellow Hairy Hermit Crab, and a Titan Scorpion Fish. While having lunch we continued to Driftwood for dive three and saw a Tiger Flatworm, Stripe Belly Puffer, and Super Male Bird Wrasse to mention just a few. Next, we headed to Meadows for dive four. The talk on the dive deck after was of a Fried Egg Nudibranch, Giant Porcupine Puffer Fish, and a Freckled Snake Eel. Our guest choose to do Pelagic Magic for the night dive to witness the largest migration that takes place on our planet.
Friday March 27th
The Kona Aggressor II finished out the week at Old Airport and our divers were serenaded by Humpback while staring ofF the slope hoping one might come by. The highlights on the dive was Fried Egg Nudibranch, Dragon Wrasse and a Juvenile Yellow Tail Corris.
Saturday March 28th
We droped our guest off at the pier in Kona and said our farewells to our new friends this week. Congratulation to our Iron Divers Alexandra and Don. Thanks again for joining us this week we had a lot of fun with you aboard the Kona Aggressor ll. We hope to see you again soon!
Captain Karl and crew