Entry: Captain Karl
Air Temp. 80-85f
Water Temp. 77-78f
Recommended Wetsuit 5mm-7mm
Crew: Captain Karl, 2nd Jesse, Engineer Cliff, Chef Eric, Instructor Danny
Guest: Deborah, Jim, John, Christine, Lori, Sylvia, Doug and Jason.
Kalokos Arches and Garden Eel Cove.
Amphitheater, Lions Den and Au Au Crater.
Thompsons Reef, Stoney Mesas and Manuka Bay.
Manuka Bay (Dawn Dive), Peles Playground and Lions Den.
Paradise Pinnacle, Dome and Manta Ville.
Saturday June 6th
This week we welcomed aboard a group from Canada, Australia and USA 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 morning.
Sunday June 7th
The Kona Aggressor ll headed north to Kalokos Arches for the first dives of the week. Everyone did great on the check out dive and saw three Octopus, Dragon Wrasse, Yellow Tail Corris (all Stages) and a Juvenile Short Nose Wrasse. During our stay we were entertained by Spinner Dolphins! Next, We headed to Garden Eel Cove where we did our last three dives of the day. On the dives our guests saw a White Sided Razor Wrasse, Octopus, Dwarf Moray, Blue Goat Fish, Fried Egg Nudibranch, and a Peacock Grouper Hunting alongside a White Mouth Moray. During the night dive, we had Mantas putting on a show for our divers that lasted all the way back to our boat.
Monday June 8th
The Kona Aggressor ll headed south to Amphitheater for the first two dives. The group really enjoyed the Lava Tubes. Some highlights of the dive were a Devil Scorpion Fish, Undulated Moray, White Spotted Toby and a orange Mouth Lizard Fish. While enjoying a delicious meal, we headed further south to Lions Den for dive number three. The chatter on the dive deck afterwards was of a Leaf Scorpion Fish, Eagle Ray, Strawberry and Fried Egg Nudibranchs. Next, We headed to Au Au Crater for the last three dives of the day. What our guests recalled seeing were a Milk Fish, Puffer and Tinkers Butterfly Fish. During the night dive they saw Cusk Eel, Lottins Snapping Shrimp, Marbled Shrimp, Red Lion Fish and a Stripe Belly Puffer.
Tuesday June 9th
The Kona Aggressor ll continued south to Thompsons Reef and were lucky enough to see a Divided Flatworm, Fried Egg Nudibranch, Milkfish, Hellers Barracuda, a Wire Coral Shrimp and a Hammerhead Shark! Next, We headed to Stoney Mesas for our third dive of the day. The group really enjoyed the underwater topography and all the Puffer Fish and Flame Angel Fish. The Kona Aggressor head back north to Manuka Bay for the last two dives of the day. The talk on the dive deck afterwards was of seeing a Yellow Margin Moray, Undulated Moray, Devil Scorpion Fish and a Dragon Moray.
Wednesday June 10th
As voted by the guests, we opted to stay at Manuka Bay for a Dawn Dive. Our guests enjoyed seeing the reef come back alive with the sunrise and a sleepy Eagle Ray! Next we continued north to Peles Playground for the second dive of the day. The highlights were a Long Handed Lobster, Puffer Fish and a Dwarf Moray. Next, We headed further north to Lions Den where the talk on the dive deck after was of seeing Green Turtle, Leaf Scorpion Fish, and a Viper Moray. On the night dive they saw Decoy Scorpion Fish, Barred Moray, Bullseye Lobster and a Spanish Dancer Nudibranch.
Thursday June 11th
After a good nights sleep the Kona Aggressor ll headed to Paradise Pinnacle for dives one and two. The creatures our guests recalled seeing were a Blue Dragon Nudibranch, Red Stripe Pipe Fish, Long Fin Anthia and a White Tip Reef Shark. Next, We headed north to the Dome for the third dive. The highlights were a Devil Scorpion Fish, Many Cowries and a White Tip Reef Shark! The Kona Aggressor ll continued its way north to Manta Ville and found a Leaf Scorpion Fish and Mantas on both dives with a nice private show for our guests.
Friday June 12th
After a good nights sleep on the Kona Mooring we headed to Turtle Pinnacle for the last two dives of the trip and highlights included seeing a Steindachners Moray, an Eagle Ray, as well as a Horned Helmet devouring a Collector Urchin.
Saturday May 13th
We droped our guests off at the pier in Kona and said our farewells to our new friends from Canada, Australia and USA this week. Thanks again for the awesome 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