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Log Date: Sunday, Dec 06, 2015
Entry By: Kona Aggressor Crew

 

Kona Aggressor II

Captain’s Log * December 6 -12, 2015

CREW:

1st Captain Brad

2nd Captain Misha

Chef Tom

Instructor Dave

Instructor Amanda

 

GUESTS:

Nathan, Jamie, Bjorn, Cynthia, Lisa, Chris, Cherry Sue, James, Barbara, Jason.

 

DIVE SITES:

Sunday – Shark Fin Rock, Garden Eel Cove

Monday – The Dome, Lion’s Den, Rob’s Reef

Tuesday – Au Au Crater, Catacombs, Manuka Bay

Wednesday – Manuka Bay, Land of OZ

Thursday – Kaloko’s Aches, Aquarium, Garden Eel Cove

Friday – Turtle Pinnacle

Saturday evening we welcomed aboard guest from neighboring islands and across the United States. Once we showed everyone around and got gear set up we headed out to the mooring for a delicious dinner and a safety briefing! We spent the remainder of the evening talking about the type of dives and creatures our guest were hoping to encounter.

Sunday morning we headed north from Kona and stopped by Shark Fin Rock for our checkout dives. The group looked great under water and we were off to a good start. At Shark Fin Rock we saw some endemic Potter’s angelfish, Yellow Nunu Trumpet Fish, and a Whitley’s boxfish. During lunch we continued north to Garden Eel Cove. During the afternoon dives we tracked down a pair of dragon wrasse, some teardrop butterfly fish, banded coral shrimp, and a flagtail filefish. The first night dive was our local favorite Manta Dive! Bellow the water this evening we had some serge but our divers spotted more than 7 beautiful Mantas dancing under their spotlights.

Monday we woke up and began heading south to The Dome. Some highlights during the day were our reliable pair of Raccoon Butterfly Fish, a gold lace nudibranch, Yellow Margin moray, and some endemic Hawaiian multiband butterfly fish. We then made our way to Lion’s Den, bellow the water divers were on the lookout for the endemic Red Hawaiian Lionfish. The night dive at Rob’ Reef was also a hit. We got to witness a huge horned helmet shell eating a collector urchin, we saw a big peacock flounder hiding in the sand, and we watched eels milling about looking for an easy meal.

Tuesday morning we continued south towards Au Au Crater. The divers enjoyed the beautiful coral formations and deep, seemingly endless, crater off the wall. Some highlights were threadfin butterflies, Tinkers butterfly fish, and some endemic Hawaiian cleaner wrasse. After lunch we headed south towards Catacombs for a one tank dive. Below the surface we had some current, but during the dive divers came across a beautiful white tip reef shark. For our afternoon and night dive we headed towards Manuka Bay. Conditions here were perfect. Under the water divers spotted two large Peacock flounder, bio colored anthies and great barracudas. During the night dive we came across sleeping Bullethead parrot fish, slipper lobsters and yellowmargin morays on the hunt!

Wednesday divers geared up extra early for a dawn dive at Manuka Bay. The divers found a Spanish dancer nudibranch, viper moray, bluefin travally. For dive two we moseyed over to Land Of Oz. Conditions were starting to decline due to a large northwest swell, but the marine was not. Bellow a 6 foot Scalloped Hammerhead stay with the divers for several minutes. The rest of the day conditions continued to worsen and we made our way back north for nicer weather and took this time to look for the arrival of whales and dolphins. Heading north we had a show from several pods of spinner dolphins and a brief visit by a small humpback whale.

Thursday we made our way back north to dive at Kaloko’s Arches. Divers enjoyed checking out the archway formations here. Below we came across schools of bluefin travally, gold laced nudibranch’s and a very large mustache conger eel. After lunch we checked out Aquarium for a single dive. Under the boat we had several large bullet head parrot fish and a puffed up porcupine fish as well. For our last two dives of the day we made our way further north, back to Garden Eel Cove. Here we had the chance to see a forest of Garden Eels and many square-spot goatfish. The night dive was a huge success! Nearly a dozen manta rays were feeding and swimming over our heads during our night dive!

Friday the Kona Aggressor II headed out towards our final dives at Turtle Pinnacle. Blue water, no current and great visibility, the group was ready for diving. Some of the highlights below were titan scorpion fish, blue spotted cornet fish, two spot lizard fish, along with large schools of raccoon butterfly and domino damsel fish! After our dives we enjoyed a BBQ style lunch on the sundeck as we made our way back to the port.

That evening we celebrate our our Iron Divers of the week, James, Cherry Sue, Nate, Jamie and James! Everyone enjoyed the cocktail party on while we watched a fiery red sun set below the horizon. Soon we were on land and the group went out for dinner and live entertainment!

Saturday we say goodbye to all of our amazing divers. Wishing everyone safe travels and a big Mahalo from the crew, we hope to see everyone back on the Kona Aggressor II for another week of diving the beautiful coast of Big Island Hawaii!