Kona Aggressor II
Captain’s Log * December 6 -12, 2015
1st Captain Brad
2nd Captain Misha
Nathan, Jamie, Bjorn, Cynthia, Lisa, Chris, Cherry Sue, James, Barbara, Jason.
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.
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.
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!
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!