Kona Aggressor II
May 7-14 2016
Air Temp- 80F, 26C to 85F, 29C
Water Temp 77F, 25C to 80F, 26C
Wet Suit Recommendation 3-5 mil full wet suit
Captain & crew
1st Captain Gregory Dooley
2nd Captain, Engineer Ernie Stanley
Instructor DM Dave
Instructor Photo Pro Brian
Stony Mesas, Rainbow Reef, Black Coral Forest, Manuka Bay, Catacomb, Land of Oz, The Hive, Au Au Crater, Driftwood, Manta Ville, Amphitheater, Kalakos, Garden Eel Cove, Aquarium, Turtle Pinnacle
May 7 2016
11 Guests arrive Kherrati, Christophe, Kevin, John, Christopher, Kristi , Bruce, Nancy, Patricia, Brain and Connie. Captain and crew welcome the guests with a big ALOHA !!!! Captain Gregory starts with the aloha briefing. After the briefing the guests work on gear and getting settled into there rooms. Brain blows the conch shell indicating it’s time for dinner. Chef Patrick has prepared a fabulous dinner. Dinner is finished and the guests retire to there fabulous staterooms.
The Kona Aggressor heads south to there farthest dive sites. Todays dive sites will be Stony Mesas & Rainbow Reef. After a hardy breakfast and Captain Gregory’s deck briefing. The guests suit up for some NUI Diving. Stony Mesas are first site.
Stony has beautiful rock and ledge formation with a swim through that leads you to an opening on the surface. After brief buoyancy check the divers head down to explore a new world. Sightings on Stony & Rainbow are numerous. There’s a green Turtle swimming through, Crown of thorns creeping along, Achilles Tang, Dragon Wrasse, Rock Mover Wrasse to name a few. The divers retreat back to the Kona aggressor where Pat has prepared lunch. The next dive takes us to Rainbow Reef. Rainbow with its large rock formations and wall makes for a beautiful site. Rainbow will also be our night dive today. Divers suit up for some more discoveries of the undersea world.
Aloha, What a beautiful morning. We have moved the Kona Aggressor to Black Coral Forest for the morning dives. Black coral Forest is a dive ranging in depth from 15ft(3m) to 120ft(40M), with long rock finger formations & steep ledges and an arch to swim through. Black Coral Forest is a lot of fun to dive. Dive creature sightings for today consist of slipper lobster, Hawkish, Horned Helmet, Damsel Fish, eels and an octopus. The Second dive of the day is Manuka Bay. Manuka bay is a protected dive site that’s great for staying overnight. Manuka was its large rock formation is great place for nudibranchs. We find egg eating Nudibranch and a turtle swimming by. The divers return after an awesome night dive to find the crew has made hot chocolate for them.
We have now moved to Catacomb dive site. The Catacombs is a 30ft(10m) to a drop off of 100ft(30m) plus on the wall. With swim threw and large rock overhangs Catacomb becomes a divers playground. The divers have many fish and creature sighting to tell about. The eels are the top story, from Dwarf moray eel to pencil eels to Moray eels. We also see big stonefish, after the divers return we have lunch and off we go to the land of Oz. Land of Oz is a site ranging in depths of 45ft(15m) to 70ft(21.3m). There’s an arch to swim threw and a Garden eels to keep your attention. We also see domino damselfish, flatworms, blue stripe butterfly fish, long nose butterfly fish and Hawaiian Sergeants. The next dive site brings us to the Hive; depths 50ft(16m) to an 80ft(24m) drop off. The Hive is a site with a large coral head that looks like a beehive. The hive has many nudibranchs on it, Egg eating Nudibranch, Varicose Phyllidia and Sphinx Phyllidia to name a few.
The crew gets up early to get Kona Aggressor off the mooring and on its way to AUAU Crater. The divers will be exploring an area that has a shape of crater AuAu Crater. Au Au Crater is 90ft(30m) deep and 30ft(10m) across. As you descend into the crater the little crevices and cracks come alive with shrimp and lobsters. As they ascend to top of the crater there’s a zebra eel lurking along the coral. The divers return to KAII for lunch and to relax as we move to Driftwood. It’s time to dive, ring the bell. The divers suit up to another fabulous dive on Driftwood. Driftwood has lava tubes to swim thru that are absolutely fabulous. There’s a White tip shark resting in a cave, a crown of thorns crawling along the wall. The divers look out into the blue water and spot a spotted Eagle Ray, Yes!!! The divers return to KAII for a well-deserved snack. Off we go to Manta Ville. Manta Ville will be our first Manta dive. Dinner is done and lets get ready for Manta’s. Divers suited, lights ready, cameras charged let’s go. As the divers sit patiently there wait is rewarded. There are 6 giant manta’s swimming in the divers lights. Returning to the vessel the divers are excited of their dive. Divers retire with Mantas dancing in there head, if they only knew what was in-store for them tomorrow.
It’s time to head to the Amphitheater. This dive is for thrill seekers. 80-foot swim thru, arches, small swim thru that bend around corners and end at15ft from the surface. The dive site is 30ft(10m) to 70ft (22m). Deep with beautiful canyons steep walls. We move next to Kalokas Arches. Kalokas is known for its fabulous arches, at 40ft the arch takes you out to sea, what a view. There’s a little mini wall to scale that takes you to 80ft. there you can see, Lemon Butterfly, Dragon wrasse, Amber Jack and blue lined Snapper. The divers return and we get underway to Garden Eel Cove. This will be are next Manta Dive. As we wait for night fall we have a pod of dolphins arrive. The snorkelers get into the water and the fun begins. The dolphins stay till dark and the snorkelers just have a blast playing with them. Night has arrived time for the Manta show. There’s 12 mantas that show up to perform for the divers. The show last for an hour, but a life time experience for the divers. The divers retire for the evening with manta, manta, and manta on there minds.
As the divers near the end of there diving we still have 2 more fabulous dives to go. Lets finish this week with dives at the Aquarium and Turtle Pinnacle. The
Aquarium is a shallow 30ft (10m) to 50ft(16m) site with large coral formations that dot the bottom. The divers get to swim with a white tip on the Aquarium `a white tip, awesome. There’s nudibranches, Sergeant Majors, Frogfish relaxing on the bottom. Next we move to turtle pinnacle. Top of the pinnacle is 20ft(7m) and the bottom is at 60ft(20m), There’s a white that lives near by, that comes out to see the divers. The divers return to the Kona Aggressor to start their cleaning, packing and farewells.
As we say farewell to our diver friends, we say hello to new and anxious divers
From the Captain And Crew Happy Fishes
Captain Ernie Stanley