Kona Aggressor II
June 4-11 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 Ernie Stanley
2nd Captain Matthew
Instructor DM video Brent Gondreau
Dive Master Ashley
Instructor Jeremy Dick
Land of Oz, Rainbow Reef, Ladders, Black Coral Forest, Manuka Bay Robb’s Reef, Dome, Manta Ville, Paradise Pinnacle, Driftwood, Meadows, Pelagic, Amphitheater, AU AU Crater, Hive, Turtle Pinnacle, Shark Fin.
Noted fish Sightings
Giant Porcupine fish, Moray eels, Zebra eels, Dwarf Moray, Whitemouth Moray, Dragon Moray, Hawaiian Dascyllus, Frog fish, Big Long nose Butter fly fish, Spotted box Fish, Barracuda, Green turtle, Peacock Grouper, Slender Lizard Fish, Moorish Idol, Parrot Fish of many kinds. White Tip Sharks, Surgeon Fishes, Slipper lobsters, Day Octopus, Lionfish and many Varieties of Nudibranch. We can’t forget the manta show, which was outstanding
11 Guests arrive Kevin, Julia, Julie, Cary, Kay, Merle, John, Mike, Gregory, Savannah, Sierra . Captain and crew welcome the guests with a big ALOHA!!!! Captain Ernie starts with the Aloha Safety briefing. After the briefing the guests work on gear and get settled into there prestigious rooms. Jeremy blows the conch shell indicating it’s time for dinner. Chef Clint has prepared a fabulous dinner for the guests. Dinner with wine and a cold Pia (beer) just makes the life on a live aboard that much better. The guests are ready to retire to their fabulous staterooms for some well-deserved rest after traveling.
The Kona Aggressor heads south to there farthest dive sites. Todays dive sites will start with Land of OZ. After a hardy breakfast and instructor Davids deck briefing. The guests suit up for some Hawaiian style diving. Land of Oz will be are first dive site.
LOZ has beautiful rock and ledge formation with a swim through that leads you to an opening on the surface. After a brief buoyancy check the divers head down to explore their new undersea world of the big island. Rainbow Reef is the next destination after a beautiful lunch prepared by Chef Clint. The bell rings and of we go diving for the afternoon. There’s a 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 Chef Clint has prepared a scrumptious dinner. After dinner It’s time for the night dive to begin. A short briefing about nighttime diving and the divers are ready. The night brings out the eels feeding, the spiny lobsters and many other night creatures.
Aloha, What a beautiful morning. We have moved the Kona Aggressor to Ladders for the morning dive. Ladders has dive ranging in depths from 15ft(3m) to 120ft(40M), with coral formations that looks like a massive coral columns. Ladders site has many large rocks to swim to and look for Nudibranchs. 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 Black Coral Forest. Black Coral Forest reef has a variety of colorful corals. We could stay at Black Coral Forest for the entire day and never see the entire reef, but there are other sites to see. We’re off to Manuka Bay a dive Is are second night dive. A dive site that the campers love to camp and snorkel at. Manuka Bay is well sheltered dive site that’s great for staying overnight. Manuka Bay with its large rock formation are great place for nudibranchs. We find egg eating Nudibranch and a green turtle swimming by and a lobsters at night out for a stroll. The divers return after an awesome night dive to find the crew with hot chocolate and a warm towel waiting for them.
We have now moved to dive site. The Robbs Reef is a 30ft(10m) to a drop off of 100ft(30m). 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 moving rocks around the bottom. When the divers return Chef Clint has prepared lunch and off we go to the Dome. The Dome is a site with caverns and swim through and a wall where there’s an eagle ray passing by. 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 Manta Ville depths 50ft(16m) to an 80ft(24m) drop off. Manta Ville is exactly what we need for he night dive. Dinner is served and now we dive to watch the manta show. The show was fabulous,5 mantas come in to show the divers there precision moves. Divers return with Manta stories to tell everyone when they return home. Manta Ville is one of the older spots in Kona to see the Mantas.
The crew gets up early to get Kona Aggressor off the mooring and on its way to Paradise Pinnacle. The divers will be exploring an area that is known for its Lava tubes that seem to go on forever. Paradise Pinnacle has large areas of long finger corals reaching depths of 60ft (20m) to 20ft(6m). As you descend into the crevices and cracks the coral come alive with shrimp and lobsters. As they ascend to top of the coral there’s a zebra eel lurking along the coral. The divers return to KAII for lunch and to relax as we move to the DriftWood. It’s time to dive, ring the bell. The divers suit up for another fabulous dive. The DriftWood has always been a favorite for the divers. Next we headed to a site called Meadows where divers were happy to have seen a ghost shrimp, a dwarf moray, and a beautiful gold lace nudibranch. Now, It’s time to head to the Pelagic Magic, the dive for thrill seekers. We set up the Kona Aggressor with lines for the divers to hang from and watch the magic in 3,000ft of dark water. It’s hard to describe the creatures you encounter on pelagic magic. The divers describe the dive are amazed as most have never seen such interesting vertebrates!
This morning the divers will be exploring an area that is known for its Lava tubes that seem to go on forever. Amphitheater has large areas of long finger corals reaching depths of 60ft (20m) to 20ft(6m). As you descend into the crevices and cracks the coral come alive with shrimp and lobsters. Next the yacht makes its way to AUAU Crater, a dramatically designed site where the divers will be exploring a sheer wall which leads to a massive crater. Inside the crater we spotted a titan scorpion fish and a white mouthed moray eel. After the crater we headed to The Hive, a dream for photographing divers. From inside the tunnel, divers on the outside are perfectly silhouetted against a turquoise blue background and gentle beams of sunlight. After heading out of the tunnels, we explored the gently sloping reef where we found two octopus, a decorator crab, and a sea hare. What a wonderful day of diving!
As we near the end of the trip, divers conclude their Hawaiian diving adventure with two final fabulous dives. Turtle Pinnacle is a large pinnacle which starts at 30ft and drops to a coral covered bottom 50ft below, where divers found several nudibranches, dozens of Sergeant Majors, and an inconspicuous Frogfish resting idly on the sea floor. Next we move to Shark Fin Rock, named for the massive triangular rock which protrudes the surface at the site. Shark Fin proved to be aptly named as divers were able to spot a white tipped reef shark gliding smoothly through the water and paying no mind to the divers whatsoever. The divers return to the Kona Aggressor for an all out barbecue Kona Aggressor style. Hats off to Chef Clint for a beautiful week of meals. The guests now have the task of cleaning, packing there gear and farewells.
We would like to congratulate Julie and Cary are Iron divers this week. Thank you from the Kona crew to all our guests for another wonderful week in a beautiful place with fabulous people.
From the Captain Ernie And The Crew Happy Fishes
Captain Ernie Stanley