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Log Date: Saturday, Feb 18, 2017
Entry By: Kona Aggressor Crew


Kona Aggressor II Captains Log

February 18th – 24th, 2017 Air temperature: 70- 80 °F Water Temperature: 75°F Visibility: 50 -100+ ft.

Captain Matt Herwig
2nd Captain/Video Pro: Brian Forman Instructor: Colin Gamez & Manny Lassaletta Chef: Kevin Bennett

Steven Nezas, Deanne Nezeas, Toby Buckalew, Brenda Buckalew, Antonia Vanoni, Kristy Klinger, Karen Bryant, Darren Cummings, Matt Zajac, Jodi Zajac, Wayne Batzer, Stephanie Batzer

Dive Sites:
Sunday: Driftwood, Meadows, Mantaville
Monday: Amphitheater, Paradise Pinnacle, AuAu Crater
Tuesday: Never Never Land, Yellow Brick Road, Menuka Bay Wednesday: Black Coral Forest, Walls Wall, Pohue Bay
Thursday: Catacombs, Never Never Land, Robs Reef, The Dome, Pelagic Friday: Turtle Pinnacle

Saturday, February 18th, 2017 – Aloha from the Kona Aggressor II. Today we welcomed 12 guests on board around 5PM. A lively group all from different parts of the country seemed very excited to get out of the cold winter and enjoy our warm Hawaii sunshine. After setting up dive gear, Captain led us through a safety briefing and made introductions. The guests seemed very eager to see their share of marine life ranging from whales and dolphins to frogfish and nudibranchs. Afterwards Chef Kevin prepared a delicious meal of ribs, chicken, and Italian sausage followed by a delicious cheesecake for dessert. We moored the boat in the Kailua-Kona bay and enjoyed the sunset; our week long voyage now underway.

Sunday, February 19th, 2017 – Our excursion begins with fair weather as we travel south along the coast. Two of our guests, Stephanie and Wayne, had the pleasure of celebrating their anniversary underwater. We tied up at three different dive sites: Driftwood, which harbored several white tip reef sharks; Meadows, which had several breaching whales on the surface after the dive; and Mantaville, the rewarding manta night dive in which divers were circled by up to four mantas at once. Chef Kevin then prepared a meal of smoked salmon on a bed of mashed cauliflower with fried

vegetables. The ship seems in high spirits despite a light swell developing in the evening.

Monday, February 20th, 2017 – Despite forecasts, swells built through the night, however our spirited guests were unaffected and continued diving. Amphitheater and Paradise Pinnacle had relatively low visibility at first, but cleared up as the dives proceeded revealing wire coral gobies and a long nose hawk fish hiding in some black coral . AuAu crater harbored several scorpion fish as well as a plethora of rather large parrot fish. Dinner was served on the top deck and consisted of marinated flank steak with steamed broccoli. Live musical entertainment was provided by Instructor Colin and his saxophone.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 – The seas calmed today as we travelled further south. Our first dive site, Never Never Land was home to the Tinkers Butterfly fish and a sighting of pelagic hammerhead off in the deep blue water. At Yellow Brick Road we were treated to a pod of spinner dolphins jumping off the starboard bow. After mooring at Menuka Bay, the divers spotted both gold laced and fried egg nudibranch under the waves. The evening passed on rather peacefully with a preparation of game hens by chef Kevin.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 – As we approached the south point of the island the trade winds began to pick up although relatively not affecting the diving conditions. A wonderful day of diving brought us our first turtle sighting of the trip at Black Coral Forest with much excitement from Antonia and Kristy. Walls Wall turned out to be an epic dive full of scorpion fish rare black long nose butterfly fish sighting. Pohue Bay offered us shelter as we moored up for the night dive with plenty of large lobster sightings and several moray eels out to hunt for the night. Due to popular demand, bingo night was rescheduled to the following afternoon so more guests could participate. Tasteful filets of mahi mahi were served on a bed of coconut rice for supper.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 – The last full day of diving on this weeks charter brought us to five different dive sites. Stephanie celebrated her 1200th dive at Catacombs and was treated to a caking of eggs, flour, and whip cream when she resurfaced. We revisited Never Never Land due to many requests. Robs Reef and The Dome harbored many swim though lava tubes, however the commonly sighted frogfish were in hiding much to instructor Mannys dismay. Chef prepared a meal of filet mignon accompanied by mashed potatoes and steamed carrots.

Friday, February 24th, 2017 – Our last dives were spent at turtle pinnacle led by instructors Manny and Brian. A very relaxed day indeed spent mostly sunbathing and enjoying each others company. At the end of the week cocktail party we recognized our four Iron divers Stephanie, Wayne, Matt, and Jodi who in turn completed all 27 dives this week. Live saxophone playing was enjoyed amidst a fine assortment of

cheese platter. The guests enjoyed dinner onshore and we enjoyed a bittersweet screening of the movie Top Gun before the guests retired for the night. Another excellent week comes to an end aboard the Kona Aggressor II.