Kona Aggressor II Captains Log
March 11th – March 17th, 2017
Air temperature: 70- 80 °F
Water Temperature: 75°F
Visibility: 50 -100+ ft.
Captain Cliff Muse
2nd Captain: Randy (Palau)
Instructor: Colin Gamez
Divemasters: Cameron Smay & Celia Corbin
Chef: Kevin Bennett
Wally and Kathy; Debbie and Laurie; Nate and Sam; Bill and Jan; Carl, Donna, Leroy, and Sarah
Sunday: Peles Playground, Manuka Bay
Monday: Aquarium, Drift, and S
Tuesday: Ladders, Walls Wall, Pohue Bay
Wednesday: Land of Oz, Au Au Crater, Hammerhead, Mantaville
Thursday: Ampitheater, The Dome
Friday: Turtle Pinnacle
Saturday, March 11th, 2017 – Aloha from the Kona Aggressor II. Today we welcomed 12 guests aboard in the late afternoon. A very social group of guests from California, Las Vegas, and Minnesota have come out to enjoy a relaxing week of diving. We also welcome back our second captain, Randy, whose last visit was 10 years ago on the Kona Aggressor II. After some introductions, Captain Cliff led a safety briefing explaining the protocols of the ship for the week. The guests set up their dive gear and as we tied up to the mooring in the Kona harbor Chef Kevin served an excellent assortment of barbecue. The divers retired early, many of them jet lagged, ready to dive in the morning.
Sunday, March 12th, 2017 – The full moon brought forward an interesting day. We lost one of our crew do to a family emergency, but that didnt stop a great day of diving ahead where we spotted a Hawksbill turtle, eagle ray, and other really cool macro sea creatures. We believe our mantas had too much plankton the night before because none of them showed up for our manta dive! Our guests were still in good spirits and requested for a manta do-over tomorrow. Chef Kevin put our guests to sleep with his amazing grilled salmon dinner.
Monday, March 13th, 2017 – Today, several guests mentioned that this was their best day of diving so far. It started off with a whale sighting in transit between dives. Max and Nate are our little fish ID experts enthusiastically partaking in our, “What Did You Sea?” board.
We had our manta night dive do-over at Mantaville (Sheraton). The mantas enthusiastically put on a show coming as close as a few inches from our guests. A few of our guests returned from the dive with “Hawaiian tattoos” to take home with them. Colin played the saxophone for evening entertainment.
Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 – Another great day for humpback whales that we saw again in transit. One of our guests celebrated his 100th dive with us and was such a great sport at helping us “bake a cake” on his head. Lots of dolphin sightings from the surface and some action underwater when our guests witnessed a Tritons Trumpet eat a starfish.
Chef Kevin baked delightful Cornish Hens for dinner putting us to sleep with a brownie sundae for dessert.
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 – Our guests today had a really wonderful start. The morning was a bit “surgey” with a bit of current on the morning dive. The diving conditions calmed down a bit toward the end of the dive so that the majority of our guests who decided to sit out the first dive to play a game of cards were able to enjoy the second morning dive.
Later in the evening we had high stakes bingo! Laurie had Peles luck in her favor after she decided to return a shell from years of hanging onto it and won two out of the three games. Her friend, Debbie, won the third prize.
Our night divers had their best night dive yet watching eels hunting for fish, scorpion fish, among others. After so much excitement with diving and games, our guests decided to wind the evening down with a movie and popcorn.
Thursday, March 9th, 2017 – We started the morning off on the yellow brick sand at the Land of Oz. We spotted some pretty cool sea life on the first dive with a zebra moray and later we found a giant frog fish at The Hive.
The pelagic dive was one of our instructors best dives so far. The evening concluded with a small pod of bottlenose dolphins playing around the boat before bed.
Chef Kevin did it again with perfectly prepared filet mignon.
Some of our guests who hadnt seen a turtle earlier in the week finally got their wish.
Chef Cameron made an appropriate holiday lunch of corned beef and cabbage. Bill and Jan left early to join the comforts of land.
Later in the evening, we gave out awards to our Iron Divers and enjoyed Colin play the saxophone one last time at the cocktail party.