Kona Aggressor II Captain’s Log
June 24th – 30th, 2017
Air Temperature: 75-85 °F
Water Temperature: 77-79 °F
Visibility: 75 – 100+ ft
Captain: Randy Wright
2nd Captain: Cliff Muse
Cruise Director: Shelby Penn
Divemaster: Jeremy Dick
Divemaster: Tim Ewing
Chef: Kevin Bennett
GUESTS: Tom, Sue, Leslie, Jim, Ashley, Chris, MJ, Karen, Janet, Susan, Chie, Stephanie
Sunday: Aquarium, Shark Fin Rock, Predator Wreck, Shark Fin Rock
Monday: Kaloko Arches, Garden Eel Cove
Tuesday: Meadows, The Dome
Wednesday: Paradise Pinnacle, The Hive
Thursday: Au Au Crater, Rob’s Reef, Driftwood, Pelagic Magic
Friday: Turtle Pinnacle
Saturday March 18th – Aloha from warm and sunny Kona, Hawaii! Today at 5:00 PM the Captain and Crew welcomed 12 guests from across the United States and Japan excited to see dolphins, manta rays, and frogfish. After everyone had the opportunity to choose a location on the dive deck and make sure all their equipment was working and ready for the next day’s dive, Chef Kevin prepared a delicious dinner of baby back ribs, BBQ shrimp skewers, and smoked beef sausage. As the sun set over the horizon, we headed to our mooring in the Kailua-Kona Harbor to spend the night before getting started bright and early for a great week of diving.
Sunday March 19th – To start off the week of diving, we began with our first dive at Aquarium, allowing everyone to become comfortable with his or her gear and buoyancy. Guests were able to see a Hawaiian dascyllus, trumpetfish, and a crowned toby. The third dive of the day was at the Predator wreck where we saw a fried egg nudibranch, white mouth moray, and unicornfish. Our final destination of the day was Shark Fin Rock, where divers saw many yellow tangs, Moorish Idols, and yellowfin goatfish. For dinner, grilled salmon and asparagus was served before the first night dive of the trip, on which divers saw banded coral shrimp, a zebra moray, and twospot lizardfish. After a good first day on the water, everyone was ready to tuck in for a night of well-deserved sleep.
Monday March 20th – After getting a good night sleep on the boat, divers jumped into the water at Kaloko Arches to see a dragon wrasse, juvenile Hawaiian dascyllus, and a male spotted boxfish. In the afternoon, we drove to Garden Eel Cove and were able to see a male Whitley’s boxfish, bird wrasse, and a hundred black triggerfish feeding toward the surface. To fuel up for the manta mayhem night dive, dinner consisted of grilled pork tenderloin and broccoli. Fortunately, the mantas put on quite a display white feeding on the plankton collected in the dive lights, and those in the water excitedly returned to the boat to share pictures before turning in for the night.
Tuesday March 21st –At the first dive site of the day, Meadows, divers came across several juvenile ornate wrasses, Hawaiian whitespotted toby, and many gold lace nudibranchs. For the afternoon dives, we moored up at The Dome, where guests saw a large yellow Commerson’s frogfish, Triton’s trumpet, and a scrawled filefish. As divers came out of the water, they were greeted by the smell of dinner, flank steak with mixed vegetables, followed by key lime pie. Several divers chose to go back into the water and were able to see a blue dragon nudibranch, regal slipper lobsters, and sculptured slipper lobsters. After the dive, and a nice cup of hot chocolate, everyone went to bed early, eager for the next day of diving.
Wednesday March 22nd – For the first dive of the day, we went to Paradise Pinnacle. Here guests enjoyed seeing flagtail tilefish, two longnose hawkfish, and several Gosline’s fang blennies. After lunch, we went to The Hive and those in the water were able to see banded spiny lobsters, another couple large Commerson’s frogfish, and a large tiger cowry. For dinner, everyone filled up on grilled mahi mahi green beans, coconut rice, and pound cake with berries and cream for dessert. During the night dive, those in the water were able to see gilded triggerfish, an octopus, and blue goatfish.
Thursday March 23rd – For the last full day of diving we began by heading to Au Au Crater. During the dive, everyone was able to see a Pustulose phyllidia nudibranch, peacock razor wrasse, and juvenile psychedelic wrasse. For the second dive of the day, we traveled to Rob’s Reef. Here guests were able to see a hammerhead shark, Potter’s Angelfish, and a redstripe pipefish. In the afternoon, we arrived at Amphitheater, known for its 50-foot long lava tube. As guests descended down into the structure, they were able to see ghost shrimp and many beautiful colors from the encrusting organisms throughout the tube. As we set off for our anticipated Pelagic Magic night dive, everyone enjoyed a final dinner prepared by Chef Kevin, delicious filet mignon with baked potatoes, and a crème brulee for dessert. As the sun began to set, everyone got ready for the once in a lifetime experience, Pelagic Magic. During this dive, the boat drives about three miles offshore, and in 3,000 feet of water, lines are dropped over the side for guests to hold onto. As the boat drifts, divers have the opportunity to glimpse the plankton making their daily migration into the shallows to feed at night. This is the largest migration of organisms in the world and it happens every night! After having the opportunity to watch these glowing organisms, squid, and fish, guests begin to retire to their cabins to get some sleep.
Friday March 24th – As the week comes to a close, guests prepare for their final two dive of the week. In addition to a titan scorpionfish, and a large green sea turtle, guests were able to see Lavern, the resident tiger shark! During the drive back to the pier, guest enjoyed a lunch of hamburgers and hotdogs before having the opportunity to explore Kona by land. At 5:00 everyone returned to the boat for the final cocktail hour to celebrate the amazing week both on the boat and in the water. A huge Mahalo to all our wonderful guests for another amazing week onboard the Kona Aggressor II!
Until next time!
-The Kona Aggressor II Captain and Crew