Kona Aggressor II Captain’s Log
August 5, 2017th – August 11th, 2017 Air temperature: 80-85 °F
Guests: Murray, Jeanie, Susan, Travis, David, Janet, Heidi
Saturday, August 5th, 2017 – Aloha from the Kona Aggressor II. We welcomed seven guests aboard with many visiting from our backyard on the Big Island and one couple from Colorado. Jeanie and Murray are a return couple while the other five are their guests.
After everyone got settled and acquainted, Chef Kevin prepared a delicious Hawaiian BBQ buffet and passion fruit cheesecake for dessert.
Sunday, August 6th, 2017 – The morning started off with the warm sun and clear skies for our first dive at The Dome. We found a couple of frogfish spawning (a first for us) and some of the other usual suspects.
We moved to Paradise Pinnacle for our mid-morning dive where we showed guests some of the last remaining black coral and a couple of resident hawk fish that like to hang out there.
In the afternoon, we went diving at Rob’s Reef where we explored a lava tube and the slipper lobster, flat rock crabs, and day octopus that live in there.
Chef Kevin prepared sushi and poke for starters followed by Cornish hens with a pineapple glaze, coconut rice, and mixed veggies for dinner.
Monday, August 7th, 2017 – It’s another beautiful and warm sunny day here on the Kona coast. Our first dive of the day was at Au Au Crater where we showed guests what’s left of a giant crater. We also spotted some of the usual suspects such as wire gobies, a Titan scorpion fish, leaf scorpion fish, and a family of nudibranchs.
We then spent our second dive at Land of Oz exploring the beautiful coral gardens and a giant wall along the “Yellow Brick Road”. The conditions were calm that even a day octopus was taking a nap in one of the rocks.
Manuka Bay brought us a highlight of the week with about a dozen spinner dolphins playing nearby our boat for hours. They were quite playful with a lot of energy giving us quite the show.
For dinner, Chef Kevin prepared a wonderful mahi dinner topped with a tropical salsa, feta mashed potatoes, and grilled veggies. We finished the night with a brownie sundae.
Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 – It’s hot out today with temperatures in the mid-80s. We started off to a great start at Catacombs with minimal-to-no-surge. Our guests enjoyed the cool overhangs and swim throughs – many of them commenting on what a relaxing dive it was.
Afterward, we cruised over to Pele’s Playground exploring the lava fingers and bandit angelfish found at greater depths.
We ended the day at The Hive, a crew favorite. In between our surface interval a couple of us decided to snorkel around the area exploring a cool cave and some other unique structures we wouldn’t normally see on a dive.
Chef Kevin grilled flank steak to perfection and served it with a side of asparagus and roasted red potatoes.
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 – We are loving the consistently hot weather and sunny skies this week.
This morning we started our first dive at Lion’s Den swimming through some cool dramatic structures, boulders, and coral gardens. We spotted a turtle, some common nudibranchs, white mouth moray eels, and the other usual suspects.
It’s our second dive of the day at Driftwood. The conditions were super calm with almost no surge compared to other days we dive here We checked out a lava tube and a couple of cool critters in there. Some commonly found are ghost shrimp and slipper
lobster. We finished the dive in a cave and found a Fairmont guest room card. It almost makes you wonder if someone put it in there to be found.☺
Thursday, August 10th, 2017 – Another beautiful day! We went on our first dive at the Aquarium diving along some cool structures.
We then headed over to Touch of Grey known for white tip sharks. One of our divers had been looking forward to this dive site all week.
Afterward we cruised over to Garden Eel Cove. There were so many schools of goatfish and schools of cardinals out in the water today. More than usual. We also witnessed some sea cucumbers spawning. It must be the full moon. It was also pretty cool seeing a large three-foot moray eel out of his rock and giving a good swim for several minutes weaving in and out of coral and rocks.
Chef Kevin made a lovely filet mignon with smashed potatoes. Everyone finished off with a coconut tiramisu for dessert.
Our highlight of the day was the manta night dive. We didn’t spot any on the afternoon dive but were super excited when eight mantas came to play around the campfire putting on a spectacular show.
Friday, August 11th, 2017 – Sadly, it’s the end of our week with these guests. It’s been such a nice and relaxing time. Last night, we slept on the mooring and headed north to Kalokos Arches. We explored some of the arches at this dive site as well as the canyon.
Afterward we went on our last dive at Turtle Pinnacle. We decided to head north on our dive but not without first exploring the pinnacle and the red stripe pipefish that hangs out there. We also spotted a couple of ghost shrimp that aren’t usually there. Some of us even saw a white tip shark along the drop off.
We finished the afternoon with burgers and hot dogs with some homemade sweet beans. It’s been a really amazing week with these guests.