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Kona Aggressor II Captain’s Log
December 23rd – 29th, 2017
Water Temperature: 74 – 78 °F
Air Temperature: 70 – 80 °F
Visibility: 75 – 100+ ft
Captain: Randy Wright
2nd Captain: Eric Fresquez
Cruise Director: Shelby Penn
Divemaster: Tristan Beasley
Chef: Kevin Bennett
GUESTS: Markus, Claudia, Jorg, Claudia, Iris, Werner, Peter, Thomas, Liliane, Robert, Hubert, Heiko, Igor, Waldemar, Wolfgang
Sunday: Kaloko Arches, Garden Eel Cove
Monday: Aquarium, The Dome
Tuesday: Paradise Pinnacle, Au Au Crater, The Hive
Wednesday: Never, Neverland, Catacombs, Manuka Bay
Thursday: Land of Oz, Pele’s Playground, Driftwood
Friday: Turtle Pinnacle
Saturday December 23rd – Aloha and welcome to beautiful and Sunny Kona, Hawaii. At 5:00 PM the Captain and Crew welcomed fifteen guests from Switzerland, Austria, and Germany, excited to see manta rays, dolphins, and humpback whales. After setting up gear on the dive deck to make sure everything was ready for the week ahead, Chef Kevin served up a dinner of seared swordfish and fresh tropical salsa, coconut rice, asparagus, and chocolate mousse cake for dessert. Guests enjoyed the evening by relaxing on the sun deck and enjoying the sunset.
Sunday December 24th – As the week of diving began, we started off at Kaloko Arches for our checkout dives. Here guests were able to see Hawaiian cleaner wrasse, supermale bird wrasse, and banded coral shrimp. After lunch we arrived at Garden Eel Cove. During the afternoon dives those underwater were able to see fried egg nudibranch, Hawaiian dascyllus, and spotted coral blennies. For dinner, Chef Kevin served grilled flank steak topped with chimichurri, roasted red potatoes, steamed broccoli, topped with a tropical fruit cheesecake. After a relaxing soak in the hot tub, everyone was ready to tuck in for the night.
Monday December 25th – After a good night of sleep, our first stop of the day was Aquarium. Here divers were able to see cushion stars, Hawaiian coral crouchers, and wire coral gobies. In the afternoon, we moored up at The Dome. During the afternoon dives, those in the water saw a freckled nudibranch, Potter’s angelfish, and a juvenile yellowtail coris. After the afternoon dive, Chef Kevin had a Christmas buffet with duck and ham with pumpkin pie for dessert. Several divers decided to get back into the water for the night dive and were able to see several rough-spined urchins, peacock grouper, and a red pencil urchin. After a cup of hot chocolate, everyone was ready to tuck in for the night.
Tuesday December 26th – We began the day at Paradise Pinnacle and Au Au Crater, where everyone was able to see longnose hawkfish, flagtail tilefish, and Hawaiian garden eels. When we arrived at The Hive, divers saw a crowned toby, flame angelfish, and regal slipper lobsters. For dinner, Chef Kevin prepared grilled salmon with roasted red pepper sauce, wild rice, green beans, and key lime pie. After dinner, everyone retreated to the sundeck to enjoy the evening under the stars.
Wednesday December 27th – We began the day at Never, Neverland and Catacombs. Divers were able to see Redmargin Spanish dancer eggs, several saddle wrasse, and flameback coral shrimp. In the afternoon, we arrived at Manuka Bay. Here, divers were able to see barracuda, dragon wrasse, and a horned helmet. For dinner, guests enjoyed grilled pork tenderloin with apricot chutney, local purple sweet potatoes, roasted mixed vegetables, and cheesecake. After a filling meal, guests could be seen enjoying a good book and relaxing on the sundeck under the night sky.
Thursday December 28th – To start the final full day of diving, we began at Land of Oz and Pele’s Playground. Here, divers saw an Ewa fang blenny, blue goatfish, and a Hawaiian whitespotted toby. In the afternoon at Driftwood, guests were able to see a sea urchin crab, leaf scorpionfish, and a humpback whale. Everyone enjoyed a final dinner prepared by Chef Kevin, beef tenderloin with mushroom béarnaise sauce, blue cheese mashed potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, onions, and white chocolate and coconut crème brulee.
Friday December 29th – As the week comes to a close, guests prepared for their final dives at Turtle Pinnacle. Guests were able to see spinner dolphins, a few tiger sharks, and a gold lace nudibranch. During the drive back to the pier, guest enjoyed a lunch of cheeseburgers in paradise before having the opportunity to explore Kona by land. 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