Kona Aggressor II Captain s Log
February 25th - March 3rd, 2017 Air Temperature: 70° - 80° F Water Temperature: 77° F Visibility: 50 – 100+ ft
Guests: Donald & JoAnne Lightner, Leonardus Onderwater, Sophie Greve, Steven & Teri Pearson, Suzanna von Hurst, Patricia Springer, Steven & Kathy McClure
Saturday, February 25th, 2017 - This warm Saturday evening we welcome 10 guests on board the Kona Aggressor II for a weeklong diving expedition along the west coast of the big island of Hawai i. The guests come from all sorts of places ranging from the cold winters of Denver, Pittsburg, and even Holland. Despite being from so many varied locations, the guests are quick to make friends over dinner; chef s cooking of ribs, Italian sausage, baked beans, and grilled vegetables being the uniting force. We are excited to welcome each and every one of our guests to a wonderful week of diving on their new home for the week.
Sunday, February 26th, 2017 – The morning starts early as the guests rise from their slumber to the delicious smells of breakfast. Soon after, 2nd Captain Brian led a dive safety briefing before divers eagerly entered the water at Driftwood. By the second dive once everyone had dialed in his or her weights we were ready to enjoy the ocean s bounty. A beautiful baby manta ray swam by early in the dive giving us a small preview of the night to come. Our manta dive started very slowly until about 30 minutes later when 4 manta rays came swooping in. To much excitement the guests came out of the water to warm hot chocolate and much needed hot tub time.
Monday, February 27th, 2017 – Our first two dives of the day bring us to The Dome, a rather cavernous lava tube with ample light. A very exciting turn of events when a pregnant 6-foot white tip reef shark emerged as the divers entered! Divers surfaced telling us that was the best dive (so far) with turtle sightings and two nurse sharks. We then proceeded to the Pinnacle, a large structure rising 80 feet from the sea floor and surrounded by canyons filled with lava rock. The rather shallow black coral bush always home to a long nose hawk fish was an excellent subject for photographs. After a dinner of pork tenderloin accompanied by mashed potatoes
and steamed broccoli the last dive site for the day brought us to Au Au crater. Only a few intrepid divers eagerly seeking the Iron diver award attended our night dive.
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 - The boat takes us to Never Never Land this morning, home of the Tinker s Butterfly fish, where we experienced a nice deep dive along the drop off. At our second site, the Land of Oz, Patty managed to spot a frogfish along a rocky outcropping that posed there for photos. Soon after a baby turtle swam by distracting us as we followed him into a large coral garden. In late afternoon we made our way south to Manuka Bay and witnessed a pod of dolphins dancing in the wake of our bow. After mooring up at Manuka Bay, Instructor Colin led a nice long dive filled with many lava tubes and arches to swim though. After chef s cooking of Cornish game hens, most of the divers seemed to tired to go on the night dive, so only two joined Captain Matt in pursuit of the Iron Diver award.
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 – Our efforts to move southbound were met by resistance of heavy trade winds and swells. We were able to dive Catacombs before the rocking of the boat became to severe. Unfortunately we had to cancel our mid- morning dive due to weather and turn northbound in search of calmer seas. We found solace at Rob s Reef for a dive, which had us descend on a large barracuda and spotted eagle ray. Continuing northward we encountered more rough seas and decided to take a break from the water and enjoy a relaxing evening of movies and high stakes bingo.
Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 – We escaped the southern rough seas and traveled north past Kona to a dive site named Kalokos Arch bathed in sunshine. Two dives here with Instructor Brian got the boat back in the swing of diving. We enjoyed lunch on the sun deck before diving the site Aquarium. The clear water brought us sightings of two reef sharks and an octopus. After our final dinner aboard the boat, filet mignon with baked potatoes, we set course for the open ocean to perform the pelagic magic dive in deep water.
Friday, March 3rd, 2017 – Our last dives of the week bring us to Turtle Pinnacle, a dive site north of Kona. Upon entering the water the divers were graced with a pod of dolphins swimming overhead, not to mention a few turtles and even one small octopus. A very bright and sunny Friday, the Aggressor heads back to Kona for our cocktail party and announcement of our two iron divers this week, Teri and Steve. Another week aboard at sea comes to a close and it s with heavy hearts we say goodbye to this week s guests, as we surely hope to see them again soon.