Kona Aggressor II Captain’s Log
August 26, 2017th – September 1st, 2017 Air temperature: 72-84 °F
Guests: Mark, Mary, Jen, Karin, Dave, Penny, Scott, Pam, Randy, Masa, Paul, Scott, Janae, Marta
Saturday, August 26th, 2017 – Aloha from the Kona Aggressor II! Today we welcomed 14 guests visiting from the U.K., Northern California, Michigan, Chicago, Seattle, and Japan. We’re looking forward to a great week with our repeat and first timer guests.
Chef Kevin prepared a fulfilling Hawaiian buffet with mango BBQ pork ribs, teriyaki chicken, and smoked beef sausage. It wouldn’t be complete without his cilantro lime kale coleslaw , corn on the cob, and baked beans. After dinner, we finished off the evening with a delightful tropical cheesecake.
Sunday, August 27th, 2017 – It’s a beautiful morning with very few clouds in the sky offering excellent visibility at Shark Fin Rock. We have a very independent group of divers who found a gold lace nudibranch, zebra moray, giant yellow margin moray, dwarf moray, a gloomy nudibranch, and so much more.
After lunch we cruised farther north to Garden Eel Cove exploring the beautiful sloping coral reef and sandy bottoms. We found a school of goatfish under our mooring, a sand city of Hawaiian garden eels, a peacock flounder, and a giant day octopus.
Chef Kevin made a delicate poke complimented by sushi rolls for starters and then Cornish hens with coconut rice and mixed vegetables for dinner. We completed the evening with a chocolate mousse cake and special hot chocolate after our manta night dive.
Monday, August 28th, 2017 – The clear blue skies and hot sun brought an abundance of fish to Turtle Pinnacle this morning. It was so beautiful seeing the massive schools of squirrelfish swimming over the coral gardens. Over the course of two dives we saw two octopus, a giant turtle with barnacles that we named, “Barnacle Bill”, a red-stripe pipefish, several ghost shrimp, and many peacock groupers paired with free-swimming white mouth morays.
After having only one manta show for our manta dive at Garden Eel Cove, we decided to give it another try at Mantaville this afternoon. We are so happy we did with the five mantas hanging above and around us the entire dive. Everyone was so thrilled we decided to give the mantas another go.
Chef Kevin prepared a pineapple salad and a local Hapu seabass with brocolli and blue cheese mashed potatoes for dinner. Our meal was complete with a decadent macadamia nut brownie sundae.
Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 – It’s another beautiful day at The Dome this morning. The conditions were calm and clear so we had fun exploring the lava fingers and the dome structure at this site. One of our guests saw their first Commerson’s frogfish.
We decided to cruise farther south for our second dive at Paradise Pinnacle. Our new dive guide, Eric, takes everyone around the tall pinnacle exploring the nooks and crannies this has to offer. He made his way to the tongue where red-stripe pipefish, black coral, and hawkfish like to hang out. He finished the dive exploring the canyons in the shallows.
Chef Kevin prepared an excellent spread for our Taco Tuesday lunch that later put our guests into a fiesta siesta.
After lunch we made it even farther south to Au Au Crater where we retired for the day. We had an awesome couple of dives here with some of our guests’ first lava crater. Over the course of the day we found wire coral gobies, juvenile peacock razorwrasse, and a Titan scorpionfish. The night dive didn’t fall short either with many slipper lobsters, regal lobsters, spiny lobsters, and cusk eel.
Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 – It’s a bit overcast this morning at Land of Oz. There wasn’t a whole lot of activity going on this morning so we decided to keep it moving to Catacombs.
Everyone really enjoyed the tall and dramatic underwater structures next to the beautiful coral gardens at Catacombs. We were finding so much here. Some of our highlights were a spotted eagle ray, magnificent snake eel, two small Titan scorpionfish, and an octopus.
We ended our day at Manuka Bay exploring the lava fingers and interesting archways. The night dive here was very active. Our guests witnessed a moray eel weaving in and out of holes until it eventually pushed out a yellow tang having it for dinner.
Chef Kevin prepared a Waldorf salad for starters then grilled salmon and served it with a cauliflower mash and green beans. The night ended with his popular Key Lime pie for dessert and a homemade pineapple whip.
Thursday, August 31st, 2017 – It’s so flat and calm over at Thompson’s Reef. We don’t get here a lot due to the current, but the conditions were pretty good this morning. It was a nice and relaxing dive seeing schools of Thompson’s butterflyfish and two white tip sharks.
For our second dive, we hit up Never Neverland seeing a bandit angelfish and giant school of pyramid butterflyfish.
Afterward, we made our way north to Lion’s Den and Amphitheater. We cruised the dramatic canyons at Lion’s Den seeing some of Hawaii’s noninvasive lionfish then swam through lava tubes at Amphitheater. One guest found his first snowflake eel in over 350 dives in Hawaii!
Chef Kevin fired up a filet mignon to perfection with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables for dinner. Our night was completed with a rich coconut crème brulee.
Friday, September 1st, 2017 – We spent our last two dives for the week at Kalokos Arches. Despite the mild current mixing with surge, our guests said it was an excellent way to end the dive week. This morning we found a pair of milletseed butterflyfish, a devil scorpionfish, two green turtles, a frogfish, and an octopus. This has been such an amazing week with easy-going guests.