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October 21st, 2017 – October 28th, 2017 Air temperature: 72-84 °F
Guests: Sieg, Kathy, Richard, Anne Marie, Tom, Donna, Cami, Leslie, Kathleen, Larry, Brian, Venson, Bob
Saturday, October 22nd, 2017 – Aloha from the Kona Aggressor II! We’re excited to have the Sea Dogs Dive Club from the Chicago area join us this week. We welcomed 13 guests aboard with a sparkling guava refresher as they got geared up for their dives this week.
Chef Kevin prepared a memorable dinner starting with a garden salad and then a pork tenderloin dish with local purple sweet potatoes and asparagus. After dinner, we finished off the evening with a delightful tropical cheesecake.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2017 – It’s a beautiful morning with very few clouds in the sky offering excellent visibility at Shark Fin Rock. It was an easy-going morning introducing our guests to some of Hawaii’s endemic species.
After lunch we cruised further 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, a flame angelfish, a juvenile psychedelic wrasse, and Spanish Dancer eggs.
Chef Kevin made a delicate poke complimented by sushi rolls for starters and then Cornish hens with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus for dinner. We completed the evening with a chocolate mousse cake.
Our manta night dive was most memorable! It’s rare that our guests had an incredible manta show all to ourselves. Usually we have a lot of other divers in the water, but it felt like a private show when all the mantas came swarming in after the other divers left. We ended up being followed back by a monk seal paired with a large manta ray. It was most epic experience for our guests and an incredible night for us!
Monday, October 24th, 2017 –
but that didn’t stop our guests from having fun on the dive.
We headed south to Meadows afterward only to be greeted by choppy waves, wind, and swells. The visibility wasn’t the best, but we still had a relaxing dive finding barracuda, a red-stripe pipefish, and blue dragon nudibranch.
In the late afternoon, we completed our last dives at The Dome where we saw three frogfish with one being the size of our thumbnail. Our dive ended with a white tip shark hanging out in one of the caves.
Chef Kevin prepared a pineapple salad and a swordfish with coconut rice and steamed broccoli for dinner. Our meal was complete with a rich macadamia nut brownie sundae.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2017
It was a powerful and stormy night prior into the morning with high wind gusts up to 85 mph on this side of the island. The conditions weren’t suitable for diving that we had to cancel our day of dives. Boo.
We all made the best of the situation with unfortunate weather and spent our day watching movies, getting stuffed into a Kona food coma and hot tubbing in the rain.
Wednesday, October 26th, 2017 –
The weather is still unfavorable, but we tried to make the best of it by heading south to Paradise Pinnacle for our first dive. Despite the slightly rough conditions, we still had a great time underwater checking out some of the long nose hawkfish found in the black coral, ghost shrimp, a gold lace nudibranch, a juvenile peacock razor wrasse, and a hawksbill turtle hanging out for a bit.
We drove to Manuka Bay in the afternoon where we stayed the rest of the day. The conditions improved from the morning with less surge. Over the course of two dives, we found a Triton’s Trumpet, an octopus, a giant moray, and four different nudibranchs.
Chef Kevin prepared a Waldorf salad for starters then grilled salmon and served it with a wild brown rice and sautéed vegetables. The night ended with his popular Key Lime pie for dessert.
Thursday, October 27th, 2017 –
The morning started with more heavy rainfall but cleared up before our first dive at Land of Oz. Our guests were super enthusiastic to report seeing the “Great Wizard” during the dive and some little red slippers.
We drove to Driftwood for our second dive where they got to swim through a lava tube.
Later we ended our day at Mantaville with another manta night dive and had the best time. There were four mantas that weren’t shy at all. They kept grazing guests and put on a powerful performance for our group.
Chef Kevin fired up a filet mignon to perfection with blue cheese mashed potatoes and vegetables for dinner. Our night was completed with a rich coconut crème brulee.
Friday, October 28th, 2017 –
It’s always bittersweet having our last day of diving. We spent the morning at Turtle Pinnacle exploring some of the beautiful reef and abundance of marine life. Our turtle, Barnacle Bill, even made an appearance.
This was such a down-to-earth and yet very fun group to charter this week. They will be missed!