Kona Aggressor II Captain’s Log
December 30th – January 5th, 2017
Air Temperature: 70-80 °F
Water Temperature: 74 – 78 °F
Visibility: 75 – 100+ ft
Captain: Randy Wright
2nd Captain: Eric Fresquez
Cruise Director: Shelby Penn
Divemaster: Tristan Beasley
Chef: Kevin Bennett
GUESTS: Manuela, Axel, Jorg, Claudia, Iris, Werner, Peter, Thomas, Liliane, Robert, Hubert, Heiko, Igor, Waldemar
Sunday: Au Au Crater, Catacombs, Manuka Bay
Monday: Thompson’s Reef, The Hive
Tuesday: Never, Neverland, Paradise Pinnacle, The Dome
Wednesday: Driftwood, Amphitheater, Meadows, Pelagic Magic
Thursday: Shark Fin Rock, Aquarium, Garden Eel Cove, Manta Mayhem
Friday: Turtle Pinnacle
Saturday December 30th – Aloha from warm and sunny Kona, Hawaii! Today at 5:00 PM the Captain and Crew welcomed 14 guests from Switzerland, Austria, and Germany, excited to see dolphins, manta rays, and frogfish. After everyone had the opportunity to choose a location on the dive deck and make sure all their equipment was working and ready for the week ahead, Chef Kevin prepared a delicious dinner of seared swordfish and fresh tropical salsa, coconut rice, and asparagus. As the sun set over the horizon, we drove to our mooring in the Kailua-Kona Harbor to spend the night before getting started bright and early the next morning.
Sunday December 31st – To start off the week of diving, we began with our first dives at Au Au Crater and Catacombs. Guests were able to see peacock razor wrasse, redstripe pipefish, and a devil scorpionfish. In the afternoon, we went to Manuka where we saw a horned helmet, barracuda, and a freckled nudibranch. For dinner, Chef Kevin served prime rib, roasted red potatoes, green beans, and a brownie sundae. Guests enjoyed a few fireworks and sparklers set off from the beach to help ring in the New Year.
Monday January 1st – After getting a good night sleep on the boat, divers jumped into the water at Thompson’s Reef to see a whitetip reef shark, spotted eagle ray, and Hawaiian cleaner wrasse. In the afternoon, we drove to The Hive and were able to see whitemouth moray eels, Potter’s angelfish, and flame angelfish. Dinner consisted of roasted Cornish hens with pineapple ginger glaze, garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed mixed vegetables with cashew nuts, and chocolate mousse cake, before everyone retreated to the sundeck to enjoy a lovely evening.
Tuesday January 2nd – At the first dive sites of the day, Never, Neverland and Paradise Pinnacle, divers came across slipper lobsters, bandit angelfish, and Tinker’s butterflyfish. For the afternoon dives, we moored up at The Dome, where guests saw a Triton’s trumpet, fried egg nudibranch, and a day octopus. As divers came out of the water, they were greeted by the smell of dinner; grilled salmon with roasted red pepper sauce, wild rice, green beans, and a lilikoi tart. After dinner, guests could be seen relaxing on the sundeck, before turning in for the evening.
Wednesday January 3rd – For the first dives of the day, we went to Driftwood and Amphitheater. Here guests enjoyed seeing a leaf scorpionfish, Hawaiian lionfish, and ghost shrimp. After lunch, we went to Meadows and those in the water were able to see a short fin scorpionfish, supermale bird wrasse, and Redmargin Spanish dancer eggs. For dinner, everyone filled up on grilled pork tenderloin with apricot chutney, local purple sweet potatoes, roasted mixed vegetables, and pineapple pie, before setting off for our much-anticipated Pelagic Magic night dive. As the sun began to set, everyone got ready for the once in a lifetime experience, Pelagic Magic. During this dive, the boat drives about three miles offshore, and in 3,000 feet of water, lines are dropped over the side for guests to hold onto. As the boat drifts, divers have the opportunity to glimpse the plankton making their daily migration into the shallows to feed at night. This is the largest migration of organisms in the world and it happens every night! After having the opportunity to watch these glowing jellies and fish, guests begin to retire to their cabins to get some sleep.
Thursday January 4th – For the last full day of diving we began by heading to Shark Fin Rock and Aquarium. During the dive, everyone was able to see a Hawaiian whitespotted toby, Hawaiian coral croucher, and Potter’s angelfish. In the afternoon, we dove at Garden Eel Cove, where guests were able to see Hawaiian garden eels, a gold lace nudibranch, and several peacock groupers. Flank steak with chimichurri, blue cheese mashed potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, onions, and white chocolate and coconut crème brulee was served before the Manta Mayhem night dive. Divers were able to see several manta rays dancing in the water, feeding on the plankton accumulating in the lights. After a good day in the water, everyone was ready to tuck in for a night of well-deserved sleep.
Friday January 5th – As the week comes to a close, guests prepared for their final dives at Turtle Pinnacle. Guests were able to see an undulated moray eel, juvenile yellowtail coris, and saddle wrasse. During the drive back to the pier, guest enjoyed a lunch 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