Kona Aggressor ll Captain’s Log
August 31- September 7 2019
Air Temp- 78- 80 F
Water temp- 78-81 F
Visibility 60-100 ft.
Wet Suit Recommendation - 3mm (+ vest + hood if cold easily)
1st Captain- Shaye
2nd Captain/Divemaster- Yoav
Sunday- Aquarium, Mantaville
Monday- Amphitheatre, The Hive
Tuesday- Never Neverland, Land of Oz, Manuka Bay
Wednesday- Walls Wall, Pohue Bay, Stoney Mesa, Manuka Bay
Thursday- Catacombs, Pele’s Playground, Lions Den, Driftwood, Pelagic Magic
Friday- Turtle Pinnacle
Saturday August 31
Aloha from the Kona Aggressor II. Today we welcome fourteen guests from SingleDivers.com! Our guests begin to set up their gear for the week and Captain Shaye gives the introductory Coast Guard briefing so as our guests can get acquainted with the vessel. Chef Ken prepares a gourmet three-course meal of Grilled Mahi Mahi with a tropical salsa, purple mashed sweet potatoes, roasted asparagus and a custard pie with fresh berries for dessert. We then head out to the Kona mooring for our first night sleep in high anticipation of our upcoming week of diving.
Sunday September 1
Today our guest’s wake up to an outstanding Hawaiian morning with the sun out and calm seas, we enjoy a cooked to order breakfast by Chef Ken and get ready for our day of diving. Our divers conduct their buoyancy tests and get acquainted with their gear on the first two dives. We get a chance to see a multitude of endemic fish, a day octopus, frogfish and nudibranch. After the morning and afternoon dives Chef Ken prepares a dinner of Caesar salad, grilled flank steak with Chimichurri sauce, roasted potatoes and Brocolinni. For this evening we get to do the world famous Manta dive and the mantas do not disappoint! Several show up and give us an excellent show, even coming by the boat after all the divers have returned. Everyone is extremely excited and end the night with a hot chocolate!
Monday September 2
This morning we enjoy a cooked to order breakfast of eggs your way, bacon and hashbrowns by Chef Ken and we prepare the boat for diving. On our early dives we get a chance to see a peacock grouper, Yellowmargin moray, long nosed Butterflyfish and several nudibranch. For lunch Chef Ken prepares us a curry feast of spicy lamb curry, vegetable curry, brown rice and Thai cucumber salad! After lunch we get in the water again and see a multitude of more endemic fish. For dinner Chef Ken prepares an arugula, blue cheese and almond salad, grilled salmon with a guava mustard sauce, coconut rice and stir fired vegetables! The night dive does not disappoint and our guests see numerous animals you see at night, spotting the Hawaiian conger eel, Hawaiian lionfish and even an ornate octopus! Afterwards our guests retire to their cabins for rest before another day of action packed diving.
Tuesday September 3
The crew prepares the boat for an early departure and we are set to head south to several famous Kona dive sites. For breakfast Chef Ken prepares us eggs your way, bacon and hash-browns for a hearty start to the day. We dive in for the first dives of the day and get to see several sleek Unicornfish, tinkers Butterflyfish and multiple nudibranch! Today for lunch Chef Ken prepares us an outstanding taco Tuesday of fried fish, chicken and pork tacos with the fixings, sour cream, guacamole, cheese and pico de gallo. All of this served with warm and fresh corn and flour tortillas. On the afternoon dives we get to see a Yellowmargin moray, convict tang, cleaner wrasse and several barracuda! After dinner tonight our guests enjoy a relaxing night dive and are treated to a hot chocolate upon return to the boat. After a long day of diving we retire for the night with high anticipation of the next several days of diving.
Wednesday September 4
A pod of spinners welcomes us this morning to our first dive site and we prepare the boat for another glorious day under the sun. We enjoy a cooked to order breakfast by Chef Ken of eggs benedict, potatoes and eggs your way. It’s a busy morning as we hit several dive sites down the coast before settling into our final stop of the day. On the morning dives our guests enjoy a number of endemic fish, moray eels and crystal clear waters with great visibility! For lunch we have a bbq special of ribs, grilled sausage, coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread muffins! For the afternoon dives our guests see a multitude of endemic fish, For dinner Chef Ken has prepared a strawberry an spinach salad, grilled tuna with sirracha bourblanc, garlic mashed potatoes and brocollini! Our guest dive in for another night dive and all are happy with the dive! We enjoy hot chocolate before retiring for the evening after another great day of diving.
Its a beautiful sunrise as the crew prepares the boat for departure. We have a lot of ground to cover as we head north but gives a chance to hit several amazing dive sites. For breakfast Chef Ken has prepared blueberry waffles, sausage and eggs your way. For the first dives of the morning our guests get to see a frogfish, several large morays and blue trevally hunting. For lunch Chef Ken has prepared us BLTs, Guyere grilled cheese, pasta salad, fresh fruit and chicken noodle soup! On the afternoon dives our guests enjoy some really amazing 100 foot + visibility at several of our sites as well as getting to see nudibranch, a free swimming playful octopus and loads of endemic fish. For dinner Chef Ken has prepared ribeye steaks with au jous, shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. For tonight’s night dive we head three miles offshore to do the world famous Pelagic night dive! Our divers hang from 30ft lines below the boat with nothing below them in over 6000ft of pitch-dark water! Our guests get to see comb jellies, pelagic squid and an enourmous amount of strange creatures that make their way towards the surface from the abyss! After the dive everyone is excited and exchanging stories on what they saw, we then make our way to our mooring off Kona for a well earned evenings rest.
Friday September 6
It is the final day of diving. We head to Turtle Pinnacle first thing in the morning for our final two dives of the trip. It shaped up to be a perfect amazing Kona day, the suns out and the Hawaiian energy is strong today. Our guests jump in for two dives and enjoy the calm waters and great visibility. After the dives we all enjoy a great grilled BBQ lunch together, our guests cheers to a great week of diving and we make our way back to harbor. At our return our guests spend the afternoon relaxing, exploring Kona and packing for the journey home. Guests go out on the town and have dinner on their own off the boat.
Saturday September 7
Our final guest disembarks early today and we bid all a farewell. Thank you for a fantastic week, we hope you’ve enjoyed our beautiful Kona Coast and the diving here. Without you none of this would have been possible and as much as we love our jobs its you, our guests, which made this all possible and many thanks or as we say in Hawaii, Mahalo nui loa!