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Log Date: Saturday, Feb 02, 2019
Entry By: Kona Aggressor Crew









 



Kona Aggressor ll Captain’s Log

February 2nd  - February 9th 2019

Air Temp: 70-84 F

Water temp: 76 F

Visibility: 50-100+ ft.

Wet Suit Recommendation: 5 mm + hood + vest

 

Crew

1st Captain- Matt

2nd Captain- Rachel

Engineer- Jeremy 

Chef- Shea

Video Pro- Morgan

Divemaster- RJ

 

Dive sites

Sunday- Aquarium, Garden Eel Cove

Monday- Kalokos Arches, Shark Fin Rock, Amphitheater, Rob’s Reef

Tuesday- Never Neverland, Land of Oz, Manuka Bay

Wednesday- Stoney Mesas, Catacombs, The Hive

Thursday- Paradise Pinnacle, Lions Den, Driftwood, Pelagic Magic

Friday- Turtle Pinnacle

 

Saturday February 2nd   

Aloha from the Kona Aggressor II. We welcome our twelve guests onboard at five in the evening and show everyone to their respective cabins.  Guests begin to settle in and set up their dive gear for the week.  Once everyone arrives we head out to our Kailua Bay mooring and Captain Matt gives the Introductory and Coast Guard Safety Briefing, then dinner is served.  With full stomachs and excitement for the diving ahead, guests find their first night sleep.

 

Sunday February 3rd    

The guests wake up to a classic breakfast of pancakes, bacon, and “eggs your way.”  We arrive at our first dive site, Aquarium.  Guests conduct a buoyancy test and complete their checkout dive. We’re off to a great start with a white tip reef shark and an octopus encounter.  On board chef has freshly baked banana muffins waiting for divers. After lunch we head to Garden Eel Cove for our Final dives of the day.  For dinner Chef has prepared a romaine salad, orange cranberry glazed pork loin, savory bread pudding, vegetables and a cream cheese pound cake with mixed berry sauce for dessert. Woah! We digest for a bit but then its time to hop back in our dive gear for the much anticipated manta dive! It is mantamonium!  The mantas arrive in all their glory and deliver a spectacular show! They even follow divers back to the boat and our non diver get a great look at the beautiful creature as well.

 

Monday February 4th    

This morning we begin our venture south.  We stop at Kalokos Arches, Shark Fin Rock to start the day.  We have our first humpback whale sighting from the boat.  They are beautiful creatures and show us their flukes! For lunch chef prepares a cheeseburgers in paradise spread and hot dogs too! After lunch we arrive at a dive site called Amphitheater where we explore some lava tubes and beautiful coral gardens.  Finally we make our way to our final destination for the day, Rob’s Reef.   We see a green sea turtle and when we arrive back on board there is edemame for an afternoon snack .   After the fourth dive, guests enjoy a hearty Cornish game hen and quinoa dinner and then get geared up for the night dive.  They see lots of critters including the decoy scorpionfish with its decoy dorsal erect.  It’s a rare and neat sighting.  Guests are greeted with hot chocolate and some even head up to the hot tub to relax before heading to bed for a good night sleep.

 

Tuesday February 5th  

Today for breakfast guests indulge in waffles, sausage and “eggs your way” as we cruise to Never Neverland.  Here divers encounter a scalloped hammerhead shark.  Dive two is a calm and beautiful dive at Land of Oz before coming together for a delicious BBQ Flank Steak and Lemon Chicken Lunch. We continue south during lunch and arrive at our final destination for the evening, Manuka Bay.   The swell is minimal and divers are able to explore the beautiful shallows and dive through some picturesque arches.

 

Wednesday February 6th  

This morning we head to Stoney Mesas for dive one.  This will be our southernmost site for the trip.  Then we begin the journey back north stopping first for two dives at catacombs and then ending our day at a site called The Hive.  We find a large resident frogfish and two leaf scorpionfish! For dinner Chef has prepared a “drunken salmon” and mashed potatoes accompanied by asparagus.  For dessert it’s a delicious chocolate lava cake!

 

Thursday February 7th  

For breakfast this morning chef prepares a crowd favorite Biscuits and Gravy! Then divers are fueled up for their first dive at paradise pinnacle.  Divers enjoy a morning snack of chocolate chip muffins as we head to Lions Den for our second dive.  After lunch we complete two dives at driftwood, where divers explore an interesting lava tube and spot the elusive bandit angelfish.  Dinner is a curried carrot soup, orange ginger and soy glazed short ribs, mushroom risotto, roast vegetables and shrimp.  Dessert is a decadent bourbon espresso cake.  Then divers jump in for the anticipated Pelagic Magic Night dive.  They see lots of alien-like creatures and really enjoy the experience. OF course the night is topped off with a hot chocolate for some and a cold beer for others and then a good night sleep.

 

Friday February 8th    

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.  Divers then begin rinsing their gear and packing up for their journeys ahead.  As evening falls guests enjoy a cocktail party on the top deck where we recognize our Iron Divers who went above the call of duty and completed every single dive offered throughout the week a whopping twenty-seven dives!  Guests go out on the town and have dinner on their own off the boat, but return for a final night sleep.

 

Saturday February 9th

Guests arise early this morning and eat a hearty continental breakfast onboard.  Packed and ready for departure, guests disembark and we wish them safe travels. Thank you for a fantastic week, we hope you’ve enjoyed the beautiful Kona Coast.  Without you we would not be able to have our dream jobs and show you everything we love about the under water world of Big Island! Mahalo!