Thailand Aggressor Captains Log 24 - 31 January 2015
North Andaman - Thailand
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 28c
* Visibility 30m
Cruise Director: Gabriel
Assistant Cruise Director: Clive
Deck hand: Rong
Deck hand: Chon
Dive instructor / Marine biologist: Nu
Video Pro: Jak
Guests – Adisorn, Touchatorn, khwankamol, Saowanee, Chatadul, Amita, Nat, Jakkapong, Napong, Taweerat, Pakinai, Kridshiva, Saowanee Tham, Sirinchar, Sittichai, Rakphong,
Sunday - Anitas reef, Stonehenge, West of Eden, Turtle rock, Zodiac
Monday – Elephant head rock, Xmas point, Koh Bon
Tuesday – Koh Bon, Koh Tachai
Wednesday- Richelieu rock
Thursday – Richelieu Rock
Friday – Richelieu rock, Phra Thong wreck
Saturday 24th January 2015
This week we have a group from Thailand exploring homeland. Guests arrived around 18:00 so as usual, briefing, dinner and bed time, looking forward to our first day diving.
Sunday 25th January 2015
We jumped for our check dive at Anitas reef to find low current and amazing visibility. We saw hundreds of garden eels, beautiful sea fans, glass fish, blue spotted sting rays, and a super tiny nudi. The day carried on with dog tooth tunas, giant trevallies and many moray eels. In the afternoon we pay a visit to island number 8, the Similan National Park trade mark where you can have an amazing view of the park after a 15 minute hike.
Monday 26th January 2015
We started our day in the Similans for some diving at Elephant Head Rock and Christmas point. Visibility has been great and the topography of those dive sites are just fantastic. Giant granite boulders with swim throughs, overhangs, canyons and even air pockets where you could put your head out of the water, while underwater. We came across a great barracuda that must have been at least 2 metres long, making the morning even more exciting.We also dived in Koh Bon where we saw large schools blue fin jacks, trevallies, barracudas and 5 cuttlefish mating. It was a great day.
Tuesday 27th January 2015
Our Day began at Koh Bon Pinnacle and what a dive it was, Manta Ray cruising around the pinnacle and all out guests saw it, Our second dive we headed for the ridge with great expectations we saw a Napolean Wrasse and then the Manta came in again and circled the cleaning station for 20 minutes and all of the second group to jump saw it and the first group had a spectacular snorkeling adventure, we then headed to Koh Tachai, another Manta hot spot but sadly we saw no mantas but we did see a couple of huge Golden Trevally and a massive school of Cheveron barracuda as well as Giant Morays and a stingray hiding under a rock. We all looked forward to a hearty Dinner after a fantastic days diving…
Wednesday 28th January 2015
Its Richelieu rock day and we were all excited for that. We jumped in the water to encounter no current and amazing visibility, up to 30 metres. We saw the sea horses, large schools of yellow snapper, yellow tail barracudas and chevron barracudas, many species of moray eels such as white eye, yellow edged, giant and fimbriated moray eel. We also saw many nudis including the chromodoris geminis, flipping its mantle and mating cuttlefish . What a great day.
Thursday 29th January 2015
We had some amazing diving in Koh Tachai and Bon, finishing up with a great night dive at Richelieu rock. There were a lot of action at the day dives where many barracudas rested facing the currents while 15 of the biggest giant trevallies I have ever seen in Thailand, were hunting thousands of yellow fusiliers. The soft corals of Richelieu rock itself made the dive just fantastic, topped by large schools of yellow snappers and barracudas.
Friday 30th January 2015
Back to Richelieu rock for some more action and it was there, waiting for us. There were so many fish and the visibility was so great we could have spent the whole day in there and not get bored. As we started the dive, there were dozens of batfish, just hanging around the rocks, we also saw sea horse, many nudis, scorpion fish and thousands of yellow snappers. We finished our day at Phra Thong wreck, a newly sunk war ship where we did our first dive ever. It was just amazing with thousands of juvenile barracudas, dozens of lionfish schooling around and many fusiliers.
Saturday 31st January 2015
We had a great week and it was such a great pleasure to have this group on board. Hope to see everyone soon again and safe travels.