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Log Date: Sunday, Feb 22, 2015
Entry By: Palau Aggressor Crew









 



Palau Aggressor Charter Feb 22 – Mar 1, 2015
Water Temp: 82-86 deg F
Air Temp: 78-86 deg F

Crew:  Zach, Cameron, Scott, Editha, Joe, Ernan, and Hector,
On Sunday 18 guests arrived from Canada and the U.S.A.  Although the
group has traveled from the other side of the world all were in great
spirits and eager to get in the water.  For dinner this evening Chef
Cameron prepared authentic cuisine consisting of Butter Chicken and
Lamb Korma.  After cleaning their plates the guests joined Captain
Zach in the lounge area where they were briefed on the vessel and the
planned itinerary.

On Monday morning we departed the dock early and made our way out to
the first dive site of the week. Our check out dive was on the Teshio
Maru, one of the Japanese transport ships sunk during WWII. A variety
of cool critters were spotted ranging from a few nudibranchs to a xeno
crab on a long piece of whip coral. Our second dive was on the Iro
Maru, another victim of the war, the Iro is one of the largest wrecks
here in Palau. So along with all the cool critters the wreck had many
artifacts for the exploring divers. After lunch we went for a dive at
Big Drop Off where we spotted a few turtles and a couple nudis. Dive
four took us out to German channel where our luck kept rolling in with
two big manta rays, lot of schooling fish and sharks getting cleaned
at the cleaning station.

Tuesday morning we headed out to World famous Blue Corner for our
first hook-in dive of the week. The seas had picked up over night but
despite the bumpy ride everyone had a great time as we hooked in and
just hung motionless while a whole load of sharks, schooling fish and
the resident Napoleon Wrasse came to check out the divers. The second
dive of the day was at Virgin Blue Holes where we found several nudis
and lots of turtles as we explored the box canyons that zigzagged
along the reef and on the reef we stumbled across a crocodile fish!
For dive three we went to New Drop Off where we had and even stronger
current! After screaming down the wall we hooked in at the edge of the
plateau and watched the sharks cruise in and out of the schooling
snappers and jacks and another very large school of barracuda. Our
fourth dive of the day was at Ferns wall where we chanced upon a few
turtles and a few sharks as we drifted by the acres of soft corals,
sea fans, and gorgonians and just enjoyed our best soft coral covered
wall. The night dive today was at German Coral Garden.  The
bioluminescence was shinning as we slowly moved along the wall.  A few
creatures were spotted sleeping, a few hunting but the highlight of
the dive was an Octopus.  Blending in with his surroundings he was a
bit difficult to pick out at first but never the less he caught the
sharp eye of our divers and we were able to snap a few photos.


On Wednesday we headed south to Peleliu and started the day with a
dive on Peleliu Cut. The current moving and the action was good.. Dive
two was on West Wall. While some of us went diving some of us strapped
on our shoes and headed ashore to check out the island of Peleliu. We
saw some old rusty tanks from WW2, checked out the interesting museum,
wandered around Bloody Nose Ridge and even spent a bit of time poking
around in 1000 man cave. Our next dive at Orange beach was a welcome
relief from the heat of the island. We slowly drifted over a pristine
hard coral garden which stretched for acres and acres. Next up was
another amazing hard coral dive at Barracks Point. With the addition
of a Tridacna clam and more turtles than we could count.

We kicked off Thursday morning with our first dive back at Blue
Corner. This time we dived the corner from the other side. The action
at the hook in was plentiful, and as usual the guests enjoyed playing
with the large Napoleon Wrasse that hangs around the area craving
attention. It must be one of the most photographed fish in Palau! Dive
two was at Blue Holes where we explored the large cavern with amazing
blue light streaming in through the windows. Inside we found a few
nudis and a disco clam. On the outside we drifted along the wall where
we saw several turtles, a barramundi grouper being cleaned, a friendly
napoleon wrasse and cruising grey reef sharks. Dive number three was
out at Dexter’s Wall that swarmed with turtles along the vertical wall
of the drop-off. Out in the blue there was a dogfish tuna on the hunt
followed closely by a large grey reef shark. Our fourth dive was back
at German Channel, where we saw more Mantas above the cleaning
station, as well as Sharks and Tuna and schooling bait fish. On our
way to the cleaning station we spotted a feather tailed ray buried in
the sand awaiting divers to come and take some photos.

We headed to Ulong Island on Friday morning, which is where a season
of Survivor was filmed. . First dive of the day we went to Siaes
Tunnel, what a great start to the day. A good current took us through
the tunnel and along the wall, in fact some divers made it all the way
to Siaes Corner. As per the norm several white tips and reef sharks
were swimming around. In the tunnel itself a few Decorated Dartfish
hang out, a very rare fish but typically always found at this one
spot. Our second dive brought us to the most talked about dive site
called Ulong Channel.  It was our final hook-in dive and it was as
incredible as always! Sharks, turtles, napoleon wrasse, and a big
school of jacks before a quick ride through the channel stopping near
the end to check out the huge giant clams just pass the huge patch of
lettuce coral. For our third dive at Ulong was sandy paradise, a
gentle sloping wall from about 10 feet down to 80 that has a sandy
bottom scattered with coral heads, cleaning stations, and garden eels.
A nice school of barracuda were hanging out over the sand as well. One
of the other highlights of the dive is a cute little leaf scorpion
fish hanging out at one of the cleaning stations.  For our last dive
we headed over to Ulong coral garden. Which is a very nice, relaxing
dive with so much variety of coral and marine life.  On the site we a
bunch of schooling jacks, barracuda and some very cool looking nudis.


On Saturday morning we went for a swim and a snorkel at Jellyfish Lake
where we swam with the millions of mesmerizing jellyfish. Upon
returning to the skiff, Joe took us on a tour through the Rock Islands
before meeting up with the big boat in Koror. Our last dive was at
nearby Chandelier Caves where we explored the four chambers and
interesting stalagtite formations inside surfacing for a breath or two
in the air pockets along the way. On the reef just outside the cave
entrance we watched mandarin fish scurrying around along with pajama
cardinal fish between the shallow corals for the rest of the dive.
After that, it was back for lunch and time to assist our guests with
rinsing their gear. Later that evening, we all met for a few cocktails
to look back on the week in the slideshow and shared some diving
stories before heading out to dinner at the nearby local restaurants.
We said farewell on Sunday morning and helped our guests with
transfers to their hotels and flights. It was yet another wonderful
week aboard the Palau Aggressor II with fantastic guests that we look
forward to diving again with soon!