Palau Aggressor Charter Mar1 – Mar 8, 2015
Water Temp: 81-86 deg F
Air Temp: 78-86 deg F
Crew: Zach, Cameron, Dustin, Jay, Joe, Ernan, and Hector
On Sunday we greeted our guest from Switzerland, France and the US. After they arrived onboard they were introduced to their cabins and then assisted as they set up their dive gear and cameras before dining on a fantastic evening spread and then they were presented with the vessel orientation and safety briefing before turning in for bed.
On Monday morning we departed the dock and started the week of diving at the Helmet Wreck for a check out dive where we enjoyed exploring the decks of the ship and examining WWII artifacts. After this dive we moved to the Iro Maru and on this deeper wreck we passed the king posts and the large school of horse eye jacks, we continued to the stern gun and then up the rear king posts and spent time taking photos of the anemones. We then returned to the big boat for lunch closer to the German Channel area. After lunch we made a dive at the dive site known as Big Drop Off which features pristine coral formations and unique topography. For the final dive of the day we went to one of Palau’s famous dive site, German Channel. As we arrived at the cleaning station we had an astounding encounter with two manta rays. After dinner our guests were presented with an orientation to reef hooks in anticipation of Blue Corner.
Tuesday we began the day with our first dive at Blue Corner. The current was running and the jacks, snappers and sharks were out in full force and the friendly Napoleon wrasse was busy checking out the divers. Dive two was at Blue Holes where we went down one of the chimneys like Santa clause. We explored the beautiful cavern then made our way along the wall towards blue corner where we ended our dive with our friend the Napoleon. For dive three we went to New Drop Off and on this dive we found turtles and schools of sharks as well as scorpion fish on top of the plateau. For our fourth dive of the day was at Fern’s Wall. The sea fans here are absolutely huge and made for wonderful photos. As well we also enjoyed spotting more scorpion fish and square spot anthias. After a delightful dinner made by Chef Cameron we got ready for the night dive at Big Drop Off. On the beautiful wall we saw many types of nudibranch and different species of crustacean!!
On Wednesday morning the big boat made its way to camp beck Peleliu. For the first dive we did the peliliu cut which had numerous sharks and large schools of jacks and snappers. For our second peleliu dive we did the west wall where we saw different macro life and as well as turtles and sharks. Third dive was at Orange Beach. Here guest experienced the most pristine corals and also war artifacts and remains such as bullets and bottles. Fourth and final dive at peleliu was at Baracks Point consisting of many different types of fish, nudis and 150yrs old giant clams. For the night dive we did turtle cove where we went down the hole, drifted along the wall and explored the plateau.
Thursday morning was a good sunny day. We loaded up the skiff and headed out towards Blue Corner. As always the site was teeming with life. A big school of Black Triggerfish danced above us atop the plateau. Grey Reef sharks were steadily swimming by enjoying the easy moving current. Of course our friends the Napoleon Wrasse were hanging out. Second dive of the day was at Blue Holes, we descended through the holes in the reef top into the large cavern below. Exploring the cavern we found some disco clams and then made our way along the reef wall. With a good current pushing us along we made it all the way to the Plateau at Blue corner. For our third dive we headed to Virgin Blue Holes where we found several nudis and lots of turtles as we explored the box canyons that zigzagged along the reef and we stumbled across a crocodile fish! Fourth dive was another repeat dive at German Channel. We saw double the numbers of manta than we did the first time. It was a bit of a swim against the current but absolutely worth it. The night dive at German Coral Garden was amazing, the moon was out so we were able to see some fish that are usually asleep.
Friday’s first dive was at the amazing Ulong Siaes tunnel. Making our swim in the tunnel, Hector pointed out two beautiful Dart fish then we finished the dive along the wall with great hard corals and soft corals. Our second dive was at Siaes Corner. There we saw a few dogtooth tuna and sharks. For dive three we entered sandy paradise. Swimming through the beautiful hard corals we saw two scorpion fish, white tip shakes, garden eels and lots of schooling fish. For the final dive of the day we went to the famous Ulong Channel. Making our way to the hooking, experiencing shark action with schools of barracudas. After 20min we unhooked and drifted through the channel to the huge batch of lettuce coral and ending the dive with two giant clams.
Saturday morning the guests had breakfast while the big boat made its way to toi making our ride to Jellyfish lake shorter. After an amazing time at the lake we then did a rock island tour and stopped at the famous arch where we took some photos before heading back to port. Our last dive was at nearby Chandelier Caves where we explored the four chambers and interesting stalactite 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 a 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 with again soon!