Log Date: Saturday, Apr 18, 2015
Entry By: Thailand Aggressor Crew
Thailand Aggressor Captains Log 18 - 25 April 2015
South Andaman Sea
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 29c
* Visibility 30m
Cruise Director: Gabriel
Assistant Cruise Director: Clive
Deck hand: Rong
Deck hand: Chon
Video Pro - Deaw
Guests – Ellen, William, Thiago, Manuela, Markus, Wilfried, Kevin, Lee and Nancy
Sunday – Koh Haa Lagoon, Koh Haa rock, Hin Muang and Hin Daeng
Monday – Sawang, Stonehenge and Talang
Tuesday – Hin Muang and Hin Daeng
Wednesday – Koh Haa Yai, Koh Haa Rock, Koh Haa Neau, Koh Haa Yai Caves and Koh Haa Lagoon
Thursday – Bida Nai, Bida Nok, Turtle bay and Maya Corner
Friday – Shark Point and Anemone reef
Saturday 18th April 2015
Our guests arrived around 17:00 so it was time to set all gear, which was done incredibly fast. We then had our welcome briefing followed by a delicious dinner then it was bed time.
Sunday 19th April 2015
We started our trip at Koh Haa where we found great visibility and a lot of marine life. Koh Haa Lagoon was great with hundreds of juvenile barracudas, nudis, shrimps and 2 exquisite sea moths. Our second dive was at Koh Haa rock and the soft corals had already made the dive, topped by many schooling yellow snappers, more nudis, pipefish and scorpion fish. We spent the afternoon at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang lots of fusiliers and glass fish covered the reef while jacks and giant trevallies hunted them. We finished our day diving some massive manta rays, going back and forth and we stayed with them for as long as we had air. What a great first day.
Monday 20th April 2015
We are at the most southern point of Thailand in the Andaman Sea, Tarutao National Park. Once populated by sea gypsies only, now are newly born dive destination. We had some great dives today with many colorful soft corals and beautiful sea fans and barrel sponges. We saw a lot of blue dragon nudibranch, moray eels, barracudas, sea moth, three stonefish and hundreds of yellow snappers. The currents have been strong but we managed to time well so it could be a relaxing day for all.
Tuesday 21st April 2015
We had such nice dives at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang that all divers wanted more so we decided to move back and enjoy those two lovely pinnacles. Our first dive of the day was at Hin Daeng and there were so many fish we lost count. We saw thousands of fusiliers, giant moray eels, giant trevallies and a turtle feeding on the reef. Our second dive, at Hin Muang, we got what we came here for, I checked my computer after the dive and it showed that we spent fifty six minutes watching this massive manta ray being cleaned and moving graciously not more than a metre away from all of us. As some guests said, it was a day we will never forget.
Wednesday 22nd April 2015
We came back for some more of Koh Haa. This group of five islands and one rock have such a dramatic topography at surface as well as underwater. From the massive caverns we can explore in Koh Haa Yai caves to swim throughs and chimneys at Koh Haa Neau and beautiful soft corals of Koh Haa rock. We experienced loads of marine life such as sea snakes, many different species of nudibranches, moray eels, stonefish, golden giant trevallies and much more. We ended our afternoon with a great tour around these islands allowing us to take some surface pictures.
Thursday 23rd April 2015
Its time to dive in the Phi Phi area, where rocks rise steeply more than 100 metres, with such dramatic scenery the underwater part of it was not disappointing. We started at Bida Nai and Bida Noi where soft corals and sea fans covered the whole reef and a leopard shark swam at the deep and hundreds of barracudas made their show. We spent the afternoon near Maya bay, the place where the Movie “The Beach” was filmed with Leonard Di Caprio and during the dives we saw many moray eels, Durban dancing and squad shrimps, some beautiful anemones and banded sea kraits.
Friday 24th April 2015
It was our last day diving and it was a good one. We did our first dive at Shark Point and there was a lot to see. The beauty of the reef itself really impressed everyone with massive sea fans and the whole reef covered in soft corals. We saw blue spotted sting rays, mantis shrimp, nudis, a large school of squid, many barracudas and thousands of fusiliers. At Anemone reef, where there are anemones covering the reef as far as the eye can see, we came across a sea horse, hundreds of glass fish and cuttlefish, changing its colors. In the afternoon we ventured ourselves and strolled at the beautiful beach on Koh Hi, followed by a great BBQ.
Saturday 25th April 2015
We had such a great week with amazing people. Our guests left around 8:00am. Thanks for the great week and hope to see you all soon again.