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Log Date: Sunday, Oct 11, 2015
Entry By: Raja Ampat Aggressor Crew









 



“Raja Ampat Aggressor” Captain’s log *11 – 18 Oct.2015

*Air Temp. 30 C/ 90 F

*Water Temp. 28 C/ 84 F

* Visibility 80-90ft

 

CREW:

Captain: Burhan

Cruise Director: Michal

Chief Officer: Niko

Main Engineer: Yuly

2nd Engineer: Olan

Chef: Ivan

Chef Assistant: Jemly

Stewardess: Linda

Divemaster: Dinche

Divemaster: Herry

Divemaster: Jamie

Tender Driver: Ody

Tender Driver: Carli

Deck Hand: Jasman

 

DIVE SITES:

Mo: Friwinbonda, Blue Magic, Mioskon, Saonek

Tu: Sardine Reef, Cape Kri, Cape Kri, Yanbuba

We: Melissa’s Garden, Keruo Channel, Melissa’s Garden, Keruo Night

Th: Manta Sandy, Manta Sandy, Arborek, Arborek

Fr: Otdima, Capek Kri, Sardine Reef, Mioskon

Sa: Mioskon, Blue Magic

 

GUESTS: Eghan, Shinta, Bonita, Andisya, Daisy, Robby, Camilla, Dony, Bona, Omar, Leo, Tom, Stefan, Didier, Caitlyn, Patti, Lindsay, Veronika.

 

Sunday October 11th

We picked up our guests from airport and some of our guests arrived day before and stayed in Swiss bell hotel in Sorong. Early afternoon we had all our guests already on board. We accommodated our guests in staterooms and had a lunch. After lunch we departure to north Raja Ampat. We had a dinner and safety briefing on the way to first location Friwinbonda.

Monday October 12th

After continental breakfast and briefing we had all divers in the water for the check dive. Dive was easy and relaxing as should be a check dive. We dove at Friwinbonda. There was almost no current and visibility was reaching 20 m/60 ft. We dove at first at vertical wall and in the second part of the dive we reached slope covered with fans and hard table corals. During our dive we saw black tip shark, pigmy sea horse and flat worms. There were also sweetlips fish and small group of spade fish.

Our second dive we went to Blue Magic. We jumped into a school of fusiliers. Current was average strength visibility was reaching 40 m/120 ft. We stayed in the split point where the currents are hitting the reef and we saw: dogtooth tuna, napoleon wrasse, small group of spade fish and sweet lips hiding from current below big boomie. We followed the current and found pigmy sea horse on a sea fun. We also spotted beautiful scenery of wobbegong shark below a coral with glass fish all over around the shark.

After lunch we went for a 3rd dive to Mioskon. There was almost no current and we had very good visibility reaching 25 m/75 ft . The high lights of this dive were schools of fusiliers and yellow stripe snappers. We also spotted 2 wobbegong sharks and some beautiful nudibranch..

After dinner we had some divers ready for a night dive in Saonek. Our divers spotted many interesting creatures: Nudibranch, lion fish, pegasus sea moth, many different types of shrimps and hairy crabs. After night dive hot chocolate was ready for our guests. We had good weather conditions and almost no waves during all day.

 

Tuesday October 13th

We started our morning dive at Sardine Reef. We went down and were amazed with number of fish. Current was average strength in the split point. We spotted many schools of fish: spade fish, barracudas, fusiliers and surgeon fish. We spent around 30 min in the split point and moved further drifting with a current. We also spotted big bumpheads, napoleons, wobbegong shark and reef sharks.It was a fabulous dive with great visibility reaching 25m/75 ft. Our day started with a breath taking dive.

After breakfast we moved Aggresor to Kri island. Our second dive was at Cape Kri. We had a strong current and we did a drift from north to the south. We spotted couple of reef sharks and many schools of fish: yellow fin barracudas, jackfish, sweet lips fish and dog tooth tunas. Visibility was reaching 30 m/90 feet.

Our third dive was at Cape Kri again. Dive was just perfect. We saw uncountable number fish. Current was middle strength as we were passing by the schools of fish. Visibility was amazing reaching 30 m/ 90 ft. We saw: black tip sharks, grey reef sharks, huge school of big eye trevally, school of giant sweet lips fish, bumphead parrotfish, school of yellow fin barracudas, couple of dog tooth tunas, school of spade fish, and thousands of surgeon fish and fusiliers. We also saw around 30 sharks at the end of the dive. So far it was the best dive and Donny said it was the best dive in his life.

We had a dinner and after surprize for Shinta. We prepared a cake, turned off the lights and all of our crew singed a birthday song for her. After small party we watched movies and had a fun time in our salon. No one wanted to go for a night dive and everyone was happy to stay on the boat and celebrate.

 

Wednesday October 14th

Early in the morning we moved Aggressor to Penemu Island. As we had some waves we went to protected area and did our first dive at Keruo Channel. We had a good visibility and average strength of current. We saw beautiful big sea funs and a lot of black corals with small reef fish. Visibility was reaching 20 m/ 40 ft.

Second dive we did at Barracuda Point. We went down in a split point and saw black tip shark and around 10 big dogtooth tunas. Current was strong and we drifted down the reef and went to a spot when current slowed down. We found there a bargibanti pygmy sea horse living in a purple sea fun. It was an enjoyable dive with visibility reaching 20 m/60 ft. On the top of a seamount reef was amazing with many hard corals like big table corals, boomies covered with all colours of soft corals.

After lunch almost all our group went for a land tour to Penemu view. We climbed the stairs to the top a of a hill to enjoy beautiful view. The weather was very good with clear sky. We went down and jumped on the dingy. We went around limestone rock formations and lagoons. Our guests decided to have a swim in a lagoon. We took a lot of pictures, flight a drone and had a lot of fun.

After dinner our divemaster Herry made a presentation about pygmy sea horses. After presentation we had Stefan, Veronika and Didier ready for a night dive. Rest of the group decided to stay in a salon and watch movies. At the night dive our divers spotted:

Thursday October 15th

Early in the morning we crossed from Penemu to Dampier Strait. We dove in the morning twice at Manta Sandy. We waited for those magnificent creatures during 2 dives but unfortunately they didn’t come. We concentrated on small staff as macro world here can’t be disappointing. We spotted pegasus sea moth, hairy crab, wobbegong shark (which was pretty big by the way), ornate pipe fish and brownish pontohi sea horse.

Third dive we dove at fabulous arborek jetty. We went down and were amazed to see a huge school of scads fish below the jetty. There was group of spade fish swimming in between of scads which gave us opportunity to take some awesome pictures. We also spotted many beautiful nudibranch and wobbegong shark. Visibility was reaching 25 m./75 ft with mild current.

After dinner, Tom made a presentation about Aggressor destination in Egypt. Some of our divers went for a night dive. We had a great dive below arborek’s jetty. Walking shark, candy crabs, scorpion fish, toad fish, lion fish, crocodile fish and many other strange creatures of night underwater life.

 

Friday October 16th  

We did our first dive at Otdima reef. Mainly hard coral reef with thousands of small colourful reef fish above the reef. We also saw school of sweet lips fish, mantis shrimp and couple of black tip sharks. Visibility was very good reaching 30 m./90 ft and we had slow current.

After breakfast we went again to Cape Kri. We did a drift dive. When we drifted down the slope we spotted a lot of fish: emperors, sweet lips, spade fish, surgeons, giant sweet lips, jacks and many others. At the end of the dive we saw big school of bumphead parrot fish.

Third dive we went to Sardine Reef. We jumped in a split point and that’s how we spent all the dive. Zigzagging around the reef and watching fish doing their usual things. Feeding on corals and plankton, some of them spending time on a cleaning stations - just a casual day below the sea. We spotted yellow fin barracudas, sweetlips fish, surgeon, rabbit and spade fish. Visibility was reaching 20 m/ 60 ft and current was middle strength.

We had our last dinner on board served by our cook Ivan and Jemli. After dinner we went for a last night dive during our trip. We dove at Mioskon reef, where we spotted a walking shark. After night dive we watched slide show from our trip. We got some cool pictures from our guest Bona, who shared them with all our guests.

 

Saturday October 17th

Morning dive we started earlier and we went to Mioskon. Visibility was very good and there was almost no current. We saw sweetlips fish, spade fish, yellow stripe snappers, and fusiliers. Visibility was reaching 30 m/90 ft.

Second and last dive we went to Blue Magic. We had great dive with average strength current and very good visibility. We saw: black tip shark, school of barracudas and a lot more.

After diving we departure to Sorong. After lunch we showed our guests presentation about Michael Rockefeller and his story in Papua. We set up the bills and started farewell party. Our guests got some special Awards from us. Shinta and Veronika did her 100 dives with us and Lindsay with Didier got award: Best Dive Team. We had a lot of fun during party and after that we went to Sunshine restaurant. After dinner we went back to the boat.

Sunday October 18th

In the morning we said our farewells to our guests and send them to hotels and airport. It was a great 7 day trip. We made new friends, got new experiences and enjoyed great diving and good time together. We hope to see you again!