Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log
6 February – 13 February 2016
North Andaman Sea
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 29c
* Visibility 25m
Cruise Director: Clive
Chef: Pi Phorn
Guests: Tom, Kim, Jaren, Katheryn
Sunday –West of Eden, Anita’s reef, Elephant head rock
Monday – Xmas Ridge, Rocky Point, Breakfast Bend
Tuesday – Koh Bon x 3
Wednesday – Koh Tachai x 2, Richelieu rock
Thursday – Richelieu rock x 4
Friday – Koh Bon x 3
Saturday 6th February 2016
The guests arrived at 4pm giving them plenty of time to set up their gear and get to know each other a little bit before the welcome briefing. They enjoyed a lovely pork loin dinner, then went to bed.
Sunday 7th February 2016
We arrived in the Similan National Park during the night and began our first dive at 8am. The checkout dive was done at Similan Island 7, at the site West of Eden. This site consists of giant granite boulders that create nice canyons an crevices for swimming through. Here lives a resident spearing mantis shrimp which is cleverly camouflaged in plain view. Divers enjoyed watching the shrimp hunt as it lay waiting for an unsuspecting fish to swim over and become the shrimp’s next meal. After three dives, the guests opted to take the rest of the day off and go to the beach. We went to Donald Duck Bay and hiked up to Sail Rock, where we could see the Similan Islands and North Andaman Sea for miles. The view was stunning and made a great opportunity for beautiful photos and memories that will last a lifetime.
Monday 8th February 2016
We started the day at Christmas Point, an area of clustered boulders. Here the divers enjoyed deep swim throughs where they were happy to have spotted an oriental sweetlips lurking in the shelter of the rocks. They also were lucky enough to observe two octopuses sitting calmly together on a rock. During the safety stop a great barracuda was spotted eyeing the divers from just below the surface. Next we headed to a neighboring site called Rocky Point aka North Point. This site is located near Island 9. Huge boulders surrounded by sandy areas were great for seeing gobies, shrimps, and stingrays. Here the divers saw blue spotted stingrays, a yellow trumpet fish, and a Napoleon Wrasse. The day carried on well as it began as the guest took the rest of the day off to get some sun while relaxing on the sundeck.
Tuesday 9th February 2016
Koh Bon was beautiful as always, and divers enjoyed spending the entire day there. The site is located northwest west of the Similan Islands but is still considered to be part of the Similan National Park. Our favorite spot is the western ridge of the island, which falls steeply to the sandy sea floor. This is a great spot to witness a feeding frenzy brought upon the thousands of tiny glass fish by hungry trevally and rainbow runners. It is also a cleaning site where mantas and sharks are often found. Today divers were happy to have seen multiple Jenkins stingrays, a Napoleon wrasse, and seven manta rays! One of the guides has begun taking photos of mantas in order to identify them and to recognize the mantas when we see them in the future. The mantas stayed with the divers for all three dives at Koh Bon. The guests rested for the remainder of the evening, had a lovely salmon dinner, and enjoyed a movie in the saloon.
Wednesday 10th February 2016
The first two dives were at Tachai Pinnacle, just south of Koh Tachai. This dome shaped pinnacle is surrounded by huge boulders, some of which forming beautiful swim throughs. Here divers can see colorful soft coral and gargantuan sea fans accompanied by various butterfly fish and angelfish. Divers witness huge schools of big eye trevally and red snapper. Next, we made our way to Richelieu Rock for just one dive. Guests had a chance to explore the shallower horseshoe area where we found two Shultz pipefish in the channel near the mooring line. One guest got to see his first wart slug, as well as a yellow spotted boxfish hovering near its one offspring. Above us was almost a blanket of yellow damsels, so many we could barely see the surface. As always Richelieu Rock was a wonderful dive, and guests are looking forward to spending the day there tomorrow.
Thursday 11th February 2016
A whole day at Richelieu Rock was a diver’s dream! Richelieu is Thailand’s most famous and arguably its most beautiful dive site. This site is an isolated horseshoe figured pinnacle marked by the top of the rock which is only visible during low tide. The sheer walls fall steeply to a sandy bottom at a depth of 33 meters. The majority of the site is covered in colorful soft corals and sea fans. Here the guests had a lesson in deep diving when one of the guides brought an egg to demonstrate to them the effects of pressure under water. Today, divers got to see a tiger tail seahorse lurking in a sea fan. There was a green sea turtle who took no notice of the divers as it munched away at a piece of coral. A pinkish orange frog fish tucked discretely in a shallow time not just one, but six, cuttlefish!
Friday 12th February 2016
Koh Bon was so wonderful the first time that we decided to spend another day here. We went back to the Western Ridge, where we dove on Tuesday and noticed that the visibility had improved to 20 meters. We could see almost the entire pinnacle where big marble grouper came to be cleaned by the wrasse. On the second dive, two of the guests completed their navigation section of the Advanced Open Water Course. Guests were happy to have seen a green sea turtle, three Napoleon Wrasse, and two mantas. Now, it’s time to sail back to Thaplamu and enjoy a delicious barbeque.
Saturday 13th November 2015
The guests woke up and had breakfast. Its farewell time and the guests departed the Thailand at 8:00am. It was a great week with great people and we hope to see you all soon again.