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Raja Ampat Aggressor Captains log *12– 22 Jan 2016
*Air Temp. 90 F
*Water Temp. 28 C/ 84 F
Cruise Director: Michal
Chief Officer: Raswan
Chief Engineer: Oland
2nd Engineer: Rahmad
House keeping: Betty
Tender Driver: Jasman
Tender Driver: Ody
We: Friwinbonda, Blue Magic, Mioskon, Mioskon
Th: Cape Kri, Cape Mansuar, Sardine Reef, Saonek
Fr: Manta Sandy, Manta Sandy, Arborek, Arborek
Sa: My Reef, Melissas Garden, Melissas Garden
Su: Sagof, Sagof, Baby Rock, Nudi Rock
Mo: 4 Kings, Barracuda Rock, Wedding Cake, Barracuda Rock
Tu: Nudi Rock, Tank Rock, Whale Rock, Camel Rock
We: Gus Ridge, Shadow Reef, Boo Rock, Yillet Kecil
Th: Yillet Kecil, Grouper Net
GUESTS: Mike and Mike, Wayne, Randy, Patricia, Julia, Manuel and Sofia, Mitchel
Tuesday January 12th
We picked up our guests from airport and some of our guests arrived day before and stayed in Marina Membramo in Sorong. Early afternoon we had all our guests exept Randy already on board. Randy had a small delay but finaly in afternoon he arrived. We accommodated everybody in staterooms and had a lunch. After lunch we had a welcome brefing and we departure to central Raja Ampat. After dinner we arrived to our first location Friwinbonda.
Wednesday January 13th
After continental breakfast and briefing we had all divers in the water for the check dive. Dive was easy with little current as should be a check dive. We dove at Friwinbonda. The visibility was reaching 20+ m/64+ ft. We started the dive at a sloping area filled with schools of yellow fin fusiliers, silver fusiliers and five stripped snappers. We moved slowly down the reef, spotting from time to time small creatures like: nudibranch, flat worms and pigmy sea horses. We also saw a wobbegong shark resting on top of a table coral.
Our second dive we went to Blue Magic. We jumped and descended at a sloping reef area. Current was strong and visibility was reaching 20 m/50 ft. We had to fight a bit our way with the current as it was coming from different directions and was making circles around the reef. We spotted school of jackfish on the top of a seamount. We also saw fusiliers and big dogtooth tunas in the blue. When we were shooting a big group of glass fish on the top of the reef 3 oceanic mantas gently swam above the reef. It was a good exercise dive but also a thrilling experience.
After lunch we went for a 3rd dive to Mioskon. There was a slow low tide current. We jumped at the corner of the sloping area, where all fish action was being placed. We saw fusiliiers, and big group of yellow five striped snappers. We showed our guests a giant clam, wobbegong shark and many macro creatures as bargibanti pigmy sea horses living in the matrix of a sea fun.
During our dinner time we did a briefing for a night dive and small presentation about epaulette raja ampat. The best during our dive was that we found a epaulette (walking shark) and also the blue ring octopus!
Thuersday January 14th
In the morning we moved Aggressor to Cape Kri. Our first dive in the morning we had an average current as there was a raising tide. We stayed at the steep sloping area watching fish action. There was school of sevron barracudas, jetties, oriental sweetlips and surgeons. We also spotted group of big bumheads, there was also white tip and black tip shark. It was very good dive with huge number of fish.
Second dive after having a breakfast and presentation about uw photography by Mike we went to Cape Mansuar. This time current was slow and dive was more relaxing and easier. This time we big fish and macro. From big stuff we saw: barracuda, white tip shark, napoleon wrasse and school of spade fish. Our guides Herry and Jamie spotted: pontohi sea horses, soft coral crab and wobbegong shark. Visibility was reaching 20+ m./66+ ft.
We moved our boat to Sardine Reef for a 3rd dive. Current was already stronger and jumped we jumped in the split point and drifted down the sloping reef. On the way we saw: Barracudas, Ginat Trevalies and schooling of a neon fusiliers. After 30 minutes current slowed down and we spotted bargibanti sea horse in the sea fun. Visibility was reaching 15 m/48ft.
We moved aggressor for a dinner and night dive to Saonek.Before we jumped to the water we made presentation about Raja Ampat. We dove at the Saonek jetty. We went down to a sandy bottom area. There was no current so we had a good conditions for search of a night creatures. We spotted pigmy squid, spiny devil fish, couple of bobtail squids, decorator crab and cocktoo wasp fish. Great part of a dive was wobbegong shark swimming above the sandy bottom. Visibility was dark without a light :)
Friday January 15th
In the early morning we relocated our boat to Manta Sandy. We did 2 dives there and what is most funny we were not looking for mantas but for amazingly rich macro life at the sandy area and around couple of big boomies. We spotted plenty small creatures: servensi pigmy sea horse, pontohi sea horse, a lot of different types of nudibranch, flat worms and pegasus sea moths. Visibility was really good reaching 25 m/80 ft. After second dive we snorkelled with 6 big mantas swimming on the surface.
After lunch we moved Aggressor to Arborek Island and dove at the jetty. We saw many amazing stuff: jaw fish, huge school of scads below the jetty, pontohi sea horse, juvenile barramundi, wobbegong shark, hornet pipie fish and hundreds of other beautiful fish and creatures. Sunlight was coming through wooden jetty and made a beautiful scenery for wide angle pictures. Visibility was reaching 20 m./64 ft. and we had a mild current during our dive.
During dinner our divemaster Herry made a presentation about sea horses and we sent our divers for a night dive at Arborek Jetty. It is one of the best night dives in Raja Ampat and this time our divers spotted walking shark!
Saturday January 16th
In the morning we arrived to Penemu Island and started morning dive at My Reef. Iit was great dive with strong current. Reef was full of fish and raising current made them hide at the sloping reef so we did. We spotted school of barracudas, jack fish, snappers and surgeons. We saw spanish macrel and napoleon wrasse. At the second part of the dive we went on the other side of the reef and watched some macro life like: nudibranch, skeleton shrimps, denis pygmy sea horses and porcelain crabs. Visibility was reaching 20 m/64 ft.
Our second dive we moved to the nearby Melissas Garden. We did 2 dives there. It was a great dive. Randy said it was the most beautiful coral reef he ever seen. He has more than 400 dives and dove in many places. Sun was strong making all the coral garden bright and colorful. We were making our way down the reef looking for macro stuff. We spotted several nudibranch and flat worms. We saw emperor shrimp, sea spider and much more. From big fish we saw black tip shark, wobbegong and barracudas. There was also group of jetties, snappers and sweetlips. Visibility was reaching 25 m./80 ft with mild current.
After our dive we started long relocation to Misool. During dinner our dive master Herry made a presentation about pygmy sea horses. After presentation we spent some relaxing time in the restaurant.
Sunday January 17th
In the morning we arrived to island Sagof in Misool. We did our first dive starting from a vertical wall making our way slowly throught big gorgonias and black corals. We spotted were looking for small creatures for macro photography and we spotted: nudibranch,.... Visibility was great and was reaching 25 m. /80 ft. In the water there were many fusiliers feeding on a plankton, school of barracudas and snappers. We were moving slowly to the corner of ther rock and we found huge school of small silver fish and group of mobulas.
Our second dive we did at the same spot but starting from an opposite side of the rock. We were making our way down the wall and we spotted moray eel, turtle and big group of spade fish. Our highlits of the dive were mobulas and great number of fish like fusiliers, rabbit fish and snappers
Our third dive we dove at baby rock. Visibility was reaching 25 m./80 ft. Dive site has some interesting rocky reef formation with vertical walls and steep slopes covered with soft corals and many big sea fans. We saw hairy shrimp, several nudibranch and orangutan crab. There was also school of neon and yellow fin fusiliers.
After dinner we moved Aggressor to Fiabecet area and dove at nudi rock. One of the most famous dive sites in Misool with beautiful coral reef and hundreds of different corals. We spotted walking shark, denise and bargibanti pygmy sea horses. Our guests were most amazed with number of different coral formation and their bright incredible colours.
Monday January 18th
In the morning we moved our boat to dive site called 4 kings. Condition was perfect. We had a great dive around 4 pinnacles with deep walls and steep slopes. We had a mild current and very nice visibility reaching 25m./80ft. During this dive we saw: barracudas, school of jack and spade fish, denise pygmy sea horses, leaf fish and amazing reef covered with beautiful soft corals.
Our 2nd dive was at Barracuda Rock. We went down the steep slope area and moved slowly in the search of creatures: We saw electric clam, bargibanti pygmy sea horse, hornet ghost pipe fish, gobies and other amazing creatures. We also spotted solar power nudibranch and denis pigmy sea horse. It was good dive with mild current and good visibility reaching 20m/64 ft.
3rd dive we dove at Wedding Cake, the name of the dive site is taken from a layer structure of the reef. Those layers are covered with soft and hard corals. Our dive was as in an aquarium. There were hundreds of small reef fish all over around. Mild current so we could enjoy close up look at the reef. We saw: red denise pygmy sea horse, bargibanti pygmy sea horse and signal goby.
After dinner we went for a night dive at Barracuda Rock. We saw: baby walking shark, reef octopus. We also spotted different types of nudibranch.
Tuesday January 19th
In the morning we changed location to Fiabecet. First dive we did at Nudi Rock. Water was very clear and average strenght of current. We made our way down the slope with beautiful big sea fans and reef covered with soft bright corals. We spotted pygmy sea horses and went to the nearby pinnacles with some fish action around. We spotted huge school of barracudas and white tip sharks. We finished our dive at the most colorful reef anybody can imagine. It was amazing dive.
Our second dive was at Tank Rock. There was almost no current and we started the dive at wall area with big pinnacle. There was big school of yellow fin fusiliers, jetties and snappers playing in the blue. Our guests were mostly concentrated on a beautiuful big sea fans and many anemones which grow on a shallow colorful part of the reef.
Our third dive was at Whale Rock. We went to the pinnacle to spot spot some schools fish and nice big sea fans and soft corals. In the pinnacle was some fish action: yellow fin barracudas and jetties. We aslo spotted some macro creatures like bargibanti pygmy sea horse and nebrota nudibranch.
Wednesday January 20th
We moved Aggressor to Gus Ridge. Deep narrow ridge with beautiful coral reef on top. At the very beginning of the dive we spotted big marble ray laying on the bottom. We saw tunas, school of barracudas, school of yellow stripe snappers, school of surgeon fish, group of giant trevalies and napoleon wrasse. At the end of the dive Randy spotted big Marlin! We had average current and very good visibility reaching 30 m./96 ft visibility.
Second dive we went to Shadow Reef, water was very clear and we had average current. We went down the ridge area where we spotted 6 small gray reef sharks, school of 3 different kinds of barracudas. From time to time there was napoleon wrasse passing by. At the middle point of the dive we spotted 2 oceanic mantas. Rest of the dive we spent at the shallow area were we had some amazing fish action: Huge school of spade fish, napeolons, big groupers, school of five lined snappers and school of jackfish. It was a great dive.
Third dive we did at Boo Rock. We went down to look at the 4 windows in the rock which is a beautiful view and great start for a dive. We went slowly down a steep slope and spotted denis pigmy sea horses. Our guide Herry found a very beautiful pontohi pygmy sea horse. We had a very nice dive with mild current and like usual great number of different types of fish. Water was very bright and dive site showed us some incredible colours of soft and hard corals.
After dinner we showed slide show and video from our trip and went for a night dive at Yillet Kecil. Again our divers spotted walking shark, crocodile fish, cowrie egg, reef octopus and decorator crab.
Thuerday January 21st
Our last day of diving in Raja Ampat. We dove at Yillet Kecil. We spotted schooling of sevron barracudas, bat fish, yellow tail barracudas, napoleon wrasse and crocodile fish. There was very good visibility and mild current.
After breakfast we started our second dive and last for this trip at Grouper Net. We dove around 4 big pinnacles. We spotted: stone fish, pygmy sea horses, sea spider and many other beautfiul fish and corals. Our last dive was done, we rinsed the gear for our guests and started 14 hour relocation to Sorong.
After dinner we started farewell party with our guests and gave iron diver awards. During our trip Wayne, Patricia, Mike and Mitchel won iron diver awards for not skipping any dive. Mike and Julia got a best buddy team award. Manuel with Sofia also won best buddy team award. Randy won jim church photography award for starting his first adventure with underwater photography. Congratulation
Friday January 22nd
In the morning we said our farewells to our guests and send them to hotels and airport. It was a great 10 day trip and we made new friends and had a very good time. We hope to see you again!