Palau Aggressor II Boat Report
2nd Capt/Photo Pro: Casey
Video pro/Divemaster: Ernan
Divemaster/Skiff Driver: Joe
On the afternoon of Sunday February 14 we had 18 guest board the vessel for a one week dive trip. We started out by having everyone set up equipment and followed that with a boat briefing and dinner.
On Monday February 15
We began our diving on the Helmet Wreck, followed by the Iro wreck and then we moved to Ulong Island to dive Sandy Paradise and Ulong Coral Garden. Highlights on the Wrecks included the depth charges, helmets, a rifle, many sake bottles, the large bow gun on the Iro along with a crocodile fish and the giant clams amongst the tomato anemone fish. For the outer reef dives we saw leaf scorpion fish, two octopi, schools of snappers, turtles, barracuda, dog tooth tuna, lionfish, bump head parrot fish and a great variety of tropical’s throughout the dives. Visibility on the outer reef was over 8o feet and the water temperature was between 80-82F.
For Tuesday Feb. 16 we began with Siaes Corner where the group hooked in and enjoyed the parade of grey reef sharks, dog tooth tuna and schools of trigger fish and fusiliers. Dive 2 was at Ulong Channel where the current was mild and the visibility was around 60 feet. Highlights of this dive included bump head parrot fish, schooling barracuda, clown trigger fish and a couple of sharks who were cruising the channel. For dive 3 and 4 we went to Ferns Wall and Barnums wall. Both dives had a light current and the highlights were an abundance of sea fans and multihued soft corals along with turtles, schooling snappers, sweet lips, a couple of nudi branches and a school of batfish. The night dive was at Big Drop-off and which is a very colorful site and had plenty of shrimp, sleeping parrot fish, crabs, a lobster and schools of big eye solder fish.
On Wednesday Feb. 17 we ventured to Peleliu and dove the Peleliu Express, West Wall, Orange Beach and Barracks Point. Highlights from these dives included over 30 grey reef sharks at the Express, schools of sweet lips, solder fish and bump head parrot fish at West Wall, turtles, white tip reef sharks at Orange Beach and 3 giant clams along with several sharks at Barracks Point. The night dive was after dinner and was very colorful and the divers saw several species of shrimp, crabs and a lobster.
Early AM on Thursday Feb 18 we started at Blue Corner where the current was moderate and the reef was active. We saw several grey and white tip sharks along with a school of barracuda and jacks. There were also a couple of turtles and many reef fish and fusiliers feeding in the current. Dive 2 had us at Blue Holes which was a bit surgy on top of the reef so we entered this massive cavern from the bottom. Here we saw the flame scallop and a pigmy seahorse and threadfin jacks along the wall. There was also a large school of snappers and sea bass along with several sharks throughout the dive. For the next two dives we went to Turtle Cove and German Channel. These are both outstanding sites and offer some of the best diving here in Palau. Turtle Cove’s wall is very colorful due to the multihued soft corals and sea fans along with the ever present abundance of reef fish. German Channel often has manta rays though on this day they were absent. However, there were several sharks, jacks barracuda, trigger fish, fusiliers a school of glass eye solder fish and garden eels in the sandy areas.
Friday Feb. 19 we returned to Blue Corner and had another great dive. Visibility was close to 100 feet and the marine life was very active. In addition to the usual fish and critters we see here, we witnesses a feeding frenzy which involved three white tip sharks, a napoleon wrasse and a giant travelly all going after a pyramid butterfly fish in a hole on the reef. In the end it was the napoleon wrasse who won out. The next three dives were at New Drop off, German Channel and Canyons. Highlight from these dives included schools of jacks and barracuda, a school of blue strip snappers, napoleon wrasse’s, angel fish, many red tooth triggerfish and a lot of colorful soft corals and sea fans.
Saturday Feb. 20 the group went to Jellyfish Lake and snorkeled with the millions of stingless jellyfish. After a beautiful sunny ride through the Rock Islands, the group dove Chandelier Cave to wrap up the diving for the week. On Saturday evening at the cocktail party everyone shared stories and watch the week’s slide show.
We here on the Palau Aggressor II would like to thank all who joined us this week and hope to see you again soon.