Palau Aggressor II Boat Report
March 20-27, 2016
2nd Capt/Video Pro: Casey
Video pro/Divemaster: Ripon
Skiff Driver/Divemaster: Joe
On Sunday afternoon March 20 we had eighteen guests from the USA, Japan, Canada and the UK board the boat for a week of diving. After checking in, setting up equipment and a through boat briefing, we all sat down to a delicious meal prepared by Chef Ronnie.
We started our first full day with a dive deck briefing followed by four dives. The first two dives were on WWII wrecks, the Helmet and the Iro. Both of these dives are excellent starts to any week and include both WWII artifacts along with great marine life diversity. Highlights included, guns, airplane engines, lanterns, depth charges and other items from the war. The marine life included colorful clams amongst a group of anemones and tomato anemone fish, nudibranchs, cardinal fish, small shrimp and a variety of tropical reef fish. Dive 3 and 4 were at Ulong Channel and Sandy Paradise. Both of these are very popular productive sites that include schooling jacks and barracuda, glasseye soldier fish, snappers, leaf fish mantas shrimp and giant clams.
For day 2 we stayed at Ulong Island and dove Siaes Tunnel and Siaes Corner. Highlights included several gray and white tip sharks, schools of butterfly fish, snappers, anemone fish, bumphead parrot fish, some green sea turtles and exceptional soft and hard coral growth. The rest of the day was spent near German Channel where we dove Barnums Wall, German Channel and Ngmelis Wall. These sites had great coral growth, sea fans and a variety of tropicals throughout the dive sites. We also saw one manta at the cleaning station which was there for a brief period of time.
Day 3 put us at Peleliu where we started at Peleliu Express, then to West Wall, Barracks Point and Orange Beach. The visibility on all these dives ranged from 80-100+ feet. Highlights included several sharks, turtles, angel fish, pyramid butterfly fish, red tooth triggers and fabulous soft and hard coral growth. The night dive was at Turtle Cove which was very colorful with all the soft corals and sea fans. In addition we saw basket stars, shrimps of many species, shovel nose lobsters, sleeping parrot fish, eels, crabs and a colorful plurabranch.
Day 4 was back in the Ngmelis island area where we dove Blue Corner, Blue Holes, New Drop-Off, Turtle Cove and Big Drop-Off. Highlights were many and included, gray and white tip sharks, schools of jacks, barracuda, snappers, bumphead parrot fish and several turtles. All of these sites are signature Palau dive sites and have outstanding overall marine life Activity and corals.
Day 5 started with another trip to Blue Corner where the action was hot and the visibility was excellent. Here we saw sharks everywhere along with schools of jacks barracuda, snappers, soldier fish and bumphead parrot fish. Dive 2 was at Dexters Wall where there were many turtles grazing in the hard coral areas. This dive also had nudibranchs, wrasses’, dartfish and several species of butterfly fish throughout the dive. Dive 3 was at Canyons which is an excellent dive in regards to the many cuts found along this dive site. Highlights included white tip reef sharks, giant clam, schooling snappers, napoleon wrasses and several species of angel fish. Dive 4 was along Ferns Wall which is an excellent soft coral dive with lots of gray reef sharks, turtles, nudibranchs and some of the most beautiful shallow water reef found here in Palau.
On Day 6 we wrapped up the week with snorkeling Jellyfish Lake and a shallow dive at Chandelier Cave.
We here at the Palau Aggressor II would like to thank all the guest who joined us this week and wish them well on all their future diver travels.