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Cruise Director: Michal
Chief Officer: Iwan
Chief Engineer: Yuly
2nd Engineer: Maxi
Chef Assistant: Sherly
House keeping: Betty
Tender Driver: Carly
Tender Driver: Ody
Oil man: Rahmat
Deck Hand: Jasman
Tu: Sagof, Sagof, Baby Rock, Nudi Rock
We: 4 Kings, Wedding Cake, Barracuda Rock, Barracuda Rock
Th: Nudi Rock, Tank Rock, Camel Rock, Whale Rock
Fr: Gus Ridge, Shadow Reef, Boo Rock, Yillet Kecil
Sa: Boo Rock, Yillet Kecil, Grouper Net
Su: My Reef, Melissas Garden, Galaxy, Rubble Point
Mo: Citrus Ridge, Mayhem, Manta Sandy, Arborek
Tu: Cape Mansuar, Cape Kri, Sardine Reef, Mioskon
We: Mioskon, Blue Magic
GUESTS: Juan Carlos, Juan Martines, Alejandro, Karen, Deborah, Bob and Kathy, Maksim, Cheuk, Gail, Jane, Heather and Romana
Monday March 28th
We picked up our guests from airport and some of our guests arrived the day before and stayed in Hotels around Sorong. Early afternoon we had all our guests on board. We accommodated everybody in staterooms and had a lunch. After lunch we had a welcome briefing and we departure to Misool. After dinner we briefed our guests about diving procedures and went for sleep. In the early morning we arrived to our first location Sagof Island.
Tuesday March 29th
In the morning we dove at Sagof. We did our first dive starting from a vertical wall making our way slowly down and swimming through forests of big gorgonians and black corals. Visibility was average reaching 15 m./ 48 ft. We spotted schools of fusiliers feeding on a plankton, school of snappers, yellow fin barracudas and spade fish.
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 went to the huge overhang were we spotted 3 batavia spade fish, nudibranch and couple of barramundi. We made our way slowly against the current and went to the corner of a rock where current changed direction and we started to drift. We spotted turtle and big group of fusiliers with few jetties patrolling in the blue water. At the end of the dive we saw octopus and orang-utan crab, squad shrimps and few anemones. During this dive weather was great and we got a nice visibility reaching 20 m/ 64 ft with average strength of current.
Our third dive we dove at baby rock. Visibility was reaching 15 m./48 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 crenoid shrimp, nudibranch, ornate pipefish, denise pygmy sea horse. There was also huge school of neon and yellow fin fusiliers on the corner of the rock.
After dinner our guide we made presentation about Raja Ampat and relocated Aggressor to do a night dive at nudi rock. During the dive we spotted 2 walking sharks. We also saw grey reef shark, candy crab and couple of different decorator crabs.
Wednesday March 30th
In the morning we moved our boat to dive site called 4 kings. We had an average current and very nice visibility reaching 25m./80ft. During this dive we saw: barracudas, spade fish, 2 bargibanti pygmy sea horses and orangutan crab. In the middle of the dive when we started to make our way back to the shallower part of the dive site we spotted very big oceanic manta. It was definitely huge surprise for our divers.
We relocated Aggressor, had our breakfast and went for our 2nd dive at Wedding Cake. We started our dive at the eastern part and slowly drifted down the steep rocky slope. We saw big number of fish: sweat lips, snappers, small school of surgeon fish, fusiliers and jetties. Water was clear and warm. Visibility was reaching 25 m/ 76 ft. We went behind the corner and made our way back to the shallower part. On a big sea fan we spotted pygmy denise sea horse. Rest of the dive we spent watching some fish action on the shallow top of the reef.
3rd dive we dove at Barracuda Rock. We had a mild current and good visibility reaching 20+m/ 64+ ft. We started at the wall area covered with big sea fans with many small overhangs. We spotted pygmy cuttle fish, hiding in the black coral. We also spotted nudibranch, lizard fish and small school of yellow fin fusiliers. On the second part of the dive we got to the huge overhang covered with soft corals, we swam below the overhang and took some pictures in the darkness. We went out and drifted slowly to the shallower part of the wall. We enjoyed our last part of the dive with long safety stop watching beautiful coral reef covering rocky formations of the dive site.
After dinner we did presentation about Walking Sharks and went for a night dive at Barracuda Rock. We saw: walking shark, reef octopus, bobtail squid and moray eel.
Thursday March 31st
In the morning we changed location to Fiabecet. First dive we did at Nudi Rock. We had a mild current and visibility was reaching 25 m./76 ft. We made our way down the sloping area covered with beautiful big sea fans. On the sea fan we spotted 2 bargibanti pygmy sea horses, we also saw red denise pygmy sea horse, 2 barramundi hiding behind black corals and big school of surgeon fish in the blue. We went to the sandy plateau, where we saw school of servon barracudas. On the way to the big rocky pinnacles we saw turtle feeding on a soft corals and napoleon wrasse. At the end of the dive we spotted huge grouper being cleaned by tiny wrasses. We finished our dive at the shallow part enjoying beautiful reef.
Our second dive was at Tank Rock. There was mild current. We started the dive at a wall area and did our way slowly down the wall covered with huge sea fans. We spotted black tip shark below us. There was also school of yellow fin fusiliers, jetties and snappers playing in the blue. We swam to the other part of the ridge where current was a little bit stronger. We made our way slowly into a current and spotted group of bumphead parrot fish feeding on the corals, big groupers and big napoleon wrasse.
Our third dive was at Whale Rock. We saw small shrimps on a sea star, nudibranch and school of emperors swimming together with napoleon wrasse. There was middle strength of current and visibility was reaching 20 m./64 ft. It was a nice dive.
During the dinner time we did presentation about sea horses active in Raja Ampat and went for a night dive to Camel Rock. We spotted 2 walking sharks, decorator crabs, moray eel and nudibranch
Friday March 1st
In the early morning we moved Aggressor to Gus Ridge. Weather was rainy and windy but underwater it was calm and warm. We saw spanish macarel, school of yellow stripe snappers, school of surgeon fish and napoleon wrasse. There was mild current and good visibility reaching 20 m./64 ft visibility.
Second dive we did at Shadow Reef, visibility was reaching 15m./ 48ft nd we had medium strength of the current. At first we spent some time on the top of the reef waiting for mantas but as they didnt appear we went down to the ridge where we spotted white tip reef sharks, school of fusiliers and five lined snappers. At the middle point of the dive we spotted 1 oceanic mantas swimming away from the reef. Rest of the dive we spent at the shallow area were we spotted 2 wobbegong sharks, school of surgeon fish, spade fish, napeolon wrasse, big groupers, school of five lined snappers and stone fish.
Third dive we did at Boo Rock. We went slowly down a steep slope and spotted denis pigmy sea horse, raja ampat pygmy sea horse and 2 bargibanti pygmy sea horses. We had a very nice dive with mild current and like usual great number of different types of fish. We saw school of yellow fin fusiliers, five lined snappers, barramundi, many different anemone fish and couple of different nudibranch. We also saw a green turtle and at the end of the dive we swam through the windows in the rock.
After dinner we went for a night dive at Romeo. Again our divers spotted 2 walking sharks, crocodile fish, few lobsters, decorator crabs and bobtail squid.
Saturday March 2nd
After continental breakfast and briefing we return to our favourite dive site - Boo Rock. Dive was easy with little current. The visibility was reaching 20 m/64 ft. We started the dive at a sloping area where we saw white frog fish, 4 bargibanti sea horses and raja ampat pygmy sea horse. We also saw: schools of yellow fin fusiliers, silver fusiliers, five stripped snappers, grey reef shark and oceanic manta!.
Our second dive we did at Yillet Kecil. At the sloping area we spotted huge school of spade fish and in the shallow part of the reef school of black fin barracudas. On the sloping reef we spotted 2 nudibranch and at the end of the dive bargibanti pygmy sea horse. Visibility was reaching 15 m./ 48ft and there was a mild current.
After lunch we made our last dive at Misool area at Grouper net. We saw denise pygmy sea horse, school of yellow fin fusiliers, stone fish and at the end of the dive a boxer crab. It was a great few days of diving in Misool area.
Sunday March 3rd
In the morning we arrived to Penemu Island and started morning dive My Reef. There wasnt a lot of current and visibility was reaching 20 m. /64 ft. At one point our guide Deny spotted 7 pygmy sea horses, pontohi and servensi. We saw barracudas, bumphead parrotfish and jacks. At the end of the dive we spotted wobbegong shark. Very good start of a day!
Our second dive we went to Melissas Garden. Visibility was reaching 15 m./48 ft. We followed mild current and started dive at a sandy bottom with big bommies and huge school of fusiliers around. I have never seen here so many of those fish. On the sandy area we spotted small emperor shrimps living on a sea star. We also saw 3 pontohi pygmy sea horses and 1 servensi pygmy sea horse. We made our way to the top of the reef where we watched an impressive coral garden full of life.
After lunch and rest we took half of our group for trekking and rest of our divers went to dive at Galaxy. Divers spotted school of yellow fin fusiliers, lobsters, pygmy sea horse and couple of colourful nudies. Rest of the group enjoyed beautiful view and ride around the lagoon where they saw an eagle and many beautiful limestone rocks with virgin forest on top of them.
For the night dive we took our divers to Rubble Point. We saw: moray eel, bobtail squid, pygmy cuttlefish and pygmy octopus.
Monday March 4th
In the early morning we relocated our boat to Citrus Ridge. We had an amazing dive. There was almost no current and good visibility reaching 20 m/ 64 ft. We started our dive at a sandy bottom where school of barracudas were waiting in the blue water. When they saw us, they made their way towards us to have a look on our divers. We moved to the sloping reef where we spotted commensal shrimps in mushroom coral together with squad shrimps and 2 beautiful frogfish. 1 was black with yellow stripes and female was white. We also spotted crocodile fish, scorpion fish, bumpheads and group of spade fish accompanying us during our safety stop.
After breakfast we dove at Mayhem. We found a stronger current during this dive but it wasnt difficult to make our way around the sea mount. We spotted huge bumpheads, wobbegong shark, banded sea snake, school of barracudas and school of jacks. In the blue water there were giant trevallies patrolling reef together with dogtooth tuna and Spanish marcel. It was very good dive and full of colourful life around the reef.
After lunch we moved Aggressor to Manta Sandy. Visibility dropped a little bit and was reaching 15 m/ 48 ft. There was average strength of current. We made our way to the cleaning stations and waited for mantas to come. Fortunately after some time we spotted big oceanic manta coming to the station for cleaning. We watched it for the rest of the dive. During safety stop we watched some fish action around 1 big boomie.
After dinner we sent our divers for a night dive at Arborek Jetty. Our divers spotted walking shark, mantis shrimp, candy crab and few nudibranch.
Tuesday March 5th
In the morning we moved Aggressor to Cape Mansuar. When we arrived at the dive spot we spotted black reef manta on the surface. We jumped to the water and got nice shots as it came closer to us curiously looking at us and swimming in the circles. We went down and spotted big group of bumhead parrotfish. Our first dive in the morning we had no current and clear water reaching 20+ m/ 66+ ft. We stayed at the steep sloping area watching fish action. There was school of sevron barracudas, jetties, oriental sweetlips and surgeons. We also saw black tip shark patroling the reef. It was very good dive with huge number of fish.
Second dive after breakfast we did at Cape Kri. Current had average strength. We saw big fish action saw like: barracudas, emperors, surgeons, white tip sharks, napoleon wrasse, school of jacks and spade fish. We also spotted hairy octopus, green turtle and oceanic manta!!! Visibility was reaching 20 m./64 ft.
We moved our boat to Sardine Reef for a 3rd dive. Current was already strong and we drifted down the sloping reef. On the way we saw: Barracudas, Giant Trevalies, big napoleon wrasse and schooling of a neon fusiliers. At the end of the dive we went to the shallower part where we spotted wobbegong shark. Visibility was reaching 15 m/48ft.
For a night dive we went to Mioskon. We spotted pigmy squid, sea slugs, couple of bobtail squids and decorator crabs.
Wednesday March 6th
For our last 2 dives we went to Mioskon and Blue Magic. At Mioskon our divers saw a lot of fish action and had good conditions without current. At Blue Magic current was already stronger but there was good visibility and a lot of fish.
After 2nd dive we rinsed gear, had a lunch and boutique sale.
After dinner we showed video from our trip and started farewell party. We prepared some awards for our guests. During our trip Gayle, Jane, Heather, Cheuk, Bob and Kathy didnt skip any dive and got Iron Diver awards. Juan Carlos and his sons Alex with Juan Jr. got close family award. Congratulations!!!
Thursday March 7th
In the morning we said our farewells to our guests and send them to our lounge 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!