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Log Date: Saturday, Apr 09, 2016
Entry By: Thailand Aggressor Crew









 



Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log                    

9th – 16th April 2016

North Andaman Sea

 

*Air Temp.  30c

*Water Temp. 30c

* Visibility 25m

 

CREW:

Captain: Tui

Cruise Director: Clive

Engineer: Bao

Second Captain: Rong

Deck hand: Nin

Chef: Phorn

Chef: Phorn

Dive instructor: Colin

Dive instructor: Anna

Steward: Anny

 

 

Guests: Annette, Ronnie, Craig, Colleen, Diane, David Ames, William, Thomas, David Dixon, Gary and Hilda

 

DIVE SITES:

 

Sunday –  Anitas reef,West of Eden,Deep Six,Hideaway bay.

Monday –   Elephant Head Rock, Christmas Point, 3 Trees, North Point.

Tuesday –  Chistmas point,Koh Bon North, Koh Bon West, Koh Bon Bay. Koh Bon.

Wednesday –  Koh Tachai, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Richelieu Rock.

Thursday -  Richelieu Rock, Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai North, Koh Tachai Reef

Friday –  Koh Bon, Koh Bon.

 

 

Saturday 09th April 2016

Our guests arrived nice and early so we set up equipment and people settled in their cabins. Good to see Diane again a guest of ours from back in February. We had our Boat safety Briefing and sat down for a nice dinner.  Most of our guests had come that day so many went for an early night.

Sunday 10th April 2016

We began our day around islands 4,5,6 and did our check dive at Anitas Reef everyone did buoyancy checks and a couple of refresher skills then we headed off over the reef to one of our healthiest coral reefs there are many Gorgonians here as well as soft coral in abundance. We saw thousands of glass fish and some tuna cruising in the blue, our second dive we headed for West of Eden and one of our groups had great luck as a manta cruised past them late in the dive. At Deep six we were treated to a school of Trevally hunting glassfish. On our last dive of today we drifted along the sloping coral reef that forms Hideaway bay. It was great viz and you could see the wreck of the Tuna boat in the distance. Another early night was had by all and great hopes for tomorrow.

Monday 11th April 2016

We woke up at 6:30 and decided to dive Elephant Head rock there was a bit of a current but we drifted nicely along the wall and then off through the swim thrus that are throughout the site. We saw a school of Jacks hunting. At our next dive site Christmas point we were lucky and saw the huge Great Barracuda that is a resident here. Our third dive took us to Breakfast bend and we had a drift dive where we saw a turtle at the surface. We headed out across the sand a saw some Kuhls Stingrays and a couple of large coral groupers. At our final day dive site this pile of rocks is the most northern point of the 9 islands. We waited in the blue as we had heard on the radio that manta had been seen here earlier in the day but sadly our luck was not there but we had a great dive with many surgeon fish cleaning up along the reef we also saw a juvenile reef Octopus and a peacock mantis shrimp.

Tuesday 12th April 2016

We began our days diving at island 9 and decided to dive Christmas Point the guide went and checked the current and saw a Manta so everyone set their expectations high, sadly we didn’t see the Manta again but we saw 2 white tip reef sharks and a huge Great Barracuda. We upped anchor and headed to Koh Bon, our luck was in today as 3 Manta rays turned up. On our 3rd dive as if by magic they turned up again and we had a wonderful display of them following them. Almost unbelievably on our 4th dive the same happened again with 2 juveniles most intrigued with our guests and they hung around for what seemed like ages. Our guests decided against a night dive believing there day could not have been bettered.

Wednesday 13th April 2016

After yesterdays fantastic diving we hoped for good things to come, We began the day at Koh Tachai this is our second hotspot for Manta Rays, On the first dive we saw a huge great Barracuda and a school of Big eyed Trevally. We hoped for mantas on our next dive as one of the other boats reported seeing one but sadly no mantas. We had a good dive and saw some hunting Trevally and also a Giant moray out swimming. Our third and fourth dives would be at Richelieu Rock we saw our usual subjects of Sea horse and also a couple of Ghost Pipefish. As always there was plenty of action at this site and we saw lots of 5 lined snapper at the surface with a school of Yellowtail Barracuda underneath them, this made them super agitated and they kept jumping to escape.

Thursday 14th April 2016

After sleeping the night in the Surin National Park we headed back to Richelieu Rock for our first 2 dives of today. The viz was a bit below average but this caused all the fish to seek shelter very close to this submerged pinnacle, at  this site there is so much to look at and we found our resident Pinecone fish along with a new Ghost Pipe fish that turned up recently. One of our groups found a sleeping Turtle wedged under a rock. After the dive we headed back to Koh Tachai and dived the north Reef as we had seen a Leopard Shark there on our last trip. Our guests were very lucky and saw the 6ft Shark as soon as we dropped in, it was resting on the bottom also seen was a large school of barracuda around the ridge. We also saw many fusiliers. For our next dive we headed for the south reef and found a Dwarf lionfish and some cuttlefish also a juvenile octopus.

Friday 15th April 2016

Only 2 dives today, as we had the best luck with the Manta rays at Koh Bon we decided to do our last 2 dives there. We jumped a bit later to give ourselves the best chance and it paid off we saw 1 Manta ray that circled our group a few times, also we were entertained for a few minutes by a very active Octopus we also saw a sea snake. We did our second dive a bit later and as soon as we entered the water we saw a huge school of Fusiliers there were also many blue fin Trevally hunting on the wall we also saw a Giant Moray out free swimming. After the dive we washed all the equipment and headed back towards land and had a great cruise back while we enjoyed our BBQ.

Saturday 16th April 2016

Sad to see this group go we had some good diving and made some great friends. Many guests said they would like to come back for our south trip. We all said our farewells and wished each other safe journeys.