Raja Ampat Aggressor Captains log *08-18 Apr 2016
*Air Temp. 90 F
*Water Temp. 26 C - 28 C
Cruise Director: Michal
Chief Officer: Iwan
Chief Engineer: Yuly
2nd Engineer: Maxi
Chef Assistant: Jemly
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: Boo West, Gus Ridge, Shadow Reef
Sa: Too Many Fish x3
Su: Pohon Miring, Batu Kapal, Light House, Moulana Jetty
Mo: Ameth x 3
Tu: Pantai nama x2, laha pier, laha night
We: Laha 1, Laha 2
GUESTS: Louise, Nabil, Robert, Kevin, Hans, Beate, George, Diane, Abdullah, Khaled, David, Rod, Yaseen and Rene
Friday April 8th
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 departure to Misool and our guests got some rest. After dinner we made a welcome briefing and went for sleep. In the early morning we arrived to our first location Sagof Island.
Saturday April 9th
First dive we did at Sagof. We went down to a vertical wall making our way slowly down and swimming through forests of big gorgonians and black corals. Visibility was reaching 20 m./ 48 ft. We spotted schools of fusiliers feeding on a plankton. We also saw red denise pygmy sea horse, nudibranch, 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 an overhang. We saw nudibranch and barramundi. We made our way to the corner of a rock but current was too strong so we made our way back. We spotted turtle and big group of yellow fin fusiliers with jacks patrolling in the blue water. At the end of the dive we saw orang-utan crab, squad shrimps and few anemones. During this dive we got a nice visibility reaching 20 m/ 64 ft.
Our third dive we dove at baby rock. Visibility was reaching 15 m./48 ft. At the beginning of the dive we started drifting down the sloping reef to vertical wall. Behind the corner current stopped and we swam slowly spotting nudibranch, neon and yellow fin fusiliers in the blue. We saw denise pygmy sea horse, couple of nudibranch and 3 octopuses.
After dinner we made presentation about walking sharks active in raja ampat and went for 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.
Sunday April 10th
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. We made our way from one pinnacle to another watching great number of different colourful corals and fish. During this dive we saw: barracudas, spade fish, 2 bargibanti pygmy sea horses, golden leaf fish, porcelain crab and squad shrimps.
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. When we jumped we were greeted by big number of fish yellow fin fusiliers and neon fusiliers with few giant trevallies patrolling the schools. Water was clear and warm. Visibility was reaching 25 m/ 80 ft and we had mild current. We went behind the corner and made our way back to the shallower part. On a big sea fan we spotted 2 bargibanti pygmy sea horses. 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 overcuts in the rocks. We spotted 3 lion fish and went to the huge overhang. When we went out from below the overhang we spotted group of jackfish and neon fusiliers in the blue. We went to the flat plateu where we saw big green moray eel below mushroom coral. On the way back to the shallower part of the dive we saw couple of moray eels, nudis and denise pygmy sea horse.
After dinner we went for a night dive at Barracuda Rock. We saw: walking shark, reef octopus, bobtail squid and moray eel.
Monday April 11th
In the morning we changed location to Fiabecet. First dive we did at Nudi Rock. We had an average strength of current and good visibility was reaching 25 m./76 ft. At the beginning of the dive we spotted big anemone coral with few nemos and 2 porcelain crabs. We made our way down the sloping area covered with beautiful big sea fans and saw very nice white nudibranch. We went to the sandy plateau, where we saw school of servon barracudas and bigger black fin barracudas. In the blue we spotted oceanic manta! We went slowly back to the sloping reef where we spotted hawks bill turtle feeding on soft corals, bargibanti and denise pygmy sea horses. At the end of the dive we spotted big grouper, napoleon fish and black tip shark. 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 to 2 pinnacles covered with huge sea fans. On one of the purple sea fan we spotted bargibanti sea horse. There was also school of yellow fin fusiliers, jetties and snappers playing in the blue. We swam to the wall area where we saw a turtle and cattle fish. We finished our dive at the top of the ridge covered with big bomies full of colourful saturated soft corals.
Our third dive was at Whale Rock. At the beginning of the dive we drifted slowly down the steep slope of the dive site covered with sea funs, soft corals and black corals. We spotted crocodile fish, black tip shark and from time to time snappers and sweet lips fish. At the end of the dive we went to the top of the reef and to the corner where current was moving around. We did our safety stop enjoying a ride provided by two meeting currents. Visiblity was reaching 20 m./64 ft. during this dive.
During the dinner time we did presentation about sea horses active in Raja Ampat and went for a night dive to Whale Rock. We spotted decorator crabs, moray eels and nudibranch.
Tuesday April 12th
Our morning dive we started at boo west. We went to the wall area and we saw pygmy sea horses on the sea fun, soft coral crab, white tip and black tip shark. When we were making our way to the sea mount which is away from the wall we spotted lion fish and schooling of bat fish. Finally when we got to the sea mount we saw great view of thousands of gorgonian sea fans.
Our second dive we did at Gus Ridge. At the same beginning of the dive we spotted oceanic manta following us to the steep slope of the ridge. We went to the top and were watching manta going slowly to the cleaning station and moving back to the blue. We did our way down the ridge and saw school of five lined snapper and couple of spade fish. We spent our dive around the top of the ridge watching sea life. At the end of the dive we went out of the reef and drifted towards big schooling black fin barracudas. It was a great finishing of our dive. During this dive we had average strength of current and good visibility reaching 20 m./64 ft visibility.
Second dive we did at Shadow Reef, visibility was reaching 20 m./ 64ft. We had average strength of the current. At first we spent some time on the top where we saw oceanic manta. We moved around the seamount and saw second bigger manta reaching 5 m./ 8ft. We were watching for some time how manta was being cleaned by small fish and wrasses. We had an opportunity to come very close!. We also saw few lion fish, scorpion fish, schooling of jacks and big napoleon wrasse who seems not being afraid of divers at all. We could take some great shots. At the end of the dive we saw wobbegong shark! Great last dive at Raja Ampat. After this dive we started our 105 miles relocation to Koon Island
Wednesday April 13th
We arrived in the morning to Koon Island and after continental breakfast and briefing we return to our standard activity which is scuba diving. We jumped at the sloping area and made our way down the reef. Dive was easy with little current. The visibility was reaching 25 m/72 ft. We drifted slowly at the deep part of the dive site looking into the blue water for search of hammerhead sharks but unfortunately they didnt come. We saw couple of big groupers, dogtooth tunas, Spanish marcel and moray ells.
Second dive we did the same schedule, just moved to the westerner part of the reef. We tried to find hammerhead sharks but without result. We spotted the same bunch of fish as at the first dive: big tunas, fusiliers, Spanish marcel and groupers.
Third dive we went to the sandy plateu with many big bommies where currents were meeting and it was so far the best dive from today. We saw big schooling of jacks, giant trevallies, black fin barracudas, big groupers, spade fish, sweetlips fish and snappers. At the coral reef we saw crocodile fish, moray eels and scorpion fish. Visibility was reaching 20 m/ 64 ft and there was strong current.
After 3rd dive we started relocation to Banda Island.
Thursday April 14th
In the morning we arrived to Banda Island and started dive at Pohon Miring. Weather was rainy but it didnt discourage us to make a dive. We had a great visibility reaching 40 m. / 128 ft. We did deep dive where we spotted eagle rays, groupers and great number of blue file fish. We went to the arch in the rock and swam through it. It was very good dive when we went up raining was heavy. It was much better and warmer to be underwater.
After breakfast and short relocation we arrived to Batu Kapal. We jumped above big pinnacles and made our way around them. We spotted big number of file fish and butterfly fish. We moved from pinnacles to the sloping reef and spotted big grouper, leopard moray ell and plenty of anemones. Visibility was still very good reaching 30 m/ 96 ft.
After lunch we went for a 3rd dive to light house. We went to the sloping area and spotted scorpion fish, flounder, stone fish and a turtle. Visibility was reaching 20 m/ 64 ft. There was no current and we had enjoyable dive around hard coral garden.
We did sunset dive below jetty where we were looking for mandarin fish. We saw a lot of them and could take some good pictures and videos. It was a shallow dive. We also saw: banded pipe fish, crocodile fish, scorpion fish and decorator crabs.
After our dive we started dinner and relocation to Nusa Laut Island.
Friday April 15th
In the morning we arrived to Nusa Laut where we did 3 dives at the same spot. We spotted groupers, schooling of jakcs, spade fish, many different moray eels, orang-utan crab, anemones and school of snappers. Visibility was reaching 20+ m /64 + ft. After 3rd dive we moved to Ambon for our last 2 days of diving.
Saturday April 16th
In the morning we did 2 dives at Pantai Nama. We spotted big number of different beautiful creatures. We saw: 3 different frog fish, 3 stone fish, mantis shrimp, banded pipe fish, couple of leaf fish, flame buoyant cuttle fish, scorpion fish and school of scad fish. This were really amazing 2 dives. Visibility was reaching 20 m. / 64 ft. and there was average strength of current
3rd dive was a bit more difficult as current was stronger and was pushing away from the sloping area of Laha Pier dive site. Visibility dropped to 5 m. /16 ft only but we still spotted many interesting creatures: pipe fish, cuttle fish, scorpion fish, lion fish, orang-utan crab and octopus.
Night dive was at Laha, in the search of more creatures our divers spotted: stairy red octopus, thorny sea horse, frog fish, many different nudibranch and cuttle fish.
Sunday April 17th
For our last 2 dives we went to Laha. Looking for more creatures. We saw: rhinophias (lazy scorpion fish), sea horses, scorpion fish, lion fish, giant frog fish, cuttle fish and many other interesting things.
After 2nd dive we rinsed the 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 George and Diane didnt skip any dive and got Iron Diver awards. Congratulations!!!
Monday April 18th
In the morning we said our farewells to our guests and send them to 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!