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Log Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Entry By: Rock Islands Aggressor Crew


Sunday afternoon we welcomed aboard 6 guests. Four guests from the US, 1 from Germany, and 1 from Israel. We started with a quick introduction to the staterooms, and then everyone started setting up their dive gear. Once we checked certification cards we headed up stairs for a great dinner by Chef Cameron. After dinner we covered the vessel orientation & safety briefing. After the briefing we watched a documentary on Palau to give the guests an idea of what to expect while diving in this beautiful location. Most of the guests tried to watch the video, but soon gave in and headed to bed, to get ready for the next day of diving.


Early Monday morning the big boat pulled off the dock and out into Malakal Harbor. After breakfast we covered the general dive briefing and headed down stairs to start getting ready to dive. We loaded the guests gear on to the skiff and our first dive was at the Jake Sea Plane. Once we reached the dive site the guests did their back rolls into the water and did a weight check. We descended down the mooring line and soon saw the plane. We swam all around the plane and even saw a school of razor fish under the wing. For dive two we headed to the wreck of the Iro, a Japanese oil tanker sunk during March of 1944. We descended down to the wreck, explored all along the deck to the stern and circled up the king posts with the beautiful tomato anemone at the top. During lunch the big boat moved out towards Ulong Island, after lunch we covered the final briefing on how to use reef hooks. Our third dive was at Siaes Corner. We started the dive from the mooring and made it all the way to the corner, but the current was so light there was no need to hook in. We decided to explore the slopping coral garden finding an octopus and a couple turtles Our last dive of the day was at Ulong Channel. We had a mild current so we hooked at the mouth of the channel for a short time and had some octopus loving going on right next to us as we were hooked in. We then drifted down the channel saw all the groupers taking up space in the channel, drifted past the lettuce coral and ended the dive at the two giant clams.

Tuesday we started the day with another dive at Ulong Channel. This time the current was flowing so we hooked in a lot longer. In front of the divers were four grey reef sharks and two white tip sharks going back and forth in the current. Around 40 minutes in to the dive we unhooked and shot down the channel in the current. We drifted past the lettuce coral and ended the dive again at the two giant clams. Dive two was Sandy Paradise, a sloping hard coral garden that the dives found octopus, leaf scorpion fish, and tons of schooling fish. During lunch the big boat moved over to German Channel. For dive three we went out to Big Drop Off. We entered the water and went wall on the left. We saw several nudibranchs, and some beautiful soft corals and sea fans. We ended the dive at the ball and chain left over from the Germans prior to WWI. For our fourth dive we headed to German Channel. We started the dive from the Peleliu side of the channel. Before we arrived at the Peleliu side cleaning station we spotted a marbled ray digging and stirring up the sandy bottom, when we got closer it took off. We sat down around the cleaning station for a while but no mantas came in to be cleaned. We then headed across the mouth of the channel to the Koror side cleaning station and again sat down around it. We waited for a while and finally one manta flew in from the blue water, but didn’t stop at the cleaning station, just passed by overhead. So we waited longer to see if it would return but we now noticed it was feeding above us in the shallow water, we left the bottom, spending the rest of the dive with the one manta feeding around us. Back at the big boat dinner was ready and for the first night dive, the divers went to German Coral Garden. We spotted a plourabranch and several lion fish out hunting in the dark.


Wednesday morning we started our day with our first dive at Blue Corner. It was a nice incoming current, the divers hooked in with the sharks coming very close to the divers. Then the current was starting to change directions so we unhooked and headed over to the other side of the corner. We didn’t hook in again so we spent the rest of the dive exploring the plateau. We spotted the large school of chevron barracuda. Dive two was at Blue Holes, we descend down one of four holes in the shallow reef into the large cavern. We pointed out several disco clams and enjoyed the ambient light that filled the chamber from above. We left the cavern and headed down the wall towards Blue Corner. Once we passed the cut in the reef the current pushed us right along to the hook in area, we hooked in and enjoyed the parade of sharks passing by in the blue. It was soon time to go so we unhooked and drifted over the plateau coming up to do our safety stop. Dive three was at New Drop Off, the current was outgoing and we only hooked in for a short time. We unhooked and explored the top of the plateau finding several turtles, and two peacock flounders, and took some nice photos of the small school of blue lined snapper as the formed a nice tight group as we approached. Dive four was at Turtle cove one of the best soft coral covered walls in Palau. We started the dive descending down the hole on top the reef and in the small chamber spotted two ringed pipe fish. Then drifted along the wall in the light current finding a couple of nudibranch. At the corner we came up on top the plateau and enjoyed all the marine life that gathers here, octopus, jacks, anthias, trigger fish and so much more. After dinner we planned to return to Turtle cove for the night dive but all our guests decided to skip the dive and have alcohol with dinner.

On Thursday we fired up the engines bright and early and headed down to Peleliu. On the way down we had a quick encounter with some dolphins that came over and swam in our bow wake, it was only 4 dolphins but it was short and sweet. We secured the big boat in Camp Beck or aka South Dock and our first dive of the day was at Peleliu Corner. The current was outgoing and it was strong. We did the “D’Cut” side of the corner. We drifted swiftly along the wall and were able to hook in around the cut. The current felt like it was getting even stronger so we unhooked and started our ascent to do our safety stop. For dive two we went to West Wall. It was still an outgoing current but it was mild, we started the dive from them mooring and drifted along finding nudi’s and a couple turtles. We ended the dive at the tomato anemone that cascades down a crack in the top of the reef. After lunch right before the dive the big boat pulled out of Camp Beck before the tide was too low to leave and just floated off Peleliu island. Our third dive was at Orange Beach Coral Garden, a beautiful sloping coral garden with tons of fish, two crocodile fish, giant clams, turtles and we also found some WWII artifacts like bullets and bombs. The last dive in Peleliu was at Barrack’s Point. We drifted along the wall and over the coral garden seeing a bunch of turtles and several giant clams. Right before the current switched we spotted a large nurse shark sleeping on the bottom. She let the photographers get really close to take their images. After dinner the night dive was at Big Drop Off. We spotted a couple of white tip sharks out cursing along the wall, nudibranchs, and a couple of basket stars out filter feeding in the light current.


For Friday we started the day with a repeat dive at German Channel. This time we started the dive from the Koror side of the channel, stopped first at the red anemone and then continued on to the first cleaning station. We sat down in the sand and after 20 minutes of no mantas we headed across the mouth of the channel to the other cleaning station. Still no mantas, so we headed but to the center of the channel and let the current push us down the channel. For dive two we headed back to Blue Corner. The current was outgoing and we entered the water and headed down the reef. The current felt like it was switching back to incoming so we came up on top the reef towards the middle of the corner. We passed by the hook in area and started heading towards the incoming side of the corner. We saw a couple of white tip sharks sleeping on the bottom, and a beautiful anemone balled up feeding. Also we spotted an octopus sticking its head over the top of a rock. Then the current switched back to outgoing so we swam back to the hook in area and hooked in. The current was not strong and only had one shark in the blue so we unhooked and headed to the tip of the corner. We again saw the octopus from earlier and then another one. We ended the dive with the blue lined snapper. Dive three was at Dexter’s Wall. We started the dive with the wall on the right; in total we saw about seven turtles, a couple of sharks off the wall, and some lobsters in a crack in the reef. For our last dive of the day we went out to Barnums Wall. We started the dive with the wall on our left and soon entered the beautiful sloping hard coral garden. We spotted a couple of turtles, and a black tip shark in the shallows. The current was light so we spent the rest of the dive in the goral garden. Back at the big boat dinner was ready and all the guests sat down to a thanksgiving dinner prepared by our chef Cameron.


Saturday morning our first excursion was Jelly Fish Lake. We tied the skiff up at the pier on the outside and started our hike over the hill to the lake. A couple of guests did not want to go to the lake so they snorkeled the pier area seeing a couple of giant clams. The other guests entered the water at the lake and after a short swim into the middle of the lake we spotted a bunch of small jelly fish no bigger than a quarter. Everyone enjoyed this short time snorkeling in the lake. Back on board the skiff we went for a rock island tour stopping off at the famous natural limestone archway, and some WWII sites hidden in the islands. Back at the big boat we did a quick turnaround and headed out to Chandelier Cave. All the divers surfaced in the four air chambers saw the stalactites and crystal formations. Then on the outside of the cave we saw the mandarin fish. At 6pm we had a cocktail party while our photo pro showed a slideshow of all the images he took during the charter and all the guests received a CD of all those images to take home with them. After dinner the guests went off to dinner at one of the local restaurants. At 10pm four of our guests left to the airport to catch a flight to their next destination.


Sunday morning we said goodbye to the remaining 2 guests as they headed off to their hotels for another couple days in Palau. We would like to thank everyone for joining us this week on board the Rock Islands Aggressor. Hope to see you all again, until then safe diving…


-Rock Islands Aggressor Crew