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Palau Aggressor II Boat Report
June 5-12, 2016
2nd Capt/Photo Pro: Casey
Video pro/Divemaster: Ernan
Divemaster/Skiff Driver: Joe
On Sunday June 5 we had 15 passengers board from various countries the vessel for a week of fun filled diving. After the usual check in, gear set up, dinner and Captains briefing, everyone settled in for a good nights rest to prepare for our first day of diving on Monday.
Day 1 started at the Helmet Wreck followed by the Iro Maru. Both of these dives are WWII casualties and excellent dives for everyone to sort out their gear, weights and become comfortable in the water. They are also rich in marine life which included a crocodile fish, nudibranchs, twin spot gobies, perterson shrimp in the razor coral and an anemone colony on the mask of the Iro along with 2 giant clams. For dive 3 and 4 we went to Ferns Wall and German Channel. Highlights on these dives included blacktip, white tip and gray reef sharks, schools of pyramid butterfly fish, an florescent orange anemone and a couple of large manta rays at German Channel.
Day 2 we started at Blue Corner, than dove Blue Holes followed by Canyons and finished up with two dives at Turtle Cove. All these dives had water temperatures between 82-84% with the visibility on the morning dives at 100 plus feet. The afternoon dives were during the extreme outgoing tide we had on this day thus had visibility in the 40-50 foot range. Highlights from these dives included plenty of gray and white tip sharks, napoleon wrasses, bumphead parrot fish, schools of butterfly fish along with swirling fusiliers. Inside the Blue Holes we saw the electric scallop, octopus and has two great barracuda and one gray reef shark come into the whole and circle the divers. We also saw many colorful anemones with a variety of anemone fish species, schools of sweetlips and snappers and a couple of peacock flounders. Turtle cove again provided an excellent night dive experience with many basket stars along the wall mixed amongst the multi-colored soft corals. Sleeping parrot fish, several species of shrimp, 3 slipper lobsters and a plurabranch were additional highlights on this night dive.
Day 3 took us to Peleliu where we had strong southerly winds and choppy seas. However the visibility below 20 feet was quite good and the marine life was plentiful. Here we dove Purple Beach, Barracks Point, West Wall and Orange Beach. Highlight included pristine hard coral gardens, colorful soft corals and sea fans, turtles, bumphead parrot fish, schools of barracuda, flame angelfish and a couple of enormous giant clams.
Day 4 was back near German Channel where we dove Blue Corner again, New Dropoff, Big Dropoff, Barnums Wall and German Coral Garden. For the first dive at Blue Corner which is well know for mild to wild currents, we had no current at all. So that the group slowly explored the plateau and saw schools of jacks, bleu stripped snappers, soldier fish napoleon wrasses, a number of moray eels and of course some gray reef sharks. Dive 2 at New Dropoff had a mild current and was again a easy relaxing dive with plenty of marine life along with soft corals and many large sea fans. The afternoon dives were during an outgoing tide so the visibility was a bit lower but the reef was still active. Highlights included several active black tip reef sharks swimming amongst some gray reef sharks. The wall had several Nudibranchs, angelfish, square spot and a rare frog fish.
Day 5 put us at Ulong Island area where we started the dive day at Ulong Channel. It was then followed by Siaes Tunnel, Siaes Corner and we finished with Sandy Paradise. Highlights included many sharks at Ulong Channel where the current was moderate and the visibility was excellent. We also saw numerous sea turtles rainbow runners, schools of pyramid butterfly fish leaf fish scorpion fish, garden eels, bumphead parrot fish and some of the most pristine hard corals found anywhere.
Day 6 we dove Jake Sea Plane and Chandelier Cave. Both of these are inner lagoon dives and support a variety of small fish and critters. Highlights included mandarin fish, twin spot gobies, tomato anemone fish and a devils scorpion fish.
Wew wrapped the week up at the cocktail party where some of the group received the Iron Diver award. We at the Palau Aggressor would like to thank all the guest for joining us this week and hope to see you all back again in the future.