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Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log
16 July – 20 July 2016
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 29c
* Visibility 15m
Second Captain: Rong
Cruise Director: Clive
Divemaster (Myanmar): Gobai:
Dinghy Driver: Ploy
Chef: Pi Phorn
Chef: Pa Phorn
Guests: Champ,Tiger,Eiw,Maly, Peter,Mint ,Gib,Kootik,Tan,Kate,Aumi,Benz,Vee,Toung, Dr Sae,,Nguan.
Sunday – Northern Rocky x2., Pinnacles, Crayfish cave N,
Monday – Frog Rock , Three Sisters, West Corner (Mcloed Island), East Corner (Mcloed Island)
Tuesday – Fan Forest Pinnacle, Fan Forest Pinnacle, - , -
Wednesday – Cocks coombe Island.
Saturday 16th July 2016
The guests arrived to the Thailand Aggressor at 6:00pm. They set up their gear then gathered in the saloon for the welcome briefing. We enjoyed some great traditional Thai food , and then went to bed.
Sunday 17th July 2016
The first two dives were at Northern Rocky. The sea was fairly calm and visibility surprisingly good. The different groups found several interesting species of macro life on the dives plus a turtle popped by. For our third dive we moved to Western Rocky where the visibility was even better. We saw loads of moray eels, different types of scorpion fish, file fish, tiger tail seahorse among other things. We had such a good dive we decided to stay and explore a bit more of the very large rock, for our final dive we did the north side of Crayfish cave it was a good choice as one of the groups saw a stingray and a huge giant Moray eel was out and hunting along the reef, our guests enjoyed a great Thai dinner with the theme of Issan food from the north east of Thailand, lots of our guests retired early but some decided it was movie night so we broke the popcorn out.
Monday 18th July 2016
After a light breakfast we went on our first dive at Frog Rock near Mcloed Island, which is home to one of the only resorts in the Mergui. Frog Rock has a sloping reef full of Gorgonian sea fans and various macro life can be found and this dive was no different. We saw several peacock mantis shrimps, nudibranchs, rare types of shells and literally thousands of fish. As the customers arrived back on the boat the full English breakfast was ready.
Our second dive at Three Sisters nearby Frog Rock was another great experience. The highlight of the dive was when one of our great divemasters found a pair of Harlequin shrimps eating a starfish. After a few photos from our guests the Harlequins were left alone to eat in peace.
Third and forth dive were done in two different areas around one of the bays of McLeod Island. We saw several different types of pipe fishes, a few awesome nudi branchs as well as the unique Maldivian sponge snail. As the guests arrived back on the boat our dingy captains were ready to take them to the beautiful beach. Once back from the beach our cooks served a great Thai dinner.
Tuesday 19th July 2016
We woke up near McLeod Island and made our way westward early in the morning. The calm conditions made it a lovely sunrise cruise as the guests enjoyed a coffee and a light breakfast. The first two dives were at Fan Forest Pinnacle. The pinnacle is located quite far from any islands, which makes it attract larger marine life. Of the larger animals we spotted a white tipped reef shark, loads of rainbow runners, barracudas and trevallies. Macro highlights were another tiger tail sea horse, some small moray eels, a few nudi branchs and different kinds of pipe fishes.
The day was completed with a lovely BBQ and a few glasses of wine for the guests.
Wednesday 20th July 2016
Our last night was spent at a southern island of the Mergui. In the morning we made our way to Cockcoombe Island for the last dive of the trip. Cockcoombe Island is especially known for it’s lagoon in the middle of the island. Half way through the dive we entered the lagoon through a submerged tunnel. As we slowly surfaced in the lagoon surrounded by limestone rock a large eagle were flying in the sky and the views were just spectacular. A great way to end the diving. Once everyone was back on the boat we made our way to Kaow Tong to buy some souvenirs and clear the immigration.
We arrived back in Ranong in the afternoon tired and happy after some great days diving in Myanmar.