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Raja Ampat Aggressor Captain s log *19 – 30 June 2016
*Air Temp. 30 - 35 C
*Water Temp. 28 C - 30 C
Cruise Director: Urik
Chief Officer: Ferdi
Chief Engineer: Maxi
2nd Engineer: Teddy
Chef Assistant: Jemly
House keeping: Betty
Tender Driver: George
Tender Driver: Ody
Deck Hand: Rahmat
Andy, Heli, Eric, Leon, Tom, Blayne, Linda, Kate, Frank, Audrey, John, Teri, Dana, Stan, Andy, Gary
Monday June 19th
Everybody arrive to Sorong on time. Early afternoon we had all our guests on board. We accommodated everybody in staterooms and had a lunch. After lunch we had a welcome briefing and we departure to Dampier Strait. After dinner we briefed our guests about diving procedures and went for sleep. In the early morning we arrived to our first diving location: Friwinbonda.
Tuesday June 20th
We wake up at Dampier Strait were we will pass our first diving day before head to our final destination: Biak
The check dive was at Friwinbonda, all went good with a gentle current...easy for the divers. We got some Bumphead parrotfish and black tips. At the corners fusiliers and barracudas were waiting for us.
Second dive of the day was Cape Kri and didn t disappoint us: Bargibanti pigmy sea horse, school of jacks, grey reef sharks, black tips and some green turtle. Just fantastic!!!
Before start our first big trip of the crossing to Biak we had time for one dive more, our choice was Blue Magic. No mantas this time but still some Woebegone and Scorpion leaf fish, mixed with the jacks and the fusiliers. Happy divers!!!
Wednesday June 21st
After 95 miles and 13 hours we arrive at our first pit stop: Palau Amsterdam. Here we will have two dives before continuing our journey.
The chosen dive sites is Junkyard, a Bare Boat from the II World War. A mix of metal and soft coral makes it a fantastic coral garden full of fish. Mackerels, yellow tail fusiliers, sweet lips, yellow tail snappers, octopus, nudibranchs and flat worms are some of the inhabitants of this dive site.
Thursday June 22nd
Finally after travelling for 22 hour and a bit of dancing we arrived to Sangai Omi, our pit stop before arrive to Numfoor Island.
We did two muck dives hereon a black sandy slope and the were not disappointing us at all… Ghost pipe fish, Sea Horse, matting cuttlefish, nudibranchs, flat worms, spider crabs and moray eels had entertain us during this dives.
During the night dive also was no current so was Easy to go slowly looking for critters again. Some nice encounters also here had result in happy divers again.
Our big transit has almost finished and the day when we are going to dive with the whale sharks is closer… great expectation
Friday June 23rd
Sun is up and we ready to dive again. Today is Wreck diving, we have 7 Bares boats waiting for us distributed in different groups and depths on a sandy bottom. We made dive 1 and 2 here on a good visibility and almost no current. Beautiful. We could enjoy some macro life around the Bares Boats: Pe akock razorblade, nudis, pipefish, long nose hawk fish, porcelain crabs, broken back shrimps, peacock flounder….
For the dive 3 and 4 our choice was two Coral gardens. On the right one we got small platform and a coral slope, while in the left one we got a miniwall with a coral garden on the top, both very beautiful. Some of the marine life we meet during the dives include: Sleeper Lobster, nudibranchs, flatworms, shrimps, decorate crabs, moray eels, yellow scorpion leaf fish, flat head…
Tonight our Dive Master Herry entertained our guest with a presentation about the Pygmy Sea Horses
Saturday June 24th
In the early morning after 11 hours we finally arrive to Pulao Roon, were we plan to spend the next two days diving around.
Our first choice was Pulao Auri 1… Beautiful topography, big basalt rocks formation leads the way to a nice coral garden mix of soft and hard coral. Schools of yellow tail fusiliers and surgeon fish where all around the place together with various types of reef fish. Very interesting place.
For the second dive we went again to Pulao Auri, but this time we enter on the North part of the islet. Fantastic gorgonians and lettuce coral were all over the place. The Northwest ridge brings us to a nice sandy channel full of snapper and batfishes.
Third Dive of the day happens at Ripper Rock, a shallow flat coral garden where we could look for some macro life like orangutan crabs, nudibranchs, flatworms, cleaner shrimps. Easy and relax afternoon dive.
Last dive of the day was a night dive at Zero Airplane, a small fighter wreck from the II WW. We made the entry point at the plane and move right following the fantastic slope reef. More we move to the right more strait become the wall. Nice and relaxing dive without current let us found yellow spider crab, nudibranchs, marble shrimp, morays eels and flatworms. Very nice night dive.
Sunday June 25th
In the morning we did first dive at Silver Lane. When we jumped we saw school of yellow fin fusiliers and a turtle. We made our way slowly down the wall covered with some sea fans, sponges and hard coral. We saw green moray ell, nudibranch and squad shrimps. At the middle of the dive we changed direction as current slowly started to move south.. At the end of the dive at shallow part we saw a nice electric clamp
Second dive we did at West Rock. The top of the shallow reef covered with beautiful soft corals. We went to the wall area but not too deep as at the deeper part of the dive site wasn t very clear but full of hard coral also. Fortunately at the shallower part it was clearer water reaching 20 m. 64 ft and we had a small current. During this dive we saw couple of nudibranch, napoleon wrasse, crocodile fish and small anemone with squad shrimps inside. Below big biomes, which we saw at the top shallow part of the reef, there were thousands of convict blennies and small groups of glassfish. At the end of the dive we found huge sponge barrels on a sandy area.
After lunch we did 3rd dive at West Corner. We made our way along a wall full of hard corals where we saw: school of fusiliers, nudibranchs, ornate ghost pipefish and some orangutang crabs.
Tajung Ayumi was our choice for the fourth dive of the day. Sea was calm and inside the small bay was no current at all. We were very happy to spot one of the endemic species of Cenderawasih… the eppoulette shark, also known as walking shark. Along with it some huge lobsters and decorator crabs made up the night.
After dinner we made a presentation about the Whale Sharks and how interact with them, after that we left and move on to Kawatisore were we would finally dive with the whale sharks!!!!
Monday June 26th and Tuesday 27th
In the morning we arrived to Kawatisore and arranged all the details with the owner of the Bagan. We will pass two days here diving under the Bagan together with the whale sharks.
The guest wake up very happy and excited with the idea of diving with the whale sharks. Our first dive was at 7:30 and didn t let us down… 4 whale sharks showed up and stay all the dive with us… just great!!!
After a nice breakfast we jumped again in the water, this time the current was slightly stronger but still manageable and didn t stop us from diving with 4 whale sharks more…. They were very friendly and calm and our guest had great time.
The Second day was as good as the first but we received the visit of another whale sharks more for a total of 5!!!! Not bad at all!!!!
Some of our guest went to the village on the early morning for a Bird Watching Land Tour… they say was great and fun. They had spotted six Birds of Paradise (Cenderawasih).
We had two fantastic days in Kwatisore together with the whale sharks and we will not forget easily this encounter, but it is time to move on and continue our trip….we will come back!!!!
Wednesday June 28th
In the morning we arrived to the Atolls. We jumped to the water and went down to the steep sloping reef. Current was slow and visibility was reaching 30 m./ 90 ft during all the day. We went down the reef and spotted group of barracudas, Rainbow runners and surgeons. We also saw white tip shark patrolling the reef and turtles swimming around. During this dives we also saw macro creatures.
Mark s Treasure and Wild Fish Ridge where also two amazing dives, full of coral and fish: white tips, Rainbow Runners, Blue Fusiliers, huge school of Silver Fish, with fantastic visibility. The sun was out all the day and makes all looks more beautiful.
For a night dive we went to Wild Fish Ridge. The current was very slow and let us move freely around the ridge. Bobtail squid, Decorate crabs, spider crab, flat worms, moray eel was some of the marine life we found it.
Tonight we had also a nice presentation about the Papuan Cannibals!!!! just incredible.
Thursday June 29th
At 5 am we had arrive to the island of Yapen. Here we will make 4 dives before the last transfer to our final destination: Biak
The first dive, Yaspen Sea mount, was incredible nice, a bit of current but great visibility. Fantastic for Wide angle and Macro.
The other 3 dives were very similar,,, gentle slope with fantastic coral and impressive visibility.
Our guest enjoyed a lot with all the nudibranchs, schools of surgeon and fusiliers, squat hairy lobster, flambelinas and much more impressive stuff our dive masters had found. Also the Night dive was great with Bobtail squids, full of flat worms and nudibranchs, decorate crabs, lobster and many things more.
After dinner we left Yapen, we will have 10 hour before arrive to Biak.
Friday June 30th
For our last 2 dives we went to Mansurabo and Salmon Point. At Mansurabo our divers saw a lot of fish action and had good conditions without current. At Salmon Point current was a little bit stronger but there was good visibility and a lot of fish.
After 2nd dive we rinsed gear, had a lunch and boutique sale.
After dinner we showed video from our trip, view a photo slideshow and started farewell party. We prepared some awards for our guests. During our trip Stan, Kate and Tom didn t skip any dive and had become Iron Divers!!!
Saturday July 1st
In the morning we said our farewells to our guests and send them to the airport. It was a great 12-day trip and we made new friends and had a very good time. We hope to see them all again!