Palau Aggressor Charter Sep /4-11/2016
Water Temp: 79-84 deg F
Air Temp: 78-86 deg F
Crew: Dan, Ernan, Kiran, Hector, Ronnie, Joe and Ripon
Sunday at about 5pm our guests for the week showed up and were helped aboard the Palau Aggressor 2. After a quick room briefing the crew helped set up the guests gear and then the group was escorted up stairs to the salon for a safety briefing from the Captain. Our guests were then warmly welcomed by Chef Ronnie’s delicious dinner. Once everyone had their fill we all turned in as Monday morning would begin our first day of diving.
On Monday morning we departed the dock bright and early then began the journey down south to German channel area where we dove Barnum’s wall as our check-out dive where we enjoyed exploring the beautiful coral garden. A variety of cool critters were found .One of the guests even found a crocodile fish sleeping! After this dive we headed to Big drop off. The third dive we motored over to canyons where we spotted some turtles. After the dive we went to the famous German channel in hopes of spotting a Manta ray, unfortunately we didn’t spot one but the dive was still amazing.
Tuesday morning we start our day out at the world famous Blue Corner which most certainly did not disappoint. Divers hooked in around sixty feet as we watched a parade of sharks and schooling black snapper circle all around us. For dive two we ventured back out a little past the corner to the Blue Holes, were divers descended down four large holes at the top of the reef into a massive cavern. Inside divers had great view with the ambient light coming in the holes and found several disco clams on the cavern wall. Then we made our way back down to Blue Corner to explore the top of the plateau. Dive three was new drop off for another excellent hook in dive. Then the fourth dive was at Turtle cove, where we spotted some turtles. After dinner we went back out to German Channel for our night dive.
Wednesday first dive at German channel, we didn’t see manta in the cleaning station but we see lots of cool stuff like resting white tip reef sharks, grey reef shark, schools of barracuda, horse eye jacks, garden eel in the sandy bottom and a beautiful hard coral formation inside the channel. Second dive at Blue corner were the current is relatively slow but most of the stuff are pretty much present specially around the plateau like schools of barracuda, white tip and grey reef shark, reef trevally, horse eye jacks, groupers, moray eel, and turtles. Third dive was Ngemelis wall we saw lots of turtles swimming and some are resting along the slope of the wall, schools of pyramid butterfly fish, moray eel, schooling humpback snappers, oriental sweet lips and a couple of lobsters. Fourth dive at Ferns wall and we saw couple of turtles, square spot anthias, couple of white tip reef sharks and we enjoy the beautiful formation of hard and soft corals. Night dive at Ngemelis wall, we saw lots of nudibranch and flatworm, turtles, lion fish and varieties of crabs and shrimps.
Thursday morning it was back of Blue Corner for another great dive, wrasses and multiple sharks and big schools of fish. Second dive was the Virgin blue holes for some deep exploration. Third dive was Ulong coral garden where we saw some schooling fish and some cool nudis. Dive 4 brought us to Sandy Paradise for some amazing coral formations including big tabletop hard corals. Lots of cool critters to check out along the way including nudis, leaf scorpion fish, pipefish, an octopus, a few dogtooth tuna, sleeping white tips in the sand patches, and a huge school of glossy eyed soldier fish.
On Friday the first dive took us to Ulong Channel flying through with a strong current checking out giant clams, grouper and a patch of lettuce coral as big as the Palau Aggressor itself. Our second dive was Siaes Tunnel for a morning exploration of the gigantic cave streaming with light through the windows that look out to the deep blue. Along our lazy drift we passed by the colorful wall and were stalked by a few sharks plus a friendly hawksbill turtle. Our third dive was back to Sandy paradise to see all the amazing marine life again. Our fourth dive was on the Helmet or Depth Charge Wreck, one of the Japanese sub chaser sunk during WWII. Unlike many wrecks in Palau this one remained undiscovered until the ‘80’s and as such was largely un-salvaged, as such the wreck has many artifacts left over from the war for the exploring diver to find.
Saturday morning and we are back in the harbor, our first dive today was at the Jake Seaplane, obviously not a huge dive site, but a great opportunity to photograph an almost intact plane with good vis, In the coral reef around the wreck it’s pretty common to find cuttlefish. Our last dive was at nearby Chandelier Caves where we explored the four chambers and stalactite formations inside, surfacing for a breath or two in the air pockets along the way. On the reef just outside the cave entrance mandarin fish scurry between the shallow corals posing for the final photographs of the week. After that, it was back for lunch and time to assist our guests with rinsing their gear. Later that evening, we all met for a few cocktails to look back on the week and share some diving stories before heading out to dinner at the nearby local restaurants.
We said farewell on Sunday morning and helped our guests with transfers to their hotels and flights. It was yet another wonderful week aboard the Palau Aggressor II with fantastic guests that we look forward to diving again with soon!