Raja Ampat Aggressor Captains log *06 – 13 August 2016
*Air Temp. 29 - 35 C
*Water Temp. 29 C - 30 C
Cruise Director: Urik
Chief Officer: Ferdi
Chief Engineer: Yuly
2rd Engineer: Rahmat
Chef Assistant: Gemly
House keeping: Betty
Tender Driver: Charlie
Tender Driver: Ody
Deck Hand: Jasman
Th: Julius Reef, Erics Point, Rani Pinnacle, Erics Point
Fr: Sewandeh Sea Mount,NW Corner, East point,East Point
Sa: Matas Reef, Matas Reef, Rouw Reef
Su: Bagans, Bagans, Bagans, Kwatisore Sea Mount
Mo: Bagans, Bagans,Bagans,
Tu: Spag Point, Marks Tresaure, Wild Fish Ridge, Wild Fish Ridge
Wd: Fonotaba, Island Corner, Fonokabai, Fonokabai
Th: Rasi Wreck, Karang Insoraki, Pulau Auki, Pulau Auki
Fr: Catalina Wreck, Harry 2 Wall
GUESTS: Jeff, Chad, Dave, Joe, John, Regina, Rodolfo, Brian, Marina and Glen
Wednesday August 24 th
The Boat is ready for a new trip, all the guest arrive to Biak on time and with no delay. At noon we had all our guests on board. We accommodated everybody in them staterooms and had lunch. After lunch we had a welcome briefing and we departure to Supiori Island , East of Biak. After dinner we briefed our guests about diving procedures and went for sleep. In the early morning we will arrive to Pulau Rani
Thursday August 25th
We wake up at North part of Pulau Rani, were we will make our check dive and start our first diving day.
The check dive was at Julius reef...easy for the divers and aa very nice dive to start the trip. A gentle slope with a very easy current. We got turtle, some fusiliers, white leaf fish, oranguntang crab and some nudibranchs.
The second dive of the day was at Rani Pinnacle and didnt disapoint us: Denise pigmee sea horse, school of Raimbow runners, schools of Oceanic triggerfish, black tips and schools of surgeons. At the end of the wall we found a huge school of barracudas...Just fantastic!!!
The third and fourth dive of the day was at Ericks Point… there was no current and we could enjoy the fantasctic soft coral of this dive site. We passed all the dive looking for some macro life: orangutan crab, shrimps,nudibranchs. The night dive bring some decorated crabs, cuttle fish and moreys eel.
Our Cruise Director Urik delated us with his presentation about the Pygmy Sea Horses.
Fryday August 26th
The night was calm and a shining day wake up us at Miosnum. The first dive happened at a huge sea mount on the south part before to arrive to the island. We enter on the south part of the sea mount and a school of surgeons were waiting for us on the split point. As we move to the north part togheter with the current we could also spot reef sharks, tunas and a nice green turtle. Was a lovely dive.
We moved a bit south to a samll island complex called Sewandeh, and dived at the eastern slope, where we could find fantasctic hard coral on the shalow part, school of small barracudas and many macro life. Visibilyty was fantastic and the current very mild.
Our third dive of the day was at NW Corner, here a slope ridge becomes into a a fantastic wall whit many soft coral and beautiful life, today the current was small and didnt bring many fish to the corner but still was very nice dive. At the end of the wall we move into a shallow part full of white snad and incredible coral.
We had come back to the Slope to have our night dive. Pleurobrancus,bobtail squid, marble shrimp and decorated crab were some of the creatures we founded.
Saturday August 27 th
In the morning we changed location to dive at Matas Reef. We started at the shallow flat are where we saw a tuna and white tip sharks, black tips ... We went to the deeper are where current was a little bit stronger and we could see some fish action like: school of yellow tail snapper, Spanish mackerel and Napoleons. Also found a Black Manta on cleaning station… awesome!!!
Our 3rd dive was at Rouw Reef. There was mild current. We started the dive at 13m / 40 ft. at the beginning of the mini wall area and did our way slowly up to the shallow part. We saw a Blue Dragon nudibranch and flat worms, also some barracudas where spotted. We spotted black tip shark below us. There was also school of neon fusiliers, jetties and snappers playing in the sandy area.
During the dinner we celebrate our guest Jeff reached the Mile Stone of 200 Dives… Congratulations!!!! After dinner Urik did a briefing and presentation about the Whale shark and how to behave when diving with them.
Tomorrow we will finally arrive to Kwatisore where we will pass two fantastics days diving with the wahle sharks under the bagans. Every one is very excited.
Sunday August 28th
After anchor and found a good Bagan wheere to pass the day was time for briefing and start the first dive, two whalesharks of about 6m/20ft and a baby Whale Shark where already there waiting for us. Visibility was fantastic and no current was notice so all of us enjoyed the spectacle, level of happines and satisfaction had incresed.
After a nice breakfast we jump on the water again and we founded still our 3 friends. Current was very small and we also could swim arround the bagan looking for diferent angles to film the magnificent spectacle. They stayed there for all the rest of the day and we were also very happy of that. At the end of the day our new family had increased to four members.
The nigth dive was at Kwatisore Sea Mount and we very excited about the idea to spot an Eppaulette Shark, that was one of the two places where was possible to see it of all the trip. We were lucky about the eppaulette shark, and we saw 2. Current was very mild and we could had a nice dive… .
During dinner we congratulated Rodolfo for his 300 dives. After dinner the Course Director, Urik, introduce a presentation about the walking sharks. Very nice presentation.
Monday August 29th
Early morning and we are again on search of a good Bagan. Finaly we fouded one Bagan with 3 whale sharks so we anchor and prepare our selfs for another amazing day of diving with them. After ten minutes we were in the water another whale shark came along, now the family had incresed to 4. They were swmimming around us in all directions, visibility was great and the sun was up. Before the end of the second dive already five whale sharks where swimming with us….five!!!!!
We jumped one time more for another 80 minutes dive before say bye bye to our new friends. Not bad at all…. Mother nature love us today and gave to us a wonderfull day.
Tuesday August 30th
During the night we moved the boat to dive in the Atolls.
The Boat was dancing a little bit during the night but our guest were ready to jump again in to the Ocean. Visibility was reaching 30m./ 90ft at our first dive site… Spag Point, were we got one mild strength current on the deep part.The ridge was full of life and with the good visibility we really enjoyed. Big tunas, Gray reef sharks, Pecock Mantis, Great barracudas, school of jacks, striped barracudas, and many reef fish were a fantastic spectacle. Everybody enjoyed the Wonderful dive
The second dive of the day happened at Marks Tresaure, a nice wall dive full of hard coral on the top. The visibility still ok but we got medium current, we can not found sharks or big fishes on the deeper side and we moved up to the shallower part of the reef where we found schools of butterflyes and surgeons, also a pygme sea horse Denise was spoted here.
The Next dive was Wild Fish Ridge… the deeper part of the ridge was incredibly nice with fantastic Elephant Ears , barrels and sponges. School of barracudas where playing down togheter with oceanic trigger fish. On our way up still more fatasic coral was waiting for us togheter with a couple of black tip sharks and a green turtle. We made also our night dive in Wild Fish Ridge.
Wednesday August 31st
In the morning we arrived to Yapen Island to dive at Island Corner. We jumped to the water and went down to the steep wall . Current was strong and visibility was reaching 20 m. / 64 ft. We went down the reef and spotted Tunas, huge school ofOceanic Trigger fish and Surgeons,sharks and a big big grouper. The dive was a bit tricky but was a nice dive.
Second dive after breakfast we did at Fonotaba. Current medium strength. We saw many reef fish around the shallow part: antias, parrot fish, damsel fish, butterflies.... We also spotted green turtle and some of our divers saw sharks. Visibility was reaching 20 m. /64 ft. Was beautiful.
We moved our boat to Fonokabai for a 3rd dive, a gentle slope with soft and hard coral. Current was small strength and we drifted slowly and easily on the sloping reef. On the way we saw: Surgeons, parrotfish, napoleon wrasse and schooling of fusiliers. At the end of the dive we went to the shallower part where we spotted many nudibranchs. Visibility was reaching 20 m/60ft.
For a night dive we repeat the dive but entering in the other side of the beach. We spotted sea slugs, couple of bobtail squids, cattle fish and decorator crabs.
Thursday September 1st
We wake up at Pulau Runi, were we will pass last diving day before head to our final destination: Biak
The first dive was at Rasi Wreck, all went good with a gentle current...easy for the divers. Korean fishing boat 30m long at 24 m/ 75 ft., we got some oceanic triggerfish and Macro life. At the top of the reef fusiliers and butterflies were waiting for us.
Second dive of the day was Karang Insaroki and didnt disappoint us: school of Rainbow runners, and huge schools of Oceanic triggerfish, black tips and schools of surgeons. Just fantastic!!!
The third and fourth dive of the day was at Pulau Auki… the current was very slow to medium and not too much fish came to the corner but still could see schools of Barracudas and fusiliers and some good macro life, the top part of the reef was full of stunning Table Corals. The night dive bring some decorated crabs, cattle fish and morays eel. Probably the best night dive of the trip
Friday September 2nd
For our last 2 dives we went to Catalina and Hery 2. At Catalina, a sea plane wreck from WWII, our divers saw a lot of fish action and had good conditions without current, so they could enjoy an easy and relax dive.
After 2nd dive we rinsed gear, had a lunch, watch the video of the week and had the boutique sale. In the afternoon we started farewell party. We had prepared some awards for our guests. During our trip Jeff, Chad, Dave, Joe, John and Glenn didnt skip any dive and got Iron Diver awards, also Jeff, Rodolfo and Regina get them milestone for acomplish 200, 300 and 800, dives... Congratulations!!! The guest were happy and the crew play music….was a great farawell party
After dinner we showed the slide show from our trip.. After all we went to sleep , tomorrow the guest need to travel and is better to have some rest.
Saturday September 3rd
In the morning we said our farewells to our guests and send them to the airport. It was a great 10 days trip and we made new friends and had a very good time. We hope to see you again!