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Raja Ampat Aggressor Captains log 05 – 15 October 2016
Air Temp. 28 - 35 C
Water Temp. 29 C - 30 C
Cruise Director: Urik
Chief Officer: Ferdi
Chief Engineer: Yuli
2nd Engineer: Maxi
Chef Assistant: Jemly
Dive master: Yamin
Dive master: Jemy
Dive master: Jose
Tender Driver: Jasman
Tender Driver: Ody
Th: Sagof, Parondi sea mount, Baby Rock
Fr: Andiamo, Vibrant Colour, Candy Store, Andys Ultimate
Sa: Guss Ridge, Boo rock, Yillet, Romeo
Su: Whale Rock, Nudi Rock, Tank Rock, Whale Rock
Mo: Barracuda Rock, 4 Kings, Wedding Cake, Small World
Tu: Shadow Reef, Boo West, Grouper Net
We: Melissas Garden, My Reef, Little Lagoon, Arborek
Th: Cape Kri, Blue Magic, Friwinbonda, Friwinbonda
Fr: Mioskon, Sardines
GUESTS: Vicky, Misu, Pilu, Jill, Alessia, Olya, Robin, Marek, Sam, Brian, Chris, Ammar, Robert
Wednesday October 5th
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 Sagof in Misool area. After dinner we briefed our guests about diving procedures and after we went to sleep. In the early morning we arrived to our first diving location: Sagof.
Thursday October 06th
We wake up at Misool were we will pass our first diving day.
The check dive was at Sagof, all went good with a gentle current...easy for the divers. We got many Hump head parrot fish, Bat fish, Mantis Shrimp, Scorpion Fish, and Octopus.
Second dive we go to Parondi Sea Mountain were hundreds of Jacks were waiting for us, 2 crocodile fish, some walking sharks made the guests very happy.
Third dive was in Baby Rock we saw some lion fish, octopus, lobsters, scorpion fish, big Napoleon wrasse, and huge moray eel and little stuff also, porcelain crabs, nudibranchs, and shrimps.
The Night dive was in Sagof were we saw epaulette sharks some big lobsters, many different species of shrimps and crabs.
Friday October 07th
In the morning we arrived to Daram.
The First dive site of the day was Andiamo were we saw Manta, school of barracudas, Blue spotted stingray, lobsters, Mantis Shrimp, Scorpion fishes.
After a nice breakfast we jumped again in the water, dive site was Vibrant Colour, were we saw big schools of Jack, and a lot of different nudibranchs and shrimps, made all the macro photographers happy.
After lunch we did the third dive at Candy Store, very long reef full with 3 pinnacles, full of fish and one huge manta swimming to us, there was also 2 mobulas hunting, schools of jacks and yellow tail fusiliers.
The Night dive was fantastic at Andys ultimate with 3 walking sharks, 1 turtle, 2 octopus, moray eels and much more.
After dinner we congratulated Brian and Robin for completing a milestone of 100 dives
Our Cruise Director Urik introduced after a nice presentation about Pygmy Seahorses.
Saturday October 08th
Location Misool, first dive site Gus ridge, visibility very good and small current, we saw beautiful marble ray, schools of yellow tail fusiliers and bat fish.
Second dive we went to boo rock where a huge school of barracudas was a dive full of soft coral and fish.
After lunch with went to the little Yillet island were we did the third dive, was amazing, manta, barracudas, giant trevally, frog fish, sea horses.
The night dive was in Romeo were we saw moray eels, turtles, 2 epaulette sharks.
Sunday October 09th
In the morning we arrived to Fiabecet.
Dive site Wale rock we jumped to the water and current was slow and good visibility, we spotted a big school of barracudas and many reef fish, we also saw many different types of nudibranchs.
After breakfast we went to Nudi rock, a little island that looks like a nudibranch, there we saw Spanish mackerel, schools of barracudas and 5 mobulas.
For the third dive we chose Tank rock, we saw giant trevally hunting in the beautiful reef we saw also Spanish mackerels and tuna.
For a night dive we went back to wale rock were decorate crabs, flat worms, nudibranchs, moray eel, scorpion fishes was some of the marine life we found.
During dinner the crew bring a birthday cake wile play and sing happy birthday to Jill.
After Dinner Urik did a presentation about raja Ampat.
Monday October 10 th
The night was calm and a bit cloudy day wake up us at Wayil. The first dive happened at Barracuda rock. We saw so many different thing under the water, napoleon wrasses, sea horses, nudibranchs, leaf fish, turtles, schools of jack and much more.
After the breakfast the sun come out behind the clouds, and we dived in Four Kings were we saw Barracudas, Scorpion fish, Nudibranchs, Jacks, Giant trevally, big groupers and Mantis shrimp.
Our third dive of the day we moved location to Wayil again, dive site wedding cake, a lot of macro life, nudibranchs, flat worms, spider crabs and many soft coral and many beautiful reef fish and scorpion fishes.
For the night dive we went to a dive site called Small World, when we descend we see 2 crocodile fish laying together in the reef, no current allow us to see much macro life, crabs, shrimps, nudibranchs, flat worms.
After dinner Jose one of the dive masters did a presentation about epaulette sharks / walking sharks
Tuesday October 11th
We wake up near a sea Mount known as Magic Mountain aka shadow Reef, there we did our first dive, 2 oceanic mantas, many white tip sharks, Wobbegongs, was an amazing dive.
After breakfast for the second dive we went to Boo west, we saw School of bat fish, Jacks, Barracudas.
Third dive we chose a dive site call Grouper Net, amazing dive with 10 mobulas hunting along the wall, 1 sail fish with about 3 meters and a lot more.
No night dive, we go to central Raja Ampat were we will reach Pianemo in the morning.
After dinner our Cruise Director Urik introduced us a presentation about wale sharks.
Wednesday October 12th
We wake up already in Pianemo area, for first dive we went to Melissa garden, beautiful reef, a lot of hard coral, Napoleon wrasse, flat worms, nudibranchs, and white tip sharks.
Second dive at My Reef, School of barracudas, two Wobbegon sharks, schools of jack, Trevally.
After lunch some guests went for sightseeing to the top of Pianemo, some went dive at little lagoon, where they saw Octopus, Snake eels, different species of pipe fish and nudibranchs.
For the night dive we went to Arborek island were we did the dive, was medium current, and a lot of life under water, Giant clams, walking sharks, scorpion fish, electric clan, nudibranchs, pipe fish.
Thursday October 13th
Wake up sun shining slow current and very good visibility, first dive site of the day Cape Cri, Blue fin trevally, turtles, Giant trevally, Barracudas, Jacks
After breakfast we went to Blue magic a sea mount were we did the second dive, two Wobbegon, black tip sharks, Coral snake, Barracudas, Blue fin trevally, Giant trevally, Yellow tail fusiliers.
Third dive Friwinbonda, we got to see Leave fish, Pipe fish, nudibranchs, many sea horses Jacks, Rainbow runners ,Yellow tail fusiliers, Neon fusiliers, two stripe fusilier and the best was 5 black tip sharks together swimming around us.
Night dive we did Friwinbonda again, many pygmy sea horses one pregnant, nudibranchs, flat worms, decorator crabs and a lot more.
Amazing dives today
After dinner Urik makes presentation about cannibalism in West Papua
Friday October 14th
In the morning we arrived to Mioskon Island we saw two Wobbegon shark, cuttle fish, School Barracudas, School yellow tail fusiliers, Black tip sharks
After a nice breakfast we jumped again in the water, dive site Sardines, the current was slightly stronger, there was some black tip sharks, Lion fish, 1 white tip shark patrolling the reef, 2 leaf fish, and a school of Hump head parrot fish, about 20, some really big.
During lunch we did a celebration of Marek and Alessia 100 dives. And because Vicky didnt skip any dive become an aggressor fleet Iron Diver!!!
In the end of the afternoon we did a farewell party the crew played music for the guests.
Saturday October 15th
In the morning we said our farewells to our guests and took them to the airport. It was a great trip and we made new friends and had a very good time. We hope to see them all again!