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Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log
5- 12 November 2016
North Andaman sea
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 29c
* Visibility 20m
Cruise Director: Clive
Second Captain: Rong
Deck hand: Hem
Chef: Pa Phorn
Chef: Pee Phorn
Dive instructor: Bank
Guests: Gawaine, Jenny Yunchao, Shuran, Jorge, Andras, Greg, Elizabeth, Wojciech.
Sunday – Anitas Reef, West of Eden, Deep Six, Stonehenge, Honeymoon bay.
Monday – Elephant head rock, 3 trees,North Point,Donald Duck bay,Beacon Beach.
Tuesday – Christmas Point,Koh Bon Pinnacle Koh Bon Ridge x2, Koh Bon Bay.
Wednesday – Koh Tachai Pinnacle 1 and 2, Richelieu Rock x2
Thursday - Richelieu Rock x4
Friday – Koh Tachai ,Koh Bon
Our guests arrived at around 17:00, we showed them to their cabins, set the gear up and enjoy the chef’s special of local Thai cuisine, We all had our briefing and started chatting and getting to know one another.
Sunday 06th November 2016
Our day began with our check dive, we do this at a reef located on the north side of island 6, this reef is renound for one huge coral head or bommie. It really is amazing this rock is covered in beautiful soft coral that is purple and red in color, there are some huge gorgonian seafans at the bottom at around 75ft or 24m. there we saw a blue spotted stingray and a huge field of Garden eels. All our divers had excellent skills and were all very good on air. We headed to West of Eden for our next dive, One of our Divemasters knew of a special find here, a Spearing mantis shrimp and sure enough it was still in the same place as ever our guests made some video that came out well. For our third dive we selected Deep six this is a great drift dive we drifted into the site from quite a long way out and were greeted by a couple of Stingrays in the sand at the huge boulders we found many trevally and snapper in the shallows. We cast of from the mooring and headed back to Island 4 to dive at Stonehenge named due to the circle of stones forming a circle at the end, our guests had the pleasure of a long encounter with two hawksbill turtles and a school of sweetlips. Our night dive for today was at honeymoon bay and our guests found a few nudibranchs and a moray looking for his evening snack. We headed back to the boat in the dingy and the guests enjoyed hot chocolate with Kailua.
Monday 07th November 2016
We decided to stay within the 9 islands that form the south Similans for the day and had our first dive at Elephant Head rock, we were the only boat there and enjoyed the divesite to ourselves we found many unicorn fish and also a school of sweetlips under a overhang. One of our guests reported seeing a shark off in the distance. We did our second dive at 3 trees on the north eastern side of island 9 this was a nice relaxing drift dive we had some great wide angle shots with the huge barrel sponges that grow at this site, for the third dive we moored up at the divesite no need for the dingy here. The mild current drifted us into the dive site we saw a large Great Barracuda in stalking mode, also seen was a juvenile Napoleon wrasse. Off to island 8 for our next 2 dives we did our first in Donald duck bay this is named due to the resemblance of one rocks on the ridge. Our guests saw a couple of lobster and many surgeon fish foraging on the reef. Our night dive we headed for the shelter of Beacon beach it was a nice dive with thousands of shrimps out feeding. We came back from the dive to a great BBQ, our guests settled for the night and we planned the following days diving.
Tuesday 8th November 2016
We woke up nice and early for our first dive at Christmas point this is on the north of island 9, we saw another great barracuda and also a couple of very large morays. After the dive the captain told the Divemaster that their had been a whale shark sighted at our next divesite, so we motored off with great hopes, the sighting had been at the pinnacle about 400m away from the main island sadly we didn’t see the Shark but had a good dive with a big school of Batfish cruising past us we also saw a large Chevron Barracuda and we were joined by many fusiliers on the safety stop. We dived Koh Bon ridge for our next dive there the guests saw the resident Napoleon, also seen were Octopus and a blue spotted stingray. Our night dive was in the shelter of the bay we saw 2 morays out hunting and there were thousands of shrimp eyes staring at us. We came back to Thailand aggressor after the dive and the guests again were greeted with Hot chocolate with a spot of Kailua.
Wednesday 9th November 2016
We had slept at Koh Tachai so just a short journey to the dive site, we decided to do 2 dives here one on each of the two pinnacles, on the first dive we had the company of the resident school of barracuda, also one of our more experienced photographers found 2 Octopus this was one of her wishes for the trip so she was more than happy, we also found a sleeping Stingray. On our second dive we headed for the inner pinnacle we had a few encounters with some Malabar Groupers darting off into the dark holes that dot this divesite. We were lucky and found two very large Lobsters in a crevice. One of our guides also found a tiny flabelina nudibranch. After a good lunch we upped anchor and made for Richelieu Rock for our last 2 dives for today. As we approached the dive site one of our guides explained about the naming of the rock dating back to the guy who helped form the modern Thai Navy, after the briefing we geared up and had 2 awesome dives with cuttlefish and octopus being found also the school of 5 lined snapper were sighted on the outer rim of the dive site. We headed for the Surin Islands for the night and all had great expectations for tomorrows dives back at Richelieu Rock.
Thursday 10th November 2016.
After yesterdays taster of Richelieu Rock our guests were eager to get in the water, We planned to spend the whole day here if the conditions were good. On our first dive we entered down on the south side and instantly saw a turtle swimming up for a breath of air. Looking out into some 20 m viz we saw the yellowtailed Barracuda cruising the perimeter of this site. After the dive we all agreed that it was a good plan to stay the day, and on the second dive we were entertained by 4 cuttlefish all in one group, our guests stayed mesmerized by the changing colors, when we surfaced we noticed all the other dive boats had left and headed south, great news we had the divesite to ourselves for the rest of the day. On our subsequent dives we saw the cuttlefish many times and one of our guests had reportedly seen 6 together. One of our guides found some very nice nudibranchs and after the dive he explained they are always found in that type of hydroid. We also found many shrimps which kept our macro photographers happy lots of banded boxer Shrimps and also a few peacock mantis shrimps. So what a great days diving we all had after the debrief we all sat down for dinner and had a beautiful sunset cruise to Koh Tachai.
Friday 11th November 2016
We awoke along the north side of Koh Tachai and upped anchor early to secure the mooring line, for a couple of our guests this would be the last dive of the trip due to travel arrangements. So all tied on to the stern we descended the mooring line right into the school of Barracuda, what a great start. There was a small amount of current and this bought a large school of fusiliers to the dive site, there was also lots of big eyed trevally our guest found a huge giant moray between the rocks. Some of our guests came back to the mooring and others drifted in the current but once we were all back aboard we headed for our last dive of the trip at Koh Bon, wow we jumped in and had 30m Viz it was fantastic we saw a large school of Slate Sweetlips on the wall and got some good video of them. We all were staring out into the blue hoping to see a big black shape but sadly no manta ray today. We had a great dive and headed back to the boat by dinghy all guest saying how good a trip we enjoyed . Back to our home port now and a nice meal of FiletMignion and our guest enjoyed some nice Red Wine also.
Saturday 14th November 2015
Some of our guest had to wake up early so we said our farewells, It was a good week with many funny stories and many jokes being had, lots of plans were made and maybe we see a few of these guests again….