Raja Ampat Aggressor Captain s log *08 November 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: Destri
Dive master: Yamin
Dive master: Jemy
Dive master: Herry
Tender Driver: Carly
Tender Driver: Ody
We: Little Komodo, Saruenus, Bo s rainbow, Macro Rock
Th: Larry s Havens, Batu Jeruk, Christmas Rock, Ranger Post
Fr: Bagans, Namatote West Wall, Namatote East Wall
Sa: Tanjung Wap, Batu Cantik, Mike s Seamount
Su: Too Many fish, Too Many Fish, Too many Fish
Mo: Magic Mountain, Boo Rock, Romeo, Romeo
Tu: Whale Rock, Nudi Rock, Tank Rock, Whale Rock
We: Yillet Kecil, Boo West, Grouper Net
Th: Algae Patch 1, Algae Patch 2
GUESTS: Joe, Eli, Jim, Don, David, Erik, Tim, Tina, David, Candace, Sergey, Kirill, Harry, Andre, Sara, Joann
Tuesday November 8th
On the morning 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 Namatote in Triton Bay 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: Little Komodo
Wednesday November 09th
We wake up at Little Komodo were we will pass our first diving day.
The check dive was at Little Komodo, all went good with a gentle current...easy for the divers. Even if the visibility was not the best we found many macro and big schools of fusiliers.
Second dive we go to Saruenus were hundreds of groupers and fusiliers were waiting for us, we also found hairy shrimp, candy crab and yellow Bargibanty pygmy sea horse. Not bad at all.
Third dive was in Bo s Rainbow, also stunning soft coral again, Wobbegongs, marble ray and nudibranchs.
The Night dive was in Macro Rock were we saw sleeping hawksbill turtle, some big lobsters and many different species of shrimps and crabs.
Was just a fantastic first day of diving, all the guest are very happy.
Thursday November 10th
In the morning we arrived to South Aiduma.
The First dive site of the day was Larry s Haven were we saw randal frog fish, school of fusiliers, Blue spotted stingray, lobsters, Mantis Shrimp and Scorpion fishes.
After a nice breakfast we jumped again in the water, dive site was Batu Jeruk, were we saw big schools of snappers, baby Wobbegongs, fantastic soft coral and a lot of different nudibranchs and shrimps. Great and easy dive.
After lunch we did the third dive at Christmas Rock, nice Small Island, full of fish and macro life again, huge schools of yellow tail fusiliers, giant grouper and 3 big Spanish mackerels.
The Night dive was good at Ranger Post with decorate crabs, spider crab, cattle fish and much more.
After dinner our Cruise Director Urik introduced a nice presentation about Whale Sharks!!!
Friday November 11th
Location Namatote North, first dive site on the Bagans, we tried to dive with the whale sharks here but unfortunately they didn t show up so we decided to move on to Namatote South.
Second and third dive was at Namatote wall, combining sandy slope and straight wall. The current was very small and we could search for macro life all around the dive site: robust ghost pipe fish, Wobbegongs shark, harlequin shrimp, electric clamp are only some of the extended life we could find here.
After the third dive we started our way to Nommon, we have 13 hours ahead of us. Tomorrow will be the last dive of diving in Triton Bay area.
Saturday November 12 Th
We decided to choose Tanjung Wap for the first dive, a beautiful sloping reef full of soft coral. The visibility was very good, a lot of light and the current was very small. Was a nice and gentle dive were some of the highlights we saw it were ghost pipe fish, crocodile fish, green sea turtle and cattle fish.
The second dive was Batu Cantic, what means Beautiful Rock in Indonesian, and again was a beautiful sloping reef were we enjoyed looking for some macro life as pontohi pygmy sea horse, black ribbon eel, nudibranchs and am eagle ray swimming trough.
For the last dive of the day we chose Mike s Seamount. Full of hard coral and with big schools of blue fusiliers, surgeon fish, jacks and lots of reef fish... was a great and relax dive in the middle of the ocean. Our guest came back to the boat very happy.
After dinner Urik introduced a slide show with his owns photos and explain some nice things about the fishes there were on them.
Sunday November 13th
We have arrive around five in the morning to the Island of Koon, on the Maluku Island, it will be our connecting point between Triton bay and Raja Ampat. The diving location name is Too Many Fish, a very large reef who combine two fantastic walls with a sandy plateau in the middle.
For the first dive we choose the Northern Wall and drifted along it on the deeper part trying to spot some hammerhead sharks, we were not lucky but still crossed many fishes as giant groupers, school of jacks, schools on trevallies, tunas and barracudas.
For the second dive as the current was very small we went to dive at the sandy plateau, which is full of big bommies where to look for creatures and many fish to enjoy. Some of the creatures and fish we saw includes, octopus, ribbon eel, bump head fish, schools of barracudas and moray
During dinner we celebrate David and Candace wedding anniversary and the 100 dives milestone of Sara, Urik also introduced a presentation about Raja Ampat.
Monday November 14th
We were coming up from South and near a sea mount known as Magic Mountain, there we did our first dive of the day. After check in with Misool Eco Resort and get the ok we jumped on the water and found two oceanic mantas on the top, after that we moved to the ridge and saw also white tip and grey reef sharks, Wobbegongs and three mantas more on cleaning station…. Was just an amazing dive.
After breakfast for the second dive we went to Boo west, the current was gentle and we enjoyed the beautiful soft coral on the top of the reef. We saw school of bat fish, Jacks, barracudas, baby white tip shark and pygmy sea horse.
Our third dive and the night dive was at Romeo, and didn t could be better. We saw four walking shark, crocodile fish, spider crab and a huge green sea turtle sleeping on the reef.
After dinner our Cruise Director Urik introduced a presentation about Epaulet Sharks.
Tuesday November 15 Th
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, dolphins and a manta ray!!!! Fantastic.
After breakfast we went to Nudi rock, a little island that looks like a nudibranch, there we saw black tip, and silver tip sharks, Spanish mackerel, schools of barracudas and Napoleons.
For the third dive we chosen Tank rock, we saw giant trevallies hunting, grey reef shark, napoleons, schools of fusilier, 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.
After Dinner Urik did a presentation about pygmy sea horses.
Wednesday November 16th
After a relax and calm night we jumped in the water, our first dive site was Yillet Kecil. Visibility was not great but still we could spot some Denise colour variation pygmy sea horses, school of barracuda on the shallow part, napoleons, white leaf fish and a Manta Ray in cleaning station for around 20 minutes… awesome dive.
Second dive site was the fantastic ridge of Boo West, with lots of soft coral and sea fans on the top. The current was gentle so we could cross the sea mount hit the ridge and enjoy all the reef fish, jacks, fusilier and napoleons at the current split point. After enjoy the spectacle we came back to the main reef by the shallow. Was an easy and great dive.
Third dive we chose a dive site call Grouper Net, this amazing dive site is a seamount with three pinnacles on the part. While we were in the pinnacles we found pygmy sea horses and big schools of reef fish, once on the top of the sea mount we found nudibranchs, two stone fishes and lots of yellow tail fusiliers playing around. Was an incredible dive to say bye bye to Misool, our next destination is Batanta.
Cruise Director Urik brief the day of tomorrow as is the last day of the trip and after introduced us a presentation about the Cannibals.
In the morning we arrived to Batanta island were we will make to dive before arrive to our final destination: Sorong.
The first dive was at Algae Patch 1 and we didn t say much because the current was up and the visibility was bad. For the second dive, at Algae Patch 2, we waited for the low tide before enter on the water so the current was off and the visibility was so much better. We saw a Webegon, cattle fish, wire coral shrimp, two blue nudibranch, octopus and many more… was a great muck diving to end the trip!!!!
After lunch Cruise Director Urik played the video of the week and the people really loved.
In the end of the afternoon we did a farewell party and the crew played music for the guests. Because Joe, Jim, Don, Erik, Sergey, Kirill, Andre, Harry, Sara and Joann didn t skip any dive they had become an Aggressor Fleet Iron Diver!!!
After dinner we played a slide show with the photos of the guest. Now is time to go to bed and rest for tomorrow.
Friday November 18th
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!