Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log
19-26 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
Dive instructor: Patrick
Guests: Sharon, Matthew, Robert, Marilyn, Jo Jennifer, Allison, Bjorn, Dabney, Cassi, Del, Denise, Bob, Bernardo
Sunday – Anita’s Reef , Shark fin Reef, West of Eden, Deep Six,
Monday – Elephant head rock, 3 Trees, Christmas point, North point
Tuesday – Koh Bon West Ridge, Koh Bon Pinnacle, Koh Bon North Ridge, Koh Bon Bay x2
Wednesday – Koh Tachai Pinnacle 1 and 2, Koh Tachai, Koh Tachai.
Thursday - Richelieu Rock x4
Friday – Koh Tachai ,Koh Bon
Saturday 19th November 2016
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, and we all had our briefing and started chatting and getting to know one another.
Sunday 20th November 2016
Fantastic sunrise this morning, all our guests sorted out weight belts and we headed for our check dive at a dive site known as Anita’s reef the current was heading north, this is a bit unusual for this divesite, we jumped on the eastern tip and drifted along the reef till we reached the large coral head that dominates this site, the viz was very good and sunlight penetration too, the coral head is covered in sea fans and soft coral, all our guests had their first cleaner wrasse experience and had hands nibbled and ears also. We saw a Kuhls Sting ray in the sand and also the hundred or more garden eels that can be found in the deep, on our second dive we did a drift at Shark fin reef we saw many Trigger fish nesting in the sand. We did our third dive at West of Eden, we briefed the site with the mention of the spearing Mantis Shrimp, when we arrived the hole it lives in was closed this is the time it sheds its shell and stays hidden to avoid becoming prey for other creatures we saw also many goat fish in a big school. For our final day dive we headed for island 7 and did a drift dive we found 2 porcelain crabs on an Anemone they were in perfect position for photography. Our guest elected for no night dive today and we had a birthday to celebrate. Happy Birthday Matt…….
Monday 21st November 2016
Elephant Head Rock started the morning very nicely. Very clear water with hardly any current apart from a fairly strong surge. A Great Barracuda awaited the first group in as they descended and hunting Giant Trevallies were in between the rocks looking for breakfast. After breakfast we headed up to Island 9 for the rest of the day. Entry point for the second dive was on Three Trees where one group went South with the current while the other group went North with their current. Jump point was in the eddy and the groups opted to go different routes. The sand was covered in Garden Eels and several Kuhl’s stingrays. The third dive was on Christmas point. Fourth dive was pushed back a little to allow for more surface interval as the guests voted not to do a night dive today. The fourth dive was on North point with a fairly strong surface current but once down it faded to just surge. There was a big turtle under an overhang right in the start of the dive and 3 Bumphead Parrotfish were spotted together by both groups!!
Tuesday 22nd November 2016
The morning dive started by the wall in Koh Bon bay and headed out to the end of the ridge as there was hardly any current. Some octopus and Scorpion Fish were spotted along the West Ridge. Second dive everyone were given Nitrox for more bottom time on the pinnacle. The air group were given a SSI adventure course in using Nitrox so as to give a bit more bottom time there was a large Barracuda out on the sand and we also saw hundreds of fusiliers on the very slow ascent to the surface … There was hardly any current to mention and the pinnacle was visible from the surface! The third dive started from the North Ridge with groups hoping to see the shark spotted there last trip. Unfortunately to no avail. Towards the end of the dive both groups saw the Napoleon on the ridge . We started our fourth dive at the very east of the island and had planned a long drift to the west ridge on our dive we came across some porcelain crabs feeding in the current whilst sitting on an anemone this really was a great photo opportunity for our guests, also sighted was a large school of rainbow runners. We settled for the evening and chatted about our days diving and many other past diving experiences.
Wednesday 23rd November 2016
We awoke at the granite island of Koh Tachai, this island is the furthest west on our route and after a light breakfast we got on with our briefing and made for the dive site, we planned to do just two dives here but as it turned out we ended up spending the whole day here as the visibility was awesome at around 100ft, also there was virtually no current at all this is also a bit unusual but we are right in the middle of the moon phases and very small tides at the moment. We planned many routes for the divesite including the not often visited north pinnacle, we had many schools of fish throughout the day including the resident school of Barracuda and also the school of snapper that seemed to be in some sort of mating scenario, one of our guests found a moray that he had not seen before and later discovered it was a Yellow Margined moray this was a good sighting for him as he had not encountered this species before, towards the end of the third dive we saw an Octopus out feeding it was oblivious to our guests and just kept moving from rock to rock changing color and texture many times. Its Italian night tonight on Thailand aggressor and we had chicken parmigiana , this was very popular with our guests, and we had a briefing about tomorrows diving and headed off to bed.
Thursday 24th November 2016.
We had a “late” wake up at 7.30 at Richelieu Rock as to avoid the divers from the 3 other boats already on the site. This turned out to be the BEST choice ever! We had the divesite to ourselves with NO other divers and our guests were very happy! This also helped us schedule wise for our second dive there as more boats came up to Richelieu and pretty much got in the water all together. Our second dive was also very well timed as the other divers were already up or just coming up so we had 2 dives on the site all to ourselves. Everyone saw a big school of Barracuda inside the horseshoe and a turtle came to greet the divers while heading towards the safety stop. Several really big Cuttlefish were spotted mating in the shallows and they provided good entertainment for the breakfast discussion. Third and fourth dive were also almost totally by ourselves with very few divers from other boats which made the guests extremely happy on top of all the lovely life underwater they spotted and filmed. The discussion at dinner of how beautiful Richelieu is lasted a long time with lots of laughter and joy.
Friday 25th November 2016
We woke up to a nice sunrise on Tachai with just one other boat which chose to go on a different site and leave us by ourselves on the pinnacle. We could see the rock from the boat on the surface so were very optimistic with clear waters for our morning dive. We spotted a few Moray Eels swimming along the pinnacle looking for breakfast and a large school of Barracuda came next to the mooring line for a good photo shoot as we were ascending to our safety stop on the line.
Saturday 26th November 2016
It was time to say goodbye. We had a great week and hope to see everyone again.