Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log November 26 – December 3, 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: Patrick
Guests: Kenny, Kathi, Lix, Patrick, Barry, Heather, Mike, Eva, Min, Nam ho, Gabriele, Gerhard, Byron, Torsten, Karlien, Olga.
Sunday – West of Eden, Anita’s Reef , Sharkfin Reef, Deep Six, Hideaway bay
Monday – Elephant Head rock, Elephant Head rock, 3Trees, North point, Turtle Rock
Tuesday – Christmas Point, Koh Bon West Ridge, Koh Bon x2, Koh Bon Bay
Wednesday – Koh Tachai Pinnacle 1 and 2, Richelieu Rock x2
Thursday - Richelieu Rock x4
Friday – Koh Tachai ,Koh Tachai
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, We all had our briefing and started chatting and getting to know one another.
Sunday 20th November 2016
We started the day by sailing North to West of Eden since there were boats moored up around island 4 planning to do their check out dive on Anita’s reef as were we. This worked out really well as we were the only boat on the site. There wasn’t any current worth mentioning and the guests were very happy with our decision. Likewise when we got to Anita’s reef for the second dive, we were the only boat there. Upon entering the shallows a Spotted Eagle ray came around for a great photo op. Third dive was at Shark Fin Reef where the visibility was really good and we saw two White Tip Reef Sharks, a Black Tip and a Bumphead Parrotfish! Fourth dive was at Deep Six where the good visibility continued and the guests really enjoyed the several swim throughs and the two Porcelain Crabs on an anemone. Night dive was at Hideaway Bay where there were many shrimps and two octopuses were spotted.
Monday 21st November 2016
Morning dive was at Elephant Head Rock with very good visibility and no current. A great Barracuda was lurking in the shallows just behind a rock and a few nice Blue Dragons were crawling along the wall. The site was so good and conditions right so we decided to make another dive at the same place. That was also nice conditions. Third dive was Three Trees with lots of big groupers and jacks. Two Napoleon Wrasses and two turtles together spotted. Fourth dive was on North Point where the guests liked the channels a lot. They saw a sea snake in the shallows and many many Emperors looking for dinner. The night dive was in Turtle Rock where several lobsters were out in the open and a giant moray tried to eat a puffer fish without succeeding . That was the big talk on the boat once the guests got back. They also liked the several swim throughs at night a lot.
Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Christmas point was the first dive of the day with fairly clear waters and slight current. Red Fire Gobys in the sand made for good pictures and a Great Barracuda lurking in the shallows was nice. Second dive Koh Bon West Ridge, where 3 Napoleon Wrasse were swimming around on top of the ridge. Several Maldives Sponge snails were also on the wall. Third dive on Koh Bon North Ridge was practically without current with a fair bit of swell making for a nice swaying dive. A juvenile Night Snapper was waiting for us midwater and a large school of Milk Fish were lurking at 20m. Fourth dive started off in Koh Bon Bay and followed on towards North Reef in the shallows. Surprisingly many Maldives Sponge Snails were along the wall and a Devil Scorpionfish was hiding under a coral head. A few octopuses were also spotted and a Zebra Moray right upon entry. The night dive was in Koh Bon Bay
Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Koh Tachai Pinnacle started the morning off with excellent conditions. We made our way over to the second pinnacle where we saw a few free swimming Moray Eels and a Banded Sea Snake. Blue fin Trevallies were in around the pinnacle looking for breakfast. The second dive was also on the pinnacle where an octopus was sat right on top of a coral bommie on display. After that we headed North to Richelieu Rock which was just ablaze with all different kinds of sea life. Very big Cuttlefish were mating in the shallows and 2 enormous Barracuda were lurking inside the horseshoe. Hundreds of Jacks and Trevallies were on the outer part of the rock darting in to feed on the thousands of Glassfish covering the rock.
Thursday 24th November 2016.
Today was Richelieu Rock day!! We had 4 amazing dives on the site looking at the thousands of fish seeking protection from the rock and the hundreds of pelagic hunters coming in to feed. The Northern part of the rock where the current split was just one big feeding frenzy with hundreds of tuna, Jacks and Trevallies wizzing about trying to catch some food. A large school of Pickhandle barracuda were also lurking about waiting for something to swim by. Three Cuttlefish were in their mating routine and pretty oblivious to the dive groups watching them. A Napoleon Wrasse also showed up. Tens of Nudibranchs along the wall and dozens of Durban Dancing shrimps and Banded Boxer shrimps in the cracks were also very nice.
Friday 25th November 2016
We spent the last day diving on Koh Tachai. A huge school of Barracuda were on the Western side and the top of the pinnacle was covered in nudibranchs apparently in mating. A few Giant Morays were sticking their heads out of coral heads and several Batfish came to have a look at the divers on our safety stop.
Saturday 26th November 2015
Some of our guests had an early departure so they were off at 5 AM. The rest woke up at normal time and we all said our farewells after a nice full breakfast. The talk of the morning was still the amazing dives we had at Richelieu Rock and what a nice trip we all had.