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Log Date: Sunday, Dec 04, 2016
Entry By: Rock Islands Aggressor Crew









 




water temp: 80
air temp: 84
vis: great

Sunday afternoon we welcomed on board 1 guest from Germany. After a quick introduction to her cabin, she set up her dive gear, got checked in, and headed upstairs for dinner prepared by our chef. After dinner we stayed up talking for a while and soon off to bed.

 

Early Monday morning We picked up our 5 guests from Spain on the early flight. We brought them on board showed them to their cabins and off to bed. Later we woke up to breakfast and soon after we went over the Vessel Orientation and Safety Briefing as the big boat started heading towards Ulong for our first day of diving. After the first briefing we had a quick break and then covered the general dive briefing, went down stairs our 5 Spanish guests set up dive gear, got checked in and went out for our first dive at Ulong Coral Garden. We started the dive from the furthest mooring from the mouth of the channel and explored along the wall. We saw a lot of sharks, and they must be mating now as well, the females have bite marks in their sides. We left the wall and entered the coral garden finding the giant clam and the large school of jacks. After lunch our second dive was at Siaes Tunnel. We entered the water and descended down to the entrance of the tunnel at 90 feet. We spent some time exploring the sides of the tunnel and found the decorated dart fish in the sandy bottom as well as a bunch of the notodoris sp nudibranchs. We exited and swam along the wall seeing a couple of sharks in the blue and lots of anthias on the top of the reef as we did our safety stop. Before our next dive we covered our last briefing on how to use reef hooks and our third dive was at Siaes Corner. We started from the above the coral garden and drifted down the coral garden to the hook in area, hooked in and watched the show. We saw sharks, barracuda; we then unhooked and explored the top of the plateau finding a turtle, and lots of tropical fish. Back at the big boat dinner was soon ready and after everyone was off to bed.

 

Tuesday morning our first dive was at the Famous Ulong Channel. We started the dive from the moorings outside of the mouth, descended down to the beautiful coral garden and slowly drifted along the wall to the mouth of the channel to hook in. We sat back and watched the show with all the sharks and schools of fish. After awhile we unhooked and drifted down the channel. We saw the big patch of lettuce coral and ended the dive at the giant clams. For our second dive and last dive in Ulong we headed out to Sandy Paradise. We entered the water and descended down along the coral garden. We saw some beautiful anemones and a couple of guests were cleaned by cleaning wrasse. We spotted two leaf scorpion fish and four mantis shrimp around the rock out cropping with all the glassy eyed sweepers. We also saw a couple of sharks in the blue following a school of reef jacks and scads. During lunch the big boat moved over to the German Channel area and our third dive was at the famous Blue Corner. We checked the current and it was a light outgoing to start off. We entered the water and swam along the wall to the hook in area. We had a bunch of sharks in the blue and saw some of the female sharks were also all bit up from mating. Then the current switched and we crossed over the plateau to the other side and hooked in again. We staed for a while and saw more sharks, then unhooked to start our ascent. Our fourth dive was at Dexter’s wall. We started the dive with the wall on our left and drifted along for awhile. We saw several anemones balled up feeding which made for some nice photos, then the current switched again and we turned around and went the other way. We did also see a couple of turtles. After dinner we headed out to Turtle Cove for the night dive. We started the dive from the mooring and descended down to the wall. This wall is so beautiful at night with all the orange and yellow cup coral that comes out to filter feed. We also spotted crabs, shrimp, basket star fish, and other macro life.

Wednesday morning our first dive was at German Channel. We started the dive from the Koror side of the channel, entered the water and descended along the slopping bottom to the red anemone. We stopped so the guests could take their photos, and then continued to the Koror side cleaning station. After a short wait we got some manta action, and also a feathertail ray in the sand off to the side of the cleaning station. The manta left so we headed across the channel to the Peleliu side cleaning station and 2 more mantas put on a show. After it was over we drifted into the channel to do our safety stop. For our second dive we went back to Blue Corner. We started the dive from the incoming side of the corner and drifted along the wall to the hook in area. We spotted several sharks in the blue and the big school of snappers. There was another group of divers in front of us so we hooked in at the shallower area with a lot of sharks. Once the other group left we hooked in again at the 60 foot area and enjoyed all the shark action. With the sharks mating it seems that they’re all hanging out at blue corner. In total we must have had 40 grey reef sharks in front of us. We then unhooked and found the three eagle rays flying in formation over the reef; we stayed with them for a while then started our safety stop. After lunch Blue Holes was our third dive. We entered the water and descended down one of the holes on top the reef into the large cavern. We spent some time taking photos of the guests with the ambient light streaming down from above. We saw the disco clams in their cracks along the side of the walls, then left the chamber and headed out along the wall towards Blue Corner. The current was nice and we made it all the way to Blue Corner. We had time to hook in and again had a lot of sharks at the hook in area in the current. We soon unhooked and saw the eagle rays before ascending to end our dive. Our fourth dive was at Turtle cove. We entered the water swam over to the hole on top the reef and descended down and into the small cavern. We saw a couple of disco clams and exited out along the wall. We spotted nudibranchs and a couple of turtles before making it to the corner. We then came up on top the reef and stopped and see all the marine life that hangs out there, jacks, rudder fish, and tropical fish and more, we then let the current push us up the other side of the corner to end the dive. Back at the big boat dinner was soon ready and after we went to Ngedebus Coral Garden for the night dive. We started from the mooring and went shallow water on our right. There were a lot of crinoids out filter feeding and crabs and shrimp as well.

 

On Thursday we fired up the engines bright and early and headed down to Peleliu, we secured the big boat in Camp Beck or aka South Dock and our first dive of the day was at Peleliu Corner. The current was incoming and it was light. We entered the water closer to the first hook in area because of the light current and slowly drifted along the wall all the way down to the corner. With the strong current not a lot of divers can say they actually have seen the tip of Peleliu Corner. We spotted several sharks along the way and green sea turtles on top the edge of the reef. We went as far as we could up the outgoing side of the corner until the current pushed us off into the blue. After the dive the 5 Spanish guys decided to go on the WWII Peleliu land tour. They will miss the second dive but see the sights of one of the bloodiest battles of WWII. The one reaming guest went to West Wall for dive two. The current was incoming and it still was light. We started the dive from above the red anemones and drifted along the wall finding nudibranchs, beautiful yellow soft corals and saw some sharks in the blue. When the guys returned from the land tour we served lunch and dive three was at Orange Beach Coral Garden. We descended down along the slopping coral garden. The current was outgoing and we drifted along the seeing anemones, turtles and WWII artifacts like bombs and bullets. Right before dive four, the big boat pulled anchor and we dropped the skiff for the dive so both the big boat and skiff could leave south dock at the same time. Dive four was at Barracks point. We entered the water along the wall and let the light current push us along and into the slopping coral garden. We saw a couple big groups of unicorn fish, turtles and giant clams. After the dive, the skiff chased down the big boat, and after dinner our last night dive of the charter was at Big Drop Off. We started the dive close to the mooring and headed along the wall seeing the ball and chain, some groupers out hunting in the divers’ lights and more macro life.

 

Friday morning we started the day with one last dive at Blue Corner. The current was outgoing and we started from the far mooring. We drifted along the wall and hooked in for about 25 minutes. The was again great shark action in the blue and made for a great show, but again the current switched, so we kicked across the plateau to the other side seeing again the eagle rays and hooked in on the incoming side of the corner. We had the school of jacks on this side and some sharks that followed us from the other side. Another great dive. For dive two we went to New Drop Off. Now the current was outgoing and we hooked in around the large cut in the reef. There were only three sharks here so we unhooked to explore the plateau. We found the resident green sea turtles and school of blue lined snapper. After lunch, for dive three, we returned to German Channel. We started the dive from the Peleliu side of the channel, entered the water and swam along the slopping bottom to the Peleliu side cleaning station as we got closer we could see three mantas getting cleaned, two regular mantas and one of the pelagic all black manta. They didn’t stay to long, thinking they were heading to the Koror side cleaning station we followed them across the channel but no luck. We didn’t see them again. The current had now switched to outgoing so we headed out the mouth of the channel on the Koror side seeing the red anemone and a crocodile fish before we surfaced. Our fourth dive was at Barnums Wall. We started the dive above the wall and entered the coral garden. We saw some anemones, nudibranchs, and a couple of turtles. When we arrived to the big boat it started heading back to Malakal Harbor and dinner was soon ready. We sat down to a great final supper of steak, veggies, shrimp, and salad. After, we gathered around the TV to watch our video of the charter by our video pro Jim.

 

Saturday morning, back in Malakal Harbor, our first dive was at The Iro. We descended down the mooring ling to the bow of the wreck saw the bow gun and swam along the deck of the wreck to the stern and circled up the last king post to see the colony of tomato anemone fish. We then swam across the wreck in the shallows. The visibility was not the best so we stayed close to the deck of the wreck for most of the dive. For our last dive of the charter we headed out to Chandelier Cave. All the divers surfaced in the four air chambers saw the stalactites and crystal formations. Then on the outside of the cave we saw the mandarin fish. Back at the big boat the guests broke down their gear, washed it and hung it upstairs to dry. Lunch was soon ready and after settling the bills the guests enjoyed their free time. At 6pm we gathered in the salon for the beer and wine party while our photo pro showed his slideshow of all the images he took during the charter and all the guests received a CD of all those images to take home with them. After the party, the guests went into town for dinner at one of the local restaurants then back out to the boat for the night.

 

Sunday morning the guests were able to sleep in a while and at 7am we had a continental breakfast and at 8am we took them ashore to be transferred to their hotels to spend at least one more day in Palau. We would like to thank everyone for joining us this week on board the Rock Islands Aggressor. Hope to see you all again soon, until then safe diving…

 

-Rock Islands Aggressor Crew