Palau Aggressor Charter February 12-19 2017
Water Temp: 80-85 deg F
Air Temp: 85-90 deg F
Crew: Dan, Shea, Hector, Herence, Steve and Ripon
On Sunday afternoon we welcomed onboard our new dive buddies from around the World. Once they were checked in, and helped to set up their gear, the guests were given a safety briefing from the Captain followed by a delicious dinner, prepared and served by Shea and Herence. Afterwards it was then time to get to bed. You need to be well rested before beginning a wonderful week of diving in Palau!
After a good nights sleep, we began our day with a check out dive on the Hafa A’ Dai wreck, a small communication vessel that sank in a storm, which is now home to Nudibranchs, Yellow Box fish, Giant Clams, and Long Nose Hawk fish. Due to some pretty horrible weather we decided to spend the rest of the day exploring some of the many WWII wrecks scattered around the Harbor in Koror. Next stop was the Choyu Maru, followed by the Helmet wreck. Having not been salvaged after the war, due to a late discovery, the wreck is still home to many artifacts from the time she sank, making it an interesting dive of discovery and history. She also now plays host to a great number of critters, all to be found by the exploring macro photographer. Saw-Blade Shrimp, Xeno Crabs, and Crocodile Fish are among what can be seen by those with a keen eye. Our final dive of the day was at the very different and interesting Chandelier Caves, which is a series of three air chambers heading into the island, where divers can surface and check out the Stalactite formations, before heading to the exit to hunt for the colorful but very shy Mandarin fish.
The wind had blown itself out by morning and so we wasted no time heading down to the reef. No sooner had we arrived we set out for a dive at Barnums wall. After lunch we did our first ‘hook in’ dive of the week at New Drop Off, checking out the Sharks, ‘Cuda and blue stripe snappers. We then went and looked for Mantas at German Channel. After a little wait at the cleaning station our patience paid off, and we were blessed with a visit from a large female, Princess. We then swam over to the other cleaning station and on the way saw a juvenile Manta and another large adult. Our night dive was at German Channel, were some of the divers gave the black lights a try. Using the special lights and mask filters we were able to find several Mantis Shrimp, which would have been very hard to find otherwise.
On Wednesday Morning we found ourselves at Blue Corner, before breakfast and had a good display from the Grey Reef Sharks at the hook in, and the checked out the three Eagle Rays back on the Plateau. Turtle cove, after breakfast, found a few Turtles, Octopus and Moray Eels. We made the most of the last late afternoon incoming tide, by heading back to German Channel, the best time to dive it, to look for more Mantas. We were again fortunate to see some of these beautiful creatures, four, this time! Princess was back again, along with what appeared to be another very pregnant female.
First thing on Thursday we did a great dive Blue Corner to get the blood flowing, followed a hearty breakfast. Sharks, Barracuda, Jacks, Napoleon Wrasse , Eagle rays, and so much more, easy to understand why this dive site has the reputation it does as it never disappoints. In the afternoon we did Big Drop Off and after lunch, we went to Blue Holes and saw some Disco Clams buried in the side of the Cavern. And Ferns Wall were we found some more Turtles.
Having made our way over to Ulong Island in the night we awoke on Friday with a new view from the boat. The days diving began with an exhilarating drift along Ulong Channel which ends with a spectacular patch of Lettuce Coral and some Giant Clams. We then went to Siaes Tunnel to try and find some of the rare critters that call it home, including Frog Fish, Pygmy Seahorses and Decorated Dart Fish.
Saturday morning was bright and sunny, and we decided to make the most of the good weather with a trip out to the Milky Way, where everyone’s inner child comes out; jumping, splashing and getting covered in the soft clay like sand. Then a scenic trip through the Rock Islands with Steve, allowed for photo opportunities at the famous rock arch. The guests were quite famished after the morning excursions and were presented with a delicious lunch to fuel back up before heading to town for a few hours of exploring. Just after six o’clock the guests turned up in the salon and sat down for a drink with the crew. We all exchanged stories from the week and enjoyed a slideshow put together by the photo pro. After about an hour the guests were on their way to town for an evening of dinner and dancing off the boat.
Sunday morning at eight o’clock. Some of the guests will be returning home while others will continue their travels throughout the Pacific. Either way we wish everyone a safe trip and we cannot wait until you return to dive with us again. Thanks for the great week!!