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Log Date: Sunday, Feb 19, 2017
Entry By: Rock Islands Aggressor Crew









 



Sunday afternoon we welcomed aboard 15 guests from all around the world. We started with a quick introduction to the staterooms and then on the dive deck, everyone set up their dive gear. Once we checked certification cards and checked in we headed up stairs to cover the vessel safety briefing and soon after we have dinner prepared by our Chef Ronnie. After dinner guests sat down in front of television set and watched Living Eden, a movie about Palau and what to expect diving here.

  

   Monday morning after breakfast, we gathered around the TV in the salon for the general dive briefing before heading off on our first dive at the Helmet Wreck. This wreck sits right side up in the harbor. She was found in 1988, so she was not salvaged after the war and still has a lot of artifacts on her. We descended down the mooring line and onto the wreck. We went all the way down to the bow of the wreck, saw the helmets and depth charges and other artifacts. For dive number two we headed to the wreck of The Iro. We start the dive at the mooring and descended to the bow of the wreck. Check the big gun and drop down to first cargo hold to check some artifact left from WWII. Then we come up on top of the wreck and head down to the stern part of the wreck checking and passing big structure like king post, bridge and another big gun at the stern. After we slowly circle the king post what we called TRIPOD and on top of that we saw giant clams and lots of tomato anemone with anemone fish. After we swim back to the mooring to end the dive. During lunch the Rock Islands Aggressor motor down to Ulong Island. And after lunch we cover the briefing for reef hook. Third dive we head out to do our first open water dive and go to Siaes Corner. We tied to a mooring and do our entry and go wall on our right. The soft coral were feeding so they are all out makes the wall beautiful. We approach at the hook in area and hooked in as we were hooked in we saw school of black snapper and sharks swimming in front of us. We unhook after and explore the coral garden behind us to end the dive. Fourth dive we went to Sandy Paradise. Did our entry at the mooring and head down to check the cleaning station. Continue along shallow on our right we did stop at one rock out cropping with hundreds of glassy eye sweeper and on that rock we saw three leaf scorpion fish. Continue along and we so bunch of sharks and barracudas to end the dive at the coral garden. Returned to the big boat and rinse our self and have dinner.    

 

     Tuesday morning we start the day diving at Siaes Tunnel. We start at the mooring and drop down to the entrance of the tunnel. Inside the tunnel we saw bunch of rare fish that can only be found in the deep. We saw decorated dart fish, Pygmy blue back angel fish and black and white butterfly fish. So couple of nudibranch too and after exploring the tunnel we head out to the exit and put the wall on our right. Slowly make our way to shallow water we end the dive at the edge of the drop off with lots of tropical fish to see. Second dive we went to famous Ulong Channel. We start the dive at the mooring and once hit the water descended immediately because of the surface current. We bypass the wall and swim right at the mouth at the channel where we hooked in and watch the sharks and school of fusilier being chase by Trevally in front of us. Soon after hooking in we drifted inside the channel and enjoy a nice and easy ride with incoming current. While drifting we so several trigger nesting, the big patch of lettuce coral and two giant clams sitting side by side covered with soft coral to end the dive. We came back to the Big boat and have lunch while the boat is motoring down to turtle cove mooring. We arrived and secured the big boat and went to Turtle Cove for our third dive. We tie up to the mooring and start the dive swimming on surface to descend at the hole. The hole end to a small cavern. After exploring the cavern we go wall on the right. When we reach the corner we go on top of the plateau. On top we saw turtles, school of fish and more tropical fish and end the dive. Fourth dive we go to New Drop Off. Incoming current so we started wall on the right doing a mooring drop. Approaching the hook in area we ascended and hooked in at the right place. We saw fusiliers, triggers, pyramid butterfly fish, sharks and tuna. After we unhook and end the dive exploring the plateau. We come back to the big boat and have dinner and after the dinner we go back to Turtle cove. Beautiful wall at night covered with soft coral feeding. We saw marble ray, turtles, basket stars, nudibranch, shrimps and crabs.

     Wednesday morning our first dive was German Channel. We tied up to Peleliu mooring and drop down and head down to the cleaning station. We got lucky to see 7 different Manta coming back and forth. So we stay at the cleaning station for the whole entire dive. Dive two we went to Blue Holes. Started our entry at the mooring and swim to the entrance of the cavern on top of the reef. When we get inside we explore the caver, saw hermit crab and disco clam and start taking photos and videos with beautiful skylight coming down from four holes and then the big Great Barracuda appear. We swim outside the cavern after and put the wall on our right. Start seeing lots of marine life like turtle, barramundi, lots of sweet lips and more. Come back to the boat, have lunch and go with our next dive at famous Blue Corner. We started at the incoming side putting the wall on our right. Come up to shallow hook in area because there is already a group of divers ahead of us. We saw the three baby eagle ray swimming in formation with school of barracuda and in front of us sharks passing by. We unhook to move deeper hook in area and still see more sharks gliding at the edge of the drop off. We unhook and explore the plateau and does three minutes safety stop in the blue to end the dive. Come back to the big boat and have dinner and after we went to Big Drop Off. We start the dive wall on the right for like 20 minutes. So lots of critters on the wall like shrimp, nudibranch, slipper lobster, scorpion fish, eel and sharks and turtle free swimming to until the current switch on us during the dive so we turn around and end the dive for 45 minutes.

 

   Early Thursday Captain Ike drives the big boat to Peleliu. When we arrived at south dock we secured the boat and start our first dive at Peleliu corner. The current was incoming and we started the dive wall on the right. Before we reached the hook in area the current pick up. We hooked in for quite long time because of the strong current while sharks and school of fish swimming by then we finally let go and drifted to end the dive. After the dive 10 guests went on the Peleliu WWII land tour to explore the sights of one of the bloodiest battles of WWII. The remaining guests went Barrack’ Point on West wall. A beautiful wall covered with small yellow soft coral. Lots of critter on the wall, scorpion fish, flat worm, nudis and anemones and big fish in the blue like sharks and tuna. After lunch we dive Orange beach coral garden, another beautiful place with formation of mixed hard coral and soft coral. We started the dive shallow on the right. We saw artifacts like bullets, bomb and landing craft. Some of the guest we’re lucky to spot the ribbon eel which is rare here in Palau. Lots of turtles and nesting trigger fish to continue and end our dive at the shallow water looking for different variety of tropical fish. After the dive we come back to the boat and Captain Ike drive the big boat out of south dock and lower the skiff abeam Barrack’s Point to go for our fourth dive. Barrack’s Point this is one of the most beautiful coral gardens in Palau. This site is just covered with schools of tropical fish. We spotted turtles, a couple reef sharks and barracudas and several giant clams. While we were diving Capt. Ike motor up to German Channel Area. We come back to the boat and have dinner and after we dive German Channel for our night dive. Sloping bottom mixed up with sandy and coral garden areas. We saw nudis, shrimps and crabs and lots of lion fish.

 

     On Friday we did repeat dive at Blue Corner early in the morning. Start the dive at incoming side doing a live drop and put the wall on our right hand side. We come up to hook in at 45’ range or 13 meters. Enjoy the show with sharks and lots of fusilier in front of us. Suddenly the current switch so we unhook and swim across the plateau. As we swim across we saw school of jacks, fish known by the name DORY, baby eagle rays, mantis shrimp, turtles, anemones and more. But when we reach the outgoing side the current switch again so we turn around and head down to the tip of the corner and the diving gets more interesting. More school of fish along the way, more turtles, sharks, Napoleon wrasse and one Gigantic Dogtooth Tuna. As we go up to do safety stop some of the divers were lucky to stop School of chevron barracuda in the blue. For our second dive we dive Big drop off, we start the dive doing live drop putting the wall on our left hand side. Nice and slow current, perfect to stay slow and look for critters on the wall. On this dive we saw sea snake, anemones, nudis, turtles and 7 baby white tip shark resting inside the small cave. We swim away from the wall after the dive so the boat can pick us up because the wall is right next to an island called Ngemelis. We come back to the boat have lunch and after we went to Dexter’s wall for our third dive. We start the dive doing a live drop and swim wall on the right. Turtles , sharks, tuna in the blue and on the reef anemones, lobster, beautiful soft corals and sea fans and lots of tropical fish at the shallow water to end the dive. For fourth dive we come back to German Channel, this time we started in Koror side. Tied up to the mooring and start the dive shallow on the left. We swim all the way to the cleaning station and wait for the manta to get clean. Suddenly the black snapper start to feed up in the shallow so Captain Ike checked the blue water to see if the mantas are feeding. It was feeding so he swims back to the group at the cleaning station and asks the divers to follow him. And we swim to the blue in shallow water with 15 mantas feeding and end the dive. We come back to the big boat after the dive and have a wonderful dinner while the boat motoring to Ulong island again.

 

 

   We woke up Saturday morning with the big boat in the vicinity of Ulong island. Our first excursion was Sandy Paradise. We tied up to a mooring and start our dive. We go down to the cleaning station first and there are mantas already cleaning but did not stay long. We stop by at the rock outcropping with lots of sweeper and we saw 3 leaf scorpion fish and mantis shrimp. We saw school of bumphead parrot fish and suddenly they start to spawn so we swim in the blue and watch them until the end of the dive. For second dive we did a quick turn around and headed out to Chandelier Cave with 12 guests. 11 divers surfaced in all four air chambers to take photos of the stalactites and 1 diver decided to stay outside the cave and explore the coral garden. we found the mandarin fish, signal goby and razor fish. After an afternoon of cleaning, drying and packing scuba gear at 6pm we gathered in the salon for the cocktail party and watched a photo slideshow of the week and soon after all the guests headed off into town for dinner and pick them up at 9pm after.

 

     Sunday morning we said our goodbyes to our guests as they headed off to their hotels and excursions for today. We would like to thank everyone for joining us this week and hope to see you all again soon.

 

       -Rock Islands Aggressor Crew