Palau Aggressor Charter June 4th- 11th 2017
Water Temp: 80-85 deg F
Air Temp: 85-90 deg F
Crew: Dan, Shea, Scott, Editha, Hector, Ernan, and Joe
On Sunday afternoon we welcomed a group of 15 divers from Florida onboard the Palau Aggressor. We helped them set up their dive gear and then showed them to their cabins, which would be home for the next week. We then called them into the lounge for a quick safety briefing from the Captain, and a delicious supper prepared and served by Shea and Editha. After final gear preparations were done the guests turned in for the night, to get some rest before our week of diving begins.
We started out on Monday morning with a check out dive on the wreck of a “Jake” sea plane. Once used for aerial reconnaissance this Jake now sits in a coral garden in about 50ft of water making it idea to dust off any cobwebs, and presents a unique photography opportunity to boot. During Lunch we motored down towards Ulong Island and after lunch we sunk our teeth into Ulong Coral Garden and then Sandy Paradise. Leaf Scorpion fish and Mantis shrimp are on the dive card here!
Tuesday was an early start as we had wanted to go see something special; as it was three days before the Full Moon, the Red Snapper aggregate at a particular dive site for a spectacular spawning event. I was a challenging dive as there was some strong current to deal with, but totally worth it as we saw thousands of Snappers schooling together, some divers even think they saw a Bull Shark in the distance, waiting for some easy pickings of “loved up” Snapper! After all the swimming we welcomed a hearty breakfast and then went diving at Siaes Tunnel, which is a good spot for some rare macro critters. We had a good drift down Ulong channel after lunch and then made our way to German Channel to look for Mantas. We did see one from the boat, but unfortunately not on the dive site.
In the gentle swells on Wednesday morning we motored down to Peleliu. With the Palau Aggressor safely at anchor inside the Island, we headed out for our first dive on Purple Wall which is covered in huge sea fans, and a place to see lots of obliging Turtles. The group went on the Peleliu land tour after dive one, to take in some of the islands rich history and learn about the very costly battle fought here in WWII. We saw lots more Turtles at Orange Beach after Lunch and some Giant Clams at Barracks Point on dive four. The night dive at German coral garden produced a crocodile fish and some large Nudibranchs.
On Thursday we went to the World famous Blue Corner for some Shark, Turtle, and Barracuda action, and then to Blue Holes which has some interesting things like Disco Clams to find. After lunch we went to Big Drop Off found a “nest” of sleeping white tips, and then to Turtle Cove for a very beautiful dive with rich sea fans schooling Anthias and Basslets.
We went back to Blue Corner on Friday morning and along with more sharks found the resident Eagle Rays that live there. New Drop Off was our second dive with some more Turtles, and schooling Blue lined Snappers. We finished of the day with a dive at German Channel, saw some Cuttlefish and had a fun drift passed some huge coral formations, and more Giant clams. After Dinner we watched Ernans movie of the week and recapped all the fun things we saw during the trip.
Our last dive of the charter was at Chandelier caves which comprises of a series of air chambers running back into the rock islands. Surfacing inside the air pockets divers can take out their regs and breathe while checking out the stalactites and crystals. Out the front of the caves is a good spot to see Mandarin fish darting around the coral rubble. After returning from the caves the guests boarded the skiff and went on a fun tour around the Rock Islands with Joe and Ernan.
Saturday night we gathered in the Salon to watch the Photo slide show and have a few drinks to celebrate another wonderful week of diving onboard the Palau Aggressor 2, before going out to dinner in one of Koror’s fine restaurants.
. Great food, great company and great diving. Hope to see you all again soon!