Palau Aggressor Charter July 16-23, 2017
Water Temp: 80-85 deg F
Air Temp: 85-90 deg F
Crew: Scott, Shea, Hector, Ernan, Editha, Dustin and Joe
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 Editha. Afterwards it was then time to get to bed. You need to be well rested before beginning a wonderful week of diving in Palau!
Having made our way to the reef on early Monday morning, the guests awoke with a new view of German Channel. After breakfast we did our check out dive on Barnums Wall, a beautiful slopping coral garden with turtles, schools of fusiliers, and if you’re lucky a Leopard shark. Our second dive for the day was at German Channel itself and we were lucky to spot large reef Manta being clean at the cleaning station. After lunch we dove at Turtle Cove and Ferns Wall.
Tuesday morning we started up the Palau Aggressor 2 early and headed down to Peleliu Island. With the Palau Aggressor safely at anchor we headed out for a dive at Purple beach then Barracks point where the current was ripping. After lunch we went to Orange Beach, more Clown Trigger fish, Moorish Idols, and buried in the corals, some .50 Caliber rounds, and Mortar and Artillery shells. We did an afternoon dive at North Barracks point and found some turtles. Then we did a night dive at Alexis coral garden.
Wednesday’s first dive was at the World famous Blue Corner. 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! For our second dive we went to Blue Holes, descending down through one of four sinkholes in the reef top into a large cavern below. Checking out the Disco Clam and then heading out along the wall. Then it was New Drop Off, after watching the shark show at the hook in site, we explored the Plateau and found several Turtles, which are so used to divers they usually stay put and pose for photos. Afterwards we did Big drop off and found some cool nudis and big sea fans. We went back to Blue corner by popular demand on Thursday morning then to canyons then back to blue corner again because the diving was so good. Then for our fourth, we made our way back to German channel to spot some manta rays.
Friday was special because we were able to head out and watch the Bump head Parrot fish spawn by the thousands. Next was Sandy Paradise and found some Leaf Scorpion fish and some Mantis Shrimp. Dive four was at Ulong Channel. We hooked in at the mouth of the channel, and hung out and watched the Sharks, Barracuda, Jacks and more. After we unhooked we drifted gently down the channel and spotted some interesting macro life like a beautiful tiny Flabelina Nudibranch. Afterwards we dove Ulong coral garden to check out the macro life.
Kicking Saturday off with a nice wreck dive called the Chuyo Maru, was a good way to wake up on Saturday morning, then after a quick break we loaded the skiff back up and the guests were shuttled over to Chandelier Caves. A small cave with three air pockets inside allows the guest to dive down into the dark but then surface every few minutes to take photos of the beautiful stalactites that hang from the ceiling. After exiting the cave we had a bit of time to explore the area just underneath the skiff. Mandarin Fish swim around in the coral rubble and the Scorpion Devil Fish slowly trudges along the bottom. Not a bad way to end a week of diving and relaxing aboard the Palau Aggressor II. The guests were quite famished after the morning excursion 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 8 am 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!!