Palau Aggressor Charter Oct-22nd -29th , 2017
Water Temp: 80-85 deg F
Air Temp: 85-90 deg F
Crew: Dan, Ronnie, Herence, Dustin, Hector, Ernan, and Joe
On Sunday we welcomed aboard 18 divers from around the World. The crew helped to set up the guests dive gear, and make sure everything was ready. We then gave a orientation to the vessel and safety briefing, before sitting down to our first fine meal prepared by Chef Ronnie. After dinner we made some final preparations and then hit the sack to get a good night’s rest, ready for the week ahead.
Monday, 23rd October. Wind 10-15knts NW. We did our “check out” dive on the Helmet wreck, a Japanese cargo ship that was sunk in WWII during the Desecrate One operation. Decent Vis, and we found some Crocodile fish, twin spot gobies, and some Sake bottles and other artifacts from the period. At 1030 we did a second wreck, The Iro, another casualty of the war. Tomato anemones cover the stern king posts, and a bunch of Squid around the mooring line made for some nice photos. We had finished lunch and the Palau Aggressor was now moored at German channel. Our third dive was Big Drop Off then it was the famous German channel for some manta ray action, we saw Camy and Chuck at the cleaning station.
On Tuesday we had strong winds from the NW which unfortunately meant we chose to dive the protected side of the reef, with another dive at German Channel and then German Wall. After lunch the wind eased enough with the tide in the same direction that we were able to make a dash to the famous Blue Corner for our first hook in dive of the week. Plenty of Sharks on the corner made for an exciting dive.
Wednesday morning we started up the Palau Aggressor 2 early and headed out to Ngerechong Island and did some dives on its fringing reef, we saw several Sharks, an Eagle Ray and some Cuttlefish, along with some Turtles and Nudibranchs. In the afternoon we moved up to Wonder Channel, as the weather deteriorated, and spent the night in the calm 360 degree protection of the Rock Islands.
On Thursday we did another wreck dive on the Choyu Maru another WWII freighter, the second dive was at Lighthouse channel, which was surprisingly little current allowing us to explore the Buoy 6 wreck finding all sorts of macro life, plus Turtles and while gently drifting down the channel a Manta Ray cruised past! In the afternoon we went to Chandelier cave to check the stalactite and crystal formations, and then we gather at the front of the cave to watch the Mandarin fish do their mating thing! Our Night dive was spent on the Hafa A dai Wreck, a communication vessel from Guam that sunk in a typhoon.
On Friday we went to Ulong for some great diving at Ulong Channel, Siaes Tunnel with decorated and Helfrich’s dart fish, hundreds of Sharks at Siaes Corner and some Leaf Scorpion fish, Mantis Shrimp and Disco Clams at Sandy Paradise.
On Saturday we moved back to German Channel and with the wind significantly calmer we were able to dive Blue Holes and Blue Corner for some amazing Shark and Napoleon Wrasse action. During lunch we headed back to Malakal Harbor to resupply for the following week. After an afternoon of free time we had a cocktail party in the Salon followed by dinner on shore at one of Palau’s fine restaurants.
After breakfast on Sunday we said our farewells as the guests departed for their various hotels, and onward journeys. We have had a good week of sightings with Mantas and heaps of Sharks, and everyone had a good time despite the weather. We wish everyone safe travels and hope to see ya’ll again soon on the Palau Aggressor II. Keep blowing Bubbles!