Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log 18-25 November 2017
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 28c
* Visibility 20m
Cruise Director: Clive
Deck hand: Rong
Deck Hand: Bank
Video Pro: Ashley
Deborah, Brett, Guillamme , Lisa, Deborah, Dianne, Mark, Kevin, Tommy, Paul, Bob, Nancy, Rita, Stuart, Elizabeth, Connie
Sunday – Zodiac, Boulder city, Shark fin reef, Anita’s Reef, Zodiac
Monday- Elephant Head, West of Eden, Elephant Head, Deep Six, Hideaway Bay
Tuesday- Christmas point, 3 Trees, North Point, Koh Bon x2.
Wednesday– Tachai West, Tachai Pinnacle x 3
Thursday : Richelieu Rock x4
Friday – Koh Bon north, Koh Bon west
It’s 5:00pm and guests arrive to Thaplamu Pier to be greeted by our smiling, friendly crew. They board the vessel via dinghy and settle in to their tidy, air conditioned rooms before setting up dive gear, then gather in the main lounge for the briefing. Welcome aboard the Thailand Aggressor!
With an early wake up of 6:00am, guests have time to enjoy a hot coffee and light breakfast before the safety briefing. We then gear up for our first dive and jump in at Zodiac, a dive site consisting of manmade statues and artificial reefs built in honor of the 2004 tsunami. We are very happy with the clear visibility and tropical blue color of the water. Next we head to Boulder City, a deep dive where we find a sleeping leopard shark resting peacefully on the sandy bottom. After lunch and a siesta we move to the nearby site called Sharkfin Reef, and enjoy a beautiful drift dive involving many unicorn and surgeon fish, as well as a juvenile emperor angelfish and a peacock mantis shrimp. After our final afternoon dive at Anita’s Reef, guests have built up quite an appetite and are happy to see that the Chef has prepared a delicious dinner of chicken parmesan on pesto pasta. Five tireless divers venture out for the fifth and final dive of the day, a night dive at Anita’s Reef, then we are off to bed for another big day tomorrow.
Elephant Head, the biggest pinnacle of the Similans, is formed by a pile of huge boulders which fit together to form several elaborate, exciting swim throughs. This morning we had a record breaking number of special finds including octopus, two ribbon eels, a pygmy pipehorse, and two cuttlefish. Getting back into the dinghy after the dive, the ‘Whaleshark’ group agreed that the only thing we could have asked for was more bottom time! Next we head to Island 7 for a dive at West of Eden to see our resident spearing mantis shrimp and also spot a green sea turtle. As par request, we head over back to Elephant Head for another dive after lunch, which once again does not disappoint. Our final afternoon dive is at Deep Six which consists of a few short, but very colorful swim through framed by gorgonian sea fans and filled with harlequin and oriental sweet lips. We finish the even with another nice night dive and return to the boat for hot coco and Kahlua before retiring to bed≥
We had moored the night at islands five and six, we started the engines and headed north to island number nine, we decided on Christmas point, it was an awesome dive with the current running north, we saw a large napoleon wrasse that visited us twice. We had a good show from a large school of fusileers and also some giant trevally. Our second dive was to be at The Three trees the viz was great and our photographers got some great pictures of the huge barrel sponge that’s at 25m, we also saw a school of Batfish. For our final dive in the south Similans we dropped in to north point we found a few morays and an octopus feeding. We upped anchor and headed north east to one of our favorite dive sites Koh Bon the ridge was teaming with fish and we saw an amazing 4 octopus and a cuttlefish. We had a very nice dinner of fresh fish with sweet potato, Our avid night divers headed to the bay and saw morays and some lionfish out hunting.
We woke up at the beautiful island of Koh Tachai the currents were medium strong and our guests elected to dive at the sheltered reef it was a cool drift dive with many reef fish being sighted including unicorn fish and many parrot fish, our next dive some of our guests elected to dive at the reef and some headed for the pinnacle there was some current but it bought in lots of fish including a school of barracuda and some snapper. The current let up a bit and we descended on the pinnacle this bought in so many fish the very top of the pinnacle was alive with fusileers, we also had some curious bat fish visit us on the line. We did a big loop around the pinnacle and saw many fish looking very nervous with the barracuda schooling at the surface. We stayed at the mooring as our guests wanted to revisit the pinnacle, this time visiting the 2nd pinnacle close to the island the pinnacle is covered in soft coral and seafans. The school of barracuda were never that far away and we saw lots of oriental sweetlips.
Our favorite day today, all day at Richelieu Rock, and what a great day we had the viz was great at around 80ft we started as always at the north side and visited our resident Thorny sea horse then we shallowed up towards the main pinnacle and saw cuttle fish and octopus on route for our second dive we headed for the south side and again saw octopus, what a great trip we have had with these critters, there was large schoo;s of snapper and trevally out harassing the glass fish on the reef. Our third dive was in the center of the horseshoe shaped rock and we saw all types of moray and also many different species of shrimp, our last dive at this great site would be a drift hoping for some hunting action and we were not disappointed with the trevally and snappers hunting on glass fish we also had more encounters with octopus and cuttlefish. After the dive we had a dinner of pork steak and asparagus and we all chatted about our encounters at this awesome site before heading to bed.
Friday – Our last days diving of this trip would be around the island of koh bon we have just 2 dives today and for the first we went to the north ridge and headed to the west we saw a sea snake upon entry and many scorpion fish on one of the larger coral heads here. Our second dive we would be on the inside of the bay along this healthy stone coral reef we saw a moray out free swimming and of course our small population of maldevian sponge snails moving around the reef. Sadly no manta rays turned up but its still a bit early in the season for these magnificent animals. After the dive our staff took care of our guests equipment and we had a leisurely cruise back to our home port to be followed by our legendary BBq and an evening chatting about the highlights of the trip.
Wow that week went fast and what a great group, we had many laughs a giggles this week with some really fun guests, most of our guests headed south and onward to their next destination some were heading up to Myanmar and for some it was sadly the end to their diving experience in the Andaman sea, we said our farewells and wished our guests safe travels…