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Log Date: Thursday, Nov 30, 2017
Entry By: Raja Ampat Aggressor Crew









 

Raja Ampat Aggressor Captain s log *30 November 2017

*Air Temp. 28 - 35 C   *Water Temp. 28 C - 30 C

 

CREW:

Captain: Ervanto

Chief Officer: Ismael

Cruise Director: Cassio

Chief Engineer: Daryanto

2nd Engineer: Zul

3rd Engineer: Rahmat

Chef: Jemly

Chef Assistant: Intan

Stewardess: Nocita

Stewardess: Maria

Dive master: Denny

Dive master: Jemy

Dive master: Hery

Tender Driver: Carly

Tender Driver: Ody

Deck hand: Jasman

 

DIVE SITES:

Fr: Two Trees Island, Baby Rock, Farondi Pinnacle, Wagmab Beach

Sa: Black Rock, Andiamo, Candy Store, Candy Store

Su: Magic Mountain, Boo Windows, Yillet Kecil, Romeo

Mo: Boo West, Tank Rock, Whale Rock, Whale Rock

Tu: Grouper Net, Plateau, Love Potion No.9

We: Melissa s Garden, Keruo Channel, Galaxy, Keruo Night

Th: Mayhem I, Manta Sandy, Sawandarek Jetty, Yanbuba Jetty

Fr: Cape Mansuar, Cape Kri, Sardine Reef, Mioskon

Sa: Blue Magic, Blue Magic

 

GUESTS: Ken, Annie, Jodi, Ian, Wendie, Andy, Harley, Bridget, Kevin, Jean, Diane, Francois, Didi, Terri, Mary

 

Thursday November 30th

At the scheduled time our guests arrived on board and we greeted by the enthusiastic crew. With a welcomed drink in hand, what followed was an introduction to their respective staterooms. Once each one got acquainted to their accommodation, the bell rang for an Indonesian menu lunch, served by Jemly, the chef, and his assistant, Intan. Following the meal a briefing regarding the vessel and its facilities were given.

Having the afternoon to rest and finish the preparation of dive equipment with help of Hery, Jemy and Denny, the divemasters, our divers still had time to enjoy the dusk among a cloudy sky. It happened as we started sailing towards Misool, the southern region of the archipelago of Raja Ampat and our destination for the first half of the trip.

As the night took over we gathered in the salon for an early dinner and it was followed by another briefing, this time explaining the diving logistics on board so all could have a glimpse of what to expect tomorrow. Respecting the long journey that our guests have been through to get to West Papua in Indonesia, this was the last activity of the day and most retired to their staterooms afterwards for rest.

 

Friday December 1st

With the first few rays of sun in the sky and with a flat ocean around us, we arrived in Sagof, south Raja Ampat. Our first dive, as usual, was a check dive, an opportunity for our divers to acquaint themselves comfortably with the diving from the vessel by adjusting their weight system and comfort with the equipment in use. The dive site chosen was the Two Trees Island, a large reef that besides diverse marine life, offers an interesting mix of landscape itself, including wall, slope and plateau where soft coral, gorgonians and hard corals are seen. It was also the first opportunity for our groups to see their first Wobbegong Shark and Bargibanti Pygmy Seahorse, species that, even though not endemic from this archipelago, are not seen in many dive locations around the world.

When all our guests returned from the dive, it was time for us to have a full breakfast, ordered earlier by the stewardesses Noci and Maria. After the meal they had some time to rest before the bell rang for the second dive briefing about the site Baby Rock, another location with diverse landscape but with specially abundant soft coral formations on the orange and purple colorations. More then five different species of anemones and anemonefish were seen, a cluster of Painted Spiny Lobsters, schooling Bumphead Parrotfish and batfish, and, towards the end of the dive in shallow waters, a considerable congregation of fusiliers closed what turned out to be a great dive, with gentle currents, which was the case for the whole day.

As the last group came back on board, it was time for our buffet-served lunch. The resting time after this meal was longer and mosts guests enjoyed the calm waters and breezy afternoon relaxing in the sun deck before it was time for the third dive. The dive site chosen for this one was Farondi Pinnacle, a seamount where usually considerable congregations of fish are seen. This time was not different, schooling fusiliers, snappers, jacks, surgeonfish and two species of barracudas (Pick-handle and Yellowtail) made up for most of the numbers. It was not all, though, as a few Tasseled Scorpionfish were also pointed out by the divemasters who managed to discover not only one, but three other Wobbegong Sharks. The visibility, as it has been for the previous dives as well, was around 15 meters/50 feet.

After the dive was finished, the anchor was lifted and the vessel moved towards the west, around the region of Wagmab, where we did our night dive in Wagmab Beach. The bell didn t ring, though, before our guests had time to enjoy a beautiful sunset along the sunrise accompanied by the bright moon, which is reaching its full phase. As it is usually the case in the night dives, the divemasters were focused on spotting critters and macro subjects, and they excelled! Some of the highlights included: Sponge Crab, Pygmy and Bobtail Squid and another Wobbegong Shark, this time laying in the open.

Once the last of our divers returned and had their showers, the bell rang for the menu-served, another one of our Indonesian meals! Once dessert was finished, a presentation regarding historical and cultural aspects of the archipelago of Raja Ampat and the region of West Papua Indonesian was shared, also mentioning its marine life uniqueness. This was the last activity for the day and most guests decided to rest afterwards. The boat sleeps in Wagmab tonight before we head southwest, towards Daram, during the night.

 

Saturday December 2nd

With the dawn of a new day, we arrived around Black Rock, our stop on the way to Daram. An early morning rain refresh us all and set the tone for the day, which turned out to be a mostly cloudy one. The dive site, which consists of two rocks that form a picturesque underwater landscape of sloping reefs that extend into two ridges in the northern and southern sides, offered an opportunity to our divers to gaze at plenty of schooling fish, like juvenile fusiliers, Chevron and Pick-handle Barracudas, Blue-lined and Spanish Flag Snappers and the active Orange-spotted and Blue Trevallys. Ascending into the shallow, densely covered plateau, some critters like anemone shrimps, Brown-banded Pipefish and a Reef Octopus were also seen.

When the last group returned, we moved the vessel further east towards our next stop, Andiamo. One of Misool s most fascinating dive sites, it offered one of our most fishy dives so far, where, along a deep ridge, schooling fusiliers, snappers, barracudas, jacks and the occasional Brown-marbled Groupers were seen. As the groups drifted along with a gentle current and arrived at Andiamo s shallow waters, the reef itself was a show where a wide variety of hard and soft coral species serve as home to species like damsel, parrot, butterfly and angelfish that blend with Bumphead Parrotfish, batfish and other schooling reef fish, like fusiliers. A great welcome dive in our visit to the region of Daram.

Following the longer rest before the afternoon dive, we visit the neighbor dive site of Candy Store and, with visibility of around 15-20 meters/50-66 feet (the case for all dives of the day) and gentle currents, the fish life impressed all of our divers, who returned with smiles from the water. Fusiliers, batfish, barracudas, Spanish Mackerel, Amber Jack, all congregating close to the reef providing a spectacle along Candy Store s coral covered wall. Macro subjects were also found, including the first two sights of the Denise Pygmy Seahorse, including the red color variation seen only in Raja Ampat and another island southern of the archipelago. A great dive!

The sunset went almost unnoticed among the cloudy sky and the night dive that followed was a repeat of Candy Store where our groups spend their time searching for critters along the site s rocky plateau. Cephalopods were in display, as at least three different octopuses were seen, besides Decorator Crab, Tasseled Scorpionfish and a few different nudibranchs, like the Jorunna Funebris.

When the last diver returned on board, our guests had some time to chat in the salon before the bell rang for our Italian dinner, when our guest Kevin was congratulated for completing his 100th dive along the day! The dessert, a delicious tiramisú, was followed by a presentation about the Epaulette Shark, also known as the walking shark, where some of its characteristics, habit, behavior and mating habits were mentioning. It was the last activity of the evening and most guests opted to rest afterwards. By this time we were close to our arrival around the island of Yillet, further south from Daram and where we ll spend the day tomorrow.

 

Sunday December 3rd

Our fourth day on board started with a bright sunny sky as we approached the island of Warakaraket, neighbor to one of Raja Ampat s most celebrated dive sites, the seamount called Magic Mountain and also known as Shadow Reef. Hosting an astonishing quantity and diversity of fish life, our divers had the opportunity to watch the action unfolds among a northern current that brought plenty of nutrients to the reef and the consequent spark to the feeding chain. Fusiliers, snappers, surgeon and rabbitfish were actively chased by Red Snappers, Brown-marbled Groupers, Giant Trevally and Grey Reef Sharks, while a few Napoleon Wrasse would visit a cleaning station at the top of the reef. As if it wasn t enough, schooling Big-Eye Jacks, Pick-handle Barracudas and batfish complemented the magic swimming among a vibrant and dense soft coral garden.

Slightly north, around the island of Boo, we visited another known site in the southern part of the archipelago: Boo Windows, named due to two holes in the main rock where the sun light penetrates and suitable wide-angle photography scenario. The currents slowed down and the visibility, of about 15 meters/50 feet, similar to the previous dive, as our groups drifted along the reef, reaching the split point where the water was teeming with life. Yellowtail Fusiliers and other smaller reef fishes were seen feeding on the nutrients suspense in the water column and dodging the insistent attacks of a group of Spanish Mackerels. Hovering below the action, three Grey Reef Sharks (including a pregnant female) also got the attention of all. The end of the dive was a gentle swim among a dense and diverse soft coral garden where macro subjects were pointed out by the divemasters, including nudibranchs, like the Banana Nudibranch, skeleton shrimps and more. As if it wasn t enough, a sleeping Green Turtle was also seen being cleaned by Moon Wrasses towards the end of the dive. Another great moment!

Back in the southern surroundings of Yillet, where we ll spend the night, we did our third dive, in Yillet Kecil (kecil being small in Indonesian), one of the most impressive xenia soft coral gardens of the archipelago. This was an excellent dive for critters and macro subjects and the divemasters excelled in spotting them. At least five Denise Pygmy Seahorses were seen (all of them in red color variation), nudibranchs, like the Flabellina, Peacock-tail Anemone Shrimp, flatworms and Orangutan Crab, among others. Towards the end of the dive, which happened with a gentle current and visibility in between 10-15 meters/33-50 feet, schooling Pick-handle and Crevron Barracudas were also seen.

The sun never left us during the day and sunset happened among the bucolic landscape of Misool and its lush green vegetation on top of limestone islets. As the dusk settled, the bell rang for the night dive, done in the neighbor rock of Romeo. It was a special night dive, due to the probability of spotting the endemic Raja Ampat Epaulette Shark, which all of our divers had the opportunity to see! It was not all, as other critters were also spotted, including Crocodile Flathead, Decorator Crab and a free-swimming Green Moray. A great end to another fantastic day of diving!

With everyone on board we gathered in the salon for dinner. After a delicious mango mousse served as dessert, a presentation about sharks, mentioning some of the general characteristics and behavioral traits of these fantastic predators, as well as threats to their existence due to overfishing, was shared. That was all for the evening and most guests headed to their staterooms to rest.

 

Monday December 4th

As a bright sunrise rose on the horizon, we arrived in the western side of the island of Boo, where our first dive happened, in Boo West. With a descending ridge surrounded by two steep slopes covered in immense sea fans and soft coral colonies, our divers initially drifted along the reef with a current while watching fusiliers and surgeonfish being chased by Orange-spotted Trevallys. In the northern corner of the reef, Blacktip and Grey Reef Sharks were also seen before the groups turned into the sheltered area of the site to look for critters, including Denise Pygmy Seahorse, nudibranchs, flatworms and pipefish, like the Brown-banded. The visibility, as it was for the whole day, was in between 10-15 meters/33-50 feet.

Our second dive was the first one in the famous group of island known as Fiabacet, considered by some Raja Ampat s most pristine soft coral gardens. The currents were still active when we dove Tank Rock, but due to the topography of this site, our groups could spend some time hooked and watching the fish action unfold on the side of the ridge where the currents were hitting. Nevertheless, most of the dive was spent in shallow waters where the coral garden itself, illuminated by the bright sun light, was a highlight. Among it, critters like Orangutan and Porcelain Crab, Bargibanti Pygmy Seahorse, nudibranchs and different species of blennies were pointed out by the divemasters.

During the lunch a shower came upon us for a brief half an hour before the sun took over again. After some rest, we started gearing up for our visit to Whale Rock, another dive site highlighted by its abundance of soft coral and fish life that inhabit this reef. The first half of the dive was a drift along the southern wall where Orange-spotted and Giant Trevallys were seen, as well as Grey Reef Sharks and all sorts of smaller reef fish, like anthias, damsel, parrot, angel and butterflyfish. The second half turned into a relaxing swim to gaze at the reef and the marine life that were on display. A couple of Hawksbill Turtles, both of them actively feeding on soft corals and algae, a Green Turtle being cleaned by cleaner fish and a group of Bumphead Parrotfish were some of the highlights of this pleasant dive overall!

With a refreshing breeze blowing from the west, most of our guests spent the dusk on the upper deck as the sun descended behind the island of Kalig, a gorgeous sight. What followed was the night dive, a repeat of Whale Rock, the most sheltered reef of the region where our divers could take their time looking for critters in the shallow. Some of the highlights included: Crocodile Flathead, Reef Octopus and a Pygmy Squid with two minuscule babies!

When the last ones returned on board, we all gathered in the salon for dinner. Hery, the divemasters, shared a presentation about Pygmy Seahorses after the meal, mentioning the species so far described in the world and detailing the ones most commonly seen in Indonesian waters. It was the last activity of the night and, as usual, the majority of our guests decided to rest afterwards. The boat sleeps in Fiabacet tonight.

 

Tuesday December 5th

The sun was barely breaking the horizon when the vessel arrived in the surroundings of Grouper Net, a seamount surrounded by four pinnacles, where we did the first dive of today... and it turned out to be a special one! During some periods of time of the year, this site hosts a considerable bait ball of silverside fish that serve as a banquet for hungry jacks, tunas and Mobula Rays. Even with visibility of about 10 meters/33 feet, we happened to have the luck to dive it and gaze at the feeding frenzy created by continuous strikes of Orange-spotted, Blue-fin and Giant Trevally, Amber Jack, Bonito Tuna and the graceful mobulas. It was not all, as towards the second half of the dive the divemasters used their sharp eyes to spot some critters along the coral and sponge filled walls, including Boxer Crab, pipefish and a black Giant Frogfish!

Back on board and with the vessel heading towards the region of Balbulol, in the north, our divers had some time to rest before starting the preparing for the second dive, done in Plateau. Due to the similar visibility and quantity of sediment suspended in the water column, the dive turned to be a great opportunity for critter hunting: Denise and Bargibanti Pygmy Seahorse, Reef Octopus, different species of nudibranchs and flatworms, Tasseled Scorpionfish and also a Wobbegong Shark were some of the highlights.

The third dive, our last in the southern part of Raja Ampat, was a relax swim through the marvelous soft coral garden of Love Potion No. 9, possibly one of the densest of the whole archipelago. Among the coral formations, nudibranchs, from the genus Tambja, Nembrotha and more, were pointed out, as well as Bargibanti Pygmy Seahorse, flatworms, Papuan Scorpionfish and Wire Coral Shrimp. Towards the end of the dive, where the reef itself becomes even denser and more impressive, two Hawksbill Turtles were also seen. A great way to finish our visit to the area of Misool before we start crossing towards Central Raja Ampat.

Sunset happened along calm seas as the journey continued and after it the bell rang for an earlier dinner. The meal was followed by a recap of our days in the area and a music show provided by the crew, lead by the deck hand Jasman, dinghy driver Ody and captain Ervanto. A relaxing way to finish the night, which also happened earlier than usual so our guests can recharge their energies for the second half of the trip that is ahead of us. Tomorrow we dive in around Fam and Peneimu.

 

Wednesday December 6th

Along with the sunrise and some rain, we arrived in our first stop in Central Raja Ampat, the region of Fam and Peneimu, where we spent the day. The first dive site visited was Melissa s Garden with its astonishing hard coral garden where plenty of small fish, like anthias, damsel, parrot, butterfly, angel and surgeonfish find home and wait for the currents to feed the reef with the drifting nutrients. The currents were a factor and the divemasters adjusted the dive plan in order for our guests to drift around the reef while also gazing at fusiliers, Spanish Mackerel, Pick-handle Barracudas and a few Blacktip Reef Sharks. As our groups ascended for the last part of the dive, the sun came out and brought more light to the reef while hovering on top of the coral reef.

Back on board and enjoying one of the brightest sunny day of the trip so far, we move the vessel towards the island of Keruo, where we did the second on its channel. It was a relaxing drift along a wall with a few stops for looking at critters like Denise and Bargibanti Pygmy Seahorse and also Mushroom Coral Pipefish. Besides that, passing along were fusiliers, Blacktip Reef Shark and a baby Hawksbill Turtle. One of the most special moments of this dive was saved for the last bit, when our divers swam above a beautiful coral garden brightened by the sun light, which was a reason for smiles and expressions of joy once all were at the surface.

The afternoon dive happened on the eastern side of Peneimu, on a ridge called Galaxy. The currents on this dive were relatively strong, so our groups had to work its way along the reef while stopping to look at macro subjects, which are plentiful on this site. Broadclub Cuttlefish, pipefish, Pygmy Seahorse, flatworms and nudibranchs were some of the sights. Following the dive our guests had the opportunity to go on a supervised tour to Peneimu s view point, enjoying the possibility to leave the boat and its machinery and also tour, in our dinghies, the lagoon formed among the small islets. A great moment of the trip!

With everyone back on board, we headed back to Keruo, where we dove its southern slope during the night. The dive though, didn t happen before all had the opportunity to enjoy the sunset, which tends to show vibrant red coloration and beauty on this region. Some of the highlights pointed out by the divemasters included Decorator Crab, Pygmy Squid, cuttlefish and a few different scorpionfish.

Both groups returned at the same time from the water and, after all had their warm showers we gathered in the salon for dinner. Once the dessert was finished, a presentation about Manta Rays, mentioning its characteristics, behavior and threats due to overfishing, was shared. It was the last activity of the night and the vast majority of the guests opted to rest afterwards while others stayed around for a bit working on their cameras. By this time we were already on our way towards the region of Yangeffo, where we ll do the first dive tomorrow.

 

Thursday December 7th

We woke up in the southwestern tip of the island of Gam, on a region known as Yangeffo. Together with the sunrise a quick shower arrived before we started gearing up for the first dive, done in Mayhem I, a seamount where fish of different species tend to congregate and the reef top is populated by coral heads mixing both hard and soft species. With some current and visibility of around 15-20 meters/50-66 feet, our divers could spend the first half of the dive watching Orange-spotted Trevally, Bonito and Dogtooth Tuna and Spanish Mackerel chase fusiliers and surgeonfish while also being able to see a Grey Reef Shark and a calm Hawksbill Turtle feeding on soft coral. The second half was time to look along the seamount for animals like the Wobbegong Shark, Tasseled Scorpionfish, Blue-spotted Stingray and a few Bumphead Parrotfish stationary along the cleaning stations of the site.

After the dive we started heading towards the south, making a stop around the small island of Arborek, where we dove Manta Sandy, a known Reef Manta Ray cleaning station on the region. It was a fantastic dive, as up to five of this outstanding creatures were seen splitting time to get cleaned by cleaner, moon wrasse and butterflyfish. Some of them, curious, swim right above the heads of our divers who were marveled by these creatures. A great dive where an honorable mention to the extremely rare Hairy Pipefish, spotted by the divemasters, was also seen.

Continuing the journey further north, we anchored the boat in front of the village of Sawandarek, where we drifted along the slopping that surrounds its jetty. With visibility of about 15 meters/50 feet, our divers gazed at Hawksbill and Green Turtle, Blacktip Reef Sharks, Pick-handle Barracudas, batfish and also a huge Giant Clam that lays just in front of the jetty. There was also space for some critters hunting, as nudibranchs, Bargibanti Pygmy Seahorse and the seldom seen Robust Ghostpipe Fish.

After the dive our guests went on a supervised tour around the village, enough to put feet on land and enjoying a calm walk before we moved the vessel towards the village of Yanbuba, further east. Close to its jetty happened a sunset dive, where our divers had the opportunity to see the change of light during the dive and search for animals that tend to be more active during this time of the day, including the graceful Mandarinfish, which one of the groups saw. It was not all, though, as Crocodile Flathead, Broadclub Cuttlefish and the miniature Pontohi Pygmy Seahorse was also seen!

Tonight, due to the previous dive, the dinner happened earlier and after the meal there was enough time to congratulate Terri (800) and Ken (300), who reached important milestones as divers along the day! It was also an opportunity to share a presentation about and invite our guests to the Derawan Islands, located in the Northeast Borneo, Raja Ampat Aggressor s summer destination! Afterwards most guests opted to rest while others used the earlier night to stay up chatting. The boat sleeps in Yanbuba tonight.

 

Friday December 8th

The morning started along the calm waters in between the islands of Mansuar and Kri, which a gentle sunrise along the horizon. Our first dive happened along Mansuar s cape and, with gentle conditions and visibility around 15 meters/50 feet, our groups drifted along a sloping reef where the coral growth is especially dense in shallow waters, where also most of the fish life, including drummers, snappers, barracudas, batfish and others congregate. It was not all, though, as the divemasters pointed out a few macro subjects, like Reeftop and Ringed Pipefish, Popcorn Shrimp and a few nudibranchs. An easy dive to start the day!

Slightly east is where we arrived and anchored in preparation for the second dive, in Cape Kri, one of Dampier Strait s most celebrated dive site due to the diversity of fish life that tend to congregate along its wall, slope and plateau. As for the dive, the conditions were similar with the previous dive and with an eastern current carrying the divers along the reef, a few sights included Grey Reef Shark, Dogtooth Tuna, schooling surgeonfish, fusiliers, Big-Eye Jacks, Pick-handle Barracudas and the eventual Napoleon Wrasse, Blacktip Reef Shark and Bumphead Parrotfish. Hiding among the coral, another highlight itself of the place, Crocodile Flathead, nudibranchs, Bargibanti and Pontohi Pygmy Seahorses were seen.

Our afternoon has an intense bright sun in the sky and after lunch we started gearing up for the third of the day, done in the seamount named Sardine Reef. The currents this time were stronger and the visibility, varied between 10-30 meters/33-100 feet, depending on which side of the mount considered. In the beginning, plenty of fish action was seen as Giant and Blue-fin Trevallys chased other smaller reef fish, being joined in the bonanza by Red Snappers and Napoleon Wrasse. As our groups started to drift along the reef, a few stops were made to observe a couple of Wobbegong Sharks hiding under the hard coral. Important to mention that before this dive we had another milestone to celebrate: Bridget s 300th dive!

Most of our guests were in the upper deck to enjoy the sunset as we arrived around the picturesque islet of Mioskon, where the night dive happened. It was another excellent night dive, highlighted by the sighting of about five Epaulette Sharks and a few others critters, like Decorator and Sponge Crabs and also a Wobbegond Shark.

With all groups back on board, the bell rang for dinner. It was followed by an explanation on the scheduled for our next day, the last of diving, before a presentation about Sea Turtles was shared, mentioning the species found in the world and some of their characteristics, as well as the main risks to their life in the planet. This was all for the evening and most guests followed it by going to their staterooms in order to rest. The boat sleeps around Mioskon tonight.

 

Saturday December 9th

We woke up along the surroundings of Mioskon and with a cloudy sky upon us. After moving and anchoring the vessel slightly east, we started gearing up for our first dive of the day, done in the famous Blue Magic, a seamount in the region known to be a Manta Ray cleaning station where the oceanic specimen can be seen as well. Before the first group back-rolled in the water, a few feet away one of these majestic oceanic creatures broke the surface on a back-flip and that was a sign of things to come. With currents pushing from the west and visibility of about 10-15 meters/33-50 feet, the show was initially done by three Manta Rays circling on the top of the reef and later continued by a frenetic action between fusiliers, jacks, tunas and reef sharks who were seen actively on the hunt!

Back from the water along the happy laughs of our divers with the previous dive, we decided to pay another visit to the same site in order to spend more time with the rays that were still around. This time the currents were gentler and the visibility increased to about 20 meters/66 feet, which allowed our guests to move around the reef with more ease and, one more time, enjoy an Oceanic Manta Ray gently hovering above coral heads to be cleaned. Wobbegong Shark, Blacktip and Whitetip Reef Shark and a few groupers, missing from the previous dive, were also seen. A fantastic way to end the trip among such friendly people!

When the last divers returned, the crew took care of rinsing everyone s equipment and hanging it for the start of the drying process. After lunch was finished, a video with the underwater world marine highlights from the trip was shown, including also some footage of our guests in the dive deck and on our land tours. The divemaster Jemy finally opened the boutique and the ones who wanted could buy a present to bring back home.

The afternoon was given for rest and at the usual time our farewell party started! The crew, one more time, entertained the guests with a few songs before also using the opportunity to thank all for their visit. It was also the chance to distribute some of our awards.

As for the ones who reached an important milestone during the trip, we congratulated Ken (300), Bridget (300), Kevin (100), Didi (400) and Terri (800). Cheers guys!

Now, the ones who completed all the 33 available dives of this charter deserved nothing less than our Iron Diver Award, they were: Ken, Annie, Andy, Francois, Diane and Jean. Great job!

Last but not list, an important mention was done to our guest Harley, who serves an inspiration for all of us divers by keeping up his passion for the underwater world in his long career doing so. Thanks!

After we took some group pictures and spent some time together, the sunset finally reached the horizon as we started approaching the port of Sorong, where we ll spend the night. Dinner was served earlier and after the meal the check-out procedures were explained to our guests before a slideshow was share with some of the pictures taken by all during this beautiful trip. It was the last activity of the evening and a few guests stayed around chatting while most decided to rest before a long journey back home.

 

Sunday December 10th

At the scheduled time, the crew was already waiting for our guests in order to bid their farewells. It was an absolute pleasure to have you on board and we hope to see you again with the Raja Ampat Aggressor. Have a safe journey back home, thanks!!!