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Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log 16-23 Dec 2017
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 28c
* Visibility 20m
Cruise Director: Clive
Deck hand: Rong
Deck Hand: Bank
Video Pro: Ashley
GUESTS: Mihe, Soyu, Matts, Mathew, Vic, Tom, Morgan, John, Keran, Hank, Ron.
Sunday – Zodiac, Boulder city, Sharkfin reef, Anitas Reef x2
Monday- Deep 6, West of Eden, Elephant Head Rock x2, Anitas Reef.
Tuesday- Christmas point, Turtle Rock, North Point, Mooring bay x2
Wednesday– Koh Bon Ridge, Koh Bon Pinnacle, Koh Tachai pinnacle, koh tachai reef
Thursday : Koh Torinla west, Koh Torinla pinnacle, Richelieu rock, Koh Tachai pinnacle
Friday – Koh Tachai pinnacle, Koh Bon West ridge.
Guests arrive to Thaplamu Pier and board the Thailand Aggressor via dinghy by 5:00pm. With the crews help, our divers set up their gear and head to the main lounge for the weekly overview followed by a 5 course family style Thai dinner.
Our guests were up nice and early eagerly awaiting the first dip into the Andaman sea, we had our safety briefing and headed downstairs to get kitted up. We did our buddy checks and entered the water from the dive deck. Zodiac our first dive is a very easy check dive but still with some critters to be found we saw stingray and moray with many garden eels, our second dive we went south to Boulder city this submerged pile of boulders is our guests first taste of the granite sites we had a good dive with a school of blue trevally seen hunting. After the great buffet lunch we dropped in at Shark fin reef and some of our guests got lucky seeing 3 turtles, also spotted was a fan tail ray. For our 4th dive we headed back to islands 5 and 6. We started the dive at the eastern side of the island and drifted to the south we saw blue fin trevally hunting, After dinner we dived at anitas reef again for the night dive our guests saw lobster, moray and cuttlefish. Some of our guests watched a documentary before an early night..
We woke up to a great sunrise and decided to head back too deep 6 a dive site on the north tip of island number 7, some of our guest saw a free swimming white tip reef shark, we then moved back down the west side of island seven and dropped in on West of eden our spearing mantis shrimp was in the channel and we found a ribbon eel in the deeper part of the divesite, we also encountered octopus and a school of feeding trevally. The wind dropped a bit and we headed to Elephant head rock we decided on 2 dives at this huge pile of boulders our guests loved the swimthrus and we had great viz for both dives. We discovered 3 new ribbon eels in the west side of the dive site we also found a multi bar pipefish. We headed further south to Anitas reef for our nightdive and saw octopus and lobster out foraging on the reef.
Back north this morning and to Christmas point we all were up for sunrise and in the water early we descended on the east side and did a drift for most of the dive, the viz was again great at around 75 feet, we saw a few morays and also a school of hunting Emperor snapper, for our second dip into the sea at island 9 we dived at Turtle rock, one of our guides found a leaf fish this was a rare find at this spot and pleased our group of photographers. We moved the boat to a sheltered bay and used the dinghy to get to the divesite North point, one group headed out to the pinnacle the viz and sunlight penetration was fabulous and we saw a white tip reef shark sleeping in the sand, the sea fans are huge out at this spot and we got some great wide angle shots, For our fourth and fifth dives we went to a sloping reef known as mooring bay it was really a easy dive with the current helping us along we saw 2 octopus and a couple of porcelain crabs. On the night dive octopus and lobster was also found, some of our guests watched a comedy before heading to bed.
We upped anchor early this morning and made passage north to the limestone island of Koh Bon. This island is very different to the islands in the similans and has much more small marine life to hunt for, we found our sponge snails and a school of snapper on the first dive, we then decided to dive at the pinnacle that lies around 400m north of the main island, this dive site is very deep around the outside and tops out around 50 ft we saw a couple of mating Octopus and a sea snake also seen were bluefin trevally hunting as usual. We headed north after dive 2 and descended on Koh Tachai pinnacle, the giant trevally were really harassing the glass fish giving our video team some great action to film. We went to the reef for our final dive before heading for the surin islands, our guests found a turtle and also some more octopus, we have seen a lot of octopus this trip, we think the moon is playing a big part in these finds. After the dive we headed for Surin and had a great Japanese themed dinner on route , then our guests settled down to a documentary and an early night ready for tomorrow’s diving..
The wind and waves were a bit larger than forecast so we dived at Surin west for our first dive this is a drift dive along a very long reef our guests found a turtle and a school of jacks hunting on the reef, also found was a blue spotted stingray feeding in the sand. Our second dive was at torinla pinnacle this group of granite boulders comes to within 6m of the surface our group descended on the west side and immediately found 2 octopus mating, after the wind and waves calmed down a bit we headed out to Richelieu rock our guests thoroughly enjoyed this awesome site and found a sea horse and also many glass fish the resident turtle was also swimming around the pinnacles and our macro photographers had a field day snapping the many nudibranchs that live at this site, With the forecast changing we headed back to Koh Tachai for the nightdive, we opted for the pinnacle and found so many lobsters and also a awesome decorator crab roaming the pinnacle, after the dive we settled down to a documentary and headed off to bed ready for our last days diving…
Just two dives today then back to our home port, our day would begin at Koh Tachai reef we did a drift dive along the west side, on the dive we found a rock with at least 8 lobsters underneath all were pointing there feelers out from beneath the rock, we also found a comet longfin, this elusive critter imitates a moray for protection. After a hearty breakfast we headed south back to Koh Bon and the west ridge, sadly no manta rays still but the viz was excellent and we saw octopus and also a small sea snake payed us a visit. After the dive our staff set about washing our guests equipment and we headed back to port for our last nite BBQ and video show…..
We wake up around 7 and guests are served their usual made to order hot breakfast as crew loads up the luggage. By 8:00am we head to the pier by dinghy where our transfers are waiting to take everyone to their next destination. A huge thank you to our Aggressor divers for another amazing week on board. ‘Khap Khun Krap’ and See you next time!