Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log 13-20 Jan 2018
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 28c
* Visibility 20m
Cruise Director: Clive
Deck hand: Rong
Deck Hand: Bank
Sunday – Zodiac, Deep Six, West of Eden , Anitas Reef x2
Monday- Boulder city, Elephant Head x2 , Stonehenge x2.
Tuesday- Three Trees, Christmas point, Koh Bon x3
Wednesday– Koh Tachai pinnacleX3, Koh Tachai reef
Thursday : Richelieu rock x4
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.
After a nice smooth crossing across the Andaman sea we had slept the night at island 4 and all got our eqpt checked and decided to do the check dive at Zodiac, a few of our divers have been out the water for a while so welcomed this easy site, We descended into the stone circle of Chinese signs of the zodiac there is also a spirit house that has quite a lean on. On the dive we saw blue spotted stingray and garden eels in the sand. We headed back north after the dive to check out deep 6 a nice pinnacle on the north of island number 7, we headed out deep to the rocks and saw a spearing mantis shrimp and also a ribbon eel. We stayed at island 7 and dived West of eden also here we found mantis shrimp and also a turtle passed one group on the safety stop. Off south next to Anitas reef for our fourth and fifth dive on our day dive we saw octopus and moray out feeding then on the night dive we saw Lobster and some big coral crabs out foraging….
We headed south to the submerged pinnacle known as Boulder city this site is very spread out and has some huge granite boulders with very large sea fans, our dive was in a clockwise direction and we saw a small school of Barracuda and many unicorn fish. Some guests saw a blue spotted sting ray feeding in the sand, We headed up to Elephant head for dives 2 and 3 there was almost no current at all and we descended on the south side and began our long journey through the swim thrus that are common on this site…. We headed for the pygmy pipehorse but sadly it had moved but we did have great luck when we saw 2 ribbon eels together in one hole there was also lots of snapper and a few slate sweetlips up high in the cracks. We did see the resident great barracuda but it was in the shallows……we headed back down south next and to Stonehenge, we would also do our night dive here and found a couple of lobsters out hunting on the reef. After the dive we had a nice mug of hot chocolate and some guests watched a movie….
We moved the boat after the night dive and moored up at the south tip of island 8, our first dive of the day would be a sloping coral reef on the east side of island 9 the current was perfect for the slow drift north, we headed out to the group of rocks to the east and all of us got a great look at the huge barrel sponge that dominates this part of the reef we saw many trigger fish and also some groupers sleeping in the sand, out at the reef some of our guests saw a small school of barracuda, for our second dive we headed west to Christmas point on the north tip of island 9 we saw a monster barracuda out on the sand getting cleaned and also a bumphead parrot fish out feeding on corals, we shallowed up and some of our guests saw a turtle feeding on sea grass on the safety stop we drifted away from the site and a school of trevally went directly beneath us. After lunch we planned 3 dives at koh bon we saw many sponge snails and also an octopus, in the bay we found a free swimming moray that had a big chunk missing from it maybe from a fight with another moray, on the night dive we found a few nudibranchs and also a octopus, some of our guests opted for a new documentary we had been given…..
We started the boat early this morning moving to Koh Tachai we headed for the pinnacle for the first 3 dives, this site comprises of huge granite boulders at the very south tip of the island. The currents always seem to meet at this point and it brings in some amazing fish life we saw the big school of Barracuda and a few Giant trevallys, these were still in full hunting mode and were chasing the fusileers all over the site, we had some great action and our guests got some awesome video of the goings on, for our fourth and final dive we headed close to the island and had a drift dive along the reef, we found some porcelain crabs that were in a good position for our photographers. We enjoyed our Japanese theme night with some traditional Japanese food and cruised up to the Surin islands for the night and an early start at Richelieu Rock….
We woke up to a glorious sunrise and headed east to this granite pinnacle, the changing light at this hour is captivating and is changing constantly. The rock is only just visible at low tide and we were just heading into that so we got some glimpses of the site, after our briefing we headed to the west side and dropped in very close to our resident Thorney seahorse, whilst heading back to the reef our guests were greeted by a cuttlefish about 2 meters off the bottom, we found many Nudibranch over the course of the day and also some good encounters with a school of hunting trevally, the schools of glassfish are always close to the rock and we located a few very juvenile barracuda that had mingled in amongst them, we also had a nice encounter with a school of big eyed jacks, after the third dive our dinghy driver reported to seeing a manta at the surface, but sadly none of the divers saw it.. it was a great day diving here today and the fish life just gets more and more profuse as the weeks go by… we had a nice sunset cruise to Koh Tachai and our next divesite…
Just 2 dives today and we thought we delay the dive a little bit as we had no guests who were flying. We headed over to this pinnacle by dinghy and descended on the mooring line, there was a bit of current today but we all stayed close to the bottom and out of the current, there was still a fair bit of action going on and one group saw the big school of barracuda accompanied by some cobia. We kept out in the blue looking for any larger marine life as we had heard that a whale shark had been sited the day before, sadly no big fish this dive but masses of schooling jacks and snapper kept us entertained. We dived koh bon ridgae as our last dive the current was mild and we saw cuttlefish and a giant moray out swimming. After the dive we took care of the guests equipment and headed back towards the coast for our BBQ and videoshow…..
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! And a Happy New Year to all