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Log Date: Saturday, Apr 28, 2018
Entry By: Oman Aggressor crew









 



CAPTAIN’S LOG OMAN AGGRESSOR

CRUISE DATE: April 28, 2018 – May 5, 2018

 

ITINERARY: Hallaniyat Islands

 

HIGHLIGHTS: toadfish; leopard shark; eagle ray; jawfish; black spotted stingray; darkspotted stingray

 

Avg Air Temp: 26 oC - 32oC / 79oF - 90oF

Avg Water Temp: 23oC - 26oC / 73oF - 79oF

Avg Visibility: 5 – 20 m / 16 – 65 feet

Avg Wind Speed: 8 - 13 knots

Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear skies occasionally cloudy, moderate winds

 

CREW:

  • Captain: Amr
  • Cruise Director: Shaker
  • Instructors/Guides: Sayed, Naomi
  • Chef: Sayed
  • Chef pastry: Salah
  • Stewards: Nubi, Nabil
  • Seamen: Mohamed, Sameeh, Haleem, Mohamed
  • Engineer: Haram

 

GUESTS: Dominique; Maggie; Alberto; Fernando; Steve; Zelyne; Fiona; Jennie; Thomas; Annette

 

DIVE SITES:

  • Sunday: Ras Mirbat – Marriott wreck – Eagle bay
  • Monday: Al Qibliyah Rock – Gotta Qibliyah – Al Qibliyah Rock
  • Tuesday: Fish Highway – Angry grouper – Schmies fingers – Schmies fingers (night)
  • Wednesday: Al Sawda coral garden – Al Sawda Farsha – Al Hasikiyah coral bay –Al Hasikiyah coral bay (night)
  • Thursday: The corner – The arch – The cave – The mount (night)
  • Friday: Marriott wreck – Ras Mirbat

Total dives for the trip: 20

 

CONTINIOUS EDUCATION: Jennie nitrox specialty

IRON DIVERS AWARD: Thomas

MILESTONE AWARD: 300th dives Thomas & Annette

FAMILY AWARD: Alberto & Fernando

BEST DIVE TEAM AWARD: Zelyne & Steve

CONGENIALITY AWARD: Dominique & Maggie

  

DAY 1 – Saturday 28th April

Starting from 3:00pm our guests are arriving on the boat, they are going to be 10 on board this week coming from Netherlands, USA, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Germany. After a welcome fresh juices and Omani coffee, we lead our guest to discover their comfy cabins. Then we set up the diving gears and finishes some paperwork. Around 5:30pm we left the marina. At 6:00pm, we ring the bell and all gathered in the salon for the general safety briefing of the boat and the presentation of the crew. Then after the briefing is dinner time.

 

DAY 2 – Sunday 29th April

This morning we wake up at 6:15am in front of the harbor of Mirbat. At 7:00am we ring the bell and all gathered in the salon for the diving safety briefing and the dive spot briefing. After the briefing, it is time to get ready and go by tender to explore our first dive spot of the week, Ras Mirbat. Back on the boat we move in the direction of Marriott wreck our next dive. At 11:00am we ring the bell for the briefing. During this dive we encounter: giant puffer; brown eel catfish; blue spotted stingray; 2 octopus matting; marble shrimp; vanikoro sweeper; a big group of bronze-striped gunt and yellowfin goatfish mix together. After this dive it is lunch time. At 3:00pm we ring the bell for the afternoon dive Eagle bay. Back on the boat after the dive we directly started our navigation in the direction of Al Qibliyah island the eastern island of the Hallaniyat’s archipelago. At 7:00pm we ring the bell for diner.

 

DAY 3 – Monday 30th April

After a crossing overnight a little bit bumpy, we wake up this morning at Al Qibliyah island. Today the weather is choppy. At 6:45am we ring the bell for the first dive of the day Al Qibliyah Rock. During this dive we encounter: dragon moray; Ehrenberg’s snapper; banner fish; sweet lips; golden spadefish; semicircle angelfish; trevally; yellow fin goatfish. Back on the boat a special cake is waiting for Annette and Thomas, who are celebrating their 300th dives with us this week! Congratulations guys! At 10:30am we ring the bell for our next dive Gotta Qibliyah. We did this dive as a stationary dive, and we get the chance to meet an eagle ray. Back on the boat it is lunch time. At 2:30pm we ring the afternoon dive. As the weather is really choppy, doing our third over canal garden (like the usual procedure) is not possible this week, so we choose to repeat Al Qibliyah rock as a stationary dive and covered the south-west part of the rock. Back on the boat after the dive we all gathered in the salon to make a briefing concerning the night dive. Usually we do our night over canal garden witch is a shallow dive site, but today because of the weather condition this dive site is not an option, the other option for the night dive would be Al Qibliyah Rock, witch is a deeper dive site and with current today. After given to our guest the full picture of the situation, they choose to cancel the night dive for tonight. Around 5:30pm we started to navigated in the direction of Fish highway, where we are going to spend the night and do our first dive tomorrow morning. At 7:00pm we ring the bell for dinner, tonight is also a celebration night as it is Fiona’s birthday! Happy birthday Fiona!

 

Day 4 – Tuesday 1st May

This morning we woke up at 6:15am anchored at Fish highway. At 6:45am we ring the bell for the dive briefing. This morning encounter: potato groupers; colorful broccoli soft coral; redtooth triggerfish; banner fish; cloud of Ehrenberg’s snapper; lunar fusiliers; golden spadefish; giant moray. Back on the boat it is breakfast time. At 10:30am we ring the bell for our second dive of the day: Angry grouper. During this dive we saw: nose pointed stingray; black spotted stingray; a jawfish; milkfish; leopard shark. Back on the boat we started to move in the direction of Schmies island, where we are going to spend the rest of the day. At 2:30pm we ring the bell for our afternoon dive, Schmies fingers. We encounter: minstrel sweetlips; bluespotted stingray; juvenile barracuda; group of big milkfish. At 6:30pm we ring the bell for the night dive. Tonight we saw; cuttlefish; squid; octopus; porcupinefish. Back on the boat after this really nice night dive, we started to move in the direction of Al Sawda Island where we are going to spend the night and dive tomorrow morning.

 

DAY 5 – Wednesday 2nd May

This morning we wake up at 6:15am at Al Sawda island. At 6:45am we ring the bell for our first dive. During this dive we meet: starry puffer; peacock grouper; juvenile blue-and-yellow grouper; orangespotted trevally; lunar fusilier; and like always the local curious longfin spadefish. Back on the boat it is breakfast time. At 10:00am we ring the bell four our second dive site Farsha. Farsha is a huge shallow hard coral garden, we let ourselves slowly drift with current, this was a rally nice and enjoyable dive. Back on the boat it is lunch time, in the same time we started our navigation in the direction of Hasikiyah island, the western island of the archipelago. We are going to dive on Hasikiyah this afternoon and tomorrow. At 3:15pm we ring the bell for the afternoon dive Al Hasikiyah Coral bay. During this dive we encounter: a huge honeycomb stingray and a leopard sharp. Back on the boat after this two big surprised, we are waiting the sunset for our night dive. At 6:30pm we ring the bell for the briefing, we are going to dive Coral bay again. During this night dive we meet: flat head; squid; jaw fish; shrimp; Spanish dancer. Back on the boat it is dinner time.

 

DAY 6 – Thursday 3rd May

This morning we wake at 6:15am on the same spot Al Hasikiyah island. At 6:45am we ring the bell for the briefing. During this first dive at The corner we meet: rainbow runner; striped mackerel hunting cloud of tiny sardines; a super huge jackfish hunting; octopus; yellow mouth moray; rivulated rabbifish; black spotted stingray. On the way back to the boat we jumped in the water with mask and fins to admire the dolphins playing around us. Finally, back on the boat our well deserved breakfast is waiting us. At 11:00am we ring the bell for the second briefing of the day: The arch. During this dive we encounter: leopard shark; octopus; juvenile blue razorfish; white-barred sweetlips inside the arch; and like always clouds of thousands of glassfish, so compact that it is not even possible to see through it. Back on the boat it is lunch time. At 3:00pm we ring the bell for the third dive of the day, The cave. During this dive we meet: giant sweetlips; Gabriella’s grouper; Oman butterflyfish; Summana grouper. Back on the boat the afternoon snack is waiting for us. At 6:30pm we ring the bell for the night dive, tonight we dove the mount. During this dive we meet: huge honeycomb moray and 2 black spotted stingray hide on two caves. Back on the boat it is dinner time. After dinner, like every Thursday we all gathered in the salon to watch the video of the week and the photo memories slideshow.

 

DAY 7 – Friday 4th May

This morning we wake up at 7:30am, as we are having some technical issue with one of our engine, our navigation time coming from Hasikiyah is longer than usually. At 8:00am we ring the bell for the briefing of Marriott wreck. This morning the visibility is good on the wreck and like always super busy with fish and octopus. Back on the boat after this lovely dive, we move in the direction of Ras Mirbat our last dive of the week. At 11:30am we ring the bell for the briefing. During this dive we encounter a turtle and the guest star of the spot: toadfish and frogfish. Back on the boat it is lunch time. Still because of our technical issue with one of the engine, it is not possible for the boat to maneuver to enter in Juweira’s marina, so we have to stay in front of the harbor of Mirbat. At 5:30pm, we ring the bell for the last time for the cocktail party, time to celebrated this week of diving and thank you all our guests for joining us this week aboard The Oman Aggressor, and we hope to all see you again.

 

Your Oman Aggressor Crew.

 

Log Date: May 5, 2018

Entry by: Oman Aggressor Crew