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Log Date: Saturday, Jun 01, 2019
Entry By: Oman Aggressor crew









 



CAPTAIN’S LOG OMAN AGGRESSOR

 

 CRUISE DATE: June 01, 2019 – June 08, 2019

 

 ITINERARY: Musandam Peninsula

 

 HIGHLIGHTS: Turtles, Tiger snake eel, Double ended pipefish, Large Black Blotched Sting Ray, Torpedo Ray and Eagle Ray

 

 WEATHER:

Avg Air Temp: 40oC / 104oF

Avg Water Temp: 26oC / 78.8oF

Avg Visibility: 15m / 49feet

Avg Wind Speed:  2 to 12knots

 

 CREW:

  • Captain: Alaa Mohammed
  • Cruise Director: Ahmed Safwat
  • Dive Guides: Nicole & Charlie
  • Chef: Abu El Hassan
  • Stewards: Sony
  • Seamen: Haleem, Mohammed & Mostafa
  • Engineer: Galal

 

 GUESTS: Andrea Ravasi, Bart van Klaveren, Martin Haas, Jana Lehmann

 

DIVE SITES:

Sunday

1) No Palm Beach (Reef on right)

2) No Palm Beach (Reef on left)

3) Al Khayal West Wall

 

Monday

1) Ras Khaysah West

2) Ras Khaysah

3) Ras Khaysah

4) White Rock

Tuesday

1) Lima Rock

2) Ras Lima

3) Ras Lima

4) Lima Rock

Wednesday

1) Ras Marovi

2) Octopus Rock

3) Umm al Fahyarin

4) Umm al Fahyarin

Thursday

1) Umm al Fahyarin

2) No Palm Beach

3) Deep Purple

4) Abu Sir Coral Garden

Friday

1) Abu Sir Coral Garden

2) Abu Sir Eagle Ray  

 

 

Total dives for the trip: 21

 

 MILESTONES and AWARDS:

DIVER EDUCATION: Andrea Successfully completed the Enriched Air Specialty Course

IRON DIVER: Bart and Martin

MILESTONE AWARD: Bart completed 500 dives & Jana completed 600 dives

 

 DAY 1 – Saturday 01, June

Guests arrived late afternoon to check in and start their liveaboard journey. We have guests from Dubai, Qatar and Switzerland. Once guests arrived we welcomed them with a fresh juice and pizza, completed important paperwork and showed them to their cabins. We assisted our guests with gearing up and getting their diving equipment ready for the week. Safwat presented the safety boat briefing at 6:00pm followed by dinner at 7:15pm. Guests then made their way to their cabins to rest and prepare for tomorrows diving adventure.

 

 DAY 2 – Sunday 02, June

We started sailing at 5:00am this morning toward Musandam Island. Wake up time was 6:30am, enjoying a continental breakfast and coffee before attending the dive briefing at 7:00am. We arrived at Musandam Island at 8:00am completing our first dive of the day. The dive was at No Palm Beach. Our captain moored close to the dive site to allow us to dive from the yacht. Our first dive of the trip is always the check dive where guests are able to adjust their weights and ensure that their equipment is functioning. Water temperature was 27C, visibility 10 to 15m and depth of 17m. We dived against a mild current in the first half of the dive, returning to the boat once we reached 100bar. Highlights included snowflake moray, yellow margin moray, marbled grouper and school of damsel fish. The guests then enjoyed a lovely breakfast and attended the second dive briefing at 11:15am. All smiles when the guests approached the yacht after the dive. We dived No Palm Beach once again but this time with the reef on our left. Visibility was great – 15m+. Depth of 19m and water temp of 27C. Highlights included cuttlefish, squid, yellow margin moray, geometric moray and emperor angelfish. The third and last dive of the day was at 3:30pm, diving Al Khayal West Wall. The divers went to a maximum depth of 24m. Visibility was 12m and the water temp was 26C. Highlights included a large stingray, geometric moray eels and a special puffer fish. Guests enjoyed a lite snack after the dive. Mr. Andrea started his Nitrox Course with Nicole (Dive Professional) while the guests enjoyed the sun on the fly deck. Dinner was served at 7:15pm followed by an evening under the stars before a good night’s rest.

 

 DAY 3 – Monday 03, June

We sailed to Ras Khaysah yesterday, late afternoon – where we will be diving for the day. Wake up time was 6:15am and the first dive briefing was at 6:45am. The air temperature was 42C. We dived Ras Khaysah West as our first dive. We were spoilt with a pod of dolphins on our way to the drop off point. Haleem (skipper) maneuvered the tender in the direction of the dolphins and managed to get us close enough for an awesome view. We dived to a maximum depth of 20m, visibility was 10 to 12m and water temp was 26C. Highlights included turtle, sand ray, honeycomb eel, yellow margin moray, yellow mouth moray, cuttlefish and starry pufferfish. The second dive briefing was at 10:00am, diving White Rock. Unfortunately, the current was too strong, changing the dive site to the South side of Ras Khaysah. Depth was 25m, visibility 10 to 15m and water temp 26C. Highlights included many rays such as the black blotched and fantail ray as well as many moray eels and schools of damsel fish. Third dive briefing was at 2:30pm, diving Ras Khaysah, exploring a new part of the wall. This was also Bart’s 500th dive. We prepared a lovely surprise to celebrate the milestone he reached. We wish him another 500 dives. The water temp was 25C, depth of 25m and visibility 10 to 15m. Highlights included a large black blotched stingray, broomtail wrasse and undulated moray. The fourth and final dive of the day was finally the White Rock dive site. Safwat gave it another try with the guests and all managed to do the dive with only a mild current. Depth was 25m, visibility 8 to 10m and water temp 25C. The highlights included schools of trevallies, tunas, snappers and barracuda. Guests enjoyed dinner and one another’s company before retiring to their staterooms for rest. We are proud to announce that Andrea successfully qualified as an Enriched Air Diver. May he enjoy his new adventure and accomplishment.

 

 Day 4 – Tuesday 04, June

We sailed to Ras Lima after dinner last night and arrived safely to do a few dives in the area. Wake up time was 6:15am, continental breakfast at 6:30am and our first dive briefing at 6:45am. We dived Lima Rock. Visibility was 10m, depth of 26m and water temp 25C. Highlights included kangaroo nudibranch, school of damselfish as well as redtooth triggerfish. We congratulated Jana on completing her 600th dive this morning and surprised her with a delicious fruit platter and virgin cocktail. Guests enjoyed a hot breakfast after the dive and attended the second dive briefing at 10:00am. Guests dived Ras Lima at a depth of 25m, visibility 15m and water temp 23C. Highlights included torpedo rays, big lionfish and undulated moray eels. Guests enjoyed lunch after the dive and an afternoon nap, attending the third dive briefing at 2:15pm. We dived Ras Lima, it was a lovely shallow dive, guests explained the dive site as an aquarium. Depth was 14m, visibility 15m and water temp 27C. Highlights included a bearded scorpion fish, double ended pipefish and moray eel. A lite snack was served after the third dive. The fourth dive of the day was at 4:30pm, diving Lima Rock (opposite side of the island). This was a fantastic dive to end off the day. Water temp was 25C, visibility 8m and depth 23m. Highlights included twin chromodorids, turtles, eagle rays and double ended pipefish. The dive was followed by dinner and a goodnights rest.

 

 DAY 5 – Wednesday 05, June

Wake up time was 6:15am, continental breakfast at 6:30am and first dive briefing at 6:45am. We dived Ras Marovi this morning at a depth of 25m, water temperature of 27C and visibility 7 to 10m. Highlights included double ended pipefish, cuttlefish, yellow mouth morays and triggerfish. Second dive briefing was at 10:00am, diving the Octopus Rock. Guests loved this dive and rated it as one of the best. Depth was 32m, water temp 25C and visibility 15m+. Highlights included schools of fish, bearded scorpion fish, spade fish, very big ray, beautiful & colorful coral garden and moray eels. Lunch was served after the dive followed by an afternoon power nap. The third dive briefing was at 2:15pm, diving at the island of Umm al Fahyarin. We kept the reef on our left and dived to a depth of 26m, visibility was 15m+ and water temperature was 26C. Highlights included moray eels, turtles and schools of fish. Pizza along with a delicious kiwi smoothie was served after the dive. We made a special underwater video for Jana celebrating her father’s Birthday. We designed a sign on the white board and took it down to a depth of 14m with the reef as a background while Jana posed with the sign wishing her father a Happy Birthday. The fourth dive briefing was at 4:45pm to further explore the island underwater at sunset time. This was a beautiful dive with great visibility (15m+). Depth of 19m and water temperature 27C. Highlights included a unique site of a tiger snake eel, undulated moray, yellow mouth moray and turtle. We were spoilt with a beautiful sunset lighting up the mountains and coloring the sky. Guests enjoyed the view, taking wonderful photographs. We ended off the day with a delicious seafood platter and made our way to the staterooms.

 

 DAY 6 – Thursday 06, June

Wake up time was 6:15am, continental breakfast at 6:30am and the first dive briefing at 6:45am. We are still at the Umm al Fahyarin Island where we will be diving this morning. The dive was a good start to the day. Visibility was 15m, depth 23m and water temperature 25C. Highlights included turtles, barracudas, snappers and big eye trevally. Hot breakfast was served after the dive. We started sailing back to Musandam island where we spent the first day of diving upon guest request. Our second dive was no palm beach. Dive briefing was at 10:00am. Visibility was 10m, water temperature 27C and depth 22m. Highlights included an eagle ray, fantail ray, moray eels and school of barracuda. Lunch was served after the dive followed by an afternoon well spent in the sun and a good reading session. The third dive briefing was at 2:15pm, diving Deep Purple. Depth of 17m, visibility 5m and water temperature 25C, Highlights included a family of squids, honeycomb eel and schools of reef fish. The fourth dive briefing was at 4:45pm, diving Abu Sir Coral Garden. Visibility was 8m, depth of 11m and water temperature 26C. Highlights included a large spiny painted lobster, large honeycomb eel, sand ray, black blotched ray and sole. The chef surprised us with a delicious last supper on the boat. Dinner was served at 7:15pm followed by an evening under the stars with a glass of wine and ice cold beer.

 

 DAY 7 – Friday 07, June

Last day of diving with only two dives for the day before sailing back to Port Khasab. We started the day a few minutes later, waking up at 6:30am and presenting the first dive briefing at 7:00am. We dived the Coral Garden of Abu Sir island. Depth 28m, visibility 15m and water temperature 25C. Highlights included Arabian Butterflyfish, Batfish and Blennies. Guests enjoyed a hot breakfast after the dive and attending the second dive briefing at 10:30m, diving Abu Sir Eagle Ray. Depth of 20m, visibility 8 to 10m and water temp 25C. Finally, we had a drift dive with a strong current which pleased our guests and allowed us to see a school of huge barracuda. We sailed back to the port after the dive and enjoyed lunch on the way. The cocktail party was wonderful as the guests and crew interacted and took some great photos together. We handed out the certificates to the guests and enjoyed a snack prepared by the chef. Safe travels to our guests of this week. It was an honor to dive with each one of you. We hope to see you all in the near future!!

 

Your Oman Aggressor Crew.

 

Log Date: June 08, 2019

Entry by:  Oman Aggressor Crew