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Thailand Aggressor Captains Log 03 – 10 January 2015
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 28c
* Visibility 25m
Cruise Director: Clive
Deck hand: Rong
Deck Hand: Chon
Video Pro: Deaw
Guests – Ulla , Folke, Gerhard, Heidi, Gordon, John
Sunday - Boulder City, Sharkfin Reef, West of Eden, Anitas Reef, Anitas Reef
Monday – Anitas Reef South tuna wreck , Deep Six, Elephant head Rock, Honeymoon Bay,
Tuesday - Christmas Point, North Point,3 Trees, Koh Bon ridge Koh Bon Bay
Wedneday- Koh Bon Pinnacle, Koh Tachai Pinnacle1, Koh Tachai Reef, Koh Tachai Pinnacle 2, Koh Tachai Reef.
Thursday – Richelieu Rock.
Friday - Koh Tachai pinnacle, Koh Bon ridge, Boonsung wreck.
Saturday 3rd January 2015
Our guests arrived early for this departure and we were all set up and away by 6:30 we had our usual leaving ceremony with the fire crackers and the offering of food to the good luck spirits…All the guests set up there eqpt and headed off for our safety briefing then an early night with great hopes for a good trip.
Sunday 4th January 2015
We Started our day in the south Similans at Boulder city we had fantastic visibility it was at least 30m we saw a juvenile Midnight Snapper quite a rare find, also many Unicorn fish were in the mid water and also one of the guests saw a Great Barracuda hovering above an old mooring line we then headed for Shark fin reef where we saw giant Morays and also a few Khuls sting ray were found laying in the sand one of our customers approached very slowly and got a fantastic picture, the visibility was great at West of Eden, where we saw a big school of goat fish and a trumpet fish using a box fish as cover for an ambush. We then dived at Anitas reef and many glass fish were hiding from a school of Blue fin Trevally. On our dive at Anitas reef we found a lobster hiding in the rocks so we then went back for our night dive and saw the same Lobster out walking on the reef much to the customers happiness and smiles.
Monday 5th January 2015
Started out at the wreck of an old Tuna fishing boat it was a great drift dive and a good way to start the day after seeing many Trevally we headed back to the reef and continued the drift, we jumped a bit early at West of Eden and what a great choice we had all the dive site to ourselves when a large school of dog tooth tuna went streaking passed us. At Elephant head rock the current had picked up and after heading thru the swim thru we got some shelter behind the rock and watched the fusiliers streaking by us. Also seen today was a very large octopus out skimming the reef, Ulla one of our customers celebrated her 400 dive in style at our last and final dive of the day, Off to Koh Bon tomorrow as there have been lots of Manta s been seen this week…
Tuesday 6th January 2015
Great day today with fantastic visibility, we had a few celebrations with John celebrating his five hundredth dive and one of our guides found the rough snout ghost pipefish very rare in Thailand. We saw many Octopus this maybe has something to do with full Moon we have at the moment. Great drift dives today with one late afternoon dive lasting 55mins being pushed along by the current , no luck with the Mantas at Koh Bon but we decided to try again tomorrow before we head to our favorite dive site at Koh Tachai….
Wednesday 7th January 2015
Off to Koh Bon Pinnacle for our first morning dive, the visibility was amazing at 35m or 115ft you could see the base of the pinnacle some 30m below our maximum depth, we saw hundreds of jacks and Rainbow Runners still feeding on glassfish and also the fast swimming Queen fish were sighted. At Koh Tachai the viz was equally as good and we found a very large cuttlefish as well as many Oriental sweet lips, There were also a few Spanish mackerel cruising around the top of the pinnacle. Later in the day the sun started shining and the light penetration made for some great photography and all our guests switched to wide angle and got some great shots of Barracuda and a big school of Jacks came on by. On our safety stop we saw some needle fish and a big school of fusiliers within a meter of the surface… Our guests decided on an early movie and a good nights sleep and looked forward to a great day at Richelieu Rock…
Thursday 8th January 2015
We woke up at Richelieu Rock for our first dive of the day and after entering the water early we saw loads of cuttlefish maybe the full moon is a sign for breeding, also the yellow snapper were very close to the rock, the visibility dropped a bit for our second dive but great Barracuda were true to form the Great barracuda and also yellow tail barracuda were still hunting, the visibility improved and we had an awesome night dive and a very large Blotched fan tailed ray showed up and was very curious about the lights from our divers and hung around for ages. We upped anchor and headed for Koh Tachai and the eternal hunt for Manta Rays…..
Friday 9th January 2015
More great visibility today with lots to see we saw numerous Barracuda including a great Barracuda on the mooring line, lots of Blue fin trevally and needlefish still hunting from the previous night. We concentrated on one very large boulder and found Blue Dragon Nudibranchs and also a Chromodoris annulata nudibranchs, At Koh Bon we had the best visibility of the trip at 35m we saw lots of rainbow runners and a very friendly pufferfish that checked out all our divers one by one. We also saw some cuttlefish and a big school of Moorish idols. We had great customers this trip and decided to check out a local wreck it was fantastic visibility and we saw a couple of Cobias cruising round they passed us four or five times during the dive all at high rates of speed. On the safety stop we saw a Spanish Mackeral. We all surfaced and the guests had a nice cruise back to port for our final night BBq.
Saturday 10th January 2015
Sad to see this group leave, we had a great trip and many guests said they would return for our Pulau Weh safaris, we also had two guests staying on board for our next Burma trip..