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Log Date: Sunday, Jan 04, 2015
Entry By: Tropic Dancer Crew


On Sunday we welcomed onboard 8 guests, 2 from Russia, 3 from Switzerland, 2 from the US, and 1 from Canada. We started with a quick introduction to their cabins. Then on the dive deck, everyone set up their dive gear. We checked certification cards and headed upstairs for dinner. After desert we covered the vessel orientation and the ships safety briefing for these 8 guests we then covered the general dive briefing as well. After the briefing we handed out the nautilus lifelines, and most of the guests headed to bed.


     Early Monday morning we welcomed onboard or remaining 10 guests from Russia from the 1:45am flight. We showed them to their cabins and they headed to bed. We woke back up at 6am and started up the big boat and headed into Malakal Harbor. After breakfast they 8 guests that arrived on Sunday went diving for their check out dive on the Helmet Wreck. For the 10 guests that arrived in the morning we covered the briefings. The divers saw the helmets and depth charges in the first cargo hold, and continued down towards the bow of the wreck. In the middle cargo hold we saw more depth charges and a large spot light. At the bow of the wreck we found the banded messmate pipe fish around the anchor wench. On the way back to the stern we found a couple of signal gobies on the silt bottom on the deck. We then spent the rest of the dive looking over the artifacts that have been collected and placed out on the stern. After the dive the big boat moved out of pinchers and into the rock islands. The Iro was our second dive. The 10 guests used this as their check out dive. We entered the water and passed by the big bow gun and soon found the school of horse eyed jacks. At the stern gun we turned around and circled up the aft king posts where we enjoyed seeing the tomato anemone fish. After the dive the skiff caught up with the big boat on its way to Ulong. After lunch we covered the reef hook briefing and dive three was at Siaes corner. We checked the current at the corner it was very mild, we started with the wall on the right. When we arrived at the corner and we hooked in. With the light current we saw a couple of sharks. As we continued on we found a turtle in the coral garden. For the fourth dive we had an incoming current and went to Ulong Channel. We hooked in at the mouth of the channel and there were several sharks on side of the mouth of the channel. We unhooked and enjoyed the drift into the channel. We ended our dive at the giant clams. Dinner was soon ready after we arrived at the big boat.

     Tuesday morning we started the day with a deep dive at Siaes Tunnel. We entered the water and descended down to the entrance of the tunnel. Inside the tunnel we saw the decorated dart fish and the rare black and white butterfly fish. We also found the blue backed pygmy angel fish. We exited the tunnel and the water temperature dropped, coming towards us along the wall was the biggest fish Ive even seen! This grouper was at least 10 feet long. It stayed just out of reach of cameras, but a guest got some video. We then drifted along the wall and saw some sharks in the blue. Dive two was at Sandy Paradise. We found some beautiful anemones and some of the guests got their hands cleaned by a pair of cleaning wrasse. We also saw the three leaf scorpion fish that live around the rock with all the glassy eyed sweepers. At the end of the dive we found a big crocodile fish. During lunch the big boat headed around to the German Channel area. Dive three was at Big Drop Off. All the guests enjoyed the relaxing drift along the wall and spotted several nudis and even some sharks in the blue. For the fourth dive we headed to German Channel. It was an incoming current and we entered the water on the Peleliu side of the channel. We swam by the Peleliu side cleaning station and when we were in the middle of the channel we could see that the mantas were feeding above us so went up to join them. Everyone enjoyed the rest of th4e did with the mantas. In total we saw 6 big ones and the little baby girl manta was also feeding. For the night dive we went back to Big Drop Off. We started the dive in the shallow area between the two moorings and found a flounder and a leaf scorpion fish. We then continued along the wall and found a couple of nudis and shrimp.


     Wednesday morning we started the day with Blue Corner. The current was incoming and we started the dive from the last mooring. As we headed to the hook in area the napoleon wrasse found us and stayed with us for the whole dive. Some of the guests hooked in at 60 feet and some at the 45 hook in area. We had a great show of sharks, jacks, snapper and a big Spanish mackerel. We unhooked and found a Feathertail ray sitting on the rubble bottom behind the 60 foot hook in area, We spent a little time with it and explored the plateau before coming up to do our safety stop. Blue Holes was the site of our second dive. We entered the water and descended down one of the four holes on top the reef. The guests posed for pictures and we found the disc clams, we then exited the chamber and headed towards Blue Corner. When we got closer to the corner the current was slack so we just came up on top the plateau and soon started our safety stop. After lunch our third dive was at Turtle Cove. This dive is not a hook in dive, but it would have been nice in the strong current. We didnt see a lot of macro life which this dive is known for with the strong current. We did see some turtles on top the plateau. For our fourth dive we decided to do a repeat dive at German Channel. We again started the dive from the Peleliu side of the mouth. We stopped at the Peleliu side cleaning station and waited but nothing happened. We headed across the mouth of the channel and when we got to the middle of the channel we waited, one manta did a pass above us, then two mantas cruised by in front of us, and still we waited. The plankton started getting thick and then we saw the mantas up in the shallow water feeding. We left the bottom and joined them in the shallows. In total we saw 6 mantas, 5 big ones and the little baby. We spent the rest of the dive watching the show. For the night dive we went back to Turtle Cove. We saw a couple of nudis and one turtle a couple of times alone the wall as she was trying to find a crack to go into to sleep.


     Thursday morning we woke up early and moved the big boat down to Peleliu. Our first dive was at Peleliu Corner. We checked the current and it was a light incoming current. We entered the water and went wall on the right towards the corner. The current was so light that there was no need to hook in. We saw some sharks, Bumphead parrot fish and the sweet lips. We saw the large school of G.T. off in the blue around the corner also we saw a couple of very large marbled groups on top the plateau. After the dive 4 guests went on the Peleliu WWII land tour to explore the island of Peleliu. For dive two we went to Orange Beach Coral Garden. We entered the water and found a leopard shark sleeping on the sandy bottom. We then drifted along the beautiful hard coral garden; saw some schools of barracuda, jacks, and snapper. Dive three was at Barracks Point. We found the giant clams, a couple of turtles and a leopard shark. Dive four was at West Wall. We started the dive at the beautiful red anemone and then continued along the wall. We saw a couple of sharks in the blue and some macro life on the wall as well. In one of the sandy channels that slope off to the deep another leopard shark was seen. When we returned to the big boat we moved out of south dock and back up towards Turtle Cove. After dinner the night dive was at Ngedebus Coral Garden. During the dive we saw a couple of turtles, and one guest was able to find two scorpion fish.


     On Friday morning we started the day with Blue Corner. The current was very light and incoming. We hooked in at the 45 foot hook in area and had a couple of sharks in front of us. The current switched on us and we had to swim across the plateau to the outgoing side. We hooked again and had a couple more sharks in the blue. We ended our dive at the tip of the corner as we played with the napoleon wrasse. For dive two we went to New Drop Off. We entered the water on the outgoing side of the corner, and hooked in at 45 feet. The school of yellow tail barracuda was just off in the blue water. We unhooked early because the current was light, explored the plateau and found a couple of beautiful anemones balled up feeding. We made it to the incoming side of the corner and took photos of the school of blue lined snapper and again the current changed and we went back the way we came. After lunch we set out to Dexters Wall for dive three. The current was light and we enjoyed the drift with the wall on the left. During the dive we saw 8 turtles in total. For dive four we went to Ferns Wall. The current incoming and moving pretty good. During the dive we saw a bunch of turtles and also three lobsters along with some nudis. We returned to the big boat and soon after, dinner was ready and the guests all sat down to chef Manis final supper that consisted of turkey and ham, mashed potatoes, broccoli & stuffing. During dinner we moved the big boat back into the rock island to get ready for tomorrow. After dinner we watched Andys video of the week then a short documentary on Jelly Fish Lake to get the guests ready for tomorrow.


     We woke up Saturday morning surrounded by the picturesque rock islands and our first excursion was Jelly Fish Lake. Everyone enjoyed this unique snorkel with an estimated 13 million jelly fish. After the lake we took the guests on a rock island tour to the famous limestone archway and some WWII sites tucked away in the rock islands. Back at the big boat we had a quick turnaround and headed out to Chandelier Cave. We surfaced in all four air chambers to take photos of the stalactites and once we exited the cave we found the mandarin fish in the shallow coral garden. We also spotted the spinney devil fish outside the entrance of the cave. After a day of cleaning, drying and packing scuba gear, we gathered in the salon at 6pm for the cocktail party and watch our slideshow of the week and soon after all the guests headed off into town for dinner. Later we said our goodbyes to 1 guest as he was leaving Palau on the 12:20 am Sunday morning flight.


     Sunday morning the remaining guests woke up to continental breakfast and at 8am we said our goodbyes as they headed off to their hotels. We would like to thank all of our guests for joining us this week aboard the Tropic Dancer, hope to see you all again soon…


     -Tropic Dancer Crew