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Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log 11 - 21 March 2015
Myanmar - Thailand
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 28c
* Visibility 25m
Cruise Director: Gabriel
Assistant Cruise Director: Clive
Dive master: Niko
Deck hand: Rong
Deck hand: Chon
Photo video pro - Deaw
Guests – Gerald, Ingrid, Alice, Jimmy, Christian, Christopher, Nathinee, Jane, Tommy
Thursday – Anita’s reef, West of Eden, Elephant head rock, Stonehenge
Friday – Deep Six, Xmas point, North point, Koh Bon
Saturday – Richelieu rock
Sunday – Rocky one, Shark cave, South flanker
Monday – Black rock
Tuesday – Frog rock, Fan forest pinnacle, Crayfish cave, Eagle’s nest, Western rocky
Wednesday – Northern rocky, Cockcoombe island
Thursday – Richelieu rock, Tachai reef
Friday – Tachai pinnacle, Koh Bon
Wednesday 11th March 2011
Guests arrived at 17:30 so we got all the gear set, had a great dinner and everyone was ready to sleep for a great trip we have ahead of us.
Thursday 12th March 2015
We began our ten day trip at the Similans National Park and divers were amused with the variety of marine life, topography and the beautiful sea fans and soft corals it has to offer. We saw many moray eels, some beautiful nudis, blue spotted sting rays, scorpion fish, giant trevallies and many blue fin jacks. The dives were topped by some amazing swim throughs and massive granite boulders, sizing up to as big as our boat.
Friday 13th March 2015
Our first dive at the day was at Deep six where massive boulders, beautiful canyons, swim throughs and lots of sea fans gave the dive site an incredible and breathtaking topography. There were white tip sharks swimming by and many blue fin jacks, hunting with rabbit fish and working as a team. Our second dive was at Xmas point and there was a beautiful juvenile white tip reef shark posing for the photographer as well as an enormous napoleon wrasse, giant trevallies and mantis shrimps.
Saturday 14th March 2015
What an amazing day we had at Richelieu Rock. This amazing horse shoe shape pinnacle, covered with hard, soft corals and abundant marine life. There were thousands of fusiliers and yellow snappers, giant trevallies, groupers, blue fin jacks and on the smaller scale, sea horses, harlequin shrimp and cleaner pipe fish, just to mention a few. We sailed to Myanmar border in the afternoon to clear immigration and we were all looking forward to our first day’s diving in Myanmar.
Sunday 15th March 2015
It was our first day at Myanmar, Mergui archipelago, and it was just a great start. First dive at Rocky one, as soon as we jumped in the water there were two ornate ghost pipe fish and a frog fish waiting for us and after 5 minutes of the dive, there was a juvenile frog fish. We had some more amazing dives where we saw razor fish, nudibranch, scorpion fish, mantis shrimp and many moray eels including the yellow edge, snow flake, white eye, fimbriated and a giant moray eels measuring at least 2 metres.
Monday 16th March 2015
We spent the whole day at Black rock, a single island very far from other place. The main reason we went there was for the manta rays, where we can often spot them. On the first dive there were no mantas but we did see a large school of at least one hundred yellow tail barracudas, giant trevallies, many blue fin jacks, mantis shrimps, two giant frog fish, peacock anemone crab as well as porcelain crab. During the other dives it was a different story, mantas would come right close to us, and kept coming back for a long period of time, giving all divers great excitement. We also saw many special species of nudibranches including the Eel bornella, ringed chromodoris, Kubaryana’s nembrotha. We cannot forget that on our last dive of the day, we came across a three metre whale shark.
Tuesday 17th March 2015
We started to head south so we did our first dive at Frog rock where a huge amount of soft corals covered the reef. Our second dive was at Fan forest pinnacle and the hundreds of sea fans while thousands of bait fish made the dive, topped by two harlequin shrimps, many moray eels, dozens of scorpion fish, schooling juvenile barracudas and many jacks and trevallies were having a feast. We spent the afternoon at Western rocky area and we came across a zebra moray eels, hunting for food, many mantis shrimps, some very rare nudibranches as well as a Spanish dancer, very usual at day time.
Wednesday 18th March 2015
What a last great day we had at Myanmar. We started our day at Northern rocky where soft corals covered the reef and an immense quantity of marine life such as mantis shrimp, nudibranches, phantom stingray and thousands of yellow snappers. As for the second dive, we had a surprise for our divers where we dropped them at the reef but led them into a beautiful lagoon inside an island, going through a beautiful cave. Divers were amazed by the beautiful topography and the wild life we could see inside the lagoon. We finished our day with a Tour in Myanmar and we headed towards Richelieu rock, looking forward to some of the best dive sites in Thailand.
Thursday 19th March 2015
Now we are back to the land of smiles, and it definitely had an effect of our divers, especially as we spent the whole day at Richelieu rock. We had very mild currents and visibility at around 20 metres. There were plenty to be seen, just as usual, from small nudibranch chomodoris anulata and blue dragon, two sea horses which one of them was pregnant, cleaner pipe fish and two golden colored ornate ghost pipe fish. On the larger side, there were hundreds of big eye jacks on the hunt, pairing up with emperors, tunas and giant trevallies and large schools of yellow tail barracudas and we must add the thousands of yellow snappers, covering the reef to the point you could not see its beautiful soft and hard corals. What a wonderful day.
Friday 20th March 2015
This was our last day diving so we did some awesome dives. We started at Tachai pinnacle and with some current, it brought a lot of action such as thousands of fusiliers, large school of chevron barracudas (up to 100), giant moray eels swimming freely and some fairly large trevallies (1.5 metres) on the hunt. Then we headed to Koh Bon where soft corals covered the reef, with the help of thousands of glass fish and we also encountered a juvenile oriental sweet lips, many nudis, banded sea krait, dog tooth tunas and large schools of blue fin jacks. While we going for our safety stop, a manta ray decided to pay us a visit, prolonging our stop to 15 minutes, making it a great last dive.
Saturday 21st March 2015
Our guests left in the morning to either catch their planes or to continue their holidays, on our side, we hope to see everyone soon again.