Thailand Aggressor Captains Log 11 - 18 April 2015
North Andaman Sea
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 29c
* Visibility 30m
Cruise Director: Gabriel
Deck hand: Rong
Video Pro - Deaw
Guests – Daniel, Christian, Lee and Nancy
Sunday – Anitas reef, West of Eden, Elephant head rock, Stonehenge
Monday – Deep six, Xmas Point, North Point, Breakfast Bend
Tuesday – KOh Bon, Tachai pinnacle, Tachai reef
Wednesday – Richelieu rock
Thursday – Tachai Pinnacle, Koh Bon
Friday – King Cruiser wreck, Shark point and anemone reef
Saturday 11th April 2015
Our guests arrived at 17:00 so before setting up the gear and start the welcome briefing, we all sat for while having a great chat. This week we have Nancy and Lee, who were diving with us in Pulau Weh and decided to come back to see us again for a back to back trip in Thailand.
Sunday 12th April 2015
What a great start we had. As the sun started to come up, we looked at the bright blue water and we already knew the visibility was going to be great, over 30 metres. Our check dive was at Anitas reef where hundreds of garden eels danced for us and we also saw a beautiful chomodoris geminus, swimming giant moray eel, sting ray and an ornate ghost pipe fish. The day carried on with turtles, many species of moray eels, scorpion fish, hundreds of fusiliers and hunting tunas and giant trevallies.
Monday 13th April 2015
We spent one more day at The Similan Islands and we explored the massive granite boulders the area has to offer. Those boulders can be as high as 20 metres and as wide as 40 metres. Piled on top of each other, they make some beautiful swim throughs and canyons, covered with sea fans and soft corals. We saw many fusiliers, dog tooth tunas, giant trevallies, octopus, cuttlefish, turtles, nudis, moray eels and thousands of glass fish.
Tuesday14th April 2015
It was time to start heading north towards Koh Bon and Koh Tachai. We began our day at Koh Bon ridge and as usual, the colorful soft corals and beautiful sea fans while thousands of glass fish and fusiliers had already made the day, topped by banded sea krait, nudis, large groupers and many mantis shrimp. We spent the afternoon at Koh Tachai with some awesome visibility and a very active marine life. Giant trevalies, blue fin jacks and barracudas spent most of our dive hunting fusiliers and yellow snappers and we also came across the massive resident great barracuda.
Wednesday 15th April 2015
What a wonderful day we had at Richelieu rock today. Visibility was great and there were a lot of actions. We decided to jump in a little earlier and after five minutes into the dive we had the magnificent whale shark coming directly our way. It did not end there, it just kept coming back and back again, giving us already the best dive ever. We also saw mating cuttlefish, mantis shrimps, some beautiful nudis, many moray eels, schooling barracudas and hundreds of big eye jacks. What a day.
Thursday 16th April 2015
We started to make our way south and had a stop at Tachai Pinnacle and Koh Bon. Tachai pinnacle was just as expected ,incredible, hundreds of chevron barracudas, thousands of fusiliers, many nudis, turtle and the resident great barracuda decided to follow the video pro, making him a little scared as it came right up his face. Koh Bon was also great where thousands of glass fish went up and down while groupers, emperors and blue fin jacks hunted them.
Friday 17th April 2015
We have arrived at Phuket area and we did some really good dives. First dive was at King Cruiser wreck, a ferry boat measuring around 80 metres long with many soft corals and thousands of juvenile barracudas and yellow snappers. Then we dived Shark point and Anemone reef where sea fans, anemones and soft covered the whole reef and we saw blue spotted sting ray, nudis, sea horse, ornate ghost pipe fish, moray eels and hundreds of fusiliers. What a wonderful last day.
Saturday 18th April 2015
It is time to say good bye to some new friends and we will have Nancy and Lee next week doing the South Andaman trip and we are all looking forward to it.