Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log 29 August- 5 Sept 2015
South Trip Koh Lipe
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 28c
* Visibility 25m
Cruise Director: Gabriel
Assistant Cruise Director: Clive
Dive master: Yusuf
Deck hand: Rong
Chef: Papa Phorn
Guests – Jim,Karen.Darryl,Andrea,Don,Yury.
Sunday – 30th August 2015 Talang North, Talu,Talu, Talang West,Talang
Monday – 31st August 2015 Talang East, Stonehenge, Koh Kra, Stonehenge, Talang north
Tuesday – 1st September 2015 Bitsi Rocks, Koh Lancha, Bitsi Reef, Bitsi island.
Wednesday – 2nd September 2015 Stonehenge, Talang East, Koh Kra, Koh Kra.
Thursday – 3rd Sept 2015 Stonehenge Stonehenge, Koh Talu, Stonehenge.
Friday- 4th Sept 2015 Koh Talu, Koh Khai.
Saturday 29nd August 2015
Our new guests arrived around 17:30 so we got all equipment sorted out and settled down with a great Salmon and Wasabi dinner.
Sunday 30th August 2015
Our first dive of the trip was at Talang north a great spot for a check dive and good chance for our divers who have been out the water for a while to relax slowly back into diving. We had a good dive with many Morays and a few Blue Dragon Nudibranchs in the sand. We then headed north to Talu for 2 dives, we located our resident Tiger tailed sea horse and this pleased our photographers, Then it was back to Talang west and the hunt for our small sharks these are Bamboo sharks and are always found sleeping under a couple of rocks we were lucky this time as one was positioned perfectly for a great photo opportunity. Our night dive was at the same site and again we saw many morays and some nudibranchs. Our guests returned to the boat and headed to bed for any early night…
Monday 31st August 2015
It’s just after full moon so we had a bit of current for our drift dive at Talang east we saw some moray eels and a school of Golden Trevally passed us by. Our second dive at Stonehenge was great we dived at slack water and found many interesting finds including a huge reef stonefish. One of our guests also found a couple of Chromodoris nudibranchs mating. There was also a lot of yellow snapper very close to this beautiful soft coral reef. Our next dive we timed with the tide and dived at the house reef this is a great place for finding the bent stick pipefish this is one of the larger pipefish we find here. For our next dive we dived Stonehenge, there was a bit more current this time but it bought in schools of barracuda and many jacks….
Tuesday 1st September 2015
Today we also headed for a drift dive and use the current to our advantage, there was an abundance of yellow snapper and also 3 spot snapper, we found a couple of porcelain crabs coexisting in an anemone. For our second dive we headed to Koh Lancha and located our resident Sea Horse hiding in a big piece of discarded fishing net. On our later dives we decided on Bitsi rocks, and Bitsi island these are both drift dives and we found some flounders and nudibranchs in the sand as well as a Blue Spotted Stingray.. Our guests opted for a movie tonight so we all settled down with popcorn to hand. All set for tomorrows diving.
Wednesday 2nd September 2015
We woke up nice and early ready for our first dive, we wanted to get in the water quite early of fish including a school of Barracuda circling the dive site we also found a couple of Nudibranch including a Glorious flatworm that was free swimming. After the dive we moved across the bay to Talang east there are lots of dive sites around this island and our guests opted for a nice drift dive the current wasn’t as strong as we thought and we managed to go back and forth from the deepest point right to the top of this ridge, one of our guests found a cuttlefish laying eggs, we also encountered a few morays under the many boulders. Our Third dive we moved again across the bay to dive the island called Koh Kra. It’s another sloping coral reef and we encountered many Bannerfish and lots of Surgeon fish….
Thursday 3rd September 2015
Now the moon has passed its full we decided to head back to Stonehenge, We timed it perfectly to coincide with slack tide, there was no current at all and we had a great dive with sightings of Barracuda and of course our resident school of Bat Fish hanging around the line, our guests had a great dive and we decided to do the same site again but explore the west side, we found lots of Nudibranchs in the sand along with a couple of flounders and many Sea cucumbers. Our third dive was at Koh Talu and we found a Tigertailed Seahorse and a beautiful Juvenile Andaman Sweetlips , along with the large school of Snappers we saw a smaller school of Goatfish hanging in the Blue.. For our night dive we headed back to Stonehenge and found 2 Giant Morays out Hunting and some of our guests saw some Squid while we were on the safety stop.
Friday 4th September 2015
We had our last day diving starting at Pattaya corner. Beautiful soft corals and hundreds of whip corals cover these very huge boulders, somehow unusual in the south Andaman. Nudribranchs were everywhere including the blue dragon, chromodoris anulata and many other slugs. We came across the smallest white eye moray eel plus large schools of yellow snapper. We finished our day with a delicious BBQ and spent the rest of the evening chatting away.
Saturday 5th September 2015
It’s a great group of people these week and we hope to see you all soon again.