“Raja Ampat Aggressor” Captain’s log *31 Aug – 10 Sep.2015
*Air Temp. 90 F
*Water Temp. 28 C/ 84 F
* Visibility 80ft
Cruise Director: Michal
Chief Officer: Niko
Main Engineer: Yuly
2nd Engineer: Olan
Chef Assistant: Jemly
Tender Driver: Ody
Tender Driver: Carli
Deck Hand: Jasman
Tu: Friwinbonda, Blue Magic, Mioskon, Saonek
We: Sardine Reef, Cape Kri, Cape Kri, Yanbuba
Th: Manta Sandy, Manta Sandy, Arborek, Arborek
Fr: Citrus Ridge, Mayhem, Mangrove Ridge, Citrus Ridge
Sa: Barracuda, Glaxy, Ranger Wall, Rublle,
Su: Herdinmic Wall, Changgo, Herdinmic Wall,
Mo: Melissa’s Garden, Keruo Channel, Melissa’s Garden, Keruo Night
Tu: Cape Kri, Chicken Reef, Sardine Reef, Friwinbonda
We: Mioskon, Blue Magic
GUESTS: Michael, Jamie, Giorgio, Miguel, John, Bruce, Anthony and Daniel.
Monday August 31st
We picked up our guests from airport and some of our guests arrived day before and stayed in Swiss bell hotel in Sorong. Early afternoon we had all our guests already on board except Miguel. Unfortunately his flight was delayed and we made preparation to bring him to our boat by speedboat on next day. We accommodated our guests in staterooms and had a lunch. After lunch and safety briefing we departure to north of Raja Ampat. At the evening we arrived to our 1st destination Friwinbonda.
Tuesday September 1st
We had continental breakfast and check dive at Friwinbonda. No current dive with nice visibility and mostly macro stuff. We saw many nudibranch and flat worms. We also saw big dogtooth tuna and bump head parrotfish. Bruce had small problem with his regulator and we changed it for a new and we had him back in the water immediately. Dive was enjoyable and relaxing.
After hot breakfast we had break before second dive at Blue Magic. We saw many schools of fish and also wobbegong shark, grey reef shark, schools of sweetlips fish, barracudas, tunas, big school of jackfish and a lot of glass fish. Current was strong and visibility was very good reaching 25 meters/ 75 feet.
Lunch and 3rd dive at Mioskon. So far it was the best dive with great number of fish. We saw big schools of 3 different type of fusiliers, 2 big napoleon wrasse, 2 wobbegong sharks, nudibranch, bump head parrotfish, white tip shark, school of sweetlips fish, school of snapper and many other amazing fish. There was almost no current and dive was just perfect. Visibility was reaching 20 meters/ 60 feet. Before dinner we picked up our guest Miguel from place called Saonek and we had complete number of guests on board.
After dinner we and rest we had all divers ready for a night dive in Saonek. Our divers spotted many interesting creatures: Nudibranch, crabs and many different types of shrimps. It was a great day of interesting diving.
Wednesday September 2nd
We started our dive at Sardine reef. We didn’t expect that we will have such an amazing dive. Millions of fish around us and slight current. We saw: white tip sharks, school of banner fish, school of barracudas, school of spade and trevally fish. We saw pontohi pigmy sea horse and 4 types of different fusiliers in the blue. We had 25 m./75 ft. visibility and it was the best dive this trip so far.
We moved Raja Ampat Aggresor to the west to Kri island. After hot breakfast we were ready for our second dive. We jumped at Cape Kri, one of the favourite dive sites in north Raja Ampat. We had very strong current and crazy number of fish. We descended in split point where all the action was played by the fish . We saw schools of fish: yellow fin barracudas, jackfish, sweat lips fish, black tip sharks, white tip sharks and grey reef sharks. We had a demanding but great dive. Visibility was excellent reaching 30 m/90 feet.
We decided to wait a little bit for current to slow down and hit again Cape Kri dive site. It was definitely worth staying. It was the best dive. Billions of fish around. Current was middle strength and we were drifting passing countless number of schools of fish. Visibility was amazing reaching 30 m/ 90 ft. We saw: 5 different types of fusiliers, 5 black tip sharks, 2 grey reef sharks, 2 schools of big eye trevally, 5 giant sweat lips fish, bumphead parrotfish, school of yellow fin barracudas, couple of dog tooth tunas, spanish mackerel, school of spade fish, school of sweetlips fish, 3 different schools of snapper and many more. Blow minding dive!!!
After dinner we went for a night dive at Yanbuba. It was an amazing dive with a lot of creatures hiding below jetty of Yanbuba village. We saw: 2 wobbegong sharks, pigmy cuttle fish, hermit crabs, spider crabs and many different types of shrimps. All our guests were in great mood after full day of fabulous dives.
Thursday September 3rd
Early in the morning we moved Raja Ampat Aggressor to Manta Sandy. Almost all dive we were swimming around 2 big rocks which are cleaning stations for Mantas. We saw 2 pigmy seahorses, damsels fish and glass fish. After a while our divemaster Dinche spotted one Manta and all our divers could take pictures and videos. It was an excellent dive.
Second dive we went to Manta Sandy again. It was a great dive with many fish but Mantas didn’t come. Still everyone was happy of the dive and looking forward to next dive.
After lunch and rest we went to Arborek. One of the favourite dive sites in north Raja Ampat. Current was very strong so we waited half an hour. When tide slowed down, we jumped on tenders. It was a good choice as when we went down current was already slowing down. We had a great dive with school of scads fish below jetti. We also saw bumphead parrot fish, sweetlips fish, many spade fish, angle fish, nudibranch and wobbegong shark.
After dinner we had small group of divers for a night dive. Other guests decided to spend time in salon and relax. We went for a dive to Arborek Jetti. It was very good dive with many interesting creatures: mantis shrimp, Pontohi sea horse, many different nudibranch and hunting lion fish.
Friday September 4th
In the early morning we made our way to Yangeffo Island. We had continental breakfast and were ready for a first dive at Citrus Ridge. Current was slow at the beginning but when we got to the ridge current started to be stronger. Visibility was around 15 m/50 ft. At the beginning we spotted huge bumphead parrotfish reaching 2 m/ 6 ft. We also saw a school of fusiliers and wobbegong shark.
After breakfast we prepared kayaks and let our guests have a ride around mangroves. Second dive we went to Mayhem. Submerged reef with many rocks covered with beautiful soft acropora corals. We had a good start of the dive as we jumped in the school of fusiliers. We also saw: bumphead parrotfish, 2 wobbegong sharks and very rare walking shark! We had average strength of current and visibility reaching 15m/50 ft.
Third dive we went to Gam ridge. Dive site with slopes covered mostly with hard corals. There was no current so dive was very relaxing. We saw: wobbegong shark, beautiful nudibranch and pipe fish.
Night dive we went to Citrus Ridge. Dive was very interesting with many creatures creeping on the colourful reef and sandy bottom. We found: 8 big sea slugs, big swimming moray eel and some different types of nudibranch, crabs and shrimps.
Saturday September 5th
Day started with continental breakfast and preparation for full day of diving. We went to Barracuda dive site. We saw school of barracudas, many various nudibranch and 3 pigmy sea horses living in the matrix of purple sea fan. We had a little bit of a current and visibility around 15 m./50 feet.
After breakfast we went for our second dive site called Galaxy. At this dive current was stronger. We followed current and drifted down the deep ridge covered with hard corals. We saw yellow fin fusiliers, couple of nudibranch and flat worms, 4 big lobsters and wobbegong shark. Visibility was 15 m./50 feet.
After lunch Mike and Jamie decided to join land tour and our other guests went for a dive to Ranger Wall. During land tour, we went by dingy to place called star lagoon and we climbed stairs to see the view on Penemu island, nearby rocks and small lagoons. Divers were very happy with the dive too. They saw nice wall covered with soft corals and sea fans. We had a good day and rest before dinner.
After dinner we had all our divers ready to go for a night dive. We dove at Rubble Point. Sloping area with groups of small boomies covered with soft corals. It was a beautiful dive. We found many amazing creatures: bobtail cuttle fish, tiny yellow frogfish, hornet pipe fish, yellow black spotted moray eel, decorator crab, spider crab and much more crabs and shrimps.
Sunday September 6th
At midnight we moved Aggressor north to Kawe Island. Place situated just below equator. Conditions at sea were too rough to dive at place called Eagle Rock. We had to find place to anchor so we moved Aggressor closer to main island. First dive we went to the Herdinmic Wall. Vertical wall going to 40 m./130 feet. Very beautiful covered with soft corals. We found many nudibranch on the wall, pigmy cuttlefish and many schools of yellow fin fusiliers. Dive was easy and relaxing without much current.
Second dive we went to Changgo, small island in the middle of sea. Terrain of dive site is amazing with many arch’s and big rocks covered with soft corals. We jumped in the schools of 2 different types of fusiliers and school of jackfish. Current was strong and we had to make our way close to the reef. We saw huge bumphead parrotfish, many angel fish, school of sweetlips fish, school of spade fish and uncounted number of coral small fish. It was one of the best dive so far during our trip. Visibility was reaching 20 m/60 ft with big waves on the surface and strong current.
Currents were very strong at this time so we needed to dive at easy spot so on our third dive we went again to Herdimic Wall. Wall is well protected from strong currents. We saw a bunch of different nudibranch, school of yellow fusiliers and big groupers.
Night dive our divemaster Dinche took divers to new spot at the small island with white sandy beach. We spotted starg octopus, hermit crabs and many colourful nudibranch. After the dive we moved Aggressor to Penemu again. We had big waves on the way and crossing took longer than usual. Fortunately we were not late for diving and started our morning with breakfast and preparation for diving
Monday September 7th
Morning dive we went to Melissa’s Garden. It is definitely the richest reef in all Penemu Island area. Coral garden is full of various hard and soft corals and has the biggest table corals from all Raja Ampat. We saw 5 wobbegong sharks, black tip shark, school of spade fish, moray eel, juvenile spade fish and napoleon wrasse. Visibility was reaching 20 m./60 ft and wind was forming middle size waves on the surface.
Second dive we went to Keruo Channel. We had very good visibility and mild current. Dive was a drift with huge number of reef fish. We saw: 3 different types of fusiliers, many spade fish, sweetlips fish, angel fish, rabbit fish, surgeon fish and many other amazing creatures. Visibility was reaching 30 m/ 90 ft.
Third dive we went again to Melissa’s Garden. Current was strong and waves were big on the surface but our experienced group had no problems to do a safe dive. We spotted: crocodile fish, porcelain crab, mushroom pipe fish and barramundi fish. Visibility dropped to 15m/ 50 ft.
After dinner most of the group went for a night dive to Keruo Night. Our divemaster Herry made a survey of a sloping area before the dive and he made a great job. Our divers were very satisfied what they saw on that dive. They spotted: 3 pigmy cuttle fish, bobtail cuttle fish, big blue moray eel and red octopus.
Tuesday September 8th
We moved Aggressor to the Dampier Strait. Our guests enjoyed the most this region from all others during our trip. It was a great choice as all dive sites had a great visibility. We did our first dive at Cape Kri – the fishiest dive site in all north Raja Ampat. We saw huge number of fish and many schools: emperor, barracuda, jacks, white tip and black tip sharks, wobbegong and grey reef sharks. We also saw a big solar nudibranch.
Second dive we went to Chicken Reef. Great dive with great visibility. We saw big number of surgeon, rabbit and sweetlips fish.
Third dive was at Sardine reef. We had a fabulous dive, drifting down the slopes of seamount. We found a huge turtle below big boomie. We also saw schools of fish: fusiliers, surgeon fish, sweetlips, 3 different types of snapper and emperor fish. Current was strong and visibility reaching 20 m/60 ft.
We had our last dinner on board served by our cook Ivan and Jemli. After dinner we watched slide show from our trip. John and Michael were very kind and shared their pictures with everyone. Last Night dive we went to Friwinbonda. We saw:
Friday September 9th
Morning dive we started earlier and we went to Mioskon. We had very enjoyable dive with almost no current and we saw great number of fish. We saw: huge number of yellow sweetlips fish, spade fish, 2 wobbegong sharks, couple of nudibranch, snappers, surgeon, rabbit fish and fusiliers playing in the blue. Visibility was reaching 30 m/90 ft.
Second and last dive we went to Blue Magic. Great dive with perfect conditions. Almost no current and very good visibility. It was excellent culmination of our trip. We saw: black tip shark, school of barracudas,
We had a departure briefing and party in the evening. Our guest Giorgio got Milestone Award as he finished his 200 dives with us.
We went for a dinner with our guests to Sunshine restaurant and had a great time together.
Saturday September 10th
In the morning we said our farewells to our guests and send them to hotels and airport. It was a great 10 day trip and we made new friends and had a very good time. We hope to see you again!