Log Date: Saturday, Oct 10, 2015
Entry By: Thailand Aggressor Crew
Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log 10-17 October 2015
South Andaman Sea
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 29c
* Visibility 20m
Cruise Director: Gabriel
Assistant Cruise Director: Clive
Second Captain: Rong
Deck hand: Ken
Guests – Kevan, Carrie, Ki, Ray, Fran, Charles, Joseph, Gary, Ralph, Tom, Hue, Caelan and Brian.
Sunday – Talang North, Stonehenge, Talang East, Stonehenge.
Monday – Koh Talu, Koh Talu, Bitsi rock. Koh Kra
Tuesday – Racha noi bay, Racha south tip, Marina bay, Banana bay.
Wednesday – King Cruiser, Shark point, Anemone reef, Bida nok, Bida nok.
Thursday – Koh Haa Nuea, Koh Haa Rock,Koh Haa Yai, Koh Haa lagoon, Koh Haa Lagoon
Friday – Hin Muang, Hin Muang, Hin Daeng
Saturday 10th October 2015
Welcome Aboard ! Seems like a great lively group, we set up equipment and the guests enjoyed a great welcome dinner. All headed to bed early looking forward to a good days diving tomorrow.
Sunday 11th October 2015
We started our day at Talang North a great site for a check dive, we saw a beautiful flounder in the sand along with a great Barracuda, and one of our guests saw a Blue spotted stingray. Our second dive we headed for one of our favorites the current had picked up a bit and it bought in a big school of Yellow snapper and a small school of Chevron Barracuda. We headed to Talang East for our third dive this was a good drift dive with plenty of schooling jacks and a couple of blue spotted stingrays. For our final dive of the day we decided to go back to Stonehenge the sunlight penetration was fantastic and all the soft coral was so well lit. After the dive we upped anchor and headed for Koh Lipe so we enjoyed a nice sunset cruise.
Monday 12th October 2015
We headed to the eastern area of the national park for our first dive, the visibility had cleared up and we had at least 25m, we were greeted by a huge school of yellow snapper that must have been 5 to 6 hundred in number we found our juvenile Tigertailed seahorse that seems to be growing very fast. We found a few Nudibranchs in the sea fans also. Our next dive we found a couple of sleeping Bamboo sharks also some striped catfish under the same rock. For our third dive we decided on a drift dive at Bitsi rock we saw a beautiful juvenile Andaman sweetlips and many fusiliers at the surface. Our last dive of the day we dived a sloping coral reef at Sunset beach we found a huge stonefish on the sand also found was 3 Shultzs pipefish. We Upped anchor and headed for Racha yai for tomorrows diving.
Tuesday 13th October 2015
We planned to spend the day at Racha noi, a beautiful granite rock island with many dive sites. Our first dive was great with a Leopard shark laying in the sand we also saw many Rabbit fish in the shallows. On our second dive we headed for a submerged pinnacle on the south tip we were greeted by a very large school of Chevron Barracuda and lots of surgeon fish we also found a couple of nudibranchs for our macro photographers. On our third dive we started in Marina bay and headed for the group of granite boulders that form some great swimthrus, very nice for wide angle photography. Our fourth dive and night dive we did a shallow dive in Banana Bay and one of our guests found a lobster hiding under a rock, also seen were bluespotted stingrays and some garden eels.
Wednesday 14th October 2015
Our only wreck dive of the trip today King Cruiser, The boat sank in 1997 and is covered in soft coral we found a large school of Barracuda and lots of yellow snapper and a couple of giant morays, We headed then to Shark point a popular spot for finding Leopard Sharks but sadly no luck today, but we had a great dive none the less with a group of 4 mating cuttlefish and a very active Snake eel out hunting in the sand this kept our attention for a good 10 minutes. We then headed for Anemone reef, this is the reef the King Cruiser hit back in 97. We looked in all the sea fans for sea horses and found 2 beautiful Tiger tailed sea horses also we saw a large school of Squid at the safety stop. For our last day dive today we decided on a small island very close to Phi Phi Island it has a great dive site to the west and lots of marine life including unicorn fish and large schools of Parrot fish. We had our night dive here also and found many species of crab including big red Coral Crab, Hermit and decorator crab.
Thursday 15th October 2015
Today Is the day we have been waiting for, The whole of the Koh Haa area of the national park is open we dived the chimney first and saw many sweepers in this vertical passage and a couple of Golden Trevally cruised with us on the dive. Next we headed for The Koh Haa Rock where we encountered huge schools of twin spot snapper and a very nice sea snake, on our safety stop we saw two very nice Big Lobsters. Our Third dive we decided to head for the massive caverns of Koh Haa Yai these are great for wide-angle photography and we were entertained by a very large school of yellow snapper. We upped anchor and moved the boat for our fourth dive and night dive to Koh Haa Lagoon we found a couple of flounders on the sandy bottom and also a Blue Spotted Stingray. On the night dive we saw a very large Giant moray out hunting as well as many different types of shrimp including Banded boxer shrimps and Durban dancing Shrimps.
Friday 16th October 2015
Last day today so just 3 dives but a great day ahead we headed to the south of Lanta Marine Park to a dive site called Hin Muang or as it translates purple rock. We saw a huge school of rainbow runners and some blue fin Trevally still feeding on the glassfish. On our second dive we saw a large bait ball forming and swam away from the dive site to catch up there were many Queen fish darting in and out the cloud of fish. For our final dive of the trip we headed to the nearby dive site of Hin Daeng or red rock. We found some huge morays as well as a very nice honeycomb eel there were also lots of banded boxer shrimps.
Saturday 17th October 2015
Time to say goodbye we had a great trip with plenty of laughs and giggles, many new friends made and lots of great photos. Hope to see these guests again for many more happy dives…