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Raja Ampat Aggressor Captains log 01 – 11 Dec 2015
Air Temp. 90 F
Water Temp. 28 C 84 F
Cruise Director: Michal
Chief Officer: Raswan
Main Engineer: Yuly
2nd Engineer: Olan
Oil man: Rahmad
Chef Assistant: Hani
Tender Driver: Ody
Tender Driver: Carli
Deck Hand: Jasman
We: Friwinbonda, Blue Magic, Mioskon, Mioskon
Th: Sardine Reef, Cape Kri, Batu Lima, Saonek
Fr: Manta Sandy, Manta Sandy, Arborek, Arborek
Sa: My Reef, Mellisas Garden, Keruo Channel
Su: Sagof, Baby Rock, No Contest, Love Potion No. 9
Mo: 4 Kings, Barracuda Rock, Wedding Cake, Barracuda Cake
Tu: Tank Rock, Nudi Rock, Boo West, Camel Rock
We: Gus Ridge, Shadow Reef, Boo Rock, Yillet Kecil
Th: Yillet Kecil, Grouper Net
GUESTS: Felix, Jana, Hiromi, John, Eugene, Hana, Raquel, Miguel, Christina, Alan, Denis, Juan Carlos, Marco, Enrico, Torsten
Tuesday December 1st
We picked up our guests from the airport and some of our guests arrived the day before and stayed in different hotels around Sorong. Early afternoon we had all our guests on board. We accommodated our guests to their staterooms and had lunch. After lunch we had safety briefing and we departure to central Raja Ampat. After dinner we arrived to our first location Friwinbonda.
Wednesday December 2nd
After a continental breakfast and briefing we had all divers in the water for the check dive. This dive was easy with very little current as a check dive should be. We dove at Friwinbonda where there was almost no current and visibility was reaching 15 m50 ft. We started the dive at a mini wall and in the second part of the dive we reached a slope covered with fans and hard table corals. During our dive we saw: nudibranch and flat worms, we spotted dancer shrimps inside anemones.
Our second dive we went to Blue Magic. We jumped and descended at a sloping reef area. Current was strong and visibility was reaching 15 m50 ft we saw: dogtooth tuna, sweetlips fish, school of silver barracudas and school of jackfish. We went to the top of the reef and watched big oceanic manta moving gently above. During this dive we also spotted: grey reef, black tip white tip sharks, black crocodile fish, scorpion fish, mantis shrimp, wobbegong shark, beautiful group of red glass fish and many, many other things. It is amazing how rich the life of blue magic is and how many different things you can see during 1 dive.
Thursday December 3rd
In the morning we moved Aggressor to sardine reef. Our first dive in the morning we had a strong current so we drifted the first part of the dive passing schools of fish like barracudas, jacks and surgeons. We also spotted black tip and white tip sharks, current slowed down beghind the corner of the sea mount. It was a nice drift dive.
Second dive after having a tasty breakfast with some rest we went to Cape Kri. This time the current was very slow and the dive was easy and relaxing. We went deeper this time as on the sandy bottom there was a huge beautiful school of big white striped sweet lips fish. Next to it there was fat white tip shark lying on a bottom.
We moved the aggressor for dinner and night dive to Saonek. We were following a slow current and searching for a night creatures. We spotted crabs, sea slugs, nudibranch but the best part was big wobbegong shark hidden below the coral were next to it was a big green moray eel being cleaned by a shrimp.
Friday December 4th
We moved our boat to Manta Sandy for 2 dives with Mantas. We had an incredible dives, not only we saw plenty of big 4 m.14 ft mantas but also pegasus sea moth and pontohi sea horses. Mantas were gently sweeming above us in front us and behind us. We had a great show during our 2 dives.
After lunch we moved Aggressor to Arborek Island and dove at the jetty. We saw many jaw fish hiding in the holes of sandy bottom. We made our way to the jetty were small group of spade fish was posing for pictures. Sunlight was coming through wooden jetty and made a beautiful scenery for wide angle pictures. Pillars of the jetty are covered with soft corals and sea fans. We went deeper down the rubble slope to find red hornet ghost pipe fish, pontohi sea horse and nudibranch. We also saw big moray eel hiding below big boomie. It was a great picture as all over around the moray there were hundreds of glass fish.
During dinner our divemaster Herry made a presentation about sea horses and we sent our divers for a night dive at Arborek Jetty. It is one of the best night dives in Raja Ampat and this time our divers spotted walking shark!
Saturday December 5th
In the morning we arrived to Penemu Island and started morning dive at My Reef. Wow it was an exceptional dive, full of fish and raising current of average strength which made all the fish play around. We spotted school of barracudas and jack fish. We saw 5 napoleon wrasse and some macro stuff like: nudibranch, skeleton shrimps and porcelain crabs. We made our way down the long slope enjoying the beautiful reef and thousands of coral colorful fish. Visibility was reaching 25 m. 80ft.
Our second dive we moved to the nearby Melissas Garden. Sun was strong making the entire coral garden bright and colourful. This dive site has all corals of the world. We were making our way around the dive site watching life booming all over around.
Our 3rd and last dive this day was a Keruo Channel. Dive site has some spectacular underwater views as the sloping reef is covered with huge sea fans and black corals. We made a slow drift dive passing slowly by small groups of reef fish as groupers, spade fish, fusiliers and sweet lips. After our dive we started long relocation to Misool.
During dinner our guest Felix made a presentation about sea shells as discovering and describing new species of shells is his passion and work.
Sunday December 6th
In the morning we arrived to island Sagof in Misool. We did our first dive starting from a vertical wall making our way slowly through big gorgonias and black corals. We spotted school of spadefish. There were many fusiliers feeding on a plankton.
For our second dive we dove at baby rock. It is a small rock situated close to the first dive spot. Visibility improved during that dive and was reaching 20 m.66 ft. Dive site has some interesting rocky reef formation with vertical walls and steep slopes covered with soft corals and many sea fans. The highlight of this dive was spotting two wobbegong sharks.
After lunch we moved our boat to Balbulol Island where we dove at dive spot called No Contest. There was a low tide and current was an average strength, This dive was really rich with life. When we descended to the first pinnacle there were thousands of blue and yellow fusiliers and big school of surgeon fish. All the fish were hiding behind the vertical wall of the pinnacle. We made our way slowly down the reef to the second pinnacle were big school of spade fish was hovering and coming close to the divers. We had an amazing dive as we spoted crazy number of fish: huge grouper, 2 crocodile fish, bargibanti and denis pigmy sea horses, lobsters and much more.
Monday December 7th
In the morning we moved our boat to the dive site called 4 kings. This is a great dive site where we dove around 4 pinnacles with walls deep walls and steep slopes. We had an average strength current and nice visibility reaching 25m.80ft. During this dive we saw: barracudas, school of jack and spade fish, grey reef shark and millions of small reef fish hovering above the rocky reef covered with beautiful soft corals.
Our 2nd dive we went to Barracuda Rock. We went down the steep slope where we got to a big overhang starting from 18m.54ft. reaching 37m.111ft. We went below the overhang admiring beautiful soft corals covering it. There was a big group of yellow fusiliers below it.
3rd dive we dove at Wedding Cake, the name of the dive site is taken from a layer structure of the reef. Those layers are covered with soft and hard corals. Our dive was as in an aquarium. There were thousands of small reef fish all over around. Almost no current and calm water made our dive very relaxing and we could enjoy close up look at the reef. We saw: hornet ghost pipe fish, many different types of gobys, comensal shrimps and nudibranch.
Tuesday December 8th
In the morning we changed location to Fiabecet. It is an area with many small rocks around which are locations for an amazing dive sites. First dive we did at Tank Rock. We spotted jackfish, sweet lips fish, groupers, nudibranch and pygmy sea horses in the sea funs.
Our second dive was at Nudi Rock. This dive site is one of the best sites in Misool area. Corals and number of fish is just incredible. We started our dive at a steep wall and followed a slow current. We spotted 1 sea fun with 7 denis pigmy sea horses. We also spotted a school of surgeon fish, grey reef shark and turtle. At the second part of the dive we spent around 15 minutes of a dive at a flat plateau, where we saw group of yellow fin barracudas, big groupers and white tip sharks. At the safety stop we were watching all the booming life of a soft coral garden at the shallow waters.
Third dive we dove at Boo West. We started our dive at vertical wall reaching big depths all covered with soft corals, sea fans and black corals. We saw many nudibranch, groupers and snappers. We finished our dive at a beautiful flat bottom with many rocks and boomies covered with soft corals were current was swirling and fish life booming all around.
Wednesday December 9th
We moved Aggressor to Gus Ridge. Deep narrow ridge beautiful coral reef on top. We saw tunas, school of barracudas, school of yellow stripe snappers, school of surgeon fish, group of giant trevalies and napoleon wrasse. This dive site has a big rocks all covered with soft and hard corals. We had almost no current and 20 m.66 ft visibility.
Second dive we went to Shadow Reef and straight away at the beginning of a dive we spotted oceanic mantas. During whole dive we were filming and taking pictures of mantas. It was a great dive and for some of our guest the best dive of the trip.
Third dive we did at Boo Rock. We went down to look at the 4 windows in the rock which is a beautiful view and great start for a dive. We went slowly down a steep slope and spotted denis pigmy sea horses on different sea fans. 1 was yellow and 1 red. At the end of steep ridge there are some beautiful rocks and huge area of colorful sea fans. We spotted school of yellow stripe snappers, black tip shark, napoleon wrasse and giant trevalies.
Thursday December 10th
Our last day of diving in Raja Ampat and we dove Yillet Kecil where we had an enjoyable dive.
After breakfast we started our second dive and last for this trip at Grouper Net. The terrain of this dive was very interesting with 4 big pinnacles. 1 of them has a beautiful big overhang with many sea fans where we found bargibanti pigmy sea horse. We also spotted blue spotted ray, 3 stone fish and at end of a dive Eugune was chased by an angry titan triggerfish. We finished our diving day with a lot of laughs about that situation.
After our second dive we departed to Sorong. On the way back we had lunch and showed a video of the week. After dinner we started farewell party with our guests and gave iron diver awards. Many of our divers didnt skip any dives which was pretty impressive. Alan and Christina, Torsten, Miguel and Raquel, Juan Carlos, Marco, John, Jana and Felix completed all the dives during our 10 day trip.
Friday December 11th
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!