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Log Date: Monday, Jan 04, 2016
Entry By: Raja Ampat Aggressor Crew









 



Raja Ampat Aggressor Captain s log 04 – 11 Jan 2016
Air Temp.  90 F
Water Temp. 28 C  84 F

CREW
Captain Burhan
Cruise Director Michael
Chief Officer Raswan
Chief Engineer Yuly
2nd Engineer Rahmad
Chef Jemly
Chef Assistant Hani
House keeping Betty
Waitress Serli
Dive master Henry
Dive master Jamie
Tender Driver Jasman
Tender Driver Carli

DIVE SITES
Tu Friwinbonda  Blue Magic  Mioskon  Mioskon
We Cape Mansuar  Cape Kri  Sardine Reef  Saonek
Th My Reef  Mellisa s Garden  Penemu View  Rubble Point
Fr Mayhem 1  Mayhem 2  Arborek  Arborek
Sa Manta Sandy  Manta Sandy  West Mansuar  Yanbuba
Su Cape Kri  Blue Magic

GUESTS Richard and Ella  Peter and Danielle  Mark  Genevieve  Yukiko

Monday January 4th
We picked up our guests from airport and some of our guests arrived day before and stayed in different hotels around Sorong. Our guests Mark and Genevieve had delayed flight but reached the boat in afternoon and joined other guets during lunch. We accommodated our guests in staterooms and showed them our boat. After lunch we had safety briefing and we departure to central Raja Ampat. After dinner we arrived to our first location Friwinbonda.

Tuesday January 5th  
After continental breakfast and briefing we had all divers in the water a check dive at Friwinbonda. This time there was a mild current and dive was easy. e had a dive at Friwinbonda. Visibility was reaching 15 m 50 ft. We started the dive at a mini wall and in the second part of the dive we reached slope covered with fans and table corals. Our guide spotted a Serven s Pygmy Seahorses.  The best was that they were mating. It was just incredible to watch how they dance in the water with their tails tangled. During our dive we also saw flat worms  white tip sharks  school of yellow fin fusiliers and school of yellow stripe snappers.
Our second dive we went to Blue Magic. We jumped and descended at a sloping reef area where current are meeting. Current was mild and visibility was reaching 15 m 50 ft. We saw very big dogtooth tuna  school of big eye soldier fish  school of jacks  school of surgeon fish and school of yellow fin barracudas. At the second part of the dive we went to the top of the shallow reef. We were observing fish swimming in between the big coral formations when unexpectedly Oceanic Manta appeared and swam above us  Unforgettable experience. Most of the guests said it was the biggest manta they ever saw. Yes  I said it s the biggest manta you can see in the world. Oceanic Mantas are until 6 m. big. The one we spotted was 5 m. big.
After lunch we went for a 3rd dive to Mioskon. There was a slow current and visibility dropped to 10 m. 33 ft. Still the fish action was pretty amazing. We saw big school of fusiliers and a lot of yellow stripe snappers. At the second part of the dive we spotted 2 Pontohi Pygmy Sea Horses and white bonnet anemon fish  which is quite rare one. We also took our guests to see giant clam. It was an excellent dive. During dinner and casual conversations we made presentation about Raja Ampat and took our divers to night dive at Mioskon. During the dive we spotted sea snake  sea slugs  nudibranch and flat worms. All macro photography stuff.

Wednesday January 6th In the early morning we moved the boat to Mansuar Island where we dove at dive site called Cape Mansuar. It was a relaxing morning dive with some big fish and without a current. We spotted yellow fin barracudas  bumpheads  black tip sharks and wobbegong shark. Visibility was reaching 20m.
After breakfast and some break we moved to Cape Kri at Kri Island. We started the dive drifting at the steep slope area and spotted group of emperors and sweet lips fish. Our guide Harry spotted bargibanti sea horse on a gorgonia sea fun. We also saw orangutan crab  flat worms and at the end of the dive hawks bill turtle. Visibility was reaching 15 m. 50 ft. and there was a rising tide with mild current. After lunch and short relocation we arrived to Sardine Reef. It was a falling tide this time and current was average strength. We jumped at the sandy bottom area with some nice bigger coral formations around. We went to the sloping area of the reef and spotted big bumphead parrotfish  school of yellow fin barracudas and surgeons. We also saw Napoleon Wrasse and at the end of the dive at the safety stop we saw 1 cruising black tip shark. Visibility was reaching 15m. 50ft. After snacks and rest we had our dinner ready. During dinner we made a briefing about schedule and dive for next day and went for a night dive at Saonek. We did a mock diving on the sandy area close to the island. We spotted red seahorse  wobbegong shark resting on the sand and many crabs and shrimps.

Thursday January 7th      
In the morning we arrived to Penemu Island and started morning dive at Melissa s Garden. We jumped in the sloping reef area with many fussiliers around. We moved down the reef. We saw Oriental sweetlips fish  many big size spade fish  wobbegong shark and tiny orangutan crab. Visibility was reaching 15 m. 50 ft and there was almost no current.
Our second dive we moved to the nearby dive site My reef. It was raising tide with average current strength. We drifted down the sloping reef with thousands of fusiliers around. We spotted some emperor fish and many glass fish around big coral formations. We went slowly to the top of the reef and spotted school of barracudas. Visibility was reaching 15 m. 50 ft.
After lunch we took our guests for a land tour to see lagoon and view of Penemu Island area. After trekking we went for a dive to Anita s Garden. It was so far the best dive as visibility improved and we saw many interesting creatures. We spotted very rare dragon shrimps  orangutan crab  nudibranch and amazing electric clam. Coral Garden hides really a lot of underwater treasures here and fascinating coral formations. We had mild current with nice visibility reaching 20m 66 ft. Evening came and time for a dinner. After dinner we made a presentation about sea horses. Our guests loved it. We started a night dive at Rubble Point. We spotted many pigmy creatures like bobtail squid  pigmy cuttle fish  crabs and shrimps. We also saw a wobbegong shark. Dive was relaxing and without current. After dive we moved Aggressor to Yangeffo Island

Friday January 8th   
We started our morning dive at Mayhem 1. It was a raising tide with pretty strong current. We jumped away from the reef and descended to the sloping area of Mayhem sea mount. All around there were schools of fusiliers. We spotted barracudas  spanish macrel and big bumphead parrotfish. We hooked to the reef and watched fish action. After few minutes we drifted down the reef and went shallower to the top of the reef.  We spent rest of the dive watching beautiful coral reef. At the very end of the dive we saw group of big bumpheads feeding on the hard corals. Visibility was very good reaching 25 m.After our breakfast we went to second sea mount Mayhem 2. Current was still strong and we did pretty the same as during previous dive. Went down to the sloping reef and spotted grey reef shark  barracudas  big napoleon wrasse and school of yellow fin barracudas. At the top of the reef we saw a wobbegong shark below coral with an amazing glass fish all around. We also spotted several nudibranch. It was very good dive.After lunch we moved Aggressor to Arborek Island. We did our third dive at the reef and below Arboreks Jetty. It was relaxing dive without any current and with good visibility reaching 20m 66ft. We spotted few lion fish and scorpion fish. We saw yellow fin fusiliers and group of spade fish hiding below the jetty.Night dive we did at the same spot. We spotted walking shark epaulette Raja Ampat  endemic for Raja Ampat. We also saw pigmy squid and cuttle fish. We saw several nudibranch and juvenile spade fish.

Saturday January 9th
In the morning we moved to Manta Sandy  where we did 2 dives. During first dive we spotted 1 black manta unfortunately  just for a moment but we also saw Servensi and Pontohi pygmy sea horses.  During second dive we spotted 1 black manta which came to cleaning station and made few circles around big boomies. Current was strong and visibility was reaching 20m. 66ft.
For our 3rd dive we moved boat to West Mansuar. Did a dive at a sloping reef. Current was raising and was strong. Visibility was reaching 20m 66ft. We drifted down the reef  we spotted many reef fish  the highlights of the dive was big school of oriental sweet lips.
During dinner we watched slideshow from our trip and went for a dive to Yanbuba Jetty. We saw flat worms  nudibranch  crabs and shrimps. At the end of the dive we saw a turtle resting at the bottom covered with rubble coral.

Sunday January 10th
Last day of our trip we dived twice. We went to Sardine Reef where we spotted thousands of fish. We had a strong current during this dive. We went down to the reef. There was very mild current and nice visibility reaching 25m. 82 ft. We saw barracudas  black tip sharks  gray reef sharks  white tip shark  schools of spade fish  school of surgeons  napoleon wrasse and huge OCEANIC MANTA!!. It was the best dive of our trip. Last dive after breakfast we did at Blue Magic. Again it was a magical dive. We saw huge number of fish and OCEANIC MANTA. Even Danielle who was snorkeling above had a chance to spot it. Well done! We had an amazing day of diving. Great ending of our trip. After diving we rinsed gear and had a lunch. We opened boutique for our guest and watched video from our trip. After dinner we went to sundeck to start a farewall party. We sang a song and did a speech. We had some awards prepared for our guests. Mark and Genevieve close family award. Peter and Yukiko best dive team and Richard with Ella best dive team.  After awards we started a dancing party and had a lot of fun. It was a great evening.


Monday January 11th
In the morning we said our farewells to our guests and took everybody to the airport. It was a great 7 day trip. We made new friends and had a very good time. We hope to see you again!