Log Date: Saturday, Jan 16, 2016
Entry By: Thailand Aggressor Crew
Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log
16th -23rd January 2016
North Andaman Sea
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 29c
* Visibility 25m
Cruise Director: Clive
2nd Captain Rong
Assistant Cruise Director: Ashley
Dinghy Driver: Nin
Chef: Pi Phorn
Chef Pa Porn
Video / Photo Pro: Deaw
Guests: Patty, Edward, Art, Pam, Darryl, Heather, Scott Hauser, LeeAnna, Kent, Ken, Mike, Sean, Candi, Peter, Kang, Randy
Sunday – Anita’s Reef, Sharkfin Reef, West of Eden, Hideaway, Anita’s Reef
Monday – Deep Six, Elephant Head, Three Trees, Turtle Rock
Tuesday – Christmas Ridge, Koh Bon x 4
Wednesday – Koh Bon, Tachai Pinnacle x 2, Tachai Reef x 2
Thursday – Richelieu Rock x 4
Friday – Koh Tachai, Koh Bon
Saturday 16th January 2016
The guests arrived to the Thailand Aggressor at 5pm. They set up their gear and we met in the saloon for the boat briefing. After the briefing the guests had a lovely pork loin dinner and then went to bed.
Sunday 17th January 2016
We started the day with a check out dive at Anita’s Reef. The reef starts from the east of Similan Island 6 and runs to the south of Island 5. The main attraction at this site is the big rock which is 20 meters at the deepest point. The rock is surrounded by various colorful soft corals and sea fans. The guests were happy with the site as they got to see a clown trigger fish, a trumpet fish, many anemone fish, and big schools of beautiful bright blue fusiliers. The best dive of the day was the third dive at West of Eden. This site consists of giant granite boulders that create interesting canyons and crevices nice for swimming through. Here the divers encountered the resident spearing mantis shrimp, which was in plain view yet barely visible due to its camouflaging abilities. We also spotted a scorpion fish, a sea snake, and a free swimming giant moray eel.
Monday 18th January 2016
Elephant Head Rock, the second dive of the day, is a site consisting submerged boulders piled on top of each other creating several crevices and swim throughs. The name comes from the rock formation visible at the surface, which resembles an elephant. Here we saw several boxfish, and blue spotted stingray, and a solitary ribbon eel. The next dive was at Turtle Rock, a rocky site mostly covered in corals. Here the guests slowly drifted along the reef and were pleased to have seen several oriental sweet lips, snappers, groupers, angelfish, and a moray eel.
Tuesday 19th January 2016
We started the day with a very interesting dive at Christmas Ridge. The divers weaved along the sandy bottom in between huge boulders and rock formations. Some of the guests were lucky enough to lay eyes on the elusive guitar shark! We also spotted a white tipped reef shark and a hump head wrasse. After the first dive we headed to Koh Bon where we spent the rest of the day. Koh Bon is a favored dive site in Thailand, which consists of many hard corals such as mountain coral and staghorn coral. The walls are decorated with various colorful soft coral and oftentimes different types of schooling fish and glass fish. The divers enjoyed the site and were happy to have spotted a white tipped reef shark and a sea snake.
Wednesday 20th January 2016
This morning we started the day at Koh Bon, where we dove yesterday. The sight was teeming with life, especially on the western ridge where larger fish sometimes take advantage of the cleaning station. Today divers were lucky enough to spot a manta ray visiting the station, accompanied by several large cobias. The rest of the day was spent at Koh Tachai. First at Tachai Pinnacle, and then at Tachai Reef. Although the bar was set high at Koh Bon, divers were not disappointed with the rest of the day’s dives, as they were able to spot yet another manta ray at Tachai Pinnacle. The sight was also swarming with barracuda and trevally which created a spectacular sight as they were feeding on the smaller schooling fish.
Thursday 21th January 2016
We spent the entire day at a beautiful place called Richelieu Rock, one of Thailand’s most famous dive sites. Richelieu Rock is an isolated pinnacle to the east of Surin Islands and is marked by the top of the rock which is visible at the surface during low tide. The pinnacle forms a horseshoe figure which falls steeply to the surrounding sand bottom at a maximum depth of 35 meters. The site comprises of many sheer walls, groups of rocks and numerous small caves that are home to various marine life. Throughout the day, divers had a chance to observe many marine critters including a yellow tiger tail seahorse found on a sea fan, a cleaner pipe fish hidden in a dark crevice, one camouflaged Shultz pipe fish, several cuttlefish, a frog fish, and thousands of various schooling damsel fish.
Friday 22nd January 2016
Today we had just a half day of diving. We started at Tachai Pinnacle where we saw a giant trevally, a clown trigger fish, a blue spotted stingray, an oscillated wart slug, and two very pretty black and white spotted egg cowries. The next dive was at Koh Bon, which was beautiful as always. Here the divers were able to see a hump head wrasse and a manta. After the second dive we headed back to Thaplamu, where we arrived at 5pm. The guests enjoyed a bbq and award ceremony, and then relaxed on board until they went to bed.
Saturday 23rd January 2016
The guests woke up and had breakfast. We said our farewells and the guests departed the Thailand Aggressor at 8am.