Log Date: Sunday, Mar 06, 2016
Entry By: Palau Aggressor Crew
Palau Aggressor Charter march 6-13
Water Temp: 79-84 deg F
Air Temp: 78-86 deg F
Crew: Dan, jay, Matt, Hector, Ronnie, Joe and Ripon
Sunday at about 5pm our 18 guests for the week showed up and were helped aboard the Palau Aggressor 2. After a quick room briefing the crew helped set up the guests gear and then the group was escorted up stairs to the salon for a safety briefing from the Captain. Information was disseminated and questions answered just in time as dinner was finishing up. Our guests warmly welcomed then Chef Ronnie prepared a delicious meal for dinner. Once everyone had their fill we all turned in as Monday morning would begin our first day of diving.
On Monday morning we departed the dock bright and early then began the journey down south to German channel area where we dove Barnums wall as our check-out dive where we enjoyed exploring the beautiful coral garden. A variety of cool critters were found .One of the guests even found a crocodile fish sleeping! After this dive we headed to Big drop off. The third dive we motored over to turtle cove where we spotted some turtles. After the dive we went to the famous German channel in hopes of spotting a Manta ray, unfortunately we didn’t spot one but the dive was still amazing.
On Tuesday we headed south to Peleliu to start the day with a trip on the purple beach. The current was running at a very fast clip and sharks were everywhere along the wall. Turtles were seen several times well. Schooling barracudas joined us as well and a lot of huge sea fans along the deep area. Amazing dive. Next dive on the list was West wall where we spotted a couple more sharks and turtles. Our next dive at Orange beach was a welcome relief from the heat of the island. We slowly drifted over a pristine hard coral garden which stretched for acres and acres. Next up was another amazing hard coral dive at Barracks Point. With the addition of a Tridacna clam and more turtles than we could count.
Wednesday morning we start our day out at the world famous Blue Corner which most certainly did not disappoint. Divers hooked in around sixty as we watched a parade of sharks and schooling black snapper circle all around us. For dive two we ventured back out a little past the corner to the Blue Holes, were divers descended down four large holes at the top of the reef into a massive cavern. Inside divers had great view with the ambient light coming in the holes and found several disco clams on the cavern wall. As we exited the caves divers also got to see a pigmy seahorse, then we made our way back down to Blue Corner to explore the top of the plateau. Dive three Canyons for another excellent unique wall dive. Then the fourth dive was at German Channel to try our luck at seeing mantas, which unfortunately didn’t pan out but divers still had a great dive seeing turtles, a red anemone, octopus and a Leaf Scorpion fish. After dinner we went back out to German Channel for our night dive.
Thursday morning it was back of Blue Corner for another great dive, wrasses and multiple sharks and big schools of fish. Then it was out to New Drop Off or the miniature Blue Corner for another hook in dive. Then for the third dive we were off for Sandy Paradise along with seeing several leaf scorpion fish divers had a octopus. Our last dive of the day was through Ulong Channel flying through with a strong current checking out giant clams, grouper and a patch of lettuce coral as big as the Palau Aggressor itself.
On Friday the first dive took us to Siaes Tunnel for a morning exploration of the gigantic cave streaming with light through the windows that look out to the deep blue. Along our lazy drift we passed by the stunningly colorful wall and were buzzed by a few sharks plus a friendly hawks bill turtle. Our second dive took us to Siaes Corner for some great shark action, a bump head parrot fish, schooling Moorish idol and Barracudas. Dive three brought us back to Sandy Paradise for some amazing coral formations including big tabletop hard corals. Lots of cool critters to check out along the way including nudis, leaf scorpion fish, pipe fish, an octopus, a few dog tooth tuna, sleeping white tips in the sand patches, and a huge school of glossy eyed soldier fish. Then by popular demand it was back to Ulong channel for more ripping current.
On Saturday morning we went for a snorkel at Jellyfish Lake where we swam with the millions of mesmerizing stingless jellies plus checked out the predacious anemones along the shoreline. Upon returning to the skiff, Joe took us on his world famous tour through the Rock Islands before meeting up with the big boat in Koror. Our last dive was at nearby Chandelier Caves where we explored the four chambers and weird stalactite formations inside surfacing for a breath or two in the air pockets along the way. On the reef just outside the cave entrance we watched mandarin fish scurry around along with pajama cardinal fish between the shallow corals for the rest of the dive. After that, it was back for lunch and time to assist our guests with rinsing their gear. Later that evening, we all met for a few cocktails to look back on the week and share some diving stories before heading out to dinner at the nearby local restaurants.
We said farewell on Sunday morning and helped our guests with transfers to their hotels and flights. It was another wonderful week aboard the Palau Aggressor II with fantastic guests that we look forward to diving again with soon!