Log Date: Monday, Mar 14, 2016
Entry By: Raja Ampat Aggressor Crew
Raja Ampat Aggressor Captains log 14 – 21 Mar 2016
Air Temp. 90 F
Water Temp. 28 C- 84 F
Cruise Director: Michal
Chief Officer: Ivan
Chief Engineer: Yuly
2nd Enginner: Maxi
3rd Engineer: Rahmad
Chef Assistant: Jemly
House keeping: Betty
Tender Driver: Ody
Tender Driver: Carli
Tu: Friwinbonda, Blue Magic, Mioskon, Saonek
We: My Reef, Mellisas Garden, Penemu View, Rubble Point
Th: Mayhem, Citrus Ridge, Mangrove Ridge, Gam Ridge
Fr: Mayhem, Manta Sandy, Arborek, Arborek
Sa: Cape Mansuar, Cape Kri, Sardine Reef, Mioskon
Su: Cape Kri, Blue Magic
Monday March 14th
We picked up our guests from the airport and some of our guests arrived the day before and stayed in different hotels around Sorong. In the early afternoon we accommodated our guests in their staterooms and showed them our boat. After lunch we had a safety briefing and some rest. During dinner we departed to central Raja Ampat to our first location Friwinbonda.
Tuesday March 15th
After a continental breakfast and briefing we had all divers in the water for a check dive at Friwinbonda. We had no current and the dive was easy. Visibility was reaching 10 m-32 ft. We started our dive on a corner of an island where sloping reef reaches 20 m.-64 ft. We spotted a couple of nudibranch and flat worms. Out on the slope in the water from time to time we could see bigger fishes, like napoleon wrasse and jetties. Our guide Deny spotted a Pontohi pygmy sea horse. We also saw: a school of fusiliers, dancer shrimps in mushroom coral, moray eel, crocodile fish and scorpion fish.
During dinner we showed a presentation about Raja Ampat and took our divers to night dive at Saonek. During the dive we spotted sea slugs, sole, flounder, hairy crab, crocodile fish and many different crabs and shrimps.
Wednesday March 16th
In the morning we arrived to Penemu Island and started morning our dive at My reef. We started our dive in a slack tide so there was almost no current. We kept reef on our left hand side and swam slowly down the sloping area. There were many fusiliers around, small group of barracudas and surgeon fish. We went slowly to the top of the reef and spotted a giant moray eel, black tip shark and wobbegong shark. We also saw some macro creatures like dancer shrimp, squad shrimp and nudibranch. Visibility was reaching 15 m.-48 ft.
Evening came and it was time for dinner. After dinner we started a night dive at Rubble Point. We spotted many pigmy creatures like: bobtail squid, pigmy cuttle fish and small octopus. From bigger creatures we saw: solar power nudibranch, crocodile fish and. This dive was relaxing and without current. After the dive we moved Aggressor to Yangeffo Island.
Thursday March 17th
We started our morning dive at Mayhem. There was no current. We jumped away from the reef and descended to the sloping area of the sea mount. We saw schools of fusiliers and went closer to the top of the reef as there wasnt a lot of fish actions at the slope. When we got to the top of the reef we saw group of bump head parrotfish, wobbegong shark and couple of nudibranch. Someone spotted a sea a snake at the surface and we were watching as the snake dove to the bottom. At the end of the dive we saw group of spade fish in the blue. Visibility was good reaching 20 m.
After dinner and presentation about Pygmy Sea Horses by our dive guide Herry we went for a night dive to Gam Ridge. There was average current. We spotted worthy frogfish, bobtail squid, stone fish and solar power nudibranch.
Friday March 18th
In the morning we went for a dive to Mayhem 2, the second seamount in the Yangeffo area. It was a windy morning but there was no current so the dive was easy. We went down to the sloping area where we saw black tip shark, white tip shark, a school of barracudas, surgeon fish, pinnate spade fish and sweetlips fish. We swam to the top of the reef where we spotted wobbegong sharks and moray eel.
During dinner we did a presentation about walking sharks and went for our night dive at Arborek Jetty. It was a good dive with many creatures. We saw harlequin shrimp, bobtail squid, searon shrimp, crocodile fish and couple of nudibranch.
Saturday March 19th
In the early morning we moved the boat to Mansuar Island where we dove at a dive site called Cape Mansuar. It was a relaxing morning dive with some big fish action. We spotted: yellow fin barracudas, school of servon barracudas, bump heads, black tip sharks and 2 pygmy sea horses. Visibility was reaching 20m., and we had an average strength current at the end of the dive.
After snacks and rest our dinner was ready. During dinner we made a presentation about Cannibals in Papua and went for a dive to Mioskon. We spotted: nudibranch, boxer crab, Spanish dancer and epaulette shark.
Sunday March 20th
On the last day of our trip we dove twice
Our first dive we went to Batu Lima. Unfortunately visibility dropped and was reaching 10 m- 32 ft. We saw black tip shark and a garden eel.
Our last dive was after breakfast at Blue Magic. We saw a school of barracudas, white tip sharks, lobster wobbegong sharks and a blue spotted sting ray. Visibility was reaching 10 m- 32 ft. and there was medium strength current
After diving for the day was complete, we rinsed our gear and had lunch. We opened the boutique for our guests and watched videos from our trip. After dinner we went to sundeck to start a farewell party. We sang a song and did a speech. We had some awards prepared for our guests. Fiona, Elizabeth, Rod and Karen got iron divers awards, Michael and David – close family award. Howard and Deborah, Paul and Rosy, Barry and Heather and Leo and Monica – best dive team. It was a great evening.
Monday March 21st
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