Palau Aggressor Charter April 3-10, 2016
Water Temp: 79-84 deg F
Air Temp: 78-86 deg F
Crew: Scott, Joe, Dan, Editha, June, Ernan and Ripon
We welcome our guest of 14 from different side of the world, couple from China, USA, England, Poland and Argentina.
Monday we took off from the dock around six in the morning on our way to the first dive at Helmet Wreck, this wreck was discover not until the middle of 80’s and that is why it’s full of artifact such as depth charge wreck, helmets, rifle, bullets, mortar shell and different bottles lying around the deck. On our dive we saw most of it and some cool small stuff like nudibranch, lion fish, shrimps and two crocodile fish. Second dive was the Iro Maru, this wreck is the biggest wreck in Palau, it has the length of 270 feet long and sitting in the sandy bottom to around 120 feet depth. We start from the bow with 80 feet visibility, we slowly swim all the way to the stern were the boiler engine can seen from the top were the big opening has. Also in the stern were located the big gun mounted and covered with different hard corals, it was a great dive. On the way to Ulong Island we have lunch and followed by our third dive at 1:30 in Sandy Paradise, this particular dive is one of the signature dive in Palau because of the diversity of fish and coral. We saw the usual critters that we always seen such as leaf scorpion fish, mantis shrimp, Ton’s of small cardinal fish, moray eel, turtles, spotted garden eel and manta ray. Last dive for the day was Ulong Coral Garden, this dive located at the mouth of the Ulong channel. Beautiful hard coral formation with Lot’s of schooling fish such as horse eye jack’s, black snappers, glassy eye fish and one big giant clam.
Tuesday first dive at Siaes Tunnel, inside the tunnel were we can see the rare decorated dart fish, couple of white reef shark sleeping in the sandy bottom, grey reef sharks hanging around the window exit and dramatic stiff wall. Second dive at Siaes corner and the dive start at the outgoing side of it, the wall are full of soft coral and sea fans together with school of butterfly fish and tons of anthias. We hooked in the corner were the school of sharks are and approximately sixty of them, it was one of the best dive of the week. Third dive was the signature Ulong Channel, this dive is a combination of a wall, hook-in, and a drift dive. In the mouth we saw couple of sharks that swimming around then drift in the channel to see the lettuce coral and two giant clams. Back to the big boat and we head our way to Ngemelis Island were the fourth dive at German Channel, the dive start at the red anemone and down to the manta cleaning station, we sat there for a while although no manta but lots of stuff to see such as octopus, school of blue line snappers, grey reef and white tip reef sharks, soldier fish, garden eel, peacock mantis shrimp and beautiful coral garden. Dinner at 6:30 then 7:30 night dive at German coral garden, we saw lot’s of shrimps, crabs, sleeping parrot fish, clear fin lion fish
Wednesday we went down to Peleliu Island and the first dive was Peleliu cut, the current is relatively slow we made reach the corner and we saw couple of grey reef sharks around the hook-in area, school of blue spine unicorn fish, marble grouper and octopus. Second dive at Peleliu express were the current are quite strong, we hook-in and lots of sharks swimming around the hook-in area, also saw the school of sea bream snappers, giant trevally. Third dive at orange beach, the diversity of this reef are just spectacular were can see the entire reef are no sand but healthy coral ever where. We saw stocks of bullets, LVT, mortar shell and couple of bomb like a size of five gallon container. Fourth dive at Barracks point, barracks point has a couple of giant clam, school of black snappers, lots of green and hawksbill turtle but also we saw a spotted eagle ray. Night dive at turtle cove were we start the dive in wall on the right, the yellow cup coral or tubastrea are feeding, basket star, lion fish, crabs and shrimp.
Thursday first dive at blue corner, we start in the incoming side were the current are pretty mild and ton’s of fish all over the place like white tip and grey reef sharks, schools of barracuda and horse eye jacks, groupers everywhere. Second dive at blue hole, the dive start at the chimney hole down to the bottom of around 90 feet the we stay for a couple of minute to see watch the sky light coming from the hole. Inside we also saw a flame scallops or disco clam, on the way out we start to swim towards blue corner. The wall are beautiful with lots of soft coral, sea fan and gorgonians, also lots of sweet lips, schooling pyramid butterfly fish, yellow fin barracuda, couple of sharks passing by. Third dive at new drop- off, new drop-off is similar dive of blue corner but smaller plato, we saw school of barracuda, sharks, different kind of anemone, the school of blue line snappers and couple of turtle. Forth dive was back to German channel, we saw big manta right away on the way to the cleaning station and after 20 minutes we saw manta feeding at the mid water, there at least 3 manta feeding around and it was the best dive of the day.
Friday first dive is back to Blue corner and the dive start in the outgoing side, we saw sharks, trevally, barracuda, dog tooth tuna and couple of Spanish mackerel. Second dive at Virgin blue hole were haft of the group went into the hole and the rest do the wall and the canyons. We saw lots of turtles resting along the wall and some are gracefully swimming with remora attached to their shell. The other group saw a nurse shark at the mouth of the cave, while the canyons reef and the formation of hard coral are spectacular. Third dive at Ferns wall with beautiful soft coral, gorgonians and sea fan, we also spotted some nudibranch, flatworms, turtles and couple of grey reef sharks. Last dive for the day was Barnums wall, Barnums wall is a combination of sloping wall and coral garden were turtles, rays, crocodile fish are usually found. On this dive we saw a crocodile fish, marble ray, nudibranch and a couple of green and hawksbill turtle.
Saturday schedule is Jellyfish lake and will depart at seven and followed by rock island tour were the skiff will be able to cruise around the west rock island lagoon and will stop by the famous Palau natural arch and Japanese gas station. Last activity will be the chandelier cave where the divers can experience cavern diving, we saw mandarin fish, different kind of cardinal fish, twin spot goby and razor fish.
Another great week of diving and thank you to all the guest onboard the Palau Aggressor II.