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Log Date: Sunday, May 01, 2016
Entry By: Rock Islands Aggressor Crew


Early Monday morning around 2am our group of 18 from Dive Later out of Thailand arrived, although a little tired from the long day of travel everyone had a quick room briefing, set up dive gear and maybe a quick drink before heading off to bed. Around at we started our briefings going over vessel orientation, safety and the general diving here in Palau. At 10 we went to Jakes Sea Plane for our check out dive, a shallow dive the plane sits at 12m divers explored around checking out the cockpit, wings and propeller. After the plane the Big boat moved out to Ulong Island. Our first dive here was Sandy Paradise a slopping hard coral garden where divers found scorpion fish, a mantis shrimp and some jacks schooling of the sandy bottom. Ulong Coral Garden was the last dive of the day for an easy macro dive.


Tuesday we started the day with a dive at Siaes Corner where there is a colorful wall and swarming sharks. Most of the dive was spent hooked in at the corner with sharks putting on a show just off in the blue. We also were able to spend time with a juvenile eagle ray who allowed us to spend some time enjoying its company on the reef..Siaes Tunnel was dive two Inside this unique overhead environment we saw unique fishes such as pygmy blue back angel fish and decorated dart fish as well as a disco clam. After we exited the tunnel we cruised through schools of pyramid butterfly fish and fusiliers. After the dive we all munched down on some freshly made cinnamon rolls from Chef Cameron. Big drop off had some decent macro action including square spot anthia’s, spot fin lionfish, as well as a vibrant yellow nudibranchs known as notodoris minor. Our night dive was a return visit at Big Drop Off where we saw lobsters, a sponge crab and a large moray eel

One of the benefits of diving on the Rock Islands Aggressor is being able to get to the best dive sites in Palau before all the day operators show up and we took advantage of this at Blue Corner where enjoyed time with our Napoleon wrasses, sharks and a huge school of Jacks. Our second dive was at New Drop Off. A site known for turtles. And they were there hanging out as usual. Very cooperative. Photos and videos were taken until everyone had their fill and we wandered off to check out the barracudas and black snappers. For dive three we went to Dexter’s Wall and enjoyed the beautiful schools of fish , soft coral formations and sea fans. The highlight of the dive was a group of pilot jacks that were convinced the divers were a source of shelter they hung by the sides of our divers the entire time. German Channel was our fourth dive where we were on the hunt for some manta action. After a swim across the channel with a few stops to photograph a huge school of scad and barracudas had one manta that made a couple of flybys overhead. We then ended the dive by cruising through the beautiful coral garden in the channel itself.


On Thursday we fired up the engines bright and early and chugged down to Peleliu. Our first dive of the day was at Peleliu Corner. It is here that the Philippine Sea and Pacific Ocean meet and create a wide variety of possible sightings. As we dropped in we spied a group of six marlin out in the blue and then we continued on observing sharks, turtles, schools of unicorn fish and blue lined snapper. We also found some wonderful small things such as juvenile emperor angel fish, and also came across an exploded shell lodged in the reef left over from WWII. We ended the dive by actually making it to the very tip of the corner of this humongous and wonderfully diverse area. After wards some of our guests ventured on land to go for a tour of Peleliu and soak in the history of the terrible battle that raged here in WWII. Some of our guests went for a dive in the beautiful Orange Beach Coral Garden where they saw crocodile fish and schools of jacks and barracuda. After lunch we went for a dive at West Wall where we observed many black coral specimens, schools of snapper and at one point it seemed the entire wall was covered in beautiful and colorful small fish known as anthias. Dive four was at Barrack’s Point where we located ghost pipe fish, crocodile fish and saw many turtles as well and giant clams. The night dive was at Turtle Cove where we found paddlefin cardinal fish, feeding basket stars and many types of crab and shrimp. At the end of the day we headed back to the big boat we encountered a large pod of dolphins that chased the skiff much to the delight of our guests. Our night dive was at German Coral Garden where we saw, flat worms, white tip reef sharks, nudibranchs and an octopus.


We kicked off the last full day with a dive at Blue Corner along the incoming side. The current was very mild so we spent a lot of time on top of the corner playing with the napoleon Wrasses and observing the diverse schools of fish. Our last dive of the day was return visit to German Channel and we were very glad we did. We encountered three feather tail rays. One was free swimming high in the water column and one passed right through the middle of our divers like a bulldozer as they were gathered around the cleaning station. To end the dive we saw that the action was picking up with schools of fish beginning to feed and so we ventured out in to the blue and were rewarded with the 5 manta reappearing. After the dive we returned to the big boat to enjoy a feast buffet prepared by our fabulous chef and then we sat down to watch Jim and Andy’s video of the week. Laughed and smiled as we watched the underwater shenanigans captured. After wards we watched a documentary on Jelly Fish Lake in order to prepare our guests for the following day.


Saturday after breakfast we departed for a surreal experience at Jellyfish Lake with floating bells of jelly pulsating all around us. An outstanding way to start the day. Next we headed to Chandelier Caves to end our week with a peek into the stalactite filled chambers. Another of Natures cathedrals. Outside the entrance were the ever popular mandarin fish and equally as cute signal gobies hanging out in the sand. After a day of cleaning, drying and packing scuba gear we all sat down to a photo slide show. A look back at the previous week’s highlights and a reason to, hopefully, come back again soon.