Raja Ampat Aggressor Captain s log 14 – 24 July 2016
Air Temp. 29 - 35 C
Water Temp. 29 C - 30 C
Cruise Director: Urik
Chief Officer: Ferdi
Chief Engineer: Yuly
2nd Engineer: Maxi
3rd Engineer: Rahmat
Chef Assistant: Jemly
Dive master: Herry
Dive master: Anis
Dive master: Jamie
Tender Driver: Charlie
Tender Driver: Ody
Deck Hand: Jasman
Fr: Rasi Wreck, Karang Insaroki, Pulau Auki
SA: Tg Rimbori, Pulau Rani, Erics Point
Su: Bellisima, Matas Reef, Rouw Reef, Rouw Reef
Mo: Spag Point, Mark´s Treasure, Wild Fish Ridge, Wild Fish Ridge
Tu: Tg Mangguar, Tg Mangguar, Weka´s Surprise, Napenayur Beach
We: Bagan, Bagan, Bagan, Kwatisore Sea Mount
TH: Bagan, Bagan, Bagan
FR: Yapen Sea Mount, Fonotaba, Fonokabai, Fonokabai
SA: Catalina Wreck, Harry 2
Ruth, Karin, Natalia, Petra, Lisa, John, Noel, Maarit, Jukka, Kerry, Tom, David, Nelson
Thursday July 14th
Everybody arrive to Biak on time. Early afternoon we had all our guests on board. We accommodated everybody in staterooms and had a lunch. After lunch we had a welcome briefing and we departure to the East Island of Biak. After dinner we briefed our guests about diving procedures and went for sleep. In the early morning we arrived to our first diving location: Rasi Wreck
Friday July 15th
We wake up at Pulau Runi, were we will pass our first diving day before head to our final destination: Biak
The check dive was at Rasi Wreck, all went good with a gentle current...easy for the divers. Korean fishing boat 30m long at 18 m/ 60 ft., we got some oceanic triggerfish and Macro life. At the top of the reef fusiliers and butterflies were waiting for us.
Second dive of the day was Karang Insaroki and didn t disappoint us: Denise pigmy sea horse, school of Rainbow runners, and schools of Oceanic triggerfish, black tips and schools of surgeons. Just fantastic!!!
The third and fourth dive of the day was at Pulau Auki… the current was very slow and not too much fish came to the corner but still could see schools of Barracudas and fusiliers and some good macro life. The night dive bring some decorated crabs, cattle fish and morays eel.
Saturday June 16 th
The night was calm and a shining day wake up us at Supriori Island. The first dive happened at Tg Rimbori, a huge corner wall on the south part of the island. Along the wall we found many reef fish, some Spanish mackerels and tunas. Still the current is very small.
We moved a bit south to a small island called Rani, and dived the impressive Rani s Pinnacle, coming from 50m to 10 m. Also got it a nice swimming trough who take us to a nice huge overhang cave. At the wall we cross some jacks, Napoleons, Oceanic triggerfish and rainbow runners. Pygmy seahorse and leaf fish were also spotted here.
Eric Point was the third and last dive of the day before start our first big crossing to Pulau Auri, 20 hours...140 miles!!
It was the best dive of the last two days… fantastic wall with many soft coral and bring some colour to the previous hard coral and lend us look for nudibranchs, flatworms, leaf fishes, morays eel, shrimps and a lot more Macro stuff. Very easy a nice dive, the divers are happy and ready for the crossing!!!!
After dinner our Dive Master Herry introduced us a presentation about Pygmy Seahorse and was a great success!!!
Sunday July 17th
In the morning we changed location to Pulau Auri. First dive we did at Bellisima. We had a small current and visibility was reaching 15 m. /50 ft. On the shallow reef we spotted some yellow tail fusiliers and some sexy shrimps on the anemones. The top part of the reef was full of Crown of Thorns and the looks like they damaged the coral. We made our way down the sloping area covered with some sea fans. Behind one of the sea fans there were Longnose hawk fish hiding.
Our 2nd dive we did at Matas Reef. We started at the shallow flat are where we saw a tuna and white tip sharks, black tip and guitar shark... We went to the deeper are where current was a little bit stronger and we could see some fish action like: school of yellow tail snapper, Spanish mackerel and Napoleons. Also found 4 baby sharks under a Big Boumie coral
Our 3rd dive was at Rouw Reef. There was mild current. We started the dive at 13m / 40 ft. at the beginning of the mini wall area and did our way slowly up to the shallow part. We saw a Lembeh sea dragon, nudibranchs and flat worms, also some barracudas where spotted. We spotted black tip shark below us. There was also school of neon fusiliers, jetties and snappers playing in the sandy area.
Our night dive was also at Rouw Reef. Most of our divers decided to stay and some of the people went for a dive. During this dive we saw: moray eels, decorator crabs, 2 turtles and some shrimps.
During the dinner time our crew played some music and sing for our guest…. They loved.
Monday July 18th
In the e morning we moved the boat to dive in the Atolls. Visibility was reaching 30m. / 90ft at our first dive site… Spag Point, we one mild strength current on the deep part and another on the shallower. The ridge was full of life and with the good visibility we really enjoyed. Big tunas, Great barracudas, school of jacks, striped barracudas, and many reef fish were a fantastic spectacle. Everybody was very happy.
The second dive of the day happened at Mark s Treasure, a nice wall dive full of hard coral on the top. The visibility still ok and a little current was present, as we cannot found sharks or big fishes on the deeper side we moved up to the shallower part of the reef, and we founded many nudibranchs and flat worms, also a pigmy sea horse Denise was spotted here.
The Next dive was Wild Fish Ridge… the deeper part of the ridge was incredibly nice with fantastic Elephant Ears, barrels and sponges. School of barracudas where playing down together with oceanic trigger fish. On our way up still more fantastic coral was waiting for us. One customer said that had spotted a Hammer head at 10 m!!!!! We made also our night dive in Wild Fish Ridge.
After dinner Urik, our Cruise director, introduce a presentation about Epaulette Shark.
Tuesday July 19th
In the early morning we moved the boat to Tg Mangguar. Weather was rainy and windy but it didn t discourage us to go diving. We went down to the wall and saw small group of five lined yellow stripe snappers, pygmy Denise, Crocodile fish and a group of Bump head parrotfish. There was average strength of current and visibility reaching 20 m. /60 ft. visibility. On the wall there was fantastic coral and huge fans...really nice
For our second dive we dive the same spot, but as the current was less, we could reach the middle Plato where a fantastic jungle of whip coral and some huge barrels entertain our way. Really another fantastic dive
Weka s Surprise was the name of the third dive and was really a surprise to see how damage was the shallow part of that fantastic ridge...really sad to see that. We guess the fishermen were using dynamite for fishing in this reef. The deep part still beautiful and conserve some nice corals.
Night dive we did at Napenayur. After ask permit to the Elders of the village we jump on the water starting at the shallow part of the beach partially sloping reef we spotted solar power nudibranch, marble shrimp and black tip shark. Also ghost pipe fish and flat worms where spotted during the dive.
After dinner Urik did a briefing and presentation about the Whale shark and how to behave when diving with them.
Tomorrow we will finally arrive to Kwatisore where we will pass two fantastic days diving with the whale sharks under the bagans. Everyone is very excited.
Wednesday July 20th
After anchor and found a good Bagan where to pass the day was time for briefing and start the first dive, two whale sharks of about 6m/20ft where already there waiting for us. Visibility was incredible good and all of us enjoyed the spectacle, level of happiness and satisfaction had increased.
After a nice breakfast we jump on the water again and we founded four of our big friends. Current was less and we also could swim around the bagan looking for different angles to film the magnificent spectacle. They stayed there for all the rest of the day and we were also very happy of that.
The night dive was at Kwatisore Sea Mount and we very excited about the idea to spot an Epaulette Shark that was the only place possible to see it of all the trip. As we bring down a lot of hope we were regarded with 2 walking shark!!! Not bad at all…. Mother Nature love us today and gave to us a wonderful day.
After dinner Mr Nelson explained to all us his experience with the Humpback Whales. Very nice presentation.
Thursday July 21th
Early morning and we are again on the Bagan but unfortunately there are no Whale Shark, so we start looking around in the other bagans to try to find more. Finally we founded one Bagan with four so we anchor and prepare ourselves for another amazing day of diving with the Whale Sharks. After a while we were there another whale shark came along, now the family had increased to five. They were swimming around us in all directions, visibility was great and the sun was up. Before the end of the second dive already seven whale sharks where swimming with us….seven!!!!!
We jumped one time more before say bye bye to our new friends and face the fifteen hours we need to navigate before arrive to Yapen for the next day of diving
Friday July 22th
In the morning we arrived to Yapen Island to dive at Yapen sea mount. We jumped to the water and went down to the steep sloping reef of the sea mount. Current was Medium and visibility was reaching 20 m. / 64 ft. We went down the reef and spotted group of barracudas, Tunas, Oceanic Trigger fish and Surgeons. The dive was a bit tricky but was a nice dive.
Second dive after breakfast we did at Fonotaba. Current had slow to medium strength. We saw many reef fish around the shallow part: antias, parrot fish, damsel fish, butterflies.... We also spotted green turtle and some of our divers saw sharks. Visibility was reaching 20 m. /64 ft. Look like we were diving in an aquarium. Was beautiful.
We moved our boat to Fonokabai for a 3rd dive, a gentle slope with soft and hard coral. Current was small strength and we drifted slowly and easily on the sloping reef. On the way we saw: Surgeons, parrotfish, napoleon wrasse and schooling of fusiliers. At the end of the dive we went to the shallower part where we spotted many nudibranchs. Visibility was reaching 20 m/60ft.
For a night dive we repeat the dive but entering in the other side of the beach. We spotted sea slugs, couple of bobtail squids, cattle fish and decorator crabs.
Sunday July 23th
For our last 2 dives we went to Catalina and Hery 2. At Catalina, a sea plane wreck from WWII, our divers saw a lot of fish action and had good conditions without current, so they could enjoy an easy and relax dive.
After 2nd dive we rinsed gear, had a lunch, watch the video of the week and had the boutique sale.
After dinner we showed the slide show from our trip and started farewell party. We prepared some awards for our guests. During our trip Yuta and Mariit didn t skip any dive and got Iron Diver awards, also Kerry Anne get her milestone for accomplish 100 dives... Congratulations!!! The guest were happy and the crew play music….was a great farewell party. After all we went to sleep, tomorrow the guest need to travel and is better to have some rest.
Sunday July 24th
In the morning we said our farewells to our guests and send them to our lounge and airport. It was a great 10 day trip and we made new friends and had a very good time. We hope to see you again!