Raja Ampat Aggressor Captains log 06 – 13 August 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: Gemly
Dive master: Herry
Dive master: Anis
Dive master: Jemy
Tender Driver: Charlie
Tender Driver: Ody
Deck Hand: Jasman
MD: Julius Reef, Erics Point, Rani Pinnacle, Erics Point
TU: Spag Point, Marks Treasure, Wild Fish Ridge, Wild Fish Ridge
WD: Tg Mangguar, Tg Mangguar, Napenayur Beach
TH: Bagans, Bagans, Bagans, Sea Mount 2
FD: Bagans, Bagans, Bagans, Sea Mount
ST: Papaya Wall and Nuburi Slope
GUESTS: Craig, Elisabeth, Susan, Stephanie, Van Hiep, Joseph, Roselyn, Cory, Tracey, Dirk, Thomas, Markus, Katherine, Mayumi, Danna, Philip
Saturday August 06 th
The Boat is ready for a new trip, all the guest arrive to Biak on time and with no delay. At noon we had all our guests on board. We accommodated everybody in them staterooms and had lunch. After lunch we had a welcome briefing and we departure to Supiori Island, East of Biak. After dinner we briefed our guests about diving procedures and went for sleep. In the early morning we will arrive to Pulau Rani
Sunday August 07th
We wake up at Pulau Supiori, were we will make our check dive and start our first diving day.
The check dive was at Julius reef...easy for the divers and a very nice dive to start the trip. A gentle slope with a very easy current. We got turtle, some fusiliers, white leaf fish, orangutan crab and some nudibranchs.
The third dive of the day was at Rani Pinnacle and didnt disappoint us: Denise pigmy sea horse, school of Rainbow runners, and schools of Oceanic triggerfish, black tips and schools of surgeons. At the end of the wall we found a huge school of barracudas...Just fantastic!!!
The second and fourth dive of the day was at Ericks Point… there was no current and we could enjoy the fantastic soft coral of this dive site. We passed all the dive looking for some macro life: orangutan crab, shrimps, and nudibranchs. The night dive bring some decorated crabs, cattle fish and morays eel.
During the dinner our guest Danna and Philip reached the Mile Stone of 100 Dives… Congratulations!!!!
Our dive master Herry delighted us with his presentation about the Pygmy Sea Horses.
Monday August 08th
During the night we moved the boat to dive in the Atolls.
The Boat was dancing a little bit during the night but our guest were ready to jump again in to the Ocean. Visibility was reaching 30m. / 90ft at our first dive site… Spag Point, were we got one mild strength current on the deep part. The ridge was full of life and with the good visibility we really enjoyed. Big tunas, Grey reef sharks, Peacock Mantis, Great barracudas, school of jacks, striped barracudas, and many reef fish were a fantastic spectacle. Everybody enjoyed the Wonderful dive
The second dive of the day happened at Marks Treasure, a nice wall dive full of hard coral on the top. The visibility still ok but we got medium current, we cannot found sharks or big fishes on the deeper side and we moved up to the shallower part of the reef where we found schools of butterflies and surgeons, also a pygmy 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 together with a couple of black tip sharks and a green turtle. We made also our night dive in Wild Fish Ridge.
Tuesday August 09th
In the early morning we moved the boat to Tg Mangguar. Sun was not shining but looks like we will have sun at our third dive, also wind had dropped and the sea is more nice and calm now. We are all happier... We went down to the wall and saw small group of five lined yellow stripe snappers, pygmy Denise, Flabelinas 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 soft coral and huge fans...really nice. Some guest spotted a Manta also on the deeper part… Woooow!!!
For our second dive we dive the same spot, but as the current was less, we could reach the middle plateau where a fantastic jungle of whip coral and some huge barrels entertain our way. Really another fantastic dive. Many black tip and grey reef were spotted and more bump head also...Was amazing.
Third dive we did at Napenayur. After ask permits to the Elders of the village we jump on the water starting at the shallow part of the beach partially sloping reef we spotted marble shrimp and black tip shark. Also ghost pipe fish and flat worms where spotted during the dive. A group of Lion fishes, signal goby, Octopus and a blue dragon nudibranch. Was a nice Muck diving
During the dinner we celebrate the 36 th years of marriage for Dirk and Tracey, was a touching moment. 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 August 10th
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 ok and no current was notice so 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 still our big friends. Current was very small 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. At the end of the day our new family had increased to four members.
The night dive was at Kwatisore Sea Mount and we very excited about the idea to spot an Epaulette Shark, that was one of the two places where was possible to see it of all the trip. We were not lucky about the epaulette shark but still we could had a nice dive… tomorrow we will try our luck again.
During dinner we congratulated Tracey for her 300 dives and Mayumi for her 600 dives… Congratulations girls!!! After dinner the Course Director, Urik, introduce a presentation about the walking sharks. Very nice presentation.
Thursday August 11st
Early morning and we are again on search of a good Bagan. Finally we founded one Bagan with three whale sharks so we anchor and prepare our selfs for another amazing day of diving with them. After ten minutes we were in the water another whale shark came along, now the family had increased to four. They were swimming around us in all directions, visibility was great and the sun was up. Before the end of the third dive already five whale sharks where swimming with us….five!!!!!
We jumped one time more for another 80 minutes dive before say bye bye to our new friends and navigate before arrive to the Sea Mount where we are going to try our luck again with the walking sharks.
As we bring down a lot of hope we were regarded with 1 walking shark!!! Not bad at all…. Mother Nature love us today and gave to us a wonderful day.
Friday August 12th
For our last 2 dives we went to Papaya Wall and Nubury Slope. At Papaya Wall our divers saw a ghost pipe fish and many nice macro life but as current was slow not a lot of fish action, anyway they could enjoy an easy and relax dive.
The dive at Nuburi Slope was also extremely regarding as we spotted a Mandarin fish and Lembeh Sea Dragon!!!!!!! Katherine bring back to boat an incredible photo….good job guys.
After 2nd dive we rinsed gear, had a lunch, watch the video of the week and had the boutique sale. In the afternoon we started farewell party. We had prepared some awards for our guests. During our trip Thomas, Stephanie, Sue, Katherine and Van Hiep didnt skip any dive and got Iron Diver awards, also Danna, Philip, Tracey and Mayumi get them milestone for accomplish 100, 100, 300 and 600, dives... Congratulations!!! The guest were happy and the crew play music….was a great farewell party
After dinner we showed the slide show from our trip... After all we went to sleep, tomorrow the guest need to travel and is better to have some rest.
Saturday August 13th
In the morning we said our farewells to our guests and send them to the airport. It was a great 7 days trip and we made new friends and had a very good time. We hope to see you again!