Palau Aggressor Charter November 6-13 2016
Water Temp: 80-89 deg F
Air Temp: 85-90 deg F
Crew: Dan, Ripon, Hector, Ernan, Ronnie, Joe, Editha
On Sunday afternoon 14 new dive buddies joined us from around the World. Once they were welcomed aboard the Vessel and helped to set up their gear, the guests were given a safety briefing from the Captain followed by a delicious dinner, prepared and served by Ronnie and Editha. Afterwards it was then time to get a good night’s sleep. You need to be well rested before beginning a wonderful week of diving in Palau.
Our first dive on Monday morning, after we departed the dock was on the Helmet wreck, one of the casualties of WWII. Unlike many wrecks in Palau, which were salvaged after the war, the Helmet wreck wasn’t discovered until the eighties. As a result the divers can find many artifacts like sake bottles, weapons, cooking pots and gas masks on the wreck. . Dive two was at yet another famous wreck in Palau the much larger Iro, meeting its fate in the outer lagoon after heavy fire from both US submarine and airstrike attacks. Upon this massive five hundred foot tanker divers found can find octopus and on top of the massive king posts tower a large colony of tomato anemones and clown fish. During lunch the Palau Aggressor II moved down to German Channel, and our first dive on the outer reef was at Barnums wall, a beautiful slopping coral garden with turtles, schools of fusiliers, and if you’re lucky a Leopard shark.
Our first dive on Tuesday was on the World famous Blue Corner. Sharks, Barracuda, Jacks, Napoleon Wrasse eagle rays, and so much more, easy to understand why this dive site has the reputation it does as it never disappoints! With plenty of Sharks hanging in the blue water it made for an exhilarating start to the day. Dive two we went to German channel unfortunately no mantas but we saw a couple of large Sting Rays, Sharks, and Long nose Hawk fish. Dive three at Turtle cove allowed us to explore the most amazing reef top, which is like swimming in a huge aquarium.
Our first dive on Wednesday morning was at Blue holes, where divers descended down four large holes at the top of the reef into a massive cavern. Inside divers had great view with the ambient light coming in the holes and found several disco clams on the cavern wall. After exiting the holes we drifted gently along in the current down the wall and we were greeted by Barracuda, Turtles and Sharks and we also saw a Barramundi Cod. Back to Blue Corner for number two and the third dive after lunch was at Virgin Blue Hole, more of a tunnel than a cavern, exiting on the wall, we made our way through canyon like cuts in the reef and found a crocodile fish.
Thursday our first dive was at New Drop Off, after watching the shark show at the hook in site, we explored the Plateau and found several Turtles, which are so used to divers they usually stay put and pose for photos. Our second dive was at Ngerechong which is one of the channels from the outer reef to the inner lagoon, we saw big schools of Snapper Barracuda and Jacks, plus 30 or so Sharks all congregating here as there is plenty of food.
On Friday we went to Ulong Island, recently famous for being the host of Survivor Palau. Our first dive was at Siaes Corner, with rumors of a Whale Shark, expectations were high, alas we didn’t see it. We did see plenty of Grey reef Sharks, Turtles and schooling surgeon fish. Dive two was at Siaes Tunnel. The highlight on this dive is to check out the rare Helfrichs and Decorated dart fish. They hang out in the tunnel where it’s dark, thinking that they are deeper than they really are. We hooked in at the mouth of Ulong channel for the third dive and hung out and watched the Sharks, Barracuda, Jacks and more. After we unhooked we drifted gently down the channel and spotted some interesting macro life like a beautiful tiny Flabelina Nudibranch.
Saturday morning we did a rock island tour, including a swim at the Milky Way and snorkeled a small wreck covered in Soft Corals. Then after a quick break we loaded the skiff back up and the guests were shuttled over to Chandelier Caves. A small cave with three air pockets inside allows the guest to dive down into the dark but then surface every few minutes to take photos of the beautiful stalactites that hang from the ceiling. After exiting the cave we had a bit of time to explore the area just underneath the skiff. Mandarin Fish swim around in the coral rubble and the Scorpion Devil Fish slowly trudges along the bottom. Not a bad way to end a week of diving and relaxing aboard the Palau Aggressor II. The guests were quite famished after the morning excursion and were presented with a delicious lunch to fuel back up before heading to town for a few hours of exploring. Just after six o’clock the guests turned up in the salon and sat down for a drink with the crew. We all exchanged stories from the week and enjoyed a slideshow put together by the photo pro. After about an hour the guests were on their way to town for an evening of dinner and dancing off the boat.
Sunday morning at eight o’clock. Some of the guests will be returning home while others will continue their travels throughout the Pacific. Either way we wish everyone a safe trip and we cannot wait until you return to dive with us again. Thanks for the great week!!