Captain’s Log 10-17 December 2016
North Andaman Sea
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 29c
* Visibility 20m
Cruise Director: Clive
Second Captain: Rong
Deck hand: Hem
Chef: P. Phorn
Dive master: Sam
Guests: Tom, Mihye, Steven, Mellisa, Stephen, Tuk, Jean Pierre, Po, Alex, Ilonka, Dennis, Jerry.
Sunday – West of Eden, Anita’s Reef, Head, Deep Six, Anita’s reef.
Monday – Sharkfin Reef,Elephant Head,3Trees,North Point,Beacon reef.
Tuesday – Christmas point,Koh Bon North, Koh Bon West, Koh Bon Wall x2
Wednesday – Koh Tachai North, Richelieu Rock x3
Thursday - Richelieu Rock x2, Koh Tachai pinnacle, Koh Tachai reef.
Friday – Koh Bon Ridge x2
Saturday 10th December 2016
Our guests arrived at around 17:00, we showed them to their cabins, set the gear up and enjoy the chef’s special of local Thai cuisine. We all had our briefing and started chatting and getting to know one another.
Sunday 11th December 2016
We started our weeks diving at the south Similans, after sleeping around islands 5 and 6 we had our safety briefing and dive site briefing then our guests eagerly got kitted up and we decided to head for West of Eden we had our check dive and everyone was super confident, we saw some cool stuff including spearing mantis shrimp and also a peacock mantis shrimp. Our second dive was at Anita’s reef we all got our ears cleaned by the resident cleaner wrasse, and our guests also saw an Octopus in the sand, we headed to Elephant head for our 3rd dive and were greeted by huge schools of fusiliers and we saw a Great barracuda and some Giant Trevallies cruising in the blue, we headed back to island 7 for our final day dive and had a good drift dive with lots of Banner fish and many Goatfish hunting in the sand, our night dive was good we had a nice encounter with a moray and also another Octopus, we had a nice meal of Italian Chicken and chatted about our days diving.
Monday 12th December 2016
We headed south for our first dive, Sharfin reef is one of the most southerly dive sites in this chain of islands it’s a long reef consisting of huge granite boulders the reef is more protected on the southern side so has more soft coral we briefed a drift dive as the current was pushing east, one of our groups saw a White tip sleeping in a crack this pleased our group of avid photographers, We headed back to Elephant head for our next dive the current was pushing us west so we decided to turn and head for the west side there was a big school of banner fish and we also saw some parrot fish chomping on the coral, our third dive was a drift at 3 trees we saw some Bumphead parrotfish and some huge Barrel sponges in the deeper part. Our night dive was conducted at Beacon Reef we saw morays hunting and some nice Nudibranchs’
We started the day at the very north of the 9 islands at a divesite called Christmas point, we descended and almost immediately saw the Great Barracuda that seems to live at this site. We also saw some Smashing mantis shrimp and the small very shy fire gobies, our second dive we decided to head further north to the Island of Koh bon we planned to do the rest of the days diving here. The visibility was great at around 30m and on the first dive we had a great drift we had encounters with a turtle and a sea snake one of our guests also found a Devil Scorpion fish, on dives three and four we saw the same turtle again and we videoed it swimming to the surface and taking a breath and descending right past us as if we were not there, there was a large school of jacks patrolling the west ridge. On the night dive we found a Spanish dancer and also a very big lobster out scavenging the reef, there was also a very nice octopus out and about changing colors very quickly.
Wednesday 14th December 2016
We had slept the night at the island north west of Koh Bon , Koh Tachai is a granite boulder dive site and the ridge in the north goes down to around 100ft so a good dive to start the day with we found Stingray in the sand and also many garden eels swaying in the current. After the dive we upped anchor and headed to Richelieu rock for the rest of the day, this is the premier dive site in Thailand’s waters and it did not disappoint us we saw a napoleon wrasse and the school of barracuda along with many different species of shrimp, there is marine life in every crack and crevice here and we saw a very rare type of moray the Honeycomb moray is not encountered that often in our region but we were fortunate to see one out free swimming during the day, after the days diving we all compared photographs and movies we had taken during this great days diving.
Thursday 15th December 2016.
After a good night’s sleep at the Surin Islands we made our way back to Richelieu rock for our first 2 dives today, the current was slack as we entered the water and we almost instantly encountered 4 mating cuttlefish they were drifting in the current and the female was laying eggs while being protected by the male, we also found a group of flabelina nudibranchs and while we were checking these critters out a Napoleon wrasse cruised on by. The current picked up for our second dive and this bought in big schools of trevally and also a few yellowtail Barracuda, after the 2 dives we upped anchor to head back to Koh Tachai, the current was minimal at this divesite and we saw schools of snapper and also some large Malabar Groupers were seen in the deeper parts of this site, for our next dive we headed for the smaller inner pinnacle and what a good choice it was we saw 3 mating octopus and they just stayed put not caring about our snap happy photographers. On our night dive we saw a free swimming moray eel and a very large lobster out patrolling the reef.
Friday 16th December 2016
Just two dives today, although we slept at Koh Tachai island we upped anchor early and headed back to koh Bon in the hope of seeing Mantas there was one sighted yesterday so we jumped in the water with much anticipation, we were greeted by a juvenile Napoleon Wrasse and also a school of goatfish were cruising the reef, for our second dive we headed for the pinnacle that lays 400m north of the ridge, sadly when we got there the dive guide saw the current had picked up so we headed for the north ridge we found a octopus as soon as we began our drift along the reef, we also found a couple of sponge snails these were a favorite find for 2 of our guests. The Napoleon returned at the end of the dive and we made some great video for our guests… after taking care of our guest’s eqpt we packed all eqpt away and headed back to our home port and our special bbq nite…
Saturday 17th December 2015
We had a great week of diving this week with many laughs and giggles along the way, it was good to see two of our return guests again for their 4th trip on our boat, and everyone made new friends we exchanged photos and had an evening of Bbq and our weekly movie night.
All our guests were heading south today either to continue their holidays or to catch connecting flights, we said our farewells and many guests said we will see them on a future trip…….