Palau Aggressor Charter January 22-29 2017
Water Temp: 80-85 deg F
Air Temp: 85-90 deg F
Crew: Dan, Shea, Ripon, Hector, Bo, Editha, Ernan
On Sunday afternoon we welcomed onboard our new dive buddies from The USA and France. Once they were checked in, 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 Bo 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.
Having made our way to the reef on Sunday night, we awoke on Monday morning with a new view of German Channel. After breakfast we did our check out dive on Barnums Wall, a beautiful slopping coral garden with turtles, schools of fusiliers, and if you’re lucky a Leopard shark. Our second dive for the day was at German Channel itself and we were lucky to spot large reef Manta being clean at the cleaning station. After lunch we dived at Turtle Cove and Ferns Wall.
Tuesday morning we started up the Palau Aggressor 2 early and headed down to Peleliu Island. With the Palau Aggressor safely at anchor we headed out for a dive at Purple beach. After lunch we went to Orange Beach, more Clown Trigger fish, Moorish Idols, and buried in the corals, some .50 Caliber rounds, and Mortar and Artillery shells. We did an afternoon dive at Barracks point and found some Giant Clams. And we did a night dive at Turtle Cove.
Wednesday’s first dive was at Blue Holes, descending down through one of four sinkholes in the reef top into a large cavern below. Checking out the Disco Clam and then heading out along the wall. After breakfast we went to 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! The afternoon saw us take in Canyons and German Channel again, and this time we were lucky enough to spot a Manta cleaning at the cleaning station.
We went back to Blue corner by popular demand on Thursday morning and then headed over to Ulong Island. We went to Sandy Paradise and found some Leaf Scorpion fish and some Mantis Shrimp. Dive three was at Ulong Channel without much current we cruised down the beautiful channel, taking in the most wonderful underwater views.
Friday was special for a couple of reasons! Firstly we celebrated the Birthdays of a couple of guests, and secondly because we were able to head out watch the Bumphead Parrot fish spawning, which is becoming pretty famous out here in Palau. After lunch we went to 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. We also found some saw blade shrimp and a couple of crocodile fish. We went to Mandarin Fish Lake on Friday evening to watch the mandarin fish mating.
Kicking Saturday with a dive on the Jake Sea Plane was a good way to wake up on Saturday morning, 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!!