Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log January 21-28, 2017
North Andaman Sea
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 29c
* Visibility 20m
Cruise Director: Clive
Second Captain: Rong
Deck hand: Hem
Chef: Pa Phorn
Chef: Pee Phorn
Dive instructor: Bank
Dive instructor: Patrick
Guests: DIVE SITES:
Sunday – West of Eden, Anita’s Reef, Elephant Head Rock, Deep Six, Honeymoon bay.
Monday – Sharkfin Reef, Boulder City, Elephant Head, North Point, Nam Chai Bay
Tuesday – Christmas Point, Three Trees, Koh Bon x 3
Wednesday – Koh Tachai Pinnacle x 2, Richelieu Rock x2
Thursday - Richelieu Rock x4
Friday – Koh Bon Pinnacle , Koh Bon
Saturday 21st January 2017
It’s an exciting day as guests arrive to a very busy Thaplamu, boarding the Thailand Aggressor directly from the pier at around 4:00pm. Our friendly crew greets them and shows them to their cabins, before setting up gear on the dive deck. After a general boat briefing, Chef serves an authentic Thai three course dinner, and we are off to The Similans. Welcome aboard the Thailand Aggressor!
Sunday 22nd January 2017
Early wakeup today allows guests to enjoy a cup of fresh brewed coffee with their first Similan sunrise which beautifully silhouettes Island 7. After a safety briefing, divers gear up and the diving adventure begins! The check out dive at West of Eden is very pretty and sets the bar high for the following dives. Anita’s Reef is also lovely, especially since we have many photographers who thoroughly enjoy observing the well known ‘Hin Maun Deaw’ aka ‘One Roll Rock’. Here we find hundreds of spaghetti garden eels, a variety of wrasse, and a giant moray eel. Next we head to Elephant Head and our divers are happy to explore the lively swim throughs filled with gorgonian sea fans and oriental sweetlips. We also have a special find of, not one, but two ribbon eels. The most exciting dive of the day happens at Deep Six, where some lucky divers get to see a blue spotted ray, two white tip reef sharks, and an eagle ray! What a great way to start the week!
Monday 23rd January 2017
Nice start to the day with a drift dive at Sharkfin Reef followed by a hot breakfast of French toast, eggs to order, bacon, ham, and hash brown potatoes. Our next dive is at a site rarely visited by divers called Boulder City. It is somewhat of a deep dive, and short as we spent most of our time at about 24 meters, but very full of marine life and big healthy sea fans. After lunch most guests have a nap or relax on the sundeck, and then we head back to Elephant Head for our third dive. Our fourth dive is at North Point, where we moor up to the actual dive site and divers enter the water from the back of the boat using a giant stride entry. Here we are happy to see several marbled grouper, some shiny tiger cowries, and a couple blue spotted sting rays. In the evening we head over Nam Chai Bay where we will be spending the night. The night dive turns out even better than expected complete with an octopus, moon snail, free swimming moray, scorpion fish, and three spiny lobsters.
Tuesday 24th January 2017
Guests wake up and enjoy a light breakfast before jumping in at Christmas Point, a site with the dramatic topography of massive stacked boulders which stack in a way that creates interesting crevices and swim throughs. Just around the corner is our next site called Three Trees where we head first to the deep coral reef and end up encountering a huge school of barracuda. We carefully swim around a sandy bottom covered in triggerfish nests and observe the triggerfish in action. We end the dive in the shallows and here we see an octopus and a clown triggerfish. After lunch we head out to Koh Bon where we will be spending the rest of the day and evening. This rocky islet consists of a large limestone ridge which protrudes the surface to about 40 meters in height and below the surface reaches a sandy bottom of about 30 meters. It is also home to a cleaning station which sometimes attracts the larger marine life. Today we see many Malabar grouper, a few Maldivian sponge snails, the egg sac of a Spanish Dancer, and a banded sea snake.
Wednesday 25th January 2017
Koh Tachai is a solitary islet located 20 km north of Koh Bon, which has flawless white sand beaches and two interesting dive spots. Today we dive Tachai Pinnacle, aka Twin Peaks. In the deeper areas we swim along boulders on a sandy bottom then make our way through the coral garden to the southern pinnacle. We end the dive at the top of the pinnacle where its large dome shape is covered in schooling fusiliers that are so abundant it appears to be a yellow and blue river of fish making its way through the water. After two dives at Tachai we head up to Richelieu Rock for the remainder of the day. This site is one of the most famous and most beautiful sites in Thailand. This isolated horseshoe shaped pinnacle is large and lively enough to do six dives in a row and still see something new every dive. We spend the remainder of the day here and are able to see yellowfin barracuda, Napoleon wrasse, schooling needle fish, and a sea turtle. After the fourth dive we head to Surin Islands for a pork filet mignon dinner and a calm night’s sleep.
Thursday 26th January 2017
What an amazing day at Richelieu Rock! We start the day by going to our deepest destination of the trip to check out a tiger tail seahorse at 32 meters on a small outcrop outside the southeastern side of the horseshoe. The outcrop is covered in pink and purple soft corals and huge schools of colorful fish. Sometimes there are so many fish that we can not see the rock itself. Throughout the day, this dive site continues to amaze us. We see mating cuttlefish on the deep sandy bottom, the resident Napoleon comes around a few times, a bright yellow tigress cowry sits on a sea fan in a narrow crack, schools of chevron barracuda swarm nearby, a sea turtle comes and goes as it surfaces intermittently for air, several flabelina aka blue dragon, and a huge school of juvenile giant trevally. At the end of the day guests exchange stories and share their photos over a filet mignon dinner and wine.
Friday 27th January 2017
We finish the week with two dives at Koh Bon, one at the pinnacle and one on the ridge. Here we spot an octopus, a juvenile emperor angel fish, a sea snake, and a juvenile midnight snapper. After the second dive, crew cleans the gear while guests enjoy lunch and relax on the sundeck. We arrive in Thaplamu around 4pm and chef prepares a delicious seafood barbecue. We watch the week’s video and guests exchange contact information for future travels and encounters. Congratulation to our iron divers of the week!
Saturday 28th January 2017
Guests wake up and have a hot, made to order breakfast before departing the boat by dinghy at 8am. Final transfers are made and guests on their way to their next destination. Thank you everyone for another unforgettable week on the Thailand Aggressor.