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Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log February 11-18, 2017
North Andaman sea
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 29c
* Visibility 20m
Cruise Director: Clive
Second Captain: Rong
Deck hand: Hem
Chef: Pi Phorn
Dive instructor: Patrick
Dive instructor: Bank
Dive Master: Ashley
Sunday – West of Eden, Deep Six, Elephant head , Deep Six x 2
Monday – Turtle rock, Christmas Point, North Point, Three Trees, Nam Chai Bay
Tuesday – North Point, Koh Bon x 4
Wednesday – Koh Tachai Pinnacle x 2, Richelieu Rock, Surin Island
Thursday - Richelieu Rock x 2, Tachai Point, Tachai Reef
Friday – Koh Bon, Bunsoon Wreck
Saturday 11th Febuary 2017
It’s an exciting afternoon in Thaplamu as guests arrive to the pier ready for a weeklong diving adventure. After boarding the vessel via dinghy, guests are shown to their cabins by our friendly crew and begin to set up gear on the dive deck. A general boat briefing is held in the saloon area and guests enjoy an authentic Thai dinner. Celebratory firecrackers are lit on the bow for good luck as we set sail for the Similan Islands. Welcome aboard the Thailand Aggressor.
Sunday 12th February 2017
With an early wake up time of 6:00am, guests are able to enjoy a cup of fresh coffee while watching their first Similan sunrise. After a dive briefing, guests gear up and head to the dinghy for a dive at West of Eden, located on Island #7. Here we are happy to see the resident spearing mantis shrimp, a clown triggerfish, and a giant moray eel. Next spot is at Deep Six, also located on Island #7, which is an interesting dive complete with many schooling bannerfish and batfish, and some short swim throughs. After lunch we head over to Elephant Head, named for the rock formation visible at the surface that resembles a giant elephant head. The divers love the long lively swim throughs and the photogenic gorgonian sea fans. Also, we spot three ribbon eels here, one yellow, one black, and one blue. We head back over to Deep Six where we complete our last two dives, including the night dive. Then we are back to the boat for hot coco and bed. Very nice way to start our trip.
Monday 13th February 2017
Turtle Rock makes for a very nice morning dive and divers enjoy seeing a sea slug and many anemone fish. After a hot breakfast we head over to Island #9 to Christmas Point and divers take advantage of the photo opportunity of a large underwater air pocket inside of a dome formed in a big boulder. Our next dive at North Point is extra special because we find four very rare and hard to spot fish, two ornate ghost pipefishes and two pygmy pipehorses! After a somewhat short surface interval we make our way to Three Trees and go check out the healthy coral reefs. On the way over we see many nesting triggerfish, a green sea turtle, and a few great barracuda. The night dive at Nam Chai Bay is very relaxing and when we come up guests are amazed at the clearness of the night ad brightness of the stars. We are early to bed in preparation of another exciting day tomorrow.
Tuesday 14th February 2017
Returning to North Point for dive one, guests get another opportunity to check out the ornate ghost pipefishes and pygmy pipehorses. Now we are off to Koh Bon, a solitary limestone islet north of the Similan Islands but still considered to be a part of the Similan National Park. Today our guests are in for a special treat! This island consists of a massive ridge that begins high above the surface and finishes on a sandy bottom at a depth of 40 meters. Here is where we can find a cleaning station that oftentimes attracts larger marine life. Today that marine life just so happens to be manta rays! Three manta rays greet the divers under water and remain in the area for all three dives, giving our divers many close encounters and photo opportunities. The night dive is also very eventful and divers see a giant moray hunting and feeding, a few big lobsters, and a cuttle fish. What an amazing day of diving in the Andaman Sea!
Wednesday 15th February 2017
Guests wake up and have a light breakfast before jumping in at Koh Tachai Pinnacle. We descend on the mooring line and find shelter from the current for an easy and exciting dive. Here we see many marbled grouper, a lobster, thousands of brightly colored fusiliers, and a day octopus. We stay for one more dive then have a delicious lunch of ginger soup, fresh fruits, cashew chicken, minced pork, and sticky rice while the boat sails north. We arrive at Richelieu Rock in the afternoon and stay for one dive. Guests love watching the resident tomato anemone fish, big schools of hunting trevally, and several cowries. Next we sail to Surin Islands where we do our final dive of the day, a peaceful drift dive with many nudibranchs, angel fish, and crabs. We remain in the Surin Islands for a peaceful night at sea.
Thursday 16th February 2017
Richelieu Rock is known to be Thailand’s most beautiful and famous divesite. This horseshoe shaped formation of pinnacles is home to a huge variety of marine life. On the east side thousands of schooling fish come together creating an amazing spectacle. Needle fish patrol the surface while the hunting trevally terrify the smaller fish. Some areas are completely covered in glass fish and others in yellow damselfish. Here we also sea a green sea turtle, a Napoleon Wrasse, and an octopus. Very nice diving. After two dives we head south to Koh Tachai where we first dive the north side with a very relaxing drift dive. Then we return to the pinnacle where we dove the day before. Tachai Pinnacle is beautiful as always and guests love checking out two sea slugs, many fusiliers, and schooling barracuda. Chef prepares a filet mignon dinner and guests are able to enjoy a glass of wine with their steak as there is so night dive tonight. In the evening we hang out in the saloon and watch an interesting documentary before heading to bed.
Friday 11th February 2017
After a nice dive at Koh Bon we head over to Bunsoon Wreck, where guests have fun exploring the ruins of an old shipwreck off the shore of Khao Lak. Here we see many schooling damsels and a variety of moray eels. We arrive in Thaplamu at 5:00pm and have a delicious seafood barbeque. After a final goodbye briefing we watch the weeks video. It is our last night on the boat together so we say our final farewells and guests exchange contact information for future travels and encounters. Congratulations to our iron divers of the week for completing 25 dives in a week!
Saturday 12th February 2017
Guests wake up and have a made-to-order breakfast. Crew helps them with their luggage and they head to the pier where the prearranged transfers are waiting for them. Congratulations to our iron divers of the week and thank you everybody for another amazing week on the Thailand Aggressor!