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Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log February 18-25, 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
Guests: Alan, Vic, Anna, Chris, Dianne, Mel, Tim, Sandy, Dan, Jim, Mike, Michelle, Linda, Rafael, Laura,
Sunday – West of Eden, Deep Six, Anita’s Reef, Stonehenge, Hideaway
Monday – Sharkfin Reef, Elephant Head, 3 Trees, North Point,Turtle Rock
Tuesday – Christmas Point, Koh Bon x 4
Wednesday – Koh Tachai x 2, Richelieu Rock x 2
Thursday - Richelieu Rock x 4
Friday – Koh Tachai, Koh Bon
Saturday 18th Febuary 2017
‘Sawadee Kap’ from Thaplamu Pier, Thailand where many day trip boats and local fishing boats are coming and going on this busy afternoon. Our guests arrive to the vessel at 4:00pm and are greeted by our friendly staff. The trip leader briefs what to expect this week, then the Thai crew sets off celebratory firecrackers on the bow. We set sail for the Similans while guests enjoy a multi course Thai style dinner in the saloon. Welcome aboard the Thailand Aggressor!
Sunday 19th February 2017
Arriving early to Similan Island #7, guests eagerly gear up for their first dive. We jump from the back of the boat at West of Eden with a giant stride entry and descend into the beautiful underwater world. Our check out dive goes great and we love seeing our resident spearing mantis shrimp again. Just around the corner, we go by dinghy to Deep Six where one group is lucky enough to see a spotted eagle ray gliding along the deep sandy bottom. After lunch we head over to Anita’s Reef to check out ‘One Roll Rock’, the rock with so much life on it that one could use an entire roll of film just there. For our fourth dive we go to a site we don’t normally go to called Stonehenge and are happy to have awesome visibility and a special find of a juvenile rock mover wrasse. After the night dive at Hideaway Bay, guests have a cup of hot coco with a little bit of Bailys, then off to bed for another great day of diving tomorrow.
Monday 20th February 2017
It’s another beautiful morning in the Similan Islands where we start the day with a dive at Sharkfin Reef. Here divers enjoy the dramatic topography formed by massive stacked boulders. Back on the boat, chef has prepared a hearty breakfast complete with bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, home made bread, and French toast and eggs made to order. Dive two is at Elephant Head where photographers take advantage of the nature-made frame that is a hole corroded into a stone wall where one diver can poke their head in on one side, while their buddy takes a photo from the other side. After a long, two hour surface interval we head to Island 9 and dive Three Trees and North Point. Here we encounter giant barracuda, a scorpion fish, a very rare pygmy pipehorse, and several nesting triggerfish. During the night dive at Turtle Rock we spot two spiny lobsters, a variety of crustaceans, and some hunting trevally. Another great day of diving in the North Andaman Sea.
Tuesday 21st February 2017
Guests wake up to a beautiful sunrise and the smell of fresh brewed coffee. We gear up and jump in at Christmas Point which is teeming in blue and yellow fusiliers. One swim through offers a great ‘selfy’ opportunity as inside the rock an air pocket has formed which is big enough for one diver to go in at a time. Next we head north, out of the Similan Islands, to Koh Bon Island where we will spend the remainder of the day. Koh Bon is a small rocky islet which forms a ridge starting at 30 meters above sea level and tapers down into the sea reaching a deep sandy bottom at about 40 meters. Here there is a cleaning station which sometimes attracts the larger marine life. Over the course of three day dives and one night dive we see a variety of creatures including the Maldivian sponge snail, an octopus, a juvenile black snapper, a banded sea snake, and a cuttlefish. Divers unanimously decide that this is the best night dive so far and are, once again, very happy with the diving.
Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Today we spend the morning with two dives at Koh Tachai Pinnacle. Using the mooring line we descend to 25 meters where we find shelter from the current. Above us hundreds of schooling chevron barracuda amaze us with their massive number of fish. Trevally patrol the top of the pinnacle on the hunt for fusiliers and other small fish. A green sea turtle swims nonchalantly below us. What a beautiful dive site! In the afternoon we arrive at Richelieu Rock, our most northerly diving destination. Richelieu Rock is known to be Thailand’s most beautiful dive site, and today it certainly holds up this reputation. The rock is completely covered in purple and pink soft coral and thousands of glass fish. Small schools of yellowtail barracuda circle in the bay and divers count about a dozen scorpion fish in just one dive. Lionfish congregate and ambush smaller prey with their quick attacks. Divers love this site and look forward to spending the day here tomorrow.
Thursday 23rd February 2017
With a late wake up of 7:00 am, guests are able to sleep in before the first dive. Richelieu Rock never ceases to amaze us! We start with a deep dive down to 32 meters for a super special find of a tigertail seahorse. In the same area dozen of emperor fish are on the hunt. In all the chaos it is hard to chose what to look at because so many amazing things are happening at once! We head back over the main rock where we find mating cuttle fish, several flabelina nudibranchs, a variety of cowrys, and banded cleaner shrimp. Chef prepares a delicious lunch of cashew chicken, minced pork, and baked macaroni and cheese then we are back in the water. During the second half of the day we see the resident Napolean wrasse, a peacock mantis shrimp, huge schools of snapper, and many marbled grouper. It has been such a wonderful day we are all sad that it had to end.
Friday 24th February 2017
Guests sleep in again today and wake up to a beautiful sunrise over Koh Tachai Island. We dive one time here and see many barracuda, then continue south for our final dive at Koh Bon Pinnacle. The last dive turns out to be an epic grand finale when divers encounter a beautiful manta ray! The ray stays with us for a half an hour coming within feet of the divers. What an amazing experience! Guests enjoy seeing a banded sea snake, emperor angelfish, and some nudibranchs. We arrive to Thaplamu around and have a seafood barbeque farewell dinner. We congratulate our iron divers with an Iron Diver Medal and guests enjoy their last night on the boat together.
Saturday 25th February 2017
Guests wake up and have their usual made to order breakfast. Our friendly crew helps get their luggage to the pier and guests depart the vessel at 8:00am. Their prearranged taxis are already waiting for them, we say our final farewells, and they are off to their next destination. Thank you everyone for another amazing week on the Thailand Aggressor with an awesome group of divers! Kap Khun Krap!