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Cruise Director: Clive
Deck hand: Rong
Deck Hand: Hem
Assistant Chef: Son
Video Pro: Ashley
Monday – Koh Haa Lagoon, Koh Haa Neua, Koh Haa Rock, Koh Haa Yai,
Tuesday– Hin Muang, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Hin Daen
Wednesday– Stonehenge, Talang,
Thursday : Land Tour
Friday – Talang, Stonehenge, Koh Tarue
Saturday– Koh Haa Lagoon, Koh Haa Neaua
Sunday – Viking Cave Wreck, Bida Nok
Sunday– Our guests arrived around 20:30,We welcomed aboard a full group of Guests from our boats home country Thailand. We set our gear up followed by the safety / welcome briefing and had a late snack before heading to bed, looking forward to our first day diving.
After an overnight passage we made it to Koh Haa . A group of five( Haa) islands. It is a small cluster of islands all consisted of sedimented Limestone. During the day we were lucky and saw many Parrot fish and Kuhls stingrays in the sand also many Puffer fish followed us on our dives. During the Sunset one customer found the very rare Seamoth scurrying around in the sand as well as a couple of morays out free swimming. After the long days diving we upped anchor and headed south for the long journey to Hin Muang and Hin Daeng.
It was time to head South and we decided to spend the day at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. We started at Hin Muang, a submersed pinnacle where the shallowest part is about 8 metres, easily dropping down to 60 metres which presented us with large schools of fusiliers, yellow snappers, dog tooth tunas, big eye jacks and golden trevallies. Hin Daeng breaks the surface by around 1 metre and also dropped down to 60 metres and the amount of fish on this place was just amazing. We saw dozens of chevron barracudas and batfish, nudis and many moray eels. Hin Muang and Hin Daeng means Purple rock and Red rock due to the amount of soft corals that cover the pinnacles, making these sites simply fantastic
We have arrived for the second to last time of our season at Tarutao National Park and as expected we were not disappointed. First dive of the day was at Talang, one of our favorites. We came across a variety of nudis including blue dragon, flabelinas and geminis chromodoris. We also saw schooling barracudas and giant trevallies topped by the beautiful colors of the soft corals and the giant sea fans and barrel sponges that can be found on this site. The day carried on with many blue spotted sting rays, cleaner pipefish and the legendary sea horse that has been living in the same staghorn coral for the past 3 years. What an amazing day. In the evening our guests decided they would like a land tour so we headed to the fantastic beaches of the island.
We had a land tour today visiting some temples and ate a splendid meal then rejoining the Thailand Aggressor at Pakbara pier. In the evening we head to Koh Lipe where we spend the night.
Guests wake up to another beautiful morning and gather in the salon for light breakfast and briefing. We start the day with a mellow drift dive along the small islet of Talang, which consists of sloping coral reef reaching a sandy bottom of about fifteen meter. This morning we are lucky enough to spot two ornate ghost pipefish, some nudibranchs, and also a sea horse. Next we head around the corner to Stonehenge, named for its pointed protruding rocks and known for its dense purple soft corals and abundance of anemones. Our final dive of the day is at Koh Tarue, the island with a hole in it. At one point we are completely surrounded by yellow snapper, to the extent that we could not see anything else, truly amazing. Before the dive is over we also spot to spotted eagle rays. After dive three we head to land for a tour of the Koh Lipe Island and spend the day checking out the beautiful white sandy beaches, the lively markets, and exciting ‘Walking Street’.
With a late wakeup of 8:00am guests enjoy a sleep in before having a hot breakfast. Due to big swells we have a change of plans which set us back a couple hours. Guests don’t seem to mind and spend their time relaxing and catching up on photo editing. We arrive at Koh Haa around 11:30am and dive the Lagoon. Here we see some massive jellies which are great for photo opportunities. We also see a peacock mantis shrimp and many nudibranchs. Next we dive the chimney, a site almost completely covered in brightly colored soft corals. We see moray eels and a scorpion fish, then end the dive by going up the “Chimney”, a vertical swim through which takes us to the top of the site. By the end of this dive it is nearly time for dinner, so guests hang out on the Lido deck and in the Saloon as we head over to Phi Phi Island. In the evening guests head over to the island by dinghy and have a great time checking out the local bars and beaches.
Today we spend our time around Koh Phi Phi Ley, the island famous for its Maya Bay where ‘The Beach’ was filmed in 1997. We started with a wreck dive and saw dozens of colorful nudibranch and schooling snapper. After a long surface interval and a relaxed lunch we head over to Bida Nok for the final dive of the week. Guests spend as much time under water as they are able taking many pictures and enjoying the scenery. After the dive we head over to Maya Bay and go to the beach by dinghy. The sightseeing here is absolutely spectacular! Soon the sun is beginning to set so we set sail for Chalong Pier. While underway we have our final ceremony, celebrating out iron divers and saying our final farewells.
MondayTime to go home everyone and it was a great pleasure having this group from Cambodia. We enjoyed the great Thai food and their company, hoping to see you all again soon.