Palau Aggressor Charter August 27 – Sep 3rd
Water Temp: 80-85 deg F
Air Temp: 85-90 deg F
Crew: Dan, Shea, Herence , Dustin, Hector, Ernan, Ripan, Joe
On Sunday afternoon we welcomed onboard our new dive buddies from around the World. 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 Shea 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.
Our first dive on Monday morning, was on 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. . Dive two was at yet another famous wreck in Palau the much larger IRO, a fleet oil tanker, meeting its fate in the outer lagoon after heavy fire from both US submarine and airstrike attacks. Upon this massive five hundred foot tanker divers found can find octopus and on top of the massive king posts tower a large colony of tomato anemones and clown fish. During lunch the Palau Aggressor II moved down to German Channel, and our first dive on the outer reef was at Barnums wall, a beautiful slopping coral garden with turtles, schools of fusiliers, and if you’re lucky a Leopard shark. Our last dive for the day was at German Channel itself and we were lucky to spot large reef Manta being clean at the cleaning station.
Second day was getting more exciting as we started our day of diving at the famous Blue Corner. The divers dropped down to the incoming side of the corner and drifted until we reached the hook in area. We spend most of our dive time looking out to the blue seeing some good action from the sharks, barracudas and horse eyed jacks. Next stop is another famous dive site called the German Channel; we started off at the Koror side of the channel and saw the red anemone. Then we drifted until we reached the cleaning station and saw two feather tail rays buried in the sand. We continued swimming to the second cleaning station and saw one Manta Ray. After few minutes we took off and went inside the channel and spent the rest of our bottom time exploring. Then we made our way down to Peleliu to dive n spend the night. We awoke the next morning on Wednesday and dove the express for some fast action current then purple beach for a mellow wall dive. For our third dive we headed to Blue Holes, we dropped into one of the holes leading into massive cavern where we spent most of our bottom time exploring. We saw the pygmy sea horse, disco clams, and lion fish. For the fourth dive we head on to a relaxing dive just drifting along Ngemelis Wall. Afterwards we had a delicious dinner then went on our last night dive of the week at German Wall and spotted some nudibranch, pleurobranch, and different fishes tucked into the reef.
On Thursday after breakfast we headed to New Drop-Off the current was mild as we jumped in and as we were reaching the hook in area 2 spotted eagle rays were swimming just below us. We spent most of our bottom time hooked in looking out into the blue watching the sharks as the current was getting strong we unhooked and drifted across the plateau. For the second dive we decided to check out Blue Corner again, the current was moderate as we dropped down. As soon as we got to the hook in area there was a massive schooling fishes of Horse Eyed Jacks and Snappers, there were also sharks hanging around. When the current started to pick up we decided on unhook and went back to the big boat for lunch. Then once again we went diving at German Channel and had another manta experience, this time there were two mantas swimming around the divers at the cleaning station. For the fourth dive we head on to a relaxing dive just drifting along turtle cove.
The guests woke up to a new view the following morning and as the sun was shining into the beautiful island of Ulong everybody had breakfast. We started the day of diving at Siaes Tunnel and explored the area looking for the blue back pygmy angel fish and at the exit of the tunnel we spotted the Helfrich’s Dart fish. 2nd dive was siaes corner where we saw a baby eagle ray. Afterwards we went to Ulong Channel and hooked in for a few minutes at the mouth of the channel seeing gray reef sharks swimming back and forth out in the blue. Then we decided to unhook and let the current push us into the channel where we drifted then saw the giant stacks of lettuce corals and at the end of the dive there were two giants clams. Sandy Paradise was our next dive site where we dropped down into a mooring and went swimming through the sloping coral garden until we reached the sandy area. We saw garden eels, anemone, sharks, the divers also checked out one particular coral head that has Leaf Scorpion Fish and Mantis Shrimp living in it.
On Saturday everybody woke up and went diving at Shark city and saw a bunch of red snappers. At 10 am it was time for our last dive of the week at Chandelier Cave, we entered the cave and popped up into the air chambers took our regulators out and talked to each other. After exploring the caves we headed outside just at the entrance and checked out the coral garden for the mandarin fish and devil scorpion fish. Lunch was served as we got back then the guests had the whole afternoon to themselves. At 6 pm everybody gathered once more in the salon for a cocktail party exchanging great stories and recapping the great moments while the photos throughout the week were being shown on the big screen. Few moments later the captain did a speech thanking everybody for a wonderful week and hopes to see everybody again. Afterwards everybody said their farewell to the crew then it was time for dinner off the boat at a restaurant of their choice. Late night some of the guests were dropped off to the dock for their transport to the airport.
The next day, the remaining guests went up to the salon for continental breakfast then gathered their luggage to be put on the skiff. At 8 am they were dropped off to the dock and picked up by their transfer to their designated hotel. Until then safe diving and hope to see you again