Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log 11-18 November 2017
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 28c
* Visibility 20m
Cruise Director: Clive
Deck hand: Rong
Deck Hand: Bank
Video Pro: Ashley
Sunday – Zodiac, Boulder city, Shark fin reef, West of Eden, Zodiac
Monday- Elephant Head, Deep Six, Elephant Head, Anita’s Reef, Hideaway Bay
Tuesday- Christmas point, 3 Trees, North Point, Koh Bon x2.
Wednesday– Tachai West, Tachai Pinnacle x 3
Thursday : Richelieu Rock x4
Friday – Koh Bon north, Koh Bon west
Our guests arrived around 17:00 and were excited for the beginning of the trip we set up our equipment and all got introduced then the boat safety briefing. We had a lovely dinner and went early to bed.
After our check dive all our guests got rid of the cobwebs after being out the water for a while, the dive was good with stingray and giant moray being found, also a couple of stick pipe fish, For our second dive we headed south for boulder city this is one of our deeper sites and is great for wide angle photography there are many very large seafans down at 25m some of our guests were lucky and saw a white tip reef shark and some cruising barracuda, after a great buffet thai lunch we headed for shark fin reef this is the most southerly dive site in this chain of islands, Our gusts saw a bump head parrot fish and some stingrays in the sand. We began heading north after the dive and decided on West of Eden our resident mantis shrimp was in the channel and amazed our guests with his wandering eyes we also saw a turtle and a giant moray, Our night dive would be at zodiac we saw many shrimps and a moray out foraging also spotted were lobster and a hermit crab, after the dive we watched a documentary and headed to bed looking forward to tomorrows diving.
With a wake up time of 6:30 am, guests arrive to the salon bright and early to enjoy a light breakfast and to listen to the first dive briefing of the day. We jump in an Elephant Head and gently fin through the channel where a naturally eroded “frame” in the rock wall provides a unique photo opportunity for capturing divers’ portraits. Next we head to Island 7 where we have a nice drift dive at Deep Six and encounter a variety of pufferfish, trigger fish, and a banded sea snake. After lunch, we return to Elephant Head for a second dive. We wind in and out of the maze-like swim thrus and check out our resident ribbon eel. In the afternoon, some guests opt to relax on the sundeck while the rest enjoy a dive at Anita’s Reef. Here we see many anemone fish, a giant moray, and brightly colored schools of blue and yellow fusiliers. For dinner, Chef prepares a delicious dinner of perfectly cook steak and a light tiramisu dessert. After an interesting and exciting night dive, guests return to the boat for hot coco and Khalua, then off to bed for another big day tomorrow.
Up bright and early today all our guests enjoyed an amazing sunrise, then we had our light breakfast followed by our briefing. We headed for Christmas point on island 9 this is a small pinnacle that just breaks the surface at low water there was an abundance of fish here and we saw Napoleon wrasse and also a school of jacks and emperors hunting also sighted were moray and a pair of dart fish, after a full breakfast we decided to try the very most northern dive site in the nine islands that make up this group, we headed for 3 trees it was a good drift dive with a bump head parrot fish and sea snake spotted, our third dive was to be at north point we had a real show from an Octopus then one of our keen eyed guests spotted another it was so well camouflaged it kept changing texture and color it kept our group mesmerized for a good 10 minutes. We cast off the mooring and headed north for our 4th dive the ridge at koh bon was alive with marine life and we saw another 2 octopus. Many of our guests opted for the night dive in the bay and saw lionfish and moray hunting then an octopus turned up just to top it off. We had a good evening with many old diving tails from this experienced group.
After spending the night in the peaceful protection of Koh Tachai, guests wake up full of energy and ready to dive. To avoid our neighboring dive boats we start off at Koh Tachai West, a lively sloping coral reef full of eels, nudibranchs, anemone fish and more. It turns out to be a nice, easy drift dive and we end up staying down for an entire hour. After breakfast we moor up to Tachai Pinnacle and enter the water via giant stride off the back of the boat. Finning our way around the giant pinnacle we are pleased to see hundreds of schooling barracuda and bright yellow fusiliers. Big bat fish approach the divers with curiosity and we are also noticed by a friendly porcupine puffer. For the second dive we check out the northern pinnacle and see a banded sea snake, a few golden trumpet fish, and a fimbriated moray eel. Although we were originally planning to go to the Northern Reef for the fourth dive, it seems the guests could not get enough of Tachai Pinnacle so we return for yet a third dive at this wonderful site. At the bottom of the mooring a confident day octopus waits for us and displays his colors for our photographer. We are not disappointed with the feeding action as blue fin trevally weave in and out of the millions of glass fish to satisfy their late afternoon hunger. Afterwards our guests gather in the saloon and satisfy their own hunger with a beautifully prepared Japanese stlye miso soup, breaded pork, and panacotta.
What an exciting morning on Thailand Aggressor as we approach the must anticipated Richelieu Rock. This horseshoe shaped pinnacle (7 pinnacles actually), is home to a tremendous variety of sea life, including marine animals, plants, and corals. The first dive we go deep to find our beautiful resident tigertail seahorse, and also find a nice flabellina nudibranch, peacock mantis shrimp, and several spotted boxfish. The second dive is very special when we spot a cuttlefish and an octopus right next to each other! For one diver, it is her first cuttlefish and she is especially excited. After our amazing cephlapod sitings we continue around the outside of the horseshoe where we see a feeding frenzy of trevally and emperor fish on the smaller glass fish and juvenile barracuda which are practically coating the reef. The third dive is just as exciting as the first two as we have an up close encounter of a giant barracuda and also see a school of yellowfin barracuda near the surface. On our fourth and final dive we see more hunting action and when we return the to dinghy after are safety stop, we are please to be coming back to a beautiful sunset.
Friday – Returning to the island of Koh Bon, we start the morning with a deep dive at Koh Bon Pinnacle. With excellent visibility we see several nudibranchs, jacks, and another octopus. Next we go to Koh Bon Ridge, a popular cleaning station among the larger marine animals. Today we see many scorpion fish, the Maldivian sponge snail, and a variety of wrasse and snapper. Happy birthday to our lovely guest, Radine! As the guests return to the vessel, our friendly crew dismantles and cleans their equipment while guests enjoy lunch and chill out on the sundeck. We arrive to Thaplamu Pier at 4:30pm and gather for our farewell barbeque at 6:00pm. We watch the weekly video, settle the bills, and guests have a few beers or glasses of wine before bed. Congratulations to our iron diver Louise!
Saturday– Guests wake up and enjoy a made to order breakfast, as usual. Crew gathers the luggage an assist them to the pier at around 8:00am where their transfers are waiting to safely deliver them to their next destination. Thank you everyone for another wonderful week of diving on Thailand Aggressor, see you next time!