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Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log 9-16 Dec 2017
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 28c
* Visibility 20m
Cruise Director: Clive
Deck hand: Rong
Deck Hand: Bank
Video Pro: Ashley
Stephen, Tuk, Dennis,Jerry,Dirk,Laurent,Claire,Tom,Vic,Steve,John,Chris,Chuck,Geert.
Sunday – Zodiac, Shark fin reef, West of Eden, South West of Eden, Zodiac
Monday- Elephant Head Rock , Deep Six, Anitas Reef, Stonehenge, Anitas reef.
Tuesday- Christmas point, 3 trees, North Point, Koh Bon x2.
Wednesday– Koh Tachai pinnacle, Koh Tachai pinnacle, Koh Tachai Pinnacle / Reef x2
Thursday : Richelieu Rock x4
Friday – Koh Tachai pinnacle, Koh Tachai reef.
Guests arrive to Thaplamu Pier and board the Thailand Aggressor via dinghy by 5:00pm. With the crews help, our divers set up their gear and head to the main lounge for the weekly overview followed by a 5 course family style Thai dinner.
We began our week at Zodiac, this sheltered bay is one of the best sites within these 9 islands for our check dive, all our guests sorted out the weights and descended from the back of the Thailand Aggressor we swam past the signs of the zodiac placed here as a memorial to those lost in the tsunami, we saw stingrays and also a school of goat fish, after all our guests got back into diving we headed down to Sharkfin reef and did a drift dive we encountered many unicorn fish and a few giant morays buried deep in the rocks. After a fine lunch we headed to one of our favorites at island 7 this site is called west of eden we found a spearing mantis shrimp and also a couple of dog tooth tuna swam by, our next dive would be south of this island and we found octopus and a few parrot fish munching on the reef. For our nite dive we did zodiac again and found a hunting moray and a stingray asleep under a rock…
First dive today was at elephant head rock this huge pile of boulders has some great swim thrus with some big snapper, we also found a ribbon eel and some very nice egg coweries… Next dive was back at island 7 a site called deep 6 this site was amass of fish with schools of trevally these were chasing the yellow fusiliers all around the shallows we had a few good phots with a well placed anemone and some clown fish, we headed down to islands 5 and 6 for our afternoons diving we went to anitas reef on the north of island 6 we saw a dwarf scorpion fish and some nudibranchs crawling across the sand, Next we moved the boat to honeymoon bay a great drift dive was had by all and many reef fish sighted aswell as a couple of sleeping stingrays…. Our night dive would be at anitas reef we found a few lobsters and a zebra moray aswell as the hundreds of shrimp that come out at night…. After the dive we watched a cool documentary made by Jacques Cousteau before an early night.
Today we went to the north tip of island 9 and started our days diving at Christmas point this site is a small pinnacle heading north east, again we saw many trevally hunting and also a turtle foraging for food buried deep in the coral also sighted were mantis shrimp and dart gobies. We moved the boat west and did a drift dive at 3 trees our photographers spent nearly all dive out on the deeper reef taking many shots of the barrel sponge. After a great lunch with our legendary ginger soup we dropped in at North point this is our most northerly site in these 9 islands it was a nice dive with octopus and a twin spot lion fish being found… We headed north to Koh Bon although no mantas have been sighted lately we found a few sponge snails and some giant morays. Our nite dive was one of the best we saw so much including cuttlefish and octopus also many snails and crabs..
We started our day by moving the boat 2 hrs north to the island of Koh Tachai there was minimal current but it was teaming with fish and lots of very nervous fusileers the action started from the time we entered to the time we did the safety stop even then a school of barracuda came past what a great dive, almost the same happened on our next dive so much hunting action at the moment, many of our guests got some great movie footage. For our third dive we headed over to Tachai Reef which was very colorful with the ambient lighting of the sun mixed with tropical clear blue waters. Here we were graced by a confident day octopus and a banded sea snake moseying about the corals. For the days’ finale we headed back to the Pinnacle where we witnessed the feeding time for many blue fin trevallys and also found a variety of nudibranchs and two very large spiny painted lobsters. What a wonderful day of diving!
After a peaceful night sleep in the Surin Islands we head over to Richelieu Rock for an early morning dive at 6:45am. Having the site to ourselves we are able to happily make our way around the rock, first going deep to see our resident spiny seahorse. Heading around the corner we find two pharaoh cuttlefish side by side hovering in the sand. After a wonderful, exciting morning dive we head back to the boat for a hot and hearty made to order breakfast then we are back on the dive deck gearing up for our second dive at Richelieu. Once again, the rock is teeming in a variety of marine flora and fauna including large schools of two spot snapper in the middle of the horseshoe, schooling batfish, spearing peacock mantis shrimps, and thousands upon thousands of glass fish covering the rock. With a closer rock we realize that many of those ‘glass fish’ are actually tiny juvenile barracuda! As the day goes on we complete a total of four dives at this amazing site and see much more including the resident green sea turtle, several nudibranchs and cowries, schooling needle fish, schools of cornetfish and emperor fish, and three very big yellowtail barracuda. The only thing we could have asked for more of was more bottom time!
Sadly it is down to our last two dives of the charter, but fortunately it is at Koh Tachai and the conditions are perfect! With clear visibility and no current we roll out of the dinghy onto Tachai Pinnacle. As we make our way around the pinnacle through the beautiful coral gardens we are surrounded by yellow fusiliers. We also spot three octopus, a pair of porcelain anemone crabs, and a cuttlefish. For our next dive the groups split up and some opt to go to the reef for a very peaceful dive ending with a friendly green sea turtle. As divers return to the boat, crew disassembles and cleans the gear as our guests have lunch, fill out logbooks, share photos, and relax on the sun deck with a beer while the boat sails towards Thaplamu. In the evening we have a farewell barbeque, and guests exchange contact information for future diving adventures. Congratulations to our iron divers of the week!
We wake up around 7 and guests are served their usual made to order hot breakfast as crew loads up the luggage. By 8:00am we head to the pier by dinghy where our transfers are waiting to take everyone to their next destination. A huge thank you to our Aggressor divers for another amazing week on board. ‘Khap Khun Krap’ and See you next time!