CAPTAIN’S LOG OMAN AGGRESSOR
CRUISE DATE: January 27, 2018 – February 3, 2018
ITINERARY: Hallaniyat Islands
HIGHLIGHTS: Mobula; Turtle; Eagle ray; Malabar grouper; humpback whales
Avg Air Temp: 20 oC - 25oC / 68oF - 77oF
Avg Water Temp: 23oC / 71 oF
Avg Visibility: 10 - 15m / 32 - 50 feet
Avg Wind Speed: 10 - 19 knots
Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear skies occasionally cloudy, moderate winds
GUESTS: Vincent; Angela; Sunny; Christiane; Viktor; Maite; Alejandro; Laurie; Scott; Anne; Gary
Total dives for the trip: 20
IRON DIVERS: Vincent; Anne; Viktor
BEST DIVE TEAM AWARD: Maite & Alejandro
REEF AMBASSADOR AWARD: Angie
COURSE: Scott Nitrox diver certification
à DAY 1 – Saturday 27th January
Starting from 3:00pm our guests are arriving on the boat, they are going to be 11 on board this week. After a welcome fresh juices and Omani coffee, we lead them to discover their comfy cabins. Then we set up the diving gears and finishing some paperwork.
At 5:00pm, we ring the bell and all gathered in the salon for the safety briefing of the boat and the presentation of the crew. After the briefing, we serve the dinner, then it is time for a last glass of wine, or last walk on the marina and then bed time.
à DAY 2 – Sunday 28th January
After traveling during the night from Juweira marina to the harbor of Mirbat, we wake up at 6:00am just in front of the harbor of Mirbat, ready for the first dive spot.
After the breakfast, we do the general diving safety briefing and the dive spot briefing.
At 8:30am, we all take the direction by tender of our first dive spot Ras Mirbat. Our adaptation dive offered us: bluespotted stingray; octopus; turtle; painted spiny lobster; squat shrimp; varicose wart slug; pale glossodorid; kangaroo nudibranch; thornback boxfish.
Back to the mother ship, we are directly moving to our next dive spot, the Marriott wreck, situated at 20 minutes navigation. At 11:30am we ring the bell, time for our second dive briefing. On the wreck we saw: blues potted stingray; Indian ocean crocodile fish; torpedo ray; honeycomb moray; reef cusk eel; snubnose pompano; thousand and thousand of vanikoro sweeper.
Back on the boat it is lunch time, in the same we are moving with boat in the direction of Eagle bay our next dive spot. At 3:30pm it is briefing time. This third dive was full a surprise we encounter a huge group of around 30 mobula; few turtles; nudibranchs and slugs.
After this super nice nice day of diving we started our navigation to the Hallaniyat archipelago, it will take us around 13 hours till to reach the dive spot of tomorrow morning. But until that at 7:00pm, it is dinner time cooked by our great chef.
à DAY 3 – Monday 29th January
After a smooth crossing overnight we anchor beside our fist dive spot of the day: Fish highway. At 6:30am, we ring the bell for the briefing, this morning we really have nice weather condition: flat sea and sunny sky. We jumped directly from the back of the platform. We encounter hundreds of red tooth triggerfish; black spotted stingray and groupers.
Back on the boat Chef Salah is waiting us for the breakfast. At 10:00am it is briefing for our second dive: Angry grouper. During this dive we saw eagle ray; big grouper; black soft coral and hundreds of red tooth trigger fish.
Back to the boat it time for lunch. During the lunch we are moving closer from Schmies island, where we are going to our third dive. After lunch we had the chance to saw two humpback whales coming at the surface few times. Some of us even jumped on the tender to have a closer look at them. At 2:00pm we ring the bell for the dive briefing of Gotta Schmies. During this dive we encounter: eagle ray; rainbow runner.
After the dive we started our navigation to Al Qibliyah island, where we are going to do our night dive and spend the night there. Arrived at Al Qibliyah it is already time for the night dive briefing, Farsha Al Qibliyah, we encounter: big octopus; fusiliers attracted by our light.
à Day 4 – Tuesday 30th January
This morning we wake up at 6:00am, after briefing we take the direction of our fist dive by tender: Gotta Al Qibliyah, during this dive we saw: red-spotted guard crab; longfin spadefish; urchin clingfish; semicircle angelfish; groups of doublebar bream and goldspotted sweetlips; dragon moray. After this cool morning dive, back to the boat it is time for breakfast. At 10:00am we ring the bell for the second briefing of the day, we are going to dive Al Qibliyah rock. During this dive we encounter: sally-light foot crabs; varicose wart slug; black-blotched porcupinefish; yellow boxfish; yellowtail barracuda; Bluefin and yellow-dotted trevally; dragon moray; guineafowl pufferfih
For our afternoon dive, we are going to jump directly from the back of the platform to dive Canal garden. During this dive we saw yellowfin goatfish; minstrel sweetlips; black-spot snapper; blue gudgeon goby.
At 6:00pm it is briefing time for our night dive, we jumped from the back of the boat again to dive Canal Garden. We encounter swimming honeycomb moray; Long-arm cleaner shrimp; wave wart slug; convex reef crab.
After dinner, we started our navigation to the most western island of the archipelago: Al Hasikiyah.
à DAY 5 – Wednesday 31th January
During the night, we arrived to Al Hasikiyah, at 6:30am it is briefing for our first dive: Al Hasikiyah plateau. During the dive we encounter marbled shrimp; fusiliers; black soft coral; moorish idol; goldspotted sweetlips; stars-and-stipes snakelet.
At 10:00am we ring the bell for our second dive: Aquarium. During this dive we meet torpido ray; sand eel; and hundred and hundreds of small fishes full of colors who give this famous name to this dive spot.
Back to the boat and during the lunch we started to move on the other side of the island for our afternoon and our night dive.
Our afternoon dive is an exploration dive, we named this dive spot The Sunny turtle (dedicated to Sunny one of our guests on board this week). During this dive we encounter: marble shrimp; huge Malabar grouper; fusilier; eagle ray; orange spotted trevally; yellowmouth moray; redmouth grouper; Spanish dancer.
Back on the boat our afternoon snacks mini pizza baked by the Chef is waiting for us. Just after the moon eclipse we jumped in the water for out night dive: The Sunny Cave. During this dive we saw: the huge Malabar grouper again accompanied with two huge honeycomb moray and a baby octopus.
Back on the boat, it is dinner time, after the dinner we started our navigation in the direction of the mainland where we are going to dive tomorrow.
à DAY 6 – Thursday 1st February
During the night we arrived in the bay of Ras Qinqari, situated on the coast at 50 miles north from Mirbat. Our fist morning dive is Ras Qinqary North. This dive was a really rich morning dive, we saw turtle; mobula; eagle ray; huge Malabar grouper; super colorful broccoli soft coral, and at the end of the dive when we surfaced we had the chance to follow a humpback whale for few minutes. Like this first dive did please all of us, we decided to dive again for our second dive of the day. Because the wind picked up, and the current increased, we covered the West side of this dive spot. We encounter 6 turtles; beautiful pink and white broccoli soft coral; huge Malabar grouper; groups of red tooth triggerfish. Back to the mother ship it is time for lunch and to move for our next dive spot: Hamdis Block. At 2:00pm we ring the bell for briefing, this dive was surprising by the visibility, we did not get even 3 meters visibility. After this dive, we moved again in front of the harbor of Mirbat, where we are going to spend the night thereF. At 6:00pm we ring the bell for our night dive briefing, this dive was really rich, we encounter: cuttlefish; squid; a lot of octopus.
à DAY 7 – Friday 2nd February
This morning we wake up at 7:00am for our last dive of the week: Ras Mirbat. Today we are going to explore the deeper part of this spot. We encounter octopus; nudibranchs; beautiful pink soft coral; cuttlefish. Back to the boat we start directly our way back to the marina of Juweira, as we have to enter in the marina before 11:20am.
At 5:30pm it is time for our cocktail party to celebrated this week and thanks all our guests for joining us this week aboard The Oman Aggressor, and we hope to see you again.
Your Oman Aggressor Crew.
Log Date: February 3, 2018
Entry by: Oman Aggressor Crew