CAPTAIN’S LOG OMAN AGGRESSOR
CRUISE DATE: February 3, 2018 – February 10, 2018
ITINERARY: Hallaniyat Islands
HIGHLIGHTS: Turtle; giant trevally; eagle ray; mobula; harlequin shrimp
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 - 20 knots
Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear skies occasionally cloudy, moderate to strong winds
GUESTS: Richard; Mathias; Marcel; Tom; Elisabeth; Dan; Travis; Walter; Renate
Total dives for the trip: 22
IRON DIVERS: Elisabeth; Tom; Mat; Travis
CLOSE FAMILY AWARD: Dan & Travis
BEST DIVE TEAM AWARD: Elisabeth & Tom
DAY 1 – Saturday 3rd February
Starting from 3:00pm our guests are arriving on the boat, they are going to be 9 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. Around 10:30pm, we left the marina in the direction of Mirbat, where we are going to dive tomorrow.
DAY 2 – Sunday 4th February
We wake up at 6:00am just in front of the harbor of Mirbat, ready for the first dive spot. This morning the weather is so good with a flat sea and a grey cloudy sky. After the breakfast, we did 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 for our adaptation dive. Back on the boat it is time for our morning snack, till the next dive. At 11:00 we ring the bell, for our second briefing of the day, we are going to dive Ras Mirbat but the deeper part this time. This two dives in Ras Mirbat offered us: red sea nembrotha; ringed chromodorid; kangaroo nudibranch; thornback boxfish; yellow boxfish; black coral goby.
Back to the mother ship, it is lunch and in the same time we are moving to our next dive spot, the Marriott wreck, situated at 20 minutes navigation. At 3:00pm we ring the bell for the dive briefing. On the wreck we saw: Arabian butterflyfish; blues potted stingray; honeycomb moray; reef cusk eel; snub nose pompano; thousand and thousand of vanikoro sweeper and schools of yellow goat fish, guineafowl pufferfish.
At 6:00pm, we ring the bell for our first night dive of the week, the Marriott wreck. This night like always on the wreck was super rich, we encounter: squid; octopus; crocodile fish; big decorated crab; huge porcupine fish; and a lot of sleepy parrot fish.
Back on the boat, it is time for dinner and to celebrated the 5th wedding anniversary of Elisabeth and Tom! Congratulation guys!
After dinner we started our navigation to the direction of Al Hasikiyah island, the first island on our itinerary this week.
DAY 3 – Monday 5th February
This morning we wake up on Al Hasikiyah island, the crossing overnight was a bit bumpy because of the wind and sea condition. At 6:45 we ring the bell for the briefing, this morning our first dive is Al Hasikiyah cave. During this dive we encounter: eagle ray; turtle; rainbow runner.
On the way back to the mother ship, we jumped in the water to swim and admire a big group of dolphins. Back on the boat it is time for breakfast. At 10:30 we ring the bell for the second dive briefing: The arch. This dive offered us some stunning group of glassfish and a group of more than 20 giant trevally. On the way back to the boat we took time again to admire the dolphins again. After lunch and some rest, at 2:30 it is briefing time for our third dive Al Hasikiyah coral bay, this smooth and easy afternoon dive offered us coral crabs; marble shrimp; stars-and-stripes snakelet, and one of the diver even get the chance to saw the dolphin while diving! Lucky him!
At 6:15pm, it is time for the night dive, The Mount, we encounter lobster; black spotted stingray; and at the end at our safety stop 2 curious mobula came to check on us.
Back on the boat it is dinner time. After dinner we started our navigation to Al Qibliyah island, the more eastern island of the archipelago.
This morning we wake up at 6:15am, after the briefing we take the direction of our first dive by tender: Gotta Al Qibliyah, during this dive we saw: red-spotted guard crab; urchin clingfish; semicircle angelfish; groups of doublebar bream and goldspotted sweetlips; giant trevally; yellow mouth moray eel; and the huge local Malabar grouper who is living on the area. Back on the boat it is time for breakfast. At 10:30am 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 porcupine fish; yellow boxfish; Bluefin and yellow-dotted trevally; white-barred sweetlips.
For our afternoon dive, we are going to dive Canal garden. During this dive we saw yellow fin 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 Farsha Qibliyah. We encounter long-arm cleaner shrimp; wave wart slug; octopus; baby cuttlefish, green turtle.
Back on the boat it is time for dinner.
DAY 5 – Wednesday 7th February
During the night we moved from Al Qibliyah island to our dive spot of this morning fish Highway, close to Schmies island. At 6:45am we ring the bell for the briefing. During this dive we encounter: hundred and hundreds of fish like red tooth trigger fish, sweetlips, fusiliers, yellow goatfish. It was really a busy morning in fish highway today. After breakfast, at 10:30am we ring the bell for our second dive, angry grouper. During this dive we encounter: potato groupers; Oman hawk fish; red tooth triggerfish; superb coral shrimp; Oman anemone fish. Back on the mother boat we started to move on the direction of Al Sawda island, where we are going to spend the rest of the day. During our navigation while crossing Hallaniyat island, we had the chance to observe two humpback whales. We arrived at Al Sawda at 3:00pm, time for our afternoon dive, Coral garden. We jumped directly from the back of the boat. We encounter huge group of fusiliers; goby and blenny; and schools of vanikoro sweeper. Back on the boat, we all get change and by tender took the direction of the island to have a climb up to the mount and admire the sunset. We all came back at 6:15pm of the night dive briefing. For our night dive we jumped again from the back of the platform to dive Coral garden again. We saw plenty of shrimp; crabs; and group of orange spotted trevally hunting. Back on the boat and during the dinner we started our navigation in the direction of the mainland, Ras Qinqari, where we are going to dive tomorrow.
DAY 6 – Thursday 8th 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 Qinqari North. This first morning dive was really spectacular, we encounter a giant grouper; eagle ray; mobula; octopus; giant trevally; super colorful broccoli soft coral.
After breakfast, we took the decision to dive again this dive site as it is really big and give a lot to explore. During our second dive we encounter mobula again, colorful nudibranch and broccoli soft coral; potato grouper; octopus.
Back on the boat, it is time for lunch. We also start to move on direction of our third dive site of the day Eagle bay, at two hours navigation from Ras Qinqari. At 2:30pm, we ring the bell and it is time for our third dive, eagle bay. During this dive we encounter honeycomb moray, lobster. Back on the boat, we move again on the direction of the Chinese wreck close to Mirbat, where we are going to spend our night dive. At 6:15pm we ring the bell and do the briefing. During this night dive we encounter: decorated crab covered with soft coral; lobster; sleeping parrot fish. Was a really riche and nice night dive, back on the boat it is dinner time, the Chef is waiting for us with his roasted turkey. During our dinner we are moving in front of the harbor of Mirbat where we are going to spend the night. After dinner, like every Thursday we all gathered in the salon to watch the video of week and the memories slideshow picture, after this entertainment it is bed time!
DAY 7 – Friday 9th February
This morning we wake up at 6:15am in front of the harbor of Mirbat, our first dive is going to be Ras Mirbat. This week our guests are really lucky as we are able to fit two dives today. Normally because of the tide we have to enter in Juweira’s marina in the morning, but today we can dive in during the afternoon!
During our first dive we encounter: purple flabellina; harlequin shrimp; pale glossodorid; orange spotted shield slug; and nice pink finger soft coral. Back on the boat we directly started to move on the direction of our next dive site the Marriott wreck. At 9:45am we ring the bell for our briefing, then we jumped in the tender in direction of the dive spot. Today the visibility is not really good because of a cloud of green algae witch appear twice a year in Oman, but still we saw urchin shrimp; schools of yellow fin goatfish, foublebar bream; minstrel sweetlips. We could also looked at a red-barred shrimp goby cleaning his burrows. After the dive, back on the boat it is time for lunch, and then we started our navigation back to Juweira’s marina.
Back to the marina 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 on The Oman Aggressor, and we hope to see you again.
Your Oman Aggressor Crew.
Log Date: February 10, 2018
Entry by: Oman Aggressor Crew