Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log 24th Feb-3rd Mar
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 28c
* Visibility 20m
Cruise Director: Clive
Deck hand: Rong
Deck Hand: Bank
Video Pro: Glenn
Sunday – Zodiac, Anitas reef, West of Eden, Deep Six, Anitas Reef
Monday- Boulder City, Sharkfin reef, Elephant head rock, Stonehenge x2
Tuesday- 3 Trees, Christmas Point, North Point, Koh Bon x2.
Wednesday– Koh Bon Pinnacle, Koh Tachai pinnacle, Koh Tachai pinnacle, Koh Tachai west
Thursday : Richelieu Rock x4
Friday – Koh Tachai pinnacle/reef, 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 Anitas Reef this is one of our Shallower sites and is great for wide angle photography there are many very large seafans down at 20m some of our guests were lucky and saw a few blue spotted stingrays and some cruising barracuda, after a great buffet thai lunch we headed for West Of Eden this is the mostly Granite boulders and hard stone coral reef Our gusts saw a clown trigger fish, and some Jawfish in the sand. We began heading north after the dive and decided on Deep six we saw our resident stonefish was in the deeper part and amazed our guests we also saw 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 Boulder city and gently fin through the channel where a naturally eroded “frame” in the rock wall provides a unique photo opportunity for capturing divers with a great blue background. Next we head to Shark fin reef where we have a nice drift dive and encounter a variety of pufferfish, trigger fish, and a banded sea snake. After lunch, we head to Elephant Head for a great dive with swimthrus. 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 for a massage while the rest enjoy a dive at Stonehenge. 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 3 trees this divesite forms part of a much larger divesite known as breakfast bend on island 9. We saw yellow margin trigger fish 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 Christmas point and sea snake was spotted aswell as octopus, 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 a scorpion fish it was so well camouflaged. 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 Bon, guests wake up full of energy and ready to dive. To start we headed for the pinnacle, a lively divesite consisting of 2 pinnacles covered in glassfish, nudibranchs, anemone fish and more. It turns out to be a nice, easy dive and we end up staying down for 50 mins. 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 third 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. We had a couple of celebrations after dinner with Keith reaching the milestone of 500 dives and John celebrating his 50th birthday….
Friday – Returning to the island of Koh Tachai, we start the morning with a dive at either the Pinnacle or the reef. 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. Then almost magic occurred when a whaleshark and a manta ray turned up you could hear the yelps of joy as they both gave us a flyby. As the guests return to the vessel cheers of joy could be heard all around the bay, what a fantastic end to the trip. Upon return to the mothership our friendly crew dismantles and cleans their equipment while guests enjoy lunch and chill out on the sundeck. We arrive to Thaplamu Pier at 5:pm 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 divers
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!