Palau Aggressor Charter March 12th to 19th
Water Temp: 80-85 deg F
Air Temp: 85-90 deg F
Crew: Scott, Ronnie, Editha, Hector, Ernan, Steve, Joe
On Sunday afternoon we welcomed onboard our new dive buddies from around the World. Once they were checked in, and helped to set up their gear, the guests were given a safety briefing from the Captain followed by a delicious dinner, prepared and served by Ronnie and Editha. Afterwards it was then time to get a good night’s sleep. You need to be well rested before beginning a wonderful week of diving in Palau.
Our first dive on Monday morning, after we departed the dock was on the Helmet wreck, one of the casualties of WWII. Unlike many wrecks in Palau, which were salvaged after the war, the Helmet wreck wasn’t discovered until the eighties. As a result the divers can find many artifacts like sake bottles, weapons, cooking pots and gas masks on the wreck. . Dive two was at yet another famous wreck in Palau the much larger Iro, a fleet oil tanker, meeting its fate in the outer lagoon after heavy fire from both US submarine and airstrike attacks. Upon this massive five hundred foot tanker divers found can find octopus and on top of the massive king posts tower a large colony of tomato anemones and clown fish. Sandy Paradise on dive three produced some Mantis Shrimp and four Leaf Scorpion Fish, which we often find here, what was cool about this time was that there were two Leaf fish next to each other making for a nice composition. !. Dive four was at Ulong Channel. We hooked in at the mouth of the channel, and hung out and watched the Sharks, Barracuda, Jacks and more. After we unhooked we drifted gently down the channel and spotted some interesting macro life like a beautiful tiny Flabelina Nudibranch.
Our first dive on Tuesday was at Siaes Tunnel where we found the rare helfrichs and decorated dart fish. Siaes Corner for dive two Several Sharks and one baby eagle ray. After lunch we dove at Ferns Wall and found some Turtles, followed by a dive at German Channel to try and find some Mantas. We did see more Sharks, schooling Jacks and a couple of Octopus. Then we did Ngedebus coral garden for the night dive.
On Wednesday Morning we found ourselves at Blue Corner, and had a good display from the Grey Reef Sharks at the hook in, and the checked out the three Eagle Rays back on the Plateau. Dive two, we went to Blue Holes and saw some Disco Clams buried in the side of the Cavern. Then the dive third at New Drop Off, after watching the shark show at the hook in site, we explored the Plateau and found several Turtles, which are so used to divers they usually stay put and pose for photos. Then it was Turtle cove for the fourth and night dive.
First thing on Thursday we started up the Palau Aggressor 2 early and headed down to Peleliu Island. With the Palau Aggressor safely at anchor we headed out to peleliu corner where we spotted an eagle ray. After the action underwater we headed ashore for a land tour to see where some intense action occurred during WWII. The land tour covers most of the islands highlights with a stop at the highest point for a view that encompasses the whole island. After a fulfilling, tasty lunch by Chef Ronny we headed to Orange Beach to check out some of the best hard coral action in Palau and search for remnants of the battle that took place here so many years ago. Barracks point was next up with some equally impressive hard coral with the added bonus of a cuttlefish and few turtles ambling about the reef. Then it was Ngemelis wall for the night dive.
Our last full day of diving saw us heading back to a few of the favorites from the week… A second look at German Channel for Mantas was successful, and the channel was spectacular. Blue Corner is often ranked among the best dive sites in the World and so a second visit here is usually very popular. Moving on to our third dive of the day, Big Drop Off where we drifted past bushy corals and soft coral as far as the eye could see down the reef. A few little long nosed hawk fish were found in the bushes, and squares pot altheas schooling all up and down the wall. In the afternoon we went to Barnum’s wall, a beautiful slopping coral garden with turtles, schools of fusiliers, and a Leopard shark! Then as the day faded to dusk and we made our way back to the Palau Aggressor II where we had another yummy, enormous meal prepared by our Chef Ronny followed by our video of the week prepared by Ernan.
Kicking Saturday with a dive on the Jake Sea Plane was a good way to wake up on Saturday morning, then after a quick break we loaded the skiff back up and the guests were shuttled over to Chandelier Caves. A small cave with three air pockets inside allows the guest to dive down into the dark but then surface every few minutes to take photos of the beautiful stalactites that hang from the ceiling. After exiting the cave we had a bit of time to explore the area just underneath the skiff. Mandarin Fish swim around in the coral rubble and the Scorpion Devil Fish slowly trudges along the bottom. Not a bad way to end a week of diving and relaxing aboard the Palau Aggressor II. The guests were quite famished after the morning excursion and were presented with a delicious lunch to fuel back up before heading to town for a few hours of exploring. Just after six o’clock the guests turned up in the salon and sat down for a drink with the crew. We all exchanged stories from the week and enjoyed a slideshow put together by the photo pro. After about an hour the guests were on their way to town for an evening of dinner and dancing off the boat.
Sunday morning at eight o’clock, some of the guests will be returning home while others will continue their travels throughout the Pacific. Either way we wish everyone a safe trip and we cannot wait until you return to dive with us again. Thanks for the great week!!