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Raja Ampat Aggressor Captains log *31 October 2017
*Air Temp. 28 - 35 C *Water Temp. 28 C - 30 C
Chief Officer: Ferdi
Cruise Director: Urik
Chief Engineer: Yuli
2nd Engineer: Daryanto
3rd Engineer: Rahmat
Chef Assistant: Intan
Dive master: Hery
Dive master: Denny
Dive master: Jemy
Tender Driver: Zul
Tender Driver: Ody
We: Laha 1, Laha 2, Pintu Kota,Pantai Kota
Th: Nusa Laut x3, Jetty 2
Fr: Suangi Slope, Tj. Noret, Naikala Wall, Ai Night
Sa: Tj Kelapa, Tj Kelapa, Red Cliff
Su: Too Many Fish x3
Mo:Seamount, Batu Cantik, Tj Wap 2, Batu Malam
Tu: Sareanus, Little Komodo, Bos Rainbow, Macro Rock
We: Lucky Shot, Batu Jeruk, Christmas Rock, White Rock
Th: Bagan, Bagan
GUESTS: Alexandr, Irina, Alexey, Nataliia, Bruce, David, Hans, Brigitte, Olga, Alex, Ron, Rudi, Robert, Fabio, Craig, Colleen
Tuesday October 31st
This was our reception day to our guests. As they arrived on board the crew greeted them and Urik, the cruise director, showed each one their staterooms. Acquainted to their accommodation, it was time for us to have lunch together, the first meal prepared by Jemly and Intan, the chef and his assistant, respectively. During the afternoon the divers relied on the help of Hery, Jemy and Denny, our divemasters, to set up their equipment for the trip.
Just before sunset, with everyone on board, Urik did a presentation about the diving logistics from our vessel in order to prepare our divers for the day of tomorrow. This was our last activity for the day and time was given for our guests to rest after a long journey. The boat sleeps around Ambon.
Wednesday November 1st
With the start of the day our guests woke up and had their light breakfast early in the morning. After it we had our first dive of the day, done in Laha 1. It was followed by a full breakfast, our first complete meal of the day, and some time to rest. The second dive of the day was in Laha 2.
Both dives were muck dives and our divemasters spent their time looking for interesting critters to point out. Since Ambon is known as a prime destination for this kind of diving, there were many highlights to be seen: Riniphias, Pnk Seahorse, Octopus, Gosth Pipefiss, Tiger Shrimp! The current was small and the visibility ok.
After the first two dives we had a buffet lunch in the salon and it was followed by a longer interval for resting and digestion. Our vessel moved out of the bay of Ambon, towards southeast, where we did our third dive of the day, in Pintu Kota. The wall was covered with soft corals and it has a fantastic swimming true. As for the marine life seen, in between others, Jacks, Pygmy Seahorses, Rhino Crab were some of the highlights along the reef.
Back from the dive, Angie and Noci, the stewardesses, were waiting for the divers with a snack. Sunset came and after it we started preparing for the night dive in Pantai Kota. Some of the highlights included: Morey Eel, Flat Worms, Cuttle Fish and Lobster
Back on board our guests had time for shower before we gathered in the salon for our menu dinner. After it the Crew played some music for our guest. Time for resting came afterwards and most of the guests retired to their staterooms, while others stayed around chatting and working on their photos. By this time we were on our way to Nusa Laut.
Thursday November 2nd
As we arrived in the surroundings of Nusa Laut early in the morning, our divers started preparing for the first dive. It was done in the wall . Some of the highlights included: Turtles, Mobulas, Goat Fish and Black Snappers. On top of that, our groups also got to see Hammerheads!
The following dive happened along the sandy slope. With great visibility and small current. Along the garden jacks, Barracudas, Napoleons. Some critters were also pointed out by our divemasters, like Hairy Squad Lobster and Honey Comb Morey Eel.
Our next dive was done in the coral garden and its beautiful hard and soft corals. Some of the marine life seen included Jacks, Stingrays, Napoleons, Black Snappers, Lined Goat Fish.
After that we moved to the other side of the island, were we had our night dive. Just n front of the jetty we jumped on the water. Some of the critters our Divemasters spotted were: Lembeh Sea Dragon, Shanon Shrimps, Octopus and a wonderful Decorated Crab. A great way to end the day!
With everyone back on board, we started sailing towards southeast, direction Banda Islands, our next destination. .
Dinner was served earlier and after it a presentation about Manta Rays was shared with the guests. This was our last activity for the day and most of the guests retired to their staterooms while others stayed in the salon.
Friday November 3rd
Having arrived in Suangi during the night, we started gearing up for our first dive, in Suangi Slope. With good visibility, our divers got to see a few Snappers, Bumphead Parrot fishes, Turtle and Surgeons. On top of that, along the reef some of the others highlights included: Nudibranchs, Morey Eel.
Back on board we gathered for breakfast before our second dive took place in Tj Noret, In Pulao Run, a very nice wall. With great visibility and medium current, the groups were amazed by the fish life and the gorgeous corals on the shallow area. A fantastic dive!
The following dive happened along Naikala Wall, another incredible wall with fantastic corals an amazing visibility.. Due to the eyes of the divemasters, some of the marine life seen included: Eagle Ray, Morey Eel, Cuttle Fish and Turtles.
Back onboard we had time to enjoy the sunset as most guests started to gear up for the night dive, done in Pulao Ai. Some of the highlights included: Juvenile Frog fish, Pleurobrancus , octopus and Marble Shrimp in between others.
After shower we had dinner and it was followed by a presentation on Turtles. By this time we were already on our way to Manuk, where we will dive tomorrow, and most of the guests were already in their rooms resting.
Saturday November 4th
In our usual schedule, we started gearing up for the first dive of the day around the island of Manuk, in Tj Kelapa. With small current and good visibility, we started the dive along a ridge where we hooked, after that we drifted on the slope. On the blue, Napoleon Wrasse, Tuna and Spanish Mackerels, turtles and Sea Snakes were seen passing by. The second dive was also done here and this time we drifted right shoulder, se of the ,marine life we saw this were Black Fin Barracudas, Surgeons, Rainbow Runners and one Hammerhead.
The next dive happened on a site named Red Cliff. Cruising along a slope wall, the divers got to see a few highlights, including Sea Snakes, Turtles, Scorpion Fish and beautiful Soft Corals. A great dive to end our visit in Manuk.
With everyone back on board we started our crossing towards the island of Koon, close to the bigger island of Seram, where we will dive tomorrow. Dinner happened and after it a as the sea was a bit rocky and not all our guest were present at dinner, we decided to postpone the presentation for tomorrow. Some stayed in the salon, nevertheless, talking or working on their pictures.
Sunday November 5th
With the arrival of a new day we reached Koon Island. This is where we spent our day of diving, in a large site named Too Many Fish. All the dives offered good visibility and small too medium current. The first one happened on a fantastic wall full of Corals. Along the wall Black Snappers, Eagle Ray, Barracudas and Napoleon Wrasse were seen.
The following dive was done in the slope and the sandy area.The small current as our divers got to see Marble Ray, Giant Grouper, Barracudas, Jack Pampanos and others playing around. A great dive!
Our third dive was done on the sandy area. Napoleon Wrasse, Giant Grouper, Dogtooth Tuna were some of the bigger pelagic seen among Octopus, Ribbon Eel, Scorpion Fish and other colorful families present in this vibrant reef. This was our last dive in the area as we started our crossing towards east, to Triton Bay.
This night we did not have a night dive and the dinner happened earlier. After dessert Urik shared a presentation about Sharks. Finally, most stayed around talking for a while before going to bed.
Monday November 6th
Early in the morning we arrived in the region of Momon. Our first dive in the morning happened in Seamount, a very big seamount with nice corals and abundant life . During our dive we seen school of Jacks, school of Surgeon Fish, Dogtooth Tuna and other reef fishes. Quite an impressive dive to start the day!
The following dive happened in Batu Cantik and it was a slope with a non very deep bottom and some rock formations on the shallow part. Our divemasters pointed out some critters, like Bargybanty Pygmy Seahorse, Pontohi Pygmy Seahorse, Crinoid Clin Fish, Porcelain Soft Coral Crab. The visibility was good and was no current.
Our third dive happened in Tanjung Wap 2, a nice slope ending on a beatiful wall. Some fantastic Hard Corals were around like big Table Corals and Acroporas. Some of the highlights seen during this dive included Pontohi Pygmy Seahorse and Ghost Pipe Fish. All this with good visibility and small current.
After sunset along the horizon some of our divers started gearing up for the night dive, done in Batu Malam because of its convenient landscape. Bobtail Squid, Pygmy Squid, Pleurobrancus and others were captured by the cameras.
Back on board we gathered in the salon for dinner which was followed by a presentation on Walking Sharks. After it a few guests stayed around sharing a drink and chatting while others decided to rest. By this time we were already on our way to Aiduma Island, the Strait of Iris.
Tuesday November 7th
Arriving early in the morning in North Aiduma, we could see the landscape formed by the beautiful islands completely covered for tones of vegetations, a fantastic place to watch some Eagles and some Tucan Birds. The first dive site was Saeranus and, in between the amazing Soft Corals and all them incredible colours, our guests got to see Woebegone Shark, Yellow Bargibanty Pygmy Seahorse and Candy Crab.
The following dive happened in the neighbor site of Little Komodo, where our groups spent most of the dive along the Black Coral forest and the rock formations. The highlights of this dive were Pygmy Seahorses, Wobbegong Sharks and some Napoleon Wrasse.
Next dive was amongst the nice coral formation of Bo s Rainbow. As Trevallies, Jacks, Flat Worms as marine life, were some of the highlights from the colorful dive, the only negative point is the visibility was not good..
The next dive on the schedule was our night dive, done in Macro Rock. The main highlights of this dive were Fluorescent Shrimps, Pygmy Squid, Nudibranchs, Bobtail Squid, and Decorated crab.
With everyone back on board after shower, we gathered in the salon for dinner, which was followed a presentation about Pygmy Seahorses. After it a few guests stayed around while others went to bed. The boat will move to the Southern Part of Aiduma.
Wednesday November 8th
Before sunrise we arrived in Dramai, where we will dive today. Our first dive site was Lucky Shot, a combination of slope, pinnacles, miniwall and flat area, the most impressiveare the amazing soft corals around all the dive site. The current was medium and the visibility around 45 ft. Some of the highlights included: Jacks, Bumpheads, Napoleon, Fusilliers, in between others.
The following dive happened in Batu Jeruk, a sandy bottom followe but some big rocks covered by besutiful orange soft coral. As we drifted along part of the reef, White Tip Shark, Wobbegogn, school of Bumphead were seen. In the sheltered area, Tozuma Shrimp, Emperor Shrimp and more were pointed out by our divemasters.
Dive number three was done in Christmas rock. With a few rocks surrounded by Glass Sweepers, it was another excellent opportunity for macro photography. Pygmy Seahorse, Candy Crab, Flabellina Ornata and others. On top of that, school of Bumphead Parrot fish were also seen!
After sunset, we went to Macro Rock for our night dive. Along it, Pygmy Squid, huge school of Sardines, Morey Eeel,Coconut Octopus and Eppaulette Shark were seen!
Back on board we had dinner together and after it a presentation on Whale Sharks was given to the guests as our last activity for the day. By this time we were already on our way to Namatote, towards the North part of Triton Bay..
Thursday November 9th
For our last day of diving, we decided to try our luck and dive under the fishing platforms known as Bagans in order to possibly see Whale Sharks. In the bay of Namatote, we spend both of our dives around these structures that, harmlessly and without significantly altering the animals behavior are visited by the biggest fish in the ocean.
We were not lucky with the possibility on both of our dives to spend the whole time swimming with a few Whale Sharks. We will Come back another day to try our luck again.
Back on board our guests had shower and met in the salon for lunch. In the meantime our crew took care of the rinsing of their equipment and the start of the drying process.
The guests had then time to rest or start packing before we gathered in the sun deck for a small farewell party, where the crew played some music and spent some time with our divers. It was also an opportunity for photos and distribution of awards and milestones.
As for the last, our guest Alexandr, David, Bruce, Hans, Brigitte, Fabio, Ron and Rudi. Congratulations!
For the brave ones who completed all the available dive during the trip, the Aggressor Iron Diver award was given. They were IRON DIVERS. Cheers!
After, already on our way towards the city of Kaimana, we enjoyed the sunset together, which was followed by dinner. After the meal a slideshow with the pictures taken by our guests was shown and it was the first opportunity to share some fresh memories from our ten days together. Urik then explained the drop-off and check-out procedures and after it most of our guests retired to their staterooms while others stayed around having a laugh.
Friday November 10th
Early in the morning our crew were waiting for the guests in the dive deck in order to bid their farewells and wish all a safe journey back home. Thank you very much for having joined us on this cruise, we hope to see you all back aboard the Raja Ampat Aggressor!