Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log 6-13 Jan 2018
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 28c
* Visibility 20m
Cruise Director: Clive
Deck hand: Rong
Deck Hand: Bank
GUESTS: Ramona,Paul,Jari,Jamie Jennifer,Helen,Jie,Jorge,Ramiro,Nuria,Yonghee,Si,Jay,Young,
Sunday – Zodiac, West of Eden ,Deep 6 Anitas Reef x2
Monday- Boulder city,Sharkfin reef,Elephant Head Rock Stonehenge x2.
Tuesday- Christmas point, 3 Trees, Koh Bon North, Koh Bon Bay x2
Wednesday– Koh Tachai pinnacle, koh tachai pinnacle
Thursday : Richelieu rock x4
Friday – Koh Tachai pinnacle, Koh Bon West ridge.
Guests arrive to Thaplamu Pier and board the Thailand Aggressor via dinghy by 5:00pm. With the crews help, our divers set up their gear and head to the main lounge for the weekly overview followed by a 5 course family style Thai dinner.
Our trip began at our usual spot on the south of islands five and six, we had our safety briefing and then dive site briefing then we headed to Zodiac this site comprises of a few statues and a spirit house this site is great for our check dive and all our guests sorted out the buoyancy issues and we enjoyed a good dive with rock mover wrasse sighted and also a Kuhls stingray along with many reef fish. Our second dive was at west of eden with dogtooth tuna and trevally seen cruising the blue, we visited the resident mantis shrimp also. For our third dive we headed north and dived at deep six we saw another spearing mantis shrimp and also a ribbon eel along with many shrimp. For our fourth dive and nite dive we descended on anitas reef and saw lobster and a free swimming moray, after the dive our guests had hot chocolate and kalua before heading off to bed…
We headed back south today to try our luck at Boulder city, we had a great dive when a blotched fan tail ray decided to give us a visit we also saw many fusileers and some unicorn fish all in the mid water, we then headed due west to Sharkfin reef this was a drift dive along the south side we saw stingrays in the sand and also many garden eels and also some giant boxfish, we had a nice thai buffet lunch and headed to Elephant head rock for our third dive, here we found the resident ribbon eel that has been around for a couple of weeks, our pygmy pipe horse has moved about 10m and took a bit of finding. We then saw many nudibranchs on the safety stop. For our fourth dive and night dive we saw hunting morays and a big coral crab as well as a lobster after the dive our guests had a nice mug of hot chocolate and then an early night all ready for tommorrows great days diving in the similan national park…..
We had slept at island 9 last night and made the short journey to Christmas point for our first dive, one of our guests Helen celebrated her 800th dive so we prepared a banner and got some nice photos and a video, we saw lots of morays on the dive as well as a big school of trevally. We headed east for our second dive and dived a very long sloping coral reef this site is really long but we decided to try the north part known as three trees, the viz was great at around 90ft we saw a school of Barracuda as well as some very large Malabar groupers. After the dive we motored north to Koh Bon Island, this island is still in the marine park but about 17 miles north east, we dropped in on the northern side and made our way towards the ridge. We saw 2 Octopus and a sea snake, our next dive was at the wall that drops down to around 75 ft, we found many sponge snails and also some nice nudibranchs. On the night dive our guests had an amazing dive watching mating cuttle fish for around 15 minutes of the dive, also 2 octopus were seen close by, we all watched some amazing video that guests had made of the experience. We headed north after the dive and slept at koh Tachai…
It’s a beautiful morning at Koh Tachai as guests wake up and enjoy fresh coffee and a light breakfast. We jump in at Tachai Reef where we encounter a lively day octopus, a free swimming moray eel, and several nudibranchs. After a made to order hot breakfast we make way for Tachai Pinnacle, which is an absolutely stunning dive. Blue fin trevally and bright fusiliers cover the top of the pinnacle and in the coral gardens we find a variety of anemone fish, porcelain crabs, spiny painted lobsters, and large marble grouper. After lunch we return to the pinnacle for another amazing dive and finish with a massive school of bat fish at the safety stop. Our fourth and final dive is at Tachai Reef which is a great drift dive, then back to the boat for a perfectly cooked steak dinner. Guests are able to enjoy wine with dinner as there is no night dive tonight. As the sun sets, we sail north to Surin Islands in anticipation of another great day of diving tomorrow!
We wake up at the beautiful Surin Islands the sunrise was awesome and we set forth to Richelieu rock, This stone outcrop is the only feature for miles around and acts as a magnate for marine life, we planned for 4 day dives here and planned our dive routes according to the currents, we had great visibility today at around 25m or 75 feet, our first dive we dropped in early and some of our guests were super lucky and saw a Guitar shark it swam straight for them and one guest got some awesome video of this rare shark, throughout the day we saw octopus and many groups of jacks hunting on the glass fish that seem to multiply week by week. Some guests were shooting wide angle and got some great shots of Barracuda at the cleaning station. On our afternoon dives we checked out to see if our Harliquinn shrimps from last week had stayed in the same spot but sadly they had moved. We saw a large school of emporers hunting and also found our resident sea horse. What a great day we had at this site all our guests were amazed at the diversity of this site. We cruised back to Koh Tachai for tomorrow’s diving.
Just 2 dives today then the long cruise back. We dived the pinnacle at koh Tachai for our first dive and saw a large school of bluefin trevally and also a school of batfish on the line, We ventured away from the site looking for the large school of Barracuda but sadly they had not arrived at the site yet, we dropped a bit deeper to have a look at a couple of stingrays and then made our way back to the main pinnacle, On our second dive we had heard that manta rays had been seen the previous day so we changed sites to chance our luck, sadly the mantas did not visit today but we saw many nudibranchs and a couple of maldevian sponge snails, after the dive we took care of our customers equipment and had a nice cruise back and our end of trip BBQ.
We wake up around 7 and guests are served their usual made to order hot breakfast as crew loads up the luggage. By 8:00am we head to the pier by dinghy where our transfers are waiting to take everyone to their next destination. A huge thank you to our Aggressor divers for another amazing week on board. ‘Khap Khun Krap’ and See you next time!