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Rock Islands Aggressor
Republic of Palau, Micronesia
Charter Report April 22nd-April 29th 2018
Weather: Winds from East, North East, South West Windy, Sunny/Rain
Water Temp: 80/82 degrees
Monday: Ulong Channel, Sandy Paradise
Tuesday: Siaes corner, Ulong channel, Turtle cove, New drop off, Ngedebus coral garden
Wednesday: Blue corner, Big drop off, German channel, Dexters wall, Turtle cove
Thursday: Peleliu corner, Yellow wall, Orange beach, Barracks point, Big drop off
Friday: Blue Corner, Blue holes, Fern’s Wall, German channel
Saturday: The Iro, Chandelier Cave
Very early Monday morning we picked up 18 guests all from South Korea at the air port at 2am and 4am from the Korean air flights a quick room briefing then sleep we decided to do set up after a few hrs sleep.
Monday morning we woke up, The group leader wanted a easy day so we did a two dive day for the first day, as the boat was heading to Ulong for our first days diving we had breakfast at 9, then covered the vessel orientation and then the general dive briefing and headed down stairs. We loaded up the skiff and our first dive or check out dive was at Ulong channel. We started from the far mooring as a check dive we started over a coral garden seeing some gray reef sharks we then drifted down the channel seeing beautiful anemones and the big patch of lettuce coral and saw the two giant clams. Back to the boat for lunch and a rest. Dive Two Siaes Corner it was a incoming wall on the left the visibility was great lost of schooling fish in the blue we hooked in for a short time to see baby gray reef sharks. We unhooked explored the corner then found some turtles in the shallows.
Tuesday morning Dive one Sandy Paradise or Andy Paradise as one of the crew likes to call it and it lived up to its name, As soon as we started the dive we saw lots of schooling fish, we headed over to a rock where we can get our hands cleaned then over to a rock covered in glassy eye sweepers and found 3 leaf fish and 2 mantas shrimp, out in the blue there were big schools of barracuda and crescent tail soldier and many gray reef sharks in the blue. We ended the dive in the shallows. Dive two Ulong channel this time we hooked in on the mouth of the channel for a bit and then drifted down the channel the current was stronger than the day before. Dive Three Turtle cove stated with a chimney and then wall on the right sing lots of anthias and soft corals on this sight and on the top of the reef lots of schooling snappers jacks and a few turtles resting. Dive four New drop off this was a light in coming no need to hook in we explored the top of the reef seeing lots of blue line snapper and large green sea turtles, sharks in the blue. The first night dive was at Ngedebus coral garden we found a few white tip reef sharks nudies and flat worms were seen and a cone shell out hunting.
On Wednesday we started the day with Blue corner. It was an outgoing current wall on the left the divers enjoyed the well then made it to the hook in area there were plenty of gray reef sharks and the very friendly napoleon came over to say hello. We un hooked and then made it to the corner seeing the blue line snapper and ending the dive in the blue with a huge school of barracuda. Dive two Big drop off the visibility was very nice started at the ball and chain and drifted wall on the left due to the current moving we did not need to kick at all and could just enjoy all the soft corals and seafans going past us. Dive three German Channel towards the end of the incoming the best time for Channel as the water is the clearest. We started on the Peleliu side before we made it to the cleaning station there was a leopard shark resting in the sand and stayed for a while then 2 big octopus doing something with their tentacles. We then went over to the Peleliu cleaning station there were 2 manta rays cleaning so we watched them for a while. We started to explore the rest of the channel seeing the other schools of fish at the middle of the channel we found the mantas and then ended the dive. Our forth dive was at Dexters wall again very luck this week we found a leopard shark in the start of the dive then all on the left many turtles and reef fish. Back to the big boat for dinner and to find out about the next day schedule and time for a night dive. Dive five went back to turtle cove a very colorful night dive al the soft corals start to feed and yellow cup corals open and start to feed. The divers saw a shark in the distance and some nudies and a lobster were found too.
Thursday morning the big boat headed down to Peleliu. Dive one Peleliu Corner it was a very mild incoming or the Express but today we did mot hook in we just drifted because of the light current all the fish were out schooling barracuda long nose snapper, jacks, unicorn fish so many fish as well as many gray reef sharks. After the dive 7 of the guests went on the WWII land tour a guided tour of Peleliu Island that takes place instead of dive two. This left 11 divers for dive for Yellow wall this is on the east side of Peleliu just a sort ways from the Express side of the corner. The current was a mild wall on the right as the name of the dive site lost of yellow cup corals and lots of schooling fish saw some schools of barracuda and many large turtles. We all caught up on the big boat for lunch, Dive Three was at Orange beach, and this is the landing beach that in September 15th 1944 the US marines landed on Peleliu. On this dive we started on 3 bombs the current was moving strong shallows on the left. We then found some 1944 coke bottles on the reef piles of bullets and lots of turtles a very nice dive. Just before dive four we started leave we untied the big boat and headed out of South Dock. Dive four Barracks point, this dive was wall on the right then turns in to a large coral garden where the group found many giant clams in the hard coral garden and lots more turtles. The night dive was at Big drop off we started again at the ball and chain went to the shark cave but at night they are out hunting. The wall comes alive at night the soft corals colors pop bright in your lights and we saw big groupers hunting. The group was also lucky to find a Plourabranchs almost a foot long one of the largest nudibranchs that can be found and some slipper lobsters and a turtle.
On Friday we started the day out with a repeat dive at Blue Corner. We started the dive on the incoming side of the corner there were huge schools of jacks but as we got to the hook in area the current switched so we had to make our way to the other side of the corner and we got to hook in for a short time and got to play with the napoleon wrasse. Dive two was Blue Holes, we dropped down the closet hole and enjoyed the sun light coming down the 4 holes on the ceiling and took some pictures also in side was large great barracuda that lets you get as close as you dare. It started to get crowded in the holes so we left and started to make our way to Blue Corner and ended the dive in the shallows. The third dive Ferns wall, a very beautiful dive with lots of sea fans and soft corals many nudies and flat worms were seen as well as 2 pretty big lobsters. The fourth dive German Channel this time we started on the Koror side of the channel at the red anemone we then made our way to the cleaning station it was a nice incoming current there was a big bait ball fish above us. As we got to the cleaning station a big manta was there cleaning at the cleaning station for may be 15 minutes then left we all had a great dive and all had close encounters with the manta. After the dive the big boat started heading back to Malakal Harbor. The guests showered off and had time to relax with a drink or two then we sat down to our final supper of prime rib, roasted chicken, Yorkshire puddings and a buffet of mixed veggies. After dinner the guests sat down on the sofas in front of the television set to watch our video pro’s video of the charter. We all enjoyed this look back at the great week of diving.
We woke up Saturday morning and did our first dive at The Iro one of the best wrecks in Palau. Lucky for us the viability was great. From the mooring line we could see the deck and the large bow gun. As we made our way over the wreck a few people explored the cargo hold, and others took pictures of the large king posts. The second set of king posts have 2 sets of ringed pipe fish on then with the males with eggs also on this king posts there was a small turtle. We then made our way to the stern gun then up the tripod king post were there are lots of anemones and tomato clown fish and a few clams make a nice shallow area to end the dive. For our last dive of the charter we headed out to Chandelier Cave. The divers surfaced in all four air chambers to take photos of the stalactites and crystal formations inside the chambers. Then outside the cave we found the mandarin fish, some two spot signal gobies and sea snake were seen. Back at the big boat the guests broke down their gear, washed it and hung it to dry. We had lunch then settled bills. Next was an afternoon of relaxation, shopping in town or whatever else the guests wanted to do. At 6pm we gathered in the salon for the cocktail party and watched a photo slideshow of all the photos our photo pro had taken during the week and at 7pm we sent the guests ashore for dinner and picked them back up later to bring them back to boat for the night.
Sunday morning continental breakfast at 7am then 7:45 loaded up the skiff and said our goodbyes as we took them ashore to be transferred there hotel. We would like to thank everyone for joining us this week on the Rock Islands Aggressor. We always hope to see you all again soon.
-Rock Islands Aggressor Crew