Extended bonus coverage from the Nov/Dec 2001 issue, pages 76-77. The 106 foot power catamaran, Palau Aggressor II. YAP CHARTER September 29 - October 6, 2001 Saturday: Clear, calm, sunny skies. Four guests are staying with us this week from last week and the rest are on the late flight from Palau. It is late when the guests arrive at the boat at 1 am. Crew on this week; Capt. Brian, photo-pro Mike, Chef Andrew, Stewardess Rose, Dive deck crew, Ike, Doug, and Alex Sunday: Clear and clam once again: First dive is ''Goofnau Channel'' and this morning the mantas show, 5 of them at the cleaning station. Next dive is ''Tradewinds Mini'' a beautiful coral garden, one guest was heard to say, '' the prettiest coral garden I have ever seen.'' Third dive is at ''Crescent reef'' visibility a little off but still a lot of great things to see, like jacks and barracudas. Dusk dive tonight at ''Lionfish wall'' and it was easy to see why it is called Lionfish Wall. At least five spotted tonight along with banded coral shrimp, puffer fish, moray eels and many more. Monday: Sunny, clear skies. Morning finds us at the north end of Ngulu atoll. First dive is at a place called ''Tiger's tip'' no tiger shark this week, but a nice dive anyway with lots of fish. Next is a dive site called ''The Trench'' with schools of rainbow runners, a few coral heads covered in anthias, and a special treat - anemone fish eggs are at the anemones. Next dive is a reef that we spotted on our way back to the boat named ''Doug's reef'' (after Doug - our newest crew member), big school of large horse eyed jacks, nice lobe corals, lots of firetailed dartfish and a pair of baby gray reef sharks keep coming in to check us out. Night dive is at the reef in front of where the boat is anchored and it turns out to be great, two cuttlefish, octopuses, lobsters, and of course the usual crabs and shrimps Tuesday: Sunny, clear, and calm yet again. First dive is ''Eagle Ray Pass'' no eagle rays today but two feeding mantas at the end of the dive made for a nice substitute. Dive two is at ''Northwest Pass.'' Nice soft corals and red sea fans on of course the beautiful crinoids everywhere. Next dive is called ''The Cut.'' Today it is great giant school of fusiliers - mostly the neon ones, big school of snappers, and a giant grouper. I've heard people say that this grouper was the size of a Volkswagen. Well this guy was a Buick, at least 7 feet long - what a treat! Also on the dive there was one leopard shark and two eagle rays, and if that wasn't enough, there was a huge green sea turtle. Next we dive the south side of ''Eagle Ray Pass,'' nice lobe corals at first, finishing out with some nice leather corals. Wednesday: Sunny, mostly clear and calm. First dive today is ''Red Sea Fan Alley.'' The current catches us off guard a bit on this one, but still a nice dive even though we didn't make the big bed of sea fans. Next is '' The Operating Room'' with all of it's yellow sea fans. No nurse sharks today, but garden eels and a big school of jacks where there. Next we try a shark feed with a couple fish carcasses and a couple of tuna. Nothing showed except some jacks and fusiliers until about one hour into it a lone black tip came and gave us a great show. Next we dove a site at the south end of the atoll that used to be a beautiful coral garden. Night dive behind the boat tonight on a coral head, lots of small stuff and a cuttlefish. Thursday: Today sunny, bright and calm. First dive is ''Mike's reef'' with nice corals up shallow, a school of jacks and some gray reef sharks on the outside. Next we pay a visit to the village at Ngulu. Next dive is back at the ''The Cut.'' No giant grouper today but every thing else is there, there are two leopard sharks and one eagle ray. Next it is ''Northeast Pass.'' Nice big schools of jacks and snappers. Tonight under an almost full moon, dinner is served upstairs on the sundeck. Friday: Partly cloudy: Morning finds us back in Yap and diving ''Yap caverns'' for the first dive a great fun playground of swim throughs and tunnels. Two porcelain crabs found on one anemone two or three white reef sharks loads of anthias up shallow.Next, we head to ''Goofnu Channel'' for our last dive in yap this week four mantas this morning at the cleaning station. Congratulations to: Ralph and Eileen Mcginley for reaching their 300th dive on the Monday night dive. And congrats to Jim Matzke for reaching his 500th dive. Thanks and happy diving to all.''Capt. Brian Stephenson
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