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Carib Dancer Captains Log 10-17 Jan 2015
Air Temp. 72-78+ F
Water Temp. 72-77 F
2nd Captain Nestor
Dive Master Ashley
Paul, Jonathan, Adam, Melissa, Attilio, Barbara, Michael, Evin, Noah, Teresa & Mark
Sunday – Periwinkle Reef, Blue Hole, Barracuda Shoals, Flat Rock Reef
Monday – Closemon, Cut-N-Run, Tunnel Rock
Tuesday – Split Coral Head, Krackin, Cave Rock
Wednesday – Primo, Cut Thru City, Jewfish Wall, Madison Avenue
Thursday – Austin Smith, Blacktip Wall, Washing Machine, Plane Wreck
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday January 10th
It was a long day of traveling for some of our guest and with the airlines changing a few things around; it made for a few late arrivals for some guest. So we enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the dock and greeted our late arriving guest with a late dinner and smiles.
Sunday January 11th
After our guest enjoyed a wonderful night sleep the Carib Dancer departed from our home dock of Elizabeth On Bay before the sunrise, making our way to the Exuma islands but first stopping at Periwinkle Reef and The Blue Hole. We enjoyed Hundreds of Tropical Fish swimming near as well as three Loggerhead Turtles, A couple of Nurse Sharks and a Reef Shark coming in for closer look. After arriving in the Exuma Islands to fish the day we visited Barracuda Shoal and Flat Rock Reef. Its an Awesome feeling when you enter the water and you feel like youre swimming inside of an aquarium. Thats the feeling you get when diving these two shallow reefs. As we swam around we saw Schools of Snappers, Jacks, Angelfish all around and a few Southern Stingrays, Lobsters, Spotted Moray Eel and Octopus.
Monday January 12th
Our first stop on today was Closemon Reef. A shallow reef that site very close to a huge rock. Closemon Reef is made up of hundreds of different types of Gorgonians like, Sea Plumes, Several Types of Spiny Sea Rods, Bent Sea Rods, Corky Sea Fingers and a Varity of Sea Fans. After enjoying the Sea Garden of Closemon Reef we headed to the Island of Eleuthera. Once we arrived in Eleuthera our first stop Cut-N-Run. This dive site has a very colorful wall as well as a small plane that crashed many, many years ago, a Huge Anchor and its Chain that is stuck into the top of the wall and its Chain laying across a large area in the sand, both the Anchor and Chain Encrusted with Corals and Sponges. My favorite night dive in Eleuthera is Tunnel Rock, so it was nice to visit this site during the late afternoon and night. We saw Christmas Tress Worms, Feather Dusters, School of Brown and Blue Chromis, Eels, and Octopus. Hanging out under the boat for the night dive were several Greater Amberjacks.
Tuesday January 13th
We started the morning with the excitement of diving with Shark at Split Coral Head. Not only did we get the chance to enjoy a Very Colorful Wall, a huge Shallow Coral Head that is split down the center but also we had up to 7 Caribbean Reef Sharks swimming sometimes within a few inches of us. With that type of excitement, theres no need for coffee this morning. The Krackin and its Canyons and Swim Thrus were next. We had Thousands of Silversides swimming around us as we made our way through those Canyons and Swim Thrus. We finished the day on Cave Rock, which is covered with Creatures. It was very easy to find Brittle Stars, Feather Stars, Mat Zoanthid and Warty Corallimorph. Add Spotted Moray Eels, Spotted Spiny Lobsters, Stingrays and an Octopus, Cave Rock was a great Way to finish the day.
Wednesday January 14th
Before heading back to the Exuma Islands we did a pre-breakfast dive on Primo Wall. This an Amazing Wall thats covered with Fond Oysters, Cero Mackerel, Bushy Black Coral, Feather Black Coral and Deepwater Sea Fans. After breakfast we spend some time underwater at Cut Thru City. I like this site because of all the Canyons and Swim Thrus. No matter which way we went on the wall north or south we had several Swim Thrus and Canyons to enter and exit out unto the Bight Blue Exuma Sound. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch while crossing back to the Exuma islands and our first stop back was on Jewfish Wall. Like most of the walls in the Exuma Islands you dont have to go to the wall to see a variety of Marine Life. Just under the Carib Dancer we saw Cottonwick in their Intermediate and as Adults, Yellowfin Grouper, Longjaw Squirrelfish and Spotted Scorpionfish. To finish we made our way north to Madison Avenue where again we swam with Thousands of Silversides, Lettuce Sea Slug, Huge Channel Clinging Crabs, Spotted Moray Eels and a Hawksbill Turtle that swam around at night scaring some of the divers. Watch the Hawksbill was very funny, guest didnt know which way to swim to try and get away.
Thursday January 15th
Today we started with the day with Sharks. We spent the morning on the Wreck of the Austin Smith, which is covered with Marine Life and Lots of Caribbean Reef Sharks that come inches away from us while we swam around the wreck. We also notice that we had several Juvenile Sharks to take pictures and video of this time. We never know what we are going to see at this next dive site call Blacktip Wall. Today we enjoyed long Swim Thrus that exited out into the Blue Exuma Sound. I took time to look inside Large Barrel Sponges under ledges at Fairy Basslet, Threeline Basslets and Very Colorful Magnificent Urchins. Next it was a wild ride diving the Washing Machine. This dive is always a hit so its nice when the tides work out in out favor to make this dive possible. After getting put through the rise cycle we did a slow drift over Basketstar Reef. Finally to end the day we visited the Airplane Wreck off Ships Channel. Sitting in about 15-20 feet of water this is one of the crews favorite sites for a late afternoon and night. We enjoy Schools of Snappers, Grunts, Lots of Stingrays, Eels, a Huge Loggerhead Turtle, Octopus and Sea Horses. Diving this little wreck just gets better and better.
Friday January 16th
We ended the trip making a second tri to the Blue Hole. Everyone was very happen we did, Sharks, Schools of Fish, Lots of Stingrays, Angelfish, Slugs, Nudibranch, Moray Eels and a Very Large Loggerhead Turtle.
The Crew would like to Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Carib Dancer In The Bahamas!!!
Hope To See Everyone Again Soon…
Carib Dancer Crew