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Carib Dancer Captains Log 21-28 Feb 2015
Air Temp. 75-80+ F
Water Temp. 72-75 F
Dive Master Ramon
Scott, Peter, Chris, Franz, Johann, Agelika, Allison, Heinz, Ingo
Sunday – Closemon Reef, The Aquarium, Barracuda Shoals
Monday – Cut-N-Run, Primo, Tunnel Rock
Tuesday – Hole In The Wall, Monolith, Cave Rock, Split Coral Head
Wednesday – Cut Thru City, Austin Smith, Madison Avenue
Thursday – Crab Mountain, Blacktip Wall, Barracuda Shoals (West), Jewfish Wall, Barracuda Shoals
Friday – Pillar Wall
Saturday December 6th
Carib Dancer Welcomes Her Guest For A Week Of Exploring The Underwater World Of The Bahamas! After all guest were settled in we departed Elizabeth On Bay for our first stop this week, The Exuma Islands.
Sunday December 7th
Our first stop for the week was Closemon Reef. Closemon Reef a shallow reef that an array of Corals and Gorgonians. It was easy for us to see and take pictures of Corky Sea Fingers, Grooved-Blade Sea Whips and Knobby Brain Coral, plus schools of Snappers, Grunts and several Angelfish. Next dive site was The Aquarium, which is like diving inside your very own aquarium. We encounter Yellow Stingrays, Southern Stingrays, Lobsters, and even a couple of Caribbean Reef Sharks. After playing in our Aquarium we headed south to our next site Barracuda Shoals. This is one of my personal favorite shallow dive sites. The Coral Heads on Barracuda Shoals are always very colorful. As we swim around the coral heads we could see lots of Christmas Tree Worms, Yellowline Arrow Crab and a couple of Caribbean Spiny Lobsters and a Hawksbill Turtle. It was an excellent first day!
Monday December 8th
After last nights dive we headed East to the Island of Eleuthera. Our first dive was on Cut-N-run where I enjoyed taking several guest along an Amazing Wall. We found a Huge Anchor stuck into the wall, the anchor was encrusted with Colorful Corals and Sponges. Also swam near parts of a Small Plane Wreck. We had Cero Mackerel, Horse-Eye Jacks and a couple of Groupers that were near us while diving the edge of the wall. Next dive site was Primo Wall. Whoever named this dive site sure got it right. Primo Wall is an excellent wall dive, plus the top we enjoyed wonderful coral heads and a large sandy area with hundreds of Garden Eels. After playing around a couple of walls it was time to visit a shallow dive site and we picked Tunnel Rock. Tunnel rock is a huge Coral Head that starts about 15 feet and goes to around 45 feet and is surrounded by several smaller coral heads. The larger one we call Tunnel Rock has three different swim thrus and canyons to enjoy. Plus its full of Marine Life to discover. After enjoying the Creatures of Tunnel Rock while doing our Safety Stop under the Carib Dancer we watch an underwater show. The Carib Dancer has two underwater lights and on at night attracts lots of small creatures, which attract bigger creatures and let thing we know it a show. Its very easy to spend 10-15 minutes under the vessel just watching everything take place.
Tuesday December 9th
Hole in the Wall was where we experience swimming through a hole in the top of the reef and come out into the Dark Blue Waters of the Exuma Sound. Just experiencing that swim thru is enough to do this dive, when we added the Creatures and other Marine Life it seem to make the almost hour dive to go fast. Monolith was next and I knew it would be Special today because as we were getting ready to enter the water we had several Small Squid on the surface of the dive platform watch us enter their world. I was able to get close for some good pictures of French and Queen Angelfish, Tiger and Nassau Groupers and even Lucayablennius zingaro or also know as Arrow Blenny. Before headed up for my safety stop I swam over Hundreds of Garden Eels. I could have stayed here all day but it was time for the Creatures around Cave Rock. Lobsters, Crabs, Banded Coral Shrimp and Turtle Grass Anemone were just some of the creatures that were easily found around Cave Rock. Everyone has been enjoying the Variety of Marine but if was time for a little Excitement. Next stop was Split Coral Head where we had the opportunity to swim with 10 Caribbean Reef Sharks, some coming as close as a few inches away.
Wednesday December 10th
We started our day exploring the Canyons and Swim Thrus with a pre-breakfast dive on Cut Thru City. Its nice when you have the opportunity to enjoy an early morning diving watching the a reef system wake up with its morning activity. Divers on the Carib Dancer had it even better because we enjoyed watching the Reef and a Very Colorful Wall wake up while we Explored Cut Thru Cities Swim Thrus and Canyons. After watching the Marine Life wake up on Cut Thru City we made the short trip back to the Exuma Islands to The Wreck of the Austin Smith. The Austin Smith is always a fun dive where we interact with Nassau Groupers, Angelfish a Huge Black Grouper and about 10 Caribbean Reef Sharks. Several of the Sharks swam very close to us, les then a foot for some divers. Coming that close gave us an excellent opportunity to get some good pictures and video. To finish the day we headed north to Madison Avenue. Madison Avenue is a large Coral Head with a Swim Thru down the center. Surrounding this large Coral Head are several smaller ones, which also had an abundance of Marine Life. We easily saw Yellowhead Jawfish, Lobsters, Crabs, Spadefish and lots of Silversides inside of the long Swim Thru.
Thursday December 11th
Today we started the day on Crab Mountain. When you first enter the water at Crab Mountain we saw several Swim Thrus and Canyons that lead us to a slow sloping wall. As one of the guests said this is one of those sites where I could spend a lot more time enjoying. To enjoy our next dive site we had to travel about 6 mile south just off of Long Cay is Blacktip Wall. Guest were thrilled about all the Canyons and Swim Thrus that came out into the Dark Blue Exuma Sound. Black Coral, Elephant Ear Sponges and Colorful Sea Whips were everywhere along the wall. Next up for this Thursday was Barracuda Shoals West. I didnt bring my camera on this dive; I was just going to enjoy spending time underwater, exploring the beautiful coral heads here at Barracuda Shoals West. I should have taken the camera. Not only did I see several Rays, Lobsters and crabs up close but colors of the Red-Tipped Sea Goddess would have looked good on the large TV we have on the Carib Dancer. Then a Nassau Grouper stayed with me for about 8 minutes and only about a foot away, and then as Im heading up to the ladder a 7-foot Caribbean Reef Sharks swims under me. Yeah I should have taken the camera. Jewfish Wall is one of those dive sites that we never know what we will see while diving here. Some of the Marine Life we had near us during the dive was Mackerel, Horse-Eye Jack, Snappers, Juvenile Purple Reeffish, Sunshinefish and Barred Hamlet. We finished the day with a night dive watching Lobsters, Red Night Shrimp, Longspine Squirrelfish, Spotted Moray Eel and an array of other Marine Life on Barracuda Shoals
Friday December 12th
We finish the week of exploring many of the dive sites offered by the Exuma and Eleuthera Islands on Pillar Wall. Pillar Wall is one of my personal favorites to dive especially in the early morning. Swimming thru the reef system east towards the wall and the Blue Waters of the Exuma Sound. Passing by was a school of Mackerel, a beautiful healthy looking Caribbean Reek Shark. On top of the wall we saw Gray, French and Queen Angelfishes, countless tropical fish like Wrasses, Gobies and Hamlets. It was the perfect dive to finish an excellent week on the Carib Dancer.
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