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Carib Dancer Captain’s Log 21-28 March 2015
Air Temp. 76-80+ F
Water Temp. 75-78 F
Paul, Matt, George, Kathryn, Allen, Kim, Nicholas, John, Jeff, Ian, Glen, Holly and Scott
Sunday – Periwinkle Reef, Blue Hole, Crab Reef
Monday – Up Jump The Devil, Dog Rocks, Austin Smith
Tuesday – Wall City, Jeep Reef, Amberjack, Parrotfish Reef
Wednesday – 3 Peaks, Danger Reef, Blacktip Wall
Thursday – Jewfish Wall, Madison Avenue, Lobster No Lobster, Flat Rock Reef
Friday – Barracuda Shoals
Saturday March 21st
The Carib Dancers depart her home dock of Elizabeth on Bay on Saturday afternoon; her guest enjoyed a smooth ride out to an anchorage area just off Rose Island.
Sunday March 22nd
We started this wonderful trip with a dive on Periwinkle Reef. Periwinkle Reef is a shallow dive with a max depth of around 25 feet. The reef is covered with Creatures and surrounded by fish that will swim only a few inches away. It was very easy to get pictures of Damselfish, Sergeant Majors and several types of Wrasses. Next stop was the Blue Hole where we had encounters from Caribbean and Nurse Sharks, Schools of Snappers, Grunts, Angelfish, Rays and a Huge Loggerhead Turtle. Diving Periwinkle and the Blue Hole this morning couldn’t have been better with clear, warm water and an abundance of Marine Life. After enjoying the Blue Hole we made our way to the Exuma Islands and Crab Reef. We swam through Gullies, on top of Colorful Coral Heads, looking at Crabs, Arrow Blennies, and even a few squid.
Monday March 23rd
Our first stop on this Monday morning was Up Jump The Devil. This is a Huge Wall with Very Big Valleys to swim into, as well as Canyons and Swim Thru’s. Guest were coming up after the dive saying they were very surprise to see so much of the small Marine Life on a Huge Wall. But the Best was for those still on the Carib Dancer, we had a Whale Sharks swim up to about 15 from the stern of the vessel. The Whale Shark was about 12 feet in length. It didn’t stay around for long but it was Very Nice to see. On the way to our next site called The Wreck of the Austin Smith we came across about 30 Pilot Whales. These Pilot Whales came so close to we had to stop the Carib Dancer and soon they surrounded the vessel. After a few minutes we slowly made our way forward and about 40 minutes later the Pilot Whales swam off in a different direction. How can this day get better? How about diving the Wreck of The Austin Smith with 9 Caribbean Sharks swimming sometimes just inches away. Also while on the wreck we saw Large Black Groupers and a Green Moray that was about 7 to 8 feet in length just the stern of the Austin Smith. It was an Excellent Day in the Bahamas!
Tuesday March 24th
It was before sunrise when the Carib Dancer dropped her mooring line and headed south to the Oldest Land & Sea Park in the World. The Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park was established in 1958. In 1986 it became a no-take marine reserve and the first marine reserve in the wider Caribbean. Because the park is a no-take reserve the Marine Life gets a little bigger. Our first Dive Site was Wall City. A deep dive with Huge Coral Heads located at the edge of a magnificent wall. After enjoying this deep wall it was time for something shallow. The best dive site in the Park is Jeep Reef and we had the opportunity to dive Jeep Reef when the tide was perfect. It was like diving in a big outdoor aquarium with Colorful Coral Heads, Hundreds of Fish and an array of creatures. A few guests found 8 Lobsters hiding one small coral head swam a short distance and saw more Lobsters. A Jeep that is covered with Coral and Sponges, so much so people swim by and never see the jeep. As we were finishing the hour plus time underwater, a few guests saw a Loggerhead Turtle. Next was Amberjack Reef where we encounter more Sharks. As the vessel pulled up to the mooring we had a couple of Caribbean Reef Sharks Swim up to side of the Carib Dancer. While diving the reef, Sharks stayed near, we saw Rays, Black, Nassau and Tiger Groupers and about a 3 foot Cubera Snapper. The entire time we stayed at Amberjack we had a large school of Horse-Eye Jack, Yellowtail Snappers and Very Big Barracuda stay under the vessel. We visited Parrotfish Reef to finish our first day in the Exuma Park. Parrotfish Reef is a shallow reef covered with Marine Life. It was easy for guest to enjoy almost two-hour dives.
Wednesday March 25th
The Exuma Land & Sea Park is an Amazing place to visit and dive. Before heading back to the north we spent our morning visiting 3 Peaks and Danger Reef. Between the two-dive sites we encountered Sting Rays, Eels, Lobsters, Crabs, Large Black Groupers, Schools of Horse-Eye Jacks, Sharks and an Eagle Rays, plus a nice little Hawksbill Turtle came for a quick visit on the surface. Blacktip Wall was where we finished the day. Guest enjoyed swimming through Canyons, Swim Thru’s and near Black Coral, Long Sea Whips, Orange Deep Water Fan and Hundreds of Tropical Fish.
Thursday March 26th
On our last full day of diving we started it by enjoying the Swim Thru’s and Canyons on Jewfish Wall. As we swam along the top of the wall we saw Mackerel, Groupers, Snappers and a couple of Stingrays under the vessel. Next we headed north to Madison Avenue and lots of small creatures. We saw several types of Anemones, Sponges and a few different types of Crabs. There was so much for guest to enjoy hat a few of them had over an hour underwater. After Madison Avenue we headed to the Great Bahama bank and the dive site Lobster No Lobster. It was like swimming in an aquarium said one guest. I also head someone say it was like I was sitting watch TV and all the Marine Life kept coming around me. Even the snorkelers saw Schools of Fish, Big Lobsters out and about and Southern Stingrays. Due to the tides we finished the day on Flat Rock Reef and enjoyed seeing an array of Hard and Soft Corals. Inside and around we saw schools of Snappers, Angelfish, Social Feather Dusters and Sponge Brittle Stars.
Friday March 27th
Our last dive of the week was a pre-breakfast dive on Barracuda Shoals. I always like seeing the reef wake up in the morning. As we swam around it was quite then before we knew it there were Rays, Schools of Fish and a Very Colorful Reef appeared before us. Early morning dive on this aquarium like dive site was wonderful and relaxing, which was an excellent way to end an awesome trip 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