Carib Dancer Captain’s Log 18-25 April 2015
Air Temp. 77-85+ F
Water Temp. 76-80 F
Dive Master Ramon
David, Kurt, UIF, Fern, Rolando, Amaldo, Carla, Massimo, William, Matt
Sunday – Periwinkle Reef, Crab Mountain, Madison Avenue
Monday – Up Jump The Devil, Jewfish Wall, Austin Smith
Tuesday – Wall City, Jeep Reef, Amberjack Reef
Wednesday – Swimming Pigs, 3 Peaks
Thursday – Whales Tail, Blacktip Wall, Barracuda Shoals, Flat Rock Reef
Friday – Pillar Wall
Saturday April 18th
Shortly after our guest boarded, the Carib Dancer departed our home dock of Elizabeth On Bay and headed for the Anchorage Area near our first dive Periwinkle Reef. It was a Very Peaceful Night under a blanket of Stars with the lights of Nassau many miles away.
Sunday April 19th
We pulled the anchor and finished making the short distance to Periwinkle Reef. Periwinkle reef is a shallow reef that has hundreds of small tropical fish and creatures. Most of them will be very close while doing you dive, checking your weight, adjusting cameras and making sure all the bubbles go up. After enjoying an hour underwater at Periwinkle Reef we headed across the very shallow waters of the Yellow Bank to the Exuma Islands and our next stop Crab Mountain. When we dive Crab Mountain we know chances are very good that we will see very large Channel Clinging Crabs and a variety of other Crabs and it happen. It’s always interesting to see these large crabs with huge claws pick up very small pieces of food to eat. We also swam through canyons making our way to a big wall. We finished the first day of diving on Madison Avenue, where we saw Gorgonians like Spiny Sea Fans, Slimy Sea Plumes and Wide-Mesh Sea Fans. While looking at the different types of Gorgonians near us were schools of Gray Snappers, Mahogany Snappers and Schoolmaster. Under the Coral Ledges we saw Rock Beauty, Queen Angelfish, Blue Chromis.
Monday April 20th
I’m not sure how your Monday morning started but here on the Carib Dancer our started Exploring the Canyons, Swim Thru’s and a Magnificent Wall on a dive site called Up Jump The Devil. Blennies, Rays and Sharks were just some of the Marine Life we saw while exploring. Next was more swim thru’s on Jewfish Wall. It wasn’t only the swim thru’s we enjoyed but seeing Hawksbill Turtle, Sharks along with a school of over 20 King Mackerel, plus hundreds of other creatures made for an awesome dive. It was time to see lots of Sharks and for that we headed to The Wreck of The Austin Smith. We all enjoy the Austin Smith because it’s a fun dive to enjoy with lots of Creatures and Fish. But the excitement is having about 10 Caribbean Reef Sharks of varies sizes come within sometimes a few inches away from us while we enjoy the beautiful.
Tuesday April 21st
During the early morning hours the Carib Dancer traveled south into the Worlds First Land and Sea Park. The Exuma Land and Sea Park was established in 1958 and is famous for it’s pristine beauty. In 1986 the park was made a no-take Marine Reserve- The First Marine Fishery Reserve in the wider Caribbean. Our first stop was Wall City where we explore large canyons on the edge of a deep wall. Because it’s a no-take park the Marine Life tends to grow a little larger then other areas and we saw several very big lobsters that wasn’t afraid to walk right out in the open. Next was one of the crew’s favorite, Jeep Reef. Jeep Reef is a Shallow Reef area that is full of Colorful Coral Heads and a plethora of Marine Life. When diving or snorkeling at Jeep Reef it’s like being in your private aquarium. Last site we visited today was Amberjack Reef. We saw large Amberjack, Large Groupers, Large Lobsters and a Very Large Loggerhead Turtle, which came to the surface just as we were entering the water. While under the Carib Dancer the turtles were eating, Rays playing in the sand, Sharks circling the Groupers and the Big Jacks trying to get out of the way. This was a fun dive site to vist!
Wednesday April 22nd
The guest and crew of the Carib Dancer started this day off by doing something very unique. We made our way south to Big Major Cay, took our chase boat to the beach stood in the water and watch as the Pigs from the beach swam out to greet us. Yes, Swimming Pigs!! This is a one of a kind place and guest of the Carib Dancer enjoyed this experience of a unique opportunity. Swimming Pigs only in the Bahamas!!
After our Swimming Pigs Encounter we finished the day of diving on 3 Peaks. Three Peaks is a large reef area so it was very easy to get two afternoons and a night dive. While diving 3 Peaks we saw, Cardinalfish, Damselfishes, Spotted Moray Eels, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Loggerhead Turtles and Huge Caribbean Spiny Lobsters.
Thursday April 23rd
After the dive last night our guest enjoyed a smooth ride back with a sky covered with stars to the Northern Exuma’s and our first dive site for this Thursday Morning was Whales Tail Wall. This was the perfect site to get started on enjoying one of the longest swim thru’s the Northern Exuma Walls have to offer. Besides a variety of Creatures we also encountered a few other things like, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Mackerel and large Jacks. Next was Blacktip Wall with lots of Swim Thru’s, Black Coral, Colorful Sponges, Sharks, Spotted Moray Eel, Lobsters and one of the Biggest Loggerhead Turtles I have ever seem. He swam from the shallow area towards us just a foot or so above my head and directly to Kurt turning only a few inches away. It was time to enjoy some shallow bubble time at Barracuda Shoals. Diving barracuda Shoals is like diving in an aquarium and it’s the warmest water we have had since before winter. The water temperature on the dive computer was reading 81 degrees. Lobsters, Crabs, Rays, Jacks, Snappers, Sharks, Turtles and more creatures then we could count. We finish the day with a night dive on Flat Rock Reef, watching Crabs, Rays, Eels and a fun little Octopus.
Friday April 24th
We finished an Awesome Week on the Carib Dancer by diving on one of my personal favorite dive sites called Pillar Wall. It was a pre-breakfast dive so we were able to watch the reef and wall wake up. We enjoyed Schools of Snapper, Horse-Eye Jacks, Turtle, Lobsters, Spotted Moray Eel, Huge Nurse Sharks and a Huge Variety of other Marine Life on the wall and reef area.
The Crew would like to Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Carib Dancer In The Bahamas!!!
Come Join The Adventure See You Soon!!!
Carib Dancer Crew