Log Date: Saturday, May 02, 2015
Entry By: Turks & Caicos Aggressor Crew
Turks & Caicos Aggressor II
2 – 9 May 2015
Captain: AMANDA SMITH
2nd Captain: LOWEL OROURKE
Engineer: ROB SMITH
Instructor: MARC POVEY
Video Pro: KELLY CURRINGTON
Chef: AILSA KELLY
Steve & Corrine, Lori & Joe, Teresa & James, Christy & Philip, Deidre & Gregg, Greg & Judy, Richard & Brenda, Alan, Kay and Kitty.
Turks & Caicos French Cay, West Caicos, Northwest Point
After being welcomed on board the Turks and Caicos Aggressor, our guests settled in and acquainted themselves with the vessel and one another. The Turks and Caicos Aggressor then departed Turtle Cove Marina and made way to French Cay while Chef Alissa served up a delectable dinner followed by the formalities of the safety briefing. Bedtime followed.
Weary bodies started to appear from the depths of the vessel as smells of breakfast filled the salon. We enjoyed a fortifying breakfast and then the diving began. We first splashed into Rock n Roll. This fantastic checkout dive produced a spotted moray, French angelfish, horse eye jacks, massive barrel sponges and gorgonian sea fans. The dive was so good that we returned for another. It was then time for ½ Mile. Here we enjoyed the company of a few Caribbean reef sharks making close passes and a hawksbill turtle that had a stare off with Scuba Kitty. One can only guess who won. We also came across trumpet fish, hogfish, jacks and parrotfish. Great dives! Dinner was followed by a well-deserved slumber.
We started the day by visiting ½ Mile again. Sharks made an appearance along with jacks and the usual reef suspects. Next on the agenda was G-Spot. Arguably one of Turks and Caicos best dive sites, G-Spot did not disappoint yet again. Greeted with gin clear water, we glided down to the wall only to enjoy the presence of 2 eagle rays majestically cruising by. Thanks Brenda for sharing the sighting with us. We continued along this stunning wall inspecting every nook and cranny, fun was had by all. During another scrumptious dinner we made way to West Caicos for the night dive. Magic Mushroom got our attention with stingrays fluttering along the sand looking for their dinner and completely ignored its audience. We stumbled across a few colorful nudibranchs, channel crabs, shrimps and a juvenile blue tang. This put an end to a great days diving.
A new day began. A crepuscular dive at Magic Mushroom seemed in order. The transition from dark to light gave us the opportunity to see the reef come to life as the evening shift was retiring and the early shift were clocking in. This proved to be a wonderful way to start the day. For those of us that preferred a more civilized hour to go diving were returned to Magic Mushroom for another fantastic dive. Sharks and an affable turtle were also seen on their morning stroll. We surfaced to the sounds of Jimmy Buffet as chef Alissa prepared cheeseburgers in paradise. After the feast we jumped into Spanish Anchor. It is said that the anchor of Spanish origin is over 200 years old. It is quite easy to miss the anchor as it is well encrusted with coral life. We also came across conch, yellow head jaw fish, a myriad of reef fish and a flying gurnard as we meandered the plateau beneath the yacht. We dived into Boat Cove next. This superb dive produced rays, crabs and a banded moray eel. Dinner was served and we then returned to Boat Cove. A tranquil night dive with a baby octopus and nudis concluded a wonderful days diving.
Morning broke over the Turks and Caicos Islands and set the stage for a good days diving. First up was Elephant Ear Canyon, the Lembe of Turks and Caicos. The dive was filled with a cacophony of tank banging as little critters were seen. One after the other with the likes of pipe fish, pipe horses, sea horses and head shield slugs to name a few. What a magnificent dive! Fueled up with a hearty lunch the pool opened to Gullies. Greeted again with gin clear water, we found spotted eels, shrimps, garden eels and some horse eyed jacks hiding in the shadow of the yacht. The Turks and Caicos Aggressor then set passage to the north west point of Provo for a dive at the Dome. The Dome is a large structure that was used for a pilot series of a reality game show many years ago. It is encrusted with coral, sponges, and swarmed with snappers and jacks. In the structure itself we found a number of secretary blennies poking their heads out to see what all the fuss is about as this gaggle of divers swam by. We also had the company of a few feisty Sgt majors protecting their eggs. Our night dive followed a BBQ dinner and a few guests tried out the black light night dive for a different perspective of the usual night dive. With the black light alien creatures appear since surreal colors appear and other colors disappear. Bedtime came too soon once again.
An encore crepuscular dive started the day off as we watched the reef come to life. The wall and chimney were visited and this dive proved to be a nice way to start the day. During breakfast the yacht made way the Eel Garden. Visibility was again astonishing and jacks and snapper patrolled the wall as we approached. To our surprise we encountered a goliath grouper hiding in a cavern peeking out at us. We found more eels and lobster on our return to the yacht. After lunch we splashed into the Amphitheater. This dive produced a porcupine puffer fish, hogfish, arrow blennies and a massive barracuda getting cleaned. Yet another brilliant dive.
We kicked off with Sharks Hotel for our morning dives and as the name suggests sharks were seen on patrol. A plethora of reef fish scattered the reef and a turtle also came by to bid us farewell. These were delightful dives and a great way to end the trip. The Turks and Caicos Aggressor then made passage back to Turtle Cove Marina and guests lounged in the sun taking in the beautiful sights of the islands. Captain Amanda invited all guests and crew for wine and cheese on the sun deck. Here we all had a cocktail while reminiscing on a wonderful week diving the Turks and Caicos Islands. We bid our new friends a safe trip back home and look forward to having them eat, sleep and dive with us again soon!