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Log Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Entry By: Captain Dennis









 



Carib Dancer Captains Log 13-23 May 2015

Air Temp. 75-85F

Water Temp. 79-81F

Visibility 75-100+ft

 

CREW:

Captain Dennis

2nd Captain David

Instructor Brent

Steward Matt

Chef Patricia (Pat)

 

GUESTS:

Nico, Rob, Gunther, Raul, Vicky, Hugo, Nathalie, Ivan, Janel, David, Jan, Kris, Sven, Steven

 

DIVE SITES:

Thursday – Hesperes, The Strip

Friday – Tuna Alley, Bull Run

Saturday – Nodules, Moray Alley, Dolphin Searching (Bimini Area)

Sunday – Classic Tiger Beach

Monday – El Dorado, Hogfish

Tuesday – Dolphin Searching (West End), Sugar Wreck

Wednesday – Tiger Beach, Classic Tiger Beach, Sugar Wreck

Thursday – Mount Olympus, Mini Wall, Shark Paradise

Friday – Shark Paradise

 

Thursday May 14th

The Carib Dancer departs Old Bahama Bay on the West End of Grand Bahama headed for its first stop in the Bimini Islands for a 10-day charter.   The Wreck of the Hesperes was our first dive site. While diving this shallow wreck where we saw Schools of Barracuda, Several Large Stingrays, Nurse Sharks and one Very Large Green Turtle. Next was The Strip. No, not the Vegas Strip but a large long Strip of Coral that is in about 40 feet of water. When making bubbles on The Strip we encounter Nurse Sharks, Channel Clinging Crabs, Rays, Eels and 4 Turtles.

Friday May 15th

Today we started on a wall dive called Tuna Alley. While exploring this wonderful dive site we saw schools of Snappers, Queen Angelfish, Jacks, Juvenile Drums, Moray Eels and one Huge Loggerhead Turtle. Another site we visited on the Friday was Bull Run, where several Caribbean Reef Sharks came in for a close look. We also encountered Hundreds of Creole Wrasse, Scrawled Filefish and a Beautiful Goldentail Moray Eel.

Saturday May 16th

The Noodles was our wall dive for the morning. We enjoyed watching Mackerel, Jacks and a couple of Sharks. Some of the Corals we saw were Knobby Brain Coral, Colorful Sea Rods and Atlantic Mushroom Corals. Moray Alley was our last dive of the day swimming with Morays, Turtles, and Hundreds of Tropical Fish.  After enjoying Moray Alley and before heading to the West End of Grand Bahama and Tiger Beach we looked for Dolphins. When searching we did come across a pod of about 11 Spotted Dolphins that swim next to the Carib Dancer. The Spotted Dolphins were playing the wake of the vessel and didnt want to let us get in and play. However they did ride with us for a while giving us a nice show.

Sunday May 17th

We spent the day at Tiger Beach. Tiger Beach a very large shallow area that has a sandy bottom only about 20 feet deep. We encounter lots of Lemon Sharks and a small about 8 feet Tiger Shark come for a swim by.  

Monday May 18th

Our Monday morning started with a dive on El Dorado. El Dorado is colorful reef that starts at 40 feet and slops towards a sandy bottom. We saw Hogfish, Moray Eels, Stingrays, about 30 Barracuda in one area and several Caribbean Reef Sharks. For the afternoon is was Hogfish Reef and yes we saw lots of Hogfish. However we also encountered Snappers, Moray Eels, Caribbean Reef and Lemon Sharks and a Big Loggerhead Turtle.

Tuesday May 19th

Out here diving the West End of Grand Bahama, as we travel from one dive site to another we often encounter Bottlenose or Spotted Dolphins. Today we though we may just take some time to search for some Dolphins and see if we could get in and play. However they had other plans so after not finding any we headed to my personal afternoon and night dive site in this area The Sugar Wreck. A Barge that sank in the late 1800 is now a haven for Marine Life. We saw a variety of schools of fish, Eels, Lobsters, Sharks, Turtles and Octopus. The Sugar Wreck was a Sweet Dive site today…

Wednesday May 20th

It was time to see more Sharks and thats why we started our day at Tiger Beach. While spending the day here we swam with Nurse Sharks, Caribbean Reef Sharks and a Lot of Lemon Sharks. We departed Tiger Beach to do another dive on the Sugar Wreck, this time at night. As always the Sugar Wreck came through with a variety of Marine Life to play around.

Thursday – May 21st

Mount Olympus where the top of the reef starts at 35 feet and one slopes down to around 90 feet in the sand, while the other side continues down. We could dive all day and never see all of Mt. Olympus and the plethora of Marine Life it has to offer including a Very Big Spotted Eagle Ray. Mini Wall was next on this terrific Thursday swimming with Triggerfish, Wrasses, Chubs, Remoras, Lemon Sharks and a visit from a Tiger Shark. For the night dive we moved to Shark Paradise and swam up close and personal to Channel Clinging Crabs, Lobsters, Stingrays, Moray Eels, Caribbean Reef Sharks and Lemon Sharks.

Friday – May 22nd

To finish the 10-day charter from the West End of Grand Bahama we did some daylight diving on Shark Paradise. It was an excellent morning dive on Shark Paradise with Hundreds of Tropical Fish, Creatures and Colorful Corals. Having 9 Lemon Sharks the smallest being 6 feet come inches from us is exciting. My favorite this morning was having a Hawksbill Turtle swim very close to me for just over 7 minutes, but then again I wasnt in the water when the Tiger Shark came for a swim by! Maybe next time it will be my turn?

I enjoy all types of diving in fact Im very happy just being underwater in a pool. However seeing the amount of Marine Life we get to see on the Carib Dancer while cruising around the different areas of the Bahamas just makes it much more enjoyable. We encounter Beautiful Corals and Sponges, swim with Barracudas; Dolphins, Eels, Lobsters, Crabs, Sharks, Turtles and Pigs are just some of the Marine Life and Non-Marine Life that we hangout with on the Carib Dancer. Come Join Us!

The Crew Would Like To Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Carib Dancer For This 10-Day Trip In The Bahamas!!!

Hope To See Everyone Again Soon…

Best Fishes, Carib Dancer Crew