Log Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Entry By: Cayman Aggressor Crew
Water temp 28c/82f+
Air Temp 29c/83f
A classic hot Saturday in Georgetown as all our guests arrived in time to board and settle in. Chris and Joe were already on board, after cruising with Mike and Mike’s photo week, they didn’t want to leave! So we have a full contingent of 18 guests. Mostly from the USA, Eva originally from Poland and Santiago all the way from Argentina! Welcome to all. BBQ dinner on the sun deck and a safety briefing then, then crank the engines, we are off to our first dive location.
The wreck of the Kittiwake was our warm up site. Lots of history behind this wreck and lots of exploring to be done. Inside the recompression chambers, engine room, crew mess, bridge… with plenty of bottom time and plenty of critters being that the deepest point of the wreck is only 60 ft. A few equipment gremlins and divers a little rusty we finally got everyone in the water and had a great dive! Well done to Alyshea on her very first official Open Water Dive! Stingray City was up next. Always a highlight of the week and this week was no exception! They were hungry and a little feisty! Just ask Kirk, he came back sporting a tremendous hicky! Lots of great video and photos to take home. Lunch and a siesta as we motored around the island to the North East End. “Babylon” – world famous in Cayman, here we enjoyed a beautiful pinnacle, corkscrewing around incredible sponge formations, a Turtle, plenty of Barracuda, the largest Arrow Crab and Neck Crabs hiding amongst the Black Coral. The shear drop off, ledges and forests of soft coral entertained us all. Secure the back deck and it’s off to Little Cayman!
Waking up to flat conditions, a beautiful sunrise, Good Morning Bloody Bay and Little Cayman. Randy’s Gazebo was up first. Crystal clear water with a little current that dropped off as the morning progressed. A Hawkesbill Turtle feeding on a sponge welcomed us in, two chimneys, the archway, and super friendly groupers escorted everyone around the site. A close up encounter with Free Swimming Moray Eel being pursued by Eric! The Meadows was our afternoon and night dive site. - a wonderful day of diving was had. You name it we saw it and photographed it too! We encountered Sharks, turtles and more turtles! Stingrays feeding, schooling jacks, barracuda, more friendly groupers, just Awesome! The night dive produced all the usual’s including, Giant Channel Crabs, sleeping turtles, lobsters and of course the elusive octopus not just one, Chris saw and photographed 5! And Scott said he saw 7! Well done to Eric on his first ever night dive! What a great day!
We kicked off another full day of diving with Lea Lea’s Lookout. Here we get to enjoy the crevice that runs from the 20ft shallows out to the wall at 100ft! Today we had incredible visibility. Large Lobsters and a beautiful Green Turtle out in the blue. The local friendly Nassau Grouper greeted all divers at the end of the crevice. A young turtle chowing down on a sponge, happy for his photo and video to be taken! Dave and John got some great shots. 2 spotted drums, and cleaning stations galore! 3 fathom Wall was the afternoon site, wow! Schooling fish, another free swimming Green Moray surprised us on the wall, Yellow Headed Jawfish, Sailfin Blennies, a school of Squid, lettuce leaf sea slugs everywhere, a Southern Sting Ray resting in the sand. An Eagle Ray was spotted and of course Grover the resident Grouper was there to soak up all of the attention. Just a breathtaking dive site. A Dinner Cruise with Chocolate Lava Cake for dessert, took us along the coast of Little Cayman over to the Brac, to our Night Dive location. The Wreck of the Keith Tibbets 356! A Russian built Koni Class Frigate, 300ft long and full of life. A great night dive was had with a couple of Octopus, the resident crabs and lobsters were seen going about their evening business. Hot Towels and Hot Choc wrapped up the day, can’t wait to see this large wreck in the daylight!
A mishap with the mooring due to weather meant a quick relocation. So divers awoke on Little Cayman to a gourmet breakfast of Eggs Benedict and Florentine, everyone was soon ready and itching to dive Donna’s Delight. A wall dive with a swim down to Marilyn’s Cut. Beautiful dive, turtles, lobsters and a pet grouper to follow us all. Bus Stop was the afternoon and dusk dive site. Believed to be one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean! Sharks!!!!!! Golden Coney’s. Queen Angel fish, sleeping stingrays, lobsters, Nassau groupers, plenty more reef sharks, and very special to see the Sail Fin Blennie jumping out of his hole and showing off. An action packed dusk dive, very active sharks with a few close encounters
Early to rise and early in the water for a pre breakfast dive, the only way to wake up! Who needs coffee! The reef was waking up as were the divers and it was a great way to start the day. Nancy’s Cup of Tea delighted all with her Pinnacle, black corals, macro crabs, not so macro sharks and her display of 600yr old anchors. Breakfast always tastes sooo much better after a dive, and we were hungry. Joy’s Joy was a quick stop and everyone loved it. The world famous Great Wall was our final site in LC. The immense shear drop off and meeting Freddy – the original friendly grouper. A crack in the reef lodging a Green Moray Eel and a very large lobster, cleaning station mecca, just magic “Scott you can’t take Freddy home”! A great way to say goodbye to Little Cayman, until next time….
A smooth crossing back to Grand Cayman put us back on the North West Wall. Ready for my favorite Big Tunnels. This truly is one of the most impressive dives. A turtle highway, black sea fans, swim thrus, archways, some on the deep side but so vibrant. Devil’s Grotto was our last dive of the week and is always hit. Ready and waiting for silverside season the Tarpon, Jacks and Groupers have moved in. What a great way to end an awesome week of diving, awesome weather, awesome guests. Congrats to the following for completing their SSI Nitros this week, Santiago, Dianne, Kirby, Alyshea, Drew, Scott, and Eric. All that’s left to do is wash our gear and get ready for a cold drink or two at the farewell party. Congrats go out to all for making this another wonderful week of Aggressor diving in the Cayman Islands
Until next time……
Cayman Aggressor IV crew.