Log Date: Saturday, Jun 13, 2015
Entry By: Carib Dancer Team
Carib Dancer Captains Log 13-20 June 2015
Air Temp. 78-85+ F
Water Temp. 80-83 F
Instructor David D
Chef David P
Wei, GiGi, Ben, Nancy, Scott T, Ken, Scott M, Evelyn, Leslie, Harry, Carey, Jimmy
Sunday – Sugar Wreck
Monday – Mini Wall, Hogfish Reef
Tuesday – El Dorado, Tiger Beach, Shark Paradise
Wednesday – Mt Olympus, Tiger Beach, Shark Paradise
Thursday – El Captaain, El Dorado, Sugar Wreck
Friday – Mini Wall
The weather was perfect as guest boarded the Carib Dancer at the Old Bahama Bay Marina on the West End of Grand Bahama. After everyone was settled in the Carib Dancer departed for a week of exploring the reefs the West End has to offer. It was a smooth cruise to our overnight anchorage on the Little Bahama Bank.
Today was a Sugar Wreck Day. In the early 1800s on the Little Bahama Bank a barge carrying Molasses sank in 18-20 feet of water in the middle of nowhere. Soon fish and other Marine Life covered the wreck. Heres a list of just a few of the things we saw while diving the Sugar Wreck, Great Barracuda, Schools of Snappers, Nassau Groupers, Tiger Groupers, Yellowhead Wrasse, Spotted Moray Eels, a Hawksbill Turtle and a Nurse Shark.
One of my favorite dive sites here on the West End is the Mini Wall. The dive site are two Coral Mounds running side-by-side wit a small batch of sand between these two mounds, which are covered with Marine Life. The tops of these mounds start around 35 feet and in some areas slope down to 85 feet. While swimming along both mounds as they slope give the look of small walls. Not only did we see a variety of fish, hard corals and soft corals but Nurse Sharks, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Hawksbill and Loggerhead Turtles and a Tiger Sharks made a couple of passes for guest to enjoy. Next stop Hogfish Reef and more Schooling Fish, Lobsters, Eels, Lemon Sharks and Tiger Sharks.
El Dorado was where the guest of the Carib Dancer started their day of diving. This was a Special Site today, we saw Turtles, Crabs, Stingrays, Huge Parrotfish, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Lemon Sharks but a few guest had an encounter with a Bottlenose Dolphin while diving. Tiger Beach was next and Lemon Sharks where there to greet us. Because Tiger Beach is only 18-20 feet deep, guests were able to get lots of bottom time. While they were getting all this bottom time underwater the Lemon Sharks was giving them some close encounters. A few of the Lemon Sharks were swimming very close, sometimes within inches from guest and crew, which made for some Great pictures. We ended the day swimming with lots of Lemon Sharks at Shark Paradise.
On the Wednesday we mixed it up a little started the day with a Drift Dive on Mt. Olympus. While drifting we encountered Jack, Snappers, Mackerel and a Beautiful Spotted Eagle Ray. After enjoying a relaxing drift dive we visited Tiger Beach and waiting for us like on cue were several Lemon Sharks. And just like before the Lemon Sharks were up close and personal with guest. Over the past couple of weeks in the later afternoon we have seen Tiger Sharks at Shark Paradise. We headed there for one more try, while we did not see any Tiger Sharks we did see Caribbean Reefs, Nurse and Lemon Sharks. A couple of guest and myself were able to get very close to a Roughtail Stingray for some excellent pictures and video. It was a very fun dive site.
Today we started on El Captaain enjoying a huge Coral Head that is covered with Soft and Corals, Hundreds of Fish, A few Rays and Sharks. Next was El Dorado with Nurse and Lemon Sharks, plus a few Lobsters, Groupers and Hogfish. We finished the day with a long night dive on the Sugar Wreck. This is still one of my favorite sites in the Bahamas, especially late afternoon and night. We encountered, a few Nurse Sharks, A Few Lemon Sharks and A Few Caribbean Reef Sharks. Also we saw Three Turtles one being a Huge Loggerhead, Moray Eels and Lots of Fish.
For the last dive of the week we headed to where we saw Tiger Sharks before, The Mini Wall. We did not get any tigers but we did have some very close encounters with several Lemon Sharks and An Eagle Ray. It was an excellent dive to end a great week of diving off the West End.
The Crew would like to Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Carib Dancer Exploring The Reefs And Tiger Beach On The West End Of Grand Bahama.
Come Experience The Underwater World Of The Bahamas!!! Hope To See Everyone Soon…
Carib Dancer Crew